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E-transmission of election result will stop money politics, mediocrity, and political blackmailing – Sheik Gumi
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E-transmission of election result will stop money politics, mediocrity, and political blackmailing – Sheik Gumi

Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a controversial Islamic cleric and scholar has commended the senate's decision to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission transmit election results electronically. Gumi in a Facebook post he shared, averred that e-transmission of election result will stop money politics, mediocrity, and political blackmailing. He also stated that it will reduce rigging and votes manipulation which bad politicians have been using to hold the country at its jugular veins. The Cleric wrote; Since 1999 when the khaki returned to the barracks, we’ve not heard the better good news for Nigerians as this singular act of making it legal to transmit elections results electronically. Though, it remains the funding and implementation which are yet to be seen. Nonetheless...
We must apologise to Nigerians – Gov Ikpeazu admits Nigerian leaders’ failure
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We must apologise to Nigerians – Gov Ikpeazu admits Nigerian leaders’ failure

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has admitted that Nigerian leaders have failed in giving the masses dividends of democracy, hence, the need to apologize to them. Governor Ikpeazu, speaking with Vanguard in Abuja on Sunday, said they have failed to make Nigerians “feel a sense of belonging”. During the interview, the governor also revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023 must have the willingness to visit all the 109 senatorial districts across the country at least three times a year. He stressed that Nigeria’s next president must possess the quality of transparency, stating that the winner of the forthcoming 2023 presidential election must be able to explain his/her abilities and inabilities. He said: “The president we need in 2023 is one that is capab...
Lawmakers are rejecting electronic voting for self-interest – Jega
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Lawmakers are rejecting electronic voting for self-interest – Jega

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega has stated that lawmakers kicking against electronic voting are doing so over their selfish interest. Jega in his speech at a lecture titled, ‘Politics, governance and leadership recruitment in 21st century democracy,’ organised by Kwara Visioners Network for Rural Development at the University of Ilorin on Saturday October 9, stated that from his own experience, one of the major ways in which the integrity of the electoral process is undermined is in the manual transmission of results from the polling units to ward, local and constituency levels. He maintained that refusal of the National Assembly to allow INEC to transmit election results electronically was tantamount to rejecting electronic voti...
Lai Mohammed backs Malami on declaration of ‘state of emergency’ in Anambra
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Lai Mohammed backs Malami on declaration of ‘state of emergency’ in Anambra

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has backed Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami on threats of declaring a state of emergency in Anambra state over recent attacks. Malami had told journalists on Wednesday October 6 that declaring a state of emergency would ensure that the November 6 governorship election in the state takes place. Lai Mohammed has now backed Malami, saying it will help to avert a “constitutional crisis” in the state. Mohammed told newsmen “In the last couple of weeks, IPOB had imposed sit-at-home on the citizens. They did not allow people to go to schools, markets and there are also high profile killings. “The AGF said yesterday that the government will do whatever it takes to restore law and order in Anambra and the entire sou...
Buhari mourns Sule Bello, Ibrahim Kefas
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Buhari mourns Sule Bello, Ibrahim Kefas

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) Chairman, Prof. Sule Bello and former Military Administrator of Delta State, Air Commodore Ibrahim Kefas. President Buhari described late Prof. Bello as “not only a distinguished historian but also a politician with progressive ideas who took the bold plunge to step into Balarabe Musa’s shoes at a time opportunism was taking over our political culture at the expense of principles.” In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, and made available to DAILY POST on Sunday, Buhari said: “I’m happy with the involvement of great academics like Prof. Bello in politics because it would go a long way to enhance the quality of our ...
Independence: Concerns as Nigeria battles insecurity, infrastructural deficit, economic misfortunes at 61
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Independence: Concerns as Nigeria battles insecurity, infrastructural deficit, economic misfortunes at 61

