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26 April, 2018

BREAKING: Senators call for Buhari’s impeachment.


Some members of the Senate have asked that the process to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari be started, for failing to get the approval for the withdrawal of $496m from the Excess Crude Account to purchase military aircraft.

Senator Mathew Uroghide, who moved a motion at the plenary on Thursday, specifically urged ‎resident of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, to allow the chamber to invoke Section 143 of the Constitution.


Uroghide stated that the President had breached Section 80 of the Constitution which stipulates that all government’s spending must be appropriated by the legislature.
Also, Senator Chukwuka Utazi stated that it was time for the legislature to be decisive.
Saraki had on Wednesday read a letter from Buhari ‎in which the President disclosed that the money had been withdrawn and paid to the United States for the 12 Super Tucano aircraft, ahead of legislative approval. This, he said, was done to beat the deadline for the arms deal.
The planes will be delivered in 2020.
The President said, “Recently, approval was granted by the United States government but with a deadline, within which part payment must be made otherwise the contract relapses. In the expectation that the National Assembly will have no objection to the purchase of these highly specialised aircraft, which is critical to national security, I granted anticipatory approval for the release of $496,374,470. This was paid directly into the treasury of the United States government.
“I am therefore writing seeking approval of the Senate for the sum of $496,374,470 (equivalent to N151,394, 421,035) to be included in the 2018 Appropriation Bill which the National Assembly is currently finalising. The balance of the requirement for critical operational equipment is still being collated from the different security services and will be presented in the form of a supplementary appropriation bill in due cause.
Senator Shehu Sani has described the expenditure as “a gross abuse of the Constitution.”
While Sani stated that he was not in support of the impeachment call, ‎he asked that the money should be refunded and the transaction started afresh to allow due process.
Senator Abu Ibrahim, however, recalled that former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and ‎Goodluck Jonathan made withdrawals from the ECA without seeking National Assembly’s approval.
Describing the impeachment as “a PDP conspiracy,” Ibrahim challenged the opposition lawmakers to name any state governor who benefited from the withdrawals from the ECA and sought the approval of the state House of Assembly before spending the money.
Details later... 
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2019 Election: 200 Igbo monarchs endorse Buhari’s second term bid


No fewer than 200 Igbo traditional rulers from Imo State have endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid.
The monarchs reached the decision in a meeting, which took place at Okigwe Local Government Area in the state.
This was contained in a communique read by His Royal Majesty, Eze Oliver Ohanwe.
However, the monarchs asked the President to support the Igbo to produce the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
The communique read: “We thank the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari for his selfless and dedicated service to the nation, his commitment to ensure common good for all and his unwavering drive for the peace, unity and progress of the country.
“We are completely convinced that the policies and templates of development already laid down by the president in the last three years was based on critical thinking, careful and strategic planning and would catalyse rapid national development in his second term.

"The president was essentially elected on the firm promise to tackle corruption and security.
“This administration has given a lot of fillip to these noble agenda. With the president’s grit and strategic support to the relevant institutions, corruption in our national life has practically reduced by more than 75 per cent.
“He has justified the huge magnitude of the mandate freely given to him in 2015 which cut across ethnic, religious and even patisan lines, having a clear message which is no escape from change and has restored the dignity of our country.
“Buhari has put the economy on the part of sustainable growth, revitalized our ailing institutions and strengthened resolve and determination to ensure that change has really come
Were the entire members of the Council of Ndi Eze, with our citizens, alongside the overwhelming majority of Nigerians completely align ourselves with the President’s patriotic response to the various calls to seek re-election in 2019.
“We assure Mr. of our unalloyed support. We stand with him. That finnaly, we urge Mr. President to use his good will and reach to support the Southeast region to produce the next President of Nigeria after completing his second tenure in 2023.”
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North Korea nuclear test site 'collapsed'

