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Zuma’s statue: Ohaneze youths defend Okorocha

By Anayo Okoli.UMUAHIA—OHANEZE Youth Council, OYC, has defended the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha over the controversial statue of the South African President, Jacob Zuma erected in Owerri, the Imo State capital, at an alleged whopping cost of N500 million, saying that he achieved a feat for which he should be lauded rather than vilified. Jacob Zuma’s statue in Imo In a statement by its National Vice Chairman, Comrade Obinna Achuonye, the OYC said Okorocha did what several presidents could not do, let alone a governor. “We are thanking Governor Okorocha for bringing Zuma to Nigeria; he has shown capacity as an Igbo leader. “In future, we expect that he will bring other Presidents to Igbo land; in the history of this country, no sitting governor has been able to b...

Zuma’s status: Ohaneze youths defend Okorocha

By Anayo Okoli.UMUAHIA—OHANEZE Youth Council, OYC, has defended the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha over the controversial status of the South African President, Jacob Zuma erected in Owerri, the Imo State capital, at an alleged whopping cost of N500 million, saying that he achieved a feat for which he should be lauded rather than vilified. Jacob Zuma’s statue in Imo In a statement by its National Vice Chairman, Comrade Obinna Achuonye, the OYC said Okorocha did what several presidents could not do, let alone a governor. “We are thanking Governor Okorocha for bringing Zuma to Nigeria; he has shown capacity as an Igbo leader. “In future, we expect that he will bring other Presidents to Igbo land; in the history of this country, no sitting governor has been able to b...

Katsina varsity authority hires snake charmers to rid snakes

By Bashir BelloKATSINA – Following the death of a student of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, UMYU, Katsina State, Zainab Umar after being bitten by a snake, authorities of the institution have employed the services of snake charmers to rid the institution’s campus of snakes. Snake Late Zainab Umar, a spill over student of the Department of Economic was reportedly said to have been bitten by snake on the campus penultimate Friday around 8pm on her way out of the institution through the first gate alongside two of her friends. The Institution’s Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Suleiman Kankara confirmed the decision of the institution to engage the snake charmers while featuring on a Radio program in the state. He said, “Yes, we have employed the services of snake charmers to assist us...

Edo to unveil domesticated EGRP at Alaghodaro Investment Summit

The Edo State Government is to unveil its economic blueprint fashioned after the Economic Growth and Recovery Plan (EGRP) of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government, launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, on April 5, 2017. Governor Obaseki The 168-page EGRP document covers years 2017-2020 and has been described by experts in economics and public administration as a well articulated set of guiding principles for the economic management. In line with the provisions of the EGRP for the growth of the nation’s non-oil sector, the Godwin Obaseki-led government in Edo State will at the Alaghodaro Investment Summit showcase its ambitious agricultural programmes that gave birth to the Edo Fertiliser and Chemical Company, which was commissioned by the Vice Pr...

Maternal deaths Nigeria worst than Zambia

The birthday of twins Karen and Kelly Junior will always be tinged by sadness as it also marks the day their mother died in childbirth — a tragic occurrence of increasing public debate in Zambia. Their mother, Karen Kalengele, 33, was admitted to the Medcross hospital in Lusaka, one of the country’s most prestigious private medical facilities, on March 18 to give birth. Her labour was slow and, as she was expecting twins, doctors chose to perform a Caesarean section. It was apparently successful but, soon after the birth, her husband Kelly Chuunga, 45, was informed of her death. “We were with my sisters in a room where the babies had been brought and we were busy taking pictures while my wife was dying on the operating table,” Chuunga, a finance manager, told AFP. For ...

PDP celebrates Ekwueme @85

By Dirisu YakubuABUJA-The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lauded the contribution of Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme on the occasion of his 85th birthday. National Chairman of PDP, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi and former VP, Chief Alex Ekwueme during a courtesy visit. In a congratulatory message issued yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the party thanked the elder statesman for his visionary leadership and commitment to democratic ideals. “The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, CON, on behalf of the entire PDP family nationwide, heartily congratulates the former Vice President, the Ide ofOko and Aguta Kingdoms on the occasion of his 85th Birthday yesterday...

