Sunday, 10 September 2017 11:14

VIDEO OF A DRUNK POLICEMAN IN UNIFORM GOES VIRAL

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A video showing an allegedly drunk policeman lying on the ground in a muddy puddle went viral on the Internet on Saturday.

The uniformed policeman was said to have allegedly drunk himself to stupor.

Several people gathered around him, filming and taking pictures of the cop.

“He has taken too much drink (alcohol) and he has fallen into a gutter. And he is on duty. Look at what Buhari has caused for us; this doesn’t make sense,” a man said in the video.

At a point, some people in the crowd suggested lifting up the policeman, while others objected.

One of the commenters on the post on Instagram, @iam_dazzer wrote, “This is crazy. That’s what we call bad habit. He has been destroyed by his alcoholism. He is a disgrace to the police.”

Another reader, @tokunbo_asap, however, had a different opinion. “What if he is suffering from a neurological disorder, especially seizures?

“He might even have a cardiovascular problem that led to a sudden collapse. Transient ischemic attack (stroke). Why not help him or seek help? They would rather make videos. Pathetic to say the least,” he wrote.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 06:11

BLACKMAILERS THREATEN PDP BOT CHAIRMAN, DEMAND N10M

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Blackmailers have asked Chairman of Board of Trustees of Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Walid jibrin to give them N10m so that they would not publish a secret document they claimed to have on the former member of the National Assembly.

The callers were said to have bombarded the BOT boss with several text messages, insisting that they must be paid the said amount or they would publish the information they have on the Nassarawa State-born politician.

Jibrin, who spoke with our correspondent on Saturday evening in Abuja, said he had reported the matter to security agencies.

He said he had been receiving several calls since last week, with the callers claiming to either be reporters or secretaries to some editors.

Jibrin said the frequency of the calls was affecting his recovery from stroke, which he said afflicted him recently.

He said, “Despite my health condition following my stroke attack, I am now being bombarded with threats on my life coupled with unanimous text messages and calls claiming they are from reputable editors of media houses.

“Such messages which are recorded are a further threat to my recovery. I am a former journalist, I served at the Nigerian Broadcasting Service, Lagos, under Dr. Christopher Kolade and was later transferred to Maiduguri. I am appealing to people to stop spoiling the name of our reputable editors.

“They should not dent the image of these editors who have earned their reputation through hard work. They should stop the threats.

“The evidence of such threats and calls have been fully recorded and submitted to security agencies and the editors being lied against have been informed.”

Jibrin said he was not involved in any business with anyone, wondering why he would be a target of the blackmailers.

He said one of the callers claimed to be a secretary of a PUNCH editor, but said that his investigations showed that the caller was a swindler.

“They are criminals. One of them asked me to give them N10m. Where is the money? For what purpose? I didn’t do business with anyone. They should leave me alone,” he added.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 05:55

2019: APC NORTHERN GOVS BACK BUHARI FOR SECOND TERM, OTHERS SAY NO

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Governors from northern states of the country who are members of All Progressives Congress on Saturday said nothing would stop President Muhammadu Buhari from contesting the 2019 election.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, a close ally of the President, also backed Buhari for a second term.

They spoke just as Special Adviser to the President on Social Media, Mrs Lauretta Onochie, said on Twitter on Saturday that, “We’re working on Buhari’s return to power in 2019.”

The development came barely 48 hours after Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, vowed to ensure the realisation of the presidential ambition of a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, instead of Buhari in 2019.

She had said, “If am to choose between Atiku and Buhari if both contest the forthcoming 2019 presidential election, I will support Atiku.”

Her declaration made Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to declare in an interview with State House correspondents that APC governors and ministers would support Buhari’s re-election in 2019.

El-Rufai said Alhassan did not believe in President Buhari’s political ideology and that she voted against the President during APC presidential primary.

Northern Governors Forum made its position known through Deputy Chairman of the group, Mr Abdullahi Ganduje.

Ganduje, who is Governor of Kano State, said the support for Buhari was total and unconditional and that in case the President decided to seek re-election in 2019, Nigerians across the six geo-political zones would troop out to re-elect him.

The governor spoke through his Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr. Muhammed Garba.

He explained that Buhari’s support base had increased over the last two years because of the transparent manner he has been handling the nation’s economy and his administration’s war against corruption and insecurity.

He said the foundation laid by the current administration would be consolidated and improved upon should the President decide to offer his services to the nation again in 2019.

