March 23, 2019

* Step up your game, Buhari tells security chiefs (ThisDay) * Tinubu vs Saraki: Talk about 2023 presidency premature, says APC (Punch)

* Step up your game, Buhari tells security chiefs (ThisDay)                 * Tinubu vs Saraki: Talk about 2023 presidency premature, says APC (Punch)



Step up your game, Buhari tells security chiefs (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday resumed duty in the State House, Abuja, presiding over a Security Council meeting and ordering the service chiefs to raise the tempo of security operations in the country with a view to guaranteeing peace and safety of citizens. While the meeting received disturbing security reports from the North-east, reports from Benue, Zamfara States and the Niger Delta showed a great degree of improvement. Buhari had returned from a 10-day working vacation to the United Kingdom on Saturday and immediately transmitted a letter to the National Assembly, announcing his return to Nigeria and consequent take-over of the reins of power from Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who had acted in that capacity since August 3. Read more

Tinubu vs Saraki: Talk about 2023 presidency premature, says APC (Punch)

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki’s statement on the 2023 presidential ambition of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress attracted diverse reactions on Tuesday. Saraki had on Monday said Tinubu was supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election with the hope of succeeding the President in 2023. The Senate president also said Tinubu told him he would support Buhari even if he was on a stretcher. Saraki spoke in reaction to a statement on Sunday by Tinubu, alleging that the Senate president dumped the APC because of his presidential ambition and selfish quest for power. Read more

FG to invest in Technology (ThisDay)

Osinbajo stated this recently when he received on a courtesy visit to the Presidential Villa, the management of NetDragon Websoft Company, a Chinese-based digital technology company led by its Chairman, Mr Dejian Liu and the Vice Chairman, Dr Simon Leung. He said the federal government’s technology policy was already on course and noted that collaborations with the private sector would be appreciated especially in scaling teacher training, developing a policy that would last for a long period. Read more

Abdulsalami advises political leaders against bitterness (SUN)

Former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, has advised Nigerian leaders to stop the ongoing infighting among them and face real business of governance, which is expected of them. General Abdulsalami said Nigeria leaders must rise up to the challenges of good governance and make life better for ordinary man on the street rather than engaging one another in a fight, which has no direct bearing on the electorate who voted them into office. The former head of state, who spoke in Minna, yesterday, shortly after he joined thousands of Muslim faithful to observed  the Rakkat prayers at the Minna praying ground, to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration, said what Nigerians need from their leaders was good governance and not infighting. Read more

Nigeria Air, waste of resources, Says Ezekwesili (ThisDay)

A former Vice President of World Bank, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has described the plan by the federal government to establish a national carrier, Nigeria Air, using public funds as a waste of resources. Ezekwesili, who spoke on an African Independent Television (AIT) programme Monday, said government’s plan to fund the establishment of the airline and later bring in investors to buy into the company, would be “putting the cart before the horse.” Ezekwesili, also a former Minister of Education and co-founder of Bring Back Our Girls, argued that if the government sincerely wanted to have a private sector-driven national carrier, it would have designed it differently. Read more

Migrating politicians and 2019 presidential election (Punch)

It is not only in Nigeria that a politician would switch political support from one political party to another. However, while this phenomenon is an isolated case in the settled democratic nations of the world, the scale of its occurrence in our nation is baffling. It can only be in Nigeria that 20 or more federal elected politicians would be defecting from one political party to another for no serious reasons other than personal interests. The constitution would have to be revisited in order to bring clarity to how defecting from one political party to another would affect the status of an elected politician. Read more

Okowa emerges best Governor on good governance poll (ThisDay)

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has emerged ‘Best Governor – Grassroots & People Development in the 2018 Nigeria’s Good Governance Poll,’ organised by the African Leadership Magazine UK. This is coming as the Permanent Secretary, Delta State Ministry of Health, Dr. Minnie Oseji, has presented certificate of awards and cash prize of N50,000 to each of the two bodies of the state branch of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) that emerged co-winners for the implementation of the association’s strategic plan. Read more

Olubadan’s letter forced new kings to make peace –Ladoja (Punch)

The Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Rashidi Ladoja, said the high chiefs of Ibadan land, who were elevated to the position of kings by Governor Abiola Ajimobi, decided to seek an end to their rift with the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, after the monarch wrote letters to the secretaries of the traditional councils in the 11 council areas of Ibadan, telling them to stop all the traditional councils’ financial transactions unless he appended to them. The Olubadan had refused to recognise the high chiefs as kings but after almost one year of the rift, the two parties had a peace meeting at his palace. Speaking to journalists in Ibadan on Tuesday, Ladoja said the monarch had ignored all activities of the new kings until they released a statement where they claimed that they had withheld the monarch’s allowance and palace staff salaries. Read more

Ajimobi urges calm as NURTW chair dies (Nation)

There was anxiety yesterday in Oyo State as news broke that the state Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde (aka Fele) had died. It was learnt that the union’s National President, Alhaji Yasin, as well as other stakeholders announced the appointment of the Vice Chairman in Oyo State, Alhaji Abideen Olajide (aka Ejiogbe), as the Acting Chairman. A source close to the late commercial drivers’ chairman confirmed his death to The Nation yesterday. Oyerinde was said to have had serious issues with his health, making him pay frequent visits to the hospital in the last one year. Read more

Killers of Kaduna reverend demand N5m to release wife (Vanguard)

