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You Are On Your Own, Buhari Tells Nigerian Illegal Migrants

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday warned Nigerians who continue to migrate from the country through illegal routes, despite the inherent dangers, that they are on their own. He said such people make the uncertain trips at their own risk. Buhari said this during a joint press conference he had with the visiting German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said his administration had made it clear to all that care to listen that it would not support any illegal acts. He, however, said the government would bring back those who are trapped in Libya in-between Nigeria and their final destinations. The President said, “Firstly, I am against those my countrymen and women that illegally travel to Europe. “I believe you know the ECOWAS protocol encourages free movement of persons, goods and services. But for those going to Europe, we are not, as an administration, agreeing with those who continue to defy the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean because they feel t

Saraki Reacts To Criticism By Not Too Young To Run Movement On His Presidential Declaration

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OUR RESPONSE TO THE NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN STATEMENT It has been brought to our attention that the Not Too Young to Run group have issued a statement in relation to the announcement made by the President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, whilst addressing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members and aspirants of the group. The occasion was first in a series of Dialogues organised by the Not Too Young To Run along Party lines. The first one is for young PDP aspirants. The subsequent ones are designed for the APC and other parties. It is true that the Not Too Young To Run leadership had no prior knowledge of the content of the Senate President’s remarks. However, the announcement by the Senate President that he intends to throw his hat into the ring to contest for the Presidency was made in good faith to young PDP aspirants, partly as a symbolic act of encouragement. It was not the intent of the Senate President to put the group or its leadership in an invidious posi

Tiv Elders Ban Traditional Marriage Parties, Say Groom Must Not Spend More Than N100,000

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The Tiv Area Traditional Council (TATC) in Benue State has banned the practice of holding festivities in the house of a bride’s parents during traditional marriages. The traditional institution said such activities were alien to their culture and was now abolished. The decision was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the General Assembly (Ijirtamen) of the Tiv nation held at the TATC Chambers and was chaired by the Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse. Part of the communiqué reads: “The practice of holding festivities in the house of the girl’s parents popularly known as Traditional Marriage involving cutting of cake, dances, parties should be discontinued as it is alien to the Tiv way of life. Celebration of a new wife is done by the Tiv People only in the husband’s house. “Love should be the primary issue between the families concerned in marriage discussion and transaction but not money. Therefore, total expenses on marriage including dowry or bride price (kem kwase

Saraki Declares For President

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The President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday declared to run for the office of the President of Nigeria. This came about 24 hours after his Senate colleague, Rabiu Kwankwaso, also declared to run for the same office at an elaborate rally in downtown Abuja. Saraki and Kwankwaso are among about a dozen presidential aspirants of the main opposition party, PDP. Mr. Saraki made his declaration at a public dialogue organised by the #NotTooYoungToRun Movement, a youth-based group that successfully lobbied for the passage of a new law that reduced the age of qualification for political office across the country. The event, themed: “Youth Candidacy and the Future of Nigeria Beyond 2019”, is a series of political engagement aimed at broadening the political participation of young Nigerians ahead of the elections next February. Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were invited as part of the series on Thursday, with Mr Saraki being asked to deliver the keynote.

Even When They Killed Dele Giwa...Journalism Did Not Die By Frank Tietie

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The thought that is still probing to date, is why was Dele Giwa killed? Abounding stories in a typical Bendel State neigbourhood had it that Dele Giwa knew too many secrets about people in the military government of that time so they made sure he was killed with a letter bomb so that all other journalists who also had secrets about the government would be made to be so scared that they would hurriedly choose to forget such secrets. Today, in Nigeria, the Freedom of Information Act says nearly all, if not all of government's business must be made public and should no longer be secret. Therefore, if possessing secrets made them kill Dele Giwa at that time, now that government's business is open and no more secretive, why then should journalists still be at risk? Secrecy in the affairs of government is the bedrock of corruption. Corruption has been on a progressive increase since Dele Giwa was killed. There are hardly any memorial lectures held in his honour these days. The

Protesting Youth Demand Sack Of Acting Director General of Pencom

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Protesters under the aegis of the Nigerian Youth for Change have besieged the headquarters of National pension Commission in Abuja demanding the sack of the acting Director General of the organization, Mrs. Aisha Dahir-Umar for various acts of corruption. The protesters carried placards with inscription such as Aisha Dahiru-Umar, what kind of heartless mother are you, stakeholders have lost hope in Pencom and Acting DG is bleeding Pencom to death. Coordinator of the group, Comrade Azubuike Okafor accused the Acting Pencom DG of collecting 2 million naira each from candidates seeking employment into the organization while cancelling a valid employment process which was initiated before she took office. He added that 43 candidates who were issued employment letters after going through the recruitment process were denied employment by the Acting DG, leading to the death of one of the candidates who lacked funds to attend to his health. Speaking

