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Tinubu vs Saraki: Talk about 2023 presidency premature, says APC
Wed, 22 Aug 2018

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki’s statement on the 2023 presidential ambition of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress attracted diverse reactions on Tuesday.

Saraki had on Monday said Tinubu was supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election with the hope of succeeding the President in 2023.

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The Senate president also said Tinubu told him he would support Buhari even if he was on a stretcher.

Saraki spoke in reaction to a statement on Sunday by Tinubu, alleging that the Senate president dumped the APC because of his presidential ambition and selfish quest for power.

The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Yekini Nabena, in an interview with one of our correspondents, indicated that it was premature to talk about 2023 presidency, adding that Tinubu’s presidential ambition had not been communicated to the party.

When asked to comment on Saraki’s statement, Nabena said, “This (Tinubu’s ambition) has not been communicated to the party, so I cannot comment on it. Besides, why should anybody be talking about 2023 when we are in 2018? Is anybody God?”

Tinubu, Saraki’s conflict about personal interests – Afenifere

Commenting on the exchange of words between Saraki and Tinubu, the Yoruba socio-cultural association, Afenifere, expressed dismay over what it identified as the elevation of personal interests and ambitions over national good and development by politicians in the country.

It noted that the verbal exchanges between the APC leader, Bola Tinubu, and Senate President Bukola Saraki were all about their personal interests.

Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, expressed disappointment that the two men were more interested in personal ambitions than in national good and progress.

“You cannot see anything in these exchanges that talk about national good or higher values. The only thing that was substantial was when Saraki said he was against Muslim-Muslim ticket in 2014. If that was true, it would have been unthinkable in a Nigeria so badly divided as it is today. Clearly, the arguments were about personal interests and ambitions,” Afenifere noted.

It’s not a crime to be ambitious – Junaid Mohammed

But a Kano State delegate to the 2014 National Conference, Dr Junaid Mohammed, said there was nothing wrong with Tinubu or anybody for that matter being ambitious.

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Buhari rules out scrapping of NYSC, observes Sallah in Daura
Wed, 22 Aug 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday gave an indication that his administration would not scrap the National Youth Service Corps scheme as being proposed in some quarters.

Reaffirming his support for the scheme established in 1973, the President said he had thanked a former military leader, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), for the initiative.

Buhari spoke while granting audience to members of the NYSC currently serving in Daura community, Katsina State, shortly after he joined the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk, and other Muslim faithful, to observe the Eid prayers at the Kofar Arewa Eid Ground, Daura.

The audience has become part of his schedules during Sallah celebrations.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, quoted the President as saying that it was better for youths to know all the parts of the country than being familiar with only their states.

The President said, ‘‘It is better to know all the country than for people to be state-inclined.

‘‘I always look forward to meeting the NYSC team because since I served mostly in the south when I was in the military, some people in Lagos, the only thing they know is the sea.

‘‘For them (NYSC members) to be brought to the desert or near the Sahel region is a very difficult thing but it will make an impact on Nigeria.

‘‘I have personally spoken to Gen. Gowon to thank him for having the initiative to start the NYSC programme. It is very good for Nigeria,’’ he said.

The President formally welcomed the corps members to Daura and asked them to enjoy their national service year.

In his remarks, the Corps Liaison Officer, Jibrin Ishak, thanked the President for prioritising the welfare and a secure future for the Nigerian youth through his style of leadership and developmental initiatives.

‘‘The voice of the people is the voice of God and by the grace of God, we pray that in 2019 you will continue to be President of Nigeria to do more for us,’’ Ishak said.

The representative of the corps members prayed to God to sustain the President with good health, long life and prosperity.

In his usual tradition, the President, in the spirit of the season, donated a bull, 10 bags of rice and half-a-million naira to the corps members.

Earlier at the prayer ground, Buhari had the honour of performing the symbolic slaughtering of the ram, signifying total obedience to the will of Allah as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim.

After the prayers, the President shunned protocol and opted to trek some 800 metres, acknowledging cheers from Nigerians who had trooped out en masse to attend the Eid prayers and also catch a glimpse of him in his hometown.

Speaking to reporters at his residence after the walk, the President said he didn’t expect anything less from his ‘immediate constituency’ even as he thanked God for a bumper harvest and Nigeria’s steady progress towards food sufficiency.

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SERAP wants NAssembly, Presidency, others accounts audited
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
John Ameh, Eniola Akinkuotu and Adelani Adepegba The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has welcomed calls by Senator Abdullahi Adamu for the accounts of the National Assembly to be audited. Speaking with one of our correspondents on the telephone on Tuesday, the Executive Director of SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, however, stated that the probe must be []
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Abdulsalami to politicians: Face governance, stop infighting
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna A former military Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar, has advised people in leadership positions to stop infighting and face the real business of governance. Abubakar said Nigerian leaders must rise up to the challenges of good governance and make lives better for the people rather than engaging in a fight which []
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Beware of politicians, CAS warns NAF personnel
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Hindi Livinus, Yola The Chief of Air Staff, Air Mashal Sadique Abubakar, has told Nigerian Air Force personnel to be wary of partisan politics and politicians as the country approaches the general election. Abubakar made the appeal in Yola on Tuesday while marking the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations with NAF personnel involved in the counter-insurgency operations in []
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Sultan urges politicians to sacrifice for peace, unity
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, has urged politicians in the country to make sacrifice in ensuring the peace and unity of Nigeria. Sultan Abubakar gave the advice in his Eid-el-Kabir message to Nigerians, which he delivered in Sokoto on Tuesday. He said, Politicians need to realise the importance of []
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Sallah: Ganduje pardons 170 Kano prisons inmates
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano The Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, has facilitated the release of 170 prison inmates from Goron Dutse and other prisons across the state. Ganduje, who witnessed the release of the inmates from Goron Dutse Prisons on Tuesday, said the gesture was in the spirit of Eid-El-Kabir, adding that it was to []
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NSCDC deploys 544 security personnel in Nasarawa
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Umar Muhammed, Lafia The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nasarawa State Command, said it had deployed about 544 its personnel to ensure hitch-free Eid-el Kabir celebrations across the state. The state commandant of the NSCDC, Muhammad Mahmoud-Fari, revealed this in an interview with Northern City News in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital on Tuesday. []
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How far should FG go to reform SARS
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Olusola Amore (A retired Commissioner of Police) I have a different opinion about the SARS reform because I believe that every policeman in the command should be under the Commissioner of Police of that command. To have any contingent of policemen outside the control of the CP is to create room for misbehaviour. When I []
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Nigeria won’t return to ‘Egypt’ in 2019 ‘ FG
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Federal Government has commended Nigerians for their perseverance and support for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this at Oro, Kwara State, on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, on Tuesday. A statement issued by the minister quoted him as assuring []
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Investment inflow into Nigeria drops to $5.5bn ‘ NBS
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday released the capital importation report for the second quarter of this year showing that investment inflows dropped by 12.53 per cent to $5.51bn from the first quarter. The bureau, in the report which was posted on its website, said when compared with the investment inflow []
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Dealing with threat of resistant malaria
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
It has been over 110 years since Ronald Ross made the discovery that female Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria, which is commemorated, on August 20 of every year, to mark the World Mosquito Day. This discovery was a pivotal moment in the modern battle against this terrible disease. In the intervening century, the world has made []
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Youths attack Obasekis convoy, allege marginalisation
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin Some youths have reportedly attacked the convoy of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, in the Esan Central Local Government Area of the state. Southern City News learnt the incident happened in Irrua where Obaseki had gone to consult with leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the Edo Central Senatorial District. []
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Gunmen attack Rivers oil site, kill soldier, policeman, civilian
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Chukwudi Akasike and Sampson Itode, Port Harcourt A soldier, a policeman and one civilian have been killed by a group of gunmen who attacked an oil exploration site in Ogbemakoku/Iyak community, Abua-Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State. Southern City News gathered that the incident happened on Monday when the gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, []
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CBN worker begged me to kill him, says murder suspect
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The police in Abuja have arrested two suspected killers of a Central Bank of Nigeria worker, Michael Iorkohol, 47, who was declared missing by his family before his remains were found in Piyako community in Abuja. The suspects, Alfred Leonard and Samson Agbo, were found with the deceaseds wrist watch, belt, shreds []
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Mentally-challenged man kills herbalist in Anambra
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka A man suspected to be mentally challenged man has reportedly killed a native doctor in Oba Aguleri in the Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State. Southern City News gathered that the incident triggered protest in the area leading to destruction of properties while business activities were grounded. A source, who []
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I stole motorcycle to raise capital for cattle business Suspect
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna The police in Niger State have arrested two suspected motorcycle thieves terrorising the Magama Local Government Area of the state. The suspects Buba Auta, 30, of Lade village Fulani Camp and Na-Allah Shekere, 30, of Koso village in Magama were nabbed by the police detectives attached to Nasko Division based []
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Three in police net for stealing plasma TV
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Enyioha Opara, Minna THE Niger State Police Command has arrested three suspected hoodlums for allegedly stealing plasma television sets in Kwarkwata village, Dutsen Kura, Minna, the state capital. Isiaku Salaum, Nasem Mati and Jamilu Ibrahim all from Funtua, Katsina were apprehended by the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad operatives on a tip-off It was learnt that []
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Outrage as Imo demolishes timber firm despite court order
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri THERE was an outrage at a wood processing factory, Njoku and Sons Wood Industry Limited, located on Aba road in Owerri, as the Imo State Government demolished the company despite a court order. As early as 7am on Tuesday, equipment belonging to the state government and its agents arrived at the company, []
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Young entrepreneurs scramble for Next Titans millions
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Hundreds of youths stormed Excellence Hotel, Ogba, recently, eager to get the N5m on offer by The Next Titan Nigeria reality show. The entrepreneurial show, now in its fifth edition, has produced four winners, each of whom went home with N5m and a Ford car. These are apart from the mentoring they received from the []
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A Soldiers Story set for premiere
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Yinka Badejo Nollywood film-maker, Martin Gbados, has finished work on a new movie titled A Soldiers Story: Return from the Dead, billed for premiere in December. Written and directed by Frankie Ogar, it is set in two West African countries Nigeria and a fictional country called The Watz Republic. The story highlights major socio-economic []
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African culture, second to none, says Faluade
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Yinka Badejo The Olu of Ibogun-Balogun in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, Oba Ifakayode Faluade, has described African culture and tradition as being among the best. Oba Faluade, who said this in a statement issued after the celebration of the 2018 edition of the annual Isese festival, noted that African culture had []
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Sujimoto inspires students
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Real estate company, Sujimoto Construction, sought to inspire many students recently when it held an intensive Internship & Mentorship Programme. In his welcome speech, the CEO of Sujimoto Construction, Sijibomi Ogundele, said the programme was part of the companys CSR initiative, aimed at equipping young Nigerians to be self-sufficient and reminding them of their true []
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NIPOST to offer address verification services to firms
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Nigerian Postal System is test running its Address Verification System in readiness for a new service, which will help corporate organisations to verify the physical addresses of their clients and prospective customers. Our correspondent learnt that the NIPOST AVS, which recently won an award at the World Summit on Information Society []
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Peaceful celebration in Kwara as Saraki, Ahmed sue for peace
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin There was a peaceful celebration of the Eid-el-Kabir in Kwara State as Muslim faithful trooped to different praying grounds near them to offer prayers security operatives, however, conducted security searches on the faithful before they were allowed into the praying grounds. The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, arrived Ilorin praying ground about []
