* PDP says vindicated by Gates’ criticisms of Buhari’s economic policies (Guardian) * Repentant B’Haram insurgents: CAN, JNI disagree as Buhari offers amnesty (Punch)

* PDP says vindicated by Gates’ criticisms of Buhari’s economic policies (Guardian)         *  Repentant B’Haram insurgents: CAN, JNI disagree as Buhari offers amnesty (Punch)



PDP says vindicated by Gates’ criticisms of Buhari’s economic policies (Guardian)

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said on yesterday that the verdict by United States billionaire, Mr. Bill Gates, that President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic policies are anti-people has vindicated its stand that the administration is the worst in the history of the country. The party added that the government never had the interest of the people at heart, but has been lying to Nigerians with false performance indices and cosmetic appearances, while its agents continue to siphon funds meant for the welfare of the people. PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, said the President and the All Progressives Congress (APC) can now see that “the entire world is fully aware of their misrule and as such, should stop wasting the nation’s resources on pointless image laundering and desperate quest for international endorsements.” Read more

Repentant B’Haram insurgents: CAN, JNI disagree as Buhari offers amnesty (Punch)

The Christian Association of Nigeria, the #BringBackOurGirls coalition and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll-led Jama’atu Nasril Islam, have disagreed over the amnesty promised to repentant Boko Haram insurgents by President Muhammadu Buhari. The President on Friday promised to grant amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect who are ready to drop their arms and embrace peace. Buhari made the promise at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while receiving girls who were abducted from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State last month and were released on Wednesday. He said, “While further efforts are being made to secure the release of every abducted citizen in Nigeria, the government is ever ready to accept the unconditional laying down of arms by any member of the Boko Haram group, who show strong commitment in that regard. Read more

AUGAPOL berates Buhari for kidnap, return of Dapchi schoolgirls (Punch)

A civil society group, Activists United against Graft and Anti-People’s Policies, have slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for his administration’s handling of the kidnap and return of 105 female pupils of Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, by Boko Haram. Describing the development as a “poorly scripted drama” by the All Progressives Congress-led federal government to score a cheap political point ahead of the 2019 general elections, AUGAPOL said that rather than celebrate, the Buhari administration should cover its face in shame for the embarrassment it had caused Nigeria in the eyes of the international community. Read more

Ex-President Jonathan returns to Freetown for Sierra Leone’s Presidential Run-off (Punch)

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan arrived Freetown on yesterday as leader of a team of observers to Sierra Leone’s presidential run-off polls scheduled to take place on 27th March, 2018. Jonathan who is leading the Election Observation Mission of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) is carrying out the assignment in support of the effort for a peaceful and transparent election in Sierra Leone. A statement by the ex-President’s spokesman Mr. Ikechukwu Eze said Jonathan also led EISA to the first round of the elections on March 7, 2018, where none of the candidates polled 55% of votes required to win a first round ballot. Read more

Secondus knocks presidency over democracy, Nigerians’ expectations (Guardian)

National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of negating the principles of democracy and expectations of Nigerians through lies, deceits and nepotism. He made the assertion at Afikpo in Afikpo North Local Council of Ebonyi State during a solidarity rally organised by Ebonyi South Public Officers Development Forum (ESPODF). He also accused former Rivers State Governor and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi of deceiving the Southeast zone with his campaign to vote President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 to enable the zone produce the President in 2023. Read more

INEC releases timetable for Melaye’s recall (Punch)

The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the timetable and schedule of activities for the recall of the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, with the process set to start on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. A statement released by INEC on Friday, which was signed by its Secretary, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu, contained the timetable and schedule of activities for the recall process. The schedule of activities is expected to commence with the posting of the notice of verification at the commission’s office in Lokoja, Kogi State and end with the declaration of the outcome of the verification on April 29, 2018. Read more

Clark, Horsfall, S’South Governors rally for Nigeria’s Restructuring in Yenagoa Today (ThisDay)

Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, former Head of the National Security Organisation, Chief Albert Horsfall and all Governors from the South South region of the country will today (Saturday) rally in support of Nigeria’s restructuring. Coming under the umbrella of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), led by Chief Clark, the organisers will also use the occasion to demand a review of the current structure of the Nigerian federation. Billed to hold at the Grand Pavilion and Boat Club, Ox-bow Lake, Swali, Yenagoa,   the occasion will have as its Chairman, Horsfall. Read more

CAN prays for Ugwuanyi’s re-election in 2019 (Guardian)

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Enugu State chapter has offered special prayers for the re-election of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and God’s continuous favour on him to fulfill his heart desires for the state. Rising from a “mega prayer rally in Enugu yesterday”, tagged: “Enugu State is in the Hands of God”, which was attended by the leaders of the five blocs in CAN Enugu State, namely, Most Rev. Dr. Calistus Onaga of the CSN (represented by Rev. Fr. Dr. Donatus Onuigbo); Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel O. Chukwuma of the CCN; Bishop Obi Onubuogu of CPFN/PFN; Rev. Michael Ebonine of OAIC and Rev. Emmanuel Edeh of ECWA/TEKAN, the chairman of the association, Rt. Rev. Christian Obiefuna in his address told Gov. Ugwuanyi that “his second tenure is in the Hands of God” and “it is safe with Him because you have acknowledged Him”. Read more

