* Nigeria youths are not lazy, PDP replies Buhari (Punch) * Why OAU sex-for-mark professor hasn’t been sacked – VC (Punch)

* Nigeria youths are not lazy, PDP replies Buhari (Punch)                      * Why OAU sex-for-mark professor hasn’t been sacked – VC (Punch)



Nigeria youths are not lazy, PDP replies Buhari (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party has replied President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that Nigerian youths, by their demonstrated industry, cannot in any way be described by anybody as lazy. It said Nigerians find it extremely shocking that President Buhari could make such comment and described it as false, derogatory and unpatriotic comment against Nigerian citizens at a time the nation was looking up to him to properly present its potential to the global business community. President Buhari had while speaking during a panel discussion at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster in London on Wednesday, described many Nigerian youths as lazy and not ready to work. Read more

Why OAU sex-for-mark professor hasn’t been sacked – VC (Punch)

The Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, has confirmed the suspension of Prof. Richard Akindele, for allegedly demanding sex from a Post Graduate student, Miss. Monica Osetobe Osagie. The VC, who said this in a statement issued on Thursday stated that the committee set up by the university to investigate the sex-for-mark allegation established a prima face case against the lecturer. He added that the university could not terminate the appointment of the lecturer now because such action could only be taken by the Governing Council after the professor might have a been found guilty by  the Joint Council and Senate Committee of the university. Read more

Appeal court freezes Fayose’s account (Punch)

In a lead judgment, the Court of Appeal sitting in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, directed the freezing of the account of the Ekiti state governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose. The court allowed the appeal filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against the judgment of Justice Taiwo. O Taiwo of Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti division. Read more

Our youths are hardworking, intelligent, Atiku, Fayose, Bruce tell Buhari (Punch)

Some Nigerian politicians have reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment that Nigerian Youths are lazy. President Buhari on Wednessday during a panel discussion at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster, London, said that many Nigerian youths are uneducated, not ready to work and dependent on revenue from oil to survive. Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose and Minister representing Bayelsa East constituency, Ben Murray Bruce have differed on the subject matter. Read more

Acquire political skills, Osinbajo advises Youths (Punch)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday challenged youths in the country to brace up for political leadership of the country in the years ahead. Osinbajo gave the charge when he received a delegation of Not-Too-Young-To-Run Movement which visited him in Abuja. He said that youths needed to be ready for political offices they intended to occupy, pointing out that leadership positions were not automatic. “It is true that young people are participating in every sphere of the economy and they are doing well, but they ended up there through one process of training or the other. Read more

Oyo workers laud Ajimobi on human capital development (Nation)

Participants at a two-day “train-the-trainers” workshop for civil servants in Oyo State have expressed gratitude to the State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, for his commitment to the welfare and development of the state’s workforce. This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the workshop, held in Ibadan, on Thursday, with the theme, ‘The Imperatives of Change Management in Oyo State Public Service.’ According to the communiqué, the participants resolved to embrace work practices, which would enhance productivity and efficiency in the state civil service. Read more

Lamido campaign condemns President’s comment on Nigerian youths (SUN)

The North West zonal office of the Sule Lamido for President 2019 Campaign Organisation on Thursday condemned a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari indicating that Nigerian youths are not willing to work and expect free handouts. Zonal Coordinator of the Campaign Organization, Hon. Sani Liti, while speaking with journalists in Kaduna, said the President’s statement was an indication that he has no development plan for the youths who constitute the largest number of the country’s population. Read more

Soldiers, policemen occupy National Assembly, cordon off Senate, Reps chambers (Punch)

There is a huge presence of security operatives in and around the National Assembly Complex on Thursday, following the invasion of the Senate chamber with snatching of the mace by thugs on Wednesday. Apart from the presence of more policemen, soldiers were also deployed to guard the premises. The sergeants-at-arms also conducted stricter checks on workers and guests going in. Some soldiers and policemen stationed at the lobby adjoining the Senate and House of Representatives’ chambers‎ had a brief argument over their responsibilities in the protection of the area. Read more

Former Katsina Gov. Shema to be arraigned on N5.77b laundering charge (SUN)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has perfected arrangements to arraign the former Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema, before a Federal High Court sitting in Katsina. An anonymous source at the Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, disclosed to the Daily Sun that the former governor would be arraigned on Monday, the 23rd of April, 2018, before Honourable Justice Babagana Ashgar on a 26-count charge of Conspiracy and Money Laundering. Read more

BBOG gives Nigerian govt 72 hours to unseal protest venue (PremiumTimes)

