World Bank:Nigeria Drops On Ease Of Doing Business Ranking

The World Bank has ranked Nigeria 146 out of 190 countries on ease of doing business.

The report, which was released on Wednesday, showed that the country took a step backwards from her 145th position last year.

New Zealand, Singapore, Denmark, Hong Kong and Korea ranked top five in the world.

The ranking, which began in 2003, takes to account trading regulations, property rights, contract enforcement, investment laws and availability of credit

According to the report, a total of 107 reforms were carried out in sub-Saharan Africa, a record for the region.

A regional press release by the World Bank read: “Nigeria carried out four reforms which included making Starting a Business easier in Kano and Lagos, the two cities covered by Doing Business.

“Getting Electricity and Trading Across Borders also saw reforms in the two cities. In addition, Lagos made Enforcing Contracts easier by issuing new rules of civil procedure for small claims courts, while Kano, in a negative move, made property registration less transparent by no longer publishing online the fee schedule and list of documents necessary to transfer a property.”

The World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, said governments have the enormous task of fostering an environment where entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises can thrive.

He added: “Sound and efficient business regulations are critical for entrepreneurship and a thriving private sector. Without them, we have no chance to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity around the world.”

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Breaking News : Tinubu In Closed-Door Meeting With Buhari

Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is currently at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, where he is meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors

Tinubu was seen arriving at the villa on Wednesday afternoon, at some minutes before 4pm, just as the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, was leaving.

Afterwards, he went into the meeting with the President.

Stay tuned for more details….

Breaking News : Minimum Wage: Labour Rejects Governor’s N22,500

THE organised labour on Wednesday rejected the N22,500 proposal by the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, as the new Minimum Wage.

Briefing journalists at the Labour House, Abuja, President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba said with the new twist of things by the government, labour has gone back to its previous demand of N66,500.

Ayuba Wabba, NLC President Wabba said that the N30,000 which was the agreement at the end of the Tripartite Negotiation Committee meeting was a product of compromise.

He explained that 21 states responded through a proper memoranda at the initial stage of the negotiation and even the quoted figures. “There was public hearing and inputs were made before we arrived at N30,000. The demand of organised labour is not N30,000. Our demand is N66,500

2000Cows Damaged 750 Hectares Of Rice Plantation In TarabaA

Wal-Wanne Nigeria Limited, an agricultural company, has alleged that 2,000 cows and armed herdsmen destroyed 750 hectares of its rice plantation in Dubale village Lau Council, Taraba State.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Muhammed Musa, the farm coordinator, said the herdsmen and their cows occupied the plantation at the time the harvest was about to commence.

Musa appealed to security operatives to assist in arresting the perpetrators.

He also called on government to compensate the company and other affected farmers in the area in order to keep the hope of ensuring food security alive.

“As a company, we have been farming rice in many states of the federation, but we have never witnessed destruction of this magnitude. I am so surprised at the manner in which armed herdsmen move about destroying farms in the state,” he said.

The Dubale farm supervisor, Mustapha Mohammed, lamented that their dreams of ranking among the highest rice producing companies in the country had been thwarted by the activities of the herdsmen.

Speaking on the incident, the North-East Zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Mafindi Danburam, said he was aware of the sad incident and had directed the farmers to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators.

He said: “The farmers have drawn my attention to what happened and whose rice farm was invaded. I have told them to try and identify the herders for arrest, because that is the only way we can bring them to book.”

RCCG Church Collapse Notice : Pastor Chooses Life Insurance Over Relocation In Uyo.

A pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Akwa Ibom State has insured the lives of 500 of his members, following a warning by the state government that the area is prone to landslide.

The state government had issued an evacuation notice to all property owners along the Uyo Village Road, where the church is located. The notice was issued after another church, Reigners’ Bible Church, collapsed.

In 2000, the state government had designated the area a forest reserve and declared all the structures erected in the place illegal.

Speaking during a media interaction in Uyo on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Ime Ekpo, said the RCCG and other property owners had refused to move out of the disaster-prone area despite the evacuation notice served on them.

According to Ekpo, government had to order the RCCG to insure the lives of its members in case the church building collapsed during service, since the church had refused to heed government’s directive to quit the area.

He said: “They say they have approval, but I will like to see such approval. That church (Redeemed Christian Church of God) structure, we have already given them demolition notice.

“When they came begging, I told them that in about three to four years, that structure will come down on its own because the erosion behind the church is very active. By the time we went on inspection, even the first fence they erected had gone down.

“So, what I insisted they should do is to post an insurance of 500 worshippers, so that if anything happens, the families will have something to fall back on. So, they have done that and I have made sure that it is active on a yearly basis.

“There are a lot of illegal structures in Uyo. In this ministry, we have already set up a demolition committee. We have already identified structures that we need to bring down so that others will also know that before they erect a structure, they must get approval.”

The Nigeria Police Force Have Arraigned Ademola Adeleke, Senator Representing Osun West, For Alleged Examination Malpractice

The Nigeria Police Force have arraigned Ademola Adeleke, Senator representing Osun West, for alleged examination malpractice.

Adeleke was arraigned on Wednesday on a four-count charge before Justice I.E. Ekwo at the Federal High Court in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

The Osun State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and four others were accused of fraudulently registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School in the state, to enable them sit for the National Examination Council (NECO) O’level examination in 2017.

The others are Aregbesola Mufutau, principal of the school, Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo, the registrar, and Dare Olutope, a teacher and the Senator’s cousin, Sikiru Adeleke.

A few days before the Osun governorship election, Adeleke was declared wanted by the Nigerian Police.

The Nigeria Police Force accused him of accused the senator of impersonation few days to the Osun Governorship

Adeleke, however, obtained a court order restraining the Police from arresting him.

Meanwhile, after pleading “not guilty” to the charge, the presiding judge granted the Senator bail on self-recognizance.

The lawmaker was asked to submit his international passport to the court registrar and sign an undertaking that he will present himself for trial.

