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Northern Elders Forum Divided Over PMB’s Re-election Bid
Wed, 05 Dec 2018

There were indications yesterday that the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari may have torn the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) apart ahead of the 2019 presidential poll.

While a faction of the forum led by its deputy convener for Northwest, Sani Zangon Daura (Danmasanin Daura); deputy convener for Northeast, Major General Paul Tarfa and director of Logistics, Captain Bashir Sodangi endorsed the president for 2019, the forum’s convener, Prof Ango Abdullahi, said the Northern elders were still assessing the presidential candidates and are yet to decide on who to support.

Abdullahi told LEADERSHIP in telephone chat last night that Daura, Tarfa and Sodangi cannot speak for the forum, noting that there was never a time the forum endorsed Buhari for 2019.

In a statement they jointly signed, Daura, Tarfa and Sodangi dismissed a statement earlier issued by Ango Abdullahi suggesting that the forum was searching for Buhari’s replacement in the North.

According to them, it is unrealistic to expect total recovery from the problems that the current administration inherited from the past administration within a period of three years.

Endorsing Buhari for 2019, they stated that their support for the president is in the interest of peaceful co-existence, honest leadership and progress beyond 2019.

They reminded Nigerians that Buhari assumed office at a time the country was on the brink of collapse due to widespread insecurity, corruption and economic decay.

In the statement titled, ‘Why President Muhammadu Buhari Should Be Re-Elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’, the trio said, “We remain solidly in support of President Muhammadu Buhari. Our attention has been brought to statements being attributed to Northern Elders Forum (that it is) searching for a replacement for President Muhammadu Buhari.

“At no time did the Forum deliberate on this subject. We wish to use this medium to dissociate ourselves from the said position. The Buhari Administration is indeed making remarkable achievements in the course of repositioning our nation back on the path of sustainable growth and development.”

Noting that what Nigeria needs now is continuity and not turning the hands of the clock backwards, the trio observed that nation building is not a one-year affair.

They stated: “No one can deny the reality that the country was reaching a breaking point. With committed leadership and sincerity, the President Buhari Administration has achieved immeasurable success at all fronts during the last three years.

“Indeed, there is still a lot to be done but nation building is not a one-year affair. It would therefore be unrealistic to expect total recovery from the problems that the Administration inherited from the past Administration within a period of three years.

“We sincerely believe the Buhari administration is doing well and should be re-elected to consolidate on the foundation of progress which has been laid by it. Infrastructure development is ongoing in earnest. These include roads railway projects and power supply. Nigerians are aware of what the situation was before the coming of this Administration.

“In the area of insecurity, there has been a great improvement at all levels. On the fight against corruption, President Buhari is on record as the leader who has boldly taken the fight to the criminals. For the fight to continue to victory, President Buhari should be encouraged by all well-meaning Nigerians to stamp out the monster of corruption”.

Daura, Tarfa and Sodangi also blamed ignorance and intolerance for hate speeches and mistrust among Nigerians, lamenting that Nigerians have still not learnt much from their past experience.

Calling for peace and unity among Nigerians, they said, “We should, as a result, begin to cultivate the spirit of oneness and belief in one another. In a corruption-free country and well-developed infrastructure there will be security, employment and unity. This is what the Buhari Administration is all about for the people of Nigeria.

“In view of the foregoing, the members of the Northern Elders Forum reiterate our solid support for the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari in the interest of peaceful co-existence, honest leadership, progress and continuity come 2019 and beyond”.

