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  1. SUPER EAGLES AND ARSENAL ATTACKER, ALEX IWOBI HAS ADMITTED HE CANNOT FULLY RECITE THE LINES OF THE NIGERIA NATIONAL ANTHEM. Iwobi, who scored the goal that saw the Super Eagles to the Russia World Cup against Zambia made the revelation while being quizzed by Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry and Philadelphia Eagles star, Jay Ajayi. Iwobi stated he did not know the words to the Nigerian national anthem too well, suggesting that he mouths along to the anthem when the camera was focused on him before the start of international matches. He said: “I know it but I don’t know it well. When they are recording, the camera comes on you I know what to say. For the Nigerian viewers I do know it.” The Hale End Academy product was also quizzed about scoring the goal that qualified the Super Eagles for the 2018 World Cup and he said: “When I scored I saw my parents in the crowd, I was almost crying. It was a nice feeling.” On how nervous he was when he met Thierry Henry for the first time, Iwobi answered: “I met him when I was a kid for the first time, so was young, I was excited. I was in Arsenal academy. I was very young.’’ Asked if he watched the Super Bowl, Iwobi said: “Honestly no, honestly no. Sleep went to me.”
  2. What do you know about Nigerian heroes and their contributions? Read interesting facts regarding the life and achievements of the past leaders who played a significant role in the history of our country. Each country has its leaders, fathers of a nation or just famous people who made significant contributions to the development of the country. Nigeria is not an exception to the rules. In our history, there are a sufficient number of individuals who made lots of efforts to ensure that Nigeria will take her worthy place among the most developed countries of the African continent and win the respect of the world community. The Nigerian heroes are honoured for their painstaking work using their leadership qualities to fight for independence, human rights, democracy, justice and so on for and in Nigeria. Here they are famous sons and daughters of Nigeria. NIGERIAN HEROES AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS GENERAL YAKUBU DAN-YUMMA GOWON His date of birth is October, 19 (1934). Yakubu was born in a small village of the Ngas tribe (Plateau State). He spent his childhood in Zaria. He got higher education in the Warwick University of the UK. In 1954, he joined the Nigerian army and after training Yakubu received a Second Lieutenant position. During unstable period General Yakubu headed the Nigerian Federal Military Government (1966 – 1975.) His activity as Nigerian foreign minister (1966 – 1967) received high praise from all sectors of Nigerian community. After an attempt of a military coup organized by Murtala Mohammed in 1975, Yakubu had to emigrate to the UK. The general came back to Nigeria only under president Shehu Shagari. SIR AHMADU BELLO His date of birth is June, 12 (1910). The place of birth is Rabbah Sokoto. Ahmadu Bello is esteemed as one of the most outstanding Nigerian fathers of the nation. He was engaged in political activities back in 1934. In twenty years, Sir Ahmadu Bello got the post of premier in the Northern Nigeria region. Together with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the premier played significant roles in the fight for Nigerian independence. Sir Ahmadu Bello was killed during the coup d’état on January, 15 (1966). In honor of the famous Nigerian leader, the Ahmadu Bello University was named. His portrait is placed on the 200 Naira banknote. FUNMILAYO RANSOME KUTI Her date of birth is October, 25 (1900). The place of birth is Abeokuta. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti was one of the premier female leaders and feminists in Nigeria. She defended the rights of women. At the same time, Funmilayo struggled against the military government and human rights violations. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti was known as ‘the mother of Africa’ for her human rights work. People elected her to the native House of Chiefs. She acted as an Oloye of the Yoruba nation. Funmilayo had membership in the National Council of Nigeria and Cameroon. Besides, she was the first Nigerian female to ever drive a car. In 1978, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti was thrown out of the window in the commune belonging to her son and died from her injuries. DR. NNAMDI AZIKIWE His date of birth is November, 16 (1904). The place of birth is Niger state. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe is one of the famous Nigerian fathers of the nation and the first Nigerian president after gaining independence from Great Britain. He was affectionately called ‘Zik.’ When Azikiwe worked as the editor of a Ghanaian newspaper, he spread African nationalist ideas. After he came back to Nigeria in 1937, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe organized the West African Pilot for the promotion of nationalism in Nigeria. He created the Nigerian and Cameroons National Council in 1944 together with Herbert Macaulay. In 1946, he was appointed to the post of secretary-general in the National Council and then elected to Nigerian Legislative Council. Zik was the first Nigerian to be called to the Privy Council of the UK. He was the second and last Governor General (1960 – 1963). After Nigeria was proclaimed a republic in 1963, he became the first Nigerian president. Zik died in 1996. All his life Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe struggled for the independence and unity of Nigeria. KUDIRAT ABIOLA Her year of birth is 1951. The place of birth is Zaria city, Nigeria. Kudirat Abiola actively participated in the movement for democracy (1994). She took part in supporting the oil employees during their 12 week’s strike against the military. The strike was successful. The military government became weaker. In 1995, Kudirat Abiola took part in the procession for freedom organized by democratic institutions together with supporters of Chief Anthony Enahoro. She was a true fighter for the democracy and inspired many people. Kudirat Abiola was named woman of the year two years in a row (1994, 1995). She was killed in 1996. CHIEF ANTHONY ENAHORO His date of birth is July, 22 (1923). Chief Anthony Enahoro is one of the Nigeria’s prominent active supporters of democracy and anti-colonialism. He was the youngest editor of the newspaper ‘Southern Nigerian Defender’ in 1944. Enahoro was 21 years old at that time. He was involved in the fight for Nigerian independence. Chief Anthony Enahoro became a student leader and organized objections. The colonial authorities imprisoned him twice for insurrection and satirical papers creating. Enahoro was the first Nigerian who tried to organize the movement for independence in Nigeria (1953). So, he is considered as the father of the state. That attempt did not work out. Chief Anthony Enahoro died in 2010. MARGARET EKPO Her date of birth is June, 27 (1914). The place of birth is Creek Town, Calabar. Margaret Ekpo fought for women’s rights in Nigeria. She was among the first female political figures in the first republic of the country. Margaret Ekpo took an important place as a local and nationalistic political figure in Aba city. She had a membership in the Nigerian and Cameroon National Council. In 1950, Ekpo together with Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti opposed the murders at the Enugu coal mine. There the leaders of anti-colonial protest were killed. In 1954, she organized the Aba Township Women’s Association. Until 1955, Aba’s women had exceeded the number of men’s votes in a broad city election. She died in 2006. CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO His date of birth is March, 6 (1909). The place of birth is Ogun state. Chief Obafemi Awolowo was one of the leaders who fought for Nigeria’s independence. In 1950 he organized the Action Group (political party) which requested for the end of British domination in Nigeria. Obafemi Awolowo was the first premier of the Western Region. He refused the position of Finance Commissioner and vice chairperson of the Federal Executive Council in 1971 to object the extension of military rule. He died in 1987. HERBERT MACAULAY His year of birth is 1864. Herbert Macaulay founded Nigerian nationalism. Herbert Macaulay began the nationalist motion as he believed that the people with various origins inhabiting Nigeria had to get together as one. He organized the Lagos Daily News to provide the nationalist motion. Macaulay created a political party in 1922. It was the National Democratic Party of Nigeria. He was the premier national president of the Nigerian and Cameroon National Council. That party was created by Herbert Macaulay together with Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1944. He died in 1946. HAJIYA GAMBO SAWABA Her year of birth is 1933. Hajiya Sawaba was an influential political and public figure in Nigeria. She was an adherent of the Northern Elements Progressive Union. Gambo Sawaba was an element of the political struggle fight that at last led to independent Nigeria. Although she was a low educated lady and early married by force, she was able to influence the fight for the African woman’s emancipation. Hajiya Gambo Sawaba advocated freeing female from African customs that were not good for women. She died in 2001. GEN. MURTALA RAMAT MOHAMMED We should complete the list with General Murtala Mohammed. His date of birth is November, 8 (1938). The place of birth is Kano. He was one of the Nigerian military leaders. General received his first political position as Communications’ Commissioner in 1974. He combined the post with his military obligations. Although General Murtala Mohammed’s powers did not last long, his administration specified a new path for the country, strengthened the sense of duty and patriotism. He created nineteen states to increase the number of states in Nigeria from the of twelve that were created in 1967. He also established a Commission of Public Complaints which provided honesty for the society. Gen. Murtala Mohammed was killed in 1976. His portrait is placed on the 20 Naira banknote. The airport in Lagos was named after the famous General Murtala Ramat Muhammed. Our people should remember Nigerian heroes and their achievements. Past leaders have made huge contributions to the establishment of Nigerian independence and Nigeria’s development. Many of these great individuals have paid with their lives for the bright future of Nigeria. We must treat them with due respect.
