August 18, 2018

* Why I’ll Vote Buhari again and again (ThisDay) * Buhari’s Ghadaffi comment: Presidency hits back at critics (Nation)

* Why I’ll Vote Buhari again and again (ThisDay)             * Buhari’s Ghadaffi comment: Presidency hits back at critics (Nation)

SABINEWS MORNING NEWS UPDATE APRIL 14, 2018

 

Why I’ll Vote Buhari again and again (ThisDay)

The greatest talking point in our country this week has been the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari that he would seek a second term in office next year. And naturally so. Desire by any President, whether positive or negative, should elicit great interest in the citizenry. The President that should be pitied is the one that says something, and the people just shrug, unconcernedly. He is of all men the most miserable. As to be expected, the notice given by President Buhari has engendered diverse emotions and reactions. The joy kiln has ben kindled in the hearts of many millions. They are exultant and ecstatic. I am in that number. Read more

Buhari’s Ghadaffi comment: Presidency hits back at critics (Nation)

The Presidency said yesterday that the criticism trailing President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent comment on the killings by herdsmen is aimed at demeaning, de-marketing and demonising him ahead of next year’s election. Buhari, while meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in London on Wednesday, had spoken on the likely impact of gunmen trained by former Libyan leader, Muammar Ghadaffi, on the killings by herdsmen in Nigeria. Some critics took that to mean that the President said Ghadaffi armed the herdsmen who have been on the rampage in the country. Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, declared yesterday that such critics “have virtually flown off the handle, ululating as if wailing was going out of fashion.” Read more

2019: We’ll not accept imposition of candidates, say Bayelsa electorate (Punch)

As the 2019 general elections draw closer, the constituents of Senator Murray Ben-Bruce in Bayelsa-East Senatorial District, Bayelsa State, have said that they will not allow any form of imposition of candidates on the electorate. They lamented the alleged poor representation by their representative at the Senate. They, therefore, threw their weight behind Senator Nimi Barigha-Amange, who represented them in the Sixth Senate, saying that it was during Amange’s period in the upper chamber that their people had a robust and quality representation. Read more

Akande: Why I am the best to take over from Governor Ajimobi (ThisDay)

With intimidating credentials in academics, public service and the media, a leading governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Prof. Adeolu Akande has said that he was the best among arrays of aspirants jostling to take over the mantle of the state as Governor Abiola Ajimobi winds down in May, 2019. Prof. Akande has therefore told the people of the state to expect economic turn around, leap in infrastructural facilities and quality and abundant lives for the estimated 10million people in the state. Akande spoke to a group of journalists as his campaign to pick the sole ticket of the ruling party peaked with the stakeholders meeting he held with the party organs in the state. Read more

Bode George sets tongues wagging (ThisDay)

Chief Olabode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), caused a stir recently when he surfaced within the premises of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, Lagos in company with a retinue of supporters, armed security, aides and supporters. Soon after he entered the courtroom, all eyes turned to him, wondering what his mission was. In fact, the judge, out of curiosity, was said to have asked him if he had any interest in the case being heard on that day. To the chagrin of all, he said he was in the court in solidarity with his ‘daughter’, a certain lady named Yetunde, who is said to be a daughter to one of his close friends. Read more

Who is afraid of Professor Ike Ekweremadu? (ThisDay)

Senator Professor Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy President of the Senate, has become an enigma in Nigerian politics. He has steadily risen to the enviable heights of statesmen, now more concerned about country more than politics. Ekweremadu bagged a PhD in law as a senator while many of his contemporaries pursued mundane matters and has severally indicated his interest to return to the classroom and courtrooms once done with politics. Bestriding the two worlds, he has become what a politician would want in an intellectual and what an intellectual would want of a politician. Read more

 PVC: Ekiti residents accuse INEC of manipulation (Punch)

Residents of Ekiti State yet to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards have accused officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission of manipulating the entire process for pecuniary gains. Many of the aggrieved residents, who had visited various centres where the exercise was being conducted, alleged that officials, rather than attending to them, paid attention only to their friends and those ready to yield to their financial demands. A young lady, Ilesanmi Susan, said that after visiting Unit 16 polling centre at L.A. Nursery and Primary School, Olobe Okeisa, for several days without being able to register, she had to abandon the idea. Read more

Saraki urges reform of International Criminal Court (Punch)