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France Back-pedals On Fuel Tax Rise
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
France’s PM has announced a six-month suspension of a fuel tax rise which has led to weeks of violent protests. Edouard Philippe said that people’s anger must be heard, and themeasures would not be applied until there had been proper debate with those affected. The protests have hit major French cities, causing considerable damage for []The post France Back-pedals On Fuel Tax Rise appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Law Officer Says UK Can Cancel Brexit Invoking Article 50
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The UK should be able to unilaterally cancel its withdrawal from the EU, according to a top European law officer. The non-binding opinion was delivered by the European Court of Justice’s advocate general. A group of Scottish politicians has asked the court whether the UK can call off Brexit without the consent of other member []The post Law Officer Says UK Can Cancel Brexit Invoking Article 50 appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Osun Governor Appoints Adesina As CPS
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Osun State governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has appointed Mr Adeniyi Adesina as his chief press secretary. In this capacity, he will oversee the governor’s media matters. According to a statement from the governor’s office, the appointment takes immediate effect. Until his appointment, Adesina was The Nation’s Deputy Editor in charge of News. He holds a Master’s []The post Osun Governor Appoints Adesina As CPS appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Strike: ASUU Seeks Parents, Students’ Support
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) has called on parents and students in the nation’s tertiary institutions to join in their cry to prevail on government to fix public universities. The national president of ASUU,Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made this plea during a telephone interview with LEADERSHIP yesterday, on the update of the strike action. He []The post Strike: ASUU Seeks Parents, Students’ Support appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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PDP Unveils Plan To Boost Security
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has revealed plans to incorporate vigilante, private security guards and National Agency for Food, Administration and Control (NAFDAC) into the country’s policing system. This is even as the party described the Nigerian security system as archaic, with a promise to redefine the policing system and recruitment process for the security []The post PDP Unveils Plan To Boost Security appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Porous Borders Cause Of High Crime Rate In Nigeria
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The comptroller-general of Immigration (CGI), Alhaji Mohammed Babandede, has attributed the high incidence of insurgency and other crimes in the country to the porous borders which allows insurgents in. He said the challenge of porous borders is militating against the successful conduct of the immigration service in Nigeria. He added that this has given rise []The post ‘Porous Borders Cause Of High Crime Rate In Nigeria’ appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Minister Urges Private, Public Organisations To Accept Corps Members
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The FCT minister, Muhammad Bello has urged both private and public sector organisations to accept all corps members posted to them by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as a mark of patriotism and support for the nation. He made this known at the closing ceremony of the orientation course for the 2018 batch ‘C’ []The post Minister Urges Private, Public Organisations To Accept Corps Members appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Israeli Embassy, Ministry Train People With Disabilities
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Embassy of Israel and the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs have concluded training for people with special needs ahead of World Disability Day. The two-week long training by MASHAV (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation) empowered teachers and caregivers with skills necessary to teach and care for children with special needs. The training which []The post Israeli Embassy, Ministry Train People With Disabilities appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian New
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UTME: JAMB Won’t Sell Forms Till January ‘ Official
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The sale of registration forms for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will no longer start this December but January 2019, an official has said. Dr Fabian Benjamin, the head, Media and Information of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, organisers of the UTME, made the disclosure in Lagos, yesterday. Benjamin said that the []The post UTME: JAMB Won’t Sell Forms Till January ‘ Official appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Police Win OSOM Games
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Nigeria Police Force has emerged winners of the One Service One Medal (OSOM) Games which ended in Kaduna, yesterday. The Nigerian Police Force garnered a total of 41 gold, 14 silver, 10 bronze to emerge champions of the third OSOM Games. Nigerian Prisons Service claimed 8 gold, 20 silver, 14 bronze to finish second, []The post Police Win OSOM Games appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Babangida Emerges NANPF President
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Former Super Eagles winger, Tijani Babangida has emerged the president of the National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers (NANPF). Babangida was a member of the Dream Team 1 Olympic Eagles that won the football gold medal at the Atlanta ’96 Olympics and also played for the Super Eagles at the France ’98 World Cup, where []The post Babangida Emerges NANPF President appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Arsenal’s Unbeaten Run Faces Man Utd Test At Old Trafford
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Arsenal take their impressive unbeaten run to Old Trafford this week, fresh off the back of their north London derby victory over Tottenham Unai Emery’s side are unbeaten in 19 games across all competitions and take on a Man Utd side which continue to stutter. Jose Mourinho’s side clawed back from two-goals down to draw []The post Arsenal’s Unbeaten Run Faces Man Utd Test At Old Trafford appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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FCT SWAN Congratulates Ogbeche As NUJ Chairman