Nigeria, the ‘Giant of Africa’ and most populous, marks its independence every October 1. Understandably, the people are not happy about insecurity, economy, poverty level and general state of affairs. Majority of its citizens believe that at 61, it is extremely important for the nation’s tiers of government to work in the direction of infrastructure and economic development to stimulate growth and quality of life. Basic amenities and services such as water, roads, electricity, housing, health facilities, drains, street lights, playgrounds, transport among others are still insufficient. In a country of 200 million people, the federal government, states and local councils face the herculean task of ensuring that citizens enjoy democracy. Experts believe that with the change in N...
Fake and fantasy’ – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko reacts to alleged abuse of protesters
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Fake and fantasy’ – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko reacts to alleged abuse of protesters

Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko has refused to apologize for the widespread human rights violations in the country since his disputed re-election last year. In an interview with CNN, Lukashenko known as 'Europe's last dictator', dismissed reports his military meted out abuses to his critics and anti-government protesters saying Belarus didn't have detention centers like Guatanamo bay . CNN using evidence from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International questioned LUkashenko over reports of detainees reporting injuries including broken bones and burns, while others said they were forced to lie naked in dirt while being assaulted. Lukashenko responded: "You know, we don't have a single detention center, as you say, like Guantanamo, or those bases that the United ...
Ekweremadu condemns Guinea Coup, calls for Conde’s reinstatement
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Ekweremadu condemns Guinea Coup, calls for Conde’s reinstatement

Former Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has condemned in totality the military coup d’état in the Republic of Guinea, which ousted President Alpha Conde, describing it as a “huge setback for democracy in West Africa that must not be allowed to stand”. Ekweremadu said that while leaders must work hard to enhance democratic governance and freedoms in the sub region, experience clearly showed that unconstitutional change of government had never been the answer either. In a statement by his media adviser, Uche Anichukwu, on Monday, Ekweremadu, who chaired the ECOWAS Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Political Situation in Niger Republic and Republic of Guinea in 2009, called on ECOWAS leaders and the international com...
Convince Igbos to be Part of Nigeria, Give South-East Presidency in 2023 – Alexander Ubani
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Convince Igbos to be Part of Nigeria, Give South-East Presidency in 2023 – Alexander Ubani

You can't beat a child and force him or her not to cry. That's sheer wickedness. The above statement shows exactly what is happening in Nigeria today. Agitations in the South East are as a result of direct marginalization, ostracization and the cheating people of the region have endured since the return of democracy in 1999. Since the return of democracy, no Igbo man has ascended the position of President and 22 years have passed already. Many people in government and beneficiaries of the 'one Nigeria' project continue to call on everyone to embrace unity but forget to understand the concept of unity. They understand the reason people are agitating in the South, but are blinded by political correctness. That's why a certain Ogunlewe will come on national television and say the ...
IBB’s excuse for annulling June 12 election an Insult on Intelligence of Nigerians – Afenifere
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IBB’s excuse for annulling June 12 election an Insult on Intelligence of Nigerians – Afenifere

Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has said that former Military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida's (IBB) excuse for annulling the June 12 election is an insult on the intelligence of Nigerians. Recall that in an interview on Arise TV yesterday August 6, IBB said he annulled the June 12 election which M.K.O Abiola is adjudged to have won because there would have been a bloody coup. However in a statement released by Sola Ebiseni, secretary-general of Afenifere, it was stated that ''Nigerians are not interested in any excuse being given by IBB as he lost the opportunity of being the hero of democracy and father of a new Nigeria.'' It read;   “Babangida has not said a new thing worthy of any reaction in respect of his treasonable acts of the annulment of th...
2023: Arewa Youths Back Babangida Over Who Becomes Nigeria’s Next President
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2023: Arewa Youths Back Babangida Over Who Becomes Nigeria’s Next President

A former military ruler, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, IBB has been gotten the support of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF over who becomes Nigeria's next president. Babangida had said the next president of Nigeria should be in his sixties. AYCF described IBB’s remark as timely and commendable to have a youth as Nigeria’s president in 2023. AYCF National President, Yerima Shettima, said Babangida has demonstrated his commitment to democracy in Nigeria. In a statement he signed, Shettima urged other elder statesmen to toll IBB’s step regarding Nigeria’s next president. According to Shettima: “Former President, IBB has proved that he is committed to genuine democracy and demonstrated patriotism, with this proposition of injecting fresh blood into the democratic space of toda...
Former Kano and Benue Military administrator, Dominic Obukadata Oneya is dead
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Former Kano and Benue Military administrator, Dominic Obukadata Oneya is dead

