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No senator earns jumbo pay – Lawan
Senate Presidency aspirant, Senator Ahmed Lawan, has defended the N13.5 million monthly salary being paid to each of the 109 senators in the country, saying that the major component of the amount was for oversight assignment allowances.
Lawan, who has the endorsement of the Presidency and the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to become the President of the 9th Senate, spoke to journalists in Abuja, yesterday, maintaining that there would be no reduction of the amount if he becomes the next Senate President.
The lawmaker also reflected on Friday’s Supreme Court judgment which sacked three APC senators-elect from Zamfara State, describing it as a setback.
That notwithstanding, Lawan pointed out that the APC was still in the lead in the Senate with 62 members, having lost three to the PDP, which now boasts of 44 members in the upper chamber of the NASS.
According to him, there is nothing like jumbo pay for senators since each of them goes home with about N1 million a month and allowances for oversight functions, some of them outside the country.
The Yobe representative, who remains the longest-serving lawmaker from the North in the Senate so far, also described himself as a ‘Buhari man’, who would always support all good policies and programmes initiated by the administration for the overall good of Nigerians.
Lawan said: “I won’t deny it; I am a Buhari man and supporter. But that does not mean that I would be a rubber stamp to him or his policies if I become the Senate President.
My support for him should not be misconstrued to mean that I would be a rubber stamp to him or his policies.
“But it must also be noted that I don’t belong to the school of thought of using lawmakers to fight the government. For me, I recognize the fact that we must work together by agreeing and sometimes disagreeing to make things work better for all Nigerians”
Posted: May 26, 2019, 7:15 pm
I’m ashamed of my house because of flooding – Pa James
Kayode Olasehinde, aka Pa James, is undoubtedly one of the respected veteran actors in the country. However, his living condition at the moment is nothing to write home about. During the week, his son, Samuel, posted pictures of Pa James, scooping water out of his home. The whole house and its surroundings were evidently flooded.
In a chat with newsmen, Pa James revealed that the problem was a recurring one. He said, “This issue has been going on for some time and we have always pleaded with the government, but they have just been deceiving us. Sometimes, they would bring caterpillars and widen the channel which water passes through, which invariably worsens the situation. One of the caterpillars they brought even broke down and it has been abandoned there for some time now. Some media houses have helped us to publicise our plight but nothing has been done. The people living around here are now even tired of calling on the government. The Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, which we fall under, has nothing to better our condition. It is clear that the government has neglected us. Whenever the flooding occurs, it damages all the properties in the house. If you get to my house now, you wouldn’t see chairs.”
Pa James also admitted that the condition of his house embarrasses him. He said, “It makes me feel ashamed and I don’t even like to talk about it again. If not for my son who posted the pictures on social media, I wouldn’t have said anything. He was flabbergasted because he saw the extent of the flooding with his eyes this time. We only used to tell him about it when he was in school. At a time, we, residents of the area, even tried to salvage the situation, but we were told that it was the government that could carry out the work. The incoming state government should please have mercy on us and assist us. A lot of our properties are getting spoilt.”
Speaking on his recent projects, the actor said, “I just recently finished shooting a comedy movie titled, Perin Peke. It is currently in the studio for post-production works. I noticed that the comedy movies being made these days are not so good; so, I decided to do something different.”
Posted: May 26, 2019, 6:43 pm
Tonto Dikeh is allegedly 4 Months Pregnant
An insider has spoken on the widespread rumours that Tonto Dikeh has fallen pregnant for her mystery lover.
Feisty Nollywood diva and mother of one, Tonto Dikeh has taken the social media hostage in the past days asking all sorts of ransoms and basically playing the game with her one set of rules with no questions asked.
From making a mockery of her ex-husband and father of her only child as a s*xual incompetent to combating colleagues or whoever shoved in to render a word of advice and to taking to the cleaners, the guild of actors who threatened to ban her from ever making or showing her face in a movie, she has been the marshal of social media with one word wiser than everyone.
In view of her scathing revelations about her dashed marriage, many had lashed her in the face that she may never find another man to marry her again, at least in Nigeria.
This is something the actress responded with a picture of herself laughing her head off. If everyone feared for her, it appeared she knew what nobody knew, because it soon came to light that she’s in a very serious relationship.
She made the announcement in a most dramatic way by dragging some of her colleagues in the mud by shading them not to come to her new man to beg for money. It was a statement that sparked off anger and disbelief.
But Tonto is unmoved and look set to draw more blood. If anyone doubts the self-acclaimed born-again Christian to be in a serious relationship, Potpourri can tell you for what’s worth that the mother of King Churchill is pregnant. A source who rolls in the close circuit of the actress has revealed.
“It’s not a rumour, everyone close to her know she’s happy with a new man in her life. She’s about 4 months pregnant now” the source whispered with a plea of anonymity.
Interestingly, her romance with the cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, known widely as Bobrisky caught the comic imagination of some artist who lit up the social media during the week with marriage photo of Tonto and her widely acclaimed best friend. It was an artistically crafted joke that even amused both Tonto and Bobrisky as they separately reacted to it with bemused expressions.
Coincidentally, there have been whispers of something “more than friends” between Tonto and Bobrisky. And some tongues have been wagging that the Ijebu crossdresser may just be Tonto’s man. Uncannily, Bobrisky have always moaned on social media about some celebrities begging him for money. It’s a world of make-believe and the script always has a room for adjustment.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 6:27 pm
Alleged Islamisation agenda: Your reaction came too late, IPOB tells Obasanjo
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has flayed recent comment by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on fulanisation and islamisation of the country.
The pro-Biafran group described the comment as belated.
Obasanjo was reported to have bemoaned the high level of insecurity in the country, regretting that the acts of violence being perpetrated by Boko Haram and herdsmen were being treated with kids gloves.
But IPOB in a statement on Sunday by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, accused Obasanjo and other Nigerian leaders of conspiracy of silence in the trouble with Nigeria.
It argued that the number of casualties would have been minimal if the former president had spoken out earlier against the so-called fulanisation and islamisation of the country.
The group regretted that while its leader, Nnamdi Kanu was kicking against the misrule in the country, leaders like Obasanjo assumed an indifferent disposition.
The statement read in part, “We say good morning to the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is only now merely echoing what our leader, Nnamdi Kanu has been saying repeatedly for years.
“The same way the high and mighty in Nigeria has now conceded to the inevitability of the destructive Fulanisation agenda championed by APC, one day they will swallow their pride and also concede that Nnamdi Kanu was also right about Jubril Al-Sudani all along.
“Had the likes of Obasanjo spoken out earlier when our leader repeatedly warned of what was happening, many innocent victims of Fulani herdsmen would still be alive today, many ethnically cleansed communities in the Middle Belt would have been sparred also.”
Posted: May 26, 2019, 6:18 pm
PHOTOS: 10 Nollywood Stars That Have Died In 2019
Since the start of the year 2019, some Nollywood superstars have sadly passed away. These are some of those stars.
