July 20, 2018

* Negotiate with Kanu, Obasanjo tells Buhari (Punch) * IPOB: Jonathan asks Buhari to reach out to ex-Presidents, govs (Punch)

* Negotiate with Kanu, Obasanjo tells Buhari (Punch)  * IPOB: Jonathan asks Buhari to reach out to ex-Presidents, govs (Punch)



Negotiate with Kanu, Obasanjo tells Buhari (Punch)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to dialogue with the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, to curb the secessionist agitations instead of the deployment of soldiers in the South-East. Obasanjo said this during an interview with the Newsweek Magazine. The former President said, “I don’t see anything wrong in that (Buhari meeting with Kanu). I would not object to that; if anything, I would encourage it. “I would want to meet Kanu myself and talk to people like him, people of his age, (and ask) ‘What are your worries?’ Not only from the South-East but from all parts of Nigeria (sic).” Read more

IPOB: Jonathan asks Buhari to reach out to ex-Presidents, govs (Punch)

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to summon a Council of State meeting to advise him on the crisis in the South-East. The Council of State is an advisory body which comprises former Presidents, serving governors, the Chief Justice of Nigeria and a few other prominent Nigerians. The former President said in a Facebook post that the tension across the country was unfortunate even as he condemned the burning of a police station by the Indigenous People of Biafra members. Read more

IPOB: Kanu petitions UN, US others over army invasion (Punch)

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has petitioned the United Nations, the European Union and the Presidents of the United States, Russia and Israel over the invasion of the south-eastern region by soldiers. In the petition dated September 14 and signed by his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the IPOB leader alleged intimidation, torture, arrest, abduction and killing of the people of the region by soldiers. Kanu said the invasion would continue if the international community kept mute on the matter. Read more

Ezekwesili fires back at Shehu over IPOB comment (Punch)

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, asking the co-convener of the #BringBackOurGirls group, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, to “rise above pettiness” has triggered a series of tweets from the former Education Minister, in which she described Shehu as incompetent. “(I am) Well aware of @GarShehu’s acute incompetency, so, let me give him another opportunity to study my advice to President @MBuhari and don’t rat off,” she said on her Twitter handle. Garba had berated her for tweeting “about everything but lost your voice on #IPOB ’s lawlessness” but Ezekwesili responded in another tweet, saying, “@GarShehu’s incompetency is legendary. ‘Presidential spokesman’. Model of incompetence.” Read more

ULC begins gradual shut down of critical sectors of economy (Vanguard)

Indications emerged yesterday that United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, had made good its threat to begin a nationwide strike from yesterday with a commencement of a gradual shut down of the critical sectors of the nation’s economy ahead of total shut down from Monday. Leaders of ULC, equally insisted that the Minister of Labour and Employment,  Dr. Chris Ngige, who allegedly described the group as illegal was being economical with words and were not ready to join issues with him because “action speaks louder than voice.” This came as Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and its Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, counterpart, described ULC and its members as fake saying “these   fake Unions had not been registered, and would not be registered since all the areas have effective Union coverage presently that are affiliates of the NLC and TUC. Read more

Army, police planted bombs in Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s house – IPOB (Vanguard)

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday denied that the organization was either a terrorist or military group, saying that the members had always preached non-violence in all their activities. It also raised alarm that Nigerian soldiers drafted to its leader’s home at Isiama, Afaraukwu Ibekwu in Umuahia, Abia State had planted bombs in and around the premises to create the impression that IPOB was a terrorist organization. These were contained in a statement issued last night by the Media and Publicity Secretary of IPOB, Comrade Emma Powerful. Read more

FG to investigate universities operating multiple accounts (Nations)

The Federal Government says it will immediately begin to investigate universities operating multiple accounts in violation of the Treasury Single Account policy of the government in order to checkmate corrupt practices in the nation’s universities, adding that concrete efforts would be made to protect whistleblowers in the country as part of the ongoing anti- corruption crusade. The government also said it intends to find an alternative means of sourcing funds for the revitalisation of infrastructure in the universities. , while the office of the Accountant General of the Federation is to immediately commence the process of investigating universities that have since maintained multiple accounts. Read more

