* Buhari meets NASS leaders, PDP senators absent (Guardian) * Soyinka to Buhari: Stop shedding unjust tears, deal with bloodthirsty terrorists (Vanguard)

* Buhari meets NASS leaders, PDP senators absent (Guardian)        * Soyinka to Buhari: Stop shedding unjust tears, deal with bloodthirsty terrorists (Vanguard)



Buhari meets NASS leaders, PDP senators absent (Guardian)

President Muhammadu Buhari last night met with the leadership of the National Assembly at the presidential villa, Abuja. However, most Principal officers elected on the platform People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were absent at the meeting. Those absent were Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Godswill Akpabio (Minority Leader), Emmanuel Bwacha (Deputy Minority Leader) and Biodun Olujimi-Deputy (Minority Whip). However, all principal officers on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in both chambers were present. Read more

Soyinka to Buhari: Stop shedding unjust tears, deal with bloodthirsty terrorists (Vanguard)

Renowned playwright and Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop shedding unjust tears and deal with bloodthirsty terrorists unleashing mayhem in the country. He also described the proposed death sentence as punishment for hate speech in Nigeria currently being deliberated in the National Assembly as an instrument to silence fierce criticism and opposition in the county. In his keynote address at the maiden edition of Ripples Nigeria Dialogue, entitled, “Rebuilding trust in a divided Nigeria,” yesterday in Lagos, Soyinka said: “I get impatient when I hear things like Buhari has failed to go and sympathise with the people of Benue, with the people of Nasarawa, with the people of Dapchi or wherever. Read more

OPS, NBA reject Ambode’s 50% review of LUC (SUN)

Nigeria’s Organised Private Sector (OPS), yesterday, rejected the 50 per cent reduction on the Land Use Act announced by the Lagos State government. Reacting on the policy review by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Thursday, the OPS said though the measure was   commendable, it however, amounted to scratching the issue on the surface since the 50 per cent reduction will not mean much to residents of the state. The OPS which argued that the review was unacceptable, said it would soon meet to respond appropriately to the Lagos State government on the review. The Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in a separate telephone interviews said the OPS had earlier expressed its dissatisfaction with the law. Read more

Prof. Osoba dies at 83 (Punch)

The first professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Ibadan, Abimbola Osoba, is dead. He died on March 2, 2018 at the age of 83, according to a statement on Thursday. Described as brilliant, intelligent, humble, gentle, kind, generous and hard-working, Osoba was survived by his wife, Prof. Nike Osoba nee Ashiru, children and extended family members. “He will be sorely missed,” the statement said, adding that burial arrangements would be announced later. Read more

Ohanaeze condemns IGP’s order to disarm vigilante groups (Vanguard)

The apex Igbo sociocultural   organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has faulted the directive by the Inspector General of Police,   IGP, Ibrahim Idris, asking people, including vigilante groups, to surrender their arms to the police, saying that the order amounted to giving   herdsmen, among other criminals the go ahead to continue in their nefarious activities of killing people among others. This was contained in a statement signed in Enugu yesterday, by the Media Assistant to the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Emeka Attamah. Attamah signed the statement on behalf of the Ohanaeze boss, Chief John Nnia Nwodo. Read more

NIMASA, IMO move to enforce maritime security legislations (Vanguard)

In a bid to further strengthen the nation’s maritime security, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, in collaboration with International Maritime Organization, IMO, has commenced moves to develop capacity to implement and enforce maritime safety and security legislations. Director General NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, disclosed this at the commencement of a three-day Table Top exercise on security in West and Central Africa. He said that cooperation amongst relevant government departments and agencies will enhance the fight against piracy and armed robbery on ships. Read more

Osinbajo bars Villa journalists from daughter’s wedding (SUN)

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, barred State House Correspondents from covering the wedding reception of his eldest daughter, Damilola, yesterday. Accredited State House journalists were bared from getting close to the venue of the reception at the Conference Centre (old Banquet Hall). Newsmen were told that the Osinbajos and the groom’s family opted for a low-key event, hence, barring of the Villa media. The ceremony started with the traditional wedding at his Akinola Aguda official residence in the presidential villa.  Damilola got married to Oluseun Bakare, son of Mrs. Bola Shagaya, the oil and gas business tycoon. News of Damilola Osinbajo’s engagement to Oluseun Bakare emerged on social media few weeks ago. Read more

‘Militant General’ killed in gun battle with police, weapon recovered (Guardian)

An alleged kidnapper and militant, Prosper David, popularly known as ‘Militant General’ was on Wednesday killed by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police’ (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT). He was killed during a gun battle with the operatives at his hideout in a creek in Bayelsa State. An AK47 riffle, a magazine, 26 rounds of live ammunition, four expended ammunition and one Nokia phone belonging to his kidnap victim with which ransom negotiation was done were recovered. Although the kingpin had earlier surrendered arms and enrolled into the Federal Government’s amnesty programme, it was gathered that he was running a militant group underground and usually collected between N1 million and N2 million from each vessel passing through Nembe creek to the high seas. Read more

