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Why We Got Into Trouble In 2019 Elections – Army

20 hours 15 min ago


The Nigerian Army has said that it incurred the anger of politicians because it refused to compromise the integrity of the 2019 General Elections due to its belief in the nation’s democracy.

The army said it also acted in the best interest of the country by assisting the police in the elections.

Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Port Harcourt, disclosed this while receiving two individual awards of excellence at the divisional headquarters on Sunday in Port Harcourt.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that two youth groups: the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Youth Council, and the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria, presented the awards.

According to Sarham, the elections in Rivers offered a unique experience to which the army satisfactorily carried out its responsibilities.

“The 2019 general elections which the division acted in aid of Nigerian police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offered the army a unique experience.

“This is because some subversive elements tried, but failed to cause the division to compromise the integrity of the polls.

“Their failure was due to the resilience and doggedness of our personnel, whom some of them, unfortunately, paid the supreme price in defence of our democracy,”  he said.

Sarham said the awards were a recognition that some groups and individuals had closely monitored the elections as well as independently verified activities of the army.

“Among the groups are the ECOWAS Youth Council and the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria which are presenting these awards.

“I have been made to understand that there are many more similar organisations that are also processing their request (award) through the Army Headquarters,” he said.

The GOC said the recognition wouldn’t have been possible without the support and guidance of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, and troops of the division.

He dedicated the awards to soldiers who lost their lives while assisting the police in the elections.

Earlier, the Director of Cabinet, ECOWAS Youth Council, who presented the ECOWAS award, commended the GOC for his professionalism to the nation’s security architecture.

“We also thank you (Sarham) for promoting peace and nation building. We believe that if Nigeria gets it right, Africa will also get it right,” he said.

On his part, Dr. Isa Abubakar, President of the Northern Youth Council of Nigeria, said Sarham provided effective leadership and contributed positively to the concluded elections in Rivers.

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Kingibe: National Interest Supersedes MKO Abiola's Mandate, That's Why I Joined Abacha Government

20 hours 24 min ago


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Chief MKO Abiola's running mate in 1993 presidential election, Babagana Kingibe, has explained why he abandoned the mandate given to them following the election's annulment.

Kingibe made this known to journalists on Sunday in Maiduguri, Borno State, during a visit to the state Governor, Babagana Umara.

He said: "When we think of the collective good there are times when we have to sacrifice personal interests and join hands in rebuilding society and bringing peace and harmony to our people: I have addressed this issue of why did I join Abacha's government and so on.

"I know we won the elections on June 12, 1993, I know that injustice was done when those elections were annulled but there is always one guiding principle in my public life which is that the national interest supersedes any other consideration and all my actions have been informed by this consciousness of what is best in the national interest.

"I don't think the celebration on the actual 12th of June 1993 was any greater than the celebration of the first democracy day on June 12; And for that I have to thank the Governor who gave the leadership, thank the people of Borno not only for celebrating June 12 as democracy day per se, but I know that they also had in mind that one of their own, their own son was also a critical player, I appreciate the confidence and love."

Kingibe went on to serve in the regime of the late dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha amidst hue and cry from pro-June 12 advocates.

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Possibility Of Outbreak Of Ebola In Nigeria Very Low, Says Nigeria Centre for Disease Control

20 hours 28 min ago


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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said that following the outbreak of Ebola of Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

NCDC stated that a preliminary risk assessment has been conducted and based on available data, the overall risk of importation of EVD to Nigeria remains low.

The disease control agency noted that it has put in place several measures to ensure adequate preparedness and has also tightened security to properly put in place security measures at airports.

“Our national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), situated at the Incident Coordination Centre (ICC) in NCDC Abuja, is functional and currently in Alert Mode for EVD. 

“Our team of national first responders are on standby and ready for deployment within 24 hours when the need arises. Public Health EOCs (PHEOCs) in States where major points of entry are located (Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port Harcourt) are also on standby. 

“We have improved point-of-entry screenings in major airports; the Port Health Services unit of the Federal Ministry of Health is on alert and has heightened screening measures at entry points at our ports,” the agency noted.

