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President Tinubu Nominates a Diverse Cabinet, Including El-Rufai, Wike, and Pate

Blend of Politicians and Technocrats on the List Reflects National Character and ‘Renewed Hope’ Agenda



Bola Tinubu

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has nominated a diverse array of politicians and technocrats to join his cabinet.

Among the prominent figures on the list are former Kaduna State Governor Nasiru El-Rufai, his Rivers State counterpart Nyesom Wike, and eminent medical scholar Ali Pate.

The list, which was forwarded to the Senate by President Tinubu, also includes legal luminary Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), economist Olawale Edun, banker Adebayo Adelabu, former Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, APC Women Leader Mrs. Betta Edu, Senator Ben Ayade, and eminent journalist Dele Alake.

The President’s decision to nominate experienced ministers aligns with his “Renewed Hope” agenda, emphasizing the national interest.

The carefully crafted list reflects the input of various stakeholders, including members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) National Caucus, the Progressive Governors’ Forum, and other top party leaders.

While the exact number of nominees and their portfolios remain unconfirmed, it is believed that the list encompasses a wide range of talents, blending political acumen with technical expertise.

The President’s intention to create a government that embodies the national character is evident in the nominations.

Ali Pate, a renowned Harvard professor of medicine and former Minister of State (Health), is likely to take up the Health portfolio, bringing his extensive medical knowledge to the cabinet.

Nyesom Wike, a lawyer and former Minister of State for Education, is expected to contribute his experience to the administration’s policies.

Nasiru El-Rufai, previously the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and head of the APC Panel on Restructuring, may be assigned to the Power Ministry, showcasing his expertise in governance.

The inclusion of Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Olawale Edun, Adebayo Adelabu, Adegboyega Oyetola, Betta Edu, Senator Ben Ayade, and Dele Alake signifies the President’s commitment to selecting patriotic and experienced individuals without political baggage.

Despite maintaining secrecy about the list until recently, President Tinubu’s dedication to the selection process is evident. Senate Majority Leader Opeyemi Bamidele disclosed that the President worked tirelessly to finalize the nominations, resulting in the postponement of the Senate’s recess to accommodate the screening process, expected to occur next week.

Nigerians are urged to pray for President Tinubu as he faces the task of assembling a capable team to drive the nation forward with “Renewed Hope.”

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Burkina Faso’s Military Junta Foils Attempted Coup Amid Ongoing Instability



Burkina Faso’s military junta announced its successful thwarting of an attempted coup this week, once again highlighting the nation’s precarious stability in the face of an ongoing Islamist insurgency.

The fragile transitional government, led by Colonel Ibrahim Traore, found itself targeted by a group of military officers and their cohorts seeking to plunge the country into chaos.

Government spokesman Jean Emmanuel Ouedraogo released a statement late Wednesday, confirming the arrest of the individuals behind the plot, while asserting that those still at large were actively being pursued.

Traore, who took power a year ago after overthrowing Interim President Henri Paul Sandaogo Damiba, has been on edge due to the persistent specter of coups.

To address security concerns, Traore recently appointed new heads of the security services, including the National Intelligence Agency, following the arrest of several army officers accused of plotting against the state.

Ouedraogo reassured the public that a thorough investigation would be conducted to shed light on this latest attempted coup.

This incident in Burkina Faso underscores the troubling trend of military leaders seizing power in African nations, with Niger and Gabon experiencing similar developments in the past two years.

The West African nation remains at a critical juncture, teetering between democracy and instability as it grapples with internal and external threats.

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French Ambassador Departs Niger Amid Escalating Tensions: Macron’s Pledge to Withdraw Troops Looms



Emmanuel Macron

Ambassador Sylvain Itte, along with six colleagues, left Niger’s capital, Niamey, on a flight bound for Paris via Chad.

This departure comes three days after French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed the withdrawal of the French envoy and pledged to withdraw approximately 1,500 French troops stationed in Niger by the end of 2023.

The abrupt exit of Ambassador Itte, as reported by Agence France-Presse, occurred at around 4 a.m. on Wednesday and followed the deterioration of relations between Niger’s military leaders and their former colonial power, France.

The strained relations were primarily triggered by the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum in a coup on July 26, a coup that led to the severance of military ties between the two nations.

Macron’s initial refusal to adhere to the August 28 deadline set by the junta for Ambassador Itte’s departure only served to heighten the diplomatic standoff.

The junta had cited alleged French “actions contrary to Niger’s interests” as the reason for the ambassador’s expulsion.

In the latest development, the coup leaders formally requested a timeline for the withdrawal of French troops from Niger. Macron had previously confirmed his commitment to completing the withdrawal by the end of 2023, further emphasizing the changing dynamics of the Franco-Nigerien relationship.

On Wednesday, President Macron engaged in talks with Nigerien Foreign Minister Hassoumi Massaoudou, during which he reaffirmed France’s support for President Bazoum and expressed his country’s eagerness to see a return to constitutional order in Niger.

This statement from the Elysee underscores France’s continued involvement in Niger’s internal affairs despite the recent diplomatic tensions.

As both nations navigate these turbulent waters, the future of their diplomatic and military relations remains uncertain.

The departure of Ambassador Itte is just the latest chapter in this evolving saga, and it raises questions about the implications for France’s historical ties to its former colony and its broader strategic interests in the West African region.

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G-20 Grants African Union Equal Membership Status to EU




The Group of 20 nations has reached a consensus to confer permanent membership status upon the African Union.

This significant move is aimed at empowering the African continent with a stronger voice in addressing pressing global issues, including climate change and emerging-market debt.

The announcement was made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who served as the host of the G-20 summit held in New Delhi over a two-day period.

During this historic event, President Azali Assoumani of Comoros, who currently holds the presidency of the African Union, was warmly embraced by Prime Minister Modi and offered a seat at the summit table.

This strategic decision, which has been previously reported by Bloomberg News, grants the 55-member African Union the same prestigious status enjoyed by the European Union within the Group of 20.

European Council President Charles Michel expressed his delight regarding this development in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

He expressed eagerness for close cooperation between the African Union and the European Union within the framework of the G-20, solidifying the commitment to address global challenges collectively.

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