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Nigeria Seeks Stronger Ties With South Africa 

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged stronger emphasis on people-to-people relations between South Africa and Nigeria to evolve a bond that will be of benefit to both countries and the entire African continent. 

President Buhari, who received President Cyril Ramaphosa, at the State House Abuja on Wednesday, reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to improving a “special relationship’’ with South Africa, which will translate into gains for the continent, particularly in education, science, trade and investment, tourism and security. 

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At the opening of the 10th Session of Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) held in his office, President Buhari said: “Mr. President, permit me to state that some of the challenges identified during the last Bi-National Commission (BNC) have not been completely addressed. We need to ensure that our people-to-people relations are enhanced to a point where there would be no need for unhealthy competition. 

“In this regard, we need improvement in educational and scientific cooperation, mines and energy resources, transport and aviation, tourism, youth exchange programmes, trade and investment and military cooperation, to mention but a few.” 

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President Buhari told ministers and government delegates of both countries that a strong bond of brotherhood between Nigeria and South Africa would be of great benefit to Africa as a catalyst for economic, technological, social and cultural development as a force for peace and security on the continent. 

Adding: “Let me at this point re-iterate my commitment to ensure that the special relationship between our two countries is continually strengthened.’’ 

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President Buhari said it was fulfilling that despite all the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the BNC was still holding on schedule. 

“It is also gratifying to observe that this has been brought about by the dogged commitment of senior officials from our countries. 

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“More importantly, it is gratifying to note that despite the pandemic, our timelines for implementing some decisions of the 9th BNC have been met. Similarly, discussions are ongoing on new and important areas of cooperation between our two countries. 

“I must commend the Honourable Ministers and senior officials of both our governments for their sustained effort in breathing life into the bilateral agreements between our countries. I am aware that the Senior Officials Meeting and Ministerial Meetings which preceded this Presidential BNC were successfully concluded,’’ he added.  

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At the end of the Summit, President Buhari expressed his delight at its successful conclusion, calling it, “heartwarming and a source of great pride that we have been able to further cement the special bond of fraternal friendship between our two countries.” 

He also remarked that the agreement on Early Warning Mechanism would “improve the people-to-people relations of our two countries. Similarly, our two countries have established high level official communication channels for diplomatic consultations, trade and investment, and will, shortly, inaugurate the Nigeria – South Africa Youth Dialogue. I am confident that these vehicles of engagement and cooperation will serve our mutual interests.” 

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The Nigerian President commended the South African leader for initiating the Nigeria – South Africa Youth Dialogue which he (President Buhari) also endorsed. 

“I hope that beyond being a vehicle for mutual learning and understanding by our youth, it would also foster the kindred spirit of humanity towards others as prescribed in the great South African traditional philosophy of Ubuntu. That would lay a solid foundation for the realization of the Africa that we want,” he said. 

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His South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa called for an immediate reversal of the travel ban on flights to and from South Africa by European countries. 

He said: “I think it is important that I emphasize that in the light of the discovery by South African scientists of the Omicron variant of coronavirus and the subsequent imposition of extremely harsh and unfair travel restrictions on flights from and to South Africa as well as on a number of other African countries. 

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 “President Buhari the solidarity expressed by yourself and the Government of Nigeria sends the strongest message. It says that as African countries we are standing united against the imposition of arbitrary and discriminatory restrictions that are not only unscientific, but counterproductive in the long run. 

“Indeed, the leaders of Cote d’Ivoire where we are traveling to later today, as well as the leaders of Ghana and Senegal, have also expressed their dissatisfaction with the travel ban against South Africa and our sister countries in southern Africa. This is a global pandemic. And overcoming it requires that we collaborate and work together as a collective. 

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“The resulting damage to this travel ban to the economies of the countries affected will be considerable and long lasting. So I want to use this opportunity to once again call on the countries that have imposed this ban to reverse their decisions, whether they are in the northern, more developed economies or in other parts of our continent and elsewhere.”  

 

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Uganda: Muslims murder Christian for converting Muslims to Christianity, beat his wife and daughter unconscious

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Jenifer Nakirya and her daughter Oliva Opio were attacked in Pallisa District Uganda on Dec. 30 2021. Morning Star News

The attackers no doubt consider themselves righteous. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)

A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.

This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al-Ja’fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”

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Qaradawi also once famously said: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn’t exist today.”

“Christian Widow, Daughter Beaten Unconscious in Uganda,” Morning Star News, January 12, 2022:

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Muslim extremists in eastern Uganda beat a widow and her 16-year-old daughter unconscious on Dec. 30, leaving the girl unable to walk a year after killing her father, sources said.

Suffering from an apparent spinal injury, Oliva Apio has had to discontinue her high school studies, said her injured mother, Jenifer Nakirya, in Kasasya village, Olimoto parish, Puti-Puti Sub-County in Pallisa District.

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The same Islamist villagers killed Nakirya’s husband, Simon Olinga, by poisoning him a year ago for leading six Muslims to Christ in the predominantly Muslim area, she said. Nakirya said they also tried to kill her and her daughter in October.

