Open Letter to President Buhari.


Former military Governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Dangiwa Umar (rtd), has penned an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

In the letter with the subject “Mr President, please belong to all of us”, Colonel Umar critically reviewed PMB’s five years in office. He warned that the country risks sliding into crisis as Nigeria has become ”dangerously polarized due to Buhari’s lopsided appointments.”

Read the full letter below:

OPEN LETTER FROM COL. DANGIWA UMAR (RTD) TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI

Muhammadu Buhari, Sunday 30th May 2020

President,

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces,

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Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Dear Mr. President,

MR. PRESIDENT; PLEASE BELONG TO ALL OF US.

“One of the swiftest ways of destroying a Kingdom is to give preference of one particular tribe over another or show favor to one group of people rather than another. And to draw near those who should be kept away and keep away those who should be drawn near” Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio.

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I have been prompted to write you this open letter, Mr. President, by the loud sounds of drums, singing and dancing that erupted within many groups in the last few days on the grounds that you attained the 5th year in office as President of Nigeria. It comes as no surprise that enthusiasm for the celebration is not shared equally by segments of the public. While your admirers and supporters believe you have performed well, many others believe the five years you have been in office as our President has not met the yearnings, expectations and change promised Nigerians.

Mr. President, you know me well enough and my position on issues to realize that I can be neither a rabid supporter nor a fanatical opponent of yours. I believe being a responsible citizen is enough reason to wish you well and to work for your success. As we have seen all too clearly these past few years, your success is ours as is your failure. We swim or sink with you!

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You might wish to recall that after the results of the 23rd of February 2019 presidential elections were announced, giving you victory, I addressed a press conference during which I urged the runner-up, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, to concede defeat. The reason was clear: tensions were running high and little missteps by the leaders might ignite violence, as often happened after major elections. Some supporters of Abubakar Atiku disagreed with me and told me off. As it happened, Alhaji Atiku went ahead to mount a legal challenge to the outcome of the elections up to the Supreme Court. Mercifully, his actions did not result in an outbreak of violence as we feared.

At the same occasion, I counselled the declared winner, your good self, to use the opportunity of your second term to redeem your pledge of being a leader and president of all Nigerians.

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On the occasion of the first-year anniversary into your second four-year term, I feel there is an urgent need to revisit this subject matter.

Mr. President, you have often expressed the hope that history will be kind to you. It is within your competence to write that history. But you have less than three years in which to do it. You may wish to note that any authentic history must be devoid of myth. It will be a true, factual rendition of the record of your performance.

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And truth be told, Mr. President, there are quite a lot of things that speak to your remarkable accomplishments, not least of which is that for the first time in our democratic history, a sitting President was defeated. That feat was achieved by Muhammadu Buhari. The reason was the public belief of you as a man of integrity.

The corollary to this is that at the expiration of your 8-year tenure in 2023, your achievements will not be measured solely by the physical infrastructure your administration built. An enduring legacy would be based on those intangible things like how much you uplifted the spirit and moral tone of the nation. How well have you secured the nation from ourselves and from external enemies?

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At this time and in the light of all that have happened since you took office, any conversation with you Mr. President cannot gloss over the chaos that has overtaken appointments into government offices in your administration. All those who wish you and the country well must mince no words in warning you that Nigeria has become dangerously polarized and risk sliding into crisis on account of your administration’s lopsided appointments which continues to give undue preference to some sections of the country over others.

Nowhere is this more glaring than in the leadership cadre of our security services.

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Mr. President, I regret that there are no kind or gentle words to tell you that your skewed appointments into the offices of the federal government, favoring some and frustrating others, shall bring ruin and destruction to this nation.

I need not remind you, Mr. President, that our political history is replete with great acts of exemplary leadership which, at critical moments, managed to pull this nation back from the precipice and assured its continued existence.

