Zimbabwe Crises: Robert Mugabe’s Full Speech To His Citizens

Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, 93, shocked his compatriots as well as the international community when he bluntly refused to resign.

Mugabe revealed this during a nationwide broadcast Sunday night amid reports that he had agreed to step down after leading the country for 37 years. However, in a dramatic turn of event last night, the nonagenarian failed to back down after the country’s military announced his ouster from power.

Read His speech below…


“Fellow Zimbabweans, I address you tonight on the back of a meeting I held today with the nation’s security forces command element.

This meeting which was facilitated by a mediating team… followed an operation mounted by the Zimbabwean Defence Forces in the week that has gone by, and which was triggered by concerns from their reading of the state of affairs in our country and in the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Whatever the pros and cons of the way they went about registering those concerns, I as the President of Zimbabwe and as their Commander in Chief do acknowledge the issues they have drawn my attention to, and do believe these were raised in the spirit of honesty and out of deep and patriotic concern for the stability of our nation and for the welfare of our people.

As I address you I am also aware of a whole range of concerns which have come from you all as citizens of our great country and which deserve our untrammelled attention.

Today’s meeting with the command element has underscored the need for us to collectively start processes that return our nation to normalcy so that all our people can go about their business unhindered in an environment of perfect peace and security assured that the law and order prevail as before and endure well into the future.

If there is any one observation we have made and drawn from events of the last week it is the unshakable pedestal upon which rests our state of peace and law and order, amply indicating that as Zimbabweans we are generally a peaceably disposed people and with a given-ness to express our grievances and to resolve our differences ourselves and with a level of dignity and restraint so rare to many other nations. This is to be admired. Indeed such traits must form the path of our national character and personality. Yes, a veritable resource we summon and draw upon in times of vicissitudes.

The operation I have alluded to did not amount to a threat to our well-cherished constitutional order, nor was it a challenge to my authority as head of state and government, not even as commander in chief of the Zimbabwean Defence Forces. To the man, the commend element remained respectful and comported themselves with diktats and mores of constitutionalism.

True, a few incidents may have occurred here and there but they are being corrected. I am happy that throughout the short period the pillars of state remained functional. Even happier for me and arising from today’s meeting is a strong sense of collegiality and comradeship now binding the various arms of our security establishment. This should redound to greater peace and offer an abiding sense of security in communities and in our entire nation.

Among the issues discussed is that relating to our economy, which as we all know is going through a difficult patch. Of greater concern to our commanders are the well-founded fears that the lack of unity and commonness of purpose in both party and government was translating into perceptions of inattentiveness to the economy. Open public spats between officials in the party and government exacerbated by multiple conflicting messages from both the party and government made the criticisms levelled at us inescapable.

Amidst all this, flagship projects already adopted by government stood stalled or mired in needless controversies. All this needs to stop as we inaugurate a new work culture and pace which will show a strong sense of purpose and commitment to turning around our economy in terms of our policies. The government remains committed to improving the social and material conditions of the people. Government will soon unveil an entrepreneurial skills and business development program which will empower and unleash gainful projects at our growth points and in rural areas.”


7,000 Children Die Everyday –WHO

The World Health Organisation has revealed that about 7,000 children die every day. In further explanation, the organization said every day in 2016 at least 15 000 children died before their fifth birthday. In a new report by the United Nations, 46% of them – or 7 000 babies – died in the first 28 days of life. Although the number of children dying before the age of five is at a new low– 5.6 million in 2016, compared with nearly 9.9 million in 2000 – the proportion of under-five deaths in the newborn period has increased from 41% to 46% during the same period.


“The lives of 50 million children under-five have been saved since 2000, a testament to the serious commitment by governments and development partners to tackle preventable child deaths,” said UNICEF Chief of Health, Stefan Swartling Peterson. “But unless we do more to stop babies from dying the day they are born, or days after their birth, this progress will remain incomplete. We have the knowledge and technologies that are required – we just need to take them where they are most needed.”


At current trends, 60 million children will die before their fifth birthday between 2017 and 2030, half of them newborns, according to the report released by UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the Population Division of UNDESA which make up the Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME). Most newborn deaths occurred in two regions: Southern Asia (39%) and sub-Saharan Africa (38%). Five countries accounted for half of all new-born deaths: India (24%), Pakistan (10%), Nigeria (9%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (4%) and Ethiopia (3%).


“To achieve universal health coverage and ensure more newborns survive and thrive, we must serve marginalized families,” says Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health at WHO. “To prevent illness, families require financial power, their voices to be heard and access to quality care. Improving the quality of services and timely care during and after childbirth must be prioritized.”


