* Buhari, Anyaoku mourn ex-apartheid icon (SUN) * Presidency react to Obasanjo’s assessment of Buhari’s administration (Nation)

* Buhari, Anyaoku mourn ex-apartheid icon (SUN)         * Presidency react to Obasanjo’s assessment of Buhari’s administration (Nation)



Buhari, Anyaoku mourn ex-apartheid icon (SUN)

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday described the passing away of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, as a huge loss to Africa of a courageous woman. He said she remains a pride not only to the African woman, but indeed all Africans. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement said, Buhari noted that she was a woman of uncommon determination, steadfastness and perseverance who held aloft the torch of the struggle against institutionalised discrimination even while her ex-husband, the late Madiba, President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. Read more

Presidency react to Obasanjo’s assessment of Buhari’s administration (Nation)

The Presidency on Monday night said the administration of President Muhammad Buhari would not join issues with former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his comments on Buhari administration. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obasanjo had on Monday while addressing a group of youths who visited him at his country home Abeokuta described the Buhari administration as a failure. Obasanjo also asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) -led government to stop complaining about the challenges it met on the ground. “What we have now is failure. Never  you reinforce failure, let failure be failure… Those of you who are in business, your business could have been better today if we have a competent and effective and performing government.’’ Read more

We’re not happy over Leah’s continued captivity by Boko Haram, Catholic Bishops tells FG (ThisDay)

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on Monday expressed great concern over the continued captivity of Leah Sharibu, the schoolgirl abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists from the Government Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State. They said the inability of the federal government to ensure that Leah regains her freedom was worrisome and portends great danger. Leah was kidnapped by Boko Haram alongside 110 other schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State. The other schoolgirls were subsequently released by the sect, but refused to release Leah following her refusal to denounce Christianity and embrace Islam. Read more

Again, Obasanjo rules out APC, PDP (SUN)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has  reiterated that neither the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) nor the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has the capacity to rescue Nigeria from the present political and  socio-economic abyss. Obasanjo said despite the acclaimed reforms being undertaken by the APC-led Federal Government and apologies being offered by PDP for failing Nigerians in 16 years, both parties lack the vision and wherewithal to take Nigeria to the next level. The former president specifically knocked President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for its failure to deliver on campaign promises and engaging in needless blame game. Read more

FG planning new business model for aviation sector –Sirika (SUN)

Worried by the deficient capacities of indigenous airline operators, the Federal Government has hinted it was developing a new business model that would make Nigeria’s aviation industry self sufficient. The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who dropped this hint recently, said that the Federal Government was currently establishing a business model that will make the industry self-sustaining through Public Private Partnership (PPP) programmes. Read more

ASUU blames APC, PDP for poor funding of tertiary education (Vanguard)

The academic staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, of having failed Nigerian children for their lack-lustre performance in funding tertiary education. The chairman, ASUU University of Ibadan Chapter, Dr Deji Omole made the accusation, in a statement, in Ibadan yesterday. According to him, it is obvious with the refusal of the ruling APC to inject revitalisation fund into public varsity education in the country to assist children of the downtrodden enjoy qualitative education. Read more

Stop pitting Catholic Church against APC, Okechukwu warns Okorocha (SUN)

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has pleaded with Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha to stop pitting the Catholic Church against the All Progressives Congress (APC)  and, by extension, President Muhammadu Buhari. Okechukwu said he was pained to read a report credited to the governor where he allegedly ‘dared,  Archbishop Anthony Obinna, saying that the Catholic prelate cannot install an All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as  governor in Imo State in 2019. The APC chieftain urged the people of Imo State and Ndigbo worldwide not to take  Okorocha as a “poster card” of APC. He said: “What we lost in APC is because of him. He is a man who doesn’t believe in himself and he tells himself lies.” Read more

VAIDS: Why tax amnesty programme should be ‘demilitarised’ (SUN)

As the Federal Government mulls an extension of its tax amnesty programme, a prelude to the Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS),  which officially came to a close last Saturday, one of the critical success factors of the scheme, going forward, is total  demilitarisation of the scheme, according to a tax expert. According to a former President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Mr. Ayodele Adigun, for the tax authority to woo people into the tax bracket, it should raise a minimum bar or thoroughfare without hump or bump that may spook taxpayers. Read more

What Igbo should do in 2019 –Anyaso (SUN)

Dr.  Chima Anyaso is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). But he wants President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the 2019 presidential election, provided he is fit to run.

