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The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, on Wednesday, joined the #BeLikeNgoziChallenge, a social media challenge which has been trending online since the beginning of the week. The challenge has attracted has attracted great attention recently with the historic emergence of Nigeria’s pride, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as the Director-General of the World Trade Organization.     Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian development economist, is known for her African print Ankara wears and peculiar headgear usually tilted...

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Monday, called on the international community to make 2021 “a year of healing” in his video message for the new year. “Together, let’s make peace among ourselves and with nature, tackle the climate crisis, stop the spread of COVID-19 and make 2021 a year of healing,’’ the UN chief said. “Healing from the impact of a deadly virus; healing broken economies and societies; healing divisions. “And starting to heal the...

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The Federal Executive Council says Nigeria has signed up with the World Health Organisation(WHO), Gavi and manufacturers in order to  procure COVID-19 vaccine. Gave is an international organisation created in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines. Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Enahire, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The virtual FEC was presided over by Vice...

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South Africa on Tuesday assumed the rotating monthly presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). It marks the second time the country has served in this capacity during its two-year elected term on the Council (2019-2020). Pretoria will use its role to focus on strengthening African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) Cooperation and emphasising the importance of a proactive approach to the maintenance of international peace and security. In this regard, International Relations...

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The United Nations (UN) has condemned the killing of more than 40 farmers in Borno state. The farmers were killed in Jere local government area of Borno on Saturday, following an attack by armed men said to be members of the Boko Haram sect. Edward Kallon, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, in a statement on Sunday, described the incident as “the most violent attack” targeted at civilians in 2020. “I am outraged and...

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The United Nations is to fifteen million dollars ($15m)  to fight hunger in the North East, Nigeria. A press release by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs quoted the Emergency Relief Chief, Mark Lowcock as saying “a total of 15 million Dollars emergency funding to address rising food insecurity in north-east Nigeria”. The statement added that “the ongoing crisis affecting Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states and the consequences of the COVID-19...

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The United Nations has criticised the creation of the special weapons and tactics (SWAT) by the Nigeria Police Force, the high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet has said. In a statement, the U.N high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet noted that the police swiftly created SWAT without addressing some of the root causes of police violence and putting in place sufficient safeguards to prevent it reoccurrence. The new squad was established to replace...

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres says he welcomes the Federal Government’s decision to undertake “broader reforms” in the Nigeria Police Force following the #EndSARS protests. Speaking through his spokesman, Mr Stephane Dujarric, in New York on Thursday, Guterres said the UN was ready to “accompany Nigeria in those efforts”. While noting that he was keenly following the ongoing protests, the UN chief urged the country’s security forces to exercise “maximum restraint” in their response. “The Secretary-General...

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed door with the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okonjo-Iweala contesting for the position of the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). She has already emerged as one of the final two candidates for the position. NAN reports that the agenda between the president and Okonjo-Iweala was...

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The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has announced Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as one of the finalists in the run for director-general election. Yoo Myung-hee of the Republic of Korea was shortlisted alongside Okonjo-Iweala as the second candidate in the final. Both emerged from a shortlist of five which was selected from a pool of eight candidates. At every stage of the election, member countries are required to choose a preferred candidate. David Walker, the ambassador from New...

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