Osinbajo Travels To US For Meeting With Mike Pence, Others

Agricultural Investment Will Bring Nigeria Out Of Poverty, Says Osinbajo
File Photo: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo addressing an audience in August 2018.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has travelled to the United States of America for a scheduled meeting with his counterpart, Mr Mike Pence, and other key groups and interests in the country on Wednesday.

Mr Osinbajo who had earlier visited Lagos on Saturday to inspect the progress on decongestion of the port and its environ will also be meeting with the Council on Foreign Relations on Monday in New York.

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According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media & Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo would be discussing matters of mutual interests between Nigeria and the US

He will also be speaking on Nigeria’s economic prospects and other related matters in his meeting with the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Vice President is expected back in Abuja on Thursday.

U.S. Deports 34 Nigerians

Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos.

 

A total of 34 Nigerians have been deported from the United States of America for allegedly committing various offences in the country.

The deportees arrive in the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Wednesday.

They comprise 32 males and two females, who were sent back to Nigeria on various offences including homicide, fraud, carrying prohibited items, impersonation, among other offences.

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They arrived aboard a chartered Omni Air International B767 aircraft which landed at 14:35 hr (2:35pm).

They were received at the MMIA by relevant security agencies including the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), among others.

‘You Deserve Some Accolades,’ Aisha Hails Buhari After Trump Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, on Monday hailed the President noting that he ‘deserves some accolades’ after the bilateral meeting with the United States’ President Donald Trump.

Using her official and Twitter handle, @aishambuhari, she posted the message and shared pictures of President Buhari’s meeting with the U.S. President at the White House in Washington DC.

The pictures included where Buhari was signing the visitors’ register with Trump looking on, where both leaders were shaking hands and another one depicting the two Presidents and members of their teams.

 

Presidents Buhari and Trump during the meeting discussed various issues including security, tackling terrorism, improving business relations between both countries, among others.

Trump during the meeting also hailed Buhari for fighting corruption and terrorism in Nigeria.

“Nigeria has a reputation for very massive corruption. I also know that the President (Buhari) has been able to cut that down very substantially. We talked about that, he is working on it and they have made a lot of progress and I think they will continue to make a lot of progress,” Trump said on Monday after their bilateral meeting at the White House.

Mrs Buhari’s Tweet has since generated mixed reactions with some jointly hailing the president’s performance at the press briefing and others expressing disapproval.

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I Will Like To Visit Nigeria, It’s An Amazing Country – Trump

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U.S Federal Agencies Launches Criminal Investigation

Picture courtesy BBC
Picture courtesy BBC

The United States Federal Agencies, have launched an investigation into the public release of documents said to detail the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hacking tools.

Officials said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are coordinating an inquiry after Wikileaks published thousands of files that claims the CIA had developed ways to listen on smartphones and smart TV microphones.

The inquiry would also try to establish whether the disclosure was a breach from inside or outside the CIA.

However, both intelligence agencies said that, WikiLeaks revelation wants to damage the ability to protect America, against terrorists and other adversaries.

Olathe Shooting: India Shocked After National Killed In U.S

indian-flagThe Indian government has expressed shock at the fatal shooting of one of its nationals in the United States.

This comes amid reports that the attack may have been racially motivated.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla died shortly after Wednesday’s attack at a bar in Olathe, Kansas. His friend, Alok Madasani, also from India, and an American were hurt.

Meanwhile, a suspect has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder.

The killing dominated news bulletins in India and social media, where some blamed Donald Trump’s presidency for the violence.

Reacting to the case, the White House Spokesman, Sean Spicer, has said that although any loss of life is tragic, it would be absurd to link what happened to Mr Trump’s rhetoric.

Channels TV, BBOG Seal Relationship Formally

Channels TV, VOA Seal Relationship FormallyChannels Television and the Broadcasting Board of Governors of the United States of America, BBOG Global, have put pen to paper to concretise the professional media relationship already existing between the two organisations.