As we all know Nigerian movies industry has produced many Nollywood actors and actresses over the years and at the same time lost most of them to the cold hand of ‘Death’.
The Nigerian movie industry has lost icons within the short period of the year 2019 and it’s been a sad occurrence.
Here are 10 Nollywood stars that have died this year.
1. Funmilayo ‘Ijewuru’ Ogunsola
Funmilayo ‘Ijewuru’ Ogunsola passed away on Monday, February 4 in Ibadan at the age of 58. She was a popular actress and was married to the late movie star, Ishola ‘I show Pepper’ Ogunsola.
2. Gbenga ‘Burger’ Akintunde
Gbenga ‘Burger’ Akintunde died on Thursday, January 3 at the age of 47, after visiting the hospital to complain of malaria.
3. Adewale Olanrewaju
Adewale Olanrewaju is popularly known as ‘I show Larry’ died on Monday, January 21 at the age of 36. The actor was also a movie producer.
4. Abe Ishola Monsurat Olabisi
Abe Ishola Monsurat Olabisi passed away on Saturday, March 30 at age 39. Her death was announced days after she delivered a baby girl.
5. LinChung Duke Oliver
Duke ‘LinChung’ Oliver passed away on April 2 at age 45. He passed away after a car crash on his way to Lagos from his mom’s burial. He is famous for his role as Sylvanus in the sitcom, ‘Do Good.’
6. Alfred Rotimi Popoola
Alfred Rotimi Popoola passed away on Thursday, February 27 in Abeokuta, Ogun state. He died at 51. Popoola has featured in several Nollywood movies including ‘Aiye Foreign,’ and ‘Ropo Ijogbon.’
7. Prince Dammy Eke
Prince Dammy Eke died on April 28. He died at age 41. The actor reportedly slumped and was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead.
8. Adio Majester
Adio Majester passed away on Tuesday, May 7 in the intensive care of an undisclosed hospital. He died at age 50. He featured numerous movies and a number of stage plays in his career as an actor.
9. Henry Okoro
Henry Okoro died following injuries sustained during a fatal accident that occurred on May 11. He was an actor before taking a backseat to work as director and producer after a decade. He died at 36
10. Eddie Ugboma
Eddie Ugboma died on May 11 after a health challenge. He would be remembered for his role as Oyenusi in a film of the same title. He died at 78
Posted: May 26, 2019, 6:14 pm
Apostle Suleiman sex scandal: Daniella Okeke breaks silence
Lagos Cougars actress, Daniella Okeke isn’t one known for addressing scandals that trail her. However, the curvy glamorous actress has finally addressed the biggest controversy that has trailed her career yet.
The media-shy damsel has addressed the issue of her alleged romance with fiery preacher, Apostle Johnson Suleiman. Though Daniella initially didn’t want to address the allegations, but the social media pressure has made the actress to finally break her silence.
Last night, Daniella in a post she shared and then deleted on her Instagram page, gave Stephanie Otobo who accused her of dating Suleiman, 24 hours to come out and state the truth.
“You bitch, I don’t know who you are, but you came to call my name out of nowhere.All of a sudden you disappeared, afterwards you changed your name?No way you have to tell the world the truth Miss Otobo.I have kept quiet for too long. God will punish you wherever you are.I woke up on social media like every other person on that day. When you called my name on the internet, the way you called my name, better go and uncall it or else, the next 24 hours won’t be funny”.
As expected her outburst triggered floods of comments on social media.
A certain fan wrote:” Ms. Okeke you are not wise at all, why speak out now (2019) to talk about something that everybody has forgotten, is either you are trying to trend or you are stupid. If not for this headline, I have completely forgotten about this Otobo issue, do you think people don’t have shit to do, other than to think about shit that happened 2yrs ago. Grow up girl, grow up, maybe you woke up at the wrong side of the bed to remember this shit.gosh”.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 4:47 pm
Bayern Munich president Hoeness confirms Kovac will stay
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has confirmed once and for all that coach Niko Kovac will remain in his job next season.
Speaking on Bavarian broadcaster BR, as Bayern celebrated their league and cup double in the centre of Munich on Sunday, Hoeness said he was “one hundred per cent” sure Kovac would stay.
Croatian coach Kovac led Bayern to the league title and the German Cup in his first season at the club, despite facing constant speculation over his future.
Hoeness’ comments are the final confirmation the 47-year-old will not be sacked, after CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, one of Kovac’s biggest internal critics had hinted as much in recent days.
In April, Rummenigge appeared on Sky TV the day after Bayern’s 5-0 win over title rivals Borussia Dortmund to insist “nobody had a job guarantee”.
“I said that after the 5-0, because I came into the dressing room and saw this incredible euphoria, but we were only one point ahead of Dortmund at that time,” Rummenigge explained to BR on Sunday.
“I wanted to polarise a bit and bring the euphoria down a notch.”
At Sunday’s celebrations, Kovac himself thanked the Bayern fans for their support during a turbulent season.
“We would not have managed it without you. Always stay as you are, I love you,” he said from the balcony of Munich’s city hall.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 4:39 pm
Federer ends four-year Paris absence with victory
Roger Federer marked his return to Roland Garros after a four-year absence with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 win over Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego on Sunday and said he had “missed playing in Paris so much”.
Federer, the 2009 champion in Paris, will face German lucky loser Oscar Otte for a place in the third round.
The 20-time major winner hadn’t played the tournament since 2015 when he reached the quarter-finals.
However, on Sunday, it was as if the 37-year-old had never been away as he swept to victory in one hour 41 minutes on a rebuilt and packed Court Philippe Chatrier.
It was his 60th successive first-round win at a Grand Slam.
“I missed it so much so thanks for the welcome,” said Federer.
“I felt great playing on this court. It looks great and attractive, so congratulations to everyone involved.
“Hopefully I can play here again for my next match.”
Federer broke serve five times and fired 36 winners past 24-year-old Sonego, the world number 73 who made the quarter-finals at the Monte Carlo Masters this year after qualifying.
“Two breaks in the first set were very important for me and when I was leading 4-0 I could take more risks, be more aggressive,” said the third seed.
“I know that I can play very well on clay and I am very happy to win in straight sets.”
Posted: May 26, 2019, 4:31 pm
Nigerian Army denies killing of 25 soldiers in Borno
The Nigerian Army has denied media reports that 25 soldiers were killed in an attack coordinated by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, made the denial in a Short Message (SMS) sent to the newsmen in Maiduguri on Sunday.
Some reports claimed 25 soldiers were killed on Saturday when the insurgents attacked a military convoy evacuating civilians on Damboa-Biu Road.
Musa dismissed the report as “rumour and fake”.
“Contrary to rumour and fake news circulating, there was no attack on any of our troops’ locations at Sabon Gari or any other locations in Borno State.
