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The Economist tips Buhari for victory in 2019 election
Tue, 04 Dec 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari will win next year’s election, The Economist has reported.

The respected magazine has also predicted that the opposition coalition may collapse before the general election.

But Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar yesterday said the forecast of the London-based magazine failed to meet the attributes of objectivity, balance and fairness.

According to The Economist in its latest edition, “The World in 2019”, there is little hope that Islamist insurgency in the Northeast will end.

In a country appraisal for Nigeria under “The world in numbers”, the magazine said: “The president, Muhammadu Buhari, will win re-election in February, as a new opposition coalition may collapse before the vote.

“Given the outlook for continuing political weakness, there is little prospect of progress in the fight against the Islamist insurgency in the north, nationalism in the oil-producing Delta and secessionism in the Biafra region.

“Market-based reforms will languish, holding back growth yet again.”

The magazine’s other predictions for Nigeria are: GDP growth (1.9%); GDP per head-$2, 410(PPP: $6,020); inflation (13.6%); Budget balance (5GDP) is -2.0 and population (201.0m).

In a separate report, the Foreign Correspondent of The Economist, Aman Rizvi, distanced himself from the official position of his magazine.

He said the election will be close, with the PDP having a slight edge.

Rizvi said: “Mr. Buhari’s approval ratings have languished below 50 % for most of 2018. Ominously, he has been hit by a wave of defections to the PDP.

“Desertions to the APC four years ago, by many of the same people, felled ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

“Mr. Buhari’s electoral opponent in 2019, Atiku Abubakar, is one such double-turncoat. He is also a septuagenarian, billionaire businessman, former vice president and three-time presidential aspirant.

“With Mr. Abubakar distrusted for his wealth and opportunism, the election will be close. Its outcome will hinge on who arouses less apathy.

“So, who will win? Many Nigerians do not care. The back-and-forth floor-crossing has convinced them that the same people will be in charge either way. The PDP holds a slight edge, if only because expectations for Mr. Buhari were higher and his failure to meet them was more recent.”

But Atiku has rejected the latest prediction of The Economist.

A statement by the Special Assistant on Public Communication and Strategy to Atiku, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, said the forecast was a “poorly-executed hatchet job”.

The statement said: “The political camp of the PDP presidential candidate has described as a poorly-executed hatchet job, the prediction by The Economist of London, in which the magazine put on the garb of a partisan and made no pretenses to professionalism while predicting that President Buhari will win next year’s poll.