Cult members kill Akwa Ibom youth leader (Punch)

Some gunmen suspected to be members of Icelaand, one of the 33 outlawed cults in Akwa Ibom State, have killed a youth leader, Udeme Akpan. It was learnt that, Akpan, a father of three, until his murder on Thursday, was the youth leader of Ikot Edet Community in the Etim Ekpo Local Government Area. Further fact emerged that Akpan, who was at the forefront of fighting cult menace in his community, was served a notice to pay some undisclosed amount of money to the cult or risked being killed. Read more

Argentina, Croatia, Iceland still ranked higher than Nigeria by FIFA (Guardian)

Nigeria’s opponents in this year’s World Cup in Russia, Argentina, Croatia and Iceland are still ranked higher than Nigeria by world football body, FIFA. In the latest FIFA ranking released yesterday, Nigeria maintained its 52nd position, which is one of the lowest among the teams that qualified for the World Cup. Nigeria’s rivals in Group F of the World Cup, Argentina, Croatia and Iceland, are rated fourth, 15th and 18th in the latest rankings. Read more

FIFA RANKING: Super Eagles still 52nd (Nation)

Nigeria remain in 52nd place in the latest FIFA Rankings released yesterday, but fellow World Cup finalists Poland, who the Super Eagles will battle later this month in a friendly, have shot to sixth place in the ratings. Most countries have not been in action in the past month which has led to very little movement in the global rankings by FIFA. Consequently, Nigeria stays seventh in Africa, behind Tunisia, Senegal, Congo DR, Morocco, Egypt, and Cameroun. However, Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup Group D opponents Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland are among the top 20 as they sit 4th, 15th and 18th in the updated rankings. The Super Eagles next two opponents Poland and Serbia are ranked 6th and 34th respectively. Read more

Why Enyeama won’t be in Russia —Rohr (Nation)

Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has reiterated that he would not rescind his decision to omit Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama from Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup roster. Enyeama called time on his international career in October 2015 following a row with former Nigeria coach, Sunday Oliseh, but there were insinuations that he may go back on his decision and rejoin the national team. Enyeama’s inactivity for Ligue 1 strugglers Lille has counted against him and Rohr has kept faith with the goalkeepers he used during the World Cup qualifiers and November’s friendly against Argentina in his latest roster. Read more

Players like Messi born once every 50 years —Conte (Punch)

Antonio Conte hailed Lionel Messi as the kind of player born once every 50 years after the Barcelona superstar’s virtuoso performance eliminated Chelsea from the Champions League at Camp Nou, ESPN reports. Messi scored twice to take his tally to 100 goals in the competition and also set up Ousmane Dembele to open his Barcelona account, as Chelsea were made to pay for their lack of ruthlessness in the final third as well as defensive mistakes. At the final whistle Conte marched onto the pitch to congratulate Messi on his display, and the Chelsea coach had more kind words for the Argentine in his postmatch news conference. Read more

Turkey publishes decision to donate up to 100,000 tonnes of breadstuff to Syrian people (Reuters)

Russian voters are set to propel Vladimir Putin to another term as president in an election on Sunday, giving him credit for standing up for Russia against Western governments that view him as a dangerous autocrat. Opinion polls show Putin, 65, with a commanding election lead, all but guaranteeing him another term that will take him to nearly a quarter century in power — a longevity among Kremlin leaders second only to Josef Stalin. The only thing that could dampen Putin’s poll triumph is if voter apathy at a predictable contest leads to a low turnout, or if the minority of Russians who vocally oppose him take to the streets to protest against what they see as an undemocratic farce. Read more

Myanmar forces Burman culture on minorities, erases identity (Abcnews)

From the age of 5, when she entered a government school in Myanmar, Stella Naw learned about the triumphs of Burman kings and heroes, recited Burman poems and performed Burman dances at school ceremonies. Without realizing it, she was being torn from her ethnic roots and assimilated into the Southeast Asian country’s dominant majority. “What was missing from my childhood was a chance to learn the culture and history of my own people, the Kachin,” says the political analyst and writer. “I was ashamed to speak my own language. I didn’t like the sound of my own name.” Read more

Renowned conductor James Levine sues New York’s Metropolitan Opera over dismissal (Telegraph)

James Levine, one of America’s most renowned conductors, is suing New York’s Metropolitan Opera after being sacked earlier this week following a three-month investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. Levine, who was dismissed after more than four decades at the Met, started proceedings at New York State’s Supreme Court. In his writ Levine, 74, says he has “has clearly and unequivocally denied any wrongdoing in connection with those allegations.” Read more

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