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Elder statesman, Tanko Yakassai has faulted the ministerial list sent to the Senate Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Although he described the list as “representative enough,” Yakassai however, noted that “the nomination of certain people perceived to be fantastically corrupt made mockery of the president’s war against corruption.”

In a WhatsApp message Tuesday, the former National Assembly Liaison Officer in the Second Republic also added that “since majority of the nominees are already known to the president his delay in submitting ministerial nomination is unjustifiable.”

He expressed the confidence that for the fact that returnees are many means that the policy of the new government would not be much different with that of the former government.

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Scientists have created a spread that is made almost entirely of water, in an attempt to make a healthier alternative to butter.
The spread is derived from 80 per cent water and 20 per cent fat, while real butter is made of 80 per cent fat – and has no artificial ingredients.
A tablespoon of the fake ‘butter’ contains a quarter of the fat (2.8g) and calories (25.2) of the real thing, barely touching daily dietary guidelines.
The scientists have not said when the spread would be available, or what it tastes like, but previous ‘healthy’ butters have left customers disappointed.
However, the team said how it was created gives the fake spread the ‘consistency of butter’, as well as having a similar ‘creaminess’.
Government officials have ruled that people cut down on butter because it contains saturated fat, which is bad for heart health, reports dailymail.co.uk.
However, there is evidence saturated fat – also abundant in cheese and red meats – is good for health, too.
Food scientists at Cornell University are behind the low-calorie spread, and shared its creation in a paper published in the journal Applied Materials and Interfaces.

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I’ll give you 30 days to find solution to avoid no-deal Brexit, Merkel tells Johnson

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I’ll give you 30 days to find solution to avoid no-deal Brexit, Merkel tells Johnson

Angela Merkel has challenged Boris Johnson to come up with a solution to avert a no-deal Brexit “in the next 30 days”, putting responsibility for stopping the UK crashing out of the EU firmly at the British Prime Minister’s door.
After weeks of diplomatic tension, the German Chancellor used her first face-to-face meeting with her UK counterpart on Wednesday to signal cautious optimism that a deal could be struck, suggesting that the backstop was “a placeholder that will no longer be necessary” if a solution to the impasse over the Irish border can be found.
Suggesting that changes to the political declaration could yet provide a way forward, Merkel saidan agreement could take two years, “but maybe we can find that solution in the next 30 days”.
Merkel’s remarks came on day one of Johnson’s crucial visit to Berlin and Paris, his first overseas trip since he entered Number 10 as Brexit negotiations heat up once more.
But her olive branch was set against a backdrop of pessimism across the EU, with French officials warning that Paris now views a no-deal Brexit as “the most likely outcome” and Ireland’s Foreign Minister warning that no-deal was now more likely than ever.
Despite those warnings Johnson sought to convey a willingness to compromise in his appearance with Merkel, saying that he was “glad” to hear his German counterpart setting such a “blistering timetable”, and adding wir schaffen das (“we will manage”), the same phrase Merkel famously used to sound determined in the middle of the 2015 refugee crisis.
Both leaders agreed the onus was on the UK to come up with a way to square Britain’s desire to leave the EU with the need to avert a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, as set out in the Good Friday agreement.
Merkel’s attempt to give new impetus to the talks could be challenged immediately on Thursday with Johnson’s visit to France widely seen as unlikely to yield significant progress.
Ahead of the meeting with Emmanuel Macron and the weekend’s G7 summit, a French official said: “If the UK considers that having a backstop is absolutely excluded, that is its right, but in that case it limits the possibility of reaching an agreement.”
The official added: “The idea of saying ‘there’s not a deal, so I won’t pay’ does not work. We cannot imagine that a country like the UK would back out of an international commitment.”
Throughout the Brexit negotiations, Merkel has often sought a friendlier, more positive tone towards Britain than the messages coming out of Paris. Once stripped of their rhetoric, however, the two countries’ position have so far been closely aligned.
During his first overseas visit as Prime Minister, Johnson and Merkel walked down the red carpet to chants of “No to Brexit” from mostly British protesters gathered outside the gates of the chancellory.
As the military band played the German and British anthems, the pair sat rather than stood, as has become customary for Merkel since she suffered bouts of shaking during military honours earlier this summer.
Over a working dinner of tuna tartar, venison backstrap and chocolate tart, the pair said they would discuss geopolitical issues ranging from Russia, Iran, China, the protests in Hong Kong and, in Johnson’s words, “the small matter of Brexit”.
Merkel reiterated that Germany accepted Britain’s decision to depart from the bloc of nations as “a fact”. While Germany hoped for a negotiated exit, the Chancellor said, “we are also prepared for the eventuality that there won’t be such a negotiated exit”, specifically drawing attention to consequences this could have for British citizens across the EU.
Reiterating the content of the letter he sent to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, on Monday, Johnson said “we cannot accept the current withdrawal agreement”, but that his government was “absolutely dedicated” to honour the rights of EU citizens in Britain and that his government would “under no circumstances” introduce checks on the Irish border.
Asked if a time limit to the backstop could point the way to a compromise between the negotiating side, Johnson said “there are other flaws to the backstop”.
Speaking after a meeting with the Slovakian President, Zuzana Čaputová, in Berlin, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier earlier in the day voiced pessimism about the chances of constructive talks with the new British Prime Minister.
Regarding the backstop, Steinmeier said “all variations that could now be put on the table” had already been discussed in talks. “I therefore think it unlikely that negotiations [on the backstop] will get off the ground”.
*Courtesy: The Guardian 

