SABINEWS EVENING NEWS UPDATE JANUARY 2, 2019
2019: I DON’T NEED TO JOIN CULT TO BE GOVERNOR – ASPIRANT
Mr Labaran Maku, the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in Nassarawa State, says will not join any cult group just to be elected governor in 2019.
Maku made the assertion on Wednesday while addressing supporters that paid New Year homage to him at his home in Wakama village of Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, he has resisted all pressures to join “ungodly” groups since his student days.
“I have always relied only on God throughout my life and He has been faithful to me.
“If God has helped and protected me since my days as a leader of students, to commissioner, deputy governor and minister, why should I now rely on a deity that is powerless.
“No power or connection that is not of God that can give me position except God,” Maku added.
BAKARE: THERE WAS CORRUPTION UNDER JONATHAN BUT LIFE WAS FAR BETTER
Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly says even though there was endemic and entrenched corruption under former President Goodluck Jonathan, life was far better than it currently is under President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Education in shambles did not start with Buhari, health care delivery in shambles did not start with Buhari, infrastructural deficit did not start with Buhari. What many people are saying is that there was corruption under Jonathan, yes, but life was better. At least we were able to get this, but this man cornered all the money, locked it up. He’s not releasing anything, so let’s fight him to a standstill. That’s what some people are saying. That’s the reaction of many”, Bakare said in an interview with Heritage Media in Calgary, Canada.
PETER OBI EXPLAINS WHY ATIKU WILL END PETROL SUBSIDY
The subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise called petrol, will be gone under an Atiku Abubakar presidency, according to Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP, Peter Obi.
During a ChannelsTV program on January 1, 2019, Obi said an Atiku presidency will do away with the subsidy on petrol—a move that could prove unpopular among Nigerians, given high poverty levels and the multiplier effect a hike in petrol price at the pumps could have on the larger economy.
During the vice presidential debate of December 14, 2018, Obi referred to the federal government’s outlay on petrol as “subsidizing inefficiency”.
During the ChannelsTV program called Politics Today, Obi doubled down on his argument against keeping the subsidy regime.
BOKO HARAM NOT BETTER EQUIPPED THAN US – NIGERIAN ARMY
The Nigerian Army on Wednesday denied claims that it was using inferior weapons to fight the Boko Haram terrorist group.
It said it would continue to fight the insurgent group until it won despite all challenges.
“Boko Haram terrorists are not better equipped than the Nigerian Army. Nigerian Army is the pride of the nation,” the army said on its social media pages.
Several videos had surfaced in recent times showing soldiers lamenting that they were given inferior weapons to fight against Boko Haram, which had superior weapons.
WE WON’T LEAVE WITHOUT ARRESTING MELAYE, POLICE VOW AS THEY SURROUND HIS MASION
The Police authorities have vowed not to leave Senator Dino Melaye’s residence until they arrest him.
The Police have subsequently deployed over 50 additional policemen around Melaye’s residence located on 11, Sangha Street, Off Mississippi, Maitama, FCT.
Findings indicate that the Police might storm the building and forcefully arrest the lawmaker who had holed up in the house since last Friday.
Our correspondent who is at the scene observed many policemen taking positions around the mansion.
The Police said the lawmaker representing Kogi West at the National Assembly was wanted for the alleged shooting of one Sgt. Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force while on stop-and-search duty along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State.
ASUU TALKS TOUGH AHEAD OF FRIDAY MEETING WITH INEC
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ahead of its Friday’s meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission, has said that its ongoing seven-week strike is in the national interest.
The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who stated this in an interview with The PUNCH in response to the call on the union to call off the strike, said nobody had the monopoly of national interest.
He added that the strike would not be called off until the Federal Government acceded to the lecturers’ demands.
There have been calls on ASUU to end the strike in the interest of the nation and to enable university students and the National Youth Service Corps members to work as ad hoc electoral officers during the February and March general elections.
TRUMP MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE WITH GOP HELP AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE
After President Donald Trump’s first bizarre year, his apologists told us he was growing into the job and that in his second year he’d be more restrained and respectful of democratic institutions.
Wrong. He’s been worse.
Exhibit one: the “Wall.” After torpedoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s temporary spending deal to avert a shutdown, he’s holding hostage over 800,000 government employees (“mostly Democrats,” he calls them, disparagingly) while subjecting the rest of America to untoward dangers.
TRUMP WILL CUT A DEAL TO LEAVE OFFICE BEFORE THE END OF 2019 – FORMER BUSH AIDE
resident Donald Trump will not be removed from office via an impeachment conviction, but he will make a deal to exit his presidency “before the end of 2019,” says a former advisor to President George W. Bush. Alan J. Steinberg in an NJ.com op-ed says Trump will craft a deal to protect himself, his children, and the Trump Organization.
Trump will “use his presidency as a bargaining chip with federal and state authorities in 2019, agreeing to leave office in exchange for the relevant authorities not pursuing criminal charges against him, his children or the Trump Organization.”
JUVENTUS CONFIRM INTEREST IN ARSENAL STAR, RAMSEY
The Italian club’s sporting director Fabio Paratici has revealed that they are interested in signing the Welshman on a free transfer.
Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has confirmed that the club are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
The Wales international’s current contract at Emirates Stadium is due to expire at the end of the season, at which point he will become available on a free transfer.
CHRISTIAN PULISIC SIGNING PROVES CHELSEA SYSTEM STILL AS BROKEN AS EVER
Chelsea have signed a star, but what does that mean for their brightest young talent? Chelsea have confirmed the signing of USA international Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £58 million, with the player staying on loan at the Bundesliga leaders until the end of the season.
While his signing undoubtedly adds to the level of quality in Maurizio Sarri’s squad, it has already led to increased scrutiny about the efficacy of Chelsea’s youth system. And with good reason.
In theory, the purpose of a youth system is to develop and cultivate talent to the point that players within it are considered as more viable alternatives to recruiting expensively from elsewhere.