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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Mosque bombing, attack on all Nigerians – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria has condemned the Kano mosque attack, describing it as “an attack on all Nigerians.”

The association said the condemnation became necessary because “this particular attack is the greatest evil both to a fellow human being and to God Almighty; it is an act that must be denounced by all Christians and Muslims for no god commissions the killing of a fellow being.”

The President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja, said it was unfortunate that “while some Nigerians were making efforts towards entrenching peace, others were indulging in drawing the road map to further destruction of our country.”

He recalled that during a recent interfaith meeting, which had representations of both faiths in attendance, participants stressed the need for dialogue, mutual relations, cooperation and unity in the renewed fight against insurgency in the country.

Oritsejafor said, “The entire Christian community in Nigeria received the news of the latest in the series of bomb explosions, this time around at the mosque near the Emir’s palace in Kano, with shock and disbelief.

“This is most unfortunate given the number of people that lost their lives in their bid to offer prayers to their Almighty in the usual Friday worship at the mosque.

“This attack on the people of Kano is an attack on all Nigerians and must be addressed as such. This is the time for all to rise up and act. May God help us all, as we make this strong effort at curbing terrorism in the country."

Copyright © 2014 Punch Nigeria


»The Streetjournal News Update:

»Kano mosque bombing: Attack planned for 2 months —Sanusi

»Revealed: Why Obasanjo is fighting Jonathan

»2015: Sultan, NSA in cold war over Sokoto

»Mixed reactions trail PDP primaries

»Bus plunges into river •Mother, 2 children, 8 others die

»Boko Haram: America not Nigeria’s friend, says Gowon

»Ashiru, ex-Foreign Affairs minister, dies in S’Africa

»Olaniwun, Kokori caution IG against partisanship

»Our inclusion in impeachment list, a scam –PDP Reps

»APC lauds Ajimobi over new road projects

»Sultan asks Muslims to unite against Boko Haram

»Human flesh, blood litter Kano mosque

»S’East govs say assault on worshippers senseless

»Mosque bombing, attack on all Nigerians – CAN

»GSK announces success on Ebola trial vaccine

»Ondo PDP factions hold parallel Assembly primaries

»… Thugs assault Channels crew in Kwara

 »63 escape death as plane crash lands in Ilorin
»11 feared killed in Rivers gun attack
»Kano Blasts: ‘We saw hell in the house of God’
»Invasion of NASS: IGP turns interpreter of the law
»Keshi not the right man for Eagles — Lawal
»Ex-Foreign Minister Ashiru dies
»The dangerous mix of terrorism and political power struggle in Nigeria, by US Prof. Richard Joseph
»Keshi should take a walk — Prince Odua
»2015 polls not do-or-die affairs, says Odedeji
»CBN’s desperate Measures: Nigerians should not face desperate times — Atiku
»Ebonyi PDP primaries holds amid tight security
»Enugu 2015 Election Nomination Scandal: How top govt, party officials swindled me – Aspirant Ani
»How opposition leaders are fuelling Boko Haram insurgency – Udenta Udenta
»Former Lagos Deputy Governor, others defect from PDP to APC
»PDP in Sokoto adopts consensus for primary elections
»Emir of Kano visits mosque after deadly attack, says we will never be intimidated
»Egypt court drops murder charge against Mubarak
»2015: Vote out corrupt leaders- NBA

Vanguard Newspaper:

 63 escape death as plane crash lands in Ilorin
11 feared killed in Rivers gun attack
Kano Blasts: ‘We saw hell in the house of God’
Unveiling Nigeria’s Top 100 Companies
Invasion of NASS: IGP turns interpreter of the law
Rage in the Senate over police invasion of National Assembly
I believe in the leadership of Aremo Olusegun Osoba – Bukky Wright
Keshi not the right man for Eagles — Lawal
Ex-Foreign Minister Ashiru dies
The dangerous mix of terrorism and political power struggle in Nigeria, by US Prof. Richard Joseph
Logistics guide to the 2015 polls
Keshi should take a walk — Prince Odua
2015 polls not do-or-die affairs, says Odedeji
There’s audience for any type of music as long as it has good sound – Saeon
We’re better than those old people – Runtown
African market thrives on music that makes you dance – Emma Nyra
CBN’s desperate Measures: Nigerians should not face desperate times — Atiku
Ebonyi PDP primaries holds amid tight security
Pastor Bosun Emmanuel: The political red herring
Enugu 2015 Election Nomination Scandal: How top govt, party officials swindled me – Aspirant Ani
TETFUND denies private varsities grant
Help, I don’t have orgasm during intercourse 
Dr. Stephen Olusoji: The historian using the raw materials of classical music
How opposition leaders are fuelling Boko Haram insurgency – Udenta Udenta
Former Lagos Deputy Governor, others defect from PDP to APC
Johnson rescues Liverpool
Van Persie ends barren run as United breeze past Hull
PDP in Sokoto adopts consensus for primary elections
Pope Francis prays in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque
6 minutes, 7 seconds of noise, silence for Mandela
Emir of Kano visits mosque after deadly attack, says we will never be intimidated
Welbeck wins it for Arsenal
Egypt court drops murder charge against Mubarak
Knee injury rules Asamoah out of CAN
A weak state and her sub-state terror groups
2015: Vote out corrupt leaders- NBA

The Punch Newspaper:
APC lauds Ajimobi over new road projects
Sultan asks Muslims to unite against Boko Haram
Human flesh, blood litter Kano mosque
S’East govs say assault on worshippers senseless
Mosque bombing, attack on all Nigerians – CAN
Austerity measures will increase crime rate, depression —Economist
GSK announces success on Ebola trial vaccine
Ondo PDP factions hold parallel Assembly primaries
… Thugs assault Channels crew in Kwara
Ladoja should be resting at his age –APC
Egypt court drops murder charges against Mubarak
Boko Haram: America not Nigeria’s friend, says Gowon
Cultists kill seven in Rivers
59 passengers, 4 crew members escape plane crash
Encounter with a Lagos mad woman
More Nigerians use two phone lines —Report
Ebola toll nears 7,000
For Seyanu Basorun – Let’s try a little kindness
Reinventing the wheel
Aderinokun’s wife steps out
Sunderland hold Chelsea to goalless draw
Channels TV crew assaulted at Kwara PDP congress
Overland plane crashlands in Ilorin
Ebola toll hits 6,928 – WHO
Cricket ball kills umpire in Israel
Five killed, 45 injured in Kenyan road accident
FG, states bow to demand for judiciary’s financial autonomy
Fayose condemns open defecation
PDP factions ignore court ruling, hold primaries in Ondo
2015: Mark canvasses smooth transition, laments Kano massacre
NIIMP to create 33 million jobs -FG
Ekiti Assembly: 52 PDP aspirants contest for 26 tickets
Muslims should unite to fight Insurgency – Sultan
Welbeck’s header gives Arsenal narrow win at West Brom
Two killed in Police, protesters clashes in Algeria
CAN condemns attack on Kano Mosque
Gunmen attack foreign guesthouse in Afghan capital
APC condemns Kano blasts
Three injured in Indian grenade attack
OAU students deny stoning Jonathan
S’East govs mourn Kano bomb victims
Ex-Portuguese politician sentenced to 10 years in prison
Egypt court dismisses murder charges against Mubarak

The Nation Newspaper:
Nigerians should not succumb to Boko Haram, says CAN President
Ambode ends consultation, pledges open-door policy
Ogbomoso Ajilete for Christ crusade begins
Mancini keeps faith with Joel Obi
‘Why HIVand AIDS is prevalent in Lagos’
Candidates emerge amid tight security
Attack planned for two months, says Sanusi
N’Assembly set for fresh battle with Jonathan
Dining with Christ fetes women
Boko Haram begets humanitarian crises on the Plateau
Ex-VC, Rep escape death in Ilorin air mishap
Aluko fails to save Hull City
Nigerian Idol star, Debie Rise, releases Match Up
Party Formations and State Crisis
A generous, joyous and romantic eccentricity at the molten core of theatre and life
‘Why NGOs face dwindling foreign donors’
Nigerians must unite to fight terror
FG moves to protect foreign inventors
Nigerian football is symptomatic of our famed corruption
Ogun: Farming is our specialty
Odumodu partners Customs agents to check substandard goods
Taking theatre to the people
Eleven drown as bus plunges into river
Kano blast: Atiku cancels 68th birthday dinner in honour of victims
Whereabouts of kidnapped expatriates unknown
Gunmen kill APC chieftain, six others in Rivers
Kano blast: Muslims will not be intimidated- Emir
Community union leader abducted
Egypt court dismisses Mubarak’s murder case
Decision to retain Keshi unacceptable – Bassey
Liberian court suspends election campaign over Ebola
I’m not bothered about bad press
Cosby’s bill of error’s past
TONTO DIKEH speaks on her foundation
Bayelsa day of Cymbals
GUS 11: Organisers redeem car prizes
Varsity cancels Bill Cosby appearance over rape allegations
Kunle Afolayan Plan DVD release of PHONESWAP
Sound Sultan appointed creative producer for Hennessy Artistry finale
LADY JUDITH: No big deal if gospel artistes campaign for politicians
Mykey warms up for album launch
Keshi should take blame, says Oliseh


