Pele Arrives Nigeria Tomorrow, Leads Kanu, Rufai To Legend Camp

World renowned footballer, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pele, will arrive in Nigeria tomorrow to begin a three-day visit that will see him joining some of the country’s soccer legends in mentoring youths drawn from across the nation in the rudiments of the game.

The three-day visit is part of the YEDA Legend edition 2016 organised by Winihin Jemide Series (WJS) and Youth Experience Days Africa (YEDA).

Unveiling the programme in Lagos on Friday, the Event Coordinator, songstress, Chidimma Okebalama, also known as Chee, said the project “is focused on the development of football and the Nigerian youth and will bring together football loving teenagers, parents and key figures within Lagos State Government, corporates and football regulatory bodies.”

She added that it would include “a football clinic (football tournament/celebrity match), an exclusive dinner with Pele and other African football legends scheduled to hold on September 24. There will be chances for football aficionados to own Pele memorabilia at an auction during the dinner, whose proceeds will be donated to the Kanu Nwankwo Foundation and the City of David football academy.”

She said the football clinic, which will begin on Wednesday and end on Friday, would climax with a celebrity exhibition match featuring Kanu Nwankwo, Victor Ikpeba, Peter Rufai, Timi Dakolo and Gideon Okeke, among others, at the Campos Mini Stadium, Onikan Lagos.

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Obama Arrives In China For Final Visit As President

US President Barack Obama arrived in China on Saturday for his final visit as president, intent on cementing the “pivot” to Asia undertaken during his administration.

Obama was welcomed by an honour guard as Air Force One landed in the eastern city of Hangzhou, which is hosting the G20 summit of global economic powers.

But there was also tension on the tarmac, with angry words exchanged when a Chinese official remonstrated with National Security Advisor Susan Rice about where she could stand.

Hangzhou is under ultra-tight security, with a quarter of its residents encouraged to leave and potential troublemakers detained as the ruling Communist Party takes every measure to prevent any possible wrinkles.

Later Saturday Obama will hold private talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the city’s picturesque West Lake, dotted with islands and a favoured subject for Chinese artists.

The meeting is expected to focus on the fight against global warming, after China on Saturday ratified the Paris climate accord and with the US tipped to follow suit, taking the pact a giant step forward.

Tackling climate change has become a bright spot in often difficult relations between the two powers.

But Xi and Obama will also discuss tensions in the South China Sea, where Beijing’s territorial claims, and its construction of artificial islands in disputed waters, have set the region on edge.

On Sunday Obama is to hold talks with Theresa May for the first time since she became British prime minister in the wake of the landmark vote to leave the European Union.

Syria will shift into focus when Obama meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the summit.

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John Kerry In Kenya For Regional Security Talks, Arrives Nigeria Tomorrow

With a peace deal unravelling in South Sudan and jihadist attacks continuing in Somalia, US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on Monday.

The two discussed regional security and terrorism before Kerry met with the foreign ministers of Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda for talks focusing on a faltering peace agreement in South Sudan and looming elections in Somalia.

A statement from the Kenyan presidency ahead of Kerry’s visit said discussions with Kenyatta would focus on “regional security and stability” including South Sudan where a civil war has been raging since December 2013, Somalia where elections are due next month, and Burundi in the throes of a political crisis since April 2015.

Terrorism would also be on the agenda, the statement said, as the threat from Somalia’s Shabaab militants continues to affect the region.

Kerry’s previous visit to Kenya in May 2015 paved the way for US President Barack Obama’s trip two months later.

The high-profile US diplomatic missions underline Kenya’s importance as a regional partner to the US, particularly on security, and demonstrate a thawing of relations that cooled while Kenyatta was under indictment by the International Criminal Court for alleged election-related crimes against humanity.

Kerry is expected to focus his attention on South Sudan and shoring up a year-old peace deal that has so far failed to end the conflict.

Kerry is due to travel to Nigeria on Tuesday before leaving Africa for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

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UNESCO DG Arrives Nigeria On 3-day Working Visit

Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, arrived Nigeria on Wednesday, on a three-day working visit.

She was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and Hajia Mariam Katagum, Nigeria’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO.

Bokova who spoke to newsmen on arrival, said that the purpose of her visit was to discuss vital issues with the Federal Government.
She expressed concern over terrorist activities in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Mali.

“The purpose of the visit is to meet the President and the Ministers of Education, Science and Culture.

“Nigeria is a very important member of UNESCO-a member of the executive board.

“There is an agenda for sustainable development for the next 30 years; we want to see how we can accomplish the ambition of the Nigerian government.

“We are very much concerned about the terrorist attacks in the region; that is why I also visited Niger, Chad and Mali,’’ she said.
According to the UNESCO D-G ,the visit is her third time of coming to Nigeria.

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WHO Director Arrives Nigeria

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, will be in Nigeria today on a three-day official visit on the invitation of the federal government.
A statement signed by the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said the objective of the visit is to strengthen the collaboration between the World Health Organization and Nigeria.

