August 14, 2018

* Buhari, National Assembly head for showdown (SUN) * Unlike Jonathan on Chibok, I acted fast on Dapchi abduction ―Buhari (Tribune)

* Buhari, National Assembly head for showdown (SUN)         * Unlike Jonathan on Chibok, I acted fast on Dapchi abduction ―Buhari (Tribune)



Buhari, National Assembly head for showdown (SUN)

The Executive and the Legislature may be heading for another major showdown following the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to decline Presidential Assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill 2018. In a letter addressed to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Buhari revealed that he vetoed the amendment bill on the March 3. This came one month after both chambers of the National Assembly passed an amendment reordering the order of elections. President Buhari while formally rejecting the proposal listed three reasons why he is opposed to the new election arrangements. Read more

Unlike Jonathan on Chibok, I acted fast on Dapchi abduction ―Buhari (Tribune)

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that unlike what the previous administration of President Goodluck Jonathan did during the abduction of Chibok school girls in 2014, his government has shown commitment to rescue the girls as well as those recently kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe state. Speaking in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital on Wednesday, he accused the previous government of looking away as the Chibok abductions took place. He recalled what his government had done so far to tackle Boko Haram terrorists which he observed had made life difficult in many cities before the advent of his administration. Read more

Senate sabotaging Buhari’s govt, says Adamu (Punch)

The senator representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District, Abdullahi Adamu, has accused the Senate of taking decisions that are frustrating the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Adamu’s position was contained in a statement on Tuesday. He is one of the 10 lawmakers who stormed out of the Senate chamber when the Senate passed the Electoral Act Amendment Bill seeking to reshuffle elections, which those loyal to Buhari have opposed. Read more

Mixed reactions greet rejection (SUN)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said it was not surprised that President Buhari declined to assent to the new legislation “owing to his tendencies as a politician.” In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party flayed Buhari for treating the National Assembly with disrespect. “The PDP believes in democracy and subscribes to all its tenets including the respect for the powers of the National Assembly to make laws and to amend such laws as occasion demands,” the party said. Ologbodiyan said the PDP was not afraid of the 2019 general elections because they know that Nigerians had already rejected President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC). Read more

Dapchi abduction: Parents welcome negotiation option (SUN)

Parents of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe State, yesterday, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for considering the option of negotiation, against the use of military force, to rescue the girls. The parents, in Damaturu, said the option gave them hope on the safe return of the girls. Chairman of the parents association of the abducted schoolgirls, Alhaji Bashir Manzo, said, “This is a welcome development and we are happy about it. “Use of force, as the only option, will result in death of many of the girls, while negotiation provides for their safe return.” Read more

Buhari sincere on addressing infrastructure deficits ―Fashola (Tribune)

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has on Tuesday, reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to addressing infrastructure deficits in the country. He gave the assurance at the inauguration of Oyo State School of Surveying, Governing Council, in Abuja. The Minister stated that the President is sincere about fulfilling his new year promises to providing good road networks, standard bridges, power, potable water among others for the people. Read more

Obaseki to NMA: Be patient (Nation)

Edo Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has told the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) that ‘hasty and tokenistic efforts cannot produce the high standard of healthcare he envisioned for Edo people.’ Governor Obaseki was reacting to the 21 days ultimatum issued by the NMA for him to fix the state health sector of face indefinite strike action. Obaseki who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said he is adopting a holistic approach to the reform of the health sector in the state. He said plans have been made and partners were being sourced, and in good time the results would manifest. Read more

FG vs Agip: Court fixes May 28 for $55m debt recovery suit (Guardian)

A Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday adjourned until May 28 hearing of a 55 million dollars debt recovery suit by the Federal Government against Agip Oil Company Ltd. The government had filed several suits seeking to recover about 12 billion dollars in missing crude oil revenue from some international oil companies. The federal government is claiming 55 million dollars from Agip for missing crude oil revenue. The government was represented by Mr Chineme Onuoma, while the defendant was represented by Mr Oladimeji Ojo. Read more

Innoson shuns court again, petitions NJC over judge  (Punch)

The Chairman of Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited,Innocent Chukwuma, has again failed to appear in court  for his arraignment at an Ikeja Special Offences Court. Instead, he has petitioned against the judge trying the case. Justice Mojisola Dada had on February 9 issued a bench warrant for Innoson’s arrest following his failure to appear in court on January 17 and February 9 to take his plea for an alleged fraud. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had taken Innoson to court for alleged conspiracy and fraud. Read more

