WORLD NEWS 21-06-2021

COLOMBIA/PLEA

FORMER COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT, JUAN SANTOS HAS PLEADED FOR FORGIVENESS FOR THE EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE COMMITTED BY THE COUNTRY’S ARMED FORCES PARTLY DURING HIS TIME AS DEFENCE MINISTER.

SANTOS, WHO IN 2016 SIGNED THE PEACE DEAL WITH THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMED FORCES OF COLOMBIA, TESTIFIED TO COLOMBIA’S TRUTH COMMISSION ABOUT THE FALSE POSITIVES SCANDAL, WHEN SOLDIERS MURDERED CIVILIANS AND REGISTERED THEM AS FIGHTERS KILLED IN COMBAT TO RECEIVE REWARDS.

ACCORDING TO THE COUNTRY’S TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE COURT, AT LEAST 6,402 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND FALSELY PRESENTED AS REBELS BETWEEN 2002 AND 2008, WHILE SOME VICTIMS GROUPS ALLEGE THE FIGURE COULD BE HIGHER.

US/TAIWAN

UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE, ANTONY BLINKEN HAS RAISED ALARM OVER THE ONGOING GENOCIDE AND ETHNIC CLEANSING AGAINST MUSLIM UIGURS IN CHINA’S FAR WESTERN REGION OF XINJIANG AND DETERIORATION OF DEMOCRATIC NORMS UNDER CHINA’S RULE IN HONG KONG.

BLINKEN RAISED THE ALARM IN A PHONE CALL WITH CHINA’S TOP DIPLOMAT, YANG JIECHI, FOLLOWING A REPORT BY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SAYING  XINJIANG HAS BECOME A DYSTOPIAN HELLSCAPE, WHERE UIGHURS AND OTHER PREDOMINANTLY MUSLIM ETHNIC MINORITIES FACE TORTURE AMOUNTING TO CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.

HE THEREFORE CALLED FOR MORE COOPERATION AND TRANSPARENCY FROM CHINESE AUTHORITIES IN THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION’S CONTINUING INQUIRIES INTO THE ORIGIN OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS, URGING WASHINGTON TO WORK WITH BEIJING TO PUT TIES BACK ON TRACK.

BUHARI/DEMOCRACY

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI HAS DISCLOSED THAT IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS LIFTED NO FEWER THAN 10.5 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY.

PRESIDENT BUHARI IN HIS DEMOCRACY DAY SPEECH SAID THOSE LIFTED OUT OF POVERTY WERE FARMERS, SMALL-SCALE TRADERS, ARTISANS AND MARKET WOMEN AND LOTS MORE.

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ACCORDING TO THE PRESIDENT, HIS GOVERNMENT IS DOING ITS BEST IN THE FACE OF SCARCE RESOURCES AND GALLOPING POPULATION GROWTH RATE THAT CONSISTENTLY OUTSTRIP THE CAPACITY TO PROVIDE JOBS.

THE PRESIDENT, ALSO ACKNOWNLEDGED THAT THE COUNTRY HAS WITNESSED AND OVERCOME A GOOD NUMBER OF TESTY CHALLENGES THAT WOULD HAVE DESTROYED IT IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, THEREFORE CONDOLED WITH THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF GALLANT SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY.

CANADA/PROTEST

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE MARCHED IN SUPPORT OF A CANADIAN MUSLIM FAMILY RUN OVER AND KILLED BY A MAN DRIVING A PICK-UP TRUCK ON JUNE 6 IN AN ATTACK THE POLICE DESCRIBED AS A HATE CRIME.

REPORT INDICATED THAT PEOPLE IN LONDON, MARCHED FROM THE SPOT WHERE THE FAMILY WAS STRUCK DOWN TO A NEARBY MOSQUE, WHILE OTHER RALLIES IN CANADA TOOK PLACE IN TORONTO, OTTAWA, MONTREAL AND QUEBEC, WHERE A SHOOTING IN A MOSQUE LEFT SIX DEAD IN 2017.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, THE ATTACK SPARKED OUTRAGE ACROSS CANADA, WITH POLITICIANS FROM ALL SIDES CONDEMNING THE CRIME,  CALLING ON GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ACTION TO CURB HATE CRIME.

