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Resolving Xenophobia in Africa: BUHARI Strikes deal in Mandela’s Country…Nigeria, South Africa to issue 10-year Visa to Businessmen, Academics, Frequent Travelers *Agreement reached at 9th Bi-National Commission of South Africa and Nigeria meeting in Pretoria *Decision taken to encourage more people-to-people contacts among citizens of both countries and further strengthen socio-cultural, economic and political relations *During meeting at the Union Buildings, Presidential Palace of South Africa, the two presidents agreed on early warning signals to nip violence in the bud before it escalates BY NOPESA PUNUELL/DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT, PRETORIA in South Africa

Resolving Xenophobia in Africa: BUHARI Strikes deal in Mandela’s Country…Nigeria, South Africa to issue 10-year Visa to Businessmen, Academics, Frequent Travelers *Agreement reached at 9th Bi-National...

NEW DEVELOPMENT: NIGERIAN Government plans to slam TREASON Charge against OMOYELE SOWORE…Sahara Reporter’s Publisher may face LIFE imprisonment if convicted * ‘We have credible information that Omoyele Sowore is in contact with some foreign actors to destabilize and overthrow the country. He is in our custody’-Nigeria Secret Service * Treason crime by Nigerian Constitution: ‘Any person conspiring with any person, either within or without Nigeria, to levy war against the state with the intent to cause such levying of war as would be treason if committed by a citizen of Nigeria, is guilty of treason and is liable to punishment of death. Whoever commits treason shall be punished with death, and whoever attempts or abets treason shall be punished with imprisonment for life or for any less term or with fine or with both’ * ‘Sowore has been removed as national chairman of the African Action Congress for misappropriation of funds. We have accused him of enjoying inflow of foreign funds into the party and retaining same personally in contravention of section 225, (3) (4) of the 1999 constitution”-Oladele Ade, Acting Director of Communications, AAC * ‘Those those that sacked Sahara Reporter’s publisher from AAC are misguided individuals on suspension”-Sowore’s camp react BY EMMANUEL OGEBE/SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, ABUJA & IJEOMA CLARKSON/POLITICAL WRITER, LAGOS

NEW DEVELOPMENT: NIGERIAN Government plans to slam TREASON Charge against OMOYELE SOWORE…Sahara Reporter’s Publisher may face LIFE imprisonment if convicted * ‘We have credible information that Omoyele Sowore...

2019 ELECTION: I will never mortgage Nigerians’ mandate freely expressed to me for anything-Atiku Abubakar …Sad that 24 EFCC agents arrested my son-in-law *Anti-graft officials stormed his house in two regular vehicles, an 18-seater Toyota bus (registration Abuja CS 522 RSH) and a Hilux van BY GARBA ALIYU/STAFF WRITER, POLITICS

2 2019 ELECTION: I will never mortgage Nigerians’ mandate freely expressed to me for anything-Atiku Abubakar …Sad that 24 EFCC agents arrested my son-in-law *Anti-graft officials stormed his house in two regular...

NEW DEVELOPMENT ON NIGERIA’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Foreign Observer foils INEC Rigging plans in 10 states on botched election day February 16…How violence, lawlessness were prevented in 26 states *Why National Electoral Umpire postponed election, set new dates for February 23, March 9 * ‘We have No Confidence or Trust in INEC to manage any credible election’-Afenifere *’INEC plan was to manipulate the smart card readers to substance biometric, accreditation with manual verification of already pre-loaded names, thus paving way for mass rigging and allocation of fictitious votes for President Buhari and APC Candidates during the elections’-Nigeria main opposition party, PDP * “I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, INEC postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement”-President BUHARI * “The commission could not afford to be distracted by baseless allegations. The Commission was not a political party and would not allow itself to be dragged into unnecessary controversies at a time like this”-Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman * ‘The upcoming elections are an opportunity for Nigeria to solidify its place as a democratic leader in Africa’-United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo BY NIKKY IYABODE/DIPLOMATIC REPORTER, CHESTA ILAM, POLITICAL WRITER, RILWANU AHMED, REPORTER, ABUJA & AJANI AIYEOLA/INVESTIGATIVE EDITOR, ABUJA

NEW DEVELOPMENT ON NIGERIA’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Foreign Observer foils INEC Rigging plans in 10 states on botched election day February 16…How violence, lawlessness were prevented in 26 states *Why National Electoral Umpire...

BREAKING NEWS: ‘We are not endorsing any candidate in Nigeria’s 2019 election, only supporting a democratic process that reflects the will of Nigerian people’ -United States Government …Rivers, Borno, Benue, Kano are hotspots that might experience violence * ‘We fear that NIGERIA’S 2019 General Election will be characterised by violence’ * ‘We are happy all major candidates have signed peace pact’ *Conduct of the elections could have significant consequences for the democratic trajectory in Nigeria * ‘We will be watching closely for instigators of violence or those attempting to undermine the democratic process’- US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor Nagy * Nigeria’s 2019 election would serve as a critical test’-U.S Department of State BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF & KEMI OLOWO, ASSISTANT DIPLOMATIC EDITOR, ABUJA/Naija Standard Newspaper

BREAKING NEWS: ‘We are not endorsing any candidate in Nigeria’s 2019 election, only supporting a democratic process that reflects the will of Nigerian people’ -United States Government …Rivers, Borno, Benue, Kano are hotspots...