  3. NIMC IMPLORES ‘ELIGIBLE’ NIGERIANS TO COME FOR THEIR NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD TODAY THE NATIONAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT COMMISSION (NIMC) ON MONDAY DEBUNKED REPORTS THAT IT HAS SUSPENDED THE ISSUANCE OF THE NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS. In a statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communications Unit, NIMC, Loveday Ogbonna, the Commission described the report as false and misleading, insisting that it had never suspended the issuance of cards to successful enrollees at any time. ‘‘NIMC reads with deep surprise and disappointment the report published in the Sunday, April 1, 2018 edition of Leadership newspaper, titled “”28.5m Nigerians Agonise Over Suspension Of Nat’l ID Card Issuance. ‘‘We wish to inform the general public that the report, especially the headline, is false and misleading as the Commission has not suspended the issuance of Cards to successful enrolees at any time. The statement by the spokesperson of the commission said all individuals who completed their enrolment procedures must have received an SMS inviting them to proceed to the NIMC Office they enrolled to pick up their cards from Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The commission also urged persons who have not received an SMS to check the status of their cards on the NIMC website via www.nimc.gov.ng. Besides, Nigerians and legal residents who relocated from where they enrolled were advised to visit any NIMC office closest to them to request, fill and submit a card transfer form to the state coordinator for processing. Regardless, the spokesperson reminded Nigerians and legal residents that the National Identification Number (NIN) was not only the unique identifier, but also the most important token issued by the commission and not the physical electronic-ID card. Ogbonna said, “NIN, which is fast gaining acceptance by Nigerians, is a set of 11 non-intelligent numbers randomly assigned to an individual at the completion of enrolment into the National Identity Database. “NIN is used to tie all records about an individual in the database and is verifiable via the NIMC Verification Service portal, which is made available to institutions and organisations upon request.” She quoted Section 27 (1) and (2) of the NIMC Act, 2007, which listed a number of transactions such as the application for and issuance of a passport; opening of individual and/or group bank accounts; all consumer credits; purchase of insurance policies that could be done with NIM. Others are the purchase, transfer, and registration of land by any individual; National Health Insurance Scheme, and such transactions that had social security implications, registration of voters, payment of taxes and pensions. “Thus, all NIMC stakeholders, including the media and the general public are enjoined to stop peddling half-truths, or outright falsehood, but rather work with the commission to ensure the success of the National Identity Management System for national growth and development,” Ogbonna added.
  4. After concluding a 2-day visit to Lagos state, president Muhammadu Buhari attended Jumma prayers at the National Mosque in Abuja on Friday. Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) stormed the mosque premises to protest against the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh El-Zakzaky. The protesters were restrained by stern looking security personnel who surrounded the premises as the president was driven into the mosque… El-zakzakky was arrested in 2015 after his members had a confrontation with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai in Zaria, Kaduna State. Also, 53 of his followers were arrested on Wednesday by the Police in Abuja following a violent protest. Since the arrest and detention of the group’s leader, his followers had organized series of protests in some cities in the country calling for his release.
  5. CNN’s anchor, Isha Isatu Sesay, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement on missing Dapchi School girls. Buhari in a statement on Friday confirming the abduction of the girls described the situation as a national disaster while assuring parents of the safety of their wards. Reacting, Sesay via her tweets said the case of the missing girls was not a national disaster but a national disgrace. Her tweets read; Nigeria‘s President#Buhari calls abduction of#DapchiGirls “a national disaster. “That’s an understatement – it’s a national disgrace. More girls taken – again?? Yobe, ChibokGirls. “I want to live in a world where the lives of the #DapchiGirls are held to be just as important as those of kids in other places. “A world where everyone is talking about schoolgirls being stolen by terrorists. Is that too much to ask?Nigeria..”
