SUNDAY ODE and CHIDIMMA UCHEGBU, Abuja
•Beware of ISIS agents, FG warns Nigerians
President Goodluck Jonathan has proposed the establishment of a ‘Hall of Shame’ to properly document criminals and other social misfits to serve as deterrent to others.
He stated this yesterday while responding to the request of the Legends of Nollyhood, led by its Chairman Paul Obazele during a courtesy call at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President was conferred with the Grand Patron of the body during the visit.
AHMED MARI, Maiduguri and NONSO NWEKE, Abuja
FORMER Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Enugu state governor, Sullivan Chime and his Edo counterpart Adams Oshiomhole yesterday called on Nigerians to celebrate Christmas with renewed peace, tolerance and hope for a better Nigeria.
Their call was contained in separate messages to mark the Christmas which comes up tomorrow.
Atiku urged citizens to promote peace during this season of joy and good tidings.
President Goodluck Jonathan pledged Tuesday in Abuja that his administration will continue to actively encourage and support the development of more mutually-beneficial trade and economic relations between Nigeria and other developing nations.
Speaking at separate audiences with the new ambassadors of Cuba and Zimbabwe, President Jonathan said that in keeping with its commitment to privatization, trade liberalization and the full diversification of the Nigerian economy, the Federal Government will welcome greater economic ties with Cuba, Zimbabwe and other emerging economies.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has prayed for divine intervention in the affairs of the country in 2015, saying that God should do something new in the country.
He said that the current situation in the country requires urgent divine intervention.
Obasanjo made the call Monday night during the 2014 Ogun State Christmas Carol and Service of Nine Lessons held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, the state capital.
A prominent Nigerian Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, said Tuesday he has been threatened for not supporting Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The Kaduna-based cleric raised the alarm on Tuesday in a Facebook post titled, “PDP v APC: It’s Not about Religion.”
He said his children have also been receiving calls from persons who use unknown telephone numbers to threaten them.
SELYA YARNAP, Bauchi
Seven person were certified dead while 25 others sustained various degrees of injury as a result of the bomb blast that rocked the Bauchi Central Market on Monday evening.
SELYA YARNAP, Bauchi with agency report
•Kills 35, scores injured
•Southern hunters to join war on terror
A bombing at a busy motor park in Gombe yesterday killed at least 20 people, the latest violence in the North East repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram.
Also yesterday, an explosion rocked the ever busy Bauchi Central market, few hours after terrorists hit the Gombe motor park. At least 15 people were feared killed.
•Gov. Obiano promises support
National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, has declared that his party will win, at least, two more states in the South East geo-political zone of the country in the 2015 general elections.
MALACHY UZENDU, Deputy Editor, Abuja
NATIONAL Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Adewale Oladipo yesterday described the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) as “a perennial loser” who will also lose the forthcoming presidential election.
He also accused the APC of being “bad” imitators of the PDP, claiming that they have never formulated an original programme of their own.
A former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, has filed a N100billion libel suit against a self-acclaimed Australian hostage negotiator, Stephen Davies, for accusing him (Ihejirika) of sponsoring the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Ihejirika filed the suit before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja by his lawyers, Chief Nnoruka Udechukwu (SAN); Prof. C.U. Ilegbune (SAN) and Ben Anechebe, SAN.