Buhari Hails Victorious Super Falcons

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigeria’s Super Falcons on their victory over the senior female football team of Cameroon at the final game of the women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Yaounde.

The president described the hard-earned victory over the Indomitable Lionesses as “very sweet and well-deserved”.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Mr. Buhari commended the Falcons for their “indomitable spirit, resilience and team work” which spurred them to victory in spite of a vociferous home crowd.

President Buhari noted that the Nigerian team achieved “this feat of being African champions for the 8th time”.

According to him, this development has lifted the spirits of sports-loving Nigerians.

He enjoined other Nigerian sports men and women to emulate the exemplary attitude of the Super Falcons who placed the interest of the nation above personal interests,

The president assured that the Federal Government would not relent in doing its best to promote sports within available resources.

President Buhari also saluted the technical competence of the coaching crew, which enabled the Nigerian players to overcome their hard-fighting opponents throughout the competition.

 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Super Falcons defeated hosts Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon 1-0 after Desire Oparanozie’s 84th minute goal, to win the 10th women’s Africa Cup of Nations for their 8th continental title.

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North Korea Hails ‘Successful’ Nuclear Test

North Korea said it has carried out a successful “nuclear warhead explosion” test to counter what it called US hostility, North Korean state TV reported, angering neighbours and the United States.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 was detected in the country’s north on Friday morning, South Korea’s meteorological agency said, in what officials said was the biggest ever such blast.

A state TV presenter said: “Scientists [from] … the DPRK carried out a nuclear explosion test for the judgment of the power of a nuclear warhead newly studied and manufactured by them at the northern nuclear test ground.”

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the North’s official name.

“The Central Committee of the [ruling] Workers’ Party of Korea sent warm congratulations to nuclear scientists … of the northern nuclear test ground on the successful nuclear warhead explosion test,” the presenter said.

The test would also enable the North to produce “as many as it wants [of] a variety of smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power”, she said.

The UN nuclear watchdog said the test was in “clear violation of numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions” and disregarded repeated demands from the international community.

“It is a deeply troubling and regrettable act,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano said in a video on the IAEA’s website. He added that the IAEA is ready to resume verification activities in North Korea once a political agreement had been reached among the countries concerned.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg “strongly condemned” the “very disturbing” development, telling Pyongyang it must drop all nuclear and ballistic missile activities.

“I strongly condemn these consistent provocations and violations of binding UN Security Council resolutions which undermine regional and international security,” he said in a statement.

The tremor, detected by the US Geological Survey and Japan’s Meteorological Agency’s earthquake and tsunami observations division, happened near a known nuclear test site.

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Labour Hails INEC’s Decision To Go Ahead With Edo Election

Mr Issa Aremu, Secretary General, Textile Workers’ Union of Nigeria ,on Thursday hailed the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to postpone the Edo Governorship Election.

Aremu, in a press statement issued in Kaduna, said that the decision had reinforced confidence in the ability of the commission to protect the sanctity of elections.

The labour chieftain said INEC’s resolve to defend its independence “is a practical demonstration of the fact that “Change truly begins with INEC”, in line with the new national reorientation campaign.

“The sanctity of electoral calendar is the minimum requirement for free and fair election.

“If the electorate trust that INEC keeps to its announced dates and times for polls, they have no cause to mistrust and doubt the integrity of its results,” Aremu said.

He canvassed support for security agencies to ensure that the plot to scuttle the polls by desperate elements fail.

“Labour also called on all the contesting parties in the state to collaborate with the Independent Electoral commission for a free and fair poll.

“We hail the decisions of the police and DSS to raise the alarm about the threats posed by militants and insurgents adding that all must support the security agencies to nullify the threats of anti-democratic forces.”

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Rio Olympics: Sports Minister, Dalung Hails Dream Team For Beating Japan

Youths & Sports Development Minister, Barr. Solomon Dalung has hailed the U-23 Eagles for their victory against Japan in their first Group B match of men’s football event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Eagles despite arriving Manaus from Atlanta, USA, few hours before the game put up a strong showing in their win against the Asians.

Dalung, who took to microblogging site, Twitter to heap plaudits on the Samson Siasia tutored lads for their fighting spirit and patriotism, said: “I heartily congratulate the national U-23 football team for their outstanding 5-4 victory over Japan in their opening Group B game.”

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U.S. Ambassador Hails Buhari On Economy, Corruption War

The outgoing United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, has praised President Muhammadu Buhari’s record in the last one year, saying the administration has done well on the economy, fight against corruption and insecurity, given the circumstances it inherited.

Mr. Entwistle will be leaving Nigeria at the end of July, ahead of his retirement from the U.S. Foreign service, after a career spanning 35 and half years.

