* PDP, APC trade words over $1bn equipment for military (Punch) * Buhari delays trip to stop Oyegun’s ‘extension plot’ (Nation)

* PDP, APC trade words over $1bn equipment for military (Punch)        * Buhari delays trip to stop Oyegun’s ‘extension plot’ (Nation)



PDP, APC trade words over $1bn equipment for military (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party has called on Nigerians to resist the attempt by the presidency to take $1bn from the national coffers under the guise of financing the military. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, had told State House correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday that Buhari had approved the purchase of equipment worth $1bn for the military. The minister was silent on the source of the money. But the main opposition party on Thursday said, rather, the money was meant for financing President Muhammadu Buhari’s interests in the All Progressives Congress’s national convention and for the 2019 electioneering. Read more

Buhari delays trip to stop Oyegun’s ‘extension plot’ (Nation)

Proponents of tenure extension for All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun and others seem to be adamant, The Nation learnt yesterday. There is a plot to create a stalemate and dump President Muhammadu Buhari’s and the APC governors’ decision on National Convention, it was learnt. The President is to attend the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Monday before leaving for London—apparently to ensure that the decision for the party to have congresses and convention stays. There were indications last night that some party chiefs backing Oyegun and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) had decided to fight back. Read more

Osinbajo says private sector key in making economic decision (Nation)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government is committed to ensuring adequate consultation, especially with the private sector, in taking vital decisions on the economy. The Vice President stated this on Thursday in Abuja at the launch of the Nigerian Economic Diplomacy Initiative (NEDI), an initiative of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. He said the country was committed to all Pan African and other deal that had made Nigeria to stand out as a country, with a view to integrate Africa. ”We are also committed to ensuring adequate consultation is made, especially with the private sector, before we make further commitment to some of the international treaties that are important to us. Read more

Nigerian youths deserve prosperous country, says Buhari (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said Nigerian youths deserved a stable and prosperous country they could be proud of. He also said his government would prevent waste and the depletion of the nation’s resources by corrupt Nigerians. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving a letter of credence from the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Read more

Kogi Recall: Melaye asks S’Court to declare exercise Illegal (Leadership)

The Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has asked the Supreme Court to declare as illegal, the recall process initiated against him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In the appeal against the Appeal Court judgement which okayed the continuation of the recall exercise, the Senator asked the apex court to declare the purported petition on which the recall is based as illegal, unlawful, wrongful, unconstitutional, null and void. Senator Melaye in a notice of appeal dated April 3, 2018 further asked the Supreme Court to equally set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal delivered on March 16, 2018, which dismissed his appeal against the recall for lacking in merit. Read more

2019: How SDP will shock APC, PDP —Gabam (Tribune)

Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam is the Interim National Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), having dumped the main opposition political party in Nigeria, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which he was part of from its formative stage in 1998 when party politics was regrouping in the country. Recently, he was in Bauchi to sell the ideas and manifesto of the emerging third force in the political scene of the country, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and while fielding questions from newsmen, he described the PDP as a dead-end party that is irredeemable for Nigerians. Read more

We’re still insecure, Niger settlements tell Buratai as Army orders withdrawal of troops (Guardian)

Over 20 communities in Munya council area of Niger State have pleaded with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, to extend the deadline for the withdrawal of military personnel deployed to quell the incessant cases of kidnapping and robbery in the area. The residents said they were not yet safe. The appeal comes in the wake of a directive for the troops to return to their barracks today. The senator representing Niger East in the National Assembly, David Umaru, who addressed a press conference on behalf of the people in Minna, said the presence of the soldiers had made the people live peacefully without any molestation from the hoodlums. Read more

Oba of Benin warns Traditional Rulers against Partisan Politics (ThisDay)

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, thursday promised to wade into the suspension of Ojuromi of Uromi, Zaiki Anselm Eidonojie by Edo State Government. The Oba who made the promise while receiving a delegation of the Edo Central Traditional Rulers in his palace in Benin City, however, warned traditional rulers in the state to shun partisan politics, concentrate on traditional matter and developmental roles in their various domains. According to Oba Ewuare II, partisanship of traditional rulers in politics could jeopardise the integrity of traditional institutions in the state. The monarch explained that after wide consultations, it became imperative to immediately wade into the suspended case of Ojuromi of Uromi Zaiki Anslem Eidenogie close to two years Read more

Presidential C’ttee on CFTA asks Buhari for 2-week Extension (ThisDay)

The presidential committee to widen consultation on the framework establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to extend its mandate by two weeks. The request, THISDAY gathered exclusively last night, is to allow it firm up consultations with major stakeholders and determine how Nigeria will benefit sector by sector from the CFTA. The committee’s deadline to submit it report to the president expired Thursday. It was established on March 27 to review the framework of agreement on CFTA, after Nigeria backed out from the extraordinary meeting of African Union Heads of State and Government just when they were set to sign the CFTA agreement in Kigali, Rwanda, on March 21. Read more

FG repaired $2.8m ship with $18m –Late Mbu’s book (Punch)