Ahly score record six goals to reach final

Al Ahly of Egypt became the first club to score six goals in a CAF Champions League semi-final match as they crushed Etoile Sahel of Tunisia 6-2 in Alexandria Sunday to reach the title decider. al ahaly The record eight-time champions qualified 7-4 on aggregate to face Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in the two-leg final with the first match in Egypt next weekend. After Etoile established a 2-1 first-leg lead in Tunisia last month, the return match at the 85,000-seat Borg El Arab Stadium was expected to an equally tight affair. But it took Ahly just two minutes to grab the lead at home with Tunisian Ali Maaloul slamming a free-kick past experienced goalkeeper Ayman Mathlouthi. Moroccan Walid Azaro headed two goals off crosses to earn Ahly a 3-0 half-time advantage and he c...

Khedira hat-trick lifts 10-man Juventus, Milan see red

Sami Khedira hit a hat-trick as ten-man Juventus kept pace with leaders Napoli and Inter Milan in a 6-2 goalfest at Udinese Sunday as AC Milan’s campaign unravelled further with a goalless draw at Genoa. Juventus’ Argentinian forward Paulo Dybala (C) vies for the ball with Sassuolo’s Italian midfielder Stefano Sensi (L) and Sassuolo’s Italian midfielder Francesco Magnanelli during the Italian Serie A football match Sassuolo versus Juventus on September 17, 2017 at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO Massimilano Allegri’s champions desperately needed to win at Udine after claiming just one point in their previous two league games. And the reigning six-time champions fought back after Stipe Perica opened after eight minutes for the hosts an...

Buhari group hits Jonathan over attack on APC

The Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) has described as outrageous, what it said was ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s attack on the government after he ruined the country. It chided Jonathan for what it termed his ill remarks against the All Progressives Congress (APC) government and said it was unbecoming of the firmer president to speak of President Muhammadu Buhari in bad light. Jonathan-Buhari “To us, it was uncharitable for the former President to refer to APC as running a government of lies and propaganda, while all the same time, attempting to impress Nigerians that he ran a faultless government with time-tested achievements,” the group said. It reminded Jonathan of what it said is the belief of some Nigerians that he (Jonathan) ran what it described as the worst...

Lagos PDP mourns caretaker chairman

Some chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday described the death of the party ‘s Caretaker Chairman in Lagos State, Chief Babatunde Solanke, as shocking. Solanke died on Saturday at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital after slumping in a hotel in Ikeja. PDP The deceased had scheduled a meeting with some chieftains of the party in the state on the fateful day. He has been buried in his hometown, Abeokuta, Ogun. The deceased was appointed the caretaker chairman in August by the party’s national leadership following the dissolution of the state executive. The dissolution followed a leadership tussle between two factions in the state chapter. Solanke was mandated to conduct congress to elect a new executive within three months. A former factional Chairman ...

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Photos: Buhari returns to Abuja from Turkey

President Buhari and his wife Aisha in a group photo with top officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Turkey shortly before departing Istanbul Turkey for Abuja after participating at the Programme of the 9th D-8 Summit on 22nd Oct 2017 L-R: with Mr Wunti Abdullahi, Wife of the Ambassador Mrs Para Galda, Ambassador Mr I. A. Paragalda, Col Adamu Muktar, Mrs Kemi Osunnaike and Mrs Habibah Hunti President Buhari and his wife Aisha in a group photo with top officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Turkey shortly before departing Istanbul Turkey for Abuja after participating at the Programme of the 9th D-8 Summit on 22nd Oct 2017 L-R: with Mr Wunti Abdullahi, Wife of the Ambassador Mrs Para Galda, Ambassador Mr I. A. Paragalda, Col Adamu Muktar, Mrs Kemi Osunnaike and Mrs Habibah Hunti President Buhari...