* I’m ashamed Nigeria’s now used as negative example – Jonathan (Punch) * We gave lawmakers N17bn to pass 2015 budget —Okonjo-Iweala (Nation)

* I’m ashamed Nigeria’s now used as negative example – Jonathan (Punch)       * We gave lawmakers N17bn to pass 2015 budget —Okonjo-Iweala (Nation)



I’m ashamed Nigeria’s now used as negative example – Jonathan (Punch)

Former President Goodluck Jonathan says he is ashamed that Nigeria is now being used as a negative example in the international community. He cited recent instances when the Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, mocked the poor state of security in Nigeria and the naira’s weakening status. Jonathan spoke at the inauguration of the first bridge built by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, on Friday night. The former President lamented that things were so bad in the country that Nigeria had lost its respect in Africa. He said, “He (Ghanaian President) said Ghana is not like Nigeria where cattle roam the streets. At another occasion in the United Kingdom, he made scathing remarks about Nigeria’s currency. Read more

We gave lawmakers N17bn to pass 2015 budget —Okonjo-Iweala (Nation)

Former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has revealed the blackmail and arm twisting that characterised budget passing by the National Assembly during the Goodluck Jonathan Administration. She cited an instance in 2015 when the National Assembly leadership forced the executive arm to part with N17 billion for the federal lawmakers to pass that year’s budget. That, she said, was at a time crude price had gone down drastically. The N17 billion alleged bribe, according to Okonjo-Iweala in her book Fighting Corruption is Dangerous:The Story Behind the Headlines, was besides the NASS N150 billion annual ‘standard’ budget. Read more

2019: Aspirants challenge Buhari to debate (Punch)

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; a former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau; and other presidential aspirants interested in contesting in the 2019 election have challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to a debate ahead of the poll if they emerge as their parties’ candidates. The other presidential aspirants who have challenged the President to a debate are a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu; a former presidential candidate of the KOWA Party in the 2015 election, Prof. Remi Sonaiya; Publisher, Sahara Reporters, Mr. Omoyele Sowore; Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher; and Prof. Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies. Read more

$16bn power projects: EFCC begins probe of suspects (Nation)

Following representations made by some civil society groups, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has set machinery in motion to probe the controversy surrounding the $16 billion allegedly spent on power projects during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The anti-graft agency may invite two ex-ministers, former top officials of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), present and past officials of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and all the people recommended for investigation by a committee of the House of Representatives. A team in EFCC was already collating facts and figures at press time yesterday. Read more

Osinbajo inaugurates youths programme in Kano, hails Ganduje’s initiative (Guardian)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, flagged off the empowerment scheme of 1,000 youths in Kano State, an initiative of the state government, which include training of 560 vulcanisers and 440 tricycles mechanics. Osibanjo, who was on a working visit to the state, applauded what he described as 21st Century training capacity, which he said would transform and enhance the efficiency of the beneficiaries. He said: “I have no doubt that this would help to further build the capacity of youths, not only in Kano, but also across the country. We hope training of this nature will motivate other state governments to emulate to further engage their teeming youths.” Read more

Rivers enemies are having sleepless nights — wike (Vanguard)

Rivers governor, Barr. Nyesom Ezenwa Wike has disclosed exclusively to Saturday Vanguard that the politicians planning to make the state ungovernable ahead of the 2019 elections were having sleepless nights as a result of the ‘reward’ of their deeds. According to Wike who made the declaration in a chat with our Correspondent at the Presidential lodge in Port Harcourt when he hosted the delegates of the 54th Full Council Meeting of the Sports Writers Association (SWAN), “the trouble makers are now fighting themselves as proven by the last Ward Congress which led to the destruction of cars and properties belonging to the members of the judiciary at the High Court premises.” Read more

2019: Nigerians yet to find alternative to PDP –Fayose (SUN)

Ekiti State governor, and Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, Chief Ayo Fayose on Friday declared that Uche Secondus, on Friday declared that the Nigerian populace was yet to find an alternative to the main opposition party ahead of the 2019 presidential poll. He also slammed the standard bearer of All Progressive Congress (APC), Kayode Fayemi, alleging that he never won the 2010 gubernatorial poll, but was handed to him by the then Justice Ayo Salami on a platter of gold through legal technicalities. This was just as the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, Governors of Abia, Ikpeazu Okezie; Rivers, Nyesom Wike; Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udom; Gombe , Hassan Damkwambo and traditional rulers in Ekiti lauded Governor Fayose for his sound performance in erecting giant infrastructural projects in the state. Read more

APC, nPDP rift deepens, Faction keeps options open (ThisDay)

There are strong indications that the last-ditch attempt to settle the rift between the defunct nPDP and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) arising from complaints of the former of marginalisation and maltreatment of its members by the leadership of the APC is headed for the rocks as allegations bordering on the exclusion of members of the nPDP from the party’s upcoming national convention subcommittees unravel. But members of the factions have said regardless of the development, they are ready to wait and see the end of the planned meeting called by the leadership of the ruling party to iron out the grey areas even as the group has said it would decide on its next move before the convention of the party in June. Read more

May 29: Delta Police warns IPOB, others (Guardian)

The Delta State Police Command has warned the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against disturbing the peace and stability of the state during the forthcoming May 29 Democracy day. In a statement in Asaba, yesterday, its spokesman, Andrew Aniamaka, said as part of its resolve to ensure a violence-free celebration and beyond, the Police cautioned members of IPOB and other allied pro-Biafra groups and their sympathisers to retrace their steps, saying the Command would not condone any form of protests or agitations that could jeopardise the peace and progress of the state.   Aniamaka said the warning became necessary following intelligence reports of threats by some groups, including IPOB, to disrupt the peace and stability of the state. Read more

