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Zahra Buhari-Indimi, one of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that the discovery of food items and other COVID-19 palliatives in several warehouses across the country is evidence that her father is not the problem of the country.

The President’s daughter stated this in an Instagram post on Sunday.

She wrote, “Now that people confirmed that Buhari distributed enough palliatives nationwide, it is clear Buhari is not our problem.”

Youths in the country have been attacking warehouses where COVID-19 COVID-19 palliatives are stored in several states.

Warehouses in Lagos, Plateau, Osun, and Kwara, Ekiti, Cross River, and few other states have been attacked and looted dry in the wake of the End SARS protests.

Cartons of noodles, sacks of garri, and bags of rice, tomato pastes, and many other food items, some of which had gone bad due to poor and prolonged storage were found in the warehouses.

The food items were palliatives donated by the private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 to cushion the effects of the pandemic lockdown.

Some were found and looted from private homes of politicians in some instances.

As the Federal government continues with its measured response to the ongoing nationwide #EndSARS protests, President Muhammadu Buhari and leadership of the National Assembly, on Sunday, assured protesting youths of speedy implementation of policies to halt Police brutality.

The meeting which is viewed as part of a desperate move to save his government had in attendance leadership of the National Assembly.

This is coming as the EndSARS protests took a new dimension on Sunday with Christians of the various denominations throwing away their differences to intercede for the souls of the victims of Police brutality across the country.

They also offered a minute of silence for the departed souls.

A leading Pastor of one of the new generation Churches who did not want his name in print, said “ the Church was mandated to observe a minute silence for the departed souls as their struggle was for the future benefits of humanity.

“ There is no revolution without the shedding of blood. Go and check history. What these people have will not go in vain. They are fighting for the safety of our future,” he said

The meeting which took place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja was conveyed as part of plans to end the nationwide protests that have crippled economic activities across the country.

The Special Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, in Twit @Bashir Ahmad, said the meeting was attended by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Both Senate President, Lawan and the House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, speaking after the meeting, appealed to Nigerian Youths to end protests across the country

They both noted that “ Government has heard and accepted their genuine demands and is working to address all of them”
“ Since the issues raised by the protesters have been accepted by the government, the time has come for the protests to stop, the government needs to have time to implement the demands of the protesters”

An Abuja based constitutional lawyer, Mike Ileogben, while speaking of the government response and several meetings by the President, said “the government was shaken by the protests”

He advised President Buhari to carry out “more fundamental reforms “ to quickly regain his pre-2015 rating amongst Nigerians “

“Without sounding as if I am unappreciative of the President’s response so far, I think that my honest advice to him now is for him to carry out more fundamental reforms”

“These protests are deep-rooted and as the President of this country, I am sure that he must have been receiving briefings daily from his security officials.

“Why have they not been able to check and halt killings in communities, who gives out these arms, is the President saying that Nigeria is too big for the security agencies to cover?

He also urged the President to rejig his economic policies, because, according to him, “ Nigerians are hungry and there is a maxim that says, that a hungry man is an angry man”

Renowned Nigerian poet, Prof. John Pepper Clark has died at the age of 85.

The emeritus professor of Literature who is also the younger brother of former Federal Commissioner for Information and South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, died today, October 13, 2020.

His death was announced in a statement signed by Prof. C. C. Clark.

The statement reads: “The Clark-Fuludu Bekederemo family of Kiagbodo Town, Delta State, wishes to announce that Emeritus Professor of Literature and Renowned Writer, Prof. John Pepper Clark, has finally dropped his pen in the early hours of today, Tuesday, 13 October 2020.

“Prof. J. P. Clark has paddled on to the great beyond in comfort of his wife, children and siblings, around him.

“The family appreciates your prayers at this time. Other details will be announced later by the family.”

J.P. Clarke wrote the poem ‘Abiku’, included in the scheme of work for most secondary schools. He is also the author of the novel ‘The Wives’ Revolt’, compulsory in most secondary schools in the 90s and early 2000s.

He has other novels and poems to his credit.

Below are tweets mourning him.

Adieu Patriarch!!!

