Saturday, August 22, 2015

Newspaper Review For Sunday 23rd August

1. Saraki Eats Humble Pie, Reaches Out to Tinubu

The battle of wills rocking the leadership of the All Progressives Congress may soon be over. Multiple sources informed that contrary to his public posturing of defiance, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had started reaching out to some of the I aggrieved leaders of the party. Saraki is one of the gladiators in the clash of egos and wills that followed the Senate leadership election on June 9 and subsequent appointment of principal officers. The Senate President had earlier visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo to help him beg President Muhammadu Buhari. He also reportedly met with the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, on the same matter. During the week, some emissaries sent by Saraki met with President Buhari and sought forgiveness for the Senate President for acting contrary to the dictates of the party.

2. My life in Danger over Petition against Anyim - PDP Leader

A leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, who alleged that former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Pius Anyim, tricked former President Goodluck Jonathan in the construction of the Centenary City, has said his life is now in danger. Ojougboh has, as a result, asked his lawyer, Mr. Kayode Ajulo, to write two separate petitions on the alleged plan to kill him and the involvement of a foreign company in the alleged scam. He said, “I have instructed my lawyers to forward petitions to the Government of the United Arab Emirates over the scam (allegedly) being perpetrated by Eagle Hills. “The petition should also be sent to the Nigerian Immigration Service over the activities of a notorious Mexican drug baron called Carlos Cabal that has been given the task to assassinate me; the European Union and the Government of Germany over the activities of Berger the Billfinger in Nigeria and African Human Rights Commission in The Gambia.”

3. Amaechi Didn't Leave #7bn in River Treasury

The controversy concerning Rivers State’s treasury took a different dimension on Saturday when Governor Nyesom Wike disagreed with his predecessor’s insistence that he left N7.5bn cash in the state’s coffers. Former Governor Rotimi Amaechi had, in a statement, said a total of N7.5bn cash was left behind as the balances for the state’s internally generated revenue account with Skye Bank; the Federal Account Allocation Committee accounts with Zenith Bank and Access Bank; and the state’s Reserve Funds in First Bank. But Wike, on Saturday, dismissed Amaechi’s claim and asked why students under the state’s scholarship scheme were not paid their tuition fees and other allowances. According to the governor, a fraction of N7.5bn would have saved the final-year students abroad the trauma of standing the risk of being sent back home from their various foreign universities.

4. Ban Ki-Moon to Visit Nigeria Today

The United Nations’ Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, is expected to visit Nigeria on Sunday (today). A statement issued by the UN on Friday said Ki-Moon would meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and would subsequently engage in a few field activities. The statement read, “The Secretary-General will travel to Abuja, Nigeria, over the weekend. During his visit, he will meet with President Buhari and other federal and state government officials. He will also meet with leaders from human rights, religious, civil society and business communities. “The Secretary-General is expected to discuss development, climate change, human rights and countering violent extremism while he is in Nigeria. He will also mark the anniversary of the August 26, 2011 attack on UN House in Abuja.”

5. There is No Alternative to Democracy Says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said there is no alternative to democracy, arguing that he almost lost his life to a dictator under a military rule. He said this on Friday at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta when officials of the National Association of Nigerians Students and some student union leaders from various institutions of learning paid him a visit. Obasanjo and some other retired military officers and civilians were jailed in 1995 by the military government of the late Gen.Sani Abacha, after he was found guilty by a military tribunal of allegedly plotting to overthrow Abacha’s administration.

6. Radio Biafra Resurfaces

The controversial pirate radio channel, Radio Biafra, has again resumed transmission, despite the Federal Government’s claim that it had jammed the station’s signals.
The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) had on July 14, announced that it jammed the transmission signals of the radio station, which was operating illegally from an unknown location. It was observed on Saturday that the channel had not been transmitting on the FM 104.7 band, on which its signals was received in Enugu, since July but had resumed transmission on the same 104.7 FM band, from which it transmitted before it went off air.

7. Ooni's Final Rites: Residents Advised to Stay Indoors For Oro Deity

Residents of the ancient town of Ile-Ife, have been warned to remain indoors for the Oro deity to observe the final funeral rite for the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Ile-Ife, Osun, observed that the palace town criers were going round the town announcing that residents, especially commercial drivers and motorcyclists should stay indoors between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. NAN reports that this will enable the Oro deity perform necessary rite for the departed monarch. It was gathered that the Head of Oro Cult in Ife, the Awara of Iwara, Oba Layi Adereti had ordered the curfew, warning that anyone who flouted the order, irrespective of age or gender would face its consequences.

8. Nigeria to Adopt Strict Visa Insurance Policy to Stop Terrorists

The Federal Government has directed it missions to adopt strict visa issuance policy in order to ensure that undesirable elements do not have his/her way into the country. The directive followed the botched attempt by the Chief Imam of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Ahmed Al-Assir, to enter Nigeria. Henceforth, visa applicants from marked areas will, according to sources, be subjected scrutiny. Security agencies have already stepped up investigation into Al-Assir’s possible contacts in Nigeria.

9. Start Your Anti Graft War With Those Around You - Ohanaeze Tells Buhari

The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to start his corruption war with people around him.
The Igbo group said the President is in the midst of corrupt people, even though he is not one of them. Dr. Joe Nwaorgu, the secretary general of the group, told The Sun said: “There are corrupt people around President Buhari. In public perception, people who are corrupt, are very much around him. “He should cast his eyes around him and get those who are parading to be in the same party with him, but who do not have the same pedigree in terms of decency like him.”

10. Army Chief Buratai Escape Boko Haram Ambush

Nigeria’s new army chief drove to the frontline of the war on Boko Haram and narrowly missed an ambush that killed one soldier and wounded two.
The ambushed advance team nonetheless gunned down five insurgents and arrested five on Friday’s drive down the most dangerous stretch of road in Nigeria, from Maiduguri, the northeastern city where Nigeria’s Islamic uprising was born, northeast to Ngala, on the Cameroon border. The 140-kilometer (90-mile) ride took four hours with stops, including for soldiers to check for land mines.


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