Nigerians back Aisha Buhari, as she slams Mr. President, Court fines Catholic church $50,000 for sex abuse and other major headlines you missed today!

Two suspects, Tasiu Mohammed and Saidu Mohammed, both of Bukuru, Jos South local government area of Plateau State, who allegedly stabbed and killed a yet to be identified person, took his N10, 000 and dumped his body in a well, have been arrested. 

The suspects and another, Stephen Luka, who claimed to have killed his girlfriend’s elder sister, Simi, at Tudun Wada area of Jos North local government area “due to anger” and inflicted machete cuts on his pregnant girlfriend, Justina, were among 32 suspects paraded for various forms of suspected crimes by the state commissioner of police, Peter Ogunyanwo. 

There were also five suspects who allegedly invaded the family compound of a footballer, Ogenyi Onazi at the Utan area of Jos North and robbed his father, Onazi Wilson, of a Toyota Highlander valued at N2.7million. 

The CP disclosed that one of the suspects is a neighbour to the family of Onazi, who allegedly helped the armed men to the compound and urged Plateau residents to step up neighbourhood security by providing information to security personnels to help track criminals.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerians’ understanding of his anti-corruption fight was why the removal of oil subsidy did not prompt public disturbance. 

Speaking for the first time since after the development five months ago, Buhari said his administration had been greatly encouraged by the uncommon support from Nigerians in the fight against corruption, as well as initiatives aimed at stimulating the economy.

 The President, who spoke during an interactive session in Berlin with representatives of the Nigerian Community in Germany, promised that his administration would reciprocate the gesture by strengthening critical institutions needed for sustainable development and prosperity. “We are working hard to empower our institutions especially our educational institutions. “If you educate a person that is the best you can do for him but if not you make him susceptible to religious, ethnic, negative thinking and action. “Nigerians are virtually supporting us in our fight against corruption, security and the economy. “There are things that are happening, which if such had happened before there would have been major riot, like the removal of subsidy on fuel,” he said. Referring to the “Rolls Royces,” recently discovered in the homes of certain government officials as a clear reference of the rot in society and the fact that the war against corruption in the country is working, President Buhari also told Nigerians in the Diaspora that it was regrettable that over the years oil marketers had colluded with banks to defraud Nigeria of much needed revenue from the commodity. “One third of the activities of the oil marketers are fraudulent, you can see how some of us Nigerians are wicked. “They just take the money, stamp some papers without bringing the product and this fraudulent activity was between bankers and businessmen,” he said.


Court fines Catholic church $50,000 for sex abuse

A court in Buenos Aires on Saturday ordered the Catholic Church to pay $50,000 to a former seminarian who alleged he was sexually abused some 25 years ago by an Argentine archbishop.

The breakthrough ruling is the first civil court judgment against the majority Roman Catholic church in Argentina, legal experts said.

The court issued the judgment of 756,000 pesos against the church in the case of a theology student in the province of Santa Fe, who claimed to have been victimised by late Archbishop Edgardo Storni.

Seminary student Ruben Descalzo filed a lawsuit claiming he was sexually assaulted by Storni in 1992.

A court in 2009 found Storni guilty of the sex assault charges against him and sentenced him to eight years in prison, but the sentence was overturned two years later by an appeals court.

The sentence was sent back to the lower court which was instructed to issue a new sentence against Storni, who died before the court could act.

Storni died in 2012, at the age of 75 without ever confessing to the crime he was accused of.

He gave up his position in 2002, and secluded himself at a property owned by the archdiocese.

Saturday’s court ruling ordered the court to make payment of the fine within the next 10 days.

It was not immediately known whether the church planned to file an appeal.


Nigerians back Aisha Buhari, as she slams Mr. President

Several reactions have trailed Aisha Buhari’s comments that she may not back her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, at the 2019 election unless he (the President) reshuffles his cabinet.
Aisha Buhari, had in a BBC Hausa interview, expressed her displeasure in President Buhari’s government, saying that the President does not know most of the appointees in his cabinet.

She also suggested that the President’s government had been hijacked by a few people, who were behind the presidential appointments.

In the interview, Mrs. Buhari said, “The president does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years.

“Some people are sitting down in their homes, folding their arms, only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position.”

When asked to name those who had hijacked her husband’s government, she refused, saying, “You will know them if you watch television.”

On whether President was still in charge, she said, “That is left for the people to decide.”

Mrs. Buhari added that her husband had not told her whether he would contest the 2019 election.

She said, “He is yet to tell me, but I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again.”

Meanwhile, Mrs. Buhari’s comments on her husband’s government have attracted both applause and criticisms by Nigerians.

For instance, the Convener of the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid mohammed, praised Aisha for forthrightness and described her comments as “100 per cent correct”.

Mohammed, who said Aisha’s honesty earned her his respect, added that she could have said more, considering the information at her disposal, but chose to be diplomatic.

He said, “From the bits I heard by myself and from friends whose judgements I respect, everything said by Mrs. Buhari is true. In fact, given the fact at her disposal, she has been very diplomatic because she could have said a lot more and mentioned names and positions like I did in the interview I had with Saturday PUNCHsome weeks back. But she didn’t do that; she confined herself to what she said, which are all factual.

“Some of the facts she said are matters in which I have privileged information and knowledge, so I believe she was telling the truth and I do not want to question her motivation or listen to what people say. I believe it is in the interest of this country to listen to what she says before we are driven into a ditch by her husband.”

According to Mohammed, Aisha had the right to have made the comments because she was “speaking about her country and her nuclear family and she is the closest human being to the President.”

“When the chips are down, it is she, her children and Buhari’s children from his first marriage that will carry the burden. So nobody has the right to tell her what is appropriate or inappropriate,” he added.

National Publicity secretary of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba organisation, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, also said being the “closest person to the Presiddent”, Aisha’s comments should not be ignored.

Odumakin said as Aisha noted, President Buhari should reshuffle his cabinet to accommodate competent people.

“The fact remains that being the wife of the President, her views cannot just be thrown away like that,” he said.

“You can count on your fingers the cabinet members that know what they are doing there. There is no impartial observer of the government that will not agree that this cabinet has not performed well. It took a long time for the President to appoint his cabinet members and we had expected something more. The President should reshuffle the team and make sure he puts on board people who can deliver.”

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