Buhari won’t fight Sanusi for criticising FG – Presidency

Buhari won’t fight Sanusi for criticising FG – Presidency

The Presidency on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari would not fight the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammadu Sanusi, over his Wednesday’s criticism of the present administration.
Sanusi had said the Buhari-led administration might end up like the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration if it failed to retrace its steps on some policies.
The traditional ruler, who was the chairman of the 15th meeting of the Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development Planning in Kano State, had argued that the failure of the Buhari-led government to create employment opportunities for “the over 80 million youths in the country,” made terrorism attractive to the unemployed.
But in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said criticism such as the one made by the first-class traditional ruler was healthy for democracy.
Rather than fighting the Emir, Shehu said Buhari’s government would listen and act on the criticism.
The presidential spokesman said, “This government will not fight people for criticising the present administration led by President Buhari.  This kind of criticism is healthy for our democracy.  One cannot get better without being criticised. I can assure you that this government is listening.”
Meanwhile, Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, in what was believed to be a fallout of Sanusi’s criticism of Buhari.
A Presidency source told our correspondent that the CBN would respond appropriately to Sanusi’s comment.
He said the CBN boss could have used the opportunity of the meeting with the President to get approval to reply Sanusi.
The monarch, who titled his speech, “Nigeria in search of new growth model,” had said some policies of the government were bad for the economy, adding that Buhari must retrace his steps.
He noted that there were times when the Federal Government tried to get it right, adding that it failed to follow up, which contributed to the ongoing economic downturn.
He said, ‘‘I will neither change nor be political by telling people what they want to hear. The truth is that there is nothing we are facing today that we did not know would happen. We made mistakes, many of them deliberate; we ignored every single warning.
“If you take a brand-new car and hand it over to a driver who doesn’t have a licence to drive it and you are involved in an accident, you can’t say you are surprised, unless you are some kind of an idiot.
“We should not just keep blaming the previous administration; we also made some mistakes in the current administration.
“They must retrace their steps. They have to retrace those steps all the way. We should not fall into the same trap we fell the last time when the government was always right. The bottom line is that if your policy is wrong, it means you must change it and nothing will make it right as it has to be changed.
“If this government continues to behave the way the last government behaved, it will end up where Jonathan ended.”

Minister beaten to death by striking workers

Minister beaten to death by striking workers

Bolivian miners on Thursday during a clash with the police in the town of Panduro hacked the Deputy Interior Minister to death.
Interior Minister, Carlos Romero, confirmed on Friday that reports by witnesses indicated that the 55-year-old was beaten to death following clashes between police and miners in the town of Panduro, 165 kilometres south-east of La Paz.
Romero said Illanes had been kidnapped by miners after attempting to initiate talks with them at a roadblock.
The minister, who spoke of a “cowardly and brutal” murder, added that his aide was also injured and was taken to hospital.
He said that one miner was reportedly also killed in the Thursday’s clashes, bringing the death toll in several days of protests against controversial trade union legislation to three.
He said, “Two miners were killed on Wednesday.
“Around 100 miners were detained after Thursday’s protests.”
Miners currently represented by independently organized cooperatives have been using street blockades to protest against a law allowing them to join trade unions.
The national federation of mining cooperatives representing some 10,000 miners rejects any trade union influence on Bolivia’s mining sector.

16 bitter truths Prof. Soludo told APC govt in Kaduna

Professor Charles Soludo, on Thursday in Kaduna State, took the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government, to the cleaners detailing what the government must do to take Nigeria to a progressive change.
Soludo spoke as a guest lecturer at Kaduna Progressive Governance lecture series with the theme: “Building the economy and developing inclusive sustainable growth.” 
Here are the 16 hard truths Soludo told APC governors with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in attendance. Read More

Boko Haram: Don't board commercial vehicles at undesignated garages- Military warns Borno state residents

The Nigerian Army this morning released a statement warning the general public particularly Borno state residents from boarding commercial vehicles at undesignated garages. Read the statement below Headquarters 7 Division Nigeria Army Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri wishes to caution the general public particularly the good people of Borno State to always ensure that they board commercial vehicles at designated garages/places only.

This becomes necessary so as to avoid a situation where remnants of dissipated and depleted Boko Haram Terrorists would disguised themselves and board vehicles loading at unauthorised locations in order to avoid being detected and apprehended by security agents.

