Showing posts from August, 2018

SON Warns Against Import of School Uniforms from China Causing Cancer

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has cautioned importers of school uniforms materials into the country against some cancer-causing substances found in some materials made by two Chinese-based companies-Sing Shun Fat School-Clothier Company and Zenith Uniform Company.
A statement from the office of the Director General of SON, Osita Aboloma, disclosed that the azo dyes, which were found in some school uniforms in Hong Kong, contained up to 173 milligrammess and 41 milligrammes per kilogramme of the tested samples respectively, which were well above the maximum allowed in the standard.
According to him, the use of the 4-amino azo dye has been banned in Europe, Japan and other parts of the world prior to the finding.
He alluded to a circular on the subject from the office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), stressing that SON will continue to work with other sister agencies like the Nigerian Customs Service and the nation's Security apparatus to protect Ni…

FOREIGN: John McCain And the Death of Perspective

Donald Trump doesn’t remind you much of the brilliant actress Helen Mirren, but this week in Washington, with all the fuss over flags and funeral arrangements, he nicely reprised her Oscar-winning performance in “The Queen.” Maybe you’d call this version “The Drama Queen.”
If you didn’t see the 2006 film, the true-life premise goes like this: Princess Diana dies, and all of Britain loudly grieves. But Queen Elizabeth II, sitting in her palace, disdains her former daughter-in-law’s celebrity and prefers to handle the funeral privately, without making a big national to-do about it.
The new prime minister, Tony Blair (played by Michael Sheen, because there’s a law in England that Tony Blair can only be played by Michael Sheen), tries to help the aging Elizabeth see that times are changing, and that the monarchy itself could be in jeopardy. But the queen just can’t wrap her mind around the fact that the people love Diana in a way they can’t love her.
You see where I’m going with this?

FOREIGN: Kanye West: President Trump Cares About The Way Black People Feel About Him

Earlier this month, Jimmy Kimmel asked Kanye West what makes him think Donald Trump respects black people, and West responded with silence. But on Wednesday, West found the words to express his feelings on a radio show.
During an interview on 107.5 WGCI Chicago, one of the show’s hosts asked the rapper whether he thinks the president cares about all people, “black people included.” After a long silence, West responded. “I feel that he cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this,” he began.
He admitted that Trump might be trying to gain the support of the black community for slightly selfish reasons, but said that at least he’s trying. 
“He will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he’s got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the blac…

Modric Wins UEFA Men Player of The Year Award, Beats Salah, Ronaldo

Real Madrid midfielder, Luka Modric, has been awarded the 2018 UEFA men’s player of the year award ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohammed Salah.
The Croatian captain, 33, who won the golden ball at the 2018 World Cup was Real Madrid’s midfield engine and chief creator on the road to a third consecutive Champions League crown.
This is the first time the award is being handed out to someone else other than Ronaldo and Lionel Messi since Frank Ribery won it in 2013.
Speaking at the presentation, the former Tottenham midfielder said: “It’s an incredible moment for me – I’m excited and proud.
“Thanks to everyone who voted for me, my club, my team-mates, my coaches who support me in my good moments and less good moments. This award belongs to them too.

Amnesty International To Nigeria: You Must Account For Victims Of ‘Enforced Disappearance’

Amnesty International has asked the Nigerian government to release those who have been subjected to enforced disappearance in the country. In a statement issued on Thursday to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the human rights group accused the government of holding several persons in secret detention facilities without charge or trial across the country. “So many families are still searching for loved ones who have not been seen for many years,” the Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, said. “In some cases, families live with the pain of not knowing whether their loved ones are alive or dead. “It’s time the government did the right thing – and either release these detainees or charge them with a recognisable criminal offence in a fair trial without recourse to death penalty.” Ojigho accused the government of using enforced disappearance as a tactic to “silence critics and instil fear” in civilian populations whom she said were fa…

Bafarawa: Buhari Trained to Kill, Not To Govern · Forge common front to oust APC FG, Wike urges PDP presidential aspirants

Former Governor of Sokoto State and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, on Thursday said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government has failed Nigerians because President Muhammadu Buhari was trained only to kill as a soldier and not to govern.
This is as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on all presidential aspirants on the platform of the PDP to forge a common front to sack “the non-performing APC Federal Government”.
Addressing members of the state working committee of the Rivers State chapter of PDP, local government chairmen and other delegates of the Party at the state secretariat of the party in Port Harcourt yesterday, Bafarawa described the performance of the APC-led Federal Government as a disaster.
He said as a retired army general, Buhari was trained to handle guns and defend the country and not to govern. He said that was why the president has run the country aground.
He said he wa…

Buratai: Soldiers Indicted for Mutiny Will Face The Law

Soldiers and officers indicted in the recent mutiny in Borno State are already facing a court martial in accordance with the laws setting up the Nigerian Army, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has disclosed.
Speaking at an interactive session with editors in Abuja on Thursday, the army chief explained that it was unfortunate that officers could disregard an order to move to a particular place knowing that such action would not be tolerated in a disciplined organisation like the Nigeria army.
He said while it was impossible to rule out sabotage within the army, those found wanting would be dealt with strictly in accordance with the military laws.
“We have been working to ensure that those caught for sabotaging our operations are court martialed and the appropriate actions have been meted on them in line with the rules setting us up.
“We will continue to identify bad eggs and deal with them accordingly. We believe officers should uphold our code of conduct. When …

