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Can anybody tell me why APC should not win next election? – Governor Hope Uzodinma asks
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Can anybody tell me why APC should not win next election? – Governor Hope Uzodinma asks

Nigerians to give reasons why the All Progressives Congress (APC) should not win the 2023 general elections in the country. Addressing newsmen after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday June 8, the Imo state Governor claimed that no one has come in concrete terms to accuse the Buhari-led administration of failure. Uzodinma also alleged that part of the problem this government is facing is the deliberate attempt by some group of people to pull it down. He said; "Part of the problem of this government is the deliberate attempt by some group of people to pull (it) down. “Because nobody is telling me that this government is not performing, that salaries are not being paid or that the roads are not being constructed or the railway is not going or the various i...
Governor Ayade sacks another commissioner
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Governor Ayade sacks another commissioner

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade has sacked the Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Francis Etta. The Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Christian Ita, disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday, June 8 in Calabar. "The State Governor, His Excellency Prof Ben Ayade has approved the relieving of Hon. Francis Etta of his appointment as Commissioner for Special Duties with immediate effect," the statement reads. The Governor thanked him for his service to the state and wished him well in his future endeavours. While no reason was given for the Governor’s action, it is being reported that the commissioner declined to defect with him to the All Progressives Congress, APC. The Governor has so far sacked four commissioners and five special adviser...
“I ‘m a Founding Member of PDP” – Governor Ayade’s aide Refuses to Defect to APC, resigns
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“I ‘m a Founding Member of PDP” – Governor Ayade’s aide Refuses to Defect to APC, resigns

The Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Rt Hon. Barrister Mark Bukie Obi has tendered his resignation letter. In the letter dated June 7, 2021 and addressed to the Office of the Governor, Obi cited his unwillingness to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressive Congress with Ayade as reason for his resignation. "Following recent happenings in the political alignment of the State Governor, I am persuaded to review my involvement in the current state administration," the letter reads.   “Consequently, being a founding and subsisting member of the Peoples Democratic Party in Cross River State, I cannot in good conscience remain in my current appointment as Special Adviser. "I hereby resign my appoint...
Ogun Council Poll: APC Members Reject Alleged Imposition of Candidates, Demand Governor’s Intervention
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Ogun Council Poll: APC Members Reject Alleged Imposition of Candidates, Demand Governor’s Intervention

Read the press statement below... Some desperate party leaders have been imposing candidates, this has caused agitations and protests across board. Some aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State have appealed to the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to immediately save the party from an imminent crisis. The party faithful, who expressed concern over the gale of imposition of candidates within the APC ahead of the July 24 local government elections in the state, said Governor Abiodun, as the overall leader of the party, must rise to the occasion and rescue it from the grip of self-serving individuals masquerading as leaders. This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday, which was signed on behalf of the concerned APC members by So...
There are Indications that More Governors are Coming to APC – Ganduje
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There are Indications that More Governors are Coming to APC – Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has disclosed that more Governors in the country will soon be defecting to the All Progressives Congress. Ganduje disclosed this while receiving members of APC membership registration/revalidation appeals committee, led by Alhaji Faruk Aliyu on a courtesy visit at Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja. The Governor in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Abba Anwar, also claimed that the internal democracy in the party is waxing stronger day by day. He said; “As far as we are concerned nobody was marginalised in the exercise. For your information, there are indications that more governors are coming to our great party, the APC, from other places. Our internal democracy is waxing stronger day by day. “I want use this opp...
Right now Nigeria is a land flowing with bitterness and sadness – Obasanjo
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Right now Nigeria is a land flowing with bitterness and sadness – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the current mood in the country is that of "bitterness and sadness" following the challenges of insecurity and economic instability. Speaking at the unveiling of a book authored by Femmy Carrena in his honour and titled “The Man, The General, The President” on Thursday June 3, Obasanjo noted that Nigeria has been destined to lead the black race but “failure of leadership” has impeded the country from taking its place in the comity of developed nations. He stated that education must be made a priority and 14 million out-of-school children must be returned to school. Obasanjo said; “My prayer is that all of us particularly in this country and now is that we will have something to contribute to make this country to the making of w...
I’m sure no right-thinking Nigerian will support Igbo presidency – Former aide to President Buhari, Abdurrahman Sumaila
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I’m sure no right-thinking Nigerian will support Igbo presidency – Former aide to President Buhari, Abdurrahman Sumaila