Brigadier-General Dominic Obukadata Oneya (rtd), a former military administrator of Kano and Benue is dead. Oneya who was also once a president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), died on Thursday morning at his Effurun GRA residence in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State at the age of 73. The deceased who is from Agbarho Kingdom of Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta, was Military Administrator of Kano State from August 1996 to August 1998 during the military regime of General Sani Abacha. Oneya was also a military Administrator of Benue State, he served there from August 1998 to May 1999 when democracy was restored.
Rotational Presidency is Unconstitutional – Governor Yahaya Bello
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Rotational Presidency is Unconstitutional – Governor Yahaya Bello

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said that rotation of the presidency between the Northern and Southern regions of the country is unconstitutional. Speaking at the opening session of a two-day workshop for some selected crime and political reporters in Abuja, Bello stressed that what the country needs is “a President of Nigeria and not of any zone.” He said;   “The Nigeria of today deserves the best. Nigeria is a ship or a flight that requires the best captain to steer or lead the affairs of the nation to a desire destination. “I will suggest that we should allow the best candidate to emerge who will unify this country? Who will solve the problems that we are facing today? *Who will build on the legacy that Mr. President leave behind? That is my position on ...
There is no Crime in Seeking for Separate Nations within an Existing Nation – Lagos speaker, Mudashiru Obasa
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There is no Crime in Seeking for Separate Nations within an Existing Nation – Lagos speaker, Mudashiru Obasa

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa has said that there is no crime for people to seek separate nations within an existing nation. Obasa who said this during the debate on a motion about the 22 years of unbroken democracy in Nigeria raised by Setonji David (Badagry 2, APC), commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing an executive order granting autonomy to state legislatures and judiciary and for honouring the late M.K.O Abiola with the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day. The speaker however stated that people should be allowed to protest where they think things are not working. He said;   “It is not about electing us alone. Those that elected us also have freedom, they have the right to protest where they think things are not worki...
Why I Made June 12 Democracy Day – Buhari
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Why I Made June 12 Democracy Day – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday disclosed that he did not changed Nigeria Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12 because of people who fought for democracy alone. President Buhari made this claim in his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians to mark the 2021 Democracy Day. He further stated that the date was change to demonstrate his administrations commitment to satisfy the aspirations of the people and creating an environment for democracy to be an accepted way of life. Buhari further stated that he is committed to providing an enabling environment for a free, fair and credible electoral system. He, however, said Nigerians too must be ready to play their part by getting involved at any level they can by supporting a democratic system that works for all and not for a section o...
We Are On Track To Lift 100 Million Out Of Poverty – Buhari
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We Are On Track To Lift 100 Million Out Of Poverty – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday stated that his administration has lifted 10.5 million people out of poverty. MCI  reports that the president stated this in a nationwide broadcast to mark the June 12, 2021, Democracy Day. While listing farmers, artisans, market women among persons whose lives have improved, Buhari added that his administration is on track to lift 100 million persons out of poverty. He said: “I will be the first to admit that in spite of our efforts and achievements which are there for all to see, there is still much more to be done and we are doing our best in the face of scarce resources and galloping population growth rate that consistently outstrips our capacity to provide jobs for our populace. “Our overall economic target of lifting 100 million Nige...
June 12: Many Do Not Care About Nigeria’s Democracy – Tinubu
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June 12: Many Do Not Care About Nigeria’s Democracy – Tinubu

The National Leader of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said some Nigerians do not care about the country’s path to democracy. The former Lagos State governor said this in a statement he signed on Friday titled, ‘June 12, 2021: Democracy Day Statement’ – amid secessionist agitations from the South-East and South-West. He urged Nigerians to stand against insurrectionists and killers destroying the country’s democratic institutions. The statement read, “On this memorable day, we mark, with respect, and honour the sacrifices that have allowed democracy to come to pass. We also celebrate in anticipation of a future in which our democratic institutions, concepts and practices take firmer root; transforming this society from what it is to what it can...
“Respect your Citizen’s Rights”- United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken Kicks against FG’s Twitter ban
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“Respect your Citizen’s Rights”- United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken Kicks against FG’s Twitter ban