The Leadership Newspaper:
2015: Let’s Make It A Smooth Transition – Mark
11 Feared Dead In A/Ibom Auto Crash
No Attempted Jail-break In Yola Prison – NPS
Judiciary Autonomy: FG Agrees To Implement Court Ruling
Union Bank Launches Tailored Hybrid Account For Small Businesses
C:AVA Project Shines At Times Higher Education Award
Transcorp IPO: We Followed Due Process
GTBank Is ‘Best Bank In Nigeria’
Maina Solicits male Support In Mainstreaming Women Empowerment
Mass Defection Of PDP Members To APC, Sign Of Failure – Fashola
Kano Blast: Atiku Cancels Birthday Celebration
Aliyu Chides Defectors From PDP, Welcomes Shift In Distribution Of PVC
‘Shema Is Popularising PDP Manifesto’
Oba Wants PDP To Pay Reparation For Decades Of Alleged Misrule
PDP Primaries: 11 Bayelsa Assembly Members Lose Amid Protest, Hijack Of Party Materials
Violence, Irregularities Mar PDP Primaries In Kwara
Primaries: Gov Orji’s Son Wins PDP Ticket
Crisis Rocks Ogun PDP Primaries
Late Distribution of Electoral Materials Mars PDP Primaries In Benue
Grace 2014 Dedicated To Chibok Girls
Survivor Of Kano Mosque Blasts: I Survived Attack But May Die From Injury
Anointment Of Successors: APC, PDP In Troubled Waters
Near Crash: 59 Escape Death In Ilorin
IBB Golf Captain, Gadzama Laud CBN Governor Cup
Enyimba Dominates 2014 LBA Shortlists
OPEC And The Nigerian Economy
Symptoms Of A Collapsing Economy
Adamawa: Military Holds Sway Despite Non-extension Of Emergency Rule
Violence Against Women: Not Yet Uhuru for Nigerian Women
Originality Brings About Longevity – J Martins
Dangers Inherent In Open Defecation
How I Stopped The Sale Of Edo House – Orbih
Devaluation Of The Naira: Nigerians Are In For A Hard Time
UPP Presidential Candidates Will Alter Permutations In 2015 – Okorie
Taraba 2015: When Shrewd Politics Meets Legal War
2015 And Politics Of Imposition
What I Know About Ombatse – Al-Makura
Air Disaster Averted In Ilorin

The Pilot Newspaper:
New trade policy vital to Nigeria’s transformation – FG

Canada 2015: Falcons fear no foes – Nwabuoku
IGP tasks PCRC officials on collaboration
52 PDP aspirants jostle for 26 Ekiti Assembly seats
Controversy trails PDP state assembly primary in Ogun 
Obanikoro’s son wins primary election for Lagos assembly
Row over delegates list mars Adamawa Assembly primaries
UN, UK, USA censure Kano suicide attacks
‘New secretariat complex will enhance productivity’
Gov Suswam’s ADC to face trial
Dwindling revenue: Govs resort to heavy taxation, IGR
Storm of betrayal in Anambra State
Police foil attempt to disrupt Kwara PDP primaries
Welbeck gives Arsenal life-line at West Brom
£200M stunner! Abramovich sets eye on Messi
Failure to win Champions League with Arsenal my greatest regret – Henry
Mourinho lifts Chelsea ban on christmas parties
PDP mourns victims of Kano blast
Udoh wins 2014 LBA Player of the Year Award
Stoking the fire of division, the ACF example
With Wike, PDP’ll lose Rivers State – Ann Kio Briggs
Stakeholders brainstorm on new pension law
Multiple taxes: SMEDAN urges govts to harmonise laws
Substandard products: SON calls for zero tolerance
NACCIMA pledges support to govt, OPS on economy
EPL Results: Burnley 1-1 A. Villa, Liverpool 1-0 Stoke, Man Utd 3-0 Hull, QPR 3-2 Leicester, Swansea 1-1 C.Palace West Ham 1-0 N’castle
Emir of Kano visits mosque after deadly attack, says we will never be intimidated
Ibadan Poly to commission N1bn TETFund centre – Dep Rector
Yuletide: Ondo police begin stop and search operation
Education gets lion share in Bauchi’s 2015 budget
EPL: Arsenal pip West Brom 1 – 0
Expert stresses importance of multivitamins to children
Machete-wielding man attacks train in Lagos
Pope prays in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque
New bird flu case confirmed in China
2015 Election: Police boss charges politicians.

Compiled by JERRY, Abuja.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Nigerian Minister Becomes 1st OPEC Female President!

Diezian Alison-Madueke - OPEC President
The Minister of Petroleum, Diezian Alison-Madueke Thursday was elected as OPEC President at the 166th  Ordinary Meeting of the organization in Vienna, Austria, making history as first elected female head of the world body.

 Speaking earlier in Vienna, she voiced optimism that a final bill for the PIB could pass through very soon.

" We have done our own part and it is now with the National Assembly".

“We hope it pass very soon. The PIB will update the existing laws in the petroleum industry to ensure a win- win situation for both the oil companies and the country at large,” she said. conference President, H.E Abdourhman Ataher Al-Ahirish, said that world oil demand in 2015 will grow by around 1.1 million barrels per day, with total consumption at around 92.3 million barrels per day with the bulk of this net oil demand growth coming from non OECD countries.

He also disclosed that Non-OPEC oil supply is also anticipated to rise next year by 1.4 million barrels per day to average57.3 million barrels per day. The region of' OECD Americas' is expected to be the main non-OPEC contributor to this supply growth-supported by some increases in Brazil, he said.

Al-Ahirish, who is also the Libya's Vice President for Cooperatio further stated that the recent price developments signaled that the oil market is currently searching for stability and balance, which will be a focus of deliberations at the meeting.

By Lashley Oladigbolu

Naira Devaluation: Vital For Investments In Nigeria - CBN

The recently appointed Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Dr. Joseph Nnana has said that Naira exchange rates announced by the apex bank is a pro-active measure to forestall commodity crisis in the face of oil price fall globally. And that Naira has not been devalued contrary to reports in the media.

According to him, “CBN merely announced the exchange rate in compliance with market forces.”

Nnana stated this when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Banking, Finance and other Financial Institutions.

“The Central Bank did not devalue the naira so to speak, it only followed the three principal markets in Nigeria. The official, the retail and the parallel,” he said.

He, however, explained that the CBN will not pursue this policy permanently.

 He said, “We better do it now than later when we will have import control which would bring about essential commodity crisis. Nigerians should be patient. Unfortunately Nigerians are always in a hurry. Let us give central bank time to pursue a policy that will be a blessing to all of us. I commend the CBN for being proactive with the policy.”

He also stated that another way to survive the current economic crisis is to recapitalise development banks with a view to encouraging them to lend at controlled interest rates.

“My take is that since we have development banks like the Bank of Industry, Nexim bank, Bank of Agriculture, and so on, we can recapitalise all of them and mandate them to lend at a fixed interest rate for the entrepreneurs and other willing investors in the Nigerian economy,” Nnana said.

OPEC Pictures



Oil prices, Iran and OPEC – some good news for shipping?

Seatrade global does not often have occasion to talk about the landlocked country of Austria, but decisions being made in Vienna this week could alter the shipping landscape for years to come.

On Monday, nations agreed to defer the easing of the sanctions on Iran, avoiding a further knock to the suffering oil prices as its oil hit the market. Good news for Saudi Arabia and squeezed Russia, but not so good for tanker owners, who could been seeing another estimated 4m barrels per day (bpd) of additional crude to whittle oil prices down even further, bringing cheaper fuel and higher demand.

But Iran aside, shipowners of all stripes have finally been having some respite from the record bunker costs as oil prices continue downwards, plunging by about 30% since mid-year. According to Bunkerworld, which compiles bunker price averages from ports across the world, a tonne of 380 cst HFO was priced at an average $463, compared to an $612.50 per tonne at the end of November last year. Interestingly for owners operating in the North European and North American 0.1% sulphur emission control areas (ECAs), the fuel was an average of $773 per tonne last Friday - and if current trends continue, could fall lower than last year's peak HFO prices.

But even with lower prices, levels of $460 are by historical standards very high and will continue to make up the largest portion of operating costs. Seaspan ceo Gerry Wang said in their quarterly results call last week: "Despite the bunker price drop, bunker costs will continue to be the most important cost item accounting for 30% to 45% of their operating cost to charter new eco-class vessels allows our charters to bring their cost inline and improve profitability."

The decrease in the oil price has been largely attributed not only to a lull in demand from a struggling global economy but also, thanks to fracking, surging US crude oil production, which recently broke 9m bpd – just 0.6m less than Saudi Arabia. Some estimates put US output at 14m bpd by 2020, giving the country the potential to export significant volumes if the current ban on crude exports is lifted.

