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Extra! Peaceful Handover Of Power In Nigeria

The victory of challenger Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential election in Nigeria, Africa's biggest and richest country, was making big headlines around the world Wednesday. At home, the daily Nigerian Tribunecovered the results and reactions of Buhari's victory over incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan.

Buhari polled a total of 15.4 million votes, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission, while 12.8 million Nigerians voted for Jonathan.

Buhari, who was Nigeria’s head of state from December 1983 to August 1985 after taking power in a military coup, hailed his victory as a “historic” vote for change and a sign that democracy is progressing in the region. "Our country has now joined the community of nations that have used the ballot box to peacefully change an incumbent president in a free and fair election," he said in a speech Wednesday at his party headquarters in the capital Abuja.

The 72-year-old president-elect, a Muslim of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has congratulated his opponent Jonathan for peacefully conceding defeat, describing him as a “worthy opponent.” Despite some allegations of fraud, the election was generally praised by observers, particularly amidst threats from Islamist terror group Boko Haram.

Read more from the BBC.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: The Nigerian Tribune is the country’s oldest private daily. It was established in 1949 and is published in Ibadan, Nigeria’s third largest city.

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Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023

Before heading to South Sudan to continue his highly anticipated trip to Africa, the pontiff was in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he delivered a powerful speech, in a country where 40 million Catholics live.

Minerals And Violence: A Papal Condemnation Of African Exploitation, Circa 2023
Pierre Haski

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PARIS — You may know the famous Joseph Stalin quote: “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?” Pope Francis still has no military divisions to his name, but he uses his voice, and he does so wisely — sometimes speaking up when no one else would dare.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (the former Belgian Congo, a region plundered and martyred, before and after its independence in 1960), Francis has chosen to speak loudly. Congo is a country with 110 million inhabitants, immensely rich in minerals, but populated by poor people and victims of brutal wars.

That land is essential to the planetary ecosystem, and yet for too long, the world has not seen it for its true value.

The words of this 86-year-old pope, who now moves around in a wheelchair, deserve our attention. He undoubtedly said what a billion Africans are thinking: "Hands off the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Hands off Africa! Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered!"

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