Archive for May, 2016

Trending Gist: Jonathan is generous-Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed that Mr. Goodluck Jonathan is generous.

He said on Monday that he never expected that former President Goodluck Jonathan would concede defeat so easily after the March 2015 presidential election.

He said it was unbelievable that Jonathan, who had spent 16 years in public offices ranging from deputy governor and state governor to being vice-president and president, could throw in the towel like that.

Buhari spoke while hosting State House correspondents to a lunch at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, as part of the activities marking his one year in office.

He said, “This is where I pay my respect to former President Goodluck Jonathan. This is actually privileged information for you.

“He called me at a quarter-past-five in the evening. He said, ‘Good evening, Your Excellency, sir’ and I said, ‘Good evening.’ He said, ‘I have called to congratulate you that I have conceded defeat.’

“Of course, there was dead silence on my end because I did not expect it. I was shocked.

“I did not expect it because after 16 years; the man was a deputy governor, governor, vice-president and was president for six years.

“For him to have conceded defeat even before the result was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, I think it was quite generous and gracious of him.

“Gen. Abdulsalami recognised the generosity of Jonathan to concede defeat and said we should go and thank him immediately and that was the first time I came here.”

Buhari recalled that it was the former military leader, Abdusalami Abubakar, who suggested the setting up of transition committees because that was the way he did when he wanted to hand over to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999.

Buhari regretted that while Jonathan was not opposed to the idea at the beginning, he was later prevailed upon by his ministers not to do so.

He said their argument was that the former President would have handed over government to him (Buhari) before his inauguration.

Watching from outside government, Buhari said he underrated the influence of the Peoples Democratic Party’s 16 years in power.

Buhari recalled that he reduced the number of ministries from 42 to 24 and reduced the number of permanent secretaries.

He regretted that some permanent secretaries were used to the past arrangement, hence they saw the All Progressives Congress’ campaign promises as rubbish.

He said things became more difficult during budget preparation as some government officials padded the document.

The President, however, expressed the hope that the nation would recover from the setback by the fourth quarter of the year.

Buhari said, “The permanent secretaries that were there for the past five to seven years, the only thing that they know is how things were done in the previous years.

“Whatever we did in the campaign, to them, we were saying rubbish and that made it very difficult for us.

“Things were even more difficult during the budget, which you all know about. For somebody like me, for the first time I heard what is called padding.

“So, really, it was a nasty experience for us. It was also a nasty experience for some of the ministers who were never in government, for them to sit down day and night to work. I saw some of them literarily lost weight because they were sleeping less and eating less, working on every kobo to be spent.

“Because we had become a mono-economy, everybody relied on oil and forgot about solid minerals, agriculture, making and exploring things. We recently just found out that we are poor because we don’t have anything to fall back to.”

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Suger Eagles Player, Babatunde Signs with Qatar SC On 3-Year Deal

Super Eagles midfielder Michael Babatunde has joined Qatar SC on a three-year deal, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Qatar SC becomes the fifth team Babatunde will be playing for in five years.

The Nigerian international completed a $3.2m move from Raja Casablanca on Sunday in Paris, his representatives told Completesportsnigeria.com.

Babatunde who moved to Raja Casablanca in Morocco four months ago becomes the second Nigerian player to feature for the Qatari club after Jay Jay Okocha.

The 23-year-old scored four goals in 14 appearances for Raja Casablanca.

 

How Biafra supporters killed police officers thrown into River Niger as MASSOB protests in Delta

MASSOB protestNo fewer than seven persons have been confirmed dead following protest by members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), in Asaba on Monday.

The Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in Delta, Charles Muka, who confirmed this in a statement, added that the police recorded two casualties.

He said in the statement that five members of MASSOB were killed by military officers who had confrontations with the group along the Asaba-Onitsha Expressway in Asaba.

It stated that the military arrested and brought eight members of MASSOB to the police and “are now in custody in Asaba.’’

According to him, the protesters turned violent and attacked the policemen deployed to monitor the protest, killed two and injured two others.

“We had to deploy our officers to ensure that the protest was peaceful but we were surprised that the people turned violent.

