* Knocks, kudos as Buhari declares second term bid (Punch) * …PDP, Yakasai react (SUN)

* Knocks, kudos as Buhari declares second term bid (Punch)         * …PDP, Yakasai react (SUN)



Knocks, kudos as Buhari declares second term bid (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari briefly stopped activities at the All Progressives Congress’ National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja on Monday when he declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019. Governors and national leadership of the APC present were said to have been taken aback by the President’s declaration. They were said to have, however, quickly recovered and clapped as soon as the President declared his intention. It was gathered that the governors and the national leadership, led by the APC Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, were not aware of the decision until the President spoke. Read more

…PDP, Yakasai react (SUN)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said Buhari’s declaration was an internal affairs of APC. The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said until the president becomes the candidate of the APC, it will not spend “precious time on his mere show of interest.” According to the opposition party, the declaration has placed President Buhari among the ranks of aspirants seeking to be the president of the Federal Republic, effective May 29, 2019. However, elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai said Buhari should get prepared for a tough race, insisting that the mood of the ordinary Nigerians towards him has considerably changed from what it was in 2015. Read more

GOVERNORSHIP: We won’t allow cash for votes in Ekiti election — INEC (Vanguard)

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, assured the electorate in Ekiti State that it would work with the security agencies to prevent  monetisation  of the July 14 governorship election in the state. The electoral body said it was aware of how people were being offered N5,000 each to cast their votes in Anambra, Ondo, and Edo states, saying such won’t reoccur in Ekiti through strong synergy with the security agencies. This was as the Ekiti State Council of Obas warned INEC against manipulation of the governorship election, urging it “not to outsmart the smart card readers so that the state can have a credible election that will be acceptable to all.” Read more

Buhari’s second term’ll finish Nigeria –Fayose (SUN)

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described yesterday’s declaration of re-election bid by President Muhammadu Buhari as an ambition dead on arrival. Fayose warned that if Buhari is re-elected, he would kill the country. He said Nigeria does not need Buhari as its leader in 2019. The governor, who spoke to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, through his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, yesterday, said if Buhari is unable to read the handwriting on the wall to know when to call it quits, Nigerians would show him the exit in 2019 by voting him out of office. Read more

$1b security fund won’t be spent without appropriation, says Enang (Nation)

The proposed $1 billion for fighting insurgency will not be spent without appropriation by the National Assembly, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) Ita Enang said yesterday. He told State House correspondents: “In response to several issues raised about security fund sourced for at source from Excess Crude Account (ECA) to combat security challenges in the country and the several misreadings attending same, may l state as follows: “That the said sum has not and cannot be approved for spending by Mr. President. Read more

Ogbeh, others urge creation of ranches to end herders-farmers clashes (Guardian)

Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, yesterday declared that ranches remained the only panacea if the government was desirous to end the farmers-herders clashes across the country. Ogbeh, who briefed State House correspondents along with Governor Simon Lalong after a meeting of the Committee on National Food Security at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday ‎said that cattle in the country contributed six percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) hence the need to create an “environment where they have water, grass and security against rustlers.” The minister lamented that for nearly 40 years the country did not do much about the cattle sub sector which, he said, made it inevitable for the herdsmen to roam around. Read more

Offa Robbery: Why police couldn’t repel armed robbers — Commissioner (PremiumTimes)

Suspected armed robbers who stormed the second-largest town in Kwara State last Thursday divided themselves into two teams upon arrival, with the first team confining officers at the nearest police station while the other unleashed terror on bank premises and residents, the state police commissioner has told Premium Times. Daredevil robbers stormed Offa at the close of business on April 5, killing 17 people and raiding five bank branches in an operation that witnesses said lasted for nearly two hours. Some media reports have quoted a death toll as high as 32. Read more

Kachikwu clarifies statement on N1.4tr subsidy (Guardian)

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, yesterday said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was in the best position to give appropriate figures on import of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol. Reacting to report, in which he (Kachikwu) was quoted as saying that the country currently incurs over N1.4 trillion under recovery or losses on the importation and sale of petrol, he stated that the details of the under-recovery figures and circumstances surrounding it would be provided by the NNPC. Read more

FG begins screening of 40,000 varsity degrees obtained abroad (Punch)

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Education, said on Monday that it had constituted a 16-man committee to screen over 40,000 degrees claimed to have been obtained from Nigerian students who studied in foreign institutions. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who inaugurated the committee in Abuja, said the screening by the committee was necessary to detect cases of fake foreign degrees obtained, particularly from sub-standard institutions in Africa and beyond. Read more

Media to review bills, policies before passage, execution, says Lagos government (Guardian)