NCDC also said there are currently ongoing Infection Prevention Control (IPC) programs nationwide, including the development of new guidelines, as well as training packages for health care workers to mitigate transmission.

The agency urged Nigerians to “avoid direct handling of dead wild animals, avoid physical contact with anyone who has possible symptoms of an infection with an unknown diagnosis, make sure fruit and vegetables are properly washed and peeled before you eat them.”

Health care workers are also advised to ensure universal precautions at all times. 

On 11th of June 2019, the Ugandan Ministry of Health confirmed an outbreak of EVD in Kasese District, at the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The index case was a 5-year old boy who fell ill after a visit to Mabalako Health Zone in Democratic Republic of the Congo to attend the burial of his grand-father, a confirmed EVD case, who died in the community on 1st of June 2019.

As at 12th June 2019, the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) has confirmed three (03) cases of EVD and one (01) death recorded. A total of eight contacts have been identified and are being closely monitored.

As at 14th June 2019, ring vaccination for high risk contacts and frontline healthcare workers is currently ongoing. The district taskforce on EVD, a national Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), WHO Uganda Country Office and Partners are supporting the response in the country.

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Bashir Interrogated For Corruption, Illegal Possession Of Foreign Currency

20 hours 29 min ago


Omar al-Bashir, former president of Sudan has been charged with cases of corruption and corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency.

al-Basir was brought before a prosecutor’s office in Khartoum on Sunday, where he was questioned.

The charges bothering on corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency were read out against him.

It was gathered that al-Bashir was guided heavily by fully armed men.

Al-Bashir was removed as President of Sudan by the military following three months of public sit-in by angry citizens.

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BREAKING: Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Attack Viewing Centre In Borno, Kill 20, Injure 30

20 hours 42 min ago


At least 20 people have died with about 30 more critically injured after Boko Haram suicide detonated at a viewing centre in Konduga, Borno state. 

A military source who spoke to SaharaReporters said the suicide bombers, a male and female, detonated their Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the viewing center/joint opposite a clinic in Mandarari ward, Konduga local government area at about 9:15 pm.

Another bomber (female) whose IED failed to detonate was apprehended and handed over to the Nigerian Army.

Due to the severity of the incident, the casualty figure is expected to rise on Monday.

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Severe Heat: Dozens Die In India, Government To Give Families $5,700

21 hours 9 min ago


Dozens of Indians have been killed by ‘severe heat’ in Bihar as the country is facing the third week of searing temperatures.

According to AFP, the deaths occurred in three districts of the poor northern state, where temperatures have hovered around 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit).

A senior health official, Vijay Kumar told AFP that another forty-nine people were killed as drought hit Magadh region of the country.

It was also reported that most of the victims are aged above 50.

“It was a sudden development on Saturday afternoon. People affected by heatstroke were rushed to different hospitals. “Most of them died on Saturday night and some on Sunday morning during treatment.

“Patients affected by heat stroke are still being brought, the death toll is likely to increase if the heatwave continues,” Kumar said.

Twenty-seven people died in Aurangabad district, 15 in Gaya and seven in Nawada district, officials said.

State Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced a compensation of 400,000 rupees ($5,700) for the family of each victim.

Harsh Vardhan, India’s health minister, said people should not leave their homes until temperatures fall.

“Intense heat affects the brain and leads to various health issues,” he said.

In 2017, researchers said South Asia, which is home to one-fifth of the world’s population, could see heat levels rise to unsurvivable levels by the end of the century if no action is taken on global warming.

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Zamfara Attacks: President Buhari Streamlines Security In North West

21 hours 15 min ago


Following the latest bandits' attacks in Zamfara State that led to the death of 34 people, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate activation of long-term strategic security plane for the geopolitical zone, as many displaced residents of the state have fled to the Niger Republic.

Bandits had attacked three villages in Shinkafi local government, Zamfara on Friday.

President Buhari, speaking through Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media & Publicity, directed that the new strategy would revamp security structures and operations, following infiltration of bandits.

He said, “While extending condolences to the government and people of Sokoto and Zamfara states for losses in recent attacks, the President has directed the immediate implementation of the long-term strategic security plan for the geopolitical zone, which was collectively drawn by security agencies and state governments.

