John Alechenu, Olalekan Adetayo and Eniola AkinkuotuA former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Umar Gali Na’Abba, has said President Muhammadu Buhari lacks the physical and intellectual capacity to govern Nigeria. Na’Abba, who is a member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Congress, said this on the Osasu Show anchored by Osasu Igbinedion. He said the President only recently decided to appoint party members into boards because he was seeking re-election. Rather, it is expecting that as the next elections draw nearer, more chieftains of the ruling APC will still go public to support Na’Abba’s position. They will come out to support him.”He said many of those who were opposed to Buhari had expensive lifestyles, which Buhari could not pay for.
January 21, 2018 23:03 UTC
Consequently, the government’s equalisation strategy for uniform fuel price nationwide compounds the hundreds of billions of naira lost to the subsidy fraud. Expectedly, in a regime of fixed prices, rising crude oil prices should technically propel higher fuel prices which will invariably induce public demand for increasing subsidy values that will compound Nigeria’s steep climbing fiscal deficit, and our already crushing debt burden. Invariably, however since petrol, as an international commodity, is priced in dollars, weaker naira rates will instigate higher fuel prices which will ultimately compel public demand for price subsidy. In such an event, higher crude prices will actually become a blessing as it will boost reserves and also restrain or even reduce petrol price. Consequently, unless the CBN reviews the market paradigm for determining naira exchange rate, it would remain impossible to successfully deregulate the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.
January 21, 2018 23:03 UTC
It is the issue of interest rate on mortgage; it is very high and makes the process very expensive. So, that is one of the reasons why people still use cash; the real issue is the interest rate. For instance, the Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company has been set up to provide long-term financing to mortgage banks with 20-year tenor. Most people do not have mortgage bank accounts and therefore it is difficult for mortgage banks to sort out mortgage funds. The most important thing that will now help the market to open up is to get the interest rate down.
January 21, 2018 22:52 UTC
The Presidency on Sunday alerted that the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), an affiliate of ISIS, has been discovered to be responsible for the attacks taking place in Benue and other states in the country. According to the source, this discovery was was made following the arrest of several suspected attackers made up Fulani herdsmen, government-sponsored militias, militants and other miscreants in Benue Sate. Among those in custody were many who spoke none of the languages native to Nigeria but the French language. “There was intelligence that they had planned several attacks here, before and during Christmas and the New Year. But so much was achieved by the DSS which had made a significant number of arrests in the last two months that helped to preempt those attacks.
January 21, 2018 21:11 UTC
Friday Olokor, JosThe tension in Plateau State over alleged theft of cows thickened on Saturday with the killing of a local hunter identified as Daniel Wallam in Maijankhai village, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. The deceased was said to have been gunned down by suspected Fulani herdsmen who had invaded some farmlands with their cattle. Several calls to the spokesperson of the Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, for response were not replied. “The community confirmed that he called to alert them about the destruction of their farmlands by the Fulani herdsmen and that they should come. The OPSH and Divisional Police Officer of Barkin Ladi were there for a visit.
January 21, 2018 20:48 UTC
Olufemi Atoyebi, IbadanThe Oyo State Government has said the Federal Government proposal of cattle colony is strange to the state, adding that it would not allow “a form of cattle rearing that encourages the animals moving around and infringing on other people’s rights.”The Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Oyewole Oyewumi, who said this in Ibadan, added that the state recognised ranching as a form of rearing cattle. He said, “As a policy of the Oyo State Government today, we encourage ranching over any other methods of cattle production and development. “We have heard talks about grazing reserves and recently about what they call cattle colonies. “They sound very strange to us, especially in the issue of cattle colonies and I think the idea is being mooted by the Federal Government, so we await further explanations as to what cattle colony is. “But the underlying thing for us as a state is that having our cattle in an enclosed area for control purposes is very critical to us.
January 21, 2018 20:38 UTC
It was gathered that the hoodlums did not steal anything on the farm but burnt down five hectares of the farm which, according to a source, was the oil palm plantation. In his reaction, Chief Falae said the herdsmen were deliberately attacking his farm for no reason, describing the act as malicious and wicked. He said, “I don’t know why the herdsmen were attacking my farm; they did it last year, they did the same year before the last. “They attack my oil palm cultivation; the mature oil palm trees that have been bearing fruits to make palm oil have been burnt down. “Cattle don’t eat oil palm.
January 21, 2018 19:48 UTC
Harry Kane struck his 99th Premier League goal to earn Tottenham a 1-1 draw against Southampton on Sunday but Mauricio Pochettino rued the loss of two vital points in the push for a Champions League place. The result moves Spurs to within two points of fourth-placed Liverpool, who have a game in hand, but it was not enough to lift Southampton out of the relegation zone. Kane’s goal was his ninth in his past five Premier League starts and he is now just a goal away from becoming the 27th member of the ‘100 club’. Spurs almost levelled two minutes later when Ben Davies’s corner eventually dropped to Eric Dier and he shot low against the right post. But Dele Alli saw more of the ball as the game wore on and shot low just beyond the left post after good work from Mousa Dembele.