The general public is hereby advised to comply with the scheduled movement plans at the authorized garages/parks and report any suspicious persons within their vicinity to law enforcement agencies. You are please requested to disseminate this information to the general public through your medium.

Thank you for your usual cooperation and accept the assurances of the General Officer Commanding's highest regards.

Salisu Ibrahim Mustapha
Major Acting Deputy Director
Army Public Relations

Photos: UN workers in Nigeria pay tribute to their colleagues killed in a bomb attack in Abuja exactly 5 years today

Workers at the United Nations Abuja this morning gathered to pay tribute to their colleagues who were killed during the August 26th 2011 bomb attack at their office. 21 people were killed while over 60 were injured. More photos after the cut

Kanye West gives paparazzi free pairs of Yeezy Shoes

The rapper and fashion mogul has delivered on the promise he made to U.S paparazzi back in November 2015. He said he would hand out his sneakers Yeezys to most of them to thank them for all their hard work.  He fulfilled the promise earlier this week when he delivered Yeezys to a bunch of freelance camera guys, totally free of charge.

Jack_arshakyan, one of the paparazzi to receive the gift posted the photo below with the caption.
'Thx to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West for hooking me and my fellow papz up with Yeezy boost 350.''

He can see my tweet'- Cristiano Ronaldo shades Gerard Pique after winning UEFA’s best player award

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique early this week trolled Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo as he felt Real Madrid’s Champions League win last season was due to playing some “easy” teams in the run up to the final. When Pique, Shakira's husband was asked in a Twitter Q and A session; “what kind of draw do you want in this year’s Champions League? Pique’s response was:
“An easy group stage, Italy’s 3rd in the round of 16 (Roma), Germany’s 8th in the quarters (Wolfsburg), England’s 4th in semis (Manchester City) and the return leg always at home.”
These were the clubs Real Madrid played against at the group stage last year.

So on Thursday evening, after Cristiano Ronaldo was voted the best player in Europe, he was asked about Pique's dig at him and the club and he smartly replied;
"Well, I’m not going to answer,’ he told the El Larguero radio show. ‘What I can say to Pique is that he can see my tweet (with a) very pretty photo"
See the tweet below...

'Removal of oil subsidy has saved FG N1.4tr' - VP Osinbajo says

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday disclosed that the removal of oil subsidy has saved the Federal government N1.4 trillion. He said this while speaking at the the 15th Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development meeting in Kano state.
 “With the deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector, there has been a significant increase in the availability of petrol throughout the country for the savings of N1.4 trillion on subsidy payments alone” he said

"I'm done with men!'- Britney Spears reveals she won't marry again

After two failed marriages to Jason Allen Alexander in 2004 and Kevin Federline from 2004 to 2007, Britney Spears, 34, who has two kids has revealed that she won't walk down the aisle again with any man but that she wants three more children.
On Thursday while doing Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show with James Corden she said
'all that she wants is another baby' 
'I want more, like three more, I have to find the right guy first, and then, you know…
 'Tell him he's going to be the father of three children?' asked British Tv host James Corden.
'All that she wants is another baby,' agreed the singer.

 Corden then asked what Britney was looking for in her next man. Her reply was negative:
'I think I might not ever go to men again, ever do the whole men thing again, or get married, I'm just done with men, I may French kiss someone, but I'm not going to marry anyone, no,' she added decisively.

Photo: Woman caught stealing money at a bank and paraded

A middle-aged woman was paraded in the streets of the suburban setting for stealing Ksh.5, 000 from a Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) customer on Thursday, August 25 in Ruiru town, Kenya. The suspect was taken round the town with a placard written:
"I am a thief. Mimi ni mwizi." hung on her neck.
According to eDaily Kenya, the suspect was caught on closed-circuit television (CCTV) stealing Ksh.5, 000 from a lady’s bag when the client had gone to fill deposit slips a few metres away.
KCB Ruiru branch operations manager Moses Mwanza, who confirmed the incident said the woman has been arrested and she is being held at Ruiru Police Station.

CCTV footage further showed the suspect was part of a three-member female gang. The other two managed to escape and authorities are on a manhunt for them.