Nigeria’s Inflation drops to 14.3 per cent – NBS (PremiumTimes)

Nigeria’s annual inflation fell to its lowest level in almost a year in February, the National Bureau of Statistics said Wednesday. The NBS reported that the inflation rate slowed for the 13th consecutive month. According to the report, core inflation was 14.33 per cent in February, its lowest since last April, down by 0.8 per cent from 15.13 per cent in January. But the food price index showed inflation of 17.59 per cent in February as against 18.92 per cent in January. Read more

NYSC withdraws corps members from volatile areas in Kaduna (Nation)

Due to the recent unrests in some of local government areas of Kaduna state and the need to protect lives and property of members of National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC ), the scheme said on Wednesday that, it has suspended posting Corps members to such areas. This is also as the scheme said, it had withdrawn all corps members serving in Kajuru local government area of the state following the recent crisis at Kasuwan Magani area of the local government. NYSC Coordinator in the State, Dahunsi Mohammed who stated this during an interactive session with corps employers in Kaduna State said, there would not be posting of corps members to such areas until it is crystal clear that the areas are save for young Nigerian graduates who are deployed to serve the motherland. Read more

SSANU, NASU, NAAT suspend strike (Guardian)

The non-academic staff unions in Nigerian universities Wednesday called off their three-month-old strike. The suspension of the strike, which began on December 4, was announced by the chairman of the Joint Action Committee of the unions, Samson Ugwuoke. “Based on extensive consultations with our various organs, we hereby announce the suspension of the strike action embarked upon by JAC with effect from today, March 14,” Uguwoke said at a press conference in Abuja. Read more

Nigeria health workers threaten ‘mega strike’ (PremiumTimes)

Nigeria’s entire health system will be paralysed this time if the federal government fails to meet the demands of health workers in 30 days, the Joint Health Sector Unions, JOHESU has said. “This one is the mega strike. If it begins, it will start with the federal then states will join, the local governments will join. Let the health system in Nigeria be paralysed for the first time”, the National Vice Chairman of JOHESU, Ogbonna Chimela, said Wednesday in a phone interview with Premium Times. Read more

Using breast milk, urine to treat babies’eye could result in blindness, Ophthalmologist warns (Punch)

Registrar of the Department of Ophthalmology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Dr. Adegbola Adeyemi, has advised mothers to shun the use of breast milk and urine in treating babies’ eye infections. Adeyemi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Wednesday that the practice could do more harm than good to the eyes of their babies. According to him, use of breast milk and urine could result in total blindness. The ophthalmologist urged mothers to use clean water to wash eyes pointing out that a lot of damage would have been done to the eyes before bringing the child to the hospital. Read more

Governor Bello sets up 13-man Committee to investigate Bida Market Fire Outbreak (NTA)

Niger state governor Abubakar Bello on Wednesday set up a committee to investigate the cause of the fire that gutted Bida market two weeks ago. It can be recalled that on the night March 1 2018, the fire outbreak destroyed 600 shops in the market halting some of the businesses. Bello, who described the incident as unfortunate, urged the committee to dig into the incident and unravel its immediate and remote causes as well as the magnitude of damage. He directed members of the committee to identify the number of persons affected and the losses incurred, and also recommend measures to avoid a recurrence Read more

Ike Diogu to lead D’Tigers to Commonwealth Games as NBBF releases team list (Vanguard)

China-based Ike Diogu is to Captain the national basketball team, D’Tigers, to the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia as the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) released its official team list. The list which was compiled by the Coach Alex Nwora-led technical crew was made public on Wednesday by the NBBF secretary, Chimezie Asiegbu. The team, made up of six home-based and six foreign-based players, will be captained by Diogu, who plies his trade with Henan in the Chinese league. Read more

Para-Powerlifting Federation releases names of 6 athletes to represent Nigeria (Guardian)

The Nigeria Para-Powerlifting Federation on Wednesday announced the names of six athletes that will represent the country in the forthcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The Games will hold between April 4 and April 14. Dayo Abulude, Secretary of the federation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the six athletes are made up of three males and three females. The male athletes are; Paul Kehinde, Ezuruike Roland and Ibrahim Abdulazeez, while the females are Ejike Lucy, Oyema Esther and Nwosu Ndidi. Abulude said that the selection of the athletes was based on their current form and performance in camp. Read more

