NIGERIA NEWS TODAY



[1] THREE YEARS AFTER GRADUATION, DAVIDO REGISTERS FOR NYSC
Three years after obtaining a Bachelors degree in music, popular Nigerian Musician, David Adeleke better known as Davido, is the latest corps member in town as he registered to join the National Youth Service Corp on Tuesday.

In a post on his Instagram story, the 'Fia' crooner said: “I just registered for NYSC kamming.”

Although it is not sure which state he was posted to, Davido expressed delight in serving his fatherland. Davido graduated from Babcock University, Ilisan- Remo, Ogun State, in 2015 after completing his course in music. His graduation ceremony was graced by Don jazzy and a host of other Nigerian artistes.

The National Youth Service Corp is a one-year mandatory service any Nigerian graduate of tertiary institutions below the age of 30 must go through.

[2] NIGERIA HOUSES POOREST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, SAYS THERESA MAY IN SOUTH AFRICA
Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, has branded Nigeria home to the "poorest people in the world". The statement is coming a day ahead of her scheduled visit to the country. The Prime Minister made the assertion while delivering a speech in South Africa, Cape Town, on Tuesday.

May, scheduled to visit Nigeria on Wednesday, added that Africa has the highest number of poor people in the world, with Nigeria being the poorest. She said: “Much of Nigeria is thriving, with many individuals enjoying the fruits of a resurgent economy, yet 87 million Nigerians live on less than $1 and 90 cents a day, making it home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world."

According to her, the focus is to achieve "inclusive growth", noting that UK would invest in Africa to create more jobs to combat poverty and at the same time tackle global challenges.

[3] BUHARI, OSINBAJO, GOVERNORS, AKPABIO, UDUAGHAN PRESENT, AS APC CAUCUS MEETS IN ABUJA
President Muhammad Buhari is currently presiding over a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in Abuja. Also present at the meeting are Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Lai Mohammed; Babatunde Fashola; Senator Godswill Akpabio, among others.

Emmanuel Uduaghan, former Delta State Governor, was also spotted at the meeting, giving credence to speculations that he may soon defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC. The meeting started at about 8:30 pm, and is holding at the State House, Abuja.

[4] NIGERIA BEAT SIERRA LEONE TO WIN ICC U-19 DIVISION 2 QUALIFIER TOURNAMENT
Nigeria defeated Sierra Leone by 137 runs to dominate African division two of the ICC under 19 World Cup qualifier tournament in Potchefstroom, South Africa. The opening partnership of 148 runs between Olaleye Elijah and Samuel Mba, gave Nigeria a dream start. The opening batsman struck a majestic 110, as he and Samuel Mba 62 put on 148 for the first wicket, and pulled his side clear in the final.

That alliance was enough to put Nigeria out of sight, as Sierra Leone were overwhelmed by the opening stand, which lasted 34.1 overs. Beyond that opening partnership, only Segun Ogundipe made a meaningful contribution, as Nigeria’s total petered out to 242 for nine, assisted by 21 extras. In response, Sierra Leone served up their worst batting performance of the tournament. They were bundled out for just 105, with skipper George Ngegba fighting a lone battle with 31.

Not for the first time, Peter Aho was the surgeon for Nigeria, with another five wicket haul, which cut the chase in the bud. The damage inflicted on the middle-order was terminal, and Nigeria ran out 137 run winners. Aho took the final wicket, fittingly, to spark wild celebrations from the strongest team in the competition. For their part, Sierra Leone could console themselves with a place in the first division, and a chance to go again for a place in the 2020 tournament proper.

[5] THANK GOD TRUMP IS NOT A NIGERIAN, SAYS FAYOSE
Peter Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State, has added his voice to the reactions to the statement credited to US President Donald Trump, which described President Muhammadu Buhari as "lifeless". Fayose lamented that if it were him, or any other Nigerian, "national security supremacy would have applied".

He also wondered "when President Buhari will charge 'undiplomatic Trump' for this international 'hate speech.'" Tweeting via his handle, he wrote: "Just wondering when President Buhari will charge "undiplomatic Trump" for this international "Hate Speech" because if it were to be Fayose uunnm!! ...... Thank God Trump is not a Nigerian.... National security supremacy would have applied."

[6] 1,331 NIGERIANS DIED IN ROAD CRASHES WITHIN THREE MONTHS – NBS
Not less than 1,331 Nigerians died in road crashes in the second quarter of 2018. This is according to the figure contained in the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Road Transport Data (Q2 2018) report released on Tuesday. NBS said 1,257 of the 1,331 Nigerians that got killed, representing 94% of the figure were adults while the remaining 74 Nigerians, representing 6% of the figure were children.

