Osinbajo Is Buhari’s Running Mate In 2019 – Presidency

Garba Shehu, senior special to the president on media and publicity, says Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will run on the same ticket with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Shehu said this while fielding questions from state house correspondents on Monday.

He was reacting to the string of victories recorded by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) during the weekend’s bye elections in the country.

“Decisive victories in senatorial and state assembly elections in Katsina, Bauchi, Kogi and states were an indication that the Buhari/Osinbajo presidential ticket that won the 2015 election will ensure an encore in 2019,” he said.

The presidential media said the victory in those states shows that the ruling party is still popular and that Nigerians have just endorsed Buhari/Osinbajo joint ticket.

“I like to speak to you about the fabulous shows of the APC in Katsina, Bauchi and Kogi, and even to some extent in Cross River States. All of these coming against the background of Ekiti state,” he said.

“It is clear that from election after election, Nigerians are reposing confidence in the Buhari/Osinbajo presidency. Each of these election victories is considered to be epic in nature because none of these elections was an ordinary election. We are happy that we have won and on behalf of the president and the acting president, we like to say thank you to Nigerians who continue to repose their confidence in the leadership of the APC administration.

“We also want to thank the leadership of the party at the national level, but equally important, to thank all the party’s apparatchiks deployed to all the campaigns and ensured that all the elections were won handsomely by APC.

“So, we are expressing our gratitude to everyone for these that had happened and to say that with this increasing confidence reposed in the president and the acting president, who are determined more than ever before to leave no stone unturned in order to bring the promised change to Nigerians.

“For a quick review, maybe one, two, three or four lessons can be taken from the victories that the party has been recording.

“First of all is to say that these decisive victories are indications that clearly, Nigerians have spoken that President Buhari maintains his momentum. That these victories place Buhari/Osinbajo presidency in very good stead for next year’s election.

“It is a statement of the fact that the APC will go into election next year with every confidence that the elections will be won and that Nigerians by this statement, will also say that they no longer have time for politics of insult and diversion, mudslinging and ‘monkey dey work, baboon dey chop’ politics of the PDP, and equally important is that these election victories are a clear message to the national assembly that all that Nigerians are interested in is that the business of government should go on.”

Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin ‘Gravely Ill’ With Cancer – Report

American music legend, Aretha Franklin — who has previously struggled with her health — is very sick.

“She has been ill for a long time,” a longtime friend reveals. “She did not want people to know and she didn’t make it public.”

A source close to the singer spoke to the Associated Press on Monday to confirm that Franklin is “seriously ill,” although they did not provide any additional details as to the severity or the cause of the 76-year-old singer’s illness.

Showbiz 411 reporter Roger Friedman was first to report the singer is “gravely ill,” sharing that Franklin’s family are “asking for prayers and privacy.”

The Queen of Soul’s family also told Local 4 in Detroit that Franklin is “gravely ill.”

“I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill,” wrote Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy. “I spoke with her family members this evening. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I’ll have more details as I’m allowed to release.”

He revealed Monday that Franklin is alert and speaking, tweeting, “Just got a chance to speak to Aretha Franklin. She is resting and surrounded by close friends and family.”

According to another source close to Franklin, those in the singer’s circle were told two weeks ago that “she could go any time” and that her weight was down to 85 lbs., TMZ reported.

Another source also told the outlet that Franklin has been battling cancer, a rumor that has existed for many years, which the singer has previously chosen not to address. “I am not going to even deal with that,” Franklin previously told JET.

Ahead of scheduled concerts in March and April of this year, the singer was forced to cancel the performances under doctor’s orders.

“Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months,” Franklin’s management said in a statement at the time. She is expected to release her next album, entitled A Brand New Me, in November.

Franklin previously announced in February of 2017 that she was retiring from music. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it,” she told a Detroit TV station, before admitting that she would still take the stage at “some select things.”