January 21, 2018 18:56 UTC
Last week, Mary the pigeon became the first animal to be given an English Heritage blue plaque to commemorate where she lived. The prized pigeon lived in West Street in Exeter, Devon, where the blue plaque was placed on Saturday. It is the civic society’s first blue plaque to commemorate a heroic animal and its owner. Mary of Exeter died in 1950 and is buried with other animal heroes in the PDSA Pet Cemetery in Ilford, Essex. To be awarded an official English Heritage plaque, the proposed recipient must have died at least 20 years ago.
January 21, 2018 18:11 UTC
Real Madrid moved back into the top four of La Liga after thumping lowly Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, with Cristiano Ronaldo ending a miserable run of league form with a late double. Ronaldo had only scored four league goals before Sunday’s clash with third-from-bottom Deportivo, but the Portuguese added Real’s fifth and sixth with a smart volley and a diving header as they moved back above Villarreal and into the Champions League places. Villarreal had temporarily taken fourth place with a 2-1 win over Levante on Saturday after beating Real at the Bernabeu for the first time ever last week. Gareth Bale and Nacho also bagged braces each side of half-time and Luka Modric curled home a 68th-minute beauty as Real came back from a shock early deficit, a 23rd-minute tap-in from Adrian, to romp home to an emphatic victory and ease the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane.
January 21, 2018 17:48 UTC
It was the administration of Ayodele Fayose (2003 -2006) which took over that cleared the debts. “The PDP administration that followed did not also borrow a dime but the APC government of Kayode Fayemi left the state reeling in huge debts. It is the huge debts that Governor Fayose has to contend with now. On his chances in the PDP primary, Olusola said, ” I am looking unto God and the party to clinch the ticket. He said Fayose administration introduced open door policy, transparency and welfarism, promising to continue with it.
January 21, 2018 17:45 UTC
Oladimeji RamonAn advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, says the court has upheld its right to take steps to stop former governors, who are now ministers and senators, from further collecting emolument and life pension from their states. SERAP said, in a statement on Sunday, that its right to proceed against the concerned former governors was upheld by the Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday. “SERAP cannot be considered a meddlesome interloper or busybody in seeking to stop double pay and life pensions for former governors,” the judge was quoted as saying. It argued that the AGF was empowered to recover the money by virtue of Section 174(1) of the constitution. Others include: Ahmed Sani Yarima (Zamfara); Danjuma Goje (Gombe); Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe); Adamu Aliero (Kebbi); George Akume (Benue); and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers).
January 21, 2018 17:37 UTC
THE Jamaatul Nasarul Islam (JNI) under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alh Muhammad Saad Abubakar has said the federal government can not continue to remain silent over the wanton killings of Fulani Muslims in some parts of the country. The JNI scribe maintained that the unjust stereotyping and name calling by CAN and some Christians leaders is unacceptable. “Therefore, CAN should desist from making provocative statements in the midst of serious crises bedevilling the nation.” Although, we are not oblivious of the fact that CAN since the era of Ayo Oritsejafor has had a glaring pathological hatred for Muslims and Islam in Nigeria. ‘Government should be seen to be proactive on these security matters. There-occurrence of security upheavals (Kidnapping, armed robberies, rising bomb attack etc) in the country is alarming and there is an urgent need for redress.
January 21, 2018 17:31 UTC
A laboratory robot powered by artificial intelligence has discovered that a compound commonly found in toothpaste could be used to combat drug-resistant malaria parasites. Triclosan could be deployed against strains of plasmodium malaria parasites that have evolved resistance to the widely used drug pyrimethamine, according to the University of Cambridge. Pyrimethamine works by inhibiting a particular enzyme called DHFR and scientists have known for some time that triclosan can be employed to target another enzyme, ENR. “We know it is a safe compound, and its ability to target two points in the malaria parasite’s life cycle means the parasite will find it difficult to evolve resistance.”The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports. “The search for new medicines is becoming increasingly urgent.”Malaria kills more than half a million people per year.
January 21, 2018 17:26 UTC
ELDERS of Okpoko community, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, yesterday called on Governor Willie Obiano not to impose an unpopular leadership on them because of their non-indigene status. The elders made the call at the community secretariat in Okpoko after rising from a general meeting held in solidarity of the embattled President General, PG, Hon. “The community before he came in had never witnessed a democratically elected executive until he came in. It has been crises all through then because it was a caretaker committee leadership that was in place before we objected to it and God helped us to usher in a democratically elected leadership led by Emesinwa. Obiano to call some of his functionaries to order saying that their actions are capable of instigating crisis and bloodshed in the densely populated community.
January 21, 2018 17:16 UTC