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Colonel Dangiwa Umar writes open letter to President Buhari

A few examples will demonstrate this:

In February, 1965, the NPC-led Federal Government was faced with a decision to appoint a successor to the outgoing Nigerian Army General Officer Commanding (GOC), General Welby Everard, a Briton. Four most senior officers were nominated; namely, Brigadiers Aguiyi Ironsi, Ogundipe, Ademulegun and Maimalari. The first three were senior to Maimalari but he was deemed to be more qualified due to his superior commission. He was the first Sandhurst Regular trained officer in the Nigerian Army. His being a Muslim Northerner like the Minister of Defense, Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu and the Prime Minister, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa granted him added advantage by today’s standards. But to the surprise of even the Igbos, and opposition from some senior NPC members, Minister Ribadu recommended Ironsi, pointing to his seniority. The Prime Minister concurred and Aguiyi Ironsi was confirmed as the first indigenous GOC of the Nigerian Army.

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When on 13 February 1976, the Commander-in-Chief, General Murtala Muhammed, was assassinated in a failed Coup de tat, General Olusegun Obasanjo, his deputy and the most senior officer at the time, was sworn in as his successor. The Chief of Army Staff, General T.Y Danjuma, a Northern Christian, was next in line to succeed Obasanjo as the Chief of Staff, SHQ and Deputy Commander in Chief. General Danjuma however waived his right and recommended a much junior officer, Lt. Col. Shehu Musa Yar’adua, for the post. Shehu was promoted two steps up to the rank of Brigadier and appointed Chief of Staff SHQ and Deputy Commander-in-Chief. Lt. Col. Muhammadu Buhari was appointed Minister of Petroleum. This was done to placate Muslim North which was deemed to have lost one of its own, Murtala Muhammed.

Both the chief of staff, Mr. Sunday Awoniyi, and the personal physician Dr Ishaya Audu to the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, a direct descendant of Sheikh Usman Dan Fodio, were Christians.

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Barely nine years after the civil war in 1979, the NPN Presidential candidate, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, picked an Igbo, Dr Alex Ekwueme, as his running mate. They enjoyed a truly brotherly relationship as President and Vice President. President Shagari’s political advisor, Dr Chuba Okadigbo and National Assembly Liaison, assistant, Dr K.O Mbadiwe, were both Igbos. His economic advisor, Prof. Emmanuel Edozien and his Chief of Personnel Staff Dr Michael Prest, were of Niger Delta extraction. Remarkably, all his military service chiefs were Christians with the exception of his last Chief Army Staff, General Inuwa Wushishi under whose tenure he was removed in a military coup de tat.

Mr. President, as a witness and beneficiary, it is our expectation that you would emulate these great acts of statesmanship. Which is why we have continued to engage with you.

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You may wish to recall that I had cause to appeal to you, to confirm Justice Onnoghen as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria a few days before the expiration of his three months tenure of acting appointment to be replaced by a Muslim Northerner. We were saved that embarrassment when his nomination was sent to the senate by the then acting President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo. When he was finally confirmed a few days to the end of his tenure, he was removed after a few months and replaced by Justice Muhammed, a Muslim from the North.

May I also invite the attention of Mr. President to the pending matter of appointment of a Chief Judge of the Nigerian Court Appeal which appears to be generating public interest. As it is, the most senior Judge, Justice Monica Dongban Mensem, a northern Christian, is serving out her second three-month term as acting Chief Judge without firm prospects that she will be confirmed substantive head. I do not know Justice Mensem but those who do attest to her competence, honesty and humility.

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She appears eminently qualified for appointment as the substantive Chief Judge of the Court of Appeal as she is also said to be highly recommended by the National Judicial Council. If she is not and is bypassed in favor of the next in line who happens to be another northern Muslim, that would be truly odd. In which case, even the largest contingent of PR gurus would struggle to rebut the charges that you, Mr. President, is either unwilling or incapable of acting on your pledge to belong to everyone — and to no one. I hope you would see your way into pausing and reflecting on the very grave consequences of such failure not just to your legacy but to the future of our great country.

Thank you for your time, Mr. President.

COL. ABUBAKAR DANGIWA UMAR (RTD)


#Newsworthy…

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Kemi Olunloyo tackle Davido again – Says his Banana Island Mansion is Audio.


Controversial investigative journalist, Kemi Olunloyo has again unleashed her venom unto Davido, saying he lied about buying a house in Banana Island.