No special plan to stop Messi, says Rohr (Guardian)

Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr has stated that he has no special plan to stop Argentina superstar Lionel Messi at the World Cup. The Super Eagles are grouped alongside La Albiceleste in Group D of the World Cup. Ahead of the fixture against the South American side, Rohr stated in an interview with Soccer Laduma that there will not be an extra focus on the Argentine talisman. “At this stage, there is no special plan. We don’t even know whether he will play. Of course, we all know him and we know of his quality. But we also played against some really good players in our qualification and were able to deal with them.” Read more

Violence-ridden Greek football in danger of ‘Grexit’: FIFA (Guardian)

World football body FIFA on Wednesday said Greece’s violence-ridden championship was on the “edge of a cliff” and Greek clubs faced exclusion from international competition unless authorities took rapid action. “This behaviour has pushed us to come here to make recommendations,” Herbert Hubel, head of the FIFA committee set up last July to monitor the Greek football federation, told a news conference after emergency meetings with Greek officials. “The Grexit that looked distant is no longer impossible. Greek football reached the edge of the cliff,” Hubel said. Read more

Mertesacker will regain love for football, says sympathetic Wenger (Goal)

The Frenchman has hailed the Germany international defender for his honesty after a candid interview with Der Spiegel. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects the retiring Per Mertesacker to rediscover his passion for playing soon after he hangs up the boots. World Cup winner Mertesacker recently revealed a desire to avoid being called upon during the final months of a career plagued by injuries. Wenger sympathised with Mertesacker’s honest admission, although he believes the former Germany international will move past his frustration. “I think that will go very quickly. Once you stop for a few months you are ready to play again,” Wenger told reporters on Wednesday. Read more

José Mourinho is pretty much cooked as a Champions League force (Guardian)

There was a slightly ghostly moment in the second half at Old Trafford as Manchester United were euthanised from the Champions League knockout stages, a sense of worlds colliding, timelines crossed. Wissam Ben Yedder had just eased the ball into the corner of David de Gea’s net to make the score 1-0 on the night. As the Sevilla players romped in front of their away support and the Spanish radio commentator broke out of his “gol, gol” chant to shout “ON FIRE ON FIRE” a wiry black-clad figure could be seen sprinting down the touchline, fists pumping. Read more

Floyd Mayweather has legit wrestling skills … Says tmt bodyguards (TMZ)

“Don’t sleep on Floyd Mayweather” when it comes to MMA … because the guy can REALLY wrestle — so says Floyd’s hired muscle.  We spoke with Floyd’s personal private security force — Jizzy Mack and Greg La Rosa — and asked them how their boss is prepping for his MMA debut. The guys say they haven’t seen Floyd training with UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley yet — but acknowledge “he’s a beast” and would definitely be the man to get Floyd UFC-ready. But, the most interesting part … both guys claim Floyd has legit ground skills. “Floyd’s tough all around … he can wrestle.” Read more

Iran sentences Tehran professor to jail for ‘anti-state propaganda’ (Guardian)

An outspoken professor of Tehran university, who is a well-known figure in the country’s political commentariat, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for spreading anti-state propaganda. Sadegh Zibakalam, speaking to the Guardian on phone from Tehran on Wednesday, said he has also been banned from political and social activities, including writing for newspapers, giving interviews or activities on social media, for a period of two years, according to his verdict. He has 20 days to appeal the sentence. Read more

Dog dies on United Airlines flight after being forced into overhead locker (Scotsman)

United Airlines has taken “full responsibility” for the in-flight death of a dog, after a flight attendant allegedly forced the pet into an overhead locker. The French bulldog died during a flight from Houston to New York on Monday. Witnesses said the flight attendant asked one of the passengers to put their airline-approved pet carrier in the overhead bin and that the owner was “adamant” about keeping the pet underneath her seat. Read more

EU leaders set to discuss spy poisoning at summit next week (Independent)

European Union national leaders are set to discuss the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal using a nerve agent at a summit in Brussels next week. European Council president Donald Tusk said he was ready to put the issue on the agenda at the planned European Council meeting on 22 and 23 March. “I express my full solidarity with PM Theresa May in the face of the brutal attack inspired, most likely, by Moscow. I’m ready to put the issue on next week’s European Council agenda,” he said. Read more

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