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October 16, 2017 11:18 PM Can Nigeria and Cameroon learn any lessons from Catalonia?

The crisis in Spain's Catalonia region is being closely watched in Nigeria and Cameroon, where secessionist movements have been stepping up campaigns for independence, as BBC Pidgin editor Adejuwon Soyinka reports. Many Nigerians and Cameroonians were looking to Spain, hoping it would find a peaceful solution to demands for independence in the Catalan 23

October 16, 2017 4:19 AM Practical ways to restructure Nigeria before 2019 election — Anyaoku

I nternational diplomat and statesman, Chief Emeka Anyaoku topped his illustrious diplomatic career with his appointment as third Secretary-General of the Commonwealth in 1989. He had earlier served for three months as Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1983. Do you think Nigeria can survive the several challenges it is facing? For me, I do not think 15

October 13, 2017 2:20 PM Biafra: IPOB speaks on change of name

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB on Friday declared that change of name is not on its plans. The group said it will sustain its current name despite its proscription by the Federal Government. This was disclosed by IPOB spokesman, Comrade Emma Powerful, in a statement on Friday. The statement reads, “We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its leadership 19

October 13, 2017 2:10 PM Proscription: We won’t change name, says IPOB

The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra on Friday said it has no plans to operate under a new name as a result of its proscription by the Federal Government. IPOB spokesman, Comrade Emma Powerful, in a statement, declared that the group would not change its name. Powerful alleged that the Federal Government in company with the South-East Governors Forum 18

October 10, 2017 3:41 PM Kenyan opposition leader withdraws from repeat presidential poll

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Tuesday he would not stand in a court-ordered re-run of August’s presidential election that is scheduled for Oct. 26, saying the polls would not be free or fair. President Uhuru Kenyatta said the election would proceed as planned, despite the withdrawal of his only challenger. Both men’s 25

October 10, 2017 12:46 PM Kenyan opposition to boycott parliament, poll re-run in doubt

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition lawmakers said on Tuesday they would boycott parliament over proposed election law amendments ahead of a re-run of a presidential vote on Oct. 26, a contest experts say looks increasingly unlikely to happen. The poll pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta against opposition leader Raila Odinga must be held by the end of October 21

October 9, 2017 12:41 PM A split within a split: the Catalan valley sticking with Spain

VIELHA, Spain (Reuters) - If Catalonia declares independence from Spain this week, one community in the region’s mountainous north might declare independence from Catalonia. Most people in the picturesque Aran Valley - a semi-autonomous community nestled among the Pyrenees - want to stay with Spain, and the area has the right to self-determination under 29

October 9, 2017 10:59 AM Catalan leader under pressure to drop independence

BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia’s secessionist leader came under intense pressure on Monday to abandon plans to declare independence from Spain after hundreds of thousands of unionists took to the streets at the weekend to protest against the region breaking away. Spain fears the Catalan parliament will vote for independence on Tuesday, when Catalan 37

October 9, 2017 10:26 AM IGP Idris protests Senate’s closure of National Assembly Police Division

The Inspector General, IGP Ibrahim Idris, has condemned the closure of the Police Division in the National Assembly by the Senate. The IGP said the Senate alleged closure of the police division was “illegal.” The IG has been accused of removing the Officer-in-Charge of the Division without recourse to the leadership of the National Assembly. These, it is believed 19

October 9, 2017 1:03 AM Suspend Kachikwu, Baru, Senate panel chair tells Buhari

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) Senator Tayo Alasoadura, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately suspend the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru. Alasoadura specifically stated that Baru’s 23