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    UN: 1.2m residents stranded, deprived of aid in north-east

UN: 1.2m residents stranded, deprived of aid in north-east

The United Nations says at least 1.2 million people are currently stranded in the north-east where Boko Haram insurgency has been on for 10 years.Edward Kallon, UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said this on Friday while speaking at the international civil-security summit in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.Kallon said there is a "continuously shrinking humanitarian space" in the north-eastern states of [...]

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    Another Nigerian gets top UN job

Another Nigerian gets top UN job

António Guterres, UN secretary-general, has appointed Nigeria’s Damilola Ogunbiyi as his special representative for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and co-chairperson of United Nations-Energy.Farhan Haq, UN spokesman, announced the development on Tuesday in New York.Haq also announced that the agency’s administrative board also appointed Ogunbiyi as the chief executive officer of SEforALL.Ogunbiyi, the first female managing director of the Rural [...]

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    VIDEO: 11-year-old Nigerian speaks on corruption at UN conference

VIDEO: 11-year-old Nigerian speaks on corruption at UN conference

Naomi Oloyede, an 11-year-old Nigerian, has addressed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) international conference in Vienna.In a video the agency shared on Twitter, Oloyede was seen speaking against corruption.The 11-year-old said it is important to have a good government that will shun all forms of corrupt practices.She also advocated a better, safer and more inclusive place [...]

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    Igbo won’t allow RUGA, Buhari detaining unarmed protesters… 5 things in Nnamdi Kanu’s petition to UN

Igbo won’t allow RUGA, Buhari detaining unarmed protesters… 5 things in Nnamdi Kanu’s petition to UN

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has told the United Nations that President Muhammadu Buhari's government is arresting and detaining unarmed protesters in a clampdown on civil rights.Kanu made the allegation in a petition, when he led a delegation to the UN headquarters in Geneva, on Thursday, according a statement from Emma Powerful, spokesman of the proscribed group.The [...]

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    48 groups petition UN, AU over Sowore’s arrest 

48 groups petition UN, AU over Sowore’s arrest 

At least 48 rights and press freedom organisations have petitioned the United Nations and the African Union over the detention of Omoyele Sowore.The activist, who was the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 elections, was arrested over his planned nationwide #RevolutionNow protest.He was subsequently accused by the secret police of threatening public peace and safety [...]

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    FG to UN panel: Harassment of journalists only exists in imagination

FG to UN panel: Harassment of journalists only exists in imagination

A federal government delegation has told a United Nations special panel that tales about harassment of journalists only exist in the realm of imagination.In its submission to the UN human rights committee that reviewed Nigeria’s situation on civil and political rights, the delegation said no journalist has been detained for years.The government delegation comprised of Nigeria’s permanent mission to the [...]

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    Nigerians on Twitter hit Amina Mohammed for defending gay rights

Nigerians on Twitter hit Amina Mohammed for defending gay rights

Some Twitter users came down hard on Amina Mohammed, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), for supporting gay rights. In a tweet on Saturday, Mohammed called for equal rights to be extended to gay, lesbians and bisexuals. https://twitter.com/aminajmohammed/status/1144952271270227969?s=12Displeased with her stance, some Twitter users lashed at Mohammed, describing her appointment as a "curse".“If this is what it means for Northern women [...]

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    Buhari: Nigeria has over 1m displaced children who don’t know their parents

Buhari: Nigeria has over 1m displaced children who don’t know their parents

President Muhammadu Buhari says there are at least a million displaced Nigerian children who do not know their parents and where they are from. Buhari also requested for the assistance of the United Nations in rehabilitating the devastated internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps across the country.The president spoke while hosting Maria Garces, president of the 73rd session of the United Nations [...]

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    Teachers sacked by Boko Haram ‘back to classrooms’

Teachers sacked by Boko Haram ‘back to classrooms’

Segun Ajiboye, registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), says some of the school teachers who were sacked by Boko Haram fighters in the north-eastern part of the country are back to classroom.He said the council had commenced the process of bringing back to the classrooms, teachers who have deserted the north-east zone due to terrorist attacks.Speaking with reporters in [...]

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    Amina Mohammed: A woman will succeed Buhari in 2023 (video)

Amina Mohammed: A woman will succeed Buhari in 2023 (video)

Amina Mohammed, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations, says a woman will succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.The former minister of environment said this on Saturday at the Mo Ibrahim governance weekend in Abidjan, stating that she will be a campaign manager for the said woman.In conversation with Mo Ibrahim, Amina Mohammed was asked when Nigeria will have a female [...]

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    UN: We are raising awareness on the dangers of racism

UN: We are raising awareness on the dangers of racism

Antonio Guterres, United Nations secretary-general, says the organisation is raising more awareness on the dangers of racism and other forms of slavery.In his message in Lagos, to mark the 2019 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the UN secretary-general described slave trade as one of history’s most appalling manifestations of human barbarity.In [...]

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    UN: 80,000 displaced from north-east Nigeria since Nov 2018

UN: 80,000 displaced from north-east Nigeria since Nov 2018

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says more than 80,000 Nigerians in the north-east region have been displaced since November 2018.The UN relief agency said the figure was in addition to the two million people already displaced by violence, or forced across Nigeria’s borders as refugees.OCHA said in 2018, relief organisations had estimated that 7.7 million [...]

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    UN withdraws 260 aid workers from Borno over Boko Haram attacks

UN withdraws 260 aid workers from Borno over Boko Haram attacks

The United Nations says it has withdrawn about 260 aid workers from three local governments in Borno state over the recent resurgence of attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.In a statement on Wednesday, Samantha Newport, UN spokesperson in Nigeria, said the development has affected its humanitarian service delivery in the embattled region..Newport said Edward Kallon, UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, is deeply [...]

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    Oil-related crimes cost Nigeria $2.8bn revenue in 2018, says UN report

Oil-related crimes cost Nigeria $2.8bn revenue in 2018, says UN report

The United Nations says Nigeria lost an estimated $2.8 billion in revenue in 2018, mainly due to oil-related crimes.This is according to a new report by the secretary-general on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).The report, which covered from July to December 2018, said “maritime crime and piracy off the coast of [...]

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    UN envoy urges international community to watch Boko Haram ‘carefully’

UN envoy urges international community to watch Boko Haram ‘carefully’

A UN envoy has alerted the international community of the need to watch the Boko Haram terrorist group "carefully".The call was made at the UN headquarters by Francois Fall, special representative of the secretary-general for Central Africa and the head of the UN Regional Office for the region (UNOCA).While briefing the security council on the developments in the Central African sub-region, [...]

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    Achieving sustainable development in Nigeria through social work

Achieving sustainable development in Nigeria through social work

BY CHINEDU ASADUIn September 2015, the global community agreed at a United Nations general meeting to set up the 2030 global agenda as a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 global goals otherwise known as the sustainable development goals have a timeline of fifteen years for [...]

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