President Muhammadu Buhari has sent warm felicitations to Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle on his re-election as President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). According to a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), President Buhari congratulated church leaders and Christendom in general for the successful election, assuring the President of CAN that his administration will continue to strengthen the cordial relationship that has existed, especially in tackling the challenges facing Nigeria. Ayokunle, who is also the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, the President believed the cleric’s maturity, humility and wise counsels to governments will go a long way in healing and putting the country on the right track for development. President Buhari prayed that the Almighty God will grant the leadership of CAN more wisdom and strength in running the affairs of the association.
June 18, 2019 19:41 UTC
Soyebi, however, stated that nation had begun the journey to electronic voting with the commission computing fully electronic voters register and ensuring that accreditation and verification are done through smart card readers. “Logistics nearly marred the conduct of the 2019 election. The number of papers for the 2019 election was in excess of 1,800,000 tonnes. “If you look at that index, by 2023, we should have about a hundred million voters. “Electronic voting is the way to go.
June 18, 2019 19:30 UTC
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, on Tuesday in Abuja blamed the poor condition of Nigerians on the incompetence of the All Progressive Congress (APC) government. Secondus observed that Nigeria is going through a lot of challenges especially in the area of economy and security which he said was due largely to the poor governance delivery of the ruling APC. Secondus said that the large population of China makes it impossible for any nation to ignore her. Secondus commended the Chinese government for earmarking about $60b dollars for the development of Africa as he expressed the hope that Nigeria will benefit handsomely from the gesture. Earlier, the leader of the delegation explained Chinese interest in Africa particularly Nigeria and how China has strived to maintain a good working relationship between the two countries.
June 18, 2019 19:18 UTC
The Presidency on Tuesday raised some objections over the joint report of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) on the 2019 general elections in Nigeria and recommendations for the 2023 general elections. The Presidency took exception to the report’s criticism of the removal of retired Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Onnoghen. The statement added: “We, however, agree notwithstanding, that there are improvements that must be made in the process for the future. “It was unfortunate that the election was postponed yet imagine if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had gone ahead unprepared. “This election was won by the candidate who received the most votes.
June 18, 2019 19:07 UTC
The duo are facing trial before an Ikeja High Court for allegedly drugging and raping a 24-year-old woman at a hotel in Lekki Phase One, Lekki, Lagos. Under cross-examination, the complainant denied that she, her father and her two friends demanded N50 million from the defendants’ parents to withdraw her allegations of rape. Recalling when her friends confronted the defendants at the De-Lankaster Hotel over the rape allegation, the complainant denied seeing her friends beat up Don-Chima and Rasak. Soladoye in a short ruling, refused Ayanlaja’s request to consider granting the defendants bail. “A ruling denying the defendants bail was delivered on April 29.
June 18, 2019 18:56 UTC
The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Ijesha North Diocese of Osun State has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure he fulfils all promises made during, before and after the presidential election. The communion at a synod held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Esa Oke, also urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts to free abducted Dachi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu and other schoolgirls abducted at Government College, Chibok in April 2014. “The synod urges President Muhammadu Buhari and all other elected office holders to fulfil their promises to the people and improve the welfare and security of the people. “The synod urges the Federal Government to intensify efforts to free Ms. Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok girls and to tackle with firm hands the increasing spate of kidnapping and armed robbery in the country. “The synod urges the government to improve power supply in the country and appeal to Ibadan Electric Distribution Company to restore electricity to all parts of Ijesaland disconnected for over three months.”
June 18, 2019 18:55 UTC
A Kogi State high court sitting in Koton-Karfe, on Tuesday ruled that the executive and the state legislature, cannot remove the state Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah without recourse to the National Judicial Council (NJC). The presiding judge, Justice Alaba Omolaye-Ajileye, while delivering his judgement on the suit brought by the chief judge, also held that the chief registrar of the court held a statutory position and not subject to the control and supervision of either the other two arms of government. Ajanah and the chief registrar, Alhaji Yahaya Adamu, had brought the suit brought against the state house of assembly, the governor and three others. “By item 21 of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution (As Amended), the National Judicial Council (NJC) is the body empowered to exercise disciplinary control over all Judicial Officers of Nigeria. The Chief Judge had instructed the Chief Registrar to reply to the letter as it was unethical for him (Ajanah) to communicate directly with her while the case was pending.
June 18, 2019 18:45 UTC
According to him, “we expect President Muhammadu Buhari to do better than he did during his first tenure as it relates to the constitution of his cabinet. “We are expecting that in the next 30 days he should be sending the list of his ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation. “So Nigerians are expecting that if not before the end of June or early July, his list of ministers should be with the NASS. “We do not want ministers who just want to sit down and answer ministers. “Once Nigerians believe those people have the capacity to perform, he should take them on board.