Despite her failing health in recent years, Franklin returned to the stage last August for a performance at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, despite noticeable changes in her appearance that caused concern about her well-being. She also sang at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Enduring Vision benefit gala in November 2017.

In April 2011, Franklin sat down for an interview with PEOPLE just months after being hospitalized for an unspecified operation. Though she strongly denied having bariatric surgery, the singer — who had lost 85 lbs. at the time— did not directly address the rumors that she had cancer.

“I feel fabulous, really,” she told PEOPLE. “And I’m so thankful to all of the people who said a little prayer for me. People at the check out line in the market were telling me that they prayed for me. It’s amazing how beautiful people can be.”

On Dec. 1, 2010, a vigil was held in Franklin’s hometown of Detroit after it had been announced she was headed to the hospital for unspecified surgery. Only the night before, Franklin was nominated for another Grammy, this time for her duet with Ron Isley, “You’ve Got a Friend.”

By the middle of that month, as news spread from family members that she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, Franklin was recovering at home, and saying she was up and about — and feeling better, too. In January 2011, the Queen went so far as to pronounce the matter resolved.

Franklin also canceled six months of tour dates and personal appearances in November 2010, under doctor’s orders — a sudden announcement that both disappointed and worried her fans, who could see she was not in the best of health.

The Silly Urge To Break Bad News, By Emeka Oparah

Social media has unravelled so many hidden things, exposed so many people and demystified so many. Some people I held in high esteem have turned out to be very ordinary and even foolish, in some cases. Let me talk about one aspect of this demystification, which is the silly urge or haste to break bad news. Of course, social media may have democratized journalism-so even the untutored and unlettered can report news and events-but how came it we no longer look before we leap, in a manner of speaking?

For some very “trendy” folks, age is no barrier. I once sat in a funeral service and watched an 80-something-year-old recording bits and pieces of the proceedings. He was obviously capturing the sad moment for his family or friends who couldn’t make or even for himself, to revisit at his spare time, especially the very touching and telling homily by the officiating priest. But I digress.

Why are people in a hurry to break news? I can almost imagine the Adrenaline pumping around their bodies as they drop the piece of news in a text or video and then sit back to watch the comments, likes and shares. They, however, do not reckon with the impact of what they have posted or shared.

Unable to sleep one night, I went, like a regular drunk, to my favorite Facebook to see what’s up. What did I see? A post by a young man showing the dead body of a female NYSC member and her ID card with a comment that whoever knew her should go to 9th Mile Corner, Enugu, to pick up her body! Wow! Apparently the young lady died in a car crash.

I engaged the poster inbox immediately and appealed to him to pull down the image of the woman and rephrase the post to say that the owner of the ID Card was involved in a motor accident at 9th Mile. Period. For some reason, the guy took my advice and did the needful. You can imagine if the lady’s family saw the initial post! How would any parent or any relative for that matter react to such a post?

Before you report that death (Breaking News), put yourself in the shoes of the family of the dead. I know a lady who visited her sick mom in Nigeria from London, spent time with her and the flew back. Sadly, her mom passed away the night she flew back. But guess what? She got off the plane, put on her phone and she was hit by a barrage of text messages, Whatsapp messages and even facebook posts on her mom’s passing! Imagine the shock. The husband who came to pick her at the airport had to rush her to Emergency.

I have a habit, which I’d like to recommend to you, my dear friends. Until someone in the family of the deceased announces the death, I never post or share a post about it. It’s rude, disrespectful, unfair and actually wicked to do share such news ahead of the family. Imagine reading about the passing of a loved one, friend or family on facebook! Terrible!!!

Who can forget the eternal embarrassment faced by some politicians back in the day, when they rushed to announce the demise of the Great Zik? None. Forget the embarrassment you’ll suffer, if it turns out to be untrue, but think of the harm you’ll cause a loved one even if it’s true.

If you are not absolutely sure, do not post and do not share. In the case of death or such like, do not post or share, absolutely sure of not, until the family makes the announcement.

