Politics

John Oliver Makes Impassioned Plea to Discuss Gun Control After Florida School Shooting

John Oliver wasted no time in talking about last week’s shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 teachers and students dead on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight. Kicking off the fifth season of his HBO late-night talk show, Oliver argued that lawmakers need to address the issue immediately and stop putting it off. “These events are now so familiar that we basically automatically know how each side will play out,” Oliver said of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “‘Thoughts and prayers,’ ‘fuck your thoughts and prayers,’ ‘it’s a mental health problem,’ ‘yeah, but it’s also a gun problem’ and then someone says, ‘Now is not the time to talk about gun control’ and e...

Facebook will verify the location of U.S. election ad buyers by mailing them postcards

Facebook’s global director of policy programs says it will start sending postcards by snail mail to verify buyers of ads related to United States elections. Katie Harbath, who described the plan at a conference held by the National Association of Secretaries of State this weekend, didn’t reveal when the program will start, but told Reuters that it would be before the Congressional midterm elections in November. The cards will be sent to people who want to purchase ads that mention candidates running for federal offices, but not issue-based political ads, Harbath said, and contain a code that buyers need to enter to verify that they are in the U.S. The program is similar to ones used by Google My Business and Nextdoor when they need to verify business owners or users who want to join closed...

2019: APC has made it easier for us to win — Makarfi

By Gbenga Oke Senator Ahmed Makarfi was former Governor of Kaduna State between 1999 and 2007. He also served as a Senator before becoming Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. In this interview in Lagos over the weekend, he bares his mind on various national issues ranging from re-ordering of elections by the National Assembly, preparation of the PDP ahead of the 2019 elections and how the party is managing the fallouts from the December National Convention. He also talked about the failure of the South-West to clinch the chairmanship of the party as well as restructuring. Excerpts: The People’s Democratic Party, PDP was enmeshed in crisis ahead of its National Convention and there were still some skirmishes after the convention...

Politics not for miserable people seeking a way out of poverty – Onaiyekan

Abuja – John Cardinal Onaiyekan, former President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has said that politics was “not for miserable people seeking a way to get out of poverty”. Cardinal-Onaiyekan “Nigerians should stop complaining and get involved in politics because it is a serious task that will salvage the nation and give the youths hope for the future. “It should not be left for miserable people seeking a way out of poverty, or for selfish individuals desperate to manipulate the system in their favour,” Onaiyekan said. His views were conveyed in a Homily at the opening plenary of the four-day annual conference of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), currently holding at the St. Gabriel Chaplaincy, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja. The theme of ...

APC doomed if Tinubu fails – Sani

Abuja – Sen. Shehu Sani has said that avoidable doom awaits the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the 2019 polls, should Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu fail to reconcile aggrieved members. Sani, a chieftain of the APC who represents Kaduna central in the Senate, stated this on Sunday in Abuja in an interview with newsmen. It was his own reaction to Tinubu´s recent appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari to lead the APC team of consultation, reconciliation and confidence-building. Tinubu’s assignment, among others, is to forge cohesion within the APC ahead of the 2019 general election. It involves resolving disagreements among party members and leaders. It also involves reconciling political office holders in some APC-controlled states and addressing crises in the party`s...

Under Buhari, Nigerian govt. has resorted to authoritarian tactics – Femi Falana

By Yinka Ajayi Lagos lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, speaks on the controversial deportation of the leaders of Southern Cameroun, some of whom he described as naturalised Nigerians and led by Ayuk Julius Tabe, from Nigeria. Femi Falana The Cameroon government announced recently that leaders of the Anglophone movement, led by Mr Julius Ayuk Tabe in Nigeria, were handed over to Cameroon. How did this happen? It is true that a number of Cameroonian refugees and asylum seekers, who were illegally arrested and detained by the Federal Government, were arrested and deported from Nigeria to Cameroon on Friday, January 26, 2018.   When we received information of the plan to deport them, we rushed to the Federal High Court to stop the illegal plan. We also reached out to the Comptroller...

