Top Africa stories: Nigeria, S Sudan, Burundi

2016-10-14 20:00
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PHOTOS: Nigeria's rescued Chibok girls

See photos of the 21 Chibok girls who have been freed by Boko Haram. The girls met with Nigerian Vice President ,Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday.

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Cape Town – The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has said that the recent release of 21 Chibok girls by the militant group Boko Haram was "a great achievement" for the Nigerian government. 

In an interview with News24, senior researcher at ISS, Martin Ewi said the release of the girls would also bring hope to Nigerians.

"The recent release of the 21 Chibok girls has brought back hope to many Nigerians. It is of course a huge achievement for the Nigerian government under President [Muhammed] Buhari. However, it does not mean that there is nothing more to do as they are about 176 other girls that must still be freed," said Ewi. 

Boko Haram released the 21 girls on Thursday. The girls formed part of the 276 girls who were seized from their school in the northeast town of Chibok in 2014.

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Nigeria VP meets with freed Chibok girls

Abuja - Nigerian President Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has met with the 21 Chibok school girls released by Boko Haram on Thursday.

The meeting took place on Thursday evening at a medical facility operated by the west African country's State Security Service,( SSS), in Abuja. This was shortly after the girls' arrival in the Federal Capital Territory.

Most of the girls wept profusely as they met with Osinbajo.

The released girls were among the over 200 schoolgirls, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from a Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, on April 14, 2014.


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S Sudan's Riek Machar now in SA for medical treatment

Cape Town – South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar is reportedly in South Africa to receive medical treatment after he fled fighting that erupted in the east African country in July.

According to SABC, his spokesperson and officials in Pretoria confirmed that the rebel leader was now in South Africa.

"He is now in South Africa for medical treatment," his Nairobi-based Spokesperson James Gatdet Dak was reported as saying, adding that he was likely to stay in the country for about a week.

Earlier this week, Machar himself told journalists in Khartoum that he was headed to South Africa to have medical tests and after that "I will leave". He did not specify, however, what his next destination would be. 

Machar gave no details of his medical condition but spoke of the travails of his flight from South Sudan. 

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Accepting award, Burundi journalist sees hope for nation

Washington - The winner of the 2016 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism, Burundi's Eloge Willy Kaneza, said on Thursday the prize offers hope "that my country can be healed".

Accepting the award at a Washington ceremony, Kaneza said the recognition encourages journalists in the violence-torn African nation to continue their efforts in delivering news and debunking rumors.

"This gives courage not only to me, but to my friends, my colleagues, my collective of journalists," Kaneza told the audience at the National Press Club.

Eloge Willy Kaneza

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Nigeria 1st lady says she may not back husband's re-election

Abuja - Nigeria's first lady has openly questioned whether her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, is in control of his government and says she may not campaign for him if he seeks a second term.

In an interview with the BBC published on Friday, Aisha Buhari says her husband does not know many top government appointees, and she accuses them of not sharing the vision of his All Progressives Congress party. She did not name names.

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