Month: April 2018

Liberia remains a fragile state as Unemployment stinks nationwide

Poverty and unemployment in Liberia NEW YORK —There is a change in administration in Liberia. Former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf turned power over to newly elected President George M. Weah. With the election of Weah many Liberians expected improvement in the country, especially in the standard of living. More importantly, the need for employment was one of the central and key highpoints that Liberians and some in the international community expected the new government to address. Having a job for citizens and residents of a nation is vital. As Catherine Capozzi puts it: “The stability of the economy rests...

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Court seizes properties linked to Nigeria’s former first lady

Former First Lady Patience Jonathan waves to supporters despite corruption allegation LAGOS––The wife of Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan, has been accused of corruption when a judge on Monday ordered the seizure of two properties linked to her assets.  This is the most high-profile and embarrassing case against her since her husband left office. Judge Nnamdi Dimgba, the sitting judge at the Federal High Court in Abuja, upheld a request from the country’s anti-corruption watchdog to have the properties of the former First lady forfeited for 45 days. According to Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the properties...

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Pope denounces attack on church in Nigeria that killed 15 persons

Pope Francis at the Vatican PARIS–– In the aftermath of an attack on a church in Nigeria, the Holy Father Pope Francis has criticized the incident that killed 15 people, including two Catholic priests. In remarks on Sunday to the public in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father prayed that Nigeria’s Christian community can find harmony and peace in the midst of the attack and other human suffering imposed on them by hateful elements. Last week’s church massacre took place in Benue state in central Nigeria.  Sources say the region has recently witnessed a series of attacks, many linked...

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Seeking security support, Nigeria’s president meets Trump

President Buhari meets U.S. President Trump in Washington, DC Media Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP) Nigeria’s fight against the Boko Haram jihadist group was expected to top the menu for talks Monday when President Donald Trump meets Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, president of Africa’s most populous and wealthiest country. Buhari will be the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to visit Trump, and they plan a joint press conference in the White House gardens after their meeting around midday. In his talks with Trump, Buhari will be seeking support in his battle against Boko Haram, as well as investment in Nigeria’s rickety...

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Islamic State ally stakes out territory around Lake Chad

Islamic State ally stakes out territory around Lake Chad Media Sources and Credit: Reuters Byline: Paul Carsten and Ahmed Kingimi ABUJA/MAIDUGURI (Reuters) – From the shores of Lake Chad, Islamic State’s West African ally is on a mission: winning over the local people. Digging wells, giving out seeds and fertilizer and providing safe pasture for herders are among the inducements offered by Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), which split from Nigeria’s Boko Haram in 2016. “If you are a herder, driver or trader, they won’t touch you – just follow their rules and regulations governing the territory,” said...

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