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Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo declares to run for 2023 presidency. But what’s new?

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The race for the 2023 Presidential Elections in Nigeria is getting interesting as political gladiators have continued to put their mouths where their hearts are. The latest is Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who has announced his intention to run to become Nigeria’s next president under the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

Osibajo made the announcement in a video obtained on his verified social media account with the quote.

“I am today, with utmost humility formally declaring my intention to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of APC.”

Osinbajo in the short video boasts that his privileged position as Nigeria’s Vice President puts him in a better position to fix Nigeria.

“I have been in agricultural, mining, and oil and producing communities, in the Delta, Kebbi, Enugu … and in other states of the federation listening to the different experiences and yearnings of our people.” He said.

“I have visited our gallant troops in the Northeast and IDP camps, and I have felt the pain and anguish of victims of violent conflicts, terrorist attacks, flooding fire, and other disasters.”

“I have been in the home of many ordinary Nigerians in various parts of the country.” He added.

I have sat with our “techpreneurs” in Lagos, Edo, and Kaduna with our Nollyhood and Kannywood actors with our musicians from Lagos, Onitsha, and Kano and I have spoken with small and large businesses, I stood where they stood, I sat where they sat, I know their hope and aspirations …” The video ends.

It remains to be seen how things will shape up in Nigeria’s ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the contest of who gets the party’s presidential ticket. Osinbajo’s political benefactor, Bola Tinubu had shown interest to run for Nigeria’s president on the platform of the party. Meanwhile,  another member of the party, Nigeria’s Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi also declared interest to run for the job over the weekend.  Others who have also shown interest to run for the post are Governor Yaya Bello of Kogi state, former governors Oji Uzor Kalu, and Rochas Okorocha, amongst others.

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Algeria, Sierra Leone get non-permanent seat at UN Security Council

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Algeria and Sierra Leone, have been elected as non-permanent members of the the United Nations’ Security Council for 2024-2025.

The two countries are part of the ten countries elected for two years in the Council outside the five power bloc countries— the United States, China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom.

The countries replace Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates and will join Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique and Switzerland who were elected last year.

For Sierra Leone, it’s a return to the council after 53 years. Its Foreign Minister, David Francis said it was “a great day for this small, progressive and confident country…which has successfully transitioned from war to peace.”

Guyana and South Korea were also elected unchallenged while Slovenia handily beat Belarus for the only contested seat.

An official of rights agency, Human Rights Watch, Louis Charbonneau remarked that “the vote in the General Assembly shows why a competition for UN elections is essential” after Slovenia edged Belarus for the seat going to Eastern Europe and obtained 153 votes, against 38 in Belarus.

“UN member states have undoubtedly decided that Belarus’ grave human rights violations at home and attempts to cover up Russian atrocities in Ukraine disqualify it from serving on the Security Council, a crucial body for ensuring human rights. humans,” he added.

Algeria got 184 votes, South Korea 180 votes, Sierra Leone 188 votes and Guyana 191 in a single candidate votes for four seat reserved for Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean.

There has been a long debate about the place of Africa in international relations. At the inception of the United Nations, only four independent African countries represented the continent when 50 representatives of different countries met in San Francisco, California, in 1945 to complete the Charter of the United Nations.

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South Africa: Opposition, DA want findings on alleged arms supply to Russia public

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South African opposition party, the Democratic Alliance has vowed to challenge the decision by the presidency to keep from the public, findings from recent arm supply allegations.

The follows allegations by United States Ambassador, Reuben Brigety that South Africa provided ammunition to Russia by ship. Brigety said the US was sure that contrary to its public claim of being non-aligned in the Russia/Ukraine crisis, South Africa supplied arms to Vladimir Putin’s army in December.

Following the allegation, President Ramaphosa launched an investigation to be conducted by an independent body which will be led by retired Deputy Justice Phineas Mojapelo, advocate Leah Gcabashe, and former justice minister Enver Surty. Meanwhile, his spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya said the government would withhold the panel’s findings.

Magwenya said the terms of reference for the inquiry would not be gazetted or published.

“The investigation covers issues of national security and classified information, which is protected from disclosure,” he said.

“This inquiry has been instituted in a similar manner to the inquiry that investigated the July 2021 riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng and the value of its report remains unchallenged.

“The panel will be supported in gathering the information that is necessary to fulfil its mandate by letters from the president instructing all relevant government entities as identified by the panel to cooperate fully with the panel or face disciplinary sanction,” he said.

“The work of the panel will not be public, nor will its report be made public. The president will speak to any actions that may result with respect to national security. This is provided for within our secrecy laws as per the nature of this matter,” he added.

In a statement, the DA said it would not ” leave this secrecy unchallenged. We have already submitted an application under the Promotion of Access to Information Act to obtain a copy of the panel’s terms of reference. And we are obtaining legal advice to challenge Ramaphosa’s plan to hide the report once it is complete.”

The party leader, John Steenhuisen argued that keeping the report private “undermines the ability of prosecutors and the public to hold guilty parties accountable for any such violations of the law”.

“Hiding this report from public view will rob the people of South Africa – and of the world – of the opportunity to see the full facts of this matter.

“Refusing to disclose the complete picture of how the ANC-led government allegedly smuggled weapons to arm Russia’s war in Ukraine and various parts of Africa will also undermine the very purpose of the investigation.”

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