After much public speculation, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential flagbearer, has picked Peter Obi as his running mate for the February 2019 general election.
Peter Obi who was a two-term Governor of Anambra State, emerged Atiku’s running mate; this is coming after speculations by Nigerian among four other seemingly befitting candidates – a one-time CBN governor, Prof. Charles Soludo, ex-Managing Director of Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), Chike Obi, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and Former Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adeshina.
The choice of Peter Obi
As events unfold daily, Nigerians can predict likely outcome based on the calibre of candidates contending for the seat of the President, as well as their running mates, in the 2019 general elections.
Peter Onwubuasi Obi has been in the political scene since 2003, serving successfully for two terms as the Governor of Anambra State; having won a case over his opponent, Senator Chris Ngige, who was earlier declared the winner in 2003.
Then President Goodluck Jonathan, appointed Obi as Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a few months before he tenure ended.
Before assuming position of a governor in 2006, Peter Obi had also served as the Board Chairman of Fidelity Bank Plc. This earned him recognition as the youngest Board Chairman of a bank.
Reactions on Twitter
There is no doubt an obvious air of relief and affirmation over Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s choice. Atiku is gradually conquering general misgivings, having made moves in the past weeks applauded by many.
Looks like Peter Obi will be the VP. That will be a solid solid solid solid pick. It’s only been 5 days but, so far, Atiku hasn’t put a foot wrong yet
— tyro (@DoubleEph) October 12, 2018
BREAKING: Unconfirmed reports that Atiku has picked Peter Obi as running mate.
If true, It’s a good day for Nigeria. We can now all say we are One nation under God where no one is marginalized on the basis of their tribe or ethnicity. ✊✊✊ pic.twitter.com/dwSIYLYZZQ
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju (@adeyanjudeji) October 12, 2018
Congrats my friend and brother, Mr. Peter Obi on your selection as vice presidential candidate to H.E @atiku. Without doubt, this is a solid team that will lift Nigeria to her rightly place amongst the assembly of nations. #LetsGetNigeriaWorkingAgain pic.twitter.com/Es4zSdH8AA
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) October 12, 2018
More hearty cheers
Atiku reportedly chooses Peter Obi as his running mate. Excellent choice he has made. Peter Obi transformed Anambra, made it the state with the lowest poverty rate, the best performing students, one of the best road networks in Nigeria & financially secure without taking loans.
— World Publicist (@IsimaOdeh) October 12, 2018
#Nigeria is getting two change agents for the price of one. Peter Obi is man of the moment; but President-in-waiting @atiku Abubakar has already started planting the seeds of his legacy. Awesome! Let’s get #Nigeria working again. Join the Atiku-Obi first class train. pic.twitter.com/tpwUYPBJ7H
— Oseloka H. Obaze (@OselokaHObaze) October 12, 2018
Nothing anybody can say about Peter Obi that will shake most people. If you say he beat your family members with bulala and koboko in the market square I am here to tell you it’s because they were wasting public funds.
— Jola (@Jollz) October 12, 2018
Five oil majors reduce value of their assets by $50 billion in Q2
Energy demand at one point was down by more than 30% globally.
Five oil majors (including Exxon Mobil and British Petroleum) reduced the value of their assets by $50 billion in Q2, 2020. They also reduced their production rates as the COVID-19 pandemic caused a downward trend in energy demand.
What this means: The cut in asset valuations and reduction in crude oil production by these oil majors showed the depth of damage the COVID-19 pandemic caused on the global energy sector in Q2, 2020.
Energy demand at one point was down by more than 30% globally and still remains below pre-pandemic levels.
Some of these conpanies’ executives said they took these austerity measures because they expect demand to continue to be on the downward trend in the meantime. This is in view of the fact that people around the world are traveling less, even as many global industries are not in full capacity. The pandemic has already killed more than 700,000 people.
Of those five oil majors, only Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) did not book sizeable impairments, Reuters reported. However, an ongoing re-evaluation of Exxon Mobil plans could lead to a reasonable amount of its assets being impaired, and signal the removal of 20% or 4.4 billion barrels of its oil and gas reserves.
