Jonathan: We Are Seeking Obama’s Assistance over Security Challenges
• Urges parents to produce photos of kidnapped students • PDP to choose presidential candidate after APC
• Says he’s not aware Alison-Madueke sued the House
President Goodluck Jonathan Sunday disclosed that his government was seeking United States President Barack Obama’s help to overcome the nation’s current security challenges. He also said Nigeria had approached other world powers like France, United Kingdom and China for help to tackle the insecurity in some parts of the country.
Speaking during the latest edition of the presidential media chat – a radio-television live interview – Jonathan said: “The United States is number one. I have talked to President Obama at least twice” concerning the nation’s security challenges. Nigeria has been battling insurgents in the nation’s North-east states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe which are currently under state of emergency. However, despite the deployment of huge military assets to the affected states, the deadly militant sect, Boko Haram, has been carrying out a campaign of terror, with the latest being the abduction of over 100 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State – a development that has attracted global outrage. But as the search for these abducted girls continues and following the controversy surrounding their actual number and names, President Jonathan has called on the parents of the girls to come forward with their photographs to enable the military rescue them from wherever they are. He said while he sympathised with the parents of the girls, they needed to assist the military with their identities so that they could be rescued.
Thisday, from the net
Justice Oputa dies at 96
A former Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, died on Sunday at age 96. He died of a stroke-related ailment. A son of the departed jurist and musician, Mr. Charles Oputa (aka Charly Boy), confirmed the death of his father in a statement. “The Family of Justice Chukwudifu Oputa wishes to announce the passing to glory of the eminent jurist and a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria at the age of 96 years. He passed on peacefully on Sunday afternoon (May 4, 2014) after recovering from a brief illness. Funeral announcements will soon be released by the family,” Charles’ statement read. Oputa, before his death, had been absent from public functions in recent years due to ill health. A source said the body of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of the National Hospital in Abuja. Oputa was appointed to head a panel constituted to investigate rights abuses during the 15 years of military rule between 1976 and 1999 when President Olusegun Obasanjo assumed office as the elected president on May 29, 1999. Prominent legal practitioners in the country expressed shock and sadness over the death of the late jurist on Sunday. A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, described the deceased as one of the nation’s finest legal minds.
The Punch, pg18
Suspected ritualist nabbed with three siblings in Lagos
LAGOS — A SUSPECTED ritualist was, weekend, apprehended at Iyana Iba market in Lagos for allegedly kidnapping three children. The suspect allegedly took the children, aged four, six and seven years, on the pretext that she wanted to buy biscuits for them. Speaking to Vanguard, the mother of the children, Mrs. Iyabo Lawal, said: “I was in the shop when the man passed the first time, I didn’t know he was monitoring my kids who were playing with my mother in her shop. “I was busy attending to customers and didn’t notice when my children followed him. I thought they were still playing in my mother’s shop, not knowing that a stranger had taken them away. “Some people, who saw my children with the man at the end of Iyana Iba road, questioned him on what he was doing with the children and he told them he was going to buy something for them. “When he could not answer the neighbours satisfactorily, they raised alarm and people gathered and started beating him. “At this time I had started looking for my children when someone alerted me that they had seen them with a man at the other side of road.” Vanguard gathered that but for the intervention of mobile policemen attached to CTU Base 2, Anti Terrorism, Ikeja, the mob would have lynched the man. The suspect, who identified himself as Ihenacho and claimed to be a security man at Alaba International Market, refused to disclose what he was doing with the children.
Northern Christian forum releases names of kidnapped school pupils
• Seeks N50 million compensation for each of them • APC, Mark, others want concrete action against insurgents
NAMES of some of the 180 abducted girls of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, have been released by the Northern States Christian and Elders Forum (NOCSEF). The organisation also demanded N50 million as trauma compensation to each of them after their freedom. In a related development, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has appealed to the Federal Government to hasten up efforts to secure the release of the kidnapped girls. Also, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as cowardly and incomprehensible last Thursday’s repeated bombing at Nyanya in Abuja. The party also said the government has made a laughing stock of itself by setting up a fact-finding committee on the missing school girls 17 days after they were abducted. Meanwhile, President of the Senate, David Mark, at the weekend insisted on the need for full military action to bring the insurgents to their knees.
The Guardian, front pg, cont on pg2
World Economic Forum on Africa 2014 to go ahead as planned
Inspite of two incidents of bombing in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, by suspected insurgents in recent weeks, the World Economic Forum (WEF) yesterday assured that the forum would go ahead with its summit as planned, but amid tightened security. Oliver Cann, Associate Director, Media Relations of the WEF said in a statement yesterday, that the World Economic Forum has received assurances from President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, that security arrangements in Abuja will ensure a smooth and successful meeting next week. “The World Economic Forum on Africa 2014 will go ahead as planned next week following assurances by Nigeria’s President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his government, on the robustness of the security arrangements that are being put in place for the meeting.”
BusinessDay, front pg, cont on pg6
Dearth of manpower, funding worsen Nigeria’s health care delivery
•Patients spend days to see doctors •We’ve a doctor to 6,000 patients –NMA •Govt improving health facilities, says Minister
Health care delivery across the length and breadth of the country is presently nothing to write home about, investigations by Daily Independent have revealed. Patients seeking medical attention at public health facilities groan day in day out as in most cases they wait for too long to see a doctor. Because of poor funding, lack of training/motivation and insufficient number of doctors, it takes a minimum of four to five hours for a patient to see a doctor in most of the public hospitals, depending on the time the patient gets to the health facility. A cross section of patients at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi in Nasarawa State – some 30 minutes drive from the Federal Capita Territory (FCT) – on Friday expressed their frustration at what they were going through. Some of them told Daily Independent in an interviewed at about 2.00 p.m. that they have been in the hospital since morning but were yet to be attended to.A patient who gave his name as Haruna said: “I have been here since morning but I have not been able to see the doctor and this is time for mosque”.
Daily Independent, pg4
Flight delay: NCAA summons Arik Air
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has summoned the management of Arik Air to a meeting over the alleged poor treatment of passengers on its flights in recent times.The NCAA, in a statement on Sunday, accused the airline of delaying passengers on its Flight W3 077 to Freetown and Banjul for more than 14 hours.
The Punch, pg32
Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt account for about half of African economy
Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt account for about half of the African economy says new data released by the World Bank Group last week. The report which ranked global economies on the basis of the strength of their currency said that China will overtake the United States of America by the end of 2014 as the largest economy in the world. Vanguard, pg18
Weeps as stakeholders First Lady shun meeting
First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan was all tears yesterday at a meeting she convened in Abuja over the abduction of school girls in Chibok, Borno State. Her first meeting on Friday set up a committee headed by the Borno State governor’s wife to ensure attendance at yesterday’s meeting. But the governor’s wife did not attend. Mrs Jonathan was said to have wept when she learnt that the school had no stand-by power generator.
The Nation, pg4
Mother clings to moving vehicle to rescue child
A brave mother, Mrs Priscilla Ekpenyong, on Friday damned the consequences by clinging to a moving vehicle in order to rescue her nine-month-old child, Emmanuella, from the hands of fleeing abductors. The abductors had pushed the 23-year-old woman out of the moving vehicle, but she held on to her daughter and was dragged on the tarred road for some distance before the kidnapping was aborted by security operatives.
The Punch pg4 & 5