The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has kicked against the Buhari-led government's decision to suspend Twitter operations in the country. In a statement released yesterday June 10 by his media aide, Ned Price, Blinken argued that the restriction of social media use has no place in a democracy. The statement reads “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter. The United States is likewise concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter. Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democ...
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...
NBA Threatens Lawsuit against FG Over Twitter Suspension
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NBA Threatens Lawsuit against FG Over Twitter Suspension

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has threatened to sue the Federal government following the decision to suspend Twitter’s operations in Nigeria. In a statement released on Friday evening, June 4, Olumide Apata, NBA president, said the federal government lacked constitutional authority to back its decision. Apata described the government’s action as a “disguised attempt to regulate social media, restrict freedom of speech and shrink civic space”. The statement reads ''The Nigerian Bar Association Assoc has noted with great concern the extraordinary decision of the Federal Government of Nigeria to suspend the operations of Twitter in Nigeria and, by necessary implication, the right of Nigerians to freely express their constitutionally guaranteed opinions through that medium. The ...
President Buhari’s administration is the healthiest since 1999. We respect citizens’ rights – Garba Shehu
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President Buhari’s administration is the healthiest since 1999. We respect citizens’ rights – Garba Shehu

  Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says no administration since 1999 has performed better than that of President Buhari in terms of respecting the rights of citizens. Garba said this during an interview on NTA on Friday, May 28. Shehu was speaking on 22 years of uninterrupted democracy in Nigeria, and how the current administration has performed so far. “Before the coming of the present administration, there was flagrant and deliberate refusal to obey the courts. People in the political opposition were detained without trial, and courts would say release this person or that person, and they were not released. I want to think that the current justice administration under Malami is governed by a global philosophy, which places...
NASS Will Never Pass Any Law To Hinder Press Freedom – Lawan
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NASS Will Never Pass Any Law To Hinder Press Freedom – Lawan

He gave this assurance while felicitating with Nigerian journalists on the occasion of the 2021 World Press Freedom Day. This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesman, Ola Awoniyi. “The Ninth Senate and the National Assembly, in general, will never pass any law that inhibits the freedom of the press but rather work with the media to further enhances the practice of the profession,” he said. “I also celebrate the Nigerian journalists for the invaluable contributions and sacrifices that they have made throughout our national history to nation-building and entrenchment of democracy. “I pay tribute to the patriots who have lost their lives in the line of duty and pray that their death will not be in vain.”
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...
President Buhari Condemns Killing of Three Abducted Greenfield University students
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President Buhari Condemns Killing of Three Abducted Greenfield University students

President Buhari has condemned the killing of three of the students kidnapped at Greenfield University, Kaduna State. In a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President described the students as bright youngsters who were cut down by evil people in their prime. “My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls rest in peace,” said the President. On the recurring incidents of kidnappings and killings in Kaduna State in particular, the President condemned them as “barbaric terror attacks,” and described as “unfortunate the tenor of some political and religious leaders that seem to further incite and stoke the pain and anguish of mourning families who are forced to confront these atrocities. ''Addressi...
Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy – Oke Umurhohwo
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Onnoghen: Nigeria’s Flawed Democracy – Oke Umurhohwo

