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Nigeria’s Rivers Utd Risk Confederations Cup Elimination Over COVID-19



Rivers United, Nigeria’s only remaining club in the CAF Confederations Cup risk elimination from the competition over COVID-19 restrictions.

Rivers Utd’s opposition, South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic have been prevented from coming to Nigeria after the NCDC cited the new COVID-19 variant.

CAF, unyielding to the demands of the football federation in Nigeria has insisted that the game must go on as scheduled or Rivers Utd will be punished appropriately.

Rivers Utd hold a 2-0 lead from the first leg in South Africa but may be kicked out over Nigeria’s health restrictions.

The Nigeria Football Federation has written to Bloemfontein Celtic pleading for a postponement of the game or taking the match to a neighbouring country with less-strict COVID-19 regulations.

In a letter seen by News Central TV by the NFF’s General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi and addressed to the CAF Acting General Secretary, he wrote that the federation wasn’t granted waiver for Bloemfontein Celtic, and approval for the match has been declined.

“I kindly refer you to the subject matter and regrettably inform you that, our request for a waiver for the Bloemfontein Celtic FC Contingent to Nigeria, for the CAF CC Match #70 has been declined by the Authorities, ” he wrote.

The rapid spread in cases of COVID-19 was cited as the reason for the disapproval of the waiver.

The letter also stated that the refusal to grant the waiver was to help limit the spread of COVID-19, stressing that the relationship between the two countries is cordial.

“In view of the foregoing, Nigeria Football Federation wish to Kindly request the General Secretary to consider the postponement of the game and a possible rescheduling of both the Date and Venue of the match, with the possibility of staging the match in any of the Nigeria neighboring countries with a little less stringent COVID -19 protocols.

“Please understand that, the health policy as put in place by the Nigeria Health authority is aimed at controlling the spread of the already alarming number of COVID-19 infection in Nigeria and not aimed at South African Nationals. The relationship between these two countries remain cordial, ” the letter concluded.

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Sirleaf, Gebreyessus Not Impressed With COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution



Former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan as disappointing and discouraging.

Sirleaf who co-chairs the World Health Organisation pandemic review said she’s highly disappointed with the roll-out plans which leaves African countries unable to benefit from the vaccines until 2022 or 2023.

“The panel is discouraged and frankly disappointed by the unequal plans for vaccine rollout,” the former Nobel Peace Prize winner was quoted to have told the Executive Committee of the WHO.

COVID-19 rollout plans and distribution have caused rising topics of a relegation of African countries to the backseat in the distribution.

Several bodies have raised concerns about attempts to sideline African countries in early distribution, with the rest of the world said to be earliest beneficiaries while African nations wait.

In the same vein, Tedros Gebreyessus, Director-General of the WHO said there may be a “catastrophic moral failure” if the lowest income countries of the world are abandoned in the vaccination plans.

“COVID19 vaccines are the shot in the arm we all need literally & figuratively. But the promise of equitable access is at serious risk.
39M+ doses have now been administered in at least 49 higher-income countries.
Just 25 doses have been given in one lowest-income country,” he said.

He also called for the prioritisation of the aged and health workers in the vaccination programme.

African countries are expecting vaccines through the WHO’s COVAX facility, with all but 20 countries of the world signifying interest.

Among those who are yet to agree are the United States, China and Russia.

Norway has however promised to supply vaccines to low-income countries of the world, many of which are in Africa.

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CAR Election: UN, AU Urge Respect for Court Ruling



The UN and regional bodies have urged all political actors in the Central African Republic (CAR) to respect the country’s Constitutional Court decision on the Dec. 27 general elections.

Senior officials of the UN, European Union, African Union and the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) made the appeal in a joint communique on Monday evening.

In its decision earlier on Monday, the court upheld the victory of incumbent President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, shunning reports and allegations of poor voter turnout.

The opposition has reportedly dismissed Touadéra’s victory as illegitimate, and demanded a re-run of the elections.

In the communique, the organisations pleaded with all sides to work towards consolidating democracy and the rule of law in the country.

Stressing the importance of dialogue in the quest for lasting peace and stability, they advised the central government to promote “national unity, respect for democratic principles, political and inclusive dialogue and good governance”.

The officials also called for strengthening of national institutions, pursuit of the peace process, fight against impunity, and the implementation of inclusive socio-economic initiatives.

These, they said, should include post-conflict reconstruction and development programmes to provide the people with the dividends of peace while alleviating their plight.

Since the election, six main rebel groups opposed to Touadéra’s election have formed an alliance with a threat to take control of the capital, Bangui.

The insurgents have launched series of attacks targeting government forces and UN peacekeepers.

The UN, EU, AU and ECCAS officials expressed concerns over escalating violence and coordinated attacks, including those aimed at capturing Bangui.

They strongly condemned the violence perpetrated by certain armed groups aimed at “undermining the electoral process and destabilise the country”.

The officials also flayed hate speech and incitement to violence fueled by disinformation campaigns.

“We encourage all actors to work together, in a peaceful climate, to create favorable conditions for the finalisation of the next stages of the electoral process, in particular the legislative elections,” they said.

The communique is signed by the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security

Amb. Smaïl Chergui and the President of ECCAS, Amb. Gilberto Veríssimo.

The others are UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Mr Jean-Pierre Lacroix, and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mr Josep Borrell.

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“We’re Out of Food And Stuck With An 18-month Old Baby” – Bobi Wine Cries Out

Bobi Wine has cried out to the world after being denied food and water in his house arrest. He has also revealed that an 18-month old baby is stuck with them in the house



Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine), opposition candidate in the just concluded Ugandan Presidential election has revealed the precarious situation he’s in with his family.

Bobi Wine, who garnered 34.8% of electorates’ votes in the election, has been under house arrest alongside his wife, and an 18-year old kid, who is his wife’s niece.

The musician and parliamentarian had earlier rejected results of the election, citing discrepancies in votes tallying and rigging.

Bobi Wine has been denied every form of access from outside and his wife was prevented from getting food from the garden.

As it stands, Bobi Wine said they’ve run out of water and milk, and need urgent supplies as they are stuck in their home.

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni has been criticised for his treatment of Bobi Wine pre-election and post-election, with the international community expressing their concerns at the violation of human rights.

The 38-year old Presidential candidate, his wife and some others have been held under a house arrest for six days now. The American Ambassador to Uganda made attempts to visit him on Monday but was turned back by soldiers at the entrance of his home.

The Ugandan Police have claimed they placed Wine under house arrest to prevent any form of chaos that may arise from his post-election reaction.

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