  6. The Peoples Democratic Party has said former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar will not vote at its December 9 national convention, which holds at the Eagle Square, Abuja. It says this is because of the provision of the party's constitution that deals with new entrants into the party. However, the party said Atiku would be allowed to speak at the convention. The Publicity Secretary of the National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, who spoke with journalists at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, said the party's constitution should be used as a guide on the issue. "All you need to do is pick up the constitution of the party and see whether Atiku is qualified to vote or not," Adeyeye stated. When pressed further, he said, "First of all, I can tell you that we are happy with Atiku coming back to the PDP. It is very exciting for all of us. It is a good omen to everybody in the PDP. "He was one of the founding fathers, one of those who built this party and he is coming back home. His room was never occupied, so we have opened it for him. "He will be part of this convention. He will even make a speech at the convention but he may not be voting at the convention." Chapter 2 (Part 1) of the party's constitution deals with admission of members into the party. On Procedure for rejoining, Sections 8 and 9 explain, "A person, who desires to rejoin the party after leaving it shall apply to his Ward Secretary for re-admission; and unless given a waiver by the National Working Committee, he willbe placed on probation for a period of not less than one year. "Subject to the provision of Section 8(b), a member on probation shall have the right to attend all meetings of the party, but shall not be entitled to vote at such meetings, nor shall he be eligible to contest elective office on the platform of the party." One of Punch correspondents gathered that the party was planning to amend the above sections at the convention. The expected amendment will place returnees on six months probation before they could contest any position or be voted for. Atiku, who was a foundation member of the party, defected to the All Progressives Congress in 2014, claiming that the then opposition party would be his "last bus stop." However, he left the APC about a week ago, and returned to the PDP on Sunday. Meanwhile, Adeyeye has alleged that some agents of the Federal Government were planning to disrupt the party's national convention. He said the former ruling party had what he described as credible information that some overzealous elements in the government were planning to disrupt the convention. Stating that there was nothing to show that President Muhammadu Buhari was part of the plot, the spokesman pleaded with the President to intervene and caution the unnamed aides. Adeyeye added, "They have been trying every effort but we are happy that we have no information that it is coming from the very top. "But some overzealous elements in the administration are bent on disrupting it. It is very credible information. They are doing everything possible to make sure that this convention is disrupted. "They are afraid that if the PDP should hold a successful convention, that their days in government are numbered. "By the time we hold this convention and our officers are elected and they take offices next year, there will be a floodgate of people even from the APC to the PDP. "This is credible information and that is why we are appealing to President Buhari to please rein in his aides. We have evidence that the President is aware of this. "It is happening and we are calling on him to do his own investigation and to call those who are trying to cause this problem to desist because it is capable not only of destroying this democracy but also capable of destroying the country." In another development, the Chairman of the Convention Planning Committee, who is also the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has summoned
  7. As part of long-term plans to finance the 2018-2020 budgets, the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu and Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos Island are to be sold by the Federal Government. Also to be sold are some selected power plants under the National Integrated Power Projects, NIPP. The Federal Government is looking at the proposed sale of some of these national assets as means to generate sufficient funds to drive the 2018 to 2020 budgets. Speaking in an interview with journalists after he appeared before the House of Representatives Joint Committees on 2018-2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework /Fiscal Strategy Paper, MTEF/FSP, on Monday November 27th in Abuja, the Director General of Budget Office, Ben Akabueze said some government projects and policies in the 2018 budget would be financed from the expected revenue from sales of the key government assets as well as national parks. Akabueze added that some of the non-core assets from the mines and steel sector like houses and estates are also part of items to be sold by government for the purpose of financing the budgets. According to the DG budget office, proceeds from the privatization of the assets would be used to finance the 2018 budget deficit of N2.005 trillion - much of which will be financed through domestic and foreign borrowings. The country, he said, was generating too little revenue, hence it was expedient to borrow. The Director General of Budget Office added that the reverse would be the case, if actually the assets were generating revenues. "We are generating too little revenue, hence we are borrowing. If we generate enough, borrowing ratio will drop," he said. However, chairman of the joint committee, Babaginda Aliu, frowned at the absence of five Federal Government agencies he described as critical to the 2018 budget consideration and passage, which were invited to the session. He noted that notwithstanding the late submission of the MTEF/ Fiscal Strategy Paper, the committee was committed to streamline its activities to pass the document and ensure the budget is passed in record time. The Minister of State for Budget and Planning, Hajia Zaniab Ahmed, representative of the Governor of Central Bank, Adelabu R.A. and Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) Dr. Tunde Fowler made presentations during the session. Also present were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance Alhaji Mohammed Isa Dutse, who represented the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; and the Comptroller-General of Customs Col Hameed Ali was represented by Deputy Comptroller General of Customs in charge of T&T, Alu S.R.

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