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Anti-cult war sparks panic in Benue town
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Haircut anyone’ You dont seem to have a choice on this in Gboko, Benue State, if you are wearing an afro (the once fashionable wig-like, curly hair shaped into a smooth round ball that men wear); you automatically qualify for a cut by force.Youths in Gboko have declared war on those wearing afro hair styles and low-waist jeans, who, they suspect belong to cult groups. They drag them to the market square.The development, which has created panic in the town, followed the killing by mob actio
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We beheaded our neighbour to raise money for naming ceremony
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The two brothers arrested for allegedly beheading their neighbours 10-year-old son, Joseph Makinde, have said they committed the crime to raise money for a naming ceremony.Ayodeji Obadimeji, 20 and his elder brother, Saheed, 25, gave gory details of the murder of Joseph, whom they confirmed was the younger brother to their friend, Femi.They said the boy was first stabbed in the neck before his head was cut from his body with a knife.Policemen on patrol on November 28 at Shapati bus stop, Ibeju-L
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AfDB okays fresh $200m for Nigerias power sector
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The Federal Government has secured a loan of $200 million to fund its electrification project.The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group yesterday said it provided $150 million for the project. The balance of $50 million was issued from the Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF) a $2 billion facility sponsored by the Peoples Bank of China.A statement by the bank said: The Board of Directors of AfDB Group has approved a $150 million sovereign loan to the Federal Government of Nigeria to finance the
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Boko Haram: Fed Govt orders Buratai back to war theatre
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai is to return to the Northeast where he will stay until Boko Haram insurgents are crushed, the Federal Government ordered yesterday.It also asked Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin and Gen. Buratai to effect changes in operational commands of major operations in the country, especially operations Lafiya Dole in the Northeast, Operation Delta in the Niger Delta, Operation Sharan Daji in Zamfara and Katsina states and Operation Awatse in Southw
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Police arrest popular musician Small Doctor
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The police in Lagos have arrested popular musician Adekunle Temitope aka Small Doctor and three of his band members for alleged illegal possession of firearms.They were nabbed around Oshodi after threatening to shoot traffic policemen, Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal said yesterday.The commissioner, said to have paraded the suspects before few reporters who were at the command headquarters, frowned at the artistes conduct.He said he had a pending case at the State Criminal Investigation and In
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PDP chieftains seek Northwest votes for Atiku
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign kicked off yesterday in Sokoto, with the opposition party promising to rescue Nigeria from the All Progressives Congress (APC).Chieftains of the opposition party, including former President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus were at the rally.Addressing the crowd of suppor
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Modric ends Ronaldo-Messi hold on Ballon dOr
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has ended the Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi stranglehold on the Ballon dOr.Modric, who led Real to their third consecutive Champions League and reached the World Cup final with Croatia this summer, capped off a memorable 2018 by winning European footballs oldest individual prize in a ceremony on Monday.Modric, 33, finished ahead of Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann for the prize, leaving Messi, who was fifth, outside the top three for the first time since 2006. Ky
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Buhari: Ill not complain again about Nigerias problems
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday promised that he will no longer complain about the problems his administration met at its inception.According to him, lamenting Nigerias history of corruption and mismanagement of resources has not helped his administration much.The President spoke during his interaction with Nigerians at the Krakw Holiday Inn , Poland, an event put together by Abike Dabiri, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, as part of his engagements
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World Bank to invest $200b to combat climate change
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The World Bank Group has announced plans to double its investments in the fight against climate change to around $200 billion for more than five years.Climate change is an existential threat to the worlds poorest and most vulnerable. These new targets demonstrate how seriously we are taking this issue, World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim said.The investments, announced in a statement yesterday, would apply to the investment period for 2021-2025, to support countries in their efforts to take
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Tinubu: Why Im re-contesting for Senate
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Senator Oluremi Tinubu represents Lagos Central District in the Senate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). She spoke with reporters in Lagos on her legislative activities, achievements, vision for good governance, re-election bid and preparations for next years polls. Group Political Editor Emmanuel Oladesu was there.Despite moving a motion three years ago on the gridlock along the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, the problem has not ameliorated. Dont you see this as a negligence of
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National Assembly should intervene in Ondo Assembly crisis, says Speaker
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The factional Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly Olamide George has urged the National Assembly to intervene in the crisis rocking the House to prevent the liquidation of the democratic institution.He maintained that 18 of 26 lawmakers had impeached the former Speaker, Oloyeloogun, and his deputy, Iroju Ogundeji, over allegation of weak leadership and some inadequacies, stressing that there is no going back on the decision.George said: We have written to the National Assembly. We want t