My daughter, Iyabo, won’t take nonsense from anyone – Obasanjo (Punch)

About four years after Iyabo Obasanjo wrote an open letter to his father, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President has described his daughter as a tough woman who will not put up with any nonsense from anyone. Obasanjo said this at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, on Thursday while addressing women at the 14th annual lecture of the Women in Management, Business and Public Service, where he urged women to play more active roles in politics. Blaming the minor role being played by women in Nigerian politics on men, the former President said, “It is out of the selfishness of our men; they will look for anything to keep women under and look at the sort of things that we do. Read more

Ex-Cameroonian minister arrested in Nigeria, extradited home (Punch)

A former Minister of Water and Energy in Cameroon, Mr. Atangana Kouna, was on Thursday arrested in Nigeria and flown back home. According to police and local sources, Kouna was arrested amidst a crackdown on high-level corruption in the French African country, Reuters reported on Friday. There were speculations that Kouna was arrested as part of an anti-corruption drive known as Operation Sparrowhawk. Two other persons — a former Ministry of Public Works and the head of a state company, also an ex-rector of the University of Douala — were arrested earlier in the week as part of the operation. Read more

‘Why Taraba is owing retirees N11b’ (Nation)

Taraba government on Friday said the shortfall in revenue allocation and the need to pay salaries as at when due were reasons the state government was owing retirees N11 billion gratuity. The state’s Head of Civil Service, Mr Simon Angyo disclosed this at the state accountability programme ‘Face the Press’, organised by the Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Darius Ishaku on Public Affairs. He explained that though the government was promptly paying pension, salaries and other entitlements of workers and retirees, the backlog of gratuity would be cleared as soon as the state’s economy improved. Read more

Glo-sponsored Professor Johnbull enters Season 6, retools (Vanguard)

Nigeria’s most watched sitcom, “Professor Johnbull”, is being taken to higher grounds and retooled as the shooting of Season 6 teed off recently in the Coal City of Enugu. The TV drama series, Professor Johnbull, sponsored by the telecommunications giant, Globacom, is being enhanced by the production crew headed by the iconic Producer, Tchidi Chikere, supported by two legendary consultants, Chika Okpala alias ‘Zebrudayah’, and Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD). Reports from the location confirmed that the first set of cast and crew arrived Enugu last Friday, while the remaining members joined mid-week, adding that recordings for the new season were on-going. Read more

Korede Bello gets honorary Superintendent of Police title (Vanguard)

Mavin’s act, Korede Bello, who was unveiled as the first Nigerian Police Ambassador in December 2015, was  decorated with the honorary title of Superintendent of Police, by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris during the week. Sharing photos of his honourary police decoration, Korede Bello wrote; ‘I want to be part of the solution, not just paying lip service to nation building. Rare selfie of SP Korede Bello and IGP Idris K. Ibrahim. Say hello to the new Doro M3GA Superintendent of Police’. Read more

Declare state of emergency in Benue, Taraba now –Miyetti Allah (SUN)

Recently, the Benue State governor raised the alarm that the Fulani have unleashed about one million cows to Benue State. Is there truth in his allegation?

It is a lie. From Nasarawa, they have arrested about 3000 Fulani cows and kept it in Benue. Governor Ortom is only spreading propaganda just to suffer the Fulani people. All the cows outside Benue, they are arresting them. If you  understandHausa, I can take you to them and you will understand what the Fulani are suffering. Even in Taraba and outside Benue, they arrest the Fulani and their cows. We do not know what to do again. Read more

HURIWA carpets Civil Defence over death of 7 Passengers (ThisDay)

A Non-Governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the Enugu State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for causing the death of seven passengers following an ill-fated chase of a bus driver in Enugu. In a media statement by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, the Rights group asked the Enugu State Governor, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to ensure that the operatives of the Civil Defence Corps responsible for the horrible misconduct which occasioned mass death were prosecuted for murder. Read more

Alaye of Ayedun Ekiti passes on (Punch)

The Alaye of Oke Ayedun Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Oba Jacob Ala, Okunoye II, has passed away. He died in the early hours of Friday. A source in the town said the announcement of the death of the monarch was delayed because of tradition. Ayedun Ekiti is divided into two towns of Oke Ayedun and Odo Ayedun. The Chairperson of the local government authority, Mrs. Abiola Olukayode, confirmed the death of the monarch in a chat with our correspondent on Friday. Read more

Despite curfew, gunmen kill 3, torch over 15 houses in fresh Plateau attack (ThisDay)

In spite of the imposition of dusk-to-dawn curfew in Bassa local government area, and in Dong of Jos North local government area, by the Plateau State government, gunmen, in a fresh attack on Thursday night killed three persons and burnt over 15 houses. This is even as some residents who narrowly escaped from the community disclosed that many people were currently missing. Confirming the attack to journalists, Reverend Father Anthony Okparaji of St Augustine Catholic Church, Pastoral Centre, Dong said two of his parishioners and another person were killed in the attack which started at about 9pm on Thursday, adding that he had informed the Police and the state government to reinforce security. Read more

Onigbinde: I divorced my wife to have long life (SUN)

What’s the secret of your healthy and youthful look at age 80?