North Korea test site could be unusable after collapse - Chinese scientists


Chinese scientists have concluded that North Korea's nuclear test site has partially collapsed, potentially rendering it unusable.
The test site at Punggye-ri has been used for six nuclear tests since 2006.
After the last, in September, a series of aftershocks hit the site, which seismologists believe collapsed part of the mountain's interior.
On Saturday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced he was suspending his country's nuclear and missile tests.
The surprise declaration came ahead of historic talks with South Korea and the US.
The latest research from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) is due to be published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, in the coming days.
It concluded that eight and a half minutes after September's test, there was "a near-vertical on-site collapse towards the nuclear test centre".
The Punggye-ri site is situated in mountainous terrain in North Korea's north-east, and tests have taken place in a system of tunnels dug below Mount Mantap.
A one-page summary of the research on the USTC website concluded: "The occurrence of the collapse should deem the underground infrastructure beneath mountain Mantap not be used for any future nuclear tests."
But those words do not appear in the final peer-reviewed paper. It instead says that the "collapse in the test site calls for continued close monitoring of any leaks of radioactive materials".
Prof Wen Lianxing, the lead author of the study, told the Wall Street Journal that the conclusion about the test site's viability would not be included in the published paper, but did not say why.
That team concluded that the explosion "created a cavity and a damaged 'chimney' of rocks above it", leading to a collapse.
The earlier paper did not offer an opinion on the viability of the test site in the wake of the collapse.

A possible tunnel collapse at Mount Mantap has long been suspected, with Chinese scientists expressing concern soon after September's large-scale nuclear test.
The US Geological Survey recorded a second seismic event about eight minutes after the test, which it assessed as a "collapse" of the cavity.
Two aftershocks were detected as late as December, prompting concerns about the stability of the surrounding mountains.
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25 April, 2018

BREAKING: Again, APC govs in closed-door meeting with Oyegun


Ahead of the May 14 national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress, the governors elected under the platform of the party are currently in closed-door meeting with the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
The agenda of the meeting was not disclosed to newsmen before they were asked to leave the venue of the meeting after the recitation of the national anthem.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, asked reporters to leave the venue of the meeting when it was about to commence.
Those in attendance were Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, who is also the chairman of convention committee; Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State.
Others are Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi; Rochas Okorochs of Imo State; Sani Bello of Niger State; Abdul-Aziz Yari of Zamfara State and Godwin Obaseki, Edo State.
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Buhari summoned by MPs over unrest - Megafetch.


Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has been summoned to appear before parliament's lower chamber, the House of Representatives, to answer questions about the frequent outbreaks of violence in central Nigeria which have left hundreds dead this year.
The unusual step was taken after news broke of a shocking attack on a Catholic church in Benue state which left 16 people dead, including two priests.
The security forces are overstretched having to deal with regular clashes between cattle herders and farmers.
The unrest coincides with the continued insurgency in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram jihadists.
It is not clear if President Buhari will agree to appear before parliament.
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EFCC arraigns Sen. Nwaoboshi over alleged N805m fraud charge


