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A former presidential aspirant, Princess Hadiza Ibrahim, has noted that some cabal were doing everything to kick Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo out of office ahead of 2019 general elections.
She said this while appealing to Osinbajo, now Acting President, not to resign under any circumstance so that he would not betray the confidence Nigerians reposed in his joint mandate with President Muhammdu Buhari.

She told Daily Sun, “In fairness, I also believe in Osinbajo. For the little time that Buhari was away on medical vacation recently, Osinbajo tried his best for this country. The value of naira appreciated. I am sure with time again, the value of naira will be on a higher side and dollar will be on a lower side.”
She said Nigerians should note that the mandate they gave to Buhari, “is not just for Buhari; it is a joint mandate for Buhari and Osinbajo.
“Vividly, by the analysis probably done by me, if Buhari and somebody else and not Osinbajo had contested the presidential election in 2015, Buhari might not have come to power. I believe Osinbajo is a God sent man. He is a pastor and I see him as a prophet too because is so simple.

“I am sure God wants to use Osinbajo to rectify this country. So, I believe in Buhari/Osinbajo joint mandate. I want to give Osinbajo this advice that under no circumstance because of our vote and the trust we put in the his joint ticket with Buhari, he should not resign. The votes that brought them to power were for Buhari and Osinbajo. He should not disappoint us.
“I cast my vote because it is Buhari/Osinbajo. The vote is a debt on them. So, they should have the fear of God. So, Osinbajo should not resign, no matter what. The cabal should have the fear of God.
“Osinbajo should not be afraid of any threat from anywhere. Nobody is above God. Since he is a man of God, he should stand by God. He should not be forced to resign and he should not resign on his own. He should continue to hold the mandate for President Buhari. When the Buhari gets well, he should handover to him. But in the absence of Buhari, he should not be forced to resign.”

Asked about the likelihood that the perceived cabal might want to use the National Assembly to impeach Osinbajo, Hadiza said, “Why would the National Assembly impeach Osinbajo? For what offence? I Hadiza Ibrahim will not agree to that. I am crying out now. The change we asked for is reality. It is change for progress, and a change to move the country forward. It is not a change for different things.
“I believe in Buhari and Osinbajo joint mandate. I am crying now because I don’t understand where things are going to in Nigeria now. The cabal may ask him to resign, let me use this medium to tell him, he should not.
“Osinbajo has a mandate because we voted for Buhari and him. The mandate will last till May 29, 2019. So, he should not be coerced to resign so that he would not betray the confidence we have in him.”

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Romelu Lukaku has been voted Everton’s Player of the Season by both his teammates and the club’s supporters.

Lukaku, 23, picked up the Players’ Player of the Season award and the Player of the Season trophy — chosen by Everton fans — at the club’s end-of-season awards night on Tuesday.
The Belgium international, who has been linked with a summer exit from Goodison Park, was rewarded for his form this term, which has seen him score 25 goals in all competitions, with 24 of those coming in the Premier League.
Lukaku currently leads the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot, having scored three more than nearest rival Harry Kane of Tottenham with two games of the season remaining — although Spurs have an extra game in hand.
On winning the Players’ Player of the Season award, Lukaku said he was expecting Idrissa Gueye to come out on top.
“I’m surprised to win. Since I turned professional, this is the first time I’ve won this award,” he said. “For me, personally, I thought Gana was going to win because he has been the best player consistently. I told him earlier that he was going to win.

“He and the other midfielders this year gave more licence to the likes of me, Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas and Yannick Bolasie to create and score. As a team we are back on track and the future looks bright.
“I’m very happy and I want to thank the manager [Ronald Koeman] as well for pushing me because I know I am not an easy guy. We have an open relationship and he took me to the next level. I want to thank the fans as well.”
Lukaku’s goals this season have also seen him overtake Duncan Ferguson to become Everton’s all-time top scorer in the Premier League era.

“As a young guy I just try to learn every day and give my best,” Lukaku said after picking up his second award. “Sometimes there are ups and downs but it’s always with the best intentions. I want to help my teammates win and I have tried my best this season.

“I think everybody is playing at a high level and I look at the improvement of Ross, who inspires me day in, day out. Gana came in from a team that got relegated [Aston Villa] and being a main man in midfield has been impressive. Also Jags [Phil Jagielka], he was out the starting lineup but has led the team.”
Elsewhere, it was also a successful night for Everton midfielder Tom Davies, who won the Young Player of the Season award, as well as the Individual Performance of the Season trophy for his display against Manchester City and Goal of the Season award for his strike in the same game.

