Trudeau Promises To Pull Canada Out Of Bombing Campaign Against ISIS

Justin TrudeauCanada’s Prime Minister Elect, Justin Trudeau, has promised to follow through on his campaign promise to pull the country out of the US led bombing campaign against ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq.

Mr Trudeau, who led the Liberal Party to a stunning victory in elections on Tuesday, said that he had already told US President, Barack Obama of his plans.

The Prime Minister is expected to take office in the coming weeks, replacing conservative Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, who sent Canadian warplanes to carry out airstrikes against ISIS.

Canada’s bombing raids started hitting the Islamic extremist group’s positions in Iraq in November 2014 and expanded into Syria in April.

During his first press conference with Parliament Hill journalists as Prime Minister-Designate, Trudeau revealed he’ll announce a cabinet on November 4 that will also be the day Trudeau officially become Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister.

The Liberal Leader reiterated his plan to have gender equality around the cabinet table and said it would be smaller than Harper’s last cabinet. He said it was important to get a cabinet appointed as quickly as possible so the Liberals can start governing.

In March, Parliament approved a 12-month extension of the bombing mission and a related training effort in northern Iraq. The motion was adopted thanks to the Conservatives’ majority in the House. Both the Liberals and NDP opposed it.

Trudeau had also promised during the campaign that his first order of business when Parliament resumed would be to cut income taxes for middle-class earners. He also said his priority was “to make Parliament work and bring it back as quickly as is reasonable.” He said his team was looking at appropriate dates and times.

There was some suggestion that a number of international summits scheduled through November and early December could delay the resumption of Parliament. But while Trudeau confirmed his attendance at the UN climate change conference in Paris, his attendance at the others, including the G20, appeared up in the air.

Libya Crisis: UN Proposes National Unity Government

Bernardino Leon on libya crisisThe United Nations envoy for Libya has proposed the formation of a national unity government, after months of difficult talks.

Since 2014,  Libya has had two rival parliaments; an Islamist-backed one in Tripoli and an internationally recognised government in the East.

However, several MPs on both sides of the divide have described the latest announcement as premature.

UN envoy, Bernardino Leon, told a news conference in Morocco that Fayez Sarraj would be nominated as Prime Minister.

“We believe this list can work,” Leon said.

“What I ask all the Libyans is not to think what is missing, what they would have liked to see in this list and they don’t see, but to think that this, if supported by all Libyans, will be the best government in the world.”

Abdulsalam Bilashahir, of the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC), told the BBC: “We are not a part of this [proposed] government. It means nothing to us and we were not consulted.”

Ibrahim Alzaghiat, of the House Of Representatives (HOR), based in Tobruk, said: “This proposed government will lead to the division of Libya and will turn it into a joke. Mr Leon’s choice was unwise.”

Four years since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the oil-rich nation has remained gripped in chaos. Last August, a loose alliance of Islamist-backed fighters seized the capital, forcing the internationally recognized government to flee to the eastern city of Tobruk.

It is not clear if the UN proposals, which came after months of protracted negotiations and amid continuing fighting on the ground, would be accepted by both sides.

In addition to the estimated 2.44 million people in need of humanitarian aid, the civil war has also hurt the nation’s oil-dependent economy.

Nnamani Tasks Buhari On War Against Corruption

Nnamani Tasks Buhari On War Against CorruptionNigeria’s former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the war against corruption is extended to all parts of the country.

Senator Nnamani, made the call sequel to President Buhari’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where the President described corruption and cross border financial crimes as “major obstacles to development and economic growth”.

Senatoe Nnamani advocated the spread of the anti-corruption campaign across board irrespective of who is involved and in which administration he served.

He also asked the Nigerian President to ensure that all issues of monumental graft, especially those that have brought Nigeria international disrespect such as the Halliburton and Siemens scandals are prosecuted.

Various groups have also called on President Buhari to intensify efforts in his fight against corruption as Nigeria celebrates its 55 years of independence.

A Clergy, Rev Funsho Ajibode, during a march, organised by New Convenient Church to commemorate the Independence Day anniversary in Osogbo, to urged the President to take Nigeria notches higher than he met the country.

He noted that Nigeria at 55 is yet to reach its potential and might not be unconnected with the way it had been governed in the past, stressing that a lot of things were misplaced.

US Investigates Kunduz Hospital Bombing

US on Afghan conflictThe United States (US) has launched an investigation into air strikes that killed 19 people at an Afghan medical charity, operated by Medecins Sans Frontiere (MSF).                        

The US military said a strike targeting Taliban in the northern city of Kunduz may have caused “collateral damage”.

At least 12 MSF staff members and seven patients were killed in the incident.

US President, Barack Obama, has offered his condolences, adding that he expected a “full accounting of the facts” after which he would make a definitive judgement.

The United Nations (UN) has described the strikes as “inexcusable and possibly even criminal”, with Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, calling for a thorough and impartial investigation.