A People’s Democratic Party’s chieftain, Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi, on Wednesday appeared before a Federal High Court, Lagos, charged with a N805 millon fraud.
Nwaoboshi, who represents Delta North in the National Assembly, was arraigned on a two-count charge of money laundering and fraud alongside two companies namely: Golden Touch Construction Project Ltd and Suiming Electrical Ltd slammed on them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ).
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
After his plea, the Prosecutor, Mr M. S. Abubakar, told the court that in view of their pleas, a date for trial should be given.
Meanwhile, Dr V. J. O. Azinge, who appeared for the first accused, urged the court to grant Nwaoboshi bail on liberal terms.
But the prosecutor opposed the application and said that the application was not yet ripe for hearing considering the fact that the commission was served with the motion just yesterday (April 24).
“The prosecution is currently filling its processes at the registry of the court,” he told the court.
Replying, Azinge insisted that the prosecution was served with the application on April 23, but refused service.
She added that the bailiff of the court attempted service at their office but same was refused and the bailiff deposed to an affidavit of service.
She argued : “The court does not wait for the indolent neither does equity … the charge has been lingering and the defence is prepared to proceed; the court can stand down the case to enable prosecution file its papers.”
In response, the prosecutor argued that he was not aware that service was refused by the commission.
According to him, from the charge, it is clear that such service ought to have been served at the Abuja office of the commission and not Lagos.
The prosecutor said even if service was properly effected, same was still not ripe for hearing as the rules provide for two clear days.
He submitted that the prosecution was also ready to proceed with trial, but said the court could stand down the case, if the defence so wish.
Justice Mohammed Idris stood down the case until 11.00 a.m. to hear the applications.
In the charge No: FHC/L/117C/2018, the EFCC alleged that the accused committed the offences between May and June 2014 in Lagos.
Nwaoboshi was said to have acquired a property described as Guinea House, Marine Road, in Apapa Lagos, for the sum of
N805 million when he reasonably ought to have known that N322 million out of the purchase sum formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act.
The sum was said to have been transferred to the vendors by order of Suiming Electrical Ltd.
Suiming Electrical was said to have on May 14, 2014, aided Nwaoboshi and Golden Touch to commit money laundering.
The offences contravened the provisions of Sections 15(2), (d) , 15 (3) and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 201.
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ETHIOPIA IS NOW AFRICA’S FASTEST GROWING ECONOMY


Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populated country, is forecast to be the fastest growing economy in Sub-Saharan Africa this year, according to new data from the IMF.
Ethiopia’s economy is predicted to grow by 8.5% this year. The figures signal continued economic expansion following a long period of impressive growth. In the last decade, Ethiopia has averaged around 10% economic growth, according to the IMF.
To boost the economy, the country is pursuing a number of large-scale infrastructure projects, including the Grand Renaissance Dam and a railway network
(Ethiopia) has had a very high growth rate and I think that’s a result in large part of a very concentrated effort by the government to boost industrial production and manufacturing,” said Vijaya Ramachandran, an economist at the American think tank Center for Global Development (CGD).
Ramachandran, along with three academics, released a report suggesting Ethiopia can follow in China’s footsteps, and become a destination for low-wage manufacturing jobs.
However, despite sustained economic growth, in the past few years Ethiopia has experienced increasing unrest from Oromo groups in the Oromiya region. According to human rights groups, the government has suppressed basic rights and freedoms.
New Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed was sworn at the beginning of April, signaling an intent to ease tensions.

ECONOMIC GROWTH

Ivory Coast is expected to be the second fastest growing economy in the region at 7.4%. Rwanda’s estimated economic growth is 7.2%, and the West African country Senegal is projected to have 7% growth.
The data reveals that Ghana, which was previously forecast as the fastest growing economy in Sub-Saharan Africa in October 2017, at 8.9%, slowed in its predicted growth to 6.4%. Last year, a reported surge in oil and gas production helped propel the country’s economy.
Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is predicted to grow by 2.1%, an increase from 1.9% forecast in October 2017.
“They’ve updated it to 2.1%. However, they have emphasized the risks. The falling commodity prices and imbalances that are to arise because of the elections,” Bismarck Rewane, a Nigerian economist, told CNN
South Africa’s predicted growth stands at 1.5%.
Long term, according to a report from the World Bank in 2016, the proportion of the African population in extreme poverty has declined, but the overall number has increased as the continent’s population expands.
Growth across the whole region is forecast to average 3.4%, below the total world growth figure of 3.9%.
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Osinbajo: Governance in Nigeria is spiritual warfare


The Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has called for prayers for leaders in the country, saying governance is spiritual warfare.
Osinbajo spoke on Tuesday at the inauguration of the auditorium of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry headquarters at Gbagada, Lagos State.
Osinbajo said the inauguration was auspicious because it came at a time when the nation is confronting different security challenges.

