Nigeria fuel crisis spawns thriving black market

Image result for fuel scarcity in nigeriaAbuja, Nigeria – Long lines of vehicles have extended outside petrol stations in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, this week, where frustrated motorists say they have waited for upwards of 10 hours amid a severe, countrywide fuel shortage.

“I’ve been on queue since last night,” motorist Abednego Abna told Al Jazeera, outside a petrol station in Abuja.

“And up until this moment, there is no sign of our vehicle moving from its position, to [any] hope of getting the fuel.”

The Nigerian government is struggling to deal with the situation and has placed the blame on the shoulders of petrol vendors, whom it accuses of dramatically increasing prices. Read more

Saif al-Islam Gadaffi to run for Libyan Presidency in 2018

GaddafiA spokesperson for the Gadaffi family has said that Saif al-Islam Gadaffi, the son of the former Libyan leader will contest in the upcoming presidential elections.

Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul told influential local media agency, Egypt Today, that Saif al-Islam has the support and credentials required to end the chaos that has gripped Libya since the overthrow of his father Muammar Gadaffi in 2011.

“Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan president, enjoys the support of major tribes in Libya so he can run for the upcoming presidential elections due in 2018,” said Libyan Tribal Chief and spokesperson of the Gaddafi family, Basem al-Hashimi al-Soul.

Al-Soul says that a platform to launch the former first son’s presidential campaign will soon be launched. Read more

I won’t steal Nigeria’s money, I pray 5 times a day – Nigerian President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked his children to study hard, saying he will not steal Nigeria’s money.

The president said this in a documentary entitled “Buhari: Beyond the Iron and Steel” aired on Nigerian Television Authority last night by the Presidency.

Buhari also said the goodwill he enjoyed from the masses kept him in politics.

He added that his central objective was to provide transparency and accountable government.

“I pray five times a day thanking God that allowed people to understand and believe me. This goodwill that I enjoy from the masses is what is keeping me in politics and of course, my central objective is to provide transparency and accountable government,” he said. Read more

“Jesus was never poor” – Kenyan pastor Bishop Allan Kiuna defends his lavish lifestyle, hopes to get a private jet soon because it’s too tedious to fly commercial

 "Jesus was never poor" - Kenyan pastor Bishop Allan Kiuna defends his lavish lifestyle, hopes to get a private jet soon because it?s too tedious to fly commercialKenyan pastor Bishop Allan Kiuna of the Jubilee Christian Church in Nairobi, has defended his lavish lifestyle following criticisms on social media.

Bishop Kiuna’s church has 15 Kenyan branches and five international churches.

According to The Star, the Bishop has been posting series of photos of his family’s Christmas vacation in Australia. He travels with his wife, the Rev Kathy Kiuna, their three children, Vanessa, Stephanie and Jeremy, two grandchildren and their Australian and South African sons-in-law.

 "Jesus was never poor" - Kenyan pastor Bishop Allan Kiuna defends his lavish lifestyle, hopes to get a private jet soon because it?s too tedious to fly commercial

“Jesus was never poor” – Kenyan pastor Bishop Allan Kiuna defends his lavish lifestyle, hopes to get a private jet soon because it?s too tedious to fly commercial Read more

Influential bishops urge DR Congo president Kabila to vow he’ll stand down

Image result for kabilaInfluential bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday urged President Joseph Kabila to pledge he will not seek a third term in office, aiming to ease fears of unrest.

Roman Catholic bishops last year helped broker a deal under which elections for a new president would be held in 2017.

However, the ballot has been delayed, with the country’s electoral commission blaming logistical problems.

Under international pressure, the mineral-rich but chronically poor and politically unstable country has now scheduled the vote for December 23, 2018. Read more

Gambia court charges soldiers with coup plot against new president

A Gambian military court on Monday charged 10 soldiers with treason and mutiny for plotting to overthrow the country’s newly elected government in July, and two more with helping a sergeant evade arrest.

Elements of The Gambia’s armed forces are known to have maintained support for former president Yahya Jammeh following his ouster from power after 22 years in January, but detailed evidence of a rumoured coup plot is only just emerging.

The 10 soldiers “prepared or endeavoured to overthrow the democratically elected government of The Gambia by unlawful means and thereby committed an offence,” a court document seen by AFP showed. Read more

Chihuri must be fired and arrested for corruption

Image result for chihuriMDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu has called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to fire Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri for corruption.

This comes after Chihuri was booed while pledging his allegiance to Mnangagwa at the National Sports Stadium on Friday. Cde Gutu said:

Chihuri must be fired and arrested for corruption, failing to cause the arrest of suspected criminals even when his juniors had prepared dockets. Instead, he would cause the arrest of complainants and abuse State resources protecting the real criminals.

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