The president’s delegation to the West African country comprised APC national leader, Chief Bola Tinubu, and some state governors. Some state governors have also picked up the gaunflet by pushing harder in their bid to sell the candidature of president Buhari, despite the schism in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). In championing the cause that the president retains his seat in Aso Rock in 2019, the state chief executives, especially the seven wise APC governors must be envisaging the accruing benefits. Indeed, the camp is believed to have appointed the former Rivers State governor and Minister of Transport, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, as the Director-General of the campaign, while several APC arrow-heads such as Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; former Lagos State governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola; former Anambra State governor, Senator Chris Ngige and countless others, are generals in the president’s army of supporters. Another governor on the endorsement ship is the Plateau State governor, Mr Simon Lalong.
January 21, 2018 05:37 UTC
The meeting, which lasted ‘barely forty minutes,’ turned out to be a gathering of Christian leaders of a large number of denominations. So, we decided there and then to retire to a convenient spot — all the church leaders. Education (primary, secondary and tertiary), governance, agriculture, economy, health, to mention a few, are areas Christianity in Nigeria has had major impact. The Christian faith and persecutionQuite commendable is attempts by church leaders in Nigeria to ensure religious harmony, sometimes in the face of obvious contention. Religious leaders from both the faiths should preach peaceful coexistence because people still respect them.
January 21, 2018 05:37 UTC
Ever since that independent leadership selection took place in the Senate, President Buhari switched off, isolating the legislature in the practice of aloof leadership style. While the matter dragged at the CCT, President Buhari and the Senate president were not on talking terms. Both arms continued to parch up relations until the president took ill and saw that the Senate under Saraki could determine his fate. He added that a minister, believed to be close to the presidency was spearheading the fresh plots to ensure that Saraki’s anticipated exit does not create serious problems for APC. They said that the president of the Senate would leave APC and that it would create problems.
January 21, 2018 04:41 UTC
Some South East leaders have condemned the Federal Government’s handling of killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen. The way something like this has happened and nobody is taking responsibility leaves one wondering whether we have a government. “Till today, the Federal Government has not sent any delegation to Benue State and did not attend the burial of the victims killed by the herdsmen. This is an indication that the Federal Government is partisan, compromised and insensitive to the plight of certain ethnic region. To add salt to injury, the Minister of Agriculture, who of course is an indigene of Benue State is talking about cattle colonies.
January 21, 2018 04:41 UTC
Eloho Efemuai (nee Amata) is a gifted singer, songwriter, worship leader and CEO of Heartsong Radio based in Scotland, U.K., where she inspires people through her songs and radio programme. I really do love music and love to sing. I feel strength each time I sing and each time I worship God. I’m also working on other great things to be unveiled later.”Aside singing Efemuai runs an online gospel radio station known as Heartsong Radio, “I set up an online gospel radio in 2017 and the inspiration behind that is to support and encourage independent gospel artistes as well as inspire people to be all God has destined them to be. The online gospel radio is a tool to help spread the good news and share the love of Jesus.
January 21, 2018 04:30 UTC
But the widespread stereotyping of Africa in the US media and Hollywood has helped to shape views like Trump’s. Anti-black and anti-foreigner prejudices and policies have in fact been displayed and supported by US presidents and officials for decades. They know morning, they know noon, they know evening, they know the darkness at night. They use the sun.”Even the first black US president, Kenyan-Kansan, Barack Obama, was not free of peddling stereotypes about Africa that made it sound like a “shithole”. Trump’s views are clearly crass, nativist, and abhorrent.
January 21, 2018 04:30 UTC
The splinter emerged while protesting the result of the national convention held on December 9, 2017, where Prince Uche Secondus was elected national chairman. Akindele said the members decided to sheathe their sword in the interest of Nigeria and the 2019 general elections, adding: “I am delighted to tell you that we have collapsed into the mainstream PDP. We have assurances from our leaders and we will not have a parallel NWC on Monday.” In his remarks, Nwodo said the reconciliation was reached with the knowledge of the Board of Trustees (BoT), the National Working Committee (NWC) and other organs of the party. He said: “If the Fresh PDP was allowed to form a structure on Monday, they would have given legitimacy to our members to leave the PDP. We have learnt our lessons and we are coming back more prepared and resolute to change the fortunes of this country.”Similarly, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, declared, “what was perceived as crisis is over.”
