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Buhari Still in Office because Nigerians are Over-tolerant of Despots – Afenifere Leader Ayo Adebanjo
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Buhari Still in Office because Nigerians are Over-tolerant of Despots – Afenifere Leader Ayo Adebanjo

Ayo Adebanjo, leader of Afenifere, a Yoruba social-cultural group, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari is still in office because Nigerians are tolerant towards despots”. Adebanjo speaking during the 95th birthday celebration of Reuben Fasoranti, former leader of Afenifere, said the spate of insecurity in the country, shows that the Buhari administration has failed Nigerians. “I have told them that in a better and civilised country, he should have gone long ago. If he has self-respect, he should have gone because everything has to fall,” Adebanjo said on Tuesday, May 11. “What is he presiding over? Is it over corruption, security, education? Law and order have broken down in the country for the past three years. It is only because Nigerians are over-tolerance of despots...
El-Rufai is a Sycophant, Ethnic Champion and Religious Bigot who Hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him – Ortom Fires back
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El-Rufai is a Sycophant, Ethnic Champion and Religious Bigot who Hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him – Ortom Fires back

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has fired back at Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state after the latter described him as a failure and someone he doesn't take seriously. Ortom in a statement released by his media aide Terver Akase, alleged that the Kaduna state Governor is a sycophant, ethnic champion and religious bigot who hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him. He also claimed that El-Rufai’s attack on his person is merely to make him look good before the Presidency, after he fell out of favour at the Villa. The statement read; We read the statement credited to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai in which he accused Governor Samuel Ortom of using the insecurity in his state to attack the Federal Government in order to cover up what he termed as t...
Ortom is not Someone I take Very Seriously, he is Using the Federal Government as a Punching bag to Distract Attention from his Failures – El-Rufai
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Ortom is not Someone I take Very Seriously, he is Using the Federal Government as a Punching bag to Distract Attention from his Failures – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has lashed out at Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state who he described as a failure. Speaking after a video of Ortom addressing protesters after some killings in Benue State was played during a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group, El-Rufai stated that the Benue state Governor is not someone he takes seriously. He further claimed that Ortom attacks the federal government to hide his failure. El-Rufai said; “I did not hear what Governor Ortom said (in the video) but I know him and he is not somebody I take very seriously, frankly. He has other issues of governance that he is using the Federal Government as a punching bag to distract attention from his failures. “Go and find out how many months’ salaries are being owed teache...
2023: You Cannot Get the Presidency of Nigeria by Threats or by Shouting Victim Hood- Gov El-Rufai tells Southeast
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2023: You Cannot Get the Presidency of Nigeria by Threats or by Shouting Victim Hood- Gov El-Rufai tells Southeast

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has advised the Southeast to actively engage people from other parts of Nigeria if it has a serious desire to produce the next president of the country. The governor said this when he spoke during a webinar organized by the Africa Leadership Group with the theme ‘Developing a Viable Nation 2’. According to El Rufai, the presidency would not come to the Southeast region through threats to pull out of Nigeria or playing the victim card. “I don’t think anyone has stopped the South-East from going for the Presidency. But you see, you cannot get the Presidency of Nigeria by threats or by shouting victim hood. This is a political process and you have to engage other parts of Nigeria to convince them to support you. That is what everyone does....
President Buhari should speak to us… we didn’t vote for Garba Shehu or Femi Adesina – Dino Melaye
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President Buhari should speak to us… we didn’t vote for Garba Shehu or Femi Adesina – Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye has asked President Buhari to come out and address Nigerians as people voted for him and not his media aides, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu. Melaye said this when he granted an interview on AIT today May 7. According to him, President Buhari’s silence is detrimental to the war against insecurity in the country. He asked the president to resign "in the interest of Nigerians who are dying." “President Buhari needs to speak to Nigerians directly, he needs to communicate with the media. Our president is absent, and this has negative concomitant effects on the war against insecurity in the country. It is very pathetic, but our president is not available. All we hear is presidency says, we didn’t vote for Garba Shehu or Femi Adesina. All our security challenges b...
Supreme Court Declares Dissolution of Oyo Local Government Councils as illegal
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Supreme Court Declares Dissolution of Oyo Local Government Councils as illegal

