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BREAKING: One Soldier, Eight Civilians Killed As Boko Haram Rains Bullets On Convoy

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 12:11pm

At least nine persons, including a soldiers and a Chadian businessman, were killed and scores injured when Boko haram terrorists ambushed civilian convoy led by the military on Maiduguri/Ngala highway on Thursday, vigilante sources have told SaharaReporters.

The ambush occurred along Musene and Logmani, few kilometres away from Ngala town at about 6pm.

They opened fire on the convoys, killing some passengers while others escaped with bullet wounds

Vigilante sources claimed that dozens of the passengers are dead or alive but missing.

"We visited the scene on Friday morning. Nine persons lost their lives; these people are heartless, they rained bullets on one the drivers while others were burnt to death," a vigilante source told SaharaReporters.

"At least five vehicles loaded with assorted items are missing and six others set ablaze by the terrorists, including a truck conveying military foodstuffs."

This came barely 24hours when the group of terrorists attacked Kareto village, a some 20 kilometers away from Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

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Name Of APC Candidate For Imo Governorship Missing From INEC's List

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 11:31am

After the release of the names of governorship candidates in Imo State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday, it was observed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate was not represented on the list even though that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Emeka Ihedioha, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, and others were spotted.

INEC published the names of 67 governorship candidates along with their running mates at its office in Owerri, the state capital. This also includes their credentials and personal details. 

A source informed our correspondent that the court stopped the Commission from recognising either Uche Nwosu or Hope Uzodinma, as they were both battling within the party over who should become its candidate. Uzodinma was proclaimed winner of the October 1, which allegedly did not hold, while Nwosu was declared the winner of the October 6 APC governorship primary.

Some of the other names on the list are Linus Okorie of the Young Progressives Party (YPA), Alloysius Osuji of Mass Action Joint Alliance MAJA) and Micheal Ikoku of the Young Democratic Party (YDP).

Only three women were listed as governorship candidates. Among them is Omoyele Sowore's African Action Congress (AAC) whose flg bearer is Omeogu Chidiebere.

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Peter Obi Is A Tribal Bigot, Says el-Rufai

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 8:43am

Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, has described the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as a "tribal bigot".

The Governor stated this on Friday via a post on Twitter.

Although, he did not expressly state what provoked the statement, he also accused the former Governor of Anambra State of being behind his detention by the Department of State Service (DSS) in 2014.

He said he eventually sued the DSS and was awarded N4 million in damages.

El-Rufai expressed his grievance via a tweet that read: "Peter Obi is a tribal bigot. He was widely quoted on national television that the SSS was right to detain me for 48 hours in an hotel in 2014 on the grounds that 'El-Rufai has no business being in Anambra State as it is not Katsina State'! I sued the SSS and awarded N4m damages."

Peter Obi is a tribal bigot. He was widely quoted on national television that the SSS was right to detain me for 48 hours in an hotel in 2014 on the grounds that ”El-Rufai has no business being in Anambra State as it is not Katsina State”! I sued the SSS and awarded N4m damages.

— Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (@elrufai) November 9, 2018

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Buhari Media Organisation: Atiku Has 100,000 Staff? Even Dangote Doesn't!

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 8:35am

The Buhari Media Organization (BMO) has countered the claim by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that he would pay N33,000 as minimum wage to his staff.

The former Vice-President had announced on Thursday that he would pay a minimum wage of N33,000 to his staff numbering more than N100,000 members. See Also LABOR/WORKERS' RIGHTS JUST IN: Atiku Approves N33,000 Minimum Wage For All 100,000 Staff On His Payroll 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

Niyi Akinsiju, the BMO Chairman and Cassidy Madueke, the BMO Secretary, made the organisation's position known in a statement published by NAN on Friday. 

The statement read: "We are indeed amused that Atiku, who only recently retrenched some staff of his GOTEL TV in Adamawa State without properly paying them off is dropping hints in the media about a N33,000 minimum wage for his staff.

“One of his senior managers was even quoted as saying over 100,000 people are currently drawing salaries on a monthly basis from the former Vice President, so we are wondering who between him and the PDP presidential candidate is lying about the actual staff strength of the companies.

“Not even Dangote Group which is the largest conglomerate in West Africa has the number of staff these people claim to be on Atiku’s payroll. BMO however noted that this is not the first time the candidate and his people have sought to bamboozle Nigerians.

“Only a few days ago, the PDP presidential candidate promised to reduce fuel price to N90 per litre if voted into power at a time it is common knowledge that the landing cost of a litre of refined petrol is about N158. He must have been shocked in Dubai to see how Nigerians instantly rubbished his poorly thought-out ‘campaign promise’.

“While it is not in our place to advise them, we urge the Atiku campaign team and the PDP to make only realistic promises as even in propaganda, you have to be truthful to the people you seek their votes.”

The group also berated the PDP for "wasting" resources on the meeting held in Dubai.

The statement continued: "Here is a man who has vowed to get Nigeria working, but has spent the last few weeks with his associates boosting the local economy of Dubai under the guise of strategising for the presidential campaigns.

“We believe that the huge resources they have wasted there would have taken many Nigerians out of poverty.

“On the contrary, President Muhammadu Buhari is not only committed to ensuring a new national minimum wage, but is also keen on ensuring that more Nigerians benefit from his social welfare programmes across the country."

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'Dirty Primaries', 'Aluta' Leadership... Six Reasons Oshiomhole Is In Serious Trouble

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 8:19am

APC National Chairman

Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been in the news recently but not for good reasons. It was reported by various news platforms earlier this week that the former Edo State Governor was grilled on Sunday by the Department of State Services (DSS) over allegations of financial impropriety. Oshiomhole, whose reign as National Chairman of the ruling party has been stormy, is now in the eye of the storm.

These may be five possible reasons for his present ordeal.

The Manner of His Emergence, Sorry Imposition

Though Oshiomhole emerged through what seemed like a unanimously-decided election, he was chosen through a voice vote after all other candidates who had initially wanted to contest against withdrew from the race. Therefore, Abubakar Badaru, who presided over the APC convention, sought Oshiomhole’s affirmation during what ended up a 'convention' rather than an 'election'. However, it is believed that his three opponents — Professor Osareimen Osunbor, Clement Ebri and Ibrahim Emokpai — were forced to pull out of the race before the convection. It is believed that though they accepted the decision to impose Oshiomhole, his emergence did not go down with them. And it is believed that some of them have turned into fifth columnists within the party working tirelessly to make his tenure difficult or a fiasco.