The MSF-run hospital was severely damaged by a series of strikes that lasted more than an hour from 02:00 local time on Saturday. Dozens were also injured in the attack.

MSF President, Meinie Nicolai, described the incident as “abhorrent and a grave violation of international humanitarian law”.

Central African Republic Capital Under Lockdown After Clashes

central african republicThe capital of the Central African Republic (C.A.R) is under a night-time curfew, after days of intense fighting between Christian and Muslim groups.

Fierce clashes between the two groups erupted after the killing of a Muslim taxi driver in Bangui on Saturday.

At least 36 people have died in the violence, and the United Nations (UN) says it has forced nearly 30,000 people to flee.

A UN spokesman said the country may be returning to a state of unseen violence since conflict erupted two years ago.

“We fear that the violence we’re seeing in Bangui is a return to the dark days of late 2013 and 2014, when thousands were killed and tens of thousands had to flee their homes,” Leo Hobbs said.

The Central African Republic has been wracked by violence since a mainly Muslim rebel group, Seleka, seized power in march 2013.

The Seleka group was then ousted, sparking a wave of violent reprisals against the Muslim population, thousands of whom fled their homes.

Interior Minister, Modibo Bachir Walidou, told BBC that the government remained in control, but the situation remained volatile.

Interim President, Catherine Samba Panza, returned from the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, telling the BBC that elections postponed for October would now be canceled.

She accused ‘former dignitaries’ of fomenting violence, singling out former President Francois Bozize.

Mr Bozize has criticised the decision to Barr him from standing for election, saying: “democracy was murdered in front of everyone in the Central African Republic.”

Violent Attacks: Central African Republic Leader Leaves UN Early

Catherine Samba-Panza leaves UN assembly earlyThe Interim President of Central African Republic, Catherine Samba-Panza, hurriedly left the United Nations General Assembly in New York to attend to the worst violence in the country’s capital Bangui.

At least 30 people had been killed and over 100 more had been injured in three days of inter-communal clashes in Bangui.

On Monday evening, in a city secured by UN And French peacekeepers, hundreds of prisoners escaped from the main jail in the capital.

Earlier in the day, at least three people died when protesters gathered in downtown Bangui to march on the presidential palace.

Protesters blamed UN peacekeepers for shooting into the crowd, but the UN peacekeeping force, MINUSCA, denied that its troops opened fire on protesters.

The United States condemned the unrest in C.A.R. and pledged its support for Samba-Panza’s government.

“We fully support the efforts of the Central African and international forces to re-establish order and bring these perpetrators to justice,” US State Department spokesman, John Kirby said.

In a statement on Monday, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Alioune Tine said, “The deadly violence in the capital illustrates that C.A.R. remains in a very fragile state and that immediate action must be taken to enhance the capacity of UN peacekeepers to detect and respond effectively to such incidents before escalation of attacks on civilians”.

Amnesty said civilians have started to flee the fighting in Bangui and said the offices of at least three aid organizations in the city have been looted.

Central African Republic erupted in violence in 2013 when Muslim rebels seized Bangui, leading to often brutal attacks and reprisals between rival Christian and Muslim militias.

The country had been led by a transitional government since last year and elections are scheduled for October 18, but are widely expected to be postponed.

UN General Assembly Opens In New York

unThe United Nations (UN) General Assembly has opened in New York, United States (U.S.).

President Muhammadu Buhari, who arrived New York on Friday, has reacted to the Saudi Arabia stampede, describing it as a calamity, also commiserating with the families of Nigerians who died, alongside over 700 pilgrims.

President Buhari believes that the stampede at Mina which claimed the life of a Nigerian journalist, Bilkisu Yusuf, and one Professor Tijjani Miskin is very tragic.

The President ends his statement, taking note of assurances from the government of Saudi Arabia that such catastrophe will not happen again, and that this particular incident will be thoroughly investigated.

Top on the agenda as President Buhari holds talks with world leaders will be domestic developmental issues, bilateral relations, the war against terrorism, countering violent extremism, the enhancement of global security, peace-keeping operations, climate change and the adoption of a post 2015 global development agenda.

President Buhari is also scheduled to address the World Leaders Summit on Violent Extremism to which he was personally invited by Mr. Ban Ki Moon during the Secretary-General’s recent visit to Nigeria.

President Buhari Arrives In New York

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in the United States to attend the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The President left with a 22-man delegation for the ten-hour-journey just after celebrating Eid-el Kabir in his home town in Daura.

President Buhari is expected to hold talks, deliberations and interactions with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, President Barack Obama of the United States, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Vladmir Putin of Russia, President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India and others.

Top on the agenda will be domestic developmental issues, bilateral relations, the war against terrorism, countering violent extremism, the enhancement of global security, peace-keeping operations, climate change and the adoption of a post 2015 global development agenda.

President Buhari is also scheduled to address the World Leaders Summit on Violent Extremism to which he was personally invited by Mr. Ban Ki Moon during the Secretary-General’s recent visit to Nigeria.