Democracy is a unique form of government and one of its enticing features is the separation of power. This is the principle that spread the power of the state between the executive, the legislative, and the judiciary– a system that effectively promotes checks and balances. But this feature is serially lacking in Nigeria, although the country is widely viewed as a democratic nation. While Nigeria, just like most democratic nations, has its government structured along with the executive, the legislative, and the judiciary, it practically operates with an executive domineering on the two other arms of government. A typical indication is a recent revelation by a former chief justice of the country, Walter Onnoghen, on how the executive masterminded his removal from office. Onnoghen w...
Tinubu Hunts For Talents, Says Akeredolu
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Tinubu Hunts For Talents, Says Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has described National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a leader who hunts for talents and leaders. Governor Akeredolu, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olabode, said many stories could be told about Tinubu. Akeredolu noted that Tinubu’s efforts at enthroning democracy and his dedication to the development of the country would remain indelible in the annals of the country. He said the former Lagos Governor has remained committed to the tenets and ethos of progressive politics with unwavering commitment and dedication for decades. According to the Governor: “Tinubu touches are all encompassing, long-lasting and inexorably memorable. He has been part of every development ...
Nigeria’s Democracy not complete without Tinubu – Sanwo-Olu
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Nigeria’s Democracy not complete without Tinubu – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has lauded the contributions of Bola Tinubu to the development of Nigeria, saying the country’s democracy cannot be complete without him. Sanwo-Olu made this known on Sunday via a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, while felicitating with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his 69th birthday. While describing Tinubu as a visionary leader and a rare mentor with exceptional abilities in various areas of human endeavours, he said the APC leader is a political pathfinder, nationalist and detribalised Nigerian, who has contributed in no small measure to the socio-political and economic growth of the state and Nigeria as a whole. “The story of...
Zamfara kidnap: FG must implement plans to stop further attacks – CDD
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Zamfara kidnap: FG must implement plans to stop further attacks – CDD

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has expressed relief on the release of kidnapped 317 students of the Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe in Talata Local Government Area of Zamfara State. The CDD Director, Idayat Hassan in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday, stressed that the Federal Government must map plans to curtail further attack and child right violation. Hassan also urged the government and relevant authorities to work together and map out workable strategies that would ensure that every child is protected in his or her quest to seek development and learning. According to him, the Federal Government ought to make efforts to ensure that all abductees in captivity are released without succumbing to any form of amnesty or ransom. “CDD fi...
Lagos Has Been Fortunate To Have Visionary Governors – El-Rufai
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Lagos Has Been Fortunate To Have Visionary Governors – El-Rufai

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, says Lagos is the most fortunate Nigerian state governed by visonary men. Since the return of democracy in 1999, Lagos has been governed by four men — Bola Tinubu, Babatunde Fashola, Akinwunmi Ambode, and incumbent governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Speaking at the closing session of the 2021 Lagos ‘Ehingbeti’ Economic Summit, on Thursday, el-Rufai said Lagos has remains fortunate in terms of leadership. He said if Lagos were a country, it would have a higher gross domestic product (GDP) than many African countries. El-Rufai added that the south-west state is a role model for Kaduna, saying he looks to Lagos becoming a top state on the ease of doing business. “If Lagos were a country, it would have a bigger GDP than many African countries. F...
Falz Reacts To The Arrest Of Mr Macaroni And Others At #OccupyLekkiTollGate Protest
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Falz Reacts To The Arrest Of Mr Macaroni And Others At #OccupyLekkiTollGate Protest

Rapper Falz has reacted to the arrest of popular Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni and many other #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters by the police. In an Instagram post he shared, the singer stated that the arrest of the protesters showed the Nigerian government is not concerned with upholding the country's democracy or the Rule of Law. Falz said that the show of force by the police was meant to make the protesters fear for their lives. He added that while there is nothing to lose at this point, the Nigerian government should be ready for the consequences of these actions. He wrote; @mrmacaroni1 and a number of other innocent Nigerians have just been arrested at the Lekki Toll Gate for exercising their fundamental human right to protest. The Nigerian government has shown by thi...
Nigerian government has shown by this senseless act that it is not concerned with upholding our democracy – Falz react to arrest of Mr Macaroni and others
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Nigerian government has shown by this senseless act that it is not concerned with upholding our democracy – Falz react to arrest of Mr Macaroni and others

Rapper Falz has reacted to the arrest of popular Instagram comedian, Mr Macaroni and many other #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters by the police. In an Instagram post he shared, the singer stated that the arrest of the protesters showed the Nigerian government is not concerned with upholding the country's democracy or the Rule of Law. Falz said that the show of force by the police was meant to make the protesters fear for their lives. He added that while there is nothing to lose at this point, the Nigerian government should be ready for the consequences of these actions. He wrote; @mrmacaroni1 and a number of other innocent Nigerians have just been arrested at the Lekki Toll Gate for exercising their fundamental human right to protest. The Nigerian government has shown by th...
President Biden Declares ‘America is Back’ as he Announces Major Foreign Policy Shifts
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President Biden Declares ‘America is Back’ as he Announces Major Foreign Policy Shifts

