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Catholic Archbishop Tigagale: South African Xenophobia Similar To Hatred In Nazi Germany

7 September 2019 - 10:56pm


South African Catholic Archbishop, Buti Tigagale, has condemned the
South African government for doing too little to protect victims of
xenophobic attacks in the country.

He said this in a statement released in Abuja on Saturday.

He said: “Once again we receive reports of the authorities doing very
little to protect the victims. We received report of police standing
by idly in Pretoria while shops were looted and people attacked. Not a
single arrest was made on that day.

“Once again the authorities resort to the old explanation: that this
is not xenophobia, but the work of criminal elements.

“Let us be absolutely clear – this is not an attempt by concerned
South Africans to rid our cities of drug dealers. And this is not the
work of a few criminal elements. It is xenophobia, plain and simple.

“If it was about drugs, why are South African drug dealers not being
targeted as well? Are we really to believe that there are none? And
why are drug addicts who rob people in our city centres to get money
to buy drugs not being targeted? If it is the work of a few criminal
elements, why are South African owned businesses not being looted as

“The teaching of the Church is direct and uncompromising. More than
80% of South Africans claim to be Christian. What are our religious
leaders teaching the multitudes that fill our churches every Sunday?
Galatians 3:28 says: 'There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave
nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ

”By the same token, there is neither South African nor Nigerian nor
Ethiopian. We are all one in Christ Jesus.

“Let us take heed of this. We are facing a rising tide of hatred and
intolerance, no different to the rising tide of hatred in Nazi
Germany. If we do not take urgent action to stop it, there will be
nothing left.”

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Nigeria's Buhari To Visit South Africa After Attacks

7 September 2019 - 10:44pm

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will visit South Africa next
month to reinforce the bonds between the two countries after a wave of
deadly riots and xenophobic attacks, the South African presidency said
on Saturday.

South Africa’s MTN Group and supermarket chain Shoprite have closed
all stores and service centres in Nigeria after their premises were

Those attacks followed days of riots in South Africa that mainly
targeted foreign-owned, including Nigerian, businesses.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday at least 10
people had been killed, two of them foreign nationals, in violence
that began in Pretoria and spread to nearby Johannesburg.

Buhari will make a state visit to South Africa in October to help
develop responses to the challenges in both countries after Ramaphosa
held discussions with Nigeria’s special envoy, the presidency said in
a statement.

“The special envoy conveyed President Buhari’s concern at recent
events in South Africa, in the context of the strong and cordial
relations that characterize the interaction between the two
countries,” the presidency said.

It said Buhari’s government planned to act against the targeting of
South African assets in Nigeria and reaffirmed relations with South

The violence in South Africa has stoked concerns about relations
between Africa’s two biggest economies. Nigeria said on Thursday it
would recall its top diplomat to Pretoria, Reuters report.


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Drunk Driver Kills Three

7 September 2019 - 10:38pm

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At least 3 people were killed in an auto crash when a drunk driver
collided with a trailer and a tricycle.

The incident happened about 5 am on Saturday at Gwarinpa in Abuja.

According to eyewitnesses, the drunk driver who was driving a Mercedez
Benz car collided with the tricycle while he and the passenger in the
car were unhurt.

"I was not there when the incident happened but from what I saw it was
a Benz and a Keke Marwa (tricycle).

"I saw the dead people before NEMA came to clear the scene," a woman
at the scene of the crash said.


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Nigeria: Yellow Fever Kills Three, Others Hospitalized, 23 Cases Under Surveillance

7 September 2019 - 10:31pm


At least three persons have died following an outbreak of yellow fever
in Bauchi State.

Rilwanu Mohammed, the Executive Chairman of the State Primary
Healthcare Development Agency, confirmed this during an interview with
ChannelsTV on Saturday.

He noted that there were 23 other suspected cases while a few persons
were receiving treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.

Mohammed said, “In Bauchi State, we have been trying to follow up with
the case of yellow fever which started two weeks ago and we have only
three confirmed deaths.

“And then, we have 23 cases of yellow fever and even today (Saturday),
seven samples were taken to the laboratory in Abuja.”

The executive chairman, who spoke during a hospital visit to the
affected patients, explained that most of them were seen unconscious.

According to him, one of the patients is a ranger at the Yankari Games
Reserve, as the disease outbreak cuts across three local government
areas – Bauchi, Tafawa Balewa, and Alkaleri.