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Ortom advocates greater patriotism
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
John Charles The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has urged the people in the state to place their interest above any factor capable of causing disunity and retrogression. Ortom, who noted that the state had been faced with insecurity, said what the state needed was a renewed commitment among its people to overcome the challenges. []
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Be patient with Buhari, Bello advises Nigerians
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Gbenga Odogun, Lokoja Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has called on Nigerians to be patient with President Mohammadu Buhari as he battles to fix the countrys ailing economy and security challenges. Bello spoke on Tuesday after the Eid-el-Kabir prayer at his Okene country home. The governor said that the President had demonstrated an unequalled []
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Fayose promises to complete outstanding projects
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has reassured the people of the state that he will complete and deliver all outstanding projects before leaving office on October 16. The governor cited, in particular, the multi-billion Naira ultra modern Oja-Oba market in Ado Ekiti, nearing completion. He promised to give preference to []
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Resign or well force you out, Miyetti Allah tells Saraki
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
John Charles Makurdi The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association on Tuesday warned the President of Senate, Bukola Saraki, to resign his position immediately or be forced to do so. The national coordinator of the association in Benue State, Alhaji Garus Gololo, gave the warning in an interview with our correspondent in Makurdi. Gololo said Saraki []
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Olubadans letter forced new kings to make peace Ladoja
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Rashidi Ladoja, said the high chiefs of Ibadan land, who were elevated to the position of kings by Governor Abiola Ajimobi, decided to seek an end to their rift with the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, after the monarch wrote letters to the secretaries of the traditional []
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Stop intimidating lawmakers with labour tactics, PDP chief tells Oshiomhole
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Theophilus Onojeghen, Warri A former governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in Delta State, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has asked the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, to stop using labour tactics to intimidate members of the National Assembly. Onuesoke accused Oshiomhole of using blackmail to coerce members []
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EFCC wont make me defect, says AIbom senator
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Etim Ekpimah, Uyo The Senator representing the Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District, Bassey Albert, has said no amount of intimidation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will make him abandon the Peoples Democratic Party. Albert, who is the only PDP senator left in Akwa Ibom, said he was ready to stand by the party []
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ASUU condemns LAUTECH neglect
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Mudiaga Affe, Calabar The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Calabar Zone, has described the abdication of the responsibility of funding of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Ogbomosho by the co-owners, Oyo and Osun states, as the commercialisation of education. The union, during a press conference in Calabar, Cross River State on Tuesday, said []
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Buhari demonstrated fitness for second term by trekking 800 metres, says Presidency
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Eniola Akinkuotu and Okechukwu Nnodim with agency reports The Presidency said President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated his fitness to run for a second term by trekking 800 metres from the Eid praying ground in Daura to his private residence. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that after the Eid prayers, President Buhari shunned protocol and []
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Ngige accuses governors of delaying new minimum wage
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has attributed the delay in the approval of a new minimum wage for Nigerian workers to the inability of the state governors to come up with an agreed figure. Ngige, who stated this at a press briefing in Obosi, in the Idemili Local []
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DSS blindfolded, held me incommunicado for two years Freed journalist
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Simon Utebor, Yenagoa A journalist and publisher of Weekly Source, a local tabloid based in Bayelsa State, Mr Jones Abiri, on Tuesday, returned to Yenagoa, the state capital, and relived his ordeal in the hands of the Department for State Services. Abiri, who was received at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists by []
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Air Force bombs B Haram facility, kills scores
