SABINEWS MIDDAY NEWS UPDATE NOVEMBER 5, 2018
Keyamo Tackles Opposition over Buhari’s Certificate
Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, the spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari campaign Organisation, has described those claiming that WAEC forged its document as dumb. He blasted those alleging that the regional examination body, West African Examination Council (WAEC), forged the attestation certificate issued to President Buhari. In a tweet, Festus Keyamo, SAN @fkeyamo said: “The dumbest comments I’ve read about d now dead issue of PMB’s WAEC result is to say WAEC forged its own document. “Where there’s ONLY ONE body authorized by law to issue a document, it can only make mistakes or clerical errors on it (I don’t concede that here) but cannot forge it.’’ Keyamo had earlier tweeted: “On a lighter note, we understand the opposition is now hunting for the examiners who marked PMB’s scripts in 1961 to ascertain whether the grades in PMB’s WAEC result tallies with the marks they actually gave him. They’re flying in some US investigators to Dubai for consultation.’’
Nigeria’s greatest resources are her youths, not petroleum – US Ambassador
The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. William Symington, has said that the country’s greatest resources are the youths and not petroleum. Symington said this on Sunday during his visit to Makoko community. While addressing some of the pupils of Adekunle Anglican Primary School, Makoko, Symington said, “If you have oil and you don’t have people, you have nothing. The most important resources of Nigeria are her youths. The reason the world cares about Nigeria is because of the youths of the country,” he said. The US Ambassador urged the pupils to be selfless in their quest to learn, stressing that what they learn would be used to develop the country.
SERAP gives Buhari 14 days to order Ganduje’s probe
The anti-corruption group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the probe of Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, following some video clips on the Internet showing the governor allegedly collecting kickbacks from contractors. The group, in an open letter to the President on Sunday, urged Buhari to use his good offices to direct either the Attorney General of the Federation or anti-graft agencies to probe the bribery allegations against Ganduje. It argued that though the alleged bribery directly concerned Kano State, the Federal Government could not afford to look away.
2019: Why Obasanjo may withdraw endorsement of Atiku – Arewa forum
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has said that former president Olusegun Obasanjo might change his mind by withdrawing his endorsement of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), before the 2019 elections. Anthony Sani, Secretary-General of the forum, described Obasanjo as an inconsistent leader who “does not accommodate conviction and vision expected of a statesman of his status”. Sani cited some instances of Obasanjo’s inconsistencies where he tore his PDP membership card and said he was done with partisan politics.
Group Berates Atiku over Dubai Meeting
The New Agenda for Positive Change, a civil society organisation, has berated the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for reportedly holding a strategy session with over 400 members of his team in Dubai, UAE. The Dubai meeting allegedly had in attendance, Atiku’s running mate, Peter Obi and Senate President Bukola Saraki. Also in the meeting were ex-Ogun Governor, Gbenga Daniel; ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri; Bayelsa East Senator, Ben Bruce; among several others.
APC crisis: Buhari meets Amosun, Akeredolu, Fayemi
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met behind closed doors with three state governors from the South-West. The governors — Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) – were all from the ruling All Progressives Congress. The meeting was held inside Buhari’s residence at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. It was one of the efforts being made by President Muhammadu Buhari to resolve the crisis that followed the primary elections of the APC across the country. Some state governors, including Amosun and Akeredolu, had been at loggerheads with the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, over the manner in which the primary elections were conducted in their states.
MFM in a bright start as Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball Final 6 begins
Newcomers, Mountain of Fire Basketball Club stunned the crowd at the on-going Zenith Bank National Women Basketball League Final Six play-off yesterday when they defeated Nigeria Customs 58 to 57 in the opening match decided at the Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos. It was a tension soaked encounter in which the Customs led for the better part of the match, but the MFM ladies took over when it mattered most to win with just one point margin. The victory was the third recorded by the team with just a single point margin.
Neymar: PSG star subject of EXPLOSIVE Barcelona transfer claim that will rock Real Madrid
Neymar turned his back on Barcelona for PSG just over a year ago, controversially quitting the Nou Camp in a huge £200million transfer deal. Ever since that move, however, reports have claimed the 26-year-old regrets his decision to leave for the Parc des Princes. Back in the summer, Real Madrid was heavily linked with a move for Neymar following their bold decision to cut Cristiano Ronaldo loose. The Portugal international joined Juventus in a £105million deal. Yet Montoya, who played alongside Neymar at Barcelona, has claimed he would prefer to move to the Nou Camp.
Arsenal Boss Unai Emery Hails Growing Unity Between Players And Fans
Unai Emery may not be fully aware of the dreary atmosphere that once engulfed the Emirates Stadium but he can certainly feel the benefits of the growing bond between fans, the head coach and the team. Though no-one will ever confuse the Emirates with the San Paolo or the Yellow Wall of Borussia Dortmund there was a renewed optimism around North London as Arsenal secured a richly deserved 1-1 draw with Liverpool, their bubble was not even burst when James Milner opened the scoring for the visitors.
UNHCR Envoy Angelina Jolie calls for ceasefire in Yemen
Angelina Jolie has called on the UN Security Council to expedite the ceasefire in Yemen and reach a lasting settlement of the conflict. The Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a statement distributed by the international organisation in Geneva on Sunday. Jolie said the Council should work with countries in the Middle East to reach a negotiated end to the conflict and to address international laws on the protection of civilians. She also called for a greater understanding of refugee protection laws and for all countries to play a role in alleviating the human suffering in Yemen. The film actress and director are currently in South Korea, where several hundred Yemenis who fled the conflict are being hosted.
Sweden: 13 Arrested After Suspected Gang Violence Wounds 8
Eight people were wounded when shots were fired outside an entertainment venue in Sweden and the violence is thought to be linked to a feud between rival motorcycle gangs, authorities said Sunday. Police said officers found “several injured people” outside the venue in the small industrial town of Molnlycke that hosted a party on Saturday. One remained in serious condition with gunshot injuries Sunday. How many weapons were fired was unclear, and 13 people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and aggravated assault, police said.
Saudi Investigators Tried to Remove Evidence of Jamal Khashoggi’s Killing, Report Says
A newspaper close to Turkey’s government claims that a team from Saudi Arabia sent to help Turkish authorities investigate the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi worked instead to remove evidence of the slaying. Sabah newspaper, citing “trusted sources,” said Monday that an 11-member team of Saudi investigators that arrived in Turkey nine days after Khashoggi was killed included a chemical expert and a toxicology expert.
Former BBC Scotland Journalist Kenneth Roy Dies Aged 73
The award-winning journalist and publisher Kenneth Roy has died aged 73. Mr. Roy, who revealed earlier this year that he had terminal cancer, was a former co-presenter of the BBC’s Reporting Scotland programme. He also had a successful career in radio and newspapers, working for titles including The Herald, The Scotsman, and Scotland on Sunday. His obituary was published in the Scottish Review, the online magazine he edited for 24 years. Mr. Roy previously wrote a weekly commentary on current affairs for The Herald, which earned him the Columnist of the Year prize in the 1994 UK Press Gazette Awards.