Boko Haram May Have Displaced Over a Million in Nigeria: IOM

GENEVA, Switzerland, January 20, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In the wake of mounting violence by the Boko Haram insurgency, Nigeria’s displaced population may be close to a million, according to IOM. Unless the insurgency is stopped, the tragedy could leave many more displaced inside the country and spill over to destabilize Cameroon, Niger and Chad, it believes.

“IOM is working closely with the Nigerian government to accurately assess the impact of Boko Haram on the civilian population,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. “As the number of internally displaced men, women and children (IDPs) now approaches one million, the vast scale of this brutal insurgency is now becoming increasingly clear.”

IOM also is concerned with the growing number of vulnerable people fleeing Nigeria and border areas to seek safety in neighboring countries. With the crisis spreading, IOM Director of Operations and Emergencies Mohammed Abdiker will arrive in West Africa later today as part of an urgent assessment mission.

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“We now have irrefutable data on the impact of this crisis on Nigerians and are advocating for more effective humanitarian measures,” Abdiker said. “We also are concerned with the regional impact of the crisis and potential threats to the peace and security of neighboring countries, should Boko Haram’s insurgency spread.”

To calculate the nearly one million displaced, IOM used its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), an information management tool used worldwide to gather information on the status and location of IDPs.

The DTM was launched in Nigeria in July 2014. Through December 23rd, it identified a total of 389,281 IDPs (60,232 households) in five states: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Taraba and Yobe.

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) recorded another 522,523 IDPs in Borno – the heart of the Boko Haram activity – and the states of Nasarawa, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau and Zamfara. This would bring the total number of registered IDPs to around 912,000.

But IOM notes growing evidence of the turmoil spreading across Nigeria’s frontiers into the neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Niger and Chad. It estimates that the number of refugees and displaced populations on both sides of Nigeria’s borders is now over 120,000 – bringing the total displacement created by the conflict to over a million.

Source:: Boko Haram May Have Displaced Over a Million in Nigeria: IOM

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Didier Reynders concerned on violent demonstrations in Kinshasa

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, January 20, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders noted with concern the violent demonstrations that took place in Kinshasa and in other cities of the country, on the occasion of the adoption by the Parliament of the new electoral law. The Minister calls on all parties for calm and restraint.

 

Minister Reynders reiterated the importance of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, organized according to the constitution of the Congolese people. In this regard, he expressed concern about a possible shift in the electoral calendar as a consequence of the plan to conduct a census prior to holding the legislative and presidential elections. He recalled that the support of Belgium to the electoral process depends on the provision of a clear timetable consistent with the constitution, and a budget.

Source:: Didier Reynders concerned on violent demonstrations in Kinshasa

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Joint statement by the UN, IGAD, EU, AMISOM, and UK Envoys to Somalia / International partners welcome the launch of the regional assembly process for Interim Juba Administration

MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 20, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), African Union Mission in Somalia and the United Kingdom welcomed the launch of the selection process for the new Regional Assembly for the Interim Juba Administration (IJA), calling on the authorities to ensure that all communities represented.

“We welcome the launch of the selection process for the Interim Juba Administration’s Regional Assembly. This is an important step towards peace and state-building for the people of the Juba regions, as well as all Somalis. We urge the IJA leadership to include women, youth and minority groups in the regional decision-making process by ensuring their participation in the new Assembly. Ensuring a fair and inclusive process will help build a just, peaceful society that can serve as a model for the rest of the country.

 

We stand ready to support the authorities and we urge all parties to engage in constructive consultation and reconciliation with all stakeholders, ensuring that the interests of all communities are protected. Somalia’s international partners remain committed to supporting the nation’s peace and state-building process.”

Source:: Joint statement by the UN, IGAD, EU, AMISOM, and UK Envoys to Somalia / International partners welcome the launch of the regional assembly process for Interim Juba Administration

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Ireland / New Ambassadors present Credentials

DUBLIN, Ireland, January 20, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Guinea presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.

 

H.E. Mr. Richard Angulu Opembe, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya, was accompanied by his wife, Suzanne Wanjiro Gachukia Opembe, their children Mr. Jesse Eshikhati Opembe, Ms. Appalonia Chao Opembe and Mr. Miles Khayumbi Gachukia Kibukosy and by Mrs. Immaculate N. Wambua, Minister Counsellor at the Embassy.

 

H.E. Mr. Paul Goa Zoumanigui, Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea, was accompanied by Mr. Jean Emile Curtis, First Secretary at the Embassy.

