The Catholic archbishop of Abuja, His Grace Rev. John Onaiyekan, has been named a cardinal by the Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI.
President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Onaiyekan, describing the elevation as “the outcome of his diligence, dedication and commitment in his work in God’s vineyard”.
The Pope made the announcement yesterday during his weekly general audience. He said the new cardinals would be formally elevated at a consistory on November 24.
My point of order is on Dr. Doyin Okupe who, in the character or a rabble-rouser, has become too loud and he is overheating the polity.
We have no reason to believe that this is what President Goodluck Jonathan wants because whoever pockets a small snake out of kindness will soon realise that there are limits to kindness.
Gradually, Okupe is beginning to wear the character of a person who has been planted on our President with the sole charge to destroy the President from within. Otherwise, which handler would consistently encourage his principal to commit suicide so that he would quickly jump in to justify how the principal got his hanging ropes?
One gets the impression that when President Jonathan went to present his budget estimates to the National Assembly, Dr. Okupe was not around. Otherwise, he would have been the one to do the presentation.
Chief investigator of the State Security Service, SSS, Mr James Ene Izih, yesterday, explained before a Federal High Court in Abuja, why the duo of Vice President Namadi Sambo and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, were not interrogated with a view to ascertaining their level of involvement with the Boko Haram Islamic sect.
Izih who, yesterday, testified as the second prosecution witness, PW-2, in the ongoing trial of the lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial District, Mohammed Ali Ndume, also told the court that Ndume gave the telephone number of the Attorney-General of the Federation to the Islamic sect.
Still pressing for a review of the new Lagos traffic law, particularly the ban on commercial motorcycle, popularly known as Okada, some notable activists converged in Lagos on Wednesday to condemn the action of the state government, describing it as “a bad law”.
Executive Chairman, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), Debo Adeniran, National President, Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF), Yerima Shettima; State Chairman, All Nigeria Automobile Commercial Owners and Workers Association (ANACOWA), Aliyu Wamba, among other human rights activists, converged opposite the Police College to express solidarity motorcyclist operators, warning the Babatunde Fashola government to reverse its stand on the ban.
All the speakers said the law is anti-people, hence it is being disobeyed and condemned by the people.
Heavy drinking kills more quickly than smoking and more dangerous among women, a study suggests.
Researchers found that alcoholics die about 20 years sooner on average than the general population.
People dependent on alcohol also live shorter lives on average than smokers, the findings indicate.
Academics in Germany studied data spanning 14 years in relation to 149 adults with alcohol problems.
They found that the death rate among alcohol-dependent (AD) women was 4.6 times higher than average.
Nigeria lost tens of billions of dollars in oil and gas revenues over the last decade from cut-price deals struck between multinational oil companies and government officials, a confidential report seen by Reuters says.
A team headed by the former head of the anti-corruption agency, Nuhu Ribadu, produced the 146-page study on an oil ministry request. It covers the year 2002 to the present.
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•Group’s position is reckless, says party
Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, on Wednesday predicted the death of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the South West in the aftermath of Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State which the party lost to the incumbent Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, of the Labour Party (LP).
The ACN controls five of the six states in the South West, including Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Ekiti states, leaving only Ondo State in the firm grip of LP since 2009.
Afenifere, in a congratulatory letter to Mimiko, said the outcome of the election showed that Yoruba people were tired of the ACN and would be ready to kick them out at the appropriate time, adding that “the end has indeed come for ACN in the region.”