At the MoU signing at the headquarters of Channels Television in Lagos, the Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh said that the MoU was to launch Channels Television’s northern service.

Mr Momoh added that the station has rolled out its Hausa service beginning from Kano state and would soon follow with the Yoruba, pidgin and Igbo languages.

On his part, the Marketing Director of BBOG Global, Mr Doug Boynton, said that the seal offers a wider opportunity between both organisations to connect more in information and goodwill sharing.

Recession Is An Opportunity For National Discovery – Gov. Ahmed

Abdulfatah-Ahmed, National Discovery, Governor Ahmed, RescessionThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has urged Nigerians to see the prevailing recession in the national economy as the best opportunity for self and national discovery.

Governor Ahmed made the call when the Emir of Borgu in Niger State, Muhammed Sani Dantoro, paid him a visit at the government lodge in Ilorin, the state capital.

He noted that since the recession came with a lot of economic and social challenges, it was important that Nigerians remained strengthened and focused on the need to overcome the recession.

He recalled that many developed countries of the world, including the United States of America, Germany, Canada, Spain and Ireland, have had recession and they all came out of it stronger, adding that nothing should make the Nigerian experience different.

The Governor suggested that to hasten the recovery, diversification of the economy through agricultural development is the panacea.

“We must take advantage of God-given opportunities.

“This is the best time to do it. When you are in a recession, take advantage of yourselves and move on as a country,” he said.

Buhari Hails France, Switzerland Relations With Nigeria

Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari and Francois Hollande of France and Switzerland Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday applauded the long history of economic relationship between his country and France on the one hand, and Nigeria and Switzerland on the other.

At separate bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the ongoing 71st United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States of America, the Nigerian leader welcomed more investment and economic partnerships.

“Nigeria is a fertile ground for handsome return on investments.

“Apart from your country’s close relationship with us, you have the same with most of our neighbours.

“We seek more collaboration, particularly in agriculture, mining and security,” President Buhari told Francois Hollande of France.

A spokesman for President Buhari, Femi Adesina, said that the President further briefed his French counterpart on the Presidential Committee on the North East, which he described as a one-stop mechanism on development partnership for a zone that had been ravaged in the over six years of insurgency by Boko Haram insurgents, and which needed urgent rebuilding.

Responding, President Hollande pledged that France would not only fully engage with Nigeria on different fronts, but would also provide humanitarian assistance in the North East.

“We will invest in Nigeria, we believe in her,” the French President said.
At another meeting with President Johann Schneider-Ammann of Switzerland, President Buhari sought his counterpart’s cooperation on speedy repatriation of Nigeria’s money stashed in that country, stressing that Nigeria needed such resources, particularly for infrastructure.

With the two countries having agreed on projects to which the returned funds would be deployed, President Schneider-Ammann promised quick action, as soon as the draft agreement was signed.

He also pledged consolidation of mutual trade relationships, infrastructural development as well as support in training and equipping of the Nigerian military.

Hillary Clinton Vows To ‘Call Out bigotry’ As Feud With Trump Deepens

Hilary-Clinton-and--Donald-TrumpThe presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the United States of America, Hillary Clinton, has said she will keep “calling out bigotry and racist rhetoric”, as a feud with Donald Trump deepens.

The Democrat made the promise in a statement on Saturday where she apologised for suggesting half of the Republican’s supporters were “deplorable” people.

“Grossly Generalistic”

Mr Trump had responded by saying the comment was “insulting” to “millions of amazing, hard working people”.

Mrs Clinton accepted that she had been “grossly generalistic” and that it was never a good idea.

She made the apology in a statement tweeted on her Twitter handle.

Polls released earlier this week suggest Mr Trump is gaining on Mrs Clinton, and the rivals are neck and neck in the key battleground states of Ohio and Florida.

Also commenting on Mrs Clinton’s statement, Mr Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, said: “They are not a basket of anything. They are Americans & they deserve your respect.”

Reince Priebus, head of the Republican National Committee, said Mrs Clinton had shown “her outright contempt for ordinary people”.

