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PETROL PRICING: THE MYTH, THE PUBLIC PASSION & THE FACTS.

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#EnoughIsEnough #MrPresident #Buhari #Nigerians #IFB
Petroleum pricing is a sensitive issue in Nigeria because the various past governments got it all wrong abinitio, and this has been because of the wrongly perceived and sustained notion that 'we are a rich nation'.
In truth, no government has any business selling or retailing petrol, diesel and kerosene to its citizens.
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A Benin Bronze With Fishy Provenance Goes to Auction hyperallergic.com/573457/fishy-p…
The plaque was part of a large cache of Benin decorative plaques looted during the British punitive military expedition of 1897. This plaque, cast in brass, depicts a mudfish, not dissimilar to a plaque currently in the collection of @WeltmuseumWien which was 'acquired' in 1899
Doubts have been cast by scholars @artcrimeprof and @profdanhicks as to its provenance as described on the auction house website at christies.com/lotfinder/lot/… Frederick Knize was an Austrian collector whose descendant sold the plaque to the New York art dealer John J Klejman
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Did you miss the Force Community webinar on Friday? Don't worry. We have you covered!

Our @SPARC_Africa/technicalPartners @cerrhud discussed their support to the government of #Benin's #COVID19 response & what they were learning from that engagement. Here is a synthesis #thread
1) #COVID19 response requires the whole-of-society approach. Ministries of Health & Finance, World Bank, private sector, pharmaceutical industry, retired and current health workers and individuals are playing a critical role in responding to the crisis in #Benin.
This whole-of-society approach has been useful in two ways: a) Various committees drawing membership from stakeholder groups have been put in place to provide strategic direction aligned to the national response strategy.
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(1) #THREAD OKADA AIR: THAT WAS THE AIRLINE THAT WAS! #HistoryVille #Nigeria #Aviation #Travel #History #NaijaProud There can never be another Okada Air. That much is clear. The... images.app.goo.gl/PPphGQnzcgAR7U…
(2)... circumstances which gave rise to its birth only happen once in a lifetime, and it's safe to say they can never happen again. Okada Air was set up by Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, a ranking chief of the Bini people, in late 1983. At that time, the...
(3)...boundary between #scheduled air services, the exclusive preserve of Nigeria Airways (WT), and charter flights, was distinct, but the pioneer outfit #Kabo Air was operating regular flights, and Igbinedion was determined to match him. The initial fleet...
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#BurkinaFaso: A thread on military operations and the militant groups straddling the borders of several West African coastal states
#BurkinaFaso: To begin with several of these countries are on the alert, fearing spillover [or maybe even expansion] of violent militant activities into their countries, debatable if that will happen,..
#BurkinaFaso: ..non-violent activities is a reality though, movements, recruitment, logistic transfers. #Benin experienced what so far is a one-off incident with the killing of a Beninese tour guide and the abduction of a French couple
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The #IMF says the "Great Lockdown" recession will likely be the worst since the Great Depression. Global economy projected to shrink by 3% in 2020. By contrast, in January, the IMF had forecast a global GDP expansion of 3.3% for this year. Details in chart below. Table: @IMFNews
IMF: Partial global rebound to 5.8% in 2021 “assumes the #pandemic fades in the 2nd half of 2020, & that policy actions taken by countries are effective in preventing widespread firm bankruptcies, extended job losses, & system-wide financial strains.” #WEO ow.ly/ZLYi50zccSJ
How does your country fare in the latest #IMF projections for 2020 & 2021? imf.org/~/media/Files/… @IMFNews #economies #GDP #finance
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In the light of the new #coronavirus cases in #Osun, let's very briefly talk about #Nigeria's (or Africa's borders). It was sometime last year that I found that probably the 4th largest concentration of Ogbomoso indigenes after Ogbomoso itself, Ibadan and Kano, is in Abidjan.
Basically, this Nigerian community has links with that part of #IvoryCoast because of trade routes that predate the British and the French, and apparently, those trade routes are still in use, which is how people made it through #Nigeria's ostensibly closed borders.
Internet service provider went down, so the thread will continue shortly.

