A CHIEFTAIN of the All Progressives Congress (APC)in Lagos, Chief Emmanuel Remi-williams has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his role in resolving the political crisis in The Gambia.
He said but for the President Buhari’s role, the crisis could have snowballed into a major regional problem.
Remi-Williams, an octogenarian, said: “President Buhari stood firmly during the period. He led the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in peace-making as a panacea to the problem in The Gambia. As a big brother in the ECOWAS region, he and his fellow heads of state agreed that a military option was the best option to remove the then Gambia president Yahya Jammeh, who did not want to go, after 22 years in office and after losing an election.
‘’Buhari matched his words with action by dispatching a military peace contigent to The Gambia. And soon, other countries in the region followed suit. It was then clear to Jammeh that the game was over. His boast and confidence collapsed like a pack of cards. No wonder he had to leave town as quickly as possible few days after our soldiers landed Senegal, in preparation for showdown with Jammeh and installation of his successor Adama Barrow.”
Pa Remi-Williams warned sight-tight African leaders that the era of ruling forever was gone. He urged them to follow what is happening abroad where transition of power is peaceful and rancour-free. He urged them to abide by their constitutional role and leave when the ovation is loudest
Yahya Jammeh, President of the Islamic Republic of Gambia
PARIS, JANUARY 6, 2016: (DGW) In what appears like a swift departure from an earlier pronouncement that Muslims in the country will not have special dressing pattern embracing Muslim identity, the Islamic Republic of Gambia has in a presidential fiat made it mandatory for all female government employees to have their heads covered in headscarves.
The President, Yahya Jammeh declared country Islamic Republic about one month ago thus making the country the second in Africa to be so called after Mauritania.
This directive was contained in a memo circulated to all ministries and department and no reason was given for the sudden reversal of his earlier stance. Efforts made by our reporter in Banjul to reach officials for comment did not yield any result.
Gambia's estimated population is 1.8 million with a Muslim majority standing at 95%. Relations with Britain has deteriorated over the years and the declaration of the country Islamic Republic, reports say, is none other than to distance itself from her former colonial masters and the West.
Gambia has recently come under fire for its poor Human Rights records - one of the reasons why monetary aid to the country has been temporarily held, DailyGlobeWatch reliably gathered at the European Union, (EU) headquarters in Brussels.
PARIS, JANUARY 6, 2017: (DGW) IN what appears as a reversal of Nigeria's earlier position to use military force to oust outgoing President Yayah Jammeh, President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria supports a peaceful resolution to the current political crisis in the Gambia.
Recall Nigeria's Deputy Senate President, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, had earlier called for a peaceful resolution of the crisis adding that the sovereignty of the Republic of Gambia ought to be respected.
Buhari while speaking through Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs minister, Geoffery Onyeama, said Nigeria will not use force to prevail on President Yayah Jammeh but still believes that outgoing Jammeh will heed the call to step down.
His words: ‘‘We would like to believe that he would listen to the voice of his peers in the sub-region.
''And that he will also listen to the voice of his people, but above all he will follow the democratic path. So we are doing everything possible to bring that about,’‘ Onyeama told the News Agency of Nigeria.''
Jammeh, on his part, has described the resolution of ECOWAS to enforce the results of the last elections as an act of interference in the internal affairs of the group – which is a breach of protocol. He has also dismissed the ECOWAS as being a partial mediator with a one-dimensional position. The group is on record to have said they will send troops into the tiny West African country if the need arises.
There has been a heavy gunfire following a mutiny by soldiers over pay who out of frustration and anger reportedly seized weapons raising serious tension and fear thus forcing people to flee for safety in three cities in Ivory Coast, the BBC reports.
According to the report, the mutineers seized weapons from two police stations in the country's second city, Bouake, and took up positions at its entry points, according to reports.
Shooting has also been reported in the cities of Daloa and Korogho.
President Alassane Ouattara convened a crisis meeting of his military chiefs, as the government entered into talks with the mutineers.
Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwah called on troops to return to barracks so that "lasting solutions" could be found, state media reported.
Mr Ouattara took power in 2011, ending a civil war which lasted for almost a decade.
Bouake was at the centre of the rebellion to oust Mr Ouattara's predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo, who is on trial at the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes.
Soldiers armed with AK-47 fired at the offices of the state broadcaster in the city, and had seized control of Bouake's western entrance, a resident, who asked not to be identified, told the BBC.
A teacher in Bouake, Ami Soro, said the city was deserted, Reuters news agency reports.
"Men in balaclavas are patrolling the city on motorcycles or in cars. They aren't attacking residents... They told us to stay at home," she is quoted as saying.
The mutineers have not yet issued an official statement, but the government said their grievances focused on pay, bonuses and promotion prospects.
"It's a mutiny by former fighters integrated into the army who are demanding bonuses of 5 million CFA francs ($8,000; £6,500) each plus a house," a soldier who asked to remain anonymous told AFP news agency
"I will not go into exile to any foreign country. I was born here in Libya, and I will die here. This country was a dessert, and I turned it into a forest, where everything can grow.
No one Love this land more than its citizens. If Europe and America tell you that they love you, be careful. They love the wealth of your land. The oil and not the people. They are helping you to fight against me but, it will be wiser for you to fight against them because they are fighting against your future and progress.
My message to you the people of Libya is, they are helping you to kill me but you will pay the price because you will suffer. And my message to you America and Europe is, you will kill me, but be ready to fight a never ending TERRORISM.
Before you realize your ignorance, terrorists will be hitting you at your doorstep."
GADDAFI once told the Nigerian and British governments to divide Nigeria into two, so that the Hausa/Fulani (Moslems), Yoruba (Christians) and Biafrans/Igbo, can live as neighboring countries.
