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In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

 

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Buhari & Cameron hold talks in London; NDLEA operatives storm Buruji Kashamu’s residence; Nigeria fuel crisis could shut down mobile phone networks – MTN; Proliferation of Chinese-made textiles troubling – Kano textile traders; Kashamu, get ready for extradition proceedings – NDLEA; Ireland legalizes gay marriage in landslide referendum; Local airlines cancel flights as fuel crisis worsens in Nigeria . . .

Buhari & Cameron hold talks in London

Nigeria’s President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has held talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, London.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) shakes hands with Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari following a meeting in Downing Street, central London on May 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

Photo: President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari (R), held a meeting with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron (L), at 10 Downing Street, London. May 23, 2015 | AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL

It was gathered that Buhari and Cameron discussed the threat posed by militant group Boko Haram ahead of the inauguration of the President-elect on May 29, among other issues.

A statement released by the spokesperson of Downing Street on the official website of the UK government, noted that:

“The Prime Minister welcomed President-elect Buhari of Nigeria to Downing Street this morning. Both leaders congratulated each other on their recent election victories and discussed the challenges facing Nigeria.

The Prime Minister stressed the UK’s wish to work for a stable, prosperous and secure Nigeria. The leaders discussed security in the region and the fight against terrorism, particularly the threat posed by Boko Haram. They discussed the need for a regional approach and agreed to continue working together to build the capacity of the Nigerian army, with the UK continuing to provide military training and intelligence support.

On tackling corruption, they agreed this was a priority to ensure Nigeria’s prosperity and success,” adding that “the Prime Minister agreed to look at what technical assistance and support the UK could provide to the Nigerian government as it looks to undertake its reforms.

They also discussed the need to tackle organised crime and the links between the UK and Nigeria.

Finally, they talked about the challenges posed by migration from Africa to Europe and the President-elect said he would do all he could to secure Nigeria’s borders”

– Spokesperson of 10 Downing Street, UK government official website

NDLEA operatives storm Buruji Kashamu’s residence

Buruji Kashamu to appear in court Monday – NDLEA

Drugs  . Buruji Kashamu. Accused of drug offences

Embattled Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu (photo), will be arraigned in Court on Monday by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA) in connection with his extradition to the United States.

NDLEA in a statement on Saturday said Buruji’s confinement to his house by the agency’s officials is in line with the legal process of extradition.

“The Agency has commenced extradition procedures against Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, in line with the laws of country.

“He has been in contact with his attorneys and will appear in court on Monday,” said Mr. Giade, ” said Ahmadu Giade, NDLEA’s Chairman.
Buruji had been confined to his Lagos home since 5a.m on Saturday morning.

Reports say that Kashamu had accused his fellow PDP stalwart, a chieftain of the soon-to-be main opposition party (PDP), Chief Bode George for being behind his predicament.

Nigeria fuel crisis could shut down mobile phone networks – MTN

MTN warns that the lingering fuel scarcity in Nigeria could shut down its network operations throughout Nigeria – shortly . . .

Nigeria’s biggest mobile phone operator (the South African owned) MTN has warned that its network faces shutdown due to fuel shortages that have crippled the nation.

MTN, the biggest subsidiary of the South Africa-based MTN Group, said it needed:

MTN logo

“A significant quantity of diesel in the very near future to prevent a shutdown of services across Nigeria.

If diesel supplies are not received within the next 24 hours the network will be seriously degraded and customers will feel the impact,” it added on its Twitter account @MTNNG on Saturday evening”

 – MTN Twitter account @MTNNG

Proliferation of Chinese-made textiles troubling – Kano textile traders

Chinese dominance worries Nigeria’s textile traders.

Nafiu Badaru, a junior civil servant in northern Nigeria’s biggest city Kano, doesn’t make much money and it takes some cash to look good so he tends to buy made-in-China fabric.

