Minister Of State For Foreign Affairs Khadija Ibrahim To Resign January 14

Khadija Ibrahim

 

Contrary to reports that the Minister of State For Foreign Affairs, Khadija Ibrahim, has resigned, Ms Ibrahim has said that her resignation takes effect from Monday, January 14.

She disclosed her resignation during the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Her resignation follows her intention to contest for House of Representatives in her home state, Yobe.

She was appointed as a minister by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

 

 

Yobe Holds National Assembly By-Election

Yobe National Assembly Election The National Assembly by-election is currently holding in Yobe State, northeast Nigeria.

The election is taking place in order to fill the vacant seat left by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Ibrahim.

Mrs Ibrahim represented the Damaturu, Gujba, Gulani and Tarmuwa Federal Constituency before her nomination to serve in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

The election is holding in Damaturu, the state capital, as well as Gujba, Gulani and Tarmuwa Local Government Areas, constituting the federal constituency.

The streets of Damaturu, like other affected council areas remain deserted, as security operatives continue to search for vehicles and people using the road.

Reports say that electoral officials arrived most venues on Saturday morning in good time for the polls.

The Minister for State Foreign Affairs Khadija Bukar Ibrahim while casting her votes at the Emir of Damaturu polling station commended INEC and electoral officers for the conduct of the exercise.

She also praised the conduct of the electorate whom she said conducted themselves in orderly manner.

Four political parties: National Conscience Party (NCP), Advance Congress for Democracy (ACD), All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are participating in the by-election.

Indonesia Promises To Assist Nigeria In War On Terror

Boko Haram Indonesia on war on terrorismThe Indonesian government says it is ready to provide assistance to Nigeria in its fight against terrorism.

The Ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria, Harry Purwanto, made the promise at a meeting with┬áNigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs┬áin Abuja, the nation’s capital city.

At the meeting held at the Minister’s office on Thursday, both countries had the opportunity to explore areas of mutual benefit.

In their talks, Mrs Ibrahim also sought an agreement on prisoner swap between the two countries, in an attempt to bring some Nigerians serving different jail terms in Indonesia back home.

Earlier, the Minister asked for the assistance of the Indonesian government in Nigeria’s fight against insurgency in the northeast.

Responding to the request, the Indonesian Ambassador said his government had also had to deal with the issue terrorism and would welcome an opportunity to assist Nigeria.

Mr Purwanto further stated that his country would also wish to explore the possibility of buying crude oil from Nigeria.

Any agreement in crude oil purchase between both countries will be seen as a boost for the oil-rich nation that relies hugely on crude oil sales for revenue.

Nigeria has continued to explore Asian markets since the US, which was the nation’s largest buyer, pulled out.

Nigeria Seeks Partnership With UK To End Crude Oil Theft

Nigeria Seeks Partnership With UK To End Crude Oil TheftNigeria is seeking partnership with the British Government to combat crude oil theft through the tracking of movement of ships by the Global Insurance Company, Lloyds of London.

The Federal Government sought the partnership at a meeting with a delegation from the UK, led by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, on Tuesday.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Ibrahim, at the meeting said Nigeria’s major areas of interest for partnership were economic development, corruption and security.

Mrs Ibrahim said that oil and gas had been the main areas in which the United Kingdom and Nigeria have had a lot of trade relationship. But unfortunately, now that the price of the crude oil has gone down, Nigeria is seeking to diversify in areas of agriculture and mining.

“We seek more trade relationships with the United Kingdom in the areas of agriculture and mining.

“There is no sound economy without security in the country, no investors will come to a country where there is consistent war and terrorism, no investor will be safe with insecurity and terrorism.

“Since the Boko Haram insurgency, there’s been less investment in Nigeria, but with the assistance of the United Kingdom, I think it will come a long way in helping to assist Nigeria in fighting Boko Haram menace,” she said.

The British High Commissioner, however, said that the British Government was working on returning stolen assets to Nigeria and was already encouraging investors to come to Nigeria while work is on to stop the insurgency in the north.

“Personally, we are looking forward to cooperating with Nigerian Government by bringing together Lloyds of London and the Nigerian Government to see what we can do in that area.

“On the economy, part of my job is to encourage British investors to come to Nigeria to invest in the country, to create jobs and employment.

“We are hopeful that the new economy team will provide the right economic environment and send a right signal and message that will encourage investors to come to Nigeria,” he said.

Mr Arkwright, further said that the oil theft issue would be looked into.

War On Terror: Nigeria Seeks More UN Support

CameroonThe Nigerian government has called for stronger assistance from the United Nations (UN) in the fight against insurgency and the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons in the northern part of the nation.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Ibrahim, made the request at a meeting with the special envoy to the United Nations Secretary-General on West Africa, Mohammed Ibn-Chambas.

Ibrahim said the growing poverty, crime and violence in the region necessitated a lasting reconstruction which the humanitarian gestures of the United Nations could help achieve.

In his response, the UN special envoy emphasised the need for displaced Nigerians to be resettled in their homes.

Ibn-Chambas said the UN would help in the reconstruction of infrastructure destroyed by the insurgents through its various agencies.

He also pointed out that it was time for stronger ties between the countries in the region affected by Boko Haram insurgency.

According to him, a stronger tie would help ensure the destruction of the insurgents’ operational infrastructure to bring an end to the security crisis.

Nigeria’s is making the request just as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps have become a target by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.

On Sunday, a female suicide bomber attacked an IDPs camp in Maiduguri, Borno State in north-east Nigeria.