Osinbajo Asks Nigerians To Love, Support One Another

We Hear You, Loud And Clear, Osinbajo Tells ProtestersLove and hope were at the heart of the Easter message delivered by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, in Abuja on Sunday.

After leading the service at the Villa Chapel to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Professor Osinbajo encouraged all Nigerians to shelve tribe or religion and embrace the love of Christ.

The Vice President told worshippers that as God loved all mankind, Nigerians should commit to supporting each other, regardless of ethnic groups to ensure the growth and development of all.

Buhari Condoles With General Gowon On Sister’s Death

President Muhammadu Buhari is celebrating a Prince of Sokoto and former Nigeria's High Commissioner to South Africa, Alhaji Shehu Malami, on his 79th birthday.Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has commiserated with the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), over the passing away of his younger sister, Kande Martha Audu.

The President, who called from London, extended his deepest condolences to General Gowon and his family, urging them to take solace in the fact that Mrs Audu lived a worthy and exemplary life.

“Death is an inevitable end that must come to all mortals, and we must keep praying and working to ensure that we live a life that pleases our Creator and benefits humanity,” Buhari said.

He also prayed that God would comfort the grieving family and grant rest to the soul of Mrs Audu.

General Gowon, who thanked President Buhari for the commiserations, assured him that he would not relent in praying for the unity and progress of the country, adding that Nigerians are also praying for the President’s quick recovery.

This was revealed in a statement signed by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Enugu State House Of Assembly Passes Budget Into Law

Six Arraigned, Robbery, Vanguard PublisherThe Enugu State House of Assembly, has passed the 2017 budget estimate of over 105Billion Naira into law, with the breakdown that shows that over 55Billion Naira represents recurrent expenditure.

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation said, although the budget estimate may look high, the state will achieve over 80% of the budget estimate with the ongoing restructuring in the Board of Internal Revenue and Prudent Management of the executive, as well as refund from the Paris and London club.

The passage follows the consideration of the report as presented by the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation.

The committee considered the bill followed by third reading of the bill which was subsequently passed into law.

However, the Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, has commended members of the House for their contributions in the passage of the budget into law.

He urged them to carry out thorough oversight functions to ensure implementation of the budget.

Trump Fires Acting Attorney General For Defying Immigration Order

trump-banU.S. President Donald Trump fired top federal government lawyer Sally Yates on Monday after she took the extraordinarily rare step of defying the White House and refused to defend new travel restrictions targeting seven Muslim-majority nations.

It was another dramatic twist in the unusually raucous roll-out of Trump’s directive that put a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The Friday night ban prompted protests and chaos at airports on the weekend as customs officials struggled to put the order into practise, and the fallout spread to U.S. markets on Monday, where stocks suffered their biggest drop of 2017 and companies affected by the change spoke out against it.

Yates said late on Monday that the Justice Department would not defend the order against court challenges, saying that she did not believe it would be “consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.”

Hours later, she was fired. The White House said Yates “has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States” and portrayed her actions as political.

Trump has argued tougher vetting of immigrants is needed to protect America from terror attacks but critics complain that his order unfairly singles out Muslims and defiles America’s historic reputation as a welcoming place for immigrants.

Yates, an appointee of former Democratic President Barack Obama, was days away from being replaced by Trump’s pick for the top spot at the Justice Department, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, who is awaiting Senate confirmation.

“Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” the White House said in a statement.

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Aregbesola Says Recession Must End In 2017

Argebesola Stresses Need To Educate Nigerians On RecessionThe Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola says Nigeria will move beyond the challenges of economic recession in 2017 to fast track a better standard of living for Nigerians.

Governor, Aregbesola made this known in Osogbo, the Osun State capital during his new year message at the Freedom Park while celebrating the new year with some residents.

The Governor Rauf Aregbesola and some other notable sons and daughters of the state chieftains in the state, joined others to usher in with great musical performances, comedy and fireworks display the year 2017.

The governor said the government at all levels, particularly the Federal Government must engineer a financial plan to return the country back to economic winning ways.

The Osun state governor also embraced Nigerians not to lose sight of the change they voted for few months back by rallying round the government of the day and perform their civic responsibilities.