Mohammed said all confirmed cases of the disease were from Alkaleri,
where the Yankari Games Reserve is located.

He, however, stated that the state government had begun to put
measures in place to contain the spread of the disease but lacked
enough vaccines for the people.

Some of the steps taken so far, according to him, include the
distribution of mosquito nets, environmental fumigation, and training
of staff on control measures.

“We are trying to see what we can do. We’ve made arrangements on how
to contain the virus and one of the arrangements is that we started
reactive vaccination over three or four days ago around the
communities,” said the executive chairman.

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Nigerian Government Laments Widespread Fake, Substandard Wires, Begins Clampdown

7 September 2019 - 10:26pm


The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is clamping down on
enterprises and individuals profiting from substandard wires and

Michael Ajagbonna, the team leader of SON, Ogun State Enforcement
Initiative, said seven major outlets of substandard wires and cables
were sealed off in Osun State.

The organisation on Friday arraigned some men before a federal high
court in Lagos for breaking into its warehouse to steal seized the
substandard products.

Ajagbonna explained that the raid was in furtherance of the
organization’s onslaught on the manufacturing and sales of substandard
electric wires and cables in the country.

He added that the raid came on the heels of traders' refusal to stop
selling fake and sub-standard goods, even after repeated enlightenment
and sensitization carried out in the state on the dangers of
substandard cables.

The organization, therefore, enjoined importers and manufacturers of
electric wires to adhere strictly to standards to avoid products
confiscation, destruction and possible prosecution

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To The General Who Forgot The Real Boss: #RevolutionNow Is Unstoppable! By Bayo Oluwasanmi

7 September 2019 - 10:20pm

Bayo Oluwasanmi

Bayo Oluwasanmi

Criticism and confrontation come with the position of a president. A
president should be aware of two truths: First, he’ll be criticized.
Second, criticism always changes a president. How a president handles
criticisms can make or break his administration.

A wise president handles criticisms by maintaining his humility and by
facing the criticism squarely. He should understand the difference
between constructive and destructive criticism by not seeing only the
critic, but by seeing the crowd: is the criticism widespread? The
president should wait for time to prove his critics wrong.

A president handles criticism by concentrating on his mission and
vision, and by correcting his mistakes. So far, the way President
Muhammadu Buhari handles criticisms and hounds critics shows the guilt
of indiscretion, lack of judgment, poor choices, and just plain

The autocratic style of Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari reminds me of a
General who forgot the real boss - the Nigerian people. When a
president forgets whom he serves, he quickly falls prey to the basest
human instincts. One of the deadliest things that can disqualify and
destroy a president is unrestrained vengeance. Any president who
cannot humble himself to serve the people who elect him into office
will act out selfish motives and hurt the nation and people.

When a president lost sight of his vision, he sets out to serve his
own selfish interests. In the end, his selfishness and stubbornness
will cost him everything.

Why #RevolutionNow?

Revolutions don’t just happen. Something had to cause them. There are
grievances or complaints against  Buhari. Yes, the grievances have
usually been ignored for years by previous administrations. People
have become impatient with the slow pace of change and worsening
conditions have become unbearable. It is the responsibility of the
incumbent president to turn things around within a relatively short
period. Then there’s a spark to ignite the revolution. Herein comes
Omoyele Sowore - the dynamite that sets off the time bomb of
#RevolutionNow. Now that the fuse had been lit, the arrest and
continued detention of Sowore continued to fuel #RevolutionNow.

As citizens, do we have a right to revolt against Alhaji Buhari’s
regime which has failed to protect our lives and properties? Do we
have a right to revolt against the inept and corrupt government of
Buhari? Do we have a right to demand the basic necessities of life -
jobs, hospital, infrastructure, electricity, treated water, sound
education, good schools, a livable wage, safety and security, public
transportation, name it?

Do we have the right to protest against Buhari’s nepotism, selective
and miscarriage of justice, corruption, oppression, and other ancient
evils that have become the trademark of Buhari’s directionless
government?  Of course, it is morally right to revolt against
oppressive and repressive government of Buhari. It is also politically
right to overthrow Buhari peacefully through prolonged and sustained
agitation and protests.

#RevolutionNow is for the long-term benefit of our nation. The primary
reason for the existence of government is to protect the security of
the people. Having failed to secure the life and property of citizens,
Buhari’s regime has no reason to exist a day longer than necessary. No
government should have higher importance than the people. Indeed,
people are the reason for any government.