Delta opinion leaders back terrorist tag on IPOB (Nation)

Some leaders of thought from the various ethnic groups in Delta State have thrown their support behind the Defence Headquarters in its decision to tag the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organisation. In separate interviews with The Nation in Warri yesterday, an Urhobo leader and former Delta State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Victor Otomiewo, as well as renowned legal luminary and Chairman of the apex Itsekiri social culture body; the Itsekiri Leaders of Thought (ILoT), Chief Edward Ekpoko, slammed IPOB for its activities. Read more

Sultan, Katsina emir preach peace as tension escalates in states (Nation)

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday called for calm as tension heightened in the country following the face-off between the military and supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). His stance was corroborated by the Emir of Katsina, Dr Abdulmumini Kabir, who cautioned the youth against reprisal attacks on the Igbo residing in the state after reported attacks on some northerners in the South East by members of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB). Sultan Abubakar, who doubles as the head of the Nigerian Muslim community, at a press conference in Kaduna, urged imams in all mosques nationwide to preach peace in their sermons with a view to dousing the tension in the country. Read more

Invest in FGN bond, Sukuk, CBN tells Nigerians  (Vanguard)

The Central Bank of Nigeria CBN has called on Nigerians to invest in the Sovereign SUKUK bond offered by the Federal Government, saying that it was geared towards infrastructural development. Speaking at a one-day investors’ forum convened by the Debt Management Office, DMO, in Kaduna, Deputy Director, Financial Markets Department of CBN, Mr. Demenongu Yanfa, said the bank was committed to the smooth running of the SUKUK. Yanfa said the SUKUK will allow Nigerians take ownership of roads with half yearly rental incomes, adding that it will fast-track the construction of road infrastructure in the country.  His words: “The world is looking for new areas of investment. As of today, South Africa, Malaysia and some other countries of the world have embraced SUKUK to fund some of the construction and rehabilitation of key sectors of their economies.’’ Read more

Senator Tinubu: Hate speeches, quit notices hurt Nigerian nation (Nation)

Hate speeches and quit notices from one ethnic group to another are injurious to the health of Nigeria as a nation and capable of damaging the gains inherent in its diversity. Senator Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, canvassed the position while speaking at the Town Hall Meeting she held with her constituents on Friday at Arcade Hall, Eko Club, Surulere, Lagos. She described Nigeria as a complex country, but noted that her greatness lies in its diversity, the different groups that form the whole. A coalition of Northern groups called Arewa Youths had earlier issued a notice to Igbo in the Northern part of the country to quit the area by October 1, 2017, but following widespread condemnation, the group later rescinded the quit notice. Read more

Osun Guber race: Femi Kehinde visits Ooni, tells Owa Obokun he’ll emulate Awo (Vanguard)

The gubernatorial aspirant in next year’s governorship election in Osun State under the platform of Alliance for Democracy, Honourable Femi Kehinde has promised to appoint a monarch from each of the three senatorial districts in the state as non-portfolio commissioners if he wins the election. The aspirant made the pledge during his familiarization tour to the palaces of three traditional rulers in the state. His courtesy visits took him to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; the Owa Obokun of Ibokunland, Oba Kayode Awoboro and the Elerinmo of Erinmo, Oba Michael Odunayo Ajayi. Read more

Death toll in Borno cholera outbreak rises to 44 (Punch)

The number of persons that have been killed by a fresh cholera outbreak in Borno State has risen to 44. Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, who made the disclosure on Friday while addressing journalists, said that to combat the disease and prevent future outbreak, vaccination would immediately commence in the four local government areas worst affected. He said that the vaccination was to ensure the disease did not spread to other areas of the state after nearly 2,000 cases were reported in the last two weeks. Mshelia said, “We are embarking on vaccination as from Monday to ensure we stop cholera from spreading. Read more

Highlights of the NPFL 2016/17 season (Punch)