Millions of Americans, he said, supported the Republican nominee because they were “sick of corrupt career politicians like Hillary Clinton”.

The BBC reporters that other Republicans mocked Mrs Clinton, sharing photos of the crowd in the Florida venue where Mr Trump spoke on Friday.

The hash tag #BasketOfDeplorables has been trending on social media as indignant Republicans attack Mrs Clinton.

“A candidate who writes off half the country as a #BasketOfDeplorables should be disqualified”, was one comment on Twitter.

Apologising, Mrs Clinton said: “Last night I was ‘grossly generalistic’ and that’s never a good idea. I regret saying ‘half’ – that was wrong.”

“As I said,” she added, “many of Trump’s supporters are hard-working Americans who just don’t feel like the economy or our political system are working for them.”

But for most of the statement, she attacked her rival, accusing him of building “his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia” and giving a national platform to “hateful views and voices, including by retweeting fringe bigots with a few dozen followers and spreading their message to 11 million people”.

“David Duke and other white supremacists see him as a champion of their values,” she said in the statement.

It was, she said, “really deplorable” that her Republican opponent was linked to people from the right-wing “alt-right movement”.

Court Declines Kashamu’s Application To Stop His Arrest

Buruji Kashamu, Court, Police, DSSA Federal High Court in Abuja has refused a new application by Senator Buruji Kashamu seeking to stop the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Police from arresting him in order to effect his extradition to the United States of America.

Justice Okon Abang, who declined the application, however acceded to Senator Kashamu’s request to hear the fundamental right application during vacation.

The judge ruled on Tuesday in Nigeria’s capital that the security agencies deserved to be served notice to state why the restraining injunction should not be granted.

Kashamu’s counsel, Mr Godswill Mrakpor, had asked the court to restrain the security agencies from arresting his client and grant an urgent hearing to his application during vacation.

He had also informed the court that the security agencies were acting based on a “politically motivated petition”, which he claimed was authored by Representative Oladikupo Adebutu from Ogun State.

Further hearing has been fixed for September 8.

FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons Sit Top In Africa

Super Falcons-Nigeria-FIFA rankingNigeria’s female senior national team, Super Falcons, have maintained their position as Africa’s best in the latest FIFA ranking.

The ranking was released by FIFA on their official website on Friday.

The seven-time Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Winners, however, remained at number 37th position in the world.

Banyana Banyana of South Africa, who made their debut in the football event of the Olympics at the Rio 2016 Olympics, were Africa’s highest movers, as they moved up four places from 52nd to 48th in the world.

However, in the overall world rankings, there was no change in the top three spots, as the United States of America, Germany and France occupy the positions respectively.

Guantanamo Bay: US In Largest Detainee Transfer Under Obama

Guantanamo, obama, prisonUnited States President, Barack Obama is still making efforts to close the Guantanamo bay prison before he leaves office, as the United States says it has sent 15 detainees to the United Arab Emirates.

This is the largest single transfer during President Obama’s administration.

According to the pentagon, the transfer of 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans brings the total number of prisoners down to 61 at the US facility in Cuba.

Most of the inmates there have been held without charge or trial for more than a decade.

Obama revealed his plans to close the prison in February but many Republican lawmakers as well as some fellow Democrats have opposed his decision.

“In its race to close Gitmo, the Obama administration is doubling down on policies that put American lives at risk,” Republican Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement.

“Once again, hardened terrorists are being released to foreign countries where they will be a threat,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Amnesty International’s U.S. Director for Security and Human Rights, Naureen Shah, said keeping Guantanamo open gave cover to foreign governments to ignore human rights.

“I think we are at an extremely dangerous point where there is a significant possibility this is going to remain open as a permanent offshore prison to hold people, practically until they die,” Shah told Reuters.

“It weakens the U.S. government’s hand in arguing against torture and indefinite detention”.

Former US President, George Bush opened it to accommodate foreign terror suspects after the September 11 attacks in 2001 on the US.