Court closes Metuh’s cse on alleged N400m fraud without suspect, Lawyer (ThisDay)

The Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday closed the case of former Spokesman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh standing trial on alleged N400m money laundering charges. The closure was sequel to the absence of Chief Metuh and his counsel at the trial on two consecutive occasions, since Metuh’s fall in court and subsequent admission at the National Hospital, Abuja. The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, in a bench ruling on an application by the prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, seeking an order of the court closing the case of the first defendant (Metuh) said the court had adjourned the matter till yesterday for the cross examination of the 11th Defence witness, Oladeji Bamidele and expressed worry over the absence of the first defendant and his counsel in court. Read more

 Brutal murder (SUN)

At 36, Aishatu Usman has seen hell. Widowed. Poor. Traumatised. She was once a woman who had everything. But seven years ago, she went through a most harrowing experience. She watched her husband died, a violent death. The horror was worsened by the circumstance of her husband’s death. Stabbed and slaughtered, he bled to death, watched by his wife and children. “If someone wakes me up from a dream and tells me who his killer was and that he belonged to the Boko Haram sect, I’d not believe it,” says Aishatu Usman.Her husband was killed by his blood brother. She is yet to recover from the trauma. Read more

We must avoid a repeat of 1994 experience — Okpala (Vanguard)

Former Super Eagles assistant coach, Sylvanus Okpala has said Coach Gernot Rohr and his wards going to Russia 2018 World Cup must have confidence and self belief, if they hope to surpass Nigeria’s previous outings at the mundial. Speaking with Saturday Sports during the week, the former Nigeria international said, “in 1994, we never believed that the World Cup was ours to win. There was no other team better than our squad at USA ’94. But, perhaps, because we were qualifying for the first time, we felt getting to the second round was like mission accomplished. Both the players and the coaches felt the same way. Read more

Why Arsenal’s sleeve sponsorship with Visit Rwanda is causing controversy in the Netherlands (Football.london)

Arsenal fans might not have been too happy with new Arsenal kit for a number of reasons. It might be the horizontal red stripes on the white sleeves or the “pulse” diamond shape pattern running through the body of the shirt. But you wouldn’t have expected Dutch politicians to have taken the greatest umbridge. Moving into the final year of a Puma deal the Gunners landed a deal with Visit Rwanda for the rights to sponsorship on the shirt sleeve – and have pocketed a cool £10 million-a-year. Read more

Zinedine Zidane makes big Champions League favourites claim (Express)

That’s according to Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who has waved away concerns of over-confidence. The two European giants go head-to-head in the Champions League final in Kiev tonight (7.45pm) with Real widely viewed as the more likely to lift the trophy. That’s after back-to-back triumphs under Zidane going into this season having won three of the last four available European titles to establish themselves as far and away the most successful team in Champions League and European Cup history. But Zidane believes that Liverpool have just as much chance as 12-time winners Madrid, having scored more goals than any other team in the tournament, including a 5-1 blitz of bookies’ favourite Manchester City in the quarter-finals. Read more

Trump says ‘productive’ talks held on reinstating N Korea summit (BBC)

US President Donald Trump says “very productive talks” have been held with North Korea on reinstating the summit with leader Kim Jong-un. In a tweet, Mr Trump said the meeting could still take place on 12 June in Singapore “and if necessary will be extended beyond that date”. He cancelled the summit on Thursday, blaming the North’s “open hostility”. But North Korea later appeared conciliatory, saying it was willing to talk “at any time in any form”. Shortly before Mr Trump’s tweet, the South Korean presidency said it was thankful that the “summit embers are not put out and it is coming back to life”.Whether or not the talks will take place in just over two weeks’ time is, frankly, anyone’s guess, the BBC’s David Willis reports from Washington. Read more

Hawaii street swallowed by ‘lava tide’ as many more homes burn (Reuters)

The destructive fury of the erupting Kilauea volcano was unleashed on the Big Island’s Leilani Estates housing development, with the number of homes and other structures destroyed leaping to 82 from a previous count of 50, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Some 2,200 acres (890 hectares) of land have been torched by lava since May 3, in what is likely to be the most destructive eruption of Kilauea in more than a century, according to the County of Hawaii. Read more

‘We will make history’: hopes grow in Ireland ahead of abortion vote count (Guardian)

Leading figures across Ireland and Britain have hailed Friday as a historic moment after referendum exit polls strongly suggested Ireland could soon overturn its ban on abortions. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, a vocal proponent of liberalisation, led the way, tweeting: “Thank you to everyone who voted today. Democracy in action. It’s looking like we will make history tomorrow.” Ireland’s deputy prime minister, Tanaiste Simon Coveney, said the referendum had made him proud to be Irish. “Thank you to everybody who voted today – democracy can be so powerful on days like today – looks like a stunning result that will bring about a fundamental change for the better,” he tweeted late on Friday night. Read more


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    Jonathan lacks moral standing to advise Buhari, You made Nigeria a laughing stock – Presidency

    The Presidency on Saturday said that it was the Peoples Democratic Party led government under former President Goodluck Jonathan that brought shame to the country and made her a laughing stock in the comity of nations.

    This is coming on the heels of the comments attributed to former President Jonathan where he was quoted as saying that he was ashamed that Nigeria has joined comity of countries used to illustrate bad governance.



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