A Boko Haram group affiliated to the Islamic State Saturday night launched coordinated attacks on three military formations in Buni Yadi in Yobe State and Gajiganna and Gajibo in Borno State. Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida who has knowledge about the workings of the terror groups in Nigeria’s northeast said the attacks “started almost simultaneously at 6pm” by Islamic State in West African Province, ISWAP. The coordinated attacks were carried out hours after eight people were killed when insurgents hit Maiduguri, Borno State capital city on Saturday. “We recovered a total of eight bodies of residents killed in the Boko Haram attack,” late on Friday, Haram Abba Aji-Kalli of the Civilian JTF militia told AFP. The day before, at least four people were killed when the insurgents struck a convoy belonging to the governor of northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, of which Maiduguri is the capital.
February 17, 2019 09:00 UTC
AT least two persons died in a pre-election crisis that erupted in Obot-Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Friday night, while over 13 vehicles also destroyed. An eye witness, Effiong Akpan, said that security has been beefed up in the area causing fear among residents of Obot-Akara community. The Public Relations Officer of Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Odiko Macdon, however, could not confirm the incident as he did not respond to numerous calls. They beat up an electoral officer because they wanted to force him to accept their own list for the ad hoc staff. The matter was reported to the police and nothing was done because they believed they have somebody who is behind them,” he alleged.
February 17, 2019 08:15 UTC
Senator Buhari, who spoke at Ibapon area of Ogbomoso, said it is disheartening that INEC, which had four full years to plan for any activity, continues to subject the people to unnecessary stress through election postponement every four years. Then, we were already voting and around 2:00 pm, the election was called off. It is becoming a norm, but for us, we are going back to work and to prepare for next week. We have to start working on getting them interested again because the apathy that has developed from this is obvious. INEC needs to be more up and doing in the performance of its duty so that people will not lose interest in the democratic process,” Senator Buhari stated.
February 17, 2019 08:15 UTC
Gbenga AdenijiThe United States Embassy in Nigeria in a statement on Sunday said it fully supports the joint statement by the heads of the ECOWAS and other international election observation missions on the postponement of the February 16 and March 2 general elections. The Independent National Electoral Commission early on Saturday morning shifted the elections to February 23 and March 9, citing bad weather and undelivered materials. In a joint statement on Saturday, international election observers urged the INEC to adhere to the new dates it fixed for the poll conduct and ensure free and fair elections. The US stated, “We join in encouraging all Nigerians to ensure a free, fair, peaceful, and credible election by supporting the Independent National Electoral Commission while it finalises electoral preparations this week and by voting in peace together on February 23.”DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
February 17, 2019 07:05 UTC
This week was the most defining week in Nigeria because of the presidential elections. Please stop lying, please stop creating so much pain, please stop exploiting my relationship with my husband.”Y’all won! Lady Gaga the maestroWhatever you call Lady Gaga, keep in mind that there is hardly anything she cannot do. The music star has been on fire in recent times not only for her commendable acting prowess but also for the success of her song Shallow. A few days after urging people to vote, he took to Twitter to state that he was being threatened.
February 17, 2019 06:00 UTC
“Clearly, the present postponement is not covered by Section 26(1) of the Electoral Act. The only other reason envisaged by the Electoral Act for postponing elections is “similar emergency situations” to natural disasters. “The reason given by INEC for the postponement of the 2019 general elections borders on logistical difficulties. That reason cannot be elevated to the status of an emergency contemplated under Section 26(1) of the Electoral Act. The highest degree of transparency and fairness must be brought to bear on the conduct of the election by INEC.
February 17, 2019 04:41 UTC
That the Presidential campaign in Ogun State was organised by the APM was not in doubt, given the actors that played vital roles in the event. He is the Director General of the APM campaign organisation. And if anybody was in doubt where President Buhari stands, regarding anti-party activities, his speech must have cleared the doubt. Elegbede, said: “It is common for the National Working Committee of the party to subject members of the APC in Ogun State to media trial and jungle justice. This issue of disciplining the governor of Ogun State will end up the same way.
