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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari keeps 'quiet' about Trump's remark on 's--thole countries'

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Nigerian President Mahammadu Buhari, the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to visit President Trump in the White House, played the diplomat when questioned about his host's reported "s--thole countries" remark.
Trump was excoriated in January after reports surfaced that the President, in an Oval Office about immigration, denigrated several African and Caribbean nations as "s--thole countries." Buhari, in town to discuss trade and security issues, took the high road, sparing Trump another round of s--thole headlines.
"Well, I'm very careful about what the press says about people other than myself," Buhari said after being asked about the issue. "I'm not sure about the validity or whether that allegation against the President was true or not so the best thing for me is to keep quiet. "We didn't discuss it," Trump chimed in, while Buhari chuckled. "And you do have some countries that are in very bad shape and very tough…

Abia State Hosts Chinese Investors, Flags Off Farming Season with Distribution of Oil Palm Seedlings

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A group of Chinese investors in the Energy Sector, Ruyi Holding Group Shandong China, led by its president, Liming Sun, is currently in Abia State where they are meeting with the State government officials led by the Acting Governor, Rt Hon. Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, and the management team of Geometric Power led by Prof Barth Nnaji.

In a statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to the governor on media, Jude Ndukwe, the investment meeting which is part of Dr Okezie Ikpeazu’s long term lasting strategies to the infrastructural development of Abia State, is also to ensure the early roll out of power to support the Enyimba Industrial City and further give a boost to the sustenance of “Made In Aba” products thereby keeping Abia youths and entrepreneurs gainfully engaged.

Meanwhile, the State government has also set all necessary machinery in motion for the successful launch of this year’s farming season with the distribution of oil palm seedlings to Abia farmers on the 3rd of May, 2018, a…

Benue attacks: Pope Francis reacts to killing of Rev. Fathers, 17 others by herdsmen

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Pope Francis on Sunday decried the attack on a church in Nigeria. The Pope was reacting to the killing of two Catholic priests and 17 other worshippers in Benue State by Fulani herdsmen last week Tuesday. Associated Press reports that the pontiff spoke concerning the killings in Nigeria during his remarks to the public in St. Peter’s Square. The newspaper reports that “The pontiff prayed that Nigeria’s Christian community find harmony and peace.” DAILY POST had reported that suspected herdsmen, Tuesday morning attacked Ayar Mbalom village in Gwer East local Government Area of Benue State, killing 19 persons and burning down over 35 houses. Among those killed were Rev Fathers Gor Joseph, Felix and many others.


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2019: PDP Vows to Revamp Economy, Restore Peace, Rule of Law

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has assured Nigerians that it will revamp the economy as well as restore democratic tenets and the rule of law in the country, immediately it is returned to power by Nigerians in 2019. The PDP, which said it is already working on a robust blueprint for national cohesion and economic recovery, urged Nigerians not to lose hope in the democratic process because of the misrule of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC). It urged Nigerians to join forces with the reformed PDP to rescue the nation. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this while receiving a delegation of PDP officials from Kogi State in his office at the weekend, said the only way to end the economic recession, human rights abuses and daily bloodletting bedevilling the nation in the last three years is for all Nigerians to rally with the PDP and vote out President Buhari and the APC in 2019. According to Ologbondiyan, “It is no…

Should bloodshed continue, forget 2019 ―Ayokunle, CAN President tells Buhari at protest rally

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President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Dr ‘Supo Ayokunle has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to forget re-election in 2019, if the current spate of killings by herdsmen, as well as general insecurity, was not urgently addressed.

He stated this on Sunday, when he joined the Pastor, Oritamefa Baptist Church, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Reverend Dr Remi Awopegba, and other clerics and church members as they marched with placards, in response to the directive by the umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria, CAN, to hold peaceful protests within the premises of their churches. Speaking on why the Christian community decided to hold the protests, Ayokunle, who is also the president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC) said: “Christians, all over the country, have gathered in unity to say no to bloodshed in Nigeria. Since 2009, bloodshed has continued, and administration after administration has been promising and assuring us not to fear, telling us to go about…

2019: Atiku vows to probe Jonathan, Buhari if he becomes president

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Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, has said he will probe the past administrations that failed to curtail the Boko Haram insurgency, if he wins the 2019 presidential election. The sect came into prominence during President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure and the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, is still battling with their continued attacks in the Northern part of the country. Speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa on Saturday, Atiku said it is taking too long to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents. “Eight years after, Nigerian government is still fighting Boko Haram that are not professionally trained. “I want to be the president of Nigeria because I would be able to do things I could not do as vice president. I will investigate how the government was unable to defeat Boko Haram for years. I will also investigate the procurement of arms bought by this administration,” he said. Atiku also vowed to tackle corruption, accusing the Buhari-led government of shielding some people from …