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja The Nigerian Air Force said on Tuesday that it had again bombed a training facility of the Boko Haram terrorists located in parts of Lake Chad. It said that scores of the insurgents were killed during the air interdiction. Air Force spokesman, Comm. Ibikunle Daramola, in a statement, said the operations were []
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Rebuild Ayefeles radio station, SERAP tells Ajimobi
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Oladimeji Ramon An advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called on Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State to repair the partly demolished Music House belonging to wheelchair-bound juju musician, Yinka Ayefele, or be ready to face litigation. The group said by repairing the demolished Music House, which housed Ayelefes radio station, Fresh FM, []
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Buhari, ex-leaders have failed Nigerians Presidential aspirant
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo A presidential aspirant on the platform of the National Rescue Movement, Alhaji Usman Ibrahim, has said President Muhammadu Buhari and the older generation of leaders are responsible for the problems of Nigeria. Ibrahim, who declared his presidential ambition on Monday evening during his three-day tour of Osun State, said he decided to []
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Ganduje frees 170 prison inmates
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, on Sallah day, facilitated the freedom of 170 prison inmates from the Goron Dutse Prison and across the state. Ganduje, who witnessed the release of the inmates from the Goron Dutse Prison, said the gesture was in the spirit of Eid-El-Kabir, adding that the gesture was []
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I’ll complete, deliver all projects before October 16 ‘Fayose
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Governor Ayodele Fayose on Tuesday said that all the ongoing capital projects in Ekiti State will be completed and inaugurated before he vacates office on October 16. The News Agency of Nigeriareports that Fayose made the promise while speaking at the 2018 edition of the Annual Udiroko Festival in Ado Ekiti, the state capital. The []
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Critics will soon appreciate our govt, says Ajimobi
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Tuesday said his administration would be appreciated one day for its unique initiative in ensuring that the state became one of the best in Nigeria. In an interview with journalists after observing the Eid al-Adha prayers at the Eid Prayer Ground, Agodi, Ibadan, Ajimobi said []
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2019: Register, collect PVCs, Sanusi urges Muslims
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Sallah day in Kano, tasked Muslim Umah on good citizenship while asking them to exercise their civic rights by registering and collecting their Permanent Voter Cards and the National Identity Card. In his Sallah message on Tuesday morning in his palace at Kofar, []
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Ugwuanyi preaches national unity
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has advocated love among the different religions in Nigeria as a means of building a stronger and more united nation. Ugwuanyi said this in a goodwill message to Muslims celebrating the Eid el Kabir. The governor added that love and sacrificial living were capable of making leaders []
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Ill bring my successor to Eid-prayer next year, says Amosun
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, says he will bring his successor in the state in 2019 to the Eid praying ground at Oke Lantoro, Abeokuta during the celebration of the Eid-el-Kabir. He said this in his speech at the Eid ground on Tuesday while addressing scores of Muslim faithful who []
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2019 BMW 3 Series set to debut
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
BMW is gearing up to launch its seventh-generation BMW 3 Series, which is expected to be the brand’s star at the Paris Motor Show and will usher in a new platform and more electrification when it arrives in UK showrooms early next year. Ahead of its Paris debut, the new saloon has been spied testing []
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Colombia protests Venezuelan border incursion
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Colombia issued a strong protest Tuesday over what it said was a border incursion by Venezuelan helicopters and troops over the weekend. The government of President Ivan Duque said it sent a strongly-worded protest to the Venezuelan ambassador over what it claimed was a violation of Colombias sovereignty in Norte Santander department on Sunday. Two []
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Ford redesigns Escape with new technologies
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi Automaker, Ford has equipped its all-new Ford Escape with five new technologies to improve driving experience for its customers. At the recent launch of the luxury car by Coscharis Motors, the exclusive distributor of Ford vehicles in Nigeria, the firm says that the five technologies make the all-new Ford Escape the ideal suburban []
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Tinubu, Fashola, Adebule offer Eid prayers in Lagos
Wed, 22 Aug 2018
The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Idiat Adebule, has urged Nigerians to eschew violence ahead of the 2019 general elections. Adebule made the call on Tuesday at the Eid prayers at Dodan Barracks Prayer Ground in Ikoyi, Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that among dignitaries who observed the Eid prayers were the All Progressives []
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