The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 7th May, 2015

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VANGUARD:

PDP In Coma – Mark

As the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, continues to bicker over its poor performance at the last general elections, Senate President, David Mark, yesterday, warned that the party will die if the leadership, stakeholders and members did not urgently nip in the bud all internal squabbles and media hostilities.

The Senate President said the party is already in coma and haemorrhaging, warning that further squabbling by its leaders would lead to the death of the party.

 

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VANGUARD:

We Won’t Fail Nigerians – Buhari

President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) yesterday, reassured Nigerians that the incoming government of All Progressives Congress, APC, will not fail them.

Buhari, who hosted a delegation from Taraba State, also said by the end of his tenure in 2019, Nigerians would be confident of a society where elections would be free, fair and credible.

Also, to underscore his inclination to the rule of law, the President-elect directed security personnel attached to his convoy to always heed traffic regulations and stop at red lights.

 

VANGUARD:

Talk Less, Plan More, Presidency Tells APC

The  Presidency, Wednesday, chided the All Progressives Congress, APC, over its claim that President Jonathan is running the economy aground before handing over, saying “the allegation is immature, reckless and out of tune with the President’s desire and patriotic commitment to a peaceful transfer of power.”

Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Prof. Rufai Alkali, who reacted to APC’s allegation, yesterday, urged the party to talk less and plan more as the nation moves towards May 29 inauguration date.

 

VANGUARD:

NDLEA Arrests Pastor With 1.978kg Of Heroin

Operatives of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, AIIA, Enugu, have arrested a Lagos pastor over drug trafficking.

The suspect, Daniel Lanre Akintola, 43, was caught with 1.978kg of heroin concealed in the false bottom of his luggage.
This is coming just a few weeks after a Lagos-based pastor was arrested for smuggling narcotics to South Africa at the Lagos Airport.

 

THE SUN:

FG To Buhari: Don’t Reverse Power Privatization Policy

The Federal Govern­ment has advised the incoming administra­tion of President-elect, Mu­hammadu Buhari, not to re­verse the privatisation of the power sector, saying it would set the nation’s reform pro­cess in the sector back sev­eral years and would not be in the national interest.

Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo, told State House Cor­respondents at the post-Fed­eral Executive Council (FEC) briefing where he announced a new draft National Policy on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (NPREEE) that any attempt to reverse the power privatisation policy would drag the nation back­wards by several years as the reform has progressed to the point that only adequate gas supply remains the major stumbling block.

 

THE SUN:

Nigerians In America Protest Against Dr. Ariyo, A Cardioliogist

Nigerians in the Unit­ed States, particu­larly those in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, on Mon­day, May 4, 2015 staged their first of 30-day protest rallies against Dr. Adeniran Abraham Ariyo, a Dallas-based cardiologist for his resent Facebook posting, where he called for Igbo massacre. Dr. Ariyo has since published what many characterized as a non-apology.

At issue was the alleged call for Igbo massacre by Dr. Ariyo. In his infamous posts, Dr. Ariyo said, “You see how they [the Igbo]are being slaughtered in South Africa, that’s what is going to happen to them in Lagos. Be­cause, they will continue to pro­voke the native, wherever they go until native says I have had enough.”

“We will continue to bus them to Onitsha, otherwise look for war with them soon,” Dr. Ariyo said venting his an­ger toward Igbo people while exposing his perverted mind­set and hatred of the people.

Dr. Ariyo continued, “Do you know now, last week, Igbos are demanding from Buhari to select Igbo man the minister of FTC in Abuja because Igbo claims that they control 70% of business in Abuja. When are they not go­ing to be slaughtered in Abuja when they keep insulting Abuja natives and want to take over. It is like that every where they go. God might have put a curse on them!”

 

PUNCH:

Oil Price Rises To $69

The price of global benchmark Brent crude rose to $69 per barrel on Wednesday as data suggested that United States’ crude stockpiles dropped for the first time this year, signaling the glut of crude has started to abate.

Brent increased by 2.5 per cent to $69.18 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange, while the benchmark US oil contract was up $1.60 at $62 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, a nearly five-month high.

The gains extended a rally that has pushed oil prices up more than 40 per cent since late March, after dropping nearly 60 per cent from last June.

In data released after the market close late Tuesday, the industry trade group American Petroleum Institute said nationwide oil inventories fell by 1.5 million barrels last week, including a decline of 300,000 barrels at the key delivery point in Cushing, Okla., according to The Wall Street Journal.

 

PUNCH:

Sambisa: Four Soldiers Injured, 25 Women, Children Rescued

The Director, Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, said that the Special Forces have rescued an additional 25 women and children during a raid on the dreaded Sambisa Forest.

Olukolade also disclosed in a statement on Wednesday that during the operation, the soldiers destroyed seven camps which were being used by the insurgents for their training and operations.

The Defence spokesman said that some of the insurgents were killed during the encounter with the troops but he did not give the exact number of those killed during the gun duel with the Boko Haram fighters.

 

PUNCH:

Jonathan Marks Five Years In Office With Prayer

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday marked five years since he took over the mantle of the nation’s leadership.

It will be recalled that Jonathan was on May 6, 2010 inaugurated as the President by the then Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloysius Katsina-Alu. That followed the death on May 5, 2010 of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua who he served for three years as Vice President.

The nation’s constitution recommends that the Vice President automatically takes over upon the death of the President. After completing Yar’Adua’s tenure, Jonathan contested and won the 2011 presidential election but lost his re-election bid in 2015.

The President however marked the fifth anniversary of his Presidency in a low-key manner.

 

PUNCH:

Soyinka Denies Anti-Igbo Comments, Harvard To Post Video Online

The Harvard University Hutchins Centre for African and American Research in the United States has said that it will release the video of the lecture delivered by Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, within a week.

This was contained in an email reply to one of our correspondents on Soyinka’s alleged comments that he labelled Igbo as people who voted in the last general elections based on their “stomach.”

Some online media had quoted Soyinka as saying Igbo were politically naive while delivering a lecture titled, “‘Predicting Nigeria, Electoral Ironies,” at the institution.

He was quoted as saying “The Igbo are probably the only group of Nigerians that you can predict with great accuracy whom they will vote for in an election, because they tend to put their votes where their stomachs take them; suffering as it were, from incurable money-mindedness, as they would stop at nothing in their quest for personal financial gain.”

 

PUNCH:

I Have No Problem With Tinubu, Ambode – Pitan

A former Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Leke Pitan, says he is in good terms with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; and the Lagos State Governor-elect, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.

Pitan, who lost to Ambode at the APC governorship primary last year, was absent at the party’s rallies, fuelling speculation that he had a misunderstanding with the party leadership.

However, the former commissioner told our correspondent that he had no problem with Tinubu or Ambode.

He admitted that there were issues but maintained that such disagreements are normal in politics.

He said, “I don’t want to go into the past anymore. We have got over that. Internal mechanisms within our group and outside the party sorted that out, so that we could face the elections in unity. So, I don’t want to go into all that anymore.

 

Henry Igwe

Henry Igwe

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