By the arrest and continued detention of Sowore and other vocal
Nigerians, Buhari is telling us that the street is not the place to
solve our problems. But we’re saying the street was and still is the
place. The voice of the street is the only choice left for us because
the ballot box failed us, the president failed us, the system failed
us, the lawmakers failed us. #RevolutionNow is here to stay until it
has achieved its purpose by installing a truly democratic government
of the people, by the people, and for the people... Let’s go there!


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Serena Williams Loses 24th Grand Slam To 19-Year-Old Bianca Andreescu

7 September 2019 - 10:15pm


Bianca Andreescu denied Serena Williams her 24th Grand Slam title on Saturday, claiming victory with a score of 6-3, 7-5 in a nail-biting final.

Andreescu clinched the title with a two-set win over the 6-time US Open champion, Williams 6-3, 7-5.

“I know you guys wanted Serena to win, so I'm sorry,” Andreescu told reporters after the match. “Obviously it was expected for Serena to fight back, she's done that so many times in the past and that's why she's a true champion on and off the court. But I just tried my best to block everything out and the last game wasn't easy,” she said.

During the final, Andreescu was seen covering her ears on the court as the crowd roared in support of Williams.

“Bianca played an unbelievable match,” Williams told reporters after the final. “If anyone could win the tournament, outside of Venus, I’m happy it’s Bianca.”

“I wish I could have played better,” she said.


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Sanwo-Olu: Over 5,000 Nigerians Out Of Job After Retaliatory Attacks On South African Brands

7 September 2019 - 10:07pm

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos state, has said over 5,000
people have lost their jobs to retaliatory attacks.

Irate Nigerian youths attacked South Africans brands in Nigeria
following recent xenophobic attacks targeted at Nigerians living in
the country.

In Lagos, Shoprite stores were looted while MTN properties were vandalized.

Reacting to the incident, Sanwo-Olu said: “These are jobs where
Nigerians are the ones that have been affected. So, we need to be able
to take the lessons out of this, be stronger together and be able to
take corrective measures to ensure that things like these should
certainly not repeat itself in our community.”

“We have seen the amount of enormous destruction in both plazas and
the first thing is to condemn in strong terms whatever could have led
to this. It is extensive destruction of people’s property.

“In both malls, over 5,000 people are out of jobs. These are jobs
where Nigerians are the ones that have been affected.

“As a government, we have come out to condemn this and to assure the
business community that ease of doing business is paramount to us and
security of lives and property is part of the to-do list for us.

“We are charging our security operatives to stop at nothing to ensure
that they keep all of these facilities safe and secure.”


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Pilgrims Escape Death As Max Air Aircraft Engine Collapses Mid-air

7 September 2019 - 1:09pm

Muslim pilgrims boarding a Max Airline

Muslim pilgrims boarding a Max Airline

What would have been another tragedy in the Nigerian aviation sector was averted on Saturday as a Max Air aircraft with 550 passenger crash-landed at the Minna International Airport in Niger State.

The aircraft, a Boeing 747-300 with registration number 5N-DBK, was said to have developed a fault mid-air before the pilot struggled to land it at the airport.

The incident led to the collapse of one of the four engines of the aircraft.

It was further gathered that the aircraft was returning pilgrims from Niger State from Saudi Arabia.

On landing, a source close to the airport confided in our correspondent that the aircraft skidded off the runway.

The reason for the incident could not be ascertained at the moment, but it was gathered that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had been informed of the incident.

However, a source close to the scene told our correspondent that no life was lost, while efforts to get the officials of Max Air to comment on the issue was unsuccessful.

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EFCC Operative Allegedly Commits Suicide In Edo

7 September 2019 - 12:22pm


Williams Oyibogare, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has allegedly committed suicide. 

According to a report by PUNCH, two empty bottles of Sniper insecticide was found in Oyibogare's home, hence the suspicion that the operative must have taken his own life. 

The Edo State Police Command said that an investigation is ongoing to unravel the cause of his death, stating that autopsy would reveal the fact.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Chidi Nwabuzor, said, “Investigations are ongoing and it would be too soon to make any conclusions at this stage; it is too early to make any pronouncements. 

"Of course, there will be an autopsy to know the cause of the death and inquire about what happened.”

A colleague of the deceased said Oyibogare recently returned from his annual leave looking emaciated.

He said, “Oyibogare returned from leave recently looking pale.

"He may have died from an illness or it could also have been suicide but we cannot say for sure since we don’t live with him."