He, however, faulted people who criticise Christians in government.
While making reference to how Esther in the Bible delivered the Israelites, he urged Christians to pray more, saying governance is a spiritual warfare.
He said, “Those of us Christians in government, we are sometimes referred to as Esthers; we are told that we are in office for such a time as this.
“What is often forgotten is that when Mordecai told Esther that she was in the palace for such a time as this, Esther replied in Esther 4:16, ‘Go and gather all the Jews that are in Shusan and fast for me, neither eat for three days – night and day. My maids will fast likewise and I will go to the king, which is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.’

This I say to the church as well; it is the duty of the church to pray for those in government; the church should uphold the hands of those in government, not by complaining, but by supporting us in the place of prayer. Governance is spiritual warfare. Anyone that does not know that, I know that governance is spiritual warfare and I ask that you pray for us who are in position of authority in this land.”
The Vice-President said the crises in the North-East and other parts of the country were caused by Satan’s opposition to the spread of the gospel.
Osinbajo, who condemned the persecution of Christians in some parts of the country, said that President Muhammadu Buhari had asked him to take up cases where people were prevented from building religious places of worship.
He said, “First, there is even a resistance to building of churches. There are specific cases and places where specific allegations are made of valid applications made to build churches that have been refused. The President has mandated me to take up those cases with specific states and authorities. The right to freedom of worship is also a right to build places of worship.
“Second is the physical persecution of Christians, a phenomenon we have seen for years. Just this morning on my way here, I was notified of the violation of a Catholic church in Benue State by armed killers, who went there while a burial mass was taking place and killed the priest and some worshippers.
“It is not only a heinous sacrilege, but high wickedness to kill persons in the place of worship. As I discuss these issues with the President and other members in the security council, it is evident to me and to many that the devil’s biggest agenda is to stoke up a religious conflict in Nigeria; one that will make it impossible for anyone to preach the gospel or even Muslims to worship in their mosques. A few days ago in Bama, 
“While the security agencies continue to work relentlessly to hunt down the perpetrators of this evil acts and bring a permanent end to all the killings that are going on in the name of herdsmen or Boko Haram or in any other name. We, as the body of Christ, must not lose focus. We are called to bring men and women to salvation: all men and women, even those who kill and persecute us.
“The enemy wants us to stand on our pulpit and preach hate. But we will not. We will obey our Lord Jesus Christ, who said that we must love our enemies and preach to even those who persecute us. There is nobody born or yet to be born that can stop the march of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Osinbajo, while lauding the Deeper Life for its investment in a flyover and streetlights to ease traffic in the neighbourhood, said the edifice is the fourth largest auditorium in the world.
He described the General Superintendent of the Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, as “a man of uncommon humility and commitment to the spread of the undiluted gospel of Jesus Christ with candour and integrity.”
The Vice-President urged the cleric to continue to preach “righteousness and righteous behaviour” as the government battles corruption.
The event featured musical performances from the children, youths, campus and adult ministries of the church.
Kumuyi thanked members and leaders of the church for contributing towards the success of the project, saying the church went beyond its initial plans by constructing the flyover and streetlights as part of its corporate social responsibility.
He said it took the church 13 years to construct the 30,000-seater church.
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Champions League: Salah leads Liverpool to semifinal win vs. Roma

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah reacts during the UEFA Champions League semi final, first leg soccer match between Liverpool FC and AS Roma Tuesday at Anfield in Liverpool, Britain. 

Mohamed Salah scored two first half goals, leading Liverpool to a 5-2 win against AS Roma Tuesday at Anfield in Liverpool, England.
The win gave the Reds the advantage in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal matchup.
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24 April, 2018

President Buhari condemned the killings of Catholic priest and worshippers in Benue church - megafetch

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killings on Tuesday at a Catholic Church in Benue State.

Megafetch news agency reported that suspected herdsmen killed 2 priest and some parishioners who went to an early morning mass on the church that morning in Ukpor-Mbalom, a community in Gwer West Local Government Area. Makurdi Diocese, Benue State.

Early 3 January  Reverend father Joseph Gor wrote on his facebook wall "living in fear"
See picture below :

The Media Director of Catholic Diocese of Makurdi , Fr. Moses Iorapuu Confirmed Two Priests dead, as Fulani Attack on St.Ignatius Quasi Parish in Ukpor, Mbalom.
Terver Akase, a spokesperson to Governor Samuel Ortom, told the newspaper that the attackers also burnt 50 houses and sacked the entire community.

