Nigeria makes World Bank’s top-three IDA debtors’ list

credit support of $2.586bn confirms poverty level …trails Ethiopia, Bangladesh

The  says it is helping Nigeria to fight extreme poverty and improve the living standards of her citizens with International Development Association (IDA) credits of about $2.586 billion (N790bn) as at end of 2018.
Nigeria is third in the list of IDA top country borrowers, the World Bank said in its annual report for 2018 available to BusinessDay. Nigeria trails behind Ethiopia, which is the first with IDA credit of $3.122 billion, and Bangladesh (second) with IDA credit of $2.991 billion. IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 75 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa, and is the single-largest source of donor funds for basic social services in these countries.
Nigeria overtook India last year as the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, according to report by the World Poverty Clock, which noted that extreme poverty in Nigeria was growing by six people every minute, the highest number in the world. At the end of May 2018, the survey showed that Nigeria had an estimated 87 million people in extreme poverty, compared to India’s 73 million.
The International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries. Overseen by 173 shareholder nations, IDA aims to reduce poverty by providing loans (called “credits”) and grants for programmes that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities, and improve people’s living conditions.
Traditionally, IDA has been funded largely by contributions from high- and middle-income partner countries. Additional financing comes from transfers from International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) net income, grants from International Finance Corporation (IFC), and borrowers’ repayments of earlier IDA credits.
Other top country borrowers and their IDA credits as at fiscal year 2018 are Pakistan ($1.948bn); Kenya ($1.280bn); Côte d’Ivoire ($987m); Tanzania ($955m); Uzbekistan ($740m); Nepal ($706m), and Uganda ($640m).
“In fiscal 2018, our combined commitments for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA) totalled more than $47 billion,” said Kristalina Georgieva, chief executive officer of IBRD and IDA. “But these impressive numbers stand for something much bigger. They represent our ability to confront the world’s toughest challenges and to step in when our clients need us the most.”
The World Bank Group’s risk officers monitor the global political and economic impacts that could affect the institution’s finances. In fiscal 2018, economic growth in advanced economies reaccelerated, while activity in developing countries also rebounded. Policy uncertainty in some advanced and larger developing economies continues to present an overarching risk, and there is a significant chance that economic activity could diverge from the forecast of continued strengthening of global activity, the World Bank said in the annual report, adding that “geopolitical tensions remain elevated, with potential impacts on financial market confidence and volatility”.
Every three years, the World Bank Group development partners meet to review IDA’s policies, assess its financial capacity, agree on the amount of financing for the next replenishment period, and commit to additional contributions of equity that are required to meet IDA’s objectives and development goals.
Going forward, IDA said it will continue to grow its borrowing programme to raise funds that complement donor contributions, enabling it to expand its life changing investments in the poorest countries.
“We exceeded our targets for climate change, with one-third of total World Bank lending, or nearly $16 billion, going to development activities that address climate change. This was also a successful and innovative year for IDA, including the highest-ever first year of commitments – $24 billion – to support the world’s poorest countries,” Georgieva said.
In April 2018, IDA made its debut in the global capital markets for the first time in its nearly 60-year history, leveraging its strong financial position and triple-A rating. IDA’s inaugural bond – a $1.5 billion, five-year US-dollar benchmark issue – received strong reception in the market, with total orders reaching $4.6 billion from around the world.
The World Bank is a leader in mobilising private investment for development through the capital markets. Since issuing the first IBRD bond in 1947, the Bank has been a key promoter of unique capital market instruments that give the private sector the opportunity to engage in global development priorities.
The World Bank is one of the largest issuers of green bonds, for example, which tap capital markets to support climate-related projects. Since issuing the first labelled green bond in 2008, the Bank has issued $11 billion equivalent through more than 140 transactions in 19 currencies. In April 2018, the Bank issued its first green bond denominated in Hong Kong dollars (HK$ 1 billion). The World Bank also supports country efforts to build green bond markets. Through this work, the Bank helps clients demonstrate leadership on sustainability and climate action, while offering investors an opportunity to support development solutions that address climate change.
“This year (2018), the World Bank Group committed nearly $67 billion in financing, investments, and guarantees. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) continues to see strong demand from clients for its services, with commitments rising to $23 billion in fiscal 2018. Meanwhile, the International Development Association (IDA) provided $24 billion to help the poorest countries – the largest year of IDA commitments on record,” Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, said.
“This year, we leveraged IDA’s strong capital base and launched the inaugural IDA bond. Investor demand for the $1.5 billion bond reached more than $4 billion. By combining IDA’s traditional donor funding with funds raised in the capital markets, this financial innovation will expand IDA’s ability to support the world’s poorest countries, including efforts to prevent conflict. “The International Finance Corporation (IFC) provided more than $23 billion in financing for private sector development this past year, including $11.7 billion mobilized from investment partners. Of this, nearly $6.8 billion went to IDA countries, and more than $3.7 billion was invested in areas affected by fragility, conflict, and violence.
“Marking its 30th year of operation, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has become the third leading institution among the MDBs in terms of mobilizing direct private capital to low- and middle-income countries. This year, MIGA issued a record $5.3 billion in political risk insurance and credit enhancement guarantees, helping finance $17.9 billion worth of projects in developing countries. New issuances and gross outstanding exposure – at $21.2 billion this year – almost doubled as compared to fiscal 2013,” Kim stated in the annual report.

Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s No:1 Billionaires

Nigeria

Alhaji Aliko Dangote still maintains his spot as Africa’s richest man according to Forbes Magazine. The magazine disclosed that as at January 11, 2019, the 61-year-old was worth $9.9 billion.

Forbes listed him as the number one on Africa’s list of billionaires for the year 2019. The Kano State indigene has held the richest man tag for the past few years.

He was ranked the 100th richest man in the world in 2018 and number 66 on the Powerful People 2018 list – both released by Forbes.

Forbes put much of Dangote’s wealth to his cement business – the continent’s largest producer straddling most sub-Saharan African countries.

“Dangote Cement produces 44 million metric tons annually and plans to increase its output 33% by 2020. Dangote also owns stakes in publicly-traded salt, sugar and flour manufacturing companies,” Forbes added.

Other billionaires listed: 

Behind Dangote is Nigerian oil magnate Mike Adenuga whose wealth was estimated at $9.2 billion. South African Nicky Oppenheimer, Egyptian Nassef Sawiris and Johan Rupert completed the top five list with $7.3bn, $6.3 bn and $5.3bn respectively.

The eighth slot had five persons with one of them being Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman whose wealth is estimated at $2.3 billion.

She is daughter to former Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos and was at a point during her father’s reign head of state oil company. She was fired by new President Joao Lourenco on allegations of financial impropriety – she flatly denies all the allegations.

Others on the eight slot of the list are Zimbabwean telecoms tycoon Strive Masiwiya and South African mining magnate Patrice Motsepe.

Ethiopian Airline to inaugurates 5⭐️hotel

Addis Ababa

The Ethiopian Skylight Hotel, a five-star hotel by Ethiopian airlines will be officially inaugurated on January 28 in Addis Ababa, reports News-aero, an aeronautical website citing the Ethiopian press.

Ethiopian Skylight Hotel is located five minutes from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. It covers 42,000 m2 and has 373 rooms.

The construction of this edifice cost $ 65 million. Ethiopian airlines provided 35% financing while EXIM Bank of China provided 65% of the project’s financing, the website added.

It said that in the immediate future, the hotel will generate 400 jobs.

In addition to promoting Ethiopian tourism, this hotel will also welcome passengers during transits, stopovers or technical delays, according to the Ethiopian Airlines.

Africa’s most thriving airlines is said to be considering construction of a second hotel that should be operational in 2021.

China to Support Nigeria in Fight Against Islamist Insurgents

China signed a memorandum of understanding with Nigeria Thursday, offering its support to the West African nation’s security forces as they battle an Islamist insurgency in the country’s northeast, the army said.
No details on the nature of the assistance were provided in the emailed statement, signed by defense spokesman Tukur Gusau.
Boko Haram, a faction of which is allied to Islamic State’s so-called West Africa Province, has waged a decade-long campaign of violence to impose its version of Shariah law on Africa’s most populous country. Its militants have stepped up attacks in recent months, including on army bases, ahead of February elections in which President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking a second term.

EXECUTED TEEN Boxing fan Jayden Moodie’s tragic path from innocent Anthony Joshua fan to gang victim at 14

A BOY of 14 executed in cold blood was revealed to have posed with boxing champ Anthony Joshua — as his family spoke of a life snuffed out too soon.

But the wide-eyed 14-year-old is barely recognisable in a snap taken just months later – photographed sitting on a moped and hiding his face behind a skull mask as he pulls a “gun sign”.

Jayden Moodie was pictured with Anthony Joshua, with the 14-year-old aspiring boxer killed on Tuesday night

The photos chart the tragic tale of a teen, the youngest victim of London’s horrific street crime in two years.

Just six months after moving to the capital, Jayden was mowed down by a group of three men who then pounced from the black Mercedes and stabbed him seven times in the back in Waltham Forest, North East London.

As the youngster lay dying in the streets on Tuesday night, the men sped off into the night – with police still scrambling to find those responsible for the “targeted” attack.

Pals said Jayden lived nearby on the Beaumont estate in Leyton, East London — home to the notorious Beaumont Crew gang.

Jayden makes apparent gang signs as he sits on a moped in a Facebook video made as a tribute to him

They have been battling the OC Crew, from the Oliver Close estate, since 2002, with at least nine murders attributed to the feud.

Police recovered the car they believe was used in the attack last night but are still searching for the suspects in London’s fifth killing so far in 2019.

But as authorities plead with anyone with information to come forward, the teen’s family have been left numb by the violence that claimed the schoolboy’s life.

Among those left grieving for Jayden – who idolised boxing champ Joshua Anthony – was his godmother, Zoe Grant.

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Waltham Forest stabbing: Met Police get extra stop-and-search powers after boy, 14, is stabbed to death

The Met have been granted extra stop-and-search powers in Waltham Forest after the killing of a 14-year-old schoolboy who was “stabbed up to seven times”.
Jayden Moodie, of Waltham Forest, was repeatedly stabbed, according to witnesses, on Bickley Road shortly before 6.30pm on Tuesday.
Following the youngster’s “particularly shocking” death, the Section 60 power will be deployed.
The tactic allows an officer to stop someone without needing “reasonable suspicion” that they are involved in crime.
Officers have called the attack on the young boy “cowardly” and believe it to be a targeted one.

Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker, the Commander of the North East Command Unit which covers the borough of Waltham Forest, said: “Everyone is shocked and appalled by this murder.
“The age of the victim, a boy aged 14, beggars belief and I completely understand the alarm and concern it has raised from those who live and work in the area.”
Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime team led by Detective Inspector Chris Soole investigate. DCI Soole said: “Any murder is appalling but the death of a 14-year-old boy is particularly shocking.
“Everything we know so far points to the fact that this appears to be a targeted attack and those who carried it out had only one objective which was to inflict fatal injuries on Jayden.
“We continue to investigate why Jayden was singled out and retain an open mind at this time.
“My team is working tirelessly to apprehend those responsible for this cowardly attack and I would appeal to anyone who has information that could assist this investigation to come forward and speak to police or Crimestoppers.”No arrest have been made yet, the Met said.
The murder – the fifth in London this year – is the first to be suspected to be linked to gangs.
Paramedics called to the scene in Bickley Road, Waltham Forest, battled to save the boy but he died in the street at about 7.10pm, 40 minutes after the attack.Witnesses said the boy was knifed in the back after a car “deliberately” drove into him, causing him to fall off the moped.
Police believe three males got out of the car and then stabbed Jayden before returning to the vehicle and driving off. Officers are trying to trace a black Mercedes B Class with extensive damage to the front.
Jayden’s uncle, Josh Grant, said the teen had moved to London recently, after living in Nottingham.
He described him as a “good kid” who was settling into London.
He told the Standard: “I’m in bits. It’s a sad time. He was a good kid. When he was young he looked up to me and I always gave him advice and tried to show him the right way in life.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or tweet information to @MetCC. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This is the full story of how MC Oluomo was stabbed with a poisoned knife at Lagos APC campaign rally

The full story of how MC Oluomo was stabbed at Lagos APC campaign rally and the suspected men who did it.

MC Oluomo does the 4+4 sign for Buhari's re-election (Lailas Blog)MC Oluomo does the 4+4 sign for Buhari’s re-election (Lailas Blog)

It was billed as a Lagos APC campaign flag-off, with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode expected to reel out his achievements and state why he thinks Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos APC governorship flagbearer, is the best man to succeed him in May. 

But it turned out the day the infamous and ‘invincible’ MC Oluomo, got stabbed in the neck and was rushed to a hospital as he bled profusely, battling for his life.

This campaign rally was supposed to be a meeting point for APC faithful in an atmosphere of peace, conviviality, solidarity chants, chest thumping and galvanizing the base. 

However, midway into the campaign rally at the Skypower Grounds, beside the Archbishop Vining Church on Oba Akinjobi Way in GRA Ikeja, a melee ensued as Ambode addressed the audience and made a case for Sanwo-Olu. 

Ambode endorses Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat at the Lagos APC campaign rally on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 (Lagos APC) Ambode endorses Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat at the Lagos APC campaign rally on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 (Lagos APC) 

Ambode endorses Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat at the Lagos APC campaign rally on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 (Lagos APC) 

“People started running helter skelter and thugs armed with knives and cudgels began attacking themselves”, says Bayo, 31, who was right inside the venue when all hell broke loose.

A fight between NURTW factions

Video footage from the venue showed young men making a dash across the sandy ground with machetes and knives; and photo journalists lying on the deck as police pranced on the scene to fire live bullets into the dusty sky.

“What I seek from all of you is the continuous growth and continuity of this state”, Governor Ambode yelled through the public address system, as violence broke out before him and other dignitaries. “You guys should wait”, Ambode added, but no one was going to obey him at this point. The knives, cudgels and guns were well and truly out to halt his speech.

Pulse was told that factions of the Lagos State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) were purveyors of the mayhem and that Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly referred to as MC Oluomo, was one of the fatally stabbed on the afternoon. 

The crowd at APC campaign ground in Ikeja screamed APC (APC Lagos)The crowd at APC campaign ground in Ikeja screamed APC (APC Lagos)

The crowd at APC campaign ground in Ikeja screamed APC (APC Lagos)

“MC Oluomo was stabbed twice with a poisonous knife called Makenje (which literally translates to don’t touch blood). All the VIPs were spirited out of the venue by security personnel. It was like a war zone with sophisticated guns and machetes on display”, one APC chieftain who was at the venue told Pulse on condition of anonymity.

A plot to settle political scores?

Another source told Pulse that the violence was orchestrated by persons who are still angry that Ambode was schemed out of the 2019 governorship race and disgraced, as Sanwo-Olu was settled for by the powers that be.

“It was well planned by top politicians. This was carried out by thugs loyal to Ambode’s camp. These thugs and the politicians who put them up to this are still angry that Ambode didn’t get a second term ticket. The plot was to disrupt the rally and turn attention away from the candidate Sanwo-Olu. And you have to say they succeeded to some degree”, says the source. 

The legend of MC Oluomo

MC Oluomo wasn’t supposed to be rushed to the hospital after being stabbed, because he supposedly wears a spiritual armour that shields him from gun, knife and other dangerous weapons. Which was why the knife used to stab him was a poisoned one, Pulse was told. But he was expected to be inured from the venom of a poisoned knife, no less.

In other words, MC Oluomo was supposed to be ‘unkillable’.