The Nigeria Police Force Have Confirmed The Arrest of 400 Shi’ites.

 

There have been clashes between security operatives and Shi’ites over the past few days, leading to the death of dozens of members of the sect.

The sect had embarked on a protest on Tuesday to end its annual ‘Arbaeen Symbolic Trek’. During the trek, a clash occured between them and the Police, after which the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) had claimed that five of its members were killed during the clash with security operatives, while 300 were declared missing.SEE ALSO

A statement dated October 30, 2018, published on Wednesday by acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer, confirmed the arrest.

The Police also noted that the “Force will not condone lawlessness and disturbance of public peace”, while also noting that the “full weight of the law will be applied on perpetrators of violence and lawlessness”.

The Police also appealed to Abuja residents to be vigilans and go about their “lawful engagements without fear or apprehension, as the situation has been fully brought under control”.

The statement read: “IGP condemns the unprovoked attack on Police personnel and the setting ablaze of Police vehicle; directs a total clamp-down on the perpetrators, thorough investigation and prosecution of the members of the El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement of Nigeria, now in Police custody.

“Four Hundred (400) members of the group arrested today for disturbance of public peace and law and order in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and setting ablaze of Police vehicle and those arrested with thirty One (31) bottles of petrol bombs and other dangerous weapons, now in Police Custody, will all be arraigned in Court after investigation under Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act 2013.

“Commissioners of Police in States with presence of El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement Groups are now on Red-alert to deal decisively in accordance with the law and prevent the group from causing breakdown of law and order in those states. Consequent on the disturbance of public peace, unprovoked attack on Police personnel and the setting ablaze of Police vehicle in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja today, 30th October, 2018 by members of the El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement of Nigeria, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni has placed the Commissioners of Police and their personnel in States with presence of El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement on Red-alert. They are to deal decisively in accordance with the law with the sect and prevent the group from causing breakdown of law and order in those states.

“The IGP condemns the attack and has directed a total clamp-down on the perpetrators within the ambit of the law, thorough investigation and prosecution of the members of the El-Zakzakky Islamic Movement of Nigeria, now in Police custody.

“Four Hundred (400) members of the group arrested today for disturbance of public peace and law and order in the FCT and setting ablaze of Police vehicle, and those arrested with thirty-one (31) bottles of petrol bombs and other dangerous weapon, now in Police Custody, will be arraigned in Court on completion of investigation for acts and offences prohibited under the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act 2013.

“The Force will not condone lawlessness and disturbance of public peace by any group(s) under any guise that runs contrary to the constitutional provisions and other enabling laws on preservation of law and order and protection of lives and property of all Nigerians. The full weight of the law will be applied on perpetrators of violence and lawlessness that can lead to breach of the peace, and law and order anywhere in the country.

“Members of the public in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other contiguous States to the FCT are hereby implored to be vigilant and go about their lawful engagements without fear or apprehension, as the situation has been fully brought under control.”

Court Adjourned Matter Seeking Buhari’s Impeachment Till November 26

Justice Maureen Onyetenu sitting at the Federal High Court in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, has adjourned a law suit seeking the impeachment of President Muhammad Buhari till November 26.

The suit, filed on June 19, accused the president of various leadership gaffes. It also accused the National Assembly of “closing their eyes to the president’s gross misconduct”.

The suit, filed as an ex parte motion, urged the court to mandate the National Assembly to impeach the president.

In the motion, the applicants accused Buhari of violating the 1999 Constitution by contesting for election, winning and being sworn in as the president on May 29, 2015 without possessing the basic constitutional requirements, which would have qualified him to contest for the election.

The motion read: “In the light of the 4th Respondent’s placement to continue in the office as the president, he has no certificate and basic requirements upon which this placement to continue in the office can be placed.

“The 4th Respondent on the 29th day of May 2015, took an oath of office, among others, to the effect that, he would rule in accordance to and protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, particularly section 14 (2) (b) which stipulates that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government. In the contrary, the 4th Respondent has proved to be unable to guarantee the security of lives and property of the citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in fulfilment of his oath of Office.

“The herdsmen killings of innocent citizens under the 4th Respondent have been uncountable, unbearable and unprecedented overheating figures in the globe. The 4th Respondent, in contravention of the due process and sections 80 and 81 of the 1999 Constitution, spent about $496 million on the purchase of Tucano Jets without the approval of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as required by the law.

“The 4th Respondent ordered to be withdrawing money from the public fund of the Federation without the approval of the National Assembly or the authorisation of its act and same used for the purchase of Tucano jets. The 4th Respondent has committed several impeachable offences, that is, gross misconduct.

“By the provision of section 143 of the 1999 Constitution, the 1st to 3rd Respondents (The Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly) have the statutory duty to impeach the 4th Respondent as the president and Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on gross misconduct.

“The 1st (Senate President) and 3rd (Speaker) Respondents have closed their eyes to the gross misconduct of the 4th Respondent.”

The applicants, however, said they have the right to mandate the 1st and 3rd Respondents to perform their statutory duty of impeachment against the 4th Respondent.

They cited several constitutional authorities in the written address in support of the motion with a 44-paragraph affidavit.

It read: “Can the conduct of the 4th Respondent, particularly on the presentation of a forged certificate, be condoned in America or Great Britain unchecked? Can the 4th Respondent continue to benefit from his act of forgery and infraction of Constitution?

“Definitely, an American president cannot be genuinely accused of presentation of a forged certificate and still be allowed to continue as the president, likewise the Prime Minister of the Great Britain.”

Culled from SaharaReporters

Breaking News:Body Of Missing Retired Major General Alkali Recovered

The body of Major General Idris Alkali (rtd) has been found.

His remains were recovered in Guchwet area of Shen in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

According to Channels Television, the leader of the search-and-rescue operation, said a parade will be held for the officer.

