March 23, 2019

* Buhari’s administration is approved by God — Okorocha (DaiyTrust) * Delay in passing INEC budget risky for 2019 elections, group tells NASS (Punch)

* Buhari’s administration is approved by God — Okorocha (DaiyTrust)              *  Delay in passing INEC budget risky for 2019 elections, group tells NASS (Punch)



Buhari’s administration is approved by God — Okorocha (DaiyTrust)

The Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is approved by God. Okorocha spoke on Thursday at a lunch some APC Governors accompanied by some members of the National and State assemblies and commissioners had with President Buhari. Okorocha commended the President for his great efforts in keeping the nation together through visionary leadership. He noted that President Buhari had remained focused and unshaken by situations and circumstances, adding that ‘‘it shows that your administration is approved by God.’’ Read more

Delay in passing INEC budget risky for 2019 elections, group tells NASS (Punch)

The Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group has called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Independent National Electoral Commission budget. The group in a communiqué issued on Thursday and signed by its Executive Director, Dr. Chima Amadi, at the end of one-day roundtable held in Abuja, said any delay might “jeopardise” the preparations for the 2019 general elections. Other signatories to the communique were Ms Faith Nwadishi, Centre for Transparency Advocacy; Mr Abdul Mahmud, Public Interest Lawyers League; Mr Sheriff Mulade, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, among others. Read more

Emir Sanusi urges collection of PVC, National ID card (Guardian)

Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II, has urged registered voters to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in preparation for 2019 general elections. Sanusi made the call on Thursday during the traditional Hawan Nasarawa at the Government House in Kano. The Emir also urged Nigerians to get their National Identification Cards. He described the PVC as an important means of voting and identification, which all Nigerians of voting age must possess to avoid being disenfranchised. The monarch praised the State Government for its efforts in providing level playing field for all politicians. Read more

Sagay: FG can invoke doctrine of necessity to fund 2019 Elections (ThisDay)

With the delay by the National Assembly to reconvene and decide on the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 elections, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Wednesday said the federal government could fund next year’s general election by invoking the doctrine of necessity should the lawmakers fail to pass the budget. Sagay contended that the overriding necessity of elections and survival of democracy supersede the National Assembly’s powers where democracy is threatened. Read more

2018 Elections: I weep for NBA, By Femi Falana (PremiumTimes)

I think the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has lost the right to its motto: Promoting the Rule of Law. The facts emerging from the just “concluded” elections of NBA, particularly with regards to the office of the president of this once noble association, showed how we have deteriorated in integrity and nobility. The Bar cannot for now speak on public issues such as bribery, corruption, electoral malfeasance and violation of the rule of law and due process. While in any electoral process there must be a winner and losers, it becomes very painful and unacceptable when the processes leading to these elections left many questions unanswered. Read more

Presidency attacks Oshuntokun over claim of Maiduguri bomb blast (Nation)

The Presidency on Thursday, deplore at a newspaper columnist, Mr Akin Oshuntokun, over claim that a bomb blast had gone off in Maiduguri, Borno, on Aug. 21, killing about 88 people. Oshuntokun, a public affairs commentator, made the claim when he appeared on Politics Today programme of Channels Television, on Aug. 21. Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja, condemned the claim, saying no such incident was recorded.  He noted that Oshuntokun had never hidden his antipathy toward the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. Read more

2019: Labour Party pledges 16m votes for Buhari (Nation)

National Chairman of the Labour Party Dr Mike Omotoso on Thursday said the party will deliver about 16 million votes to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections. Dr Omotoso, 2015 governorship candidate of the party said this on Thursday in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital at the launch of canvassers for President Buhari’s reelection in next year presidential election. Earlier, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hinted that the president’s reelection would be boosted by no less than 16 million votes through the administration’s feeding programme for school pupils. The Labour Party chairman said the party was on discussion with the All progressives Congress (APC). Read more

APC is a party of tyranny, Osun lawmaker says as he joins PDP (Punch)

