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Nigeria plans partnership with three African countries to secure Gulf of Guinea

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The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awaal Gambo, has disclosed that Nigeria will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cameroon, Benin, and Equatorial Guinea to check the rising insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.

According to him, the country has begun the “Obangame Exercise” with friends of the  Gulf of Guinea, countries in the Gulf of Guinea Commission, and other international partners like the United States, French, and Britain, noting that there has been so much hype about the situation in the region on social media.

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Gambo disclosed this while briefing journalists in Calabar, Cross River State, at the weekend, after addressing officers during his maiden visit the Eastern Naval Command.

He said, “The situation in the Gulf of Guinea is not as bad as it is being portrayed, but we are also making effort to put out an appropriate platform in our efforts at ensuring that we secure the Gulf of Guinea. Besides, most of the crimes being committed in the area are not necessarily within the Nigerian waters.”

Gambo said most of the piracy and crimes in the region were perpetrated outside the 200 Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), which belonged to Nigeria, but also available for international ships, noting that other vessels, including war and commercial ones, also traverse the route.

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We are not supposed to hinder their movements and so, if crimes happen within the area, we may be available then and perhaps our patrol efforts may be in a different direction.

“To that effect and under my administration, I am planning to sign an MoU with countries in the Gulf of Guinea Commission so that collectively, we will patrol the area together, because most of the efforts are being carried out by Nigeria,” he added.

He explained that Nigeria was spending heavily to complement efforts at securing the region, noting that the Nigerian Navy was doing its best to curb insecurity in the maritime space.

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Gambo maintained that the Navy had been tackling sea robbery, piracy, crude oil theft, and other crimes in the nation’s maritime domain, stressing that it was making additional efforts to acquire more platforms.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has directed us to return peace and security to Nigerians to enable them to move around and do their legitimate businesses without fear.

“To achieve this, all officers and ratings should uphold teamwork, professionalism and integrity, and the core values of the Nigerian Navy. Discipline remains the foundation of military service. I shall continue to monitor your activities and I shall not hesitate to relieve those found wanting of their appointments,” he added.

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Rwanda lawmakers approve swahili as the official Language of the country, dropping french completely.

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Rwanda lawmakers approve swahili as the official Language of the country, dropping french completely and sidelining english

People said: “This is good,really good but such a move leavez the Belgian (the former coloniser) and French authorities furious.

I will not be surprised if a few months from France imposes sanctions on Rwanda or increases its funding to opposition parties or releases a report on Kagame’s government poor service delivery and human rights violations.

Rwanda is setting an example for the rest of the African countries. Its about time we drop the colonial legacy and go back to our roots. After all there is no European with an African name or African language as their official language…..Good job Rwanda, wake the rest of the sleeping countries up.

This is great development, if Rwanda still hold on that colonial tight with France, they would not have gone this far, France is evil blood suckered, they keep developing and building their country, But most Country they colonize are living in objective poverty, they dominated their entire existence. The African Union should rise and liberate the African from France and western imperialism.

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Protect democracy, enact Electoral Act Amendment Bill, UK urges Nigeria

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The United Kingdom (UK) has urged Nigeria to ensure quick passage and enactment of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill currently pending before the National Assembly.

UK’s Minister for Africa James Duddridge gave the advice in an interview in Abuja.

Duddridge said that passing the amendment bill would build more confidence in the country’s electoral process.

According to him, confidence in election results plays a very important role in democratic governance.

“It is very important. I will meet the senate and I will be asking when the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is going to be passed.

“You Know, democracy is not a static thing. It has to evolve; you have to make elections increasingly secure.

“So, I think it is really important to make an Act that will give the Nigerian people and the international community greater confidence that the elections are free, fair, and a reflection of what the people voted.

If you have not got that in actuality or perception, democracy starts to crumble and we see where that leads.

“Democracy is the main pillar alongside a capitalist free market that drives social progress and allows us to function,” he said.

According to him, one of the components that build confidence in the electoral process is the electronic transmission of results such that the final results declared correspond with each of the local results.

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He said that though the UK was interested in seeing Nigeria’s democracy become stronger, it could only play an advisory role and not dictate to Nigeria what it should do.

“We can offer practical advice on election processes working with Non-Governmental Organisations and youth groups to make sure that young people are not only more likely to be registered for elections but also that their voices are heard.

“In the UK parliament, we have got members of parliament in their 20s and it is the richer for it.

“We wouldn’t want a parliament full of 20-year-olds.

“Equally, we do not want a parliament full of 70 and 80-year-olds.

“We need a balance to reflect society and everyone brings different experiences,” he said.

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Support Nigeria, Relocate AFRICOM HQ To Africa –President Buhari Appeals to US

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The United States has been urged to consider relocating the headquarters of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation.

The United States has been urged to consider relocating the headquarters of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa and near the Theatre of Operation.

The OBSERVERS TIMES gathered that the appeal was made by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, April 27, during a virtual meeting with US secretary of state, Anthony Blinken.

President Buhari has urged the United States to consider relocating the headquarters of the US Africa Command to Africa. Photo credit: Femi Adesina Source: Facebook Bashir Ahmad, a personal assistant on new media to the president, in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad confirmed the development.

The Nigerian leader in a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, explained that the move was necessary as part of efforts to address the issue of insecurity in Nigeria and other countries in Africa.
According to Adesina, the support of important and strategic partners like the United States cannot be overstated. He noted that the growing security challenges in West, Central Africa, Gulf of Guinea, Lake Chad region and Sahel, underscores the need for the United States to relocate the defence command. AFRICOM is responsible for military relations with nations and regional organisations in Africa. It also focuses on addressing security challenges affecting African countries.

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