Moon sighting marks Eid Al-Fitr for African Muslims

Moon sighting marks Eid Al-Fitr for African Muslims

Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced the official sighting of the moon on Thursday, and said the Eid Al-Fitr celebration will begin Friday for Muslims in Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and a host of countries. South Africa also is among nations observing the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which is…

Buhari visit to Morocco puts focus on Nigeria’s fertilizer industry

Buhari visit to Morocco puts focus on Nigeria’s fertilizer industry

President Muhammadu Buhari begins a two-day visit to Morocco on Sunday, and will meet with King Mohammed VI to discuss economic partnerships between the two nations. The leaders will focus on strengthening existing agreements on the fertilizer industry, as well as education cooperation, the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline project and establishing…

IMF adopts CPIFR assessment standard for Islamic banking

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced Thursday that it will integrate Islamic banking, which now has a presence in more than 60 countries, into its financial stability assessments in nations where Islamic finance commands at least 15 percent of the banking sector market. Beginning in 2019, they’ll use the Core…

Buhari again heads to London for medical care

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is in London for medical treatment again, this time for a four-day stay that would bring him back to Abuja on Saturday. The trip raised new concerns over Buhari’s health, which come as the 75-year-old president plans a run for re-election in 2019. He announced the…

Nigeria: Buhari, Trump talk trade and counterterrorism

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria became the first leader of a sub-Saharan African nation to meet with President Donald Trump in Washington, where the two discussed counterterrorism and security concerns, bilateral trade and humanitarian issues on Monday. “Nigeria and the United States share a long history of close and cordial…

UNHCR: Cameroon needs to protect Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram

Cameroon continues to return Nigerian refugees and asylum seekers entering the country’s far north region in what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says is a violation of the international principle of non-refoulement. Some 385 Nigerians have been forcibly returned by the Cameroonian government, despite the fact that…

Buhari plans 2019 election run, heads for official London visit

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced plans Monday to run for a second presidential term in the 2019 elections, a much-anticipated decision amid concerns over the 75-year-old Buhari’s health and fitness for office. Buhari made the decision public ahead of his departure for the UK on Monday, where he plans to meet…

A smarter genie in the bottle: technology holds the key to Africa’s counterfeit food crisis

A school just outside Nigeria’s capital Abuja became the site of an unforeseen tragedy in February this year when two 14-year-old classmates, Nahima and Yayaya, died after eating tainted biscuits at a school birthday celebration. Several of their classmates were hospitalised in the same incident, and threats from furious parents…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

Africa’s oldest boat set for exhibit in Nigeria

After years of restoration work, Africa’s oldest boat will soon go on display. Nigerian Minister Mohammed Abare said this week that an 8,500-year-old canoe, found near the village of Dufuna some 30 years ago, is in the final stages of preparation before it goes on exhibit. It has been kept…

Guardian posts graphic Cambridge Analytica video targeting Buhari

The Guardian has published a disturbing video, used by Cambridge Analytica (CA) and its AggregateIQ (AIQ) affiliate, to influence the Nigerian presidential election in 2015 in favor of Goodluck Jonathan by portraying President Muhammadu Buharu as an extremist Muslim threat to the nation’s future. The video provided by former CA…

Buhari on Dapchi girl: ‘Leah will not be abandoned’

Authorities in Nigeria say they are working to secure the release of the last remaining student abducted from the Government Science and Technical College in February, who was not released with more than 100 of the Dapchi girls who returned early Wednesday morning. President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to meet…