Buhari Returns To Abuja From Portugal

President Muhammadu Buhari arrives at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Abuja on July 2, 2022 after returning from Portugal. Credit: State House.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria after spending four days in Portugal on a state visit. He left Nigeria for Portugal on Tuesday and returned to Abuja on Saturday.

The President had visited Portugal based on the invitation of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal.

During the trip, President Buhari attended the 2022 United Nations (UN) ocean conference, met with Carlos Moedas, mayor of Lisbon, and was also presented with the ‘key of the city of Lisbon’. Also, during the trip, Nigeria and Portugal signed several memoranda of understanding, including political consultations, diplomatic training, cooperation in the field of culture, and women and girls development.

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The MoUs signed touched on political consultations, research and exchange of information and documentation, cooperation in the field of culture and cooperation in the field of women and girls development, empowerment and gender affairs, youths as well as sports.

The agreements, some of which were finalised between the two countries’ investment promotion agencies and chambers of commerce were signed on Nigeria’s behalf by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare.

President Buhari is optimistic that his state visit will further strengthen the goodwill and collaboration between both countries.

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Ekiti Election: INEC Calls For Speedy Prosecution Of Arrested ‘Vote-Buyers’ 

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu speaks during an Inter-Agency Committee on Election Security in Abuja on July 2, 2022.

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday called for the quick prosecution of all those arrested for vote-buying during the Ekiti State governorship election.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, made the call during a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Committee on Election Security in Abuja.

He said he was satisfied with the conduct of security agencies during the election, and that the speedy prosecution of culprits of vote-buying will serve as a deterrent for others.

“Vote busying remains a major area of concern. We appreciate the role played by anti-corruption and security agencies,” he said.

“We are working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to ensure the prosecution of persons arrested in the Ekiti governorship election.”

The INEC Chairman also highlighted the commission’s activities lined up for the forthcoming Osun State scheduled for July 16.

According to him, INEC is committed to the conduct of pre-election activities to perfect the Osun polls.

“The Commission is deploying a readiness assessment team to Osun State next week to assess our preparations. We will visit some of our local government offices in the state, hold meetings with our staff, we will also observe the mock accreditation of voters in some polling units across the three senatorial districts in the state,” the INEC Chairman added.

 

FIBA World Cup Qualifiers: D’Tigers Advance To Second Round After Mali No-Show

D’Tigers squad for FIBA African World Cup Qualifiers in Kigali.

 

Nigeria’s senior men’s national basketball team, D’Tigers have advanced to the second round of the FIBA African World Cup qualifiers with a game to spare after walking over Mali.

Despite losing their first game of the third window of the qualifiers to Cape Verde, D’Tigers are through to the final qualification phase after Mali failed to turn up for their second group A game, thereby forfeiting the points to Nigeria. Under FIBA rules, the Malians have now been disqualified after forfeiting for the second time.

As a result, Nigeria advanced with three wins from five games over their windows of qualifiers before taking on Uganda in their last group A game on July 3 at the BK arena in Kigali.

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Based on FIBA’s qualification guidelines, the top three teams from each group will advance to the 12-team Second Round. Here, they will join three other countries to create two six-team groups.  All teams will carry over their results from the First Round.

For Nigeria, they will face the top three from group c featuring Cote d’Ivoire, Angola, Guinea, and the Central African Republic.

In the Second Round, each team will play each new team in their group during two tournaments played over two event windows scheduled in August 2022 and February 2023.

At the end of these additional six games per team, the two top teams in each group, along with the best third-placed side will qualify for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.

 

 

 

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