Recall that Davido splashed millions of naira on a new mansion in Banana island. The singer also revealed how he was able to afford his newly purchased Banana Island home.

“David Adeleke didn’t post the title of his house. You told us you are buying a new private jet, it was your dad’s. Cooking show for Chioma, never launched, Porsche for Chioma never driven, Wike gave you money to groom artists, no artist. A sick audio clout life.”, she said.

“In property law, a title is a bundle of rights in a piece of property in which a party may own either a legal interest or equitable interest. It also refers to a formal document, such as a deed, that serves as evidence of ownership. Post your title and deed papersFace with rolling eyes#Kemitalks”, she added


#Newsworthy…

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Elect’23: Disqualify APC for Electoral Act Breach – PDP tell INEC.


The Peoples Democratic Party, Lagos State chapter, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu from the 2023 election.

The PDP accused the APC-led administration in the state of breaching the provisions of the Electoral Act on electioneering campaigns by campaigning for the reelection of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu for the 2023 governorship election in the state.

Taofik Gani, publicity secretary of the PDP in Lagos, who leveled the accusation in a statement on Sunday, asked the INEC to disqualify the APC and Governor Sanwo-olu from the 2023 election.

He said, “The APC has commenced deliberate public announcements; jingles; Newspaper adverts directly and indirectly sponsored by the Governor, his supporters, groups and the APC announcing Sanwo-olu as a performer-governor within his first year in office that should be supported for reelection.

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“For clarity, the sponsored public announcements, jingles, Newspaper Adverts are clearly calling on electorates to reelect Sanwo-olu and the APC on the basis of their perceived performances within first year. These jingles and other announcements abound. We demand that the Governor and the APC must be disqualified from contesting the governorship election in the 2023. They are already overreaching all other aspirants and parties. Governor Sanwo-olu and the APC are already violating the political process. The level playing field that ought to exist is being dug into gullies for all other parties. This is unfair. The INEC must assert its authority and control of the electoral process by enforcing its rules irrespective of the committer of breaking the rules. The INEC must suo motu disqualify Sanwo-olu as a persona and the APC from eligibility to contest the governorship in the 2023 general elections.”

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The PDP described the scorecard peddled by the APC as “indeed laughable”, describing the APC led administration in the state is the “worst ever by any Lagos State Governor.

The PDP said the Sanwo-olu administration’s one year in office is “a year of abysmal performance of monumental failure”, and vowed to, in the coming days expose the failures of Sanwo-olu’s first year in office as Governor.


#Newsworthy…

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First Ever: India celebrate direct flight from Nigeria.


Air Peace airline has taken delivery of a new ERJ-145 aircraft to help boost its domestic and regional operations.

The government of India celebrated the first direct flight from Nigeria when the nation’s major carrier, Air Peace, airlifted 312 of its citizens from the Murtala Muhammd International Airport (MMIA), Lagos to Kochi.

According to the verified twitter account of Indians in Nigeria, @india_nigeria, the “repatriation of India nationals from Nigeria began today (Sunday) with the Lagos-Kochi Air Peace flight with 312 passengers. It is the first ever Nigerian airline to fly directly to India”.

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The Indians in Nigeria commended the Nigerian government, the Indian embassy in Nigeria and others that made the flight a reality.

According to information from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Air Peace flight P47812 pushed back by 1:15 am Nigerian time with 312 passengers and 15 crew members and was airborne by 1:28 am.

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Air Peace, in a statement, said the 10-hour non-stop flight from Lagos to Kochi was operated with a B777 aircraft with registration number 5N-BWI. The flight, operated by 15 crew members, was expected to arrive Cochin International Airport in Kerala.

The Chief Operating Officer of the airline, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olajide, who expressed delight over the evacuation flight, thanked the Indian authorities for engaging Air Peace to operate the flight, while also giving kudos to the Nigerian government for supporting the airline in all its special flights during the lockdown.

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She added that the airline alongside other relevant government agencies ensured that all the passengers complied with established health protocols before boarding.

“It can be recalled that on Thursday, May 28, 2020, Air Peace embarked on an evacuation flight of 301 Chinese nationals and flew back 268 stranded Nigerians from China on Saturday,” the statement added


#Newsworthy…

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Championship sets to resume by June 20


The Championship season is set to restart on June 20 following the coronavirus shutdown, the EFL has confirmed.

