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Boko HaramWife of the Chief of Army Staff, Mrs Felly Minimah, has asked for the support and prayers of the wives of men and officers of the Nigerian Army against the menace of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

She made the call at Alamala Barracks in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while donating relief and empowerment materials to the wives of officers who lost their lives in active service both in Nigeria and at international peace operations.

She asked them to continue to pray ceaselessly for define intervention towards an end to insurgency in the north east part of the country and elsewhere.

While also challenging them to be good mothers and strong pillars of support at the home front, the wife of the Chief of Army Staff reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association to the welfare of its members.

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FayoseThe election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja on the Ekiti State governorship election has dismissed the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, against the election of Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The petition was dismissed on all grounds by the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Mohammed Ibrahim-Siraju, on the grounds that the petitioner failed to substantiate the allegations with evidence.

Justice Siraju, in his judgement that lasted over four hours, held that the petitioners failed to prove all the allegations raised against the Governor.

The APC had, among others issues, demanded that the election of Fayose be nullified because it was heavily militarized and that its officers and members were arrested, molested and detained during the election.

The party also claimed that Fayose was not qualified to have stood for the election in the first instance, having been indicted by a probe panel and impeached during his first tenure of office for breach of code of conduct.

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Flying EaglesNigeria’s Under-20 team, the Flying Eagles, on Friday morning, defeated a Kaduna based Division 3 team, the Highlanders by 4-0.

The match which was played at the main bowl of Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, is part of the team’s preparation for the 2015 African Youth Championship in Senegal.

The team resumed camping in Kaduna on November 30 with mainly home based players.

The Head Coach, Manu Garba, said that about 8 foreign players are expected to join the team when the players return from the Christmas holiday on December 28.

Garba has already reeled out a list of 30 players to begin a screening exercise for the fast approaching tournament billed for Senegal.

The 30 players called up are made up of the core of the squad that qualified the team for the 2015 AYC in Senegal from March and several players from the Nigeria Premier League.

Speaking to Channels Television shortly after the match, Coach Garba expressed satisfaction with the performance of the players, but added that a lot of work needed to be done in the defence and midfield.

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Some local hunters and Vigilante officials have confirmed that Boko Haram members are shifting their operational base from Gwoza area to Bama, less than 70km away from Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

They said local hunters saw several insurgents relocating their war hardware to Bama town, with some on motorcycle and Hilux trucks.

The news of the relocation has fueled speculations that the insurgents want to lunch onslaughts on Maiduguri in a bid to capture the city.

Muhammed Abbas Gava, a spokesman of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, said some fleeing Bama residents reported that the presence of the insurgents in Bama is swelling by the day.

Gava said the insurgents were led by an ex- grains merchant in Baga market called Bakura, who is now the Amir of Gwoza and Bama axis.

“Some of the residents of Bama that fled into Maiduguri said they saw and recognised Bakura, who used to be a corn merchant at the popular Baga Park market before he disappeared some years back to join the Boko Haram,” he said.

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The Nigerian Institute of Journalism, (NIJ) Ogba, Lagos, Friday matriculated 305 students for the 2014/2015 academic session.

The students which comprises of full-time and part-time of the National Diploma, Higher National Diploma and Post-Graduate Diploma studies of the Institute.

In a speech at the ceremony, the Provost, Dr. Elizabeth Ikem, admonished the new students to remain true and patriotic students of the Institution.

“I want you all to remain true and strong students of this Institution, and I want you all to remember what we discussed during the Parent-Staff meeting, and also defend your purpose in NIJ.

“I charge you to uphold your studentship here and never cut corners,” she said.

She urged them to be mindful of the fact that God has a reason for bringing them into NIJ, and as such they should remain patriotic towards the nation and work in fear of God.

Also speaking, the Students’ Affairs Officer, Patricia Kalesanwo, advised of the Provost to the new students.

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LMC Assures NRA Of Support Over Referees’ Test

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Managers of the Nigeria Glo Premier League, League Management Company (LMC) has assured the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) of their support in order to boost their capacity building and development programs which will lead to improved professionalism in handling games of the Glo Premier League. Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the LMC made this assurance while speaking at the sidelines of the NRA annual fitness tests holding in Abuja.

