‘National Orientation Agency sabotaged President,’ Garba Shehu says

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The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu revealed to newsmen that that the National Orientation Agency (NOA) never supported the President’s change agenda.

Shehu said this while announcing the President’s decision to embark on zonal town hall meetings with Nigerians

He said “We have an agency like NOA with 773 offices nationwide.

“Each has not less than 5 to 7 staffs and well-equipped, but you know also, sometimes democracy has its own dark side.

“The President came and he wanted to really be fair to every Chief Executive. If he wanted to fire people on assumption (of office), he would have done it and he would not have violated any rule.

“He decided to give everyone a chance to see whether they would imbibe the change mantra, to see whether they were prepared to go along (with him).”

He said “I will say with all sincerity that NOA was a source of worry for us in government; the people and the leadership never believed in what we are doing.

“They never believed in change. They just folded their arms and watched us for the period of 8 to 9 months that they were there.

“I believe the new leadership would begin to formulate things for agencies like that.”

Speaking on the town hall meetings, Shehu said Buhari decided to hold zonal town hall meetings with Nigerians, to keep them abreast of the government’s activities.

He said “I know that there is a plan that the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo would start town hall meetings in zones.

“It would then be broken down to the states and so on.

“Government realises that there is a need to take information to the people and there are steps that are being taken in order to ensure that is done.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly began making moves to woo the national leader of the All Progressive Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu in other to secure a second term ticket.

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NIGERIA: Hunters want to join Army in fight against terrorists

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Hunters from the 27 local Government Areas in Borno have called on the Nigerian Army authorities to let them join the fight against Boko Haram.

The hunters say they can fish out members of the sect who are hiding in the dreaded Sambisa forest, because they know the terrain.

Punch reports that the Chief Hunter of Borno, Mallam Maigana Maidurma said “We are renewing out call on the military authorities to allow us join the search for Boko Haram elements in their Sambisa forest hideout.

“We are ready to pursue the terrorists because we know the terrain in and out.”

Maidurma said his men are not afraid of the landmines which the sect members reportedly buried in the forest.

He also boasted that his men have supernatural powers that will help in the war against the insurgents.

He said “We know that it is true that the Boko Haram terrorists are in the habit of burying landmines to prevent encroachment into their hideout.

“But we believe that we can work in collaboration with Local Vigilantes, called Civilian JTF, to overrun them.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Andrew Pocock, the former British High Commissioner to Nigeria, revealed in a report that the United States Of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK) spotted the location of the Chibok girls, but did nothing to rescue them.

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NIGERIA: Activists give minister Kachikwu 72 hour to resign

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Human rights activists, under the aegis of Civil Society Coalition for Positive Change and Stand Up for Nigeria (SUN), have given the minister of state for petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, 72 hours to resign.

The civil rights groups said the fact that the the fuel crisis is still lingering, shows that Kachikwu has no clue on how to solve the problem.

They also threatened to hold a mass protest in Abuja, if the minister does not resign.

The activists, in a statement said “Nigerians fought hard to vote in this government of change. But to hear the minister say the kind of things he said is not only insulting to Nigerians but showed his gross incompetence. Nigerians will not tolerate such recklessness. In case the minister needs a reminder, the era of incompetence is long gone with the previous administration. “

“Since he has admitted that he cannot restore normalcy to the current fuel crisis, he should immediately resign his position. Indeed, Kachikwu was not coerced to take this job. He accepted the job and its responsibilities knowingly. He also must remember that he does not own NNPC. This also is not a private company that owes nothing to the public except the duty of fair dealing. He is a public servant. The seat he sits upon is owned by Nigerians not by him,” they added.

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu also lashed out at Kachikwu over his comments on the fuel scarcity.

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NIGERIA: Troops kill 4 terrorists in Bita-Madube

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The Nigerian Army has been making tremendous progress in the fight against Boko Haram.

The acting director, Army public relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman announced that four Boko Haram members were killed during an operation along Bita-Madube Ciki-Njubul axis.

This is coming days after a video purportedly released by the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, went viral on the internet.

Usman said “Troops of 114 Task Force Battalion, 28 Task Force Brigade, in conjunction with some vigilantes in their area of operation, have carried out clearance operation of reported remnants of Boko Haram terrorists along Bita-Madube Ciki-Njubul axis.”