A lawmaker elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress has described it as a “party of tyranny” as he defects to the People’s Democratic Party. The defecting member of the Osun House of Assembly, Mr. Clement Akanni, who represents Ila Constituency, the hometown of former Interim Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, announced his defection at a ceremony held in front of the palace of the Orangun of Ila, Oba Abdulwahab Oyedotun. Describing the APC as “a party of tyranny,” Akanni alleged that the APC leadership was “envious of his achievements” and that they were always working to stop his attempts to serve the people. Read more

Illegal detention: Court orders Buratai to pay N11m to 11 Gombe indigenes (Vanguard)

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has ordered the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, to pay N11million as damages for the breach of fundamental rights of 11 Gombe State indigenes illegally detained by officers of the Nigerian Army. The court, in a judgment delivered by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, declared the detention of the applicants, James Yusuf, Ishaya Ali Poshiya, Nehemiah Yohanna Poshiya, Husseini Poshiya, Hamma Poshiya, Yusuf Mafindi, Yila Boyi, James Bare, Ezekiel Dandaudu, Ali Ishaku and Ilya Bala since July 6, illegal and unconstitutional. Read more

8 Firms scaled through bidding process as FG flags off Nationwide Exploration Project (ThisDay)

The federal government has said that eight firms out of the 45 that bid for the Integrated Exploration Project scaled through, as the project was flagged off Thursday. Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Abubakar Bawa Bwari, noted that the project, which is under the Natural Resources Fund, will be executed by the Ministry. Bwari, while flagging off the project, said: “We realised Nigeria is blessed with diverse mineral resources which can only serve their purpose if they are properly and comprehensively characterised to enable stakeholders make investment decisions.” Read more

NEMA expresses worries over erosion menace in S/East (SUN)

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has expressed worries over the level of erosion menace in the South east. Mr Walson Ibarakumo, the Enugu Regional Coordinator of the agency, expressed his worries in an interview with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Thursday. Ibarakumo said among other emergency issues such as flooding and fire, erosion ranked topmost in the threat facing the people of the South-East and their livelihood. He said Abia, Anambra, Enugu and Imo, were seriously affected by erosion menace, adding that only Ebonyi had been enjoying relative stability in the area. Read more

Awujale threatens to curse politicians, supporters at Ojude-Oba festival (Vanguard)

The Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, Thursday, threatened to rain curses on politicians and their supporters who play politics at the venue of Ojude-Oba festival. Awujale reacted to the action of a small group of people among the crowd, who were chanting the slogan of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the venue of the event, located directly opposite the monarch’s palace. The small group of people wielded brooms, which is the symbol of APC at the venue and were also chanting the APC slogan intermittently at the venue of the festival. The monarch, who was visibly angry with the politically motivated action threatened to change his annual royal blessings to curses if such an action was repeated. Read more

Ajimobi inaugurates committee on Ayefele’s razed structure (Punch)

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has set up a committee to resolve the impasse over the demolition of Yinka Ayefele’s Music House in Ibadan. Ajimobi had set up the committee at a reconciliatory meeting with the popular musician in his office on Thursday in Ibadan. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ayefele, in company with some of his workers, had arrived at the Governor’s Office at about 11.30 am. The governor said the demolition exercise was neither a witch-hunt nor politically motivated, insisting it was due to the contravention of the state’s property laws. Read more

Fela resurrects in US as Afrobeat summit holds (Vanguard)

Memories of afrobeat king,Fela Anikunlapo-Kuti will reverbrate  in the United States this November as the maiden edition of  the annual Afrobeat summit holds from Friday, November 2, 2018 till Sunday, November 4. Unlike other high profile events of this nature centered around music of African origin and hosted  across the continent from Lagos, Nigeria to Cape Town, South Africa, and Rabat, Morocco to Timbuktu on the fringes of the Sahara Desert in Mali, the Afrobeat Conference 2018 promises to raise the bar a notch higher and will hold at the prestigious   Fillmore Miami Beach in the United States. Read more