“I have spoken with the Special Force Commander in Damboa and he confirmed to me that there was nothing of such in Damboa or any of his locations as at Friday) and Saturday,” he said.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 4:23 pm
LASPOTECH security guard allegedly kills colleague, cuts off his hand
Lagos State Police Command spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana, says the Command has arrested a Lagos State Polytechnic security guard who allegedly killed his colleague while they were both on night duty.
Elkana, in a statement on Sunday, told the newsmen, on May 24 at 7.00a.m, operatives of Shagamu Road Police Station, in collaboration with the Chief Security Officer of Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, arrested one Cletus Williams, a security guard with the institution, for allegedly killing his colleague, Okoro John, while they were on night duty.
“The suspect used a sharp knife to slash the throat of the victim and also chopped off his right hand,” Elkana said.
“Homicide detectives from State Criminal Investigation Department, Yaba, are investigating the case to ascertain the motive behind the killing.
“The knife used for the murder has been recovered and suspect will soon be charged to court for murder” he added.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 3:08 pm
Emery seeks Europa League success to salvage Arsenal’s season
Unai Emery’s first season at Arsenal will be judged a success or failure depending on the outcome of a single game — the Europa League final against Chelsea — but the Spaniard has a habit of saving his best for Europe’s second-tier competition.
Emery won the Europa League three years in a row between 2014 and 2016 when at Sevilla and would become the most decorated coach in the competition’s history with another victory in Baku.
However, it is not only a first European trophy for 25 years at stake for Arsenal but also a much-needed return to the riches of the Champions League after a two-season absence that will make or break the impression of Emery’s debut campaign.
Arsenal’s preparations for the final have been dogged by off-field issues over the awarding of the final to the Azerbaijani capital.
Many fans have been priced out of making the near-5,000-mile (8,000-kilometre) round trip, while Emery’s team selection has also been affected, with midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan deciding not to travel on safety grounds due to political tensions between his native Armenia and Azerbaijan.
However, Emery shrugged off suggestions Arsenal could even consider boycotting the match and is determined that those distractions do not impact on his side by the time kick-off comes on Wednesday.
“We have the chance to win a title and play in the Champions League next season,” said Emery. “All of this is much more important than where we are going to play the final.
“It’s not possible with Mkhi, yes. It’s not possible with the fans like we want, yes. But the final is very important.”
Chelsea does not have the added pressure of Champions League qualification resting on the outcome of the final, having edged ahead of Emery’s faltering side in the final weeks of the Premier League season to finish third.
– Arsenal slump –
Before a meaningless final-day win at Burnley, Arsenal had taken just one point from four games against Crystal Palace, Wolves, Leicester and Brighton.
Emery had the difficult job of succeeding Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman’s 22-year reign came to an end 12 months ago.
In a time of transition, the Basque coach has done a steady if the unspectacular job.
However, doubts remain over his ability to lead Arsenal back to the heights they reached under Wenger, particularly if they miss out on Champions League revenue once more.
Emery admitted in the January transfer window that the club could only afford to take players on loan.
The same defensive issues that haunted Wenger’s final years in charge have been repeated. Arsenal outscored both Chelsea and local rivals Tottenham in the Premier League but missed out on the top four by virtue of conceding 51 goals.
Emery has constantly changed personnel and formations to find the right balance and even left one or other of his two star forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench for much of the campaign.
However, Lacazette and Aubameyang have been united of late with spectacular success as once again an Emery team has come good in the Europa League.
Even as they stuttered in the Premier League, Arsenal beat Napoli and Valencia home and away to book their long trip to Baku.
“Above all in football, coaches, players and supporters want to play to feel a special moment. And this is one special moment. Our focus is very clear for this match,” said Emery.
Since Arsenal was last in a European final in 2006, the Gunners have won just three trophies — all FA Cups — compared with Chelsea’s 13 in those years as the standards set early in Wenger’s reign sharply declined towards the end.
Getting one over on their London rivals this week will not only make Emery’s first season a success but allow Arsenal to look to the future with renewed optimism.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 1:32 pm
Sarri’s Chelsea future in spotlight as Europa final looms
Maurizio Sarri faces an uncertain future as Chelsea manager even if the much-maligned Italian leads his side to victory in the Europa League final against Arsenal.
Sarri has endured a traumatic first season at Stamford Bridge and he heads to Baku with little clarity over his prospects of staying in charge beyond Wednesday’s final.
Despite guiding Chelsea into next season’s Champions League, via a third-place finish in the Premier League, and reaching two cup finals, there remains a sense Sarri is on borrowed time whatever the result against Arsenal.
The 60-year-old has been linked with a move to Juventus or Roma, with reports saying Chelsea would not block his return to Serie A.
Even if Sarri does not join the Italian champions, he could still be sacked if Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and his coterie of advisors feel the former Napoli boss is not the man to guide them through a turbulent period.
With a damaging two-window transfer ban looming — pending an appeal by Chelsea to the Court of Arbitration for Sport — and star winger Eden Hazard set to get his wish to join Real Madrid, the next year promises to be a challenging spell for any manager, let alone one with the baggage Sarri has collected in his brief reign.
Sarri insists he is happy to stay but admits there will be no talks over his future until after the final.
“I’m very happy to stay in the Premier League. I will speak to the club as I want to see if they are happy with me or not,” he said.
“We had a good season, with a lot of problems of course. We lost two or three matches very badly.
“If we are able to win the final then it will become a wonderful season. This group deserves to continue and to try to improve more.”
It is believed Chelsea’s senior decision-makers, including director Marina Granovskaia, will gauge the feelings of players before making a final decision on Sarri.
There are concerns that his methods have caused so much unrest within the squad he may not be able to fully command their respect.
That problem was laid bare by Kepa Arrizabalaga’s astonishing mutiny during the League Cup final when the Chelsea goalkeeper refused to be substituted after suffering cramp before the penalty shoot-out defeat against Manchester City.
– Stubborn image –
Sarri had already publicly criticised his players after a series of bad results in January.
His outburst came after reports some of the Chelsea squad held doubts about his rigid tactical approach, while many were said to find his training sessions monotonous.
Sticking with his former Napoli players Jorginho and Gonzalo Higuain despite their mediocre performances did little to erase Sarri’s stubborn image.
Adamant his style can still work with Chelsea, Sarri this week said: “In the last two years Manchester City won everything in England.
“The way of football of City is not the same as mine, but similar. I think we can play my football also in England.”
Sarri’s decision to exile club captain Gary Cahill also apparently angered players, with the defender accusing his manager of a “lack of respect”.
Chelsea sought counsel from their stars before Jose Mourinho was sacked in 2015, with then technical director Michael Emenalo citing a “palpable discord between manager and players”.
Sarri’s cause is not helped by his toxic relationship with the club’s fans, who ridiculed his football philosophy several times.