Yes I remain young and you can say that over and over again. At times people still find it difficult to call me an old man. I still look very much younger like a 40 year-old man. The secret remains the grace of God. Grace is above all things. Aside that, I have always engaged myself in sports. Sports men hardly grow old and I will forever remain in sports till I find it difficult to walk with my legs. Read more

Moses on target as Super Eagles stun hosts Poland (SUN)

The Super Eagles pipped Poland 1-0 in Wroclaw in Friday’s pre-World Cup friendly. Victor Moses’ second half penalty after he was fouled was enough to secure the win for the Super Eagles. The game saw young Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho make his first start for the Super Eagles. It was a game the Super Eagles failed to create clear scoring opportunities and mostly played on the back foot before their goal. Robert Lewandoski had the game’s first big chance on eight minutes after sliding to meet a dangerous low cross and his effort came off the post with Uzoho well beaten. The game was briefly stopped on 10 minutes following injury to Karol Linetty over a collision. Read more

Brazil in cruise control beat Russia 3-0 (Nation)

World Cup hosts Russia will need to fortify their team before the real battle begins following their 3-0 defeat Friday in an international friendly by Brazil at the Luzhniki Stadium. Barcelona stars Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho were on the score sheet as Brazil enjoyed a cruise control playing without injured Neymar who is being tipped to bounce back from injury before the world cup begins. Igor Akinfeev made a string of fine saves to keep Russia level in the first half but the goalkeeper was at fault for Brazil’s opener, failing to divert a Thiago Silva header out of the danger zone, with Miranda on hand to turn home the rebound. Read more

Juventus selected as opponent for 2018 MLS All-Star Game (ChicagoTribune)

Serie A champions Juventus have been selected as the opponent for Major League Soccer’s top players in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game. “We welcome Juventus – one of the world’s iconic clubs – as our opponent for the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber in a press release. “Our midseason showcase annually attracts the most prominent clubs in global soccer, and this year our All-Stars will face one of the sport’s most historically successful teams. And we can’t think of a better city to host the game than in Atlanta, which due to the incredible success and popularity of Atlanta United, has rapidly captured the attention of the entire soccer world.” Read more

Manchester United ‘told to stump up £60million to sign Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar’ (Mirror)

Manchester United have been told to stump up £60million if they are going to sign Milan Skriniar from Inter, according to reports. The 23-year-old is seen as one of the brightest talents in Serie A after impressing this season. According to Calciomercato, Inter are so determined to keep hold of the defender that they have slapped a mammoth price tag on his head, amid news that United could be interested. Skriniar, a Slovakia international, has played 30 times in all competitions this season and has scored four. Barcelona are also said to be keeping an eye on his progress. Read more

Big-time cricket returns to Karachi for 1st time in 9 years (Washingtonpost)

Pakistan’s biggest city will witness a high-profile cricket match for the first time in nine years on Sunday when the Pakistan Super League final is staged amid heavy security at a newly renovated National Stadium in Karachi. More than 8,000 security personnel have been deployed for the Twenty20 final between Islamabad United and last year’s champions Peshawar Zalmi. Karachi, now with a population of 15 million, last saw a major game with international players in February 2009 — Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan in a test match. Read more

North Korea and South Korea to talk next week (Skynews)

North Korea and South Korea are to meet next week for talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom. Seoul had proposed the talks last Thursday, using a border communication channel, according to Yonhap news agency. It was not until early on Saturday, however, that Kim Jong Un’s government sent a message to its southern neighbour accepting the invitation. The two sides will each send a three-member delegation to the 29 March meeting. Read more

United Airlines gives woman $10,000 after taking her off overbooked flight (Independent)

A woman has received a $10,000 travel voucher from United Airlines after she was bumped from her flight. United reportedly had an issue with one of the seats on a fully booked plane leaving from Washington and headed to Austin. They decided that Allison Preiss, a communications director in the US capital who was headed to Texas for a bachelorette party, was the one after nobody volunteered to be booted from the flight and they chose the lowest paying fare to bump. In a series of tweets, the experience is documented on Ms Preiss’ Twitter feed as she shifts from outrage that United was forcing a traveller off a flight, to still-inconvenienced surprised delight. Read more

The Juju curse now on Italy’s sex traffickers (Dailybeast)

Ato spends much of his time as a juju priest in Nigeria’s southern Benin City trying to cure all types of illnesses using traditional medicine and carrying out ritual sacrifices offered to a local goddess. Among the sacrifices he carries out in the name of the goddess is an oath-taking ritual—girls who are about to be trafficked to Italy are forced by their traffickers to undergo the ritual to supposedly ensure they do not disobey their sponsors once they get to Europe. Read more


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