Oshiomhole’s 'Aluta' Style of Administration

Oshiomhole, former President of the Nigerian  Labour  Congress (NLC), forged his reputation in the furnace of activism and he is used to intransigence and talking tough. It is believed in some quarters of the ruling party that the man, despite having ruled for eight years as Governor of Edo State, is yet to learn the art of diplomacy. They believe he is yet to know that there is a clear-cut difference between activism (colloquially 'aluta' in this part of the world) and pure collectivism, which is the nub of being a political leader. This style of leadership is believed to have driven a wedge between the party loyalists who support Oshiomhole and those who don't. It is even said that Oshiomhole’s emergence contributed to the emergence of N-PDP in APC.   

The Contentious APC Primaries

The most conspicuous of all the reasons for Oshiomhole's predicament is his alleged role in the emergence of certain candidates in the just concluded APC primaries across the country. The assumption that he worked against the anointed candidates of some governors is fuelling anger in some party leaders, who are now bent on removing Oshiomhole as National Chairman. Chief among Oshiomhole’s detractors are Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, whose candidate, Adekunle Akinlade, has been dropped for Dapo Abiodun; Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, whose preferred successor who doubles as his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, was overlooked in the controversial APC primary election in favour of Hope Uzodimma and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, who has a running battle with Tinubu, major supporter and sponsor of Oshiomhole’s chairmanship candidature. While Amosun has denied having a hand in Oshiomhole’s predicament, it may be that threats by Okorocha and others were not empty, after all.

The 'Weak' Presidency is Fighting Back

You may be wondering why the presidency is involved, despite its seeming rosy relationship with Oshiomhole, but it will be recalled that earlier this year, while threatening to expel the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, Oshiomhole had described President Muhammadu Buhari as weak for condoning indiscipline from his cabinet members. This did not go down well with the presidency. According to a source in the presidency, “The President was not happy with the comment of the APC Chairman because it portrayed him as inefficient”. The presidency may be seizing on the opportunity to get back at Oshiomhole. This is buttressed by subsequent reports that the President was aware of Oshiomhole’s grilling by the Department of State Services (DSS) and even gave the body a go-ahead.

Vengeance by Former APC Senators

It is believed that Oshiomhole’s attack-dog style of governance forced some people out of the APC, particularly the gale of defections from APC to PDP that swept across the National Assembly. And they are wasting no time too to have Oshiomhole’s scalp. According to reports, they are asking the DSS to investigate Oshiomhole because he is a Nigerian citizen and not above the law.

Dirty Primaries, Dirty Cash

It is not only that the APC primaries yielded controversial results, but there are also huge questions about the exact reason some candidates were preferred to others. Investigations by SaharaReporters revealed that aspirants paid between N15 million and N50 million to secure the tickets for the various elective positions during or at the end of primaries, that a party member has described as "dirty". In the end, Oshiomhole, his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Abbas and National Treasurer, Adamu Panda were the ones behind the last-minute substitution of the candidates' names, hours before the submission. Says a lot about the destinations of the various sums, and about why Oshiomhole is in serious trouble.

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BREAKING: Journalists Chased Out With Broken Bottles As Hoodlums Take Over Ondo Assembly

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 6:33am


Hoodlums have taken over the Ondo state House of Assembly following the impeachment of the Speaker, Rt (Hon) Bamidele David Oloyelogun.

Oloyelogun was removed on Friday alongside the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ogundeji Iroji, amid heavy rancour at the parliamentary house.

Both Hon. Oloyelogun, representing Ifedore Constituency, and Ogundeji, representing Odigbo Constituency II, were removed by two-third majority of the Assembly.

The two men were impeached over alleged "gross misconduct and incompetence, and exhaustion of the budget allocation to the Assembly running into N1.5billion".

Hon. Olamide George, representing Akure North Constituency, has been elected as the new Speaker of the troubled assembly, while Abimbola Fajolu, representing Ile Oluji/Oke Igbo, has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker.

Fatai Olotu, representing the Akoko North East in the House, revealed to journalists that both men had been subsequently sworn-in.

However, the hoodlums who are members of National Union of Road Transport Workers Union (NUTRW), were led by their Chairman, Jacob Dabo, aka 'Dajo'.

SaharaReporters earlier reported that the hoodlums, armed with dangerous weapons such as sticks and stones, unleashed terror on the presiding officers of Assembly.

At least four lawmakers were injured by the armed hoodlums, who had a field day despite the heavy presence of security agencies.

Belongings worth millions, including vehicles, have been destroyed by the rampaging hoodlums.

Also, some journalists who were at the House of Assembly escaped by whiskers as they chased out of the chamber with broken bottles.

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Sanusi Laments: We Have No Money For Power Or Infrastructure, But We Have For Subsidy

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 6:00am

The Emir of Kano, HRH Muhammadu Sanusi Sanusi 11 (CON), says the Nigerian government must get rid of petroleum subsidies and think more about investing in power and infrastructure, otherwise the crisis to come in the future will be far heavier than the current state of the country.

The former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor said this on Thursday during a courtesy call on Udom Emmanuel, Governor of the state, in his office in Uyo, capital of the state.

He also acknowledged Akwa Ibom as a very peaceful state and has recommended it as a safe haven for investors into the country.

Sanusi announced plans by his company, Qua Iboe Power Plant (QIPP), to invest $1.1billion in the exploration of gas in Akwa Ibom State.

A statement by the Governor’s media team explained that Sanusi was full of commendation to the Governor for the giant strides so far recorded by his administration.

“Sanusi said he has followed with keen interest the tremendous transformation, not just in the infrastructural development but also in terms of peace and security that the Governor has brought to bear in the state.

“Part of the investment, Sanusi said, would be the development of a gas power plant, acquired from Mobil, that will add 540 megawatts of electricity to the national grid on completion.

“Akwa Ibom was chosen for the investments because, according to the Emir, it possesses all that they needed: the Gas, the peace and the human capital.

“The Emir further noted that for a country like Nigeria with estimated population of about 190 million and estimated large youth population, now is the time to start building an economy that would cater to the employment needs of the youthful population.”

