* Why I Was Absent at Independence Day Parade — Saraki * US First Lady Arrives Ghana on Solo Trip

* Why I Was Absent at Independence Day Parade — Saraki       * US First Lady Arrives Ghana on Solo Trip

SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE OCTOBER 2, 2018

 

Why I was absent at Independence Day parade — Saraki

The rift between the executive and the legislative arms of government, once again, manifested at the 58th Independence Day anniversary as the leadership of the National Assembly was conspicuously absent. But two former Heads of State, Generals Yakubu Gowon and Abdulsalami Abubakar, alongside Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, were among the dignitaries that witnessed the Independence parade with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

US First Lady Arrives Ghana on Solo Trip

The United States’ First Lady Melania Trump arrived Ghana’s capital Accra on Tuesday on her first solo international trip in Africa, during which she will visit child health facilities, orphanages and meet caregivers. The stop is Mrs Trump’s first on a four-country tour that will include visits to Kenya, Malawi and Egypt. A welcoming ceremony of drums and dancing by men and women dressed in traditional attire followed. Trump clapped her hands and waved at a group of school children waiting for her at the airport.

Why The Elite Conspire Against Me –Atiku

A former Vice-President, who is also a presidential aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said that the elite are against him because they feel he has an independent mind. Atiku said there were fears in some quarters that it would be difficult for him to be manipulated if he became the President. Atiku stated this at a media chat in Abuja organised by the United Nigeria Group on Sunday night. When asked about what was wrong with Nigeria that stopped someone like him from getting elected, he said, “It is what I call the conspiracy theory of the political elite. If you are not going to be used, if you are not going to satisfy their personal aspiration, then, they will think you are not good enough.

I Am Not Alone in ‘NYSC Skipping’, Says Shittu

The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, disclosed on Tuesday that he has appealed his disqualification from the Oyo State governorship race by the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday. The minister, who obtained a leave from his ministerial service to pursue his governorship ambition last month, also said he was not alone in the skipping of the compulsory National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. He said there are others who are seeking elective positions without having participated in the scheme. But he did not name them.

Court Strikes Out Suit Challenging Senate’s Power To Summon IGP

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Tuesday, struck out a suit the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, filed to challenge the powers of the Senate to insist on his personal appearance before it to answer questions from lawmakers. The IGP had in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/ CS/ 457/2018, argued that he was permitted under the 1999 Constitution, as amended, and the Police Act, to delegate a Deputy Inspector General of Police to appear before the Senate on his behalf.

Iwobi Salutes Nigerian Fans On Independence Day

Arsenal star Alex Iwobi has sent Independence Day message to Nigeria fans. Speaking through the official Arsenal Twitter account, Iwobi wished Nigerian supporters well in their Independence Day celebrations. “Happy Independence Day Nigeria from your boy big 17,” he said. “Well, Nigeria big 18. So yeah, salute !” “ As it’s Nigerian Independence Day, here’s a message from our very own #NaijaBoy, @AlexIwobi…

 Rohr Halts Mikel’s 13th Year Anniversary

Super Eagles’ captain, John Obi Mikel has been denied the opportunity to mark his 13th year anniversary against Libya. The former Chelsea FC of England midfielder, who made his national team debut on August 17 2005 against Libya, will be missing in action when Nigeria battle The Mediterranean Knights in a double-header this month. Mikel was conspicuously missing in the 24-man list released by the national team head coach, Gernot Rohr yesterday.

 Federer: I Don’t Have Any Friends In Tennis

Roger Federer is ever-popular at most tennis tournaments around the world. However, the Swiss star says it is difficult to make friends with other top players for various reasons. Federer is often spotted with fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka off the court as they often spend their free time together. But the logistics of the remaining stars’ schedules makes it difficult to build relationships.

 Imo APC Guber Primaries: Gulak Absconds After Declaring Uzodinma Winner

There is confusion in Imo State as the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in the state, Ahmed Gulak, in the early hours of Tuessdsy declared Senator Hope Uzodinma as the winner of the primary election in the state. This was after he had addressed newsmen about 11.30 Monday night, where he announced the postponement of the election to Tuesday. Gulak was said to have absconded from his hotel room, leaving other members of the committee behind. As at the time of writing, other members are billed to address the press.

