Daily Archives: February 17, 2018

Suicide Bombers Kill 18 in Nigeria Market

Three suicide bombers killed 18 people in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, capital of the state worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, its police commissioner said Saturday.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the use of suicide bombers in crowded areas is a hallmark of the Islamist militant group, which has killed more that 20,000 people since 2009 and forced more than 2 million to flee their homes.

Damian Chukwu, police commissioner for Borno state, said the attack took place at a fish market around 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the center of Maiduguri about 8 p.m. (1900 GMT) Friday.

The three suicide bombers were killed and 18 other persons died. Twenty-two people were injured, Chukwu said.

Suicide bombings have continued despite repeated assertions by the government and the military since 2016 that is has defeated the Boko Haram insurgency, which aims to create an Islamic state in Nigeria’s northeast.

President Muhammadu Buhari took office in 2015 with a promise to improve security for ordinary Nigerians.

But in addition to the jihadist insurgency, communal violence has plagued swaths of the country in the last few months, including a clash on Thursday that killed 18.

Source: Voice of America

Head of Britain’s Far-Right Party Ousted

Henry Bolton, ousted Saturday as leader of Britain’s far-right United Kingdom Independence Party over a racism scandal involving his former girlfriend, said it would be “very difficult” for the party to survive its current leadership crisis.

UKIP, the party credited with the strongest support for Brexit in the 2016 vote on Britain’s departure from the European Union, must now elect its fifth leader in less than two years.

While waiting for the decision by his party Saturday at a UKIP meeting in Birmingham, Bolton told reporters, “It’s not whether I go, specifically. It’s about whether or not the party goes through another leadership contest and an interim leadership beforehand.”

With 1,378 UKIP members voting, 63 percent cast ballots to oust Bolton.

In a speech earlier in the day, Bolton made a case for staying in the party’s top position and criticized those within the party who wanted him to leave.

The speech was not open to media, but the British newspaper Daily Mail reported that Bolton was booed when he threatened to sue the party.

Gerard Batten will serve as interim UKIP head. Bolton has not ruled out another run for party leadership.

Bolton’s personal life made headlines in December after news broke that the 54-year-old had left his wife and young children and had begun a relationship with Jo Marney, 25, a fashion model.

In January, phone texts Marney had sent to a friend were made public, showing Marney had made racist comments about the fiancee of Britain’s Prince Harry.

Marney said biracial American actress Meghan Markle, who is engaged to marry Harry later this year, would “taint our Royal Family.”

“This is Britain, not Africa,” she wrote.

Marney publicly apologized after news media published her words. Bolton later said he had ended their relationship.

Source: Voice of America

President Cyril Ramaphosa to attend Armed Forces Inter-Faith Service

Kimberley � President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Sunday, 18 February 2018, attend the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Inter-Faith Service at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberley, Northern Cape.

The Armed Forces Inter-Faith service is hosted by the SANDF as part of the build-up to the official commemoration of Armed Forces Day on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, which commemorates the sinking of the SS Mendi in 1917, in which a large number of soldiers lost their lives.

During this period, the SANDF will embark on a number of activities aimed at:

Uniting all citizens behind the armed forces;

Providing a platform for members of the SANDF to interact with schools and the broader community and

Showcasing military careers and opportunities.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

XI CONGRATULATES RAMAPHOSA ON ELECTION, CALLS FOR CLOSER CHINA-S. AFRICA TIES

BEIJING, China- Chinese President, Xi Jinping, on Friday, extended congratulations to Cyril Ramaphosa, on the latter’s election as South African president.

In his congratulatory message, Xi called Ramaphosa an old friend of the Chinese people, who has made important contributions to the development of bilateral relations.

“I attach great importance to developing the China-South Africa relationship,” Xi said, adding that, he stands ready to work with Ramaphosa, to lift their countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership to higher levels.

The Chinese leader also suggested that the two sides support each other, in hosting later this year, the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and the Johannesburg Summit, of the emerging-market bloc of BRICS, which also groups Brazil, Russia and India.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of China-South Africa diplomatic relations.

The two countries upgraded their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2010.

Ramaphosa took office as the fifth president of South Africa on Thursday, replacing Jacob Zuma, who announced his immediate resignation late Wednesday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

PROFILE: SOUTH AFRICA’S NEW PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA

BEIJING, China- Cyril Ramaphosa, the fifth and current president of South Africa, took office, Thursday, in a parliamentary vote. He is preceded by Jacob Zuma, who announced his immediate resignation, late Wednesday, on orders from the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

While running for deputy president of the ANC last year, Ramaphosa advocated anti-corruption, building a clean government, and prioritising economic growth, job creation, education promotion and land reform.

Ramaphosa was born in Soweto, Johannesburg on Nov 17, 1952, as the second of three children in his family. In the 1970’s, he was imprisoned many times for his crusade against apartheid.

After obtaining his degree in law, Ramaphosa joined the Council of Unions of South Africa (CUSA) as an adviser in the legal department in 1981, and became the first secretary of the National Union of Mine-workers in 1982.

He was elected as the first Secretary General of the ANC in 1991, became head of the negotiation team of the ANC, to negotiate the end of apartheid with the National Party government, and participated in the drafting of the South African constitution.

On Dec 17, 2012, he was elected as deputy president of the ANC, and served as the deputy president of South Africa, from 2014 to 2018.

Among other positions, Ramaphosa is known to be one of the richest people in South Africa, with an estimated net worth of more than 450,000,000 U.S. dollars. He has appeared in news media, such as Forbes Africa and Bloomberg.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK