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Amaechi helped Mandela, told me releasing Nnamdi Kanu’ll bring peace – Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed what the late First Republic Aviation Minister, Mbazulike Amaechi told him about Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Buhari disclosed that Amaechi informed him that releasing Kanu would bring peace and stability, and rebuild the Southeast.

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He spoke while eulogizing Amaechi, whom he described as a patriot whose character Nigerians should emulate for the peace and growth of the country.

Represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, the president spoke on Tuesday at a ‘Day of Tribute’, organised in honour of Amaechi in Abuja.

The president narrated that Amaechi accommodated the late South African President, Nelson Mandela, in his house in Lagos.

Buhari said that when Mandela was declared wanted by the then-apartheid regime in South Africa, he sought refuge in Amaechi’s house.

He noted that such a gesture stands out the late elder statesman as a patriot and lover of humanity.

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Buhari said Amechi would be missed as his demise would leave a vacuum in the sands of history in the country.

The President said, “Mbazulike Amechi is an epitome of what every Nigerian leader should be aspiring to be. He was a man of peace and did everything possible to ensure that there is unity and peace in every part of the country.

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“The unconditional release of Kanu will not only bring peace to the South East, it will rebuild the trust of the people on your administration.”


South Africa arrest ‘dozens’ over Nelson Mandela’s funeral graft.


They face corruption and money-laundering charges amounting to around 10 million rand ($680,000 / 560,000 euros).

South Africa’s elite police on Friday arrested over a dozen members of the governing party, including a provincial minister, over the theft of funds earmarked for Nelson Mandela’s funeral eight years ago.

Fifteen suspects, including the current health minister for Eastern Cape province, Sindiswa Gomba, who was then a municipal councillor, as well as African National Congress (ANC) lawmakers and business owners, were granted bail after a brief court appearance.


They had initially been charged in 2019 but the charges were provisionally withdrawn.

After further investigation, the Hawks, a police unit which handles corruption and other special crimes, arrested the suspects on Friday.

They face corruption and money-laundering charges amounting to around 10 million rand ($680,000 / 560,000 euros).


The charges arose from fraudulent claims for the transportation of mourners and cost of venues booked for the memorial service for the country’s first black president in the southern coastal city of East London.

A magistrate freed them on bail of 1,000 rand ($68) bail each, and ordered them back to court on March 5, police spokeswoman Katlego Mogale said in a statement.

The arrests came a day after the 31st anniversary of Mandela’s release from 27 years of imprisonment.

After he left jail in 1990, he led the country’s transformation into a multi-racial democracy.


He died on December 5, 2013 aged 95.

In an annual nationwide address on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said evidence being put before a panel probing graft under ex-president Jacob Zuma demonstrated “how the criminal justice system was compromised and weakened.”



Nelson Mandela Foundation Blast Trump Over Allege Remarks


Michael Cohen’s soon-to-be released book reportedly alleges Trump said Nelson Mandela was a poor leader.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has hit back at disparaging comments attributed to US President Donald Trump about Black world leaders, including the late anti-apartheid hero and South Africa’s first Black president.

In a book to be published this week, Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen alleges that the president described Mandela as a poor leader, according to the Washington Post which reported on Saturday that it had obtained a copy of the book.

According to the newspaper, Cohen wrote that following Mandela’s death in 2013, Trump said: “Mandela fed the whole country up. Now it’s a shole. F*** Mandela. He was no leader.”

Cohen also alleged that Trump said: “Tell me one country run by a Black person that isn’t a shole. They are all complete fing toilets.”


In a statement on Monday, the foundation said it did not believe leaders conducting themselves in the way Trump did were “in position to offer authoritative commentary on the life and work” of Mandela.

Using the Xhosa clan name by which Mandela was affectionately known, the statement added: “Reflecting on leadership, Madiba once said: ‘A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.’ We would recommend these words to Mr Trump for consideration.”

Cohen is serving time for tax evasion, false statements and campaign finance violations [File: Mandel Ngan/AFP] 

‘Disgraced felon’

Cohen worked closely with Trump for years before turning against him, most publicly in testimony to Congress last year before Trump’s impeachment.


He is currently is serving a three-year sentence for, among other things, making false statements to Congress.

White House Spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany responded by attacking Cohen’s credibility.

“Michael Cohen is a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer, who lied to Congress. He has lost all credibility, and it’s unsurprising to see his latest attempt to profit off of lies,” McEnany said in a statement.

Trump has called Cohen “a rat,” and a liar, and Cohen has said he faced repeated death threats from Trump supporters.


Cohen also alleged that Trump was dismissive of minorities and that Trump said during his 2016 presidential campaign that he would not win the Hispanic vote, the Washington Post reported. According to Cohen, Trump said: “Like the Blacks, they’re too stupid to vote for Trump.”

In a statement on Monday, the foundation said it did not believe leaders conducting themselves in the way Trump did were ‘in position to offer authoritative commentary on the life and work’ of Mandela [File: Dave Hogan/Getty Images]

Cohen is serving time for tax evasion, false statements and campaign finance violations, the last related to payments to silence women who alleged affairs with Trump before the 2016 election.

He was released to home confinement in May given the risks of catching COVID-19 in prison but then was briefly imprisoned again in July. A federal judge then ruled Cohen had been subjected to retaliation for planning to publish his book and ordered him released again.

Trump, a Republican, is seeking re-election and will face Democrat Joe Biden at the polls on November 3.


Zindzi, Nelson Mandela’s youngest daughter buried in South Africa


Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, was buried at a private funeral on Friday following her death aged 59 earlier this week.

The daughter of Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, she was South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark at the time of her death, which coincided with the anniversary of a car crash that claimed the life of his first son, 51 years earlier.

His family said she had tested positive for coronavirus on the day she died on Monday, but they were still awaiting post-mortem results.

In a eulogy at a virtual memorial Thursday night President Cyril Ramaphosa thanked the Mandela family for “the very important gesture of sharing this information with the nation”.


“In doing so you are helping to encourage social acceptance for sufferers.”

“This is a virus that affects us all, and there should never be any stigma around people who become infected,” said Ramaphosa.

South Africa is now the world’s sixth most affected country with 324,221 cases, including 4,669 deaths.

When Zindzi’s half-brother, Makgatho Mandela, died of an AIDS-related illness in 2005 at the age of 54, the father spoke openly about the cause of the death.


Mandela became one of the first public figures to break the taboo around the AIDS epidemic that had engulfed South Africa.

Zindzi was buried next to her mother — who died two years ago — at a cemetery in Fourways, a northern suburb of Johannesburg.

Radical leftist opposition leader Julius Malema paid tribute to Zindzi for her role in the liberation of South Africa from the shackles of apartheid.

“She survived the most brutal regime at an early age and we thought that this crisis and invisible enemy (coronavirus) we are confronted with today, she is going to survive it because she has seen worse,” said Malema.


“And when people like mama Zindzi succumb to this invisible enemy we all remain hopeless and we are shattered,” Malema told public broadcaster SABC at the cemetery.

Zindzi grew up while her father was incarcerated by the apartheid regime for 27 years.

She was an active member of the African National Congress (ANC) youth movement.

One of her most prominent moments was in 1985 when she read out — in front of a huge crowd of ANC supporters at a Soweto stadium — a letter in which her father rejected an offer of release from the then apartheid president P.W. Botha.


At the time Botha had offered to free Mandela from prison on condition he renounced the anti-apartheid violence and protests.

Only two of Mandela’s six children survive.
Zindzi Mandela, left, and her sister Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, at the funeral of their mother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in April 2018 Wikus DE WET AFP

Zenani, 61, is South Africa’s ambassador to Argentina while Makaziwe, 66, who was born from Mandela’s first marriage with Evelyn Mase, is a businesswoman in South Africa.

His eldest child Thembekile was killed at the age of 24 in a car crash on July 13, 1969 while his father was imprisoned on Robben Island. A daughter from Mandela’s first marriage died in 1948, nine months after birth.