Nigerians who intend to study in the United States (US) will henceforth not be allowed to stay there for up to four years based on the nation’s new proposed immigration policy.

According to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday, September 24, international students from a list of countries, including Nigeria, will get only a two-year visa to study in the nation, Vox reports.

The affected nations will include Afghanistan, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (DRC) Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, and Kosovo.

No more 4-year university degrees for Nigerian students in US, says Agency
Nigerian students abroad (Photo credit: The Guardian Nigeria)

The rest are Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen and Zambia.

The DHS disclosed that this new rule is meant to “encourage program compliance, reduce fraud and enhance national security.”

This proposed policy is based on the theory that it will be less difficult to trace security threats and monitor adherence.

It was gathered that the above-listed nations are those that are termed state sponsors of terrorism and those who usually who spend more time in the US beyond what is allowed in their visas.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, August 13, assured Nigerians that the issues with the US would be addressed.

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Pressured by dwindling revenues and heavy debt burden, the Federal Government on Tuesday moved to boost its resources by directly taking over control of revenue management of its 10 most lucrative enterprises.

The 10 government-owned enterprises (GOE) named in the first phase of the initiative are Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Nigeria Customs Service (NSS).

Others include Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Nigeria Shippers’ Council (NSC).

At the opening of a three-day orientation programme for 50 directors of revenue who are to be posted to various GOEs in Abuja, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed said the initiative was in compliance with Presidential approval conveyed via SGF’s circular reference SGF.50/S.3/C.9/24 dated 16th October 2018 on the approved Revenue Performance Management Framework for Government Owned Enterprises (FGOEs).

According to her, “government is increasingly concerned with the dwindling profile of Revenue and this trend has to be quickly arrested particularly with Key revenue generating agencies of the Government.

“It is my considered opinion that the presence of Directors of Revenue at the FGOEs will ensure strict adherence to extant rules and regulations in the areas of compliance to approved budget and due process mechanism in procurement and payments.More in Home

A 2_ year old girl allegedly reaped of life by housemaid for refusing to dress up.

As shared by a Facebook user_Somack Aju Mbaise, said the incident occurred at Ihechioma street,off MCC road in Owerri, Imo state.

She wrote thus…..

“You see why I will always go for adults”.

“Try nonsense with me and rot in jail”

“But such evil like this be far away from me and my household”

This is really alarming and should be addressed with immediate alacrity, let’s imagine the pain of the parents and family members.

A young lass sent to untimely death by housemaid is uncalled for…..

Parents need to be vigilant, the days are evil.

Having your children put in a minder’s, housemaid’s, or Nanny’s custody is even a greater responsibility compared to living without any helper.

It needs physical, spiritual and psychological strength to ensure that things work the way you expected

Parents are advised to be caring and loving to both Minders,Housemaids, and Nannies to avoid a transfer of pain and aggression to your children in their custody.

Indeed this is Tragic_Rest in peace little girl.

Former President, Dr. Goodlicuk Jonathan has suggested that the Commonwealth should develop a benchmarking system of election reporting for member countries.
Jonathan, who spoke at a special virtual high level panel which focused on 40 years of Commonwealth’s election observation experience, argued that member-nations’ performance in conduct of elections should be evaluated against defined assessment standards.
The former president in a statement by his media officer, Ikechukwu Eze, said this can be done without compromising Commonwealth’s policy of neutrality and non-interference on internal affairs of member-nations.
According to him: “The Commonwealth should not just observe elections and make recommendations. I want the Commonwealth to go further by scoring countries according to their performance.
“The democracy marker can be used to grade all the 53-member states.
“After every election, the Commonwealth should review the processes to be able to grade and place every country on a particular rung of the election marker.
“Once you do that you will find that those in charge of affairs in every country in the Commonwealth will then begin to make conscious efforts to improve on their performance. That way, Commonwealth recommendations after observing elections, will become more meaningful.”
He stated that the rating could be for measuring compliance to identified criteria, preferably on a scale of 1-4 or category A – D, depending on the agreed template.
Jonathan defended that there will be no risk of direct interference because those who win under any of the identified categories will continue to run their countries according to their own national rules and laws.