“Under the security plan, states working with the federal government will support security and military operations with logistics and local intelligence. To strengthen the loop and scale up surveillance, the federal government is establishing new forward operational bases.”

The president added that as part of the plan, the National Emergency Management Agency and State Emergency Management Agencies are expected to streamline operations to provide succour for displaced persons, many of whom are taking refuge in neighbouring Niger Republic and ensure their return under protection.

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Appeal Court Dismisses Suit Seeking Removal Of Ihedioha As Imo Governor

21 hours 44 min ago


Imo State Court of Appeal has dismissed a suit filed by Senator Sam Anyanwu challenging the candidacy of Emeka Ihedioha as Governor of Imo State.

Anyanwu had approached the Imo Federal High Court seeking the court to declare void the primary election of Peoples Democratic Party that produced Ihedioha as the winner. 

Ihedioha had won the PDP’s primary election conducted on 1st of October 2018. He had a total vote of 1,723 while Anyanwu had 1,282.

Anyanwu, who is accusing Iheadioha of over-voting and use of thuggery, is also asking the court to declare him the winner of the primary election.

The appellate court followed the judgment of the lower court by dismissing the matter on the basis that Anyanwu lacks adequate evidence to prove his case against Ihedioha.

Justice Raphael Agbo of the Appeal court, while delivering the judgment, stated that “the court could not establish the fact” while ruling that the case be dismissed for “lack of proof”.

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Emulate India, South Africa Presidents By Forming Your Cabinet Now, Obi Tells Buhari

21 hours 45 min ago


Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last general election, has urged president Buhari to take a cue from the presidents of India and South Africa, who had formed their cabinets soon after they assumed office.

Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, had announced his list of cabinet members two weeks after winning re-election as President of the country, including the opposition his cabinet.

Obi, while speaking with journalists at the weekend in Lagos said, “These are serious leaders who are ready to move their countries forward. Imagine forming their cabinets within one week of being sworn in.

“Can you compare them with what is happening here in our country? I have always said it that for our country to move forward, it must change its current compass.”

Obi, who took a swipe at the leadership of the country, said Nigeria’s problem arose from years of bad leadership while adding that plenty of Nigerian leaders are bad role models.

He said, “What we have today in Nigeria is the cumulative effect of leadership failures. A leader must know his or her destination. Painfully, we have plenty of bad role models masquerading as leaders.

“Nigeria is in total mess because of too much borrowing caused by leadership failures. Our situation will get worse if we do not solve these problems urgently.

“There is a serious crisis in Nigeria because politics is now business and transactions. In fact, we have reduced our lives to transactions in Nigeria.

“Tell me, what is working in Nigeria today? A country where states owe billions and the federal government has borrowed over N11 trillion since coming into the office and there is nothing to show for all the borrowed funds. Are you not worried that over 21 million of our youths are not employed?

“Nigeria is gradually collapsing and unemployment is part of the disease killing Nigeria. All hands must be on deck to save our nation from these leadership failures.”

The former Anambra state governor tasked President Buhari to genuinely fight corruption by doing the right things as a leader and not being selective in his anti-corruption agenda.

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Sanwo-Olu Moves To Tackle Cultists, Kidnappers In Lagos

21 hours 48 min ago


Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor, has frowned upon the presence of cultists in the state while saying his government would move to stop the criminals in the state.

Sanwo-Olu made this known when he was speaking at the interdenominational thanksgiving organized by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Gbagada, Lagos on Sunday.

Speaking at the thanksgiving, Sanwo-Olu also said security agencies would not condone kidnapping as a new strategy is being put in place to stop kidnapping and tackle other security challenges in the state.

The governor stated that he would meet with security operatives in the state and would issue a red card to everyone threatening security in the state.

He said, “This is because there are so many issues around security within Lagos and across the country. We will not sit back and fold our arms.

“We will work with the security operatives so that in the next couple of days, we will make a very definitive pronouncement on security.

“The pronouncement will include what we need to do and how we will achieve a better-secured state.