President Buhari Leaves For New York

New YorkPresident Muhammadu Buhari has left Nigeria for the United States to attend the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The President left with a 22-man delegation for the ten-hour-journey.

President Buhari is leaving just after celebrating the Eid in his home town in Daura.

The President is accompanied by the governors of Kaduna, Niger, and Cross River states.

Also joining the President are former governors, Kayode Fayemi and Rotimi Amaechi, and former member of the House of Reps, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Others are the National Security Adviser, Major-General Mungunu, Presidential Adviser on media, Femi Adeshina, among others.

On the agenda of President Buhari’s talks, deliberations and interactions with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, President Barack Obama of the United States, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Vladmir Putin of Russia, President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India and others will be domestic developmental issues, bilateral relations, the war against terrorism, countering violent extremism, the enhancement of global security, peace-keeping operations, climate change and the adoption of a post 2015 global development agenda.

President Buhari is also scheduled to address the World Leaders Summit on Violent Extremism to which he was personally invited by Mr. Ban Ki Moon during the Secretary-General’s recent visit to Nigeria.

Burkina Faso Crisis: Coup Juntas Should Disarm To Avoid Bloodshed – ECOWAS

ecowas on burkina faso crisisThe extraordinary session of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), has ended in Abuja with a resolution that the coup Juntas in Burkina Faso should disarm to avoid further bloodshed in the country.

They also called on the rest of the Army in Burkina Faso not to use force on the coup plotters in order to avoid loss of lives in the country.

The statement was contained in a communique at the end of the summit hosted by Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari in Abuja.

Briefing Journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Kadre Ouedragogo, said that they had also decided to dispatch a six man high committee composed of the Head of State of the ECOWAS member state to go to Ouagadougu on Wednesday to reinstall Kafando as the interim President.

President Buhari setting the tone, was grateful to the ECOWAS Chairman, Macky Sally and the President of Benin Republic for their effort so far in the mediation effort.

The ECOWAS Chairman, who spoke in the French language, told the military junta to immediately hand over to an interim administration pending the elections which he said should be shifted to November 21 instead of October 11.

He was said to have also suggested that amnesty should be granted to the juntas if that would bring about peace in the country.

At least 10 people had been killed in the clashes since the coup, which was widely condemned by the AU, UN and other arms of the international community.

Buhari To Meet World Leaders At UN General Assembly In New York

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria for New York on Thursday for a series of meetings and interactions with notable world leaders within and on the sidelines of the main events of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

This is according to his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

“On the agenda of President Buhari’s talks, deliberations and interactions with the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, President Barack Obama of the United States, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Vladmir Putin of Russia, President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India and others will be domestic developmental issues, bilateral relations, the war against terrorism, countering violent extremism, the enhancement of global security, peace-keeping operations, climate change and the adoption of a post 2015 global development agenda.

“President Buhari, who will be accompanied by the Governors of Sokoto, Kaduna and Niger States, the National Security Adviser and the Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Finance, Health, Industry, Trade and Investment, will deliver Nigeria’s Statement to the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, September 28.

“President Buhari is also scheduled to address the World Leaders Summit on Violent Extremism to which he was personally invited by Mr. Ban Ki Moon during the Secretary-General’s recent visit to Nigeria.

“Also on the President’s busy schedule in New York are a meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, a High-Level Roundtable on South-South Cooperation organised by President Xi Jinping of China and the United Nations, and participation in the launching of an updated global health strategy for women and children.

“On President Buhari’s schedule too are meetings with former President Bill Clinton of the United States, Mr. Bill Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which is assisting Nigeria in several areas including polio eradication, and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain, the United Nations Special Envoy on Global Education who is one of the main drivers of the Safe Schools Initiative.

“The President will conclude his visit to New York on Tuesday, September 29 and leave the city for Abuja on the same day,” the statement read.

ECOWAS Presidents Call For Return To Democracy In B/Faso

GHANA-CEDEAO-KUFUORThe extra ordinary summit of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) has called on the military junta in Burkina Faso to hand over power to the interim administration immediately while the country awaits the conduct of a general election, which they say should be shifted to November.

Chairman of the commission and the President of Senegal Macky Sally said this in his address at the opening session of the summit holding in Abuja Nigeria.

Host President, Muhammadu Buhari, in his opening speech commended the West African leaders for their commitment to the pursuit of peace and stability in the sub region.

He said the recent development on Burkina Faso runs contrary to the expectations of ECOWAS and commended the efforts so far deployed towards the restoration of constitutional order and and democracy by the ECOWAS, AU, UN and the international development partners.

President Buhari commended the ECOWAS chairman and his Benin Republic counterpart, who undertook the visit to Ouagadougou on September 17, to commence the process of engagement with the military junta and the understanding reached towards the resolution of the crisis.

Present at the meeting include the Presidents of Cote D’voire, Togo, Mali, Guinea, Ghana, Niger, Benin and Senegal.