‘Naija No Dey Carry Last’, Says British High Commissioner Designate To Nigeria

Catriona Laing, British High Commissioner Designate to Nigeria, says she is earnestly looking forward to assuming her duties in Nigeria, and cannot wait to get started.

Laing, who will quit office as British Ambassador To Zimbabwe, succeeds Paul Arkwright as the new British High Commissioner to Nigeria, and has spoken of the country in glowing terms: ‘Naija no dey carry last’ — a parody of the popular saying ‘Warri no dey carry last’.

“I was thrilled when I heard the news of my posting to Nigeria,” she said in a tweet reported by the official Twitter handle of the British High Commission in Abuja.

“My predecessor, @PaulArkwright, has told me how fantastic the country is. I can’t wait to get started. I know there’s a lot to learn, but I’ll catch up fast as Naija no dey carry last”

Laing will officially assume office next week.View image on Twitter

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“I was thrilled when I heard the news of my posting to Nigeria. My predecessor, @PaulArkwright, has told me how fantastic the country is. I can’t wait to get started. I know there’s a lot to learn, but I’ll catch up fast as Naija no dey carry last” @CatrionaLaing1 #WelcomeToNaija

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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.”

United Nations Unveiled The Statue Of Nelson Mandela At New York

United Nations has unveiled the statue of Nelson Mandela, a former South African President, who died in 2013.

Unveiling the statue on Monday at its headquarters in New York, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, described Mandela as a man who “embodied the highest values of the United Nations — peace, forgiveness, compassion and human dignity”.

According to Guterres, “He was a champion for all people – in his words and in his actions. He was willing to fight and die for the ideals he held so dear. When he achieved the pinnacle of power as president of his beloved country, Madiba set an example that still resounds throughout Africa and the world — he stepped down after one term, confident in the durability of South Africa’s newfound democracy. He did not pursue power for its own sake, but simply as a means of service. This humility is a hallmark of Madiba’s greatness.

“The fight against apartheid marks a landmark in human rights and freedom. The credit goes to the people of South Africa, but the United Nations played its role, a role that we should be proud of. So, it is more than appropriate that our Headquarters should be honoured by this statue. I thank the Government of South Africa for its generosity in donating it. From this day on, all delegates, staff and visitors to the United Nations can be constantly inspired by Madiba’s legacy looking at this wonderful statue.”

Mandela would have clocked 100 in July 2018 and the UN is declaring 2019-2028 as the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace.

Also applauding Mandela’s attributes, UN General Assembly president, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, said: “Few people in the history of our world have left such an incredible mark on humanity.”

Anima Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General to the UN, also praised his achievement in fighting for peace, justice and prosperity.

“A statue of a truly global and African hero, Nelson Mandela unveiled at the UN. His legacy of fighting for peace, justice and prosperity lives on.” She tweeted.

Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years during the South African apartheid era, but four years after he was freed in 1990, he became the country’s first black president in its first multi-racial elections.

News Update :Nnewi And Onitsha Observers IPOB Seat At Home Anambra State

The Sit-at-Home directive by the Indigenous People of Biafara, IPOB, witnessed total compliance in Onitsha and Nnewi as Schools, markets, banks transport companies, governments offices, artisans shops and other business activities including street shops and markets remains under locks and keys.

There was no vehicular and human movements as early as 6.30 am, but the Nigeria Police and Nigerian Nave Hilux and other trucks were seen with officers and me patrolling, the streets of Onitsha.

Officers and men of the Nigeria Army were not seen patrolling like the Police and Navy, but they were seen at their 302 Artillary Regiment gate and junction, while those that normally stay at the Onitsha and Asaba ends of Niger Bridge Head during similar Sit-at-home, we’re not sighted at those check points.

However, soldiers from the 302 Artillery Regiment that stays by late Dim Chukwu Odumegwu Ojukwu’s plaque near Niger Bridge head were in their tents bit were not mounting any road block.


Some of the residents who spoke with Vanguard but pleaded anonymity said the Army may have withdrawn from the road to avoid being accused of any killing like in the past when they were accused of being behind any casualty during similar exercise.