According to him, interactions during her stay in Nigeria will centre on areas that require technical support from the WHO in strengthening the health system to achieve the health related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the context of revitalization of the Primary Health Care (PHC) in Nigeria and the improvement of the country’s health indicators.
During the visit, Dr Moeti will hold discussions with high ranking government officials and key stakeholders on matters of mutual interest relating to health development in Nigeria and Africa.
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Falana’s Petition Against Dasuki, Okonjo-Iweala Arrives International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague has confirmed that it is considering petition submitted to it by human rights lawyer Femi Falana, SAN over alleged crimes against humanity committed in the context of the arms procurement scandal.

The ICC revealed this in a letter dated 1 February 2016 with reference: OTP-CR-32/16 and signed by Mark P. Dillon, Head of Information & Evidence Unit of the ICC.

The letter reads in part: “The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court acknowledges receipt of your documents/letter. This communication has been duly entered in the Communications Register of the Office. We will give consideration to this communication, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”

Mr. Falana had in a petition dated 19 January 2016 requested the ICC to “investigate allegations of crimes against humanity committed against the Nigerian people by some former and serving military as well public officials and private persons who engaged in the criminal diversion of $8 billion earmarked to procure equipment for the armed forces to fight insurgency”.

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Buhari Arrives New Delhi For India-Africa Forum (PHOTOS)

President Buhari has arrived New Delhi to participate in the 3rd Summit of the India-Africa Forum. Issues such as climate change and international terrorism will be discussed during the forum.

They are also expected to discuss additional measures aimed at boosting joint collaboration to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development in Africa and India as well as further cooperation for the alleviation of poverty, and the eradication of hunger, disease and illiteracy.

President Buhari is accompanied by the Governors of Kano and Delta States, the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) and the Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries of Defence, Power, Communications Technology, Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and Industry, Trade and Investment. See photos below:

Buhari Arrives New York For UN General Assembly (PHOTOS)

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived the JFK international airport in New York for the 70th UN general Assembly.

Some Members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s delegation including SSA Household & Domestic Sarki Abba, SSA Media & Publicity Femi Adesina, Senator Hadi Sirika, Former Governor of Ekiti state Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Former Governor of Rivers state Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi .

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UN Sec Gen, Ki-Moon, Arrives Nigeria Sunday

The United Nations Secretary- General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon is due in Nigerian on Sunday. He is scheduled to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.

The visit appears to be in recognition of the peaceful manner in which the presidential poll of March 28 was conducted.

The visit also comes just as the United Nations is also looking forward to Buhari’s participation at the 70th anniversary of the world body, in New York, in September.

An official said more than 100 heads of state – alongside Buhari, are expected at the yearly global summit in New York, where the Nigerian delegation might be one of the major attractions.


President Buhari Arrives Cameroon For Talks On Boko Haram

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists. Security was tight for the 24-hour visit, after a surge of Boko Haram violence in Cameroon including an unprecedented series of five suicide bombings in the far north.

Presidential guard soldiers were posted on rooftops of houses and along the route from the airport to the presidential palace in Yaounde, while vehicles armed with machine-guns patrolled the streets and access to the hotel where Buhari will stay was blocked.

The trip comes a day after Nigeria vowed that a new regional force tasked with fighting the jihadists would go into action soon.

Nigeria’s presidency said Buhari’s talks with Cameroonian President Paul Biya were part of his “ongoing effort to build a more effective regional coalition against Boko Haram”. Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks since Buhari took office in May, unleashing a wave of violence that has claimed 800 lives in just two months.

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Buhari Arrives Germany For Talks With G-7 Leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in Munich, Germany, on Sunday to begin a two-day official visit during which he will participate in the G-7 Outreach programme for invited heads of government and global institutions.

Buhari, who was received on arrival by the Vice Minister-President of Bavaria, Inge Aigner, was accompanied by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno, former lagos State governor Babatunde Fashola, Abdurrahman Dambazau and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Paul Lolo.

Other invited Heads of State and international institutions who will join Buhari at the working session with G-7 leaders on Monday w at Elmau are; Presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Macky Sall of Senegal, Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi of Iraq, the Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary-General of the OECD, Angel Gurria, the Managing Director of the IMF, Christine Largarde, the President of the World Bank Group, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, are also scheduled to participate in Monday’s Outreach Session with G-7 leaders.

Others are the Director-General of the International Labour Organistion, Guy Rider, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Before leaving Munich for home tomorrow, Buhari will hold bilateral talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada on the sidelines of the G-7 Outreach Programme.

He is also expected to meet U. S. President Barack Obama, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, and other G-7 leaders in the course of the Outreach Session and have a working lunch at the Elmau Castle.

The Head of the Bavarian regional government will host a dinner in honour of President Buhari and other leaders invited to the G-7 Outreach Programme tonight.

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