SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 2, 2018
Buhari Condemns Jos Killings
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the recent violence in Jos, Plateau State which led to the imposition of curfew in the state capital. Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, also appealed to various communities to embrace peace, stressing that peace has no alternative. He said, “I am deeply worried about the seeming indifference to the sanctity of life by criminals whose hearts are hardened by evil.”
Nigeria Independence Day: Buhari’s Speech Full of Empty Assertions –PDP
The People’s Democratic Party has described the Independence Day anniversary speech by President Muhammadu Buhari as “a litany of false claims, empty assertions and bogus promises.” The party also said that the President was “fictitious” in his assertions that the economy had made progress under him and that there was enabling environment for local and foreign investments. Rather, the PDP said, the hard economic reality shows that not only has the nation become more economically disadvantaged under President Buhari, it now ranks as one of the world’s poorest.
Nigeria @58: Prospects of Better Nigeria Very Bright, If … — Secondus
The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, says prospects of a better Nigeria are very bright, if democracy flourishes and people are allowed to exercise their franchise at will. Secondus said this in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Ike Abonyi, on Monday in Abuja, to mark Nigeria 58th Independence Anniversary. He said it was regrettable that a richly endowed nation like Nigeria was being declared the headquarters of the World poor due to leadership problem.
To Build A New Nigeria, We Need A New Tribe —Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says there is need to create a “new tribe” in Nigeria in order to have a country driven by national unity and cohesion. Osinbajo expressed this view while declaring open a five-day photo exhibition tagged, ‘ANISZA’ on Monday in Abuja. ANISZA is a collaborative project between the Federal Government and the private sector, a scheme that showcases the untold stories of Nigeria’s unity since independence in 1960 via pictures.
Ambode’s Supporters Protest at APC Secretariat
Some supporters of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday staged a protest at the Lagos secretariat of the All Progressives Congress over what they called the party’s plan to manipulate the governorship primary to favour Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protesters, numbering about 200, carried leaves and placards, expressing their displeasure with the electoral process. Mr. Daud Olasheu who led the protest alleged that the party leadership had already compromised the process with the adoption of Sanwo-Olu, even before Tuesday’s primary.
Primary: APC Aspirants Protest Against Adoption Of Indirect System In Ekiti
Aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State Monday protested against the adoption of indirect system for the conduct of the National and state Assembly primaries that will hold on Tuesday. The State Working Committee (SWC) of the party Monday agreed to adopt the indirect option as the modality for the primary to select candidates for the 2019 elections. The NWC had last week released the guidelines for the conduct of the primaries in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the direct primary was specifically slated for Ekiti.
Again, NNPC Declares N18.12bn Trading Surplus for May
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has declared another trading surplus worth N18.12 billion for the month of May 2018, a performance it reported to be relatively higher than the N17.16 billion it recorded in April 2018. A statement from the corporation’s Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, on Monday in Abuja explained that the May operational surplus was supported by robust oil revenue, reduced operational costs especially of its exploration and production subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), and increased oil production to 1.97 million barrels a day (mbd).
Nigeria’s Gas Flaring Drops By 65% In 10 Years
The Nigeria Gas Association, NGA, said the country has reduced gas flaring from two billion cubit fit per day to 700 million cubits fit per day, indicating 65percent improvement in the last 10 years. The President, NGA, Dada Thomos, who made this known at a briefing to announce the fourth coming NGA International gas conference and exhibition to hold in Abuja in October, stated that, “this achievement is quite commendable.”
Nigeria Losses Gold Worth $500m To Illegal Shipment Annually
As the Federal Government continues to grapple with the challenge of illegal mining, an international humanitarian organisation, Global Rights Nigeria, has alleged that over $500 million (N152.5 billion) worth of gold is illegally shipped out of the country annually. This was stated by the Executive Director, Global Rights Nigeria, AbiodunBayewu-Teru, at a recent stakeholders’ engagement in the mining sector with the theme: ‘The Development and Implementation of an Effective Fiscal Regime in Nigeria’s Artisanal/Small Scale Mining Sector,’ held recently in Abuja.