“The only way they could break through MC Oluomo’s skin was to poison the knife and as I speak with you now, native and medical doctors are battling to keep him alive by extracting the venom from his system. It’s 50:50 for him now”,another APC source shares. 

Another source tells Pulse that MC Oluomo is recovering in hospital after “doctors and two elderly jazzmen (native doctors) extracted the poison from his system.

Sanwo-Olu rides with Ambode through the campaign ground in Lagos (Lagos APC)Sanwo-Olu rides with Ambode through the campaign ground in Lagos (Lagos APC)

Sanwo-Olu rides with Ambode through the campaign ground in Lagos (Lagos APC)

“The man who stabbed MC Oluomo lives on Apapa Road in Ebute Metta. Forget what the Commissioner of Police is telling you”, the APC source offers.

Wanted for culpable homicide

The Lagos State Police Command has declared a chieftain of the NURTW, Mustapha Adekunle aka Seigo, wanted for the stabbing of MC Oluomo.

Lagos police spokesperson Chike Oti, says Seigo arrived the rally with a group of persons who went on to unleash mayhem as the rally progressed.

“However, at the tail end of the event, Seigo and his group, for a reason yet to be determined, violently engaged other supporters of the party. In the ensuing melee, one MC Oluomo, another NURTW chieftain, was stabbed and was rushed to Eko Hospital where he is currently recuperating, while two other victims of the attack were taken to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for treatment. The crisis was quickly contained by policemen at the venue.” Oti stated.

The police has also declared Seigo a wanted man.

Lagos state police commissioner Imohimi Edgal held peace talk meetings with NURTW Lagos before the rally that turned violent (Punch)Lagos state police commissioner Imohimi Edgal held peace talk meetings with NURTW Lagos before the rally that turned violent (Punch)

Lagos state police commissioner Imohimi Edgal held peace talk meetings with NURTW Lagos before the rally that turned violent (Punch)

Oti says it is surprising that the thugs disrupted the rally even after Lagos Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, held peace talks with various factions of NURTW before the event and extracted commitments from them to the effect that no one was going to disrupt the campaign rally.

“It was therefore surprising that a prominent member of NURTW would attempt to violently disrupt a peaceful political rally. In view of the development, the Command wishes to encourage members of the public with useful information on the whereabouts of Mustapha Adekunle popularly known as Seigo to report such at the nearest police station,” Oti added.

However, APC sources loyal to the Sanwo-Olu camp tell Pulse that the police is not pointing at the real culprits of the violence and stabbings.

Ambode  acknowledges cheers from APC faithful during flagoff of Lagos campaign rally on January 8, 2019. (Lagos APC)Ambode acknowledges cheers from APC faithful during flagoff of Lagos campaign rally on January 8, 2019. (Lagos APC)

Ambode acknowledges cheers from APC faithful during flagoff of Lagos campaign rally on January 8, 2019. (Lagos APC)

“The Seigo they are declaring wanted is a close ally of MC Oluomo. How will Seigo stab his own close friend? The police is deliberately chasing shadows here. They should ask Kunle Poly and Agbede about the violence and not try to rope in an innocent Seigo who has no reason to stab his friend MC Oluomo”, one APC source says. 

The reign of thugs

APC governed Lagos runs a patronage political system where motor park lords and street urchins extract rent from residents, political godfathers, motorists and the state government. 

These motor park lords have louts who answer to them and who they often command to wreak havoc on their behalf. 

DR Congo poll: The divisive aftermath of Tshisekedi's victory

The elections board in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, early Thursday declared a president-elect in what will become the first peaceful transition of power in the troubled country.

Felix Tshisekedi, 56, was named winner of hotly contested elections of December 30, 2018. Son of a deceased opposition veteran will take over from outgoing Joseph Kabila.

The provisional results by CENI showed that Tshisekedi got over seven million votes representing over 38% of valid votes cast. He beat another opposition leader, Martin Fayulu, who came in second with about 35%.

Since the results were declared, there has been a series of reactions: victory celebrations in the capital Kinshasa, reported protests by Fayulu supporters and a diplomatic doubt as well as government and ruling party concession.

