Northern Elders Give Jonathan October Ultimatum To Produce Chibok Girls

Chibok GirlsThe faction of the Northern Elders Forum led by Maitama Sule, on Monday, gave President Goodluck Jonathan an ultimatum till the end of October 2014 to produce the over 200 abducted Chibok girls in Borno State and also bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency, saying that failure to do so amounts to him being deemed unfit to seek re-election in 2015. 

The Northern Elders noted that the warning became imperative because they were of the firm belief that the lingering terrorist attacks and other related security challenges in the country pose a major threat to the 2015 elections and the survival of Nigeria as a nation.

Addressing  a news conference in Kaduna, Spokesman of the forum, Solomon Dalung, identified lack of political will and corruption among government officials and the military authorities as being largely responsible for the lingering insurgency in the North-East, where thousands of innocent people have been killed.

The forum lamented that this situation has allowed the insurgents to take over some parts of the North-East without much resistance from the nation’s security forces.

The forum further alleged that the failure of the government to put an end to the current insecurity in Yobe, Borno, and Adamawa states was a deliberate plot to weaken the North’s political and economic potentials ahead of the 2015 elections.

They expressed disappointment over the unwillingness of prominent leaders of the region to use their connections to tackle the problem.

The forum called for a thorough investigation into the recent assassination attempt on General Muhammadu Buhari by suspected terrorists, and also condemned the alleged ill treatment being meted against northerners in some states in the South, whereby they are said to have been tagged as terrorists.

Governor Kayode Fayemi Mourns Ade-Ajayi

Kayode FayemiEkiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has expressed sadness on the death of eminent historian and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Emeritus Professor Jacob Festus Ade-Ajayi, who passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014.

Fayemi, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, described the Ikole-Ekiti born renowned scholar and administrator as an intellectual giant whose legacies would continue to benefit generations to come.

The Governor described the late Professor Ade-Ajayi as a man of integrity who built a reputation of hard work, honesty and represented the core values of Ekiti.

Fayemi recalled his last engagement with the Emeritus Professor of History shortly after the June 21 governorship election in the state, describing him as a man of immense wisdom, who was ever willing to encourage and mentor the younger ones.

Describing Ade-Ajayi as “Professor of Professors”, Fayemi noted that the late History icon mentored numerous scholars who had contributed immensely to teaching, learning and research all over the world.

“The works of this great scholar in the field of History have become reference points to scholars, researchers, students and the general reading public.”

Mr Kayode Fayemi said Ade-Ajayi’s tenure as Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos recorded unprecedented successes and still remains a reference point in the history of the institution. He noted that the vacuum created by the deceased would be very difficult to fill.

“On behalf of the Government and good people of Ekiti State, I send my condolences to the family of this great man and we pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss,” the statement added.

Ogoni People Meet FG In Bori, Insist On UNEP Report

MOSOB  2The leaders of Ogoni Kingdom in Rivers State have threatened to take their protest to the streets of Abuja, if the Federal Government fails to implement the United Nations Environmental Assessment (UNEP) report on Ogoni land.

The Ogoni people and their leaders displayed their unity of purpose in a consultative meeting with representatives of the Federal Government in Bori, Ogoni, Rivers State.

The atmosphere was tense and not even a joke from the masters of ceremony could force a smile from the faces of those gathered. And their worry was that Ogoni people have suffered years of health and economic  losses.

The Ogoni leaders blamed the Federal Government of neglect, especially in the implementation of the UNEP report released by the United Nations on August 4, 2011.

The Minster of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Danladi Kifasi, said ”its better late than never” as he reaffirmed the Federal Government’s resolve to bring a lasting solution to the plight of the Ogoni people.

On the back of this, the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOB, resolved to put the planned protest in Abuja on hold but threatened to resume their agitation if the Federal Government fails to show considerable action in the next one month.

Meanwhile, some of the elders who spoke at the event insisted that the issues must be addressed without politics, as it appears that agitation for environmental justice in the Niger Delta is far from over.

Klose Retires From International Football

kloseGermany World Cup winning striker, Miroslav Klose, has announced his retirement from international football.

Klose, who is the FIFA World Cup record scorer with 16 goals, made his Germany debut in 2001 and has since played in four World Cups, scoring at all of them.