2019 Election Budget: INEC Complies With NASS Directive

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*Adjusts" Budget To N143 billion The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has adjusted its budget for 2019 General Elections from N189 billion to N143 billion in compliance with directive from the National Assembly. Speaking with Journalists at the end of a closed door meeting on Tuesday, Chairman, National Assembly Joint Committee on Electoral Matters, Suleiman Nazif confirmed that INEC has submitted a new budget document reflecting the sum of N143 billion as originally requested by President Muhammadu Buhari. Nazif said a sub-committee has been established to look into the details of the new budget submitted by INEC . The sub committee is expected to complete its assignment on Wednesday. Also speaking with journalists, Senator Aliyu Sabi(Niger North) gave assurances that the committee is determined to urgently complete work on the election budget. He denied allegations that the committee was deliberately slowing down the process to fustrate moves to make t

NFF Drops Indicted Salisu Yusuf From Super Eagles

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) may have tactically dropped Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Salisu Yusuf from the senior national team following his indictment in a sting operation by undercover journalists. The journalists, who posed as players’ agents, caught Yusuf on camera receiving money to field two players in a competition early this year. Although the coach denied the charge that he took the money to take the players to the last African Nations Championship in Morocco, he has not been involved in any NFF activity since then. Yesterday at the NFF secretariat annex in Lagos, Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr explained that the weight of the allegation against Yusuf has made it difficult for him to be included in the national team set up. Yusuf is also the chief coach of the national U-23 team. “Although we believe that Yusuf is innocent of the charge because the players were already in team, we have to exclude him from the team until everything is sorted out. “He showed h

BREAKING: Youths Raze Police Station Over Alleged Shooting Of Undergraduate By SARS

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Irate youths in Iwo, Osun State, have set a police station ablaze in the town for the alleged shooting of an undergraduate, Tunde Nofiu, by an officer attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad. Nofiu was said to be spending holidays in the town. Punch Newspaper reports that the student who was going to Iwo from Olupona was shot dead on Thursday night and the incident led to a protest. The name of the school of the deceased could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report. But it was gathered that the youths of the town gathered and set ablaze the police station on Friday morning. The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr. Finihan Adeoye, when contacted on the telephone said he could not give the exact account of what happened.

98-Year-Old Man Treks 12 Miles Each Day To Visit His Sick Wife In The Hospital

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A 98-year-old man has been trekking 12 miles a day to visit the love of his life—his wife of 50 years—in the hospital. According to the Spectrum News Rochester, Luther Younger has been making the daily trip to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., to visit his wife Waverlee, who is paralyzed and has battled brain cancer, since 2009. The Korean War vet says he makes the trip along highway I-390 because his life is deeply connected to that of his wife. “I ain’t nothin’ without my wife,” Younger told Spectrum News. “It’s been a rough pull. It’s been tough. I can’t stand to see her up there like that.” His daughter, Lutheta, says that Younger has always been a walker, and that he insists on getting himself to the hospital. “He doesn’t have to, but he wants to,” she tells Yahoo! Lifestyle. “I can drive him. He just doesn’t want to wait; he’s impatient.” “The whole time she was sick, he would stay overnight [in the hospital],” his daughter says. “He wouldn’t leave her.” Luthet

Man Treks From Lagos To Abuja Against Buhari's 2019 Ambition

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A 28-year-old man bearing a mini-coffin has begun a road journey, on foot, from Lagos to Abuja to express his displeasure against President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. Mohammed Isa, who hails from Borno State, said he is embarking on the journey to express his anger towards the president and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). “They promised us heaven and earth but gave us hell,” he told journalists on Thursday, as he was about to begin his trip from the Otedola Bridge in Lagos. “They promised that fuel will be N45 Naira per litre but it’s now N145 Naira; they promised to create three million jobs in one year but they have not been able to create even 500,000 jobs in three years.” In 2015, Mr Isa announced he trekked from Lagos to Lokoja in solidarity with the then governor-elect, Yahaya Bello. At the time, Mr Isa, whose mother hails from Kogi State, said he did so because he felt the APC was capable of changing the political and social narrative of the country. He

Nigerians Ranked 8th Most Hardworking Foreigners In The US

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Global business magazine, Bloomberg has ranked Nigerians working in the United States as the eighth most hardworking foreigners in that country. In a 2018 report released yesterday, Nigerians scored 71.0 percent in the list of the hardest and most skilled immigrant groups in the US which was topped by Ghana with 75.2 percent. Bulgaria and Kenya were ranked second and third with 74.2 percent and 73.4 percent respectively. Other African countries in the report’s top 10 are Ethiopia (4th), Egypt (5th), and Liberia (9th). This makes Africans in general the most productive immigrants in the US ahead of those from Mexico and Central America, who constitute more than 70 percent of foreign nationals in that country. Mexico is by far the most common country of origin, but the population of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. (both documented and undocumented) actually fell 6 percent from 2007 to 2015, according to the Pew Research Centre. The numbers of Salvadorans, Hondurans and Guatemalans i

Death Toll In DR Congo From Ebola Outbreak Now At 61

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Sixty-one people have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the authorities said, adding that four novel drugs had been added to the roster of treatments. The health ministry’s General Directorate for Combatting Disease said 103 cases of Ebola had been recorded in the eastern DRC as of August 22, 76 of which had been confirmed by laboratory tests. Of the 103 cases, there were 61 deaths, 34 of which been confirmed by lab tests, while 27 others were considered “probable” cases of Ebola. The outbreak began on August 1 in Mangina in North Kivu province, and cases have been reported in neighbouring Ituri province. It is the 10th outbreak to strike the DRC since 1976, when Ebola was first identified and named after a river in the north of the country. The health ministry added that “four additional experimental therapeutic molecules” had been approved by its ethics committee for treating infected patients. Their laboratory names are ZMapp; Remdesivi

I Won’t Overrule Osinbajo, Daura’s Sack As DSS Boss Final – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari is reported to have ignored pressure for the reinstatement of sacked Director-General of Department of State Service (DSS), Mr Lawal Daura. The Nation said the President had foreclosed the recall despite pressure from some forces, including members of his kitchen cabinet. It reported that some of the lobbyists went to see the President in London to mount pressure for the reversal of Daura’s sack. Daura was sacked by then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for the blockade of the entrance of the National Assembly, which caused outrage in the country. According to the Nation, “those against the ex-security chief’s return argued that his sack saved the nation’s democracy and boosted the Buhari administration’s democratic credentials. The battle has since shifted to the Presidency, over the search for a new Director-General.’’ While some people want the position zoned to the north, others support the confirmation of the Acting Director General, Mr. Mathew Seiy

Gunmen Storm Akpabio’s Country Home —Aide

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Gunmen reportedly stormed the country home of Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Tuesday, around 7.30 p.m., in Akwa Ibom State, where he was holding a political meeting. Akpabio’s media aide, Anietie Ekong, took to Facebook on Tuesday night to raise the alarm. Mr Ekong wrote on the social media site: “On-going, sporadic shooting by gunmen at Ukana Ikot Ntuen, Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, country home of former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Akpabio. “The Divisional Police Officer, Essien Udim and the Commissioner of Police Akwa Ibom State should please urgently intervene.” But reacting, yesterday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeyemi Ogunyemilusi, denied allegation that suspected gunmen attacked Akpabio’s residence, disrupting a high profile political meeting, Tuesday night. According to the Commissioner of Police, the political meeting lasted till the early hours of yesterday, amid tight security following gun scare about 200 metres to Senator Akpab

Ekweremadu Reiterates Call For Single Term For President, Governors

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Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has reiterated his call for a single term for the president and governors. Ekweremadu in his Facebook post yesterday said, “As is always the case, Nigeria’s political atmosphere is getting toxic ahead of the 2019 general elections and governance is taking a backseat. Unfortunately, this atmosphere, with the accompanying brazen political excesses are unlikely to abate until well after the 2019 general elections. “Unable to resist the temptations that come with enormous power of incumbency, those who call the shots today throw everything within their reach into the mix in desperate efforts to retain power at all costs and by all means. “The feverish political climate in the country today, once again, justifies the call by some of us for a single term of five or six years for the president and governors. “Although a renewable four-year term is popular, societies are dynamic and it is up to us to make necessary constitutional adjustments

Resign Or We Will Force You Out, Miyetti Allah Tells Saraki

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association on Tuesday warned the President of Senate, Bukola Saraki, to resign his position immediately or be forced to do so. The national coordinator of the association in Benue State, Alhaji Garus Gololo, gave the warning in an interview with a Punch newspaper correspondent in Makurdi. Gololo said Saraki had created numerous problems for the administration of President Muhammad Buhari, which he said had affected the economic and social growth of the nation. “It is on this note that we are saying that Saraki ought not to be in office again as Senate President, more so, Saraki has failed to coordinate and organise the National Assembly to offer quality legislation that Nigerians need. “Nigerians are in dire need of people that have the interest of the masses. Miyetti Allah is looking for a leader that would preside over the affairs of the Senate with ultimate respect for the executive and the judiciary, not someone like Senator Saraki that woul

