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The elections for Governors and local Assemblies on 11 April brought to an end the Nigerian electoral process. This process has been transparent, credible and largely peaceful which has been a credit to those involved and a historic moment for Nigerian and African democracy.
The EU, which deployed an Election Observation Mission to Nigeria, again congratulates all who participated and who worked hard to make the elections successful and to prevent violence.
The EU looks forward to a smooth transition and encourages those elected to govern in the interests of all Nigerian citizens.
CANANUSA.ORG/NY April 14, 2015………….Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN, is calling on the US President Barack Obama to reinvigorate America’s support to the effort to rescue the over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted exactly one year ago by Boko Haram terrorists.
As the whole world marks one year after the disturbing abduction, CANAN wants the US government to renew and upwardly review its military and technical assistance to the Nigerian government’s effort and those of the neighboring countries in confronting the terrorists.
LAGOS, April 13 (Reuters) - Results in Nigeria's governship vote saw a swing towards president-elect Muhammadu Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) party on Monday, two weeks after it made history by unseating the incumbent in a presidential poll.
Eight states have so far abandoned the People's Democratic Party's (PDP) of defeated president Goodluck Jonathan in favour of the APC -- which now has 20 states, more than half the country's regions, against the PDP's 13.
Nigeria's 36 state governors are among the most powerful politicians in the country, controlling budgets bigger than those of many African countries and wielding influence that can decide which candidates go on presidential tickets
The table shows the name and party of the incoming and outgoing governors.
I met Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s vice president-elect, two years ago, during the annual convening of the mammoth Holy Ghost Congress at Redemption Camp near Lagos, Nigeria. Back then, Osinbajo — a law professor and former attorney general of Lagos State — was supervisor of social responsibility projects for the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Nigeria’s largest and wealthiest Pentecostal denomination.
Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, in an interactive session with journalists spoke on diverse issues including the Boko Haram insurgency, abduction of Chibok schoolgirls and his future plans. KAYODE IDOWU was there
The last four years of your administration have been quite eventful especially in the area of security. How have you been coping?
Honestly how I am coping is a secondary issue; what is more important is how the over six million people of Borno State are coping. These are people, who even in the best of time were poor and now further pauperised by the Boko Haram insurgency. Parents were killed, their sons and daughters slaughtered by some demented monsters who were trying to impose their alien ideologies on the beleaguered people of Borno, now turned to beggars; rendered homeless; orphaned, and widowed.
The #BringBackOurGirls Group on Wednesday asked the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, prioritise the rescue of the 219 female students of Chibok Secondary School, still being held in captivity by the Boko Haram insurgents, who kidnapped them about a year ago.
The group stated this at a news conference jointly addressed by its Coordinators, Oby Ezekwesili and Hadiza Bala-Usman, on a special one week programme tagged, “Global week of action to commemorate the one-year of the girls’ abduction.”
Ezekwesili, who read the text of the prepared speech on behalf of the group, described the missing girls as the symbol for the defence of the dignity and sanctity of human life; of the girl child, and women.
She said, “They represent all those being oppressed, repressed, disadvantaged, hurting, and unsafe persons everywhere. We must all prioritise their safe return.”
An official of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Mr. Raad Zeid al Hussein, believes that the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram a year ago may have had a sad ending.
He premised his verdict on the fact that the girls may have been part of the women who were murdered by the insurgents before they fled from Bama and other towns in Borno State just before the Nigerian military and allied forces from Chad and Niger recovered the territories.
Harold Ekeh has an exciting choice to make after being accepted to all eight Ivy League universities. The 17-year-old from Long Island, New York, emigrated from Nigeria to the United States with his family eight years ago.
“I am very humbled by this. I see this as not an accomplishment for me, but as an accomplishment for my school, my community,” Ekeh told the local CBS affiliate. “I really see this as my mission to inspire the next generation.”
Ekeh aspires to be a neurosurgeon, according to local news reports, and is apparently leaning toward Yale University. His mom works for a human resources agency, and his dad works for the New York City Police
We are delighted at the peaceful conclusion of the Nigerian presidential election with the formal announcement earlier this morning of the outcome by INEC.
CANAN and several other US-based groups had embarked on a month long prayer session in March crying out to the Lord to impose His will on Nigeria. We asked Him to choose for the nation and we believe He has done it. We praise His name!
We congratulate the President-elect, General Mohamodu Buhari and the Vice President-elect, Pastor Yemi Osinbajo. CANAN is confident that the duo will take the mandate of the Nigerian people with a sense of responsibility and fear of God.
The Buhari-Osinbajo ticket campaigned and won on the platform of change. We pray that the change would be delivered by the grace of God. We commend General Buhari and Pastor Osinbajo for their determination, resolve patriotism, and exemplary characters which has now been validated by Nigerians.