The Supreme court on Friday May 7, declared the dissolution of local government councils in Oyo state as illegal. The apex court also condemned their replacement with caretaker committees. It said the replacement of the council chairman with caretaker committees is unlawful. Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state was widely criticized after he sacked all the local government chairpersons in the state and appointed caretaker chairmen in May 2019.
Insecurity is a Result of the Failure of Past Leaders – Governor Umahi
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Insecurity is a Result of the Failure of Past Leaders – Governor Umahi

The Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has said that the failure of past Nigerian leaders to address the future of young people is responsible for the present insecurity in the country. Governor Umahi said this when he appeared on Channels Television on Thursday, May 6. According to the governor, it is not proper to blame the present administration for the heightened insecurity in the country as the reasons are systematic. “When people talk about the recent insecurity in our country, I keep saying that the insecurity did not just develop overnight. It has been a result of the failure of our past leaders to address the future of our youths. And this is the truth. So it’s not a question of blaming Mr President or blaming Governors or blaming APC or PDP; it is systematic and it has be...
El-Rufai claims Ex-President Jonathan tried to jail him, ignored their friendship
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El-Rufai claims Ex-President Jonathan tried to jail him, ignored their friendship

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said former President Goodluck Jonathan almost put him in prison because he thought he was a threat to his second term ambition.   El-Rufai, in an interview published in The Point, said although Jonathan was his very close friend from when he was the deputy governor of Bayelsa State, he persecuted him because he believed those who told him that he was a threat. The governor said his persecution started in 2006 when he was in charge at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He said, “Jonathan was convinced by his own circle too that I was a threat and that if he was going for a second term of office, he had to take me out of the race. And so, Jonathan continued the persecution that Yar’adua started. “I have been associate...
The situation in the country is so bad that I can’t guarantee Nigeria staying in the next six months – Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Robert Clarke (video)
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The situation in the country is so bad that I can’t guarantee Nigeria staying in the next six months – Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Robert Clarke (video)

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Robert Clarke has said that he cannot guarantee the country surviving another 6 months given the current situation of things. Speaking in an interview on Channels Television yesterday May 2, Clarke stated that security agencies are just talking. He alleged that the current problem is so overwhelming and were created by politicians who were swimming in Abacha’s loot and trying to form as many political parties as possible. The lawyer further averred that Nigeria is worse than 1982 because of its leadership. He said; “You see, the problem with Nigeria is that those who should know don’t want to know and they do not know. “The security section is talking and talking and talking. What are they doing? The security in this country is so bad today that I,...
Let us Work Together to Make Nigeria a Better Place – Gov Fayemi tells Nigerian youths planning to relocate to Canada
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Let us Work Together to Make Nigeria a Better Place – Gov Fayemi tells Nigerian youths planning to relocate to Canada

Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, has asked Nigerian youths longing to relocate to Canada to reconsider their plans and stay back to help make Nigeria a better place. According to him, youths should organize themselves on how to “kick out” the All Progressives Congress (APC) from office in 2023 if they are not satisfied with its governance style. Governor Fayemi said this while speaking at ‘The Platform’, an annual programme organised by Covenant Christian Centre today May 1. Speaking to Nigerians seeking to relocate, Fayemi sai “Don’t succumb to despondency, there is a lot to hail in this country. There is a lot to frustrate you, a lot to want to make you give up and pick that visa and go to Canada. I know it (Canada) is a popular destination but you know what? There i...
This Country won’t Stay together Under this Present Constitution, Buhari’s Actions Encourage Secessionists – Afenifere
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This Country won’t Stay together Under this Present Constitution, Buhari’s Actions Encourage Secessionists – Afenifere

Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has said the ''failure'' of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure the country is fuelling agitations of secession by groups within the country. Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, 93, alleged Buhari's stubbornness to implement federalism will only make secession inevitable while also saying Buhari was hiding in the 'Fulanization' of Nigeria The Yoruba chieftain also said the 2023 election will not happen in Nigeria if the current state of insecurity is not handled while claiming the country's leadership has no clue on how to handle the security crisis in the country. "The people in charge have no clue to manage the country. And as long as you are not carrying every section of the country along with you, you can’t win any ...
Buhari Approves Minimum Wage For Pensioners
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Buhari Approves Minimum Wage For Pensioners