Rafael Benitez was allowed to leave his role as Chelsea’s interim boss in 2013 despite finishing third and winning the Europa League, in large part because he was so disliked by Blues supporters.
“I think for the fans we have to play better, we have won more, there isn’t another way,” Sarri conceded.
Given the way Manchester United collapsed during their own discordant campaign, Sarri deserves credit for keeping Chelsea from completely imploding.
But, with Massimiliano Allegri linked with Chelsea after leaving Juventus, there is a potential replacement waiting in the wings as Sarri tries to finish his troubled season on a high note.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 1:26 pm
Transition panel accuses Adamawa governor of leaving N115bn debt
The transition committee set up by the Adamawa State governor-elect, Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party has accused the outgoing All Progressive Congress administration of Governor Jibrilla Bindow of leaving behind a bankrupt state with huge debt liability of N115 bn.
Chairman of the transition committee, Ismaila Numan, stated this on Saturday while presenting the report of the committee to Fintiri, following the conclusion of its assignment ahead of May 29 handover date.
While presenting a summary of the findings of the transition committee in line with its terms of reference, Ismaila said the outgoing government led by Bindow neglected taxpayers and pursued parochial and self-serving interests.
It also lamented that from its inception, the administration of Bindow resorted to taking overdrafts to augment salary payments while internally generated revenues were collected but never applied judiciously in the interest of taxpayers in the state.
The committee recommended the declaration of a state of emergency in health and educational sector, adding that despite N257.5bn accruing to the state between January 2015 and March 2019, the Bindow adminstration failed to use the monies and allocations to address key basic services in health, education and portable water supply.
Ismaila noted that the outgoing administration failed the governance test in nearly every sphere of government as it plunged the state into bankruptcy by “failing to create businesses for the state and even resorted to the sale of state-owned assets in corporate organisations simply to service personal interest”.
But Fintiri, while receiving the report of the committee, said he was not under illusion about the magnitude of the task at hand since he was inheriting a ‘broke and hugely indebted’ state because his predecessors in the last four years threw caution and prudence to the wind.
He also stated that the outgoing administration would be probed, adding that his administration would not hesitate to step on toes.
He however exuded confidence that the job before him was well cut out, adding that he was equal to the task.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 1:13 pm
N500bn social investment scheme has failed in North –Aisha Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, has rubbished the N500bn Social Investment Programme of her husband’s administration, saying that it failed “woefully” in the North in particular.
Aisha, who hails from Adamawa State, said the situation in her home state, as far as the implementation was concerned, was pathetic.
She also cited Kano, a highly-populated northern state, as another example where she believed the programme failed, despite the huge funds the Federal Government budgeted for it.
The SIP is domiciled in the Office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, but its direct implementation is done by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment, Mrs Maryam Uwais.
Mrs Buhari bared her feelings on Saturday in Abuja during an interactive programme she organised for women at the Presidential Villa.
For instance, she disclosed that though Uwais informed her that 30,000 women would be beneficiaries in Adamawa State, four years had passed and there was no evidence that the SA kept her word.
The President’s wife spoke in detail, expressing her disappointment.
She went on, “Concerning the N500bn voted for SIP, that was part of 2015 campaigns where they promised to give out N10,000, feed pupils in primary schools and give N5,000 to the poorest of the poor.
“The SSA to the President on Social Investment is a lady from Kano and I am sure that my husband decided to put somebody from Kano because of the population and political impact it made. I have never asked how the money is being used or is being given out. I met Barrister (one of the President’s aides on SIP) once and he promised me that for my state (Adamawa), we should get 30,000 women to be given N10,000. Up till now, I haven’t heard from him.
“I don’t want to raise the alarm that my state does not benefit from it, where the SGF (Secretary to the Government of the Federation) came from, I kept quiet because I don’t want people to say that I talk too much. Recently, I saw a 74-year-old man selling petty things in Kano, I asked him how much is his capital, he told me between N3,000 and N4,000. Don’t forget that we have campaigned to give the poorest of the poor N5,000 every month.
“So, I don’t know where is the social investment… Maybe, it worked out in some states. In my own state, only a local government benefited out of the 22. I didn’t ask what happened and I don’t want to know, but it failed woefully in Kano, it’s not a good sign and it’s not a good thing.
“We have a lot of women that do business locally due to the cultural thing in the North, they are at home doing their business. Some are millionaires, some have thousands of naira, they need the assistance but they do not get it. Most northern women do not belong to any market association.
“I was expecting the N500bn to be utilised in different methods in the North for the aim to be achieved. I don’t know the method they used, but most of the northern states do not get it. My state does not get it.
“How many of you (women in the hall) get it in your state? My state did not benefit from it.”
The women responded by saying that they got nothing in the past four years.
She argued that the method employed in implementing the programme in the North was faulty, a reason she believed it failed there.
“It worked out well in a situation whereby they have market associations but I was thinking different methods should be used in the North”, the President’s wife stated.
Amid applause from women in the hall, Mrs Buhari also criticised the $16m counterpart fund said to have been used so far on procurement of mosquito nets.
She noted, “I have heard about mosquito nets, Nigeria paid its counterpart fund, $16m. I asked them to give my own share of the net to send it to my village people. I didn’t get it.
“They have spent $16m in buying mosquito nets, I did not get it, maybe some people have got it. But I feel that, that’s my personal opinion, $16m is enough to fumigate mosquitoes in Nigeria. That’s my opinion.”
However, she commended the SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, for the initiative to include women in the inauguration programme of her husband for his second term on May 29.
She stated further, “I will also like to use the opportunity to thank the SGF for including women in the inaugural activities of Mr President; this is what is called next level. They didn’t allow us to participate in politics but now they have started giving us hope that we can be involved in certain things.”
On the anti-drug committee chaired by a former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Buba Marwa, the President’s wife recalled how she practically made herself a member to ensure that things went well.
She added, “I also managed to put myself as member of the committee and the wife of the Vice-President. The wife of the Vice-President (Dolapo Osinbajo) has worked very well; it took her one year to go round schools in Abuja because of the level of abuse. Many girls don’t go to school because they are afraid of being raped while returning from school or when their parents are away.
“You know most of their parents are farmers. The revelation is beyond comment. I asked her to publicise her discovery but she didn’t; if she had done so, it would have served as a lesson.
“Over N12bn has been released by the President to take care of trauma cases across the country. Can you please monitor the money? The ministers are going very soon and the money is being released.”
On the 2019 polls, she called on the All Progressives Congress to refund the money female contestants spent to purchase nomination forms since the women ended up being marginalised.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 1:05 pm
Zamfara workers bid Gov. Yari farewell
Zamfara civil servants on Saturday bade the outgoing state Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, farewell at the last Ramadan breakfast of his eight years tenure as governor.
Labour Leader at the state, Bashir Mafara, at the governor’s private residence in Talata-Mafara, commended the governor for bringing development to the state in the last eight years.