Sanusi was further quoted as saying: “If we don’t get it right now, what we will have in the future will be a child’s play compared to what is happening now.

“We don’t have money to invest in power. We don’t have money to invest in infrastructure, but we have money to subsidize petroleum products. We have to get rid of subsidy.”

In his response, Governor Emmanuel commended the Emir for the visit to the state and more importantly for “stepping out of your emirate to go out there and source investments”.

“We want to tell the whole world that Akwa Ibom is ready for investments,” he said.

The Governor further commended the traditional ruler for his courage in always speaking his mind on national issues and for doing so in a non-partisan manner.

He called for a national economic chat where like minds would come together to help chart an economic course for the country.

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EXCLUSIVE: In First Video Since July, Shekau Taunts ‘Those Who Said I Have Died’

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 4:33am

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Jama'atu Ahlil Sunnah Lil Da'awatu Wal Jihad, a faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group, has appeared in a video, praising his fighters and boasting of recent "success" in their battle in Kumshe, Gulumba and in other areas in the crisis-torn northeast Nigeria. 

Wearing a military camouflage, with an AK47 rifle, surrounded by four body guards, Shekau appeared more agile than in the last video he released on July 23. Back then, he looked weak, and sat on the floor, donning a white robe. This time, he stood all through the seven-minute-46-second video in full fighting gear.

"I will not say a lot, whatever you wish to say, Allah is sufficient for you," Shekau said. 

"We are a people that detached ourselves from others to wage war because of Allah, and preach because of Allah to ensure that the flag of Islam is raised, to ensure that Islam spreads, until we are no longer active. Those that said I have died, I will only die when it is my time.”

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Also, for the first time, Shekau mentioned his mother who was featured in a VOA report.

“Those that had whatever to say between me and my mother, Allah is the knower of all things," he said. "The war we waged in Kumshe, Gulumba and some of the villages in the region that you have heard of recently, were carried out by us and the victories given to us was by Allah alone, it is not by our power or weapons.”

SaharaReporters got hold of Shekau's latest video on Friday, a day after Boko Haram released a video footage of its raid on a Nigerian military formation in Kumshe, Borno State. See Also Exclusive EXCLUSIVE: Boko Haram Releases Video Of How It Overran The Army In Kumshe 0 Comments 1 Week Ago

In it, its fighters were seen assembled and driving Hilux vans painted in military colours, wielding assault rifles, as they attacked a military facility in Kumshe.

The attack took place "at 5pm last Sunday, the 4th of November," a spokesman of the group said.

The video, nine minutes and 27 seconds long, showed the fighters moving in a convoy of trucks and other fighters on foot, in a fire fight with the military. 

The images also showed arms and ammunition the group claimed to have seized during the attack and other personal belongings of soldiers, including a photo album with pictures of the leadership of the military, including the photo of late Major General Idris Alkali who was killed recently in Jos and his corpse found in a well.

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BREAKING: Ondo House Of Assembly Impeaches Speaker, Deputy Speaker

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 4:05am

The Ondo State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. (Hon) Bamidele David Oloyelogun, has been impeached.

Oloyelogun was removed alongside the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ogundeji Iroju, at Friday’s plenary of the parliament.

Details later...

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Customs Seizes Military Camouflage, Machetes, Others Worth N543.95m

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 1:24am

Customs officer displaying seized military wares

Customs officer displaying seized military wares

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Area II Command, Onne Port, has intercepted a 40 feet container laden with 600 pairs of military camouflage uniforms, 600 pairs of military caps and 600 pairs of military jungle boots. These items and other contraband seized have Duty Paid Value (DPV) of N543.95 million. The military hard wares were concealed with 80 rolls of water hose, 10 cartons of singlet, 50 cartons of shoes, 207 cartons of tiles, 15 bales of socks, five sacks of ladies’ skirts and other items with DPV of N4.68 million.

The command added that container load of 575 machetes with N21.2 million DPV were imported with fake end user certificate. Already, some suspects have been arrested in connection with the seizures and have been transferred to the Customs Headquarters for further investigation. The command’s spokesperson, Ifeoma Onuigbo, said in statement yesterday that the Controller of the command, Comptroller Aliyu Galadima Saidu, had bemoaned the incessant activities of smugglers in the area. Saidu said that 1,070 jerry cans of vegetable cooking oil in 25 litres cans with N8.5 million DPV were impounded from smugglers. He added that 55 20 feet container of foreign rice which contained 510 (50kg) bags of rice, 1,040 (25kg) bags of rice, 19,680 (10kg) bags of rice with total DPV of N364.74 million were seized at the port.

The comptroller also listed other seizures as: six 20 feet containers with 13,560 cartons of tomatoes’ paste with DPV N70.50 million; 196 bags of imported foreign rice, 30 bags second hand clothing, three sacks of second hand shoes with DPV of N2.5 million; 40 feet container of 290 bales of second hand clothing, 20 sacks of used shoes with DPV of N12.93 million and two 20 feet containers comprising 2,140 jerry cans of cooking oil in 25 litres) with DPV N17 million. Other seizures are container load of 1,070 jerry cans of cooking oil in 25 litres with DPV of N8.5 million and one 40 feet container comprising one Golf VW, one used car engine and 15 used car bonnets used to conceal used tyres with DPV of N29.76 million.

Saidu stressed that the total DPV of all the seizures was N543.95 million He noted that the command generated N26.38 billion from imported goods in the last three months. Saidu said a comparative analysis report of the command’s revenue profile showed that N62.59 billion was generated between January and October 2017 while N68.3 billion was generated between January and October this year.

The comptroller noted that smuggling poised a high threat to both the economy and security of the country. According to him, this is why those who engage in it are considered economic saboteurs since they engage in false declarations to evade the correct duty payment. He said: “Smugglers are the destroyers of the country’s economy.” Saidu added that it was very unfortunate and disturbing that despite the wide awareness on the dire consequences of smuggling activities on economic growth and development, some citizens still found joy in perpetrating the evil act only for per-sonal gains

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Nigerian Women Present Their ‘Womanifesto’ To Political Parties​

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 1:19am

Recently, different women organisations met in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in a bid to strategise on how best to raise awareness and sensitise political party leaders on the need to take action to address the issue of women’s political powerlessness and under- representation in political party structures and governance.

