Month: December 2016

Niger’s government proposes accommodating Boko Haram deserters

Niamey, Niger-  The government of Niger, a predominantly Muslim country, promises to accommodate fighter dissenting the Boko Haram terrorist group. The government, on Thursday, called all its citizens that militate in the Boko Haram Jihadist organization to hand themselves over while promising an amnesty and access to social benefits within the framework of a re-insertion program. Interior Minister made the offer, Mohammed Bazoum on national radio, two days after 31 Jihadists of this religious sect, created in neighboring Nigeria but also active in Niger and Chad, surrendered to the Niamey authorities. “We have made a call to all our...

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Muse Live Concert in Accra Postponed

Muse Live has been postponed to Jan. 1 said co-founder and CEO of Muse Africa Sadiq Abdulai Abu.  The concert was originally scheduled for Dec. 29 at the Polo Club in Accra. Abu stated that the concert was moved because of unforeseen circumstances that were beyond their control and that problems with the previous venue would have prevented the event from occurring.  Despite having to change the date and venue, Abu is excited to present the first official rave of 2017. Muse Live is an energetic, non-stop party/concert experience that includes top rated DJs, urban music acts and even full audio visual effects to make the experience an unforgettable one. The concert will now take place at the World Trade Center in Accra at 8 p.m.  Among those performing are Eugy, Maleek Berry, Joey B, MzVee, Kwamz & Flava and Medikal. Guests can purchase tickets at the Silverbird Cinema and Mango Shop at the Accra Mall. Video Credit:  Ghana...

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Show down in The Gambia, as neighbors send troops to secure new president

Media: Courtesy of Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) Banjul (dpa) – The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) has decided to send troops to ensure a peaceful transition of power in Gambia following the incumbent president’s refusal to accept that he lost December’s election. ECOWAS made the decision to send to Gambia a standby force led by Senegal on December 17, but the document outlining the decision was not circulated until Thursday. After more than two decades in power, President Yahya Jammeh, 51, lost the election on December 1 to Adama Barrow. Jammeh has contested the result, and a court...

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Burkina leader names new army chief after jihadist raid

Media: Courtesy of Agence France-Presse (AFP) Ouagadougou, Dec 29, 2016 (AFP) – Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has named a new military commander, two weeks after jihadists killed 12 soldiers in a major raid, a government statement said Thursday. Colonel Oumarou Sadou was made chief of the armed forces general staff, per the document released after a cabinet meeting. He replaces General Pingrenoma Zagre. The appointment “comes in the framework of the reorganization of the armed forces”, Kabore said on Twitter. Sadou, 57, comes from the arid Sahel region in northern Burkina Faso, which is frequently attacked by jihadists from Mali, across the border. On December 12, jihadists killed 12 soldiers in one such attack against an army squad at Nassoumbou in the Djibo district, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the frontier. The raid — the deadliest ever against Burkina Faso’s military — caused a public outcry, with some calling for the sacking of a military leadership accused of failing to match up to the jihadist threat. A first attack on troops in the same region in October left six dead, two civilians as well as four soldiers. Sadou, who served as army chief of staff in 2011 and was later entrusted with the oversight tasks of inspector of the armed forces, has a reputation for tough tactics. Long spared the Islamist violence affecting several nations...

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How Liberia’s President Entraps Her Political Foes: Accuse Them of Corruption

Washington D. C- When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took over a war-ravaged Liberia in 2006, she made one promise to the people that stuck and gave them hope that this was a new beginning for a country that has seen so much decadence and corruption. She promised to make corruption ‘Public Enemy Number One.’ But as the years went by Africa’s first woman President who became a darling of the West and garnered so much respect worldwide, became an accomplice to the same corruption that once haunted her predecessors, Samuel K. Doe, and Charles Taylor. Since then President Sirleaf...

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