The annual fitness test began on Sunday with the medical evaluation while the physical evaluation will be completed on today (Friday) with the Cooper tests for FIFA listed Referees. Abubakar praised the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for organizing the assessment test for the Referees ahead of the new season and promised that the LMC will always collaborate with development partners in bringing about desired improvements to the domestic football.

He recalled that the LMC had in the past provided assistance to significant stakeholders in the Nigeria Professional Football League and listed some of them to include the NRA, Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria (APFON), the Nigeria National League (NNL) and the NationWide League (NWL) amongst others.

 

 

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Customs CG Volleyball: Customs, 3 Others Qualify For Semis

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The Nigeria Customs male volleyball team has joined other teams from Group A and B to qualify for the semi-finals of the on-going second edition of the Comptroller-General of Customs National Volleyball Championship in Kaduna.

The Customs team topped the group to qualify alongside fellow Group A team, Gombe State Volleyball team to advance to the semi-finals while the Nigeria Immigration Service topped Group B to qualify alongside the team from Niger State.

In the last group matches, the Nigeria Customs defeated Katsina volleyball team by 3-0 while Gombe defeated Kaduna by the same margin to seal up their places in the semi-finals.

In Group B, Niger State Volleyball team lost to Plateau State Volley team by 3-0, but still qualified for the semi-final to join the Nigeria Immigration Service Volleyball team who defeated their counterparts from Enugu 3-0.

Meanwhile, five female teams are taking part in this year’s edition of the Comptroller-General of Customs National Volleyball Championship which includes; the Nigeria Customs, Water Resources, Gombe State, Plateau State and Nigeria Immigration Service.

The female categories are playing a league-based challenge which any team with the highest win and points would emerge champions of the category and the challenge is on-going.

The competition ends today.

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FCT To Groom Of U-13 Footballers Abroad

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Sports Council will from 2015 groom U-13 football talents from primary schools, who will on training tours in Europe, Director of Sports, Mohammed Alim has disclosed.

While speaking to LEADERSHIP Friday Sports in his office, Alim explained that the kids were expected to go on the training tour this year, but could not as a result of some challenges.

“We are hoping that the FCT U-13 Primary School football team that was to represent the FCT early this year will go on a training tour in a new arrangement, that will see them in a more organised training programme that will prepare them for the future,” he said.

He explained that rather than go to Europe and participate in a five-day tournament, they would be adequately groomed either in the United Kingdom or Lisbon, Portugal in a programme that would last two or three weeks.

“It is a new innovation. We take them out for the training to get further recommendations and see how we can get government to sponsor them in a programme to be recommended by the institution that will be training them.

“We are expecting that the training programme will be a long term, lasting between two to five years, with the first commencing by April 2015,” he added.

 

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The industrial action embarked upon by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Worker (NUPENG) has been suspended.

The decision to suspend the industrial action was taken at a meeting between the unions and representatives of government, the NNPC and some oil companies whose action form part of the demands of the union.

A Memorandum of Understanding released by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, conveners of the meeting, said it was agreed that no union member who took part in the strike will be victimized for taking part in the exercise.

The meeting was attended by the Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries of Labour and Productivity and Petroleum Resources as well as representatives of NNPC, AMCON, NNRA, OGFTZA, DPR, DSS, Mobil, Total E & P and NAOC.

The meeting resolved that the Secretary of PENGASSAN, Port Harcourt Zone, Mrs. Elo Victor – Ogbondah, sacked by Total E & P Nigeria Limited, be reinstated.

The forum highlighted the benefits associated with the Petroleum Industry Bill, but regretted the delay in the passage of bill by the National Assembly and suggested that the FML&P, MPR, NUPENG and PENGASSAN should meet on the subject to decide on the next line of action.

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APC Names Amaechi DG Of Presidential Campaign Organisation

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has named Rivers State governor, Mr Rotimi Amaechi as the director-general of its Presidential Campaign Organisation.

In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the governor will drive the party’s efforts to win the 2015 presidential election.

According to the party scribe, the announcement followed the hugely successful convention at which its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), was democratically elected, and the follow-up successful choice of his running mate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.

The party said Amaechi’s outstanding reputation as a man of courage, principle, strength of character, decency and love for his country, as well as his administrative prowess and organisational skills combined to fetch him perhaps the most important task in the quest for positive change in the country.

APC thanked Nigerians for their support and prayers toward the success of the convention, the emergence of Gen. Buhari as the APC presidential candidate and the choice of Prof Osinbajo as his running mate.