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Tribunal Upholds Nwaoboshi's Election

7 September 2019 - 12:11pm

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

The Delta State National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, the state capital, on Saturday upheld the election of Peter Nwaoboshi, lawmaker representing Delta North Senatorial district.

Doris Uboh, candidate of the All Progressives Congress during the February 23, 2019 National Assembly election in the district, had challenged the election of Nwaoboshi on the ground that the poll was characterised by irregularities.

Delivering the judgement after hearing the argument of both parties, the tribunal headed by Justice E. I. Ngene, dismissed the petition brought by Uboh against Nwaoboshi, saying it lacked merit.

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Police Arrest Soldier For Allegedly Stabbing Man To Death

7 September 2019 - 11:56am


The Niger State Police Command has arrested a soldier for allegedly stabbing one Ali Mohammed to death in Lambatta Market under Gurara Local Government Area of the state.

The name of the soldier was given as Lance Cpl. Attahiru Jibril.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Adamu Usman, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna, the capital, on Saturday.

He said, “The suspect attacked and stabbed the victim to death with a knife, following a misunderstanding at the market.

“We succeeded in rescuing the suspect from a mob attack at the market and notified military authorities accordingly.”

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Nigerian Government Debunks Abuja Explosion Report

7 September 2019 - 8:42am


The Nigerian Government has debunked claims that a bomb explosion occurred at the South African High Commission in Abuja on Saturday.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the video of the purported bomb explosion being circulated on the social media, was from an incident that occurred in Abuja on June 25, 2014.

He said, “A pattern is emerging of the antics of the desperate opposition to latch on to the use of fake news and disinformation as a strategy to trigger chaos in the country.

“On Friday, they doctored and circulated the video of my appearance on Channels Television in January 2015 (when I was the spokesman for the All Progressives Congress) to make it look like I was begging Nigerians to forgive President Buhari for not having a school certificate.

“Worse still, they posted the video afresh, giving the impression it happened last Thursday and that I acted in my capacity as Minister of Information and Culture.

“Unfortunately for them, this doctored video came out on the same day a report emerged that the Peoples Democratic Party had sent lawyers and party agents to the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom to confirm the authenticity of the President Muhammadu Buhari's West African School Certificate, only to be stunned to discover that the President did not only write the examination, he also passed.

“This is just the beginning. Nigerians should expect an explosion of fake news and disinformation in the days and weeks ahead.”


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Ondo Lawmaker Involved In Road Accident Suffers Broken Leg

7 September 2019 - 8:10am


Nicholas Tofowomo, representing Ondo South Senatorial district at the National Assembly, has suffered a bone fracture on one of his legs following his involvement in a road accident on Friday.

SaharaReporters learnt that the accident, which occurred at Igbara Oke, a suburb of Akure, the state capital, also involved Mrs. Yetunde Dada and Mrs. Toyin Ajinde, all stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

One of the aides to the Senator confirmed the latest in a phone interview with SaharaReporters on Saturday afternoon.

The aide, who asked not to be named, explained that Senator Tofowomo was in transit in Ibadan, Oyo State, when the accident occurred.

The aide said, “The accident occurred on the Ilesha-Akure Road in Igbara Oke as they were traveling for an official function.

“Senator Tofowomo had a fracture in one of his legs while and Mr Banji Okunomo lost some tooth with a broken arm.

“The two women inside the car with them were also seriously injured with fractures.

“One is at the Intensive Care Unit of the Trauma Center in Ondo while the other is under close watch.”


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Nigerians Are Not Criminals, Ezekwesili Tells South Africa

7 September 2019 - 7:56am


Former Minister of Education and Convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, Oby Ezekwesili, has corrected the notion that Nigerians are mostly criminals and drugs peddlers in South Africa.

Ezekwesili, while speaking during a special panel to address xenophobia at the World Economic Forum in Durban, South Africa, said that 18 per cent of the academia in the former apartheid nation are Nigerians.

She said, “I have seen a lot of stories where people are saying Nigerians engage in criminal activities in South Africa.

“Well, I also know that is a single story because 18 per cent of those that teach in higher institutions in South Africa are Nigerians. 

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“Many Nigerian doctors are the ones who serve, provide health services in rural areas of South Africa.

“This danger of single stories must be taken on by the government to de-escalate any further deterioration of the relationship.