With the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League season drawn to a close last week, Idris Adesina takes a look at some highlights of the season. The 2016/17 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League came to a climax on Saturday with different tales for different clubs in the topflight division. Plateau United comfortably secured their first ever league triumph with a 2-0 victory over 2015/2016 champions Enugu Rangers in Jos, while other positions of note were claimed by clubs in pole position to do so before the final day round of matches. Read more

Champions D’Tigers qualify for final (Punch)

Champions D’Tigers took a big leap towards their title defence at the 2017 FIBA Africa Championship in Tunisia and Senegal after defeating co-hosts Senegal 76-71 in a pulsating semi-final clash on Friday to book a place in Saturday’s final. The coach Alex Nwora side will play second co-hosts Tunisia, who defeated Morocco 60-52, in Tunis as they seek to retain the title they won on the same soil in 2015. In the tense meeting between the two West African rivals, D’Tigers dominated the first three quarters of the game and lost the last one to the Lions. Read more

Only female lawyer on SAN award list loses title (Nation)

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) has reversed its earlier decision to award the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to a Lagos-based female lawyer, Oluwatoyin Ajoke Bashorun.  Bashorun was the only female lawyer on the list of 30 lawyers nominated by the LPPC earlier this year. The LPPC announced the withdrawal of the title to Mrs. Bashorun in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday. The statement was signed by the committee’s Secretary, Hadizatu Uwani Mustapha. The statement said the decision to withhold the rank from Mrs. Bashorun was taken at a meeting of the LPPC held yesterday. Read more

Song and Dance for 97%, Python Dance for 5% (ThisDay)

I read the statement by the former Deputy Director of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council, Mallam Mohammed Lawal with great amusement.

Mr. Lawal, who is one of President Buhari’s lopsided recent appointees to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (AKA Northern Nigeria Petroleum Corporation) wants Nigerians to believe that former vice President Atiku Abubakar, has been plotting the downfall of President Muhammadu Buhari since 2014. I find the allegation laughable. Why, you may ask? Read more

This Kind…These Kinds (ThisDay)

“LIKE (AS) I said earlier….” (Front Page News and Analysis, Classic 93.7 FM, 7 a.m., September 12) Thisday, the Saturday newspaper, of September 9 comes next with just two improprieties: “My grouse with (about) political parties in Nigeria”

“…these are the kind (kinds) of people that turn me on.” “Togo at crossroads (at a/the crossroads)”

“9 months after, el-rufai re-opens (reopens) tertiary institutions in ‘Southern Kaduna” (DAILY SUN, September 6) “We learnt Government (unnecessary capitalization) had promised to conduct thorough investigation on the death.” Eke-Ukwu Owerri Market governorship disaster: a thorough investigation into the death Read more

Former premier league striker Leroy Lita leaves Thailand’s Sisaket (Kwese.espn)

Former Premier League striker Leroy Lita has left Thai League side Sisaket FC after the struggling club reportedly fell behind with his salary payments. A post on the Thailand FIFA Agent Facebook page claimed that Lita’s payments were over a month in arrears, prompting a cancellation of the contract. The former Swansea City and Middlesbrough man leaves the club five points from safety, with just eight games of the season remaining. The Koupreys are paying the price for a disastrous start to the campaign when they took just four points from the first nine games. Read more

Callum McGregor’s debt to Celtic legend Tommy Burns (National.scot)

Callum McGregor would have been surprised and disappointed had the offer of a contract extension not been forthcoming from Celtic given his considerable personal contribution to the success the Parkhead club enjoyed last season.

