Today in Nigerian/African History: 6th July

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On this day in 2004President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria was elected as the new president of the African Union for a year.

On this day in 2015; Many people were feared killed  after twin explosions rocked Jos, the Plateau State capital in Nigeria.

Also on this day in 2004; UN Secretary General Kofi Annan told leaders at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa that conflicts in Africa, including the crisis in western Sudan, were holding up the fifty-three-member union’s struggle to defeat poverty and hunger.

On this day in 2004; KANO State Government of Nigeria  charged the 14-year-old bride, suspected to have killed her husband and three others, with culpable homicide punishable by death.

Equally on this day in 1994The military government of Nigeria charged Moshood Abiola, the winner of an annulled presidential vote in 1993, with treason. He dies in prison in 1998.Â
Also on this day in 2004 1964; Malawi gained independence from Britain (was Nyasaland, then federated with Northern and Southern Rhodesia between 1953 and 1963), with former Prime Minister, Hastings Kamuzu Banda, as president.
It remained within the Commonwealth. SESA gives 6 July 1964 as the date of Malawi’s independence from Britain under Banda as prime minister. According to that source Malawi only became a Republic within the Commonwealth two years after independence, on 6 July 1966.
And on this day in 2004;Botswana launched a stinging attack on Survival International, the British human rights group who supported the land claim of the Basarwa tribe (San).
The San took the government to court in 2002 in an effort not to be driven out of the Kalahari reserve, their homeland for the past 20 000 years.

 

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