This has put a smile on the face of Nordic American Tankers boss Herbjørn Hansson, who last week expressed his delight at the additional demand prompted by tumbling crude prices, partially making up for the West-African exports to the US that have dried up as a result of the US' domestic production.

“The effect of all this is growth - more investment, more jobs and more oil demand,” said Hansson. “In the US, there is now significant domestic oil production. The story is not the same in other places. We see in the shipping market that volumes of oil being transported are increasing. This increases the worldwide demand for suezmax tankers, which is positive for our business.”

All this could change on Thursday, however, when various members of OPEC will be pushing for a cut in output at another Vienna meeting, reducing its nominal 30m bpd output to shore up prices. The big question is whether Saudi Arabia, the group's highest-producing member, will agree to cut production and risk losing market share to other OPEC nations.

Opinion is divided as to the outcome. One Bloomberg survey showed an even split between analysts on whether OPEC will lower production; meanwhile an article in the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper made the extravagant claim "Sun sets on OPEC dominance", indicating that whatever happens, the group's negotiating clout is on the way out.

Only time will tell if shipping will see a welcome reprieve - or more of the same.
Written by Charlie Bartlett from London

The OPEC Meeting In Vienna Live

Oil Ministers from producers cartel OPEC met on Thursday to discuss whether to cut oil production in a way to drive up prices.
Member states are expected to seek a compromise on cutting production to halt falling oil prices.

The 166th (ordinary) meeting of OPEC has been called to address the falling price of oil which has dropped 30 percent since the organisation last met in June.
NUJEurope brings you the LIVE WEBCAST, Click to watch it HERE LIVE the ongoing166th Meeting of the OPEC Conference, 27 November 2014 - Secretariat, Vienna, Austria

Below is the exerpts of the Opening Address.

Opening address to the 166th Meeting of the OPEC Conference

No 6/2014
Vienna, Austria
27 Nov 2014
by HE Abdourhman Ataher Al-Ahirish, Libya's Vice Prime Minister for Corporations and President of the OPEC Conference
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to Vienna for the 166th Meeting of the OPEC Conference.

I would like to extend a special welcome to His Excellency Adil Abd Al-Mahdi, the new Minister of Oil of Iraq, who is attending a Meeting of the Conference for the first time as Head of his Country’s Delegation.

On behalf of all the Heads of Delegation, I would also like to thank his predecessor in office, His Excellency Abdul-Kareem Luaibi Bahedh, for his service to his country and for his valuable contributions to the work of the Organization.  We wish him further success in the future.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

It has now been a little more than five months since the Conference last convened here in Vienna to discuss the oil market situation.  At that time, we spoke of improving stability in the oil market resulting from the ongoing recovery of the world economy.

Since then, the global economic recovery has continued, although at lower levels, while the global oil market has seen ample supplies.

Given this backdrop – and even though some uncertainties remain – global economic growth in 2015 is expected to grow to 3.6 per cent from 3.2 per cent in the current year.

In line with this economic outlook, world oil demand in 2015 is forecast to grow by around 1.1 million barrels per day, with total world consumption at around 92.3 million barrels per day.

The bulk of this net oil demand growth will continue to come from non-OECD countries.

Non-OPEC oil supply is also anticipated to rise next year by 1. 4 million barrels per day to average 57.3 million barrels per day.  The region of ‘OECD Americas’ is expected to be the main non-OPEC contributor to this supply growth – supported by some increases in Brazil.

In terms of prices, the situation has changed in recent months.  Although the OPEC Reference Basket had been fairly stable during the last three and a half years, with the annual average ranging between roughly $105 and $110 per barrel since mid-June, the Basket has lost nearly 30% of its value – or more than $30 per barrel.

A careful look at the current situation suggests the recent fall in prices may not be exclusively attributed to oil market fundamentals.

Ample supply, moderate demand, a stronger US dollar and uncertainties about global economic growth have been key factors in this recent price trend.  In addition, as OPEC has noted in the past, the impact of speculative activity in the oil market has also been an important factor.

Nevertheless, it is important to recognize that if the recent price trend continues, the long-term sustainability of capacity expansion plans and investment projects may be put at risk.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

The recent price developments are a sign that the oil market is currently searching for stability and balance.  At today’s meeting, OPEC will consider these issues – and discuss the market outlook for 2015.

As always, our deliberations will be focused on contributing towards stability in the market.  This is what most benefits global economic growth – and it is what matters most to all stakeholders, producers and consumers alike.

We also recognize that dialogue has always been instrumental for the achievement of such goals.

That is why OPEC is committed to engaging further in international dialogue and cooperation efforts – through participation in meetings, symposia and workshops.  These include dialogue with the G20, the EU and Russia, as well as working programmes with the International Energy Forum, the International Energy Agency and other international institutions.

In conclusion, I should like to reiterate that such opportunities for dialogue and collaboration – with oil companies, non-OPEC producers, investors and consumers – make important contribution to our common endeavour of attaining stability in the oil market.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for your attention.

Meanwhile, the price of oil hit four-year lows this week, with Brent Crude retailing at around $78 (€62) a barrel.The meeting of delegates from 12 oil producing countries, which account for 40 percent of the world's supply, has Austrian security services on high alert.
 Police have implemented security measures to protect OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) delegates in Vienna Thursday.

Today's News Updates 27/11/2014

The pilot Newspaper:

Abia 2015: Beyond ceding the governorship slot to Abia South
I’ll rather quit politics than join PDP – Ex-Commissioner
Imoke condemns attack on PDP secretariat in Cross River
PDP screening: 53 guber aspirants scale hurdle in aSouth East
2015: Nigerians should avoid another June 12 scenario, cleric warns
APC guber aspirant denied submission of form in Abuja
APGA cancels congresses in Anambra
Ebola: China donates protective kits to Nigeria
UPN petitions IG, decries harassment of officials
Lagos Guber: Jimi Agbaje cleared for primaries
Pneumonia remains second killer disease among infants – FG
350 women die from pregnancy related causes-NPHCDA
Oil piracy and hegemonistic complicity
Oral testimonies must be considered during trial – Appeal Court
Eagles’ AFCON ouster: Gara Gombe blames NFF, minister
Super Eagles: The coach we do not need
Again, Ikhana targets Champions League triumph again
CAF appoints Pinnick into Nations Cup organising body
2015: PDP screens Jonathan, Tafawa-Balewa withdraws
PDP, internal democracy and automatic tickets
Fears of inflation looms as FG mulls 15% VAT
Governance and elite conspiracy in Nigeria
Eze wins First Bank Lagos Amateur Open Golf Tourney
Nigerian constitution and the girl child marriage 

Theory of continuity advantage

Nigerian Judiciary: Can Justice Mahmud sustain the tempo?
Hunters, Boko Haram and a maligned Army
FCT FA woos sponsors as state league enters group stage
Ebola cases have reached nearly 16,000 worldwide, WHO
NASS crisis: I strengthened security to prevent invasion by thugs — IGP
UN opens Ebola office in Mali as 2 new cases emerge
Egypt jails 78 minors for joining pro-Morsi protests
CBN trains 680 certified microfinance bankers
I was forced to resign as PDP Chairman – Tukur
Injury: Moses out for 8 weeks
I won’t recognise Tambuwal as speaker, declares lawmakers thugs

Leadership Newspaper:

Why Cross River Is Dominating School Sports Festival – Dr Ojeriko
Oyo Congress: 7 PDP Guber Aspirants Vow To Reject Results
2015: Nda-Isaiah Holds Closed-door Meeting With Gov Aregbesola
US Commits Over $3.5b To Nigeria HIV/AIDS Response
 Gov Shema Quoted Out of Context – Gambarawa
Suswam Sacks 23 LG Chairmen In Benue
 Thousands Flee Gubio Town As Boko Haram Sends Threat Letter
Mining: Poor Standards Hamper Nigerian Products In International Market
‘FG Not Serious About Ending Insurgency’
 Akwa-Ibom 2015: As Umana Joins APC, What Impact Lies Ahead?
N247m Fraud: Court Refuses AGF’s Application To Withdraw Charge Against Traders
Alleged N224m Theft: SERAP Urges ICPC To Probe Lagos Councils
APC Not An Islamic Party – Amaechi
2015: PDP Chieftain Seeks Jonathan’s Intervention Over Imposition In A/Ibom
Tension In Bayelsa Over Speaker’s Comment On Jonathan
PPP, Vital Tool In Filling Infrastructural Gap – Wada
APC Accuses PDP Of Attack On Ahmed’s Convoy
Niger Monitors Influx Of IDPs, Decries Rise In Political Crimes
Judicial System Hinders Prosecution Of Cases – Lamorde
FG Approves N61bn For Engineering Infrastructure In FCT
Court Reserves Judgement In Suit Seeking To Unseat Mu’azu
N10m Tax Evasion: FIRS Seals Microfinance Bank, 16 other firms
In This Era Of Crisis, Where Have All The Leaders Gone?
2015: Elections Must Hold In Borno, Yobe, Adamawa – PDP
Court Orders DSS To Unseal APC Data Centre
YEDC Loses N150m Monthly To Insurgency
I’m Not In Governorship Race- Taraba Ag Gov