2019: Seventh Day Adventist Sued INEC , FG To Court Over Saturday Voting

The applicants in the matter, Chief Emeka Anyabelem, Elder Asonye Onwudebe, Felix Minikwu and Chinedu Omesurum, said conducting elections on Saturday amounts to the violation of their rights to worship and disenfranchisement of other members of their church.

In the suit, PHC/2836/2018, the applicants prayed the court to declare that holding elections on Saturday, the worship day for the denomination, is a violation of the Seventh Day Adventist Church members rights.

The suit read in part: “A declaration that the applicants’ known day of worship being Saturday, they are entitled to their freedom of religion and worship on Saturdays unhindered or by any means, whatsoever, under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

“A declaration that the fixing/scheduling of the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, February 16, 2019, and the governorship and state Assembly elections/Federal Capital Territory (FCT) council elections on Saturday, March 2, by the first respondent, in concert with the second and third respondents, constitute a violation of the applicants’ fundamental rights to freedom of religion.”

The applicants said their rights being violated are guaranteed under Section 38 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, and Article 8 of the African Charter on Human and People’s (Enforcement and Ratification) Act, Cap A9.

The applicants further prayed the court to make an order of injunction restraining the third defendants, INEC, from conducting the 2019 election as scheduled or scheduling any other elections on Saturday.

Meanwhile, when the matter came up yesterday, in court, Ahamefule Owurre, counsel to the applicants, prayed for adjournment, to allow him to reply counter affidavit of the defence on point of law.

He said the desire of the applicants is that elections be fixed between Monday and Thursday to allow many people to participate in the electioneering process.

However, the trial judge, Justice M. Danagogo, adjourned the matter till December 18, for motions.

In 2011, the church threatened to sue the federal government over the general election should its members be disenfranchised through the fixing of poll dates on Saturdays and urged the government to shift election days to enable its members to participate.

Also, the church called on the former INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega, to reconsider changing the election timetable to enable its members to participate in the exercise.

FG Donates $500k To Support Guinea Bissau Election

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this, in Abuja, when he received in audience, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to Guinea Bissau, Jose Viegas Filho.

Onyeama said the Federal Government also approved electoral kits and vehicles to enhance the successful conduct of the election.

Onyeama said, “ Mr President (Buhari), as the head of ECOWAS heads of Government, sent a delegation to Guinea Bissau together with the president of ECOWAS.

“It is in the framework of establishing peace and stability in Guinea Bissau and starting with the election, Mr President has approved for a substantial number of elections kits to enable them to carry out this election.

“Without those kits which are over 250, it is going to be difficult to carry out the election. The last batch of it is about to be delivered and in addition, Mr President has approved the supply of vehicles with about 500,000 dollars.”

Onyeama further said President Buhari’s gesture was to help Guinea Bissau get out of what has been a very difficult situation for a number of years.

He added that Guinea Bissau was very important for the ECOWAS sub-region, adding that President Buhari, as the ECOWAS chairman, was interested in the political situation in Guinea Bissau.

Onyeama’s words, “And of course, he is happy with a lot of progress that has been made in that country. Nigeria has helped supply electoral kits to facilitate the election in that country.

“In fact, it seems that this was really a precondition for them to move to the electoral front.”

Onyeama added that Nigeria, in conjunction with the United Nations and ECOWAS, was determined to ensure the overall political stability in Guinea Bissau in order to usher in economic development that is needed in Guinea Bissau.

On his part, Filho expressed gratitude to the Nigerian government for its role in the Guinea Bissau legislative election.

Filho said, “We came here to exchange views and express appreciation not in the name of Guinea Bissau, but in the name of the of the international community because I represent the UN in Guinea Bissau. I thank Nigeria for the assistance to Guinea Bissau.”

Breaking News:Governors Announced N22,500 As New Minimum Wage

The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) on Tuesday night announced that it has settled for N22,500 as the new minimum wage for government workers in the country.

The announcement came hours after national leaders of organised labour mobilized public workers for rallies and insisted the November 6 nationwide strike will go on as planned.

Labour has been demanding for N30,000 as new minimum wage while the federal government has declared intention to pay N24,000.

But in a communiqué issued at the end of second emergency meeting of the NGF in Abuja, the governors explained that the salaried workers constitute not more than five percent of the total working population.

They also noted that the interest of the larger population was taken into consideration before arriving at the N22,500 new national minimum wage.

A Communiqué read by Chairman of NGF and Governor of Zamfara state, Mr. Abdul’aziz Yari Abubakar, said: “Following a meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum where we deliberated on the National Minimum Wage after a briefing from our representatives at the Tripartite Committee, we submit as follows:

“The welfare of all Nigerians is our ultimate concern. In all our states, we are concerned about the deteriorating economic situation experienced by the vulnerable segment of our population.

“In agreeing to a National Minimum Wage however, the Forum is even more concerned about development, particularly in the health, education and infrastructure spheres.

“It is therefore our considered position that since the percentage of salaried workers is not more than 5% of the total working population, our position must not just reflect a figure, but also a sustainable strategy based on ability and capacity to pay, as well as reflective of all our developmental needs in each State.

“Afterall, Section 3 of the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Act provides that ‘the Commission shall recommend a proposition of income growth which should be initiated for wage increase and also examined the salary structure in public and private sector with reasonable features of relativity and maximum levels which are in consonance with the national economy.

“It is in this sense that we feel strongly that our acceptable minimum wage must be done in such a way that total personnel cost does not exceed 50% of the revenue available to each State. Govermors therefore agred to pay a national minimum wage of N22, 500.”

5,000 Kwankwaso Supporters Defected To APC, Accused PDP ‘Market’ Was ‘Unfavourable

Five thousand members of the Kwankwasiya group have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kebbi State.

Kwankwasiyya is the political structure of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, representative of Kano Central senatorial zone in the National Assembly.

Kwankwaso was one of the presidential aspirants seeking to contest on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election. However, the ticket was won by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.

