SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 4, 2018
Nigeria at 58: are we ready to try something more radical?
Every Independence Day, articles and analysis of Nigeria’s failure to industrialize, our overreliance on oil, bad governance, corruption, insecurity, poor development indices etc. abound. Nigeria is a potent mix of missed opportunities and mischievous individuals who capitalize on human suffering to sell their brand of manipulation and hatred, further trapping us in a cycle of poverty and violence. Nearly everyone believes it is impossible to win an electoral contest in Nigeria based on the strength of one’s ideas due to the public demand for “stomach infrastructure” which leads to vote buying etc.
Why NLC called off strike – Official
The Assistant General Secretary of the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), Comrade Nehemiah Ogem has said that contrary to rumors making round, Labour did not sell out to government when it suspended the warning strike. According to him, Labor suspended the strike because government had that the tripartite committee on minimum wage it had earlier suspended indefinitely would continue work. Speaking in Minna at a one-day seminar organized by the Nigeria Civil Service Union, Federal Inland Revenue Unit (FIRS) on Labor Management Relations, Ogem said that there had been a lot of name calling and rumor carrying on how the leadership of NLC had sold out on its members.
Buhari, 9 Governors in Crucial Meeting
Nine All Progressives Congress (APC) governors are currently meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed-doors in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Although the purpose of the meeting is unknown, it is suspected that it may not be unconnected with controversial primaries held in the governors’ states. The nine governors include: Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari; Chairman of APC Governors’ Forum and Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha; Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State; Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State.
Buhari Receives Fomer South African President, Mbeki
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received a former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki. The meeting of the two leaders was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Mbeki arrived the Presidential Villa at 2:30pm and was led to the President’s office.
PDP Presidential Primaries: Sokoto Delegates Torn Between Tambuwal and Bafarawa
As members arrive Port-Harcourt, Rivers State venue of the People’s Democratic Party presidential primary election, Sokoto State delegates are reportedly torn between two aspirants. Two aspirants from the state — ex-Governor Attahiru Bafarawa and incumbent governor, Aminu Tambuwal, are among the 13 contenders. A dependable source that if the two aspirants are able to reach a consensus, it will boost the chance of the consensus aspirant, with a guaranteed block vote from the state’s delegates.
Fayose Threatens To Sue EFCC Over Placement On Security Watch List
For placing him on watch list and directing that he should be arrested if he attempted to travel out of the country as a sitting governor conferred with constitutional immunity against any criminal proceedings, Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has demanded N20 billion as damages from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), a written apology from to be published to all Security Agencies in Nigeria, three National Newspapers and the Social Media as well as withdrawal of the request/directive to Security Agencies to place him on security watch list.
APC Cancels Zamfara Guber Primary
The Prof. Abubakar Faki-led committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Zamfara State Governorship Primary has cancelled the election held in the state due to malpractices, including snatching of election materials and result sheets, allegedly by state government officials. In a statement issued Thursday by the acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, the party said the process was also marred by violence. “Subsequently, the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) has approved the cancellation of the governorship primaries. A new date will be announced soonest,” it said. The NWC reiterated its commitment to free, fair and transparent primaries across the country.
RMD Pledges Artistes Support To End Tuberculosis In Nigeria
A veteran Nigerian Artiste, Richard Mofe Damijo, popularly known as RMD, says Nigerian artistes will support the efforts to end the scourge of Tuberculosis (TB) in the country. RMD spoke as part of a TB discussion group during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) first-ever high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) in New York. The UNGA on TB on Sept. 26 gathered Heads of States in New York to accelerate efforts in ending TB and reach all affected people with prevention and care. This is part of the activities of the 73rd UNGA, the biggest global meeting of heads of states.
Wladimir Klitschko Predicts A Lengthy Title Reign For Anthony Joshua
Former boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko recently commented on Anthony Joshua’s reign as champion in the boxing world. Klitschko is a former opponent of Joshua’s, facing him in April 2017, losing the fight via knockout. The Ukrainian is, therefore, no stranger to AJ, knowing him both inside the ring and out. With this first-hand experience of Joshua’s ability, Klitschko recently offered his prediction for both the short-term and the long-term future of his reign.
9-Yr-Old Boy Points Loaded Gun At Classmates
A 9-year-old boy in Broward county in the U.S. state of Florida was placed on home detention on Thursday after he pointed his father’s loaded handgun at three classmates at school, according to local authorities. The police said with a loaded gun in hand, the boy, a third-grader, made “threatening comments” to the victims who the boy claimed had bullied him, saying “you see this, this is a real gun.”
Doctors Allow HIV-Positive Mother Donate Liver To Her Child
Faced with the only chance to save a child’s life, doctors in South Africa have performed a medical first — transplanting part of the liver from a HIV-positive mother to her HIV-negative child, it was announced Thursday. The doctors at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg revealed that, one year after the operation, the child may not have caught the virus from her new liver. The child had a terminal liver disease and would have died without the transplant.
Passengers Robbed Mid-Air On SAA Flight
At least two passengers on a South African Airways flight headed to Hong Kong from Johannesburg alleged that they were robbed of money and other valuables while on board. Cabin crew were told by some passengers during the flight on Monday that their valuables, stowed in the overhead compartments, had gone missing, reports South Africa’s TimesLive. SAA spokesman, Tlali Tlali, confirmed that an incident happened on flight SA 286 on Monday. He said, “While still en route to Hong Kong‚ two passengers approached our crew complaining that they had lost their valuables (money and a watch).”
Russia Must Be Held Accountable For Cyber Attacks – Mattis
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday Russia must be held accountable for its attempts to hack the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). “Basically, the Russians got caught with their equipment, with people who were doing it and they have to pay the piper, they are going to have to be held to account. How we respond is a political decision by the nations involved,” Mattis said after a meeting with his NATO counterparts, although he said there would not necessarily be a “tit-for-tat” response by the West.