“This will help to ensure that issues around cultism, kidnapping, among others would be addressed. Lagos is home to all because it is the home for the rich and the poor."

Sanwo-Olu said he wanted to ensure that Lagos becomes the best place anyone can think on in terms of security while adding that he would strive to make use of every available resource in the state to achieve that.

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Saudi Energy Minister Hopes For Production Cut Extension

16 June 2019 - 1:39pm


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The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is likely to meet in the first week in July in Vienna to review oil production cut.

Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister, Khalid al-Falih said OPEC would probably meet in the first week in July in Vienna and that he hoped it would reach consensus on extending its agreement to cut oil output.

Falih had said earlier this month that OPEC was close to agreeing to extend the agreement beyond June, although more talks were still needed with non-OPEC countries that were part of the production deal.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries plus Russia and other producers, an alliance known as OPEC+, have a deal to cut output by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) from Jan. 1. The pact ends this month and the group meets in coming weeks to decide their next move.

“We are hoping that we will reach consensus to extend our agreement when we meet in two-weeks-time in Vienna,” Falih told reporters on the sideline of a G20 energy and environment ministerial meeting in Karuizawa, northwest of Tokyo.

Asked when the meeting will be held, he said: “Probably the first week of July”.

It was not completely clear whether the agreement would also include OPEC, Voice of Nigeria reports.

OPEC was set to meet on June 25, followed by talks with its allies led by Russia on June 26. But Russia suggested a date change to July 3 to 4, according to sources within the group.

Falih said that oil demand usually picks up in the second half the year, with refineries coming back from maintenance and with seasonal demand boost, and that the new agreement would help rebalance the market.

“I’m fairly confident that fundamentals are going in a right direction,” he said.

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Super Eagles Midfielder Ndidi To Join Manchester United

16 June 2019 - 1:17pm


Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi says he is ‘flattered’ by the transfer speculation linking him with a summer move to top English Premiership club Manchester United.

Ndidi’s consistent performances have seen him linked with a number of high profile moves this summer, with the likes of Man-U, Arsenal, and Liverpool all reportedly interested in his services.

The 22-year-old’s has been linked with a move away from Leicester in the coming weeks following a sensational season at the King Power Stadium.

The Nigerian star was an ever-present for Leicester in the Premier League during the previous campaign with his combative midfield performances drawing plenty of praise from supporters and pundits alike.

“I am flattered when hearing such a thing,” Ndidi told Goal.com.

“I am focusing on AFCON with Nigeria now, and then pre-season with Leicester City. We have a great manager with the ambition to compete with big clubs in the Premier League.”

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We Need To Teach Men Women Aren't Subordinate, Don't Belong To 'The Other Room', Says Vice-President Osinbajo On Father's Day

16 June 2019 - 1:13pm


Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, says there is the need to teach men to honour women not just their wives, reminding them that women are not subordinate to men.

Osinbajo stated this while speaking to State House correspondents after celebrating this year’s Fathers’ Day at the Aso Villa Chapel, Abuja.

The vice president was joined at the service by his mother, Mrs. Olubisi Osinbajo, Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha and others.

He said, “I think the responsibility of the father is incredible indeed and I think what is most important is to teach our men, young men growing up, that they must honour women, not just their wives.

“Of course, you must honour and love your wives, but I think that it is very important that we honour women. We don’t treat them as subordinate to us; they are created equal to men.

“But most important, we must honour them and recognize their role as partners, not just in families, but in society as well.”

Prof. Osinbajo said men have important roles to play in society, pointing out that it is not the ability to have a child that makes a man father, reports Voice of Nigeria.

“It is not the ability to father a child, the ability to have a child that makes you a father; it is the courage to bring up one, ability to raise one.

“That’s what really makes you a father and I think the responsibilities of fatherhood are so many, whether one is a biological father or whether you are one who wants to take care of other children.

“I think that all of us, as men, have a role to play in the life of so many, not just our biological children but so many of them who have no fathers, even to some who have fathers to who we have responsibility to set example to lead exemplary life, to bring them up as scripture says in the way of the Lord.”