President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called on the new President of the International Criminal Court, Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji, to among others, embark on urgent reforms in the court in order to reassure some African leaders who have accused the ICC of discrimination that it is not so. Saraki, who said this when Eboe-Osuji visited him at the National Assembly, also urged the international jurist to use his tenure at the court to restore confidence in the ICC. The President of the Senate, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, said, “You have come at a very challenging time because as you know, there are sister African countries that have different views about the ICC at this particular time and Nigeria will continue to play the role to stand firm to be able to be a kind of arbiter between different countries. Read more

10,000 return to IDP camps as herdsmen sustain attacks on Nasarawa villages (Guardian)

No fewer than 10,000 former Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nasarawa State have returned to some of the camps they had earlier vacated, following renewed attacks on their villages by suspected herdsmen in the southern parts of the state. It was gathered that the attacks on farmers in Keana, Awe, Doma and Obi Councils have led to the death of many farmers and destruction of property.Yesterday, a 29-year-old young man, identified as Israel Okeh, was attacked and killed by the marauding herdsmen along Ankoma-Doka road in Doma Council. The victim, who hails from Gidan Rai, was said to be conveying two women on a motorcycle when the attackers ambushed and killed him, while the two women narrowly escaped. Read more

 Akeredolu seeks partnership with NIMASA on Ondo waterways (SUN)

Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has said that he will partner with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to put the state’s waterways  into best use. Akeredolu lamented the neglect of waterways in the country, describing it as an unfortunate situation. He charged the NIMASA team to be more concerned about the development of the nation’s waterways. The governor spoke on Thursday during a courtesy visit to his office by a team from NIMASA, led by Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, at the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure. Akeredolu urged the agency to develop the state’s waterways by leveraging on its coastline, reputed to be the longest in the country. Read more

Inside Kaduna School where 16 Teachers teach 27,820 Pupils (Leadership)

One peculiar thing that often captures the attention of visitors coming into Rigasa for the first time is LGEA Rigasa Primary School. With a population of over one million, Rigasa has been described as a world of its own within Kaduna and within it, there is another world of awe. Tucked into Igaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Rigasa has been strategically positioned and it currently plays host to the last rail terminal of the Nigeria Railway Cooperation, just less than three kilometres away from the populated Rigasa Primary School. Read more

Pharmacists raise concern over fake prescription, drug abuse among health workers (Guardian)

Key players in the pharmaceutical industry yesterday raised concern over cases of fake prescription rampant of drugs in the country shocking revelation of drug addiction among health practitioners in Kano State. The speakers, who shared different dynamics of drug abuse, majorly among youths, and social impact at the 10th Annual Symposium and Business Summit organized by Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP), Kano State chapter, advocated urgent government attention to nip the menace in the bud. Former national chairman of NAIP, Dr. Lolu Ojo, posited that the free market distribution of drug has largely led to unwholesome handling of drug sales by unregistered marketers. Read more

Dufil launches my indomie my style campaign (Guardian)

Dufil Prima Foods Plc has flagged off its new recipe campaign tagged, My Indomie My Style, a campaign set to enlighten consumers on various creative, healthy and more nutritious ways of enjoying Indomie noodles. The recipe campaign will encourage and enlighten consumers on how to compliment Indomie noodles with other food ingredients such as eggs, plantain, sweet potatoes, coconut, kilishi, panla, mosa, dankwa, beske and various vegetables resulting in a more delicious and nutritious meal that can be eaten at any time of the day. Read more

OAU sex-for-mark scandal: probe panel hits brick wall (SUN)

The sex-for-mark allegation leveled against Professor Richard Akindele of the Department of Accounting by a female student, now in hiding, via a recorded telephone conversation between her and the lecturer, which has gone viral and made headlines in several national dailies, does not seem to be going away anytime soon. Every day, a fresh angle is brought to the story. Still engrossed in this thought, she suddenly became aware of where she was and shouted, “o wa oh” to the driver, as he had apparently forgotten that she had earlier informed him that she would alight at the institution’s gate.