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Secondus slams APC, says Nigeria facing unprecedented hunger, insecurity

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  • ‘PDP plans fresh congresses in Ogun’

 

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has berated the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for allegedly foisting hunger, insecurity and economic hardship on Nigerians.
Secondus, who declared that Nigerians have been fooled by the APC, said the nation’s economy had collapsed and her citizens more divided under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He spoke on Tuesday night at the unification meeting of the Ogun State chapter of the party, which held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta.
The meeting was attended by supporters of the immediate past Senator (Ogun East), Buruji Kashamu, and former House of Representatives member, Oladipupo Adebutu, who had hitherto been battling over the structures of the party in the state.
At the event, which was also attended by returnees from some political parties, Secondus disclosed that the PDP would conduct congresses next year at the ward, local and state levels for a completely new structure in the state chapter.
The National Chairman noted that Nigeria’s image had been battered as a result of poor governance of the Buhari-led administration.
According to him, there is so much hunger and insecurity never witnessed in the land before.

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CoS: Buhari degraded ministerial portfolios to clerical aides – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said President Muhammadu Buhari has degraded ministerial portfolios to clerical aides by directing the ministers to report to his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari.
Such demotion, according to the party, is counter-productive and reduces governance to a domestic affair.
PDP in a statement Wednesday by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiya, said President Buhari has demonstrated a lack of required capacity to lead a nation as complex as Nigeria especially at this trying times.
It described the appointed ministers as “a poor parade of recycled foot-travelers, many of whom have failed Nigerians in governance assignments,” adding that the president “had no clear-cut blueprint to rescue the nation from the economic, security and social quagmires which his administration had plunged our nation into in the last four years.
“At a ceremony where Nigerians had expected the forceful articulation of a progressive policy thrust, Mr. President bored the nation with an empty and directionless script that only evoked more despondency in our nation.
“Instead of helping President Buhari to offer hope, his handlers were more interested on photo-ups and refreshments, away from serous business of governance.”
The party stated that in assembling a team made up of alleged persons indicted for corruption and treasury looting, President Buhari has demonstrated that he has nothing to offer to the nation.
PDP said it feels the pains and anguish of Nigerians, who by now would have been enjoying the benefits of the much-desired economic recovery blueprint articulated by its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

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Onu, Ngige, Mohammed retain posts as Fashola, Amaechi shed weight in new cabinet

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Onu, Ngige, Mohammed retain posts as Fashola, Amaechi shed weight in new cabinet

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja inaugurated his new cabinet with majority of the re-appointed members of his first term cabinet retaining their posts.

 

 

Some other members of the old team who returned either had their jobs trimmed or got a raise in their responsibilities.

 

 

Alhaji Lai Mohammed returns to the Ministry of Information and Culture as Dr Ogbonnaya Onu returns to the Ministry of Science and Technology but unlike Mohammed, Onu is to be assisted by a Minister of State, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi.

