WORLD NEWS 23-10-2021

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 46 PEOPLE DIED IN MADAGASCAR CLASH.
  • BRITISH PM CHARGES GLOBAL LEADERS TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE.
  • FRANCE, US TO END FRACAS OVER AUKUS DEFENCE PACT.
  • DOZENS ARRESTED AS ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTESTS HITS AUSTRALIA.

BUHARI/COVID

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI HAS EXPLAINED THAT NIGERIA WOULD HAVE GONE THROUGH A TERRIBLE PERIOD DURING THE PEAK OF COVID-19 IF NOT FOR HIS ADMINISTRATION’S POLICIES.

PRESIDENT BUHARI MADE THE EXPLANATION WHILE SPEAKING AT A BILATERAL MEETING AT THE MARGINS OF THE ONGOING UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, UNGA,SAYING THE COUNTRY WOULD HAVE BEEN IN TROUBLE WHEN COVID-19 STRUCK AND AFFECTED THE ECONOMY.

THE PRESIDENT WHO RECALLED THAT NIGERIA CLOSED ITS BORDERS WITH NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES BEFORE THE PANDEMIC SAID THE DECISION WAS TO ENCOURAGE FARMERS AND FURTHER PROMOTE LOCAL CONSUMPTION.

HE THEREFORE URGED INVESTORS TO PUT MONEY IN NIGERIA’S AGRICULTURE SECTOR, ASSURING THAT FARMERS ARE RECEPTIVE TO MODERN WAYS, ESPECIALLY IN RESPECT OF CUTTING POST- HARVEST WASTE.

OSINBAJO/AGS

VICE PRESIDENT YEMI OSINBAJO HAS URGED STATES’ CHIEF LAW OFFICERS TO LEVERAGE THEIR NETWORK AND INDIVIDUAL POSITIONS TO EFFECT THE DESIRED CHANGES IN THE JUSTICE SECTOR.

OSINBAJO GAVE THE CHARGE IN A STATEMENT RELEASED TO NEWSMEN BY HIS SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANT ON MEDIA AND PUBLICITY, LAOLU AKANDE AFTER HOSTING 6 ATTORNEYS-GENERAL FROM THE SOUTH-WEST STATES, COMMENDING THEIR EFFORTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE JURISDICTIONS.

THE VISITING ATTORNEYS-GENERAL AND JUSTICE COMMISSIONERS WHICH WERE LED ON THE VISIT BY THE EKITI STATE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, OLAWALE FAPOHUNDA INCLUDE LAGOS STATE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, MOYOSORE ONIGBANJO, ONDO STATE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, CHARLES TITILOYE, OYO STATE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, PROF. OYELOWO OYEWO AMONG OTHERS.

IN THEIR REMARKS, THE ATTORNEYS-GENERAL SAID THEY WERE INSPIRED BY OSINBAJO’S SUCCESSES DURING HIS STINT AS LAGOS STATE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, ATTRIBUTING SOME OF THE GAINS RECORDED IN THEIR STATES TO THE VP’S INNOVATIVE IDEAS.        

LIBYA/ELECTION

COMMANDER OF THE LIBYAN NATIONAL ARMY, KHALIFA HAFTAR HAS PAVED WAY TO TAKE PART IN DECEMBER’S PROPOSED PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AFTER SAYING HE WOULD STEP DOWN FROM HIS MILITARY ROLE FOR 3 MONTHS.

HAFTAR MADE HIS OPINION KNOWN IN A STATEMENT RELEASED TO NEWSMEN, SAYING HE HAD NAMED AN INTERIM REPLACEMENT AS HEAD OF THE SELF-PROCLAIMED LIBYAN NATIONAL ARMY, LNA TILL DECEMBER 24 WHICH WAS THE DATE OF THE LEGISLATIVE AND PRESIDENTIAL VOTE.

IT WOULD BE RECALLED THAT HAFTAR HEADS THE EASTERN-BASED LNA AND WAGED WAR ON WESTERN FACTIONS AFTER THE COUNTRY SPLIT IN 2014, INCLUDING A 14-MONTH OFFENSIVE TO TAKE TRIPOLI THAT WAS REPELLED LAST YEAR AFTER DEVASTATING AREAS OF THE CAPITAL.

IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE ELECTION WAS MANDATED LAST YEAR BY THE LIBYAN POLITICAL DIALOGUE FORUM, AN UNSELECTED ASSEMBLY THAT SET A PLAN FOR PEACE IN LIBYA THROUGH INSTALLING A UNITY GOVERNMENT AND HOLDING A NATIONWIDE VOTE.

MADAGASCAR ATTACK

NO FEWER THAN 46 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED DEAD IN MADAGASCAR IN A CLASH BETWEEN CATTLE THIEVES AND VILLAGERS.

THE COUNTRY’S HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION MADE THE CONFIRMATION, SAYING THE ATTACK TOOK PLACE WHEN ARMED MEN RAIDED 2 VILLAGES, AMBOHITSOHY AND VOHITSIMBE IN THE MAROVITSIKA COMMUNITY IN THE SOUTH-EAST OF THE COUNTRY.