Buhari Tasks APC on Credible Primaries

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday asked the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure that the process of the party's primary election is credible and transparent.
He also praised the APC leadership for containing the challenges posed by recent defections in the party.
Buhari, who addressed the party leaders during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held in Abuja, said his administration would continue to work to fulfill promises made to Nigerians.
Speaking on defections that rocked the APC, especially in the National Assembly, President Buhari said the party was able to survive an attempt to destroy its structures. The president said despite efforts to reconcile aggrieved members, some of  them were still bent on causing crisis in the party.
"Despite reconciliatory attempt to keep the house together, some members were hell bent on pulling down the roof. They left, threatening to go along with scores of people. "But due to the work of…

Congress: Oyo ADC Erupts In Crisis as Group Berates Ladoja, Koleoso, Gives 72-Hour Ultimatum

With just 21days of their coming together under the platform of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Oyo state, the gladiators from the breakaway faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are currently up in arms against the former Governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, and another erstwhile Secretary to the state Government, Chief Michael Koleoso, over the conduct of Tuesday's Congress.
The APC faction under the umbrella of Unity Forum on Thursday told journalists that the duo of Ladoja and Koleoso appeared neck deep in a conspiracy plan to hijack the party which belonged to the aborigen ADC members, Unity Forum, Ladoja's PDP faction and Labour Party to the exclusion of others.
They expressed their displeasure over what they described as illegal conduct of the party’s state Congress of Tuesday against the directives of the ADC National Chairman, Ralph Nwosu that the congress be put on hold pending the resolution of crisis arising from the ward and loc…

Okocha: It’s Unlawful for EFCC to Commence Unilateral Investigation of a State

Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Onueze Okocha (SAN), has declared that it is unlawful for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to invade a state and commence unilateral investigations of its finances.

Speaking during a ‘Special Appearance’ on African Independent Television's (AIT) Morning Magazine Programme, Kaakaki, monitored in Port Harcourt last Wednesday, Okocha noted that the state House of Assembly has oversight functions over a state governor.

He said: "The state House of Assembly has oversight functions over the governor of Rivers State. What is the business of the EFCC in a state because we are in a federation? We are not a primary school administered by a headmaster. It is totally unlawful."

He added: "We have a proverb that if I have my money and I want to use it to buy groundnut, it is not your business. What is the business of the EFCC? Is the money of Rivers State the money of the federal government?”

The …

PDP Presidential Primaries: Aspirants to Sign Undertaking not to Defect ...Atiku confident to clinch party ticket

All the presidential aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are to sign an undertaking not to defect after the presidential primary election.

The undertaken would also be for those who might lose the primaries to support the candidate of the party for the 2019 presidential election.

The decisions were taken in Abuja last Wednesday night when all the aspirants met with members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

One of the aspirants and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, confirmed this in Minna, Niger State, Thursday while answering questions from journalists after addressing potential delegates and other stakeholders of the party at its secretariat.
"This is an issue that came up last night. We had our first meeting with members of the NWC. It was agreed that before the conduct of the primaries there will be more meetings. In one of the meetings, we will sign an undertaken to support who may emerge as candidate of the party.
“We were assured …

Buhari, Other Nigerian Leaders Leave Nigeria for China Tomorrow

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday depart for China to participate in the seventh Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) scheduled to hold on September 3 and 4, 2018, in Beijing.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement said the president's first engagement in Beijing would be an interactive session with the Nigerian community in China at the Nigerian embassy.
According to him, before the formal opening of the FOCAC summit, Buhari, in his capacity as the current Chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), will deliver a speech at the high-level dialogue between Chinese and African leaders, business representatives and African entrepreneurs.
He also said the president is scheduled to join Chinese President, Xi Jinping, and other African leaders at the opening and roundtable sessions of 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit with the theme: ‘Towards an even Stronger China-Africa Community wit…

2019 Polls: Saraki Declares To Run For President …Vows to tackle challenges facing country

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Thursday made public his intention to run for president in the 2019 general election.
Saraki, who defected from All Progressives Congress (APC) to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last month, said he would run on the platform of PDP.
The country's number three citizen, who made the declaration in Abuja at a dialogue with youths and young aspirants of the PDP, said he hasdecided to throw his hat in the ring based onpressure from the teeming Nigerian youths "who have asked me to run for president."
He enumerated several problems bedeviling Nigeria presently to include unemployment, hunger, insecurity, lack of medical care, lack of education, lack of economic growth, terrorism, kidnapping, communal and farmers/herders clashes.
Saraki expreseed his readiness to tackle headlong all the aforementioned challenges if elected president in February 2019.
According to him, this is an urgent task that requires the concerted efforts "of e…