* Buhari supporters target Ambode, first-term APC govs for President’s second-term bid (Punch) * HIV+ children begin school, widow thanks Nigerians (Punch)

* Buhari supporters target Ambode, first-term APC govs for President’s second-term bid (Punch)       * HIV+ children begin school, widow thanks Nigerians (Punch)



Buhari supporters target Ambode, first-term APC govs for President’s second-term bid (Punch)

Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, who are pushing for a second term ticket for President Muhammadu Buhari, have mapped out strategies to woo the party’s first-term governors to swell their ranks, Sunday Punch has learnt. So far, at least six of the party’s serving 24 governors have openly declared support for the President to seek the party’s ticket for re-election in 2019. These are Kano Sate Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, Solomon Lalong of Plateau State; Yahaya Bello of Kogi State; Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State; Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State as well as Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai. Read more

HIV+ children begin school, widow thanks Nigerians (Punch)

Succour has come the way of an HIV+ mother of three, Rakiya Zubairu, whose story was published in Sunday Punch last week. Zubairu, who was infected with the virus by her late husband, had been facing hard times since her husband died. The 35-year-old, who hails from the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, relived her ordeal to our correspondent during a reporting trip to Kaduna last month. The hardship had also taken its toll on her children (Fatima and Abdulazeez) who are HIV+ and malnourished. Read more

Go after those inciting Nigeria split, Buhari orders security operatives (ThisDay)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday ordered security agencies to fish out and bring to book people who indulge in act capable in threatening the peace and unity of the country through inciting statements, instigate civil disobedience, riot and rebellion. The President gave the directive in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State during the 22nd and 23rd combined convocation of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO), expressing concern over series of issues bordering on insecurity and division of the country. Read more

Dogara: It ‘ll be our shame if the North-east devt commission fails (ThisDay)

You sponsored the North East Development Commission Bill, which was only recently signed into law by the President. Is this a dream come true for you?

First of all, I will start by extending our sympathies, that is, of members of the House of Representatives, as well as those of members of our own caucus, over this very deadly crisis that has bedeviled our own section of this dear country. Let me also thank the press for their effort in highlighting the crisis and the security agencies for the very extraordinary sacrifices put in place in order to restore some sanity in our region. Read more

What you don’t know about new SGF, Boss Mustapha (SUN)

Garaha is still smarting from the devastation visited on it at the peak of Boko Haram onslaught in the north-eastern state of Adamawa. Located in Hong Local Government Area about 150 kilometres from Yola, the state capital, the agrarian community was one of several communities that were overrun when insurgents laid siege to seven local government areas in the state. But last week the teary rivulet on the cheeks of people of Gahara gave way to a beam of appreciation. One of the illustrious sons of the land has just ascended an enviable height in the nation’s political landscape. Read more

Melaye, Bello feud re-echoes, as Senator escapes another attack (Guardian)

It was a case of second time lucky, as embattled Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, escaped by whiskers another attack in Kabba, during the Kabba Day Celebration, when some thugs unleashed mayhem, throwing pebbles, water sachets and other dangerous weapons at him. Melaye, it was gathered, was duly invited to the occasion, as well as the governor, but the celebration was marred by skirmishes forcing many dignitaries to scamper for safety. Read more

Tejuosho, 100 others to forfeit Illegally acquired assets (ThisDay)

The Lagos State Government may have begun revoking its assets illegally acquired by highly placed persons in Ikeja GRA, Ikoyi, Magodo, Lekki and Victoria Island among others, in line with the report of a panel of inquiry it set up to probe the sale of such assets between 2006 and 2016, Thisday has learnt. A source disclosed the commencement of the revocation exercise at the weekend, noting that the state government might also prosecute over 100 beneficiaries of illegal asset acquisitions in the state. Read more

MAINA: Buhari regime mocking Nigerians for demanding thorough anti-corruption fight — Sule Lamido (Vanguard)

Alhaji Sule Lamido is the immediate past governor of Jigawa State. Before then, he served as foreign affairs minister in the Obasanjo administration. Only recently, Lamido signalled his intention to be President in 2019 on the aegis of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview, the former governor speaks on his ambition to be President and the state of the nation. He also speaks on his tenure in Jigawa and his brush with his successor, Governor Badaru Abubakar. Read more

Ekwueme in the eyes of history (ThisDay)

They have shut down the factory that produced the political breed of Dr. Alexandra Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme. They don’t make them like Ekwueme anymore. Upright, cerebral, courageous and loyal — it is often a contradiction in terms to attach any of those adjectives to a Nigerian politician. Yet, in the last four decades, Ekwueme, who is currently hospitalised, has demonstrated those virtues largely unappreciated. Or, at best, underappreciated. The politicians that we recognise and celebrate are the noisemakers, the pilferers, the nitwits, the chameleons, the bandits. Even with my excessive distrust of politicians, I can afford to make exceptions. Ekwueme is an exception. Read more

At NNF workshop: Experts chart path for community engagement in solid minerals sector (Vanguard)

New Nigeria Foundation (NNF), with the support of Ford Foundation, organised a two-day workshop, with the theme “Contemporary Community Engagement Models in the Oil and Gas Sector: Lessons for other Sectors” in Lagos, last Thursday, 2nd and Friday, 3rd November 2017. The workshop had in attendance, the representative of the Minister of Mines, Steel and Development, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. O’Seun Odewale, Honourable Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources in Lagos State, Mr. Wale Oluwo and his Ogun State counterpart in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru. Read more

Queen Zaynab marches on (Tribune)

In a quest to keep impacting her immediate environment and continent through her foundation, former wife of the Ooni of Ife, Queen Zaynab met with United Arab Emirate’s Minister of Economy, His Excellency Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori to formalise the beginning of international relations with the UAE Economic sector. The meeting, we learnt was held to improve economic and cultural relations between the UAE and several African nations. Read more

Shadow Parties: Omotola, Yemi Blaq, others hit location (Tribune)

A movie that proffers solution to the perennial communal clashes in Nigeria is being shot presently in three locations. Entitled ‘ Shadow Parties’, the movie written and produced by an astute dramatist, Yemi Amodu comes with a rich cast that includeOmotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Yemi Blaq, Ken Ericks, Toyin Aimakhu, Yemi Amodu: Segun Arinze, Jide kosoko, Rotimi Salami and others. Read more

My plans for grassroots arts, artists in Nigeria —Goethe Institut Director (Tribune)

After serving in Uzbekistan, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates, Friederike Möschel resumed as the new director of Goethe Institut Lagos, the German cultural centre in Nigeria, four months ago. In this interview conducted in her office at City Hall, Lagos Island, she shares her early impressions of Nigeria and her plans to further grow Nigerian arts and artists amongst others. Excerpts: Read more

I don’t want to be castrated, Sadiq Daba cries out (Punch)

In an industry where the term ‘veteran’ has been bastardised, one man that truly merits that title is actor, Sadiq Daba. Sadly, he is not having the best of times and enjoying the acclaim that a true veteran deserves. Daba has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. This is coming barely months after the actor was hospitalised for months due to leukemia. Read more

Iyanya may dump Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records (Tribune)

It is increasingly becoming likely that Iyanya may quit Don Jazzy’s Mavin records anytime soon. Pointers to this development emerged during the week following the seeming cracks in the camps of Iyanya and Don Jazzy, which may have been blown open by recent happenings in the Mavin family. It is over one year since Iyanya joined Mavin records, but the Kukere master, whose decision to join the Mavins was hinged on his determination to revive his fading music career and possibly commercialise it, now appears to be struggling to find his voice in the star-studded record label. Read more

Mystery letter directed me to mobilise monarchs to worship God — Oba Adedapo Tejuoso (Vanguard)

Oba Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso, Karunwi 111, the Osile Oke-Ona Egba has, for the past 14 years, annually mobilised natural kings, among others, to worship God under the aegis of the Kings’ Day of Praise. Tejuoso, in this interview, narrates how a mystery letter led him to the initiative. What is the Kings’ Day of Praise all about? The Kings’ Day of Praise is a day set aside for kings to meet and worship God. It holds every second Thursday of October, that is, immediately after independence celebrations, just to thank God. We just had the 14th edition. Read more

Bosso seals Ifeanyi Ubah deal (Punch)

Former El Kanemi Warriors coach Ladan Bosso has been named as new coach of NPFL side FC IfeanyiUbah. “FC IfeanyiUbah have reached an agreement for the services of Ladan Bosso,”announced the  club’s spokesman Iyke Nwokedi. “More details will be made public shortly.” Former Nigeria U-20 coach Bosso has been variously linked with several NPFL clubs before the appointment. Read more

Siasia stadium completion for December –Contractor (Punch)

Ebi Egbe, the Chief Executive Officer, Monimichelle, the firm handling the renovation of the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa, has said the stadium will be completed in December. He, however, commended the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, for his dedication and commitment towards the completion of the stadium ahead of the 2017 football season. Egbe, a FIFA agent, disclosed in an interview in Yenagoa on Friday that his firm was working round the clock to ensure that the stadium was ready for Bayelsa teams’ use by the end of the year. Read more

I hate to see young talents wasting away — Usman (Punch)

How did you come into weightlifting? I have always been doing sports since I was younger. I started as a gymnast; then, I became a footballer and now, I am a weightlifter. Sport has been a way of life for me.

You recently had a bronze medal awarded to you by the International Olympic Committee after two athletes you competed with at the Beijing 2008 Olympics tested positive to banned substances. How do you feel about this? Read more

Klopp hails Liverpool after West Ham demolition (Punch)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised his players after they put West Ham to the sword on Saturday, winning 4-1 at the London Stadium to heap the pressure on Slaven Bilic. Mohamed Salah put Liverpool ahead and Joel Matip doubled the visitors’ lead before half-time. Manuel Lanzini reduced the deficit, but woeful West Ham capitulated and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted Liverpool’s third before Salah bagged his 12th goal of the season to seal the rout. Read more

Barca seek justice for Catalan ministers (Punch)

A huge Catalan flag and banners reading “justice” in Catalan and English were displayed before Barcelona’s La Liga clash with Sevilla on Saturday amid the escalating political crisis sweeping Barcelona. On Thursday eight ministers of the deposed Catalan government, following the enforcement of home rule by the Spanish government, were detained pending a possible trial for their roles in the drive for Catalan independence. A Spanish judge has also issued an arrest warrant for Catalonia’s deposed leader Carles Puigdemont, who has fled to Belgium. Read more

Bright sparks in green have lasting effect on football (Independent)

Liam Brady was playing for Internazionale in Serie A when he said this to Hugh McIlvanney in the Observer in 1984. Brady had won two Italian titles with Juventus and was discussing the stylistic contrast between Italy and England, where Brady had been such an elegant force at Arsenal for a decade, and was the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player of the Year in 1979. “The public don’t necessarily want a lot of hectic, brainless action,” Brady added. “They like to see quality, thinking players.” Read more

Wenger: Ozil can match City’s (Goal)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is capable of matching Manchester City’s attacking stars, according to manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger’s men face the impressive and unbeaten Premier League leaders at the Etihad Stadium Sunday. City have been dominant this season, holding a five-point advantage at the top after scoring 35 goals and conceding just six in 10 league games. Read more

‘Best club in the World’ – Pochettino wouldn’t swap Tottenham job for any other (Goal)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted he was committed to Spurs – “the best club in the world” – amid links to Real Madrid. The Argentinian has again been linked to Madrid after leading Tottenham to a 3-1 win over the La Liga giants in the Champions League Wednesday. But Pochettino has often spoken about his commitment to Spurs and he reaffirmed his position ahead of a meeting with Crystal Palace. Read more