 

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‘170 People Die Of Stroke In Nigeria Everyday’

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A professor of stroke medicine at the King’s College, London, Anthony Rudd, has said that there is already an epidemic of cardiovascular disease in Nigeria with 170 people dying of stroke everyday in the country.

Prof Rudd stated this in Abuja yesterday at a lecture organised by the Stephen James’ Stroke Centre of Excellence in collaboration with the SURE-P project, saying that globally, 80 persons die per hour from stroke.

He said, “It will get worse if there is no coordinated approach to prevent it. Two-thirds of the Nigerian population are affected by stroke, making it one of the worse affected countries in the world.”

But the good news is that 80 per cent of stroke cases can be prevented by avoiding sedentary lifestyle, improving our diet, avoiding cigarette and alcohol and early diagnosis.

“With the advantage of becoming an affluent country, Nigerians have the disadvantage of going down with hypertension which accounts for 83 per cent of all stroke cases in the country. People usually mistake stroke for heart attack but stroke which is a disturbance of blood supply to the brain is actually a brain attack and can happen to anyone”.

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Politicians May Mar 2015 Elections – Jega

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Ahead of the 2015 general elections, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, has raised the alarm over the activities of some unscrupulous politicians which he said may deny Nigerians free and fair election.

Jega made this known yesterday in his keynote address during a one-day workshop on ‘Securing the 2015 Elections,’ organised for Command Commissioners of Police by the UNDP in collaboration with the Nigeria Police.

He blamed stakeholders, especially politicians for frustrating the desire of Nigerians to have free, fair and credible elections in the country.

He said the frustration had gone to the extent that many Nigerians doubt whether democracy is worth it and whether credible elections are ever possible.

“In terms of operational capacity, we are even more prepared than we were in 2011. What is very clear to us is that our best will never be good enough to guarantee free and fair election if politicians continue to do what they are doing; then, everything we are doing may not deliver free and fair election in 2015.

“But if the security agencies do what is right, we can remarkably eliminate or minimise what the politicians can do to undermine our effort. If we don’t do our job right, then we can’t expect free and fair election. We expect security agencies and all INEC officials to be impartial.

“Regrettably, in the series of elections that we have had, the choice of the voter has in most cases been truncated. This is either by actions or inactions of the electoral commission or by the very aggressive and fraudulent conduct of participants in the electoral process,’’ he said.

The INEC chairman, therefore, called on all stakeholders to do what is expected of them to ensure free, fair and credible elections in 2015.

He described the police as important stakeholders and urged them to collaborate more with the commission to ensure that the forthcoming elections are devoid of crisis.

He, however, commended them, saying they have improved in their performances so far, but added that they need to do more to secure the 2015 elections.

According to him, at least three unarmed policemen and other security personnel are needed to man each polling station during election to give voters confidence.

to exercise their franchise.

Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, assured that the police would provide adequate security for the election. “The task of providing adequate security during the electoral process is one of the most daunting challenges confronting security agencies today. The Nigeria Police, being the lead agency will, with the cooperation and assistance of sister agencies do everything that can be done to secure the electoral officers, materials and voters.

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INEC Extends Submission Of Gov, State Assembly Candidates

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As political parties scramble to submit names of their candidates, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday disclosed that it has shifted the deadline for the submission of governorship and state assemblies candidates’ forms from December 25 to December 26, 2014.

The chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, Mr Kayode Idowu who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja said the commission adjusted the date because it is Christmas Day.

He nevertheless maintained that the December 18 deadline for the submission of Presidential and National Assembly forms by political parties remains valid, stressing that the commission will not extend the submission date for any political party that fails to submit by 8pm on December 18, 2014 as stipulated.

While explaining that the commission had intended to close the submission by 6pm yesterday, he stated that after last Monday’s meeting between the commission and the political parties at the commission’s headquarters, the 8pm deadline was agreed upon in spite of the 12 midnight clamour of some of the political parties.

He also declined comment on the number of political parties who had submitted or are yet to submit their presidential candidates’ forms.

He said the law provides that the forms submitted yesterday must be officially published on December 25, while names submitted for governorship and state Houses of Assembly election on December 26 should be officially published on January 1, 2015.