The report notes that many lives can be saved if global inequities are reduced. If all countries achieved the average mortality of high-income countries, 87% of under-five deaths could have been averted and almost 5 million lives could have been saved in 2016.


“It is unconscionable that in 2017, pregnancy and childbirth are still life-threatening conditions for women, and that 7 000 newborns die daily,” said Tim Evans, Senior Director of Health Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group. “The best measure of success for Universal Health Coverage is that every mother should not only be able to access healthcare easily but that it should be quality, affordable care that will ensure a healthy and productive life for her children and family. We are committed to scaling up our financing to support country demand in this area, including through innovative mechanisms like the Global Financing Facility (GFF). ”


Pneumonia and diarrhoea top the list of infectious diseases which claim the lives of millions of children under-five globally, accounting for 16% and 8% of deaths, respectively. Preterm birth complications and complications during labour or childbirth were the causes of 30% of newborn deaths in 2016. In addition to the 5.6 million under-5 deaths, 2.6 million babies are stillborn each year, the majority of which could be prevented.


Ending preventable child deaths can be achieved by improving access to skilled health-professionals during pregnancy and at the time of birth; lifesaving interventions, such as immunization, breastfeeding and inexpensive medicines; and increasing access to water and sanitation, that are currently beyond the reach of the world’s poorest communities.For the first time, mortality data for older children age 5 to 14 was included in the report, capturing other causes of death such as accidents and injuries. Approximately 1 million children aged 5 to 14 died in 2016.


“This new report highlights the remarkable progress since 2000 in reducing mortality among children under age 5,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Mr. LIU Zhenmin. “Despite this progress, large disparities in child survival still exist across regions and countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet many deaths at these ages are easily preventable through simple, cost-effective interventions administered before, during and immediately after birth. Reducing inequities and reaching the most vulnerable newborns, children and mothers are essential for achieving the SDG target on ending preventable childhood deaths and for ensuring that no one will be left behind.”


In sub-Saharan Africa, estimates show that 1 child in 36 dies in the first month, while in the world’s high-income countries, the ratio is 1 in 333. Unless the rate of progress improves, more than 60 countries will miss the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to end preventable deaths of newborns by 2030 and a half would not meet the target of 12 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births by 2050. These countries account for about 80% of neonatal deaths in 2016.




NYSC: The Good, The Bad Of The System

The National Youth Service Corps NYSC has donated the sum of Three Million Five Hundred Thousand naira to a Corps member, Ogunpaimo Kehinde, to enable her undergo a heart surgery. Kehinde, who is serving in Lagos State, and has been living on strong survival drugs for some time now, is due for surgery soon.

NYSC Lagos State Coordinator, Prince Mohammed Momoh, presented her case to the National Directorate Headquarters of the Scheme. Following the approval of the Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, the cheque of N3.5m was presented to her by Momoh in his office.

The Coordinator said the gesture was yet another illustration of Management’s concern for the welfare of Corps members. He wished her a successful surgery and quick recovery.

Receiving the cheque, Kehinde thanked the scheme for the assistance. She also appreciated the Coordinator for his role in bringing succour to her.

Meanwhile, Blessing Nwapa, the Batch A Stream 1 female youth corps member who was kidnapped on October 6th and released on Tuesday, October 10th, has declined an offer by the scheme to redeploy her after her experience with kidnappers.

Blessing met with the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, yesterday October 12th and when the DG offered Blessing redeployment to her state, she declined the offer.

Blessing who is from Abia State, was kidnapped on Friday, Oct. 6, in Udege Mbeki community of Kokona Local Government Area in the state. Some armed men robbed her and her friends while they were leaving the bank and after disposing them of their possessions, took her away.

Dubai Launches Self-Flying Taxis

Dubai has launched the world’s first self-flying taxi at the Jumeirah Beach Park in Dubai, United Arab  Emirates today. The Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) of Dubai was the brainchild of  Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA).

According to Dubai Media Office, the two-seater AAT, capable of transporting people without human intervention or a pilot, has been supplied by Volocopter, a Germany-based specialist manufacturer of automated air vehicles.

The AAT, expected to be put into use in the fourth quarter, is powered by electricity and is highly safe. Its design comprises 18 rotors to ensure secure cruising and landing in case of any rotor failure, said RTA.

“It is environment-friendly as it is powered by clean electricity, and it has very little noise. It has a maximum flight time of approximately 30 minutes at a speed of 50 km per hour, and a maximum air speed of 100 km per hour,” according to RTA.