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has approved the payment of new minimum wage to pensioners. The Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Dr Chioma Ejikeme, disclosed this at a news conference on Friday in Abuja. She said that with the presidential approval, PTAD had been empowered to start the upward adjustment of all pensioners’ benefits according to the approved template. Ejikeme said the adjustment of the new pension payment would start from May 2021 adding that the payment of the arrears would cover the period of the implementation of the minimum wage. “The arrears from April 2019 will be paid along with the pensioners’ monthly benefit starting from May 2021 payroll.” She said that on April 22, a statement was released ...
Ogun State To Hold Local Government Election On July 24
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Ogun State To Hold Local Government Election On July 24

The Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), on Friday announced that local government elections, into the offices of Chairmen and Councillors will hold on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The Chairman of the commission, Mr. Babatunde Osibodu, made this known in a statement explaining that as part of effort to ensure a free and fair electoral process, a press briefing has been scheduled to hold on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the Cinema Hall of the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, by 10:00 am The statement added that the press conference will serve as avenue for the commission to enable it unveils electoral guidelines to all political parties and the general public. Penpushing further reports that, the commission boss requested all registered political parties, wishing to p...
May Day: Workers’ Conditions Have Worsened Under Buhari – ASUU, Atiku
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May Day: Workers’ Conditions Have Worsened Under Buhari – ASUU, Atiku

The University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, lamented the plight of Nigerian workers, saying their conditions had worsened under the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd). ASUU said corruption and insecurity were the trademarks of the Buhari. The ASUU Chairman, UI, Prof Ayoola Akinwole, in a statement to mark the International Workers’ Day on Saturday (today), said the workers’ conditions had worsened under Buhari. The statement titled ‘Buhari-led administration: The real enemy of Nigerian workers’ urged all workers to rise in defence of the dignity of labour and “resist the flagrant disregard for human rights and the rule of law in the country.” “We must res...
Girls Education Critical To Progressive Society – Sanwo-Olu
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Girls Education Critical To Progressive Society – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to quality education and promotion of equal opportunities for the girl child. Speaking after a close-door meeting with the United Kingdom (UK) Minister for Africa, Mr. James Duddridge; Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria and Special Envoy for Girls Education, Helen Grant and British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Ben Llewellyn-Jones, at Lagos House, Ikeja on Thursday evening, Governor Sanwo-Olu said giving quality education to girls is critical to having a progressive society with shared prosperity. The Governor said the meeting was “in furtherance of previous engagements on the UK’s partnership with Lagos in areas of mutual interests, especially on the Future Cities Project, optimisin...
Ortom Deserves Commendation Not Condemnation – Benue Govt Replies Garba Shehu
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Ortom Deserves Commendation Not Condemnation – Benue Govt Replies Garba Shehu

We read the statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to the President on media and publicity, mallam Garba Shehu in which he said President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed “his disappointment and sadness to hear Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State make a litany of accusations against his person and his government following the recent unfortunate incidents in the state”. Shehu was referring to Governor Ortom’s clarion call on the President to act decisively and in an unbiased manner to end the spate of killings by Fulani herdsmen in Benue and other parts of the country. We are convinced that Mr President was not aware that his aide Shehu made such a statement on his behalf. It is clear that the media aide didn’t speak for the President in the said statement. President Buhari...
We Are Determined To End Criminality, Violence In Nigeria – Babagana Monguno
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We Are Determined To End Criminality, Violence In Nigeria – Babagana Monguno

Apparently alarmed by the atrocities unleashed on the nation and its citizens by criminals, the Presidency on Friday vowed to do all within its powers to end the cycle of violence and restore peace and stability nationwide. This assurance came at the end of a crucial enlarged security meeting called at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Friday in the wake of rising security challenges in the land, which have threatened national unity and peace. Although the Presidency adjourned the meeting till Tuesday next week to take further briefings from concerned security heads and agencies, the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno, said in a terse statement made available to Vanguard that Nigerian security agencies were set to put a...
Adopt Ruga If You Want Peace In Benue – Garba Shehu To Governor Ortom
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Adopt Ruga If You Want Peace In Benue – Garba Shehu To Governor Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom wants peace in Benue, he should cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime by accepting Ruga and other policies, says the Presidency. Mr Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu, claimed the recent spate of insecurity ravaging the state resulted from Mr Ortom’s rejection of Ruga settlements. His comment came on the heels of the killing of Benue residents on Tuesday by killer herders. While reacting to the Tuesday violence, Mr Ortom had said Mr Buhari’s “action and inaction” was responsible, accusing him of Fulanisation of Nigeria. However, Mr Shehu, in a statement on Thursday, claimed the governor’s refusal to adopt the controversial Ruga policy showed he did not value people’s interest. The governor had rejected the policy describing it as deceptive a...
EagleScan: Nigeria Unveils Plagiarism Detection Software
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EagleScan: Nigeria Unveils Plagiarism Detection Software