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The Media Officer of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye, has said that captain of the team, John Obi Mikel, will return to the squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa next month.

Mikel Obi was missing as coach Gernot Rohr released a list of players for Nigeria’s friendly against Corsica on Monday.
But Ibitoye has clarified the situation in a tweet, saying: “the 25-man Super Eagles list out on Monday is for the Corsica friendly/Paris camp, not for the 2019 AFCON clash versus South Africa.
“At the end of May, the list of players for 2019 AFCON qualifiers versus Bafana Bafana on June 10 2017 in Uyo will be released.”

Assistant captain of the team, Ogenyi Onazi, was also left out.
Rohr however included four players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL): Stephen Odey, Sikiru Olatunbosun, Alhassan Ibrahim and Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

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According to multiple reports making rounds online, a popular journalist attached to African Independent Television (AIT), Nengi Fynecountry, who once won an Excellence award for malaria reporting, is dead.

Though her cause of death was not known as at the time of this, but a very reliable source at the Television revealed that the talented broadcaster whose reportage has become synonymous with AIT News, died after a brief illness.

The astute media professional and journalist par excellence from Bonny Kingdom in Rivers state, died on Sunday after she suddenly took ill few days before she passed away.
It was gathered that her death has thrown the entire Daar Communications family in Rivers state into mourning as she became third member of staff of the Station that have died in the past few months.
Friends, family and loved ones, have already taken to social media, to write tributes to her.

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Your Excellency: I greet you. First, this disclosure: I am neither a PDP nor APC member. I do not belong to any political party in Nigeria. I am a passionate patriot of our great nation. However, I am also an unapologetic supporter of our President, Muhammad Buhari. I admire his blunt, bold simplicity, sincerity, sense of purpose, commitment, unconditional care for Nigeria’s everyday people and patriotism, especially since he transitioned from a brutal Military dictator to a born-again democrat. I believed almost 20Million Nigerians that voted for him in the last election saw the same qualities as I did.

Sir, I write in response to some of your vicious attacks on our President. I cannot go back to years of continued hostility from you, to our President. It seemed you continue with this exercise because no one within his media relations has responded aggressively to some of your juvenile comments with regards to the President’s health, policies, wife, and his family. Your Excellency, when is enough, enough?.
You smack the president with a silly smirk on your face: you have reduced the office of the Presidency to a playhouse program. Where is your dignity and respect for your elders? Yoruba culture is rich and endowed with profound respect for our elders. You are Yoruba. Sir, respect that sacred and unique culture of your tribe. One of the fundamental elements of democracy is right to free speech. It’s within your rights to criticize the President, but with respect,  maturity and dignity your office beholds.

Few days ago, 82 Chibok girls were released by the terror group Boko Haram, the deal was still fresh when you accused the President of manipulating information. Sir, you alleged that the release of these girl captives was diverting attention from the sick President’s true state of health; you further, carelessly stated that the Chibok girls were not missing. ”What is not missing cannot be found”… But sir, where were you when Goodluck Jonathan made a surprise three-hour visit to Nigerian soldiers stationed in Sambisa Forest on January 14th, 2015? Are you so stressed thinking about your next media frenzy showmanship, to forget, so soon, that your political party, PDP, was in power when the Chibok girls were kidnapped?
I am really concerned with your state of mind, your mental health, because of your careless statements. You are the Chief Executive of one of Nigeria’s young states. Ekiti State is just 21 years old. You are not an outlaw or the leader of an unorganized turbulent brood of intimidators or mob boss. You are a Governor. Chief Executive! Respect that institution by behaving decently. Stop embarrassing the good citizens of Ekiti State.
Early March, you challenged the President to speak to you from his London sick bed, as proof to Nigerians that he was not dead. Who the hell are you?… Who made you a spokesperson for the Nigerian people? You are a State Governor, not an arrogant Federal employee. So, why did you think that Nigerians trusted or considered you credible source of information with regards to their President? Sir, with the greatest respect, are you hallucinating? You are not the Voice of Nigeria….