According to NAN, members of the group were received by Alhaji Samaila Yombe, the Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, at the APC Secretariat in Birnin-Kebbi on Tuesday

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Abdullahi Nayalwa, the group’s former State Organising Secretary, noted that they took the decision because of the landmark achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abubakar Bagudu.

“We have finally dumped PDP and joined APC because APC administration is the only government that can bring change and unity in the country,” Nayalwa said.

“We have gone to the market and the market was not favourable. We decided to return home with over 5,000 of our members and more are coming by God’s grace.”

Receiving the defectors, Yombe commended them for taking the decision to return to the APC.

He assured them of equal treatment, stating that they had chosen the right path.

Gunmen Kidnap Another Professor In Adamawa.

Allan Kadams, a Professor with the Crop Production Department of Modibbo Adamawa University of Technology (MAUTECH), Yola, Adamawa State, has been kidnapped.

According to NAN, Kadam’s kidnap comes two weeks after another Professor, Ibrahim Adamu of the same university’ Department of Soil Science, was kidnapped. Adamu was released after one day.

Hajiya Halima Bala, Registrar of the university, confirmed the kidnap, noting that the incident took place around 2am on Tuesday.

She said Kadams was kidnapped in his residence at the Federal Housing Estate, Bajabure, on the outskirts of Yola.

SP Othman Abubakar, Police Public Relations Officer in Adamawa, also confirmed the incident, stating that policemen had been dispatched to track and rescue the professor.

“We are also in touch with the family of the professor for any development,” Abubakar said.

Abubakar also said the Police, in its effort to check kidnapping in the state, had arrested 11 suspects operating in Wuro-Jabbe and Vunoklang wards of Yola.

Anxiety : As Thugs Beat Up Traditional Ruler During Peace Meeting In Bayelsa

There is palpable tension in Ikebiri community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State after armed thugs attacked Chief Kingdom Orio, the traditional ruler of the community.

The suspected thugs, numbering 30 and allegedly hired by the chairman of the Community Development Committee (CDC), Abiola Beredou, invaded the community during a peace meeting to resolve the accrimony over the disputed chairmanship of the youth leadership.

The incident, which occurred on Saturday, turned bloody when the suspected thugs allegedly invaded the peace meeting and beat up the traditional chief. They also attacked those that attempted to resist the invasion.

A source said the arrival of military personnel stationed at Ogbeinbiri Oil Station in the Southern Ijaw Area prevented total breakdown of law and order.

“The suspected thugs invaded the Usaku Wari family meeting and they were led by the CDD Chairman of Ikebiri Kingdom, who was imposed on the community last December.

“Mr Abiola Beredou, the CDC Chairman of Ikebiri 1 community, who was imposed to the Kingdom by those who are claiming owners of the oil rich community, went into the peaceful family meeting with armed thugs and beat up Chief Kingdom Orio, who happens to be the family chief of Usaku Wari in Tamakuno Compound.

“The so-called CDC Chairman is from the same Usaku Warri Family. He was said to be angry because the family chief and other stakeholders who imposed Mr Abiola on the community decided to make peace with other family members, who have been aggrieved since the imposition of Mr Abiola on the community.

“Abiola came into the meeting with more than 30 armed thugs to invade the meeting. It tooks drastic efforts by the men of the JTF to calm down the situation. What a shame! A community leader whose primary responsibilities are to protect his people, is now moving with thugs to intimidate his family members.”

Culled from SaharaReporters

2019 :Okorocha Accused Udenwa, Archbishop For Supporting Uzodinma

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Monday lashed out at the Catholic Archbishop of the Owerri Diocese, Most Reverend Anthony Obinna, saying the cleric along with ex-governor Achike Udenwa; his kinsman, Ezekiel Izuogu; and a former chairman of the state Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, had pathological hatred for both the All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari.

In the case of the Owerri Catholic Archbishop, the governor argued that he had never hidden his sympathy for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, which he said, was made public in 2015.

In a statement made available to our correspondent, Okorocha, through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, recalled that in 2015, the cleric openly threw his full weight behind the APGA governorship candidate, Captain Emma Iheanacho, and the then presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

“In 2015, Governor Rochas Okorocha took President Muhammadu Buhari to Archbishop Obinna when he came on a campaign. They met privately for hours but two days after, his newspaper (The Leader) came up with the caption. “The Alhaji in Government House” and told the false story of how Okorocha was taking Igbo youths to the north to be Islamised. The medium up till today has never seen any reason to give the APC and President Buhari a chance.”

Onwuemeodo, who dismissed the administration of former governor Achike Udenwa as a set back to the state, alleged that Dr Izuogu made fruitless efforts to govern the state and attributed this to his gimmick and the lack of sincerity of purpose, even as he justified the dethronement of Ilomuanya as both a traditional ruler and chairman state council of traditional rulers.

“So they are working together now in support of Hope Uzodinma, whose claim of being a member of the APC is not up to six months. And the PDP chieftains like Udenwa also supporting the senator. These people cannot love APC or President Buhari.”

BREAKING: Buhari, IGP Arrives Kaduna

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in Kaduna State to meet with Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, over the recent crisis which has enveloped the state.

Buhari was received by the state governor and othe key members of the cabinet on Tuesday morning.

Also part of the president’s entourage is Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force, Ibrahim Idris Kpotum.

During his visit to the state, Buhari is expected to meet with stakeholders, as well as religious, traditional and political leaders from areas affected by the crisis.

The latest crisis in the state has claimed more than 50 lives.

CEO Blast CBN, AGF Delaying MTN Listing On Stock Exchange.

Rob Shuter, MTN Group President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), has said the organisation’s plans to be featured on Nigeria’s stock exchange listing has been “challenged by the recent Central Bank of Nigeria Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria matters”.

His statement was contained in the organisation’s ‘Quarterly Update for the Period Ended 30 September 2018 and Renewal of Cautionary Announcement’.

According to Shuter, the company recorded an increase in operational performance in the third quarter.