He told a select group of media representatives, on Friday that considering the very difficult situation Mr. Buhari inherited, the president did well in his first one year in office.

The envoy, who drew a parallel between President Obama and President Buhari, said although it was understandable for Nigerians to have high expectations of change, they, like the American people, should be patient with the administration.

“I see a parallel between President Buhari and President Obama. President Obama had not been in office very long before the people had the same kind of impatience. A lot of people forgot what difficult situation President Obama inherited,” Mr. Entwistle said.

“I think the same thing is happening to President Buhari. It is completely understandable for the people to have high expectations. They are impatient, because they want to see change. But, the president inherited very difficult circumstances.

“Some of the things he identified that needed to be done, like ending corruption, reforms in the petroleum sector, ending of the conflict in the North East, are things that even when you work as hard as you can, they are going to take some time to yield the kind of result you expect. People should be patient.

“It is good that the expectations from Mr. President are very high. But, I think people should remember what he inherited. And in my opinion, I try to be neutral and balanced, I think Mr. President and his team have done a good job in this first year,” Mr. Entwistle said.

On the economy, the out-going ambassador said the sliding oil prices affected most economies, including Nigeria’s. He said these days no country is an “economic island” and what happens in one economy, affects others.

He said President Buhari’s economic team has done a lot, particularly in the areas of exchange rate and removal of fuel subsidy, which he said could see the economy begin to do well.

Mr. Entwistle also gave President Buhari “very good marks” for his handling of the economy.

On the fight against corruption, the ambassador said he has a lot of respect for President Buhari, saying he has remained consistent with his campaign promise to make it the focus of his administration.

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Buhari Hails Nigeria’s Under-23 African Champions

President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed Nigeria’s Under-23 team for defeating Algeria in the finals of the Under-23 Africa Nations championship on Saturday.

In a press statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu President Buhari stated that the players hard work gave them victory.

Noting that it would be first time that Nigeria attained such soccer glory in the particular category, the president commended the Nigerian sides for bringing laurels to the country.

“The boys have worked incredibly and admirably so hard to bring national glory to Nigeria. Their tenacity and the passion to excel were factors that propelled the Under 23 team to victory. They are talented and determined young Nigerians,” he said.

He said his administration would give them every support and active encouragement to excel in the future.

According to the President, his government would always reward hard work and excellence. He however advised the Under 23 Nigerian African champions to sustain the standard.

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UN Hails Nigeria Over Fight Against Boko Haram

The United Nations (UN) has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari administration for its fight against Boko Haram.

Mr. Weixiong Chen of the UN Counter Terrorism Centre said this when he led a delegation to Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS’) Controller-General, Dr. Peter Ekpendu.

Chen praised the government and the NPS management for being able to contain insurgency, particularly the de-radicalisation of those in prison custody.

NPS spokesman Francis Enobore  quoted the leader of the delegation as noting with delight the “appreciable success that has been recorded in the counter-terrorism, reformation and rehabilitation drive of the prisons service through the support of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), European Union and other development partners”.

He stated that violent extremism, which he described as a relatively new phenomenon in Africa, remained a global challenge and a common enemy to mankind.

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Drake Hails Wizkid, Says He Is Super Honoured By Their Collaboration

American rapper, Drake having kept mute since he dropped his verse on Wizkid ‘Ojuelegba remix’, has finally come out to say few words about working with Wizkid on the 100th issue of FADER magazine.

The rapper was asked why he recorded the song with Skpeta, if it was some attempt at ‘international outreach’ to become a truly global star, having already conquered North America. Drake swayed that impression by saying, ‘I just did it because I was in the moment,’ adding, ‘I wasn’t thinking like, ‘Oh man, I gotta get my brand up in Nigeria. Not to say that’s not important. I’m super-honoured to be on that song”.

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Tompolo Hails Buhari, Calls Him A Listening Leader

Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, frontline ex-Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND leaders, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Niger Delta ex-militants and other stakeholders in the Niger Delta, yesterday, hailed President Muhammudu Buhari over the appointment of Brigadier Gen Paul Boroh (rtd) as the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

Niger Delta ex-militants, who congratulated the newly appointed chairman of the Niger Delta Amnesty programme, said that Buhari had made a wise and deserved choice from the Niger Delta.

Boroh, who arrived the PAP office in Maitama, early in the day, said that he will move quickly to sort out the issue of Amnesty beneficiaries, who are currently out of school abroad as a result of the non-payment of their fees.

He said he will do all within his power to consolidate on the gains of the programme and aid the efforts by Buhari to consolidate peace, safety and security in the Niger Delta.