Nsima Ekere emerges APC gov’ship candidate in A’Ibom
Mr Nsima Ekere was on Monday in Uyo declared as the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 general elections in Akwa Ibom. Ekere is the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission and former deputy governor in the state. Mr Yamah Momoh, the Chairman of APC’s committee for the governorship primary, who made the declaration at the party’s secretariat in Uyo, said the election was conducted in the 329 wards.
Davido Surrenders, As Chioma Hints on Senator Adeleke’s Presidential Bid
Following his uncle’s defeat at the just concluded gubernatorial re-run election in Osun State, pop music star, Davido, has finally dropped his pride and bowed to defeat. While responding to a fan yet to come to terms with the allegations that the election was rigged, the ‘Assurance’ hit-maker who condemned INEC’s announcement for a re-run election after declaring the initial election inconclusive due to irregularities and discrepancies in the results insinuated that he has decided to accept defeat as he leaves everything to God because he believes only Him can explain why his uncle lost to his opponent, Senator Gboyega Oyetola.
APC Governorship Primaries: Olamide Drums Support for Ambode
Acclaimed king of street music, Olamide Adedeji, a.k.a ‘Badoo’ has declared support for Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s 2nd term bid. The popular singer made the announcement on his Instagram page when he posted a poster seeking support for Ambode’s re-election to the government house come 2019, at the general elections. According to Olamide, contrary to popular demand, Ambode, who since his declaration to seek re-election has been under series of attack from party leadership and the general public, deserves another four years in office.
Buhari Has Failed, Says Charly Boy’s OurMumuDonDo Movement
A Civil Society Organisation, OurMumuDonDo Movement, has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over the non-fulfilment of the campaign promises he made to Nigerians prior to being elected in 2015. The group made their position known at a press conference tagged ‘State of The Nation’, to commemorate Nigeria’s 58th independence anniversary, on Monday, in Abuja. Convener of the group, Charles Oputa popularly known as ‘Charly Boy’ said the president made 81 different promises to Nigerians, which he pledged to fulfill if elected into office but has failed to fulfill the promises.
We’re Praying for You, Do What’s Right, Kumuyi Tells Buhari
The General Superintendent, Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor Williams Kumuyi has told President Muhammadu Buhari to remain focused, courageous and do what is right saying that the Church was praying for him. Pastor Kumuyi stated this Monday when he visited President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Making his remarks at the visit, Kumuyi, who leads one of the country’s largest Pentecostal churches, said it was an honour to be received by the President on a busy day as October 1.
Rohr Calls Musa, Onazi, Ekong, 21 Others for Libya
Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has invited in-form Ahmed Musa and 23 other players for this month’s double-take 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Libya’s Mediterranean Knights. Arsenal FC of England forward Alex Iwobi (who scored the goal against Zambia that qualified Nigeria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the same venue a year ago), will return alongside Italy –based duo William Ekong and Olaoluwa Aina. All three missed the 3-0 win over Seychelles in Mahe last month due to injury.
Afelokhai Still Likely For Super Eagles’ Invitation
Enyimba of Aba goalkeeper,Theophilus Afelokhai may yet get an invitation to the Super Eagles before the year runs out, as reports reaching footballlive.ng indicate that the inform shot-stopper is still under the searchlight of national team handler, Gernot Rohr. Although Afelokhai is not included in the squad list to battle Libya in two impending back-to-batch of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, feelers indicate he is being monitored by Rohr.
Ola Aina Wants More Improvements At Torino
As Torino of Italy defender, Ola Aina says his side still need to improve in key areas, despite footballlive.ng noting that they enacted a surprise away victory at the weekend. Aina, who was in top form for the Turin-based side in their 1-0 victory at Chievo Verona, admitted that his side had to give in extra effort to secure the important three points. The full back, who is on loan from Chelsea of England, was on for the entire duration, playing on the left side of his team’s defence.