His goal in the incredible 7-1 semi-final win over Brazil took him past Ronaldo Delima’s 15 goals in the competition to make him the most prolific striker in World Cup history.

The Lazio striker bows out of the international arena with Germany having never lost whenever he has scored and prefers to put the team ahead of his own achievements.

“The team’s success was and is always the top priority for me,” he said.

“I’ve achieved our goal with the national team but I have achieved goals I set personally too. Anyone who knows me knows I am very ambitious.”

With 137 caps to his name, only Lothar Matthaus has won more, and national team coach, Joachim Low, cannot speak highly enough of him.

“Miro Klose is an international star. He is one of the greatest strikers there have been,” he said.

“His footballing qualities; his aerial ability, his goal threat, his understanding and his tireless commitment are second to none, and yet I have barely seen a player who is so much about modesty and team spirit.

“For Miro it was always an honour to play for the national team and he has given everything to Germany. He will be missed as a footballer and a person and I am happy and grateful I was able to work with him.”

Klose follows Germany captain, Phillipp Lahm, into international retirement, with the 30-year-old having done so in the immediate aftermath of the World Cup.

“We gave him (Klose) and Philipp Lahm a worthy farewell,” DFB President, Wolfgang Niersbach, said.

US PGA Championship Win: Rory McIlroy Admits Being Under Intense Pressure


British golfer, Rory McIlroy, has said that he was proud of the way he held his nerves under intense pressure to win the US PGA Championship on a dramatic final day at Valhalla.

McIlroy overcame a poor front nine which saw him surrender his one-shot overnight lead before charging home on the back nine for a three-under 68, to win by one from American, Phil Mickelson, who shot a closing 66.

He became the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back majors following his victory in the Open at Royal Liverpool last month.

Rory McIlroy, who is the third youngest golf player to win four majors in his career after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, said he was happy playing his best golf at this time.

“It’s been just incredible,” said McIlroy. “I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I’d have a summer like this. I’ve played the best golf of my life.

“I really gutted it out today, this was a different way to win a major.

“The other three were quite comfortable but I really had to dig deep today.”

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson has secured a 10th successive Ryder Cup appearance after finishing second at the US PGA Championship on Sunday.

INEC Declares Rauf Aregbesola Winner Of Osun Election

Rauf_Aregbesola_Osun_election_#OsundecidesThe All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Osun governorship election, Rauf Aregbesola, has been declared winner of the Osun election.

The INEC Returning Officer, and Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Bamitale Omole, made the pronouncement at the INEC collation centre along Abere Road, Osogbo.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of the APC , having satisfied the provision of the law and scored the highest vote, is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected,” he said.

Aregbesola won the elections in 22 out of the 30 Local Government Areas of the state, polling 394,684 votes to defeat his opponents.

Iyiola Omisore of the People’s Democratic Party polled 292,747 to emerge second, while Fatai Akingbade of the Labour Party polled 8,898 votes to take the third place.

The incumbent Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, had on Saturday expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the Osun election. He said that the large turnout and the peaceful manner in which the electorates conducted themselves should be commended.

Rauf Aregbesola ran for Governor of Osun State in the 2007 elections.

Although the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, was declared the winner, Aregbesola appealed the decision and on November 26, 2010 was declared the winner.


Nasarawa Impeachment: Commissioner Insists Case Against Al-Makura Is Over

Nasarawa Impeachment_Hamza MohammedFollowing the dismissal of allegations against the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-makura, the Commissioner for Information in the state, Hamza Mohammed, believes that as far as the law is concerned, the crisis in Nasarawa State should be over.

He made this assertion on Channels Television’s weekend breakfast programme, Sunrise.

The Nasarawa impeachment investigative panel set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko, to investigate the 16-count allegation of misconduct and breaches of the constitution levelled against Governor Al-Makura had dismissed the allegations against the Governor following the failure of the State House of Assembly to provide evidence in support of the claims.

The panel held that in criminal proceedings, the onus lies on the person who had made the allegations to prove culpability and that since the state’s lawmakers had failed to prove the allegations, the panel had no choice but to dismiss the allegations.

On the back of this, Mr Mohammed, during the conversation, said: “Section 188 subsection 7 of the constitution says that as soon as the report of the panel is a ‘not guilty’ charge, no further proceedings has to be undertaken in regards to impeachment issue and we believe that is the situation now”.