Thank you and have a good day.

How Nigerian All Girls Team Won Gold In World Technovation Challenge In The US

Students of Regina Pacis Model Secondary School, a Catholic girls’ school in Onitsha, Anambra State have won the gold medal in the junior team of World Technovation Challenge which held at the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, US, on Thursday

The five girls – Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye represented Nigeria and Africa, defeating contenders from America, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China who were among the 10 finalists of the original 115 who started the competition.

The youngsters, ages 12 to 14, who were led by the school’s director, Rev. Fr. Vincent Ezeaka and Mrs. Uchenna Ugwu, developed a mobile app to detect fake drugs.

Speaking, Nnalue, said they were motivated to embark on the project due to the number of deaths they had heard about in Nigeria as a result of fake drugs.

The 14-year-old, said, “We were motivated to create this Fake Drug Detection app (FD-Detector) to end the deaths. We couldn’t just let people die from fake drug use.

“What we have now is a demo and we have been given permission to go ahead to produce it.”

On the benefits of being a part of the contest and lessons learned, she said, “It was good to see young people like us come up with brilliant ideas to resolve problems they were encountering in their respective countries. These problems were vital for their societies, but were not for us as Nigerians.”

For the school’s proprietor and Local Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Onitsha, Archbishop Val Okeke, it was important for the school to undergo a holistic transformation. It was in this regard he overhauled the academics, civics, ethics and entrepreneurial know-how of the school.

It was this approach that triggered the interest if the girls in technological innovations. For five months, under Ugwu’s tutelage, they researched and experimented until they came up with the FD-Detector.

Speaking on the achievement of the youngsters, Archbishop Okeke in an interview with Daily Trust said, “One major aspect that struck me is that these girls are normal children from a normal Catholic schoolwith fees among the least in Onitsha. They don’t pay more than N20, 000. The school was built in the early 60s and was made affordable for every single person interested in giving their child quality education.


He added that, “If they, from such backgrounds, can achieve this feat, then it means other children with proper guidance, structures and environment can be trained to achieve even more.


“Their win demonstrates the great role that the Catholic Church plays in providing good education and how much it can positively influence Nigeria’s young. Catholic schools are known to provide discipline and sound all round education where children can focus and not be distracted. This foundation and routine is what enabled the girls achieve this great feat.


“Their win is an indication that Nigeria has hope and can be better. Children can excel with the right guidance and resources. As adults, we need to guide the young to achieve their potentials and talents.”

While there have been jubilations and accolades for the girls on various platforms including the social media, Maryam Rufa’i who spoke to Daily Trust, said, “the praises should not end there and we all forget after one week. The Federal Government should properly celebrate the girls

“They should see what the school is lacking and join hands with the Catholic Church to improve their structures and encourage the teachers who have expended energy grooming these girls. I am sure that there are more of such girls in the school. For the fact that it is an all-girls school, the government should take keen interest in improving the school. It will be a significant contribution to girl child education that the world is advocating for.”

Technovation is a global programme for girls to learn programming skills they need to emerge as tech-entrepreneurs and leaders.

Annually, girls are invited to identify a problem in their communities, and are challenged to solve them by developing android applications to address the problem.



EXCLUSIVE: Uneasy Quiet, Desperate Apprehension In Lagos As Clock Ticks Towards Primary Election

No Single Aspirant Even As Ambode Is Yet To Formally Declare

…2010 deja vu As Tinubu Keeps All Guessing

+ Otedola, Obanikoro, Obasa, Hamzat, Jide Samson-Olu, Others Eye 2023 Guber Ticket

The political climate in Lagos is slowly heating up ahead of the primaries of the major political parties in the State – APC & PDP which should commence later this month.