The chief press secretary added that there is a constitutional provision for the withdrawal of candidates “but the person who is nominated to INEC has to write and sign that he or she is withdrawing from this race.

“When he or she does that, the party can bring another name within the stipulated time.”

Also, the director of publicity, Osaze Uzzi told LEADERSHIP that the submission of forms by parties is still in progress.

He said, “Parties that have candidates are submitting the names of their candidates and the process is on, but I cannot give you specific figures now because the process is still on”.

 

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Nasarawa State, which was created on October 1, 1996 by the Abacha administration with a view to bringing development closer to the people, has been yearning for sustainable development in virtually all sectors of the economy since inception. Successive governments in the state have not been able to turn around the fortunes of Nasarawa State for the better. It is unfortunate that a state so rich in solid minerals is chained down by the shackles of underdevelopment and poverty.

However, the people now have yet another opportunity to change the story of Nasarawa State from lamentation to tears of joy, by electing the right candidate to govern them; a selfless and visionary leader who will wipe away their tears and change the story of Nasarawa forever. Nasarawa needs someone who has the wealth of experience required to turn around the fortunes of the state. And if you ask me, there is no better person with such qualifications than Dr. Yusuf Mohammed Agabi, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Nasarawa State.

Dr. Agabi is eminently qualified to govern Nasarawa State in all ramifications. He has served his people in various capacities, both public and private. And now that he is retired from paid public service, he has a lot to offer his people. Nasarawa is a young state yearning for selfless leader who is really committed to its progress and development. Dr. Agabi is offering himself to the people to be used as a divine pencil to rewrite the history of Nasarawa State. He is willing and ready to make that self-sacrifice which is required to develop Nasarawa State. He was born and bred in Nasarawa State and understands the yearnings and aspirations of his people.

Dr. Yusuf Mohammed Agabi was born on May 27, 1957 in Agyaragu village in present Nasarawa State to the family of Late Baba Mohammed Agabi. He had his primary education at RCM Primary School, Agyaragu. From there, he attended St. Augustine Teachers’ College where he obtained his Grade II Certificate in 1977. And from there, he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, where he obtained Diploma in Accounting and B.Sc (Accountancy) in 1984. He later bagged an MBA in Management and Finance from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa in 2000.

At a young age of 24, Dr. Agabi served his mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) between 1984 and 1985 at the Jos Steel Rolling Mill. We will work hard to build hospitals and provide quality healthcare for our people. He had a brief stint at Plateau State Ministry of Finance, before he joined a chattered accounting firm, JC Dariye and Co, as Audit Manager in 1986. From there, he left for Benue Cement Company (BCC), Gboko in 1989, where he rose to the position of Chief Management Accountant in 1997. Between 1997 and 2000, he returned to JC Dariye and Co as Senior Partner.

Dr. Agabi had a brief stint at Abuja Investment and Property Development Company Limited as Financial Controller, between 2000 and 2003, before he transferred his services to the Federal Civil Service in the pool of the Accountant General of the Federation as Deputy Director in 2001. He later rose to the position of a Director before his voluntary retirement in December 2013.

As a public servant with impeccable records, Dr. Agabi has numerous awards and certificates. While at the Benue Cement Company, Gboko, he won the Outstanding Staff of the Accounts Division award, Certificate of Achievement by the World Solutions, Virginia, USA among others. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria; Member, Nigeria Institute of Taxation; Member, Institute of Management Consultant, as well as Council Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is also a Council Member, Institute of Nigeria Stock Brokers.

Dr. Agabi has promised to bring his wealth of experience to bear on the governance of Nasarawa State. What is more, he is someone with the right connections to attract both local and foreign investments to the state. He has equally promised that solid mineral development will be one of the priority areas of his administration. In the area of health, he said he would give succour to the people in the rural areas who have been terribly neglected over the years, by building cottage hospitals and providing quality healthcare for them.

In terms of agriculture, Dr. Agabi has promised to introduce mechanised farming. Since the people of Nasarawa State are predominantly farmers, they need to develop beyond subsistence farming and embrace mechanised farming which will spin wealth into their pockets. He also promised to provide farmers in the state with all the necessary farm inputs. The issue of potable water in Nasarawa State which is very appalling will be solved by Agabi’s administration.