Northerners In Jonathan’s Govt Collaborate To Plunder Nigeria – ACF
APC: Governorship Aspirant Denied Submission Of Form
Buhari Denied Landing Permit At Makurdi Airport
My Presidential Campaign Gaining Grounds Across Nigeria – Kwankwaso
We Have Never Insulted Jonathan- APC
2015: PDP Screens Jonathan For 1 Hour
States’ Assemblies Loyalty War
Chadian Embassy Reschedules BBOG Group’s Visit

The Nation Newspaper

Moses out for 6 weeks
Pinnick blasts Eagles’ players’ attitude
Elegbeleye laments: Missing out of 2015 AFCON frustrating, unfortunate
Inyama, Bassey, two other Nigerians in CAN party
Eneramo may return to Karabukspor
Adarabioyo scores for Man City in UEFA Youth League
‘Siasia will excel with Dream Team’
Sampdoria warn clubs off Okaka
Amasiemaka blasts NFF over Keshi
I won’t leave Hull City in January-Aluko
Immunisation alarm
Politics is not a game
Who is the leader of PDP?
We have never had it so bad
For Fayose, it’s back to wild ways
Redeemer’s University at Ede -1
‘Area boy’ democracy
Jonathan, Abba and PDP Police at work
Aregbesola: Humanist, leader, compatriot, friend
Stadium of uncommon sense
2015: PDP screens Jonathan
Buhari’s plane barred from landing at Makurdi airport
Suspected PDP thugs attack Ahmed’s convoy
Court bars DSS from APC’s data centre
Naira exchanges N186 to $1 at ‘black market’
Deadlock at meeting as IG won’t recognise Tambuwal as Speaker

Obasanjo warns Jonathan: economy is in big trouble
Ferguson shooting: Protests spread across U.S.
Policemen arrested over beating in Hong Kong
Oil marketer, 77, arraigned for N65m ‘fraud’
Why I took to armed robbery, by musician
Rivers APC okays Peterside as consensus governorship candidate
Firm sues NIIA over intellectual property rights
Women Arise handled 2000 gender-based violence cases in two years, says activist
Seven die in Aba-Enugu road crash
Mrs. Akinjogbin dies at 56
Raid of APC data office condemned
Aspirant donates N20m to residents
Ibadan Poly holds convocation
Oyo APC blames opposition for violence
Akala, others reject PDP ward congress result
Grassroots my priority, says Ambode
TAUSED honours Awujale, others
Oyo lawmaker, council boss die
Fashola: steady power supply possible
Reduce political appointees to cut cost

The Punch Newspaper:

Egypt sentences 78 minors to prison
NLNG’s subsidy on cooking gas hits $50m
Nigeria’s oil fortunes face terrorism threat –Dangote
Azura Power signs $890m contract for 450MW IPP
World oil markets await OPEC decision today
Nigeria gets $10bn Total’s investment in five years
Eaton signs deal with Somotex Nigeria
Rungas, German firm to build LPG cylinders locally
Some hard truths about Nigeria’s economic situation
The lawlessness in Ekiti
Robben rues Bayern loss
Fabregas hits back at Ramos
NFF will decide on Keshi –Ministry
Lagos residents delaying state projects, says gov
Motorists to get speed limiting device – FRSC
Fashola asks voters to make office holders accountable
APC not an Islamic party, says Amaechi
Court rejects AGF’s move to discontinue N247m fraud suit
Be creative, JTF boss, FOC tell promoted officers
Buhari says PDP will destroy Nigeria
I’ll support APC candidate if I lose – Atiku
Court rejects Jonathan’s letterhead in Leadership journalists’ suit
FG to buy N9.2bn cooking stoves for women
APC accuses PDP of fuelling Ibadan violence
Bayelsa speaker in trouble over anti-Jonathan comment
N’Assembly siege: Senate sets up panel to probe IG
Tambuwal, Oyegun meet over plot to impeach Speaker

PDP screens Jonathan, Tafawa-Balewa for 2015 race
PDP, Mu’azu reject Tukur’s return as party chairman
I’ll sustain judicial reforms, says CJN
Buhari, Atiku in marathon tour to woo delegates
ACF accuses Jonathan of plotting to scuttle democracy
Obasanjo blasts Jonathan again
It’s not right to call Tambuwal speaker –IG
No plot against Ambode, says Pitan
Lagos APC sinking – Agbaje
Group advises PDP over Borno jinx
Gang abducts Kwara special adviser’s daughter, nabbed
77-year-old community leader remanded for N65m fraud
The nation needs peace
Better ways to sleep
Why SEC is designing 10-year capital market plan
HSBC, Goldman sued for allegedly fixing metal price

 Vanguard Newspaper:

Rage of impeachment hawkers
2015: PDP screens Jonathan, Tafawa Balewa
Paul Bassey calls for Keshi’s replacement
Amasiemaka blasts NFF over Keshi
Inyama, Bassey, two other Nigerians in CAN party
Ebola: Have schools jettisoned preventive measures?
Policeman kills first class graduate
LMC speaks on NFF ratification of board structure
Fence-climbing lawmakers suspected thugs —IGP
2015: Dakuku Peterside emerges Rivers APC consensus gov candidate
USA’s diversity plus a rich food culture
‘We must tackle sexual violence head-on’
Ibadan: Fracas leaves fragile peace in tatters
Amaechi blames Rivers’ dwindling economy on Presidency
Delta: It’s me versus all others — Okocha
Bayelsa lawmakers move against Speaker over comment against President
Agbakoba advocates law to make mortgage accessible to indigents
2015: Voter cards grow wings on the Plateau
Chime mops up Vanguard in Enugu
Senate: Ogun Central has been poorly represented — Laoshe
AAUA graduates 6,341, 26 bag 1st Class
I can fix Nigeria if elected —Okorocha
Victor Moses ruled out until 2015
Jonathan flags off Great Green Wall initiative in Kebbi
2015: S-West youth groups endorse Jonathan
Fashola blames Lagosians for delayed projects
IYC lauds re-appointment of NIMASA boss 

CBN to withdraw N500bn from banking system
Bankers Games: Organisers announce date for semi final fixtures
World Teachers’ Day: Golfers honour teachers
30 houses razed in P-Harcourt inferno
Don tasks tertiary institutions on electricity challenges
Sierra Leone Ebola burial teams dump bodies in street
2015: Nigeria ‘ll will not break up —Kumuyi
Covenant varsity partners Lancaster on teaching, research
Devaluation, increase in lending rate will stifle our businesses – traders
TETFUND charges scholars on positive Research
OOU gets IPMA centre
EU calls for 5,000 doctors to fight Ebola
Terrorism: Lake Chad member countries to send draft resolution to UN, AU

World News:
Suicide bomber hits foreign convoy in Afghan capital, casualties unclear
Hong Kong student leader banned from Mong Kok protest site
Yemen rescuers sought U.S., British, South Africa hostages in raid
West struggles with Russia's 'ambiguous warfare' tactics
Malaysia to retain and prop up Sedition Act, says PM
Thai election pushed back to 2016: deputy PM
Beijing subway, bus fares to go up: state media
Pakistan under pressure to save trade agenda at South Asia summit
Exclusive - Japan eyes military aid to spur defense exports, build security ties: sources 

Young sister of North Korean leader takes senior party post: KCNA
 Exclusive: Poor and besieged, Myanmar's Rakhine join Rohingya exodus
Taiwan vote tests waters for pro-China government ahead of presidential polls
Puerto Rico threatened with transit shutdown in political spat
Special Report: How China's shadowy agency is working to absorb Taiwan
British lawmakers urge EU to stop Sri Lanka trade perks if UN probe not given access
Venezuela to charge opposition leader over alleged plot to kill Maduro
Stigma and isolation haunt South Korean families of convicted ferry crew
Exclusive: Poor and besieged, Myanmar's Rakhine join Rohingya exodus
Ministers from coalition against Islamic State to meet December 3
Argentine presidential aspirant Massa says would cut back state controls
Spanish health minister resigns in kickback scandal
Former Rwandan rebels transferred to Congo transit camp
Same firm, new house: Mexico leader's conflict-of-interest storm grows
Egyptian inquiry into political violence seeks changes to protest law
Colombia general, other FARC captives may be free Saturday: Santos 

Spain's health minister resigns in kickback scandal
Catalonia moves closer to early election as dialogue hopes fade

Egypt plans blanket anti-terrorism law against 'disrupting order'
British brothers jailed for attending militant training camp in Syria