Nigeria has unveiled a plagiarism detection software named EagleScan, being the first of such to locally tackle issues of intellectual theft across higher institutions learning in Nigeria. Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was the Special Guest at the public presentation and launch of the software, said plagiarism is a form of corruption, describing the act as stealing the intellectual properties of others. Represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, the VP also said it is an initiative that announces the Zero tolerance for plagiarism, “part of the core mandates of President Muhammadu Buhari administration”. Chairman of the occasion and the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Higher Education, Prof. Sand...
President Buhari Presides Over Security Meeting
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President Buhari Presides Over Security Meeting

President @MBuhari is presiding over a Security Meeting at the State House. Vice President @ProfOsinbajo in attendance, as well as SGF, COS, Ministers, Service Chiefs, IGP, Intelligence Chiefs. #AsoVillaToday Presidency Nigeria
Impeachment: Senators, Reps Divided As Afenifere Backs Mbaka’s Verdict On Buhari
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Impeachment: Senators, Reps Divided As Afenifere Backs Mbaka’s Verdict On Buhari

Some senators and members of the House of Representatives as well as sociocultural organisations on Thursday expressed divergent views on the call by the spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Father Ejike Mbaka, on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign or be impeached. The cleric, who publicly supported the candidature of President Buhari in the build-up to the 2015 elections, said “God is angry with the president.” His call for Buhari’s resignation or impeachment came 24 hours after a renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi raised the alarm that nobody is safe anymore in the country, and challenged the president to act. While some members of the National Assembly said Father Mbaka was right, others said the suggestion was overkill. The Yoruba sociocu...
APC Threatens To Report Mbaka To The Pope & To Expose Him
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APC Threatens To Report Mbaka To The Pope & To Expose Him

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Yekini Nabena, has cautioned the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, against making statements that could cause instability in the country, threatening to expose him to the Pope. Mbaka had called on the National Assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari if he fails to resign over increased insecurity in the country. Reacting to Mbaka’s statement Friday in Abuja, Nabena said it was unfortunate for a man of God “who is supposed to deploy all known spiritual means of averting crisis but rather threatening a democratically elected government for his own personal benefits while pretending to be speaking for the people.” While making reference to the book of Mark 4: 35-4...
Insecurity: Uzodinma Takes Refuge In Abuja
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Insecurity: Uzodinma Takes Refuge In Abuja

For nearly one week, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has remained in Abuja, following the killing of the commander of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) and the subsequent torching of his private residence. Uzodinma has remained in Abuja, in spite of the escalation of violent attacks and major security concerns in Imo state. No fewer than eight persons have been shot dead in the last four days while two were shot and killed in front of Government House, one person was killed around Okorocha’s Spibat home’s roundabout Also, five were killed were policemen killed at the Police Area Command, Orieagu in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of the state. Inspite of all these and the palpably tense atmosphere in Imo, Governor Hope Uzodinma has remained in Abuja while the state burns. Sim...
Anambra Will Produce Mobile Phones, Four Years As Governor – Maduka
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Anambra Will Produce Mobile Phones, Four Years As Governor – Maduka

Frontline governorship hopeful of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, in Anambra State, Dr Godwin Maduka, has vowed that Anambra State will become a leading manufacturer of mobile phones, within four years, as governor of the State. Maduka's assurance is part of his commitment to develop the ICT sector in the State, alongside other sectors such as Health, Education, Commerce, Industralization and Infrastructure, geared towards making Anambra State economically viable if he is elected governor of the State. Speaking on AIT tv programme, "Nigeria Right Now (With Dickson Iroegbu) , Maduka said it has become imperative for youths of Anambra State to get acquainted with ICT. He said "Teaching our children ICT is important. In four years as governor of the State, Anambra State will pr...
Insecurity: Why US May Not Heed Buhari’s Call For Assistance — Falana
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Insecurity: Why US May Not Heed Buhari’s Call For Assistance — Falana