Recongnising the fact that peace is paramount to the development and progress of any society, Dr. Yusuf Agabi has mapped out plan on how to tackle the issue of insecurity in Nasarawa State, with a view to ensuring that investors come into the state to invest. He believes that you can never get it right as a government with insecurity all around you. He is confident that the insecurity in Nasarawa is surmountable. According to him, it is an issue that can be fixed in a day. And the only way to do that is to field a candidate that is credible and acceptable to the people.

“I will never promise what I cannot do. I have always been a man of my words, my people can testify to that. I’m not one of those that will promise 10-point agenda or 11-point agenda. Those areas I have outlined in my development plan, if well implemented, will make Nasarawa State the envy of other states in Nigeria. At the end of my tenure, let the people be the judge on whether I am a man of my words or not,” Agabi said.

 

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President Goodluck Jonathan has declared that his current vice, Arch Namadi Sambo, will be his running mate on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party for next February’s presidential election. Likewise, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, also unveiled his running mate in the person of Prof Yemi Osinbajo. Bayo Oladeji and Bode Gbadebo write on what each vice presidential candidate brings to the table ahead of 2015 elections.

2015 Presidency: What Is Sambo Bringing To The Table As Jonathan’s Running Mate?

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo was sworn-in as the 4th vice president of Nigeria on May 19, 2010. Prior to his elevation to the number two citizen in the country, he was elected governor of Kaduna State in 2007 and served in that capacity for three years.

A professional, gentleman politician, architect by training and an alumnus of the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, what is the electoral value of Sambo, given the prevailing high-wire politics and horse trading over his actual worth as running mate to President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the flag bearer of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2015 presidential election?

Until now, the choice of electoral quality of a running mate to a candidate, whether for the presidency or governorship position, was not an issue, save for when rotation or zoning matters come up among the six geopolitical zones or ethnic components of a state, as the case may be.

But given the religious and ethnic dimensions the polity has taken and the potential keen contest for the office of the president in 2015, the choice of a presidential running mate can no longer be casual and careless in order to guarantee victory for any ticket, whether the incumbent of the opposition candidates.

There was apprehension over the fate of Vice President Sambo when critical organs of the PDP endorsed Jonathan for 2015 and were silent on the status of Sambo, a situation which fuelled speculations of possible replacement of the vice president by his principal before the latter put all to rest by announcing Sambo as integral part of his ticket after a flattering description of him.

He is not known to have any visible political structure in his home state of Kaduna, having governed the state for three years and with the current state governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, his protege.

The pan-northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), is said to be divided over where its support will go between Sambo as a vice president and retired General Muhammadu Buhari as a potential president. However, LEADERSHIP Friday checks show that the ACF hierachy has made up its mind on power shift to the North come 2015, a clear indication that Sambo may not benefit from the goodwill of this northern power bloc.

Also, not a few believe that Sambo lacks charisma and charm typical of a politician that commands massive followership both in the north and beyond. This is a big minus in these times of intense political season and for a ticket or principal who is suffering credibility damage from his style of governance. The north, being the worst hit by insurgency in the last five years or so, needs a charismatic person who can convince it why Jonathan should have more four years in office.

Osinbajo: Of What Electoral Value To Buhari?

Last Wednesday, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, unveiled his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, as a man of impeccable integrity and a product of what he called an “establishment of objective criteria, broad consultations with party leaders and a few opinion leaders outside the party and interactions with a number of nominees.”

Osinbajo, a professor of Law, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), former commissioner for Justice and attorney-general during the Tinubu administration, is also a senior pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, and a close disciple to the general overseer of the church, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye.

While unveiling him at a brief ceremony at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, Buhari said: “The challenging process of rescuing our country and changing Nigeria for good has commenced.One of the first decisions that I have to make is the choice of the vice-presidential candidate and my running mate.

“The method employed in this choice was quite meticulous but yet rigorous. It involved the establishment of objective criteria, broad consultations with party leaders and a few opinion leaders outside the party and interactions with a number of nominees.

“To assist me in this great task of securing Nigeria’s future, I have chosen a man of unimpeachable integrity, an excellent professional, a man of faith, a devoted family man and a role model to our fellow country men and women. He is a professor of law and a senior advocate of Nigeria. An alumnus of the University of Lagos and the London School of Economics, he is a prodigious author who has to his credit, several books on civil procedure in Nigerian superior courts.

