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APC disqualifies two Buhari ministers from seeking governorship election

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has blocked two ministers from being governorship candidates in their states.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, and that of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, were disqualified by the screening committee of the APC.

Ms Alhassan seeks to govern Taraba on the APC platform while Mr Shittu seeks to govern Oyo State.

Although no reason was given for the failure to clear Mrs Alhassan, Mr Shittu was disqualified because he failed to participate in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

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Buhari returns to Abuja after attending UN general assembly

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President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja from New York where he participated in the 73rd session of the United Nations general assembly.

He also attended other official engagements on the sideline of the UNGA73 between September 24 and 29.

The presidential aircraft conveying the president, his wife, Aisha, and some members of his entourage took off from JFK International Airport on Saturday and landed at the presidential wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Sunday.

Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president, and Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, were among government officials who welcomed Buhari at the airport.

The highpoint of the president’s participation at the UNGA was his address on Tuesday.

Buhari, in his presentation, sought global cooperation on security, anti-corruption, irregular migration, climate change, and UN reforms, among others.

The president and his wife also attended a welcome reception hosted by Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, and his spouse.

Buhari and his delegation were also present at the ‘Mandela Peace Meeting on Global Peace’ in honour of the centenary birth of late South African President Nelson Mandela.

The Nigerian delegation participated in a meeting on the fight against tuberculosis organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The delegation also attended a meeting on financing the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and World Economic Forum’s sustainable development impact summit.

While in New York, Buhari had bilateral meetings with African and world leaders including Bill Gates with a view to promoting national and African interests.

Buhari also had an interactive session with Nigerian professionals based in the US and Canada.

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Boko Haram threat: Leah Sharibu’s mother weeps, begs FG to save daughter’s life

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Rebecca Sharibu has appealed to the federal government to save Leah, her daughter who is still in Boko Haram captivity

The insurgents had threatened to kill Leah in October if their demands are not met.

Leah was among the students kidnapped in February from Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe state.

All the abducted girls were subsequently released, except five who reportedly died in detention, but Leah was held back for “refusing to renounce her faith”.

Leah’s mother broke down in tears at a press conference on Saturday, appealing for the release of her daughter.

“I am here on behalf of my family, particularly me and my husband to plead with the entire world, most especially the federal government, President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, and the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), to please do whatever they can to ensure that Leah is released,” Rebecca said.

“A threat has been sent out that with effect from October 2018, Leah Sharibu would be next in line to be killed. I am pleading with the Federal Government to do whatever they feel should be done to release Leah before the expiration of the ultimatum.

“Monday will be October 1. It is our desire that anybody that can do anything to free Leah should do that. We thank the entire world, most especially Nigerians for standing with the family and for their prayers on our behalf.”

Nathan, Leah’s father, said he does not know if the government and the insurgents have reached an agreement.

“They said the federal government did not respond to their demand; but we didn’t know what it is all about,” he said.

“Since this thing happened, the federal government has not listened to them. So, we don’t know what they mean about that one.”

He pleaded with the government and international community to ensure the release of his daughter.

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Nigerian airlines delayed 93 flights daily between January and June

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Airlines operating in the country delayed an average of 106 flights every day between January and June 2018.

Muhtar Usman, director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), provided this information while speaking at an interactive forum with Aviation Agencies and Airlines’ Information Managers in Lagos.

He said 348 flights were cancelled for various reasons during the said period.

“The eight domestic airlines recorded a total of 16,880 delayed flights with 253 cancellations,” the NCAA DG said.

“Also, 33 airlines on the international routes recorded 2,443 delayed flights and cancelled 95 flights.

According to him, flights can be delayed or cancelled for safety and operational reasons, especially during adverse weather conditions, but they must be done in accordance with standard civil aviation regulations.

He said all airlines had been warned against incessant flight delays and cancellations.

The director-general said NCAA had begun the process of streamlining aviation charge, saying the charges are quite moderate when compared to other countries.

“There are some existing charges in other countries that are not applicable in Nigeria and this is not to overburden airlines,” he explained.

He said the goal of NCAA was to continue to collaborate with other agencies and stakeholders in order to create a robust aviation industry that could contribute more to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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