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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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Jonathan presents handover notes to Buhari; I‘ve no regrets losing to Buhari, it’s an act of God – Jonathan; All set in Nigeria for Buhari’s inauguration as new president; Jonathan changed Nigeria’s political history – Buhari; 75 Nigerian Youths Trekking For Buhari’s Victory Arrive Abuja; Don’t prosecute Jonathan, Bayelsa PDP chieftain begs Buhari . . .

Jonathan presents handover notes to Buhari

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday formally presented his hand over notes to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. The presentation was done inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, shortly after Jonathan conducted Buhari round the Aso Rock presidential residence.

Buhari . Jonathan on Thursday formally presented his hand over notes to Buhari

Vice President Namadi Sambo had also similarly conducted the Vice President-elect, Yemi Osinbajo, round his wing of the villa.

Jonathan presented an executive summary of his hand over notes and a copy of the report of the National Conference to Buhari in the presence of All Progressives Congress chiefs who accompanied him to the event.

I‘ve no regrets losing to Buhari, it’s an act of God – Jonathan

Despite the painful loss of the Presidential election to his opponent of the All Progressives Congress, President Goodluck Jonathan, has said that he has no regret over his defeat at the poll. And rather than whine over the historic defeat of an incumbent president, it is better to take it in its stride and move on.

All set for Buhari’s inauguration as Nigeria’s new president

Buhari . president.elect

The reward for the March elections is here, and Nigerians are literally in the mood of ‘change’ with a new administration to be headed by Muhammadu Buhari elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) set to take over the reins of political power and govern Nigeria for four years.

Jonathan changed Nigeria’s political history – Buhari

The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday said the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan has changed the course of Nigeria’s political history for good. He made the remark after President Jonathan handed over executive summary of the handover note to him in the Aso Rock presidential villa.

75 Nigerian Youths Trekking For Buhari’s Victory Arrive Abuja

The 75 young Nigerians who set out from Kebbi State in solidarity with the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari 17 days ago arrived Abuja yesterday evening at about 7.30pm. The trekkers were received at the Zhabu filling station along the Kubwa Expressway in the federal capital territory (FCT).

Don’t prosecute Jonathan, Bayelsa PDP chieftain begs Buhari

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa state and former commissioner for Agriculture, and Environment, Chief Lionel Jonathan –Omo, has appealed to the incoming president elect, Muhammad Buhari to exercise caution in probing the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan.

PDP . crowd cover - Copy - Copy

According to Chief Jonathan -Omo, attempts to prosecute Jonathan by the incoming administration might cause violent uprising in the Niger Delta and should be avoided completely.

Omo made the remarks Wednesday in Yenagoa during a chat with newsmen while presenting a 54 page letter to President-Elect Muhammad Buhari and titled, “Road map to Success.”

Addressing Buhari, he said: “As you take over power please don’t prosecute or persecute President Jonathan, you will indirectly provoke a recrudescence of violence in the Niger Delta. Young boys will hang on that as a subterfuge to cause violent uprising again in the Niger Delta. Avoid it completely.”

President Jonathan gives Buhari a tour of Aso Rock

President Jonathan on Thursday gave the incoming President, a tour of the Aso rock Villa.

Buhari . Jonathan takes Buhari on a tour of Aso RockBuhari . Jonathan takes Buhari on a tour of Aso Rock 2

Burundi’s Catholic Church withdraws support for upcoming elections

Catholic Church withdraws support for Burundi elections . . .

Burundi’s influential Catholic Church said Thursday it was withdrawing support for upcoming elections in the crisis-hit country, dealing a fresh blow to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial bid to run for a third term.

Burundi . Protesters opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza, some of them armed, demonstrate in the Buyenzi neighborhood of Bujumbura on May 26, 2015. AFP Photo.Carl de Souza

Photo: Protesters opposed to Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza, some of them armed, demonstrate in the Buyenzi neighborhood of Bujumbura on May 26, 2015 (AFP Photo/Carl de Souza)

A statement from Burundi’s bishops said that “after considering the manner in which the elections have been organised and the way they are evolving”, the Church had asked priests who serve in electoral commissions across the central African nation step down.

The announcement came the day after Burundi’s main opposition parties said it was now “impossible” to hold free and fair elections and that the result should not be recognised if they take place.

Parliamentary elections are due to be held on June 5, with a presidential poll scheduled for June 26. The UN Security Council also met on the crisis late Wednesday, with most of its 15 members also supporting a postponement.

In the statement, read out on Catholic radio by Bishop Gervais Bashimiyubusa, the Church said it “cannot endorse an election riddled with shortcomings”.

It nevertheless said people should vote, but stressed that nobody should go to the polls “by threat or intimidation, or because they have been bought in one way or another”.

“In the eyes of God, that would be slavery to evil,” Bashimiyubusa said.

The crisis surrounds Nkurunziza’s uncompromising desire to stand for a third consecutive term in office, with opposition and rights groups saying the move violates the constitution as well as the terms of a peace deal that ended a 13-year civil war in 2006.

That conflict, marked by brutal ethnic violence between the country’s ethnic Hutu and Tutsi communities, left hundreds of thousands of people dead, and there are fears the latest unrest could plunge the small, landlocked and impoverished nation back into widespread violence.

The crisis intensified earlier this month when a top general staged a failed coup attempt.

The Catholic Church has already spoken out against the president, saying it too has concluded his third-term bid goes against the peace deal.

– ‘Elections not sustainable’ –

Street protests have taken place for the past month, leaving at least 30 people dead after a violent crackdown by security forces. There were more protests on Thursday in several parts of the lakeside capital of Bujumbura, with a massive police presence along main roads.

After a meeting on the crisis late Wednesday, the UN Security Council heard a report from UN envoy Said Djinnit on the turmoil.

“The predominant opinion was that elections were not possible to carry out in the present circumstances,” Lithuanian ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite told reporters.

The ambassador said council members cited tensions in the country, growing unrest and refugee flows as signs that “elections would not be sustainable in that kind of context”.

But the top UN body has been divided over how to address the crisis, with Russia arguing that the council should support efforts to help Burundians resolve the dispute themselves.

Nkurunziza, a former rebel leader and born-again Christian, argues that his first term did not count as he was elected by parliament, not directly by the people. His bid for re-election also has strong support in rural areas and among sections of the Hutu majority.

Asked to rule on the issue of a third term, Burundi’s constitutional court found in the president’s favour, but not before one of the judges fled the country claiming its members had received death threats.

Analyst Willy Nindorera said the Church announcement was a major blow to the government — which has had to appeal to “patriotic citizens” to donate money so the elections can be held after key international donors stopped their funding.

“The electoral process has already been hurt by a credibility deficit, and the Catholic Church, which is a very highly respected moral authority, has put the nail in the coffin,” he said.

By Esdras Ndikumana | AFP

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