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US President Donald Trump has vowed to help end “vicious and violent” conflicts in Africa.


“Africa right now has got problems like few people would even understand,” he said at a Nato summit press conference.

“It is so sad, it is so vicious and violent,” he said, promising that his goal was to build up the US military and bring peace to the world.

The US is active in counter-terrorism operations and training African troops to fight jihadists in the Sahara

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Nigeria’s first metro line opens


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has opened the country’s first metro-rail service in the capital Abuja – some eight years after the project was initiated.

“The completion of this very important project is a dream come true,” Mr Buhari said during the opening ceremony.

“This accomplishment clearly demonstrates our commitment to addressing critical infrastructural projects,” he added.

Mr Buhari and other digntaries took a ride from the Abuja Metro Station to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. A second line runs between the central business district to northern neighbourhoods.

The entire metro system, comprising 290km (180 miles), is being built by a Chinese firm at a cost of $824m (£623), Bloomberg news agency quotes officials as saying.

It will cover the entire city and will be developed in six phases.

Source: Bloomberg

South Sudan president’s term extended


South Sudan’s parliament has voted to extend President Salva Kiir’s term in office until 2021 amid failure to hold elections this year.

Mr Kiir has been in power since South Sudan’s independence in 2011 and elections in 2015 were also postponed.

Last month Mr Kiir signed a deal with his rival Riek Machar in which both agreed to a permanent ceasefire.

The agreement was supposed to be followed by further negotiations and the setting up of a power-sharing government – with Mr Machar reappointed as a vice-president and other opposition politicians also taking up positions in an expanded cabinet.

Mr Kiir’s critics accuse him of being an authoritarian ruler clinging to power. He denies the allegation.

The civil war was sparked in 2013 because of rivalry between Mr Kiir and this then-deputy Mr Machar, who had ambitions to succeed him.

​‘Ask your wife to stop calling me.’ actor, Alec Baldwin, slams Donald Trump



President Donald Trump is no stranger to playing television critic for Saturday Night Live. This time he took aim at “Alex” Baldwin’s impression of him.

In a since deleted tweet, Trump remarked, “Alex Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing DJT was agony for him. Alex, it was also agony for those who were forced to watch. You were terrible. Bring back Darrell Hammond, much funnier and a far greater talent!”


Trump deleted the tweet and later reposted the comment, correcting Alex Baldwin to Alec Baldwin and cleaning up his “dieing” error to “dying.”

b:1/Alec Baldwin, whose dying mediocre career was saved by his terrible impersonation of me on SNL, now says playing me was agony. Alec, it was agony for those who were forced to watch. Bring back Darrell Hammond, funnier and a far greater talent!12:07 PM – Mar 2, 2018141K79K people are talki.
Baldwin, Alec not Alex, responded through his foundation’s Twitter account with a grim prediction of the President’s future writing, “Agony though it may be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago. You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for.” Baldwin added that the President should ask First Lady Melania Trump to stop asking for Saturday Night Live tickets.
b:2/Agony though it may be, I’d like to hang in there for the impeachment hearings, the resignation speech, the farewell helicopter ride to Mara-A-Lago. You know. The Good Stuff. That we’ve all been waiting for.1:38 PM – Mar 2, 201865.8K18.4K people are talking about this.
b:3/Looking forward to the Trump Presidential Library.A putting green.Recipes for chocolate cake.A live Twitter feed for visitors to post on.A little black book w the phone numbers of porn stars.You’re in and out in five minutes.Just like…2:23 PM – Mar 2, 201833K9,198 people are talking abo.
b:4/And Mr President…please ask your wife to stop calling me for SNL tickets.(Hey, Melania…we’ve got Charles Barkley this Saturday!)2:36 PM – Mar 2, 201828.4K6,627 people are talking about this.
Baldwin began regularly delivering his impression of Trump on Saturday Night Live in 2016, taking over for announcer Hammond during the premiere of the show’s 42nd season with a cold open skit about the first presidential debate.

Trump previously called the show “unwatchable” saying Baldwin’s impersonation “just can’t get any worse.”

Source: 247nigerianewsupdate.co

​Cows, dogs have more value than humans under Buhari – say’s Senator Mao Ohuabunwa



Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, representing Abia North District, has cried out over the destructive activities of herdsmen.
He said with the way the security threat was being treated, the APC Federal Government seemed to value the life of animals more than that of human beings.

Ohuabunwa spoke while commissioning a project at Nneato community of Umunneochi Local Government Area.

The lawmaker lamented the manner human beings were killed on daily basis by Fulani militia in Nigeria under the watch of APC government.

“Nigeria is so insecure today that we no longer talk of killings, but the number killed. We have lost value for human lives. In Nigeria under APC, cows and dogs have more value than human beings,” Senator Ohuabunwa said.

According to him, there was never a time in the history of Nigeria when “insecurity had gone as bad as it is today”.

He challenged the APC-led Federal Government to stop passing the bulk and take responsibility for its failure to secure lives and property of Nigerians.

To this end, he hinted that majority of APC senators had perfected plans to dump the party and defect to PDP, which he claimed would provide a better leadership to the country.

“I can tell you that APC senators are now playing more opposition than their PDP counterparts because they have lost faith in their party,” he noted.

“Very soon they will defect en-masse to PDP. They are only waiting for the right time to strike.

