Nigeria on Wednesday pledged a donation of two million U.S. dollars (about N320m) in support of agricultural development and conduct of free and fair elections in Mali.
Vice-President Namadi Sambo made the pledge in Brussels at the International Donors Conference on the Development of Mali, organised by the EU, a statement by Malam Umar Sani, the Vice-President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, said.
The statement quoted the vice-president as saying that Nigeria had so far spent 45 million U.S. dollars (about N7.2 billion) on the ongoing efforts to achieve peace and restore normalcy in Mali.
He said Nigeria had also committed moneys to humanitarian assistance, rehabilitation, administration and maintenance of military operations for the restoration of peace in the country.
Sambo acknowledged that reconstruction of post-conflict-Mali required strong international support.
He, however, stressed the need to identify the root causes of the crisis and to take into cognisance the diversity of the Malian society.
The vice-president pledged Nigeria’s commitment to the restoration of peace in country.
“We are committed to support a comprehensive integration of Northern Mali through inclusive consultations and dialogue that would create opportunity for socio-economic development and be beneficial to all Malians.’’
The vice president thanked President Francois Hollande of France for his intervention in Mali, and called for his continued support for the maintenance of territorial integrity and development of the country.
He also thanked Mr Dicouda Traore, the head of the transitional government of Mali, for sharing the country’s vision as reflected in the strategic plan for 2013-2014.
Sambo lauded the collaborative efforts of the ECOWAS, the EU and the UN to restore peace in Mali.
The conference, organised in collaboration with Mali’s transitional government, is aimed at offering financial and logistic support to Mali.
The financial support is meant to rebuild post-war Mali under a comprehensive development strategic plan.
It includes rebuilding government institutions and the military, repairing damaged infrastructure, organising presidential election, holding dialogue with rebel groups in the north, and stimulating the economy. [NAN]
Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)
Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.
According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.
The moment Morayo and Co decided to leave the station after it had been taken over by hoodlums.
— My Opinion (@Diji_O) October 21, 2020
Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.
The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.
Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.
In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.
Watch the video clips below:
— Itz CakeByTolex (@tolulope_salako) October 21, 2020
— POSTNAIJA (@POSTNAIJA) October 21, 2020
— Angry mob attacks TVC , set the station on fire.. pic.twitter.com/xEDpLeWkpW
— VyrãlTreñdz (@TheVyralTrendz) October 21, 2020
‘Hoodlums’ have reportedly invaded news station, TVC and are attacking their people. pic.twitter.com/h90bWoL37o
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) October 21, 2020
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Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
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