This LIVE page is to follow closely developments in the wake of the declaration. 

Claims of Kabila – Tshisekedi plot: how true? 

A number of people on social media are drawing conspiracy theories around the Tshisekedi victory, claiming that a deal must have been reached between the president-elect and the outgoing president.

The theorists hold that with the ruling party’s candidate clearly staring at defeat, Kabila opted for the lesser of two evils in the opposition camp, the CACH coalition.

The other camp led by Martin Fayulu – the Lamuka coalition – has two of Kabila’s political arch rivals in the persons of Moise Katumbi, a former governor of Katanga Province and Jean Pierre-Bemba – a former vice president.

Below are some of the claims about a Tshisekedi – Kabila “love story.”

Catholic Bishops say poll results ‘don’t add up’ 

The Catholic Church in DRC, CENCO, has reacted to the declaration of Felix Tshisekedi as president-elect of the country. 

The church said results announced by the elections board, CENI, did not match with tallies it had through its observers.

CENCO had last week declared that its records from the vote showed that there was an outright winner from the December 30, 2018 elections. It’s declaration was slammed by CENI and the ruling coalition.

They did not mention who was the winner in their tallies but its widely believed to be Martin Fayulu who leads an opposition coalition, Lamuka. Fayulu has rejected the results and called for observers to publish their figures.

Internet restored after release of results 

Internet has been restored across the country after a blackout that lasted over a week. Authorities justified the move and said it was to help avert the publication of fake results and compromising security.

People in the capital, Kinshasa, are now able to access the internet hours after the announcement of provisional results.

The BBC reports that persons in the eastern city of Goma had also confirmed that the internet was back. It remains to be known when the broadcast signal of French broadcaster, RFI and a local TV channel will be restored.

Amid the massive celebrations on the part of the Tshisekedi camp, pro-Fayulu supporters are protesting the defeat of their candidate.

Fayulu came second according to the results. He was leader of the Lamuka coalition, he has since called for the Catholic Church, SADC and AU to publish their versions of the results.

Brief about President-Elect Felix Tshisekedi 

1 – Full name: Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, born on June 13, 1963 – aged 56
2 – Son of veteran opposition leader, late Etienne Tshisekedi. Dad founded Union for Democracy and Social Progress, UDPS, in 1982.
3 – In early twenties, went to Belgium for university education, later became national secretary for external affairs for the UDPS, based in Brussels.
4 – Father died in early 2017, UPDS picked Felix as party leader and by default presidential candidate.
5 – Joined and abandoned Lamuka coalition. Weeks later he announced a two-man coalition with Vital Kamerhe, the CACH coalition, in Nairobi.
6 – Declared president-elect after December 30, 2018 elections.

Statement from UN Secretary-General 

The Secretary-General takes note of the announcement made by the Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI) of the provisional results of the 30 December presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 

He commends the Congolese people and political actors for the conduct of the presidential, national and provincial legislative elections, which saw a broad and inclusive participation of political parties. 

The Secretary-General calls on all stakeholders to refrain from violence and to channel any eventual electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms in line with the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Constitution and relevant electoral laws.

The Secretary-General expresses the hope that the CENI, the Constitutional Court, the Government, political parties and civil society will each live up to their responsibility in preserving stability and upholding democratic practices in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Secretary-General further reiterates the continued support and commitment of the United Nations, in collaboration with regional actors and international partners, for the consolidation of peace, stability and development in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
New York, 9 January 2019

Results as released by CENI

1 – Monsieur Félix Antoine TSHISEKEDITSHILOMBO: 7,051,013 (38.57%.)
2 – Monsieur Martin FAYULU MADIDI: 6,366,732 (34.83%)
3 – Monsieur Emmanuel SHADARY: 4,357,359 (23.84%)

Voter turnout: 47.56%

Fayulu calls for publication of independent results 

A fellow opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, has rejected the results of the December 30, 2018 which said he came in second behind president-elect Felix Tshisekedi.