 

 

Others who retained their positions are Alhaji Muhammed Bello (Federal Capital Territory) Adamu Adamu (Education), Dr Chris Ngige Labour and Employment), Geoffrey Onyeama (Foreign Affairs).

 

 

Alhaji Hadi Sirika, takes full charge as Minister of Aviation, while Mr Chibuike Amaechi is in-charge of Minister of Aviation in the Ministry of Transportation without the Aviation segment.

 

 

Malam Suleiman Adamu returns to the Ministry of Water Resources, while Zainab Ahmed is back to the Ministry of Finance.

 

 

Abubakar Malami retains his post as Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation and Mr Babatunde Fashola keeps the Ministry of Works and Housing without the Power segment.

 

 

Dr Ikechukwu Ogah, a fresh hand, is Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development; Godswill Akpabio (Minister of Niger Delta Affairs) and Mr Festus Keyamo is Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs.

 

 

Mr Sabo Nanono is the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources; retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magash (Minister of Defence) and Ramatu Tijjani (Minister of State, FCT.)

 

 

Mr Muhammed Madmud is Minister of Environment; Sharon Ikeazor (Minister of State, Environment) and Amb. Maryam Katagun is the Minister of State, Trade

 

 

Mr Timipre Sylva is the Minister of State, Petroleum, Mr George Akume is the Minister of Special Duties and International Affairs, while Mustapha Baba Shehuri is Minister of State, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

 

 

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President Mohammed Buhari – Substantive Minister of Petroleum

1) Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah – Abia, Mines and Steel Development, State

 

2) Muhammed Musa Bello – Adamawa, FCT

 

3) Sen. Godswill Obot Akpabio – Akwa Ibom, Niger Delta

 

4) Chris Ngige – Anambra, Labour & Employment

 

 

5) Sharon Ikeazor – Anambra, Environment, State

 

 

6) Adamu Adamu – Bauchi, Education

 

 

7) Amb Maryam Katagum – Bauchi, Industry, Trade and Investment, State

 

8) Timipre Silva – Bayelsa, Petroleum, State

 

9) Sen. George Akume – Benue, Special Duties

 

 

10) Mustapha Baba Shehuri – Borno, Agriculture, State

 

 

11) Godwin Jedi-Agba – Cross River, Power, State

 

 

12) Festus Keyamo – Delta, Niger Delta, State

 

 

13) Ogbonnaya Onu – Ebonyi, Science and Technology

 

14) Dr. Osagie Ehanire – Edo, Health

 

15) Clement Ikanade Agba – Edo, Budget and National Planning, State

 

 

16) Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo – Ekiti, Industry, Trade and Investment

 

17) Geoffrey Onyeama – Enugu, Foreign Affairs

 

18) Dr. Ali Isa Pantami – Gombe, Communication

 

19) Emeka Nwajuba – Imo, Education, State

 

20) Suleiman Adamu – Jigawa, Water Resources

 

21) Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed – Kaduna, Finance, Budget and National Planning

 

22) Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud – Kaduna, Environment

 

23) Mohammed Sabo Nanono – Kano, Agriculture

 

24) Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) – Kano, Defence

 

25) Hadi Sirika – Katsina, Aviation

 

26) Abubakar Malami – Kebbi, HAGF and Minister of Justice

 

27) Ramatu Tijani Aliyu – Kogi, FCT, State

 

28) Lai Mohammed – Kwara, Information and Culture

 

29) Gbemisola Saraki – Kwara, Transportation, State

 

30) Babatunde Raji Fashola – Lagos, Works and Housing

 

31) Adeleke Mamora – Lagos, Health, State

 

32) Mohammed A. Abdullahi – Nasarawa, Science & Tech, State

 

33) Amb. Zubairu Dada – Niger, Foreign Affairs, State

 

34) Olamilekan Adegbite – Ogun, Mines & Steel Devpt

 

35) Sen. Omotayo Alasuadura – Ondo, Labour, State

 

36) Rauf Aregbesola – Osun, Interior

 

37) Sunday Dare – Oyo, Youth and Sports

 

