Sabinews Midday News Update for October 16, 2015
Buratai charge troops to end terrorism in Nigeria
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has charged troops in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation to brace up their efforts to defeat terrorism in line with the presidential directive.
This is contained in a statement issued by the acting Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday. The statement said the coming days would be crucial to the operation aimed at eliminating insurgency from parts of the country. Read more
‘APC Stockpiling Arms, Recruiting Cultists For Bayelsa Poll’
A socio-political organisation, Ijaw Youths Democratic Association (IYDI), has raised the alarm that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State is allegedly stockpiling weapons and recruiting cultists with a view to unleashing mayhem on innocent citizens to rig the December 5 governorship election in its favour.
The group also claimed that APC was plotting to use violence, intimidation and various federal agencies, including security personnel, to rig the election. Read more
Clark, the father, Jonathan, the son, by Reuben Abati
I have tried delaying the writing of this piece in the honest expectation that someone probably misquoted Chief E.K. Clark, when he reportedly publicly disowned former President Goodluck Jonathan.
I had hoped that our dear father, E.K. Clark, would issue a counter statement and say the usual things politicians say: “they quoted me out of context!” “Jonathan is my son”. That has not happened; rather, some other Ijaw voices, including one Joseph Evah, have come to the defence of the old man, to join hands in rubbishing a man they once defended to the hilt and used as a bargaining chip for the Ijaw interest in the larger Nigerian geo-politics. Read more
Group Pledges To Follow Up Economic Summit Recommendations – Chairman
The National Economic Summit Group (NESG), the organiser of the Nigerian Economic Summit (NES), on Thursday pledged to follow up the recommendations of the 2015 summit presented to the Federal Government.
Mr Kyari Bukar, the Chairman of the NESG, said this at a news briefing after the 21st edition of NES held in Abuja with the theme: “Tough Choices: Achieving Competitiveness, inclusive Growth and Sustainability.’’ Bukar had earlier presented the recommendations of the summit in a 100-page report to President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more
Maiduguri Blast: Nigerian Diaspora Group Advocates De-radicalisation Curriculum For Schools
The Nigeria Diaspora Security (NDSF) has canvassed for the development and implementation of a Civil Education and De-radicalisation Curriculum for primary and secondary schools across Nigeria to ensure that the nation eradicated the drivers of terrorism and block the recruitment of vulnerable youths for acts of terrorism.
The group made the call in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari commisirating with him, the people of Borno State and the families of the victims of Thursday’s suicide bomb attack in a mosque in Molai, at the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State that left scores dead. Read more
We Need Leaders, Not Looters – Matama Sule
Elder Statesman and first republic minister, Matama Sule, declared on Thursday that hope is not lost on the country producing credible leaders after all.
He observed that emerging signs points to a bright light at end of the tunnel in nation’s long quest for responsible leadership, stressing that what the country needs are leaders not rulers and looters of her Commonwealth.
The Dan massannin Kano spoke in Abuja at the 40th Anniversary Retreat of Nigeria’s ombudsman, the Public Complaints Commission (PCC), where he counseled that the commission must make itself relevant as the conscience of the government. Read more
Nigeria’s Economy On Verge Of Recession
As the 2015 Nigerian Economic Summit (NES) ended on Thursday, some economic experts and investment analysts who took part in the Summit have said Nigeria economy may be on the verge of recession.
Leading his presentation, which opened the floodgate to a plethora of negative assessments on the dire state of the Africa’s largest economy, a renowned audit firm’s boss, KPMG, Mr. Kunle Elebute, said Nigeria’s economy risks recession if not urgently checked and may end up in total slump, a situation he said, is better imagined than experienced. Read more
War On Corruption: FG Will Lead By Example – Osinbajo
Vice President, Yomi Osinbajo, has said that the Federal Government will lead war on corruption by example.
Osinbajo who stated this on Tuesday during the 21st edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit added that there was no quick fix solution to the challenge of corruption buttressing that if that was the case, it would have been easier for the government to pursue that course of action.
According to Osinbajo, corruption in the country has been identified as systematic, “the one that has eaten deep particularly into the oil sector. Read more
Alleged N15m Bribe: Prosecute Yobe REC, Fayose Tells Buhari
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has called for the trial of the Yobe State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Abu Zarma, over the N15 million bribe he was alleged to have received to influence the Yobe State governorship election.
The governor said doing otherwise, will make nonsense of President Muhammadu Buhari’s avowed fight against corruption, adding that “If nothing is done on a case as clear as that of the INEC REC, Nigerians can as well kiss President Buhari anti-corruption fight goodbye.” Read more
Erdogan mocks EU’s help over Syrian refugee crisis
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday mocked the EU’s contribution to easing the Syrian refugee crisis, saying the bloc had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for accepting just a tiny number of asylum-seekers.
Speaking after Turkey and the EU agreed a plan for improving the handling of the refugee crisis, Erdogan also questioned whether Brussels treated Ankara’s long standing membership application seriously. Read more
‘Terrorist’ killed in Kyrgyzstan in post-jailbreak operation: police
Security services in Kyrgyzstan said Friday they killed a “terrorist” involved in a jailbreak that left four prison guards dead.
Police said Daniyar Kadyraliev, a convicted terrorist and a reported member of the banned Jaishul-Mahdi Islamist extremist group, was shot dead in a suburb of the capital Bishkek on Friday morning when he resisted arrest. Read more
Putin warns of spillover from Afghanistan fighting
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned that violence in Afghanistan could spill over into ex-Soviet Central Asia, a day after the US announced it would keep thousands of troops in the conflict-wracked country.
“The situation there (in Afghanistan) is genuinely close to critical,” Putin said at a meeting of leaders from the ex-Soviet region in Kazakhstan. Read more
New religious violence in Central Africa leaves one dead, 10 injured
At least one person was killed and 10 injured in fresh sectarian clashes in a flashpoint neighbourhood of the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui, military and hospital sources said Friday.
The violence late Thursday in the largely Muslim district of PK-5, accompanied by gunfire, forced thousands of residents to flee to other parts of the city.
Many returned to their homes on Friday morning as calm was restored, an AFP correspondent said. Read more