June 18, 2019 18:22 UTC
LAGOS State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu met President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the presidential villa, Abuja to seek his support for the various development projects he is planning to undertake for the people. Asked what he discussed with the president, the Lagos Governor said: “From time to time one must also see one’s boss and it is also an honour to have an audience with Mr President. “So, issues around cultism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery are little things that we hear about and we have to nip them in the bud before they become challenges that we cannot deal with. “But all l can say now is that preliminary reports indicate that there was armed robbery at the zoo and not the issue of Gorilla. “We are told that there was an armed robbery incidence in which the entire safe at the zoo was carted away.”
June 18, 2019 18:11 UTC
A Ghanaian, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has called on his fellow countrymen to stop putting the label of criminals on Nigerians living in the West African country. Otchere-Darko, who is the founder of a policy and research institute, Danquah Institute, made the call on his Facebook page. He shared the front pages of two Ghanaian newspapers, where stories on Nigerians were prominently displayed. “Even where a gang of 4 Ghanaians and 1 Nigerian robs a bank, we are told the Nigerian either “subcontracted” or “recruited” the Ghanaians. Indeed, almost half of West Africans are Nigerians, so Nigerians are bound to have the highest number of both good and bad people in our region, on our continent.
June 18, 2019 18:11 UTC
Victory on the grass will come as a timely boost to morale for Sharapova, with the start of Wimbledon now less than two weeks away. Read More: Sharapova confirms return from injury in MallorcaIt’s my first win in about three or four months,” Sharapova said afterwards. What a great place to train and have a warm-up tournament. Earlier, another former major champion crashed out as France’s Caroline Garcia came from behind to beat Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-4, 7-5. The world number 28 will now face Spain’s Paula Badosa Gibert for a place in the third round.
June 18, 2019 18:11 UTC
Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives on Tuesday assured European Union Elections Observers Mission of the present administration’s resolve towards embarking on electoral reforms ahead of 2023 general elections. By the grace of God, I will be a good ambassador of Plateau State,” Wase assured. Speaking earlier, Jenchang Fabong, chairman, Plateau State Youth Council congratulated Hon. “We deem it necessary as Plateau State Youth Council and on behalf of the entire Plateau youths to come, greet you and to congratulate you officially. “This is a great stride for the people of Plateau State giving that you were unopposed at the polls.
June 18, 2019 18:10 UTC
Justin Tyopuusu, JalingoHundreds of Kona women in the early hours of Tuesday took to the streets of Jalingo the Taraba State capital to protest the killings of their people by suspected Fulani herdsmen. Mrs. Mary Shaukani who spoke to our correspondent during the protest alleged that rather than going after the herdsmen who had been killing and destroying their homes, security agencies turn to harass and arrest Kona youths in their houses and on the streets. “Rather than protect us, security agencies are rather shielding the attackers and arresting our youths. Many of our children are now in the detention of the security agencies. “We want our children to be released and the security agencies should be fair in handling the crises,” she said.
June 18, 2019 17:59 UTC
The Five-man Disciplinary Committee on anti-party activities set up by the national working committee of the All Progressives Congress has received a formal report of alleged anti-party activities against the immediate past governor of Zamfara State, Abdul Aziz Yari and the Deputy National Chairman (North), Lawal Shuaibu. According to findings, the Zamfara State Executive Committee of the party submitted the report on Monday to the Committee led by former Ekiti State governor and deputy national chairman, south, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo. The state APC Publicity Secretary, Mohammed Bakyasuwa, led other officials of the party to the APC National Secretariat to submit the report which both accused former governor, Abdul Aziz Yari and Senator Shuaibu of breaching Article 21(a) 2014 of the APC Constitution (as amended). The power shall be exercised by the respective Executive Committee of the party at all levels. “The attitude and the conduct of the personality (sic) have brought APC in Zamfara State to a state of disrepute and a clear flagrant disobedient to party.”
June 18, 2019 17:48 UTC
The UN’s World Population Prospects 2019, published on Tuesday, estimated that the next three decades will see today’s figure of 7.7 billion people rise to 9.7 billion by 2050 despite a continued slowdown in the global birth rate. The study concluded that the world’s population could reach a peak of nearly 11 billion around the end of the current century. Amid the boom projected to take place in some parts of the world, the planet’s most populous country, China, is expected to see its population drop by more than two percent by 2050. The report also projected people would survive longer in the future, with global average life expectancy expected to reach 77.1 years in 2050 against 72.6 years currently. In 1990, the average life expectancy worldwide was 64.2 years.
June 18, 2019 17:48 UTC