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Trump threatens China with big price ‘for what they’ve done to the world’

The United States President ‘Donald Trump’ has again hit out at China over the coronavirus, promising Beijing will “pay a big price for what they’ve done to the world.”

“It wasn’t your fault that this happened, it was China’s fault,” Trump said in a video from the White House Wednesday, in which he touted his own recovery from the virus that has infected multiple top administration officials, and touted a supposed cure.

“China’s going to pay a big price what they’ve done to this country.”

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According to Hong kong CNN, Beijing will have been expecting this type of rhetoric following Trump’s infection, his aggressive language — reminiscent of similar threats made toward Iran earlier in his presidency — comes at a seriously volatile time between the US and China, both diplomatically and militarily.

China has been advancing its territorial claims in the South China Sea, the Himalayas, and over the self-ruled island of Taiwan, all areas where the US is already engaged militarily or could easily be dragged in by any conflict.

 In recent weeks, the People’s Liberation Army has released a flurry of videos touting its ability to take on the US, while state media has run propaganda warning Washington not to test Beijing, and playing up the 70th anniversary of China’s entry into the Korean War, known in Chinese as the “War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea.

“Trump’s promises to make China “pay” is more likely a reference to pushing Beijing on trade, a key focus of his administration, but even there, it is not clear that continued aggression will pay off, with both countries hurting from the ongoing trade war and China becoming increasingly intransigent after months of stalled negotiations.

Beijing may be hoping for a reset come November, whether Trump wins a second term and feels able to tone down his rhetoric, or is replaced by Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

 

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Group debunks Fani-Kayode’s claim of planned defection by 3 governors

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By Gistflash News

Sept 17, 2021

The Northern Youths Leaders Forum (NYLF) says Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has not and will never defect to APC as claimed by the party’s latest entrant, Femi Fani-Kayode

The National President of the Forum, Elliot Afiyo made the declaration at a news conference on Friday in Yola.

He said the claim by Fani-Kayode during his defection to APC that Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State) and Gov. Seyi Makinde (Oyo State) were on their way to APC through his influence was also untrue.

He said NYLF was in touch with Gov. Mohammed and he confirmed that he had never at any time discussed the issues of defection with Fani-Kayode.

“We state clearly, without mincing words that Gov. Bala Mohammed has not and will never defect to APC and also, he has never at any time discussed the issue of defection with Fani-Kayode.

“Bala Mohammed is a nationalist who always placed national interest above his personal interest.’’

Afiyo also appealed to political parties in Adamawa to collapse their structures and support Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri in 2023 for a second tenure.

He said the NYLF was highly impressed by the infrastructural development Fintiri executed in Adamawa in only two years.

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Nigeria determined to ensure prompt return of democratic rule to Guinea – Osinbajo

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Sept 17, 2021

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria is determined to ensure a prompt return of democratic rule to Guinea after the recent military coup.
According to him, Nigeria  wants the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to insist on a short transition programme that will usher in a new civilian government in that country.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande,  in a statement, said the vice president represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS member-states.
The meeting, held on Thursday in Accra, Ghana, was focused on the political situation in the Republics of Guinea and Mali.
In a  communique issued at the end of the extraordinary summit, ECOWAS leaders resolved to freeze the financial assets of members of the military junta and place a travel ban on them.
They are also demanding that the junta return Guinea to constitutional rule within six months.
At the last summit of ECOWAS leaders which held virtually on Sept. 8, Nigeria, also represented by the vice president,  condemned the coup de‘tat in Guinea, calling for an unconditional release of President Alpha Conde, and for stringent measures on Guinea’s military junta.
Speaking at the Accra summit, Osinbajo restated Nigeria’s position on unconditional release of President Condé and called for more pressure to be put on the country’s military leaders to return the nation to democratic rule.
“It is also important that ECOWAS should simply insist that there should be an immediate return to civil rule.
“We must make sure that sanctions by ECOWAS achieve the intended objectives.”
He called for the need to engage global bodies and Africa’s development partners in taking steps to prevent such unconstitutional change of government in countries on the continent.
“I this connection, I think we should engage all well-meaning stakeholders including the AU,  EU, UN, developmental partners, and financial institutions to join in taking more stringent measures by imposing travel bans and freezing of offshore financial assets of the coupists and their collaborators to ensure that they do return the country to democracy immediately.”
He reaffirmed Nigeria’s demand for unconditional release of President Conde and respect for his physical integrity.
Osinbajo urged leaders in the sub-region to also insist on a civilian-led transition.
He said that though the military junta in Guinea had started consultation with critical stakeholders towards transitioning the country  Nigeria maintained its stance in  condemning military intervention.
 “To transparently restore constitutional order without delay,” and that such a process should be led by a civilian.
“While we condemn the development in Guinea, and affirm that no matter how popular the grievance against an elected leadership may be, the forceful seizure of power is an unacceptable assault on the dignity of a free people and their right to freely elect their leaders.
“We nevertheless must strongly urge all ECOWAS Member States to respect the principles of democracy and the constitutions of our respective countries.”
On the update of the situation in Mali, Osinbajo again commended former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for his continued commitment and engagement with the various stakeholders in Mali.
He commended the efforts of stakeholders in resolving the situation in Mali and restated the call of leaders of the sub-region to the Malian transition government to strictly respect and follow the electoral time table for transition to civil rule.
“I further call for the continued support and collaboration of all major players in the country’s March towards a successful transition,” he said.
He assured  that Nigeria would continue to closely monitor the situation in Guinea and pledged the country’s support in ensuring that only democratic processes are adopted in changing governments in the sub-region.
Another key aspect of the communique was to  to impose sanctions, in accordance with extant ECOWAS Protocols, of travel bans on the members of the CNRD, the Guinean military junta) and their family members and to freeze their financial assets.
ECOWAS will  also assist Guinea in the swift resolution of the crisis and in the preparations for the elections.
The extraordinary session was chaired by President of Ghana and Chair of the ECOWAS, Nana Addo  Akufo-Addo.
Aside from the Vice President, the session was also attended by eight Presidents and four Foreign Affairs Ministers representing heads of State.
Former Nigerian President and ECOWAS Mediator on Mali, Jonathan,  President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou,  Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for West Africa, among others attended the meeting.
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PDP governors meet on Wednesday

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Sept 7, 2021

The Governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are to meet on Wednesday ahead of the party’s National Executive Committee meeting Scheduled for Sept. 9.

Chairman, PDP Governors Forum, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, disclosed this in a statement issued by the forum’s Director-General, Mr C.I.D Maduabum, in Abuja on Wednesday.

It stated that Tambuwal in consultation with his colleagues had summoned an extraordinary meeting of the forum to hold on Wednesday at 3pm.

The meeting according to the statements would discuss party matters and strategies to reposition the PDP ahead of the NEC meeting holding on Thursday.

It reassured all PDP members, stakeholders and the nation of the governors’ commitment, determination and loyalty in the patriotic task of taking over power from the All Progressives Congress-led government.

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