Also speaking, Omo-Agege, who earlier took the first Reading of the service taken from Malachi 1:3-6, said: "It is not what we tell our children, but the lives we lead and they see us lead” that is important in the life of fathers.”

He said this would help a lot in the formative years of children and make them responsible members of society.

Mustapha said the Fathers’ Day was not about the celebration but a reminder of the role men have to play in their families as the physical and spiritual head.

“It’s not about the celebration; I think it’s a constant reminder about our responsibilities as fathers.

“We are reminded of the fact that, first, we are the priests of our homes; so we ought to pray for our families.

“And when you have children that are aware that as a father, you are praying for them, the chances of their drifting will not be there because they know that the eyes of their father are constantly on them.

“Constantly, you are reminding God that he has entrusted you with this responsibility and you ought to live up to the responsibility.

“The second thing is that, as fathers, we are supposed to exemplify the life of Christ in the lives of our children because we are just like letters that our children read on a daily basis.

“It is not about how much we say, or what (we) say; it is about our lifestyle.

“The other reminder is that we are breadwinners in our families and we ought to provide for our families.”

Mr. Mustapha had earlier taken the second reading of the service taken from Exodus 17:8-16

Delivering the sermon, the Chaplain of the Aso Villa Chapel, Reverend Seyi Malomo, advised fathers to be sensitive to discern any aggression that could harm their families.

Malomo also said fathers should lead their children in spiritual exercises like fasting and prayer, reminding them that their actions have direct implications for their children.

The highlight of the service was the presentation of gifts to President Buhari, Vice-President Osinbajo, president of the senate, speaker of the house of representatives and others.

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BREAKING: Jalingo Is On Fire, Herdsmen Shooting Everywhere, Residents Scream For Help

16 June 2019 - 1:08pm


Many are feared killed in Jauro-Sabai, a suburb of Jalingo, the Taraba state capital, as rampaging herdsmen are reported to have invaded the area shooting.

Residents of Nukai, ATC, Kasuwan Bera, and Jauro-Sabai have reportedly fled the area, as rattling gunshots continue to rend the air.

Barnabas Francis, a resident of Kasuwan Bera, said to SaharaReporters on the telephone: "Jalingo is on fire. Fulani herdsmen are on the rampage firing gunshots randomly here. We're on the run.

"Some of our relations who escaped from Jauro-Sabai reported that many houses in the area have been razed, and from here we can see thick smoke billowing."

Ishaku Danzumi, who also spoke with SaharaReporters, said, "Fulani herdsmen in droves have invaded ATC and Jauro-Sabai. They are firing shots everywhere. Only God can save us tonight.

However, Police in Taraba could not categorically state the situation, as David Misal, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said the command has responded to a distress call from Yelwan-Tau, a community around ATC.

"I can't confirm anything to you now, what I know for now is that we got a distress call from Yelwan-Tau and our men have been dispatched to tackle whatever security challenge in the area.

"So as it is, I can't tell you anything about the impact or casualty issues, for now, please," Misal said.

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2023 Nigeria Presidency: Buhari, APC Should Give South-west Presidential Ticket, Lawan Says

16 June 2019 - 7:12am


 

Power shift to the South-west in 2023 is the best honour that can be bestowed on the late Chief MKO Abiola, Ahmed Lawan has said.

Lawan stated this on Saturday in Yola, Adamawa State, in an interview with journalists.

He, therefore, advised President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the APC, to take a step further by handing over the 2023 presidential ticket to the South-west.

"The president and indeed our party must beware of divisive elements who are now proponents of retaining power in the north beyond 2023," Lawan said.

He added, "I have said it before and I believe that 2023 presidential ticket of the APC must go to the South-west. Since I made this comment last time, some members of my party have been hatching a plot to suspend me from the party but I am not moved and I will still hold my ground that power must go to the west. 

"June 12 Democracy Day is a milestone in Nigeria's history and anyone who embraces democracy in Nigeria should be proud of what Buhari has done and it takes so much courage to do.

"So many Nigerian leaders have shied away from talking or acting about it because of the controversy arising from the date and fear of being scandalized but this is what Nigerians want, respect, rule of law and honour for those who fought and bled for democracy and that is what Nigerians should remember as significant for this date. 