He, however, said despite the challenges, they remain committed to the listing.

He said: “MTN recorded an improved operational performance in many markets in the third quarter. Group service revenue grew by 10.0% year on year, ahead of our medium-term target of upper-single-digit growth, supported by continued strong growth in voice and data revenue. These results were delivered in challenging operating and currency conditions. Group outgoing voice revenue increased by 5.2% and data revenue increased by 23.9%. Higher digital revenue was led by robust growth in MTN Mobile Money.

“The group benefited from the particularly strong performance of operations in Nigeria and Ghana, while some operations in our West and Central Africa (WECA) region remained under pressure. MTN South Africa continues to execute on operational improvements. We made good progress on our key growth drivers of data and digital services, adding 5.0 million active data subscribers and 1.7 million new MoMo subscribers in the quarter.

“We successfully completed the listing of MTN Ghana. MTN Nigeria’s plans to list have been challenged by the recent Central Bank of Nigeria and Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria matters, however, MTN remains committed to the listing in Nigeria and work continues in this regard. In the quarter, the group engaged extensively with authorities in Nigeria to deal with the matters they raised.”

He also highlighted efforts to ensure improved investment, as well as other achievements during the period under review.

He continued: “Across our markets, we continued to invest in our networks, and now have the leading network net promoter score in 10 of our markets. Reported capital expenditure to the end of the September 2018 was R16,4 billion, a group capex intensity of 16.9%. We continued to optimise our balance sheet structure and reduced our gross US dollar debt by approximately US$400 million. This was supported by proceeds from the sale of MTN Cyprus of US$303 million, the settlement of a loan from our Ugandan Tower Company of US$34 million as well as the proceeds from the MTN Ghana listing of US$202 million received after the quarter’s end.

“We also concluded the refinancing of our US$1.25 billion revolving credit facilities that are maturing in 2019 with a new five-year revolving credit facility of US$1.25 billion at an improved margin, and with an option to increase to US$1.5 billion. We continue to focus on operational improvements across our business and continue to develop our digital businesses.

Ex-Lagos Speaker, Pelumi, Nabbed For Murder​

Police have arrested former Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Jokotola Pelumi, and others believed to be political thugs, for the alleged murder of a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Akingboju Akindele, and the abduction of an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).

Akindele, attached to the Anti-Cultism Unit of the Lagos State Command, was reportedly murdered when he led a team to Ijede area of Ikorodu to arrest four wanted cultists who had been on the police wanted list.

After the arrest, the DSP and his team were leading the cultists to their office when some members of the cult group ambushed the policemen.

The cultists shot Akindele dead, collected his rifle and abducted the ASP. But on their way to the bush where they were to bury the DSP, the ASP reportedly escaped and hid in the bush.

The state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who paraded the suspects at the command headquarters, Ikeja, yesterday, said on October 27, a team of Anti-Cultism policemen attached to Area M, Ijede, were attacked while trying to effect arrest of some suspected cultists, in the process, the police officer, DSP Akindele, was killed, while a police ASP was abducted.

Edgal said investigation into the case led to the arrest of 49 suspects including the former Speaker, Pelumi.

He said: “The suspects were being investigated by the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti Street, Yaba.

“The suspects were arrested inside Hon. Pelumi’s house at Ijede area of Ikorodu, where they hid after killing the police officer. When the news of the dastard killing of the policeman got to me, I quickly mobilised men who traced the hoodlums to the former speaker’s house and they were surprised to meet 49 cultists celebrating.

“The question is what would cultists, who murdered a DSP be doing in the speaker’s house? Why would he harbour cultists and thugs in his house? Why would he shield such persons that killed a senior police officer in his house? This is serious and we will not take it likely. We may charge the speaker for accessory to the fact of murder while other suspects will be charged for murder.”

The commissioner warned that the era of killing policemen was gone and that no one would kill a policeman and go scot free as the police would hunt the culprit to anywhere.

One of the suspects, who claimed to be an aide to the speaker, said he was arrested while doing his house chores.

He claimed that some people ran into the house, saying that the police were after them.

A police officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said after escaping, the abducted ASP hid inside the bush to monitor the activities of the hoodlums and saw where they buried the rifle taken from the DSP.

“It was the ASP that took us to the riverside where they buried the rifle.

“Preliminary investigation showed that the gang was formidable and has held Ikorodu and its environs by the jugular. They have been operating with absolute confidence as they have big time politicians who are backing them.”

While parading other suspects, the police refused to bring Pelumi before journalists.

Meanwhile, some residents of Ijede yesterday marched on the SCIID at Panti to protest the arrest of the former speaker and others.

Speaking with our correspondent on the phone, Mrs Pelumi said they were in the house when the policemen scaled the fence into the house and arrested everyone.

She said: “Immediately the policemen entered the house, they destroyed everything on sight and collected my ATM, my husband’s phone, laptop, necklace and some other valuables.

“When my husband came out to ask what was happening, the policemen hit him with the butt of a gun and took him away. Now we have been at Panti waiting to see him and those arrested.

SPSSSACHINA, OLD BOYS, Anambra Chapter and Motherless Home Visitation /Monthly Meeting(Pictures)

The St Peter’s Special Science School Achina, Old Boy’s association , Anambra state chapter visite

d the Model community children’s daycare center. This epoch making charity visit was attracted by Engr Chidiebere Okolo (Taker). Engr Chidiebere, the National Secretary of the SPSSSA old boys and the treasurer of Anambra Chapter, a passionate caregiver for the less privileged is the founder of Cajethan Okoli foundation.
Anambra Chapter, sought to identify with the foundation in alleviating the plight of the children at the Orphanage.

Members were led to the centre by Sebastian Ezeoke the vice chairman of the chapter and gift items were presented to the centre.
The centre also held the October edition of the birthday of the children.