 

Mr. Seán Sherlock, T.D., Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Cooperation at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, represented the Government at the ceremony.

 

The following were also present: Mr. Art O’Leary, Secretary-General to the President; Mr. Colm Ó Floinn, Director-General, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ms. Síle Maguire, Chief of Protocol, Mr. Joe Brennan and Ms. Claire Buckley, Protocol, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 

The Ambassadors were escorted to and from Áras an Uachtaráin by an Escort of Honour consisting of a motorcycle detachment drawn from the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin, under the command of Lieutenant Fionn McCaffrey.

 

A Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by the 3rd Infantry Battalion, Stephens Barracks, Kilkenny, under the command of Lieutenant Steve Byrne.

 

Captain Fergal Carroll conducted the Army No. 1 Band.

Source:: Ireland / New Ambassadors present Credentials

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UN Envoy Kay welcomes Somalia’s adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

MOGADISHU, Somalia, January 20, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, welcomed Somalia becoming party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at a ceremony led by the President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, at a local School in Mogadishu. Hundreds of schoolchildren witnessed the ceremony. The Convention sets out the measures states need to take to protect and promote the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of all children.

 

“I welcome the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by Somalia. This is an important step forward in the protection and promotion of the rights of all children in Somalia,” said SRSG Kay.

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“As the nation recovers from decades of conflict, the Federal Government and its international partners have a duty to protect and serve Somalia’s most vulnerable communities,” said SRSG Kay. “I hope Somalia will now also begin the process of becoming party to the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The United Nations stands ready to support the Somali authorities in that regard.”

Source:: UN Envoy Kay welcomes Somalia’s adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Call for Papers: Exploring Democracy in Nigeria

Exploring ‘democracy In Nigeria at 15’: Essays On Language And Politics

Editors:
Tunde Opeibi, Segun Awonusi, Josef Schmied & Presley Ifukor

In May 2014, Nigeria celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of uninterrupted practice of civil rule. The event was significant in many ways. First, it signifies a stabilisation process within the political space despite the various challenges that have bedevilled the fledgling process. Second, frequent military incursions into the socio-political space in Nigeria seem to have been confined into the dustbin of the nation’s political history. Third, it accentuates more opportunities for more participation among the civil populace as well as a gradual embrace of the global standard of democratic practice among the political class.

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This volume therefore seeks to explore the roles played or being played by language in building a stronger, stable and sustainable democracy in Nigeria. How have stakeholders employed the facilities of language in political or governance activities?

As scholars have argued, language and politics are inextricably intertwined; a flourishing democratic practice necessarily encourages a flourishing linguistic/discourse culture (Awonusi, 1996; Opeibi, 2011; Ifukor, 2010).

Scholarly and empirically-based contributions that address this concern are invited with the specific focus on investigating the use of language in Nigerian political space between 1999 and 2014. Only papers that address the focus/theme will be accepted for peer-review and possible inclusion in the volume.

The papers must report on research in the areas of political linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and the new media relating to (but not limited to) any of the following themes:
– Language and politics
– Language and governance
– Language, media and governance
– Language and social factors in governance
– Language and culture in politics
– Language contact phenomena in politics
– Nigerian English in Nigerian democracy
– Language policy and democracy
– Language and civic education
– The Internet and political discourse
– New Media and civic engagement
– Social protest and new media
– E-Governance

While the main focus of the volume is political discourse and civic engagement, papers are welcome from related topics that focus on ‘Democracy in Nigeria at 15’. In keeping with the focus, researchers submitting abstracts are encouraged to equally consider Nigeria socio-cultural dimensions relevant to their research.

Well-researched and scholarly papers of not more than 8,000 words written in the latest APA Style guide, Times New Roman 12pt should be forwarded to the emails below by June 30th 2015 at the latest. Only successful papers, following the double-blinded peer reviewed process, will be included in the volume. Notifications will be sent as soon as reviewers’ reports are received.

Proposed Publication Date: 2015
Proposed Publishers: Reputable International Academic Publishing Company

Editors:
1. ‘Tunde Opeibi, PhD – Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
2. Segun Awonusi, PhD- Professor, Department of English, University of Lagos, Nigeria
3. Josef Schmied, PhD – Professor, & Chair of English Language and Linguistics, Institute for English and American Studies, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany
4. Presley Ifukor, PhD – Department of English, University of Muenster, Germany.

Your abstract (200 words max) and full paper should be forwarded to the email(s) below:
bopeibi@unilag.edu.ng
tunde@hrz.tu-chemnitz.de
pifukor@yahoo.com

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