“They are ashamed of what to tell their constituents during campaign. Is it to tell them that their party brought hunger and allowed killings of innocent Nigerians? No, they are tired of the lies”, the Senator said.

Source: dailypost.ng

​Reps order probe into alleged N2b, $3.8m fraud by banks


           House of Representatives
• To investigate registration of underage voters

• Buhari pledges support for Ghana’ s anti – graft fight

The House of Representatives yesterday resolved to probe the alleged loss of over N 2 billion and $ 3 . 8 million as a result of the non – payment of interest by banks from sale proceeds of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN ) successor firms .

The House resolved to set up a committee to investigate the matter and report back within six weeks.

The decision followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Mr. Chukwuka Onyema (PDP, Anambra ) at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara .

Onyema noted that the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 unbundled PHCN into 18 successor companies , comprising six generation companies, 12 distribution companies and a transmission company .

He said : “Following the divestiture of the Federal Government from PHCN through privatisation , the company was divided into separate companies known as Local Electricity Distribution Companies.

“The successor companies made payments to the Federal Government through Standard Chartered Bank, Fidelity Bank, Stanbic IBTC , Access Bank, FCMB, Skye Bank, Sterling Bank, Zenith Bank and Unity Bank. ”

Onyema noted that the banks , in collaboration with officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria, allegedly diverted the interest of N 2 billion and $ 3 . 8 million that should have been paid to the Federal Government .

The House also resolved to set up a committee to investigate the alleged registration and issuance of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to underage persons by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ).

The committee has five weeks to submit its report .

The decision followed a motion by Johnbull Tiemlong Shekarau (PDP, Plateau ).

Shekarau noted that Section 12 (1 ) of the Electoral Act 2010 provides that a person shall be registered as a voter , if such an individual has attained the age of 18 years.

He said : “Reports from the social , print and electronic media indicated that there were incidents of underage voters who presented themselves at polling units with PVCs in the recently conducted local government election in Kano State.

“The Director of Publicity and Voter Education at INEC , Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, while responding to questions on Africa Independent Television on the matter on February 15, 2018, said the underage voters were registered because the lives of the registration officers were being threatened . ”

Shekarau described the report as a national embarrassment , a threat to democracy and a danger to the lives of INEC officials . He also warned that the matter could undermine the credibility of forthcoming elections.

President Muhammadu Buhari , meanwhile , has pledged Nigeria’ s support to Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo – Addo , in the fight against corruption.

He made the disclosure in a speech at Ghana ’ s 61 st independence anniversary in Accra yesterday .

He said : “Your Excellency can be assured that you have a good partner in me , as I look forward to any form of collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana in tackling the menace of endemic corruption.

“Given all these public policies, it becomes reassuring that with the right leadership , Africa ’ s drive to eradicate poverty and entrench democracy is on course . ”

Buhari , who was the special guest of honour , recalled the historic and cultural ties between Nigeria and Ghana , urging the citizens of both countries to maintain the bond.

“It is, therefore , my strong desire that we owe it a duty to ensure that our good peoples continue to live in each other ’ s countries unhindered, ” he said , noting: “ Our newly rejuvenated Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation has already provided us with a good platform in resolving any differences, while focusing on our main developmental objectives . ”

Commenting on peace and security in West Africa , the president commended Akufo -Addo ’ s contribution to peace in neighbouring Togo .

“Permit me to put on record Ghana’ s untiring efforts in brokering peace in Togo by bringing all the warring parties to the negotiation table . I am appealing to the opposing parties in Togo to please come together and resolve their differences, so that Togo will move forward .

“In the same vein , I wish Nigeria and Ghana continue to provide the impetus in realising the objectives and ideals of the founding fathers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to ensure security, peace and development of our region , ” he said .

A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu , quoted Buhari as commending Akufo -Addo on his achievements in the first year in office, and praising his fight against corruption with the passage of the Special Prosecutor ’ s Bill .

He said : “From Nigeria, I have watched closely your achievements, ranging from your ingenious approach to creating jobs for the teeming youths through various initiatives, including the repositioning of agriculture for modern farming , ‘ Farming for Jobs and Food’ , Senior High School ( SHS) free education , One- District – One- Factory, and One- Village – One- Dam , as well as the improvement being recorded in the republic’ s macroeconomic indicators .

“All these efforts , I am aware , have made Ghana to become a good destination for foreign direct investment , just like Nigeria. Accept my congratulations !”

Buhari Don’t take Nigerians for granted – Cardinal Okogie tells President


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The cardinal also said Buhari should go back to the drawing board, while urging him to do all he can to revamp the state of the economy.

The Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie has called on President Buhari not to take the goodwill of Nigerians for granted.
The cardinal also said Buhari should go back to the drawing board, while urging him to do all he can to revamp the state of the economy.
Okojie said Nigeria needs a leader who will unite the country and not divide it.
He said “If President Buhari wants to make a quick turn back, he should take his inaugural speech and the All Progressive Congress, APC, manifesto, study them and then start afresh.
“At this stage of my life, I can only advise and admonish our policy makers, especially in the education sector, that are now battling with the lives of innocent children, to allow education to flourish; for if education does not flourish, our country cannot flourish.
“You have already seen it in some parts of the country. We have seen it in some of our children’s behaviours.”
President Buhari is expected back in the country on Sunday, June 19, 2016.

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Source: Pulse