The Bring Back our Girls Group, (BBOG) has given the Nigerian government and the police 72 hours (three days) to unseal the Unity Fountain, venue of its daily sit-outs, that was sealed by the police a few days ago. The group, while condemning the action of the police reminded them that the sealing violates the group’s constitutional rights and past court rulings. The group has been sitting almost daily for the past few years to protest the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2014. They have had serial confrontations with the police who have been uncomfortable with their consistent gathering at the Unity Fountain. Read more

21 Parties qualify for Ekiti Guber Poll, says INEC (ThisDay)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that 21 out of the 42 registered political parties in Ekiti State are qualified to participate in the July 14governorship poll. Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting in Ado Ekiti Thursday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Prof. Abduganiy Raji, said though INEC had received correspondences affirming the existence of 42 parties in the state, only 21 of them met the requirements of the law. Present at the meeting were security chiefs in the state, led by the Police Commissioner, Mr. Abdullahi Chafe,  chairmen of political parties, journalists and other stakeholders. Read more

Rampaging soldiers set Benue community on fire (PremiumTimes)

Some persons suspected to be Nigerian soldiers stormed a community in Benue State and set houses ablaze, an official has told Premium Times. They stormed Naka, the seat of Gwer West Local Government Area, at about 11:00 a.m. and began burning houses to the apprehension of residents, Francis Ayagah, chairman of the local government told Premium Times by telephone Thursday afternoon. Details of the incident were still murky as at 2:48 p.m., and Mr Ayagah could not immediately confirm casualty figures, if there were any. But he said the ‘soldiers’ were on a reprisal attack over the killing of one of their colleagues near the community on Wednesday. Read more

Kidnapping: Evans‘ll not escape Justice, Lagos assures (Nation)

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday assured that no effort would be spared in ensuring the logical conclusion of the cases filed in court against kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike popularly known as Evans. Evans, who was arrested at his mansion in Magodo area of Lagos last year, is being prosecuted by the State Government in court alongside others for masterminding and executing series of high profile kidnappings and murder in the State. The State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, who said this at the ongoing Ministerial Press Briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa as part of activities marking the third year anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration, said the State Government was committed to ensure the logical conclusion of all pending cases in court and serve justice to the people. Read more

Reverend King may get clemency (Guardian)

Lagos State Government said Reverend Chukwuemeka Ezeugo popularly called Rev King would get clemency and not go through the hangman’s nose, if Ezeugo is worthy of it. Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, stated this during the 2018 Ministerial Press Briefing of the Ministry of Justice to mark Akinwunmi Ambode third anniversary. Kazeem said: “The truth of the matter is that the case of Rev King, as high profile as it could be, it is just one of the other cases of people that are on death row. The case of the clergy would be considered like others that had been convicted by the court. Read more

MFM, Akwa Utd, Plateau Utd eclipsed in Confederation Cup (SportingTribune)

It was a dark day for Nigerian football on Wednesday when two out of the country’s three club sides left in the CAF Confederation Cup were edged out of the 2018 competition. Though they defeated the visiting Al-Hilal of Sudan 3-1, Akwa United of Uyo could not make it into the group stage of the competition. Rather it was the Sudanese who progressed into the next stage on away goals. Al-Hilal had defeated the Nigerian representatives 2-0 in the first leg played last week. The visitors’ solitary goal at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium by their captain, Basheer, proved crucial, as they went through on technical grounds. Read more

Ogbeche sends message to Clubs: I can play for 3 years (Allnigeria)

Bartholomew Ogbeche has sent a message to clubs interested in his signature, saying he can play at a high level for the next three years.The former Nigeria international, who represented the country at the 2002 World Cup, is preparing to bid farewell to Willem II as he has already been informed that his contract will not be renewed at the end of this season. Ogbeche scored his tenth league goal in Willem II’s 5-1 loss to Feyenoord last night but is suspended for the upcoming game against PEC Zwolle after receiving his fifth booking against the Dutch champions. Read more

NFF settles Super Eagles coaches’ salaries up to July (Guardian)

All the coaches of the national teams have received their salaries up to July courtesy of the sponsorship agreement the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has with oil and gas outfit, Aiteo, the NFF has revealed. The federation also revealed that it will start giving the less privileged football leagues, including the Nigerian National League (NNL), the Nationwide League and the Women league a grant of N200 million as support fund. It said in a communiqué after its meeting yesterday, “a decision was taken to support the three Leagues with a minimum of N200 million (to be shared based on an agreed ratio) annually until they attain financial stability. Read more

