Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that Nigerians did not elect General Muhammadu Buhari to function as “Friday President”, adding that he (Buhari) was now acting more like ceremonial and part-time President. The governor, who said he was glad that his constructive criticism was getting to the President and his handlers, noted that it was not enough for the President of a country like Nigeria to be seen in public only while attending Friday Jumat service at the Presidential Villa, videos of his activities should be made public too.
Speaking on Sunday, through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said it was necessary for Nigerians to be properly informed about the well-being of their president.
He accused some close allies of the President of deliberately shielding him and preventing him from attending to his health so as to continue to run the government on the basis of “Mr President has directed” even when the President did not direct anything.
“That’s why Nigerians are told every day that the President said this and that with the President neither speaking directly nor attending any official function. This is not good for the image of a country like Nigeria that is struggling to get out of economic recession,” the governor said.
Governor Fayose, who said by virtue of the his old age, the President could be susceptible to illness, advised that “President Buhari should rather be allowed to take proper care of his health while the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo acts constitutionally as the president.
“However, it is doubtful if those cabals that are obviously running their own Presidency within President Buhari’s Presidency will allow him to take a long vacation, probably outside Nigeria to take care of himself.”
The governor insisted that Nigerians must hear the voice of their President and see him physically, not through surrogates or the cabal operating behind the scene.
“It is only when the President is seen and heard physically that Nigerians will believe that they are not being ruled by a part-time and ceremonial president, whose powers are being exercised on his behalf by some cabal,” he said.
The North Korean government has arrested and detained an American professor at the Pyongyang International airport as the professor, surnamed Kim, was about leaving the Asian country.
“He was prevented from getting on the flight out of Pyongyang,” Martina Aberg, deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Pyongyang told CNN. “We don’t comment further than this.”
This is not the first time the North Korean government is detaining American citizens, in the last 5 years at least two other US citizens and a British journalist have been detained by Kim Jong-Un’s led secretive government.
Otto Warmbier, 21, a student at the University of Virginia, was detained at Pyongyang airport on January 2 last year after visiting the country with a tour group. He has since been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly removing a political sign from a hotel wall.
Kim Dong Chul, a naturalized US citizen of Korean origin, was arrested on October 2015. Last year, North Korea sentenced him to 10 years of hard labor on espionage charges.
Recently, the United States launched it’s non-nuclear Mother of all Bombs against ISIS targets in Afghanistan. Now, the Russian military has come out to say it’s own ‘Father of all Bombs’ is the most powerful thermobaric bomb of its kind, four times more powerful than the American “mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal and the largest non-nuclear bomb the United States has ever used in combat.
Based on the released specifications analysts say Russia could be right. “We believe it’s real,” said retired Col. Rick Francona, military analyst and former US military attaché in Syria. He continued to say, ‘the Russians have been among the pioneers of these thermobaric bombs. I don’t have any doubt that they could build this’.
North Korea has threatened to hit Australia with a nuclear strike if it continues to follow the United States. The stern warning comes after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Thursday that North Korea would be hit with further Australian sanctions as a clear message that its behaviour will not be tolerated.
Ms Bishop also called on China to do more to pressure North Korea into getting rid of its hostile and aggressive ways and dumping its nuclear warheads and ballistic missile program.
However, in response to the comments, North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency on Saturday quoted a foreign ministry spokesman accusing Ms Bishop of “spouting a string of rubbish” against the nation.
The spokesman accused the Australian Government of “blindly and zealously toeing the U.S. line” and warned of a possible nuclear strike if it continues.
“If Australia persists in following the US moves to isolate and stifle North Korea … this will be a suicidal act of coming within the range of the nuclear strike of the strategic force of North Korea,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman also warned Ms Bishop to “think twice” about the consequences of her “reckless tongue-lashing flattering the U.S.”. Adding:
“What she uttered can never be pardoned,” the spokesman said. “It is hard to expect good words from the foreign minister of such government. But if she is the foreign minister of a country, she should speak with elementary common sense about the essence of the situation.
“It is entirely attributable to the nuclear threat escalated by the US and its anachronistic policy hostile to North Korea that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is inching close to the brink of war in an evil cycle of increasing tensions.”
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday had a meeting with some of the parents of the missing Chibok school girls at the presidential villa, Abuja.
During the meeting, Osinbajo appealed to the parents to be more patient with the Federal government regarding the rescuing of the remaining 196 girls still in Boko Haram captivity.
He said the Federal government was exploring all measures that would lead to the safe return of all the girls.
The agency in charge of Leprosy disease in Bauchi state has raised alarm over the increasing spread of Leprosy in the state as 17 new cases have just been detected in a small community of about 2000 people.
Scores of members of the Deeper Life Bible Church escaped being burnt to death Sunday as a rented LAGBUS conveying them from the Deeper Life camp to Lagos burst into flames. The church members were returning from the National Deeper Life Retreat, a four-day retreat which held at the Church’s Conference Centre, at Km 42, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
As the bus got to the Otedola Bridge, Berger, Lagos, it went up in flames. Luckily, all the passengers were able to scamper to safety in time and though a number of them sustained injuries. No one died according to reports by PM News.
Officials of the Lagos State Fire Services and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA arrived the scene and restored order while the fire was put under control.
A witness told PM News that the bus was filled to capacity when it caught fire. According to him, several worshippers abandoned their loads as they escaped the inferno.
The source added that officials of the fire servicemen arrived on time to assist in evacuating the passengers from the burning bus.
After they were all off the bus, the worshippers gathered by the side of the road to pray and sing praises to God for the narrow escape.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the US Army Military District of Washington, in a statement said:
“We are deeply saddened by this loss within our community. Our condolences go out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy, and our team is focused on supporting them during this difficult time.”