Meanwhile Engr Chidiebere Okolo thanked God the success for the success recorded so far in the centre by the foundation. He also expressed appreciation to his comrades, the old boys, who chose to identify with his foundation.
He extended his words of appreciation to the ” Okolo Cajetan foundation team, all our friends and donors for their support in giving these children hope for a future” adding that the children will all be proud of of our coming .
The Children returned glory to almighty God for remembering them through Anambra Chapter and also asked Chukwu Okike Abiama for Divine Protection, promotion in every aspect of their lives.

NB:Engr Chidiebere Okolo (Taker) is the owner of the foundation Okolo Cajethan foundation.

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After the Visitation , members of the Chapter returned to their meeting Venue to continue their deliberations on how to move the association to greater heights.

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2019: Igbo To Produce Senate President, Says APC Scribe

An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and Secretary of the party in Abia State, Perfect Okorie, has assured the people of the South East of the position of the Senate president to the region in 2019.

Speaking in Alayi, yesterday, at a rally organised by the youth wing of the party in the state, Okorie said the APC-led government, despite propaganda being sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has demonstrated genuine commitment to the development of the South East, in view of the number of projects being executed in the region.

This was even as prominent members of party in the region have been mobilising support at the grassroots for the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The people of Abia State have been suffering in the past few years due to bad governance, championed by the PDP-led state government.

“The time is now to redefine governance by bringing on board innovations and bold ideas that would translate into all-round development of the state.

“We are tired of lies, falsehood and selfishness. Abians deserve a new breath come 2019.

“The ideals of the APC are anchored on probity, transparency and accountability.

“The falsehood being disseminated by selfish politicians in the South East that President Buhari does not like Ndigbo is unpatriotic.

“The 69 on-going projects across the five states in the South-East are testament to the determination of the Federal Government to uplift the South East to enviable heights.

“The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has rehabilitated and constructed more roads and bridges in the region than any previous government.

“These projects include the rehabilitation of the existing Niger Bridge as well as the construction of the second Niger bridge.

“In Abia State, the federal government projects include the rehabilitation of Nkporo-Abariba-Ohafia road, renovation of Umuahia-Bende-Ohafia road, upgrading of Bende-Afam-Ohafia-Arochukwu road (Section 1 and 11), construction of Ahiakwu-Amangwo-Umuahia-Ngwa road, emergency repairs of failed sections in Umuahia-Ariam-Ikot Ekpene road. Other are rehabilitation and reconstruction of Enugu-Porth Harcourt Dual Carriageway (Sections 1 and 11) and construction of Olokoro-Isiala-Oboro-Nnono junction road, among many others.

EXTRA TIME: John Obi Mikel’s 2018 World Cup jersey added to Fifa museum

The Super Eagles were the first team to beat debutant Iceland at the World Cup in Russia thus earning the skipper a place in the gallery Article continues below The jersey worn by Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel at the 2018 World Cup has been added to the Fifa museum collection.

The football governing announced that the shirt will be at the museum located in Zurich after Gernot Rohr’s became the first team to beat Iceland at the World Cup finals.

“Argentina couldn’t claim three points against hardy newcomers, Iceland, but the Super Eagles did – and they did it in style,” the statement reads.

“The jersey worn by John Mikel Obi at Nigeria’s 2-0 victory at the Volgograd Arena at the 2018 World Cup has been added to the FIFA Museum collection.” Article continues below Ahmed Musa’s brace powered the west Africans to their only victory at the global showpiece as defeats to Croatia and Argentina ended their journey at the group stage.

Nigeria won the encounter at the Volgograd Arena by 2-0 after Argentina settled for a 1-1 draw against the European country in the Group D opener.

Devastating : Government Should Deduct Tithes From Workers’ Salaries And Forward To Church – Catholic Archbishop Says

Most Reverend Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, a Catholic Archbishop of Kampala, Uganda, has proposed that the central government deducts 10% from the monthly salaries of workers, and forward the deductions directly to the church.

He stated this at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Rubaga during mass, according to Citizen TV. He said non-payment of tithes affects project development in the church.

His words: “Whenever we ask for tithe, everyone gives only what they have at that time. But the Bible says a tenth of whatever you earn belongs to the church.

Give me your support as I front this proposal because it is good for us.

Aren’t you tired of putting money in the baskets all the time?” Lwanga said he wanted Uganda to toe the line of Germany, where citizens who are registered as Catholics, Protestants or Jews have a church tax (Kirchensteuer) of 8 to 9% deducted from their annual income.

The church tax is collected by the government and channeled to the respective faiths.

“I was told Germans make agreements with their government to deduct monthly tithe from their salaries and forward it to the church and this money they use to build and renovate their churches,” he added

The Lagos State House of Assembly has asked the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to postpone its scheduled Operation Velvet.

The Lagos State House of Assembly has asked the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to postpone its scheduled Operation Velvet.

The decision was announced during the plenary session on Monday, after the motion was raised by Honourable S.O.B. Agunbiade.

A circular, which trended on social media on Monday, tagged ‘Operation Restore Sanity on Lagos Roads/Velvet’, had noted that the exercise was to tackle the “recent upsurge in the volume of traffic and its attendant problems” on Lagos roads.

The document read: “The recent upsurge in the volume of traffic and its attendant problems have thrown up enormous challenges, including severe hardship on motorists and commuters on our highways, particularly, Ikorodu road, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Agege Motor road, Lekki-Epe Expreessway, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Awolowo Road, Ikeja and the entore road networks in Lagos Island.

“Apart from the fact that this traffic congestion is caused by some bad portions of the roads, it has also been observed that disregard for traffic rules and regulations, by the intransigient commercial drivers and motorcyclists on the highways, contributed majorly to this phenomenon.

“Against this backdrop and to bring back law and order, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, has ordered Operation Restore Sanity/Velvet on all our roads in the state.”

However, the lawmakers, who commended the Police for the initiative, asked that the exercise be postponed to give motorists a window for regularisation of their papers.

They also urged Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, to work towards sensitising the populace on the need to regularise their papers.