Business . Cheap Chinese textile imports are a boon for Nigeria's consumers but traders say they have been disastrous for the industry. AFP Photo.Aminu Abubakar

Photo: Cheap Chinese textile imports are a boon for Nigeria’s consumers but traders say they have been disastrous for the industry (AFP Photo/Aminu Abubakar)

“A piece of high-quality brocade (cloth) costs around 10,000 naira ($50, 47 euros), which is way too expensive for me,” he told AFP.

“With the same amount of money I can buy six pieces of cheap Chinese brocade which cost only 1,500 naira a piece and still keep some change.”

The proliferation of Chinese-made textiles is a boon for consumers like Nafiu, with Kano and the wider north struggling with unemployment and economic constraints.

But traders in the city — a centre of weaving and textile manufacturing dating back centuries — say such cheaper imports have been disastrous.

Factories have shut and trade in home-spun fabrics has dwindled, prompting calls for foreign investment within Nigeria rather than cheap, mass importation, as well as better regulation.

Fatuhu Gambo’s business is one of many in dire straits. For the past two weeks he has not sold a single fabric in his shop in the Kantin Kwari textile market — the largest in West Africa.

“The Chinese have effectively edged us out of business, leaving us with nothing but huge debts and heaps of goods in our shops,” he said.

Talk in the market — a colourful rabbit’s warren of shops and stalls that draws traders from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon to Mali and the Central African Republic — is of unfair competition.

“The Chinese have taken over the importation and distribution of textiles in Kano and now they are into retail trading, which is putting our traders out of business,” said traders’ union head Liti Kulkul.

– Protests, crackdowns –

The troubles began a decade ago when Chinese textile merchants started the massive importation of textiles to Nigeria after Africa’s most populous nation opened its doors to foreign trade.

The World Trade Organization deal gave the Chinese unfettered access to Nigeria’s textile market, although Nigerian laws prohibit foreigners from retail trading.

Traders talk of locals being recruited to conduct business on behalf of the Chinese in return for a cut of the profits.

There have been occasional crackdowns, like in May 2012, when immigration officials arrested and deported 45 Chinese nationals over retail trading after repeated complaints.

Earlier this month, customs officials arrested four Chinese traders for smuggling mass-produced fabrics and sealed 26 warehouses containing goods on which import duties had not been paid.

Hundreds of textile dyers then staged street protests against what they view as a Chinese takeover of their trade that threatens to put 30,000 artisans out of business.

The dyers, many of whom still use methods dating back more than 500 years, accused the Chinese of faking their products and selling inferior cloth at a fraction of the price.

– Enforcement, regulation –

The situation is just one aspect of the struggle facing Nigeria’s crude-dependent economy, which has been hit hard by the slump in global oil prices since mid-2014.

There is little domestic manufacturing to speak of, forcing goods from cars to foodstuffs to be imported.

The local Muslim religious leader the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, met China’s ambassador to Nigeria at his palace recently and called on Beijing to set up factories in the country.

“Our over-reliance on foreign products is hurting our economy and the only way to stop this trend is to tackle the problems in the manufacturing sector,” said Sanusi, a former central bank governor.

Sa’idu Adhama, a former textile factory owner, said Nigerian traders cannot compete with their Chinese counterparts, who can get bank loans at single digit rates over a longer term.

“The Chinese are here legally, so we can’t send them packing but we can regulate their trading,” said Adhama, who studied in China in the 1970s.

That could include quotas, stricter enforcement of import regulations, duties and taxes as well as fuel subsidies to boost local manufacturing and help home-grown businesses, he added.

Long-term investment in the power sector to stabilise the currently woeful electricity supply could also revive moribund factories, he said.

In the meantime, the debate is immaterial to people like Badaru, with cheaper foreign imports satisfying demand for a growing consumer society, whether it is clothing or electronics.

“For me and most low-income earners, Chinese textiles are a blessing. They give us the opportunity to appear neat and elegant with little money,” he said.

By Aminu Abubakar | AFP

Kashamu, get ready for extradition proceedings – NDLEA

The National Drug Law enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Sunday told Buruji Kashamu to be set for extradition proceedings and not blame anyone for his predicaments.

