Super Eagles Qualify for 2018 World Cup; FIFA celebrates Nigeria as first African team to reach Russia 2018; PDP links $25bn NNPC scandal to Buhari’s second term presidential bid; Nigerian Army begins Operation Crocodile Smile in Niger Delta; Kachikwu Met Buhari while Baru Met Osinbajo; Buhari met CJN & Supreme Court Judges; Ooni of Ife visits Abia; Buhari may call for NNPC board’s records; Ezeife & Soludo lead Obiano’s re-election bid in old Aguata LGA; 50 years after: Soyinka & Kukah regret Igbo massacre in Asaba . . .
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have qualified Russia 2018 World Cup after defeating the Chipolopolo Zambia 1-0. The Eagles secured the qualification on Saturday evening with a game to spare in Group B with Alex Iwobi’s lone goal in the 74th minute.
Nigeria is the first African country to book its place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ after a 1-0 win over Zambia in Uyo earning them an unassailable lead at the head of Group B. Alex Iwobi repeated his feat of being the thorn in the Zambians’ side, once again finding himself on the scoresheet against the Chipolopolo.
The PDP on Thursday linked the $25 billion scam rocking the NNPC to President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid in 2019. Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the spokesman of the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye noted that less than 10% of $2 billion is involved in the so called arms fund allegedly converted by the ex-NSA Sambo Dasuki for which hundreds of Nigerians have been arrested and hounded.
The Nigerian army says it has deployed troops for the commencement of Operation Crocodile Smile in the six Niger Delta states. Enobong Udoh, GOC 6 division in Port Harcourt, said this on Saturday while addressing troops to signal the commencement of the exercise. Udoh said the operation was confidence-building patrol rather than a show of force as is being reported.
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, on Friday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja over his letter on allegations of insubordination & contracts awards by the GMD of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru. While Kachikwu was meeting with the president, Baru was also meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with justices of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, in the Council Chamber of the State House. The CJN alongside other judges on a courtesy visit to the President, pledged to discharge their constitutional duties responsibly.
The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooin Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has expressed the need for Nigeria to remain for Nigerians to continue to live in peace despite all their diversity. The Ooni spoke in the government house Umuahia, Abia State while on a courtesy call to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on Friday. The Ooni said that IPOB is not a terrorist organization, and the youth, who were involved in the agitation were justified in asking for justice and equity. The king visited Abia to celebrate the new yam festival with Eberechi Dick, chairman of the south-east council of traditional rulers. He renamed IPOB as the Indigenous People of Brighter Nigeria (IPOBN).
President Muhammadu Buhari might call for the Minutes of the NNPC board meetings to guide him on the scandal ‘exposed’ by minister of state for petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu. There are claims that there was “board concurrence in the said $25 billion contracts” but the NNPC Handbook indicates that NNPC board is not the approving authority for contracts.
Former governor of old Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, and former CBN governor Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, are leading the charge for the re-election bid of Governor Willie Obiano in the Old Aguata Union (OAU) in Anambra State. Major absentees during the meeting were former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Sen. Andy Uba, Sen. Ugochukwu Uba and Chief Chris Uba.
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka frowned at the practice of naming national institutions and infrastructures after leaders known to have committed grievous harm against humanity. Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Dr. Hassan Kukah described the Asaba Massacre as a black spot in the nation’s history. Both men bared spoke in Asaba, Delta State at the ceremony marking the 50th Commemoration of Asaba Massacre with theme “In Pursuit of Rebirth”.