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NIGERIA – Twitter again available after 7 months suspension

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The people of Nigeria will be able to use the social network Twitter again. The announcement was made by government authorities on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 7:00 a.m. After 7 months of suspension for incitement to violence and hatred, the blue bird seems to be complying with the demands of the Nigerian government. Twitter is committed to further monitor the content of messages shared on the social network used by 20% of the population of Nigeria.

The blue bird can return to flight in Nigeria. The authorities decided to lift the sanction imposed on the social network after an agreement with the platform. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria from midnight today (Thursday 13 January)”, said Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director of the National Agency for the Development of Information Technologies.

The country’s Internet users welcomed the lifting of this sanction on a popular social network for sharing information in the political, economic, social or cultural fields. We are pleased that Twitter has been re-established for everyone in Nigeria […] Our mission in Nigeria – and around the world – is to serve the public conversation. We are deeply engaged in Nigeria, where Twitter is used by people for trade, cultural engagement and civic participation,’ said a blue bird spokesperson.

Recall that Abuja announced at the beginning of June 2021 the suspension of Twitter for “an indefinite period” after having accused the social network of having a “suspicious mission” against the Nigerian government, and to tolerate on its platform the messages of the leader of a separatist group inciting violence in south-eastern Nigeria. 

However, the European Union, Great Britain, the United States and Canada deplored the suspension of Twitter. They considered the decision illegal, contrary to democratic principles and freedom of expression. Similarly, Amnesty International considered that “this ban was illegal (…) and was an attack on the right to freedom of expression.”

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SENEGAL – RenewPac Summit: Macky Sall pays tribute to Abdoulaye Wade, «father of African liberalism»

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President Macky Sall

At the opening of the RenewPac Summit, the Senegalese President, Macky Sall, paid tribute to his predecessor at the head of the country, Abdoulaye Wade, whom he described as the «father of African liberalism». Me Abdoulaye Wade (97), headed Senegal from 2000 to 2012 following the first alternation in Senegal. In 1974, he created the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS) which brought him to power after 26 years of opposition.

Macky Sall, leader of the Alliance for the Republic (Apr), was himself, for ten years, a senior official of this party and a leading figure in the regime of Abdoulaye Wade whose Prime Minister he was after having held various ministerial positions. “He inspired us with the values of liberalism at a time when Marxist ideologies were on the rise in Africa. He dared to row against the current. Myself and many of the personalities who participate in this Summit are his heirs,” said the Senegalese President in tribute to his former mentor, under the warm applause of the room.

The message of (Gilbert Noël Ouédraogo, President of the African Liberal Network)
This summit demonstrates the need for a strong and lasting partnership between Europe and Africa based on mutual respect, shared values and well-understood common interests.”

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IVORY COAST – Discovery of a manganese deposit “of global importance”

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The Australian exploration company Mako Gold Limited announces this Monday, August 21, 2023 the discovery of a deposit of manganese potentially “of global importance” in Ouangolodougou, in the north of Ivory Coast. According to the company, the grade of the intersected ore is similar to that of several mineral producer/developer groups listed on the ASX (Australian Stock Exchange) where it is also present.

This discovery comes as part of its Korhogo project, which it owns 100% and consists of the Ouangolodougou permit, where the drilling was carried out, and the Korhogo Nord permit. The briefing note also mentions the possibility of making more significant discoveries, “given that only 257 metres of the 500 metres drilled have been analysed to date”.

Given the satisfactory level of manganese found and ‘flush to the surface’, the Korhogo project is likely to become one of Côte d’Ivoire’s next manganese mines, said Peter Ledwidge, the company’s managing director.

With this discovery, Mako Gold plans to “enter the race for critical minerals for batteries”. Besides manganese, the company plans, a diamond research program once the manganese ore exploration work is completed.

Côte d’Ivoire currently has four manganese mines in operation, in Bondoukou (east), Guitry (southwest), Kaniasso and Lagnonkaha, in the north of the country. Production rose from just over 207,000 tonnes in 2016 to over 929,000 tonnes in 2022 (up 349%), after reaching 1.18 million tonnes in 2019.

Note that manganese is considered the fourth most used metal in the world after iron, aluminum and copper. It is used in the manufacture of steel for the construction sector (beams, body plates, oil pipes, etc.) and the automotive sector. It is also found in electric vehicle batteries but also in the manufacture of batteries, electronic circuits and even in the food industry.

Source: Sikafinance/ By Jean-Marc Gogbeu

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FRANCE – Me Branco décrit l’enfer de Rebeuss : « j’ai dormi aux côtés de personnes torturées et entassées par centaines »

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Juan Branco a été interpellé sur son bref séjour carcéral à la prison de Rebeuss. L’avocat de Ousmane Sonko a décrit l’enfer dans lequel vivent les centaines de détenus avec qui il a passé la nuit de dimanche à lundi 07 aout 2023.« À Rebeuss, j’ai dormi au milieu de personnes torturées qui portaient les traces de blessures par balle. Elles étaient entassées par centaines incapables de se déplacer et obligées de faire leurs besoins sur place. Ils ont commis l’erreur de me faire voir ça », a-t-il déclaré en conférence de presse ce mardi.

« Ousmane Sonko souffre d’une insuffisance rénale, nous lui avons demandé d’arrêter sa grève de la faim ». L’avocat français de Ousmane Sonko, en conférence de presse ce mardi 08 aout 2023 à Paris a révélé de quelle pathologie souffrait son client admis aux urgences de l’hôpital Principal de Dakar depuis dimanche. « Ousmane Sonko souffre d’une insuffisance rénale due à une hypoglycémie causée par sa grève de la faim. Mais son état est stable. Nous lui avons demandé d’arrêter cette grève de la faim et nous espérons qu’il nous entendra. Parce que ce qu’il représente est trop important pour des milliers de personnes qui le suivent. Nous avons eu l’occasion de nous en rendre compte à la prison de Rebeuss », a indiqué Me Juan Branco qui est rentré ce mardi en France après avoir été arrêté et emprisonné pendant moins de 24 heures au Sénégal.

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