"It was not marked to spite or contradict anyone but to celebrate the common value we share in the belief in democracy as the best form of government that would serve this country and its people. And Buhari must be praised for this day."

On whether the day is widely acceptable, he said, "I don't think Nigerians rejected it in any way, on the contrary, it has been welcomed with huge applause across party and regional divides."
 

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Biafrans Need Justice That Eluded Them Before, During And After The War, Says Sowore

16 June 2019 - 6:17am


 

Omoyele Sowore, human rights activist has called on the Nigerian government to deliver justice for people from the South-east region Nigeria popularly called Biafrans.

Nigeria engaged in a civil war with the region from 1967 to 1970 killing many civilians in the process.

He made the call while responding to a question on the Biafran agitation while speaking to Nigerians at a town hall meeting organised by the Take It Back Movement in Greece. 

Sowore said, "People are agitating for Biafra because they are looking for justice, the kind of justice that eluded them before the war, during the war and after the war.

"If they are guaranteed the justice that they are looking for, Nigeria is too small for Igbo's. Igbo's have conquered the world in terms of sports, business and professionalism. There is nowhere you go to in America that you don't find them in health care and sports, the same with the Yoruba and the Hausa but in their situation, the Igbo's were unjustly oppressed, killed, destroyed and emasculated within the Nigerian nation."

He, however, condemned the tolerance of leaders in the region for political leaders who participated first hand in the war and who have continued to oppress the people of the region.

"The biggest error, however, is that Biafran leaders are very quick to vote for people who participated in the war.

"Didn't Buhari participate in the war? Why was he allowed to even campaign in the East? Didn't Obasanjo participate in the war? 

"Every time there is an opportunity to have a new President that comes from the South-east, the first people they will bring to reject it are South-easterners. When Babangida wanted to leave, it was Nzeribe who said he must stay forever. When Abacha wanted to remain in power, they brought strong men for the East to endorse his continued stay. When Obasanjo wanted to elongate his tenure for three terms, it was one Odumegwu who used to be in Nigerian Breweries that was leading the agenda.

"But my question is, why can't we find someone from the South-east who can do a better job? Why are they ahead of everybody saying this Yoruba person must not leave power, when is power going to reach the South East if each time there is an opening, you say the person who is there must continue?

"We must review the position of these leaders.

"The conversation about Biafra must be about how we can save our general humanity," he concluded.

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FedEx Probe Not Retaliation For Huawei’s, Says China

16 June 2019 - 5:57am


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China’s investigation into FedEx Corp over misdirected mail should not be regarded as retaliation against the U.S. company, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, amid worsening relations between China and the United States.

The inquiry was aimed at sending a message that any economic entity in China should abide by the country’s laws and regulations, it said in a commentary.

“China is willing to share the opportunities in its courier market with foreign investors. Undermining Chinese clients’ legitimate rights and interests, however, is not acceptable,” Xinhua said.

China launched an investigation into FedEx Corp on Friday over parcels delivered to the wrong address, without giving details about the deliveries in question.

The move came after Huawei Technologies Co Ltd complained that the U.S. company had diverted parcels destined for the Chinese tech giant’s addresses in Asia to the United States. FedEx said the packages were “misrouted in error”.

The investigation has fueled concerns that more U.S. companies with operations in China could be caught up in frictions between the two countries, after Washington put Huawei on a blacklist last month citing national security.
 

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Rev. Solomon-Ahima, Incumbent Ayokunle Battle To Lead Christian Association Of Nigeria

16 June 2019 - 5:55am


Rev. Solomon-Ahima and Incumbent Supo Ayokunle

Rev. Solomon-Ahima and Incumbent Supo Ayokunle

 

Barely 24 hours to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) elections, Rev. Caleb Solomon-Ahima has assured Christians of his commitment not to betray their trust if elected president of the religious body.

Solomon-Ahima, who is the President, Fellowship of Christian Churches in Nigeria (TEKAN), on Sunday gave the assurance in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos.

The TEKAN president is challenging the incumbent CAN President, Rev. Supo Ayokunle, in an election scheduled for June 18 at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja.