CAF Endorses Infantino For Second Term
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) yesterday endorsed FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, whose current tenure end in June next year, for a second term in office, reports cafonline.com. At its 12th extraordinary general assembly yesterday in Egypt, CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad appealed to delegates to throw their weight behind Infantino for another term in office, adding, “I profoundly announce that CAF will support (Gianni) Infantino for another term.” Ahmad called on the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa, who doubles as CAF’s third vice president, to formalize the support.
Pogba Turns On Media with Alarming Claim after West Ham Loss
Paul Pogba has turned his anger on sections of the media after Manchester United’s season of struggle took a new downturn at West Ham on Saturday. A 3-1 defeat at the London Stadium saw the heat turned on United boss Jose Mourinho, with our blog straight after the match detailing 10 key factors that could explain why the Portuguese coach is no longer the Special One. The match, however, also saw the 70th-minute withdrawal of midfielder Pogba, who ended a troubled week where he was was seen to clash with Mourinho during United training.
US Open Champion Naomi Osaka Trying To Move On From ‘Bittersweet’ Memories
Nearly a month after winning her maiden grand slam tennis title, Japan’s Naomi Osaka says she is still trying to move on from the “bittersweet” memory of that day in New York. The 20-year-old Osaka’s win in the US Open final was marred by a row between her opponent Serena Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos, which saw the 23-time grand slam champion docked a game and fined US$17,000 (NZ$26,000). Osaka was reduced to tears as she waited to be handed the trophy and an angry crowd at Flushing Meadows took out their frustration on Ramos.
World No. 1 Halep Concerned About Lingering Back Injury
Simona Halep says she’s concerned about the lingering back injury that forced her to retire at Beijing, but will require more consultation to identify the exact problem. The No. 1 stopped when down 6-1 in the first round of Beijing, her third consecutive first-round defeat. “There is a pain. I couldn’t move properly, so that’s why I stopped. I don’t know exactly what it is. I will go home. I will have an MRI and I will see,” she was quoted as telling press at Beijing. “I’m just worried now.” Halep began experiencing the problem a week ago at Wuhan, but still decided to play the event.
Donald Trump Just Veered WAY off Message On Brett Kavanaugh’s Drinking
On Monday, President Donald Trump was asked about the reports that his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was, at times in his life, a heavy beer drinker. This is what he said in response: “I was surprised at how vocal he was about the fact that he likes beer, and he’s had a little bit of difficulty, I mean he talked about things that happened when he drinks — this is not a man that said … that he was perfect with respect to alcohol.” Which is interesting. Because that is not, in fact, anything close to how Kavanaugh has described his own drinking.
Presidential Alert Text Messages Arriving Wednesday After Fierce Pushback
Americans will receive a text message this week as part of a Wireless Emergency Alert System test, after pushback and Hurricane Florence delayed the initial distribution of the national message. The test has been scheduled to ensure that the alert system would work in the event of a national emergency, and US cellphone users will not be able to opt out. The message will read: “This is a test of the National Wireless emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
Donald Trump Praises ‘Good Man’ Justin Trudeau After ‘Tension’ Over Trade Deal
Donald Trump has praised Justin Trudeau after admitting there was “tension” between the pair before they agreed to revamp the North American free trade agreement (NAFTA). The $1.2tn (£920bn) free-trade zone had been on the verge of collapse after 24 years – with Canada facing the prospect of being left out of a deal between the US and Mexico. The US president put aside months of animosity between him and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to praise his counterpart. Mr Trump told a news conference at the White House: “There was a lot of tension between he and I and, more specifically, it’s all worked out. “He’s a good man and he loves the people of Canada.”
Experts Issue Global Warning and Say World Is ‘Well On the Way’ To Rise Of 1.5C
The world is “already well on the way” to global temperature rises of 1.5C, experts have warned as countries meet to finalise a major report on the issue. Representatives of 195 governments and scientists are meeting in South Korea this week to agree a report on the impacts of a rise of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels and the action needed to limit global warming to that level. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was asked to draw up the report after countries agreed to curb warming to “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit rises to 1.5C.