“Your Excellency has made remarkable achievements that have now made the state better than it was and your relationship with the workers have been relatively cordial.
“Sir, while commending you for the release of N2 billion recently to offset the backlog of pensions, we also want to plead with you to offset all outstanding debt before you finally exit next week.
“We wish you luck in all your future endeavours as you finally leave office as governor and pray that your successor continues with the good work,” he said.
Also, the Speaker, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji who prayed Allah not to put the governor to shame as he handed over, assured the outgoing chief executive that “we shall continue to follow your guide as our leader”.
The speaker urged all APC supporters in the state to be “patient, steadfast and supportive of each other as we leave office and government as a party”.
Responding, Yari said that “everything that has a beginning must have an end; I wish to give thanks to Almighty Allah for seeing us through this day and to assure you that even though I’m now exiting as governor, we will continue to meet in different capacities to discuss matters of mutual interest.
“l thought my successor would come from our party, but the Supreme Court Judgment says no; I am now praying that the new leaders will work for the peace, unity and prosperity of our state.
“The incoming administration should also consolidate on our efforts, especially in tackling banditry which has bedevilled the state over the years.
“l also wish to draw the attention of all our supporters and members of our party, the APC, to remain calm because we have already accepted yesterday’s (Friday) Supreme Court Judgment nullifying our state party primaries and the elections.
“As Muslims we believe that whatever happens has since been ordained by Allah and He alone knows what the future holds for us,” he concluded.
The Supreme Court in Abuja cancelled the election that gave victory to the APC in governorship, state and national assembly elections for failure to conduct an acceptable party primaries.
The court also directed that all the positions should now go to the political parties and candidates with the second highest number of votes, a development which gave the mandate of the governorship position to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Posted: May 26, 2019, 12:58 pm
Traders lament demolition of popular Lagos market
Some traders affected by the ongoing demolition of Agboju Market in Festac Town, Lagos, have blamed market leaders for “insincerity” over the exercise.
Bulldozers moved in on Friday and began pulling down the structures in the market just as the traders started displaying their goods for sale.
Some of the affected traders told the newsmen that the issue of the demolition had been ongoing between the state government and the traders.
They, however, expressed shock over the exercise which occurred before the seven-day quit notice issued them expired.
Mr Uzo Thomas, trader, said they assumed the demolition would be done on Monday after the notice elapsed on Sunday.
“To our surprise, Friday morning, we were displaying our goods, we just started hearing, ‘pack, pack,’ we thought it was a joke.
“Before we knew it, bulldozers started bringing everything down,” he said.
Also, Mrs Anulika Chukwu, trader, said last Thursday, officials of Amuwo Odofin Local Government came to warn the traders not to sell on the walk ways, which they complied with.
“If we had known beforehand, I wouldn’t have spent the money I had yesterday buying goods for sale,” she lamented.
However, some other traders said that the land where the market was situated was a buffer zone, with pipelines running underneath and electric cables overhead.
Mr Olawale Ashakaba, trader, said: “This is a Federal Government property, there are pipelines running under here.
“I believe there’s something our leaders are not telling us,” he said.
Another trader, Mrs Blessing Ogomchi, said: “Nobody knows exactly what is going on or what is going to happen.
“The leaders haven’t even called a meeting to tell traders what is going on.
“If indeed there’s going to be a new market, how long will it take to be completed; how many months or years?”
The Iyaloja General of Amuwo Market, Mrs Osinatu Adebayo, refuted the allegations, saying there was no foul play.
“No. No, it’s not true.
“The problem is that the market is too rough and the state government called us to say they want to rebuild it to a modern market.
“They would have finished building it but we’ve been delaying and begging for more time, ‘please allow us to sell for Christmas’ or ‘please let us sell for Easter’.
According to her, buying and selling will continue as usual, once the site has been cleared.
Adebayo pledged her commitment to the traders, in ensuring that they all get shops when the new market is completed.
“My children are also traders here, so I can’t allow things get spoiled.
“Before outsiders get shops, all the traders will be considered first,” she said.
Another official, who spoke under anonymity, said he wasn’t sure how long it would take to complete the project.
He, however, urged the traders not to kick against modernisation of the market.
All efforts by our correspondent to reach Amuwo Odofin Local Government Chairman, Mr Valentine Buraimoh, proved abortive as his aide who picked his calls said he was attending a state function.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 12:55 pm
See what the weather will be like in Abuja, Kano, Lagos, other cities today
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy weather conditions with prospects of thunderstorms activities over most parts of the country on Sunday.
NiMet’s Weather Outlook on Saturday, in Abuja, predicted cloudy conditions over the central states with chances of thunderstorms over Gombe, Nassarawa, Mambilla plateau, Jos and Yola axis in the morning hours.
It also predicted thunderstorms over Abuja, Makurdi, Kaduna, Lokoja, Lafia and Niger in the afternoon and evening with day and night temperature of 37 to 28 and 27 to 19 degrees Celsius.
The agency predicted that Northern states would experience partly cloudy and thunderstorms morning with partly cloudy afternoon and evening over Nguru and Potiskum with day and night temperatures of 42 to 35 and 28 to 24 degrees Celsius.
According to NiMet, Southern states will experience thunderstorms activities with day and night temperatures of 33 to 31 and 24 to 22 degrees Celsius.
“The presence of high energy and more influx of moist laden wind are favourable for thunderstorms over parts of central and the Southern states.
“Partly cloudy condition is expected over the Northern region of the country within the next 24 hours,” NiMet predicted.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 10:22 am
Eating late could be killing you
Eating late at night is putting millions of people in danger of heart attacks and strokes, experts warn.
A late-night meal keeps the body on ‘high alert’ when it should be winding down, researchers found.
Heart experts have advised that adults should never eat within two hours of bedtime – and ideally, nothing after 7pm.
In a healthy person, blood pressure drops by at least 10 per cent when they go to sleep.
Millions of people are putting themselves at higher risk of a heart attack or stroke by eating after 7pm, researchers have warned.
But the results of a study of more than 700 people with high blood pressure found that eating within two hours of bedtime meant their levels stayed high.
Experts think this is because eating releases a rush of stress hormones when the body should be starting to relax.
People who do not see their blood pressure fall at night are known as ‘non-dippers’ – and have a much higher rate of heart-related death. Late eaters were nearly three times more likely to be non-dippers, the Turkish researchers found.
Researcher, Dr Ebru Özpelit, presenting her results at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Rome, said, “If we eat late at night, the body essentially remains on high alert as during the day, rather than relaxing for sleep.”
Stress hormones are secreted, causing blood pressure not to decrease during sleep, which should normally happen.
Dr Özpelit, from the Dokuz Eylül University in Turkey, tracked 721 people diagnosed with high blood pressure, with an average age of 53. She found that those who ate within two hours of going to bed were 2.8 times more likely to retain high blood pressure overnight.
