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Director-General condemns killing of journalist Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled in Somalia

Guled is the second journalist murdered in Somalia this year.

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IGP says less than 10% of police officers have befitting barracks accommodation

The police boss said this at the quarter four 2021 public private partnership units consultative (3PUCF) meeting organised by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) in Abuja, on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

Represented by Zanna Ibrahim, Deputy Inspector-General (DIG), logistics and supply, Baba said “less than 10 percent of its personnel quartered in befitting barracks accommodation.”

He said, “The state of disrepair and integrity failure in our barracks need no emphasis and we are really in dire need of befitting accommodation to enable us tackle the art and act of policing the nation optimally.

Baba attributed the decay in police infrastructure to negative maintenance culture poor and budgetary allocation.

He added that the force is still grappling with the destruction of police facilities resulting from the #EndSARS protests, banditry, Boko Haram/IPOB activities.

He, however, maintained that despite the challenges, the force is seeking better collaboration with critical stakeholders to revamp, improve and sustain a better security architecture for the nation.

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FIFA welcomes Council of Europe Committee Report on football governance

The report “calls on the Council of Europe member states to recognise FIFA’s competence to regulate at global level the football transfer system, including the adoption of rules seeking to ensure protection of minors, the transparency of financial flows linked to transfers and a sound framework for the access to and exercise of the profession of agent or intermediary”.

In its draft resolution, the report states that “the Assembly attaches great importance to the reform of the transfer system – including new regulations on agents – undertaken by FIFA in co-operation with other stakeholders, and is convinced that the main objectives underlying this reform are justified”.

Specifically in relation to agents, the document “stresses the importance of ensuring the transparency of all financial flows related to international transfers and calls on FIFA and other stakeholders to agree that not only commissions but also all agents’ services fees related to international transfers should gradually be processed through the clearing house system and that agents and their activity should be subject to compliance assessment procedures”.

In his explanatory memorandum, Lord Foulkes comments that “at the centre of transfer transactions are the agents who, working on all sides of the table but primarily for the cartel of big clubs, siphon hundreds of millions of euros, dollars or pounds into their own pockets as top clubs look to protect their profiles by monopolising the market for starlets and proven superstars alike”.

Since 2017, and in line with the FIFA President’s blueprint The Vision 2020-2023: Making Football Truly Global (https://fifa.fans/3Dhrd7W), FIFA has taken major steps towards the establishment of a fairer and more transparent transfer system, with the FIFA Council endorsing three reform packages (https://fifa.fans/32Kc0Qc). An overview of the main achievements in relation to the reform of the transfer system is available here (https://fifa.fans/3G78HAV).

FIFA takes note of the calls for further efforts to safeguard minors, promote women in sport and protect human rights.

The draft resolution commends the efforts of FIFA which played a role in getting the labour law reform process under way in Qatar and the work of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the international trade union movement and non-governmental organisations operating in Qatar”.

In line with FIFA’s current bidding processes, the report also highlights the need to apply stringent human rights requirements that all countries bidding to host major football competitions must respect. It equally supports the establishment of an independent Safe Sport Entity to handle cases of abuse in sport, on which FIFA is currently making steady progress. An extensive consultation process has recently concluded, with more than 230 stakeholders providing their expert feedback and evidence globally with clear recommendations for action.

The PACE Plenary is expected to vote on the report at its session in late January 2022.

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NCS releases names and photos of fleeing inmates after Jos jailbreak

Francis Enobore, the Public Relations Officer of NCS, said following the jail break in Jos, some of the inmates have been rearrested while 252 others are still missing.

Below are the names and faces of some of the fleeing inmates released by the NCS.

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WHO strengthens surveillance system, leverage collaboration with traditional leaders on health in Borno state

In his opening remarks, Dr Mulombo appreciated the traditional leader and the district heads for all their support to various health responses in the state.

“You were supportive in mobilizing and encouraging the residents of Borno state to adhere to the COVID-19 preventive measures. You played a key role, and cases have drastically plummeted in the state.