A major outcome of the meeting is the vision of the Nigerian Women Demand Charter. Past efforts at raising the voice of women including the adoption of the ‘Womanifesto’ by the women’s organisations for increased representation to political parties have not yielded the desired results.

This time, they settled for the need to build the capacity of women within the party under Women in Politics Forum (WIPF) to be able to demand increased participation and accountability through presentation of Charter of Demand to the leadership of parties via Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC).

This Demand Charter reflects the yearnings and aspirations of women in Nigeria particularly the female politicians to enjoy their human rights and equal representation as members of various political parties in Nigeria.

The women’s demand posited are as follows;

1. Demonstrate political will and commitment to gender equality and women empowerment:

Women are demanding a legislative change including legal and administrative reforms to improve women’s participation in politics.

They also want creation of public awareness on existing legislations, policies and programmes aimed at realising gender equality and women empowerment in parties; to establish a system of gender mainstreaming, which incorporates the the policy of 40 per cent of women representation in party organs.

Further to show commitment to non discrimination against women and persons with disabilities in the party.

2. Improve women’s participation in politics and decision making; to institutionalise justice and fairness for men and women within the party frame work

i. Creating and organ within the party to monitor and evaluate the implications of party policy and practice for both men and women.

ii. Strengthening the office of the woman leader to serve as focal point for implementation of gender issue within the party.

iii. Encouraging female political aspirants by making nomination forms and all other processes concerning aspiration for political office free for women.

iv. Adequate and guaranteed access to funding, human and technical resources to carry out the responsibilities of the office.

v. Devoting at least 15 per cent of party’s annual budget of political party to the delivery of increased participation of women.

vi. To take conscious action in political party structure and elections so as to ensure that no gender constitutes more than 60 per cent from the ward to the national level.

vii. To ensure that no gender constitutes more than 60 per cent of delegates, candidate and the final list after primaries.

viii. To institute accountability mechanism and frameworks in principal documents i.e party constitution, party manifesto, party leadership and strategies on implementation of the National Gender Policy, and the use of gender- disaggregate data for planning.

ix. To ensure transparency in the nomination, appointment, and election of party officials in other to ensure that there is at least 40 per cent representation of women in the party executive and other decision making structures.

x. To enact Gender Equality Act in political parties, specifying that no gender should make up more than 60 per cent of party structures and decision making bodies.

xi. That parties provide adequate training and other support for female members at all levels.

xii. That party representatives in the National Assembly support and facilitate electoral reforms to create a level playing field for women’s effective participation in elective politics and governance in general.

xiii. That a party constitutional provision be instituted to provide for a right to initiate the recall of elected members involved in criminal activities, violence against women and girls, or promoting discriminatory practices against women.

xiv. That parties should work with civil society organisations to support, fund and encourage mentor ship between women in political positions and young female politicians.

3. Demonstrate Principled Transformational Leadership;

Here women are demanding that political parties’ leadership adhere to the following non-negotiable key values to serve as the code of ethics for the representatives, which will provide the kind of leadership that would ensure the protection of women’s rights and enhance a sense of equity and justice.

a. Respect women and minority rights.

b. Ethnic and gender diversity in hiring staff.

c. Commitment to use already existing policy mechanism to improve the lives of women and men.

d. Partnership with Civil Societies to develop innovative means of ensuring that cities engage government and private sector to demand and receive accountability.

e. Promotion of leaders who are gender responsive, exposed to knowledge and communication skills.

Each set of these demands includes rationale and the demands in the form of policy recommendations directed in the main and all organs of political parties. It is imperative to know that these demands were not made in vacuum but rather evolved from the international and regional instruments that have recognised gender inequalities and the systemic and marginalisation women face in Nigeria and elsewhere in the world.

The demands of the women are in tandem with international, regional and national policy documents including CEDAW, the protocol to the Africa Charter on the Rights of Women  in Africa, the AU agenda 2063 as well as the ECOWAS Gender Statutory Acts.

The Country Representative of United Nation Women in Nigeria, Ms Comfort Lamptey, last weekend, said Nigeria is one of the countries with lowest representation of women in politics across Africa.

She said when more women participate in politics and the political process, it enhances the democratic process and ultimately the development agenda saying that this undermines Nigeria’s role as the leader in this region.

“The power of Nigerian women lies in their votes as we move towards 2019, Nigeria women are not powerless, we have a lot of power and that power lies in our vote. Women should vote for their interest and for men and women who will advance their interest,” she said.

Nigerian Women have presented their ‘Womanifesto’ to political parties, it is up to them to act if they want to enhance democratic process by carrying women along.

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Minimum Wage Saga: Stiff Judgment Awaits You At Polls, Presidency Tells Atiku Group​

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 1:17am

The Presidency has criticised the concocted controversy over President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on proposed N30,000 by some political actors to score cheap political goals, saying “stiff judgment awaits them at the polls’’.

Mr Femi Adesina, made the condemnation in a statement in Abuja on Thursday while reacting to comments apparently made by the Atiku media office.

In a statement issued by his media office, Atiku had allegedly claimed that “President Buhari cannot be trusted to implement the ‘new’ minimum wage of N30, 000’’ recommended by the Pepple tripartite committee.

Atiku, who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said “Buhari may not have the political will to implement the new wage’’.

However, Adesina said: “Those who have latched onto the concocted controversy to play cheap politics, we appeal to them to remember that elections are not won through loquaciousness, and trying to demean the President at every drop of a hat.

“But then, it is not surprising, as they have nothing else to sell to Nigerians, if they don’t ride on the name of the President. Stiff judgment awaits them at the polls.’’

The presidential aide therefore frowned at the recurring reports alleging that Buhari had reneged on earlier acceptance of the N30,000 recommended as the new National Minimum Wage by the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee.

He noted that these reports were contrary to what transpired on Tuesday when the committee presented its Report to the President.

He said the president, while acknowledging the concerns raised by government on affordability and labour’s focus on meaningful increase, stated clearly in a speech, which was made available to the media that:

“In a way, both arguments are valid. I want to assure you all that we will immediately put in place the necessary machinery that will close out these open areas.

“Our plan is to transmit an Executive Bill to the National Assembly for passage within the shortest possible time. I am fully committed to having a new National Minimum Wage Act in the very near future.