Of the three ethnic groups whose political preferences swing the electoral votes at the national level, the Igbo lack the political infrastructure to mainstream that choice. Colonialism lasted barely 40 years before some educated Nigerians domiciled in Lagos stirred up nationalist agitation for political independence. Azikiwe was close to achieving pan-Nigerian nationalist political control of Nigeria but he bungled it for quick fixes and extant gains. It abhorred British political chicanery and its major object was to seize power from Britain unconditionally or certainly not on Britain’s own terms. For this reason, Igbo politics has been knee jerk and reactive.
They would now have to be de-mobilized in a sense or asked to wait till the next announced Election Day. Another set of stakeholders, which have invested massively on the assumption that the polls would hold are the local organisations. However, it is the political stakeholders who would likely cry the loudest about the issue of cost. Aviation Losses Put At N1.8BNon-restriction in flight movements notwithstanding, the postponement of yesterday’s elections was estimated to have cost airlines and agencies at least N1.8b ($5 million). Communication Manager of Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa, confirmed that the airlines cancelled 10 local flights due to the earlier plan to have presidential elections yesterday.
None of the candidates, mostly from the city, meets the standard the villagers want. The villagers see anybody from the city as corrupt and unfit to pilot their affairs. As the villagers blame the city people, the city people in turn condemn the city people for being backward and not capable to lead a sophisticated lifestyle. Lastly, signposts are meant to draw attention to a particular location, but the one on stage pointed at opposite direction. While the stage educates and informs, directors should be mindful of those little piece of information that could mar their production.
For a variety of reasons, some healthcare givers often advise the use of food supplements to boost health. What are food supplements? Food supplements, as the name implies, are food, fruits and vegetable extracts made into pills, tablets, capsules and liquids meant to supplement our diet. People take food and vitamin supplements because they are made to believe it is required in our daily diet from adverts and food supplement marketers. I would advise the public not to attach too much importance to food supplements, as they can never replace a healthy balance diet.
He told the world that whatever He did, anyone could do the same and even more. This does not necessarily mean that we should all be healing people or turning water into wine. As Paul noted in the Bible that we all have different talents and different talents produce different results. The faculty of imagination develops well in a man who recognises the importance of the principle of symbiosis early enough. Symbiosis is another fundamental principle of life whose meaning and relevance is not entrenched in the education of man.
For weeks, Lagos State executive and legislative arms were at each other’s throat, ostensibly over the 2019 budget, leading to the washing of their dirty linen in the public. Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode walked into the Assembly hall at about 2:33p.m. The Speaker, after listing a number of items that the running cost fund is expended on, failed however, to provide how much it has collected as running cost. A source said: “You saw that the Speaker debunked the claim about the huge running cost, saying what they use running cost for but he refused to say exactly how much they have collected as running cost. “The people of Lagos State must resist this impunity and demand for openness.
February 17, 2019 04:18 UTC
In all of human history, no mortal has ever succeeded beyond the realm of their perception or vision. Let us briefly consider the two typical scenarios that would likely play out during this year’s general elections in our country. Generally, most Nigerians would choose to have a peaceful and successful election. We should envision a Nigeria that is bigger and better than any Nigerian or group and their selfish ambition(s). These principles constitute the price we need to pay to achieve a successful election.
February 17, 2019 04:18 UTC
The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) has donated a Cashew Shell Nut Oil Extractor Machine to the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State. This gesture was part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with the university, to support the institution, both in research and teaching. He added that the machine, which will be used for commercial purposes at a premium scale, will assist in generating funds for the university. Earlier in his remarks, the State Coordinator of RMRDC, Mr. Abiola Adeagbo disclosed that the council is poised to developing local industries. He observed that the machine would bring about employment generation to FUNAAB and the country as a whole.
February 17, 2019 04:07 UTC