Oil major BP (BP.L) took a $17 billion hot. It said its plans in the coming years would be a focus on renewables and fewer fossils.
About two weeks ago, Nairametrics reported how Exxon Mobil and Chevron posted their worst losses in modern history, as the COVID-19 pandemic and a glut in crude oil reduced the demand for energy products in the second quarter of 2020.
US gives reasons it warned citizens against travelling to Nigeria, lists 12 high risk states
The US government has issued a level 3 Travel Health Notice for Nigeria due to COVID-19.
The United State Government has advised its citizens against travelling to Nigeria due to the Coronavirus pandemic, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, widespread inter-communal violence, and others.
This warning is contained in a travel advisory statement that was obtained from the United State Department of State website.
The statement also disclosed that the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had issued a level 3 Travel Health Notice for Nigeria due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Also, some parts of the country have increased risk.
“Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to Covid-19. Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping and maritime crime. Some areas have increased risk.’
‘’Do not travel to; Borno and Yobe States and Northern Adamawa State due to terrorism; Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano and Yobe States due to kidnapping; Coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta and Rivers States (with the exception of Port Harcourt) due to crime, civil unrest, kidnapping and maritime crime,’’ the statement said.
It stated that violent crimes such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, and rape, have become common throughout the country. As such, US citizens were advised to exercise extreme caution throughout the country due to the threat of indiscriminate violence.
“Terrorists continue plotting and carrying out attacks in Nigeria, especially in the Northeast. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centres, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather.
“Sporadic violence occurs between communities of farmers and herders in rural areas.’’
The US government acknowledged the fact that it has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in many parts of Nigeria due to the security conditions.
Going further it stated, “Do not travel to Borno and Yobe States and Nothern Adamawa. Terrorist groups based in the Northeast target churches, schools, mosques, government installations, educational institutions and entertainment venues. Approximately two million Nigerians have been displaced as a result of the violence in Northeast Nigeria.
“Do not travel to Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano and Yobe States. The security situation in Northwest and Northeast Nigeria is fluid and unpredictable, particularly in the states listed above due to widespread inter-communal violence and kidnapping.
“Do not travel to the coastal areas of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta and Rivers States (with the exception of Port Harcourt). Crime is rampant throughout Southern Nigeria, and there is a heightened risk of kidnapping and maritime crime, along with violent civil unrest and attacks against expatriate oil workers and facilities.’’
World’s largest oil company to pay $75 billion annual dividend, despite plunge in profits
Saudi Aramco is the national energy company of Saudi Arabia.
The world’s largest oil company, Saudi Aramco reported a 73% drop in profit Q2,2020 profit and still kept its plans to pay $75 billion in annual dividends in a report credited to Bloomberg News
Saudi Aramco reported a plunge in profits for Q2,2020 of 24.6 billion riyals compared to 92.6 billion riyals recorded in the same corresponding year.
Aramco will pay a Q2,2020 dividend of $18.75 billion, most of it to the government of Saudi Arabia, the company’s major shareholder.
The plunge in profit was due mainly to “the impact of lower crude oil prices and declining refining and chemical margins,” Aramco said in the statement to the Saudi stock exchange.
“Strong headwinds from reduced demand and lower oil prices are reflected in our second-quarter results,” said Chief Executive Officer Amin Nasser.
“We are seeing a partial recovery in the energy market as countries around the world take steps to ease restrictions and reboot their economies.”
Quick fact; Saudi Aramco is the national energy company of Saudi Arabia. It produces five grades of crude oil and natural gas liquids.
It also produces refined energy products that include liquefied petroleum gas, ethanol, naphtha, and other products.
It exports about 75% of its crude oil to foreign markets, most often with its oil tankers. Saudi Aramco has access to crude oil reserves of about 260 billion barrels, the largest in the world.
OPEC’s largest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia has been hit hard by global economic restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.
The Saudis make most of its revenue from crude oil, which has dropped 33% in value this year.