Proceedings of the session were revealed via a tweet on the Lagos Assembly handle that read: “The majority Leader @Sobagunbiade who raised the motion, further read the resolution of the House on #OPERATIONVELVET as thus: This House commends the Nigeria Police Force for stepping up to their responsibility in curtailing reckless driving in Lagos.

“The House implores NPF to postpone the exercise and give a window for regularisation of papers by motorist; call on His Excellency @AkinwunmiAmbode to sensitize the populace on the need to regularize their vehicle papers and also; call on Public Works Bureau to fix the bad portions on our roads to ease flow of traffic.”

Breaking News :Many Feared Dead As Policemen, Soldiers Open Fire On Shi’ites Again

As the face-off between the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) continues in Abuja, security operatives have opened fire on members of the group, killing an unspecified number of members of the sect.

The incident took place on Monday at Nyanya checkpoint along Mararaba road.

The protesters, who were coming from Mararaba axis, were stopped by the armed policemen and soldiers drafted to mount a road block in the area.

The number of those killed could not be ascertained at the time of this report.

It was gathered that security operatives opened fire on the protesters at close range, as they advanced towards Abuja. It was also gathered that security agents used live ammunition on the protesters

This is the second time in two days that soldiers have opened fire on Shi’ites.

On Saturday, at least five followers of Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky were killed in a clash with soldiers in Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council of Abuja.

The Shi’ites were in a procession from Suleja in Niger State to Abuja for the three-day mass march, tagged ‘Arbaeen Symbolic Trek’, scheduled to begin on Sunday.

It was gathered that when members of the sect approached a military checkpoint near Zuma motor park, the soldiers on duty refused to allow them to pass.

However, the directive did not go down well with the group and they insisted they would pass through the road.

Findings revealed that the Shi’ites later resorted to hurling stones at the soldiers, which led to pandemonium, as the soldiers were alleged to have opened fire on them, leading to the death of five people.

Governors Summons Emergency Meeting For Tuesday To Decide New Minimum Wage

An emergency meeting of the Nigerian Governors Forum is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 2018, to discuss the new national minimum wage.

This was disclosed by Abdulaziz Yari, Governor of Zamfara State on Tuesday, after a meeting of the Economic Management Team, which had Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in attendance.

According to NAN, Yari spoke after the meeting on Monday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, where he restated that it was not that the governors were unwilling to pay, but the issue was “the muscle to pay”.

He said: “The position of the governors is not very clear to some of you — that we are willing to pay the amount but the issue is the capacity — the muscle to pay. We discussed that government has some numbers and eventually, the committee has made some proposals, but the governors have not come out with any amount.

“So, tomorrow, we are going to discuss with governors and say ‘look at what Labour is sending’.

“[We’ll] look at the bill that was directed by the Minister of Labour and Employment to be sent to the NGF’s secretariat, so that we can digest the content of the bill, discuss it and come up with our position as governors, because we are critical partners on this.”

Ezekwesili: Buhari Fighting Corruption? ‘Please, Please, Give Me A Break!’

Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), has indicted the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for shielding corrupt individuals.

Ezekwesili said this on Monday while delivering a speech titled, ‘To those who say we cannot win: Unveiling the Oby Ezekwesili Roadmap to 2019’ in Lagos.

“There is no shadow of doubt: President Buhari is the most parochial, most nepotistic and most partisan President that Nigeria has ever seen,” she said in her speech.

“This President talks about fighting grand corruption. Please, please, give me a break! Can corruption fight corruption? Does he think we cannot see? A President that looks the other way while his friends and cronies suffocate and strangle our country?”

Ezekwesili called on Nigerians to support her candidature saying she is one of the very small tribe of Nigerians who have served in government but who have no allegation of corruption against them.

“I don’t mean court case o. I mean allegation. Zero, none,” she said.

The former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa has as a campaign cornerstone the lifting of over 80 millions Nigerians out of poverty into progress and prosperity.

Ezekwesili is a graduate of the University of Lagos and Harvard University. She is a former Minister of Education, and then of and Solid Minerals.

Air Force Deployed Special Forces To Quell ‘Senseless Killings’ In Kaduna

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has deployed a detachment of Special Forces personnel to Kaduna to support security operations in the state.

Deployed on Sunday, the officers are expected to join other NAF personnel in Kaduna, and work alongside other security agencies in the state.

According to a statement by Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, the officers were deployed to “ensure that the spate of senseless killings in some parts of the state is brought to a complete end and normalcy expeditiously restored”.

The statement read: “The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday, 28 October 2018, deployed a detachment of Special Forces personnel to Kaduna in support of Internal Security operations in the State. The detachment will join other NAF personnel in Kaduna and other security agencies to ensure that the spate of senseless killings in some parts of the State is brought to a complete end and normalcy expeditiously restored.

“The deployment is in addition to the earlier deployment of 2 helicopters and a DA-42 Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft on 22 October 2018, which have since been conducting aerial patrols over flash points in the state.”

Reawakening The ‘Dead’ Certificate Saga Of President Muhammadu Buhari By Alao Abiodun

Given the sterling educational qualifications of other presidential candidates with the build-up to 2019 elections and the scholars the nation has prided itself in, it seems tempting for some to make a big issue of the alleged failure of President Buhari to produce a credible certificate. Despite the uproar in 2015 and with the build-up to 2019 elections, the issue has however been reawakened and has seemingly gotten a lacklustre response from the Presidency.

However, investigations revealed that Buhari had in the last three presidential contests he partook in, 2003, 2007 and 2015, had consistently used ‘affidavits’ in the place of the certificates. How the issue became topical this time around in the opinion of some stakeholders is essentially ahead of the next electioneering phase.

Down the memory lane in 2015, Buhari said “I had assumed all along that all my records were in the custody of the Military Secretary of the Nigerian Army. Much to my surprise, we are now told that although a record of the result is available, there are no copies of the certificates in my personal file. This is why I formally requested my old school the Provincial Secondary School, Katsina [which is now known as Government College, Katsina] to make available the school’s copy of the result of the Cambridge/West African School Certificate. This will be made available to the press the moment this is available”.

