* Buhari is not desperate for office of President, aide says (Punch) * Nigeria’ll sustain positive growth outlook — Adeosun, Emefiele (Vanguard)

* Buhari is not desperate for office of President, aide says (Punch)                      * Nigeria’ll sustain positive growth outlook — Adeosun, Emefiele (Vanguard)



Buhari is not desperate for office of President, aide says (Punch)

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Sunday said that President Muhammadu Buhari was not involved in corruption and was not desperate for the office he currently occupies. He said Buhari was interested in second term because he did not want the gains made by his administration from 2015 to be frittered away. Shehu said this in an article titled, Buhari’s 2019 bid and matters arising. The presidential aide said, “An important motivation for President Buhari’s bid for second term is that the gains made from 2015 should not be frittered. Read more

Nigeria’ll sustain positive growth outlook — Adeosun, Emefiele (Vanguard)

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, affirmed on Sunday that the country’s positive growth outlook would be sustained. The Minister and the CBN Governor gave this assurance at a joint press briefing at the end of the 2018 International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Spring Meeting in Washington DC, United States. Adeosun said the present growth outlook contrasted with the outlook in 2015, and that inflation rate was slowing down while the foreign reserves were rising. The minister, who expressed optimism that the Federal Government would be able to sustain the growth trajectory, however, called for vigilance and focus so that the country would not to fall back into recession. Read more

CHOGM: Under PDP it was a jamboree – Presidency (Vanguard)

The Presidency Sunday debunked the allegation by the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, that President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to London for the Commonwealth of Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM, was a waste, saying that the PDP was using its standard to judge the present administration. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina told Vanguard on phone that under the previous administration, it was a mere jamboree which he said was different from the present government. Read more

Ambode: Lagos shortchanged in resource distribution (ThisDay)

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has disclosed that the state is shortchanged in resource distribution, citing unreliable national population statistics the federal government relies on to distribute resources. Ambode thus urged all residents of the state “to troop out and collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs),” noting that failing “to participate in our civic obligation is the long result the shortchanging of the resources that is distributed across Nigeria.” He disclosed this at a meeting he addressed in Apapa recently alongside the Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; and Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, among others. Read more

Buhari’s 2019 bid and matters arising – Garba Shehu (Nation)

The country is gearing itself up for the General Elections in February next year and with President Muhammadu Buhari announcing that he will bid for the governing Party, APC’s ticket to run fo a second term, all hell has been let loose by the chaotic, ill-prepared opposition camp. A joke on WhatsApp last week was about the abuse and insults heaped on Muhammadu Buhari, attacking him for everything wrong with the country but failing to answer an important question: who do you have that is better? In democracies around the globe, second terms by incumbents are usually harder to get simply because, somehow, there is always some kind of anti-incumbency leading to a loss of faith among those supporters. Read more

Thugs disrupt rally to endorse President Buhari for second term (PremiumTimes)

Political thugs disrupted a rally organised to declare support for the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari and that of the Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru. The rally was organised by the All Progressive Congress, Jigawa North-west senatorial district, and was aimed at declaring support for President Buhari and Governor Badaru ahead of 2019. The event, which took place at Gumel township stadium on Sunday, was marred by chaos that left the state party chairman, Ado Kiri, unable to address the crowd. The thugs chanted derogatory songs, mainly targeted at the senator representing Jigawa North-west, Abdullahi Gumel, whom they prevented from getting on the podium to speak. Read more

Ekiti guber: Adeyeye thumbs up for David Mark’s Cttee (Vanguard)

…says conduct of ward congress was commendable, recommends cancellation of few wards that witnesses skirmishes A major aspirant of the July 14 governorship poll under the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), in Ekiti State, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has thumbed up for David Mark’s led national committee over the conduct of the ward congress of the party on Saturday. This was also as Senator Mark has also described the exercise as “successful and peaceful” adding that the committee had not received any report to the contrary. Read more

I hope, prayed that Nigeria would never go through civil war experience again – Gowon (Vanguard)

Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has expressed regret over the numerous problem facing the country in recent times especially the widespread security challenges and killings which he described as worrisome. Gowon, who attended a special prayer summit in Yenagoa, said that he had prayed and hoped at the end of the Nigerian Civil War that the country would not go through that path again. He spoke with journalists shortly after a special church service in Yenagoa on Sunday. Gowon, Chairman and convener of Nigeria Prays, said the activities of militant groups, the Boko Haram and the killings perpetrated by the ‘so called Fulani herdsmen’ were of serious concern to the leaders, elders and indeed, the citizens. Read more