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

News Headlines On Wednesday 26/11/2014

The Punch Newspaper:
Tsav slams police, DSS for bungling Ogwuche’s trial
CSOs to protest N’Assembly invasion, insecurity
UNIJOS shut after students protest
We are misunderstood by non-members –Ogboni
Heineken, Westwood preach more dance, less drink
B’Haram: Police to stop salaries of 30 missing policemen
Olu Jazz flirts with evergreens
Why we supported Ake Review – Chevron
At Ake festival, Obasanjo dares homosexuals
Victor Essiet, Majek, others to perform
Cleric urges improved reading culture 

Politicians must serve, not rule – Ladoja
Don calls for sustenance of Ibadan excellence
Naira devaluation: Expect double-digit inflation, experts warn
Assembly crisis: Ekiti monarchs caution Fayose, Omirin 

New boxing champ commends GOtv
LASG laments playing of soccer during sanitation
Ogbeche out of AZ clash
Stoke sweat on injured Moses
Buruj goalkeeper eyes Eaglets role
Ohuruogu’s sister targets Olympic medal
Pelé in hospital with urinary infection
Azeez sees red in Almeria draw
Fashola warns of building collapse in police barracks
Asoju Oba tourney: Coaches expect tough battles
Ikhana targets CAF triumph
First Bank pledges support for Lagos golf tourney

Rugby 7s: Juries sets quarter-final target
Unserious players cost Eagles AFCON ticket – Obuh
Jonathan, Adeyeye eulogise HID Awolowo at 99
Podolski vents frustration
Balotelli rumours rubbished
Keshi: NFF waits on Presidency
Delta Airlines airlifts 770,000 in seven years
SMEs closing down for lack of finance –LCCI
Army warplanes bomb Libya’s Mitiga airport again
South Africa begins campaign against gender-based violence
Kenyans protest over soaring insecurity
Uneasy calm in Ferguson after night of unrest
Awo’s grandson, Mimiko’s daughter, 3,431 others called to bar
Senators grill service chiefs for eight hours
Bauchi budgets N128bn for 2015
15 trapped in Cairo apartment building collapse
Mathematics, bedrock of technological devt – Osun

The Nation Newspaper:

Nigeria to showcase herbal medicine
Ezekwesili, others to speak at programme
Amosun, Uduaghan, others eulogise HID Awolowo at 99
Disguised women bombers kill scores in market attack
CBN devalues naira
Aviation stakeholder hails minister
Buhari: Jonathan not ready for free polls
My battle against cancer, by Soyinka ‘Disease not a death sentence’
Devaluation of naira… the good, the bad, the ugly
Gemade denies rift with Suswam over senatorial ticket
Lallana calls for Liverpool unity
Jonathan urged to sign National Health Bill into Law
Allardyce hopeful Carroll can stay injury-free
 The attendant evils of free, checked culture
Power sector gets 70% of domestic gas supply
PMAN sends SOS to Jonathan, Tambuwal
CIPM inducts 740 associates
Protect your MasterCard, Enterprise Bank urges
Etisalat, Creative Focus Africa empower entrepreneurs
NCRIB solicits CAC’s assistance in registration of brokerage firms
Uneasy calm at Seme Border over electricity
‘Over 1000 police families to receive compensation soon’
Afrinvest woos customers to NASD OTC
Blast: 54 admitted, 14 critically injured – Borno government
FG not ready for free, fair elections – Buhari
Revolution is possible in Nigeria – Justice Akanbi
Kogi jail break: 45 fleeing inmates recaptured
Lagos releases rape, child abuse, domestic violence helplines
‘Why I’m preaching peace in Nigeria’
Man beheads father in Ebonyi
Boko Haram: EU increases emergency aid to displaced victims
Ohaneze begs Boko Haram to lay down arms
Etisalat iPhone launch
University of Jos shutdown over student riot
Ebola: FG warns against smuggling of frozen chicken
CBN devalues the Naira, now N168 to the dollar
Jonathan inaugurates Kebbi Int’l Airport
Man accused of hiding mum’s remains in wardrobe freed
Police arrest nine suspected cultists in Rivers
Abuja national carnival
Ibadan market destroyed by hoodlums
Fashola presents 2015 budget

The Leadership Newspaper:

Monday Market Attack: Female Suicide Bombers Kill 45 In Maiduguri
Reps Scaled Fence To Save Democracy – APC
Dwindling Oil Price: CBN Devalues Naira, Raises Lending Rate
Kebbi Deputy Governor, 17 Others Defect To APC Today
BBOG Group To Storm Chadian Embassy Over Alleged Complicity With Boko Haram
Again, Senate Fails To Approve Emergency Rule Extension
Nasarawa: 95 % PVCs Ready For Distribution – REC
Malaria: Niger To Get 2.7m Treated Mosquito Nets
2015: I’ll Defeat Smart Adeyemi For Kogi West Senatorial Seat – Melaye
2015: Kumuyi Admonishes Nigerians On Parties’ Manifestos
Investment In Renewable Energy Key To Solving W/Africa Power Challenges
Insecurity Mars Abuja Carnival As 30 States Stay Away
Fuel Subsidy Biggest Corruption Platform – LCCI
Building Collapse: SON, Moulders Set Benchmark For Blocks 

NSE Finally Delists Starcomms, Big Treat, Afroil, Pinnacle Point
Korean Film Festival Berths In Lagos
Osun Declares Tomorrow Public Holiday As Aregbesola Begins Second Term
Lagos Guber: Why PDP Should Field Obanikoro – Group
Gov Fayose Restores Ex-Gov Oni’s Privileges
I ‘m Not At War With Gov Suswam – Sen Gemade
Adamawa PDP: Madaki Dares NWC Over Suspension
Rivers: Supreme Court Dismisses Agumagu’s Appeals
Nigerian Women Rank 102 In Political Participation Globally
Alao-Akala/ Ladoja: 2 Political Gladiators Set For Comeback
Fayose, Omirin: Battle For Control Of Ekiti Assembly
Lighting Up Lagos For Economic Growth, Transformation
Overcoming This Madness Of Insurgency

Housing As Catalyst For Economic Development
P-Square Loses Dad
Rethinking Opposition To Same Faith Presidential Ticket
Al-Makura: The Triumph Of Peace Over War (1)
Senate, FG On Collision Course Over Emergency Rule Extension
Western Sanctions And Rise Of Sino-Russian Trade Relations
Xmas: Lets intensify The War On Ebola
Service Chiefs will Still Meet With Senate Over Emergency Rule

Vanguard Newspaper:

INVASION OF APC DATA OFFICE:Jonathan bent on pushing Nigeria towards anarchy —Buhari

 FG adopts unified email platform

 Corporate etiquette, key to business growth— Janet Adetu, Corporate image expert

Extension of emergency rule, Tambuwal and President Jonathan
Day of horror on Lagos-Ibadan expressway
Emergency Extension: Military mounts pressure on senate
INSURGENCY: GEJ should do something now or step aside (2)
It is your duty to manage your risks — Fashola
Enugu 2015: The debacle of parallel leadership
I don’t give a damn! as a standing order of impunity
African mobile apps will drive affordable access
Learn to commend Oshiomhole’s positive side, Auchi monarch tells Edo PDP
SON, CPC under pressure not to enforce compliance to standards
Ekeh tips women to spearhead 21st century ICT evolution
Obasanjo frowns at insurance firm’s refusal to settle claims
Ekiti monarchs intervene in APC lawmakers, Fayose’s tussle
I’m completely devoid of the politics of deceit — Hon. Etuk
Let your talents inspire youths, Juwah charges MTN Ambassadors
N-Delta ex-militants blame Boko Haram insurgency on Northern leaders
Nigeria’s devt tied to peace in N-Delta —Minister
2015: CAN, PFN to hold prayers for Nigeria
JTF, DSS rescue kidnapped Bayelsa monarch
2015: UPP seeks merger with APC 

Reps list 50 impeachable offences against Jonathan
Jonathan warns Nigerians against inflammatory comments
 2015: I’m not at war with Suswam — Gemade

Elechi didn’t lead protest against ward congresses results — Ebonyi govt
Stop insulting Jonathan, PDP warns APC
2015: ‘We have successfully cleared 46 PDP gov aspirants in S/East’
Vanguard wins Hackday
Police confirm twin blast in Maiduguri
Lay down your arms, Ohanaeze begs Boko Haram
Alumni wades into LASU crisis
I was diagnosed of cancer- Soyinka
’45 killed as she detonated the bomb on her back’
IS stones 2 ‘gay men’ to death in Syria – NGO

This Day Newspaper:

In a Strong, Decisive Action, CBN Calms the Markets
Soyinka Raises Cancer Awareness, Opens up on How He Beat the Disease
Construction Work Begins on Phase I of $180.6bn Centenary City
Four Students Shot as Unijos is Shut Down
Displaced Persons Build New Town in Adamawa
Jonathan, Amosun, Uduaghan Celebrate HID Awolowo at 99
Jonathan Inaugurates Kebbi Airport, Urges Airlines to Reduce Airfares
Awolowo’s Grandson, 3,435 Others Called to Bar
 European Commission Gives €5m Grant to IDPs
US Embassy: 80m Nigerian Women Suffer Gender Violence
Canada Earmarks $45m for Healthcare Projects in Bauchi, Cross River
Rivers Judiciary Crisis: Supreme Court Dismisses Agumagu’s Appeals
FG to Commence Restoration of Ogoniland Q1 2015
Prisons Begin Confiscation of Inmates’ Cell Phones
NEMA Deploys More Personnel, Equipment in IDP Camps in Adamawa
JTF, Kidnappers in Shootout in Delta Community
JTF, Kidnappers in Shootout in Delta Community
Connectivity: DHL Rates Nigeria 38 Out of 140 Countries
Adesegun’s Defeatist Voyage
How Ambition is Eating Up Kwara PDP
Presidential Birthday, the Hidden Messages
‘Wilshere Ruled out for a few Games’
Maiduguri Casualty Rate Tops 60
JTF, Kidnappers in Shootout, Free Abducted Monarch
CBN Devalues Naira to Curb Pressure on Forex Reserves
Assembly's Crisis: Ekiti Monarchs Read Riot Act to Fayose, Omirin
Rivers Chief Judge Crisis: Supreme Court Dismisses Agumagu's Appeals
35 Dead,42 lnjured in Maiduguri Blast
Male, Female Bombers Responsible for Maiduguri Market Attack
Anger, Violence Trail Grand Jury Failure to indict White US Police Officer.
Two Female Suicide Bombers Hit Maiduguri Market
MTN, FirstBank, Dangote Group Make Top 100 Nigerian Companies List
Another Borno Town Captured by Boko Haram
Freed Abia Journalist Recounts Ordeal in Hands of Kidnappers
Nollywood Actress, Stephanie Linus, Addresses Rape Allegation Against Brother

World News:

Australia working on new drift modeling for MH370 wreckage
Myanmar political leaders to hold talks on amending constitution
Hong Kong police begin clearing major protest site
Argentina president, back after sick leave, vows to fight hedge funds
Coal mine accident in northern China kills 24: Xinhua
Australian minister apologizes for submarine firm canoe remark
In Modi’s India, green shoots of reform from a desert state
Domestic pressures in U.S., Iran threaten slow-moving nuclear talks
Argentina's Fernandez, back on job after infection, vows to fight hedge funds
U.N. committee spotlights 'highly intrusive' digital spying
Canada Parliament to merge security forces after gunman attack
Spain asks Cuba to grant free travel to dissidents
25 percent of Poles believe local elections were rigged: poll
Eight killed at graduation party in shooting in El Salvador
Mexico's embattled government poised to unveil law and order measures
Syrian government air strikes kill 63 in Raqqa: monitoring group
FBI investigation into Puerto Rico's PRASA focuses on one case: PRASA head
China looms over South Asian summit in the Himalayas
Two policemen injured by bomb at Shi'ite village in Bahrain
Italy's Renzi clears hurdle in parliament on labour law
Sri Lanka's Catholic Church urges government not to use pope's visit to help election campaign
Pope says orders investigation into sexual abuse in Spain
Dutch detain three men suspected of wanting to join militants in Syria: prosecutors
Street protests in Burkina Faso prompt minister's resignation
South Sudan warns U.N. that sanctions could fuel confrontation
Bulgarian forces raid homes and mosque, detain prayer leader
Kazakhstan on brink of WTO membership deal, Afghanistan in line
Two Malian soldiers killed in landmine explosion
Colombia's FARC free two soldiers in step to restart peace talks
Libyan PM says government responsible for bombing Tripoli airport
Compiled by Jerry, Abuja.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Newspapers Headlines On Tuesday 25/11/2014

- This Day Newspaper

Carlyle Group Buys Stake in Diamond Bank
APC Accuses DSS of Stalling Membership Drive as Police Recover 1,700 PVCs at Seme
Court Strikes out Charges Against Nyanya
MTN, FirstBank, Dangote Group Make Top 100 Nigerian Companies List
Another Borno Town Captured by Boko Haram
Freed Abia Journalist Recounts Ordeal in Hands of Kidnappers
Nollywood Actress, Stephanie Linus, Addresses Rape Allegation Against Brother
Write Boko Haram to Stop Attacks, Oritsejafor Tells Sultan
CBN Likely to Raise MPR, CRR to Support Naira
Shell Shuts down 200,000bpd Crude Oil Pipeline
NERC Rules out Electricity Tariff Hike, MSMEs to Enjoy Low Tariffsn
Customs Grounds Cargo Clearing Operations at MMIA
Jonathan Congratulates HID Awolowo on 99th Birthday
Explosion Rocks Cross River PDP Secretariat
South African Supreme Court to Hear Okah’s Appeal Wednesday
Pro-Fayose Speaker Takes on Speakers’ Forum over His Recognition
Presidency Disowns PDP Aspirants’ Assessment Team
Fashola Laments 2015 Budget Challenges, Accuses FG of Sabotage
Delta Erupts in Celebration as PDP Clears Tony Obuh
Gunmen Kidnap Rivers Chief Registrar
Traders Want LAWMA to Deploy More Trucks to Mile 2
Keyamo Asks Court to Compel DSS, IG to Arrest Tompolo over Threat to His Life
Senior Lawyers Should Be Appointed as Part-time Judges to Speed up Justice Delivery
Ebonyi Bond and Political Pyrotechnics
Court Strikes Out Charges Against Nyanya Bomb Blast Mastermind
Boko Haram Captures Another Borno town, Damasak
Gunmen Kidnap Rivers Chief Registrar
Lagos Police Recover 1,700 Voters Cards from Seme Bush
Slow and Steady, Solomon Waxes Stronger
Military to Continue Offensive Against Boko Haram Despite Expiration of Emergency Rule
How N1.9bn Ebola Fund was Spent
APC Northern Caucus Seeks Soft Landing for Kwankwaso
Your Assessment of Jonathan is Untrue, Misleading, Presidency Tells Obasanjo
IG Warns Nigerian Youths against Cultism

- Pilot Newspaper

‘Stop playing politics with people’s lives’

Taraba Assembly endorses new Ag Gov, as Speaker quits

Group lauds Customs’ reforms

35,000 IDPs take refuge in Plateau – NEMA

NYSC, one of Gowon’s best legacies – Gov Aliyu

FG rolls out e-mail for Civil Service

Nigeria’s crude oil exports increase 12.4% to 2.26 mb/d

American Tower, Bharti Airtel sign agreement on tower sales

 Ahmed Musa seeks revenge against Roma


 NCC shuts down Owntel for illegal operations

 Nigeria’s rapid rise in population
NCF strategises to dominate Africa
2015: Apc and the drums of war
Ending poverty in Niger Delta

 ANCLA calls for MMIA cargo terminal opening

 FCT Satellite Towns: Need for Action

 Why Nigerians in Diaspora can’t return home’
Winners emerge in Ecobank giant prize giveaway promo
Abuja Carnival committee promises world class show

 FG to reduce electricity tariff for MSMEs operators
Stocks market open week bearish as uncertainty heightens
Shell shuts Bonny Light pipeline
 Give and take politics
Nigeria’s debt stock hits N10.84trn, says DMO

Nigeria Police as endangered species

 Data centre not for cloning PVCs – APC

 Casillas, others shortlisted for FIFPro 2014
Fashola presents 2015 budget proposal of N489.69bn
APC advocates gender equality in policy making
Nigerian Air Force Promotes 110 Senior Officers
Chuck Hagel resigns as US defence secretary
Avram Grant takes over Ghana Black Stars
Morocco floods: Death toll climbs to 28
Nyanya bomb blast: Court Frees Ogwuche

 Former Chelsea manager dies
6 dead as bomb hits Afghan market
Iran nuclear talks extended till July 2015
Ebola: Ministry warns against smuggling of frozen chicken
2015 elections: Fayose urges youths to be agents of change
Iran nuclear deadline likely to be extended
Klopp lined up to replace Rodgers
Arsenal, Man Utd in battle for Robertson
Arsenal eye Basel’s Schar
Taraba Assembly mandate

Compliled by Jerry, Abuja

Other News Update posted by Streetjournal :

»National debt rises to N10.8tn

»Again, Jonathan meets Chadian President over insurgency

»Senators initiate move to impeach Jonathan

»Sultan, Oritsejafor clash over Boko Haram

»US defence secretary Chuck Hagel resigns

»2015: Vote for my husband, Patience begs women

»Explosion rocks C’ River PDP secretariat

»Sani slams Jonathan over N’Assembly invasion

»FG asks Cameroon, others to unite against B’Haram

»Taraba Assembly confirms deputy as Acting Gov

»Ondo to establish medical varsity

»Senatorial slot: Refund my N5.5m, Kalu tells PDP

»APC lawmakers shun Ekiti assembly for fear of attack

»Violent people won’t thrive in Oyo, says Ajimobi

»EFCC arrests two for duping nurse of €61,500

»Dismissed naval officer hijacks truck with N20m goods

»Man, 18 in court for raping two-year-old

»Cultists kidnap, murder Kogi varsity professor, student

»SDP in race to win Ogun —SEN KAKA

»ALLEGED MURDER: Court stops re-arrest of Ekiti APC leaders

»Fashola presents N489.69bn 2015 budget proposals

»Sultan, Oritsejafor differ on war against Boko Haram

»Insurgents disguise as traders, kill scores in fresh Borno attack

»Police arrest fake suicide bomber in Kano

»NBA warns politicians, condemns police attack on Reps

»Disregard petitions against us —Rivers PDP gov aspirants

»PDP ward congresses: Explosion, violence in C/River, Oyo, Lagos

»Data centre: APC blasts DSS for justifying invasion

»Ekiti: Omirin, other APC lawmakers yet to return

»Emergency: Senate resumes debate today

»Foremost theatre scholar, Dapo Adelugba, dies at 75


- Court frees suspected Nyanya bombing mastermind Aminu Ogwuche

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the two counts terrorism charges against the suspected mastermind of the bombing of the Nyanya Motor Part in Abuja, Aminu Ogwuche.