In a statement from the coalition he led, Lamuka, he asked the Catholic Church and the regional SADC observer mission and the African Union to release their result tallies from the vote.

Meanwhile there are reports of protests in Fayulu strongholds given that his supporters insist that he was the duly elected candidate. The Catholic Church last week said its tallies showed that an outright winner had won.

Foreign media outlets later reported that the said candidate was Fayulu whose coalition included two barred aspirants and two other presidential aspirants.

France and Belgium shocked by results 

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called for clarity on the election results, saying the surprise victory of Felix Tshisekedi was at odds with what was seen on the ground.

“We must have clarity on these results, which are the opposite to what we expected. The Catholic Church of Congo did its tally and announced completely different results,” Le Drian told CNews.

His Belgian counterpart also expressed similar views: “We have some doubts that we need to check and which will be debated in the coming days in the Security Council,” Mr Didier Reynders told the Belgian national broadcaster, RTBF.

Kinshasa slams Paris doubts over results 

DRC’s information minister, Lambert Mende, in his initial comments about the results said the ruling FCC coalition takes note of the results and that it was surprised but respected the work of the election board, CENI.

On the claims by French Foreign Minister, Mende said Kinshasa disapproved the words of Jean-Yves Le Drain. 

He slammed what he claimed was interference which he said the FCC rejects. He chided the Minister to approve a President for the Congolese people if he wanted.

Tshisekedi supporters break loose in Kinshasa

‘Democracy has triumphed’ – Kabila’s top advisor 

“Of course we are not happy as our candidate lost, but the Congolese people have chosen and democracy has triumphed,” one of outgoing Kabila’s top advisors has said.

Barnabe Kikaya Bin Karubi was reacting to the election results declared by CENI in the wee hours of Thursday. 

The ruling coalition’s candidate and former Interior Minister, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, came in third in the December 30, 2018 long-delayed elections.

Tshisekedi pays homage to Kabila 

“First of all I wish to thank God, the master of time and circumstances who allowed for such an event which a few weeks ago was still unimaginable. 

“That is why I follow it directly with – and I know many of you find it hard to accept – but I say it with sincerity, I pay homage to President Joseph Kabila, President of the Republic.”

“Today, we must no longer consider each other as adversaries but rather as partners in democratic change in our country.” Speaking to thousands of cheering supporters in the capital Kinshasa, Tshisekedi said he would be the president “of all Congolese”.

Nigerians react as video emerge of Adekunle Gold, Simi’s marriage


The news of traditional marriage between popular singers Adekunle Gold and Simi has stirred reactions from Nigerians on social media.

The traditional wedding between both singers held in Victoria Island on Wednesday, with exclusive 300 guests in attendance.

Some of the celebrities present at the wedding ceremony include Falz, Do2dtun, Smade, Praiz, Olamide, Moelogo, Pheelz and others.

However, it was gathered that celebrities were banned from taking pictures at the wedding. But a video of the couple dancing emerged online.

DAILY POST recalls that the singers secretly got engaged in December.

The engagement was reportedly attended by only close family members and photos were not allowed at the events.

Their wedding has since stirred reactions from Nigerians who wondered how Adekunle Gold and Simi were able to keep their relationship a secret.

Here are some comments gathered by DAILY POST on Twitter:

@iamisaacosas “All the 300 people that attended Adekunle and Simi’s wedding deserve medals. If I was in that wedding it would be on my CV to prove my confidentiality skills

Beyond no wedding pictures, famz knew about the wedding as far back as October 2018 but kept it under wraps!

@JackFleet “One major lesson I learnt from adekunle and simi wedding is ‘Secret is security and security is victory’ Your private life should be your secret life.”

@iam_lucaslikizy “Was at the wedding party of Adekunle and Simi but we are not allowed to post anything good night.”

@Nadirichy “Adekunle and simi kept their relationship on a low till they got married and have also been able to keep their wedding pictures on a low too. These guys knows how to do secret life well.”

@NwoseOwen “Adekunle and Simi wedding is the most low key Nigerian marriage.”