I Regret Imposing Emmanuel On Akwa Ibom As Governor –Akpabio

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Former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, has expressed regrets for what he called "imposing" the Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, on the people of the state. Apologising before a crowd at Ikot Ekpene Plaza, Akpabio, who returned from his mother-in-law’s burial at Enugu on Sunday evening, said Emmanuel was the greatest mistake he made in a hurry, and asked to be forgiven. Akpabio, who represents Akwa Ibom North West in the Senate, noted that Emmanuel “is a mistake that must be corrected in 2019.” “Udom (Emmanuel) is a mistake that must be corrected in 2019. All hands must be on deck to ensure that the mistake is corrected for a people-oriented leadership under the ruling All Progressives Congress at the centre.” According to him, “Emmanuel’s administration has failed the people,” forcing him to take decisive actions to correct the anomaly for posterity to be fair on him. Akpabio spoke of the prevalence of hunger and deprivation in Akwa Ibom State since the E

FIFA Confirms That It will No Longer Ban Nigeria

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Following the recognition by Nigeria's Federal Government on the leadership of the country's Football Association as led by Amaju Pinick, world football governing body FIFA has stated that a planned ban on the country is no longer necessary. In a statement released Monday from its headqurters in Zurich, Switzerland, FIFA added that it will still monitor events from Nigeria to ensure that there is no government interference whatsoever in football administration in the country.

The Tinubu Rhetoric: My Response - By Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki

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I have always restrained from joining issues in the media with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and this is based on my respect for him. However, I will not allow him to create a wrong, false and mischievous impression about the reasons for my decision to exit the All Progressives Congress (APC) and present his prejudice as facts for public consumption. I have been consistent in my complaints to all leaders of the APC, including Tinubu, that a situation where the National Assembly is not constructively engaged or carried along in key policy decisions, particularly those that will eventually require legislative approval, is not in the best interest of the nation. No genuine leader of the legislature will be comfortable that the Presidency will simply write a terse letter to the National Assembly on key issues which the federal legislature is expected to later deliberate upon and give its approval. The Buhari administration consistently treats the legislature with contempt a

Eid El-Kabir: Ekweremadu Urges Prayers for Peaceful 2019

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… Says Rivers, Kogi bye-elections signpost turbulence The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called on the Muslim Umah to work and pray towards the peaceful and successful conduct of the 2019 general elections, noting that developments in recent elections in parts of the country were bad omens for 2019 general elections. Ekweremadu also called on Nigerians to emulate Prophet Ibrahim’s life of total obedience, love, justice, and self-sacrifice, which he described as the hallmarks of Eid-el Kabir. He made the calls in a goodwill message to the Muslim faithful on the occasion of Eid-el Kabir, observing that only such virtues as exhibited by Prophet Ibrahim could take Nigeria to the Promised Land. Ekweremadu said: “The Eid-el Kabir presents yet another opportunity for the Muslim Umah and indeed all Nigerians to reflect soberly on state of the nation and pray for Nigeria’s future and peaceful elections. “Importantly, Nigeria is certainly in need of both a

Federal Government Endorses Pinnick as NFF President To Avoid FIFA Ban

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The Federal Government has announced its recognition of the Amaju Pinnick-led executive as the authentic leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Laolu Akande, Special Assistant to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the announcement on his official Twitter handle on Monday. The tweet which was sent at 11.38 a.m., few minutes before the 12 p.m. deadline given by FIFA for the resolution of the leadership tussle in the Nigerian football governing body, said the government had already informed FIFA of the decision. “The FG has already conveyed to FIFA its firm position recognizing Amaju Pinnick-led NFF as the current & only NFF Exco. “Govt will also continue to work with all relevant stakeholders involved to resolve dispute in a timely manner. FG is upholding NFF treaty obligations to FIFA,’’ Akande tweeted. World football governing body FIFA had on Tuesday said it would go on to suspend Nigeria from football activi

Why Saraki, Tambuwal left APC - Tinubu

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The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has offered a political-philosophical analysis on why Senate President Bukola Saraki and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal left the APC. He said the duo quit because the APC could not offer them what they wanted. In a major analysis of the political situation in Nigeria, titled “They go Away because We go the Right Way, which he also tweeted, Tinubu said the two defectors left the APC because they “wanted automatic tickets and sharing of the national wealth which the APC could not guarantee”. “The rest of the defectors were given similar assurances by the PDP as to their offices. The APC refused to make such bargains as they are part of the ancient regime; these bargains are not of our democratic new way. They “left the party to return to a motley agglomeration that would promise them what true democracy could not: automatic tickets, sharing of the national wealth and other offices and