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The plans are subject to government guidelines being met and strict safety measures will be in place, including matches being staged behind-closed-doors. Clubs will also need clearance from local authorities to hold matches at their home grounds.

The decision means the second-tier will restart just three days after the Premier League returns on June 17, with the EFL hoping to finish the season with the Play-off Final ‘on or around July 30’.

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No Championship football has been played since Derby County’s 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on March 8, but teams returned to training earlier this week, initially using non-contact and small group sessions. All 24 teams in the league have played 37 games, meaning there are nine rounds of fixtures left to play and discussions are ongoing to ensure all 108 matches are made available to fans.


“Whilst matches will unfortunately have to take place without supporters, we are working with our broadcast partners, EFL Championship Clubs and all relevant stakeholders to broadcast the remaining 108 games plus Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs either live on Sky Sports, iFollow or a Club’s equivalent streaming service,” EFL Chair Rick Parry said.

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“We must stress that at this stage the date is only provisional and will only be confirmed once we have met all the requirements, as the health, safety and well-being of all participants, staff and supporters remains our top priority.

“Clearly completing the season in a safe manner is going to require a significant effort by all concerned and, whilst not unprecedented, it will need Clubs to play a significant number of matches over a relatively short period of time.”

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Leeds United are currently top of the division, a point clear of West Brom, who occupy the second automatic promotion spot and have a further six-point cushion to third-placed Fulham.

Brentford and Nottingham Forest look well set to reach the playoffs in fourth and fifth, but just three points separate Preston in sixth and Swansea in 11th. Meanwhile, Barnsley, Luton and Charlton currently fill the relegation zone.


#NobleSports….

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[Movie] Rust – Nollywood | Video

A highly protective single mother wants the best for her only daughter. How is she going to turn out? Find out


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Shlake’s McKennie wears ‘Justice for Floyd’ Armband


Weston McKennie wore a ‘Justice for George’ armband during Schalke’s match vs. Werder Bremen.

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The American was showing his support for George Floyd, the unarmed African-American who died at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis earlier this week.

Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was seen on video kneeling on the neck of Floyd, who could be heard saying he couldn’t breathe before he tragically passed away.

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Chauvin was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The shocking death has made headlines around the world with protests now taking place in parts of America. According to the criminal complaint filed, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds; two minutes and 53 seconds of which occurred after Floyd became unresponsive.

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McKennie grew up in Texas and the 21-year-old has been capped 21 times for the United States national side.

His superb show of support for Floyd didn’t go unnoticed but McKennie couldn’t stop his Schalke side from their terrible form – as they lost 1-0 at home to Werder Bremen.

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That makes it four defeats in their four matches since the Bundesliga returned, after losses to Borussia Dortmund (4-0), Augsburg (3-0), Dusseldorf (2-1) and now Werder Bremen.

That run of form leaves Schalke in tenth, five points away from Wolfsburg who occupy a Europa League spot in sixth. But David Wagner’s side might start looking down as they’re now just 10 points above the relegation zone.


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ASUU set to return to ‘Negotiation’ table


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Sunday asked the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to the negotiating table with the Federal Government.

Ngige, who disclosed this in a statement signed by his media aide, Emmanuel Nzomiwu, warned that there would be consequences if the union rejected the federal government’s overtures to return to the negotiation table.

ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike in February over the federal government’s insistence on the varsity teachers’ enrollment into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and other issues relating to the management of the nation’s universities.

According to the statement, the minister made the call in his hometown in Alor, Anambra, where he donated palliatives worth N15 million to vulnerable households to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

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He said that the federal government could activate relevant labour laws to deal with the situation.

According to Ngige, the law permits the federal government to approach the National Arbitration Panel (NAP) and even the National Industrial Court (NIC) for redress on the matter.

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He said the ASUU strike was all about the disagreement over IPPIS.

The minister said: “Any other reason given by ASUU is an alibi. I invited ASUU for a zoom meeting in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, but they insisted on meeting me face to face.