“We have been providing support in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public health programmes aimed at preventing, promoting and protecting the health of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states in line with the goals and objectives of the National Health Plan. Although we are reviewing our emergency responses across Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states, we ultimately solicit your support in mobilizing the people Borno state during the measles and yellow fever vaccination campaign”, he said.

Pledging the continual support, Alhaji Al-Amin El-Kanemi, said as heads of the traditional institutions, they would use their positions to mobilize the people and ensure all eligible persons in the area get vaccinated.

Commending WHO and partners for the humanitarian response and health interventions in the region, he suggested that WHO organize training for the traditional leaders to empower them with the knowledge and skills required to support health interventions, including disease prevention, detection, and reporting.

Also, as part of the strategies to strengthen the surveillance system in the state, the WR donated 20 phone tablets, 20 power banks, and phone accessories to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Borno State Ministry of Health (MoH) with funding support from ECHO (European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations). The items would assist in enhancing surveillance reporting and strengthen the system (SORMAS –Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System).

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Receiving the items, the Director of Public Health, MoH, appreciated WHO and promised to use the technology effectively.

Measles and Yellow fever are highly contagious diseases but vaccine-preventable. This year, Nigeria recorded sporadic outbreaks of yellow fever and measles due to low routine immunization coverage. The supplementary immunization activities are strategies for delivering vaccination to children otherwise missed by routine services in the hard-to-reach areas, the underserved groups and communities or to older susceptible individuals.

As of 11 November 2021, Nigeria recorded 13 766 suspected measles cases, with 9 135 confirmed. Also, as of 21 October 2021, over 1600 suspected yellow fever cases, with 40 confirmed cases, have been recorded.

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Why Mladen Krstajic would be Nigeria’s worst-ever coach – Part 1

It has now been over two weeks since Nigeria played out the 1-1 draw against Cape Verde that assured a place in the Third Round of 2022 World Cup qualifying. That result and performance, while adequate in a big picture way, proved less palatable to fans and observers alike, and brought to a simmering boil the antipathy toward coach Gernot Rohr from fans and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) alike.

However, in defiance of Tolstoy’s 150-year-old wisdom, it now appears that not even complete division is enough to spur decisive action in any direction. While, according to many reports, there is unanimity with respect to relieving the German — and depending on who you believe, it has already happened — there has yet to be any official missive advising on his present state of employment.

In another 41 days, the Super Eagles will kick off their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign against Egypt. If, as is suggested, Rohr is yesterday’s news, then the choice of his replacement becomes critical in light of the short turnaround, especially if the idea of an interim coach is off the table. Not only will the NFF’s choice impact the preparation and execution of the AFCON, but it would also have repercussions where qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar is concerned, seeing as the Playoffs are slated for March, a mere month after the ructions conclude in Cameroon.

It is, then, a concern to hear the name of Mladen Krstajic being mooted for the role. The Serb seems, at this time, to be the only concrete link too, which is even greater cause for alarm. Not only would Krstajic be — by a distance — the worst coach to have ever sat in the dugout for Nigeria, but the simple fact that his name was not dismissed out of hand the instant it was mentioned suggests Nigerian football is headed nowhere under the leadership of Amaju Pinnick.

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If that seems an overly harsh judgment, it is worth taking a look at the 47-year-old’s managerial career to date.

A former international defender, Krstajic’s first brush with coaching came as an assistant to former Serbia national team manager Slavoljub Muslin. He was handed the role, with no prior experience, purely because Fudbalski savez Srbije (FSS) — the Serbian FA — wanted a token former international as part of Muslin’s backroom and former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic refused the role.

Muslin was an experienced manager whose 27-year coaching career at the time had taken in spells in nine different countries, most notably Russia and France. (Incidentally, Rohr’s most vaunted achievement as a manager — leading Bordeaux to the UEFA Cup Final in 1996 — came off the back of the Serbian’s work getting the team to the quarterfinals; this is not the final parallel between the two managers, as will become obvious.)