He, however, berated the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, for allegedly urging the Assembly men to carry on with the impeachment process, during a rally of the People’s Democratic Party.

He maintained that as far as the party was concerned, the Governor “has not committed any misconduct to warrant any impeachment” since his assumption of office, adding that he has the support of the people of the state.

A legal practitioner, Wahab Shittu, who was also on the programme, said that the respect for the constitution and the rule of law was most important and that it should be the perspective that Nigerians should be concerned about, as adhering to it would help the country’s democracy survive.

According to him, “impeachment is both a constitutional process as well as a political process.

Osun Election: PDP, Iyiola Omisore Commend Accreditation Process

Iyiola Omisore

The the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prof Wale Oladipo, has commended the ongoing conduct of the governorship election in Osun State.

Speaking after being accredited at PU001, Enuwa Square, Palace frontage, Ife East Local Government, Professor Oladipo commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for ensuring timely arrival of election materials at their respective polling centres.

The PDP, Secretary was speaking shortly before the PDP flag bearer, Iyiola Omisore cast his vote.

Senator Iyiola Omisore, while commending the conduct of the election so far, however acknowledged that for any endeavour that involves human beings, there are bound to be a few problems here and there.

He went on to appeal to the electorate to remain calm and law abiding.

A total of 1,407,222 registered voters spread across three senatorial districts, with each of the districts having 10 Local Governments, are expected to cast their votes.

Osogbo, the state capital, has the highest number of registered voters with a 110,670, followed closely by Ife Central with a voting population of 95,471.

19 domestic and 10 foreign observers have been accredited by INEC to monitor the election.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, captured the election in pictures. Click here to view.


Osun Election: Aregbesola Commends Exercise

Osun election_AregbesolaAPC’s candidate in the Osun governorship election, Rauf Aregbesola has commended the peaceful conduct of the election in the state so far.

He said that the large turn out and the peaceful manner in which the electorates have conducted themselves should be commended

Clad in white and in the company of his wife and some members of his immediate family, the Governor got accredited at around 10.45 am at his ward 08 unit 01 Ifofin polling unit in Ilesa East Local Government Area of the state.

In Ife/Ijesa Senatorial district, which is the senatorial district of the State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, accreditation of eligible voters commenced at around 8am with an impressive turn out of voters.

The situation was the same at the ward 08 polling unit 1 ifofin polling unit where the governor cast his vote some minutes ago.

In all the situation remained calm as residents go about the process without any rancour.

The Governor, however, condemned the alleged arrest of some leaders of the party, saying this may undermine the credibility of the Osun election process.

Osun Election: Lai Mohammed Released Saturday Morning After Friday Arrest

The Spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lai Mohammed, was arrested by security agents in Osogbo, on the eve of the Osun governorship election.

In a statement issued in Osogbo on Friday night, his Personal Assistant, Mr Williams Adeleye, said that Mr Mohammed was arrested along with Mr Sunday Dare, who is the Media Aide to APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, and the Deputy Chief of Staff to Ogun State Governor, Mr Salisu.

They were arrested Gestapo style by a team of soldiers and DSS agents while they were heading to the Government House less than 24 hours before the Osun election, and taken to an unknown destination in an unmarked truck.

However, in a telephone chat with Channels Television correspondent, who is in Osogbo to monitor the Osun election, Mr Mohammed confirmed that he had been released early on Saturday morning.

He said that he was taken to the office of the State Security Service alongside other arrested persons, including his driver, who was beaten up by the masked security agents before being released.

The arrest was the latest in a series of clampdown targeting opposition leaders and members ahead of Saturday’s Osun election.


Ebola: NNPC Shuts Down Clinic In Lagos

NNPC Shuts downThe Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Friday, announced the indefinite shutdown of its clinic in the Muri Okunola area of Victoria Island, Lagos, following a suspected case of Ebola virus on admission at the clinic.

NNPC shuts down the clinic as it discovered that the patient visited the First Consultant Medical Centre during the period the first Ebola case was reported at that clinic.

The Corporation, in a statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ohi Alegbe, explained that the pre-emptive step was taken after the case was duly reported to the Federal Ministry of Health as well as officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health.

In the meantime, all contacts with this case are being traced and adequate precautionary measures instituted to contain the possible spread of the disease,” the Corporation stated.

The medical team has given assurances that the patient is in stable condition.