I've seen replies that saying Ogbomoso people are also strong in #Jos and #Ghana, but for the purposes of this, I'll stick with what Mr Akin Akinbola, a much older man from Ogbomoso, told me in Paris.
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Quelques situations du coronavirus en Afrique le dimanche 29 mars 2020 :
1. #Covid19 :Le #Benin ne dispose pas des ‘moyens des pays riches’ pr prendre des mesures de confinement strictes dans la lutte contre la propagation du coronavirus, a déclaré dimanche le président, Talon.
2. #Covid19 :Le président sud-africain Cyril Ramaphosa a levé dimanche la quarantaine imposée à une centaine de ses ressortissants rapatriés il y a deux semaines de la ville chinoise de Wuhan, berceau de la pandémie meurtrière de coronavirus #coronavirusafrica @AfriqueTweet #OMS
3. #Covid19 :Les Maliens ont commencé timidement à élire dimanche matin leurs députés lors de législatives à fort enjeu, organisées malgré la persistance des violences, la propagation du coronavirus et l'enlèvement du chef de l'opposition #coronavirusafrica #OMS @AfriqueTweet
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#Flashback2019

It’s that time of the year when we look back on how India charted new pathways in #Diplomacy and left an imprint on the global agenda.
The year began with the 10th #IndiaJapan Strategic Dialogue, which provided a platform for blossoming of deep rooted ties into a special strategic & global partnership
The then Japanese Foreign Minister @konotaromp attended the summit along with the former EAM Smt. Sushma Swaraj
@konotaromp @MofaJapan_en @IndianEmbTokyo @PIB_India A World Reorder: New Geometries; Fluid Partnerships; Uncertain Outcomes.
The 4th edition of @raisinadialogue, a flagship annual geopolitical and geostrategic conference, was organised by @orfonline and @MEAIndia

#Flashback2019
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Let's take a tour along the coast of eastern #Ghana, #Togo and #Benin in images taken from #ISS, 11Dec2019. First stretch is eastern Ghana. Images ISS061-E-76460-76489. We start at #OldNigo, hi-res eol.jsc.nasa.gov/DatabaseImages… @DaveAtCOGS 1/6
Next stop is at #SongorLagoon. Images ISS061-E-76469-76473. Hi-res eol.jsc.nasa.gov/DatabaseImages… @DaveAtCOGS 2/6
We then take a look at the #Volta River entering the Atlantic Ocean (and the Gulf of Guinea in particular). Hi-res eol.jsc.nasa.gov/DatabaseImages… @DaveAtCOGS 3/6
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It has been difficult for me to engage w/ largely dismissive criticisms of #Nigeria’s move to close its land borders with #Benin & #Niger to address rampant smuggling and #Benin’s systematic flouting of Ecowas trade protocols & other treaties signed w/ #Nigeria.
But I feel this issue is too important not to try to improve public understanding about what’s at stake and why the status quo was untenable. So, what follows is a #thread about border security & rules-based trade, which is what the border closure is about at its core.
I’m going to state upfront that I will not engage re this issue on this medium. Instead, I’ll be doing a Facebook Live on Monday w/ @EurasiaGroup colleague Willis Sparks @ 11am EST/5pm Lagos. Please send (constructive) questions w/ hashtag #NaijaBorder & we will address them.
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Here is UN press briefing room Inner City Press is banned from by @AntonioGuterres for 500th day (!) at noon at 12:05 pm for briefing by @UN_Spokesperson Farhan Haq, who has not answered any of Inner City Press 6 written questions this morning - thread
@antonioguterres @UN_Spokesperson @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @silas_atefor @AdamShawNY @SaraCarterDC @kristina_wong @allimadi Banned Inner City Press asked @UN_Spokesperson Haq On #Guinea, what are the comments and actions of SG Guterres on that protests have continued for a second day in #Conakry, against possible plans by President Alpha Conde to seek a third term in office?
@antonioguterres @UN_Spokesperson @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @silas_atefor @AdamShawNY @SaraCarterDC @kristina_wong @allimadi @Survie Banned Inner City Press asked On Burundi, what are the belated comments and actions of SG Guterres on that opposition politician Marie Claire Niyongere was sexually assaulted before being killed? Ms Niyongere was the deputy leader of the women's wing of the CNL
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Big news from the latest @UN report on #ISIS/#alQaida was ISIS' rebuild strategy and that much of it is being directed by Abu Bakr al-#Baghdadi out of Iraq

