SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 31, 2018
Selling of Public Assets to Fund 2019 Budget Irresponsible – Atiku
Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the plan by the Federal Government to dispose of some national assets and use the proceeds to fund the 2019 budget. Atiku, in a statement by its media office in Abuja on Wednesday, described the plan as irresponsible. He said it was ridiculous that the Buhari administration was planning to sell assets that were built by the PDP despite the claim by President Muhammadu Buhari that the successive PDP governments from 1999 to 2015 did not build any infrastructure. The statement said, “The attention of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation has been drawn to a policy statement by the Muhammadu Buhari administration evincing a plan to sell national assets to fund the 2019 budget.
Again, Osinbajo, Economic Team Meet Over Minimum Wage
Members of the Economic Management Team are again meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja over the new national minimum wage. This is the second time they will be meeting on the matter this week, having met earlier on Monday on the same issue. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is presiding over the meeting.
PHOTOS: Buhari Inaugurates 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday inaugurated the 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari was accompanied to the event by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; members of FEC; Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Brig. Gen. Adakole Akpa (retd), veterans and others.
I Have Faith in The Judiciary-Ademola Adeleke
Osun state Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ademola Adeleke has reaffirmed his faith in the Nigerian judiciary, describing the institution as a ‘citadel for justice seekers’. Speaking while receiving a group of Osun state indigenes who paid him a solidarity visit in Abuja, Adeleke said the judiciary is a stabilising and balancing institution which strengthens democracy and enhances good governance. According to a statement from Adeleke media aid, Rasheed Olawale in Osogbo, Adeleke was quoted to have said: “I have faith in the judiciary to do justice not just in the case at the tribunal but in all cases”, he told the visiting group.
INEC Holds Toro Federal Constituency By-election Nov 14
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bauchi State has fixed November 14, 2018 for the conduct of the Toro federal constituency House of Representatives by-election. The Toro federal constituency seat became vacant following the election of Hon. Lawal Gumau as the senator representing Bauchi Southern Senatorial district. The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Ibrahim Abdullahi, who disclosed this on Wednesday during a stakeholders’ meeting at the INEC office in Bauchi, said that the commission received a formal communication from the National Assembly, declaring a vacancy in the Toro federal constituency of the House of Representatives by the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
Kaduna Relaxes Curfew as Normalcy Returns
The Kaduna state government has further relaxed night – time curfew in Kaduna metropolis and environs following the gradual return of normalcy. In a statement on Wednesday in Kaduna, the state government announced that the night time curfew had been reviewed to commence from 10:00pm to 5:00am. The statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, media aide to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, said the decision was taken at a meeting of “core security team” which held on Wednesday at the Government House, Kaduna. The state government had earlier imposed a 24 hour curfew on the metropolis following the outbreak of violence which led to the killing of over 70 people. The statement however said the 5:00pm to 6:00am curfew hours in Kachia local government area of the state still remains. Kachia is the domain of the late traditional ruler, the Agom Adara, Mr. Maiwada Raphael Galadima, who was murdered by his abductors. His death led to tension in the area. Burial arrangements for the late paramount ruler are expected to be announced by the Adara elders before the end of the week.
Neymar Blasts Kylian Mbappe
Tuchel axed forward Mbappe along with midfielder Adrien Rabiot for the clash with Marseille on Sunday evening after the pair were late for a pre-game meeting. Mbappe did come off the bench to score in the 2-0 victory, before Julian Draxler added a late second. But Neymar has sent a warning to his young team-mate over his future conduct. “This is between them (Mbappe and Rabiot) and the coach,” he said. “Yes, they have to respect the schedules, and they ended up failing in that part. “They know, they are great players, important to our team, and we end up suffering because of it. “But this is an inner thing. Then Kylian came in and ended up winning the game for us.” Manager Tuchel admitted his young star had put him in a difficult position by failing to follow team orders.
Lionel Messi Back in Barcelona Training Already After Missing Just 2 Games
Lionel Messi is back in training for Barcelona after missing the last two games because of a broken bone in his arm. Messi suffered the injury on October 20 in their 4-2 win against Sevilla which was expected to sideline the Argentina forward for several weeks. But the 31-year-old, who missed the Champions League win over Inter and Sunday’s 5-1 El Clasico triumph against Real Madrid, joined his team-mates in a photo tweeted by the club with the words ‘Leo Messi returns to training’.
Cristiano Ronaldo Equals 60-Year-Old Juventus Record
It may have taken four games for Portugal legend Cristiano Ronaldo to score his maiden goal for Italian champions Juventus, but that did not stop former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker from equalling a 60-year old record with the Serie A giants. Ronaldo went scoreless against Chievo, Lazio and Parma – the first three opponents he faced at the start of the season. CR7 scored his debut goal for Juventus on 16 September against Sassuolo. Ever since, goals have flowed in for five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Theresa May Refuses to Back US Calls for Saudi Arabia to Stop Bombing Yemen
Theresa May has stopped short of calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where a three-year civil war has led to the “most terrifying humanitarian catastrophe on the planet”. The prime minister was urged to support a United Nations resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in the war-torn country after the US ramped up pressure by calling on both the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi rebels to end their air strikes. Ms May told MPs that the UK supported calls for “de-escalation” in Yemen but the government’s position remained that a ceasefire would only work if there is a political deal between the conflict parties.
Khashoggi Murder May Be Tipping Point in Yemen’s Agony
Joining the dots between the death of a Saudi journalist in Istanbul and the possibility of a ceasefire in Yemen may once have seemed a stretch, but no longer. Claims of the complicity of the autocratic Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in the murder of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, has weakened the chief architect of the war in Yemen and opened a new space for diplomats in which to operate. That space may have been widened further by the US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s surprise call on Tuesday for a 30-day cessation of hostilities.
The Unintended Consequences Of Jamal Khashoggi’s Killing
Has the Trump administration had a sudden attack of humanitarianism? Perhaps it was struck by warnings of nationwide famine in Yemen? Or did it move to call for a ceasefire in southern Arabia out of a sudden concern for its tattered citizens? Nope. But no matter how cynical the tardy call for a quick peace may be, it’s likely to be welcomed by both sides in an unwinnable war. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have fired a double-barreled salvo of demands for a peace in Yemen because the war — which the US has backed there — is now seen by DC as toxic.