“We are on the path of re overt. We are moving away from recession into the phase of recovery. This recovery will lead to growth and growth will lead to consolidation. And all this will happen this year.

But what remains for all of us? Those who are employed must be efficient to increase their productivity.”
He further stated that those without work must go back to the land, cultivate it for food production most especially, and cash crops.

“We must earn more money generally. All of us must earn more money and we must reduce our consumption of imported goods. When we do this individually, it will result to the conservation of our resources, effective use of those resources and creation of wealth for all. ‎” the governor explained.

How Several Houses Got Burnt Down Over 50 Naira ‘Madiga’ Bread

How Several Houses Got Burnt Down Over 50 Naira 'Madiga' BreadThree houses have been set ablaze in Bayelsa community of Ozizebiri, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state, following the killing of a 22 year old boy by a new military recruit, over a 50 Naira local bread known as Madiga.

The military recruit, identified as Ayibakare Oguo, 26 years old, stabbed the deceased following an argument.

According to eyewitnesses, the victim, identified as Princewill, an indigene of Opuama community in the same local Government area, was killed after a fight with the Oguo.

“The accused Ayibakare was alleged to have beaten up the younger sister of the deceased over 50 Naira Madiga he bought on credit.

“So in anger the deceased went to him to inquire why his sister was beaten up and a fight ensued and that was how the deceased was stabbed to death.”

Confirming the development on the floor of the House of Assembly, the member representing Southern Ijaw constituency 2, Honorable Monday Obolo explained that the killing of the 22 year old has led to a reprisal attack and the burning of three houses.

According to Obolo, “Even though our traditional rulers and elders are trying to resolve the matter, angry youths from Opuama have already invaded the alleged Killer’s community and set some houses ablaze”.

Obolo, who received unanimous support from members of the House, called on security agencies in the state to deploy armed troops to the area to avoid total breakdown of law and order.

‘Madiga’ is a local bread, produced from sweet potato flour in place of wheat flour consumed mostly by the people of the Niger Delta regions of Southern Nigeria.

Reps To Meet Buhari On Insecurity In Nigeria

Insurance FraudThe leadership of the House of Representatives is to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari in a bid to find a solution to the state of insecurity in the country.

This is part of the resolutions reached by lawmakers following a debate on a motion presented by Rep. Simon Arabo on the killing of some people in the southern part of Kaduna State

The House is also calling on the Department of State Security, (DSS) which is in charge of internal security in the country, to rise up to its responsibility.

Gunmen Kill 31 In Kaduna

About 31 people were killed and several others injured, as gunmen attacked four communities in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

The fresh attacks came just a day after the launching of public apology billboard by the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai signaling the return of peace and an end to the frequent conflicts between Fulani Herdsmen and natives of Southern part of the state.

Eyewitness account reports that the gunmen invaded the four communities, Ungwan Rimi, Kitakum, Ungwan Magaji and Kigam all in Kauru LGA, on Sunday night, shooting people and burning down houses And farmlands. An indigene of the area told our correspondent on telephone that the entire communities have been deserted as people flee from their homes for fear of being caught up in the

U.N. Syria envoy says local government in rebel-held Aleppo area should stay on

Congo, UNStaffan De Mistura, the United Nations secretary general’s Syria envoy said on Sunday he had proposed that jihadist fighters should leave Aleppo but that the government should let the local administration in rebel-held areas of the city stay in place.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moalem earlier on Sunday ruled that out, saying it was a “violation of our sovereignty”, but De Mistura told reporters in Damascus that he believed such measures could be temporary and that Aleppo should be treated as a special case.

Alleged N4.9b Fraud: Trial Of Fani-Kayode Stalled

Fani-KayodeThe trial of former Aviation Minister, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode over a 4.9 bilion naira fraud charge could not proceed at the Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday.

This is because he is still in Kuje prison trying to perfect the conditions for his bail granted by a Federal High Court in Abuja on five-count charge of diversion of 26 million naira.

His counsel, Mr Wale Balogun, told the court that he has been in Kuje prisons because he is yet to meet the bail conditions granted him by an Abuja court.