The figure also revealed that “1,047 male Nigerians, representing 79%, got killed in road crashes in Q2 while 284 female Nigerians, representing 21% got killed.” The NBS in the report identified speed violation as the major cause of crashes in the three months under review. “The Q2 2018 road transport data reflected that 2,608 road crashes occurred within the quarter under review. Speed violation is reported as the major cause of road crashes in Q2 and it accounted for 50.65% of the total road crashes reported.

“Tyre burst and dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 8.59% and 8.40% of the total road crashes recorded,” NBS said. NBS said further that a total of 8,437 Nigerians got injured in the road traffic crashes recorded in the second quarter of 2018.
[8] NASARAWA LAWMAKER DUMPS APC, SECURES COURT INJUNCTION AGAINST ASSEMBLY
The lawmaker representing Wamba constituency in the Nasarawa State House Of Assembly, Makpa Malla, has defected from the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). He confirmed this on Tuesday.

In a letter to the Speaker of the Assembly, he said the defection was because of the division in the party which led to a faction called the R-APC, being created. The Lawmaker also obtained a court order restraining the Assembly from declaring his seat vacant.

[9] BUHARI SCARED OF KWANKWASO’S POPULARITY — CUPP
Less than 24 hours to his presidential declaration on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, erstwhile Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, confirmed yesterday that the Federal Government has barred him from using the Eagle Square, despite paying for same. Kwankwaso had announced a few days ago that he would make his presidential declaration today (Wednesday) at the Eagle Square.

But in a swift reaction, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammad Bello asked the former governor to produce evidence of approval to use the facility and who approved it for him. Speaking with Vanguard, Special Assistant, Media, to the Minister, Abubakar Sani, said: “Did the former governor apply to use the place? Let him show us the letter, the person he addressed the letter to, and who approved it.”

The Kwankwaso Campaign Organisation, in a statement made available to journalists yesterday, expressed disappointment that the Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) suddenly turned down a request earlier approved owing to “some flimsy reasons.”

[10] BUHARI ‘LL SIGN ELECTORAL ACT BILL, SAYS PRESIDENCY
The Presidency yesterday allayed fears over the Electoral Act Bill. Ahead of the expiration of the 30 days constitutional provision for the Presidential to assent. It said: no cause for alarm. The Bill was transmitted to the President for his assent on August 2, after the corrected version was passed by the National Assembly on July 24. The 30 days expires on Sunday. If the President fails to assent the bill or returns it to the parliament at the end of the 30 days, the National Assembly may override his veto.

But the Presidency is sure that it will not get to that level. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, said: “We will do the needful before the Bill expires.” Enang, who recently dismissed the allegation that the President again refused to sign the bill, explained that it was being studied by the President’s team.

He had said: “The final clean copy of the Bill which was received by President Muhamamdu Buhari on the 2nd of August, 2018, is still undergoing thorough scrutiny by the President. Mr President has not vetoed the bill. What some people are not aware of was that when the second copy was received after the initial rejection, it was discovered that there were typographical errors which the National Assembly needed to correct and they did it and sent it back on the 24th of July and this is still being studied before presidential assent.”

[11] APC WILL WIN 2019 ELECTIONS: EUROPE-BASED ZEUS POLLS
Polls conducted by an independent body have favoured All Progressives Congress (APC) having a landslide victory in the 2019 governorship elections. The polls were conducted by Europe-based pollsters Zeus Polls. The Zeus Polls had earlier predicted the victories Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano and Ekiti State Governor-elect Dr Kayode Fayemi.

The polls posited that in spite of a seemingly voters’ antipathy to the APC in the upcoming 2019 general elections, the party is favoured to win the 2019 governorship elections in key states. It noted that 51 per cent of voters polled in Kaduna State expressed a desire to return incumbent Gov. Nasir el-Rufai come 2019.

Statements from the report:
65 per cent of voters polled in Lagos State want incumbent Governor Ambode returned in 2019 while 58 per cent of voters polled in Edo State say they will return incumbent Gov. Godwin Obaseki. In the PDP-held Rivers State, 65 per cent of voters polled do not want incumbent Governor Nyesom Wike back in 2019, as over 47 per cent of polled voters said they will vote, a riverine aspirant of the APC if he picks the party’s ticket. In Kano State, only 43 per cent of voters polled are in favour of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje returning in 2019, as 60 per cent say they will vote for any candidate supported by former Governor Kwankwanso’s Kwankwasiyya Movement,” it stated.

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