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Ondo APC to sanction erring elders
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The Chairman of the Elders Caucus of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Senator Olorunnimbe Farukanmi, has warned that Alhaji Alli Olanusi and his group could be santioned, if they do not desist from alleged anti party activities.He lamented that an elder like Olanusi could assemble aggrieved members to propagate falsehood because he could not have his way with the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).Farukanmi said the recent call by the Olanusi-led group was a device to further cause di
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Boko Haram: Defence Minister relocates Buratai to Borno
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Orders shake up in operational commandsDefence Minister Mansur Dan-Ali on Monday directed the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai to relocate to the northeast until there was improvement in security situation there.He gave the directive at a meeting with the service chiefs as well as the Army Council and Navy Board in Abuja.Dan-Ali also directed the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin to effect changes in the operational commands of Operations Delta Safe, Lafiya D
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Delta community sacks monarch, installs a new one
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The traditional rulership tussle in Agbarho Kingdom, Ughelli North council area of Delta state escalated further on Monday as youths of the kingdom reportedly installed Chief Williams Onokpite as new Osuvie (monarch) of the kingdom.Before the reported installation of Chief Onokpite as new king, the youths had reportedly banished the embatled Osuvie, HRM,Chief Samson Oghughunwa, who had fled the kingdom for fears for his life.A source, who spoke under conditions of anonymity, told the Nation that
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PDP receives APC defectors at flag-off campaign
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State on Monday received defectors from other political parties at the flag-off of its political campaigns for next years general election.Over 2000 members of the All Progressives Congress and other political parties joined the PDP in Edo North Senatorial District.The defectors were received State Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih.Chief Orbih said the campaign flag off was to offer prayers to solicit Gods guidance and mercy for next years election.Accord
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DSS parades woman for using first ladys name in multi-million naira fraud
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
An audacious woman use the name and office of First Lady Aisha Buhari at the Aso Rock presidential villa to stage fraudulent acts, one of which may have yielded about N150 million is now in custody, the Department of State Security (DSS) disclosed on Monday.Briefing reporters at the DSS headquarters in Abuja, its spokesman, Mr. Peter Nnochirionye Afunanya stated that investigation is continuing towards unraveling how the light complexioned middle-aged lady variously know as Amina Mohammed, Justi
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Buni Gari attack: More dead soldiers recovered, others still missing
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Two more dead soldiers have been recovered from the Saturday night attack on a military location at Buni Gari in Yobe State, a security source has revealed.The source also informed that some soldiers are still missing following the attack which he described as very bad.A hospital source has equally confirmed that eight soldiers are lying cold at the Damaturu Specialist Hospital mortuary as two dead bodies of soldierswere brought into the mortuary today.Six soldiers were brought in on Sunday. We
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Atikus Sokoto rally hitch-free Police
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The Police Command in Sokoto State on Monday said the just-concluded launching of the North-West campaign rally by the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, held in Sokoto was hitch-free.The commands Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Cordelia Nwawe, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Monday.Nwawe said that security personnel were deployed at various points in the city that ensured the protection of live
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Promises galore as PDP campaign berths in Sokoto
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign Monday berthed in Sokoto with promises to rescue the country from the misrule of the All Progressives Congress.Addressing a large crowd of party faithful and supporters, party leaders took turns to harangue the audience with what they described as the many failures of the APC.The PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondussaid that President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC have failed the people woefully.According to him, the PDP has chosen a
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Africa Magic celebrates 15 years
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Africa Magic is celebrating 15 years in African television entertainment industry with conviction that films done in Nigerian languages are quality continent for entertainment beyond the continent.Beginning with just two channels in 2003, the Africa Magic channel roster now includes six channels with three local language channels: Africa Magic Yoruba, Africa Magic Igbo and Africa Magic Hausa.Speaking on the milestone, the CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria, Mr. John Ugbe said: The celebration of Africa
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Musician, Small Doctor, others arrested for alleged firearm possession
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The police on Monday in Lagos said they had arrested a popular musician, Adekunle Temitope, a.k.a Small Doctor, and three others for alleged unlawful possession of fireman.The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Imohimin Edgal, told newsmen that the suspects were arrested after threatening to shoot policemen controlling the traffic at the ever busy Oshodi area of Lagos.Edgal said that he was disappointed with the musicians conduct because he had a case with the State CID, Panti for shootin
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Alex awards scholarship to Orphans