A former Special Assistant to President Buhari on Assembly Matters, Abdurrahman Sumaila, has said that going by the destruction in the South East, no right-thinking Nigerian will support the presidential aspiration of any South-East politician come 2023. SaharaReporters reports that Sumaila made this known in a statement released to newsmen in Kano on Thursday, June 3. “With these atrocities committed by the South-East people on record, how can Nigerians entrust them to govern us? I am sure not a single right-thinking Nigerian will endanger his life to support the candidature of any South-East politician contesting for presidency come 2023 general elections.” Sumaila also stated that it has now become clear that the motive behind the attacks is to cause anarchy in the country....
PDP Youth Leader in Imo allegedly Killed by Assailants
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PDP Youth Leader in Imo allegedly Killed by Assailants

The youth leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Oru-East Local government area of Imo State, Kenneth Amukamara, has been killed by yet-to-be-identified gunmen on Monday night, May 31. Punch reports that the hoodlums stormed Kenneth's house, killed him, and also burnt his house, and damaged the vehicles of his brother, who is said to be a retired soldier. Confirming the incident, the PDP State Youth Leader, Greg Nwadike, in a statement released, said that apart from killing Kenneth, the assailants also set the deceased’s house on fire. The statement in part reads “Finally confirming the assassination of the PDP LGA Youth Leader for Oru-East LGA, Imo State, Kenneth Amukamara. He was assassinated on Monday night at his home in Awo-Omamma by assailants and his house was s...
Tanzania Female MP is berated and thrown out from parliament for wearing trousers
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Tanzania Female MP is berated and thrown out from parliament for wearing trousers

A Tanzanian Member of Parliament (MP), was thrown out of the parliament by the Speaker of the House for wearing trousers. Condester Sichwale, arrived at the parliament on Tuesday, June 1, wearing a yellow peplum blouse and black trousers. A male colleague, Hussein Amar, complained about how she was dressed, Global Publishers reports. "Parliament is a mirror of society and Tanzania, and some of our sisters are wearing strange clothes and are legislators. What are they showing to the society?" Amar complained in a video shared by Tanzanian journalist, Jay Maudaku. The Speaker asked who he was referring to and Amar pointed in Sichwale's direction. Speaker, Ndugai then asked Sichwale to leave and change before she will be allowed back in parliament. Photos from the scene...
Governor Ayade sacks four commissioners and five other appointees
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Governor Ayade sacks four commissioners and five other appointees

The governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has sacked four commissioners from his cabinet. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, disclosed this to newsmen in a statement released today May 31. According to the statement, the affected commissioners include Mike Usibe (New City Development), Rita Ayim (Women Affairs), Asu Okang (Information), and Ntufam Etim (Climate Change). Ita added that the governor has also relieved five other appointees of their appointments. They include Leo Inyambe, Orok Duke, Victor Okon, John Bassey, and Mbeh Agbiji. While no reason was given for the Governor’s action, he thanked the affected commissioners and appointees for their services to the state and wished them well in their future endeavours. They were, h...
Count me out of agitation for Yoruba nation – Akeredolu
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Count me out of agitation for Yoruba nation – Akeredolu

  Ondo State Governor,  Rotimi Akeredolu, has distanced himself from the agitation for a separate Yoruba nation, saying he does not believe in the secession agenda. Akeredolu said he was only in support of the position of the Southern Governors’ Forum on the ban on open grazing in the southern part of the country and didn't give any support behind the agitation for Yoruba nation being spearheaded by activist, Sunday Igboho, The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Richard Olatunde said: “Some group of persons who held a rally under the cover of what they term ‘secessionist agitations’ in Akure, on Saturday, May 22, 2021, erroneously claimed to have had his support for the rally. Governor Akeredolu wishes to state clearly that while he acknowledges ...
Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade Defects to APC
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Cross River Governor, Ben Ayade Defects to APC

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) The governor announced his decision to join the APC on Thursday morning, May 20, in a meeting with six APC governors who visited him at the Government House. Details later...
President Buhari Meets TOTAL Chairman, Patrick Pouyanne, in Paris
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President Buhari Meets TOTAL Chairman, Patrick Pouyanne, in Paris

As part of his activities in Paris, President Buhari  met with the Chairman and CEO of TOTAL, Patrick Pouyanne. The President is in Paris for the African Finance Summit. In attendance at the meeting with the TOTAL was the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Otunba Niyi Adebayo and GMD NNPC Mele Kyari. See photos below...
PDP Governors lack moral standing to demand for restructuring – Director General of the Progressives Governors Forum, Salihu Mohammed Lukman
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PDP Governors lack moral standing to demand for restructuring – Director General of the Progressives Governors Forum, Salihu Mohammed Lukman