“My lord, the second accused (Fani-Kayode) was kept in custody of the prosecution for 21 days without any word, and finally, arraigned on November 10 before your learned brother, Justice John Tsoho in Abuja, on a five-count charge bordering on N26million.

“He was subsequently remanded at the Kuje prisons, and in view of this, we are helpless, as his bail conditions have not been perfected in spite of frantic efforts by family and friends,” Balogun said.

Mr Fani-Kayode had been facing a 17-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N4.9 billion before he was re-arrested on Friday, October 21 by operatives of the anti-graft agency.

He has been re-arraigned on fresh charges bordering on corruption, criminal breach of trust and diversion of funds by the EFCC.

Fani-Kayode, who was also spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign, has pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge.

Court Grants Fani-Kayode Bail

Fani-KayodeA Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, in the sum of 50 million naira and one surety in like sum.

The court says that the surety must be resident in Abuja and own a landed property in the capital city.

The former minister is to submit his passport and other travel documents to the court.

The presiding judge, Justice John Tsoho, has directed that Mr. Fani-Kayode be remanded in Kuje Prison until he meets the conditions of his bail application.

Mr. Fani-Kayode was arrested on Friday, October 21 by operatives of the anti-graft agency, as he left the Federal High Court premises in Lagos.

His arrest is connected to the recent 17-count charge of money laundering to the tune of N4.9 billion filed by the EFCC in Abuja against him.

He has been arraigned on fresh charges bordering on corruption, criminal breach of trust and diversion of funds by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Fani-Kayode, who was also spokesman for the Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign, has pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge.

The former Aviation Minister has described his arrests as efforts to silence him.

Speaking to newsmen while being taken away by operatives of the EFCC as he left the Federal High Court premises in Lagos on Friday, he said: “They will not take my life, I am not scared, I’m not intimidated (and) I will not be silenced.

“I am very proud of the fact that the Nigerian people are beginning to understand what is going on in this country.

“They can re-arrest me a thousand times, torture me, lock me up, beat me, deprive me of food and my phones; they can do anything to me, I will never change.”

Nigeria’s PMI Improves To 52.9 Reading

policy design, Progressive Governors, economic recessionNigeria’s Purchasing Manufacturing Index turned positive at 52.9 reading in October, from a negative reading of 47.9 in September.

The uptick in the manufacturing level according to FBN Quest, was driven by an improvement in all five sub-indices, in October.

FBN Quest is projecting a further contraction of -1.7 percent in the third quarter of 2016, but says the figure could be better, if the oil economy surprises on the upside.

The analysts expect a flat GDP for the fourth quarter of 2016.

Ebola Hit children in Sierra Leone, Amid Hunger

ebolaThousands of Ebola orphans, teenage mothers and children in charge of households in Sierra Leone are struggling to feed themselves and their families amid widespread food shortages in the West African nation, a British charity said on Monday.

While most families devastated by Ebola have received humanitarian aid, at least 1,400 children orphaned by the epidemic urgently need support, according to Street Child.

The world’s worst outbreak of the disease – now officially over – killed more than 11,300 people and infected some 28,600 as it swept through Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea from 2013.

“Teenage orphans have taken on the burden of looking after their young siblings and are struggling to cope,” Street Child’s chief executive officer Tom Dannatt said in a statement.

“Several have dropped out of school, sacrificing their own futures to try and make sure that their brothers and sisters can stay in education,” Dannatt added. “Sadly, running a business and a household is proving too tough for many of them.”

Some 3.5 million people – more than half of Sierra Leone’s population of six million – do not have enough safe and nutritious food to eat, the World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said last month.

Food shortages in most of the country are caused by problems that predate the Ebola outbreak, according to the U.N. food agencies, which said the number of people “severely” affected by a lack of food has increased by 60 percent since 2010.

The shortages, which have seen the price of a bag of rice more than double since 2014, have hit orphans, teenage mothers and child-headed households the hardest, Street Child said.

The Ebola epidemic left more than 12,000 children orphaned while at least 18,000 teenage girls became pregnant during the outbreak, according to the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA).