The Africa Report: 13 May

EWN's Africa Correspondent, Jean-Jacques Cornish, reports on the day's top African news

Nigerian president Goodluck Johnathan leaves after the closing ceremony of ECOWAS heads of state ordinary summit on Febuary 28, 2013 at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Fundation in Yamoussoukro. Picture: AFP


As the conflict in Nigeria worsens, President Goodluck Jonathan rushed home from South Africa to deal with the eruption of violence in his country.

Following Tuesday's ethnic attack on 20 police officers in the state of Nasarawa, the terrorist group Boko Haram launched an attack, killing 55 people in the town of Bama.

Jonathan was due in Namibia on a state visit, but had rushed home to deal with the situation that progressively worsened when in addition to the attacks, the wife and daughter of Supreme Court Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour was kidnapped.

The proposal was made for a state of emergency, enabling emergency rule, but has been rejected by Nigeria's major political parties.

Jonathan has ordered the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), the State Security Service (SSS) and the police to hunt down the police killers, giving an order to the security establishments to crack-down on the ethnic group.



Al-Watan, an Egyptian publication, had a particularly great day at the newsstands on Sunday thanks to an exclusive interview with ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.

The alleged interview took place after Mubarak's retrial on Saturday.

However, the man himself has reportedly denied ever speaking to_ al-Watan_, states his lawyer, Farid el-Deeb.

The interview, which would have been Mubarak's first since 2011, detailed how he dismayed he was at what has happened in the country, particularly about the plight of the poor - something that didn't seem to concern him during incumbency.

Mubarak allegedly said that it was too early for him to judge the performance of Mohamed Morsi, the man who succeeded him in Egypt's first democratic election, and that Morsi needed more time to implement change.

Finally, it is claimed that Mubarak has warned government not to take the International Monetary Fund's loan of nearly $5 billion.

Mubarak could not have been reading newspapers himself as it is unlikely that Egypt will survive without the loan.