Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, says India and Africa must work together to uplift the lives of their people.
The President was addressing the third India Africa Summit which took place at the Indira Ghandi Stadium in the Indian capital, New Delhi.
He pledged that his administration was for the greater majority of humanity, observing that what India was doing was in the spirit of globalisation and the interest of the greater majority.
President Buhari called on the summit to fashion out a road map that would develop the continent and make Africa and India comparable to any western world.
The Indian Prime Minister , Mr Narendra Modi, pledged to continue to support Africa at all times.
He made a donation of 600 million dollars grant for which African countries should draw for development purposes.
President Buhari had earlier met with Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of Indian companies with interests in Nigeria, promising his administration’s commitment to maintaining macro-economic stability and improving investors’ confidence in Nigeria.
He said that the fall in oil prices would not deter his government from creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has held talks with the Indian Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, with focus on deepening co-operations and using the potential of both countries to greater advantage.
Briefing reporters on the outcome of the dialogue held on Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danjuma Sheni, said that the discussion also centred on how India and Nigeria could assist each other to meet their aspiration of becoming members of an expanded United Nations Security Council.
Recovery Of Stolen Funds
President Buhari also met with the Nigerian community in India, promising to make Nigeria more secure, especially with regard to the health sector to avoid capital flight.
While addressing the President and other Nigerians at the meeting, the Acting High Commissioner in India, Shola Enikanoliaye, expressed optimism that Buhari’s administration would double effort to reduce capital flight to India, where over 40,000 Nigerian go to every year for medical attention.
In his speech, the President further reiterated his administration’s resolve to curb corruption and plug all loopholes in public sector accounting.
He vowed to sustain the recovery of stolen funds and prosecution of persons who had been indicted for corrupt practices.
This, he added, was to serve as a deterrent to others who nurse the ambition of seeking public office solely for illegal personal gains.
The high point of the meeting held at the Nigerian High Commission in Delhi was the revelation that no Nigerian living in India belongs to the ISIS terrorist group.
The President urged them to obey the laws of the land, promising to make life comfortable back home.
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON has confirmed that 99 Nigerian pilgrims died, 42 were injured and 214 others are missing in the September 24 Hajj stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia.
The agency’s Commissioner, Planning, Research, Statistic Information and Library Service, Dr. Saleh Okenwa, said that the total number of Nigerians affected in the incident is presently 355.
Dr. Okenwa insisted that those missing cannot be declared dead, since identification of those affected were still being collated by the Saudi Arabia health authorities in conjunction with Nigerian and other nations’ health officials.
He went on to give the breakdown of the victims as 73 deaths from the state pilgrims welfare boards, agencies and commissions, while the remaining 26 are from the tour operators.
Nigeria has opened the debate on regional peace and security at the United Nations Security Council which is in line with the resolve by African leaders for regional bodies to lead peace-building and peace-keeping in their areas.
UN Secretary General, Ban-ki Moon and over 20 countries, who participated in the debate, agreed that the role of regional organisations in conflict resolution could not be over emphasised, drawing inferences from Chapter 8 of the UN Charter.
However, India strongly disagrees with the popular views, calling into question, Africa’s ability to effectively handle peace- keeping missions.
Team Nigeria has won nine medals at the ongoing Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. The medals are six gold and three silver.
The star boy of day-5 is Sunday Olowoniyi. The 20-year-old beat Panama’s Loaiza Tamir and South Korea’s Jeong Seong Jun by three games to top the men’s singles division six and win another table tennis gold for Nigeria.
Victoria White set the ball rolling on day-4 of the competition, winning gold in table-tennis. It was an almost flawless performance by the young Nigerian who defeated her opponents from India, Macau and the United Arab Emirates without dropping a game in her division.
Rasaq Muraina and Jeffrey Olu-Imaferami continued the gold rush for Nigeria with excellent displays in badminton, adding to the cycling gold won by Emuwa Chidubem in the 500 meters time trial.
Sikiru Sadiq threw a distance of 6.72 meters to win silver in the 4kg division mo8 shot put event, while the basketball team rounded off proceedings with an exciting 28-23 win over Belgium.
Once again, Moshood Popoola emerged the star of a good team performance scoring 10 points and recording 10 rebounds. The next game is a top of the table clash against Korea.
Team Nigeria started their campaign at the Special Olympics World Games with Tejumoluwa Ogunlela winning silver in division 15 of the 100 metres women’s freestyle.
Adebiyi Olatunji and Adedamola Roberts consolidated to win gold and silver in division 17 of the 100 meters men’s freestyle event.
On day-2, Nigeria crushed South Africa 6-0 in division one of the unified soccer event. Two first half goals from Daniel Osadolo ensured a great start at the Balboa Sports Center.
In the second half, Coach Stephen Adeyomo’s team turned up the heat on their opponents with further goals from Abubakar Adebayo and Eziema Chukwudi, ensuring a comfortable win.
On the same day, Nigeria defeated Canada 33-21 points in Basketball, to advance to the next round. The West African team dominated the first quarter 17-9, but the Canadians fought back in the third to reduce the deficit. The 4th quarter saw another close battle, before Nigeria eventually pulled away late in the game.
With athletes such as Sadiq Sikiru, Chidubem Emuwa, Fatai Fatimoh and Mbum Esther also receiving medals for successful outings in shot put, cycling and standing long jump.
Team Nigeria will be hoping the medal chase continues before the competition ends on August 2, 2015.
The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games opened on July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The 2015 Games feature competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports involving 6,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.
A lawyer and member of the legal and security directorate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, says the party has the right to choose the principal officers of the House of Representatives.
Mr Okoi Obono-Obla made the statement on Tuesday on a Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily.
The leadership of the party and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, have disagreed on the choice of the principal officers.
In an attempt to clarify the party’s position and choice, Mr Obono-Obla stressed that the party provided the platform which the Speaker and other members that were against the choice of the party gained membership of the House.
“The Speaker, as long as he is a member of the APC, should obey the dictates of the party because the party is supreme,” he emphasised.
Describing the wrangling within the APC over the choice of principal officer as a common occurrence in democracy, Mr Obono-Obla, defined politics as the struggle to allocate resources in a society where resources are not many.
“What we have is politics and we should expect that in a mosaic complexity of Nigeria. It is not also strange because it occurs in the US, India and UK.
Mr Obono-Obla further said that there was always struggle by one fraction, group, and wing to outweigh another.
“I don’t see the struggle for leadership as a struggle by the legislators to allocate resources to themselves.
“It is the struggle by the different faction, wings and tendencies in the APC which is normal because the party is big,” he explained.
The lawyer, who was the co-secretary of the Joint Inter-party Merger Committee that negotiated formation of the APC, said that the committee envisaged they would have a large party made up of different tendencies, factions and wings, and as such was prepared for the current situation.