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, says the regime of the President. Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) may be giving false impression that the Joe Biden administration will send United States troops to defend Nigerians. The lawyer said rather than give the false impression, the Federal Government of Nigeria should embark on mass recruitment of military and police personnel, equip and motivate them to defend every part of the country. Falana stated this on Thursday in a paper he presented at a public lecture to mark the 80th birthday of an academic, Prof Omotoye Olorode, in Abuja. The paper was titled, ‘Labour And The Quest For Nigeria’s Development: Reflections And Prognosis On The Way Forward’. The PUNCH had earlier reported that Buhari on Tuesday sought foreign h...
Nigeria’s Debt Stock To Hit ₦34 Trillion With New Loans
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Nigeria’s Debt Stock To Hit ₦34 Trillion With New Loans

The total debt stock for Nigeria could rise from N33 trillion to N34tr soon as the National Assembly approves another N1.1tr external loan request for the federal government. The House of Representatives yesterday approved the external loan of $1.5 billion (about N571.5bn) and €995 million (about N528.4bn) for the federal government while the Senate had approved the request last week. The Debt Management Office (DMO) had in March 2021 placed Nigeria’s Public debt at N32.915tr as of December 31, 2020. This included the debt stock of the federal and state governments as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). “Total Public Debt to Gross Domestic Product as at December 31, 2020 was 21.61 percent, which is within Nigeria’s new limit of 40 percent.” According to the recomme...
Buhari Replies Ortom, Expresses Disappointment Over Governor’s Attack On Him
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Buhari Replies Ortom, Expresses Disappointment Over Governor’s Attack On Him

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari last night expressed disappointment over the attack on him by the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. President Buhari also expressed his condolences to the families of Nigerians citizens who lost their loved ones in the recent spate of killings in the state. The President in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja stated that the rising levels of incidents, especially the killings and violence in various parts of the country calls for further collaboration with security agencies to curb its recurrence. According to the statement, “He (President Buhari) also states his disappointment and sadness to hear Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State make a litany of accusations against his per...
We Will Avenge Death Of Every Herdsman Killed In South-East By IPOB – Miyetti Allah
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We Will Avenge Death Of Every Herdsman Killed In South-East By IPOB – Miyetti Allah

One of the umbrella bodies of herdsmen in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has urged security agencies to deal with “terrorists killing” Fulani herders in the South-East. Spokesman for the group, Saleh Alhassan, disclosed this while reacting to the killing of one of the commanders of Indigenous People of Biafra gunned down by security operatives last Saturday. Police operatives and their counterparts from the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services had killed an IPOB leader, one Commander Ikonso and six other militia members in Imo state. The IPOB men, who were members of the secessionist group’s security arm, the Eastern Security Network, were killed during an early morning raid on their hideout at Awomama village, Oru East Local Government Area of the state las...
Hope Uzodinma Killed While Alive, God Bless Nnamdi Kanu – Mbaka
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Hope Uzodinma Killed While Alive, God Bless Nnamdi Kanu – Mbaka

Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, Catholic Priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, has accused the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma of organizing the killing of Imo State residents. Mbaka said although he does not support terrorism, he stands against killing and labeling innocent youths of the country as ‘terrorists’. He opined that the recent jail break in Imo State could be God’s way of releasing his people from prison. Mbaka also wondered why the killing of a top commander of the Eastern Security Network, ESN, Ikonso Don was being celebrated. The Cleric further warned the leaders to kill poverty, unemployment and insecurity, because God is angry with them, adding that those advising Uzodinma have killed him while he is still alive. ”I can never support terror...
I am Angered, Troubled by Terror attacks in Nigeria – Bola Tinubu
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I am Angered, Troubled by Terror attacks in Nigeria – Bola Tinubu