Speaking further on the quizzing about his certificate, he said “let me say for the record that I attended Provincial Secondary School, Katsina. I graduated in 1961 with many prominent Nigerians, including General Shehu Yar’adua, former chief of staff at the Supreme Headquarters, and Justice Umaru Abdullahi, a former President of the Court of Appeal. We sat for the University of Cambridge/WASC Examination together in 1961, the year we graduated. My examination number was 8280002, and I passed the examination in the Second Division”.

Interestingly, in the plot narrative of whole certificate saga, the military to which Buhari has constantly passed the buck already denied having custody of the said documents. In January 2015, Olajide Laleye, Director of Army Public Relations, announced before journalists in Abuja that the Nigerian Army does not have copies of Buhari’s ordinary level certificates or statement of results, adding that his entry indicated he obtained a West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1961.

However, a few days ago the dead certificate saga got reawakened and Femi Adesina, presidential Spokesman, in his response said the military had admitted losing President Muhammadu Buhari’s certificate adding that “The certificate saga is a dead issue”, “only idle people will consider it. It is something that had been laid to rest before the 2015 general elections”, this, however, got everyone befuddled and puzzled in contrast to the president’s proof of integrity.

The academic qualifications or eligibility of Nigeria’s incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari especially ahead of the 2019 Elections has been one of the scathing issues that have engulfed social media wherein the issue has received exponential attention and review.

“Section 131 (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) states that: a person shall be qualified for election to the Office of President, if – (d) he has been educated up to at least school certificate level or its equivalent. “Section 177 (d) prescribes that candidates contesting election into the office of State Governor must have been educated up to at least School Certificate Level or its equivalent. By virtue of Sections 142 (2) and 187 (2), the provisions on educational qualification of President and State Governors also apply to the Offices of Vice President and Deputy Governors, respectively.

One of the many unanswered questions that seems running through the mind of an average concerned  Nigerian is why President Buhari should present a ‘2014 affidavit’ instead of copies of his academic credentials, especially after almost four years in office as president, a position that affords him opportunity to retrieve copies of the credentials from the military.

Many Nigerians have continued to express their outrage over the President’s refusal to submit his educational certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission as required by law. The striking phenomenon over this issue has been centred on Nigeria Military inconsistencies in its statements as regarding Buhari’s certificate and the president’s nonchalant attitude towards the sensitivity of possessing a credible certificate

While in 2015, The Army rigmarole like a barber’s chair to Buhari’s statement that the Military Board was in possession of his academic credentials. While it initially said the documents were not in its custody, it made a volte-face later and declared it had the documents. The presentation of a ‘2014 affidavit’ in lieu of academic certificates has thrown up critical issues on the criteria for eligibility into the office and the provisions of the constitution.

As usual, the narrative of the whole certificate drama is expected to be skewed in 3 dramatic acts just as it was witnessed in 2015, which could summarily be: Act 1, Scene 1 is “my certificate is with the Military” – Buhari, while Act 1, Scene 2 is “We don’t have Buhari’s Certificate” – Nigeria Army, and Act 1, Scene 3 is “We’ve found Buhari’s Certificate” – Army. The End.

2019 AndCampaign: We Are Learning `Shaku Shaku’ Dance Steps – Osinbajo

`Shaku Shaku’ is a popular and contemporary dance style common among young Nigerians.

The vice president said that his friend recently polled large number of votes just by dancing.

Osinbajo, who was the Chairman and Special Guest of Honour at the `Launch of Five Fascinating Books’ written by Funmilayo Braithwaite, in Abuja on Sunday, said that his friend recently polled large number of votes just by dancing.

According to him, nobody knows what will work in Nigerian politics.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the books — The Path of Fate, Echoes of Yesteryears, Politicrisis, The Golden Rules and Bonds of Destiny– were unveiled at Transcorp Hilton Hotel.

The vice-president said that he believed that reading the books would provide resolutions to a lot of the questions that were raised in the lives of Nigerians and in the lives of children.

He said: “And hopefully, we will be able to find resolution to some of questions raised in our political lives as well; I know that is one of the reason Alhaji Shittu Kabir, Chairman, Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) is here.

“As matter of fact, for those of us who are politicians, when you see `Politicrisis’; especially as elections approach, you might think there is a formula somewhere.

“Kabir and I and are the opposite sides but we are here to learn; I was saying the other day that politics in Nigeria is becoming very exciting; you never know what works.

“I can never forget my dear friend in one of the states who just danced his way through the campaigns; all he did was dance; he did nothing else but dance and he won 250,000 votes.

“So myself and Kabir are now learning Shaku Shaku; we have to learn; who knows what will win.’’

He lauded the author, saying she had very deep in reflecting on many of the difficult and wide range of issues.

According to Osinbajo, looking at what the author has done with the five books, it is very evident that a lot of her deep introspection has not left her.

He said that the author was constantly trying to answer the various questions of life.

The vice president said that some of the questions had to do with the value system in the society and how those values might appear to have collapsed over the years.

“When you look at the questions she raised about children; bringing up children bullying and all of that; children even been able to share their thoughts their visions with their parents.

“Going into `Politicrisis’ and all of that; you will find out that the issues are always the same; issues on integrity; how can we stand up for what we believe; competing and very difficult circumstances that we find ourselves.

“How can we truly be ourselves; how can we truly express ourselves? It is a sort of things that you hardly find these days.

“And, I am very pleased that despite all the challenges, Funmi continues to be the one doing a lot the thinking for us; a lot of the reflection for us; because society if guided by those who are able to think and reflect; those who are able to sit down and try to answer all these questions for us,’’ he said.

Osinbajo said he looked forward to seeing the books in private and public libraries across the country as well as in various ministries of education for distribution to children.