March 23, 2019

* Prepare to go, PDP tells Buhari (Punch) * Devote N5.5bn June allocation to pay salaries, Fayemi tells Fayose (ThisDay)

* Prepare to go, PDP tells Buhari (Punch)           * Devote N5.5bn June allocation to pay salaries, Fayemi tells Fayose (ThisDay)



Prepare to go, PDP tells Buhari (Punch)

The People’s Democratic Party has told President Muhammadu Buhari not to waste his energy on any “cosmetic campaign” for collection of Permanent Voter Card, alleging that the “failure” of his administration has provided enough stimuli for Nigerians to fully participate in the 2019 election. The party said President Buhari, by now, ought to have known that such “theatrics,” allegedly simulated by his “handlers,” cannot help his “self-destroyed public image” or reverse the determination of Nigerians to vote him out in 2019. National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, that Buhari declared his interest to run again some months back without engaging in voter education. Read more

Devote N5.5bn June allocation to pay salaries, Fayemi tells Fayose (ThisDay)

The Ekiti State governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has asked the outgoing Governor,  Mr. Ayodele Fayose, to devote the June 2018 federal allocation of N5.52 billion to the payment of salaries and other entitlements of workers. A statement by Fayemi’s Media Director, Wole Olujobi, said that henceforth, Fayose must make accountability and human face critical factors in the policies of his administration. He said the usual practice by the governor to collect federal allocations and call stakeholders meetings to deceive Ekiti people on the sharing formula between the state and local governments is no longer acceptable. Read more

I’m devastated by the scale of losses, Buhari tells victims of Jos market fire (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday consoled victims of the Jos market fire which destroyed more than 200 shops. In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said he was devastated by the scale of economic losses suffered by hard-working and ordinary Nigerians who believe in self-reliance to support themselves. “Trading and agriculture remain the mainstay of these hardworking businessmen and women and every democratic leader would genuinely feel the pains of the victims of this fire disaster. Read more

Again, Buhari to meet Saraki (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to meet with the Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Presidential Villa in Abuja Sunday night, Thisday has learnt. The meeting which is at the instance of President Buhari, is the second of such meeting to be called in less than a week by the President to look at developments in the ruling All Progressives Congress with a view to ensuring cohesion within the party ahead of 2019 general elections. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara , sources told Thisday, may also attend the meeting alongside some party chieftains, including governors. Read more

Supreme Court acquittal: Emir names Saraki 4th Waziri Garin of Ilorin (SUN)

Emir of Ilorin and chairman, Kwara State Traditional Council,  Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu  Gambari, on Sunday, elevated the Senate President Bukola Saraki to the position of Waziri Garin of Ilorin, the traditional Prime Minister of the emirate. The elevation, which came as a surprise package to the Senate President, was announced at the end of a special prayer organised by the  Emir over the recent victory of Saraki at the Supreme Court on his case with the Federal Government over allegation  of false asset declaration. By the elevation, Saraki who is also Turakin Ilorin, becomes the fourth  Waziri  Garin, succeeding his father,  the late Dr. Olusola Saraki who held the title until his demise in 2012. Announcing  the elevation,  the Emir said it was  in acknowledgement of the Senate President’s passion for the development of not only the emirate but the whole of Kwara State as well as his political exploits that had brought fame to the state, particularly Ilorin Emirate. Read more

Enugu stands still as Ben Onwudinjo declares for governorship race (sun)

A mammoth crowd, over the weekend, in Enugu, defied heavy downpour to witness the declaration of Mr. Ben Onwudinjo, who seek to contest the 2019 governorship in the state. Onwudinjo is seeking the Enugu State governorship seat under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). He declared his intention at the party’s secretariat in the state capital. Onwudinjo, an education consultant and a native of Umuokpara in Akpugoeze, Oji-River Local Government Area,  while declaring his intention said, “with the grass-roots support of the party in the state and southeast at large, victory was assured. Read more

Unpaid salaries: Ekiti workers give Fayose 14-day ultimatum (Nation)

Workers in Ekiti State have issued a fourteen-day ultimatum to Governor Ayo Fayose to pay all arrears of salaries and pensions of retirees. Acting under the aegis of Ekiti State Organized Labour, the workers said the Fayose government must clear all arrears of workers’ entitlements before a new government takes office on October 16. The workers’ demands were contained in a bulletin issued on Saturday. Their demands also include payment of over seven months deduction, payment nine month arrears to local government workers and primary school teachers. They also advocated for payment of eleven months and six months pensions to local government pensioners and state government pensioners respectively. Read more

Details of N1.6tr 2017 capital spending still not ready (Guardian)

Barely two months after the shelf life of the 2017 budget ended, details of the capital component amounting to about N1.58t have not been tidied yet into a single document to explain what project, and which contractor got what.Findings by The Guardian at the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation; the Budget Office of the Federation; the Bureau of Public Procurement, and at the Federal Ministry of Finance produced no positive outcome, as each of the agencies kept passing the buck. At the Finance Ministry, the minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun was said to be in a meeting when The Guardian called. One of her close aides who spoke, but asked not to be named said: “If you want this type of information on the details of the expenditure of the capital budget, you have to officially write so that we can piece the information together. Read more

