Readout of the President’s Calls with Nigerian President Jonathan and President-Elect Buhari

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — President Obama today spoke with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and separately with President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari to commend them for their leadership during Nigeria’s recent election. The President applauded President Jonathan for putting Nigeria and its people before politics by conceding the election and calling on his supporters to accept the outcome peacefully. President Obama congratulated President-Elect Buhari on his victory and thanked him for repeatedly urging his supporters to help ensure the election process remained calm and peaceful.

President Obama encouraged both leaders to work together to unify the country and sustain Nigeria’s strong partnership with the United States to tackle the critical challenges facing Nigeria and the broader region. The President highlighted the need for Nigeria and its regional partners to build on the recent progress against Boko Haram and pledged that the United States will continue to support those efforts.

Source:: Readout of the President’s Calls with Nigerian President Jonathan and President-Elect Buhari

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Statement by the Vice President on the Nigerian Elections

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — I congratulate the Nigerian people and their leaders on the conduct of a peaceful democratic election. One of the hallmarks of a functioning democracy is the handover of power from one elected leader to another. I have spoken to President Goodluck Jonathan and President-elect Muhammadu Buhari recently, and today I commend them both on their statesmanship in leading their supporters through this historic vote and putting their country on a more peaceful path forward. President Jonathan’s graciousness in conceding defeat is a credit to his legacy and an act of principled patriotism. It strengthens the country he has led. It sets the tone for gubernatorial elections on April 11th and for the days ahead as Nigerians unite to ensure a successful transition. The next Nigerian government will face formidable challenges in fighting corruption and terrorism and promoting inter-communal peace. We look forward to working closely with President-elect Buhari to advance our shared interest in Nigeria’s success.

Source:: Statement by the Vice President on the Nigerian Elections

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Minister Nicholson Congratulates Nigerians on Peaceful Presidential Elections

OTTAWA, Canada, April 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“We congratulate the Nigerian people on the democratic conduct of their presidential and national assembly elections. The people of Nigeria have demonstrated their strong commitment to democracy by voting in large numbers and by their peaceful and orderly conduct.

“We congratulate president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on his election and welcome President Goodluck Jonathan’s acceptance of the decision of the people of Nigeria. We also congratulate all candidates elected to the House of Representatives and the Senate and commend the efforts of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission. These elections demonstrate the growing strength of democracy in Nigeria and set a standard for elections across Africa in 2015.”

Source:: Minister Nicholson Congratulates Nigerians on Peaceful Presidential Elections

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Back for a 5th year, Mobile West Africa 2015 garners industry-wide support

LAGOS, Nigeria, April 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — All Amber, the organisers of highly acclaimed technology conferences across Sub-Saharan Africa, today announced that they have secured a wide-ranging selection of international and local partners for the 5th edition of Mobile West Africa (http://mobilewestafrica.com), which is scheduled to take place between 21 and 23 April in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Organisations confirmed to sponsor and exhibit at the event include MTN Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria, Etisalat Nigeria, Eskimi, VConnect, Gidi Mobile, Opera Software, MoboFree, Uber, MyMusic, Basebone, Mozilla, Jovago, Wiko Mobile and MTech Communications.

All Amber Founder Matthew Dawes commented, “The amount of industry support we’ve receive is unprecedented and it’s an illustration of how far the event has developed since it started in 2011. To secure MTN, Airtel and Etisalat – as well as international players like Mozilla, Opera and Basebone – and then have the support of key local stakeholders such as Eskimi, Gidi Mobile, MTech and MoboFree reflects the will within the industry to keep it moving forwards.

The conference has come a long way in the last five years, more so than I could have hoped for, and I want it to continue to facilitate progress. That’s what we’re here for. I’d like to encourage anyone with a stake in the industry to come and contribute to the discussions.”

Since 2011, Mobile West Africa has been regarded as the leading technology event in the region. Each year, the conference brings together the best brains in the mobile ecosystem and covers the evolution of mobile data, products and services in West Africa.

The Mobile West Africa 2015 agenda is available to view at the event website: http://mobilewestafrica.com. As is normally the case with All Amber conferences, it has been split into distinct sessions over two days. For 2015 these will include: The leaders of mobile; mobile gaming; universal access; mobile entertainment; local success case studies; mobile apps; mobile content, users & consumption; and for the first time, a session on the debate surrounding the future of mobile money.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of All Amber.

Media contact:

Andrew Mowbray

Communications Director

All Amber

comms@allamber.co.uk

For more information please visit http://mobilewestafrica.com.

About All Amber

All Amber was founded in 2009 by Matthew Dawes to produce interactive, discussion-based events specifically aimed at high-level strategists in mobile technology across Africa. To date, All Amber events are industry leading and highly acclaimed.