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“We have labour laws and hierarchy of arbitration. There is the NAP and NIC. If I am tired, I can refer it there.

“So the better thing is for them to come and negotiate on firsthand basis where we are not bringing an external arbitrator.”

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According to him, ASUU members as employees lacked the right to dictate to the federal government on how to receive wages.

“The important thing is for your salaries and wages to come to you. As a workman, you receive your payment as compensation for services rendered. So, that is on the statute everywhere,” he added.


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: Civil Servants may resume work on these rules.. – Ekiti Govt.


Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Sunday, directed the state’s civil servants to return to work.

However, the governor’s directive affects public officers on Grade Level 8 and above, while those on Grade Level 7 and below are to remain at home till further notice.

Fayemi, who disclosed this in a state-wide broadcast, said residents of the state now had opportunities to pursue their businesses on Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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He also revealed that consultations are ongoing on the reopening of religious centres, schools and big markets in the state.

The governor reminded people of the state that the dusk-to-dawn curfew is still in place from 8:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.


#Newsworthy…

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‘Justice for Floyd’ Sancho showcases after his ‘First’ Hatrick


England star Jadon Sancho has unveiled a “Justice for George Floyd” message after scoring for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

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In the absence of Erling Haaland and following a calf injury that has limited him to cameo appearances since the German top-flight’s return from its coronavirus suspension earlier in May, the former Manchester City forward returned to Lucien Favre’s starting lineup for Sunday’s trip to bottom club Paderborn and marked the occasion by netting a first senior hat-trick.

After side-footing home his first goal from close range at Benteler Arena soon after Thorgan Hazard’s opener, Sancho subsequently removed his Dortmund shirt to reveal a yellow BVB base layer that featured the message “Justice for George Floyd” written prominently across the front in pen.

He was then shown a yellow card by referee Daniel Siebert for removing his shirt.

Sancho’s Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi unveiled the same message after scoring Dortmund’s fourth goal of the evening.

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The death of Mr Floyd – an unarmed black man – while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday after he was knelt on by police officer Derek Chauvin has sparked protests across the United States and beyond.

Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga on Sunday, Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram kneeled in the aftermath of his first goal in the 4-1 win over Union Berlin, while on Saturday American midfielder Weston McKennie took to the pitch for Schalke’s match against Werder Bremen wearing an armband that read “Justice for George”.

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Taking to Twitter after Dortmund’s win over Paderborn, Sancho said: “First professional hat trick. A bittersweet moment personally as there are more important things going on in the world today that we must address and help make a change.

“We have to come together as one & fight for justice. We are stronger together. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.”


#NobleSports

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Chinese Doctors: You owe Nigerians apology over ‘Misinformation’ – ADC tells FG


The African Democratic Congress (ADC) Sunday asked the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, to apologize to Nigerians for “misinforming” them on the mission of the 15-member Chinese medical team which arrived in the country last month.

The ADC National Publicity Secretary, Yemi Kolapo, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, said the party was at the forefront of calls for support for the Federal Government because of its conviction that politicising the COVID-19 pandemic would neither benefit citizens nor the economy.

The minister had informed Nigerians that the Chinese medical personnel are not guests of the federal government but that of Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC).

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Kolapo said: “Ehanire has failed to address the real issues raised by concerned Nigerians on the whereabouts of a 15-member Chinese medical team.

“The minister’s explanation that the 15 Chinese men were guests of the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) and not of the Nigerian government could not close the ‘untidy’ case.

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“In a matter that had been followed by the entire world, a simple apology will reassure Nigerians that we are not being taken for fools.

“Not apologising for this needless messy situation would send a wrong signal to the world on the manner of governance in Nigeria.”


#Newsworthy…

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COVID-19: PMB receives brief from PTF.


Members of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Sunday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the pandemic situation in Nigeria and other measures taken by government at all levels to check the spread of the virus in the country.

The Chairman of the PTF, Boss Mustapha, had told journalists on Thursday that the PTF would brief the president on how the national response had progressed in the last two weeks.

Nigeria is in the second phase of the gradual relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown in some parts of the country.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), led the team comprising the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehinare, the Director-General of Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, and National Coordinator of the PTF on COVID-19, Dr. Aliyu Sani, to the president.