As it turned out, reaching the World Cup for the first time since 2010 was not enough. There was discontent from the Serbian FA over Muslin’s style of play — which, in fairness, was not the most exciting — as well as his refusal to recall Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (having reached an understanding with the player that he did not fit the team’s tactics), and so the 64-year-old was shown the door mere weeks after the decisive final qualifier against Georgia. “We parted ways because we didn’t think alike on how the team should look for the World Cup in Russia,” Muslin said.

There was, however, no candidate lined up to replace him, so just like that Krstajic was thrust into a caretaker role that eventually metastasized into a full-time contract when the obvious, popular candidates (including but not limited to current boss Dragan Stojkovic and former Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic) declined to accept a clear hospital pass.

What followed was unfettered bedlam.

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Meghan Markle reacts after victory in court over leaked letter to estranged dad

According to a High Court in London, the Sunday Mail’s publication of the letter was a breach of Markle’s privacy and was “unlawful.”

In a statement released by the Duchess of Sussex, she celebrated her “precedent-setting” win, saying it had always been “an important measure of right versus wrong.”

She also revealed that the other news outlets that covered the story like it was “a game with no rules.”

The judgment ruled that the newspaper group must still pay hundreds of thousands in legal costs and print a front-page apology, both of which had been on hold till the final judgment.

The final judgment will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2021.

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U.S. Embassy Supports Press Freedom Townhalls, Workshops for Nigeria Editors

Ambassador Leonard noted, “Our hope is that in this forum today is that you will lead and serve as catalysts for further discussions on countering disinformation; increasing transparency; solution building; and encouraging media literacy and their contribution to a democracy that is accountable to its people.”

General Secretary Nigerian Guild of Editors, Iyobosa Uwugiaren, said, “At the end of the project, we expect to see a pool of Nigerian editors, senior journalists and media managers, who will be galvanised and committed to the highest ethical standard and to take robust actions to “Editors who will be committed to the promotion and protection of the right to independent press, freedom of expression and deepening democratic space; and constantly projecting issue-based governance in defence of the mass of the Nigerian people.”

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The Town Halls and editor workshops are supported through a grant from the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section in Abuja to the Nigerian Guild of Editors. The Town Halls and editor workshops are supported through a public diplomacy grant from the U.S. Embassy in Abuja to the Nigerian Guild of Editors. In addition to Lagos, the programs will take place in Kano in January 2022, Yola, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Enugu.

The U.S. government is committed to initiatives that build media capacity in Nigeria. For years, the U.S. Mission has funded partnerships that promote Nigeria’s democratic governance, unity and stability by improving government transparency and accountability, the rule of law, a free and professional media, as well as civil society capacity and engagement. Webinars, seminars, workshops, and U.S. based training opportunities such as the International Visitor Leadership Program and Foreign Press Center International Reporting Tours demonstrate our commitment to the proud partnership that we have long enjoyed with Nigeria.

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Obasanjo reacts to death of former Senate President Wayas

Obasanjo, in a statement signed his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Thursday in Abeokuta noted that Wayas would be sorely missed in view of his giant political strides.

The former president noted that Wayas contributed to the building of the Nigerian nation, starting from his birth place, Bassang, in Cross River to every nook and cranny of the country.

“Dr. Wayas was a special breed who contributed immensely to the development of the country and became a parliamentarian in the second republic.

“He was such a great patriot who had contributed his own quota to the legislative governance and overall development of Nigeria.

His knowledge of practices and procedures of the senate, according to Obasanjo helped him greatly in running the affairs of the upper chamber of the parliament.

Obasanjo explained that Wayas demonstrated high level of maturity and level-headedness, saying his disposition towards effective nation building remained unparalleled.

“He lived for the welfare and security of the common man. His passion about a better and safer society was exceptional.