Some 9.4 million people in the UK are diagnosed with high blood pressure, which is also known as hypertension.
They are already at a higher risk of heart disease, but if their blood pressure does not fall at night, that risk increases to a far higher level.
Experts estimate that 40 per cent of patients with hypertension are non-dippers – potentially 3.76million people in Britain– putting them at serious risk of major heart problems.
A late-night meal keeps the body on ‘high alert’ when it should be winding down, increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Dr Özpelit says it is more dangerous if blood pressure doesn’t drop by more than 10 per cent as this increases cardiovascular risk and these patients have more heart attacks, strokes and chronic disease. But even healthy people with normal blood pressure should take note of the findings. How we eat may be as important as what we eat. She advised that people do not skip breakfast, eat lunch, and keep dinner to a small meal.
Eating breakfast and lunch is important but dinner must not be later than 7 o’clock in the evening. The findings add to a growing body of evidence which suggests keeping all meals to within a fixed time – and fasting at night – can have a wide range of health benefits.
Previous research has found that an early dinner reduces the risk of breast cancer, lowers blood sugar levels, and helps burn off calories. Experts think part of the reason is that the body evolved to expect meals much earlier in the day – because people went to sleep when it got dark.
Professor Peter Weissberg, medical director of the British Heart Foundation, said this research suggests that eating a meal late at night may contribute to the failure of their blood pressure to reduce. It is normal for blood pressure to reduce overnight, even in people with high blood pressure. However, in some, their blood pressure remains elevated throughout the night putting them at potentially higher risk of future complications.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 9:29 am
Fast-tempo songs, dancing, comedy, beach visits can prevent depression –Expert
A consultant psychiatrist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Rotimi Coker, discusses depression with our correspondent.
What is depression?
Depression is a type of psychological illness that manifests in sufferers as frequent low moods, loss of energy and losing pleasure in things that hitherto gave joy. It can also disturb sleep and appetite.
How does it manifest?
The person manifesting depression can become irritable, gain or lose weight. In its severe form, the person with depression can become confused, the memory, attention and judgement can be impaired.
The person can also hear strange voices saying derogatory things to him or her. There can be associated feelings of guilt, hopelessness and worthlessness. These associated signs can make the individual want to attempt or commit suicide.
Depression is a dangerous form of mental illness because it is difficult to recognise by medical officers, general or family physicians in the private hospitals, general hospitals and primary health care settings. Sometimes, depression can be masked and may manifest with physical health conditions such as chest pain, back pain, sleep disturbances, and weight loss.
How is depression diagnosed?
These signs are not quite suggestive of depression thus, making depression difficult to diagnose even by medical doctors. That is one reason why those suffering from depression will be diagnosed with having frequent malaria or typhoid fever.
Is it possible for people suffering from depression not to know?
It is quite possible for individuals to be suffering from depression without actually being aware of being ill for many years thus preventing the individual from being maximally productive at work or at home. It takes an average of four to six years for someone suffering from depression to get adequate professional care.
The number of Nigerians suffering from depression varies due to its severity. Those suffering from depression can have mild, moderate and severe forms of depression. I mentioned that it is difficult to recognise by doctors. Thus, the percentages of those suffering from the mild to moderate forms of depression may be very high in Nigeria. However, the percentage can be put between 20 to 40 per cent of the population.
What causes depression?
There are many issues that can cause depression. For example, any significant loss can bring about depression. Significant loses such as the loss of parents, child, spouse, job or fortune, huge money, as we witnessed recently with MMM (Mavrodi Mundial Movement). Depression can also be caused by social problems such as poverty, living in houses that are not quite conducive with difficult neighbours; family problems between husbands and wives, those who cannot communicate adequately and appropriately; separation or divorce; those experiencing frequent environmental problems such as those living in flood-prone areas, or those who live in areas with frequent noise pollution. Others include persistent stress of life at work, on the streets or at home that one cannot cope with. Depression can be caused if one suddenly develops some forms of chronic physical illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and HIV/AIDS among others; when one sets difficult and unrealistic goals and the individual finds it difficult to achieve such goals. Goals are actually difficult to attain in this ‘change’ era that we are going through at the moment in Nigeria.
Who can be depressed?
Both the young and old can be depressed. However, it is commoner in women than men. Women experience more stress than men because of their social roles as mothers, wives and workers. They may have additional roles in society as workers in the church or mosque. Mental illness has been found to be associated with menstruation, pregnancy and child delivery and after menopause. Stress in women was also observed to advance to chronic situations because they also do not know how to manage their stress adequately.
Women, who live alone with two or three children without a confiding partner, may be vulnerable to depression. Many people experiencing depression may refuse to see medical doctors because of the social stigma associated with people who are suffering from mental disorders.
How can sufferers be helped when they refuse to see medical doctors?
The only way out of this problem is to carry out frequent advocacy programmes, awareness campaign and reach-out programmes in the all the council areas and every state in Nigeria to enlighten Nigerians that mental illnesses are not caused by demons, evil spirit, charms or as a form of punishment from the gods as portrayed in our local home videos. These programmes will enlighten our people that mental health conditions can be cured and also properly managed like most physical health conditions. We need to also show Nigerians that people with mental health conditions (even the chronic ones) can also be productive and integrated back to society. Society should assist the mental health experts to carry out programmes to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental illness. After all, anybody can be ill mentally.
How can depression be prevented?
One must learn to be optimistic in trying periods. This is because whether we like it or not, we will continue to experience difficult situations in Nigeria. We need to learn to see light at the end of the tunnel and also know that we can always find rainbow at the end of every thunderstorm of life. In the same vein, the God that we serve will not shut one door without opening another one for us. For every major disappointment, there is a hidden blessing. In this regard, when life gives one lemon, one should make lemonade out of it or if given bitter cola, make cola drink out of it by adding a little bit of sugar.
Nonetheless, there are many ways of preventing depression and they include listening to empowering fast tempo music, dancing, smiling and laughing at all times, watching funny comedy videos, going out to the beaches and other interesting sites and locations, reading inspirational and motivational books, dressing well at all times, setting realistic, interesting and challenging goals and the acquisition of deep breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques. The ability to acquire all these stress prevention strategies before we encounter difficult times usually help to ameliorate the consequences of emotional trauma.
How can it be managed or treated?
Depression can be treated, cured and managed successfully with psychotherapy (counselling or talk therapy). Likewise, medications referred to as antidepressants can be prescribed for those who have severe depression.
In its mild and moderate stages, the person suffering from depression can be counselled by a mental health expert by using different types of counselling techniques. The most common form of such counselling is the cognitive behaviour therapy. However, if CBT does not provide the healing that one desires, then the individual is placed on antidepressant tablets.