The midfielder established himself as an invaluable member of Brendan Rodgers’s side as they qualified for the Champions League, won the Ladbrokes Premiership, Betfred Cup and William Hill Scottish Cup and went undefeated domestically. Read more

Ryan Christie seeing shades of Celtic in pressure to reach top spot with Aberdeen(Heraldscotland)

Celtic may be able to splash the cash when they want to bring in the best players available, but Ryan Christie insists the winning mentality at Aberdeen matches that of his parent club. The midfielder, on a season-long loan at Pittodrie from Parkhead, is well placed to compare the managerial approaches of Derek McInnes and Brendan Rodgers – which, he attests, are very similar. Read more

Sun Devil Women Take Second at Dave Murray Invitational (Sundevil)

Senior Chelsey Albertson led the Sun Devil women to a runner-up finish with 32 points at the Dave Murray Invitational when she crossed the line in second-place Friday in Tucson. Albertson made her season debut, but looked in mid-season form as she ran with the leaders for the entire race and clocked a 14:04.3 in the 4k race at the Randolph Golf Course. “I think it’s a good start,” coach Jeremy Rasmussen said. “She said she didn’t feel good in the warmup, so for her to go out and be four seconds off the win is an OK day. She has high expectations for herself this year, and we do too. If we put a little bit better legs out there, maybe she’ll run faster, but overall it’s an OK start to the year and she’s really ready to dig in and get going.” Read more

Kevin Durant, Paul George, NBA players from every team reveal new jerseys together (Usatoday)

Nike had a huge reveal on Friday night to introduce the new Statement Edition jerseys that NBA players will be wearing next season, and rather than using mannequins, they had the players show them off. Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons, Paul George, Karl-Anthony Towns, Blake Griffin and J.R. Smith are some of the players who were there. The Statement jersey is “inspired by teams’ desire to make a bold statement the moment they step on the court,” per the news release. Nike has already released the Association (aka home) and Icon (aka away) versions of the jerseys. Read more

Serena Williams’ daughter Alexis Olympia Is ‘Smart & Strong’ like her mama — and has her own social media! (People)

OlympiaOhanian will undoubtedly be your new go-to for adorable photos of Serena Williams and fiancé Alexis Ohanian‘s baby girl! The proud parents shared a new photo of their 14-day-old daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., on their child’s personal Instagram and Twitter accounts Friday. Wearing a navy and pink onesie that reads “Smart and Strong Like My Mama,” the newborn flexed her arms or “biceps” as the caption stated. Read more

Safarova, Babos breeze into semis in Quebec (Sportsxchange)

Top-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic will meet third-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary in one of Saturday’s semifinals of the Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec City after both posted straight-set wins on Friday.  Safarova lost the first three games of her quarterfinal match against countrywoman Lucie Hradecka before settling down for a 6-4, 7-5 victory.  Hzradecka, who is ranked 166th, stayed in the match in the second set, and even had a 5-4 lead. But she could not get the critical service break, as Safarova won the final three games.  Babos got past Francoise Abanda of Canada 6-3, 6-2 despite the presence of a partisan crowd that tried to will Abanda to the upset. Read more

Hunt for Tube ‘bucket bomber’ who injured 29 in bungled blast (Independent)

Britain’s prime minister ordered troops on to the streets last night after a suspected Islamist placed a powerful time-bomb on a packed rush-hour train heading towards Westminster.

Theresa May took the decision after the independent Joint Terrorism Assessment Centre recommended raising the terror threat to its highest level, Critical, meaning another attack is believed to be imminent.

The army will deploy troops at key locations around the capital to free up police who were last night involved in a huge manhunt. Read more

Trump angers Britain in midst of London attack (ManilaTimes)

President Donald Trump sparked fury in London and yet another pointed rebuke from Prime Minister Theresa May Friday after he claimed “loser terrorists” behind a botched train attack were known to British police. Trump took to Twitter to condemn an attack on a packed London Underground train that injured 22 people, but also appeared to suggest that British authorities had dropped the ball. “Another attack in London by a loser terrorist,” the US president tweeted. “These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!” Trump added, appearing to reveal undisclosed intelligence from the headquarters of London’s Metropolitan police force. Read more

Transgender troops can re-enlist in Military — for now (Voanews)