The former president described the death as painful and commiserated with his family, Gov. Benedict Ayade, the entire people of Cross River and all associates of the late statesman.

Obasanjo prayed the Almighty God to grant the late leader a place among the righteous ones in paradise.

“May God also grant members of his immediate family the people and government of Cross River, the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” he said.

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2 amazing ways of making Bitter kola Drinks

Traditional Africans make their medicines with all parts of bitter Kola plant such as; the leaves, stem and seeds.

Bitter Kola is mostly eaten raw, it has an elaborate taste of bitterness with a slight taste of sweetness.

The awesomeness of this seed can not be overemphasized. Are you aware that bitter kola can be used in making drinks that contain a lot of health benefits like lipids, protein, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron, caffeine and a number of nutrients?

These bitter kola drinks are easy to make, can be made in different ways and at the same time retain their health benefits. Below are different ways of making these nutritional drinks with its benefits;

Bitter Kola soaked in Coconut water

Ingredients Needed

  1. Bitter kola (the main ingredient)
  2. Coconut water
  3. Alligator pepper.
  4. A plastic transparent bottle or a transparent container

  1. This mixture protects males from prostate cancer 
  2. It serves as a cleanser for the body and burns belly fat
  3. It lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels 
  4. Alligator pepper helps in treating infectious skin diseases such as measles, chicken pox, and smallpox and is also used to ease pains in the joints, teeth, stomach and arthritis.
  5. Coconut water is not just sweet but it contains healthy nutrients that soothes the body

Bitter Kola soaked in Lime Water

Ingredients Needed

  • A reasonable amount of Lime
  • A plastic transparent bottle or a transparent container
  • A reasonable amount of bitter kola

  • Cut the lemon into half and squeeze the juice into the container
  • chop the bitter kola into little pieces
  • Turn the chopped bitter kola into the lime-filled container and leave for a day
  • After a day, you can consume the drink using a shot, take twice a day

Bitter kola has been known, eaten and used for health problems for years in Africa but in recent times, scientists are being aware of the numerous health benefits associated with bitter kola through their study.

However, we are aware of the health benefits of bitter kola which might influence our eating routine and day-to day living but bitter kola should not replace a medical advice or supplement prescribed unless its being prescribed medically for an ailment.

It is also important that we take caution in the consumption of bitter kola, there’s a popular saying that states ‘Moderation is key’.

Deborah Akwa is a Content writer with a pinch of wittiness. She has keen interest in DIY content. When she’s not writing, she loves to engage in healthy conversations.

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5 causes of dark underarms and how to lighten them

What causes dark underarms and how can you fix it?

Dark underarms are usually not a serious medical condition but a cosmetic issue. Although, they might be a symptom of an underlying issue in extreme cases.

Most women feel uncomfortable and self-conscious of their dark underarms, especially because of times they want to wear tank tops, sleeveless shirts and bikinis.

Melanocytes are cells responsible for your skin colour. When there is an overproduction of melanocytes, your underarm is darker.

Acanthosis nigricans is a genetically-transmitted condition that causes darkened underarms. It is also accompanied by thickening and folds.

A darkened underarm is also a symptom of Type 2 diabetes which means that your body finds it difficult to process insulin.

Your underarms might also get dark if you are reacting adversely to your deodorant.

Dead skin cells can also cause dark underarms and hyperpigmentation generally.

  1. Because dead cells can also cause darkened underarms, exfoliation is a good way to have a fairer underarm.
  2. Using lightening creams like kojic acids, licorice root extract can help to remove dead cells and lighten the skin under your arms.
  3. Change your deodorant if it is causing your skin to be darker. Try to use more organic or natural deodorant.
  4. Replace shaking stick with laser hair removal or waxing.
  5. Use natural products like apple cider vinegar or baking soda to lighten your underarms. Other natural products that can lighten dark underarms are potato, lime, cucumber, turmeric, and orange peel. They all work by applying them to your underarms for 10 minutes.
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DLA Piper report shows trends in Africa’s energy transition

Despite these differences, the report identifies a clear theme of governments across Africa increasing renewable energy capacity, both as part of a pro-energy transition agenda and as the most effective way to meet rising energy demand, which is expected to double by 2040. In some jurisdictions (Angola, Burundi and Ethiopia), this will take the form of expanded hydroelectric capacity and in others, the focus is on developing solar and wind infrastructure (Botswana, Kenya and South Africa) in each case aimed at reducing dependence on fossil fuels and biomass sources.

Other trends emerging from the report are:

•Almost all of the 21 countries surveyed have legislative and/or investment programs in place for renewables, presenting both the chance for African nations to lead the energy transition and a large-scale cross-continental investment opportunity.

•The incentives for transitioning to renewable energy are recognised and acknowledged in Africa’s markets. In particular, it is perceived as a solution to overcome generation deficits as well as a way of achieving middle-income country status by 2030.

•The key to achieving the energy transition will be implementation. Countries will need to ensure that they have in place not only attractive legislative frameworks, but also real drive from governments to incentivise clean energy investment and “bankable” projects.

DLA Piper’s Head of the UK Energy and Natural Resources practice and Partner, James Carter, said: “Given the post-COP26 backdrop and findings, there is a heavy focus on how energy transition will help arrest climate change. Africa, because of its size and predicted future growth and development, will play a key role in decarbonising the global economy through its adoption of renewables and other technological breakthroughs. Our report highlights how far African countries have come and what can actually be achieved in a 2030 horizon.”

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5 risks associated with microblading your eyebrows

This look can be achieved by microblading which is done with a special needle that draws the eyebrows and cuts off excess hair.

The procedure ought to last for 18 to 30 months if properly executed; and while it’s generally considered safe, there are some risks:

  1. You might get infections like staphylococcus, HIV, hepatitis, and herpes if dirty water and infected equipment is used. Treatment for some of the infections above is antibiotics.
  2. In some cases, the ink might cause allergies and an itchy rash to develop.
  3. If you do not like how your brows were drawn, you cannot just fix it. The process of removing it is expensive and only happens after several sessions. You would need laser treatment to remove it properly.
  4. There is a chance that it might get discoloured after just a few weeks if the pigments aren’t mixed properly.
  5. It is possible the area where microblading is done gets inflamed, swollen, and has inflammatory knots. These can be fixed with antibiotics or steroids.
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Tell Nigerians who is funding you, Presidency questions SERAP

The presidential aide was reacting to various legal actions being instituted against the Government and/or President of Nigeria by SERAP, almost weekly.

According to Shehu, little is known about SERAP, or who funds them – despite their claims of being an organisation that champions transparency and accountability.

He said: ”To date, SERAP has announced on repeated occasions – each time via a well-funded media campaign – that it is suing the government or President over a range of issues from alleged human rights abuses to alleged corruption.

”To date, SERAP has not taken their retinue of legal actions to a logical conclusion. They (officers) don’t follow through.

According to the media aide, Nigeria is comfortable that its record as Africa’s leading democracy and largest economy speaks for itself.

He maintained that Nigeria was amongst the top five countries in Africa for quality of life, and its ranking in the Human Development Index had steadily risen for a decade.

”This success is testament to the rights, rule of law and strong, independent institutions enjoyed by all Nigerian citizens and others who live there.

”Indeed, it is a fact that independent, non-governmental organisations can thrive there – especially those that seek accountability from government.

”Put simply, here lies SERAP’s paradox: in a country without human rights, no rule of law, limited freedom of expression, and weak democratic institutions the cases and cacophony that SERAP causes – even the organisation itself – simply would not be permitted.

”With the global pandemic exacerbating poverty across the continent, those who have always sought to divide Nigerians along cultural, racial and political lines for political or financial gain are more dangerous than before,” he added.