2019: Ex-Generals, governors, ministers regroup to battle Buhari

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Some prominent leaders from the North have assembled to kick President Muhammad Buhari out of office come 2019. The plan, according to elder statesman, Tanka Yakassai, is to produce a more credible and acceptable presidential candidate from the region. Some members of the movement are mainly retired military chiefs, former governors, ex-ministers, senators and other top public office holders. Speaking with the Sun about the movement and the plan to sack the current administration, Yakasai dismissed the claim that the entire North are for Buhari, saying, “I don’t know how you came to that conclusion, because other aspirants are expressing their wish to contest, people are still aspiring. “The question of someone becoming a consensus candidate for a whole area of the north does not make sense. “In addition, the rule of multi party democracy, there will never be a consensus candidate anywhere in Nigeria or anywhere multi party is practiced. Otherwise the merit of multi party democracy i…

Soldiers arrest key Boko Haram suspect linked to Benue attacks

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The Nigerian Army said that it has arrested a key Boko Haram suspect behind the recent killings in Benue state. In a statement issued on Friday by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Major Olabisi Ayeni said that the arrest was made possible through combined troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade, Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services in Makurdi. Ayeni identified the arrested Boko Haram as Aminu Yaminu aka Tarshaku. According to him, ‘Nigerian troops have arrested the key Boko Haram suspect known as Aminu Yaminu nicknamed Tashaku who is  believed to have masterminded most of the recent attacks in Benue State.’ He added that Aminu had concluded plans with his cohorts in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Nasarawa states to launch a major attack on innocent citizens in Benue State. "As earlier reinstated, Nigerian Army will ensure enemies of peace in the state are brought to justice. “Nigerian Army encourages all law abiding citizens to go about their lawful businesses…

2019 presidency : You Are Deceiving Yourself, PDP Tells Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lampoons President Muhammadu Buhari as suffering from self-deception to think he can win the 2019 Presidential election, in spite of his abysmal performance and widespread rejection by Nigerians.

It is indeed unfortunate and characteristic of failed leaders that President Buhari cannot read the clear handwriting on the wall, even as demonstrated by the scanty attendance at his Bauchi rally on Thursday, where he boasted about winning the 2019 elections.

We know that the President and his handlers are banking on manipulating the electoral processes to foist themselves back to power by depending on their blood relation in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to assist in providing data of underage voters in Katsina, Kano states and some other porous areas of the nation.

What President Buhari has failed to come to terms with is the uncompromising resolve of Nigerians across the country, particularly the youths, to resist any form of rigg…

2 Cameroonians jailed for illegally acquiring Nigerian passports

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Uyo – Justice I. M. Sanni, of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo on Friday sentenced two Cameroonians, Ebwe Michael and Ngu Tiku to 18 years imprisonment each for illegally acquiring Nigerian Passports.

Sanni, however, gave the defendants an option to pay N500,000 each as fine.

The Judge while sentencing the convicts said that the court was lenient on them because they pleaded guilty and did not waste the time of the court. He also said that the convicts were first offenders. Sanni ordered that if the convicts failed to pay the fine, they will serve their sentences in Nigeria and would be deported after completion of their sentences. Speaking to newsmen after the ruling, the prosecution counsel, Mr David Babale, said the first convict, Michael, 43, in 2012 acquired a Nigerian passport without being detected. Babale said luck, however, ran out on him when he came for re-issue in March 2018 with the second defendant, Tiku, 35. when they were caught by a vigilant Immigration Officer in …

NEW ZEALAND ADDS PROSTITUTION TO LIST OF EMPLOYMENT SKILLS FOR IMMIGRANTS

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In as much as this may sound controversial, it is good news to some set of people who are planning to migrate outside of their country. New Zealand now allows potential immigrants to register prostitution as a skill. The skill is regarded as providing social companionship in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) list. In order to meet the criteria of a highly qualified sex worker, would-be migrants will be expected to have ANZSCO skill level 5. The requirements issued by ANZSCO also include compulsory secondary education. However, applicants of ANZSCO level 5 cannot be classified as skilled unless their pay is more than NZ$36.44 (US$25.87) per hour, which is NZ$75,795 (US$53,818) per year based on a 40-hour week. The applicants should also have relevant recognized qualifications or have at least three years of work experience in the relevant industry. Despite the fact that escort and sex work are on the skilled employment list, there is no evi…

BREAKING: Senators call for Buhari’s impeachment.

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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 Pre…

2019 Election: 200 Igbo monarchs endorse Buhari’s second term bid

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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.
SEARCH 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 essent…

North Korea nuclear test site 'collapsed'

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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". What d…

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

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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. Punch

Buhari summoned by MPs over unrest - Megafetch.

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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. BBC

EFCC arraigns Sen. Nwaoboshi over alleged N805m fraud charge

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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 r…