He added that “During the advance, 2 soldiers unfortunately stepped on a buried Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that seriously injured one of the soldiers. Nevertheless, the troops continued the advance and had contact with the terrorists and cleared them out of Madube Cikin, killing 4 insurgents, destroying 2 vehicles and 2 motorcycles belonging to the terrorists. The troops also recovered 2 cylinders, 1 AK-47 rifle, 3 boxes of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 2 bicycles and bags of grains.”

“The troops also rescued 54 persons held hostage by the Boko Haram terrorists. The released hostages are being screened while the wounded soldiers have since been evacuated for proper medical care,” he said.

Also, a female suicide bomber who was caught in northern Cameroon, has claimed she is one of the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped in the town of Chibok, Borno State in 2014 by Boko Haram.

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NIGERIA: ‘Kachikwu insulted Nigerians,’ APC leader says

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The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has lashed out at the minister of state for petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, over his comment about the lingering fuel scarcity.

The APC national leader did not mince words as he spoke about the minister’s use of words.

Kachikwu on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, while speaking about the fuel crisis, told newsmen that he was not a magician.

Although the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) came out to clear the air on the minister’s comments, Nigerians have not let it go.

Tinubu accused Kachikwu of insulting Nigerians and speaking like an elitist.

“It insulted the people by its tonality. He spoke with the imperious nature of a member of the elitist government the people voted out last year and not the progressive one they voted in,” he said.

He also said the minister “has strayed from the progressive calling required of this administration.”

Tinubu also said “Perhaps the statement by Kachikwu was made in a moment of unguarded frustration or was an awkward attempt at a joke. Whatever the motive, it was untimely and off-putting. The remark did not sit well with the Nigerian people; they were as right to feel insulted as the minister was wrong to have said such a thing.”

The former Lagos state Governor also expressed confidence in the Buhari led administration’s ability to solve the challenges facing Nigerians.

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APC national leader lashes at Kachikwu Ibe over comment

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The national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has lashed out at the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachukwu, for his utterances over fuel scarcity.

Tinubu took a swipe at the Minister on Saturday, March 26, 2017 saying he has not only strayed but needs to guide his utterances as a public servant.

The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation was also accused of straying away from the progressive calling required of the administration.

In a statement by Tinubu titled, ‘Kachikwu Needs to Know That Respect and Good Performance Will Do What Magic Cannot,’ he said, “I make no attempt to hide it. I am an avid and partisan supporter of this government and of the progressive policies of the party, the APC, upon which this government is based.”

‘With that, I do reserve the right and the duty as a Nigerian to voice my opinion when I believe a member of this government has strayed from the progressive calling required of this administration. I do this because my greater devotion and love are for this nation and its people. Party and politics fall secondary.

‘Much public ire has been drawn to the statement made by the Minister of State (for Petroleum Resources) Ibe Kachikwu that he was not trained as a magician and that basically Nigerians should count themselves fortunate that the NNPC under his stewardship has been able to bring in the amount of petrol it is currently doing.

‘Perhaps the statement by Kachikwu was made in a moment of unguarded frustration or was an awkward attempt at a joke. Whatever the motive, it was untimely and off-putting. The remark did not sit well with the Nigerian people; they were as right to feel insulted as the minister was wrong to have said such a thing.

‘The fuel shortage is severely biting for the average person. They are forced to remain in lines far too long — for too much time — to pay too much money for too little fuel. This is no joking matter. Livelihoods and people’s welfare are at stake.

‘With so much on the line, Kachikwu’s flippancy was out-of-line. He was basically telling Nigerians that they should be lucky that they are getting the inadequate supply they now suffer and that they should just be quiet and endure the shortage for several weeks more,’ the ex-governor stated.

Continuing, he said, ‘It insulted the people by its tonality. He spoke with the imperious nature of a member of the elitist government the people voted out last year and not the progressive one they voted in.

‘He is a public servant. The seat he sits upon is owned by Nigerians, not by him. The company he runs is owned by Nigerians, not by him. They are his boss. He is not theirs. Power is vested in the people. He is a mere custodian or agent of their will.

‘In talking to us in such a manner, he committed an act of insubordination. If he had talked so cavalierly to his boss in the private sector, he would have been reprimanded or worse. If wise, the man should refrain from such interjections in the future.

