‘Jonathan should bring back girls or forget 2015’ ‘Probe attacks on Buhari, killings of Shi’ite men’President Goodluck Jonathan got yesterday an ultimatum from the North – bring back the Chibok girls and stop Boko Haram or forget 2015.The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) issued a deadline – October- for the conditions to be met.For over three months, more than 200 girls abducted by the fundamentalist Boko Haram sect have been in captivity. Eleven of their parents have died, following the trauma. The government says it knows where the girls are, but it is being careful not to do anything that will put their lives at risk.
AS delegates at the on- going National Conference resumed plenary yesterday to debate on the final report of the Conference as produced by the Secretariat after one month of recess, strong indications have emerged that crisis looms as some northern delegates may have concluded plans to frustrate moves to amend some sections of the 1999 Constitution.Preparatory to carry out some alterations in the Constitution as contained in the report as recommended during Committee sitting and proposed amendments to be made on the proposed constitution as approved by delegates, the Conference Secretariat has prepared a draft Constitution to be sent to the National Assembly.Yesterday the Conference Secretatiat distributed the draft copy and a bill to give the Amendment teeth to all the delegates, just as some northern delegates were not comfortable with the draft with plans to ensure that it did not sail through.
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday assured Nigerians that the country would not disintegrate in 2015, as being speculated by some prophets of doom.The president, who was full of optimism, stated that the 2015 election would be free and fair and that it would be without shedding of blood or disintegration.Jonathan, who was at the interfaith conference at Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, with the theme: ‘The Imperative of Interfaith Understanding and Cooperation for Responsible Politics’, stated, “our challenges in the present must not be allowed to inhibit our progress.
Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka has come down hard on Nigeria’s Muslim leaders, saying that their oft-repeated claim that Boko Haram’s activities are un-Islamic does not in any way free them from blame.Soyinka, in a video address yesterday to the World Humanist Congress, at which he was presented with its main award, argued that even moderate religious leaders may be “vicariously liable” for sectarian hatred if they have failed to argue against it.
President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, described the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer’s visit that heralded the entry of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, into the country, as “pure madness.”This came as the Federal Government appealed to Nigerians not to panic and adhere to the highest possible personal hygiene measures and safety guidelines issued by the Federal Ministry of Health.
A PAN Igbo socio-political group, Ndigboamaka, has visited markets in the state to sensitise traders on the need to participate in the voters’ card revalidation, which begins in Lagos later in the month.The group’s National; Coordinator, Nze Basil Osunkwo, said their visit to markets became necessary because some of the traders were usually engrossed in their business at the expense of their civic responsibilities.
The Methodist Church of Nigeria has advocated amnesty for the Boko Haram sect,
THE Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, has called on the two major religions in Nigeria to put aside negative sentiments hampering the cordial relationship between them, for the sake of peace and unity in the country.He disclosed this in Kaduna, at the weekend, adding that only a harmonious relationship between adherents of the two…
by SAHARAREPORTERSOil Spill Sweet Crude reports Fire suspected to have been started by oil workers engaged by Shell on Sunday gutted a spill site on a Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) oil field in Ayambele and Kalaba communities in Yenagoa Local Government of Bayelsa State. The spill site, which was being remediated by SPDC, was…
The Bayelsa State chapter of the Nigerian Legion has asked the Federal Government to allow them to assist in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the country. The Chairman of the Nigerian Legion in the state, Igirigi Effiong, said this in Yenagoa, the state capital, on Saturday shortly after the passing-out parade of…