There are many types of good antidepressants in Nigeria. The mental health experts include psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers in mental health. However, these mental health specialists are quite few in Nigeria. That is why we are trying to reach out and train medical officers in primary health care centres, general hospitals, general practitioners, family physicians, spiritual and community leaders on how to recognise depression and other common mental illnesses. Depression is like any other physical illness; if recognised and diagnosed at its early stages, it can be treated without any serious complications.
In the same light, the church, non-governmental organisations, the electronic and print media and Nollywood producers have major roles to play, they all need to collaborate with mental health experts in reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.
What is the relationship between depression and suicide?
One of the major causes of suicide is depression. Studies have shown that about 80 per cent of those who committed suicide successfully had received treatment in the last six months of the act. Other causes include persistent unbearable stress at home or work, family distress, unexpected separation or divorce, recent heavy financial loss, drug abuse such as recent ingestion of high doses of mind-bending drugs, sudden reversal of fortune but most important, when someone lacks adequate and appropriate stress and resilience coping skills to manage daily insults of disappointments, frustrations and failures.
Those who committed suicide recently in Nigeria might have experienced or suffered from many of the aforementioned risk factors at the same time.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 9:25 am
Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung dares IAAF, gives no commitment to refund $130,000
The Nigerian Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has accused the International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF, of ‘blackmail’ after the body gave Nigeria an ultimatum to refund the money it was paid in error.
The federation said Nigeria was overpaid by $130,000 in 2017 but the country’s officials have rebuffed all efforts to get the money back.
Nigeria must now pay back within days or be sanctioned, the IAAF said.
In a letter sent to the president of the AFN, Ibrahim Gusau, and signed by the IAAF Senior Manager, Governance, Jee Isram, the body said the AFN was contacted immediately the anomaly was noticed on March 18, 2017, to refund the sum of $130,000 that was wrongly credited.
“Failure to receive the funds back within that period, we will have no alternative than to apply appropriate sanctions against your Federation,” it said.
Analysts have expressed outrage at the delayed refund, and have accused the sports ministry of denting the nation’s image.
Instead of repaying the money and ending the embarrassment, officials have been trading blames and refusing to speak on the matter.
A former member of the board of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria revealed that the sports minister, Mr Dalung, authorised the disbursement of the money.
Speaking at the 2019 Okpekpe Road Race held on Saturday in Edo State, Mr Dalung questioned the claims made by IAAF, claiming that Nigeria did nothing wrong.
“I think Nigeria has been unfairly treated because the issue has been painted and promoted as if there was any wrongdoing on the part of Nigeria,” Mr Dalung said.
“Certainly not, grants were released to Nigeria on the 17th of May 2017. IAAF on the 19th confirmed the transaction; those from IAAF after two months turned round and cried foul that it was a mistake.
“I smell rat in the whole thing and I believe that the whole thing has been orchestrated in an attempt to blackmail Nigeria,” the minister told journalists at Saturday’s race.
He continued: “Even when we went into it, we were not even convinced what the mistake was, is it a mistake of Nigeria or that of IAAF?
“When did they realise they made a mistake when the transaction was confirmed? I made a mistake in transferring money… I realised within 10 minutes and I called my bank and I retrieved the money. Why did it take IAAF two months to realise a mistake? An international organization, highly reputable?
“I think it is not about money erroneously credited to Nigeria, but there is a calculated attempt just to diminish and destroy Nigerian athletics, otherwise, I don’t see why they call it a mistake. We didn’t apply for a grant.”
When asked what the country will do at least to save it from possible ban as threatened by the IAAF, Mr. Dalung stated:
“Ban us for what? What has Nigeria done? What is the crime? Did we steal money from them? Did we ask them to transfer money to us?
“They transferred money to us, they confirmed the transaction to us, then after two months, they woke up from slumber.
“Is IAAF telling us they are as much disorganised as that? Where Nigeria is wrong, Nigeria will be own up but you cannot wake up and just realise that they have something to hold on to. We are not even convinced that there is any mistake, the money was sent for the golden relays and it was done. Are they saying there was no golden relays.
“I think those promoting this are trying to cry blue murder; I think they are just enemies of this country and we should ask questions,” the minister concluded.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 8:58 am
FULL DETAILS: Why INEC declared PDP governorship candidate winner of Zamfara Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Zamfara, Bello Matawalle winner of the state’s governorship election.
INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu who announced this during a press conference in Abuja on Saturday, said the opposition party won in all elective positions in the state.
Yakubu said the announcement followed the Supreme Court decision that sacked all candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the general election. It would be recalled that the Supreme Court had ruled the party did not hold a valid primary election and subsequently voided its votes.
The PDP Governorship candidate Matawalle polled 189,452 to emerge second in the governorship election.
Read his full statement below.
TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE HON. CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROFESSOR MAHMOOD YAKUBU, ON THE SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CANDIDATES OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) IN THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN ZAMFARA STATE HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, INEC HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA, ON SATURDAY 25TH MAY 2019
Ladies and Gentlemen
1. First, let me welcome all of you to this Press Conference. The reason for addressing you today is to provide an update on the recent decision of the Supreme Court regarding the candidates fielded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State for the 2019 general elections.
2. It is important to provide a background to the legal process that culminated in the Supreme Court decision on 24th May 2019. You may all recall that the Commission issued the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 general elections on 9th January 2018, over one year in advance. Among other activities, the conduct of party primaries was scheduled to take place between 18th August and 7th October 2018. Unfortunately, the APC did not conduct its primaries in Zamfara State within this stipulated time and the Commission duly informed the party that it would not be in a position to present candidates for elections in the State. Subsequently, various interested parties, including the APC itself, approached the court over the decision of the Commission. Just before the election, the subsisting court judgment at the time ordered the Commission to include the APC on the ballot for the Governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly elections, which the Commission complied with.
3. However, since the elections were completed, a Court of Appeal judgment and now a Supreme Court judgment have determined that the APC did not conduct valid primaries for the elections in question. In its judgment delivered on 24th May 2019, the Supreme Court, having determined that the APC did not conduct valid primaries, said that the votes cast for the party in all the elections in question were “wasted” and ordered the Commission to recognize the runners-up as the winners. This judgment affects the positions of Governor and Deputy-Governor, three Senatorial, seven Federal and twenty-four State Assembly Constituencies.
4. Following the judgment of the Supreme Court, the Commission has met in two emergency sessions and taken briefings from our lawyers and staff on the implementation of the Supreme Court judgment. While the legislative elections (Senatorial, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly elections) are straight forward to deal with because they entail first-past-the-post or simple majority of votes, the Governorship election is determined not just by majority votes but also spread in accordance with Section 179 (2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). This means that we had to first discount the votes cast for the APC at the elections and then carefully rework the spread by Local Government Areas based on the new valid votes.
5. In compliance with the Supreme Court judgment, the Commission has now determined the winners of the elections in Zamfara State as follows:
NAME OF ELECTED CANDIDATE
1. GOVERNOR BELLO MOHAMMED MATAWALLE, MALE, PDP
2. DEPUTY GOVERNOR
MAHDI ALIYU GUSAU,MALE, PDP.
