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Niger: It’s African revolution not a coup, ex-AU boss   *Our children are taking their countries back!



Arikina Chihombori-Quao, former Chairman of the African Union-African Diaspora Health Initiative (AU-ADHI), on Thursday gave thumbs-up to the new military leaders in Niger, saying rather than accusing them of carrying out a coup, they were actually taken their country back from those holding it back through decades of exploitation.

A guest of The Morning Show, a breakfast programme on Arise Television, the Zimbabwean-born activist, described the action of the soldiers, who sacked former President, Mohamed Bazoum, on July 26 as “ideological realignment of economic, political and social values.”

She laid the blame for a phenomenon that is sweeping through the West African sub-region on the shoulders of France, which she said had exploited its former colonies in the region to a great extent resulting in mind-boggling poverty in the midst of stupendous wealth, adding that it was exciting that the younger generation, was not expressing their readiness to take their lands back.

She said: “You’re seeing a situation where people are desperate. They know they’re rich in natural resources and yet majority of the people are extremely poor. How long will that be sustained before the people finally wake up and rise up. That’s what is happening.

“I’ll like to call what is happening in these poor countries as an ideological realignment of their economic, of their political, of their social values. At some point, if you look at the situation with the former French colonies, before even a President comes to power, there are certain no-go areas that the President dare not touch, because if you do, you may not live to see the end of the day – areas like the military, areas like the finances, of course the reserves that must be deposited with French treasury, areas like the natural resources.

“So if you’re an African President coming to power and you’re told as long you stay away from discussions pertaining to their presence and military presence in their country, training of your military by France, equipping of your military by France, don’t talk about the natural resources, which the French companies have the first right of approval, make sure you continue to deposit your bank reserves with the French Central Bank, if you avoid those areas, then you’re free to run your country any which way you want.

“Now, what kind of leader is that? What environment are you going to be occupying and managing in running your country, with all those major areas of economic development no longer accessible to you? The whole thing is so mind-boggling that the leaders in Africa have been unable to undo the agreements that were taking place when African countries were being given their independence.

“It is unbelievable that today, you can have a country like Niger to be the second poorest country in the world and yet all their resources are going to France. Most of Niger is not electrified, while their uranium is electrifying France and Europe. You can take one of them after the other. At every level, it’s unfair, it’s unacceptable. I don’t really know how the Western powers could really go to sleep everyday knowing the carnage and the harm they’re creating in Africa and hope that this will go on forever. The time has come. The children of Africa have now awaken. They can see clearly now and they’re simply standing up and saying, enough is enough.

“So, yes, we don’t like coups, but the last four coups are different in the sense that the children of Africa are very clear because they’re the ones standing up and saying, we’ve got to stand up and take back our country. We need to defend our turf. What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong. We can no longer continue to be exploited. That’s what makes this different.

“It’s not influenced by France. The coups are not influenced by any nation. It’s simply people standing back and saying, we’re taking back what belongs to us. And that’s what makes this coups different and I’m uncomfortable calling them coups. I’m calling them instead, ideological realignment of economic, political and social values.

“The children have risen and the children are speaking and the citizens themselves are backing those who have led the uprising and it is a warning to the Western powers that the African revolution has begun. And those who are going to align themselves with the people are those who are going to survive the revolution that is taking place in Africa.

“The same is true with African leaders themselves. Those who will align themselves with the wishes of the people, are the ones who are going to survive this revolution as well. I do believe that the African revolution has begun and those who cannot see the handwriting on the wall cannot survive this revolution. There is no turning back.

“The children of Africa are rising, the children of Africa understand the issues and this time, they’re going to the streets not along party lines, they’re going to the streets united as citizens of Niger, as citizens of Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, because they understand that this particular fight has to be dealt with from a national level in the hope that in time it will be dealt with from the continental level. The exploitation of the continent has got to stop and this time, it is the children of Africa who are speaking and the world better listen up.”


BREAKING: Mother of all strikes! D-Day, October 3! *Stockpile food, essentials – NLC, TUC   



The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Tuesday, announced midnight Tuesday, October 3 as the date for the commencement of total strike by their workers to get the Federal Government accede to their demands to end the current sufferings of their members and Nigerians at large.

The two labour centres representing the organised labour in Nigeria, which arrived at the decision after they had met separately at their local levels directed their affiliates to mobilise for protests from October 3, saying they took the decisions were approved at the meeting of the joint National Executive Council of the two unions on Tuesday, September 26, in Abuja.

Joe Ajaero, President of the NLC, speaking on behalf of his group, while urging Nigerians to stock their homes ahead the total strike, bemoaned the situation where the government had ignored the demands of the workers, saying it “substantially failed to meet its demands after the removal of fuel subsidy,” added that adding that the grace period given by the two labour centres had expired.