Mohammed said, “The Buhari brand is a unifying factor because Nigerians across ethno-religious divides have come to see him as a man who walks the talk.

“For us in Kano for example, our support for him is 100 per cent. We know him as an honest Nigerian who thinks Nigeria first before anything else.

“His performance over the last two years — especially in the war against corruption, insecurity and terrorism — has been exemplary.

“Should he decide to hear our cry to seek re-election, we will not only support him but also do everything humanly and legally possible to ensure his victory.

“For those who have the privilege of travelling outside Nigeria, it is common knowledge that we are now respected because of the value the Buhari administration has brought to governance.”

In the same vein, Amosun, who spoke to journalists on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, at a book launch, said the President has the right to a second term.

He said, “The only thing that can prevent President Buhari from contesting is if his health cannot take it.

“If not for this present administration, only God knows where Nigeria would have been. When the government came on board, it was like jumping into the pool at the deep end.”

He scored the Federal Government high in its fight against insurgency, insecurity, corruption as well as efforts geared at economic recovery through serious diversification drive.

Similarly, Arewa Consultative Forum has said it will support Buhari in the 2019 presidential poll.

The socio-cultural group, however, gave a condition.

“If President Muhammadu Buhari is able to deliver on his campaign promises substantially and be as fit as a fiddle to undertake presidential responsibilities and tasks by the end of his tenure, there will be no reason not to support him,” ACF Secretary General, Mr Anthony Sani, said.

A former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, said that Buhari’s overall performance would determine his support for him in 2019.

Obasanjo, who spoke in an interview he granted BBC Hausa Service on Saturday, explained that Buhari had not disappointed him because he had solved the problems he was expected to find solutions to.

He said the Nigerian leader started dealing with the problem of bribery, corruption and the war against insurgency.

Obasanjo said, “It is not everybody that will be satisfied with the way he is fighting bribery but the important thing is that he has started waging war against the problem.

“The same way we know that with his status as a retired soldier, he will try his best to find a solution to the problem of insurgency.”

Asked whether he would still support Buhari if he re-contests the next election, Obasanjo said, “If he (Buhari) says he will re-contest, I will look at his overall performance before I take a decision. I voted for him two years ago because I could vote for anyone besides Goodluck Jonathan.”

But Peoples Democratic Party has said Buhari will have nothing to show to Nigerians as his achievement in 2019.

It, however, welcomed his reported decision to re-contest, saying the President and his party would be defeated at the poll.

National Publicity Secretary of National Caretaker Committee of the party, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, stated this on Saturday.

He said, “We will defeat him because he has nothing to show. PDP will challenge him and his party in the election and PDP will win on the account that he has not performed.

“The records are there for all to see. What would they use to campaign to Nigerians? Where are the projects? Nothing.”

PDP also said the comment by Alhassan that she would abandon Buhari for Atiku in 2019 was an indication that the President had been adjudged to be incompetent.

He said if the minister who has been working with the President for the past two years could make such a pronouncement, then Nigerians should know that they have a president that doesn’t deserve a second term.

Lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Mr Shehu Sani, urged Buhari to reach out to the National Leader of ruling APC, Mr Bola Tinubu, who the lawmaker said is aggrieved.

Sani, in a Facebook post on Saturday, made a veiled reference to Buhari and Tinubu, warning that the latter had a damaging political capacity.

The post read, “The Lion Monarch should reach out to the aggrieved but silent Lagoon Lion so that he doesn’t explode like the hippo. The Lagoon Lion controls waters that can drown.”

When contacted on the telephone on Saturday, Sani confirmed that “The Lagoon” represented Lagos, while “The Lagoon King” was in reference to Tinubu, who is a former governor of the state.

Efforts to get spokesperson of Tinubu, Mr. Tunde Rahman, were unsuccessful as calls to mobile telephone number indicated that it was switched off.

Meanwhile, Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators said on Sunday that it would not support President Buhari if he declared for a second term in office.

Leader of the coalition, John Duku, said rather than support Buhari, it would back any candidate that would address issues affecting the development of the Niger Delta region.

The militant leader recalled that some of the agitators expressed their support for Buhari during the 2015 election, but added that the challenges of the oil-rich region had not been addressed.

He said, “We will not give him support (for a second term). Even if we have given a group the mandate to discuss on our behalf, we will not support his second term bid and that is the truth.