“The vice-presidential candidate is a friend of the less privileged, compassionate and zealous in service. A man of uncommon humility, a loyal, dependable and selfless patriot,”Buhari said.

In his acceptance speech as a running mate, Osinbajo expressed gratitude to Buhari and the APC for finding him worthy to serve. He said: “I am deeply honoured and grateful to have been nominated as the vice-presidential candidate of our party, APC, and especially the presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.

“I also thank the leaders and elders of our great party for the trust reposed in me. The task of rebuilding this nation is one to which I am fully committed. There can be no other president, leader and commander that can lead that common sense revolution Nigeria urgently needs than General Muhammadu Buhari. I will proudly serve this country with him.

“General Buhari’s uprightness and fierce commitment to good governance is well known. It will be a privilege to work with him.

I come to this assignment with lots of hope and a resolve to be a part of this movement to bring Nigeria back to its lost glory. With the support of all Nigerians and the help of God, we shall make Nigeria work again”, he stated.

Osinbajo became the running mate of Buhari after been considered by the party hierarchy in the early hours of Wednesday after several nocturnal meetings where other possible names, including Asiwaju Tinubu, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Governors Adams Oshiomhole and Rotimi Amaechi of Edo and Rivers States were respectively considered.As a senior advocate of Nigeria, Osinbajo had served between 1999 and 2007 as attorney general and commissioner of justice when Tinubu was the governor. His exposure in the office, coupled with his experience as personal assistant to the late attorney general and minister of Justice, Mr. Clement Akpamgbo (SAN), would go along way in making positive impact in the administration, if elected.Again, as a professor of Law and ex- head of Department of Public Law in the University of Lagos, Osinbajo is highly respected for his knowledge of law, especially as an expert in the law of evidence. This would also help the administration, if elected, in handling issues that are law related andthe relationship between the executive and the judiciary would be more mutual than before. The much sought independence of the judiciary might become a reality under his watch. In the past, court orders were being selectively implemented or obeyed by the executive, but not a few pundits see Osinbajo as the vice president as the panacea to such a mess. Many international agreements Nigeria has entered into are not yet domesticated, this would also become an area where the vice presidency of Osinbajo and whoever is the attorney general and minister of Justice would handle perfectly. Although, the church and the state in Nigeria are separated as it is the practice in the United States, yet, Osinbajo, as a close associate of the general overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, is expected to attract votes among Christians in the North who could be scared of Buhari’s presidency because of the menace of Boko Haram terrorism. Not only that, the people of the Southwest who have been complaining of marginalisation by the present government, due to the loss of the speakership to the Northwest, would now see Osinbajo as the number two as a way of paying back the zone for the loss of the past.

His marriage to Oludalapo, a grand-daughter of the late sage, Papa Obafemi, could get him sympathy votes from the remnant Awoists when the time comes to vote. Although there seems to be a cold war between the Awo dynasty and the Tinubu camp, some pundits see his emergence as the APC presidential running mate as an opportunity to midwife reconciliation between them.

 

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2015: Why Jonathan Should Be Re-elected – Abba Moro

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The minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, said yesterday that if re-elected into office by 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan will take his transformation agenda for the country to a logical conclusion.

Comrade Moro stated this at the headquarters of the ministry in Abuja, when the Centre for Leadership Network Initiative (CLNI), led by its coordinator, Nelson Ossaize, honoured him with an award of excellence.

The minister further argued that Jonathan’s place will be engraved in gold if re-elected, and said the president, through his transformation agenda, had contributed immensely to the development of various sectors of the economy and promised to work very hard to ensure his re-election for the good of all Nigerians.

“For the first time in the history of Nigeria, we have seen a president who introduced transformation agenda and is also committed to achieving it to the fullest,” he said, noting that the country had witnessed the transformation of railways, roads and other infrastructure in the country, including human capacity development.

“The president is also committed to ending insurgency in the country and he needs our support to achieve that.

Of his own work as minister, he said: “I want to assure you, therefore, that having come this far, I will not disappoint Nigerians. I will continue to be a serious advocate of the transformation agenda,” Moro added.

He thanked the group for recognising the ministry’s modest contributions to national development under his administration.

 

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The Chairman, FCT Secondary Education Board, Kabiru, has disclosed the readiness of Korea International Agency (KOICA)to build a N2.5billion state-of-the-art primary school in the capital city.