Djokovic needs 10 match points in ‘real battle’, Nadal’s ‘positive’ start (Guardian)

Novak Djokovic said it was “great” to deal with the emotions of a “real battle” again, after saving 10 match points to beat Borna Coric at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday, while Rafael Nadal made a “positive” return to the ATP Tour by thrashing Aljaz Bedene. Djokovic, playing only his fourth tournament since Wimbledon last July after struggling with a right elbow injury, overcame some late nerves to win 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 in the second-round clash. “It was a real battle. I mean, I could have won the match earlier definitely, but it was great to deal with these kind of emotions again,” said the 12-time Grand Slam champion. Read more

Women’s International Champions Cup: Chelsea and Man City to play in inaugural event (BBC)

Champions League semi-finalists Chelsea and Manchester City will both feature in the first Women’s International Champions Cup in Miami this summer. The four-team pre-season tournament will also include Paris St-Germain and North Carolina Courage, leaders of the USA’s National Women’s Soccer League. Semi-finals will be played on 27 July, with the final and third-place game two days later at Hard Rock Stadium. The men’s event – running from 20 July to 12 August – was founded in 2013. Read more

James Rodriguez and Robert Lewandowski to transfer to the Bayern women! (Bavarianfootballworks)

James Rodriguez content is perhaps one of the deepest rabbit holes you can fall down into on the Internet right now. That’s what happened to me when a harmless rumor—that Bayern Munich want to flip James for Ivan Rakitic (lol)—sent me searching for a fan drawing of him and Radamel Falcao that I noticed. (I tracked it down, as you can see above.) Along the way, I stumbled across an amazing image from an article in Colombian sports magazine PubliSport. “Wait, what is that? Someone drew James as a woman!?” That was just the beginning: Read more

Tottenham fans hate links to Gray (Footballfancast)

According to ESPN, Demarai Gray is a top summer target for Mauricio Pochettino, but Tottenham fans aren’t all that happy about it. There aren’t many teams with the depth of attacking options that Tottenham have at their disposal, and now ESPN are claiming Pochettino wants to add to that by signing Gray this summer. The speedy Leicester winger has shown glimpses of excellence since joining from Birmingham in 2016, but has managed just three goals and one assist in the Premier League this season. Read more

Indian police arrest 18 Rohingya Muslims (Washingtonpost)

Indian police say they have arrested 18 Rohingya Muslims in a remote northeastern region as they prepared to board a train for New Delhi after entering illegally from Bangladesh.Police say the 11 men, four women and three children came from Chittagong in Bangladesh and were arrested Thursday in Khowai district in India’s Tripura state. Police officer Krishnendu Chakravertty said they were looking for jobs and going to New Delhi where other Rohingya live. About 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape military-led violence against the minority group at home. Read more

Nobel winner ICAN welcomes Trump-Kim meeting but decries macho threats (Reuters)

Nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea are welcome, but the bullying and threats that led up to them were reckless and it is South Korea that should get credit, the Nobel Prize winning anti-nuclear campaign group ICAN said on Thursday. Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said U.S. President Donald Trump was not responsible for bringing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table, since each hostile tweet merely prompted an equally hostile reaction from Pyongyang. Read more

South Africa must tame Zambia’s ‘brutal regime’, opposition leader says (Reuters)

Zambia’s opposition leader Hakainde Hichelema accused President Edgar Lungu’s government on Thursday of political killings, rights abuses and rampant corruption, calling on South Africa to intervene to restore calm. Hichilema, who spent four months in jail last year on a treason charge, said regional allies needed to apply pressure on Lungu or risk Zambia descending into the economic disarray seen in neighbouring Zimbabwe under former President Robert Mugabe. Zambia, Africa’s second largest copper producer, has been criticised by rights groups for an increase in political arrests under Lungu and concerns about corruption following reports of billions of dollars in undisclosed borrowing. Read more

Allow my Son to Succeed me, Queen Elizabeth Pleads with Commonwealth Leaders (ThisDay)

Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain Thursday formally declared open the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace in Central London, pleading with Commonwealth heads of governments to allow her son, Prince Charles, succeed her. Although Queen Elizabeth took over from her father, King George VI, who died of lung cancer in 1952, the position of the queen or king of England is said not to be hereditary, hence, the monarch told the leaders that it was her “sincere wish” that her son, Prince Charles, be allowed to occupy her office as the head of the Commonwealth when she eventually gives up the ghost. Read more


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