On the trail of sex-for-mark scandal at OAU

Alighting from the rickety mini space bus, popularly known as “so ki n so” (alight from the vehicle so I can too) with her tape recorder in hand and a notepad with pen carefully tucked into her side bag, she briskly walked into the university looking for a fresh angle to the never-ending story. Read more

Obafemi Martins: Burst goes his Russia 2018 Dream (ThisDay)

Obafemi Martins is arguably one of the most travelled African players –having played in Italy for Reggiana and Inter Milan, in England for Newcastle and Birmingham City, in Germany for Wolfsburg, in Russia for FC Rubin Kazan and in Spain for Levante. In 2013, he move to the United States to play in the Major League and then to China to join the legion of Nigeria players. For a player who had played for top European clubs, it’s still a shame that his only World Cup appearance for his country was a cameo outing at the 2010 African edition in South Africa as injury did not help his course. Read more

United 2026 welcome CONMEBOL World Cup endorsement as FIFA Task Force conclude inspection (Insidethegames)

CONMEBOL announced their unanimous support for the joint United States, Canada and Mexico bid following a Council meeting in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires. “Through this expression of unanimous support, the Council and the ten Member Associations of CONMEBOL reaffirm their commitment to continue working with FIFA and CONCACAF to promote and promote the development of football in the Americas,” a statement read. “Taking into account the positive impact that the celebration of the FIFA World Cup in Mexico in 1986 and in the United States in 1994 had on the interest, development and projection of football in those countries and in general in the region, the Associations Member of CONMEBOL consider that, after three decades, the time is right to give new impetus to football in the CONCACAF region, where more than 500 million people currently live.” Read more

Maradona: It wasn’t a penalty, but Vazquez did what I would have done (Goal)

Should Los Blancos have been awarded a last-gasp penalty against Juventus? Not according to the Argentina legend

Diego Maradona said Real Madrid should not have been awarded a stoppage-time penalty against Juventus in the Champions League, though the Argentine icon insisted Lucas Vazquez did exactly as he would have done.  A last-gasp Cristiano Ronaldo penalty saw two-time reigning champions Madrid reach the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate despite a 3-1 loss to Juventus Wednesday. With extra time looming after Juve erased Madrid’s three-goal first-leg advantage by sensationally taking a 3-0 lead at the Santiago Bernabeu, Vazquez was fouled under a challenge from Medhi Benatia. Read more

I love Roma – Liverpool’s Salah relishing Champions League reunion (Sportskeeda)

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah said he loves Roma as the Egyptian forward looked ahead to a reunion in the Champions League. Salah will reunite with Roma when Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool face the Serie A side in the semi-finals of the Champions League. The 25-year-old only left Roma in the off-season, and he has enjoyed a sensational debut campaign at Liverpool, where he has scored 39 goals in all competitions. Speaking after Liverpool were drawn against Roma, Salah told CNN: “It’s my old club. I love the fans there and they love me too. “I still talk to most of the players there. We were very close to each other and we are good friends. Read more

Britain had no choice but to conduct missile strikes against Syria, PM May says (Reuters)

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday she had authorised British forces to conduct precision air-launched cruise missile strikes on Syria to degrade its chemical weapons capability, saying there was no alternative to military action. Four Royal Air Force Tornado jets using Storm Shadow missiles had taken part in the attack on a military facility near Homs where it was assessed Syria had stockpiled chemicals, Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. The strike, conducted with the United States and France, was “limited and targeted”, designed to minimise any civilian casualties, May said. The MoD said the initial indications were that the precision weapons and meticulous target planning had “resulted in a successful attack”. Read more

Syrian state media says U.S.-led strikes hit army depots (Reuters)

Syrian state media lambasted U.S.-led air strikes on Saturday as a breach of international law and said the attack had targeted army depots in the Homs area. “The tripartite aggression is a flagrant violation of international law,” state news agency SANA said. U.S., British and French forces pounded Syria with strikes early on Saturday after a suspected gas attack killed dozens of people last week, in the biggest intervention by Western powers against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Read more

Russia’s U.S. ambassador warns of consequences for Syria strikes (Reuters)

Russia’s ambassador to the United States on Friday warned that there would be consequences for the U.S.-led military strikes on Syria, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia’s president. “A pre-designed scenario is being implemented,” Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter. “Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.” “Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible,” he added. “The U.S. – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame other countries.” Read more

Syria strikes: Democrats demand congressional approval for further military action (Guardian)

The air strikes launched by Donald Trump against the Assad regime met a mostly positive reaction in Washington on Friday night. Many Republicans applauded the strikes while Democrats mostly focused their criticism on the lack of congressional authorization rather than strikes themselves. In a statement, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said “This latest chemical weapons attack against the Syrian people was a brutally inhumane war crime that demands a strong, smart and calculated response. One night of airstrikes is not a substitute for a clear, comprehensive Syria strategy.” Read more

 

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