3 robbery suspects burnt to death in Calabar (Vanguard)

Three suspected armed robbers were in the early hours of Thursday burnt to death by unknown persons in Calabar South Local Government Area, LGA of Cross River for alleged robbery and sundry crimes in the locality. Vanguard learned that residents of the area woke up to see the charred remains of three young men burnt beyond recognition at various locations in the area. The incident Vanguard gathered, occurred in three different locations including popular Ekpo-Abasi in front of CRUTECH gate, Ekpo Abasi by Yellow Duke Street and Umoh Orok Street all in Calabar South LGA of the state. Read more

Eagles to open camp in France on September 2nd (Footballlive)

With the match against Seychelles scheduled to hold on Friday, September 7 in Victoria, NFF egg heads of a view that it would be easier to gather the players in France, from their various bases in Europe, and travel direct to Victoria for the AFCON 2019 qualification tie. This is in contrast with initial reports that the team will open camp in Abuja on September 1 and then fly out from the Nigerian capital direct to Seychelles for the game. That plan, though, does not go down well with Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, who has always been fussy about adequate logistics for his players, in order not to incommode their fitness and welfare. Read more

Mikel to miss Nigeria’s next match (Soccernet)

Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi would be sitting out the team’s next African Cup of Nations qualifier fixture against Seychelles, due to injury concerns. Nigeria continues in its journey to qualify for the AFCON 2019 after missing the two previous editions of the competition. Already missing Victor Moses who shockingly retired from the team, Mikel’s absence would deal the team another blow as it limits coach Rohr’s range of selection. The 31-year-old Tianjin TEDA midfielder would be expected to make a return when Nigeria faces Libya in their third qualifier match in October. Read more

Giwa insists on pursuing his NFF Election Mandate (Footballlive)

Although Giwa disclosed in a media release that he appreciates the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari and sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung in brokering peace, in Abuja on April 27, 2018.the Jos-based football stakeholder stressed that his group is the legally recognised board of the NFF. Giwa explained that he has legal justification to claim that he is the authentic president of the NFF, based on a ruling by the Federal High Court in Jos, which was upheld by a verdict at the Supreme Court in Abuja on April 27, 2018. Giwa started by commending President Buhari for being a stickler to the rule of law, even in the face of pressure, and credited him for his efforts in finding a lasting solution to the leadership tussle in the football house. Read more

Leicester City’s Claude Puel hails Wilfred Ndidi after contract extension (Goal)

The midfielder committed his future to the King Power Stadium outfit and that has earned him the manager’s praise. Leicester City manager Claude Puel has lauded Nigerian international Wilfred Ndidi, who extended his stay with the club for another six years. The 21-year-old, who joined the Foxes from the Belgian top-flight side Genk in January 2017, has gone to become one of the best midfielders in the English elite division since his arrival. And owing to his incredible performances last campaign, he was named the club’s Young Player of the Year for the second time. Read more

Real Madrid president confident of wrapping up incredible £180m transfer in matter of hours (Caughtoffside)

Florentino Perez is reportedly confident a transfer swoop to bring Chelsea star Eden Hazard to Real Madrid imminently, according to shock revelations from Spain. Links with Hazard go on as the transfer window remains open until the end of this month for teams from La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga, though it shut two weeks ago for Premier League sides. While this means English teams can no longer sign players, it does not technically prevent them from selling or loaning players out. However, this means big-name departures like Hazard from Chelsea are surely less likely as the Blues would have to wait until January to sign a replacement. Read more

Chelsea considering shock sale of Marcos Alonso if Atletico Madrid meet £54m asking price (Metro)

Chelsea are willing to sell defender Marcos Alonso to Atletico Madrid if the Spanish side meet their asking price even though they would be unable to sign a replacement, according to reports. Atletico are bracing themselves to lose left-back Filipe Luis, who is being chased by Paris Saint-Germain, and have identified Alonso as the perfect replacement. And according to Spanish publication Diario AS, Chelsea are considering letting Alonso leave if the Liga side make an offer in excess of their £54million valuation. Read more

