A report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that the army has been burying scores of soldiers in secret unmarked graves, in a bid to cover up the casualty figures in the ongoing war against insurgency within the North East, has been condemned byDefence Headquarters (DHQ). The DHQ in its reaction to the WSJ publication denied the reports stating that there are no secret graveyards in the North East Theatre.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, said that Nigeria can benefit from the United Kingdom in its ongoing reform of the business environment by learning from how the British resolved similar challenges. According to a statement released by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, and obtained by Concise News on Thursday, Osinbajo spoke during a meeting with the newly-appointed United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Development, Alok Sharma, at the Presidential Villa.
President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration’s National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), has in three years, lifted no fewer than 5 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty. Buhari said this at the opening of the Global Youth Employment Forum of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Abuja on Thursday.
The Presidental Candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the reported secret burial of 1,000 Nigerian soldiers killed by Boko Haram and ISWAP. Concise News gathered that Atiku in a statement he signed on Thursday said the Wall Street Journal report on the issue of the 1,000 soldiers is shocking and heartbreaking in a country of democracy.
The Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai has ordered recruitment into the public service of the state, in fulfilment of his administration’s plan to fill the vacancies. The government, however, has not stated how many jobs are available to be taken.
The Founder of the Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) Apostle Johnson Suleman has prophetically declared that August is a month of new beginning. According to the revered clergyman, August is the eight month of the year and the number represents a new beginning.
Leader and founder of The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet T. B. Joshua has said that “very soon”, people will understand his vision concerning Nigeria. Concise News reports that Prophet Joshua made a flashback to his sermon a fortnight ago when he called for urgent prayers for Nigeria against “interruption of democracy’ in the nation.
The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba, has alleged that the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello has sent gunmen after his life, Concise Newsreports. Acbuba on Thursday called on the Inspector General of Police, SSS, Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed Muslims across the country to look out for the new moon of Dhu’l-Hijjah 1440 A.H today (Thursday). The President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) added that the new moon will usher in the 12th month of the Islamic calendar.
10. Transfer: Ivory Coast Star Reveals Why He Joined Arsenal
Arsenal new signing Nicolas Pepe has said the thought of playing with Mesuit Ozil made him look forward to joining the Gunners. Concise News understands that Arsenal shelled out club-record fee of €80m (£72m) plus add-ons to lure the Ivory Coast winger away from Lille on a five-year contract.