In a State House statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adeshina, President Buhari described the killing as “vile and satanic.”
Read the state house press release below:
PRESIDENT BUHARI CONDEMNS DESPICABLE KILLING OF PRIESTS AND WORSHIPPERS IN BENUE CHURCH
President Muhammadu Buhari has described as vile and satanic the killing of worshippers and two priests at a Catholic church in Ukpor-Mbalom community in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.
“I extend my sincere condolences to the government and people of Benue State, the Mbalom community, and especially the Bishop, priests and members of the St Ignatius’ Catholic Church, whose premises was the unfortunate venue of the heinous killings by gunmen.
"This latest assault on innocent persons is particularly despicable. Violating a place of worship, killing priests and worshippers is not only vile, evil and satanic, it is clearly calculated to stoke up religious conflict and plunge our communities into endless bloodletting,” the President said.

Stressing that the country will not bow to the machinations of evildoers, President Buhari vowed that the assailants would be hunted down and made to pay for the sacrilege committed.
FEMI ADESINA
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
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2019 Election : Saraki, Tambuwal Give PDP Conditions To Return


Will the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) grant the request of Senate President Bukola Saraki and some of its former members for a name change before rejoining the party?
The party is wooing Saraki, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal, his predecessor, Senator Aliyu Wammako, former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and former Governor Danjuma Goje (Gombe) to return to its fold in order to wrest power from the APC in the coming general elections.
They all left PDP in 2014 to form APC, which wrested power from PDP in the 2015 elections.

Although sources told The Nation that the request of the APC chieftains tagged as “game changers” had been “tactically rejected” by the National Executive Committee (NEC), PDP spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan claimed that no decision has been taken on the issue.

Another APC chieftain and former Zamfara State Governor Sani Ahmed Yerima, who was never in PDP, is being wooed by the opposition party.

About three APC governors from the Northwest are also on PDP’s radar.

But none of them, it was learnt, has made any commitment to return to PDP. They were said to be weighing the options.

The name change request is said to be a drawback for the talks.

There are fears that changing PDP’s name may truncate the tenure of the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Prince Uche Secondus.

Some forces in the party also felt that the APC stalwarts should not be dictating to a party they “left in the lurch to lose the 2015 presidential election.”

A top member of (NEC), who spoke in confidence, said: “We have really opened up talks with Saraki and others. It is like we are begging them to return to their roots as part of a larger reconciliation policy in PDP.

”We want Tambuwal, Kwankwaso, Wammako, Goje and others in PDP because we see them as game changers. We are also targeting ex-Governor Sani Ahmed Yerima of Zamfara State who has always been in the opposition until the APC coalition emerged.

“We have had series of shuttles to them by some of our leaders having discovered that they had been patching in APC. They have been stifled and abandoned in the coalition called APC. We want them to return to their natural habitat.

“The PDP has also initiated talks with three APC governors in the Northwest, which is the political base of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “None of these leaders has given the PDP any commitment because they are weighing the options. Some of them have given sufficient signal that they might quit APC.

“If you look at some states, the associates of these key leaders have started deriding APC. Some of them have even defected from APC to PDP. So, we are positive.”

Another member of NEC said: “As part of the ongoing negotiations, some of those defecting to PDP specifically demanded for a change of name of the party.

“We were wary of the request for change of name in order not to cause crisis in PDP. If we accede to their request, the Uche Secondus-led NWC will technically cease to exist..."
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Former Governor peter Obi threw his supports to the endorsement of Okowa, Says PDP Govs are doing well.




The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi threw his support to recent endorsement of  Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State by the people of Anioma People, describing  it  as welcome development.

Speaking to the media over the weekend at Benin Airport, Obi said he was particularly happy that the endorsement was on the strength of his performance.