National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Thursday April 29, said he is angered and troubled by terror attacks in different parts of the country. Tinubu, in series of tweets, lamented that the attacks had caused many to disparage the military and security forces. He pointed out that as Nigerians, we must never surrender to the fearful temptation to blame one another His tweets read ''Like all decent Nigerians, I am angered and troubled by the terror and cruelty being visited upon the people of Borno, Yobe, Benue, Niger, Imo and other parts of the nation. These attacks have caused many to disparage our military and security forces. This we must not do. Valiant men and women serve in our security forces, risking their lives to protect us. ...
PDP NEC Passes Vote Of Confidence On Secondus-led NWC
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PDP NEC Passes Vote Of Confidence On Secondus-led NWC

Communique Issued At The End of the Emergency Meeting of The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Today, Thursday, April 29, 2021. The National Executive Committee (NEC) after its emergency meeting today, Thursday, April 29, 2021 considered crucial issues regarding the programs of the party as well as extensively reviewed the state of the nation, especially the escalated insecurity engulfing all parts of our country and resolved as follows: NEC lamented the heightened insecurity pervading all parts of our nation due primarily to the misrule of President Muhammed Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as their failure to decisively tackle the menace of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, bloodletting and acts of violence in our country....
Wike Imposes Night Curfew In All Rivers LGA From 10.00 p.m. To 6.00 a.m.
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Wike Imposes Night Curfew In All Rivers LGA From 10.00 p.m. To 6.00 a.m.

STATE BROADCAST BY HIS EXCELLENCY NYESOM EZENWO WIKE, CON, GSSRS, POS ON THE RECENT SECURITY BREACHES IN RIVERS STATE. My dear people of Rivers State On 28th April 2021, the Rivers State Security Council, in consideration of the recent murderous attacks on security personnel in Ikwerre and Abua/Odual Local Government Areas imposed a night-time curfew on our land borders with other States. 2. A review of the present security situation shows that the threat of further deadly attacks on hard and soft targets across the State still exists. 3. This being so, it has become imperative for the State Government to take further necessary measures to secure our State and safeguard lives and property. 4. Accordingly, the State Security Council has, today, after exhaustive deliberation,...
Insecurity: FG To Partner With China To Secure Nigeria From Bandits, Terrorists
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Insecurity: FG To Partner With China To Secure Nigeria From Bandits, Terrorists

The federal government of Nigeria has reached out to China over the insecurity situation in the country. According to the minister of police Affairs, Mohammad Maigari Dingyadi, Nigeria is ready to partner with China to enhance the security of the country. He stated this during a courtesy visit by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Cui Jianchun to the Ministry Headquarters in Abuja. In a statement made available, the minister said as a result of Nigeria's security situation, there is a need to work with the Asian country. The minister said with the support of international communities, Nigeria should be able to solve these problems. Meanwhile, the minister lamented the poverty and unemployment situation facing the country. He said the FG is doing everything to ...
Reps May Impeach Buhari If Nothing Changes After Security Summit – Dachung Bagos
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Reps May Impeach Buhari If Nothing Changes After Security Summit – Dachung Bagos

President Muhammadu Buhari could face impeachment proceedings if the security summit to be held by the House of Representatives fails to improve the security situation in the country, an opposition lawmaker has said. Dachung Bagos (PDP, Plateau), who represents Jos South/Jos East federal constituency of Plateau State, said the security summit to be organised by the House is the last opportunity for the President. He said this while appearing on a Channels TV Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday. On Wednesday, the House inaugurated a special ad-hoc committee, chaired by the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila. The committee will organise a security summit between May 24 and 28. Mr Bagos said if the summit fails to yield the needed changes, the lawmakers will call for the ...
Native Doctors Should Register With Commissioner For Internal Security – Umahi
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Native Doctors Should Register With Commissioner For Internal Security – Umahi

Following the killing of security operatives by unknown gunmen in Ebonyi State and other parts of the country, Governor David Nweze Umahi has announced that all the native Doctors and Medicine dealers in the State should get registered with the Commissioner for Internal Security within one week or face sanctions. Governor Umahi stated this while briefing journalists after an enlarged State Security Council Meeting at the new Government House, Ochoudo Centenary City, Abakaliki on Wednesday. Governor Umahi who decried the unabated killings of Security personnel in some parts of the country by bandits warned people against fake news and directed Security Agencies to track down purveyors of fake news and profile them for prosecution. “There is so much fake news in Ebonyi State, I ...
‘Forum Of Bishops’ Holds Solidarity Rally For Pantami
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‘Forum Of Bishops’ Holds Solidarity Rally For Pantami