‘He had over 100 tumours, but he stayed positive’ (Independent)

Colin Young

‘I grew up seeing my parents spat at, being treated like dirt. People would make monkey noises and call us n*****s and c***s. Skinheads used to chase me down the street. I was kicked, punched, shoved to the floor and I was constantly fighting to protect myself. It was a very hostile environment and it was only when I came to London, where all sorts of people lived, that I started to realise it didn’t have to be us versus them all the time.’ Read more

Saudi princes arrested in anti-corruption probe: report (Cbsnews)

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday removed a prominent prince who headed the National Guard, replaced the economy minister and announced the creation of a new anti-corruption committee.  The Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel also reported late Saturday that 11 princes and dozens of former ministers were detained in a new anti-corruption probe headed by the kingdom’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was also named to oversee the new committee. Read more

Trump arrives in Japan, speaks at military event (Cbsnews)

President Trump landed in Japan early Sunday morning and used the first moments of his Asia trip to denounce North Korea as “a big problem” that must “be solved.”  Mr. Trump told reporters traveling with him to Japan on Air Force One on Sunday that “there’s been 25 years of total weakness” in dealing with the North. Some regional analysts have speculated that Mr. Trump’s presence in Asia may prompt North Korea to take provocative action, such as carrying out a missile test. Read more

Fight for grassroots democracy in Cambodia sidelines U.S (Reuters)

Sin Rozeth’s attempts to show the benefits of grassroots democracy to some of the poorest people in the Cambodian city of Battambang are in peril. The 30-year-old daughter of a vegetable seller became the head of Ochar commune, the equivalent of local council leader, in elections in June. Her victory was part of an “all politics is local” strategy that helped the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) win 40 percent of the 1,646 local seats at stake. Previously it had just 2 percent. Read more

Spain issues warrant for ousted Catalan leader in exile in Belgium (Cbsnews)

The ousted leader of Catalonia remained the subject of a European arrest warrant Saturday as questions mounted over how long he would elude the Spanish justice system by staying undercover in Belgium and delaying extradition.  Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and several members of his separatist government fled north to Brussels after Spanish authorities removed the region’s top officials from office a week ago. It is thought that Puigdemont and four others still are in Belgium, but sources close to them would not reveal their whereabouts. Read more

Riding high, Xi looks to soothe Trump as U.S. pressures China (Reuters)

When they met at U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in April, China’s President Xi Jinping found a way to charm the mercurial former real estate mogul. Trump hailed the “good chemistry” of the sunny summit in Florida and predicted “lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away.” The “bromance” is set to continue when Xi returns the favour by laying on a lavish welcome for Trump’s visit starting on Wednesday. Xi has grown more powerful since their last meeting, while Trump is under a political cloud after his former campaign manager was indicted in an intensifying investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Read more

‘I miss them so much’: Myanmar’s lost Rohingya children plead for their parents (Guardian)

The lost boy wails. Tears stream down his face as he looks around, frantic. “I found him by the main road, so I brought him here,” says a middle-aged Rohingya woman who cradles the toddler in her arms and gestures towards a shack made from wood and corrugated iron. A Bengali sign translated in rough English reads: “If you lost your familys any members. Then you can publicity here with out any money.” Read more

China sets 2020 target to lift all rural residents out of poverty (ThisDay)

Barring any last minute changes, China, the world’s most populous country and second largest economy, is set to lift all rural residents living below the current poverty line out of poverty by the year 2020. The current population of China as of November 4, is 1,411,422,153, while 58.2 per cent of the population is urban (819,767,019 people in 2017), according to the latest United Nations estimates. The remaining 41.8 per cent (591,655,134) reside in the rural areas. Read more


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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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