I’m not dumping APC for any party – Lam-Adesina (Nation)

A member of the House of Representatives, Rep. Dapo Lam-Adesina, has denied speculations that he is planning to defect from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Alliance for Democracy (AD). Lam-Adesina (APC- Ibadan North-East/South-East) made this known to newsmen on the sideline of a fund raising programme organised by the Old Students Association of Baptist Secondary School, Oke-Ado in Ibadan. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there was wide speculation of possible defection of a group loyal to his late father, former Gov. Lam Adesina from the APC. Read more

I’ll continue to do more for Delta – Okowa (SUN)

Overwhelmed by the show of solidarity from his Anioma people (Delta north senatorial district), Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has pledged to continue to do his best for the development of the entire state. The governor spoke at the weekend in Asaba during a grand reception in his honour by the people of Anioma nation who endorsed him as their sole candidate for the 2019 governorship election in the multi-ethnic state. National chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, Deputy President of the Senate, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu, Governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike, former Chief Economic Adviser to former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Philip Asiodu, former governors of the state, James Ibori and Emmanuel Uduaghan, renowned environmentalist, Newton Jibunor, among others, who spoke at the event also endorsed Okowa for second term. Read more

APGA will produce popular candidates in 2019 elections — Oye (Nation)

Dr Victor Oye, Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), says the party will be guided by its constitution in determining who the party’s candidates in the 2019 general election will be. Oye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Awka that the party would organise free and fair primaries to select candidates for all positions to be contested for in the 2019 elections. “We are working towards bringing out the best, the party’s guidelines are there and the guidelines are going to address all the questions that people will ask. “The constitution is clear on how the primaries will be conducted, one thing I can assure Nigerians of is that aspirants will have a level playing field. Read more

N5.7bn SURE-P fraud: I’m ready for fair trial, says Katsina ex-Gov Shema (Punch)

Ahead of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s plan to arraign him on fraud charges involving the sum of N5.7bn on Tuesday, the immediate-past Governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, said on Sunday that he was ready to defend himself in a fair trial. The EFCC had, in a statement by its media officer in its Kano zonal office, Idris Nadabo, noted that it would, on April 24, arraign the former governor before the Katsina Division of the Federal High Court. Read more

Wamakko denies receiving EFCC invitation (Guardian)

Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, a former Sokoto State governor has denied receiving any invitation to appear before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged corrupt practices. Wamakko told members of the Correspondent Chapel, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Sunday in Sokoto that recent media reports to that effect were fake and concocted by mischief makers to tarnish his image. “It is a public knowledge that I live a simple life since from my class teacher status till I become the state governor and the present status. Read more

Same-sex marriage a taboo in Nigeria, says CAN (SUN)

Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Northern Nigeria, Rev. Yakubu Pam, has said that same sex marriage is a taboo in Nigeria. Rev. Pam, in a press statement issued in Jos on Sunday, condemned the called by the Prime Minister of United Kingdom (UK), Theresa May, for members of Commonwealth of Nations to embrace same sex marriage in their respective countries. He urged Nigerian Government not to dream in that direction as the action has spiritual and physical consequences that will compound the challenges of the country. “We have local challenges that are facing the Nigerian Nation such as ethnic crisis, herdsmen/farmers crisis and insurgency among others which Nigerians are collaborating with government at all levels to find lasting solutions. The called by UK Prime Minister, Theresa May is a taboo in Nigeria and that would bring fresh security threats in the country.” Read more

 Miracle wins #BBNaijaFinale with N25m cash prizes, other goodies (Tribune)

Miracle has won the Big Brother Naija Double Wahala Season 3 with a whopping N25m cash prize, N12m brand new car and other juicy prizes. The pilot won 38 per cent of the total vote while runner-up, Ceec garnered 28 per cent. Tobi came third with 22 per cent while Alex and Nina got 7 per cent and 4 per cent respectively. Miracle also won the Friday Night game show N1m cash prize and other monetary prizes during his 85 days stay in the house. The show historically recorded over a hundred vote throughout the show and over 30 million votes were cast on the final day. Read more

Inmate allegedly slumps, dies in Lagos Prison (ThisDay)