At Upper Iweka five white coloured Police vans full of officers and men were sighted patrolling from the Onitsha Enugu Expressway service lane Upper Iweka to Niger Bridge Head area, while officer and men of Okpoko Police Station mounted six pick up vans at Obodo Ukwu road junction, but were not disturbing anybody.

However Policemen from Awards ds Police station mounted their own four pick up vans at Awards by Tarzan junction area of Onitsha Owerri road almost directly opposite Obodoukwu road.

Speaking with Vanguard at Lagos Park, Upper Iweka, Prince Johnson Etodike a transporter with one of the major transport companies at Lagos park Upper Iweka, said they are not surprised that people will totally obey and observe the sit at home directive by IPOB. “We must respect whatever is the reason the IPOB, called for the sit at home, we understand that the treatment meted in Owerri IImo State by ignoring women demand the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu was one of the reasons. Do you know that everyday we receive more than 200 night big and small buses from Lagos here in Lagos park Onitsha, but today we received only three that were not fully loaded, many transport companies did not receive night travelers from Lagos and other states into Onitsha. As you can see we are not loading any passenger because nobody is coming and we are not even interested, the people you are seeing that are waiting for the passengers that are not coming are greedy Igbo men, but they are disappointed that passengers are not coming and they are locking up their parks. “We have made statement with this sit-at-home and we expect Federal Government to address the grievances being expressed by IPOB. On the other side of Lagos, Park Upper Iweka, the Okpoko by Nigerian Customs office, service lane, where hundreds of lorries, mini buses and small buses usually load passenger and goods bought from Ogbaru Main Market, youths turned the place to playing field and no single vehicle was sighted there. Vanguards investigations revealed that this is the most observed and complied Sit-at Home since the emergence of IPOB as schools, markets, banks, transport companies , government establishments and other business outfit joined in obedience and compliance.

Culled from Vanguardngr

Breaking News “The Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of Philip Edward Wilson, presented by S.E. Mons.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Philip Wilson, an Australian archbishop convicted in May of concealing abuse by a notorious paedophile priest in the 1970s, the Vatican said Monday. Earlier this month Wilson, 67, was sentenced to a year in detention after becoming one of the highest-ranking church officials to be convicted on the charge.

“The Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of the pastoral government of the Archdiocese of Adelaide (Australia), presented by S.E. Mons. Philip Edward Wilson,” the Vatican said in a statement.

His resignation comes less than a fortnight after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull asked the pope to sack Wilson, who was found guilty in an Australian court of failing to report allegations against paedophile priest Jim Fletcher.

He had long denied the charges and initially resisted calls to resign pending an appeal against his conviction. Wilson’s legal team made four attempts to have the case thrown out, arguing that he suffered from Alzheimer’s and so should avoid trial. But a magistrate in Australia found Wilson guilty of concealing a serious indictable offence of another person, concluding that his primary motive was to protect the church.

He said when sentencing him that Wilson showed “no remorse or contrition”. The court has adjourned the matter until August 14 to assess whether Wilson can serve his sentence under home detention.

Ambassador rejects Trump’s justification for tariffs on Canada

Canadian Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton says citing national security to justify tariffs is problematic.

(Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press) Donald Trump is a difficult man to predict, and Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. was in New Brunswick to brief the premiers on relations between the two countries.


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He joins The House to talk about trade, Trump and Canada’s role in all of it. 8:13 Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. says President Donald Trump’s repeated citing of national security to justify tariffs on Canada is wrong.

David MacNaughton told The House he’s made Canada’s position on that matter clear: if Trump continues to use Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act to trigger investigations, it will be perceived as crying wolf.

“I can’t imagine how you could use national security as a guise for imposing illegal tariffs on another country,” he said Thursday.