PDP Convention: Wike Meets Atiku in Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Tuesday held a consultative meeting with PDP Presidential aspirant and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar at the Government House Port Harcourt. The Presidential aspirant arrived Government House Port Harcourt in company of former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and other campaign officials. Governor Wike and Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar thereafter went in for a meeting at the conference room of the Government House.

MASSOB Leader Cautions APGA Leadership Over Bianca Ojukwu’s Ordeal

Mr Ralph Uwazuruike, has faulted the leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the ordeal of the wife of late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu Mrs Bianca Ojukwu in the party. Uwazuruike, the leader of Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), said that Bianca was being subjected to unnecessary difficult terms before she could be allowed to pursue her senatorial ambition through the party’s platform.

 FG Establishes 3km Shelter Belt Plantation In Jigawa

The Federal Government has established a 3km shelter-belt plantation at Mana forest in Kaugama Local Government Area of Jigawa to tackle desertification in the area. Sani Garba-Kaugama, the Head of Department of Agriculture,Kaugama Local Government Council, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaugama on Tuesday. He said the shelter-belt plantation was established to protect the forest under the afforestation programme of the National Agency for the Great Green Wall.

 Pep Guardiola Speaks On ‘Kylian Mbappe to Manchester City’ Rumour

Pep Guardiola has dismissed reports linking Manchester City with a move for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe. Reports in the British media this week claimed Guardiola was willing to break the world transfer record to bring Mbappe to Manchester in January, with Raheem Sterling likely to be sold in order to finance the move. Guardiola, however, was emphatic when asked about Mbappe at his press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Hoffenheim.

Imperious Osaka Saunters Into China Open Third Round

Naomi Osaka is keen to move on from the “bittersweet” memories of last month’s US Open triumph and she did just that with a ruthless display at the China Open on Tuesday. The young Japanese star thrashed unseeded American Danielle Collins 6-1, 6-0 in just 53 minutes on Beijing’s outside hard courts to saunter into round three. Not to be outdone, China’s on-form Wang Qiang continued her hot streak with a 6-0, 6-0 thrashing of Latvia’s 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Guardian Angels Are Life’s Traveling Companions, Says Pope

‘I would like to ask you all a question: Do you speak to your angel?’ the pope asked. Christians have guardian angels to encourage and guide them so they won’t become sluggish on their journey in life, Pope Francis said. Without the guidance of angels, men and women who become settled in their ways and put “their life on hold” are in danger of becoming like stagnant water, the pope said on 2 October in his homily during morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. “So many people don’t know how to walk or are afraid of taking a risk and they remain still,” the pope said. “But we know the rule is that a person who is stationary ends up stagnating like water. When water is still, the mosquitos come, they lay eggs and ruin everything. The angel helps us; he pushes us to walk.”

Primera Air Ceases Operations, Leaving Passengers Stranded

Budget airline Primera Air ceased operations Monday, leaving passengers stranded in airports. The 14-year-old airline launched low-cost flights from Britain to Washington, D.C. and Newark, N.J., earlier this year. On Monday, flights from London Stansted Airport to the United States were canceled and travelers were told not to go to the airport. One traveler boarded a flight to the United States only to be told to get off just 25 minutes before departure.

 More Than 1,200 Dead from Indonesia Quake, Tsunami

The death toll from last week’s severe earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia has skyrocketed to nearly 1,300, officials said Tuesday. Indonesian officials said hundreds have died as a result of the disasters — a 7.5-magnitude quake Friday that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and generated an 18-foot tsunami wave in Palu. The death toll saw a dramatic increase over Monday, when it was near 900. The number could rise because of the severe damage on the island and the number of persons still missing.

Bedouin Families Appeal to Merkel to Help to Block Israeli Expulsion

Holding posters of Angela Merkel ahead of a scheduled visit to Israel by the German chancellor, Bedouin children appealed to her on Tuesday to help block Israeli plans to raze their hamlet in the occupied West Bank. Khan al-Ahmar’s 180 residents, backed by foreign activists who have gathered at the site, have been waiting for bulldozers to move in at any time after an Oct. 1 deadline from Israel for the villagers to demolish their own homes expired. Palestinians say razing the Bedouin village’s tents and tin and wood shacks is part of an Israeli plan to create an arc of Jewish settlements that would effectively cut off East Jerusalem from the West Bank, areas captured by Israel in a 1967 war.

 

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