A group, under the aegis of Benue Advancement Forum (BAF), has described the recent visit by some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors to Benue State, coming several weeks after the killing of 73 innocent people by suspected Fulani herdsmen, as belated, face-saving and a mockery. It said it was equally curious that the visit came only after a delegation of Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, South South and Middle Belt socio-cultural groups had visited the state. It seems that Buhari’s government does not believe that the Benue State House of Assembly has any right to make laws that are acceptable and beneficial to protecting the interest of Benue citizens,” the group stated. According to the group, “We want to advice further that Benue State already has a law regulating livestock farming and we do not need any other law that seeks to introduce the idea of cattle colonies. We would rather die than have our land and heritage taken away from us,” the group warned.
Many believed he would take all Nigerians as one, irrespective of ethnic and religious backgrounds. He preferred and still prefers his own people to other Nigerians or put specifically Nigerians from other tribes. There is no area in the south and middle belt in Nigeria that is free from the herdsmen’s rampage. Is this another Jihad being prosecuted under the cloak of herdsmen? In the beginning, we were told that the miscreants were aliens and later Boko Harem members whom we are told are degraded.
In his address, Governor Obaseki, represented by the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Hajia Mariam Abubakar, reiterated the desire of his administration to bring development to Auchi and other communities in the state. He solicited the assistance of traditional rulers in ensuring conducive environment for investors. “We want to drive our economy through agriculture and that is why we are making lands available to farmers and empowering people to set up their farms,” he explained. “I thank the Otaru of Auchi for ensuring that peace reigns in Auchi Kingdom and we will continue to support Auchi Kingdom and other communities in the state in terms of development and empowerment of our women and youths.”
She stated this, yesterday, in Birnin Kebbi, at the second yearly event of Mallpai Foundation, themed: ‘Building a Sustainable Legacy Through Education for the Out-of-School’. She noted that the case of Almajiri in the north and Areas Boys in the south is becoming worrisome. She urged parents to pay special attention to their children. In his remarks, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said illiteracy and lack of basic education remain serious obstacles to Nigeria’s overall development. The minister, represented by the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education, Prof. Abba Abubakar Haladu, said the country has the highest proportion of out-of-school children.On his part, Kebbi State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, commended Mrs. Osinbajo for giving the less privileged a sense of belonging.
“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little.” (Isaiah 28: 10 NKJV)Life is in seasons. This will attract great blessings from God and you’ll enjoy the people’s goodwill. Those who are trying to put up a show for a while cannot see themselves as caretakers of their own businesses. However, those who consider posterity, see their businesses beyond themselves. If you see God as the Owner of your business, giving Him His portion from your income will not be difficult for you.
Former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani, and former Abia State Governor, Dr Orji Kalu, yesterday, urged the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to close ranks, if they want to win the 2019 general election. They made their feelings known at the formal launch of the South West office of the Muhammadu Buhari/Osinbajo (MBO) Dynamic Support Group at Mokola, Ibadan, Oyo State. Ajimobi and the entire state APC state executive, who were absent at the event, held another programme to sensitise members of the party on the coming local council polls at the APC secretariat in Oke Ado, Ibadan. “There is a need for our party, APC, to have internal decorum and cohesion and people working together. And we are going to make that happen.”On the commissioning of the South West campaign office for Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Kalu said: “We stand with Buhari and Osinbajo.
Yet the governor was at the head of a committee set up by the party to interrogate what restructuring entails. Okechukwu, however, appealed to the Igbo and Yoruba leadership to support the rail, roads and power projects of President Buhari describing them as the pillars of economic restructuring initiated by the president. The APC chieftain disclosed that President Buhari would address the issue of political restructuring in his second term, stressing that the president chose to first embark on a massive renewal of critical infrastructure before considering the political. How far would the north go in acquiescing to restructuring as outlined by the leaders of Southern and Middle Belt regions? And how the country would fare depends on how politicians decide to moderate their ambitions in the interest of the masses.
Benue State indigenes have said they will no longer fold their hands and watch their kinsmen being massacred every other day by suspected Fulani herdsmen, stressing that they would rise to defend themselves should the Federal Government continue to dilly-dally on their security. They also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare herdsmen “a terrorist organization” and arrest leaders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) for consistently threatening more bloodshed in Benue State. The people, under the auspices of Benue Indigenes in Southeast, comprising the Tiv, Idoma and Igede natives, dropped the hint in Enugu, yesterday, during a protest rally against the continuous killings in Benue by herdsmen. Your cows are not more important than human lives, cattle cannot be given more attention than human lives” among others. We call on President Buhari to declare the herdsmen terrorists.