“As the Executive Arm commences its review of your submission, we will continue to engage you all in closing any open areas presented in this report. I, therefore, would like to ask for your patience and understanding in the coming weeks.”

Adesina observed that: “From the above, and throughout the report-submission ceremony, the President never mentioned any figure. What he committed himself to was a new minimum wage, and only after the Report of the committee has been reviewed by the executive and legislative processes of government and an appropriate bill presented to him for assent.

“Until the proposed minimum wage has gone through the whole gamut of law-making, President Buhari, who is a stickler for due process, will not be caught in this unnecessary web of controversy, which amounts to putting the cart before the horse and hair-splitting’’.

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2019 Polls: If Nigeria Fails, Africa Fails – US

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 1:05am

The United States yesterday shed light on why Nigeria must get it right in the 2019 general election, stating categorically that if the country fails to conduct credible polls, the democratic process in Africa might fail.

Specifically, the US government said it was interested in the democratic process in Nigeria because of the country’s strategic nature of being the largest population and economy in Africa.

Speaking after a dinner with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmud Yakubu, at the US Ambassador’s residence, the US assistant secretary of state for African Affairs, Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy (Jr), said Nigeria must serve as an example to the African continent.

“The state should be neutral,” Tibor said, referring to the Nigerian government, even as he added that “US views the election as very important”.

“Nigeria has the largest population and economy. They should be an example of how elections should be conducted,” he said.

Noting that the US government knows the difficulties the electoral umpire might be facing, Tibor stated, however, that America also knows that INEC is up to the task.

“We heard him,” Tibor said, referring to the discussion they had with INEC chairman during the dinner.

While calling political parties to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner before, during and after the elections, Tibor said all political parties and candidates must advise their followers to be non-violent.

“We thank you for the difficult work you are doing,” the assistant secretary of state told The INEC boss, just as he observed that each election had its own criteria for assessments.

He explained that the frequent statements issued by the US government about Nigeria’s 2019 general election only seek a transparent process.

“Election is not about the election day. It’s like preparing for a feast”, Tibor said, adding that critical elements must be addressed to get a credible election.

He further said the US government had been involved in the electoral process in Nigeria, with particular interest in the transparency.

On his part, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, said America had a candidate in every election in the world.

“The transparent process is our candidate,” Stuart said, referring to that country’s involvement in the Nigeria’s elections, which he described as critical and important.

“What happens to Nigeria is significant to Africa and the world. That is why we have been organising meetings with the Nigerian officials,” he said.

According to Stuart, Nigeria is coming up democratically, which is why US cares so much about the country.

“We care so much about Nigeria,” the ambassador said, adding that during a visit to one of the states in Nigeria, he was impressed that the voter register was displayed for all Nigerians to see.

In his response, the INEC chairman, Yakubu, assured the US envoy that the commission would improve on the conduct of the 2015 general election.

“INEC is pleased with what the US is doing because they are the first, while Nigeria is second largest in democracy. This (2019 polls) will be an affirmation. We have 99 days to the general election. The election will be fair and credible,” Yakubu said, adding that the commission would follow all the processes.

On what the commission had put in place to ensure credible elections, Yakubu said since his appointment as INEC chairman, he had conducted over 190 elections.

According to him, the electoral process had improved both in transparency, planning and logistics, adding that INEC was committed to protecting the integrity of the election process.

We’ll Witness Great Rebirth After Elections – PMB

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that Nigeria will come out of the 2019 general election stronger.

According to the president, the nation had been able to weather the storm over the years only because of God’s intervention.

Buhari, who spoke at the annual breakfast prayer session organised by the National Assembly Christian legislators’ prayer breakfast fellowship, said in spite of doomsday prophesies, the country is tackling its problems and becoming more prosperous.

He pointed out that while doomsday prophets had prophesied that the country would plunge into crisis, the Nigeria would witness a great rebirth in 2019, especially after the polls, which many unpatriotic critics had predicted would be crisis-ridden.

The president who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, noted that God was with Nigeria, which is why the country is pushing ahead despite her several problems.

“God is with Nigeria. 2019 shall bring in a new Nigeria. God will answer our prayers as we look unto him”, the president prayed.

He assured that his administration will continue to promote peace and ensure good governance, adding that with God’s continued blessing upon the country, Nigeria shall witness better days in her political and economic life.

According to him, the hope for the rebirth of a new nation in Nigeria can only be realised when people in highly placed positions eschew divisive tendencies for overall national interest.

He said as leader of the nation, he always seeks the intervention of God Almighty for Nigeria in all spheres of her national life.

President Buhari also called on Christian lawmakers and other leaders to always embrace unity in all ramifications, noting that it would give birth to a new Nigerian nation.

In his goodwill message at the occasion, Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said that Nigeria can overcome her numerous challenges through constant prayers.

Dogara stated that through collective prayers, Nigerians can change the narrative and the destiny of the country.

In his sermon, the guest speaker, Apostle Emmanuel Nuhu Kure, said that God is at the verge of raising godly leaders for the country.

Drawing inspiration and reference from biblical quotations, particularly Isaiah 40:46, Jeremiah 33:25, 2nd Chronicles 20:35-37 and Joshua 10:1-9, he said political leaders must desist from making uncomplimentary statements about the polity.

The cleric noted that the 2019 general election would spring surprises for the nation, as God is going to use his divine mantle to select good and godly leaders for the nation.

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NNPC Slides Into Loss After Six Months Of Profit

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 12:56am

The August 2018 edition of the monthly financial and operations report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) released Thursday indicated that after about six months of recording back-to-back profit on its operations, the corporation slid back to loss-making with about N3.90 billion incurred as operational deficit for the period.

The report also showed that eight subsidiaries of the corporation have persisted in making losses for the state-run oil firm.

The eight subsidiaries with their persisted poor operational performances were listed by the corporation in the report.

According to the report, the three refineries of the NNPC in Warri; Port Harcourt; and Kaduna, collectively incurred an operational deficit of N10.79 billion, making them the largest loss-making subsidiaries of the corporation.

The other loss-making subsidiaries of the corporation according to the report included the Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company Limited (NPSC) which is charged with the task of building, maintaining and managing pipeline and storage infrastructure of the NNPC across Nigeria.

It is also responsible for managing the transmission and storage of petroleum products, the NNPC Shipping; the NNPC Ventures and the corporation’s corporate headquarters.