“After the remarkable success of the first driverless metro in the region, we are glad to witness today the test flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi,” said Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.

“This is another proof of our commitment to positive change. We are constantly exploring opportunities to serve the community and advance the prosperity and happiness of society,” he added.

Restructuring Imposition And Newspaper Headline

Newspaper Headline


Buhari can’t impose restructuring on Nigeria – Presidency

  • Warns leader not to heat up polity
  • Time to restructure is now. Southern leaders insist
  • I won’t support Nigeria’s disintegration – Sultan
  • Oshimole’s comments spark anger

Following criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari in some quarters for not addressing the issue of restructuring of the country in his recent nationwide broadcast, the Presidency has said he cannot impose a restructuring on the country by fiat.



Oshimhole’s attack on agitators sparks anger

  • Let’s discuss Nigeria’s future, says Sultan

For about five minutes, proceedings were held up and tempers flared yesterday at the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC)-organized colloquium on restructuring.



Sothern leaders tackle Buhari insist on restructuring

  • Buhari can’t force restructuring through fiat
  • Sultan, Oshimhole harp on devolution of power, review of revenue formula.

ABUJA- THE Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubkar, the former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomohole, and other concerned Nigerians drawn from the academia and organized labor yesterday said issues bothering on devolution of power and review of revenue sharing formular in favour of state government was long overdue.



Why we’re not happy with Buhari-Southern leaders

  • President can’t restructure Nigeria by fiat – Presidency
  • Uproar as Oshimhole rejects restructuring
  • Sultan gives condition to back policy
  • Kanu: why I formed Biafra Secret Service

The Southern Leaders’ Forum (SLF), yesterday, faulted President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigeria’s unity, insisting that only restructuring can ensure that unity, peace and development of the country.



Buhari to decide SGF, NIA DG’s fate

  • Receive Osinbajo panel’s report, cancels FEC meeting

President Muhammadu Buhar would decide the fate of the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federal (SGF), Babachir Lawal and the Director-General of the National intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo oke, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said yesterday.



Buhari can’t restructuring by faist, says presidency

  • S’south leaders caution president against use of force
  • Sultan clarifies stand on policy review, okays dialogue
  • Odumehwu-Ojukwu’s son confirms father’s meeting with Buhari
  • N’Delta group insists on resource control

The presidency yesterday declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has no powers to restructure the country by military fiat.



Your claim that Nigeria’s unity is settled not tenable

The Southern Leader Forum on Wednesday in Lagos faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that issues of national discourse should be taken to the National Council of State.

Buhari Orders Security Chiefs To Curb Threats And Newspaper Headline

Newspaper Headline


Buhari to service: Crush security threats

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered service chiefs and other security agencies to nip in the bud all security threats to the existence of the country as one indivisible entity.



Court orders forfeiture of 58 more Diezani’s houses to FG

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the temporary forfeiture of 58 houses linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Aliso-Madueke.



Diezani to lose 56 houses in Lagos, Port Harcourt

  • the court ordered forfeiture of mansion valued at N3.3b

A FEDERAL High court in Lagos ordered the interim forfeiture of 56 houses allegedly bought between 2011 and 2013 for $21,982,224 million (N3,320,000,000 billion) by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.



Buhari orders service chief to tackle all security threats

  • We discussed terrorism, IPOB, Boko Haram, Kidnapping – CDS
  • Appointments: Buhari set to rectify S/East marginalization

In line with the sentiments expressed in his latest broadcast to Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the military to do everything necessary to preserve the nation’s unity.



Crush IPOB, B’Haram, others now, Buhari order military

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday directed the military chides and heads of other security agencies in the country to immediately tame threats to the peace and unity of the nation.



UNICEF: Boko Haram used 83 children as human bombs

…450,000 at risk of acute malnutrition

  • FG: We’ve spent N4bn on humanitarian Project

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), yesterday, disclosed that 83 children have, so far, been used this year as “human bombs” by the Boko Haram terrorist group in the North-East of Nigeria.



Security chiefs get orders on B-Haram, IPOB, others

  • Its wrong approach, says Afenifere
  • IPOB not a terrorist organization – ECA, ILT

ABUJA- PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, directed service chiefs and heads of security operatives to arrest all security threats against the unity of the country.


Newspaper Headline



2019: PDP woos Atiku

The battle to get the former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar back to the People Democratic Party (PDP) took a definite turn yesterday



South-West govs set up joints task force on security

  • Declare zero tolerance for crime in region
  • Establish Western Nigerian Export Development Initiative
  • Change name to Western Nigeria Governors’ Forum

South-West governors on Monday, met in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, where they expressed their resolve to forge ahead with the regional integration plan, especially in key sectors such as Agriculture, security, economy, among others, in the overall benefit of the Yoruba nation.



