US President Donald Trump will speak to reporters Wednesday in his first public remarks since his fellow Republicans strengthened their hold on the Senate and lost their House majority to Democrats.
Trump “will hold a press conference today at 11:30 am (1630 GMT) at the White House in the East Room,” spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Twitter. Earlier, the president hailed the Republican victories as a “tremendous success.”
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday said one of the ways of ensuring security of lives and property in the country is to ensure that Nigeria maintains good relationship with her neighbors at all times.
The President gave the remark during his speech at a joint press conference with his counterpart from Benin Republic, Mr Boni Yayi, who paid him a farewell visit.
President Buhari commended President Yayi’s contribution of soldiers in the fight against insurgency under the Lake Chad Commission, and praised his efforts in the provision of quality education, infrastructure and health care for the people of Benin Republic.
He thanked the Benin Republic’s President for the consistency in identifying with Nigeria, assuring him that Nigeria is interested in whoever is going to succeed him.
President Yayi, who will be leaving office in March after serving for two terms, thanked President Buhari and former Nigerian leaders for the show of solidarity to his administration.
The Police in Adamawa State have on Friday announced a dusk to dawn curfew from Sunday till Tuesday.
This is in addition to the restriction of movement from 6am to 6pm on Saturday, the election day.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Gabriel Adaji, revealed this to journalists at a press conference in Yola, the state capital.
Mr Adaji also announced the total ban on tricycles popularly known as ‘Keke Napep’ and cart pushers from Saturday till Tuesday.
The Police Commissioner added that the decision was taken at a crucial inter-agency security meeting which was aimed at curtailing the breakdown of law and order in the state.
Mr Adaji said that the decision would help “to avert some nasty experiences encountered when the presidential elections result was announced about two weeks ago where miscreants hijacked the celebrations”.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo State, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, has officially released the results of the National Assembly elections in the state, cautioning political parties who may feel aggrieved.
The REC told Journalists during a Press Conference at the headquarters of INEC in Ibadan that those protesting the results of the elections should seek redress at the Election Petition Tribunal, instead of disturbing public peace.
Mr Akeju added that several measures have been put in place to avoid malpractices during and after voting, condemning the generalised rejection of the result saying, it is a disservice to the electoral system and insult to the voters who made the sacrifice.
Members of the Accord and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had earlier marched to the Oyo State office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as a way of registering their displeasure, chanting songs amidst very tight security.
The Governorship candidate and leader of Accord, Rashidi Ladoja and his PDP counterpart, Teslim Folarin, at separate interviews, condemned the results in its entirety, claiming that the elections were fraught with irregularities
The results of the National Assembly election indicates that all the 3 senatorial seats in Oyo State were won by the APC, 12 of the 14 House of Reps seats also won by APC, while the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won a seat each.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria is in less than 24 hours and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kwara State has expressed its readiness to conduct a hitch free exercise, assuring electorates in the state that all the necessary materials are ready.
Addressing reporters in Ilorin, the state’s capital, the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr Salihu Garba, on his part, also promised to provide security during the election.
A visit to the INEC office in Ilorin showed that the Ad-Hoc staff of the commission, had been given letters to their locations across the state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Emmanuel Onucheyor, explained that all materials had been delivered to their respective places across the 16 Local Government Councils in the state. “Both the sensitive and non-sensitive materials have arrived their locations,” he said.
Mr Garba while addressing a Press Conference assured residents of the readiness of Police to ensure a hitch free election. He warned people to conduct themselves peacefully.
As the state prepares for the election on Saturday, it is hoped that the people will adhere to the rules and regulations. Politicians have also been tasked on ensuring that the election was peaceful.
Madagascar President, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, on Sunday announced the replacement of eight ministers, including a new finance minister, after dissolving the government earlier this month amid mounting public frustration over power and other issues.
Air force commander and businessman, Jean Ravelonarivo, was sworn in as the new premier.
There were innovations in the Ministries of health, culture, trade among others. While 22 other ministers maintained their jobs.
Maurice Gervais Rakotoarimanana, an accountant who has worked with the World Bank, would be the next Minister of Finance and budget.
The president said in a press conference that special attention would be given to building the energy sector saying, “This government is ready to fight. Ready to fight against poverty, ready to fight for the development of infrastructure, for education, for health”.
The mineral-rich island nation has been struggling to rebuild its economy which was crippled after a coup in 2009 that drove away donors and investors.
A peaceful election in 2013 has redeemed the nation a bit, but it is still struggling to impose stable government and economic. Challenges remain such as weaning the nation off fuel and electricity subsidies.
According to analysis by the International Monetary Fund released last week, Madagascar’s economy boosted about 3 percent in 2014, and could also increase by 5 percent this year if it can increase tax revenue and improve the business climate.
Madagascar is one of the world’s poorest countries, despite its reserves of nickel, cobalt, gold, uranium and other minerals.
The Director of communications of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Ugo Okoroafor said the governor of the apex bank, Lamido Sanusi knew that his statement that the government should cut down on its workforce would be taken out of context and misunderstood.
According to Mr Okoroafor, who was a guest on Channels Television’s weekend programme, Sunrise, the expectation that he (Mr Sanusi) would be misunderstood was why he said he knew his comments would be taken out of context.
The CBN spokeman said during the live programme reactions weren’t immediate but it was after the press conference reactions started pouring in.
He advised Nigerians to get a repeat on any television stations to properly digest Mr Sanusi’s statement which were facts so as to understand what he meant.