Shehu, therefore, called on SERAP to cease its divisive, irresponsible, and bare-faced publicity stunts and instead follow through on its latest spurious legal claim in a Nigerian court.

He said: ”Let them challenge the government publicly, legally and transparently.

“And while they do so, let them reveal in full view of the nation who they are, and who is funding them.”

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2m metric tons of rice smuggled into Nigeria annually – Senate

Vice Chairman of the Committee, Senator Muhammad Enagi, disclosed this at the meeting with multi stakeholder group on rice council advocacy bill promotion.

The interactive meeting was organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Global Environment Facility (GEF), in collaboration with Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), among others.

Enagi stated that Nigeria’s rice rose from 3.7 million metric tons in 2017 to 5.0 metric tons in 2021.

He said; ”In Spite of this, 6.7 million metric tons of rice is consumed in Nigeria annually, resulting in a deficit of about two million metric tons which is either imported or smuggled illegally into the country”.

Enagi stated that he sponsored a bill to establish the National Rice Development Council of Nigeria to provide guidance on the rice research, comprehensive development of the rice sector and the organization of the rice stakeholders to enhance local production.

The Bill, he said, seeks to establish a rallying point and a comprehensive national operational and governance structure for a complete rice value chain.

He added that the establishment of the National Rice Development Council will transform the activities of rice farmers, processors, millers, researchers, marketers and other relevant stakeholders across the rice value chain.

”With our natural competitive advantage in the area of rice production, Nigeria should put in place a National Rice Development Council and a comprehensive national rice development roadmap that will guide us not only into a regime of self-sufficiency in rice production, but also for export.

”The Nigerian rice industry exists in the abstract as there appears to be no form of coordination in the absence of a properly structured rallying point. We have Paddy Rice Dealers Association of Nigeria (PRIDAN), Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIMAN), among others.

Earlier, Executive Director of WOFAN, Dr Salamatu Garba, expressed concern over the high rate of food importation into the country.

“Nigeria’s worsening food insecurity in the wake of climate change challenges, insecurity, low financing of the agriculture sector especially mechanization and poor situation of the country’s research institutions are threatening the economic stability of our nation,” she said.

She noted that the Nigerian Rice Council Advocacy would empower rice farmers to grow more rice in a sustainable way and increase paddy production to 30 million metric tons in five years.

In her remarks, the Project Manager, UNDP-GEF-IAP Resilient Food Security Project, Mrs Rhoda Dia, said the Nigerian rice revolution will enhance extension and research delivery services to ensure quality control in rice production.

She said the project is in seven states in northern Nigeria, 14 local governments and 70 communities to achieve long term sustainability of food security system to build greater community resilience for climate change to help drive for food insecurity.

Dia added that the advocacy will reduce foreign exchange for rice imports.

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Russia’s Putin optimistic of Nigeria’s support for 2022 summit

A statement issued by the Nigerian Embassy in Russia on Thursday, said that the Nigerian envoy presented his credence letter along with other newly deployed ambassadors from other nations in a small ceremony.

Quoting the Russian President, the statement added that Putin underscored the point that his country was open to mutually beneficial partnership with all countries without exception.

He declared that Russia was ready for multifaceted interfaces for mutual interests with the countries, adding that his country was read to make its COVID-19 vaccines available to any country that is interested.

He expressed hope that the Nigerian leadership will support the Russian initiative to hold the next meeting of the leaders of Russia and African states in 2022.

President Putin assured of “very promising expansion on substantive dialogue on topical issues related to maintaining stability in the world hydrocarbon markets, combating terrorism and countering religious extremism”.

He underscored the need for the cooperation of his host authorities to succeed in his assignment, adding that the letter submitted was also for the recall of his predecessor.

It may be recalled that after presenting copies of the Letters of Credence to the host Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs on July 15, the Nigerian envoy has began official engagements in the Russian Federation.

The envoy said the presentation of the letters of credence marks the formal beginning of his duty tour in the Russian Federation.

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