Salihu Mohammed Lukman, a Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Director General of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) has tackled Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party for demanding for restructuring. Recall that PDP governors who met in Ibadan few days ago, had asked President Muhammadu Buhari to send an executive bill to the National Assembly to amend the country’s Constitution to devolve more powers to the states among others. Reacting to this, Lukman alleged that the PDP mismanaged opportunities to initiate all the recommendations being proposed between 1999 and 2015. He said; “Having mismanaged opportunities to initiate all the recommendations being proposed by the PDP governors between 1999 and 2015, how can anybody i...
Governor Abiodun Suspends aide Arrested in the US for $350k Unemployment Benefit Fraud
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Governor Abiodun Suspends aide Arrested in the US for $350k Unemployment Benefit Fraud

The Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun, has suspended his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Special Duties, Abidemi Rufai, following his arrest in New York by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over his alleged involvement in $350,000 unemployment benefits fraud. The United States Department of Justice on Monday, May 17, announced Rufai's arrest. In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, Governor Abiodun said the news of his aide’s involvement in fraud is disturbing. The statement in part reads “We received the very disturbing news of the arrest of one of the governor’s political appointees, Mr Abidemi Rufai in New York over alleged unemployment benefits and fraud in the United States, this morning. While the Gov...
Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, declares NLC president, Ayubba Wabba wanted
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Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, declares NLC president, Ayubba Wabba wanted

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has declared the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayubba Wabba, and other leaders of the Labour congress wanted hours after they staged a protest in the state over the recent mass sack in the public sector. According to Governor El-Rufai, the NLC leaders are wanted for economic sabotage & attacks on public infrastructure under the Miscellaneous Offences Act. He said a handsome reward awaits anyone who can disclose the whereabouts of the NLC leaders. ''KADUNA UPDATE: Ayuba Wabba & others of @NLCHeadquarters declared wanted for economic sabotage & attacks on public infrastructure under Miscellaneous Offences Act. Anyone that knows where he is hiding should send a message to @MOJKaduna. KDSG. There will be a handsome rewar...
President Buhari Meets French President, Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte (photos/video)
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President Buhari Meets French President, Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte (photos/video)

President Buhari who is currently in Paris, France for the African Finance Summit, met with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, and his wife, Brigitte, at the Elysee Palace on Monday May 17. The two leaders met to discuss the growing security threats in Sahel and Lake Chad region, political relations, economic ties, and climate change. See more photos and video below...    
Osinbajo has not Declared Interest in 2023 Presidential Election – Media aide, Laolu Akande
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Osinbajo has not Declared Interest in 2023 Presidential Election – Media aide, Laolu Akande

Spokesman of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande has said that his principal has not declared interest in the 2023 presidential election. Akande in a statement released on Monday May 17, stated that Osinbajo is not in any way connected to a website or group suggesting that he has “quietly” declared interest in the 2023 election. He asked Nigerians to disregard the volunteer group that claims to be mobilising support for the Vice President. The statement read; “The attention of the Office of the Vice President has been drawn to a website:supportosinbajo.ng that is calling on Nigerians to join a volunteer group mobilizing support for Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, ahead of the 2023 presidential election. “Details of this website and the solicitation of the group are curren...
I Don’t Really Enjoy the Antagonism Between Governors, they Should Come together and Discuss – Goodluck Jonathan
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I Don’t Really Enjoy the Antagonism Between Governors, they Should Come together and Discuss – Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has spoken up against an alleged disunity between southern and northern governors in finding solutions to some challenges in the country. In his address to mark the 50th birthday of Apostle Charles Osazuwa, President of the Rock of Ages Christian Assembly, the former President called on Governors to come together and discuss. Jonathan stated that if Governors of states meet to dialogue about things are good for the country, then we will move forward. He said; “Governors themselves should continue to meet, I don’t really love a situation where the northern governors will meet then the southern governors will cry foul. “Then the southern governors will meet then the northern governors will cry foul, that will not help our country. “The g...
Senator Demands for Good Reason to Impeach President Buhari
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Senator Demands for Good Reason to Impeach President Buhari

Abdulfatai Buhari, the lawmaker representing Oyo North in the Senate has called for a good reason to initiate the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari. Abdulfatai who said this when he paid a Sallah visit to former Governor Rashidi Ladoja of Oyo State, stated that impeaching a President has a process. He also cautioned against causing problems that could not be easily solved. The senator said; “Impeaching the President has a process. Anybody calling for the impeachment of the President should give a good reason. Then, we shall table it, discuss it, and the two chambers must come together. Impeaching the President is not what someone can just wake up one day and call for. There is a procedure for it. Why do you want to cause a problem and create confusion that you cannot sol...
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...

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