FG Expresses Possibility of Negotiation With Boko Haram

sd_mike_omeri_on_making_the_foi_act_work_201212The Federal Government has not ruled out the possibility of entering a negotiation with the Islamist sect, Boko Haram to secure the release of the abducted school girls.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, the Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Mr Mike Omeri said that the federal government is studying a video purportedly from the sect, showing the Chibok school girls.

He also noted that the “government will continue to explore all options for the release and safe return of our girls back to their homes” and asked Nigerians to disregard an “earlier report by a section of the media purported to have been issued by government”.

The Director, Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade added that the military is carrying out surveillance of the area and offering intelligence support to the joint task force in the north east.

Major-General Olukolade also presented a video of the military surveillance of the area.

FEC Celebrates Jonathan At 56

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday celebrated the 56th birthday of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The brief ceremony, which took place before the commencement of its weekly meeting, was presided over by Vice-President Namadi Sambo.

The ceremony was held in the absence of the President, who had left for London to preside over a three-day meeting of Honourary International Investors’ Council (HIIC).

In a brief remark, Sambo described Jonathan as “a gift to the nation” and hailed his leadership style and commitment to transforming Nigeria.

“We are privileged Nigerians sharing from the grace of God upon his life. There is no doubt that the great destiny of this man has helped our individual destiny. What really can we give him in return but only to thank God for his life but to also commend him to the guidance, protection and the care of God”, he said.

The council, led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, also presented a birthday card to the Vice-President for onward presentation to the President, before cutting a birthday cake.

 

PDP, INEC Plot To Rig Anambra Governorship Election, APC Alleges

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of working with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the Anamabra governorship election.

The party alleged that the commission’s national commissioners planned to be used to oversee the polls are card carrying members of the PDP.

The APC named Mr. Lawrence Nwuruku, who it says was the chairman of the PDP in Ebonyi state and Mrs. Nwafor who has worked closely with first lady, Patience Jonathan as a grassroots mobilizer.

The APC in a statement by the Interim National Publicity Sectary, Lai Mohammed said ”if INEC indeed has any hope of organizing a free, fair and transparent election in Anambra on November 16th, it must immediately shelve the plan to send these highly-partisan and heavily-compromised
officials to supervise the election”.

The party also said some actions taken by INEC in recent times have called to question its ability to stay above the fray as far as the Anambra election is concerned.

“For example, the voters’ register for Anambra in 2011 had 2.1 million names, which came down to 1.8 million after a review. However, despite continuous registration by INEC, the names came down to 1.7 million! This kind of chicanery is only possible under a circumstance in which deliberate efforts are being made to depopulate the voters in areas where the opposition has an edge.

“We are therefore left with no choice than to call on the National Assembly to seek explanations from INEC on the hanky- panky. This is necessary to ensure that the election is not rigged by the same body saddled with ensuring that it is transparently-organized,’’ it said.

APC said it is closely monitoring all the processes leading to the election, since the success of any poll is not limited to actions taken on the election day alone, with a view to ensuring that no candidate is short-changed by the very body that has the responsibility to ensure a level-playing field for all.

Meanwhile, INEC has released a dedicated phone number for intending voters who may want information on their polling unit and whether or not they are in the register of
voters, before or on Election Day.

Intending voters are to type the name of the state, their surname, and the last five or six digits of their Voter Identification Number (VIN) displayed on the voter’s card and send as SMS to 0817 164 6879.

INEC said this process will help ease the voting experience in the governorship election slated for the 16th of this month.

Okagbare Fails To Clinch Medal Position In 100m

Nigeria’s hope of breaking the gold medal jinx at the IAAF world championship was dashed today after the athlete whom the country’s hope rested upon, Blessing Okagbare failed in her bid to win in the 100metres in Moscow.

Jamaica’s shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce left other athletes trailing as she took the race in 10.71 seconds, with Murrielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast coming second with a time of 10.93 seconds, while Carmelita Jeter of the United States came third.

Okagbare finished in a disappointing sixth position after a very slow start and ended the race in a time of 11.04 seconds.

Martinez Making Moves To Sign Moses

With the confirmation of former Wigan Athletic Manager Roberto Martinez move to Everton, to replace Moyes who is now the manager of the Red devils, Manchester United, Martinez has been rumoured to be gunning for his first signing and Nigerian international Victor Moses is Martinez’s target.

Moses has so far had a fair season with the Stanford Bridge club Chelsea since he joined the club but with the dawn of new reign; the Jose Mourinho campaign beginning next season after the Portuguese departed Spanish club Real Madrid to return to his former London club, nothing is certain anymore as the Special One may or may not have need for the Nigerian.

According to report, the former Wigan Athletic manager is an ardent admirer of Nigerian International as he once under the tutelage of Martinez when completed a £2.5 million transfer to Premier League side Wigan Athletic after Palace went into administration.

The cost to sign the Chelsea player has been put at £9m.

Victor Moses has featured 12 times for the National Team of Nigeria; the Super Eagles.

Moses can play in a variety of positions, but in the first-team games he has taken part in so far, Moses has mostly played as a winger.

Born in Nigeria, Moses has represented England at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels, but opted to play for the Nigerian national team as opposed to being fully capped for England.

Nigeria ranked highest African country as Onaolapo claims fourth gold medal

More cheery news from the ongoing London Paralympic games as Team Nigeria athletes has increased their gold medals tally to 4.

Joy Onaolapo won gold in the 52 kilogram powerlifting women’s category thereby increase the country’s total medal haul to 7.

Nigeria remains the highest ranked African country on the overall medal table in seventh position.