NIGERIA'S NEWS FOR TODAY

Buhari said a lot of Nigerian youths, NOT ALL, are lazy :-
President Muhammadu Buhari did not refer to all Nigerian youths as lazy in a statement he made on Wednesday during the question and answer section of the Commonwealth Business Forum in London. Rather, it said Buhari only made reference to “a lot of” Nigerian youths and not all of them.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity,Mr. Femi Adesina, made the clarification in a statement made available to journalists. Adesina attributed the outrage that trailed the President’s comment to those he described as “manipulators and twisters” of Buhari’s statements. The presidential spokesman said Buhari had always applauded and celebrated Nigerian youths who excel in different areas of endeavour, from sports to academia, and other realms.

He said, “Typical of their stock in trade, manipulators and twisters of statements of Mr. President, who lie in wait to make mischief, interpreted the comment to mean that President Buhari had taken all Nigerian youths to the cleaners. “But elementary English recognises a wide gulf between ‘a lot of’ and the word ‘all.’ How can ‘a lot of them,’ suddenly transmogrify to mean ‘all of them?’ Mischievous and unconscionable!"

If Killings Don’t End In Months, ‘We Have No Government’ – Soyinka :-
Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has once again called for an end to killings by suspected herdsmen in parts of the country. The Nobel laureate said he would conclude that there is no government in the country if President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration does not end the killing of farmers and other persons and reclaim farmland as well as territories belonging to internally displaced persons.

He spoke about the issue on Thursday at an event to unveil the logo of the 2018 OAU Ife Festival of Food and Identity in Ile-Ife. “We cannot continue to see the seeming triumph of the guns over the plough shear. We want to see this government’s reversal of the triumph of the swords over the plough shears. If this has not taken place, it means we have no government,” he said.

Professor Soyinka also hinted that he would speak more on the issue during the festival, which is scheduled to commence on July 30 and end on August 4, 2018

Biafra Protesters Storm London As Buhari Attends Commonwealth Leaders’ Meeting :-
A group of people bearing Biafran flags are staging a protest in front of the Commonwealth House in Westminister, London. The demonstration is taking place as President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of the Commonwealth nations meet on Thursday.

Discussions began shortly after Queen Elizabeth II formally declared the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2018) open. Some of the protesters are carrying banners bear inscriptions of Biafra while others are calling for a referendum.

Nigeria squeak home as Ghana march onT20 qualifiers :-
Nigeria’s resolve was tested to the utmost in the ICC WorldT20 Africa Qualifier on Wednesday, as they were pushed all the way by Sierra Leone at the Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval. Nigeria, still shaking off the effects from a tense match against Ghana, struggled to 120 for nine in 20 overs, with the playing surface started to slow down making scoring trickier. Daniel Gim top-scored with 30, while the evergreen Chimezie Onwuzulike looked good for 23 before he was run out.

Their hopes were pinned on the young Edward Ngegba, who showed maturity beyond his tender 15 years of age. His 39 from 30 balls took his side right to the brink, but he was tragically run out in the penultimate over of the match. That was to prove crucial in the final outcome. Abbas Gbla tried to get them home, striking two boundaries off the final two balls of the match, but it was too late to prevent Nigeria from prevailing by just six runs.

Earlier, Ghana; made light work of The Gambia to secure their fourth straight victory. The Ghanaians, who have become more and more impressive, piled on the agony against the struggling minnows, as they pummelled 165 for seven in their 20 overs. The damage was done up front, as Rexford Bakum smashed 64 from just 51 balls, while the in-form Simon Ateak struck a breezy 23 off 16 balls, in a stand of 69 for the first wicket. That partnership came in just 7.3 overs, and paved the way for the meaty total.

David Ankrah then provided the gloss on the innings with a brutal 44 from just 24 balls, with three fours and two sixes in his cameo. In response, The Gambia were blown away by Mark Bawa, who claimed a rare five-wicket haul in his four over spell. Coming on to bowl first change, he scythed through the Gambia middle-order and saw them bundled out for 56 runs, inside 15 overs. That continued a tough week for the Gambians at this level, as they soak in some tough lessons.

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