- Assembly Drops Sanusi Probe as Osinbajo, Saraki, Govs Intervene
The Kano State House of Assembly on Monday stopped the investigation of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, over allegations of misappropriation of funds belonging to the Kano Emirate Council.
The Assembly’s decision to end the investigation followed a letter from the state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, which the Speaker, Mallam Kabiru Rurum, read at plenary.
Ganduje said the halting of the investigation was necessitated by the need to respect the intervention of some notable Nigerians on the issue.
He named the notable Nigerians as religious leaders, traditional rulers, former presidents, the Arewa Consultative Forum, state governors and other respected Nigerians.
Prominent among those who intervened, he said, included the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo; the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; some northern state governors; the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, and Alhaji Aminu Dantata.
Ganduje’s letter claimed that the emir had personally apologised for his mistakes during a reconciliation forum organised by the Northern Governors’ Forum in Kaduna, hence the reason for the move.
“Therefore, I am appealing to the honourable members to kindly end the investigation for the progress of the state,” the governor’s letter stated.
After an extensive deliberation on the letter, the lawmakers unanimously decided to drop the investigation.
Rurum said, “The State Assembly is dropping the investigation because many well-meaning Nigerians, including the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the leadership of the National Assembly intervened on behalf of the Emir, hence the withdrawal of the investigation.
“The State Assembly represents the people of Kano State and responded to the pleas of eminent personalities on behalf of Sarki Kano.’’
The state House of Assembly had on May 10 constituted an eight-man committee to probe Sanusi on eight counts comprising financial impropriety.
The House also resolved to review the law that established the emirate council.
The Assembly mandated the committees on Local Governments and Judiciary as well as the principal officers of the House to review the law and submit the report within three months.
The member representing Nasarawa Constituency, Alhaji Ibrahim Gama, brought the allegations which also included delivery of a controversial speech at a summit in Kaduna, among others before the House.
China and EU Seek Partnership: Xi Jinping Proposes Key Trade Alliance
Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed his desire for China and the European Union (EU) to become key trade partners and foster trust in supply chains, during a meeting with EU leaders in Beijing.
The talks marked the first in-person summit between the two sides in four years and addressed a range of economic concerns, including data flows and market access.
Xi emphasized China’s commitment to high-quality development and opening up, positioning the EU as a crucial partner in economic and trade cooperation.
He envisioned the EU as a trusted collaborator in industrial and supply chain cooperation, aiming for mutual benefits and win-win results.
The summit delved into longstanding issues, such as efforts by Europe to “de-risk” its supply chains and the EU’s anti-subsidies investigation into Chinese-made electric vehicles.
China criticized the investigation, urging the EU to avoid using it for “trade protectionism.”
Xi called for the elimination of interference between China and the EU, a statement likely directed at the United States, which has taken actions, including enlisting the Netherlands, to curb China’s development of high-end semiconductors.
The EU leaders, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, described their conversation with Xi as “good and candid.”
They discussed the main challenges amid increasing geopolitical frictions, emphasizing a commitment to balanced trade relations and pledging to enhance people-to-people exchanges.
During the meeting, Italy formally informed China of its exit from the Belt and Road Initiative, highlighting ongoing strains between the EU and China.
Xi discussed Belt and Road with EU leaders, expressing a willingness to connect it with the EU’s Global Gateway infrastructure plan.
However, deep issues remain, including Russia’s war in Ukraine, trade imbalances, and Chinese overcapacity exported to Europe.
Jens Eskelund, president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, stressed the need to address these issues to foster a positive relationship between Beijing and Brussels.
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Nigeria Eyes BRICS Membership within Two Years as Foreign Minister Emphasizes Strategic Alignment
In a strategic move towards global economic collaboration, Nigeria is aspiring to join the BRICS group of nations within the next two years.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, affirmed that Nigeria is open to aligning itself with groups that demonstrate good intentions, well-meaning goals, and clearly defined objectives.
Tuggar stated, “Nigeria has come of age to decide for itself who her partners should be and where they should be; being multiple aligned is in our best interest.”
He emphasized the need for Nigeria to be part of influential groups like BRICS and the G-20, citing criteria such as population and economy size that position Nigeria as a natural candidate.
BRICS, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, stands as a formidable bloc of emerging market powers.
In a recent move to expand its influence, BRICS invited six additional nations, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Argentina, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates, to join the group.
Nigeria, as Africa’s largest economy, has been absent from the BRICS alliance, prompting discussions on the potential economic and political advantages the bloc could offer the country.
Analysts have noted that BRICS membership could provide Nigeria with significant leverage on the global stage.
Vice President Kashim Shettima clarified that Nigeria did not apply for BRICS membership after the bloc’s announcement of new members in August.
Shettima emphasized the principled approach of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, highlighting a commitment to consensus building in decisions related to international partnerships.
As Nigeria eyes BRICS membership, the move is seen as a strategic step towards enhancing its global economic and diplomatic influence.
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