THE COMMISSION NOTED THAT IT WOULD CONDUCT AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE ATTACKS AND ALSO HELP PROVIDE BETTER SECURITY FOR LOCAL PEOPLE.

IT WOULD BE RECALLED THAT CLASHES BETWEEN CATTLE THIEVES AND VILLAGERS HAD BEEN HAPPENING FREQUENTLY IN THE AREA.

UK/CLIMATE CHANGE

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, BORIS JOHNSON HAS TOLD GLOBAL LEADERS TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE AS THE WORLD FACES A MOMENT TO LIMIT THE RISE IN GLOBAL TEMPERATURES.

JOHNSON WHO WAS EXPECTED TO HOST A CRUCIAL UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE SUMMIT, COP26 IN THE SCOTTISH CITY OF GLASGOW IN 6 WEEKS TIME HAD BEEN USING THIS WEEK’S UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW YORK TO PRESS GOVERNMENTS ON CLIMATE ACTION AND THE MONEY TO PAY FOR IT.

IT WOULD RECALLED THAT CHINESE PRESIDENT, XI JINPING HAD SAID HIS COUNTRY WOULD NO LONGER FUND COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS ABROAD WHILE HIS US COUNTERPART JOE BIDEN ANNOUNCED A PLAN TO DOUBLE FINANCIAL AID FOR GREEN GROWTH TO POORER NATIONS BY 2024.

US/FRANCE

FRANCE AND THE UNITED STATES HAVE MADE EFFORTS TO END A ROW WHICH STARTED LAST WEEK WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE AUKUS DEFENCE PACT BETWEEN THE US, UK AND AUSTRALIA.

THE AMERICAN AND FRENCH PRESIDENTS MADE THIS KNOWN IN A JOINT STATEMENT RELEASED TO JOURNALISTS, SAYING THE SITUATION WOULD HAVE BENEFITED FROM OPEN CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN ALLIES.

IT WOULD BE NOTED THAT JOE BIDEN AND EMMANUEL MACRON HAD A PHONE CONVERSATION FOR HALF AN HOUR ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 AND THEY WOULD ALSO MEET IN EUROPE AT THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

ACCORDING TO A US OFFICIAL, THE US SECRETARY OF STATE, ANTHONY BLINKEN AND THE FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER, JEAN-YVES LE DRIAN WOULD HOLD A BILATERAL MEETING TODAY, SEPTEMBER 23 ON THE SIDELINES OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW YORK.

AUSTRSALIA/PROTEST

POLICE IN AUSTRALIA’S SECOND-LARGEST CITY OF MELBOURNE ARE PREPARING FOR THE FOURTH DAY OF ANTI-LOCKDOWN PROTESTS AFTER DOZENS OF PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED A DAY EARLIER AS COVID-19 CASES ACROSS THE STATE OF VICTORIA HIT A DAILY RECORD.

ACCORDING TO REPORT, VACCINATION CENTRES HAD BEEN TOLD TO BE ON HIGH ALERT AFTER BEING IDENTIFIED AS POTENTIAL TARGETS BY THE PROTESTERS WHO WERE ALSO ANGRY ABOUT THE STATE’S VACCINATION MANDATE.

REACTING, VICTORIA STATE PREMIER, DANIEL ANDREWS PRAISED THE POLICE FOR USING PEPPER SPRAY AND FOAM-BATON ROUNDS TO DISPERSE PROTESTERS WHO GATHERED AT THE SHRINE OF REMEMBRANCE WAR MEMORIAL.

IT WOULD BE RECALLED THAT THE COUNTRY HAD RECORDED 60,000 COVID CASES SINCE MID-JUNE WHEN THE FIRST DELTA CASE WAS DETECTED IN SYDNEY WITH BELOW 1,200 DEATH.

TAIWAN/PACT

TAIWAN HAS FILED AN APPLICATION TO JOIN A KEY ASIA-PACIFIC TRADE PACT JUST DAYS AFTER CHINA SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION.

TAIWAN’S CHIEF TRADE NEGOTIATOR, JOHN DENG MADE THIS KNOWN WHILE SPEAKING WITH NEWSMEN,SAYING IT WAS FAIRLY OBVIOUS THAT TAIWAN’S CASE TO BECOME A MEMBER WOULD BE AT RISK IF CHINA JOINED THE CPTPP FIRST DUE TO THE COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THEM AS TAIWAN CONSIDERS ITSELF AN INDEPENDENT NATION BUT CHINA REGARDS IT AS A BREAKAWAY PROVINCE.

REACTING, JAPAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER TOSHIMITSU MOTEGI SAID HE WELCOMED TAIWAN’S APPLICATION TO JOIN THE PACT.

IT WOULD BE NOTED THAT THE CPTPP WHICH WAS SIGNED IN 2018 BY 11 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING AUSTRALIA, CANADA, CHILE, JAPAN AND NEW ZEALAND WOULD NEED APPROVAL OF MEMBER COUNTRIES BEFORE NEW COUNTRIES COULD JOIN.