MEANWHILE, CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER, JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAS CALLED THE KILLINGS A TERRORIST ATTACK AND VOWED TO CLAMP DOWN ON FAR-RIGHT GROUPS AND ONLINE HATE.

G7/VACCINE

A GROUP OF SEVEN, ALSO KNOWN AS G7 PLAN TO DONATE ONE BILLION COVID-19 VACCINE DOSES TO POORER COUNTRIES HAS SHOWED THAT WESTERN LEADERS ARE NOT YET ON TOP OF TACKLING THE WORST PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS IN A CENTURY.

THE HEAD OF THE UNITED NATIONS, ANTONIO GUTERRES, IN A STATEMENT TO NEWSMEN, WARNED THAT IF PEOPLE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WERE NOT INOCULATED QUICKLY, THE CORONAVIRUS COULD MUTATE FURTHER AND BECOME RESISTANT TO THE NEW VACCINES.

MEANWHILE, THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, JOE BIDEN AND BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON HAD USED THE G7 SUMMIT IN ENGLAND TO ANNOUNCE THE DONATION OF 500 MILLION AND 100 MILLION VACCINES RESPECTIVELY FOR THE WORLD’S POOREST NATIONS.

HOWEVER, FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON SAID INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS SHOULD NOT HINDER ACCESS TO VACCINES DURING A PANDEMIC.

MALAWI/S’AFRICA

MALAWI’S GOVERNMENT HAS DISCLOSED THAT SEVERAL OF ITS DIPLOMATS HAD BEEN EXPELLED FROM SOUTH AFRICA, AFTER BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF PEDDLING DUTY-FREE ALCOHOL.

MALAWI’S FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTRY IN LILONGWE MADE THE DISCLOSURE IN A STATEMENT, SAYING SOUTH AFRICA HAD GIVEN THE DIPLOMATS AND THEIR FAMILIES 72 HOURS TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY.

ACCORDING TO THE STATEMENT, THE GOVERNMENT EXPRESSED DEEP REGRET THAT MALAWIAN DIPLOMATS, WHO HAVE BEEN DECLARED PERSONA NON GRATA BY SOUTH AFRICA, BUT VOWED TO TAKE DISCIPLINARY ACTION WHEN THE OFFICERS RETURN HOME.

IN THE MEAN TIME, SOUTH AFRICA’S MINISTRY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN A SEPRATE STATEMENT HINTED THAT PRETORIA, THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT TOOK THE DECISION FOLLOWING AN INTENSIVE INVESTIGATION INTO THEIR FLOUTING OF THEIR DIPLOMATIC PRIVILEGES.

SULTAN/HAJJ

THE SULTAN OF SOKOTO AND PRESIDENT GENERAL, NIGERIA SUPREME COUNCIL FOR ISLAMIC AFFAIRS, NSCIA,ALHAJI SA’AD ABUBAKAR III HAS DECLARED TODAY, JUNE 12, AS THE FIRST DAY OF DHUL QADAH.

ALHAJI ABUBAKAR MADE THE DECLARATION IN A STATEMENT SIGNED BY CHAIRMAN, ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS, SULTANATE COUNCIL, PROF. SAMBO JUNAIDU, IN SOKOTO.

THE SULTAN NOTED THAT THE SULTANATE COUNCIL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NATIONAL MOON SIGHTING COMMITTEE, HAVE NOT RECEIVE ANY REPORTS FROM VARIOUS MOON SIGHTING COMMITTEES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

IT WOULD BE NOTED THAT DHUL QADAH IS THE 11TH MONTH OF THE ISLAMIC CALENDAR AND ONE OF THE FOUR SACRED MONTHS ON THE CALENDAR, WHICH PRECEDES THE HOLY MONTH OF DHUL HIJJA, DURING WHICH MUSLIM FAITHFULS PERFORM THE ANNUAL HAJJ.