Trump has used that justification several times over the course of imposing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. He has also floated the notion of imposing duties on cars, and on Wednesday the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a Section 232 investigation into imports of uranium. Canada is the second-largest producer of uranium in the world and a major supplier to the U.S. market. While MacNaughton conceded there are legitimate security threats from foes of the U.S., he said Canada “doesn’t fit in that category.” The national security investigations and tariffs come as Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are working toward a new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Talks have snagged on a few key issues, such as rules for the auto sector and a sunset clause that would see the deal expire after a set period of time. Canada has said from the start that an expiry date is a non-starter, but MacNaughton said negotiators have been open to a review mechanism. Multilateralism has proved to be a difficult subject for Trump, as he’s pushed for bilateral deals with Canada and Mexico instead of a three-way deal. That mentality doesn’t seem to be going away. It comes as the U.S. Department of Commerce holds a public hearing on whether imported cars are what Trump claims they are: a national security threat. 2:26 “I think the president has been pretty consistent in his distaste for multilateral deals,” MacNaughton said. In line with the messaging from other Canadian officials, he added that a lot of progress has been made on the negotiations. However, he acknowledged there are still a lot of “contentious issues” and if a middle ground isn’t found on the auto sector demands, it could be catastrophic. MacNaughton spoke to The House before briefing premiers and territorial leaders on Canada-U.S. relations at their annual Council of the Federation meeting in New Brunswick Thursday morning

As relations between Canada and its largest trading partner break down, MacNaughton said the premiers have played an important role in protecting the country’s interests. Even though there are disagreements between the provinces, he said the premiers seem firmly committed to a Canada-first approach. “There are going to be areas where we have differences of opinion, but on this one the unity has been terrific,” he said. Donald Trump is a difficult man to predict, and Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. was in New Brunswick to brief the premiers on relations between the two countries. He joins The House to talk about trade, Trump and Canada’s role in all of it. 8:13

Culled from CBA. CA news

North Korea’s Kim writes U.S. President Trump And Aknownledge Their First Historical l Meeting

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, has written a note to U.S. President  Donald Trump, describing the American leader as “energetic and extraordinary”.

Trump, in a tweet acknowledging the letter, described it as “a very nice note” adding, “great progress being made’’. “A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea. Great progress being made!’’ Trump tweeted.

In the letter, dated July 6, Kim recalled the historic meeting between the two leaders in Singapore on June 12, saying it was the start of a meaningful journey. Kim said: “The significant first meeting with Your Excellency and the joint statement that we signed together in Singapore 24 days ago was indeed the start of a meaningful journey.

“I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr President for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement.

“I firmly believe that the strong will, sincere efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the U.S. will surely come to fruition.

“Wishing that the invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions. “I extend my conviction that the epochal progress in promoting the DPRK-U.S. relations will bring our next meeting forward’’.

There were reports that North Korea had, rather than dismantled its nuclear programme, satellite images showed that it was actually upgrading its nuclear facilities. Following the reports, Trump had, however, expressed “confidence” that Kim would honour the contract they signed in Singapore. Trump, on Monday, tweeted:

“I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honour the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake. “We agreed to the denuclearisation of North Korea. “China, on the other hand, maybe exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!’’


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has raised the issue of a detained American man of Vietnamese descent during meetings with senior Vietnamese officials in Hanoi on Monday, a U.S.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has raised the issue of a detained American man of Vietnamese descent during meetings with senior Vietnamese officials in Hanoi on Monday, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said. Pompeo was in Vietnam’s capital to meet with the Vietnamese leadership and discuss North Korea following two days of frosty talks in Pyongyang aimed at persuading leader Kim Jong Un to give up nuclear weapons.

“The secretary also raised the case of William Nguyen and encouraged a speedy resolution to his case,’’ U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement.

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William Anh Nguyen was detained in June in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City following mass protests sparked by concerns that plans to develop economic zones by offering land leases for up to 99 years would be dominated by investors from China, with which Vietnam has a history of fractious ties.

Nguyen was “gathering and causing trouble’’ in Ho Chi Minh City and was filmed on camera urging others to climb over barricades, the state-run Vietnam News Agency reported.

Video footage of Nguyen shared on social media showed he had blood on his head during the June protest.

The Vietnamese government has denied any use of force against Nguyen and has allowed U.S. consular officials to visit him in detention. NAN

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to be sworn in as Turkey’s First Executive President with vastly expanded powers on Monday,

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to be sworn in as Turkey’s First Executive President with vastly expanded powers on Monday, when he also plans to announce his cabinet. Erdogan is scheduled to take the oath of office at the Grand National Assembly in Ankara at 4:30 pm (1330 GMT), as Turkey completes its transition from a parliamentary model to an all-powerful presidency. The radical changes were approved by a razor-thin majority in an April 2017 constitutional referendum. Erdogan would become both the head of state and government, with the prime minister’s post abolished. Hturkeye will have sweeping new powers, including over the judiciary and the ability to rule by decree.