“To our surprise, they started attacking our men and at Okwe Junction in Abraka area of Asaba, the group killed a police corporal and took his AK47 riffle.

“Also along the Dennis Osadeby Way in Asaba, they wounded a police officer and took his anti-riot gun.

“This group also attacked and wounded two policemen, suspected to be marine police, and threw them into the River Niger at Cable Point in Asaba and in the process one died and one was rescued.

“This brings the casualty number to two with two others injured on the side of the police.

“The protesters also attacked military vehicles along the Asaba-Onitsha Expressway which left four members of the group dead and eight others arrested and brought to the police headquarters.”

It added that a pregnant woman was hit by a stray bullet during the fracas but now receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba.

The statement advised parents and guardians to warn their children and wards to follow the part of peace and pursue their agenda constitutionally.

Several members of pro-Biafra groups were arrested across the South-East on Monday as they staged church services and protests to mark the 49th anniversary of the declaration of the defunct Biafra republic.

(NAN)

Eagles play Luxembourg Lions today

Nigeria male football team, Super Eagles are set to take on the Red Lions of Luxembourg at the Stade Josy Barthel  today.

Nigeria defeated Mali in France on Friday, with Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho scoring the only goal in the 77th minute.

The players had their first training session in the European country on Sunday following their arrival from France. On Monday morning, defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi arrived in the team’s Alvisse Parc Hotel camp in Luxembourg City, bringing the number of players there to 21. Babatunde Michael, who returned to Morocco after the game against Mali to be on duty for his club, Raja Casablanca, joined the team Monday night.

Ndidi, formerly of the national U17 and 20 sides helped his Belgian club, KRC Genk to qualify for the UEFA Europa League following a 5-1 defeat of Charleroi on Sunday. He could start alongside stand-captain Ogenyi Onazi and Shehu Abdullahi.

Even though the Nigerians are the clear favourites, coach Salisu Yusuf has promised his team will not underrate their less fancied opponents.

The Eagles are ranked 67th in the FIFA ratings, while Luxembourg are listed as 146th.

BTS Photos: 9ice #Abefe# video shoot

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See Devil: Man Cuts His Wife’s Neck In Oshodi Area Then Poisons Himself.

Too bad! A man who gruesomely murdered his wife in Lagos and poisoned himself is currently cooling off his heels in police net. Jafaru Sougie, 49, from Edo State, allegedly killed his wife of 26 years yesterday at Araromi Street, Oshodi, Lagos State.

Roseline, 46, was a trader and the breadwinner of the family as Jafaru was jobless. He had serially assaulted Roseline, a mother-of-five, on the grounds of being unfaithful.

He also reportedly beat her for collecting gifts from her relatives for the upkeep of the family. Their child, Richmond, 16, said:

“My 3 siblings, our aunt and I slept in the living room while dad and mum were inside. Around 4am, dad called me from the bathroom. .I went to meet him but he did not say anything. I went outside to urinate and when I came back, I checked the bathroom and saw him lying down, vomiting some black substance and excreting on his body. I think he poisoned himself. I told my aunt to wake mum up to attend to him. .

But she didn’t wake up. I shone a flashlight on her and saw blood on the bed with a wide cut in her neck. I fainted when we discovered she was dead. It was mum that took care of us. She was the one sponsoring my elder brother, Collins, who just gained admission into a university in Abia State. . I don’t know our fate now. 

The landlord of our former rented house sent us out because dad always quarrelled with mum. We were also sent away from another house for the same reason.”

The aunt, Veronica Imomoh, who confirmed the assault, said:

“Our family had warned him to stop beating her. He didn’t have any work. Yesterday (Thursday) he demanded N10,000 from the wife, saying he wanted to travel. She was trying to raise the money from her friends.” 

A neighbour, Simeon Nnoron, said he had tried to prevail over Jafaru to stop assaulting the deceased to no avail, adding that he suspected he was on drug and wanted to use the woman for rituals.

Roselin’s elder sister, Kate Yakubu, said she had wanted to divorce the husband two years ago but her family enjoined her to rescind the decision, because of the children.

The Deputy spokesperson, Lagos State Police Command, DSP Damasus Ozoani, said Jafaru had been transferred to the State CID for further investigation.

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