Your Excellency, you charged our President’s wife, Alhaja Aishat,  of playing games with the release of the Chibok girls. Last year, you accused her of being wanted in the United States for Halliburton alleged corruption. These were your musings during her publicized visit, as First Lady, to the United States. Do you really reason about the consequences of your statements before you open your mouth? During our severe recession in December, you indicted President Buhari for using the recession to punish Nigerians. You denied that the country was in a recession. Why would an elected head of his people punish his nation with a recession? What is the purpose or desired goals of punishing Nigerians with the recession?
You are an elected leader. In life, time is the judge and history, the jury. You are 57 years old, these times. You are 21 years apart from 78, perhaps one day; you would attempt political office at past prime of your life. How would you feel, if, at 78, a 48 yr old lavishes insults at your office and person, mischaracterizes your aspirations for our country and declared you dead while you are recuperating from illness? We are not omnipotent; no one is immune from health challenges… Health conditions come at any time of our lives. A man who disrespects an old man with lies and callously wishes him death, his father’s age mate, is indirectly expressing his years of built up emotions, rage, and anger toward his father.

Your Excellency, personal attacks on a sick honest old man will not give you closure to past relationships with your father. Only therapy would reconcile you and your dad. You seemed an emotionally troubled Governor. You are erratic, hysterical, bullish, and insecure, an embarrassment to the office you occupy.
Sir, I remind you that Buhari’s administration is yours too. Historians would remember you as the Governor of Ekiti State, during President Muhammad Buhari’s administration, as a democratically elected President. Buhari’s successes and failures are part of your governorship history. You may think your freestyle outbursts against President Buhari identify you as a “straight shooter” or unafraid anti-establishment. No sir. Your antics show a disconnection between your present and your past: your tirades, frequently directed at a disciplined servant of the people, suggests you are struggling with your low self-esteem, past emotional trauma, always wishing to be the attention of the moment. My dear Governor, something is wrong with you. You are neither the law nor above it as Chief Executive of Ekiti State. “Ekitians” shall remember you as a lawless loudmouthed attention seeker willing and able to say stupid things.  A man that reacts on impulse. You make headline news as a clown, as President Buhari’s attack machine, than actually addressing the economic and social challenges of the great Ekiti people: healthcare, jobs, crime, education, security, good road, and infrastructure. Pay civil workers their past salaries and find creative ways to make their salaries regular, focus on programs to help millions of unemployed youths and graduates with no jobs. Give every child the opportunity to better healthcare and education. Reduce crime by encouraging local law enforcements with regular salaries and for teachers, too. Build affordable hospitals, clinics to help ageing Ekiti population, not run to the local markets to price “ponmo” or walk into a popular “Buka” and eat just to show you are a regular “homeboy” Governor connected with everyday Ekitians. Sir, how would Ekiti people remember your administration, twenty years from now? Under your three year administration, what programs have impacted the ordinary person in Ekiti. You were elected as Governor in 2014. You perfectly used Buhari’s illness to distract citizens from auditing your lame duck administration. Your Excellency, it is absolutely possible to fool few people, sometimes, but it is impossible to fool all the people, all the time.
 
Thank you for the privilege to write you.
Sincerely,
Azuka Jebose

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NNPC awards $2.8b gas pipeline contract

UGO AMADI, Houston, United States

A bid to realize the Federal Government’s mandate to deploy the nation’s gas resources to stimulate economic growth, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its partners have evolved a scheme to grow gas supply for domestic consumption by 285 percent from1.3billion standard cubic feet per day to 5bscf/d by 2020.
This was disclosed at the 7 Critical Gas Development Projects (7CGDP) stakeholders’ meeting on Tuesday at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.

The stakeholders made up of NNPC and seven (7) other oil and gas companies listed the seven (7) projects earmarked for fast-track execution to meet the 285% domestic gas supply growth projection to include: Assa North-Ohaji South Field Development (ANOH); Oil Mining Lease 24 and OML 18 Joint Development and Shell Petroleum Development Company Joint Venture/Nigeria Agip Oil Company Joint Venture Unitized Gas Fields.
Others are: NPDC’s OML 26, 30, 42 and Chevron Nigeria Limited’s OML 49 Makaraba Cluster Development; SPDC JV Gas Supply to Brass Fertilizer Company; OML 13 Cluster Development and Cluster Development of Okpokunou/Tuomo West (OML 35/62).

Addressing the partners at the meeting, the Group Managing Director, GMD of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, stated that the Federal Government has directed the Corporation to aggressively pursue gas development to jump start the nation’s economic growth.
He outlined the strategic focus for achieving the Federal Government’s mandate to include growing capacity to supply enough gas to generate 15Gigawatts of electricity to the power sector by 2020, stimulating gas-based industrialization by positioning Nigeria as the African regional hub for gas-based industries such as fertilizer, petrochemicals, methanol and developing gas for export by selectively expanding export footprint in high value and strategic foreign markets.