Akinwunmi Ambode the incumbent Governor of the State has not declared his intention to run for a second term but there are clear indications that his supporters and a vast array of Lagosians want him to run in order to complete the adjudged sterling performance of his first term.  Curiously, there are still no other aspirants that have shown clear interest in the coveted office.

Tinubu, hit by 2010 deja vu 

There are however rumours that the Political Godfather in Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, may be reluctant to endorse his political godson for the second term just like he did in Babatunde Fashola’s second term bid in 2010. He is reported to being pressurized by a few of his long-term associates.

According to Fouad Oki, who purports to lead a faction of APC in Lagos, the head of this group is Rauf Aregbesola the Governor of the State of Osun; the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly Mudashiru Obasa who is reported to be eyeing the Lagos Governorship seat in 2023 and Bayo Oshinowo the billionaire Chairman of the Lagos House of Assembly committee on lands who is currently eyeing the Lagos East Senatorial seat in 2019. A new entrant into the group is Prince Dipo Eludoyin, another billionaire Ife Prince and businessman with Real Estate interest all over Lagos and who is reported to have strong links to the Abuja group opposed to Asiwaju’s continuous overall control of Lagos politics. There seems to be other disgruntled fringe groups and players who are concerned with the Governor’s growing popularity, the whispers of greater political future and possible inheritance of Asiwaju’s political empire. There is of course Fouad Oki’s splinter group and other shadowy characters both within and outside the party. There are even some rabid loyalist who are reported to be pushing Asiwaju to draft his wife or son into the race over Ambode. All these forces appear to be converging at rapid speed to thwart the Governor’s quest for a second term.

Ambode: Yet To Formally Declare

A lot of Lagosians are however beginning to question whether unarguably one of the greatest Nigerian political tacticians and leadership head-hunters has lost his touch and intuition. They wonder how in this time of strife and uncertainty, the Jagaban of Borgu would even considering tinkering with a winning hand at the behest of Aregbesola, Eludoyin and their cohorts. Politics is a weird game and some have attributed Asiwaju’s vacillation on his perpetual quest to retain power, old age, fear or even envy of a political son who appears to be outperforming his predecessors. Some say it might be based on Asiwaju’s desire to run for the presidency in 2023 and Ambode’s possible threat to that desire.

Eyes Lagos Guber 2023 Ticket

Nobody can say for certain what goes on in a politician’s mind but it appears a battle royale is brewing and Jagaban’s core associates appear bent on pushing him over that proverbial precipe. Asiwaju has already allowed his estranged political sons turned rivals to set up beacheads in Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun with their support for Adeoti of the ADP. The ultimate aim it appears is to wrest his “prize possession” – Lagos – from his grasp with the attendant complete political and economic demystification of the Jagaban of Borgu. Those who advocate for Asiwaju’s retirement say 20 years at the helm of power is enough and it is time for him to give way to younger turks who can carry his legacy. They say if he does not retire voluntarily they will force him into compulsory retirement. They also boast that his core loyalists have already been infiltrated and have clandestinely begun preparations for their assault on Lagos.

On the other hand, there have been speculations that the politicians who feel Ambode’s popularity must be checked are wooing Femi Otedola the billionaire oil magnate and chairman of Forte Oil, who is reported to have stashed away hundreds of billions to finance his ambition in 2023.

According to those rooting for Otedola, who is a Christian from Epe (the same local government as the Ambode) but a complete political novice, he will be controllable by them and they can continue to perpetrate their political control in Lagos. There are also the serial candidates like Obafemi Hamzat, Supo Sasore and a new name recently thrown up, Jide Sanwoolu, who are said to be waiting in the wings to reap should Asiwaju be swayed in the run up to 2019 election or is 2023 their actual target.

There is also the twist of Senator Musliu Obanikoro who is reported to be eyeing the Lagos West senatorial seat to serve as a platform for his governorship push in 2023 which now appears to be shaping up as a battleground year.