Describing the situation, the report stated, “This 37th edition of the report indicated a trading deficit of N3.90 billion which is 179.87 per cent lower than the previous month’s surplus of N4.88 billion.

“This drop in performance month-on-month is principally attributable to the drop in performance of NPDC owing largely to revenue decrease and higher expenditure level when compared to previous month in July 2018.”

The report explained that the refineries’ production in August amounted to 21.51 million litres of petroleum products as against the 38.64 million litres produced in July 2018.

According to it, “The corporation has been adopting a merchant plant refineries business model since January 2017. The model takes cognisance of the products worth and crude costs. The combined value of output by the three refineries (at import parity price) for the month of August 2018 amounted to N8.67 billion while the associated crude plus freight costs and operational expenses were N9.78 billion and N9.68 billion respectively. This resulted to an operating deficit of N10.79 billion by the refineries.”

It added that for the month of August 2018, only the Warri and Port Harcourt refineries produced 53,881 metric tonnes (MT) of finished petroleum products and 8,017MT of intermediate products out of the 56,804MT of crude processed at a combined capacity utilisation of 3.02 per cent compared to 4.83 per cent combined capacity utilisation achieved in the month of July 2018.

It further explained the lower operational performance recorded was as a result of the ongoing revamping of the refineries which it noted is expected to further enhance capacity utilisation once completed.

On oil production, the report stated that a total of 57.45 million barrels (mb) of crude oil and condensate were produced within the period, thus representing an average daily production of 1.85 million barrels (mbd).

“This represents an increase of 3.95 per cent in the average daily production compared to June 2018 average daily performance. Out of the July 2018 production, Joint Ventures (JVs) and Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) contributed about 33.65 per cent and 40.50 per cent respectively. While AF, NPDC and Independents accounted for 14.24 per cent, 6.15 per cent and 5.46 per cent respectively.

“In July 2018, crude oil production in Nigeria increased by 70.35tb/d or 3.95 per cent to average 1.85mbd compared to the month. Production during the month was affected by shut-down of Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) and Trans Forcados Pipeline due to leakages while ERHA and USAN terminals were shut for maintenance and tank top management.

“Production was also cut back at Bonga, Agbami, Yoho, and Odudu terminals for issues around Christmas-tree change out, rig movement and the like,” the report stated.

It further said that in August, a total of 86 pipeline points were vandalised of which only two pipeline points failed to be welded, adding that it was an improvement over the 204 vandalised points recorded in the previous month.

The NNPC report stated that as part of the corporation’s refinery collocation initiative designed to boost local refining capacity and end the era of petroleum products importation, it has plans to establish a 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) brownfield refinery in both Port Harcourt and Warri.

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Reps Probe INEC, Political Parties Over Party Primaries

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 12:37am

The House of Representatives has resolved to probe the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and political parties over the just-concluded primaries, held for the nomination of candidates for the 2019 general election.

The lawmakers decided on a motion entitled “Lack of internal democracy in the conduct of party primaries towards 2019 elections,” moved by Adamu Chika, under Matters of Urgent Public Importance,   as contained in the House Rules, at yesterday’s plenary.

At the session, lawmakers accused governors and the leadership of the major political parties of manipulating the nomination processes to favour their preferred candidates.

They argued that the nation’s democracy may be endangered if the National Assembly does not take urgent step to halt flagrant breach of the Electoral Act, especially as it concerns conduct of party primaries.

Several House members lost out in the nomination process in their various political parties in the primaries, with Speaker Yakubu Dogara stating, recently,  that the outcome of the primaries does not indicate that democracy is growing in the country.

At the end of debate on the motion, the chamber resolved to set up an Ad-hoc committee to probe INEC and political parties over the outcome of the primaries.

The committee is expected to investigate alleged violation of the Electoral Act by political parties in the nomination processes, allegedly in connivance with the electoral body,  with a view to strengthening the electoral law and other relevant laws,  so as to improve the electoral process in the country.

The committee, which is also expected to probe the incomes and expenditure of the major political parties in the country in line with section 226 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, has four weeks to report back to House for further legislative actions.

In the lead debate, Chika, who is from Niger, said the state is one of the states where powerbrokers in the All Progressives Congress (APC) denied aspirants party tickets for the 2019 general elections.

The lawmakers noted that some of the political parties “brazenly refused to hold primaries in contravention of section 87 (10) of the Electoral Act, which makes it mandatory for parties to hold primaries, which led to crisis in some state chapters of political parties.”

In his contribution, Musa Soba, from Kaduna, who defected from the APC said “the impunity in the ruling party is perpetuated by governors who believe everyone must dance to their tunes.”

On his part, a People’s Democratic Party lawmaker from Benue State, Mark Gbillah, said there is so much corruption in the political party system in the country and canvassed for independent candidacy.

“We are running a system of political party where from the grassroots corruption is entrenched.

“The onus now comes back to the National Assembly. What are we going to do to our political system?

“The responsibility for the National Assembly is about what we are going to do. Nigerians have never been provided with the opportunity to choose who it is that will represent them. Independent candidacy is the only solution,” he said.

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APC Crisis: Amosun: I Have No Hand In Oshiomhole’s Travails

Sahara Reporters - 9 November 2018 - 12:27am

Governor Ogun State Ibukunle Amosun has distanced himself from the crisis faced by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. The APC national chairman was reportedly quizzed by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Sunday over a complaint from some aggrieved governors that he allegedly received bribes during the recently held primary elections of the party. According to the reports, Oshiomhole, during the DSS interrogation, was asked to resign from his position as national chairman. The APC chairman has been engaged in a war of words with the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha and his Ogun state counterpart, Amosun.

The two governors had openly criticized the party chairman for rejecting their preferred candidates for the 2019 general elections. Speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, Amosun said he has no hand in the troubles that the party chairman was facing. He said: “I think you are probably giving me an oversight role and I am not a security person. So, clearly, I think that question will not be for me. I don’t have to hide under a finger to fight. If there is a need for me to put my views across, you know me by now that I will do it.” The Ogun State Governor, while answering questions on the whereabouts of the APC national chairman, explained that, “I have told you those things are beyond my pedigree and you are asking me questions that I am not well suited for.