New guidance released Friday by the Pentagon makes it clear that any transgender troops currently in the military can re-enlist in the next several months, even as the department debates how broadly to enforce a ban on their service ordered by President Donald Trump. In a memo to top military leaders, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said a high-level panel will determine how to implement Trump’s ban on transgender individuals in the military. Trump directed the military to indefinitely extend the ban on transgender individuals enlisting in the service, but he left it up to Mattis to decide if those currently serving should be allowed to stay. Read more

North Korea’s Kim vows to seek ‘equilibrium of force’ with U.S. after missile launch over Japan (Japantimes)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to seek a “final goal” of “equilibrium of force” with the U.S. while also forcing Washington to “dare not talk about” military action over its nuclear and missile programs, state-run media said Saturday, a day after the isolated nation lobbed an intermediate-range missile over Japan for the second time.

“Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option,” Kim was quoted as saying by the official Korean Central News Agency during a visit to oversee Friday’s missile launch. Read more

Donald Trump to ‘slap’ foes, embrace friends in first UN speech (SMH)

US President Donald Trump will pummel foes and embrace friends in his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly next week, keeping pressure on Washington’s adversaries North Korea and Iran, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Friday. Trump will meet with leaders from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America throughout the week, but his remarks, scheduled for Tuesday morning New York time, will be the President’s highest profile opportunity to explain his foreign policy vision couched in his “America first” agenda. Read more

Cassini is Gone: Its legacy and the future (Skyandtelescope)

After 13 years of orbiting the Saturn system, and 4.9 billion miles logged, the Cassini mission has ended. The orbiter-turned-atmospheric probe is gone, vaporized on re-entry and now one with the planet. At 4:55 a.m. (PDT), as predicted, the team received confirmation of the spacecraft’s demise when the radar graphs displayed loss of signal, signifying that the high-gain antenna could no longer remain steadily pointed toward Earth. The robotic explorer entered Saturn’s atmosphere at 9.4°N, 53°W. Read more

Kim Jong Un raises metaphorical middle finger to western diplomacy (Asiancorrespondent)

You almost have to admire the gall of it. Less than 96 hours after the United Nations announced its “strongest measures ever” against the North Korean dictatorship, leader Kim Jong Un sends another ballistic missile sailing over Japan, dropping into the Pacific Ocean, and landing the tough talking diplomats in a sticky mire of humiliation. I can only imagine the glee on the tin-pot dictator’s face on Friday as he sat back to watch the most powerful nations in the world clamour over each other to condemn in the most certain terms what was essentially the diplomatic equivalent of setting off a firecracker at a wake – no one was harmed, but by God, it pissed people off. Read more

Body of Mexican teenager who vanished after Cabify ride found (Reuters)

Mexican authorities said on Friday they had found the body of young woman who went missing after using ride-hailing service Cabify, and had arrested the driver on suspicion of her murder. State prosecutors in the central state of Puebla said the body of Mara Fernanda Castilla, 19, was found near a motel in the state capital, which is also called Puebla. In a statement, prosecutors said they believe the driver, identified only as Ricardo N., killed her at the motel after she had hailed a car with the service a week ago, and that they would be charging the man for Castilla’s murder. Read more

Brazilian navy searches for British woman missing in Amazon(Guardian)

A 43-year-old British woman has been reported missing while canoeing on the Solimões River in the Amazon, the Brazilian navy said on Friday. The unnamed woman is said to have fired an emergency locator, according to Brazil’s 9th naval district command. The 3rd general helicopter squadron is performing reconnaissance of the area between the municipalities of Codajás and Coari, the navy said in a statement.  Another aircraft and boats are also being used in the search. Read more

‘There were little kids clinging on to the back of me…it was chaos’ – how the Parsons Green terror attack unfolded  (Telegraph)

Commuters on the packed 8.20am District Line tube got lucky. As the train pulled into Parsons Green station in west London, a plastic bucket that had been placed by a set of doors exploded before their eyes. It sent a ball of flame into the air and sparked a stampede for safety; passengers, among them children and at least one pregnant woman, were trampled in the race to escape. Twenty-nine people would be injured in the blast and require treatment, the youngest aged 10. Eighteen people suffered burns while the others were injured in the chaos that ensued. Read more


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