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Nigeria currently has 9,855 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 273 fatalities.

However, 2,856 persons have been discharged from various isolation facilities across the country.


#Newsworthy…

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Nasarawa Sergeant-at-War Dies


The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Aliyu Bako, is dead.

He was 69.

The Press Secretary to the Speaker of the House, Mr. Jibrin Gwamna, who disclosed this in a statement in Keffi on Sunday, said the Speaker Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, described Bako’s death as a painful and colossal loss to the state.

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He said: “On behalf of the principal officers, members and staff of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly I, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker has condole with the family of the late sergeant at Arm and Kwandere Emirate Council over the death of our dedicated and committed sergeant at arm who is the Makongiji Kwandare.

“He was a committed staff and has contributed his quota to the development of the House and the state at large while alive.

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“His death is painful but God gives life and take at His own will.

“May his soul and the souls of other departed rest in peace.”


#Newsworthy…

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Arsenal still Keeps trace of Barca’s Forgotten Rafinha


It’s not quite Philippe Coutinho, but Barcelona midfielder Rafinha could be one option for Arsenal this summer – as a report has claimed the Gunners are keeping tabs on the Brazilian.

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Mikel Arteta’s side are preparing for a tumultuous and uncertain summer, but despite their obvious budgetary constraints and the further complications of the coronavirus crisis, they remain keen to strengthen their midfield when the transfer window reopens.

At Barcelona, meanwhile, the priority seems to be moving players on in order to raise some cash. The Catalan giants are seemingly dead set on a move for Inter’s Lautaro Martinez, apparently undeterred by the widely reported €111m release clause the Italian side are demanding – while that long-awaited move for Neymar has never been too far away from the headlines.


Barca have some financial problems of their own, so if they are to complete either of those deals, it’s likely a fair wedge of the outlay will have to be generated in the transfer market. Which brings us to Rafinha, who Mundo Deportivo say is one of several players the club are planning to offload.

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The 27-year-old is something of a forgotten man; after coming through the youth ranks at the Spanish champions, he once showed exceptional promise, but has struggled to make the jump into becoming a first-team regular. He has spent this season out on loan at Celta de Vigo, where, again, he has flattered to deceive.

Celta, it’s said, maintain a €16m option to buy, but MD reckon his long-term future could lie elsewhere – either in Italy or the Premier League.

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Barcelona are looking to sell Todibo, Rafinha, Wagué and Vidal to get funds, while Semedo and Junior will likely enter an operation this summer. [md]


It’s claimed that Arsenal and Inter are both keen, with the Italian side perhaps having the edge after the player enjoyed a productive loan spell at San Siro during the tail end of the 2017/18 campaign.

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Whether Rafinha could be used as a pawn in any potential bid for Martinez remains to be seen, but he is not one of the players the Spanish outlet do not list him as an option on that front; naming only Arthur Melo and Junior Firpo as having been offered to Inter.

The report also claims that Jean-Clair Tobido, currently on loan at Schalke, is attracting interest from Everton, but that an offer is yet to be made. That conflicts with reports from the Mail this week which claimed the Toffees had made an ‘ultimatum’ offer of £22m.


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Messi – ‘Football will never be thesame’


LIONEL MESSI fears football will “never be the same” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Top-level European leagues are only just returning to action in a highly controlled manner, following strict safety protocols and playing in empty stadiums.

Messi is back in training with Barcelona ahead of LaLiga’s restart
Messi is back in training with Barcelona ahead of LaLiga’s restartCredit: Handout – Getty
And Messi opened up on the tragedy of seeing loved ones die from the virus, which he describes as the “most unfair thing of all”.

The 32-year-old told El Pais, via Goal: “Most of us are left with doubts about what the world is going to be like after everything that has happened.

“Beyond the confinement and the situation that took us by surprise, many people had a really hard time because this situation affected them in some way, as it happened with all those who lost their family and friends and could not even see them.

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“I think there were a lot of negative things in this crisis, but there can be nothing worse than losing the people you love the most, that creates enormous frustration for me and seems to me the most unfair thing of all.