The one that I have to talk about, we have said it loud and clear that it doesn’t event need to add anything.” Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on national and international security agencies to hunt down Oshiomhole and bring him to justice. PDP in a statement, yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Oshiomhole’s sudden flight out of the country was suspect. According to the party, the APC National Chairman travelled out of the country after his alleged interrogation by the Department of State Services (DSS) for corruption charges. “It is ludicrous that the APC, in its lying proclivities, believes that by dismissing Oshiomhole’s arrest as a rumour and aiding him to momentarily flee the country, it would succeed in getting him off the DSS hook as well as sweeping the matter out of public discourse with its famished broom,” PDP said. It, therefore, called on the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and INTERPOL  to track him down and bring him back to Nigeria to answer the charges against him. The party accused President Muhammadu Buhari of shielding Oshiomhole from prosecution for fear that his investigation would implicate certain interests at the presidency and the APC. “Nigerians are already aware that Oshiomhole has not denied his investigation, including his reported confession that the presidency was in the know of all his actions,” the party noted.

It warned the APC National Chairman that “his arrogance, lust for power and alleged embezzlement of public funds must surely make him have his day in the hands of the law.” PDP demanded that APC and the presidency should immediately produce Oshiomhole to face investigation and prosecution in the courts.

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Nigeria Air To Gulp $300million From Now Till 2020

Sahara Reporters - 8 November 2018 - 12:33pm

The Nigeria Air project will gulp an estimated $300million between now and 2020, Hadi Sirika, Minister of State for Aviation, revealed on Thursday.

According to NAN, Sirika made the revelation in Abuja while speaking at the Fifth Aviation Stakeholders’ Forum.

He said the Nigeria Air project is currently at the procurement stage, awaiting the approval of the Federal Executive Council.

Sirika also discredited claims that the government spent $600,000 on the design of the logo after the carrier was unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow in London in July.

“In recent months, misinformation, factual errors, insinuations and fabrications have been peddled in both social and print media on the Nigeria Air project,” he said.

“These include desirability, inadequate planning, non-consultation with stakeholders, lack of transparency and publications of fictitious amounts allegedly spent by the government on the project, among others.”

Sirika explained that the current effort to establish the national carrier predated the composition of the present FEC and even his own appointment as a Minister.

“Mr. President directed the then Ministry of Aviation to commence the process for the establishment of a national carrier during the ministerial briefing on the aviation sector,” he continued.

“The ministry set up a committee, which came up with the modalities for the establishment of a national carrier. 

“The committee, in its report submitted in September 2015, recommended a private sector-led national carrier with 10 per cent government ownership and non-involvement of government in the management of the airline, but the provision of enabling environment for its operation.”

The Minister said that following approval by the FEC, a consortium of Transaction Advisers comprising Airline Management Group Ltd., Avia Solutions Ltd and Tianaero FZE, was appointed in line with best practices.

He said the TAs completed the Outline Business Case Report, which was reviewed by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, which subsequently issued the OBC Certificate of Compliance.

He added that the report has been presented to FEC for consideration to move to the procurement phase and then Full Business Case, where it will be opened for bidding by investors, including ordinary Nigerians.

On the financial implications, he said the estimated funding requirement for the establishment of the project is $300m spread between 2018 and 2020.

He added that the expected initial start–up capital of $55m comprises $25m for deposit for new aircraft and $30m for working capital from June to December 2018, while the estimated working capital for 2019 is $100m and $145m for 2020 to be provided by the Strategic Equity Partners who are expected to manage the project.

"Certain media publications that $8.8m was expended at the Farnborough Air show are unfounded, malicious, misleading, mischievous and baseless,” he said.

"The TAs for national carrier coordinated the campaign and provided the additional services that included the development of the brand strategy and the media activities relating to the unveiling of the airline.

"Due process was followed in the branding, which included obtaining ‘No Objection’ Certificate with Ref. No. BPP/RPT/18/VOL.1/075 from the Bureau of Public Procurement for payment of N50.8m for these services is yet to be made. No foreign company was paid $600,000 for the design of the logo as speculated.”

Sirika maintained that the Nigeria Air project does not lack investors, as institutions and airlines such as the African Development Bank, AFREXIM, US-EXIM, Standard Chartered Bank, Boeing, Airbus and China-Exim Bank, had already expressed interest.

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When An Already Armed IMN Wants More Arms By Philip Agbese

Sahara Reporters - 8 November 2018 - 12:02pm

_“They continue to say that we are armed. This is a blatant lie. If we are armed, Nigeria Army cannot face us. If we have weapons with us, Nigeria Army is too small to face us. With our courage, braveness and bare hands, they are running away, talk more of when we have arms. They are cowards.”.” - Abdullahi Zango IMN Leader, November 5, 2018_

_"A stone-thrower is a terrorist and only a fitting punishment can serve as a deterrent and just punishment." - Ayelet Shaked, Israeli Minister of Justice_

Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) is definitely being buoyed by a misreading of the situation surrounding its running confrontations with the military and police without reading between the lines to appreciate the enormity of the suicide mission on which its members have embarked. Abdullahi Zango, IMN leader, held a press briefing on Monday to harangue the military and police. The drift of that event is that his group is seeking weapons to defeat Nigeria’s security forces – IMN does not recognize the jurisdiction of the Nigerian state.

During the briefing, Zango attempted to perpetrate the myth that stones, slingshots, catapults and petrol bombs do not qualify as weapons. These to him are merely the “courage, braveness and bare hands” from which military and security are running. The disinformation that these items do not constitute weapons is being promoted by neocon establishments like Amnesty International, nanny western countries, an opposition that is in need of political capital and a section of the media that have an axe to grind with the government of the day and yet another section that is out to milk any sensational value that will rivet the audience.

If it should have its wish of becoming a full blown terror group, which would be the case if its members lay their hands on more sophisticated weapons of their dream, the IMN would end up the greatest loser. First, even if it should succeed in using security containment of the Shiite group to blackmail the incumbent government out of office, the present day opposition will have no option but to clamp down on an IMN that is armed and certainly the intention will be to crush the group as quickly as possible so that whoever is the opposition at that future date does not get to use the group as leverage. Even the paid critics of today would have gotten higher offer from elsewhere and they will paint IMN into a pariah same way they are currently painting it into victimhood. 