“We will support a candidate that will promote Niger Delta issues, a candidate that has the same understanding and feeling like the late Umaru Yar’Adua had for the Niger Delta region. He (Yar’adua) worked with us.

“But we don’t think the President is interested in a second term because there are a lot of lapses in his first term. We cannot score him (President Buhari) up to 40 per cent in terms of performance.

“There are a lot of issues that his government has not addressed. He is not strong enough to run for a second term; that is how we see it. I don’t think he will declare for a second term,” Duku said.

Yoruba Council of Elders said President Mohammadu Buhari has the right to begin presidential campaign for 2019 but stressed that the nation’s governing architecture must be restructured before the elections.

Speaking through its Secretary-General, Mr Kunle Olajide, YCE said it suspected that those who were benefitting from the Buhari government and those close to him, were spearheading the campaign.

He said, “As far as we are concerned, Buhari has absolute right to start campaign ahead of 2019 just like any other Nigerian. I don’t think that he has personally begun the campaign. We suspect that his fanatical supporters are the ones pushing him and behind the campaign.

“He is still spending one term so he has the constitutional right to contest for one more term in office. However, Nigerians will decide if they still want him in the seat. His fate is in the hands of the electorate.

“YCE insists that we cannot go into 2019 election without restructuring the country. We want a restructuring of the architectural outlook of government before 2019 election.”

But the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, said it would decide on the candidate to support for the 2019 presidency at the appropriate time.

Speaking with one of our correspondents, the group’s spokesperson, Mr Yinka Odumakin, said it would not speak specifically on Buhari’s ambition for now.

When prodded on whether Buhari deserves a second term, Odumakin said, “Afenifere is not a political party. When the time comes, we will look at all the candidates and weigh them.”

President of Ijaw National Congress, Mr Boma Obuoforibo, said if APC presents Buhari and Nigerians want him, then he would be president again.

He said, “This is a political question. Frankly speaking, INC is concerned about its own affairs and whoever takes care of the issues concerning Ijaw nation.

“INC has APC, PDP and other political party members. INC cannot single handedly make or break his ambition.”

Also, President of the Ijaw Youth Council, Mr Eric Omare, said Buhari’s right to seek a second tenure was in line with the constitution.

Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra said Buhari does not deserve a second term.

MASSOB National Director of Information, Mr Samuel Edeson, said Buhari’s administration brought hardship to the people.

Edeson said, “We Biafra agitators don’t believe in Nigerian politics, we want our own country, but nevertheless, President, Buhari, does not deserve a second term.

“His government has made life difficult for the people — the masses are suffering, people are complaining of hardship and nothing has been done to make things better for the common man.

“During the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, a bag of rice sold for N8,000 but today a bag of foreign rice is N28,000, the pump price of fuel has risen to N145, and it is like that in any other sectors of the economy.

“Things are hard for the people and we believe the policies of the Federal Government contributed to the hardship.

“No reasonable person will support Buhari for a second term; anybody that supports his second term bid is an enemy of the people.”

An Islamic group, Muslim Rights Concern, however, said it would support President Buhari’s re-election bid in 2019.

Speaking on Saturday night, President of MURIC, Mr Ishaq Akintola, stated that the Buhari administration was a winning team and it would be unnecessary to change it.

He stated that the President had proved to be a leader with good intention and integrity and that he would make the needed sacrifice to move Nigeria forward.

“There is no reason to change a winning team. President Muhammadu Buhari is winning the war against terrorism, corruption and economic crisis.

Meanwhile, National Chairman of APC, Mr John Odigie-Oyegun, is on a visit to Taraba, the home state of Alhassan.

The chairman, who is said to be visiting the state to address a conference of Catholic bishops, on Saturday, used the occassion to “meet with party stakeholders to assess the general administration of the party in the state.”

The visit, which is coming just days after the minister made comments some considered unbecoming of a serving minister, is raising suspicions among party observers.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017 05:52

2019: OSINBAJO DISOWNS GROUP ASKING HIM TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday issued a disclaimer on a political group that is pushing for him to run in the 2019 presidential election.

The group, which remains largely faceless, said it launched a website to create awareness for the vice president because “he is the right ruler for Nigeria.”

It listed its operational base as Belfast, Northern Ireland, with an obviously fictitious phone number.

Yet the group did not claim any links to Mr. Osinbajo. In fact, it put up a screaming disclaimer on its page that its activities were unconnected to the VP.