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), FCT chapter has congratulated the new chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalist, FCT Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche. Handing down the congratulatory messages when the executive members of FCT SWAN visited him in his office, Comrade Ndubueze Chidoka, who led the train applauded the free, fair and credible electoral []The post FCT SWAN Congratulates Ogbeche As NUJ Chairman appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Ekiti Athletes Protest, Accuse Officials Of Fraud
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Athletes from Ekiti state to the 2018 National Sports Festival have staged a protest against alleged fraud in the N7million approved by the state government for the fiesta which kicks off tomorrow in Abuja. The athletes accused the management of the Etiki State Sports Council (SSC) of pocketing N5 million made available by the government []The post Ekiti Athletes Protest, Accuse Officials Of Fraud appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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NSF: 8,861 Participants Storm Abuja As Minister Pledges Hitch-free Event
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
With less than 24hours to the opening ceremony of the 19th National Sports Festival (NSF) slated to hold in the nation’s capital city, Abuja, the minster of FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello has reaffirmed the commitment of the host city to stage a hitch-free event. Bello, who gave the assurance during a pre-games world press []The post NSF: 8,861 Participants Storm Abuja As Minister Pledges Hitch-free Event appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Don’t Politicise Religion In Nigeria
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
In 1844, the Revd Samuel Ajayi Crowther returned home to Yorubaland (now part of modern-day Nigeria). Twenty years earlier, he had been kidnapped and sold to European slave traders who were bound for the Americas. He was freed by an abolitionist naval patrol, and received by the Church Missionary Society. There, he found his calling. []The post Don’t Politicise Religion In Nigeria appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Yemeni Children And A Cruel World
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
It took me two days to process the enormity of the systematic starvation of the children of Yemen in the Middle East leading to thousands of deaths of the innocents even as the world watches in cruel silence. Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, has been devastated by a civil war, so says []The post Yemeni Children And A Cruel World appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Dbn Shows Its Mettle, Woos Entrepreneurs With Inspiring New Ad Campaign
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The phone rings. A customer is calling in with a large new order for the young struggling hardworking fashion entrepreneur. He wants it delivered immediately. For the entrepreneur, it’s a potential game-changer, a breakthrough. But there is a problem. The entrepreneur does not have the resources to deliver. Desperate, he starts making frantic calls. His []The post Dbn Shows Its Mettle, Woos Entrepreneurs With Inspiring New Ad Campaign appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News
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The Public Service And Nigerians Living With Disability
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The fight for justice and equality irrespective of physical condition was one that was spearheaded by organisations both governmental and nongovernmental organisations as well as activists based on the untold hardship encountered by People Living With Disability PLWD in the course of their daily encounter within and around the society. Many are stigmatised, discriminated []The post The Public Service And Nigerians Living With Disability appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News N
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Olonishakin: Military Navigator, Administrator
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Leadership is a burden. Those who desire to succeed in it must know its rudiments’ and apply it conscientiously. No one plans to fail in leadership; but its ensnaring entrapments impose an inglorious reign on some leaders.Leading the military is a herculean task and a science in its unique class. Whoever executes this responsibility has []The post Olonishakin: Military Navigator, Administrator appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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APC Chieftain Asks Court To Cancel Borno Gov’ship Primary
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno State, Idris Mamman, has filed a case before a Federal High Court, Maiduguri, seeking the nullification of the governorship primary of the party in the state. He asked the court to nullify the nomination of Babagana Umara-Zulum as the party’s governorship candidate. Those joined in []The post APC Chieftain Asks Court To Cancel Borno Gov’ship Primary appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Network.
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Issues In PMB, Atiku’s Campaign Promises
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Barely two months to the forthcoming general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has lifted the embargo placed on campaigns. TOPE FAYEHUN, in this report dissects the campaign issues of the two leading presidential candidates, the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar As the 2019 general elections inch nearer, []The post Issues In PMB, Atikus Campaign Promises appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News Netwo
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PDP Can’t Point At Any Achievement In 16 Years ‘ Keyamo
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
In this encounter, a team of Editors from LEADERSHIP probes the Director of Strategic Communications and Official Spokesperson of President Muhammadu Buhari re-election campaign, Festus Keyamo (SAN) on why he believes Buhari deserves a second term in office Why do you think President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term’ Ithink there are three cardinal reasons []The post PDP Cant Point At Any Achievement In 16 Years ‘ Keyamo appeared first on Leadership Newspaper and Nigerian News N
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