The western nations that are presently all about criticizing the Nigerian state for not allowing IMN members run riot will protect their own interests. They will not even need to declare IMN a terror group. All they have to do is to keep a database of its members and refuse them visas under any pretext possible. No one willfully brings an ants infested firewood home for that is what allowing members of a radicalized group like IMN would mean for these countries. From the trends monitored informally, several countries are already implementing this unspoken policy by not allowing IMN members visas to visit especially with their touted link to Iran. Zango will perhaps want to find out how these countries that are speaking for his group view those that throw stones at their security agents.

The only factor that would be left to support an armed IMN would be the likes of Amnesty International, which has such track record of humanizing killer groups and placing their interests and rights over those of victims. But any support from Amnesty International would not be worth much given its declining credibility across the globe on account of its penchant for peddling falsehood. It claimed for instance that the military was “firing live ammunition to disperse a peaceful gathering without warning.” It is interesting how a stone throwing mob of IMN members qualified as “peaceful gathering”. It is a tragedy that Zango and his followers do not realize from such bared face lies that they are no more than a means to an end in Amnesty International’s obsession with playing whack-a-mole with the military. A detached observer will see a pattern of Amnesty International manipulating IMN members into confrontation with the military so that it has something to accuse the military about violating human rights. The only problem? IMN members kill themselves while Amnesty International’s staffers get paid their bonuses. 

The fact is that Zango and IMN have to face the reality as one must necessarily burst their bubble. Sorry guys, stones and petrol bombs are weapons, at least in countries that take the safety of their citizens seriously. Israel takes things serious on such level, it has in place a harsh law, passed in 2015, that criminalizes stone throwing. As reported by TheNewArab, “The bill allows for a sentence of up to 20 years in jail for throwing stones or other objects at a civilian vehicle in motion, with the intent of causing harm, and 10 years in prison if intent to endanger was not proven. Stone-throwers who target police vehicles face five years in prison.”

Aside Israel, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, United States, Turkey and Vietnam have legislation that criminalize stone throwing with sentences as high as 20 years jail term with fines. According to, “Under Florida State Law, Statute Section 790:19, shooting or throwing a deadly missile, hurling or projecting a stone or other hard substance which would produce death or great bodily harm at a public or private vehicle is a second degree felony. The crime is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.”

IMN members will therefore be wise to realize that the fact there is no permit required to carry stones and slingshots, unlike guns, does not mean they will not be classified and treated as weapons when the chips are down. They are welcome to extrapolate for the petrol bombs they have added to the equation. IMN members should further note the number of laws they will be breaking if they ever embrace the glaring madness of adding guns and explosives to their already lethal cache of crude weaponry. It is doubtful there is any nation on earth that will accept that level of provocation tepidly.

Those urging on members of the group to break the law must realize they are not helping them by misleading them to break the law and place themselves in harm’s way. If at all these people, organizations or countries love IMN as much as they claim they should invest their efforts rehabilitating those that have been radicalized by the group’s teaching perchance they can be re-oriented to fit into the contemporary secular Nigeria.

The bigger responsibility is for the Nigerian security circle. Now that IMN has officially made it known that it is desirous of defeating the military “If we (they) have weapons” it is expedient that the necessary steps are taken to prevent the birth of another terrorist group by ensuring that no shipment of weapons arrive from Iran for the group to use. Efforts must similarly continue to mop up illegal firearms across the country.

The federal Government must on it part explore how to deal with the IMN aggression with legislation that give military and law enforcement agencies the legal framework to deal with the menace once and for all time. Lines must be drawn since there are peaceful protests, violent stone throwing protests and terrorist acquisition of firearms.

Agbese is a researcher in Human Rights Law based in the United Kingdom.

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If Buhari Wins In 2019, Nigerians Will Be Running To Neighboiring Countries To Feed

Sahara Reporters - 8 November 2018 - 11:29am

Ayodele Fayose, immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, says Nigerians will be running to other neighboring countries to feed if President Muhammadu Buhari wins a second term in office.

Fayose also urged the President to "face governance and stop complaining".

According to the former Governor, "the President’s time is almost up".

A statement on Thursday by Fayose's media aide, Lere Olayinka, accused the president of spending "three and a half years blaming his predecessors and inflicting both security and economic crises on the country".

The statement read: “When he was seeking the votes of Nigerians, he never said he was coming to complain. Rather, he promised to fix what he claimed to have identified as the problems. It is no longer funny that a President who assumed office three and a half years ago is still complaining about how he met the country, instead of Nigerians having feelings of how well he has solved the problems he claimed that he had the capacity to solve.

“He should stop singing the same song of lamentation that he has been singing since 2015 and learn from his colleague in Ghana, who hit the ground running immediately he assumed office. Only a leader who lacks competence and is challenged by knowledge and exposure will blame his predecessors for over three years.

“Nigerians of mostly below forty years who voted for the President in 2015, did so because they never experienced him as a Military Head of State. Now that they have seen that he does not have the required capacity to govern a country like Nigeria, they are eager to vote him out.”

The former Governor charged leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to "put everything into the 2019 elections, so as to rescue Nigerians from the present state of anguish occasioned by the directionless All Progressives Congress (APC) government".

He continued: “Today, Nigeria has become the ‘Poverty Capital’ of the world. God forbid, a Buhari’s second term will turn Nigeria to a republic of poverty where people will be running to other neighboring countries to feed. PDP must therefore work very hard to save the country from going down completely."

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Ogidigben Residents Lament Abandonment Of S.M.A.R.T. Road Project

Sahara Reporters - 8 November 2018 - 11:08am

Residents of Ogidigben community in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State have urged Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, to complete the abandoned 2.193km reinforced concrete at Obitobon-Elolo-Ajakrougbo-Urubo road.

The contract was awarded in April 2017, and has since been abandoned. 

Although the government had initiated the project in line with its S.M.A.R.T. agenda, the people of Ogidigben have lamented the condition of the project.

They appealed to the government to re-mobilise the contactor, METSAN Services Limited, to resume work on the road project urgently.

A visit to the community showed that members of the community were already cut off from the rest of the state, as the only connecting road has been rendered impassable due to the abandoned construction works on the road. 

Speaking with our correspondent, one of the residents said: "We have not benefited anything from the present administration. Are we no longer part of this state?”

The community has also threatened to to take "drastic steps in the 2019 polls if efforts are not made by the government of the day to effect the completion of the road".

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