“Football, like life in general, I think will never be the same.”

Spain has been one of the hardest-hit countries in the pandemic with 27,125 deaths linked to coronavirus from 286,308 confirmed cases.


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COVID-19: Lagos set to reopen social, worship centres


The Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Safety Commission has announced that the commission is set to begin the Register-to-Open initiative of the state government.

This was disclosed by the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, during a press conference on the government’s plan towards the gradual reopening of the economy.

Mojola declared that in line with the directives of Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the guidelines towards reopening of the economy, especially religious and social centres have been developed and consultation is ongoing with all stakeholders in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

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He noted that upon registration, a verification process will be carried out to ensure adequate space management is put in place across the various centres to guarantee that social distancing, hygiene and safety measures are maintained across all religious and social centres.

He stated that a committee has been set up by the governor headed by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Engr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, consisting of other ministries, including the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Home Affairs, Physical Planning and Urban Renewal, Economic Planning and Budget, to ensure that the process of reopening is done effortlessly.

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He added that the commission has met with various stakeholders in the hospitality and tourism sector and will be engaging more stakeholders in the coming week on the best approach to the gradual reopening of the economy and registration of entities within the various sectors, noting that the process is not tedious and time-consuming, but takes into account all religious centres, event centres, gyms, night clubs, bars, lounges, spars, cinemas, restaurants, etc.

He appealed that the only way to beat the Covid-19 pandemic is through a collective effort with all Stakeholders and urged all a sundry to cooperate with the Government in adhering to the safety guidelines.


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Kompany declines Mancity offer as Assistant Manager


Vincent Kompany has turned down an opportunity to become Pep Guardiola’s coaching assistant at Manchester City in favour of continuing in his player-coaching role at Anderlecht.

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The vacancy at City arose when Mikel Arteta left to join Arsenal, who are due to play at the Etihad when the Premier League is planned to return on 17 June.


Arteta was also the individual whose positive test for coronavirus in March in effect led to the suspension of the English season, and when the Belgian league was curtailed early because of the virus, Guardiola made contact with Kompany to see if he might be open to a City return.

Despite enduring a difficult season in Belgium – Anderlecht have financial problems, were in eighth place when the season ended, and Kompany had his initial job title of head coach withdrawn due to a lack of the appropriate coaching qualification – the 34-year-old defender indicated a preference for staying with his boyhood club, primarily because he wishes to keep on playing.

Opportunities to do that were already becoming scarce in Manchester by the time Kompany ended his 11-year stint with City at the end of last season, and persistent injuries were restricting his appearances anyway.

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After signing off in some style with the goal against Leicester that finally tilted the 2018-19 title race City’s way, Kompany even managed to miss his own charity testimonial game the following season through injury.

With two years to run on his contract at Anderlecht, he feels he will be able to prolong his playing career in the slightly less demanding Belgian league, as well as easing himself into management at the club where he made his name before moving to Hamburg and then Manchester. If he ever changes his mind he is likely to find the City door open, but for now Guardiola’s search for a new permanent assistant will continue.


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TB Joshua send message to Trump ahead US election


The founder and General Overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Prophet T.B Joshua, has sent a fresh message to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.

The message is concerning the current security situation in the USA and the coming presidential election.

Joshua entitled the message he shared during his live Sunday service, ‘My message to President Donald Trump on security issues,’ recalling that he had prophesied what is happening currently happening in the US during his prophecy for 2020.

Following the killing of George Floyd, Americans, most of the black race have taken to the streets over police brutality with several US states activating National Guard troops.

Joshua said that a similar situation would occur again in June and warned that it could affect the coming election.

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“During my prophecy for 2020 released on 28th December 2019; prophecy number four concerning America was given as follows: ‘Approach to the security issue will affect the candidates and swing voters in the next election,’” he said.

“President Trump, this is what is happening now. Another one is coming. President Trump, wake up to checkmate this. It will go beyond this. Another one is coming, starting from the ending of June.

The cleric noted that the people perish where there is no vision, pointing out that during Trump’s regime, the name of Jesus has been given more honour.

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“What glory! Let us look beyond our palace for God’s authority. With God, all things are possible! Let us act now,” Joshua said.