A group of persons who identified themselves as members of the “forum of bishops and clergy council society of Nigeria” has held a solidarity rally for Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy. In the past weeks, there have been calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Pantami over his past views supporting Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The calls for Pantami’s sack came after some videos from the 2000s resurfaced in the public space wherein the minister was seen supporting Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. But the minister said he has recanted his past views on the terror groups, saying his position at the time was based on his understanding as a young person. Amid the heightened calls for the sack of Pantami, pictures showing the group holding a solidarity march...
FG Declares Monday, May 3rd Public Holiday To Celebrate Workers Day
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FG Declares Monday, May 3rd Public Holiday To Celebrate Workers Day

The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 3, 2021, public holiday to mark this year’s International Workers Day Celebration. The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government, congratulated Nigerian Workers for witnessing this year’s celebration. He commended them for their patience, understanding and support in driving the policies and programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in its determination to move the country to the next level of socio-economic development. Aregbesola called for more dedication and patriotism from all Nigerian Workers and the Labour Unions, saying the challenges of the moment will soon be over as the government is committed to the security of lives and pro...
Insecurity: Timi Frank Blames Buhari’s, APC’s Incompetence For Nation’s Calamities
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Insecurity: Timi Frank Blames Buhari’s, APC’s Incompetence For Nation’s Calamities

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has blamed the nation’s unabating security calamities on President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). This is even as he wrote a letter to members of the international community, such as, United States of America (US), United Kingdom (UK), United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU), urging them to assist Nigeria overcome her heightened security challenges. Frank, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, lamented that insecurity in the country has reached an alarming proportion which requires immediate assistance from friendly developed countries to restore normalcy. The notable political activist, however, insisted that it is now clear to Nigerians ...
Nigeria Becoming A Failed State – Peter Obi
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Nigeria Becoming A Failed State – Peter Obi

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has advised Nigerians, irrespective of party affiliations, to join hands in tackling the challenges facing the country. Obi who ran for Vice President in the 2019 general elections listed the challenges as insecurity, poverty, and unemployment. According to him, Nigeria is fast becoming a failed state, adding that the downward spiral should not be allowed to continue. “All Nigerians, irrespective of party and other affiliations, should immediately join hands to tackle the spectre of insecurity, poverty, and unemployment that are now ruling and ruining our dear country. We are fast becoming a failed state. “We cannot allow the downward spiral to continue. The government should also urgently seek foreign help,” he said on Twitter. ...
APC Will Not Rule Nigeria Beyond 2023 – Makinde To Tinubu
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APC Will Not Rule Nigeria Beyond 2023 – Makinde To Tinubu

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has said former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, goofed by saying his party, would rule the country beyond 2023. The governor spoke at a well-attended inauguration of the zonal executive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West, at the Government House, Oke-Oyinbo, Agodi, Ibadan, yesterday. Tinubu had on Tuesday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, said the APC is loved by Nigerians and the party has bright chances of ruling the country beyond 2023. However, Makinde, who is the only PDP governor in the South West, said it would never happen. “It is time for PDP at the national level to put together a committee to start making zoning ...
Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi make History as the First Women to lead Senate at US President Joe Biden’s First Address to Congress
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Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi make History as the First Women to lead Senate at US President Joe Biden’s First Address to Congress

US Vice President, Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have made history after they shared the stage during President Joe Biden's first joint session to Congress. On Wednesday, April 28, President Joe Biden delivered his first joint address to Congress, with both Harris and Pelosi sitting behind him throughout his speech. "Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President," Biden said at the start of his speech. "No president has ever said those words from this podium. No president has ever said those words. And it's about time." Harris, who is also the first Black person and first South Asian person to hold the role, is sitting on the President's right as he delivers remarks. And Pelosi, who became the first woman in her role in 2007, is on the President's left. Whi...
The House of Representatives Should Impeach the President if he Doesn’t Want to Resign”- Fr Mbaka says
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The House of Representatives Should Impeach the President if he Doesn’t Want to Resign”- Fr Mbaka says