The organised labour, is demanding wage awards for public workers and a new minimum wage, apart from the removal of tax exemptions and allowances to public sector workers, provision of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, the release of modalities for the N70billion for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and immediate reversal of all anti-poor policies of the Federal Government.

The union, which on September 5th and 6th, the NLC embarked on a two-day warning strike which led to the partial crippling of economic activities in some states and gave the government a 21-day ultimatum to meet its demands, is also demanding a stop to the increase in public school fees, the release of the eight months withheld salaries of university teachers and workers as well as the increase in Value Added Tax (VAT).

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BREAKING: Total strike looms! *NLC, TUC, finally meet, agree on action



The Federal Government, may have finally lost the move to stop the impending strike by organised labour, or at least mitigate it by dividing its membership, following a meeting of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), hitherto in disagreement over the issue.

In fact, the two bodies representing the junior and senior workers in Nigeria are reportedly meeting currently to announce a statewide indefinite strike, a move coming about three weeks after the NLC held a warning strike on Tuesday, September 5, and Wednesday 6, 2023, without the TUC, which it explained was to call attention of the FG to the painful suffering of Nigerians, particularly workers.

However, indications, suggests that having agreed to come to an understanding in the interest of the working masses of Nigeria, both camps, having also met separately in their different local organs, decided to hold a joint press conference at 3 p.m. on Tuesday to announce an indefinite nationwide strike in response to the FG’s failure to address the suffering and other socioeconomic hardships caused by the removal of subsidies on Premium Motor, PMS, commonly known as petrol.

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Tinubu will shock Atiku and his gang – APC *Why meeting with Biden didn’t hold



Having met with Joe Biden, at a parley of the G20 group in India, it was unnecessary for President Bola Tinubu to hold another session with his US counterpart at the recent United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, the All Progressives Congress (APC), explained on Monday.

Felix Morka, spokesman of the party, in a statement, also explain other issues in a quick riposte to the attacks of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who claimed that the POTUS avoided Tinubu at UNGA because he did not want to be associated with the putrid stains trailing his Nigerian counterpart.

Morka, National Publicity Secretary of the party, also dismissed Atiku’s claims through his spokesman, Phrank Shaibu that fuel subsidy, which the Tinubu administration said it has jettisoned having dismissed it as a drain on the nation’s resources, had returned through the backdoor, saying the payment of the mark up in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), in August, was to ensure stability.

Hear him: ”Shaibu’s claim that fuel subsidy is back is not correct. The government’s intervention to ensure some measure of price stability and predictability does not amount to the return of the ruinous fuel subsidy of the recent past.

“Lifting the Visa ban on Nigerians by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities should ordinarily make any well-meaning Nigerian happy. Diplomatic rapprochement between Nigeria and UAE authorities is ongoing and details of outcomes will soon be made public.

“The matter of the proposed meeting with United States of America President Joe Biden does not even require elaboration. Having met with President Tinubu on the sidelines of the G-20 Nations summit in India, another meeting with President Biden during the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA) had become unnecessary and was not even on President Tinubu’s schedule, contrary to preliminary indications on the matter.

“Nigeria is facing pressing challenges that require focused efforts and undivided attention. Issues such as economic recovery, security of lives and property, infrastructure development, and social welfare demand continuous, sustained and innovative efforts.

“President Tinubu is committed to ensuring an inclusive, honest, transparent and accountable governance system. We encourage citizens to actively participate in democratic processes, ventilate their views, and contribute constructively to national conversations. As the discerning people that we are, we remain confident that Nigerians will continue to differentiate between genuine, constructive and development-oriented criticisms and those driven by self-interest, mercenary considerations and disruptive political agenda.

“While we urge Nigerians to ignore purveyors of fake news and other inanities, it is obvious that Shaibu and his likes will stop at nothing in their desperation to distort facts and give oxygen to their politically knocked-out principal. But that can only worsen his infamy in the light of the President’s determined commitment and strides to improving the social and economic conditions for all Nigerians.

“The PDP and all its agents of misinformation should know by now that no amount of sleazy propaganda, muckraking, lies, half-truths, misrepresentations, misinformation or disinformation will confer the presidency of Nigeria on their candidate.

“Nigerians have freely chosen our party, the APC, and President Bola Tinubu, to continue to steer the ship of state. And the President is making good his campaign promises to deliver purposeful leadership to remake Nigeria, open the economy to rewarding investments, promote inclusive growth, create jobs, secure lives and property and renew hope for a vibrant future.”

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