@Realjoebobo “Best naija celebrity couple
Did everything on a low key. Congratulations to Adekunle and Simi.”

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Felix Tshisekedi: Opposition leader named winner in DR Congo presidential election

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Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has won the long-delayed presidential election, the electoral commission announced early on Thursday to the surprise of many, as the vast country braced for possible protests over alleged rigging.

Tshisekedi, who received more than 7 million votes, or 38%, had not been widely considered the leading candidate and is relatively untested. The son of late opposition leader Etienne, who pursued the presidency for many years, he surprised Congolese last year by breaking away from an opposition effort to unite behind a single candidate.

Some observers have suggested that President Joseph Kabila’s government sought to make a deal as hopes faded for a win for ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who received more than 4 million votes, or 23%.

It was not immediately clear whether opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, who had pushed hard for Kabila to leave power and vowed to clean up DRC’s widespread corruption, will contest the results after leading in polling. The constitutional court has 14 days to validate them. Fayulu received more than 6 million votes, or 34%.

‘This is the coronation of a lifetime’

This is DRC’s first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960. Kabila has ruled since 2001 in the troubled nation rich in the minerals key to smartphones around the world and has amassed vast wealth. He is barred from serving three consecutive terms, but during more than two years of election delays many Congolese feared he’d find a way to stay in office.

“This is the coronation of a lifetime,” the deputy secretary-general of Tshisekedi’s party, Rubens Mikindo, said above the cheers at party headquarters. “This is the beginning of national reconciliation.”

Scores of people in the capital, Kinshasa, danced after the election results were announced long after midnight, but observers waited to see how other Congolese would respond, especially after Fayulu this week warned that the results were “not negotiable.”

Activist groups on Wednesday urged people to “be ready to massively take to the streets” if results didn’t match “the truth of the ballot boxes.”

Attention turns to Congo’s powerful Catholic church, which has said its 40,000 election observers at all polling stations found a “clear winner” but was barred by electoral regulations from saying more.

If the church found Fayulu won, “how will population react?” Stephanie Wolters, analyst with the Institute for Security Studies, posted on Twitter ahead of the announcement. She added, will the African Union “consider a power transfer ‘enough’ or will they push for investigation and real result?”

The delayed results come after international pressure to announce an outcome that reflected the will of the people. The United States threatened sanctions against officials who rigged the vote.

The largely peaceful election was marred by the malfunctioning of many voting machines that Congo used for the first time. Dozens of polling centers opened hours late as materials went missing. And in a last-minute decision, some 1 million of the country’s 40 million voters were barred from participating, with the electoral commission blaming a deadly Ebola virus outbreak.

Defiantly, tens of thousands of voters in one of the barred communities held their own ballot on election day. Fayulu won easily.

Congo’s government cut internet service the day after the vote to prevent speculation on social media. As the electoral commission met this week, anti-riot police moved into place outside.

Some Congolese weary of Kabila’s long rule, two turbulent years of election delays and years of conflict that killed millions of people said they simply wanted peace. Some said they would be happy as long as Fayulu or Tshisekedi won, while recalling the violence that followed past disputed elections.

Many Congolese objected to Shadary, suspecting that Kabila would continue to rule from behind the scenes.

‘I deplore all the disorder’

Now DRC faces a new leader who is little known after spending many years in Belgium and living in the shadow of his outspoken father.

On Wednesday afternoon, hours before results were announced, some Tshisekedi supporters began to celebrate at his Union for Democracy and Social Progress party headquarters, with calendars already printed saying “Felix Tshisekedi president.”

The 56-year-old Tshisekedi took over as head of Congo’s most prominent opposition party in early 2018, a year after his father’s death.

Some Congolese have said Tshisekedi lost support by splitting the opposition. He was less visible in campaigning than Fayulu and did not make himself available to reporters after the vote. As he cast his ballot, he accused Congo’s government of deliberately creating a mess to spark a court challenge that could allow Kabila to extend his time in power.

“I deplore all the disorder,” Tshisekedi said.