The Lagos State government has pledged to allow the media to review bills and policies before they are passed or implemented. The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, disclosed this yesterday at the commencement of the 2018 Ministerial Press Briefing. He said the move was necessitated by the need to avoid the protests that trailed the newly introduced Land Use Charge. The governor said the media would be involved to make their input and give necessary feedbacks. The briefing was to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, and allow the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to explain their activities in the last one year. Read more

Drama as bribe-seeking SARS men keep Lagos businessman in toilet (Punch)

A  businessman, Immanuel Ibe-Anyanwu, created a sensation on Monday after calling for help on Facebook while in the toilet of a Zenith Bank branch at Ago Palace-Way, Okota, Lagos State. Ibe-Anyanwu claimed that some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad were waiting outside the bank to extort money from him. The 37-year-old, in the post, claimed that the policemen had seized his company documents. While urging his friends and other readers to share the post, he said his phone battery was running low. The post had been shared by over 400 social media users in five hours, as many Nigerians rallied support for him. Read more

BRT crushes pupil, operator accused of abandoning victim (Punch)

A Senior Secondary School one pupil, Ibrahim Abdullahi, is battling with crushed leg and hand at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja. The 13-year-old was reportedly knocked down by a BRT bus at the Maryland bus stop, Lagos, immediately he alighted from another BRT bus. This is just as his mother, Funke Oladipo, alleged that Primero Nigeria Limited, the operator of BRT buses on the Ikorodu Road corridor, had abandoned the victim at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, where he was admitted. Read more

I lost Ballon d’Or award because I played for Nigeria, says Amuneke (Guardian)

Former Super Eagles’ winger, Emmanuel Amuneke has revealed that he was denied the opportunity of winning the prestigious World Footballer of the year award because he plied his soccer trade as a Nigerian. “I usually tell some of my friends that if I had started my football career as a European player, maybe, I would have won the World Footballer of the year award. Unfortunately, I started from Nigeria and only God knows why,” Amuneke said at the weekend during the unveiling of LaLiga Nigerian office in Lagos. Read more

D’Tigers lose again, face Scotland (Punch)

Nigeria  ended their group matches at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia with a 97-55 defeat to the  hosts in their third match of the group. D’Tigers face  Scotland in the semi-final qualifier on Tuesday. The basketball event of the Commonwealth Games featured teams, who were grouped into two according to their FIBA rankings. Each group has four teams. The top two teams in Group A – Australia and New Zealand – progressed to the semi-finals while the top two teams in Group B – Scotland and England – play in the qualifiers against the last two teams in Group A – Canada and Nigeria – for the other two semi-final places. Read more

McCarthy upbeat about Bafana’s future after young players ‘step up’ (Iol)

Bafana Bafana great Benni McCarthy is banking on the current crop of young players to end the 20 year hoodoo of missing out qualifying for the Fifa World Cup. McCarthy, who is now coaching Absa Premiership outfit Cape Town City, is optimistic that Bafana will be one of the nations representing Africa in 2022 in Qatar. Bafana haven’t qualified for the World Cup since 2002. They participated in 2010 in South Africa as the host nation. They missed out in 2006 in Germany, 2014 in Brazil and they will watch it on their screens in Russia in two months time. Read more

Pep Guardiola states his prediction for Man City v Liverpool FC in Champions League (thesportreview)

Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City that the Premier League leaders will need to produce a perfect game to get past Liverpool FC in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night. The Citizens have endured a difficult week in an otherwise brilliant second season under Guardiola following successive losses to Liverpool FC and Manchester United. The Reds were emphatic 3-0 winners against the Premier League pacesetters in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final last week thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino. Read more

China’s Xi urges Taiwan business community to shun independence (Reuters)

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Taiwan’s business community on Tuesday to shun any idea of independence for their island and to promote peace and stable ties with the mainland, state media reported. Ties between Beijing and self-ruled Taiwan have been frosty since the independence-leaning Diplomatic Progressive Party (DPP) won a Taiwan election in 2016, defeating the nationalist Kuomintang party. Beijing views Taiwan as a breakaway province and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under Chinese control. Read more

Malaysia sets election date for May 9 (CNN)

Malaysians will go to the polls on Wednesday, May 9, to cast their votes in a parliamentary election that pits incumbent Prime Minister Najib Razak against the combined force of two bitter rivals. Candidates, who must be nominated on April 28, are expected to include 92-year-old opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad. Mahatir, who served 22 years as the country’s leader before retiring in 2003, has come back determined to topple the party he once led by joining forces with his arch-nemesis, former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, whom he once jailed for corruption and sodomy. Read more


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