“Note that Osinbajo did not endorse this volunteer group. We have never met him. We are strong believers in the fact that he is the right ruler for Nigeria and must create a peoples volunteer base for him,” the group stated on its website

Notwithstanding, Mr. Osinbajo issued a short statement through his spokesperson on Saturday, urging Nigerians to disregard the activities of the faceless individuals.

“Please disregard this website created by faceless people for mischievous purposes. It has absolutely nothing to do with the Vice Presiden,” VP’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, wrote on Twitter.

"Please disregard this website created by faceless people for mischievous purposes. It has absolutely nothing to do with the Vice President."

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Friday, 08 September 2017 07:31

HOW WE KILLED 3 STUDENTS, SOLD BREASTS FOR N15 MILLION - RITUAL KILLERS

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Three persons in the business of luring and kidnapping girls for the purpose of killing and selling their parts have been arrested by Ondo State police command.

They have also confessed to have been involved in the kidnapping of students of the Adeyemi College of Education in Ondo town.

While parading the suspects at the police command in Akure on Thursday, newly deployed Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju, said the suspects had engaged in the crime for a while and had extended their activities to neighbouring states.

He said the suspects, John Adenitire, a.k.a Emir; Fisayo Fasanu, a.k.a Abore, and Abdurafiu Tijani, a herbalist, were arrested at different locations, and had confessed to killing three students of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.

Mr. Adeyanju noted that a report of a missing girl made at Fagun Police station in Ondo town on July 28 triggered police investigation that led to the arrest of the suspects.

He explained that one of the suspects, Mr. Adenitire, was arrested in a robbery incident in Ondo, and later confessed to the kidnap and killing of the missing girl for ritual.

He said further investigation led to the discovery of two other female students who had been killed for rituals disclosing that Mr. Adenitire’s confession led to the arrest of two other suspects who participated in the killing.

According to the police boss, Messrs. Adenitire and Fasanu specifically confessed to selling the bodies of the ladies to Mr. Tijani in Ore, who promised to pay N15 million for the parts of the ladies.

Admitting his involvement, Mr. Adenitire, 30, said he was yet to get any pay for the parts of the ladies delivered to the cleric.

“They promised to give us N5 million for a left breast and left hand and we were able to send three different bodies to them but they have not sent the money before the police nabbed me,” he said.

“We have killed three girls and removed their breast and buried their remains in the bush. We gave the parts to the Alfa and Sile who is also part of us but has taken to his heels after our arrest.

“I was not there when the victims were killed but I was the one keeping vigil at the entrance of the bush and the operation was successful. I did not participate in the killing.”

Mr. Fasanu also made confessions, saying, “I was in my house when John Adenitire, Emir, told me he has business that can lead to cool money for us. He told me it’s about ritual and assured me there was no problem.

“We went out the second day around 9:30 p.m. and two girls and one boy were picked and we killed them before removing their parts while Sile took them to herbalists in Ore and Ijebu Igbo.”

Further shedding light on the arrest, Mr. Adeyanju noted that the suspects only made confessions to killing and mutilating the bodies of their victims for ritual purposes after series of interrogation.

“They took us to where they buried one of the victims, and we found the body already decomposing,” he said.

Two female students of the college, Oladepo Blessing and Oluwasemilore Mary, were earlier declared missing.

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Friday, 08 September 2017 07:20

RESTRUCTURING: YORUBA LEADERS INSIST NIGERIA RETURN TO 1960, 1963 CONSTITUTIONS

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Prominent Yoruba leaders that include governors, former governors, former ministers, royal fathers, elder statesmen and academicians from the six South West states, Kwara and Kogi states, on Thursday converged on Ibadan for a Yoruba summit titled, "Yoruba Standpoint on Restructuring", insisting that the country must return to a proper federation as obtained in 1960 and 1963 constitutions.

In a 16-point communique signed by Chairman of the event, Mr Afe Babalola and Chairman of the Planning Committee, Mr Kunle Olajide, the summit said this had been the position of the Yoruba nation since 1950 Ibadan conference, stating that developments in the country over the last 50 years reinforced this conviction.

Present at the event were the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, representatives of the Alaafin of Oyo; Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, representatives of governors of Oyo, Ondo, Ogun and Osun states; former governor of Ondo State, Mr Olusegun Mimiko, Afenifere leaders, Mr Reuben Fasoranti, Mr Ayo Adebanjo and Mr Olu Falae.

