*Nigeria won’t break up under me, says Buhari (Punch) * Saraki, Dogara, Ekweremadu preach unity (Nation)  

*Nigeria won’t break up under me, says Buhari (Punch) *  Saraki, Dogara, Ekweremadu preach unity (Nation)   


Nigeria won’t break up under me, says Buhari (Punch)

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the clamour for restructuring gave some groups which he described as “highly irresponsible” the leeway to call for the nation’s breakup.

He vowed never to allow such happen under him.

Buhari made his position known in a national speech to mark the nation’s 57th independence anniversary on Saturday.  He is expected to address the nation at 7am on Sunday (today). Read more

Saraki, Dogara, Ekweremadu preach unity (Nation)

Senate President Bukola Saraki, his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, and former Senate President, David Mark, have appealed to Nigerians to work towards a united and progressive nation.

In a goodwill message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki also urged Nigerians irrespective of creed and tribe to continue to work for the peace, unity and stability of the country. Read more

Oct 1 Quit Notice: Igbos have nothing to fear – Arewa Youths (Independent)

As apprehension heightens in Kaduna and other northern states over the quit notice issued to the Igbos by the Coalition of Arewa Youths, the leader of the group, Yerima Abbas Shettima yesterday assured the Igbos and other ethnic nationalities residing in the north of their safety.

Speaking exclusively to Sunday INDEPENDENT, Yerima, who said the Igbos should live happily wherever they reside in the North assured them that the Northern youths were wiling to stand by the Igbos anytime, anywhere. Read more

Nigeria at 57 yet to realise it’s pottentials – ACF (Leadership)

The apex northern sociocultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has felicitated with Nigerians on the 57th independence anniversary of our country today but lamented that inspite of the years attained after independence, it is yet to realize full pottention and deliver on the expectations of its citizens.

ACF in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary Muhammad Ibrahim Biu noted that the journey over the years- considering our diversity and complexity-has been full of challenges in the areas of national security, peaceful coexistence, political and economic development. Read more

[email protected]: The dangers ahead (Sun)

As Nigerians mark the 57th independence anniversary of the country today, the Anglican Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Most Reverend Emmanuel Chukwuma, in this interview, takes a critical look at the country’s quest for nationhood so far.  To him, there is nothing to celebrate but the sustenance of democratic governance in the country after several years of military rule, which according him, caused the country some of her present woes. He also speaks on other contemporary issues in the polity with a call to President Muhammadu Buhari to re-examine his administration now.

How would you assess Nigeria’s journey to nationhood at 57? Read more

CAN declares October 1 as prayer day for Nigeria (Independent)

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared today, Sunday October 1, 2017 as a day of prayers for Nigeria, even as it has directed all churches in the country to dedicate their services as a ‘Day of Prayers for the Salvation of the Nation.’ Read more

Police deny flouting Osinbajo’s directive on Deputy Commissioner (Nation)

The police yesterday denied ever shunning Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to release its top investigative officers to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property

The force said it has released about 33 officers and men to the panel to hasten its work.

It also explained  that a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abduyari Lafia was redeployed to the Police Academy in Kano because he was yet to account for a $20,000 exhibit cash in his possession as a former head of Intelligence Bureau in the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCIID). Read more

Political thugs attack ex-Kebbi governor Dakingari (Guardian)

Alhaji Saidu Usman Dakingari, alongside former Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Tanimu, were allegedly attacked by APC political thugs in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.

Former Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Saidu Usman Dakingari, alongside former Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Tanimu, were allegedly attacked by APC political thugs in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital. Read more

Fayose owes more than four months arrears – Ekiti workers (Nation)

Workers in Ekiti State appear set for a showdown with Governor Ayo Fayose over his claim on a television station on  Thursday that his administration is owing only four months arrears of salaries. The governor, was answering questions on the propriety of his presidential ambition when he was owing workers.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Raymond Ade Adesanmi, refuted the governor’s claim. Read more

Nigeria brandishes potentials as investors eye growth markets (Leadership)

Nigeria, the most populous black nation, Africa’s leading telecommunications market with its growing startup ecosystem had a grand performance at the just concluded ITU Telecom World 2017, where it sought new investors for its national broadband plan to build a digital economy. CHIMA AKWAJA reports Nigeria’s outing and other burning issues discussed at the forum.

A recurring thought on the minds of delegates, investors, technologies companies and participants at the just concluded ITU Telecom World 2017 organised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), in Busan, South Korea, was how to maximize the huge market opportunities that emerging economies presents with the deployment of new technologies and one name ringing bell was Nigeria. Read more

Independence: Ajimobi Pardons 21 Prisoners (PMNews)

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has pardoned 21 convicts on the occasion of Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary celebrations, among which one inmate got his death sentence commuted to life imprisonment.