Nigeria to lose N57.5b daily as OPEC plans production cut

  • Oil will become faded product in 30 years, says Kachikwu

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is planning to cap Nigeria’s crude oil production at 1.8 million barrels per day (mbpd) as a way to boost prices in the market.


52 Generals, other officers redeployed

  • Osinbajo meets service chiefs, Borno gov

UNEASY- calm has enveloped the Nigerian Army following recent massive shake-up.



Buhari not confined to a chair says, governor

  • PDP faults APC leaders, governor over handling of President’s health

RUMORS on the President’s health were debunked again yesterday.


Newspaper Headline



Buhari hosts APC govs in London

  • President not bothered by garbage of lies says Okorocha

The Presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari met with the delegation of all Progressive Congress (APC) led by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, in London yesterday.



Oyegun, Amaechi, 4 APC govs meet Buhari in London

  • He will make when doctors say so – Okorocha

Governor of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and leaders met with the President Muhammadu Buhari in London, United Kingdom, on Sunday, with them saying that he would be returning to the country whenever his doctor gives him the clear signal.



Buhari meets APC chiefs in London, says: I’m laughing

  • Dismisses negative talks about his health

LAGOS – PRESIDENT Muhamadu Buhari, yesterday, laughed away negatives insulations about his health, vowing to return to the country once he gets the all clear from his doctors.



Govts loses N6 billion yearly to fake cargo insurance papers.

About 300,000 of the cargoes imported through the nation’s airports and seaports yearly have no genuine insurance papers, The Guardian has learnt.



Court freezes ex-COAS Minimah’s accounts

  • Minimah, firm under probe for criminal conspiracy, money laundering, others – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes commission has accused a former Minimah (retd), and a company, stoke synergy Nigeria Limited, of diverting about N13.6bn belonging to the Nigerian Army.



Diezani $1.7b deals: EFCC sends more Proof to UK

  • UK, US, EFCC to harmonies investigations

Two Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives have been displaced to the United Kingdom (UK) with more evidence in the investigation of the former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, The Nation learnt at the weekend.



Presidency: Nobody can declare Buhari unfit

  • President meets Oyegun, APC govs, Amaechi in London
  • Okorocha: His will silence prophets of doom
  • Lawyers disagree on president’ health status

The Presidency has declared that President Muhammmadu Buhari cannot be declared unfit as a result of his ill health.







Three arrested in Edo State for Kidnap of Lagos pupils

  • Reps urge police IG to rescue kids

Three persons have been arrested over last Thursday’s kidnap of six pupils of Lagos State Model College in Igbonia, Epe, The nation learnt yesterday.



FG uncovers massive fraud in N’Delta ministry projects

  • N423bn spent in six years, execution rate at 12%
  • Some contractors collected money without going to sites

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Usani Uguru, on Wednesday, said the Federal Government has uncovered some shady deals by some of the contractors that handled projects in the Niger Delta region between 2009 and 2015.



Three militants arrested for Lagos students’ kidnap

  • Suspect nabbed in Benin
  • 14 died in shootout with police – Source
  • Kidnappers: No going back on ransom
  • Lawmaker abducted, freed

Police in Lagos, working in the synergy with the inspector-General of Police special intelligence Response Team (IRT), have arrested three of the militant behind the abduction of six students from Lagos State Model College, Igbonla, Epe.



Multiple charges cost local airlines 65 percent revenue

  • Carriers list 37 levies, taxes
  • Charges are statutory, says NCAA

Local airlines in the country have very slim chances of survival under the alleged current regime of multiple taxes.



Herdsmen attacks, another

Boko Haram – SENATE

  • Urges security agencies to halt, apprehend and bring culprits to justices
  • Observes one-minute silence for those killed by herdsmen

Abuja – the Senate, yesterday, highlighted the need to deal decisively with herdsmen attack across the country, describing the phenomenon as another form of Boko Haram.



Reps secure release of kidnapped lawmakers

  • Victims released after negotiation between abductors, legislators\

The leadership of the House of Representatives, Garba Durbunde, who represents Sumaila/Takai Federal Constituency, has been released, barely 24 hours after he was kidnapped by gunmen along Kaduna – jere Road, on Tuesday.



