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India, Nigeria Bilateral Trade Volume Hits $14Bln In 2020

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India has expressed its readiness to deepen economic ties with Nigeria towards promoting investment and trade between both countries.

Amb. Abhay Thakur, High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, said this during a courtesy visit to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje on Friday in Kano.

Thakur noted that India and Nigeria had long-standing relations based on mutual respect that predates the independence of the two countries.

”We are Nigeria’s largest trading partner and the country is our largest trading partner in Africa.

“Our bilateral trade volume reaches $14 billion in 2020 and we export various goods ranging from machinery and agriculture products to the tune of $3.5 billion to Nigeria,” he said.

Thakur called for greater bilateral trade co-operation between Nigeria and India as a way of fostering the existing friendly trade and economic relations between the two countries which dated back to 1960.

In his response, Ganduje said that relations between the countries have been warm and cordial; and have witnessed growth and transformation.

The governor called for effective collaboration between India and Kano on energy, health care and film industry.

He said that Indian farm implements have helped to boost rice production in Nigeria.

Ganduje said that Indian companies are doing very well in the state including an hydro power project and the Indian rice mill in Kano which he said is the biggest in West Africa.

He said that the state government has sponsored hundreds of students to study in India.

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Conde Wins Guinea Election

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Eighty two years old Guinean President, Alpha Conde, has been declared the winner of the October 18 presidential election by the West African country’s electoral body.

According to a full preliminary tally from the election commission on Saturday, Conde won 59.5 per cent of the vote.

The victory, which requires confirmation by the Constitutional Court, gives a third term in office to the 82-year-old after a bitterly fought election in which the opposition said he had no right to participate.

Conde’s supporters insist a constitutional referendum earlier in March reset his two-term limit, but opponents say he is breaking the law by holding onto power.

Results were announced in batches in recent days and already showed Conde with an unassailable lead, sparking street protests in opposition strongholds in which at least 17 people died.

Opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo, Conde’s nearest rival with 33.5 percent of the vote, said he has evidence of fraud and plans to file a complaint with the constitutional court.

Under the law, complaints must be filed within eight days of the preliminary results.

Conde, a former opposition leader who was sentenced to death in 1970 by Marxist President Sekou Toure, finally won the top job in 2010.

His election raised hopes for democratic progress but critics say he has stifled dissent.

Diallo, 68, is a former prime minister who also finished runner-up to Conde in the 2010 and 2015 elections.

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Statue Of Nigeria’s First President, Azikiwe, Set On Fire By Hoodlums

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Hoodlums in Onitsha, Anambra, have destroyed the statue of Nigeria’s first president Dr. Nnami Azikiwe, erected in the city.

The hoodlums are suspected to be some of those who hijacked the #EndSARS protest to wreak havoc.

The statute, located at Denis Memorial Grammar School roundabout in Onitsha, was erected months ago by Gov. Willie Obiano to further beautify the city.

While vandalising the statue, the hoodlums, armed with dangerous weapons including machetes, were heard venting their anger against the late Nigerian statesman.

“You are the cause of our trouble,’’ was one of the uncomplimentary remarks the hoodlums chanted.

One of Azikiwe’s kinsmen, Mr Victor Ononye, described the incident as “heresy and sacrilegious’’.

He said Dr Azikiwe must be expressing regrets at the action as the deceased statesman was one of the architects of independent Nigeria.

“What happened at the DMGS Roundabout, Onitsha, which I saw with my own eyes, evoked tears,’’ he said.

He called the hoodlums, who hung a disused tyre on statue before dousing it with petrol and torching it, many unprintable names.

“They decapitated the hand and went away with his title staff. That is the height of ingratitude by ignorant people who know nothing about history,’’ he said.

Ononye said the hoodlums destroyed all the ornaments used in beautifying the site of the statue.

“They were few in number. Why the police, a stone throw away to the roundabout, could not intervene, was a mystery.

“All the iron bars erected round the site were removed. All the decorative lights and materials around the site were vandalised.

“I saw two vigilante men brandishing rifles and riding on a motorcycle. They stopped and the boys hailed them and they rode off.

“It is a pity! Zik of Africa; the sage, who facilitated the end of the Nigeria civil war; Zik who built Nigeria’s foremost University for excellence in the education, doesn’t deserve this,’’ he lamented.

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