LAGOS/ABUJA PROTEST

SECURITY OPERATIVES HAVE SURROUNDED THE GANI FAWEHINMI PARK IN OJOTA, THE VENUE OF THE JUNE 12 PROTEST IN LAGOS STATE.

IT WAS REPORTED THAT ABOUT THREE HILUX VEHICLES AND TWO ARMOURED TANKS WERE SEEN PATROLING THE AREA, WHILE PEOPLE WERE PREVENTED FROM ENTERING THE PARK.

IT WOULD BE RECALLED THAT THE LAGOS STATE POLICE COMMAND HAD CLAIMED IT IS UNAWARE OF ANY PLANNED PROTESTS BY ANY GROUP/GROUPS ON JUNE 12 DEMOCRACY DAY, BUT ASSURED RESIDENTS OF SAFETY DURING THE JUNE 12 CELEBRATIONS.

MEANWHILE, IN ABUJA THE PROTEST HAVE BEGAN WITH SOME PROTESTERS MOSTLY YOUTHS, EXPRESSING THEIR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE STATE OF THE NATION.

NCDC COVID

THE NIGERIA CENTRE FOR DISEASE CONTROL, NCDC HAS RECORDED 24 NEW INFECTIONS IN THE LAST 24 HOURS BRINGING THE COUNTRY TOTAL ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES TO 1,504.

ACCORDING TO THE HEALTH BODY, THE CASES WERE REPORTED IN FOUR STATES AND THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY.

THE AGENCY NOTED THAT LAGOS RECORDED 12 CASES, GOMBE 6, KADUNA AND RIVERS, WITH TWO CASES EACH.

THE FCT ABUJA RECORDED TWO CASES.

NIGERIA’S COVID-19 CASELOAD NOW STANDS AT 167,051, WITH 163, 430 CASES DISCHARGED AND 2117 DEATHS RECORDED.

EKITI/DEMOCRACY

 EKITI STATE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, TUNDE MOBAYO, HAS DEPLOYED MORE OFFICERS IN STRATEGIC LOCATIONS IN THE STATE AHEAD OF THE DEMOCRACY DAY CELEBRATION.

IN A STATEMENT BY THE STATE  POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, SUNDAY ABUTU,  MADE AVAILABLE TO NEWSMEN EXPLAINED THAT  THE COMMISSIONER HAD ORDERED THE DEPLOYMENT OF ADDITIONAL OPERATIVES TO COMPLEMENT THE EXISTING ONES IN ALL STRATEGIC POINTS IN THE STATE.

WHILE ASSURING THE PEOPLE OF EKITI STATE OF ADEQUATE SECURITY TO ENSURE A HITCH-FREE DEMOCRACY DAY CELEBRATION ACROSS THE STATE, AFFIRMING THAT THERE IS NO RESTRICTION OF LAWFUL MOVEMENT ACROSS EKITI STATE ON JUNE 12

THEREFORE IMPLORED THE CITIZENS TO GO ABOUT THEIR LAWFUL BUSINESSES

YOUTH/PROTEST

YOUTHS PROTESTING AGAINST BAD GOVERNANCE AND INSECURITY  HAS STORMED OSOGBO, THE CAPITAL OF OSUN STATE, AND AKURE, THT ONDO STATE CAPITAL.

REPORT HAS IT THAT THE YOUTHS UNDER THE AEGIS OF COALITION OF CIVIL SOCIETY, OSUN STATE CONVERGED ON THE POPULAR OKE-FAI ROUNDABOUT.

