President Buhari Leaves for G7 Summit

Muhammed-BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari will be leaving Nigeria on Sunday morning, to attend the G7 Summit that is scheduled to take place in Bavaria, Germany, from June 7 to 8, 2015.

In a statement released in Abuja on Saturday, June 6, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that the invitation was extended to President Buhari by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, even before he was sworn in on May 29 as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

”The invitation is a clear indication of the international community’s willingness to cooperate with the new government of Nigeria,” he said.

He added that President Buhari would not be participating in the main meetings, since Nigeria is not a member of the G7 group.

”He is in a group of seven other Heads of State who were called in as guests. He will equally be holding key side meetings with some of the seven Heads of State who will be convened at the summit.

”The international community is obviously acknowledging Nigeria’s significant role in global affairs,” Mallam Garba said, ”especially with the recent change in government”.

The attendees at the  41st G7 summit will include the leaders of the seven G7 member states, as well as representatives of the European Union.

The G7 member states are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and United States.

The President of the European Commission is a permanently welcome participant in all meetings and decision-making since 1981.

ECOWAS Summit Bids President Jonathan Farewell

jonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan as he hands over in a couple of days has gotten commendation from his peers in West Africa

Speakers at the opening of the 47th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Accra Ghana, particularly commended President Jonathan for conceding victory to president-elect Muhammadu Buhari.

West African leaders also praised the president for the way he handled the country’s affairs during the 2015 general elections

The one-day summit was Jonathan’s valedictory appearance at the regional summit, as president of Nigeria, before the May 29 inauguration of Buhari.

 

Network Africa: Attacks In Somalia, Tanzania, As Ebola Claims More Lives In W.Africa

Network Africa MAPOn this edition of Network Africa, we look at the Ebola virus as it claims more lives in West Africa with health officials recording up to 25 new deaths.

Oscar Pistorius’s 4 month old trial hits the home stretch, what will it be for the blade runner? Trial resumes on August 7.

Somalia President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, escapes death by the whiskers as Islamist al-shabab militants attack the presidential palace in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

For the first time since 1998, Tanzania experiences series of bomb explosions in the month of July as 8 people get badly injured in a blast at a restaurant in the Tanzanian town of Arusha.

Then hopes stirred again in the rescue of the Chibok girls after over 80 days in captivity as former Heads of State brainstorm on their return.

Maduro Wins Venezuela Election With Narrow Win

[highlight]Defeated Venezuelan presidential candidate, Henrique Capriles has demanded a recount of votes, rejecting the election of Nicolas Maduro.[/highlight]

He said there were more than 300,000 incidents from Sunday’s poll that would need to be examined.

Nicolas Maduro, a 50-year-old former bus driver, whom Chavez named as his preferred heir before dying of cancer, edged out opposition challenger Henrique Capriles with 50.7 percent of the votes in Sunday’s election,while Caprilles had 49.1 per cent according to election board returns.

Reacting to the allegations of poll irregularities, Mr Maduro told his supporters that the result was legal and constitutional.

Capriles, whose strong showing confounded most forecasts, refused to recognize the result and said his team had a list of more than 3,000 irregularities ranging from gunshots to the illegal reopening of polling centers.

“I didn’t fight against a candidate today, but against the whole abuse of power,” Capriles, the 40-year-old governor of Miranda state, said after Maduro was declared the winner.

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Cuban leader Raul Castro were among the first heads of state to congratulate Mr Maduro on his win.