Yusuf made this known at the first ever celebration of the Korea Nigeria Love Day, organised by the Korean Culture Club Nigeria, a group of secondary schools under auspices of Korean Culture Center Club in the FCT.

While commending the efforts of KOICA and Korean Culture Center Nigeria for their unrelenting support to education sector in the FCT, he affirmed that the center and the agency have showed their unalloyed support to improving the education system via their various projects.

He further revealed that KOICA had sponsored some secondary school pupils who are currently on a trip to Korea on a five-year study programme.

“In such times such action has greatly lessened the expenses of many parents who can barely afford their children’s school fees,” he added.

He said the original plan was to build a primary and secondary school structure, however, with the agreement signed by the ministry and the agency, it was decided that a primary school, which is the most important foundation in education was much needed.

He said the ministry on its part will provide security details (fencing of the school) as well as basic amenities such as water and electricity.

 

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has disclosed that the commemorative N100 banknote unveiled recently by the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, is going into circulation from Friday.

This is contained in a statement signed by Ibrahim Mu’azu, Head, Corporate Communications, in Abuja.

It directed all branches of the bank to commence issuance of the currency in their respective locations.

“The commemorative note will circulate alongside the existing N100 note.

“The note, which is embedded with features to assist the visually impaired recognise genuine notes, also has other security features easily identifiable through look, feel and tilt of the currency note,” it said.

It recalled that the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, at the unveiling of the new banknote, explained that it was designed with enhanced security to offer robust resistance against counterfeiting.

Furthermore, it added that the authentication features of the note included window micro-optics, showing the national flag and numeral 100 indicating the value of the denomination and the attainment of the centenary period.

“The new design retains the portrait of Chief Obafemi Awolowo both in the ink that is the inter-glow level, as a portrait and also in a paper as a shadow image.

“In addition, there is a spark feature of a rolling manila bar, which was the instrument of transaction during the slave trade era.

“At the back side of the currency is the introduced Quick Response Code (QRC), a digital communication feature that highlighted and sourced all the information about the centenary,” it added.

According to the statement, the QRC application, the bar code on the banknote, can be scanned by users to read a brief history of Nigeria.

It recalled that the apex bank, in 2010, issued commemorative N50 polymer note to mark Nigeria’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebration.

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Ghanian Actress Juliet Ibrahim famous for her beauty and messy divorce has premiered her 4th music track tilted Sholala and new promo pics.

Produced by Sammie Balcc and featuring reggae artist Chris Pardie Jnr aka Amon

 

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Terrorism: Fela’s Associate Calls For Nigeria Dissolution

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A book author and an associate of the late Afro musician, Fela Kuti, Mr Uwa Erhabor yesterday called for the immediate dissolution of Nigeria on grounds that the country as presently constituted is wallowing in massive fraud.

Erhabor who made the call in Abuja while unveiling a biography on Fela, “Kalakuta Diaries,” emphasised that he is not really “averse to the idea of a dissolution of this fraudulent contraption called Nigeria”, especially as most Nigerian leaders seem to be playing into the hands of some foreign manipulators.

Reeling out the legacy of the late Afro music icon, the author lamented that some American businessmen who have never set foot on Nigeria have made money off the music legend, saying Fela, who was a well-known socialist,would be sad in his grave by the activities of such capitalists.

He said the initial launch of his book in Lagos was frustrated by reactionary elements who disguised as “progressives”.

“They claim to be lovers of Fela because it was convenient for them to use the name in recruiting the area boys and area fathers in rigging elections,” he said.

Erhabor also chided the Lagos State government for allegedly expending about $15 million to import a foreign musical jamboree on Fela, in a state filled with starving Nigerians and beggars who never benefited from “the crime of stealing with Fela’s name”.

Erhabor also announced to newsmen that he had launched a campaign to ensure the trial of Nigeria’s former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, at the Hague.

He said,” Mr Obasanjo should be tried for the massacres in Odi, Bayelsa State, and Zaki Biam while he was in office.”

The author said he had consequently opened a register in conjunction with some of his friends to gather one million signatures of Nigerians which would be forwarded to the International Criminal Court ICC in the Hague to open up investigations into the matter.

“As soon as we get one million signatures, we will go there with a busload of Nigerians and Europeans to compel the ICC to do justice to the thousands of innocent souls that were massacred,” he said.

 

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