"I am happy about his endorsement which was manifestly on the strength of his performance. I live in Onitsha and visit Delta State regularly. I also interact with so many of our people that live in Delta. Okowa is really a silent performer and conducts himself with dignity befitting his position."

Speaking further, Obi said that not just Okowa, that the PDP governors were doing well.

"Whenever I visit any State, I take time to move around and see what is happening, and most importantly interact with the people.
This year alone, I have been to Rivers where the people are pleased with Wike's outstanding performance which even the blind can see. 
I have been to Akwa Ibom State, Bayelsa State, Ebonyi State,Enugu State, the story and interactions were the same."

Obi said he was in Aba on Saturday and visited one Chinese Company that built Steel rolling mill and were  developing an industrial cluster. On his interactions with the management, Obi said "when I asked the managing director about their relationship with Government of Abia state, he told me that the Governor has visited twice. This shows his commitment to turning around Aba. I moved around Aba and saw evidence of on going construction and commitment.

Commenting on debt situation in the country, Obi said that  PDP states were doing better relative to their revenue.

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Iran warns Trump to remain in nuclear deal or 'face severe consequences' - megafetch


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday to stay in the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers in 2015, or face “severe consequences”, as other signatories stepped up efforts to save the agreement.

Trump has said that unless European allies fix what he has called “terrible flaws” in the deal by May 12, he will restore U.S. economic sanctions on Iran, which would be a severe blow to the pact.

The other powers that signed the deal - Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France - have all said they want to preserve the agreement that curbed Iran’s nuclear programme in return for lifting most sanctions.
“I am telling those in the White House that if they do not live up to their commitments, the Iranian government will firmly react,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.
“If anyone betrays the deal, they should know that they would face severe consequences,” he told a cheering crowd of thousands gathered in the city of Tabriz. “Iran is prepared for all possible situations,” he added.
French President Emmanuel Macron is in Washington, trying to convince Trump not to tear up the accord.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any U.S. attempt to sabotage the nuclear deal.
Iran has warned that it will ramp up its nuclear programme if the deal collapses.
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Integrity Is Not Enough To Be Nigeria’s President – Shehu Sani Shades Buhari


Senator Shehu Sani has said that the much acclaimed integrity of President Buhari is not enough leadership quality for any president to have to lead Nigeria.
Sani who is very critical of the Buhari-led administration, said this when he spoke at the 80th posthumous birthday event of legal luminary and activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi yesterday April 22nd.
“You cannot lead a country because of the integrity of one person. The integrity of one person is not enough to sustain a nation. You need a chariot that is driven by set of principles, set of revolutionary ideas. We have a president who is a man of integrity, but integrity is not enough for leadership. Leadership requires all other virtues and qualities.
Our country is sick, the republic is dying. Our people are dying. Violence, bloodshed, killing, mass murder is becoming an emblem of our democracy today. It is unfortunate that the Moses of freedom, those who made sacrifices to free our country from military colonialism have taken back seat. We are out of PDP misrule but we will be deceiving ourselves to say we are in the promised land. We are not in the promised land. We must stand firm in the defense of democracy. The politically stealing elites are not yet prepared. Nigeria’s political reality is about personal interest. Those who destroyed our country in the past are very much present as born agains,” Sani said.
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15 April, 2018

Mikel Scores In China In Preparation For Russia 2018

Former Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has scored his first goal of the season for Tianjin Teda.
Mikel netted his first goal for Teda in their 2-1 win over Guangzhou R&F F.C. on match day six in the Chinese Super League on Saturday at the Tianjin Olympic Sports Centre.
Guangzhou R&F opened the scoring through Zhizhao Chen in the 9th minute but the Nigerian captain equalized for the home team 27 minutes later, his first goal in the league this season.
Mikel found the net when Ghanaian Frank Acheampong’s shot was blocked by Jihong Jiang in the area, but he somehow managed to rolled the ball past the goalkeeper despite being challenged by two defenders.
Jiakang Hui made it 2-1 for Tianjin Teda with a header in the 29th minute.
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