President to appoint Customs CG from top officers

  • As Senate amends Customs Act
  • Recommends Customs Service Commission

The Senate passed the Customs Service amendment bill which makes it mandatory for the president to appoint the Controller-General of Customs from within the service and that it will be subject to Senate’s confirmation.



Newspaper Headline


Nass opens own budget, passes N7.441trn 2017 budget

  • Submit 2018 budget early, Saraki council presidency
  • Dogara warns against alteration without consultation


The Nation Assembly, for the first time in eight years, made open its budget to the public, as it published details of its N125 billion budget for the year.



Some released Chibok girls need surgery – FG

  • Girls have bullet or bomb fragment in their bodies’
  • 24 Chibok girls to resume school in September


The Federal Government on Thursday said some of the schoolgirls released by Boko-Haram militants over the weekend would need surgery for various ailments.



Northern elders vow to defend Buhari presidency

The Northern Elders forum (NEF) yesterday vowed to resist any move to undermine the current administration on the account of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s ill health.



Governor builds hotel with $3m Paris club refund cash

  • Cash lodged in Rep’s account through proxy
  • EFCC places restriction on NGF’s N8b, $80m

Detectives have traced $3million of the controversial London-Paris Club loan refund to a governor.



As National Assembly releases detail of own budget for the first time in six year

Senate committee chairman on Appropriates, Dajuma Goje, declined to accommodate a request from his colleagues, who besieged his office to ensure that the interest of their senatorial districts was adequately captured in the budget.



At last, NASS passes N7.441trm 2017 budget

  • Adopts $44.50 crude benchmark, against Buhari’s $42.50
  • N143bn higher than Buhari’s N7.298tm estimates
  • NASS to spend N125bn

Abuja- the National Assembly, yesterday, passed the 2017 Appropriation bill of N7.441 trillion, which represented an increase of N143 billion from what was presented last December by President Muhammadu Buhari.



Buhari treats me as son, says Osinbanjo

  • Northern Elder: Don’t be intimidated by mischief makers

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has described the relationship between himself and President Muhammadu Buhari as that of father and son.

Husband In Prison For Allegedly Killing SEC Director

Justice Mary Anenih of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the remand of one Charles Eni-Umukoro in prison custody till May 19 pending the hearing of his bail application.

The judge gave the order following the arraignment of the defendant, who pleaded not guilty to charges of culpable homicide filed against him by the federal government.

Eni-Umukoro, a one-time Chairman of Sapele Local Government Area in Delta State, was alleged to be responsible for the death of his wife, Louisa Eni-Umukoro, who until her death was a Director at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

He pleaded not guilty to the one, count charge.
Consequently, the prosecution counsel led by Jubrin Okutepa (SAN), asked the court for an adjournment to enable him respond to the bail application of the defendant and also call his witnesses in the suit.

Responding Justice Anenih, adjourned the matter till May 19 for the hearing of the bail application.
The judge had earlier refused a request for adjournment by Godwin Emagun, counsel for the defendant, on the grounds that he failed to present a justifiable reason for adjournment.

Emagun had objected to the prosecution of the case, on the grounds that Okutepa being a private lawyer, must first obtain a fiat from the Attorney General of the Federation before prosecuting the case.
Okutepa responding, said since there was no objection from the prosecution and the plaintiff, he need not obtain any fiat. He cited various authorities to support his argument.

However, when asked to cite authorities to back his claim that Okutepa needs a fiat from the AGF, Emagun asked the court for time to do so.

Also,  attempt by Emagun to move a bail application for his client was opposed by Okutekpa on the grounds that Emagun just served him the paper a day earlier and as such, would need time to respond.
The judge then adjourned to May 19 for hearing on the bail application.

Eni-Umukoro is facing a one-count charge of culpable homicide.
He was accused of killing his wife.
The offence is punishable to death under Section 221 of the Penal Code.

According to the charge signed by Kenneth Ubanwa of the Legal/Prosecution Section of the Force Headquarters, Umukoro allegedly caused the death of the woman by “hitting her on the head which caused internal hemorrhage with the knowledge that her death would be the probable consequence.”

Attached to the charge sheet is an autopsy report from the Department of Morbid Anatomy and Histopathology of the National Hospital in Abuja which showed that the deceased died from ‘subdural hemorrhage’ resulting from two bruises on both sides of the neck, which the doctors said are products of ‘external force.’

The criminal charge followed a complaint by the deceased family, Eliab U. Ukponmwan of Oredo Local Government Area, Edo State, who cited several incidents of violence between the two which he alleged led to the death of Mrs. Eni-Umukoro on April 21, 2016.

Source: This Day