He described leadership as a “trust of the people” to be jealously guarded and kept for the benefit of the people.

“l am going into this contest with the sole purpose to rescue CAN and serve our Christian brethren by not only uniting them but lifting their spiritual lives to give their best towards the building of our Nation.

“When the church is united and in harmony with other faith for peaceful co-existence, then we can build a very strong Nigeria and give hope to the young ones.

“Nigeria is God’s Project, so we as Nigerians must believe in ourselves and God, our creator, for the desired growth and development as we work together as a team.

“We should know that even posterity will judge all our actions just as God will judge us all. So, we should fear Him in all we do, not to fail Him and His people,” he said.

Solomon-Ahima pledged to carry all Christians along in his administration if given the chance and urged the delegates to vote with their conscience in accordance with the will of God.

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Corruption: Sara Netanyahu, Wife Of Israel Prime Minister, Convicted

16 June 2019 - 5:31am


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his wife, Sarah

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his wife, Sarah Activestills.org

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, appeared in court on Sunday to admit criminal wrongdoing over the misuse of state funds to order catered meals, in a plea bargain carrying no jail time.

Under the agreement, a fraud charge was reduced to a lesser offense and she will pay the state 45,000 shekels ($12,490) in reimbursement and a 10,000 shekel ($2,775) fine.

According to the original indictment, Sara Netanyahu, along with a government employee, fraudulently obtained from the state more than $100,000 for hundreds of meals supplied by restaurants, bypassing regulations that prohibit the practice if a cook is employed at home.

Smiling broadly, Netanyahu faced a phalanx of cameras in the courthouse before the session got underway.

At the hearing, a judge ratified the plea deal, convicting her of the criminal charge of intentionally exploiting another person’s mishandling of state money for her own benefit, after prosecutors dropped the more serious offense of fraud.

“Do you understand what you admitted to?” the judge asked Netanyahu, 60.

“Yes, I do,” she replied.

Israel’s YNet website published a photograph of what it said was a note from her husband, who was not in the court, that was passed to her during the session. “We will get through this, too. Be strong!!”, it said.

While the deal lifts a legal cloud over Sara Netanyahu, it has no direct bearing on the prime minister’s own troubles – three corruption cases in which he has denied wrongdoing.

In February, Israel’s attorney general said he intended to file fraud and bribery charges against Benjamin Netanyahu, pending a pre-trial hearing.

That session is set for early October, two weeks after a Sept. 17 general election that follows a ballot in April in which Netanyahu declared victory but failed to form a government.

In explaining the plea agreement to the court, prosecutors cited Mrs Netanyahu’s clean record, the public humiliation she has suffered as a result of the case and the time that has passed – up to nine years – since the crimes were committed.

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Nigeria Police Arrest 26-year-old Fake Drugs Manufacturer

16 June 2019 - 2:53am


 

A 26-year-old Victor Oguwa, a suspected fake drugs manufacturer, has been arrested by the police in Bauchi.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Kamal Datti, disclosed this while addressing newsmen on the arrest of some suspects in Bauchi on Saturday.

He said the police acted on credible intelligence and raid a black sport at Gwallameji area on June 13, and arrested the suspected fake drug producer.

According to him, the police recovered 71 bottles of locally produced codeine, 30 bottles of Tutolin, one carton of ORS used for codeine productions and one pot of codeine ready for refilling.

Others include 100 empty scavenged bottles, 60 bottles top cover and 1 20 product name tags.

“The case is under investigation after which the suspect will be charged to court,” Datti said.

The police spokesman assured that the command would not relent in its efforts to rid the state of crimes and criminality.

However, the suspect (Oguwu) in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) denied manufacturing fake drugs, claiming: “I was set up to pay for those items not knowing what was inside and what is meant for.

“I paid N140,000 that my friend from Onitsha asked me to pay and collect the goods before he comes from his journey.

“Not knowing that police are coming to arrest me, in fact, I don’t know anything about fake drugs manufacturing, it was unfortunate he involved me in that. ”

He, however, appealed to the police to temper justice with mercy.

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