Brexit: Nigeria, others to face bleak economic growth

As the Prime Minister of United Kingdom (UK), Theresa May, formally begins Brexit talks next week with European Union (EU), Nigeria and other countries in Africa have been predicted to face bleak economic growth in the near future. The Director, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Adam Elhiraika, said this at the launch of the Commission’s annual economic report on Africa in Abuja.He disclosed that Brexit could put Africa’s future growth at risk. UNECA warned that countries such as Nigeria, with strong trade and investment links to the UK…

EU to issue Brexit negotiation guidelines

  European Council President Donald Tusk is due to issue draft guidelines on how the EU intends to negotiate the UK’s departure from the bloc. The proposals will be sent to the governments of 27 EU members. They will help set the tone for two years of tough negotiations and efforts to finalise a deal. EU leaders say the UK must first agree its exit terms before talks can move on to future ties. London is calling for simultaneous talks. British Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the Brexit process…

UK ministers set out Brexit sovereignty plan

  The government will set out how it plans to remove EU law from the statute book later by publishing details of its Great Repeal Bill. Having formally triggered Brexit, ministers are promising a “smooth and stable transition” with legislation ending the supremacy of EU judges. It will also incorporate thousands of pieces of EU law into UK legislation. The publication comes the day after the UK started two years of talks using Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Prime Minister Theresa May described the invoking of Article 50 as…

UK PM signs letter that will trigger Brexit

  Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK’s departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk later. In a statement in the Commons, the prime minister will then tell MPs this marks “the moment for the country to come together”. It follows June’s referendum which resulted in a vote to leave the EU. Mrs May’s letter will be delivered at 12:30 BST on Wednesday by the British ambassador…

Umahism: Good governance as a banner over opposition

All over the world, the preference for either two-party or multi-party system over one-party system is hinged on the necessity of opposition parties as catalysts for good governance in any given democratic setting. Apart from serving as an alternative platform for acquisition of political power, the basic roles of the opposition in a democracy are to cooperate with a focused administration or ruling party in the delivery of good governance to the citizenry; and to prevent a ruling party from derailing or straying away from its mandate of delivering good…

IPOB to British envoy: You goofed on indivisibility of Nigeria

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) yesterday described as serious diplomatic blunder, utterances credited to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, that the United Kingdom has remained firm in its support for one Nigeria. Arkwright reportedly made the statement in Kogi State, where he delivered a public lecture on the topic: “Brexit: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities for Nigeria”. However, IPOB in a statement signed by Dr. Ikenna Chinaka and Mrs Grace Ukpai, said it viewed the British Envoy’s utterance as unfortunate and distasteful, saying it was unfortunate…

Britain, France and Biafra

Two noteworthy groups have emerged on the scene since this Biafra agitation reached its present crescendo. They are those who believe the agitator’s ambition is not achievable and those who are already envious of its success. A lot belong to the later, those afraid of the Biafra project succeeding. It’s against this backdrop that I feel it would be a huge disservice to allow two senior foreign diplomats go unchallenged for injudiciously hauling themselves into the domestic matter of our country. The British and French envoys in Nigeria recently forgot…