Worried by the alarming spate of insecurity in the country, the Catholic Priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Fr Ejike Mbaka, has called for the impeachment of President Buhari. Speaking at the Adoration Ministry in Enugu recently, the clergyman wondered how the President will maintain grave silence despite the wanton killings across the country. “Let me tell you; if it is in a civilized country, by now, President Buhari would have resigned with what is happening. Nigerians are crying because there’s no security in the country, the House of Representatives should impeach the president if he doesn’t want to resign. A good coach cannot watch his players be defeated when he has players sitting down on the bench. It is either Buhari resigns by himself or he wi...
Nigerians Didn’t Elect Buhari To Be Sold Like Animals – Sheikh Dahiru
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Nigerians Didn’t Elect Buhari To Be Sold Like Animals – Sheikh Dahiru

Renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, has joined other Nigerians to lament the upsurge in insecurity witnessed across the country. Speaking during a visit by the Christian delegation led by a former Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung and Pastor Yohana Buru at his Kaduna residence, Dahiru said that the Buhari-led administration was not elected for Nigerians to be ‘sold like animals or treated anyhow. The cleric maintained that no one is safe in the country adding that the current state of the country is worrisome. “What we expect from all the three levels of government, be it Federal, State and Local government, is to get us out of this problem because nobody is safe. “You are not safe at home, you are not safe on the street and yet the government didn’t ...
Tell Nigerians The Truth About South-East Attacks – Ezekwesili To Buhari
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Tell Nigerians The Truth About South-East Attacks – Ezekwesili To Buhari

Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to tell Nigerians the truth about the current security situation in the South East. The 2019 presidential candidate said only President Buhari has all it takes to know what is going on in all parts of the country. The spate of insecurity has risen further to a frightening level in the South East in recent days with ‘unknown gunmen’ destroying government property and killing security personnel while herdsmen attack communities, killing innocent Nigerians. And Ezekwesili, who is also a leading activist, believes Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief, should know betters. “My voice thunders out to @MBuhari @NigeriaGov. Commander -in-Chief of Nigeria, what precisely is going on in the South East...
PDP To Hold Emergency NEC Meeting On Thursday
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PDP To Hold Emergency NEC Meeting On Thursday

Special Announcement: The @OfficialPDPNig, will hold an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Venue: NEC Hall, PDP National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja. Time: 12:00Pm
Insecurity: Osun To Construct Perimeter Fence In Public Schools
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Insecurity: Osun To Construct Perimeter Fence In Public Schools

The Osun government has concluded plans to construct perimeter fence in all public primary and secondary schools in the state to ensure the safety of pupils and students. Mr Ajibola Famurewa, the Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) said this at an enlightenment programme organised by the Ministry of Information and Civic Engagement on Wednesday in Ilesa. Famurewa said the initiative was part of Gov. Gboyega Oyetola’s security measures to ensure the safety of pupils, students and their teachers in all public schools in the state. The SUBEB boss, who noted that there were no doubt that Osun was very peaceful, said the issues of kidnapping of students by bandits in some parts of the country had necessitated the move by the government. “Government ...
IPOB Names Imo Government House After ESN Slain Commander, Ikonso
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IPOB Names Imo Government House After ESN Slain Commander, Ikonso

The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has named the Imo State Government House at Douglas road, Owerri, after Ikonso, the commander of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) allegedly killed by security agencies. The group which announced this in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said Douglas Road Owerri and Awomamma Junction would also be named after the late Commander. It explained the decision which was with immediate effect, was one of the ways its members and Biafrans globally wished to immortalise the fallen leader and his men. The statement reads: “We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra and Biafrans worldwide, wish to announce to the world, our unanimous decision to rename the Imo State Government House, Douglas Road...
FEC Approves National Poverty Reduction Strategy (NPRGS)
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FEC Approves National Poverty Reduction Strategy (NPRGS)

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) today approved the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS): A strategy for accelerated reduction in poverty through economic growth, redistributive (i.e. Social Protection) programs and shared prosperity. The NPRGS is anchored on four pillars: 1. Macroeconomic stabilization 2. Industrialization 3. Structural Policies and Institutional Reforms 4. Redistributive Policies and Programmes (Social Protection) The #NPRGS will support the Buhari Administration’s goal of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within a decade.   A National Steering Committee (NSC), chaired by VP @ProfOsinbajo, shall be the overarching body for anchoring collaborative efforts across Federal MDAs, States and Local Govts, Development Partn...

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