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Leak Letter, Work of Mischief Makers- Presidency

By: Michael Mike

Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the visit of President Bola Tinubu to Qatar would go ahead as scheduled, adding that it was not ready to comment on the leak letter stating that the Business and Investment Forum planned by the Nigerian government during the visit would not hold.

The Ministry in a statement by its spokesperson, Fransisca Omayuli said it was “aware of the circulation of a diplomatic correspondence on the social media and wishes to state that it will not comment on leaks.”

The statement further read that “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR) will embark on a State Visit to Qatar from 2nd – 3rd March, 2024 to further cement the excellent relations existing between the two countries.

“During the visit, discussions will be held at the highest level, on a wide range of bilateral and economic issues.
The President will be accompanied on the trip by the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar (OON), among some other Ministers and top government officials.

In a separate statement by the State House signed by Special Adviser to the President on Information & Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, stated that the leak diplomatic paper was the activities of mischief makers and was never a snub of Qatar government of President Bola Tinubu.

Onanuga, in the statement said: “We are aware of a leaked diplomatic correspondence between the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Abuja and our Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s state visit to Qatar between 2 and 3 March, 2024.

“The leaked diplomatic paper by mischief makers about an investment forum is not in any way a snub on President Tinubu by the Qatari government.”

He noted that: “The Note Verbale is about a private sector-led Business and Investment Forum to be held on the margins of President Bola Tinubu’s State Visit.

“The event is being put together by the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and Qatar’s Chambers of Commerce and Industry where business people from Nigeria will engage their counterparts from Qatar on commercial and investment opportunities available in both countries.

“We note the strong bilateral relationship between our two countries and affirm that the State Visit by President Bola Tinubu to Qatar is on the invitation of the Emir of Qatar, His Highness, Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.”

Onanuga added that: “The State Visit is particularly aimed at strengthening the bilateral economic cooperation between Nigeria and Qatar.

“NACCIMA and Qatar Chambers of Commerce and Industry are collaborating to take advantage of President Tinubu’s visit to Doha to mobilise the business community from our two countries to explore opportunities in key economic sectors such as oil & gas, manufacturing, agro-business, construction, real estate, ICT, Renewable Energy, Solid Minerals and service sector, among others.”

He revealed that: “President Tinubu is expected to proceed to Qatar on the State Visit as scheduled and during the visit, the Nigerian leader will engage in high-level bilateral discussions with Qatari leader on many important matters, covering the full range of diplomatic and economic issues.

It is not correct for anyone to insinuate that the Qatari authorities have snubbed the Nigerian leader over a business and investment forum which is tangential to the all-important State Visit and which President Tinubu is slated to attend as a guest.”

He insisted that: “President Tinubu and His Highness Al-Thani are both committed to maintaining and building on the existing cordial and special relationship between Nigeria and the State of Qatar.”

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Kare-Kare Association inaugurates new executive in Nangere

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Yahaya Wakili

Karai-karai Association Mayinakara Gamataka Nangere local government chapter Yobe state has today inaugurated its executives at the Emir of Tikau place, Sabon Gari.

Speaking at the occasion, the State Chairman Mayinakara, Alhaji Shu’aibu Shansi, thanked His Royal Highness, the emir of Tikau, Alhaji Dr Muhammadu Abubakar Ibn Grema LLD, for the support and cooperation he extended to the association.

He said during the Eid-el-kabir Sallah, by the grace of God, we are going to organize a one-week culture at this place and pray to Almighty Allah (SWT) to upgrade all Karai-karai tribes in the world.

Also speaking, a chieftain in the association, Alhaji Yunusa Yuguda, Jagaba of Fika, said people should know that this occasion is not for the APC, PDP, or any political party; this is for Karai-karai only. If you are from any political party, you can attend the event.

He said our people are ignorant of something; if there is such an event, they will not come or show up because there is a fear of victimization from their political leaders. He added that this association, Mayinakara, is not a political party and is only to unite all karai-karai tribes in every part of the world.

Hon. Halilu Abubakar Mazagane, a member contesting the seat for Yobe South Senatorial District under the PDP in the 2023 general election, said that this association of Mayinakara was established because of me, because I enjoy the impact of the association; it works tirelessly on me.

“I want all that will happen in Nigeria; I want to include Karai-Karai inside and call on Karai-Karai those who have positions in government; if the son of Karai-Karai gets admission and he doesn’t have money to pay the school fees, please pay it for him.” Mazagane added.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Caretaker Management Committee of Nangere local government, Hon. Salisu Yarima, said we are here all on behalf of the Karai-Karai tribe; let us unite ourselves and speak with one voice.

