Another Buhari death rumor: Vested interests out to create panic — Presidency; Imam, 20 Others Killed in Niger State Herdsmen Attack; MASSOB unveils plans for May 2017 Biafra Day celebration; Arik & Aero may merge as national carrier; Kannywood actress Jamila Naguda endoreced as Vedan super seasoning Ambassador; Buhari’s top aide in trouble over attempt to usurp Osinbajo’s powers; Femi Kuti breaks Guinness World Record for longest single note on a saxophone; Stock Market Surges 12% in 3 Weeks on Rising Investor Confidence in FX Window . . .
The Presidency has condemned another rumor of the death of President Muhammadu Buhari. It described the rumor as a plot by vested interests to create panic in the polity. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Median and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said via Twitter last night that nothing unpleasant had happened to the president.
Photos L-R: Presidential spokesmen Femi Adesina & Garba Shehu
Garba Shehu tweeted:
“Baseless rumours are trending again that an unpleasant thing has happened to our beloved president. If you have received this information on WhatsApp or Facebook, disregard it because it is a plain lie spread by vested interests to create panic. Nothing unpleasant has happened to the president. No cause for apprehension. Thanks for the many calls.”
The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, described the rumor as vain.
Femi Adesina wrote on his Twitter handle, @FemAdesina:
“Why do some people rage and imagine vain things? It is the counsel of God that shall stand. May God bless all those praying for PMB.”
The Imam of Etogi village in Gbara ward of Mokwa Local Government Area in Niger State was among the 21 persons reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen on Saturday morning. The imam was said to be leading 20 other faithful in an early morning prayer, when the herdsmen attacked them with dangerous weapons and embarked on a killing spree.
An eyewitness said those injured had been taken to the Mokwa General Hospital for treatment. He told ThisDay that the attack by the herdsmen was a reprisal for killing of a herdsman by the villagers during a disagreement. He said the disagreement occurred between some Fulani youths and members of the community.
The herdsmen were said to have maintained a settlement near the community on the understanding that a percentage of the proceeds from their harvest would go to the village head. However a disagreement was said to have ensued when the herdsmen failed to remit the agreed fee to the village head at the end of the last cropping season. The herdsmen, it was learnt, later claimed that the parcel of land belonged to them.
But the community was said to have demanded for the agreed amount, a development that led to a free for all fight, resulting in the death of one of the herdsmen. This was said to have infuriated the herdsmen who reportedly mobilized support and unleashed mayhem on the villagers on Saturday morning, leading to the death of the 21 persons. Police public relations officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, when contacted, confirmed the incident, but said “20 people were killed during the early morning attack”.
The Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB) may celebrate her Biafra Independence Day on May 22nd 2017 – the Daily Times reported. Mr Samuel Okah, the MASSOB leader in Cross River State disclosed this at the weekend in Ikom when the organisation kicked start the activities for the annual celebration.
The celebration will climax a rally with a grand football match with Bayelsa State wing of the movement on the 22nd May 2017 which is the final day of the celebration. “We call on security agencies not to engage us in any show of force by killing our members (MASSOB) who are celebrating Biafra Day” He explained that the expected peaceful event was to honour Dim Odemegwu Ojukwu who on 30th May 1967 declared Biafra Independence to free his people from the yoke of bondage which they were subjected to.
Mr. Okah said that the celebration of the 22nd May started when Chief Ralph UIwazurike , the MASSOB leader in pursuit of a non violent struggle for the actualization of the Biafra nation declared the Biafra Independence Day on that date in the year 2000.
The Nigerian government is considering a possible option of a merger and conversion of assets of Arik Air and Aero Contractors in the buildup to a new national carrier for Nigeria.
The option, according to sources, is due to the alleged debt burden of the two beleaguered airlines. In the wake of their indebtedness, the federal government had intervened through the takeover by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). Both airlines have since the intervention proven not to be promising in terms of operations and debt payment.
The conversion plan, though already faulted by some stakeholders, will further reduce private domestic operations to six airlines, with the attendant debt burden and legal issues for the prospective national carrier.
Kannywood actress Jamila Naguda has been endorsed as the brand ambassador of Vedan super seasoning. Premium Times reports that the endorsement ceremony took place in Kano with Jamila signing the contract papers.
The actress shared the good news on her Instagram wall on Saturday after the ceremony. She also extolled actor Ali Nuhu for facilitating the contract for her. “Alhamdullilah, am now a brand ambassador of vedan super seasoning, thanks to the King of Kannywood, Ali Nuhu,”. Jamila wrote.
A top aide of President Muhammadu Buhari is in trouble over the role he allegedly played prior to the departure of the president to the United Kingdom for medical treatment, last week. There were indications, last night, that the aide might be probed for this action.
A top government source told Vanguard, last night, that the latest offence that got the President very upset was the attempt by the said aide to breach the clear provisions of the Constitution regarding the transfer of power to the Vice President ahead of Buhari’s departure, last week, for his medical follow-up in the UK.
The source said last night, “In fact, the man in question had actually drafted a letter meant for the president’s signature two days to Buhari’s departure stating that “the powers of the Acting President be limited” while he ( the aide in question) be authorized to coordinate things in a “broad sense until Buhari returns”. “In the letter drafted by the controversial official for Buhari to sign, the officer also suggested that Osinbajo be restrained from taking any action on the Economy, Foreign Currency operations and the Central Bank of Nigeria among other strategic agencies of the government pending the return of Buhari.
“Mr. President however shocked the aide largely believed to have won his heart by promptly rejecting the suggestions by taking the unprecedented bold step to personally meet with his Vice and the NASS leaders and brief them on the transfer of power to his Vice before leaving Nigeria for the U.K. . . .”
Afro Beat icon Femi Kuti (son of legendary & late Afro Beat creator Fela Anikulapo Kuti) on Sunday held a single musical note for 51 minutes, 35 seconds, making it the longest time ever spent blowing on a wind instrument. TheCable reports that The Afro Beat musician achieved the feat at the New Afrikan Shrine, Lagos.
Kuti was widely believed to have broken a Guinness World Record after his 46 minutes, 38 seconds attempt last week, but managed to beat the effort of legendary saxophonist, Kenny G, who set the record for the longest musical note in 1997. Kenny G lost the world record in 2000 after musician Vann Burchfield held a note for 47 minutes, 5.5 seconds according to TheCable. It is unknown if the category still exists.
Femi Kuti broke the world record for the longest single note on a saxophon At the New Africa Shrine yesterday evening. This was previously set in 1997 by Kenny G. Watch how Femi Kuti broke the world record for the longest single note on a saxophone at 46 minutes.
The Nigerian equities market has made record gains for three weeks in a row, surging by 11.9%, following renewed demand for stocks by foreign portfolio and domestic investors on the back of introduction of the new foreign exchange window for investors and exporters by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
In a bid to boost liquidity in the forex market, the CBN introduced the window last April that allows market participants to determine the exchange rate of the naira on a willing buyer, willing seller basis.
Transactions under the new window include invisible transactions such as loan repayments, loan interest payments, dividends/income remittances, capital repatriation, management service fees, consultancy fees, software subscription fees, technology transfer agreements, personal home remittances and any such other eligible transactions including “miscellaneous payments” as detailed under Memorandum 15 of the CBN Foreign Exchange Manual.