What is your take on the incessant killings in the country?

It is not pleasant at all, but it is something that can be handled if the authorities want to be sincere.

Do you have an idea of how the security situation can be better handled?

I am not a security personnel but I know that there are provisions to checkmate such things.  That is why I said if they want to be sincere; it will trickle down from the top to the bottom. If those at the top do what they are supposed to do, then the ones under them at the lower level will also do what they are supposed to do. Then we’ll see results. Read more

NIMASA to save 9-man crew held on Lagos water (Nation)

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and  Safety Agency (NIMASA) is to investigate why the remaining nine  crew members on board of two vessels  held on Lagos water by the Nigerian Navy have not been released. NIMASA, it was gathered, is working towards their release to assure national and international seafarers that the country is not above international law. A senior official of the Federal Ministry of Transport (FMoT) told The Nation, that the crew were on board MT United Trader and MT United Ventures. The crew,it was gathered, have been detained inside the ship since October,without being able to communicate with their families and friends. Read more

You can be the best you can, IG charges orphans (Vanguard)

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris yesterday, charged children at orphanage homes across the country to put the circumstances that brought them to where they were, behind them, by forging ahead with a determined courage to becoming what they were destined to be. He spoke during a visit to the Ijamido Children Home, at Otta, Ogun State, to celebrate Easter, with a donation of food items, mattresses and books. Read more

Army extends Exercise Cat Race in Taraba (Nation)

The Army said yesterday that it has extended Exercise Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race) in Taraba State by two months. A statement by the Army Director of Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, said: “The exercise needs to be sustained in some areas in other to consolidate on the initial gains. “Exercise Ayem Akpatuma was launched on February 20 to train troops in North Central and parts of North West on planning and conduct of ‘Military Operations Other Than War’. “The exercise was also aimed at further sustaining the Army’s constitutional roles of defending Nigeria’s territorial integrity and aiding the civil authority to maintain peace and security. Exercise Ayem Akpatuma has recorded tremendous successes despite challenges. Read more

ARISE Fashion Week ends with a bang, Nigerians yearn for more (ThisDay)

The Arise Fashion Week came to an exciting end Monday with international models drawn from across the globe and a cross-section of Nigerians who religiously followed every minute of the show explicitly betraying their nostalgic emotions and wishing the three-day show never ended. They relished every moment and the fun they had, particularly meeting the headline act top model Naomi Campbell and New York-based Nigerian model, Oluchi Orlandi. As the show drew the curtain Monday, the organisers intent on closing on a high, introduced head turning designers who included Odion Mimonet, Re, House of Nwocha, Dzyn, Maxivive and Sunny Rose. Read more

Policemen threaten to frame journalists, collect N10,000 bribe (Punch)

Policemen attached to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Imo State Police Command, have been accused of collecting a N10,000 bribe from some journalists. The operatives, led by one Inspector Uche, reportedly collected the money under duress, threatening to frame the journalists if they failed to give the bribe. A photo of the alleged bribe, which had gone viral on the social media, revealed a policeman at the back seat of a vehicle collecting what appeared like wads of N1,000 notes from one of the victims. Read more

Nwankwo Kanu to run for President? (Vanguard)

Inspired by George Weah’s feat, Nigeria’s two-time African Player of the Year has announced intention to contest the  Presidency of Nigeria in 2019, vowing to improve the country’s standard of living. According to Goal.com,the former Nigeria international, who once played for Ajax, Inter Milan and Arsenal during his active days, said he had the dream to transform the most populous black nation. The 1995 Champions League winner has not hidden his love for politics after ending his professional career at Portsmouth in 2012. While announcing his intention to run for president, the 1996 and 1999 African Player of the Year addressed a number of his supporters. Read more