On Dec. 28 at about 7:30 p.m., several men on the road outside her house warned her to leave the village, and that they could attack at any time, she said. She recognized the voice of one villager, Jafari Outa, and two others, but could not see them in the dark, Nakirya said.

The following night – at 1 a.m., thus technically Dec. 30 – she heard the same voice and the breaking of a window in her home, she said.

“The attackers then entered and started beating us, me and my daughter, with sticks and kicks,” Nakirya told Morning Star News. “We tried to make an alarm, but all was in vain. They beat us so badly that both of us lost consciousness. When the cock crowed in the morning I regained my consciousness, but my daughter was still unconscious.”

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A member of their church arrived at about 6:30 a.m. with food as part of the church’s aid to widows.

“She called my name, but I couldn’t respond because my voice was affected,” Nakirya said.

The church member entered the house and, finding Nakirya and her daughter badly injured, ran for help. Congregation members took them to a medical clinic, where they were referred to a hospital in Mbale, but Nakirya did not have money for treatment, she said.

A Morning Star News representative visiting her on Friday (Jan. 7) found Nakirya still in great pain, and her daughter unable to walk due to spinal injury. Without diagnosis or treatment, Oliva was only taking painkillers, her mother said. Oliva’s memory also seems to have been affected, she said.

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The assailant whose voice she recognized, Outa, on Oct. 19 tried to kill them with a sword but was deterred by several visitors at their home for evening prayer, Nakirya said.

“I made an alarm, and Jafari Outa fled,” she said. “In the morning I reported the case at Pallisa central police station, and Outo was arrested and charged with attempted murder under reference number REF 36/19/10/2021, but he was released on bond.”…

Uganda’s constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith to another. Muslims make up no more than 12 percent of Uganda’s population, with high concentrations in eastern areas of the country.

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More Details Emerge on Chuck Schumer’s Sneaky, Behind-The-Scenes “Voting Rights” Scheme

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I told you yesterday that Schumer’s “real” reason for pushing this filibuster and so-called “election reform,” has nothing to do with actual “election reform.”

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Yes, we all know the bill is a communist takeover of elections, but it goes beyond that.

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Chuck Schumer doesn’t give a rip about the bill or the filibuster, he’s just putting on a big ol’ show right now, hoping to stave off a primary attack from AOC.

That’s right, Chuck is hoping that if he pretends to be fighting for so-called “voting rights,” the radical left-wing zealots who are supporting this measure, will think he’s a “great guy,” and leave him alone.

He’s hoping it’ll diminish AOC’s chances of taking him down in a primary challenge.

Yeah, fat chance, buddy. 

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Tom Cotton outed Chuck’s plot yesterday, and today, we’ve got even more detail.

The latest insight comes from Journalist “Shipwreck.”

MORE NEWS: Pelosi’s House of Cards Just Took Two More Brutal Hits… Her Kingdom is Collapsing

Here’s what he said:

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I hope Chuck Schumer lives long enough to write his political memoirs. He’s too shrewd a politician to force his members to take a position on divisive political issues when he’s doomed to fail. He’s doing this because he’s been given no choice behind the scenes.

The pressure has got to be coming from his left, and the threat is said — by Sen. Tom Cotton — to be a primary challenge from super-woke AOC. The day is rapidly approaching when she would need to declare, but the money would come flooding in for her.

Schumer’s campaign pockets are deep on Wall Street, but if Bernie and Fauxcahontas line up behind her, he’s going to have to beat-back the entire progressive left of the NY Dem. party. Better to sacrifice a Kelly, a Warnock, a Cortez Masto, or a Hassan than to fight off AOC.

But the question I want answered is where Dick Durbin stands on all this? Don’t lose sight of the fact that Durbin was next-in-line after Harry Reid to be Dem. Leader in the Senate. Schumer muscled past him following Trump’s win in 2016 because he could raise more money.

Dubin was elected to the Senate two years earlier than Schumer, and Dem. Leader Daschle put him in line to be leader after Harry Reid Durbin is significantly farther to the left than is Schumer. Durbin is ideologically in line with AOC and the progressives.

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So, just how upset is Durbin really that Schumer is being strung up by his thumbs by AOC and the progressives? I think he’s not losing sleep over it. Good riddance.

Pretty interesting, right?

When you really drill down and see what’s actually going on, it reveals so much about how truly crappy our government is.

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As a matter of fact, this whole thing is political theatre, and nobody called it out better than Sean Davis, the editor of The Federalist.

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Here’s what Sean said: “Classic failure theater. Schumer gets to pretend he’s trying really hard to pass something crazy libs want so he can avoid an AOC primary. McConnell gets to pretend he’s stopping something that wasn’t going to pass anyway. And Manchin gets to pretend to be a moderate.”

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It’s amazing to see. Our worthless politicians are never really fighting for us, even when they pretend they are. It’s all a big con.

And no matter what, it’s all about them.

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This is yet another reason we need term limits. These career politicians are killing this country and destroying the American people.

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