“The President of South Africa and his government should place it out there clearly that there would be speedy and conclusive prosecution of those that have been arrested so far for in the latest violence.”

She also said that the South African Government must empathise and engage with the victims of the violence.


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Don’t Come Abroad If You Are Owing Salaries, Nnamdi Kanu Warns Nigerian Governors

7 September 2019 - 7:38am

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has said that he would ensure that Nigerian governors owing workers salaries, are not welcomed abroad.

He said IPOB would continue to hold Nigerian politicians accountable.

Kanu, who has been on exile after jumping bail in Nigeria, made this statement while appearing on Rose on all Sides with BEN TV in London, United Kingdom.

He said, “Very soon, any governor who has not paid salaries will not come abroad anymore.

“If you are owing salaries, you’re not allowed to go abroad anymore.

“You bank teachers’ salaries, you bank the salaries of pensioners, you cannot come abroad anymore.

“This is just the beginning. We’ll not attack them; we’ll just ask them questions. It is called picketing. It’s allowed within the ambit of democratic rules.

“If we see you, we’ll ask you what you’ve been doing with teachers’ salaries, nurses’ salaries and why you’ve not been paying them.

“It doesn’t matter the state you come from, once we catch you, you must explain why you’ve not paid salaries for months.”


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Delta Tribunal Sacks James Manager, Orders Fresh Election Within 90 Days

7 September 2019 - 7:27am

Senator James Manager

Senator James Manager


The Delta State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Asaba, the state capital, on Saturday nullified the election of James Manager, lawmaker representing Delta South Senatorial district in the National Assembly.

Immediate-past governor of the state and candidate of the All Progressives Congress for that election, Emmanuel Uduaghan, had in a petition filed by his lawyer, Thomson Okpoko (SAN), told the tribunal that the February 23 National Assembly elections in the district was marred by massive rigging and other irregularities and therefore prayed the panel to cancel the election and order a fresh election.

In its judgement, the election tribunal after looking at all arguments, promptly cancelled the election and ordered for a fresh one within 90 days.


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BREAKING: Tribunal Affirms Election Of Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege

7 September 2019 - 5:48am

The Delta State National Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Asaba, the capital, on Saturday upheld the election of the Deputy Senate President and lawmaker representing Delta Central Senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege.

Evelyn Oboro, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate in the 2019 general elections for the senatorial district, had filed a petition challenging the victory of Omo-Agege, the All Progressives Congress candidate.

In a unanimous judgement delivered on Saturday, the panel dismissed Oboro's petition on the ground that the petition lacked merit and the petitioner could not prove her case beyond reasonable doubt.

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Swaziland King Honours Adesina In Traditional Ceremony

7 September 2019 - 4:11am


King Mswati III of Swaziland has honoured President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, during a traditional ceremony.

Adesina, Nigeria’s former Agriculture Minister, is seeking a re-election to continue the work that he has started at the AfDB that saw him winning the $250,000 World Food Prize in 2017 for his role in expanding food production in Nigeria over the years.

Reacting to the honour, Adesina said, “King Mswati III of Eswatini (Swaziland) gave me the greatest honour ever: to be dressed like the king and jointly march during the traditional royal reed dance event.

“Thank you Your Majesty. Proudly African. Confident in Africa’s future.” 

The King Mswati III of Eswatini gave me the greatest honor ever: to be dressed like the King and jointly march during the traditional royal Reed dance event. Thank you Your Majesty.💕
Proudly African 👍🏼
Confident in Africa’s future👍🏼

— Akinwumi A. Adesina (@akin_adesina) September 6, 2019

In a boost to his re-election bid, President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire on Friday appointed Adama Koné, Minister of Economic and Financial Affairs, to back Adesina’s quest to return as AfDB President.


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Boko Haram Kills Soldier, Injures Three Others In Borno Ambush

7 September 2019 - 3:43am


Boko Haram insurgents on Friday killed one soldier and injured three others in an ambush on a military convoy in Kamuya Village, Borno State, according to AFP.

A vigilante official, Mustapha Karimbe, who confirmed the attack, said, “The convoy came under fire from the terrorists near Kamuya at around 11:30am, killing one soldier and injuring three others.

“A military pickup truck was burnt in the attack.”

Kamuya has been repeatedly hit by jihadists since 2015 when Tukur Buratai was appointed as Chief of Army Staff.

In January this year, six soldiers were killed and 14 injured when insurgents sacked a base in Kamuya, stealing weapons and burning military vehicles.


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