All Amber events provide abundant networking opportunities, which have been proven to lead to growing business and new partnerships. This is achieved by:

• A highly interactive roundtable seating format to facilitate genuinely constructive discussion and networking

• Panel discussions featuring senior strategists from the industry’s most important companies

• Networking sessions designed to encourage maximum interaction between attendees

Source:: Back for a 5th year, Mobile West Africa 2015 garners industry-wide support

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Change is Here for Nigeria – Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign office Lagos

LAGOS, Nigeria, April 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The spontaneous outpouring of emotions and celebrations that characterized the pronouncement of Muhammedu Buhari as the President-elect of Nigeria in major cities and towns across the country was clear evidence that the people wanted change.

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The campaign theme of the Buhari-Osinbajo ticket resonated clearly amongst a nation that successfully transitioned from the erstwhile Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which had ruled Nigeria since 1999 to the All Progressives Party (APC) by a clear majority of almost 3 Million Votes.

More importantly, it also marked the first time that the world’s most populous black country would unseat an incumbent president. Furthermore, it is the first time the so called progressives in the country will take control of the federal government.

While the euphoria is clearly palpable within the citizens, the prognosis for the country is actually dim. Insecurity had become rife – the kidnapping of 276 girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram has entered its 10th Month, and the economy is in doldrums, characterized by the freefall of the Naira in the past months. News of Buhari’s election put the Naira in a rebound and the stocks gained almost 6.5% to wipe out months of decline.

So what exactly is Buhari promising? As a former ruler, he was known for his intransigent stand on Corruption – a bane in Nigerian society; and that was a banner issue for him during the campaign. As Buhari said, “If we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us”; many expect the new government to thus put a halt to the culture of graft and public funds looting that has created a gulf between the super wealthy and the very poor.

Despite Nigeria’s Oil riches, the country still suffers from abject poverty – Nigeria is home to about 110 million poor – which makes the country home to the largest number of poor people in Africa!. Buhari has pledged to tackle poverty by creating jobs and setting up social welfare schemes that cater to the poorest Nigerians.

One of these schemes is a Conditional Cash Transfer that pays between N5000 – N7500 monthly to 25 Million of the poorest Nigerians as long as they send their children to school and get them immunized. This program will be phased over the four year the sure of the administration.

Another program is to provide a free meal a day to children in all public primary schools in the country. This program is expected to:

– Reduce the number of out of school children in Nigeria ( the highest in the world) which currently stands at about 10.3 million.

– Improve the academic performances of the students as the will now be guaranteed at least one balanced diet a day.

– Stimulate the agricultural industry due to the massive demand this program will have on the sector.

They also intend to institute a National Health Insurance Scheme that will make basic health care services available to the people. To partake in the scheme NIGERIANS will be expected to pay between $3-$5 as yearly contribution.

Buhari’s running mate and Vice President-elect Yemi Osinbajo is a Professor of Law who has served as Attorney General in Nigeria’s commercial capital – Lagos State. Many are thus encouraged that the Rule of Law will take centre stage in a country where the rich can flout it with impunity. His antecedents suggests that this tandem are equipped with the capacity and political will to begin to right the ship that is Nigeria and effect the necessary stimulus that will bring Nigerian reality closer to the potential she doubtless promises.

If that happens, there’ll be more dancing in the streets.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign office Lagos.

Media Contact:

(Mr) Obafela Bank-Olemoh

Media aid for Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign office Lagos

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Source:: Change is Here for Nigeria – Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign office Lagos

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On Nigerian Election Results

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

April 1, 2015

The United States congratulates the people of Nigeria and the Nigerian Government on historic and largely peaceful elections the weekend of March 28. We especially applaud all voters who showed patience and demonstrated their commitment to participate in the democratic process.

The United States commends Nigeria’s Independent National Election Commission (INEC) and its Chairman, Attahiru Jega, on the generally orderly vote, on the use of technology such as card readers to increase the credibility and transparency of the electoral process, and on prompt communication of the results. While we note reports of logistical problems, such incidents did not undermine the overall outcome of the election.

In January, I traveled personally to Nigeria and met with both President Jonathan and now President-Elect Buhari. At that time, I emphasized that for the United States, Nigeria is an increasingly important strategic partner and that Nigeria has a critical role to play in the security and prosperity of this continent and beyond.

I also said that it was imperative that these elections are an improvement over past elections and that they need to set a new standard for this democracy. That means that Nigerians needed to not only reject violence but actually promote peace.

We laud both President Jonathan and General Buhari for their public commitments to the Abuja Accord signed in January and reaffirmed March 26, respecting the official results, and encouraging their supporters to do the same. We commend President Jonathan for his years of service and for having acted in the best interest of his country. We welcome President Jonathan’s calls for unity and calm during this transition period.

Finally, we extend our congratulations to President-elect Buhari. The United States reiterates its commitment to working with the newly elected government that emerges from this democratic process.

Source:: On Nigerian Election Results

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