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The Nigerian Consul-General for the Littoral and West regions of Cameroon, HRH, (Queen) Efe Alexandra Clark-Omeru , has been handed the official « Exequateur » in Cameroon.



The Nigerian Consul-General for the Littoral and West regions of Cameroon, HRH, (Queen) Efe Alexandra Clark-Omeru , has been handed the official « Exequateur » in Cameroon.

The document which recognizes the consular office,of the new Nigerian Consul-General Clark-Omeru, was handed , Thursday 23rd June, 2022 by the administrative head of the Littoral region, Governor Samuel Dieudonné Ivaha Diboua

Scores of regional administrative and traditional authorities, such as the Senior Divisioner Officer, SDO of the Wouri, Benjamin Mboutou, the President of the Littoral regional Council, Banlog Polycarpe , The Paramount chief of the Bell Clan , Jean Yves Eboumbou Manga Bell, a delegation of the Nigerian Union leaders and their executives, consular representatives, amongst other dignitaries, turnout massively at the conference of the Governor’s office, to bear witness to the diplomatic ceremony

It should be noted that. Queen Clark-Omeru, the first female Consul-General, who recently assumed office, following the departure of the now Nigerian Ambassador to Sudan Hon. (Amb) Safiu Olaniyan Olukayode in June last year.

Before entrusting the Exequateur to her majesty the honourable Consul General, the Governor of the Littoral region in his speech, recalled the brotherly geographical , economic and diplomatic history which binds both Cameroon and Nigeria.
The message conveyed by the governor’s address, reawakened ideals of peace , cultural similarities which both nations share and called for the preservation of these binding factors
 » Cameroon and Nigeria have been good diplomatic allies in the fight against insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, the Boko Haram insurgencies in the Northern regions, both nations have excellent partners in cross border trade , Cameroon has been a host to thousands of Nigerians , who have shown exemplary respect for the laws of the land.

 » This diplomatic relationship should be preserved and the consular mission is here to undertake this task…and so Queen Efe Alexandra Clark-Omeru, I hand to you the Exequateur which recognises your office of Consulate in your assigned regions’ ‘ part of the Governor’s speech read.

The Governor then made a round, introducing the Consul General to various administrative and traditional authorities presents.

The Consul General on her part expresses gratitude to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. President Muhammadu Buhari for having trusted her with such responsibility of representing Nigeria in Cameroon.

She equally appreciated the hospitality of the Cameroonian people and congratulated Nigerians in Douala for their exceptional economic prowess and patriotism, while calling on them to remain law-abiding.

Queen Clark-Omeru further commended the bilateral relationship between Cameroon and Nigeria, during the reception of the event, which also recognises the presence of Nigeria High Commission to the Republic of Cameroon, the Consul General of Buea Lawal Bappah, the Managing directors of United Bank for Africa, Dangote Cement Cameroon, among other top Nigeria investors to grace the colourful event in Cameroon. Also present was the Board Chair Person, Access Bank Cameroon.

However, Nigeria High Commissioner to the Republic of Cameroon, H.E. Ambassador Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin. commended the hospitality of Cameroon authorities and encouraged Nigerians in the country to keep respecting the law of the host country.

Queen Clark-Omeru thitherto, has served as Acting High Commissioner at the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. She has also been head of the diplomatic mission in Argentina, amongst other posts of responsibility.
The Littoral and the West Regions host a vast majority of the over five million Nigerians living in Cameroon, andx contribute enormously to trade and relations between the two countries

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3 million children at risk in Sudan as civil war engulfs – U.N



The war between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces has killed 12,190 people, according to conservative estimates by the Armed Conflict Locations and Events Data project. It has displaced 5.4 million people inside the country, according to the UN, and sent over 1.3 million fleeing abroad.

Sudan’s raging civil war threatens the lives of almost 3 million children, the United Nations Children’s Fund said Thursday, as fighting imperils what had become a haven for hundreds of thousands of displaced people.

Fighting in the huge northeastern African nation has now reached Jazeera state, the country’s breadbasket with a population of 5.9 million people — half of whom are children, UNICEF said.

« This new wave of violence could leave children and families trapped between fighting lines or caught in the crossfire, with fatal consequences, » the organization’s executive director, Catherine Russell, said in a statement Thursday.

