Nigeria

BREAKING: Super Eagles To Lock Horns With Brazil in Int’l Friendly

Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will next month play the Samba Boys of Brazil in a FIFA Grade A international friendly.  The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed that the Nigeria team 🇳🇬 will play the friendly match against the Brazillians 🇧🇷 on the 13th of October in Singapore later this year.  Recall that the Super Eagles recently played out a 2-2 draw with Ukraine in another international encounter on September 10 at the Dnipro Arena which ended 2-2 which saw the promising coach Gernot Rohr – tuted side give away two quick goals in the space of a [Read]

Xenophobia: Ogun Citizens Top List of Nigerian Returnees [SEE FULL LIST HERE]

Ogun State has 30, the highest number, out of the 187 returnees evacuated from South Africa last week. Imo came second with 28 citizens. This came out from the profiling of the returnees, escaping from xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The profile showed that the first batch of the 187 returnees are from 16 states of the federation. Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja today. She appealed to state governments to support the returnees. Already, letters of appeal have been sent to the states to solicit for their interventions, Dabiri-Erewa said. Bank of Industry (BOI) and some telecommunication companies [Read]

Xenophobia: South Africa apologises to Nigeria

ABUJA – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has apologised to the Federal Republic of Nigeria over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa. The apology was tendered to President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House, Abuja by the two special envoys the South African leader dispatched to Abuja on Monday. “We met a short while ago with President Muhammadu Buhari to convey our President Ramaphosa’s sincerest apologies about the incidents that have recently transpired in South Africa. “Those incidents do not represent what we stand for as constitutional democracy in South Africa and the President has apologized for these incidents and he has also instructed law enforcement agencies [Read]

Xenophobia: 188 Nigeria Returnees Arrive Lagos Airport From South Africa

LAGOS – The Air Peace flight MEN2759 conveying 188 Nigerians from South Africa has arrived at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos at 9:35 pm local time. The aircraft which departed the OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa, after an eight-hour delay, had on board, 188 Nigerians. The evacuation of Nigerians follows an order by President Muhammadu Buhari on September 9, 2019, to evacuate Nigerians who are willing to return home from South Africa, after several xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including Nigerians. The President gave this order after he received the report of the special envoy sent to South Africa to convey [Read]

Nigerian football club signs player for N5,000

A football club In Kano, Kano state of Nigeria, Super Stars club, has signed a new player, Ibrahim Salisu Iriyos, for a club-record of N5,000. Super Stars plays a division two football club in Kano State FA league. According to BBC Pidgin, the transfer is the most expensive one in the town as Iriyos used to play for Aston Villa Gano, before his transfer to Super Stars. It was reported that Iriyos was known for scoring goals and showed interest in playing for Super Stars before he got signed. Aston Villa Gano is a football club in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area for Kano State. The same town where the [Read]

[BREAKING] SPECIAL ENVOY REPORT: PMB orders immediate evacuation of Nigerians from S/Africa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received the report of the special envoy sent to South Africa on the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians. The President has consequently directed the next steps to take to stop the menace, according to a statement by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser. The President has also given instruction for the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians who are willing to return home.” The statement added, “In the wake of the xenophobic attacks by South Africans against other Africans including Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari sent Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (DGNIA) as his Special Envoy to South Africa, to convey a Special Message to [Read]

BREAKING: Heavily Armed South African Protesters Storm Streets, Ask Foreigners To Vacate Country [SEE VIDEO]

JOHANNESBURG – A fresh round of violence is currently building up in the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, as armed protesters are out again, demanding that foreigners should return to where they came from. According to Sowetan Live, a South African newspaper, the protesters, who carried weapons such as knobkerries, are waiting to be addressed by Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a notable politician and Zulu tribe leader. This is coming one week after attacks on foreigners sparked reactions across the continent. Nigeria, Rwanda and Malawi had pulled out of the World Economic Forum which held in South Africa while Zambia cancelled an international friendly match with South Africa over the violence against [Read]

Shi’ites, police may clash again on Tuesday as proscribed group plans nationwide procession

•We’re Nigerians and ready to die in Nigeria –Shi’ites •March and see what police will do – FPRO The Nigeria Police Force and members of the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria, also known as Shi’ites, may clash at the group’s upcoming Ashura procession on Tuesday. The Ashura procession, also called the Day of Ashura, is the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. It is observed annually by Shi’ite Muslims worldwide to commemorate the death of Husayn ibn Ali in the Battle of Karbala in Iraq. Known as the third Shia Imam, Husayn was the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and son of Ali ibn Abi [Read]