‘As his ultimate bosses, the people have a right to demand the requisite performance and respect from him.  He should apologise for treating them so lightly in this instance.

‘Instead, he seems to be standing above them, telling them to take it or leave it,’ Tinubu added.

In conclusion, Tinubu said, ‘He must ask them to work with him and, perhaps, to endure a bit longer but with the knowledge that he is working to resolve this matter as fast as he can and as permanently as possible; that he is dedicated to the position that once these current lines are gone, never again shall they reappear, as long as he has any influence in the matter.

‘To do this requires no magic or training in that strange craft. It requires empathy, compassion and the willpower to forge a better Nigeria. These must be the common trademarks of those serving in a progressive government, for these attributes are integral parts of the spirit and ideals upon which the APC was founded,’ Tinubu said.

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NIGERIA: Gunmen kidnap Army colonel

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Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped a Senior Army Officer, Col. Samaila Inusa on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Punch Newspaper reports that Col. Inusa was kidnapped around the Kamazo area in Chikun Local Government of Kaduna State.

Colonel Inusa, it was further reported, was in the company of his wife when the incident occurred.

Said to be serving with the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, near Kaduna State, it was gathered that the gunmen dropped off Col Inusa’s wife and zoomed away with him.

Confirming the abduction, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, One-Mechanized Division, Kaduna, Col. Usman Abdul confirmed the incident in a statement issued on Sunday.

The Army  spokesman in the statement entitled: ‘A senior army officer abducted-Col. Samaila Inusa’, the spokesman noted that the gunmen whisked the colonel away in a Mercedes Benz GLK Black colour with registration number Abuja, KUJ 154 TZ.

“This is to inform the general public that the above named senior officer of the Nigerian Army serving in Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji Kaduna was abducted around Kamazo near NNPC junction, Kaduna.

“The abductors dropped off his wife and left with him in his car. The car headed towards Abuja.

“Anybody with useful information or assistance should please assist in tracking these abductors.

“They are in a Mercedes Benz GLK Black colour with registration number Abuja, KUJ 154 TZ. This happened at about 7:30pm on Saturday 26 March 2016.

“You are please requested to inform the general public on this unfortunate incidence. The following numbers could be reach for further contact.a. 08033865572 b. 08030489203 c. 08023445961, d. 07038025282, e. 08058130703.”

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Fresh fire razes Abubakar Rimi market

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Few hours after fire razed Birnin Kebbi Central market, the Abubakar Rimi Market, was razed leaving shop owners with losses running into billions of naira.

According to a report by Daily Independent Newspaper, the inferno that razed the market was the second in three months, the first one last December affected mainly the furniture section.

It was further reported that no fewer than 6,000 shops including make shift stalls were wiped out by yesterday’s fire which raged for about 12 hours.

A nearby branch of First Bank was also affected with several documents burnt.

It was also reported that the fire was ignited after an electric spark in a patent medicine store close to the Hamza Abdullahi gate of the market complex at about 12.25am yesterday, destroying goods and cash.

Fire fighters reportedly battled to put out the fire while the police, assisted by personnel of the Security and Civil Defence Corps and Hisbah cordoned off the area to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage of the chaotic situation to pilfer goods.

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Pop duo perform together in Netherland after publicised split

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Singing duo and twin brothers, Peter and Paul Okoye gave a thrilling performance on Friday night, March 25, 2016 in Rotterdam, Netherland.
The Okoye brothers, who have been going back and forth with their breakup, performed together for the first time after the prolonged feud.

This is coming days after their elder brother, Jude Okoye, stepped down as the manager to his younger brothers.

Active in the industry since 2003, with six studio albums and numerous awards to their credit, the duo reignited the Psquare passion in Netherland.

Their recent performance together further proves that the crack in their relationship has probably been mended after some top dignitaries and colleagues interfered in the fracas.

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Fan obsessed with actress arrested after attacking Lagos shop

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An instagram user earlier shared a photo showing a man believed to be an obsessed fan of Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde who has been arrested for attacking a shop in Lagos.

The man is reported to have attacked a shop with an advert poster showing the actress while brandishing a knife and asking for his wife (Omotola).

The unidentified man who has reportedly been threatening the Haier Thermocool branch, asking for his ‘wife’, on their bill board returned to take her.

The reports further reveal that he had had to be subdued with the help of four men before getting tied up to restrain him and arrested by the police.

 

 

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