Buhari: BBC slams Nigeria president for medical treatment abroad

Buhari: BBC slams Nigeria president for medical treatment abroad

BBC has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for “an apparent lack of faith in the health systems at home”. Buhari was named in the category of five African presidents who routinely travel abroad for medical treatment. Others listed were Presidents Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Algeria), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Jose Eduardo dos Santos (Angola) and Patrice Talon (Benin). Buhari was described as the “first among equals” in terms of time spent abroad getting medical help. In the report, BBC…

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Burkina Faso terror attack kills 18, government says

Burkina Faso terror attack kills 18, government says

Eighteen people have been killed and about 20 have been wounded in a “terrorist attack” in the centre of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the government says. Gunmen opened fire on customers seated outside a restaurant, witnesses were quoted as saying. The attack is now over, authorities say, with at least two assailants killed by security forces. A jihadist attack on a nearby cafe killed 30 people in January last year. There are fears…

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Kenya election: Raila Odinga urges supporters to strike

Kenya election: Raila Odinga urges supporters to strike

Kenya’s opposition leader has urged people to stay away from work on Monday over the disputed election result. Raila Odinga said it would be a “day of mourning for the fallen patriots” after a rally in Kibera, the largest slum in the capital Nairobi. The international community has urged calm following the election, which Mr Odinga alleges was fixed. But after Mr Odinga spoke on Sunday, renewed violence broke out between his supporters and their…

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Kenya election 2017: Odinga supporters warned over claims

Kenya election 2017: Odinga supporters warned over claims

Kenya’s electoral commission has warned the opposition that its claims of victory for its presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, could be deemed illegal. The opposition has published its own figures, putting Mr Odinga ahead of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta. This contrasts with provisional electronic results giving Mr Kenyatta a clear lead in Tuesday’s poll. Electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati told the BBC it was the only body legally allowed to count votes. He accused the opposition…

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Nnamdi Kanu reveals those to be arrested with him

Nnamdi Kanu reveals those to be arrested with him

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has told those calling for his arrest to go after the likes of Tanko Yakassai, Ango Abdulahi and other Fulanis who have been making inciting comments. The IPOB leader vowed that nobody had the power to restrict his movement in any part of the country and that he was free to go to any part of Nigeria, including Lagos, if he so wished. He…

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Murdered official’s identity used to hack Kenyan election, opposition leader claims

Murdered official’s identity used to hack Kenyan election, opposition leader claims

Hackers used the identity of a murdered official to rig the results of the Kenyan election, an opposition leader has claimed. With 85% of polling stations reporting results by the early hours of Wednesday morning, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was seen to be leading his main challenger Raila Odinga by 54.8% to 44.3%. But Mr Odinga, a former political prisoner who unsuccessfully used the courts to contest his defeat in the last presidential election in…

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Ugandan gold rush stopped by authorities

Ugandan gold rush stopped by authorities

For many Ugandans, the gold found deep underground in the hills of Mubende District was a lifeline. Over the past five years, an estimated 70,000 people have left their homes and moved to the gold fields, seeking – if not their fortunes – a way of feeding their families. When I visited Mubende a few weeks ago the dusty hillside was crawling with activity, as if an imaginary film director had shouted “action” on the…

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Kenya election 2017: Raila Odinga says election systems hacked

Kenya election 2017: Raila Odinga says election systems hacked

Kenya opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga has said the electoral commission’s IT system has been hacked to manipulate the election results. He rejected early results from Tuesday’s vote indicating a strong lead for President Uhuru Kenyatta. The electoral commission has not yet responded to Mr Odinga’s accusation, but politicians have called for calm. Many fear a repeat of the violence after a disputed election 10 years ago. More than 1,100 Kenyans died and 600,000 were…

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President Buhari Promises To Resign If He Fails To Recover Soon

President Buhari Promises To Resign If He Fails To Recover Soon

President Muhammad Buhari may resign if he does not recover from his ailment soon, sources have reported. According to Independent, a Presidency source has disclosed that President Muhammad Buhari will pass the baton to his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, if he does not recover from his ailment soon. The President has been in the United Kingdom for the better part of the year treating an undisclosed ailment, much to the chagrin of a large part of…

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South African President Jacob Zuma survives vote of no confidence

South African President Jacob Zuma survives vote of no confidence

South African President Jacob Zuma has survived a vote of no confidence in the country’s parliament. African National Congress (ANC) parliamentarians broke into song as the result was announced and party supporters outside began dancing. The parliament’s Speaker, Baleka Mbete, announced the motion had been defeated, with 177 votes in support and 198 votes against. There were nine abstentions. South Africa’s currency, the rand, fell by 1% immediately after the result was announced. Buoyant Zuma…

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