He said: “Mr President is keen on the smooth and efficient running of the Amnesty Programme. He also wants things done properly. I am going to quickly look into the issue of beneficiaries, who are currently out of schools or training centres as a result of default in payment of fees and allowances. We are going to sort out these issues very fast and stabilize the Programme.”

Similarly, ex-militants and other stakeholders in the Niger Delta have described Boroh’s appointment as apt and responsive, noting it will help solve the concern raised by the people of the Niger Delta over the hitches in the amnesty programme and payment of outstanding allowances and scholarship of the beneficiaries studying at home and abroad.

For Tompolo, “This action shows that the President is a listening leader, and also demonstrates his desire to contribute to the development of the Niger Delta.

“It could be recalled that I called a meeting of ex-agitators’ leaders and other stakeholders in the Niger Delta last week, as a result of the pressure on me to intervene in the seemingly troubled Amnesty Programme due to the non payment of the stipend and allowances to beneficiaries for months now.

“And so, it gives me joy for the President to appoint a high ranking retired military gentleman to coordinate the programme rather than any of the political jobbers, who had advertised themselves in very negative forms in order to be appointed.

“ I want to use this medium to admonish Gen. Boroh to carry out his duty effectively and always consult stakeholders so as to succeed in this assignment,” he added.

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Again, Buhari Hails Jonathan For Nigeria’s Peaceful Transition

President Muhammadu Buhari has again acknowledged the role played by former President Goodluck Jonathan in midwifing a peaceful and successful transition programme in the country.

He said this on Sunday in his address to the AU Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“I cannot fail to acknowledge the very positive role played by my predecessor, President Goodluck Jonathan, in averting the feared crisis, and in facilitating the peaceful transition of power between the two parties,” he said.

President Buhari said his election had been described as historic.

“I agree that it is indeed historic because for the first time in the practice of democracy in my country, an opposition party has defeated the ruling party in a keenly contested election.

“The election was also held against the backdrop of the fears and concerns expressed both in Nigeria and among our international friends abroad and partners that the outcome of the election could spell doom for Nigeria.

“I am glad that even though those fears and concerns were not without basis, the outcome was totally different, to the relief of all of us,’’ he said.

Mr. Buhari reiterated that the process, which was adjudged as the fairest and most credible in the history of elections in Nigeria, was midwifed by the dogged and sustained determination of the Nigerian people, and their desire to deepen democracy.

He said the people’s quest was amply supported, and even encouraged by the goodwill of friends and partners in the international community.

“I therefore wish to seize this opportunity to convey my very deep appreciation to all those who contributed to the success of that election.

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NLC Hails Saraki, Dogara, Others; Demands End To Fuel Crisis

The Nigeria Labour Congress on Wednesday hailed the new leadership of the National Assembly, extolling their emergence as victory for democracy.

Bukola Saraki was on Tuesday elected the President of the Senate, while Yakubu Dogara was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in a keen contest marking the formal inauguration of the 8th session of the National Assembly.

The acting President of the NLC, Kiri Mohammed, congratulated the new leadership of the two chambers of the Assembly, saying the “free, fair and transparent” way their elections were conducted was victory for democracy.

Mr. Mohammed said he was hopeful that the successful emergence of the new Assembly leadership would establish its independence and ensure that members were allowed to focus on efforts to deepen the country’s democracy and development.

The NLC leader applauded President Muhammadu Buhari especially for resisting overtures for him to interfere in the elections, saying this should serve as a lesson to all politicians, political parties and all organisations to allow democracy to run its full course without undue imposition of candidates.

“All arms of government must be allowed to function in accordance with the constitution without interference,” Mr. Mohammed said. “The National Assembly should at all times be independent.”


Ghanaian President Hails Nigeria’s Democracy

Ghana President, John Dramani Mahama, has congratulated the President-elect of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, following his victory in the weekend’s poll.

Mahama, who is also the Chair of the Economic Community of West African States Authority of Heads of State and Government, also congratulated all the political stakeholders, electoral officials and the people of Nigeria for their belief and commitment to the strengthening of democracy and good governance.

He further commended outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for his “political maturity and statesmanship”, describing his call to President-elect Buhari as “a mark of courage and a respect for the will of the Nigerian people.”

Mahama hailed the Nigerian elections as a triumph for the new Africa that is emerging.

Meanwhile, the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, has congratulated Buhari and Nigeria.  “Through the peaceful exercise of their sovereign and democratic right to elect their own leaders, the people of Nigeria have strengthened the frontiers of democracy for all other African countries to emulate.” – CAJ News

Buhari, a former Nigerian army general, beat incumbent and main rival Jonathan by a wide margin during the historic presidential election in Nigeria.

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