Ogwuche was repatriated from Sudan, where he fled to after the bombing of the park, in which over 75 persons were killed.

The two count charge was struck out by Justice Adeniyi Ademola for want of diligent prosecution by the Inspector-General of Police and his prosecutors.

Ogwuche was however not discharged as he is still been detained by the Department of State Security, DSS.

The hearing of his case for the enforcement of his fundamental human right has been adjourned to December 5.

Ogwuche is asking the court to compel the Attorney-General of the Federation and the SSS to either charge him to court or set him free.

He contends that Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution is been violated by his continued detention since July 15 without trial.

WAR IN IBADAN AGAIN ? Political thugs kill 3, burn 10 houses, over 200 shops in 4 communities

Please go to  The Daily SUN.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Neither My Supporters Nor Myself Involved In Fracas - FIJABI

In a swift reaction to the publication by Daily Independent on Sunday, the house of representative member for Ibadan Southwest/Northwest federal constituency Hon. Saheed Akiade-Fijabi has rejected any involvement of his teeming supporters in the clash at Oke- Ado Ibadan.
Responding to this via his facebook page he expressed his dissatisfaction to the publication by Daily Independent on Sunday.

" As a member of APC and member representing Ib sw/nw constituency I must take some responsibility for whatever happens within my constituency but notwithstanding the incident that happened is very unfortunate. Still we should read between the lines, our rank may have been infiltrated by ...... My prayers, thought and condolence goes to the family who lost property and life during the sad event.
"I still want to maintain my innocence, neither my supporters nor me knows anything about the sad incident that happened at Oke Ado. I will not allow anyone to unleash terror on my constituents. I am not a politician that plays do or die politics or politics of destruction. Never will i do dat. I believe in developing others and not destroying them." Fijabi stated.
Commenting further the Honourable appealed to the public to be wary of hooligans who are bent on destablising the peaceful atmosphere in Ibadan
"I believe the case is been investigated by the police. Can we please wait for the outcome of the investigation." He stated.
Hon Fijabi dismissed every attempt to soil his image by some quarters who according to him, are trying to score points against his political career.

Police Killing: Fijabi vs Ajanaku House of Reps Ticket Row Identified.

An UNCONFIRMED Report by Daily Independent  that has been rejected by parties named as published on 23rd November, 2014 is hereby removed from this blog. In the spirit of fairness and professional ethic the content of the story does not meet standard requirements to be posted here.

READ: Neither My Supporters Nor Myself Involved In Fracas - FIJABI

In a swift reaction to the publication by Daily Independent on Sunday, Hon. Saheed Fijabi has rejected any involvement of his teeming supporters in the clash at Oke- Ado, Ibadan.

Responding to the publication via his facebook page he expressed his dissatifaction to the story by Daily Independent pointing at the involvement of his supporters in a clash.

" As a member of APC and member representing Ib sw/nw constituency I must take some responsibility for whatever happens within my constituency but notwithstanding the incident that happened is very unfortunate. Still we should read between the lines, our rank may have been infiltrated by ...... My prayers, thought and condolence goes to the family who lost property and life during the sad event.

"I still want to maintain my innocence, neither my supporters nor me knows anything about the sad incident that happened at Oke Ado. I will not allow anyone to unleash terror on my constituents. I am not a politician that plays do or die politics or politics of destruction. Never will i do dat. I believe in developing others and not destroying them." Fijabi stated.

Commenting further the Honourable appealed to the public to be wary of hooligans who are bent on destablising the peaceful atmosphere in Ibadan
"I believe the case is been investigated by the police. Can we please wait for the outcome of the investigation." He stated.

Hon Fijabi dismissed every attempt to soil his image by some quarters who according to him, are trying to score political points against his political career.

Other source

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Jonathan did not order Police to invade N/Assembly — Abati

Jonathan did not order Police to invade N/Assembly — Abati

In this interview with Dr. Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, he explains the type of persona President Goodluck Jonathan his and the success of his re-election declaration penultimate week. He speaks about the uncommon virtue of calmness and good sense of President Jonathan. On last week’s drama at the National Assembly, Abati categorically denied any involvement of the presidency in the episode.


The President has indicated his readiness to contest in the next election. What will he do differently that he has not done?

President Jonathan stated that in his speech. If you look at that speech, he indeed spoke like a statesman. He focused on issues unlike some other persons who have indicated interest in the office of the President. He did not use his speech to insult anybody and a lot of people have praised the maturity and the statesmanship that the President demonstrated. He thanked Nigerians for the opportunity that they have given him. He went on to outline  what his administration has done in various sectors of the economy, how this administration has been able to turn Nigeria into a favourite investment destination and the largest economy in Africa and how, under his watch, the scope for human expression and freedom have been very well expanded.

In the later part of his speech, he went ahead to say that his administration is committed to continuing to expand the opportunities that have been created for Nigerians to realise themselves to the fullest especially in the area of job creation. The determination of his administration, if re-elected, is to continue to take Nigeria forward. In four years, he has been able to transform the economy and our lives in many ways. He wants  to take that achievement further.

That is why in the later part of his speech you will find key words about his vision for the future: it is a vision of continual progress, it is a vision of expanded opportunities, it is a vision that will further empower Nigerian youths, it is a vision of a country that will remain a leading country and a top nation in various aspects including sports, science, communications and technology. It is about looking forward. The whole of that speech is a continuation of his conversation with Nigerians.

One of the leading Muslim clerics in the country, Sheikh Gumi in  an unsolicited advice  to the president and the chieftain of the APC, General   Buhari   said the duo should not present themselves for election  because doing so  will further divide the country.  What do you think of that advice?

Sheikh Gumi is completely wrong in terms of his advice to President Jonathan. I read the interview too but he did not say categorically that the President has not done well in terms of performance. He alleged that the President is divisive but anyone in this country will know that that allegation is completely incorrect. The bulk of his comment is based on the challenge of Boko Haram, that is the insecurity in the country.  He did not deny the fact that this administration has been able to transform the country in many ways, but he was alleging that this administration is aiding and abetting Boko Haram and that the administration is divisive. Anybody who is objective will see that President Jonathan cannot be blamed for the challenges of insecurity in the North Eastern part of the country. It is an inherited problem.

But there was a turning of the tide in April with the abduction of the Chibok girls. I think when people talk about this insecurity challenge, they should be more constructive and objective in terms of how complex the challenge of terrorism is. The other thing to realise is that the terrorism we are dealing with has become part of the Global Jihad and this is well demonstrated in terms of the proven connection between terrorists in the North East and international groups like Al Qaeda and Al Shabab. We expect Nigerians to continue to encourage the armed forces and to appreciate the efforts of this administration in checking terrorism and insurgency.  What is happening in the North East is a threat to all of us, whether we are from the South, East, North or West. Opinion leaders like Sheikh Gumi ought to be better informed. In any case, his opinion is a minority opinion. What is very clear is that the majority of Nigerians at all levels are solidly behind President Jonathan. Look at the day President Jonathan made his declaration for 2015, no other person has been able to attract such a show of affection, solidarity and support across the country and also among Nigerians in the Diaspora. If the declaration was a test of popularity, that was a very good outing. We are happy with the fact that the President is the President of all persons.  Nay-sayers like Sheik Gumi are in the minority.

One of the arguments raised is the fact that making a declaration just a day after school children were killed in Potiskum was rather insensitive of the president?

Majority of the people making the allegation are members of the APC.  Given the success of the event, given the overwhelming demonstration of support for President Jonathan by all categories of Nigerians, you should expect that naturally the opposition who say they are also interested in the office would be jealous and will try to find ways to discredit the event.  That is what they have been trying to do but they have not succeeded because Nigerians know the truth. They know that the declaration was a prescheduled event and it was an event  that attracted a lot of local and international attention.  Members of the opposition are also just being hypocritical.