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Reality star, Alex Asogwa a.k.a, Alex-unusual has awarded scholarship to three orphans from the House of Empress Foundation, a charity organisation.Alex who is also a TV host and Dancer, announced the offer when Popular Actress, Ms Empress Njamah, founder of the organisation marked her birthday and an outreach for the children of the foundation recently in Abuja.The star who did not disclosed details of the scholarship pledged to take full responsibility for the education of the three orphans.Nj
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Race for 5G revolution
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
TO promote investments in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, availability of spectrum in a timely manner is a major task for telecoms sector regulators.This will enable innovation and competition, as well as ensure fifth generation (5G) services benefit consumers, businesses and industries.A report jointly published by Ericsson and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), titled: Making 5G a Reality for Africa, underscored the importance of timely availability of spectrum.The r
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Aviation cooperative trains 200 members
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Aviation (FMT&A) Cooperative Society has trained over 200 members in entrepreneurship and retirement planning.The members, drawn across the various sectors, benefited from various training.Appealing to those who were yet to benefit, the cooperative said it has developed a long-term plan to ensure that its members benefit.Speaking at the 49th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of society at the weekend in Lagos, its President, Mr Babatunde Sotin, said the socie
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Shippers to Fed Govt: pay attention to port infrastructure
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The Shippers Association of Lagos State (SALS) has urged the Federal Government to pay more attention to port infrastructure.The government, the group said, should position the ports to meet international best practices.Its President, Mr Jonathan Nicol, gave the charge in a chat with The Nation.He called for the resuscitation of the informal sector of cargo management.According to him, the informal sector will contribute about 45 per cent of the total cargo throughput (imports and exports).He sa
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Reduce high interest rate, CBN urged
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has been asked to reduce interest rates to enable ship owners upgrade their facilities and compete with foreigners.In an interview with The Nation in Lagos, stakeholders urged the government to build a vibrant investment climate for the maritime sector.Former Chairman, House Commit-tee on Legislative Compliance, Mr. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, said there should be policies to create linkages between the maritime industry and other sectors, such as banking and manufac
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IATA to African carriers: establish competitive costs structure
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on African carriers to establish costs structures to improve competitiveness of African aviation.Its Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, Alexandre de Juniac, said statistics about aviation in Africa remained gloomy as airlines lose an average of $1.55 per passenger flown on the continent.Speaking at the 50th Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the African Airline Association (AFRAA) in Morocco, he said operators and governments mus
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How Nigeria can achieve digital economy, by GSMA
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Modernising regulation and policy reform will be crucial to boosting Nigerias digital economy and accelerating internet access for millions through increased mobile broadband penetration, the Global System for Mobile Communication Association (GSMA) has said.In its latest report titled: Spotlight on Nigeria: Delivering a Digital Future, it said research had shown that the mobile market in Nigeria made an important contribution to the economy.According to it, the mobile industry contributed $21 b
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Motorists traffic blues
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Driving in Lagos seems to have become a nightmare. Intractable traffic gridlocks leading to huge man-hour loss have become a daily occurrence amid the governments plan to complete the projects expected to bring the public relief. ADEYINKA ADERIBIGBE writes. A businesswoman, Gladys Onoriowode, shocked other commuters last Friday. As her Agege-Oshodi BRT bus necked into a traffic jam, she began a soulful lamentation, praying to God not to have a repeat of her nightmare the past week.According to h
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Our expansion plan, by Dana Air
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Dana Air has started discussions with some of its financial partners to enable it achieve fleet modernisation and route expansion, its Media/Communication Manager, Kingsley Ezenwa, has disclosed.In an interview at the weekend in Lagos, Ezenwa said discussions had reached advanced stages. But he did not name the partners because of the non-disclosure agreement reached by the parties.He said Dana Air will acquire more aircraft next year to achieve its route expansion and fleet expansion drive.The
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Google under fire over GDPR violation
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
Google has come under fire over allegations of contravening Europes General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when it tracks its users locations.A group of seven European consumer organisations in the Netherlands, Poland, Greece, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and Czech Republic have filed complaints against the internet giant with their national data protection authorities, accusing it of forcing users to use its location tracking.The complaints are based on new research published by Forbrukerradet,
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11 Plc relaunches aviation fuel sale
Tue, 04 Dec 2018
11 Plc (formerly Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc) has recommenced the sale and marketing of aviation jet fuel (ATK) at the Murtala Mohamed International Airport and General Aviation Terminal (GAT Domestic), in collaboration with Air BP.Its spokesman, Bobby Ayomike, in a statement, said the companys aviation business, which has been inactive for the past five years, is being revitalised in the wake of the construction of a new 20million litre aviation jet fuel (ATK) tank and laying of new ATK pipelines li
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