Sunday, June 16, 2019

Six things June 12 taught me

    Six things June 12 taught me

Six things June 12 taught me

Where were you on June 12, 1993? I was in Ilorin, Kwara state, enjoying the weekend with my cousins. I could not vote because I registered in Lagos. If I had voted, I would have thumb-printed the space for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) whose presidential flag bearer was Chief MKO Abiola. I had been rooting for Alhaji Bashir Tofa, [...]

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    Remembering Tienanmen Square protest and June 12

Remembering Tienanmen Square protest and June 12

BY ABAYOMI OGUNSANYAOn June 4, the world remembered, as it has done in the last thirty-years, the unfortunate incident at Tienanmen Square in the centre of Beijing in which hundreds of protesters were killed or mauled by the Chinese military at the behest of the Chinese government. During that protest, which was organised and led by students and their leaders [...]

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    ’34 killed’, houses burnt as Zamfara boils again

’34 killed’, houses burnt as Zamfara boils again

At least 34 people were killed after suspected bandits attacked three villages in Shinkafi local government of Zamfara state on Friday.The affected villages are Gidan Wawo-Katuru, Tungar Kaho-Galadi and Kyalido-Katuru.A source told TheCable that the attackers, who came on motorcycles, set many houses on fire and shot at those within their sight.Mohammed Shehu, police public relations officer (PPRO) in Zamfara, [...]

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    FG admits shortcomings of 2019 polls, vows to act on EU recommendations

FG admits shortcomings of 2019 polls, vows to act on EU recommendations

The presidency has welcomed the report of the European Union (EU) on the 2019 general election, promising to analyse it fully and act on the recommendations.Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.Shehu said the EU observers were invited to the country by the Independent National [...]

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    PHOTOS: Container crushes cars in Apapa

PHOTOS: Container crushes cars in Apapa

At least two cars were destroyed after a container fell on them around Tin Can Island port in Apapa, Lagos, on Saturday.It's not clear if there were casualties but the affected vehicles were badly damaged. Adebayo Kehinde, spokesman of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), could not be reached for details of the accident as of the time this [...]

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    Boycotting killers’ bloody beef in Kumuyi’s cow country

Boycotting killers’ bloody beef in Kumuyi’s cow country

As one of the two guest lecturers at a June 12, 1993 election commemorative anniversary and celebration of the unique proclamation of the day as Democracy Day in Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari, held in Ibadan, Oyo State last week, I walked out of my wont: I showered effusive praises on Buhari for this unique feat. Conversely, I literally asked [...]

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    ‘INEC’s neutrality questionable’ — 10 highlights of EU report on 2019 polls

‘INEC’s neutrality questionable’ — 10 highlights of EU report on 2019 polls

The European Union Election Observation Mission to Nigeria on Saturday released the final report gathered from its observation of the 2019 general election.The report highlighted a number of issues regarding the polls and gave 30 recommendations to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).The mission, which had in its preliminary report released in April, adjudged the polls as characterised by violence, [...]

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    On EU’s report on the presidential election

On EU’s report on the presidential election

The European Union Election Observation Mission, in its final report which was publicly released on the 15th of June, says the 2019 elections won by President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress weren’t transparent and were marred with violence, intimidation and voter harassment. The observers concluded that this damaged the integrity of the 2019 election.These strong statements from the EU [...]

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    Poland 2019: Ukraine crowned Fifa U-20 World Cup champions

Poland 2019: Ukraine crowned Fifa U-20 World Cup champions

Ukraine fought back from a goal down to defeat South Korea 3-1 in the 2019 Fifa U-20 World Cup final at the Lodz Stadium, Lodz on Saturday evening.Few expected Ukraine and Korea to be battling it out in the final match of the tournament.After all, the Ukrainians had never advanced beyond the last 16 before, while Korea's best finish was [...]

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    Ugwuanyi: Lending a strong voice to rural-centric development

Ugwuanyi: Lending a strong voice to rural-centric development

It has long become fashionable for political leaders at the grassroots to merely make appearances at their rural constituencies at official work hours but retire to their homes in cities often located many kilometres away. Although it was always difficult rationalizing this, yet no one - especially senior elected politicians - ever dared to condemn the absurd practice because, apparently, [...]

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    Army court-martials 14 officers accused of murder, kidnapping

Army court-martials 14 officers accused of murder, kidnapping

The Nigerian army says it has begun proceedings to court-martial 14 officers and soldiers accused of murder, kidnapping, desertion, among other criminal offences.Inaugurating the court proceedings in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital on Saturday, Jamil Sarham, general officer commanding (GOC) army 6 division, Port Harcourt,  said the suspects were officers and soldiers of the division.Sarham, a major-general, said the general [...]

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    Your days are numbered, Buhari tells bandits, kidnappers

Your days are numbered, Buhari tells bandits, kidnappers

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the era of insecurity in the country characterised by banditry, kidnappings and insurgency would soon be over.Buhari spoke on Saturday while delivering his address at the fourth convocation of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina state.The president, represented by Hafiz Abubakar, former deputy governor of Kano state, said the days of bandits, kidnappers and insurgents [...]

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    EU observers: 2019 elections recorded significant improvement

EU observers: 2019 elections recorded significant improvement

The European Union Election Observation Mission to Nigeria says in 2019, the country made significant improvements from previous elections it held.Marie Arena, chief observer and leader of the mission, said this on Saturday in Abuja while presenting the mission's final report on the general election.Reacting to questions from journalists, Arena said the current administration has implemented many of the recommendations the [...]

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    Having sex today? Here are the STDs you and 1m people may get in 24 hours — according to WHO

Having sex today? Here are the STDs you and 1m people may get in 24 hours — according to WHO

Within the next 24 hours, over one million people will contract sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics have revealed. The latest figures released by WHO reveals that more than one million people get one form of sexually transmitted infections or the other every day.The UN health agency also revealed that every year, there are an estimated 357 [...]

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    CBN directs banks to provide funding for producers of cashew, palm oil

CBN directs banks to provide funding for producers of cashew, palm oil

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed banks to commence funding for small holder farmers and companies producing five products under its export facilitation initiative (EFI).The five products are palm oil, cashew, cocoa, sesame see and shea.In a circular, the apex bank said EFI was part of government’s efforts to develop the non-oil sector of the economy and to [...]

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    Buhari ‘working to develop’ Niger Delta

Buhari ‘working to develop’ Niger Delta

A group known as Coalition of Niger Delta Concerned Youths says the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is working to ensure that the demands of the Niger Delta region are met.Reacting to the claim of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) that Buhari is against the region, Isaac Eranga, coordinator of group, said the president has interest in the Niger Delta.PANDEF had cited [...]

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