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Today's Headlines: Another Former President Dies, Olusegun Obasanjo Arrives Ethiopia For Election

Another Former President Dies.

Former president of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, has died at a military hospital in Lusaka where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was aged 97.Photo Credit: Twitter.

The news of his demise was confirmed by his son, Kambarage, on Thursday in a Facebook post.

“I am sad to inform (members) we have lost Mzee. Let’s pray for him,” Mr Kambarage said on the late president’s Facebook page.

The former president had been feeling unwell and had been admitted to the Maina Soko Medical Centre in Lusaka earlier this week.

Mr Kaunda began his political career while serving as the organising secretary for the Northern Rhodesia African National Congress (ANC) in the Northern Province of Zambia.

Olusegun Obasanjo Arrives Ethiopia For Election.

Former Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo, has arrived Addis Ababa to monitor Ethiopia’s general election scheduled for 21 June.

Obasanjo is the head of the African Union Elections Observation Mission to the country.

The election was originally slated for August last year.Photo Credit: Olusegun Obasanjo.

But the COVID-19 pandemic forced a postponement by 10 months. Then technical hitches forced another weeks-long delay in May.

Nnamdi Kanu Declared Wanted.

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been declared wanted by a Northern group.Photo Credit: Twitter.

The group known as Northern Consensus Movement, NCM, declared Kanu wanted over the killings and destruction of properties owned by Northerners in the Southeast.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, the President of the group, Dr Auwal Abdullahi, also placed a N100m bounty on Kanu.

He said Kanu should be captured and brought to them for onward handing over to security agents.

Abdullahi accused Kanu of using IPOB and the Eastern Security Network, ESN, to attack Northerners residing in the Southeast.

Boko Haram Gets New Commanders.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadist group has confirmed the death of its chief Abubakar Shekau, who sources say died during infighting with a rival Islamic State-allied faction, according to a video message from its presumed new commander.Photo Credit: Twitter.

In the short video in Arabic, top Boko Haram commander Bakura Modu, also known as Sahaba, urged his faction’s commanders to remain loyal despite the loss of their historic commander.

Shekau’s death was seen a major shift in Nigeria’s conflict, though Islamic State in West Africa Province or ISWAP has recently emerged as the dominant force in the more than decade-long Islamist insurgency in the country’s northeast.

The video, provided to AFP by a source close to Boko Haram and confirmed to be Bakura Modu by another local source, illustrates that jihadist infighting is far from over in Africa’s most populous nation.

In an audio, ISWAP commander Abu Musab Al-Barnawi had already claimed Shekau killed himself while on the run from ISWAP fighters.

The undated Boko Haram video shows Bakura flanked by scores of armed fighters in formation as he addresses the camera, in what is traditionally a jihadist group’s way of presenting a new leader.

Shekarau Sends Strong Message To APC Over 2023 Presidency.

The All Progressives Congress has been charged by a former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, to field a presidential candidate from the South in 2023.Photo Credit: Twitter.

The lawmaker representing Kano central senatorial district, made this call in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation Hausa Service, in Kano on Thursday.

The former Governor noted that a political power shift is necessary for all Nigerians to have a sense of belonging.

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