He said appropriate funding for the seven critical gas projects should be a priority and a key success factor, adding that alternative funding through third party financing option would be adopted to facilitate execution of these vital projects.
The GMD urged the partners to work together to ensure that the critical gas projects were executed expeditiously for the benefit of the country, adding that NNPC top management staff were available to work with all stakeholders to ensure timely delivery of the projects.
Responding, the Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Mr. Osagie Okunbor, applauded the GMD for his uncommon focus to ensure optimal production and delivery of gas to power, industry and for export, assuring that with proper alignment of the key parties, the projects would be delivered as scheduled.
Endorsing the partnership, Director, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, who was represented at the meeting, assured the stakeholders that the DPR would provide all the needed support to ensure the timely delivery of the projects.

Present at the meeting were the seven critical stakeholders which include: Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC); Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC); Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC); Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL); Seplat Petroleum Development Company PLc; Newcross Exploration and Production Limited and Eroton Exploration and Production.

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A Federal High Court in Kano has dismissed the application filed by a former Group Managing Director, GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Andrew Yakubu seeking to quash an interim order of forfeiture secured by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Ruling on the application filed by the counsel to Mr. Yakubu, Ahmad Raji, Justice Zainab Abubakar said the court has jurisdiction to hear the case, contrary to the argument of Mr. Raji.
The judge also ruled that the application seeking to set aside the case lacks basic legal framework and that the EFCC is competent according to Section 29 of its Act to seek for the order of interim forfeiture.
The EFCC had on February 13, 2017 secured the Federal High Court order on the forfeiture of the over $9.8 million retrieved from Mr. Yakubu’s house in Kaduna.

Mr. Yakubu is already being prosecuted by the EFCC for the money found in his house on February 2.
On Tuesday, a witness told a Federal High Court in Abuja, where the ex-oil chief is being prosecuted, how the money was found.
Details later….

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A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Bala Mohammed, was on Wednesday remanded in the Kuje Maximum Prison over allegations of fraud.

Senator Mohammed was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC on a six-count charge for alleged abuse of office while he served as Minister of the FCT.
He was brought before a High Court of the FCT for his alleged involvement in the collection of gratification to the tune of N550 million, while in office as minister.

He is also accused of failing to declare properties belonging to him.
Mr. Mohammed pleaded not guilty to the charge.
After taking his plea, the application for bail was heard and the presiding judge, Abubakar Talba adjourned the matter till May 12 for ruling on the application for bail.
He ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the determination of the bail application.
Details later.

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Nigerian pastor, Chris Oyakhilome has blessed a woman with the whopping sum of N3million in faraway Zimbabwe.A Zimbabwean woman who had brought her child for healing at the Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Worship and Communion Service went back home with two miracles, H-metro reports.

The woman whose child was healed from a blocked right ear by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome was also given US$10,000 (N3million) by the man of God. The dramatic incident happened in Zimbabwe during his visit to the country. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is the founder of Christ Embassy.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome who was ministering to many who were suffering from several sicknesses, blessed the family with more life and happiness.

“Woman the lord is going to do a lot of things to your family, you will witness a lot of changes from today.
“The lord has asked me to give you US$10 000 and our pastor here, her name is pastor Ruth, I will send the money across to her and she will give it to you.

“Congratulations to you, that’s more blessings to you,” he said in the middle of his session.
Besides the boy getting his ear healed, there were also others healed from Arthritis, HIV, broken bones, neck injuries, renal failures, spinal injuries and heart diseases among many others.

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Sergeant, Hellen, an aide to the Deputy Governor of Enugu State is said to have been killed by an  unknown gunmen.

The gunman struck Tuesday night in Enugu, the State capital killing the aide-de-camp, ADC, to Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo.
Although details of the incident are not clear yet, the deputy governor’s aide, a Police Sargent, Hellen was said to have been shot dead at Abakpa-Nike axis of Enugu metropolis at about 10 pm on her way to her residence after official duty.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amarizu, while confirming the incident said “It is painful news.”
The PPRO added he was yet to establish exactly what really happened before he makes further comment on the story.
He said, “If you look at what happened, it is painful and sad to hear that aide to deputy governor was shot dead on her way back after daily activities. “We can’t really say exactly what happened now but we are trying to find out.”

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