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  1. President Buhari’s wife, Aisha, has explained that her 2016 interview which was considered to be critical of her husband’s administration was based on her sense of justice. She made the clarification in a message she sent to the 2017 Vanguard Awards where she was honored as Vanguard Personality of the Year 2017. She said, “I wish to thank the management of Vanguard Media Limited for this unexpected award, in recognition of my humanitarian efforts towards improving the health and welfare of Nigerians particularly women, children and less privileged. One of the reasons adduced for honoring me was the interview I granted which some people saw as criticism to a government that I am part of. I need to state that my position was a result of my sense of justice and not confrontation or disrespect. . . I was brought up to stand by the truth and this is how I have always been. As we are all aware, Nigerians elected this administration based on the trust and confidence they have on my husband; I, therefore, feel that we are here to serve Nigeria to the best of our ability. Let me use this opportunity to state that I support my husband in this call to service and will continue to do so. On this note, I hereby dedicate this award to the people of Nigeria, especially women. Thank you sincerely for this award.” Mrs. Buhari had in the 2016 interview with BBC, warned her husband that she might not back him at the 2019 election unless he shakes up his government. She claimed that the President did not know most of the top officials he appointed.
  2. Tanzania has finally signed into law its new regulation that will govern social media and blogging. . . The regulation known as the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2017, came into effect during March 2018. . . Among some interesting laws as stated in the regulation is a license fee to be charged to Tanzanians operating online radio stations and video (TV) websites. . . Besides, bloggers too are require to apply for a license (to blog)from the TCRA. Just like what is stipulated for online radio and TV websites, bloggers will be required to pay a license fee upon registration as well as an annual fees. . . Tanzania’s government has said that the law will help to put a stop to the “m0ral decadence” cause by social media and the Internet in the country. The eastern Afrikan country’s policy makers also said that social media is a threat to Tanzania’s national security. . . Another peculiar part of the regulations is that everyone in Tanzania will be required to have a password (PIN) for locking their mobile phones, and failure to have this will result in a fine of approximately $2,000 or even 12 months imprisonment, or both depending on what the court decides. . . Online content publishers (blogs, podcasts, videos) will apply for a license at a fee of 100,000 Tanzanian Shillings, pay an initial license fee of 1,000,000 Tanzanian Shillings and an annual license fee of 1,000,000 Tanzanian Shillings. . . This means to run something as simple as a personal blog (text) if you live in Tanzania, you’d have to spend an initial (approximately) $900 in license fees.
  3. The United States on Friday hit Russian oligarchs, government officials and companies with sanctions, citing Moscow’s “range of malign activity around the globe.” Seven Russian oligarchs, 12 companies they control and 17 senior government officials are on the list announced by the Treasury Department. The move targets Russia’s elite and people in President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. Among them is Kirill Shamalov, who is married to Putin’s daughter Katerina Tikhonova. The US claimed Shamalov’s “fortunes drastically improved following the marriage,” and a year later he was able to borrow more than $1 billion from state-owned Gazprombank, eventually joining “the ranks of the billionaire elite around Putin.” Also included on the Treasury list are a state-owned Russian weapons trading company and its subsidiary, a Russian bank. “The Russian government operates for the disproportionate benefit of oligarchs and government elites,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. He accused the government in Moscow of engaging in “a range of malign activity around the globe, including continuing to occupy Crimea and instigate violence in eastern Ukraine.” In addition, Russia supplies the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with “material and weaponry as they bomb their own civilians, attempting to subvert Western democracies and malicious cyber activities,” Mnuchin said. In March, the U.S. imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and 19 individuals for cyber attacks and attempted interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It marked the first use of a law Congress passed in June to punish Russia for its alleged election meddling.
  4. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SET TO RELEASE NEW LIST OF LOOTERS WITH NAMES OF GOVERNORS THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT RELEASED A LIST OF LOOTERS SOME WEEKS BACK AND NOW THEY ARE PREPARED TO RELEASE ANOTHER LIST THAT WOULD CONTAIN NAMES OF FORMER GOVERNORS, MINISTERS AND BANKERS. The list is expected to contain names of people that are yet to be arraigned for corruption charges. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had earlier disclosed that 55 persons stole N1.34tn under the former President’s watch. The Minister also released a list of 29 names who he claims took money from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sabo Dasuki (retd.). The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Chairman, Prof. Itse SaG.ay (SAN) confirmed this to reporters. He said the names of 55 persons that allegedly looted N1.34tn under Jonathan’s regime were not in the lists of looters released by the Federal Government. SaG.ay added that he was very sure that the Federal Government would publish the names of these alleged looters. “Yes, I’m sure. In fact, there is a paper containing all their names, the charges against them, how far their cases have gone, some of them have never been charged. That list includes former governors, ministers, bankers and so on. That is another list entirely.” “I don’t want to mention any names for now. There are people on that list that the court declared that the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) had no right to prosecute for technical reasons, not for substantive reasons.” He said.
