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Three things I’ll focus on as UNGA President – Muhammad-Bande

The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, has revealed that poverty eradication, quality education, and inclusion are his main priorities. He said this in an interview with UN News. He stressed that education "equalises everything and everyone." He also related the connections between education and employment, equality…

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.

UNGA won’t discuss xenophobic attacks — Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister

Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said the xenophobic attacks which affected Nigerians in South Africa will not be discussed at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Mr Onyeama said the UNGA is not a forum to take issue of the crises that just happened in South Africa,…

R-L Muhammadu Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa

Xenophobia: South Africa dispatches envoy to Nigeria

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has dispatched a peace envoy to Nigeria over the xenophobic attacks in his country against foreigners, especially Nigerians. The envoy will stress his president's commitment to "Pan African unity and solidarity" and highlight measures the country is taking to restore peace between both countries.…

Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

Xenophobic Attacks: 178 Nigerians arrive from South Africa

About 178 Nigerians arrived the Murtala Muhammed airport in Lagos by 9.23 p.m. in the first wave of evacuations in the aftermath of xenophobic attacks in South Africa. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, offered to evacuate Nigerians after several Nigerian businesses and nationals were attacked in…

Shiites Protesters

Amnesty Intl advises Nigerian govt on UN report

Amnesty International Nigeria has responded to a preliminary report issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in Nigeria. PREMIUM TIMES reported the preliminary findings on September 3. Ms Callamard's findings reflected the need for "more to be done to end extra-judicial executions,…

R-L Muhammadu Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa

Xenophobia: What Buhari’s Special Envoy told our President – South African Govt

President Muhammadu Buhari's Special Envoy to South Africa expressed "concern at recent events in South Africa" during a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa, the latter's spokesperson has said. Khusela Diko, the spokesperson to the South African President, also said in a statement sent to the News Agency of Nigeria, that…

South Africa on map

WEF ends in South Africa amidst Nigeria boycott

The 28th World Economic Forum on Africa has ended in Cape Town, South Africa, producing notable outcomes. Nigeria boycotted the WEF to protest xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was scheduled to represent Nigeria at the event. The boycott is one of…

Air Peace Aircraft

Xenophobia: Nigeria encourages citizens in South Africa to return on free travel

The Nigerian government has advised its citizens to "inform their relatives in South Africa to take advantage" of a free return trip to Nigeria. This is because Air Peace, a Nigerian airline, volunteered to send an aircraft to South Africa to bring back Nigerians willing to return. This was announced…

MTN Nigeria office

UPDATED:Xenophobia: MTN shuts down all stores, service centres across Nigeria

Telecoms giant, MTN, has shut all its stores and service centres across Nigeria. This, the company said, is to protect its customers and staff, following attacks on its facilities in “Lagos, Ibadan and Uyo.” PREMIUM TIMES reported the attack on an MTN facility in Uyo on Tuesday. The MTN company…

Agnes Callamard

UN rapporteur faults Nigerian govt’s claim IMN killed policeman, corps member

A United Nations rapporteur has questioned the Nigerian government's claim that the Shiites group, IMN, was responsible for the killing of a police officer and a journalist in July. Agnes Callamard, who is the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, on Monday expressed concern about Nigeria’s growing…

Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigerian foreign minister says South Africa must act decisively.

Xenophobic Attacks: Nigeria makes two major demands from South Africa

The Nigerian government has made two major demands from South Africa in the aftermath of xenophobic attacks in the country. The businesses of many Nigerians in South Africa have been destroyed, looted or burnt in the past week since xenophobic attacks resumed in the country against foreign nationals. Before the…

UN headquarters [Photo: Google.com]

UN urges Nigeria to take actions to curb violence

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings, Agnes Callamard, on Monday highlighted the need for the Nigerian authorities to take urgent actions to end violence. "Nigeria needs urgent action to end the pressure cooker of violence which is ending thousands of lives," she said. The country has…

Miss Otedola and some children at the Save the Children stabilisation centre in Maiduguri Photo credit -Save the Children

Group calls for more support for children displaced by Boko Haram

Save the Children, a humanitarian agency has said about 2.2 million school-aged children and teachers needs emergency educational support in North-east Nigeria. The humanitarian agency also said over 800 schools in Borno State are non-functional mainly due to inaccessibility as a result of insecurity. An ambassador of the organisation, Florence…

Sisiku Ayuk Tabe

Cameroon separatist leaders who sought refuge in Nigeria jailed for life

The leader of the unrecognised Federal Republic of Ambazonia (English speaking side of Cameroon), Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, alongside nine others, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a military court in Yaoundé. The leaders were declared guilty of ''rebellion, complicity in terrorism, financing of terrorism, revolution, insurrection, hostility against the…

An eight-year-old Stephanie Nigerian girl who recently won gymnastics gold in Pretoria, South Africa

Eight-year-old Nigerian gymnast eyes Olympics

An eight-year-old Nigerian girl who recently won gymnastics gold in Pretoria, South Africa, says her dream is to represent Nigeria in the Olympics and other gymnastic competitions around the world. Stephanie attended the African Gymnastics Championship in 2019 and outperformed her peers. She is the daughter of veteran Nigerian record…

Nigerian returnees from Libya

NEMA receives 171 Nigerians from Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday received another batch of 171 stranded Nigerians from Libya. A foreign affairs ministry official, Kimiebi Ebienfa, had in a statement to journalists said the stranded Nigerians would arrive late on Thursday. Idris Muhammed, Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, who was represented…

An IDPs Camp in Adamawa used to illustrate the story

Boko Haram: Government, NGOs asked to harness IDPs’ social capital

Government and non-governmental agencies with responsibilities for addressing the humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria's North-east have been asked to focus on harnessing social and human capital - instead of material aid - among the displaced populations. This approach was emphasised in Abuja on Tuesday during…