The political season in Lagos promises to be very interesting and many are waiting to see what moves Governor Ambode will make if it becomes apparent that he will be denied a return ticket by his Party. Considering that there are 68 political parties lined up ahead of 2019 that won’t mind adopting a popular governor that is adjudged to have performed creditably well, a platform to run should not be an issue should push comes to shove.

By this time in 2010 Babatunde Fashola was already fraternizing with the Labour Party and perfecting plans to run on that party’s ticket until Asiwaju beat a last-minute retreat and endorsed him for another term under the then ACN. Apparently, that bruising experience took its toll on the Mentor-Mentee relationship and despite the photo-ops it has never been the same since then.

Is the same experience going to play out again? Does lightning strike twice? Perhaps not, Ambode has proven a bit more docile and compliant than Babatunde Fashola and may have placed his second term fate squarely on the benevolence of the Jagaban of Borgu, the support of the Vice-President Professor Yemi Osibajo and Oba Rilwan Akiolu the Oba of Lagos amongst others.

IN PICTURES: Ambode Attends Closing Ceremony of The 2018 Int’l Tennis Federation (ITTF) Nigeria Open

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd right); President, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), Engr. Ishaku Tikon (3rd left); Vice President, ITTF, Mr. Banji Oladapo (2ndleft); member, Governing Board, Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Dr. Toyin Okenla (left); Chairman, LSSC, Mr. Kweku Tandoh (2nd right) and  Director General, LSSC, Mr. Babatunde Bank-Anthony (right) during the closing ceremony of the 2018 ITTF Nigeria Open, at the Sir Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, on Sunday, August 12, 2018.




Ooni Refutes Rumour of Wedding Plans

The Palace of Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has refuted the news going viral that the revered monarch is set to take as wife the co-convener of Hope Alive, Miss Temitope Adesegun.

Reacting to the news, Prince Jide Fadairo, the CEO of House of Oduduwa Foundation and husband of Princess Folasade, the monarch’s eldest sister, said that was a fairy tale gone too far.
“Ooni’s marriage cannot be done secretly, it involves not only the Royal family, it involves Yoruba custom and a lot of elders and our tradition are to be taken into cognisance. Please dismiss the story, it is another fake news.
Another confidant and friend of Ooni, Mr. Muyiwa Leroy Afolabi said
” Kabiyesi will carry every Ile-Ife’s sons and daughters along whenever it’s time to pick another Olori (Queen)for us.
Let’s always verify the facts before sharing.”

The Palace notes with regret the claim and others provoking the most heated rumours of exotic voyage with the Royalty and dismisses it unequivocally.

The Palace advises the media to verify from the Palace before publication.

Prince Fadairo said the time is not propitious for the monarch who is immersed in the renaissance of Yoruba culture and promotion of the race’s customs and traditions globally.

“That’s not on His Imperial Majesty’s mind. Marriage is not something he wants to do right away. Many names have been bandied around but I can tell you they are all false, just like this case.”

Gov Wike Mourns Rivers Attorney-General

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has expressed shock over the death of the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Emmanuel Aguma in Port Harcourt.

Wike, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, directed that flags at the State Government House and government offices be flown at half-mast for two days.

Wike led some leaders of the state and members of the State Executive Council on a condolence visit to Aguma family house at Ogbunabali, Port Harcourt on Saturday, Nwakaudu said in the statement.

A condolence register has been opened at the Government House in honour of the late Attorney-General who was said to have died on Friday.

Prominent leaders of the state and members of the State Executive Council have expressed their condolences via the condolence register.

Dignitaries who had signed the condolence register included, the Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, the Chairman of Greater Port Harcourt City Local Government Development Authority, Chief Ferdinand Alabrabra and the Rivers State Finance Commissioner, Dr Fred Kpakol.

Others are the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku and the Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on SDGs, Mrs Toru Ofili, among others.

U.S. Newspapers Begin Media War On Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump is facing a serious criticism following his recent attacks on the media and associating them with “fake news”.