Others include former Governor of Ogun State, Mr Gbenga Daniel; Mr Iyiola Omisore, Mr. Jelili Adesiyan, Mr. Yinka Odumakin; Mrs Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu; Mr Femi Fani Kayode, Prof. Ebun Sonaiya, Mr Idowu Sofola, Mr Gani Adams, Mr Deji Osibogun, Mr Doyin Okupe, Mr Femi Ojudu, and Mr Niyi Akintola.

President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Mr John Nwodo led a delegation from the South East that include Mr Ike Nwachukwu, Mr Walter Ofonagoro and Balogun Ndigbo of Ibadanland and Oyo State, Mr Alloy Obi while Mr Albert Horsfall led the delegation from the South-South.

The communique read in part, "That Yoruba are clear that restructuring does not mean different things to different people other than that a multi-ethnic country like Nigeria can only know real peace and 

development if it is run ONLY along federal lines.

"That the greatest imperatives of restructuring Nigeria is to move from a rent-seeking and 

money sharing anti-development economy to productivity by ensuring that the federating 

units are free to own and develop their resources. They should pay agreed sums to the federation purse to implement central services.

"That the federating units- whether states, zones or regions must themselves be governed by written constitution to curb impurity at all levels.

"Nigeria shall be a federation comprised of six regions and the federal capital Territory, 

Abuja.

"The Federal Government shall make laws and only have powers in relation to items specified on the legislative list contained in the constitution of the Federation.

"The Regions shall in turn be composed as states.

"Each Region shall have its own constitution containing enumerated exclusive and 

concurrent legislative lists regarding matters upon which the regions and the states may act or legislate.

"Contiguous territories, ethnic nationalities or settlement shall be at liberty through a

plebiscite, to elect to be part of any contiguous region other than the region in which the 

current geo-political zone or state boundaries places them.

"States as presently comprised in the geo-political zones into which they fall, which shall 

become regions, shall continue to exercise the executive, legislative and judicial functions currently exercised at that level of government.

"The States with a region shall determine the items on the legislative lists in the Regional 

constitution for the purpose of good government and the administration and provision of common inter-state social, economic and infrastructural requirements. Residual powers shall be vested in the states.

"The power to create states shall be within the exclusive powers of the region which shall be obliged to create a state provided a plebiscite is conducted, following a request by an agreed percentage of the residents of the ethnic nationality within a state. The procedure for conducting a plebiscite and the percentage of any ethnic nationality shall be out in the regional constitution.

"The power to create local governments and assign functions to them shall be vested in the states.

"States shall be entitled to manage all resources found within their boundaries and the revenue accruing therefrom. The issue of the entitlement of littoral states to offshore 

resources and the extension of such rights from the continental shelf and rights accuring to the federal government shall be determined by the national assembly.

"The sharing ration of all revenues raised by means of taxation shall be 50% to the states, 35% to the regional government and 15% to the government of the federation.

"For a period of 10 years from the commencement of the operation of the new constitution (or such other agreed period to be enshrined in the federal constitution) there shall be a special fund for the development of all minerals in the country.

The Government of the federation shall raise this sum by way of additional taxation on resources at a rate to be agreed by the National Assembly.

The National Assembly shall set up a body to manage the funds with equal representation of nominees from each of the Regional governments

and shall also set out and out and specify the guidelines for the administration of the funds exclusively for this purpose. The president of the Federation shall appoint a chairperson 

for the entity so formed.

That these agreed positions of the Yoruba taken today shall form the basis of negotiations."

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 11:37

GBOLAHAN MACJOB BAGS CHIEFTAINCY TITLE, FLOATS AFRISTAR FOUNDATION NIGERIA

Ogun State born, Manchester big boy, Gbolahan Macjob, popularly called "Ebora Manchy" has been installed as the Ogboye Jaguna of Ilodo in Ijebu- Mushin area of South- West, Nigeria. 

The Chieftaincy title which was conferred on him by Alayeluwa Oba Isiaka Ajede, was said to be in line with the tradition of honouring indigenes of Ilodo who have been good ambassadors, towards remembering their root.

The traditional ruler said such recognition was a call to service to spur development in Ilodo Community.

He remembered with nostalgia how Gbolahan's grand father was instrumental to ensuring he was educated, " saying without him I would have been an illiterate".