Donald Trump tweets again, blasts Clinton & promises to fix the African-American community!

Donald Trump went on Twitter on Thursday night to lash out at Hillary Clinton, labeling her a liar and also promised to help fix the African- American community. He needs to fix his mouth first before he can fix anything else. See more tweets after the cut...

Roberto Carlos,Figo, Thierry Henry,C.Ronaldo : More photos from UEFA's champions league draw & award ceremony

Last night football icons such as Thierry Henry, Roberto Carlos, Clarence Seedorf, Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Luis Figo, Gareth Bale etc gathered in Nyon, Switzerland to watch UEFA's champions league draw and also witness Cristiano Ronaldo and Ada Hegerberg win UEFA best players in Europe for men and women's category respectively.
UEFA.com has released more photos from the star studded event. See them after the cut.

Statement on video circulating about Nigerian High Commission, Ottawa, Canada

Read the statement below...
The attention of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has been drawn to an old CBC video circulating on social media creating an impression that Nigerians in Canada go through hell in securing a new Nigerian Passport. This is not true.
The video in circulation was broadcast on CBC in 2013 and the High Commissioner to Canada at the time, the late Amb. Ojo Maduekwe diligently dealt with the issue then to strengthen the structure of the Passport Section of the Nigeria High Commission, in Ottawa, making it possible to obtain passports in less than a day in Ottawa.

The lady who was at the helm of affairs in Immigration section at the time was asked to leave Ottawa. Not only that, the late Ojo Maduekwe granted interviews to put into perspective what happened and promised Nigerians then that it would never happen again. And it never did. It must be pointed out here that up till today, applicants can obtain their passports in two hours at the Nigerian High Commission in Ottawa.

This is verifiable from Nigerians in Canada. It is really uncharitable and worrisome that the video in question was posted on a day late Ambassador Maduekwe was being buried and honoured as a worthy leader and statesman. I appeal to all Nigerians to disregard the video.

While noting and admitting that some of our embassies must step up their attitude in dealing with issues relating to Nigerians in their host countries, President Buhari’s administration is determined to ensure that the rights and welfare of Nigerians whether at home or in the Diaspora remain a major priority of this administration.

Abdurrahman Balogun
S.A. Media to Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Taylor Swift and her boyfriend Tom Hiddleston have their first 'Major Fight,'

Singer Taylor Swift and her boyfriend, actor, Tom Hiddleston have had their first major fight. According to Us Weekly, Taylor Swift and Tom’s long, public honeymoon is over as they had their first major spat at the beginning of August.

A source close to Swift told the Us Weekly that the new couple had “a major argument” in the beginning of August, because “they weren’t spending as much time together.” 
In the beginning of their relationship, Swift and Hiddleston were photographed together every single day, looking very happy but now that he's filming his movie 'Thor' in Australia, they don't spend as much time together and its upsetting to both.

Read the report below..
Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston’s love story has reached its first conflict. In the new issue of Us Weekly, a source reveals the pair of two months had “a major argument” in early August. Explains the source of the 26-year-old “Wildest Dreams” singer, who split with Calvin Harris in early June, “They weren’t spending as much time together.”
The issues came from the 35-year-old actor’s busy schedule. Inseparable the first few weeks of their romance — after they were photographed making out near her Westerly, Rhode Island, manse June 14, they traveled from Nashville to England to Italy and finally to the Australian set of his superhero film Thor: Ragnarok — it became tough for them to pencil in face-to-face time, says a close Swift insider.
“There was so much going on so it was hard making their schedules work,” says the insider, “and they were upset they couldn’t see each other.”
“Tom is busier than her right now, so it’s been hard,” the close Swift insider admits of the singer, who wrapped her 85-date 1989 World Tour in December. “They’ve had some schedule issues, but things are otherwise fine. They are making it work.”

Ekiti state Assembly propose 6 months jail term for herdsmen who graze their cattle on undesignated area

Fulani herdsmen who graze their cattle in areas that are not designated for grazing will soon be sent to jail for six months without an option of fine. This is according to a new bill titled 'Prohibition of Cattle and Other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti, 2016' that was passed by the Ekiti state House of Assembly on Tuesday. The legislatures at their plenary unanimously passed the law.