Total Black-out imminent Nationwide as TCN, DisCos face-off deepens

• Incessant Collapse Of Grid Threatens Power Generation • GenCos Seek Introduction Of Bilateral Contract As Leeway • Stakeholders Advocate Investment In Renewables To Address Shortfall The lingering challenges confronting the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) is taking the worst turn as face-off between Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and Distribution Companies (DisCos) over a recently introduced minimum remittance order has continued to cripple power generation across the country. Already, over 40 per cent of the plants have been shut down, as the level of power generation stood at a mere 2137.6 Megawatts on Wednesday this week going by statistics from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator. Indeed, generation hovered between [Read]

Xenophobia: Buhari, Ramaphosa Set For Peace Talks As Nigerians Remain Optimistic

Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA), is optimistic that the meeting between Nigerian and South African Presidents in October, will bring lasting solutions to the recurrent xenophobia. The President of NICASA, Mr Ben Okoli, made this known in a telephone conversation with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from Johannesburg, South Africa. Okoli said President Muhammadu Buhari and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa, were expected to meet in October to discuss modalities to address attacks on Nigerians living in that country. “We are looking forward to the state visit by President Buhari and we believe his coming will help reduce the suffering Nigerians go through in South Africa. [Read]

Xenophobia: Adeboye, Okonkwo caution against retaliation

GENERAL Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye and his counterpart from The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM, Bishop Mike Okonkwo have passionately pleaded with Nigerians to exercise restraint in the face of provocative xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa and avoid the temptation to retaliate. Speaking at different fora, the two eminent Pentecostal clerics described the ugly development in South Africa as unfortunate but adviced that the lure of retaliation cannot provide an enduring solution to the crisis. “Attack on South African concerns in Nigeria in retaliation is not a godly alternative to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa,” they pleaded giving separate [Read]

100 days in office: 19 out of 29 govs fail to form cabinet

At least 19 out of the 29 governors sworn in on May 29, 2019 have yet to form their cabinets after 100 days in office, NEWS FLAKES NG understands. Of the 29 governors, only 10 have formed their cabinets. They are: Lagos, Sokoto, Kaduna, Borno, Benue, Oyo, Imo, Delta, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi. The 19 who have not formed their cabinets include Abia, Kano, Kebbi, Katsina, Bauchi, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe, Kwara, Enugu, Plateau, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Cross River, Jigawa, Zamfara and Rivers. NEWS FLAKES NG gathers that Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, who was inaugurated in November 2018, has also failed to appoint commissioners but rather settled for [Read]

Boycott South African businesses, Oshiomhole urges Nigerians

  • We’ve not recalled high commissioner, presidency clarifies • Fraudsters target Nigerians evacuating from South Africa The chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday urged the Federal Government and the citizens to take strong measures against telecommunications giant, MTN, and other firms owned by South Africans in Nigeria. He told reporters at the end of a closed-door meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja that Nigerians should boycott MTN for 30 days as a signal to South African authorities that they are fed up with xenophobic attacks. “Happily, we have indigenous networks like GLO, Airtel and 9mobile,” he said. “This occasion also offers [Read]

Xenophobia: 83 Nigerian Protesters Arraigned, As South Africa Blames Drug Dealers for Attacks

LAGOS – The Lagos State Police Command on Thursday arraigned 83 persons who allegedly participated in the attack and looting of South African-owned mall, Shoprite, in protest against continued xenophobic attacks and killings of Nigerians in South Africa. This is just as the South Africa’s Minister of International Relation and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, blamed drug dealers for xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and pleaded with the Federal Government of Nigeria to assist her country by preventing Nigerians dealing in narcotics from coming to South Africa. Pandor, who spoke with an interview with an online news platform, enca.com, on the sidelines of the ongoing World Economic Forum on Africa on Thursday, [Read]

Xenophobia: Air Peace to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa

ABUJA – The Federal Government has announced that the Proprietor of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema has volunteered to send aircraft to South Africa to evacuate Nigerians from the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs made this announcement in a statement signed by Ferdinand Nwonye, Spokesperson of the ministry on Wednesday. It reads, “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform the general public that following the recent unfortunate xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including Nigerians in South Africa, the Proprietor of Air Peace Airlines Chief Allen Onyema, has volunteered to send an aircraft from Friday 6th September 2019 to evacuate Nigerians who wish to return to Nigeria free of [Read]