We have no clothes to protect us from cold – Nigerian athletes
Six of the 15 inmates that escaped during Nsukka jailbreak have been re-arrested
Six of the fifteen inmates that escaped during a jailbreak at the Nsukka Prison in Enugu state on Tuesday August 9th have been re-arrested.
House of Representatives and Chairman House Committee on Legislative Compliance, Abiodun Olasupo, says they were elected to pad the budget as it is their constitutional responsibility to pad the budget. According to the Nation, Olasupo said this while inspecting some projects within his constituency in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State yesterday August 10th.
“If you look at the Nigeria Constitution, what Honourable AbdulMuminin Jibrin refer to as padding is tantamount to what the constitution defines as the function of a member of House of Representative because the constitution guarantees the three major function of making law, appropriation, and over sight. In appropriation it is either for us to add, subtract or change and what Hon Jibrin has been trying to say is that we are changing, inserting and adding, so if that is what he calls padding then that is what the constitution expects the house of representative to do. In my own opinion been an active member during the budget defence, I was involved in the budgeting system of up to six ministries, I participated in FERMA, NAVY, health institutions, governmental agencies and a whole lot of them. The entire budgeting system make it possible that if you are elected as a member of national assembly and you are not ready to do what Muminin Jibrin calls padding then you are a failure, because basically the budget that is been brought to the national assembly does not reflect the principle of federal character as guaranteed by the constitution” he said
Bodyguards protest exclusion from Buhari’s govt
About 16 months after the 2015 Presidential elections, bodyguards of President Muhammadu Buhari who participated during the campaigns on Thursday protested against their “exclusion” by those they described “cabals in the government.”
They said the only reward they got for their efforts during the campaigns was the N20,000 paid to them in January and February 2015.
They alleged that “some cabals have hijacked the President”, adding that many of the key actors in Buhari’s government, who did not work for him, have denied them access to him.
Speaking at a press briefing addressed by their spokesperson, Badiru Olabiyi Balogun and three other members, Audu Odemeho, Kasim Abdullahi Hassan and Zubairu Idris, the group warned that their marginalisation constitutes security threat to the nation.
“Right now, we need Mr. President to appreciate our hard work for him. We need Mr. President to recognise the fact that we have lost everything because we championed the change agenda.1
“Definitely, it is not just our exclusion that is a security threat to the country. Anything that would deny any man his dues and legitimate rights can be concluded to mean a security threat because when you don’t get your dues and what is rightly due for you, then you are opened to a lot of temptations.2 So, we are indeed a security threat”, Balogun stated.
Nigeria has become poor – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said Nigeria has suddenly become a poor country as a result of the sharp drop in price of oil.
He however said the prudent manner his administration had been handling the nation’s resources had made it impossible for people to know that there is severe shortage in the country.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving the United Nations Population Fund’s Executive Director and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said commitment to transparency and accountability was serving the government in good stead, despite severe shortage of resources in the country.
“It has been a very difficult year for Nigeria. Before we came to office, petroleum sold for about $100 per barrel. Then it crashed to $37, and now oscillates between $40 and $45 per barrel.
“Suddenly, we’re a poor country, but commitment to transparency and accountability is not making people know that there is severe shortage,” the President said.
Asking UNFPA to bear with Nigeria in whichever area the country could not live up to its responsibilities for now, Buhari said exploding population and different cultural practices in the country provide fertile ground for research to organisations like UNFPA.
The Borno State Government on Thursday inaugurated an Islamic Preaching Board with the responsibility of regulating preaching in order to prevent future incitement of religious faithfuls.
The state is recovering from years of insurgency which has been linked to unguarded Islamic preaching by the Boko Haram sect.
Governor Kashim Shettima who inaugurated the Islamic Preaching Board and the Pilgrims Welfare Board at the Government House, Maiduguri said that the establishment of the board became imperative to avoid repeat of the Boko Haram insurgency.
He said: “In 2003 Taliban came out in Kanama and were defeated by the military, they re-grouped and attacked Bama and Gwoza in 2004 they were defeated, re-grouped and attacked Panshekara in 2007, re-grouped and came out in 2009 and were also defeated by the military they re-grouped again in 2013 and 2014 and sacked many local government.
“We must seek a permanent solution, hence the need to establish the board to curb the spreading of misguided ideology in the state.”
He said the government will also establish Tsagaya Regulatory Board to regulate the proliferation of Tsangaya school and teaching in the state, adding that the influx of Almajiris need to be regulated to check extremists ideology.
Man arrested for allegedly defiling 18 month old daughter
Wilfred Aondosoo Tondo, an APC member and aspirant for the Buruku Local Government Area, was reportedly killed by unknown gunmen at his residence in Gboko in the early hours of the today.
Before his death, Mr. Tondo was a lecturer at the Political Science department in the University of Mkar, a Christian institute located in Mkar, Gboko town in Benue state, and two time SUG president of Benue State University.
Woman abandons her baby at a church in Cross River State
According to CrossRiverWatch, Reverend Agianpuye said he when he discovered the child, he sent some youths to find the mother but they couldn’t find her. Rev. Agianpuye reported the matter to the Obudu division of the Nigeria Police Force before he took the boy back home to take care of him.