But there are a number of other interesting observations in the report...
On #alQaida, the @UN intelligence suggests the group although the health of AQ leader Ayman al-Zawahiri & AQ's succession plan "are in doubt"
The @UN report also concludes #alQaida-aligned groups "are stronger than their #ISIL [#ISIS] counterparts in #Idlib, #Syria|n Arab Republic, #Yemen, #Somalia and much of West #Africa"
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Today is #WorldKidneyDay, so here is a thread about living on #dialysis & #OrganDonation. My name is Belinda Otas. I’m #African. I’m #Nigerian. I'm #Benin. I’m #British & I’m #Black. Beyond the nationalities or passports with my name, I also believe in our shared humanity.
I was 16, when I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure (ESRF.) I had no idea what was happening to me because at the time, it made no sense. However, I remember the pain of that period like noonday. I lived on dialysis until i was 22. #dialysis #OrganDonation #renalhealth
It took over my teenage years. I don’t remember having much of a life as a teenager because dialysis was 3x a week & every session was 4hrs. Add the time it takes to recover from being exhausted by the process, my day was pretty much over. #dialysis #OrganDonation #renalhealth
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In a week where the North East got yet another military commander, we got a better look at overburdened infrastructure.

Elsewhere, as MTN gears up to enter the banks’ turf, concern over Nigeria's food import practices conjures a picture of a recently painted but creaking house.
The @MTNGroup's announcement is a positive for #Nigeria's economy as it substantiates previous comments by MTN that it has no plans to exit Nigeria despite its spat with @cenbank over alleged illegal fund repatriation.
The announcement ties into @MTNGroup’s strategy to become the biggest provider of mobile financial services in #Africa.

The telecoms-led drive to provide mobile money services will introduce a new interesting chapter in #Nigeria’s financial services sector.
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#NIGERIA: Tragic abduction and killing of Maj Gen Idris #Alkali (rtd), while traveling between #Abuja and Bauchi, adds to growing list of RETIRED GENERALS #kidnapped, shot or #killed, over last decade. The most notable cases…
2009: Maj Gen Peter #Ademokhai (rtd), ex-GOC 1 Division, ex-member, Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) was abducted at Iguoriakhi, Ovia North East LGA, Edo state, 23 April 2009; paid ransom, released after 2 days. Earlier, shot by robbers 9 April 1994, hospitalized for 8 months.
2007: Maj Gen Joseph Ayango #Aondo (rtd) was #killed in the federal capital, #Abuja, 14 June 2007. He had been chairman of the political campaign group, #Yar'Adua Associates, was seized at the entrance to his house, driven 5km on the Kubwa expressway, then shot dead in his car.
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Le sujet est tellement important qu'on va faire un thread avec des screenshots (images) des idées les plus poignantes pour une lecture facile. #RT appréciés. 1/13 #beninenchantier #tourisme #Bénin #agriculture
Le #tourisme est d'abord local #Bénin #cedeao avant d'être international. Le cas de #NewYork 2/13
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1/5 🔥RECORDS OF AN ENORMOUS LOOP HOLE EXIST IN THE CONGRESSIONAL FOREIGN TRAVEL REPORTS FOUND IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES #QAnon #AprilShowers #IBOR
clerk.house.gov/public_disc/fo…
2/5 A lot of traveling just a couple of weeks before huge election.
3/5 What is up with all this traveling?
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