DAMNING VERDICT AHEAD OF 2019 ELECTIONS: ‘HISTORY Won’t Forgive MUHAMMADU BUHARI for Bringing in 53 Suitcases of Looted FUNDS Secretly into Nigeria’-ATIKU ABUBAKAR, Nigeria’s former Vice president *Explains: ‘In 1984, AS HEAD, Nigerian Customs and Excise Department at Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command I stopped the ADC of Buhari (then Military Head of State) from smuggling illegal money into the country’ *Dares young Nigerians and millennials who may not be aware of this incident to Google it *Vows: ‘I, Waziri Atiku Abubakar has no history of stolen looted funds’ *Assures: ‘Insha Allah, we will win 2019 Elections and make life meaningful for Nigerians’ * “In desperation, the Buhari administration released this statement to cover their shame on a day that the US based International Strategic Studies Association reported that it is the unprecedented corruption around President Buhari that has led to the recent setbacks in the war on terrorism in the Northeast”-Mazi Paul Ibe, Media Adviser to HE Atiku Abubakar BY SAMSON SHOAGA/MANAGING EDITOR, ABUJA

DAMNING VERDICT AHEAD OF 2019 ELECTIONS: ‘HISTORY Won’t Forgive MUHAMMADU BUHARI for Bringing in 53 Suitcases of Looted FUNDS Secretly into Nigeria’-ATIKU ABUBAKAR, Nigeria’s former Vice president *Explains: ‘In...

BREAKING NEWS: ‘OLUSEGUN OBASANJO is Totally Confused, Suffering Dementia, No SANE Person Takes him Seriously’-GARBA SHEHU, Senior Special Assistant to Nigerian President on Media & Publicity *Says: OBJ’S utterances gibberish, not worthy of attention *Vows: ‘Whoever Obasanjo endorses at 2019 election is irrelevant. He is very unstable on decision’ *Flays Baba Iyabo for dropping ‘God’s name’ as he deems fit *Add: ‘We have learnt not to take his utterances seriously anymore’ BY IFEYINWA CHUDY/GROUP POLITICAL EDITOR, ABUJA

BREAKING NEWS: ‘OLUSEGUN OBASANJO is Totally Confused, Suffering Dementia, No SANE Person Takes him Seriously’-GARBA SHEHU, Senior Special Assistant to Nigerian President on Media & Publicity *Says: OBJ’S utterances gibberish,...

2019 ELECTIONS: ‘NIGERIANS: I Have 9 CREDITS in My West African School Certificate, Vote for Me again’-President BUHARI …’I am happy to have received Attestation and confirmation of result from WAEC Officials’ * ‘I Can Assure you that Gen. Yar’Adua and I Wrote WASC, since we Joined Army same time’ * Nigerians question why WASC name bears ‘Mohammed’, instead of ‘Muhammadu’ being first name BY NURENI ALAO/POLITICAL REPORTER, ABUJA

2019 ELECTIONS: ‘NIGERIANS: I Have 9 CREDITS in My West African School Certificate, Vote for Me again’-President BUHARI …’I am happy to have received Attestation and confirmation of result from WAEC Officials’ *...

AHEAD OF NIGERIA 2019 ELECTIONS: ‘I am a Honest person, My Secondary School Result is still with Secretary of Nigerian Military Board’-Nigeria’s President, BUHARI … ‘Nigerian Army don’t have the original, certified true copy or WASC statement of results of retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate’, says Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-. Gen. Olajide Laleye * Buhari Vows: ‘I am the above-named person and the deponent of this affidavit herein. I have attached an affidavit to support my claim’ * Nigerian Army: “It is a practice in the NA that before candidates are shortlisted for commissioning into the officers’ cadre of the Service, the Selection Board verifies the original copies of credentials that are presented. However, there is no available record to show that this process was followed in the 1960s for Buhari” * ‘We have received a list of 70 out of 91 political parties fielding candidates for presidential 2019 elections including Buhari, Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress party who failed to attach necessary documents as required for his re-election bid’-INEC BY RILWAN AHMED/POLITICAL REPORTER, ABUJA

AHEAD OF NIGERIA 2019 ELECTIONS: ‘I am a Honest person, My Secondary School Result is still with Secretary of Nigerian Military Board’-Nigeria’s President, BUHARI …’Nigerian Army don’t have the original,...

‘NIGERIANS: Give me your Vote this Second Chance, I know where my votes will come from’-President BUHARI *I am Confident Pregnant Women and Nigerian masses will vote me back to power * I Have warned INEC, Security Agencies to ensure that every vote counts in 2019 * I am not ‘President Slow-Motion’ as some Nigerians assumed, I am only trying to follow the law, especially as democracy is different from military rule BY ILIYA MOHAMMED/POLITICAL REPORTER

‘NIGERIANS: Give me your Vote this Second Chance, I know where my votes will come from’-President BUHARI *I am Confident Pregnant Women and Nigerian masses will vote me back to power * I Have warned INEC, Security Agencies to ensure...