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NO. 122

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Mandela’s condition still very critical —Daughter

ELSON Mandela’s daughter N has hit out at “racists” and “vultures” in the media, as

MID-TERM DINNER: President Goodluck Jonathan (c) flanked by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia (l) and President Joyce Banda of Malawi at the Mid-term dinner held at the Presidential Villa ,Abuja ... Wednesday. PHOTO: ANAYO OPARA

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the presidency declared that the anti-apartheid icon has improved overnight. After visiting him in his Pretoria hospital, Makaziwe Mandela said her father - who is reportedly no longer able to breathe unassisted - is still “very critical”. “Anything is imminent, but I want to emphasise again that it is only God who knows when the time to go is,” she told the public broadcaster SABC. “I won’t lie, it doesn’t look good. But as I say, if we speak to him, he responds and tries to open his eyes. “He’s still there. He might be waning off, but he’s still there.”

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She also criticised the “crass” media frenzy, likening the media to vultures. “It’s like truly vultures waiting when a lion has devoured a buffalo, waiting there you know for the last carcasses, that’s the Continues on Pg 6

Jonathan returns 2013 Budget Bill to Reps CHUKWU DAVID, Abuja ARELY 24 hours the House of Representatives killed the 2013 Budget Amendment Bill, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday presented a fresh document to the lower legislative chamber for consideration. In the new amendment proposal, Jonathan asked the House to reinstate the N72 billion the National Assembly removed from the N4.9 trillion

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Executed prisoners:

Switzerland, Norway slam Oshiomhole

ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja OVERNMENTS of Switzerland and the Kingdom of Norway have described the authorization of execution of four condemned prisoners by the Federal High Court Benin Division as unworthy of Nigeria democratic system of government. Those executed in Benin were Osarenmwinda

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•Govs okay 1% allocation to Police

Fuel scarcity looms as PENGASSAN issues 7-day ultimatum

Petroleum and Natural Tof HEGas Senior Staff Association Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has

given seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to meet its demand or face industrial action. The PENGASSAN

General Secretary, Mr. Bayo Olowoshile, gave the notice at the end of its meeting in Lagos yesterday. The grievances are; migration of permanent jobs to contract and outsource labour to deny

Nigerians the rights and benefits of full employment and commensurate compensations in the Oil and Gas Sector. ``We are also not happy that the government is paying Continues on Pg 6

MEETING… Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State (l) in a handshake with Governor Chibuike Amaeachi of River State at the National Economic Council (NEC) Meeting in Abuja yesterday PHOTO:ANAYO OPARA

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