Southerners are biased, plotting to split North – Prof Ango Abdullahi

…Says cattle rearers are fighting back over injustice…Asks: What makes the kidnapping of Olu Falae so special?…‘Those who live in Lagos don’t know what is happening in Nigeria’ By Chioma Gabriel, Editor Special Features Professor Ango Abdullahi, a former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, is the spokesperson for the Northern Elders Forum (NEF). Abdullahi, in this interview, bares his mind on the controversy dogging the creation of state police and herdsmen, describing the claims linking herdsmen to killings in the Middle Belt as a political agenda to split the ‘monolithic North’. He deplores what he points out as injustice meted to herdsmen, accusing the southern part of Nigeria of bias against them. A national security meeting has reportedly accepted the crea...

Anxiety Over Order Of Elections: NASS override awaiting presidential veto?

By Jide Ajani The stage is set for a possible presidential veto on the proposed amendments to the Electoral Act which, from all indications, would be met by an  uncomplimentary override by members of  the National Assembly. President Muhammadu Buhari; Saraki, Senate President and Dogara, Speaker It’s is about the  congruity, appropriateness and altruism embedded in the proposed legislation on order of elections, at a time when the  Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has put forward a time-table for the 2019 general elections. This report will show why the hot air by some senators who kicked against the amendment would expose the polity to more heat. IN THE BEGINNING The just amended Electoral Act was introduced by the House of Representatives. By the prov...

Tinubu: When an Aggrieved-in-Chief becomes a trouble shooter

By Omeiza Ajayi, Abuja; and  Egufe Yafugborhi, Port Harcourt This report takes a look at the difficult job given to former governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to reconcile aggrieved and warring leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.  Bola Tinubu. Derisively referred to today as  ‘Afflicted Peoples Congress’  or ‘Aggrieved Peoples Congress’, Tinubu himself is perhaps the most aggrieved of all the leaders of the party.   But he has a job to do and he has already started making moves. How his efforts would achieve results that are at once meaningful and re-assuring remains to be seen in  the weeks ahead. Is Tinubu also expected to reconcile the Department of State Service, DSS, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC? From the Nationa...

Snake allegedly swallows N36 million from JAMB office vault, Nigerians react

By Juliet Ebirim & Adetutu Adesoji This is a huge slap on the faces of Nigerians – Caleb Onyenso, Social Media Analyst It is such a shame that in a country where the present administration keeps talking about fighting corruption, the same corruption keeps coming in different forms. About N36 million was allegedly swallowed by a mysterious snake which no one saw. My question is how could they leave such an amount of money in the office in this age of banking? Last year before the present JAMB administration, it was reported that the board had never remitted more than three million naira to the nation’s consolidated revenue coffers but then a new administration came in and remitted 8 billion naira, so who is fooling who? The reasons they give for looting are always a...

Special counsel Robert Mueller indicts Russian bot farm for election meddling

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has just handed down a set of indictments, charging 13 Russian citizens and three Russian organizations with interference in the U.S. presidential election in efforts dating back to 2014. The indictment names the Internet Research Agency, a bot farm and disinformation operation based out of St. Petersburg, as one of the sources of the fake accounts meant to create divisions in American society. Those accounts were active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and the indictment brings up specific examples from the internal review results that these tech companies handed over to Congress. Congress has taken an active interest in these ads and the companies that facilitated their dissemination, calling the heads of Facebook, Google and Twitter to testify before th...

We came to condole Buhari over death of two relatives, not 2019 – APC governors

State Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday said their mission to Daura, Katsina state, was merely to condole President Muhammadu Buhari over the loss of two members of his extended family. The Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, stated this when he fielded questions from newsmen after a closed door meeting with President Buhari at his private resident in Daura, on Friday. Buhari & Okorocha He dismissed media reports that their mission to Daura was aimed at convincing the President to seek re-election in the forthcoming presidential election in 2019. He said the governors also used the opportunity to commend the president for appointing Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as APC Chief Mediator. The president had last week appoint...