“It is not all up to God; we have a role to play. More appeals to the people and security are required – in a language that will douse the tension and stop this situation – so we can then commit the future one into God’s hands.”


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Nigerian Newspaper: 10 Things You Should Know


Good day! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers

  1. A former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, is dead.

The current GMD, Mele Kyari, disclosed that the former GMD died on midnight of Saturday, but failed to reveal what led to his death.

  1. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstitution of the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Members of the new Board are: Mohammed Lawal (North West), Tajudeen Umar (North East), Adamu Mahmood Attah (North Central), Senator Magnus Abe (South South), Dr Stephen Dike (South East), and Chief Pius Akinyelure (South West).

  1. Nigeria on Saturday confirmed 553 new cases of coronavirus, the highest number of COVID-19 recorded in a single day in the country.
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The Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, in a post on its Twitter page said Lagos recorded 378 new cases, while FCT had 52.

  1. President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Alhaji Ibrahim Dauda is dead.

Duada died in Daura, Katsina State, after a prolonged illness.

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  1. The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has assured Nigerians that COVID-19 won’t truncate Nigeria’s democracy and the electoral process.

Yakubu, who spoke in Abuja at the INEC’s first virtual meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Saturday, admitted that the virus disrupted INEC’s activities like other national institutions.

  1. The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) has asked many of its staff to stay at home for the meantime over the inability to sustain its workforce.
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The Library, which is in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, is a recreational centre with a hotel, event centres, an amusement park, a wildlife park, a church, a mosque and others.

  1. Leader of INRI Evangelical spiritual church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to be prayerful so as not to “lose another aide.”

The clergyman, who made the call in his latest prophecy, also warned the new Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari to be prayerful.

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  1. The Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has given a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to immediately implement agreements reached on the health sector or risk an indefinite strike.

National President of NARD, Dr Sokomba Aliyu reading the communique issued at the end of the OGM, lamented the harassment and maltreatment of some of its members in Lagos, Kaduna States and the FCT in the cause of performing their professional activities.

  1. The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, has said that the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the state now stands at 50.
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According to him, 254 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Lagos on May 29, bringing the total number to 4,393.

  1. At least 268 Nigerians evacuated from China have arrived in Abuja on Saturday.

Their flight touched down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Saturday afternoon.


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Madrid shuns Willan’s interest


Zinedine Zidane has reportedly turned his nose up at the prospect of signing out of contract Chelsea winger Willian this summer.

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With the financial implications brought about by the coronavirus pandemic set to limit the spending power of Europe’s elite, players of Willian’s ilk – who can be drafted in on a free transfer at the end of the season – are set to be in high demand.


Despite this, Spanish news outlet Ok Diario (via Le 10 Sport) claim Real Madrid have rejected the chance to sign the Brazilian at the end of the campaign. Zidane doesn’t believe the Chelsea man suits Los Blancos’ style his play, while there are also concerns about his age – Willian will likely be 32 by the time next season gets underway.

In addition, with Real boasting the likes of Eden Hazard, Vinicius Junior, Gareth Bale, Rodrygo and Marco Asensio in their squad, it’s fair to say their priorities lie elsewhere.

Thus, Zidane remains determined to acquire a centre-back, central midfielder and striker ahead of the 2020/21 campaign as the Frenchman goes about returning Los Blancos to their imperious best.

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Nevertheless, other clubs remain keen in securing Willian’s services ahead of next season.

Arsenal and Tottenham have emerged as two possible destinations, as the north Londoners prepare to battle it out for the 31-year-old’s signature this summer.


Both clubs are set for a period of minimal spending and have Willian high on their agenda.

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PSG, meanwhile, have strong interest in the former Shakhtar Donetsk star, with sporting director Leonardo said to be a huge admirer of the Willian – the fact he can secure the Chelsea man on a free appeals to him even more.

Les Parisiens are set to see several attacking players depart at the end of the campaign – with Edinson Cavani, Julian Draxler and Eric Choupo-Moting all likely to leave – and the Ligue 1 giants view Willian as a player who could provide them with not only supreme technical qualities, but versatility and experience as well.


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