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AU, Ecowas condemn violence in Nigeria and call for dialogue

– Advertisement – The African Union has now “condemned” the violence that has characterized ongoing protests against police brutality in Nigeria. Rights group Amnesty International has said that at least 12 people were killed by soldiers and police in Lagos on Tuesday. At least 49 people have been reported dead just on Tuesday the protests against brutalities across Nigeria turned bloody. The #EndSARS protests worsened on Tuesday with 43 protesters and six policemen losing their lives. The Nigeria’s army has dismissed the reports of its soldiers shooting at protesters as…

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AU, Ecowas condemned for keeping mute on crisis in Nigeria

– Advertisement – The African Union and West African regional bloc Ecowas have been condemned widely by many Africans for keeping silent on ongoing violence in Nigeria. Protesters in Nigeria have been demanding at end to police brutalities forcing the government to disband the notorious police unit called the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS). The government then replaced the disbanded unit with a new one called the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) to carry out the duties handled by the Sars. Protests have however continued for days with citizens not…

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Opinion: Cry of A Sleeping Giant

Written by Femi Oluwasanmi The recent demonstrations that characterized the Nigeria’s 60th independence day’s anniversary and the continuous persecution of Nigerians in some countries abroad show that the country needs to wake up from her slumber and regain her rightful position in the comity of nations. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had on 13th September 2020, described Nigeria as a country slowly becoming a failed State and a basket case that urgently needs to be pulled from the brink of collapse. Though, this was countered by the presidency and those who…

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Ecowas leaders happy with Mali’s transition progress

– Advertisement – Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have expressed happiness about the transition progress in Mali. Ecowas this month announced the lifting of sanctions imposed on Mali after soldiers toppled the government of ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The sanctions on Mali included border closures and the suspension of financial flows, though these were eased so they did not hit ordinary civilians. Mediation efforts were rolled out urging the soldiers to handover to a civilian led transitional government. Mali’s former defence minister, retired Col. Major…

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Ecowas lifts sanctions imposed on Mali

– Advertisement – The West African regional group, Ecowas has announced the lifting of sanctions imposed on Mali after soldiers toppled the government of ex-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Ecowas immediately imposed the sanctions on Mali in August when the coup was carried out by soldiers, a move that was meant to return Mali to a civilian rule. The sanctions on Mali included border closures and the suspension of financial flows, though these were eased so they did not hit ordinary civilians. Mediation efforts were rolled out urging the soldiers to…

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Lifting sanctions on Mali may take longer than expected

– Advertisement – On Sunday Mali’s transitional government leader, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou named a new civilian prime minister. N’Daou appointed former foreign affairs minister of the country Moctar Ouane to the new role. Ecowas had said that it will not lift sanctions imposed on Mali although the country had an interim president. It however indicated that sanctions could be lifted when a civilian prime minister is appointed. Despite meeting that condition, it appears Ecowas isn’t willing to lift sanctions on Mali immediately. – Advertisement – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari…

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West Africa’s new single currency delayed for five years

– Advertisement – West African nations planning to adopt a single currency called the “ECO” effective this year say that won’t happen until after at least five years. In June last year, the regional bloc Ecowas made the headlines after announcing that beginning in January 2020, countries within the group will use a single currency called ECO. That decision was taken by the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government at the 55th Ordinary Session in Nigeria’s capital Abuja. The West African leaders at the time endorsed the currency and approved…

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Ecowas says sanctions imposed on Mali will not be lifted

– Advertisement – West African regional bloc Ecowas has said that it will not lift sanctions imposed on Mali although the country now has an interim president. Mali’s former defence minister, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou was sworn into office on Friday at a ceremony in the capital, Bamako. Ba N’Daou was named interim leader by the soldiers who toppled the government of former president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. The new leader is now expected to oversee the 18-month transition period towards a return to civilian rule. The Head of the National Committee for…

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Ecowas signals it might lift sanctions imposed on Mali

– Advertisement – The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS has hinted it might lift sanctions imposed on Mali following last month’s coup. The current sanctions imposed on Mali include border closures and the suspension of financial flows, though these were eased so they did not hit ordinary civilians. Ecowas leaders had asked the Military leaders to appoint a civilian to head the transitional government for 18 months. On Monday Mali’s former defence minister, retired Col. Major Ba N’Daou was named as interim president by the military junta. Ba N’Daou will…

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ECOWAS Parliament condemns Nigeria border closure

The ECOWAS Parliament has called for the reopening of Nigeria’s land border describing its closure as running contrary to ECOWAS Protocols. For over three months, the West African giant has closed its border with Benin, Niger and Cameroon arguing that the decision is in the country’s national interest; to increase local agricultural production, curb influx or substandard goods and prevent the smuggling of weapons and other vices into the country. But the decision has had devastating effects on neighbouring countries whose traders are counting loses as truckloads of produce remain…

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