It's good we look at these 16 REAL REASONS WHY COL. GADDAFI WAS KILLED:
1. There is no electricity bill in Libya, electricity is free for all its citizens.
2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens are at a 0% interest by law.
3. Home is considered a human right in Libya. Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a
4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinars (US$50,000) from the government to buy their first apartment.
5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi, only 25% of Libyans were literates. Today, the figure stands at 83%.
6. Libyans taking up farming as a career, they received farm land, a farming house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kick- start their farms – all for free.
7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they needed in Libya, the government funded them to go abroad for it.
8. In Gaddafi's Libya, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0. 14 per liter.
10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.
11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation, the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
13. A mother who gave birth to a child under Gaddafi received US $5,000 as child benefit upfront.
14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15
15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree
16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man- Made River Project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.
If this is called "Dictatorship", I wonder what type of Leadership Democrats have!!
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The International Monetary Fund has warned that the current economic crisis in Nigeria may spill over to the rest of West Africa with negative consequences.
It also raised the alarm that Nigeria was spending too much of her revenue to service debts, noting that this was not sustainable.
The Assistant Director and Head of Fiscal Policy and Surveillance Division, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF, Catherine Pattillo; and the Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF, Vitor Gaspar, said this on Wednesday at a press conference on the IMF Fiscal Monitoring Report as part of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in Washington DC, United States.
They insisted that the fact that about 45 per cent of the Federal Government’s revenue was being paid as interest on the nation’s debt was a worrying development.
Pattillo said, “The slump in oil production and slow growth have created challenges for Nigeria. But one statistic that is quite striking to me is that the debt profile is weakening and the interest account payment is more than 45 per cent of the Federal Government’s revenue. The priority is a big challenge.
“On the fiscal side, the important priority should be in safeguarding fiscal sustainability, which means, importantly to increase non-oil revenues and implement an independent price-setting mechanism that minimises fuel subsidy. So, these are two priorities, while also of course, improving public service delivery so that citizens can see the benefits of good governance and services financed by the government.
“So, these are the challenges. As you know, Nigeria is a very important economy in the African region and its success has positive spill over for the region, particularly in West Africa, and its challenges create difficulties for its neighbours.”
On his part, Gaspar said, “Message number one is that if you look at the global debt and deficit landscape in the world, you’ll see that the countries that have the highest public sector deficit are oil exporters; Nigeria is in debt and it is a country much hit by very low oil prices.
“That is a general message because it applies to oil exporters in general; the group of oil exporters have shared some characteristics.
“The most important point, in my view, is that for countries in sub-Saharan Africa to deliver on the SDGs, the key challenge is the building up of revenue mobilisation capacity through tax capacity building; that’s a key priority.”
He added, “These countries must improve their capacities to raise revenue, and why is that so? Because there is such need in term of public infrastructure, there is such need in terms of public education; there is such need in terms of health.
“For these group of countries, public finance/fiscal policy is part of the overall development strategy, and in that, tax capacity is a fundamental cornerstone.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has condemned multilateral funding agencies and Western nations for blocking an attempt by Nigeria to generate electricity from coal on the excuse that the project is not ‘green’.
She said this at the ongoing annual meetings of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, United States of America on Wednesday.
According to her, it is hypocritical to block the project at a time Nigeria needs power most.
Although Adeosun did not give details of the project, she said it was blocked because of its likely contribution to carbon emission, but noted that most developed countries still relied on coal as a means of generating electricity.
The minister, who spoke on infrastructure funding for Africa, said, “I think there is a need for consistency around bankable projects that can attract investments. Yes, we do need macroeconomic stability. We also do need consistency of policies by the multilateral institutions and Western countries.
“Let me give you an example. In Nigeria, we have coal and there is power inadequacy. It doesn’t take a genius to work out what it will take to get coal-fired power. Yet, we are being blocked. I think there is some hypocrisy in that. We have an entire Western industrialisation that was built on coal-fired energy and that is the competitive advantage that has been used to develop Britain, where I grew up. Now, Africa wants to do it, and they are saying it’s not green, we can’t do it and that we should go and do solar and wind, which are the most expensive power projects in the world.
“Yes, we are going to have the narrative around infrastructure; we must invest in infrastructure, but we must also make sure the playing field is level. The West, after polluting the atmosphere for 100 years, and when Africa wants to explore its resources, they say no.
“Yes, we would come up with bankable projects and we would behave ourselves, but I think we also need to be firm.”
PARIS, DECEMBER 7, 2016: Nigeria's Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has lambasted President Buhari of Nigeria for sending a congratulatory message to Gambia's outgoing President Yahya Jammeh who he described as Gambia's "lunatic, petty, little dictator Yahya Jammeh."
Earlier President Buhari had saluted the Gambian leader for the spirit of statesmanship displayed by conceding defeat in the country’s December 1 presidential election.
In a swift reaction on Monday, the Nobel Laureate during a press conference at Freedom Park in Lagos, Nigeria said: "When we're busy chasing shadows all over the place, President Buhari is congratulating the president-elect (referring to out-going president Jammeh) of Gambia, that sit tight lunatic, who makes his citizens undergo hallucinogenic test to prove that they are not witches on his farm. One of the most brutal dictators on the African continent."
"Please help me beg president Buhari. I don't say he shouldn't congratulate Trump. There's no way one can avoid Trump, but you can avoid little petty little dictators like Jammeh in Gambia, who is the opposite of everything one expects of a true African leader towards his or her citizens. Please President Buhari, restricts yourself to those you absolutely have to congratulate."