ACCORDING TO REPORT, PROTESTERS IN AKURE HELD BANNERS AND PLACARDS DEMANDING A BETTER NIGERIA. WHILE INSCRIPTIONS ON THEIR PLACARDS WRITTEN AS WE NEED GOOD AND WORKING NIGERIA, STOP THE KILLINGS, AND END BAD GOVERNANCE AND MANY MORE

ACCORDING TO ONE OF THE PROTESTERS WAHEED SAKA WHO SPOKE WITH NEWSMEN IN OSUN STATE EXPLAINED THAT THEY CAN NOT RUIN THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES OF THEIR STATE, BUT DEMANDING A BETTER COUNTRY THAT WORKS FOR ALL.

APC/TINUBU

AS NIGERIA MARKS DEMOCRACY DAY TODAY JUNE 12, 2021, THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS APC NATIONAL LEADER, BOLA TINUBU, HAS URGED NIGERIANS TO STAND FOR DEMOCRACY.

TINUBU MADE THE CALL IN A CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE TO THE NATION, ADDING THAT DEMOCRATIC GOOD GOVERNANCE OFFERS SOLUTIONS TO NATIONAL CHALLENGES, HENCE THE NEED TO   STAND FOR DEMOCRACY TODAY EVEN MORE TOMORROW.

THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE THEREBY URGED NIGERIANS TO STAND FOR DEMOCRACY AND WHATEVER COULD HINDER DEMOCRACY, DESPITE THE CHALLENGES THEY WERE GOING THROUGH.

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  • BUHARI ADMINISTRATION LIFTS NO FEWER THAN 10.5 MILLION NIGERIANS OUT OF POVERTY.
  • SULTAN DECLARES JUNE 12 FIRST DAY OF DHUL QADAH.
  • US SECRETARY RAISES ALARM OVER ONGOING GENOCIDE AGAINST MUSLIM UIGURS IN CHINA.
  • G7 TO DONATE ONE BILLION DOSES OF VACCINE TO POORER  COUNTRIES .

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  • WE INFORMED YOU THAT PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI HAS DISCLOSED THAT IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS LIFTED NO FEWER THAN 10.5 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY,PRESIDENT BUHARI IN HIS DEMOCRACY DAY SPEECH SAID THOSE LIFTED OUT OF POVERTY WERE FARMERS, SMALL-SCALE TRADERS, ARTISANS AND MARKET WOMEN
  • WE REPORTED THAT THE SULTAN OF SOKOTO AND PRESIDENT GENERAL, NIGERIA SUPREME COUNCIL FOR ISLAMIC AFFAIRS, NSCIA,ALHAJI SA’AD ABUBAKAR III HAS DECLARED TODAY, JUNE 12, AS THE FIRST DAY OF DHUL QADAH.ALHAJI ABUBAKAR MADE THE DECLARATION IN A STATEMENT SIGNED BY CHAIRMAN, ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS, SULTANATE COUNCIL, PROF. SAMBO JUNAIDU, IN SOKOTO.
  • WE ALSO BROUGHT TO YOU THAT THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE, ANTONY BLINKEN HAS RAISED ALARM OVER THE ONGOING GENOCIDE AND ETHNIC CLEANSING AGAINST MUSLIM UIGURS IN CHINA’S FAR WESTERN REGION OF XINJIANG AND DETERIORATION OF DEMOCRATIC NORMS UNDER CHINA’S RULE IN HONG KONG.
  • LASTLY, WE REPORTED THAT , A GROUP OF SEVEN, ALSO KNOWN AS G7 PLAN TO DONATE ONE BILLION COVID-19 VACCINE DOSES TO POORER COUNTRIES, THE HEAD OF THE UNITED NATIONS, ANTONIO GUTERRES, IN A STATEMENT TO NEWSMEN, WARNED THAT IF PEOPLE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WERE NOT INOCULATED QUICKLY, THE CORONAVIRUS COULD MUTATE FURTHER AND BECOME RESISTANT TO THE NEW VACCINES.

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