NDLEA . logo

Embattled Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, will be arraigned in Court on Monday by the NDLEA in connection with his extradition to the United States for alleged drug dealings. Earlier, the NDLEA had stormed Kashamu’s Lagos residence, surrounding the home and kept him under house arrest.

In a statement on Sunday, the agency’s spokesperson, Ofoyeju Mitchell, said:

“We expect Kashamu as a distinguished senator-elect to demonstrate ample confidence in the Nigerian judicial system and stop the blame game.

The fact is that a formal request for his extradition had been received from the Embassy of the United States of America. According to official report, Kashamu has been on the wanted list of both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Kashamu was indicted in the Northern District of Illinois, United States on charges brought against him by ICE. According to the United States court documents, Kashamu in his days as the leader of a prolific heroin trafficking ring based in Chicago, Illinois was known as “God,” “Daddy,” and “Kasmal”. He is wanted to stand trial on charges of conspiracy and importation of controlled substances, namely heroin, into the United States dating back to 1994

Mr. Kashamu who holds dual Nigerian/Beninese citizenship, has taken multiple preemptive actions to thwart U.S. extradition efforts such as making fanciful claims that his is a case of mistaken identity, and that his deceased brother is responsible for the crimes he is being sought after in the United States.  He has filed injunctions at the federal court both in the Northern District of Illinois, United States and in Nigeria to prevent his arrest and prosecution”

– Ofoyeju Mitchell, NDLEA spokesperson

Ireland legalizes gay marriage in landslide referendum

Irish voters have at last legalized gay marriage (or union). The Irish popular vote backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 23:  Supporters in favour of same-sex marriage pose for a photograph as thousands gather in Dublin Castle square awaiting the referendum vote outcome on May 23, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. Voters in the Republic of Ireland are taking part in a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage on Friday. The referendum was held 22 years after Ireland decriminalised homosexuality with more than 3.2m people being asked whether they want to amend the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.  (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

DUBLIN, IRELAND – MAY 23: Supporters in favour of same-sex marriage pose for a photograph as thousands gather in Dublin Castle square awaiting the referendum vote outcome on May 23, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. Voters in the Republic of Ireland are taking part in a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage on Friday. The referendum was held 22 years after Ireland decriminalised homosexuality with more than 3.2m people being asked whether they want to amend the country’s constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Ministers predicted Ireland had become the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote, by a margin of around two-to-one, just two decades after it decriminalized homosexuality and by extension – lesbianism..

AP reports that with over a third of the results in, all 17 of the 43 voting areas to declare had backed gay marriage.

Local airlines cancel flights as fuel crisis worsens in Nigeria

The few Nigerian airlines operating over the national airspace have continued to cancel flights as the fuel crisis worsens in Africa’s biggest oil producer and OPEC’s 6th largest oil producer with 4 dysfunctional refineries which have barely refined any oil in almost 2 decades.

Fuel pump 2

The airlines are canceling flights as a months-long fuel shortage is aggravated by a strike disrupting fuel deliveries to depots, facilities and petrol stations in major cities, towns and villages.

Reports say that the Police and other paramilitary agencies are arresting black marketeers selling fuel at roadsides – at inflated prices. This report is far from the truth as the black marketers sell their liquid merchandise to hapless motorists and generator owners in the full glare of passersby.

Reports reaching our newsroom say chaos reigned supreme at bus stations and Lagos’ Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMA) as flights were canceled arbitrarily.

The fuel shortage started with oil importers and suppliers demanding that the government pay arrears of nearly $1 billion.

This fuel scarcity comes as Nigeria prepares to inaugurate a new president, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday May 29.

Many Nigerians blame the outgoing government of incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan for the fuel scarcity – amongst other inadequacies in the polity.

The incoming administration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, who has indicated his wish to drop his general rank as he transforms to a civilian president will face a huge task in taking over the reins of governance in Africa’s most populous country with the largest economy.

NE Report

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