The Kaduna State Police Command has debunked reports that a Kaduna bound train was attacked by gunmen on Monday evening.

Reports had emerged on Monday evening that the train en route Kaduna was attacked by gunmen and the screen shattered.

But, the Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that some miscreants threw stones at the moving train around Rijana village, close to Kaduna.

Jalige noted that the train which left Abuja for Kaduna arrived safely.

“It was not a bullet or bow and arrow, what they threw are not aggressive weapons. It was not an attack, the train was moving. Our men in Rijana are on top of the situation,” he added.

The command spokesman who assured that a thorough investigation would be conducted, said no suspect has been arrested.

He vowed that anyone found to be involved in the incident would be punished, adding that policemen have been deployed to the area to trail the suspects.

Those jostling for the positions of local government chairmen and councillors in Ogun State may have to ‘calm down’ as government of the state said the election will not hold this year 2020, DAILY POST reports.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, said the council poll cannot be conducted this year.

According to Afuape, the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) is yet to be constituted by Governor Dapo Abiodun.

After the constitution of OGSIEC, Afuape disclosed that political parties would be given three months notice for the local government election, adding that two additional months would be needed for preparations.

Speaking on Rock City FM, Abeokuta, the Commissioner blamed the delay in the conduct of the council poll on the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it did not allow government to source for the huge amount of money needed for the election.

In his words, Afuape canvassed for the takeover of the local government elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This, he said, will ensure the conduct of the election within the stipulated time and relieve state governments of the huge fund required for same.

DAILY POST reports that politicians aspiring to be local government chairmen and councillors have been reaching out to people to make known their ambitions as they thought the election would be conducted soon.

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However, Afuape said the state may conduct the council election in the next six months.

At the moment, the 20 local governments in the state are being run by transition committees who were appointed in January by Gov Abiodun.

The three-month tenure of the transition committees, DAILY POST reports, has been extended two times by the governor, through the approval of the Ogun State House of Assembly.

But, the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the extension of the tenure of the local government caretaker committees as well as the delay in the conduct of the council election.

According to the PDP, the continuous extension of tenure of offices of “such illegal committees” is a calculated attempt to reduce the values of Local Government administration, thereby subjecting it to the whims and caprices of state governors.

The United States President, Donald Trump has been attacked by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), for questioning President Muhammadu Buhari over the alleged killing of Christians in Nigeria.

The group also accused the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, of selling the country to the US.

MURIC further warned Trump against bullying the Nigerian President for whatever reasons.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, during the Ministers’ retreat, said that Trump asked him during his visit to the US in 2018 why he was killing Christians.

MURIC, in a statement signed by its Director, Prof Ishaq Akintola and made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday, said it take serious objection to President Donald Trump’s diction.

The group alleged that President Trump’s question was based on false and misleading reports which CAN has allegedly been sending to the outside world.

MURIC said it expected the US leader to know better because the killings are not being done by the Nigerian security agencies.

“Again, it is not Christians alone that are being killed. Muslims are also victims. This is the same false information that was spread about Boko Haram,”MURIC said.

The Islamic rights group said CAN was able to tell people that the terrorists were only killing Christians and bombing churches.

MURIC noted that Boko Haram as a terrorist group, is killing emirs, Imams, Islamic scholars and ordinary Muslims too and also destroying Islamic worship centres.

“The crisis is mainly between herders and farmers, not between the government of Buhari and Nigerian Christians. So how can anyone accuse President Buhari of killing Christians?”MURIC said.

MURIC also noted that the herders-farmers clashes predate were there before the administration of President Buhari came into being in 2015 and has been occurring for a very long time.

“It was there in ex-President Jonathan’s period and even in ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s days. Jonathan and Obasanjo are Christians but the killings also occurred during their regimes,”the group said.

MURIC wondered why CAN is making the situation look as if Buhari, a Muslim president is killing Nigerian Christians, adding that CAN is selling the country too cheaply to the US.

MURIC concluded by saying that it is in no doubt that once President Buhari leaves office in 2023, CAN as a body will change the way they present the issue to the U.S.