Mobile Phone Subscribers now over 163m, says Osinbajo (ThisDay)

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo saturday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), disclosed that the number of mobile telephone subscribers in Nigeria has risen to 163 million barely 17 years after its advent. Making this disclosure while addressing a professional business summit 2018 with the theme, “Exploring Investment Opportunities in Nigeria and the UAE,” Osinbajo said the development shows that the ICT sector had unlimited potential to produce $88 billion digital economy in 2028. While showcasing Nigeria’s promising investment potentials, Osinbajo said Aliko Dangote’s 650,000 barrel per day capacity is worth over $16 billion. Read more

Stop bloodbath in Nigeria, Rivers Christians beg Buhari (Vanguard)

Believers under the aegis of Concerned Christians of Rivers State tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the continuous killings in parts of the country, adding that Christians were target of the killings. The thousands of worshipers yesterday took a peaceful protest from the State Ecumenical Centre Abonnema Wharf road to the Government House, Port Harcourt with placards bearing various inscriptions, like ‘Mr. President stop the bloodshed’, ‘Where is Leah Sharibu,’ ‘Stop burning our churches’ and others. In an address protest letter signed by Elder Lawrence Jumbo and Dr. Okikere Iragunima, the protesters condemned the continuous retention of the present security architecture, noting that it has created the impression of alleged government complicity in the killings. Read more

18 killed in Boko Haram attack in Chad (Guardian)

Eighteen people have been killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in the Lake Chad region, a Chadian military source said Sunday. “Boko Haram elements attacked a village south of Daboua,” not far from Chad’s border with Niger, at around 9:00 pm (2000 GMT) on Thursday, the military source said. The assailants “cut the throats of 18 people, wounded two others and kidnapped 10 women”. Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency has devastated the region since it took up arms in 2009 in Nigeria, leaving at least 20,000 people dead, displacing more than two million others and triggering a humanitarian crisis. Chad, Cameroon and Niger have all joined the military effort by Nigeria to crush Boko Haram. Chad has seen a recent increase in attacks by the group. Read more

Police dismiss 4 SARS operatives for robbery, other crimes (Nation)

AIG Adamu Ibrahim, in charge of Zone 2 Command, has approved the dismissal of four policemen attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, Lagos State, over alleged robbery and other crimes. CSP Dolapo Badmus, the Zone’s spokesperson, confirmed the dismissal on Sunday in Lagos. According to Badmus, the dismissed officers are Sgt. Adeoye Adekunle; Sgt. Adekitan Adebowale; Sgt. Agbi Lucky and Sgt. Odighe Hehosa. She said that the four policemen were dismissed and subsequently charged to court for armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful detention, intimidation and threatening violence. Read more

Angry crowd lynched 3 soldiers suspected of robbery –Police (Punch)

Three Ugandan soldiers were killed by an angry mob near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, after being accused of being criminals by the local population, police and a local official said Sunday. “Three of our soldiers have been killed by a mob and investigations are going on to establish the circumstances under which the soldiers were killed,” the official Peter Debele told AFP. “Three guns have been recovered from the scene of the attack and eight people have been arrested in connection with the killing of the soldiers,” he added. Debele said the armed soldiers were attached to an army unit guarding the Ugandan border point of Vurra. Read more

Maikaba promises stronger Flying Eagles for 2019 U-20 AFCON (Vanguard)

Abdul Maikaba, the Flying Eagles’ assistant coach, has promised that the team’s technical crew would build a formidable team for the 2019 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Niger Republic. Maikaba said on Sunday in Lagos that the team would be improved upon to perform better than they did against Mauritania on Saturday. Nigeria qualified for the 2019 U-20 AFCON holding in Niger Republic from Feb. 2 to Feb. 17 after a 6-1 aggregate win. They had won 5-0 on Saturday in Lagos, after a 1-1 draw a week earlier away in Mauritania. “Nigerians should expect a better team for the 2019 Nations Cup. The more time we have, the better is the team. Read more

Neymar relives World Cup nightmare, says ‘I didn’t want to see a ball again’ (Punch)

Brazil superstar Neymar admits that after his nation’s quarter-final defeat to Belgium at the World Cup, he couldn’t look at a ball and didn’t want to see any of the remaining matches. “I wouldn’t go as far as to say I didn’t want to play again, but I didn’t want to see a ball, or to see any more football played,” 26-year-old Neymar told AFP in an exclusive interview on Saturday. The Paris Saint Germain forward was talking at his Neymar Praia Grande institute where the Red Bull Neymar Jr 5’s (five-a-side-soccer) tournament was being played. Read more

Ozil defends controversial picture with Erdogan (Vanguard)

Footballer Mesut Ozil said Sunday he had no regrets about his controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany’s national squad ahead of the World Cup. Breaking his silence over the snapshot that caused outrage during the tournament, the Arsenal midfielder said in a statement on Twitter that he was true to both his Turkish and German origins and insisted he did not intend to make a political statement. “Like many people, my ancestry traces back to more than one country. Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots firmly based in Turkey,” he said. Read more

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