Oba Ajede called on Sons and daughters of Ilodo within and outside Nigeria to always visit home and ensure the development of Ilodo which he said was their root. 

The new Ogboye Jaguna, Otunba Gbolahan Macjob, OGM, promised to continue in his strides to put service forward in ensuring the development of Ilodo. 

He thereafter, launched Afristar Foundation Nigeria and supported ten youths in the community by providing tools needed for their trades.

Otunba Gbolahan Macjob, OGM who also donated to the Ilodo Palace Project was accompanied by family members, friends and well wishers. 

OGM is a journalist and social entrepreneur.

Others installed included Chief Omotunde Komolafe as Bobatolu of Ilodo, Otunba Kamal Seyi Abiodun as Olootu Omo-Oba of Ilodo, Otunba Adedoyin Yusuff as Otun Akogun and Chief Omowunmi Yusuff as Iyalode of Ilodo.

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 07:50

CABINET MEETING CANCELLED FOR SECOND TIME SINCE BUHARI'S RETURN

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The Federal government has cancelled its weekly cabinet meeting for the second time since President Muhammadu Buhari returned from three months of medical leave in Britain.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed said in a statement Wednesday's meeting would not take place "due to inadequate time to prepare the documents".

Buhari cancelled the first cabinet meeting following his return on Aug. 19, raising concerns that the president, criticised for inertia by his opponents, was returning to his former ways, when he worked from home and missed ministerial meetings.

But the 74-year-old president, who has been working from home since his return, last week presided over his first cabinet meeting since taking leave for an unspecified ailment.

The refusal to disclose details of his illness has caused speculation about whether he is well enough to run Africa's most populous country and biggest economy.

Mohammed's statement said a two-day public holiday on Friday and Monday to mark the Islamic Eid-el-Kabir celebrations had left little time to prepare for the weekly meeting.

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 07:21

NIGERIA, SOUTH AFRICA SAY THEY ARE OUT OF RECESSION

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Two of Africa's leading economies said Tuesday they have emerged from recession.

South Africa and Nigeria released figures showing economic growth in the second quarter of this year.

South Africa's government said the gross domestic product grew by 2.5 percent in the quarter, helped by the agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors. The country announced in June it had entered recession.

Nigeria's government said its GDP grew by .55 percent in the quarter, aided by growing oil production. The West African power has struggled to diversify its economy beyond oil and has suffered from militant attacks on oil facilities in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

Nigeria had been in recession since last year, with five quarters of negative growth.

"Unfortunately, the Nigerian government has not taken advantage of the crisis to make tough decisions that will forestall such a recession in the short and long term," analyst SBM Intelligence said in a statement.

"The moment oil prices take a big enough hit again, Nigeria will be headed back to a recession."

On Twitter, President Muhammadu Buhari said that "until coming out of recession translates into meaningful improvement in people's lives, our work cannot be said to be done."

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 07:18

ORDINARY NIGERIANS NEED TO FEEL IMPACT OF COMING OUT OF RECESSION - BUHARI

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PRESS RELEASE 

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Daura, Katsina State, said the real impact of coming out recession will be better felt when ordinary Nigerians experience a change in their living conditions.

President Buhari, who received the President of Niger, Alhaji Mahamadou Issoufou, at his country home in Daura, told newsmen that he was "very happy’’ to hear the country was finally out of recession, adding that the real gain should be improved conditions for Nigerians.

Responding to questions from newsmen, the President said, “Certainly I should be happy for what it is worth. I am looking forward to ensuring that the ordinary Nigerian feels the impact.’’

President Buhari commended all the managers of the economy for their hard work and commitment, stressing that more work needed to be done to improve the growth rate.

He also said, “Until coming out of recession translates into meaningful improvement in peoples’ lives, our work cannot be said to be done.’’

In his remarks, the Nigerien President said he was most delighted to see President Buhari in good health, praying that the almighty God would continue to strengthen him.

President Issoufou said he used the opportunity of the visit to discuss some bilateral and regional issues with President Buhari, which included the fight against Boko Haram, the economic challenges in the Lake Chad Basin and other developmental concerns that directly affect the livelihood of the citizens of both countries.

The Nigerien President was accompanied on the visit by a former Prime Minister, Dr.Hamid Algabid, and President of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of Niger, Moussa Moumouni Djermakoye.

Garba Shehu

SSA to the President

(Media & Publicity)

September 5, 2017

 

 

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