38) Dame Pauline Tallen – Plateau, Women Affairs

 

39) Rotimi Amaechi – Rivers, Transportation

 

40) Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi – Sokoto, Police Affairs

 

41) Engr. Sale Mamman – Taraba, Power

 

42) Abubakar D. Aliyu – Yobe, Works and Housing, State

 

43) Sadiya Umar Faruk – Zamfara, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

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Abia killing: Army dismisses killer soldier for prosecution

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The 82 Division of the Nigerian Army has dismissed Lance Cpl. Ajayi Johnson, who allegedly killed a commercial motorcyclist, Mr Chimaobi Nwogu, at Umoukereke Ngwa in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia.

The Deputy Director, Public Relations of the division, Col. Aliyu Yusuf, announced this in a statement issued in Enugu on Wednesday.

Yusuf stated that Johnson had been handed over to the police command in Abia for prosecution.

It would be recalled that the suspect had on August 7, 2019 allegedly shot Nwaogu for reportedly failing to drop N100 at a military checkpoint, killing him on the spot.

The army later arrested him and, according to Yusuf, he was tried in accordance with extant rules and regulations of the Nigerian Army.

Yusuf said that Johnson had been dully charged, tried and reduced to the rank of a private and subsequently dismissed from service.

“He is, hereby, formally handed over to the Nigerian Police Force, Abia state command today Wednesday August 21, 2019 for further necessary action.

“The 82 Division will not condone any act of lawlessness and unprofessional conduct from any of its personnel, and wherever that happens, decisive action will surely be taken against erring personnel,” he further stated.

He stated that the Nigerian Army would continue to discharge its core mandate in protecting lives and property of all Nigerians as provided in the Constitution.

And in a related development, the Chief Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has charged Regiment Sergeant Majors (RS) in the Nigerian army to acquire skills in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in order to remain relevant.

Buratai gave the charge at the opening of RSM annual convention on Wednesday in Kaduna.

The News Agency report that the theme of the convention in which 306 RSMs are participating was: “Professionalism Through Regimentation in the Nigerian Army.’’

Buratai said: “Nowadays in our regimentation, you must embrace ICT. You must embrace the quest to be digital, and I expect you all to no longer be analogue but digital.’’

He said that was necessary because of the involvement of the army with enemies who had gone digital in operations.

 

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Buhari removes power from Fashola, retains Petroleum portfolio

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Former Lagos State governor Babatunde Fashola will no longer be a “super minister” after the Power Ministry was removed from him.

In the previous cabinent, Fashola had headed three ministries after being named Minister of Power, Works and Housing.

But at today’s swearing in, Saleh Mamman, who was nominated from Taraba, now occupies the position

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari is still in charge of the Petroleum Ministry as he announced Timipre Sylva as Minister of State for Petroleum.

Lai Mohammed is still in charge of information ministry, Chris Ngige (labour) and Mohammed Bello (federal capital territory).

The president assigned portfolios to his ministers after swearing them in at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

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President Mohammed Buhari – Substantive Minister of Petroleum

1) Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah – Abia, Mines and Steel Development, State

2) Muhammed Musa Bello – Adamawa, FCT

3) Sen. Godswill Obot Akpabio – Akwa Ibom, Niger Delta

4) Chris Ngige – Anambra, Labour & Employment

5) Sharon Ikeazor – Anambra, Environment, State

6) Adamu Adamu – Bauchi, Education

7) Amb Maryam Katagum – Bauchi, Industry, Trade and Investment, State

8) Timipre Silva – Bayelsa, Petroleum, State

9) Sen. George Akume – Benue, Special Duties

10) Mustapha Baba Shehuri – Borno, Agriculture, State

11) Godwin Jedi-Agba – Cross River, Power, State

12) Festus Keyamo – Delta, Niger Delta, State

13) Ogbonnaya Onu – Ebonyi, Science and Technology

14) Dr. Osagie Ehanire – Edo, Health

15) Clement Ikanade Agba – Edo, Budget and National Planning, State

16) Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo – Ekiti, Industry, Trade and Investment