One Kabiru Adeyemi, who was standing trial at the Ebute-Metta Magistrate Court 5 in Lagos, reportedly slumped and died at the Ikoyi Prison, last Friday, over yet-to-be ascertained circumstances. Adeyemi’s demise was announced in court by the prosecutor, Inspector Chinalu Nwadione, during the resumed hearing of the case of fraud involving the deceased, his wife Fumilayo Akinboju, one Jay Jay and others. They had been charged to court over allegations that they defrauded over 400 house seekers of about N20million they collected as rents for two apartments in Coker Aguda and Iponri areas of the state. Read more

Victor Moses lauds Chelsea fans after Southampton win (Goal)

The wing-back is full of praise for the Blues’ faithful after their victory over the Saints which secured them a place in the final of the competition. Victor Moses has hailed Chelsea supporters following their 2-0 victory over Southampton on Sunday which earned them a place in the final of the FA Cup. Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata’s efforts sealed the victory for Antonio Conte’s men against the Saints at Wembley. In the final, they will lock horns with Manchester United – who edged out Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday – as they aim to secure their eighth FA Cup title. Read more

Nadal swats aside Nishikori to seal 11th Monte Carlo crown (Guardian)

Rafael Nadal romped to a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside an outclassed Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s final to retain the world number one ranking. The 31-year-old saw off Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to become the first man to win a single tournament 11 times in the Open era with his 76th ATP Tour title.Nadal’s 31st Masters title is also an outright record, pulling him out of a tie with Novak Djokovic. “We’ve had some tough moments over these last five months,” said Nadal, who was playing at his first ATP event since retiring from an Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic with a hip injury in January. Read more

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal supporters’ lack of unity was hard to watch (SkySports)

Arsene Wenger admits the lack of “unity” among Arsenal supporters was “hurtful” to witness and says fatigue did not motivate his decision to leave. The 68-year-old announced on Friday that he will call time on his 22-year reign as Arsenal boss at the end of the season, following years of protests calling for Wenger to resign his post. In recent months, lots of the Arsenal faithful have opted to stay away from home games to highlight their discontent with the club’s lack of success on the pitch and Wenger has revealed he was displeased by their actions. Read more

County runners take on London Marathon run (Worcesternews)

Runners from across the county took part in the London Marathon. The most popular marathon in the country took place on Sunday and saw a number of local runners take part. Soldier Wayne Smith, 34, ran the marathon for a charity that will be making Ronkswood seven-year-old Lily-Mai’s dream of meeting TV character Mr Tumble come true. Lily-Mai, who has terminal cancer, is the daughter of Wayne’s partner, Liz. Mr Smith said: “Lily-Mai has a terminal cancer diagnosis so every day is both a blessing and a battle. Read more

Donald Trump wants Ivanka and Jared Kushner to move back to New York (Cheatsheet)

Since President Trump took office in January 2017, observing the goings-on in The White House has been like examining a house of horrors. With an ever revolving door of staff who have either been fired and resigned,  a ton of scandals, and the ongoing Russia investigation, the Trump presidency and administration looks like a reality series where everyone loses. With such high turnover rates, we are having trouble keeping up with it all. However, it seems like two of Trump’s most prized White House aids — his daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, another senior advisor — might be the next officials booted out of Washington. Apparently, despite their stark (and misguided) loyalty to him, it looks like President Trump might be the one trying to oust his daughter and son-in-law. Read more

Israel hints it could hit Iran’s ‘air force’ in Syria (Memo)

Israel released details on Tuesday about what it described as an Iranian “air force” deployed in neighbouring Syria, including civilian planes suspected of transferring arms, a signal that these could be attacked should tensions with Tehran escalate.Iran, along with Damascus and its big-power backer Russia, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on a Syrian air base, T-4, that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members. Iranian officials have promised unspecified reprisals. Israeli media ran satellite images and a map of five Syrian air bases allegedly used to field Iranian drones or cargo aircraft, as well as the names of three senior IRGC officers suspected of commanding related projects, such as missile units. Read more

Andrea Nahles: First woman to lead Germany’s social democrats (BBC)

Germany’s junior partner in the ruling coalition, the Social Democrats (SPD), has elected its first female leader in the party’s 154-year history. Former Labour Minister Andrea Nahles was chosen to replace Martin Schulz, who resigned after the SPD’s worst result since 1933 in last year’s polls. Ms Nahles, 47, beat a former policewoman and mayor of the city of Flensburg, Simone Lange, to the job. In her acceptance speech, she vowed to fight for social justice and welfare. “We need a framework of solidarity in the economy and finance,” she said at the party’s convention in Wiesbaden. Read more


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