  5. A former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mathew Mbu, has told a story of how the Nigerian Government repaired a ship worth only £2.8 million with a whopping £18 million. This was made public through an autobiography he left behind to be published by his family. The book was entitled, ‘Mbu: Dignity in Service’. He said that he bought the ship on behalf of the country for £2.8 million and expressed surprise that the Ministry of Defence officials allegedly sent the vessel for refitting at a whopping sum of £18m, shortly after he left the ministry. Mbu, who died on February 6, 2012, had left the manuscript of his autobiography which the family published in his honour. The former Minister’s son, Mathew Mbu Jr., told journalists on Thursday that the book would be launched posthumously on April 10, 2018 at the Shehu Yar ’Adua Centre, Abuja. The author explained in the book how he fought corruption by serving with dignity, noting that the then Minister of Defence, Alhaji Muhammad Ribadu, approved £6 .5 million for the flagship, which he (Mbu) purchased for the Nigerian Navy for £2.8 million, thus saving the nation £3. 7 m. Mbu Jr. said, “MT Mbu did not only come back with a flagship befitting the NN for £2 .8 m and saved £3.7 m, but had a deal to pay back the £2 .8 m in 10 years interest-free. “The story of Mbu tells us how to stop kickback and start kicking forward. Unfortunately, and it was a sad moment for Mbu when he left the ministry and one of those ships was sent for refitting at the cost of £18 m. The deceased, in the autobiography, advised the government to focus on free and fair election, security and anti-corruption fight, noting that if these were achieved, “Nigerians in their ingenuity will fashion out the rest in no time.” Mbu also frowned at the investment in Tinapa Resort by the Donald Duke administration in Cross River State, describing it as a non-viable project. “Politically, it was myopic at conception; why should the resources of a state be frozen for decades? What about the cost of maintaining a non-viable project?” The former ambassador queried.
  6. The Osun State government has approved the sum of forty million naira for the payment of pensions of different categories of pensioners in the state. The Head of Service, Dr Olowogboyega Oyebade disclosed this in a press statement he made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Tuesday. He said the said sum was meant to pay the pension of 148 retired secondary school teachers, 250 retired civil servants, including retired parastatal workers. According to the statement, a sum of N25m, N14.8m and N200, 000 were to be paid to the retired civil servants, teachers and parastatals workers respectively. He explained that the beneficiaries of the money were the 3rd batch pensioners, stating that payment of pensioners was an on-going exercise in fulfillment of the government’s promise on payment of gratuities and pensions. “The approval of the N40m is meant for the payment of pension of 148 retired secondary school teachers, 250 retired civil servants and 2 retired parastatals workers. “While retired civil servants in that category get a sum of N14.8m, retired teachers received N14.8m and N200, 000 goes to parastatal workers. “This is the third batch of pensioners to be settled, in the ongoing payment of pensions of our senior citizens, as a fulfilment of this government’s promise”, the statement said.
  7. Edo Civil Society Organisations have stopped Jesus Deliverance Ministry (Ngozi Church) from further usage of Queen Ede Secondary School in Ogbeson Quarters for camping and other activities. This is as a result of complaints coming from residents of the community over the misuse of the school facility and further arrest and intimidation of residents who dare challenged her (pastor) overtime. In the face of the deplorable state of the school, the church has never contributed any support to give it a face lift. Governor Obaseki is expected to take it from where EDOCSO has enforced sanity to and ensure the school is renovated and fenced from further degradation by anyone or institutions that don’t have value for Corporate Social Responsibility.
  8. THIS GOVERNMENT IS COMPROMISED COMPLETELY – TUNDE BAKARE Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly and one-time vice presidential candidate, Tunde Bakare, says Nigerians can shut down the government as a result of the repeated herdsmen killings. According to him, the recent directive by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, that vigilante groups and weapons bearing individuals should surrender their weapons without making reference to the herdsmen, shows that the Buhari-led administration is completely compromised. According to The Cable, Bakare said this when he spoke on the sidelines of “the real cost of subsidy”, an event organized by Enough is Enough, a coalition of youth advocacy groups in partnership with Facility for Oil Sector Transformation (FOSTER) on Thursday, March 29, 2018. “This is why I said this government is compromised completely. If you are making such a rule, let it be a statute of general application, let it apply to all. Nigerians to wake up, shine their eyes and put their own destinies into their hands. They should fight for themselves. There are several ways to do it. Civil unrest is one of them, protest is another. We (Nigerians) can shut this government down. We have the numbers and we will show them that we have done it before and we will do it again.” he said
  9. Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has signed a bill prohibiting the production, sale, and consumption of alcohol in certain areas of the state. Ahmed gave his assent to the Ilorin Township (Prohibition Against the Production, Sale, and Consumption of Liquor in Certain Areas) Law, 2018, as passed by the Kwara State House of Assembly. Under the law, no person will be allowed to produce, sell, store or openly consume alcohol within specified areas in the metropolis. The bill also stipulates that any person who contravenes the provision of this law shall be guilty of an offense and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.
  10. Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West senatorial district in the national assembly has accused the Kogi state government of importing prohibited items such as military uniforms, a bulletproof vest, night vision goggles, tactical boots among other things. According to the senator, a committee which was set up immediately after he notified them – proceeded to the airport earlier Yesterday to see the contraband items. Below is what the senator shared on Facebook;
  11. Yesterday, the Consul General of United States to Nigeria, F.John. Bray who is in Bayelsa state on a tour along with his team – paid a working visit to the steamship used by the British Government in the 1880’s. The steamship which is located in Akassa, the southern part of Bayelsa State. The steam ship was used to convey people and goods from one place to another before the existence of trains, cars, trucks and airplanes existed. River travel was often slow because the speed of travel depended on the river current and manpower. That all changed with the introduction of steam-powered boats in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
  12. Senator Dino Melaye will be arraigned in court soon, for allegedly feeding the Nigerian police false information on attempted assassination on his life. The Senator in a very passionate video at plenary yesterday said he won't stop speaking out against the Federal Government. In his words, 'If this arraignment is to stop me from criticising the federal government, they have made a capital compound mistake. I shall continue to speak, I shall continue to ask questions, I shall continue to criticise any public office including the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria'. He continued to say, 'I have conquered fear and I am not afraid of prison. The last administration arrested me 14 times. Babangida and Abacha's government all detained me'. Download Video

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