17) Geoffrey Onyeama – Enugu, Foreign Affairs

18) Dr. Ali Isa Pantami – Gombe, Communication

19) Emeka Nwajuba – Imo, Education, State

20) Suleiman Adamu – Jigawa, Water Resources

21) Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed – Kaduna, Finance, Budget and National Planning

22) Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud – Kaduna, Environment

23) Mohammed Sabo Nanono – Kano, Agriculture

24) Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) – Kano, Defence

25) Hadi Sirika – Katsina, Aviation

26) Abubakar Malami – Kebbi, HAGF and Minister of Justice

27) Ramatu Tijani Aliyu – Kogi, FCT, State

28) Lai Mohammed – Kwara, Information and Culture

29) Gbemisola Saraki – Kwara, Transportation, State

30) Babatunde Raji Fashola – Lagos, Works and Housing

31) Adeleke Mamora – Lagos, Health, State

32) Mohammed A. Abdullahi – Nasarawa, Science & Tech, State

33) Amb. Zubairu Dada – Niger, Foreign Affairs, State

34) Olamilekan Adegbite – Ogun, Mines & Steel Devpt

35) Sen. Omotayo Alasuadura – Ondo, Labour, State

36) Rauf Aregbesola – Osun, Interior

37) Sunday Dare – Oyo, Youth and Sports

38) Dame Pauline Tallen – Plateau, Women Affairs

39) Rotimi Amaechi – Rivers, Transportation

40) Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi – Sokoto, Police Affairs

41) Engr. Sale Mamman – Taraba, Power

42) Abubakar D. Aliyu – Yobe, Works and Housing, State

43) Sadiya Umar Faruk – Zamfara, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

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Nigeria marks three years clear of polio

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Nigeria marks three years on Wednesday since its last case of wild polio virus (WPV).

This date is significant because in order for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare a country free of polio it has to go three years without a new case.

But it’s not quite official yet that Nigeria is polio-free.

First the WHO has to work out whether the surveillance networks are robust enough so that they can safely say that there really have been no polio cases for three years.

That is not likely to happen until early next year, according to Chairman of Nigeria’s Polio Committee, Dr Tunji Funsho.

Nevertheless, Nigeria has undoubtedly come a long way.

In 2012, the country had more than half of all polio cases worldwide, with 223 cases, the WHO says.

Dr Funsho puts this success down to, among other things, the reduction of fighting with Islamist militants Boko Haram.

The Boko Haram insurgency in north-east Nigeria had made some areas of Borno State hard to access, reports the BBC.

That is reflected in where the most recent cases of polio have been and the last case of wild polio was detected on August 21, 2016 in Borno.

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Presidential Election Tribunal reserves judgment

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The Presidential Election Petition on Wednesday reserved judgement in the petition challenging the election of Muhammadu Buhari as president.

NAN reports that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the PDP, are challenging the election of President Buhari.

Buhari was declared the winner of the February 23 presidential election, with over 15 million votes as against Atiku’s 11, 262,978 votes.

The five-member panel led by Justice Mohammed Garba reserved judgment to a date to be communicated to all the parties involved in the petition.

Dr Levi Uzoukwu, who led the petitioners’ legal team, insisted in his final written address that President Buhari’s claim that he submitted his certificates to the Military Board has been controverted by the Secretary to the Military Board.

Lawyers to INEC, President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, however, urged the Tribunal to dismiss the petition with substantial cost for lacking in merit and substance.

They argued that the nation’s law only requires a candidate to be educated up to secondary school level or its equivalent.

 

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Boss Mustapha takes oath as SGF

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  • Mrs Oyo-Ita also present

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in Boss Mustapha as the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF).

Reappointed on July 6, Mustapha had the oath of office administered on to him alone at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, had announced that the SGF would be sworn in alone while the ministers would be joined in nine batches of a group of five for their own swearing-in.

Mustapha, from Adamawa State, was first appointed as the SGF in October, 2017, replacing Babachir Lawal, who was relieved of the position, following the controversial grass-cutting contract he awarded to firms said to be linked to him.

Meanwhile, among the top government officials already present inside the Council Chambers, venue of the event is the Head of Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, who was rumoured to have resigned from her position over allegations of fraud.

Oyo-Ita, who sat on her designated chair as the HoS, has already denied the resignation speculation.

 

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