A Boston newspaper is now calling for publications nationwide to take a coordinated editorial stand against his administration.

“We are not the enemy of the people,” The Associated Press quoted Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor for the editorial page of The Boston Globe, as saying.

AP said she was referring to a characterisation of journalists that Trump has used in the past.

The president, who regularly declares that his administration is getting unfair media coverage, has made frequent speeches and tweets decrying “fake news” and fabricated sources.

After his recent summit in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, he assailed fake news as “our country’s biggest enemy.”

The Globe has reportedly reached out to editorial boards around the U.S. to run editorials this Thursday denouncing what the newspaper called a “dirty war against the free press”–regardless of the respective publications’ political leaning.

Pritchard said about 70 outlets had committed to editorials as of Friday, with the list expected to grow, AP reported.

The publications ranged from large metro dailies, such as The Houston Chronicle, The Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Denver Post, to small weekly periodicals.

The newspaper’s request was being promoted by industry groups including the American Society of News Editors.

“Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming,” the appeal said.

Pritchard said the decision to seek the coordinated response was reached after Trump appeared to step up his rhetoric of late.

At an Aug. 2 political rally in Pennsylvania, for instance, he told his audience that the media was “fake, fake disgusting news.”

Pritchard said she hoped the editorials would make an impression on Americans.

“I hope it would educate readers to realise that an attack on the First Amendment is unacceptable.

“We are a free and independent press; it is one of the most sacred principles enshrined in the Constitution,” she said.

ITTF Challenge: Ambode Pledges Bigger Tournament In 2019

…As Quadri Emerges First Nigerian To Win Championship

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday expressed excitement over the emergence of first Nigerian to win the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Seamaster Challenge, assuring that the State Government would support the tournament in a bigger edition in 2019.

Speaking to journalists after watching the finals of the tournament tagged ITTF Nigeria Open 2018 held at Molade Okoya Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere where Nigerian table tennis star, Aruna Quadri emerged victorious, Governor Ambode said it was gratifying to note the remarkable improvement in this year’s edition of the championship, saying that next year’s edition would be more exciting.    

He said: “This is a major improvement from last year’s competition and again for the very first time in the last six years, we found a Nigerian winning the men’s singles and this brings a lot of excitement for me because I have been supporting table tennis and I know that next year’s tournament will be more exciting than this.

“As a government, we are going to put more support; we put more financial support so that we can attract more people and also encourage more Nigerians to participate. You know we actually gave bonus to Nigerians that have qualified and that is also to encourage more of our own local players to compete internationally,” Governor Ambode said.

He particularly assured that the State Government would put efforts in place to host the tournament in a bigger hall to encourage more participation, just as he assured that the programmes of his administration for sports development in the State were on course.

“We have a master programme to encourage sports in Lagos State and people would see it as it is unfolding. You can see that we are reconstructing Onikan Stadium; we are going to Ajegunle to do another Sports Complex there and I don’t want to overpromise but I can assure that next year, we are going to do this tennis tournament in a bigger hall that can take 16 sets at the same time and also take maybe about 5,000 fans at the same time,” Governor Ambode said.

Quadri emerged victorious after defeating his opponent from France, Harchard Antoine to win $5,000. The Nigerian also won another $200 courtesy of the fair play award which was also awarded to him.

Also, the best Nigerian home-grown player of the tournament, Jamiu Anyawale was rewarded with cash gift of $2000.

Responding, Quadri thanked the fans who supported him all the way to win the tournament, saying the victory could not have been possible without their support.

“If not for my fans that supported me all the way, this victory would not have been possible and so I want to thank the people for standing by me,” Quadri said.    

Antonie, who is from France, was rewarded with $2,500 for emerging as the first runner up of the men’s singles, while Guo Yan from China went home with $5,000 for winning the women’s singles. Her fellow compatriot, Sun Chen was awarded with $2,500 for emerging as the first runner up of the women’s singles.