According to a statement signed by the governor’s Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, the pardon was in line with the governor’s power of prerogative of mercy, pursuant to the provisions of section 212 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. Read more

Donald, Ivanka Trump slammed by Girls Who Code founder (Newsweek)

Reshma Saujani was already appalled by the positions Donald Trump espoused when he was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. But for a few short days after he entered the White House, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code believed it was worth working with the Trump administration despite seemingly insurmountable differences.

That all changed when he signed the first version of a “Muslim ban” he’d promised on the campaign trail, blocking Syrian refugees from entering the country and temporarily banning entry to people traveling from seven Muslim-majority countries. Read more

Delta to offer free in-flight text messaging (NYTimes)

Delta Air Lines will soon offer free in-flight text messaging via three apps. Credit Matt Slocum/Associated Press

Wi-Fi rarely comes cheap for airline passengers. But Delta Air Lines is about to offer one form of connection at no charge: text messages.

The airline said on Wednesday that it would offer free mobile messaging on flights beginning Sunday.Read more

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets support from Joe Biden after her cancer diagnosis (LATimes)

Fans were dismayed when actress and 11-time Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced Thursday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Since her social media announcement, celebrity support for the “Veep” actress has come from all corners, but one missive stood out.

Just five hours after Louis-Dreyfus made her cancer public, Joe Biden sent a message of solidarity to his fellow former vice president in crime. Read more

Six things women in Saudi Arabia cannot do (TheWeek)

Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive for the first time in the country’s history, thanks to a decree issued by King Salman.

Although women were not technically banned from driving under Saudi law, local authorities consistently refused to issue women with a driving licence, resulting in a de facto ban. Many Islamic scholars justified the ban on the grounds that allowing women the means to travel without supervision would inevitably mean contact with unrelated men, and thus would undermine the country’s strict principles of gender segregation. Read more

 Prince Harry, Star-studded Ceremony Close Invictus Games (VOA)

The Invictus Games for wounded veterans came to a close Saturday with a rousing ceremony featuring stars such as Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams, though some of the attention focused on Britain’s Prince Harry and his girlfriend, American actress Meghan Markle.

The prince, a veteran of service in Afghanistan, created the Paralympic-style games as a way to inspire soldiers toward recovery. About 550 competitors from 17 countries competed in 12 sports over the last week. Read more

How the cast of ‘Family matters’ looks now! (HipHopMyWay)

Family Matters was a groundbreaking and beloved sitcom — that’s for sure. It currently holds the title of third longest-running non-animated U.S. sitcom with a predominantly African American cast. The Jeffersons was the highest ranked until Tyler Perry’s House of Payne came along, but the lovable ’90s show is number one in many hearts around the world. Read more

O.J. Simpson moving toward release in Nevada (USAToday)

O.J. Simpson was apparently in transit Saturday, ahead of his release on parole as early as Monday — possibly in Las Vegas, a Nevada prisons official said.

State Department of Corrections public inmate records provided no information about Simpson’s custody status or location, which prisons spokeswoman Brooke Keast said usually indicates that an inmate is being moved in custody. Locations are withheld for security reasons, she said. Read more

Unwell Perez ‘really struggling’ with virus (FoxSportsAsia)

Force India’s Sergio Perez has revealed he has been fighting a virus over the course of this week and is bracing himself for a “massive challenge” on Sunday.

Perez knew something was wrong when he was unable to keep pace with his trainer during a run on Thursday and his condition has worsened throughout the weekend. Read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: What the tournament means for India (Radiff)

It would be unfair to expect India to bedazzle crowds with eye-catching football. This team is built around stability.

But despite the talent, progress from a group that also includes – apart from the US – Ghana and Colombia, looks mighty difficult, writes Dhruv Munjal.

Even after all these years, Ronaldinho still has a hypnotic hold over his audience. The thrills and spills make him football’s version of David Copperfield, just far defter. His preternatural ability allows him to turn a defender and then nutmeg him without even touching the ball, or loft a ball in the path of Diego Costa while looking in the other direction. Read more

Men’s basketball begins practice for 2017-18 season (Riceowls)

The Scott Pera era began this morning as the Rice men’s basketball team held its first practice in Fox Gym in preparation for the 2017-18 season.

Pera returns seven letterwinners from last year’s team that won 23 games, the second most in school history, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational. Rice also added seven newcomers. 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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