The bill presently awaits the accent of the state governor, Ayo Fayose. Speaker of the House, Kola Oluwawole, while speaking on the proposed law said;
“If the bill is eventually accented to by the governor, it will now become crime for any cattle, sheep and goat to graze on undesignated land for ranches in Ekiti". Part of the new bill reads ″Anyone found violating the bill upon conviction shall be sentenced to six months in prison without option of fine. The Governor shall by an order designates land in each of 16 Local Government Areas in the state in respect of which Cattle or Ruminants may be permitted to graze. No person shall cause or permit any cow, oxen, sheep as well as goat under his or her control to graze on any land in which the Governor has not designated as ranches” among others. The bill forbids movement of cattle by herdsmen and owners of goat in the Ekiti after 6 p.m. No cattle or other ruminants shall by any means move in the night, movement shall be between 7 a.m and 6p.m”

Adoptive parents of Ukrainian man, 23, who posed as a high school student and had sex with 15yr old girl, face fraud charges

Stephayne and Michael Potts, the couple who adopted a 23 year old Ukrainian man Artur Samarin, that later posed as a high school student, are facing criminal charges after it was revealed that they used him to take about $13,000, worth of medical assistance and free food in Pennsylvania, even when they knew his true identity as an illegal immigrant.

The man, Arthur Samarin who called himself Asher Potts, is also accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl while in high school.

According to ABC News 27, the couple also knowingly made false statements to the Dauphin County Assistance Office in Pennsylvania in order to get the public handouts.
Asher Potts was known to his classmates as a hard-working intelligent student who impressed his teachers but it turned out he was posing as a high school student and was in the United States without a visa.

The couple haven't been arrested, but are due in court on October 6 as they each face two counts of fraud. Samarin early this month, pleaded guilty to a number of fraud and sex charges, which carry penalties of up to 40 years in prison and $90,000 in fines.

On Wednesday Asher pleaded guilty to the charges leveled against him and now faces deportation.

The trial continues.

'What I told EFCC about Diezani' – Dauda Lawal

The Executive Director in charge of Public Sector at First Bank, MallamDaudaLawal, has revealed what he told the Economic and Financial Crime Commission when he was detained sometimes ago.

Lawal, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, said that he was actually questioned about his relationship with a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs.Diezani Alison-Madueke.

He said it was true that his “name has featured prominently in the EFCC investigations of Mrs.Deziani Allison-Madueke, the former Minister of Petroleum Resources under the government of President Goodluck Jonathan”.

Lawal also said he was “questioned by the EFCC over his alleged role or complicity in the alleged $25m acquisition of the Le Meridien Hotel in Port Harcourt.”
He, however, denied the allegation that the former minister channelled the funds for the purchase of the property through him.

Lawal said,
“This allegation is malicious and without substance in any material particular. It must be stated clearly that Lawal is completely oblivious of the ownership status of the said hotel neither is he directly or remotely aware of any transaction involving the former Minister on this hotel.”
He said the allegation must have been fuelled by his close association with Allison-Madueke, which “is based purely on professional pursuits”.
He added,
“As the Executive Director in charge of Public sector of the bank, it is incumbent on him to build the necessary bridges to attract all the benefits the bank can muster from the financial operations of the public sector. 
“For the purpose of emphasis, MallamLawalDauda has never been a conduit for movement of illicit funds neither has he been involved in the purchase of any hotel either here or elsewhere. This much was told to the EFCC during his interrogation.”
He added that,
“The former minister, given the influence she wielded within the government and operations in the oil sector was certainly an asset to any corporate Organisation, especially the banks. 
All the banks in Nigeria and abroad actively sought to have banking relationships with her because she sat atop a sector which is the prime revenue spinner for the country. It is to Mr.Lawal’s credit that the First Bank group participated actively in offering financial services to the oil industry under Madueke.

Belgium Bomb blast: One dead and two severely injured after explosion at sports centre in Chimay

At least one person has been confirmed dead and two severely injured after an explosion rocked a sports center in Chimay, 100km south of the capital Brussels, Belgium at midnight, local time.

Belgian police have said that only five people were in the building at the time and it was as a result of a gas explosion which collapsed a large section of the building with one person reported dead.

The Mayor of Chimay, Francoise Fassiaux-Looten, has taken charge of the situation as investigation into the explosion continues.

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