Okagbare’s 200m record won’t last, says Onyali (Vanguard)

Former African queen of the tracks, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi has urged her successor, Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteghonor to improve on her current performances in the sprints, if she hopes to last long on the record books. Okagbare-Ighoteghonor last month cleaned out Onyali-Omagbemi’s 22-year-old 22.07 seconds record with a 22.04 run in Austin, Texas USA. “I am excited and fulfilled to see a record that I made years ago broken. I congratulate her,” Onyali-Omagbemi told NAN. Read more

C’Games: Edwards begs IAAF to represent Nigeria (Punch)

Former Britain’s high jumper Mike Edwards has said he is still waiting for IAAF to inform him that he could represent Nigeria at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. Edwards, who won the British indoor title in February, had his request blocked because he represented Britain at the European Junior Championships in 2009. The world athletics body  in February 2017 froze the athletes’ transfer of allegiance, which was said to be made in favour of African countries that were losing athletes to other bigger countries. Read more

I want to follow in Iwobi’s footsteps –Tosin Kehinde (Punch)

Manchester United’s Tosin Kehinde has set his sights on playing for Nigeria and has already made moves to become a Super Eagle. The 19-year-old, an U23 squad player at United, was born in Lagos but raised in the UK and is eligible to play for both Nigeria and England. “Nigeria has always been a part of me. I was born there.  I come from a very strong Nigerian background so the influence has always been around me,” Kehinde told BBC Sport. Read more

Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be stopped – Zoff (Sportskeeda)

Former Juventus goalkeeper Dino Zoff said it is impossible to stop Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, you just have to hope that he misses. Juventus and Champions League titleholders Madrid will meet in the first leg of their quarter-final tie in Turin on Tuesday – a rematch of last season’s final which saw Ronaldo score twice in a 4-1 rout. Ronaldo has scored 12 goals in his eight appearances in the Champions League this term, while the 33-year-old has been on the scoresheet at least once in every match since the 2017 decider. Juve and Italy great Zoff insisted the five-time Ballon d’Or winner cannot be stopped. Read more

I can’t be compared with Salah, says De Bruyne (Goal)

The Manchester City playmaker said he is worthy of winning the Player of the Year award but insisted he cannot be compared to the Liverpool star. Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne believes he deserves to win the Player of the Year award as he distanced himself from comparisons with Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah. De Bruyne is set to be among the contenders to claim the individual honour, having helped City move within one victory of the Premier League title. Read more

China says has made real efforts toward establishing Vatican relations (Reuters)

China has made real efforts toward establishing relations with the Vatican, a Chinese religious affairs official said on Tuesday. Chen Zongrong, who was vice-administrator of the State Administration for Religious Affairs until the government combined it with another agency in a recent restructuring, made the comment at a news briefing. Xiao Hong, a former spokeswoman of the agency, said China was actively pursuing talks with the Vatican. Read more

Costa Rica vote halts march of religious conservatism (Reuters)

The resounding victory of a pro-gay marriage candidate in Costa Rica’s presidential run-off vote on Sunday staved off a resurgent Christian evangelical movement that proved unable to translate strong social conservatism into a win. Gay rights have expanded across Latin America in recent years, especially in South America, though many advocates feared there could be a backlash from practicing Christians energized by growing evangelical Protestantism. The election campaign was dominated by opposition candidate and evangelical Fabricio Alvarado Munoz’s forthright criticism of gay marriage. Weeks of polling had suggested the election was either too close to call, or leaning in his favour. Read more

Victoria police caught on CCTV beating Melbourne pensioner (Guardian)

The assistant commissioner of Victoria police, Luke Cornelius, said he was unsure if an incident involving a mentally ill disability pensioner being pinned down by several police officers, hit with a baton, sprayed with capsicum spray and filmed by an officer in his Melbourne front yard would have been investigated if not for the CCTV footage. The incident, caught on CCTV and aired on ABC television on Tuesday, shows about half a dozen officers took part before the man was sprayed with water from a high-pressure garden hose. Read more

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