A former foreign affairs minister, Mathew Mbu, has narrated in his autobiography how the Nigerian government refurbished an old ship with £18m. He stated in the book titled, Mbu: Dignity in Service, that he bought the ship on behalf of the country for £2.8m, and expressed surprise that the Ministry of Defence officials allegedly sent the vessel for refitting at a whopping sum of £18m, shortly after he left the ministry. The ex-minister, who died on February 6, 2012, had left the manuscript of his autobiography which the family published in his honour. Read more

Brymo defends ‘nude’ video, says it’s an artistic expression (Tribune)

Olawale Ashimi a.k.a Brymo has spoken to news hunters about his new video ‘Heya’, where he was shot almost naked, wearing only a parchment covering his genitals, saying that it portrays a bushman living in the city. According to him, the song is an expression of the environment he lives in, adding that most people are actually bush despite the fact that they live in the city. “The song is an expression of my environment. I like to paint as much as I can and I think that most of us are bush people, even though we live in cities. Read more

Vandalised pipe spills fuel in community (Nation)

There was panic yesterday in Isheri Osun, on the outskirts of Lagos,  following oil spill from some vandalised Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines. One of the pipelines was said to have spilled oil because the vandals did not ‘’properly lock its valves’’ after their operation. The vandals, it was said, loaded about six tankers, before they fled. Residents said there was a strong smell of petrol in the air  around 1:30am. “People started screaming and waking others up. The whole place smelt of petrol. That was how we woke up and discovered that even farms, canals and drainages were filled with fuel,” said a resident, Baba Lajo. Another resident, Alhaji Eletu said people  cautioned against using candles or any other inflammable object. Read more

Armed Robbers attack Banks in Offa, Kill 6 Policemen, Others (Leadership)

A gang of armed robbers yesterday invaded commercial banks in Offa, Kwara State, killing some people, including policemen, complainants, bank customers and market people. The men of the underworld also  reportedly carted away unspecified amount of money in different currencies. It was learnt that the bandits, who operated for about an hour, entered the town around 4:45pm and operated till about 5:40pm as they first reportedly blocked roads from both Ilorin and Osogbo ends. They were said to have escaped through Igosun, a neighbouring community with their loot . It was also gathered that the armed bandits first approached the Offa divisional police station on entering the ancient town, killing policemen on duty among other people at the station, before raiding the commercial banks and killing people by shooting them on the head. Read more

Celtic keeper Craig Gordon reveals why he no longer fears the end of his career (Dailyrecord)

Craig Gordon doesn’t fear the day his career ends. He has already wasted too much emotion on that sickening thought. Over 200 games ago. Gordon chalked up two magnificent milestones this week when he kept his 100th clean sheet in his 200th game for Celtic. Given the well-documented bad luck he’s had with injuries in the past, it’s probably no surprise that he was stuck on 199 and 99 for over nine weeks on the sidelines with his knee in a brace. Read more

Lyon final a dream after difficult debut season for Lacazette (vietnamnews)

Alexandre Lacazette is dreaming of a fairytale ending to an otherwise difficult debut season at Arsenal by firing the Gunners to the Europa League final in his native Lyon next month. Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal swept aside CSKA Moscow 4-1 in their quarter-final, first leg at the Emirates on Thursday night to take a huge step towards the semi-finals.The French international has largely failed to live up to his 46.5 million pounds (US$65 million) club record price tag Arsenal paid for his services back in July. Read more

‘Too tall for basketball’: American player exceeds Korean league height limit (Guardian)

Height may not be a pre-requisite attribute to become a top basketballer – a diminutive stature never held back the likes of Muggsy Bogues – but it can help. So it was with some bewilderment that the American player, David Simon, who stands at 6ft 6in, met the news that he can no longer play in the Korean Basketball League on account of being too tall. Simon, a 35-year-old journeyman centre who has plied his trade in several leagues in Europe and Asia since leaving the US in 2005, has been told he must leave the KBL next season after league officials decided to impose height restrictions on foreign players. As of next season, which starts in October, one of the two overseas players each KBL team is allowed on their roster will have to be no taller than 6.56ft (which is two metres) and the other no taller than 6ft 1in, according to the Korea Times. Read more

Too radical for France, a Muslim Clergyman faces Deportation (Nytimes)

No ordinary preacher, El Hadi Doudi is perhaps France’s leading proponent of fundamentalist Islam. His influence extends throughout Europe, where his lawyer says the cleric is the only imam authorized to issue fatwas. Over 37 years, he has often berated Jews, women and the modern world, yet the authorities have tolerated his hard-line sermons and occasionally cultivated him as an ally.

That was until now.

The government of President Emmanuel Macron appears poised to expel the preacher in one of the most striking examples of its hardening stance toward radical Islam. Read more

Israeli fire kills Palestinian at Gaza border, with more protests ahead (Memo)

Israeli fire killed a Palestinian at the Gaza border on Thursday and another died of wounds suffered several days ago, health officials said, bringing to 19 the number of Palestinian dead from a week of frontier protests, Reuters reports. The Israeli military said one of its aircraft targeted an armed militant near the security fence along the Gaza Strip. Tens of thousands of Palestinians are holding a six-week-long protest in tent encampments along the fenced border of the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip, an enclave of 2 million ruled by the Hamas. The demonstrators are pressing for a right of return for refugees and their descendants to what is now Israel. Read more


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