A day after the President’s declaration, there was an event in Benin City, a celebration by the Edo State Government, which was attended by APC chieftains. If they wanted to stand on a moral high ground, why didn’t they postpone their own event? But nobody is talking about that. Our position is that governance cannot stop. President Jonathan cannot stop running the country; he has to continue to provide leadership. All of us, not just the President, must refuse to be intimidated by terrorists.

That is why the President says again and again that to defeat terror we need solidarity, collective action and all Nigerians must place the interest of Nigeria first. What we get all the time from APC is a case of particular individuals placing their own ambitions first.  I think in this case, they have no point whatsoever but I sympathise with them, with all their grand-standing, they are seeing very clearly that President Jonathan is the favourite and Nigerians are solidly behind him.

The argument has been that the President as the commander in chief has not demonstrated enough leadership and people point to the fact that more territories are being lost to the terrorists. 

It is not correct to say that the President is not providing enough leadership. Do they expect the President as the Commander-in-Chief to mobilise and go to the war front himself and begin to drive the tanks?  Nobody can doubt that President Jonathan has stood firm on the side of the security forces and on the side of the victims. That is why he launched the Presidential Initiative in the North East. That is why he introduced the Victims Support Fund. That is why his government has also initiated the Safe Schools Initiative. He has also  been in the fore-front of internationalising the challenge of terror to make everyone understand that this is a battle for the whole world. To say that he has not shown leadership is wrong.

Although there may seem to have been setbacks in recent times, going forward you will see that the tide will turn against the terrorists because the soldiers have continued to receive training and equipment and the government has shown very clearly that it will spare no effort until this incursion of global terrorism into our territory is checked.

The economy seems to be facing some challenge now because of the drop in the price of crude. The coordinating minister of the economy made some announcement about the possibility of austerity measure. What is government doing so that we will not have to depend on the politics of international oil pricing?

It is true that crude oil is our principal export and major revenue earner but before President Jonathan assumed office crude oil was about 90% plus responsible for foreign exchange earnings in this country. But under his watch, non-oil export has gone up considerably by about 40% and he referred to that in his speech.

This administration has succeeded in diversifying the economy in many ways and that is one of the major high points of the achievements of this administration. Before President Jonathan assumed office, agriculture was treated as a social development programme. Today, Nigeria is a major exporter of cassava to China and some other parts of Asia and the revenue from cassava alone is very high. Cement used to be a major import for Nigerians but today Nigeria is a major exporter of cement, with Dangote Cement and Lafarge in particular, setting up factories in other parts of Africa. Manufacturing has also increased in terms of capacity utilisation. There is more activity within the economy. Yes, crude oil still remains the dominant export but what has happened is that there has been a drop in the price of crude oil in the international market.

In terms of internal revenue, since this government took over, it has placed a lot of emphasis on revenue collection, and tax reform.  Last year, the government set a specific target for the Federal Internal Revenue Service. That target is going to be increased in the coming year. There was about $70 billion target for 2014 and government has managed to collect as at this point over $60 billion. For 2015 that target has been raised to about $120 billion.

But this is not about more tax for poor people; the projection is to protect the poor.  The tax is going to be on luxury items, and specifically for the 2015 Budget Framework. The drop in crude oil price is not going to be permanent  but government is prepared. We are doing a lot more in other areas of the economy to increase non-oil revenue and that is a step in the right direction.

What has been your experience being on this job?

It has been very exciting. I will encourage everyone in civil society specifically journalists, whenever they have the opportunity to serve in government, they should come and have the experience because they will learn a lot. For me it has been a very good learning opportunity. I have learnt a lot from working for President Jonathan. I used to easily get angry and upset with people but working with him, I have learnt that oftentimes you need to be patient with people, to be a bit more tolerant and yet remain firm and focused.

People who are close to the President have said that he is very slow to anger but when it gets to that level it is always very explosive.

No, he does not get angry in an explosive manner, he is not that kind of person. He is a very calm and contemplative person, and he is very tolerant. I have never seen him getting really very angry but the thing is if you do something that he objects to and he calls you and he points out your faults to you, you will feel very sorry for yourself. You will see that he must have been observing that particular mistake you are making for a long time.

He will not just get angry with you, he will call you and confront you with the evidence, with detailed illustration and you will on your own realise that you should not do that next time. You cannot afford to be lazy around him; if you are productive he knows, and if you are just hanging around just to be seen to be doing something, he knows, but he will allow you go on fooling yourself until one day, he will call you to order.

Before you came into government, you were very critical about government policies and decisions. Several years after, what is it that you know now that you didn’t know then?

If you work in government, you will gain a better understanding of how government works and what goes on. A lot of people out there really do not have much access to real information about what goes on in government. People just make wrong assumptions and on the basis of wrong assumptions, they jump to conclusions. I also found out that a lot of people out there easily form opinions, people call it perception but even perception should be informed. For instance, when we went to Chad, a photograph was taken at the airport and when it was put out we explained that this was at the holding room at the airport, during the reception for the President. Some people argued ‘that cannot be the airport; you are trying to deceive us’ whereas that was a fact that could be easily verified.

Nobody will make any effort to verify and even when you offer any explanation, people will say you are reacting; you should be proactive. I have seen a lot and I have reached a stage where when I hear these comments, I ask the people if they have ever held the office of Special Adviser on Media. I ask: on what basis are they making those comments? In addition, every Presidency has its own objective conditions, which you must understand. Anyhow, I think anybody who comes into government will gain more information and knowledge beyond those general comments on how society should be.

How much has this job affected your social life?

It is a 365 days, 24/7 job. I am on call 24 hours; there are a few of us like that who have to be around all the time. That is why I am unable to socialise as much as before. Again, this is a very sensitive assignment. Before I took up this job, on my way from the office, I could stop by at a pepper soup joint. I went to the club and attended social functions. I socialised a lot. I used to jump from one event to the other. On this job, I really cannot do that. I have to watch where I go, what I say and who I associate with. I have to choose where I go carefully and who I relate with otherwise you could be easily misrepresented.   This kind of job exposes you to a lot of scrutiny. It is also a job that gives certain privileges and special access. I attend privileged meetings, and I took an oath of office, which in sum says I must discharge my duties with a sense of responsibility.

What is your greatest challenge relating with journalists who cover the presidency?

I have a very large press corps who are here full time covering the president. We quarrel, we make up. When I came initially, most of them did not understand my style, they were used to a particular kind of old style. Some of them used to boast that they have been here since the days of IBB. I used to wonder how that is an achievement. Over time, however, we have come to understand each other and we have reached a stage where both the press corps and this office work as a family. Even when we quarrel, we all know that it is all in the line of duty.   I don’t fail to realise that they are here not as staff of the President, they are not here as political appointees, they are employees of media houses, they are here to cover the president and report, and they are answerable to their employers, some of whom even ask them to look for negative stories. My own job is to facilitate their work, ensure good coverage of the President, and to make sure that I prevent them from reporting unnecessary news.

What do you think is the greatest misunderstanding of Nigerians about the president?  

I think Nigerians appreciate the President. Ordinary Nigerians understand the President. They know that this is a President who is doing his very best to serve the people and who has achieved a lot. They are solidly behind him and I have no doubt that in the 2015 elections, they are going to queue up behind him and support him robustly and ensure that he gets the second term that he is asking for. The people who grumble are those in the opposition, the ambitious persons who also want power. They constitute a minority but a very vocal minority that owns instruments of propaganda. They own radio stations; they have newspapers.

There are some newspapers, it does not matter what the President does, they will not report it well. It does not matter what the President says, they will look for how they can twist it. You can identify the papers and those are the papers that are owned by politicians, these are media houses that are owned by people with desperate political ambitions and the public is not fooled.

When critics go out of their way to insult the first lady and the office of the president, as a human being, does he take it very personal?

He does not take it personal and he has responded to this question on very many occasions. He knows that his job will attract criticism because if you are a leader, you will be criticized. On one occasion, he even said he is the most criticized leader in the world.  What he asks for is objectivity and fairness. He prefers to be criticised objectively and constructively, not all this heckling and hustling. That is our message to the opposition. It is not that the idea of somebody or a group constituting themselves into an opposition is bad, but in other parts of the world when people call themselves the opposition, they provide alternative ideas, they engage the government at the level of policy, not this perpetual abuse and name calling that the APC  engages in on a daily basis.

The Police last week locked up the national assembly, tear gassed the Speaker of the House of Representatives. People have accused the president of being behind it. Did the president order the closure of the national assembly?

The matter is being investigated; we should await the outcome of the investigations and so I urge that we should all refrain from saying anything that may be prejudicial, partisan or   uninformed as some people are already doing, which may then turn out to be incorrect. But I can tell you that President Jonathan did not authorise any form of assault on the National Assembly. He did not. He has no hand in it. The police authorities themselves have said that they acted on their own, based on information that some thugs were planning to cause mayhem and compromise the safety of lawmakers. Let the police explain exactly what happened. And they have said they will. This is certainly not about President Jonathan. He has a very excellent relationship with the National Assembly.


© 2014 Reuben Abati

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