Goodluck misses AU summit, Boko Haram high on agenda

2015-01-29 16:32

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan will not be attending this week’s African Union summit, his office has confirmed.

This is even as discussions around terrorist group Boko Haram feature high on the AU’s agenda. Nigeria will be represented by foreign minister Aminu Wali.

Jonathan is currently touring Nigeria to campaign ahead of that country’s elections, which are due to take place on February 14.

Analysts say this is one of the country’s most hotly-contested elections. The big race is between Jonathan, from the People’s Democratic Party, and the newly-formed All-Progressive People’s Congress, with former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate.

The heated campaign has even seen a comparison of handsomeness of the two candidates by a celebrity.

The elections is one of 19 elections taking place across the African continent this year. It is not clear whether it is one of the 12 elections an AU commissioner said were of concern to the AU, but the Institute for Security Studies has ranked the elections as “high risk” due to the fact that it is highly contested, but also because of the increased Boko Haram attacks and the divide between the Muslim north and Christian south.

South African defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula yesterday said South Africa has not deployed any soldiers to help Nigeria.

She threatened to arrest on return South African ex-soldiers who went there to help train Nigerian soldiers to fight back against Boko Haram, branding them “mercenaries”.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.