Mollie Tibbetts’ slaying highlights safety concerns for women runners (CNN)

Jessica Rudd has been running for 10 years and says she gets rude comments or some other form of harassment from men at least once a week. The Atlanta Ph.D student runs 30 to 35 miles a week — more if she’s training for a big race — and often while alone. When someone harasses her, she grits her teeth and tries to ignore them. “It’s hard to always tell if it’s meant to be funny … but almost always it comes off as sketchy,” Rudd, 33, told CNN. There’s a world of difference between catcalls or wolf whistles and the fatal violence that befell Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared last month after going out for an evening run in Brooklyn, Iowa. Authorities say her suspected killer, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, followed her in his car as she ran along a country road before assaulting her. Read more

British couple die on Thomas Cook holiday at Red Sea resort in Egypt (SkyNews)

A British couple have died while on a Thomas Cook holiday at a Red Sea resort in Egypt. The couple, from Burnley, died while staying at the Hurghada resort, the tour operator said. One of them was a long-serving employee of Thomas Cook. Ingo Burmester, chief of Thomas Cook UK, said: “We are deeply saddened by the deaths of two of our customers while on holiday in Hurghada in Egypt, one of whom was a loyal and long-serving member of our Thomas Cook family. “Our focus is on fully supporting their loved ones. “We are urgently investigating with the hotel and supporting the local authorities.” Read more

Report on Starr investigation leaks doesn’t mention Brett Kavanaugh by name (CNN)

A newly unsealed report on leaks to the media during the Ken Starr investigation into President Bill Clinton shows no mention of Brett Kavanaugh — then a Starr staffer and now President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court — by name. The National Archives has released the previously sealed 1999 report by Special Master John Kern on his investigation into allegations that Starr’s office leaked grand jury secrets during the Whitewater investigation. Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats and American Oversight, a government disclosure advocacy group, had sought the release of the report believing it could shed light on Kavanaugh’s activities during the Starr investigation and whether he had been involved in the leaks. Kavanaugh was one of the lawyers working on Starr’s team. A federal judge ordered the report released this week. Read more

John Bolton abruptly shuts down press conference after BBC reporter asks if Trump is a ‘security risk’ (RS)

This week, following National Security Adviser John Bolton’s announcement he had failed to reach an agreement with his Russian counterpart on election cyberattacks, he held a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland. And he promptly shut it down after a reporter from the BBC asked him whether President Donald Trump is a “security risk.” “Of course not, that’s a silly question. And I just spoke to him literally a few minutes ago, and we — we have performed here in exactly the way I think the two leaders would have expected us to, and you know, honestly, have a little faith in the American people who elected him president.” With that, the press conference summarily ended.  Read more

Stone Age treasures unearthed in Sussex offer extraordinary insight into evolution of human intelligence (Independent)

Evidence from a quarry in southern England is shedding extraordinary new light on the evolution of human intelligence. Arguably, the most important driving force that enabled early humans to evolve into ever more intelligent creatures was the human hand, which gave us the physical ability to make things. Without that crucial ability, there would never have been the need to imagine and visualise complex objects purely in the mind, or the ability to then invent, manufacture and use them. Now archaeologists have demonstrated for the first time that a particular type of stone tool used some half a million years ago could not have been made without modern human-like hands. Read more

Poles to re-examine wreckage of 2010 plane crash in Russia (Tampabay)

Russian investigators say that Polish officials will be visiting Russia next month to re-examine the wreckage of a plane that crashed in western Russia in 2010, killing then-president Lech Kaczynski along with many other political and military leaders onboard. Polish and Russian aviation experts have concluded that the 2010 plane crash was an accident, but Kaczynski’s powerful twin brother alleges it resulted from foul play. Poland has set up an ad-hoc commission to re-investigate the crash. Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement on Thursday that it has agreed for Polish experts to visit the city of Smolensk in early September and attend an “additional” examination of the wreckage. Read more

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