Abductors of Talatu, wife of Hosea Akuchi, pastor of a Baptist Church in Kaduna, have demanded a N5 million ransom for her release. The victim was abducted after her husband was killed while resisting the kidnappers at their residence in Guguwa, Igabi Local Government Area of the state. The tragic incident happened on Sunday morning. A source in the church said the suspected kidnappers contacted a family member yesterday to make known their demand. The source said: “The abductors called today (yesterday) to say that we need to pay them N5 million before they can release her to us. “They called a family member on the phone to make this demand. Imagine such demand after killing the reverend just like that. Read more

Sallah: 14 passengers cheat death (Nation)

Fourteen persons in transit yesterday reportedly escaped death when an articulated vehicle laden with gas fell on a commercial bus on Lagos-Ore highway in Ondo State. The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps State (FRSC) Rotimi Adeleye said the truck lost control and fell on the 14-seater bus parked in front of a restaurant on the expressway in Odigbo Local Government Area. He said: “A tanker laden with gas lost control and hit the side of the bridge. It thereafter fell on a 14-seater passenger bus parked in front of a restaurant at Ore. “However, no life was lost. All the passengers in the bus were outside the vehicle when the crash occurred.” Read more

FIFA threat: Minister hails Osinbajo (Punch)

Sports minister Solomon Dalung has praised  the Federal Government for  preventing the country from being suspended by FIFA  over the leadership crisis in the  Nigeria Football Federation. Nigeria  beat FIFA’s  Monday deadline to hand over the control of the NFF to the  Amaju Pinnick board. The government eventually recognised Pinnick, who is locked in a battle with Chris Giwa  over the leadership of the NFF, as the authentic leader of Nigerian football. Dalung, in a statement  by his media aide  Nneka  Anibeze on Tuesday, commended Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo for intervening in the matter. Read more

Serena Williams elevated in US Open seeds (SBS)

Australian Arina Rodianova has won her US Open qualifying first-round match over Mariana Duque-Marino as she aims to secure a spot in next week’s grand slam event. The world No.152 Rodianova overcame her Colombian oppponent 7-5 7-5 to set up a meeting in the next round with American Jessica Pegula. Australia has five women in contention for the 16 spots available to qualifiers, with players needing to win three matches to secure a start in the main draw at Flushing Meadows. Read more

Konta out of final U.S. Open tune-up with viral illness (Reuters)

British number one Johanna Konta withdrew from the final U.S. Open tune-up event in Connecticut with a viral illness, tournament organisers said on Tuesday. Konta, who beat German Laura Siegemund in the first round of the Connecticut Open, was due to face Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro on Tuesday in New Haven. The world number 46 is currently the only British woman with direct entry into the main draw of the Aug. 27-Sept. 9 U.S. Open, where last year she was seeded seventh and suffered a shock defeat in the first round. Read more

Henrikh Mkhitaryan says Arsenal are on right path under Unai Emery (Kwese.Espn)

Arsenal playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has insisted that the Gunners are on the right path under Unai Emery despite two straight losses to start the season, and that the team “know where we’re going” with the Spaniard’s new tactics. Mkhitaryan scored one goal and assisted the other in Arsenal’s 3-2 loss at Chelsea on Saturday, which followed an opening-day 2-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Emirates. Despite the lack of points, the Armenian told Sky Sports News that he remains confident that Emery’s approach — which include a more aggressive pressing system and focus on playing out from the back — will work in time. Read more

Why Fabinho’s absence is no reason to worry for Liverpool (Liverpoolecho)

Usually, the sight of a new £40million man not making the matchday squad two games into the new season would set alarm bells ringing. But outcry was minimal on Monday evening at the news Fabinho was deemed not even worthy of a place on the bench for Liverpool’s Premier League trip to Crystal Palace. Eyebrows raised? Of course. A complete surprise? No. By the admission of the player himself and Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, Fabinho is taking time to adjust to the unique demands of playing in midfield for this Liverpool side having switched from Monaco in the summer. Read more

Trump: We are going to put a 25% tariff on every car from the European Union (CNBC)

President Donald Trump said Tuesday night that the U.S. would slap a 25 percent tariff on cars coming from the European Union. The president’s statement came hours after The Wall Street Journal reported that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he had postponed an August timeline to publish a report on auto tariffs. “We’re going to put a 25 percent tax on every car that comes into the United States from the European Union,” Trump said at a campaign rally in West Virginia. Read more

NSW plane crash victim gives big to Oxfam (9News)

A high-profile British businessman who died alongside his family in a seaplane crash north of Sydney has left a reported STG41 million ($A71.5 million) fortune to scandal-hit charity Oxfam. The organisation said on Tuesday it was “extremely grateful” for the bequest from Richard Cousins, who died alongside his fiancee, his two sons and her daughter in the crash into the Hawkesbury River on New Year’s Eve. The sum will be a welcome boost to the charity’s coffers after it reported thousands had cancelled donations in the wake of a Haiti sex scandal. Oxfam was unable to confirm the sum donated, but The Sun reported it to be STG41 million. Read more

The swamp slime is oozing toward Trump (CNN)

Federal prosecutors bagged two swamp monsters on Tuesday, and the slime is oozing toward President Trump. The culture of corruption that has enveloped Trump for years, in his serial bankruptcies and shady dealings and scandals like Trump University, now has a criminal quality affirmed in two federal courts. This is what Trump does, this is the company he keeps, and these are the practices now closing in on him. Nobody outside Trump’s family is closer to him than Michael Cohen, who affirmed in the Southern District of New York that he made illegal campaign contributions “at the direction” of then-candidate Trump (according to court papers, Cohen implicated, possibly, a second person involved in the campaign). Read more


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