The latest about of violence broke out on April 15, as Sudan’s military and a powerful paramilitary force vied for power. Since then, heavy fighting has left hundreds of thousands of people facing the agonizing decision of whether to flee their homes or stay and risk injury or death in the violence. Cease-fires have failed to halt the power struggle and fueled the growing humanitarian crisis.

Civilians are often caught up in the crossfire as neighborhoods are divided between the armed forces, led by Gen. Abdel Fattah Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces, led by Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo.

Some 9,000 people have been killed in the violence, according to the U.N., but local doctors groups and activists say the death toll is likely far higher.

Almost 300,000 people have fled Jazeera state, moving to the nearby Sennar state, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Wednesday.


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‘Nothing for me in Cameroon’: Waiting in Tunisia, one eye on Europe



Having lost everything and everyone precious to him, Joseph tries to hold things together, waiting to leave Africa.

Joseph Afumbom is a big man who has faced unimaginable tragedy.

The conflict in Cameroon between Anglophone separatists and the government killed the 27-year-old’s mother, father and siblings. It also took his home in Bamenda in the country’s northwest.

“I was there when the war started. The war took everyone,” he said, “It was three years ago. My brothers and sisters are all gone.”

With his home and family destroyed and no jobs available, Joseph felt he had no option but to gather his fiancee, Esther, and their three-year-old daughter and travel the 5,000km (more than 3,000 miles) overland to the Mediterranean coast. They arrived in Algeria, where they considered crossing into Tunisia and from there to Europe.

However, both Joseph’s fiancee and daughter died in El Menia. “They are all gone because of the cold,” he says. “That was last month.”

“I’m just trying to act normal, you know,” he tells Al Jazeera. “See, I’m smoking. I’m whiling away my thinking, trying to act like a normal person, but I’m not.”

He paused, allowing his thoughts to drift back. “We had been together for years. My daughter was three. I called her ‘Little Joy’.”

Eventually, Joseph crossed into Tunisia, making his way to the coastal city of Sfax before travelling by shared taxis to the capital, Tunis. He didn’t eat for two days.


“There is nothing left for me in Cameroon,” he says. “I will continue to Europe if I have the opportunity.”

This article is the third of a five-part series of portraits of refugees from different countries, with diverse backgrounds, bound by shared fears and hopes as they enter 2024. Read the first and second parts here.


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Chad: Supreme court approves ‘yes’ referendum vote



Chad’s Supreme Court definitively validated the results of the referendum for a new constitution organized by the military junta that has been in power for the past two and a half years, a key step intended to pave the way for elections in the country at the end of 2024.

According to the final results, the « yes » side won with 85.90% of the vote, while the « no » side won 14.10%, with a turnout of 62.8%, the president of the Supreme Court told a press conference.

For some members of the opposition and civil society, the result of this ballots a plebiscite resembles designed to pave the way for the election of the transitional president, General Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno.

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the Bloc Fédéral, an opposition coalition which had called for the results to be annulled on the grounds of several irregularities in the voting process.

The opposition, which had widely called for a boycott, denounced, in the words of Max Kemkoye, president of the Groupe de concertation des actors politiques (GCAP), « a second coup d’état by Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno », in the face of results which, in his view, were not credible.

The new constitutional text is not very different from the one already in force, and still gives great power to the Head of State.

Mahamat Déby, 37, was proclaimed transitional president by the army on April 20, 2021, at the head of a junta of 15 generals, following the death of his father Idriss Déby Itno, who was killed by rebels on his way to the front. Idriss Déby Itno had ruled the country with an iron fist for over 30 years.

The young general immediately promised elections after an 18-month transition period, and made a commitment to the African Union not to run. Eighteen months later, his regime extended the transition by two years and authorized him to stand in the presidential elections scheduled for late 2024.

On the anniversary of the 18-month transition, October 20, 2022, between 100 and more than 300 young men and teenagers were shot dead in N’Djamena by police and military, according to the opposition and national and international NGOs.

They were demonstrating against the two-year extension of the presidential term.

More than a thousand were imprisoned before being pardoned, but dozens were tortured or disappeared, according to NGOs and the opposition.


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