NAME OF SENATORIAL DISTRICT
NAME OF ELECTED CANDIDATE
ALHAJI YA’U SAHABI
LAWALI HASSAN ANKA
House of Representatives
NAME OF FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY
NAME OF ELECTED CANDIDATE
KAURAN NAMODA/BIRNIN MAGAJI
UMAR SANI DAN-GALADIMA
BELLO HASSAN SHINKAFI
AHMED MUHAMMAD BAKURA
SULAIMAN ABUBAKAR GUMI
State House of Assembly
NAME OF STATE CONSTITUENCY
NAME OF ELECTED CANDIDATE
KAURA NAMODA NORTH
ZAHARADEEN M. SADA
KAURA NAMODA SOUTH
ANAS SARKIN FADA
SALIHU USMAN ZURMI
MUHAMMAD G. AHMAD
MUSA BAWA MUSA
NASIRU BELLO LAWAL
YUSUF ALHASSAN MUHAMMAD
TALATA MAFARA NORTH
TALATA MAFARA SOUTH
AMINU YUSUF JANGEBE
TUKUR JEKADA BIRNIN TUDU
FARUK MUSA DOSARA
IBRAHIM MOHAMMED NA’IDDA
6. The Commission will issue Certificates of Return to the new winners as follows:
i. Governor and Deputy Governor-elect, Senators-elect and Members of the House of Representatives-elect will receive their certificates on Monday 27th May 2019 at the Commission’s Electoral Institute at 2.00pm.
ii. Members of the State House of Assembly-elect will receive their certificates from the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Zamfara State at the INEC State Office in Gusau on Friday 31st May 2019 at 10.00am.
7. I wish to seize this opportunity to draw the attention of all stakeholders, but particularly the political parties, to the implications of the Supreme Court judgment on the Zamfara matter. It is clear that properly conducted party primaries are cardinal to the proper internal functioning of political parties, the electoral process and our democratic system at large. Therefore, political parties must take very seriously the conduct of primaries according to all extant rules, including the monitoring of the processes by INEC to avoid a repeat of the Zamfara experience. I want therefore to remind us that the Commission has since 9th April 2019 issued the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 Bayelsa and Kogi Governorship elections by which party primaries are scheduled to hold between the 2ndand 29th August 2019. I appeal to political parties intending to field candidates in the elections to adhere strictly to this and other timelines in the Timetable and Schedule of activities.
8. I thank you very much and I will now take some questions.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 8:55 am
Doctors remove 14-piece cutlery from patient’s intestine
Doctors at an Indian hospital have successfully removed 14 items including several spoons and a knife from a patient’s gut.
The patient who had complained of severe abdominal pain was rushed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College in Mandi district, India, where doctors performed an X-ray and detected cutlery in his intestine
They decided to operate, according to The Sun of London.
The surgery yielded seven small steel spoons, two toothbrushes, two small screwdrivers, a small knife and a rod.
It is suggested that the patient is a victim of a rare condition called pica where people crave eating unusual objects.
Doctors have expressed their shock while pondering how the patient was alive after swallowing a knife.
The patient is said to be in a critical condition and is still in an intensive care unit (ICU).
But medics are hopeful he'll recover.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 8:50 am
Fulani radio: ‘Not just for herdsmen, but for fishermen, hunters, farmers…’ says NBC
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) said yesterday that the proposed Fulani radio station is not targeted at herdsmen alone.
It said the radio station is essentially for nomadic education outreach programmes, including electronically-mediated ones.
Reacting to the criticism trailing the introduction of the radio station, the NBC said in a statement that the National Commission for Nomadic Education duly applied for a broadcast license to develop and maintain nomadic education outreach programmes.
It said the medium is not meant to serve a particular group only.
It reminded all broadcasters to be mindful of their social responsibility of promoting the well-being and peaceful co-existence of the various groups in Nigeria in keeping with the objectives of broadcasting in the country.
It said the letter of provisional approval dated September 28, 2018, was issued to the National Commission for Nomadic Education. The duration of the license is from October 8, 2018, to October 8, 2023. The NBC noted that the station’s programmes, which it describes as “purely educational,” will cater for the interest of migrant fishermen, herders, hunters, farmers, and migrants.
It added, “Consequently, it is a misrepresentation for any person or organisation to imply that the licensed station was just for a particular group.
“The commission wishes to state that similar educational broadcast licences were issued to institutions of higher learning and other governmental institutions with comparable needs, such as the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Commission, and related institutions.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 8:29 am
Why we returned seized items to owners – Presidency
The Executive Secretary of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof Sadiq Radda, has explained why the Federal Government released some seized items to their owners.
Radda, who set the tone for discussions at the National Orientation Agency programme on public education/citizen enlightenment with the theme: “Value Re-Orientation and the fight against corruption” in Ibadan on Thursday, scored President Muhammadu Buhari high on the recovery of assets from “corrupt individuals”.
He said, “So far we have been able to achieve some successes. A lot of recovery has been made; money, buildings, hotels, planes, and many others, including snakes and lions that eat one ram daily.”
Radda said the government released animals to their owners because of the high cost of maintaining them.
The PACAC chief said, “Those animals are very expensive to maintain for the government. Some of the items collected have been given back to their owners to keep in trust for the government because they bought them. So, they are back with the owners to keep in trust for the government.
“But we have recovered a lot and many ‘ghost’ workers have been weeded out of government payroll.
“In the past commercial banks would collect money from the government and give loans to the government. That is no more. In the past you can open many accounts and the government would not know what you were doing; that is no more with the BVN initiative.”
The Director of NOA in Oyo State, Mrs Dolapo Dosunmu, called for an end to corruption in the country.
Prof Sabitu Olagoke and Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu, who also delivered papers, told Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of truthfulness, faithfulness and selflessness as preached by the holy books.
Posted: May 26, 2019, 8:26 am
Drama as alleged “Real owner” of home flaunted by relationship blogger, Blessing Okoro attacks her
Popular Nigerian relationship blogger, Blessing Okoro who showed off her new 7-bedroom duplex which she claims she had just completed has come under blasts by the China-based real owner of the home.
The house which is reportedly located at Republic Layout, Bricks Estate, Enugu State is in the neighbourhood of the blogger, Blessing.
According to a voice note sent to Instablog by the China-based owner, yesterday, he called the blogger “stupid” for using his house to deceive people on Instagram.
They also reported that two residents of estate also stated that Blessing only went to the house to take pictures and proceed to the uncompleted house beside it to take another picture which she passed across as “before and after” pictures.
The blogger is yet to respond to this claim.
Okoro Blessing Nkiruka is a Nigerian relationship expert and Break or Makeup CEO
Posted: May 26, 2019, 8:25 am