He won re-election on June 24, with 52.59 per cent of votes. In parliamentary polls held the same day, his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) secured a majority through its alliance with the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

After taking the oath, Erdogan plans to visit the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern, secular ,Turkish Republic.

His inauguration at the 1,150-room presidential palace will be attended by 22 presidents and 28 prime ministers and parliament speakers, among others, state News Agency, Anadolu, reported. Erdogan has been in power for 15 years, first as prime minister, and then as president, from 2014.Also read


Under the new system, the counting of terms starts afresh, which means he starts his first five-year term on Monday. There is a two-term limit on the office of the president, so he could effectively stay in power until 2028. NAN

British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Dominic Raab as the new Brexit Secretary on Monday

British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Dominic Raab as the new Brexit Secretary on MondayDominic-Raab after his predecessor quit in protest at the government’s plans for a close trading relationship with the European Union.


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Domnic Raab, New British Brexit Secretary “The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Dominic Raab MP as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union,” a statement from May’s office said.

Raab was previously a minister for housing. NAN

News Update :President Emmanuel Macron of France land in Abuja on a visit(view photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinets  Welcomed  him


Visiting President Emmanuel Macron of France and President Muhammadu Buhari during arrival formalities for the visitor who was at the head of a high-powered French delegation to Nigeria at the State House, Abuja.


Stay tuned for more details…….

Anglican Bishop Angela arrested for defiling minor(RAPE)

A former bishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Johannes Angela, has been arrested for defiling a 15 year-old standard eight pupil. The 66 year-old Angela is being held at Lwala Kotiende Police Station after he was arrested at his rural home in Bondo, the CitizenTv online reported.




The man committed the act between the night of 27and 28 June, 2018, according to police report, while the girl was staying in his house at Majiwa village, North Sakwa location.


The Chief of North Sakwa location Mr Hobson Omolo said the clergy was arrested after the minor reported the incident at a local children’s home. Angela is expected to be charged in court on Monday.


He retired last year after serving at Bondo Diocese for 17 years, the Citizen TV reported.



“By all definitions and descriptions, the Nigeria’s so called herdsmen are terrorists and if President Buhari doesn’t believe so, then it would be difficult for anyone to reasonably absolve him (Buhari) from complicity”

“I cover wars and crisis as a journalist, I think I know, and the world also knows how terrorists operate”

“The fact that herdsmen’s attacking pattern is focused primarily on wiping off farmers should rob Buhari who has achieved only little in his economic agenda that’s expected to be powered mainly by farmers . The impact of these well defined attacks on Nigeria’s economy are expected to be grave, maybe on the long run greater than that of Boko Haram which has been largely localized to the North East”

– Christiane Amanpour – CNNFB_IMG_1530355030274

A pilot was awarded US$777,000 for safely landing the plane after his co-pilot was ‘sucked halfway’ out cockpit window:

FB_IMG_1529406936875A Sichuan Airlines pilot has been awarded nearly US$776,912 for calmly landing the flight 3U8633 after his co-pilot was partially sucked out of the cockpit window on May 15, 2018.

The Chinese pilot, Liu Chuanjian, was awarded the nearly five million yuan and the title of “hero captain of China’s civil aviation.” An Airbus A319 carrying 119 passengers was cruising at an altitude of 32,000 feet, the right windshield broke loose and a deafening sound tore through the cabin.

The pilot saw his co-pilot was partially sucked out and said “i noticed, my co-pilot had been sucked halfway out of the window” he added “everything in the cockpit was floating in the air. Most of the equipment malfunctioned — and I couldn’t hear the radio.”

The Captain Liu Chuanjian took control of the situation, and safely landed the plane

The United Kingdom has appointed Catriona Laing as the new British High Commissioner to Nigeria.

 United Kingdom has appointed Catriona Laing as the new British High Commissioner to Nigeria.

Mrs. Laing, who was the Ambassador to Zimbabwe since September 2014, will take up her new appointment in November.

,Catriona-LaingMrs. Laing succeeds Paul Arkwright who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.