Salisu Yarima urges all karai-karai leaders, or Mayinakara, to embrace the love of each other and call on all media houses in Nigeria and the world at large to publicize the karai-karai tribe in the world.

In his closing remarks, Nangere local government Mayinakara Patron, Alhaji Adamu Chillariye, said that everywhere karai-karai is a karai-karai, you can’t change your tribe; everybody is answering his tribe name, but to my surprise, a karai-karai man doesn’t want to answer his own.

Adding that, may be he fills shame on it; I don’t know; you can’t change your tribe; this is how God made you. He called on those involved in such an attitude to stop it. Adding to that, Mbeno is a mother and the head of organizations, but they left it behind; therefore, he urged them to revive it.

The state chairman, Alhaji Shu’aibu Shansi, further inaugurated the executives of the of the Mayinakara Gamataka Nangere local government chapter, with Dauda Muhammed Nangere as chairman, Yakubu Auta Degubi as secretary,  and Audu Ibrahim Dinda as treasurer.

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Women Face the Toughest Hurdles in Northeast Nigeria

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Women Face the Toughest Hurdles in Northeast Nigeria

By: Chi Lael and Dr. Kelechi Onyemaobi
 
Aisha and her eight children have spent the last three months hiding in the bush in northeast Nigeria. Her husband was killed last year, shot by members of Boko Haram. Aisha managed to escape. “We ran into the forest,” said Aisha, “me and my eight children. We stayed there for three months. Every day, I would look for firewood and risk taking it to town to sell, so I could feed my children.”
 
Aisha and her children were eventually taken in by a kind family who they still live with. They are amongst the one million people being helped by WFP as food insecurity in northeast Nigeria. “I really appreciate this food. If we didn’t have it, my children would go out to beg around the community,” said Aisha.
 
Tragically this crisis is not the result of a drought, but conflict that has been spreading through the region during the last decade. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people have been killed in the fighting – and Aisha’s husband is just one of them. The state of Yobe – where Aisha lives – Adamawa and Borno, have borne the brunt. The seemingly bucolic idyll – the camels grazing by the side of the road, the ox-carts ferrying goods for sale – belie the underlying atmosphere of fear.
 
Nor is Aisha alone in her plight: one in four women in northeast Nigeria are now widows as a result of the conflict, leaving many of these families to suffer from the absence of their fathers and husbands.
 
Added to this, an estimated 2.1 million people have also had to flee their homes, which in a largely agrarian community severely increases the threat of hunger. If people can’t grow food, work their land, then they risk starving.
 
Ya Kaka, 25, and her children also receive support from WFP with funding from the European Union (EU). But she is a victim of another aspect of the conflict – forced marriage. When she was 18, Ya Kaka was kidnapped by insurgents to become a ‘bride’ for a soldier – however, Ya Kaka was already married, with children. After three years – having given birth to a baby in captivity – Ya Kaka finally managed to escape and return home. 
 
“I was always scared that I might get caught. But one day, I woke up and decided to escape. I was ready to do whatever it would take,” she said. 
 
Unfortunately, when she returned, Ya Kaka’s first husband rejected her and her new baby because she’d been married – albeit as a kidnap victim – to another man.  Now Ya Kaka lives, with four children, in the village of Kukareta, near Damaturu, only able to feed them with the food she receives from WFP.  “I’m hoping and praying to God to take away all my pains, I want to forget all I’ve gone through or all that I’m always thinking about,” said Ya Kaka.
 
Almost 5 million people currently suffering acute food insecurity in need of urgent assistance in the conflict-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. WFP is supporting up to 1 million people with emergency food and nutrition assistance for children, supported by its donors including the EU.

Chi Lael and Dr. Kelechi Onyemaobi work for the United Nations World Food Programme, the
world’s largest humanitarian organization saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. They can be reached via email at Chi.Lael@wfp.org and Kelechi.Onyemaobi@wfp.org

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By: Michael Mike

The Minsiter of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar has tasked the Muslim Ummah all over the world to remain resilient in the face of global challenges.

He made the call in his Eid message to Muslims.

He said amidst the Eid celebrations, adherents of the Islamic faith should reflect on the sacrifices and lessons of the concluded month of Ramadan for guidance.

He enjoined the Muslim Ummah to pray for the country and the success of the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Tinubu to bequeath dividends of governance to the entirety of the Nigerian nation.

He further added that adherents should pray for lasting peace in the country and regions plagued by strife and wars across the world.

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