President Joe Biden on Thursday declared that  America is back' as he outlined his vision for America’s foreign policy agenda. During a speech at the state department, the president reiterated the need for America to strengthen its global alliances. He announced that "diplomacy is back at the center" of US foreign policy and will end all support for Saudi Arabia's offensive operations in Yemen, before revealing plans to appoint an envoy to focus on the long-standing conflict. Biden's announcement at the State Department was just one of the significant changes he said he will make to US foreign policy, including freezing troop redeployments from Germany, raising the cap for refugees allowed into the US, and reaffirming US support for LGBTQ rights worldwide. The president str...
‘What a spectacle!’: Iran Supreme Leader mocks US democracy amid election uncertainty
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‘What a spectacle!’: Iran Supreme Leader mocks US democracy amid election uncertainty

Iran’s supreme leader has mocked the U.S presidential election and democracy, citing President Trump’s non-evident claim of voter fraud. Recall that President Trump caused a disquiet among even leaders of his own Republican Party by flatly alleging fraud, while his Democratic challenger Joe Biden's campaign team has accused the incumbent of seeking to deny the electoral rights of tens of thousands of postal voters. The Iranian Supreme leader who described the election as a "spectacle" which will be “interesting to watch" in a tweet shared on Wednesday, added that it has exposed the reality of US democracy. He also tweeted;   “What a spectacle! “One says this is the most fraudulent election in US history. Who says that? The president who is currently in office. “...
Aisha Buhari, El-Rufai, Wike, Matawale, Onyeama, Bag Democracy Heroes Awards
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Aisha Buhari, El-Rufai, Wike, Matawale, Onyeama, Bag Democracy Heroes Awards

Following the remarkable success of the 8th Edition of Democracy Heroes Award-DHA2020, the Organising Committee has released a statement of appreciation, commending the contributions of Institutions and individuals who played key roles to the eventual success of the prestigious Award ceremony, held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on the 14th of October 2020. The amazing ceremony witnessed and recorded the recognition of notable and reputable personalities across key sectors in Nigeria. The statement was signed by Mr. Alexander Olufunshi Ajagbonna, the President of Face of Democracy Nigeria Projects, Organisers of Democracy Heroes Award-DHA. In the statement, Mr. Alexander outlined a list of persons and Institutions whom his organization may be unable to finds words enough to apprec...
Military Started Development, Democracy & Free Market Economy- Babangida
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Military Started Development, Democracy & Free Market Economy- Babangida

Former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida speaks on military intervention among other issues during an appearance on Channels television’s NewsNight which aired on October 2, 2020. Former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida, on Friday said the military provided Nigeria with the democracy being enjoyed today. Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s NewsNight, Babangida said contrary to claims that the military was responsible for the problems in the country; it rather provided the nation with development. “No, we didn’t provide problems. We tried to provide the framework upon which subsequent governments who are going to come after us could build upon,” he said. “Most of the infrastructural developments, even the democracy, we midwifed it. We started devel...
Kim Kardashian freezes Facebook, Instagram accounts
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Kim Kardashian freezes Facebook, Instagram accounts

Kim Kardashian is starting a pressure movement against Facebook Inc. to stop the divisive hate campaign on its platforms, Facebook and Instagram. Kim, with 188million followers on Instagram and 29 million on Facebook tweeted she would be freezing her two accounts because she can no longer, “stay silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation”. She said that this spread of hate only exists to sow division and split America apart only to take steps after people are killed. “Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy”, she wrote. The tweet drove Facebook stock value down by a few dollars. But it went up again to register a $6.27 increase for the day. Read her tw...
Edo 2020: “Turn Out En-Masse And Vote Obaseki”- Atiku Urge Voters
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Edo 2020: “Turn Out En-Masse And Vote Obaseki”- Atiku Urge Voters

The Presidential Candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 General Elections, Atiku Abubakar, has urged the people of Edo State to cast and defend their votes for Governor Godwin Obaseki. The democracy that we enjoy today was bought at a great price. We can only deepen and sustain it by respecting the sanctity of the ballot and necessary review of our electoral processes. As the great people of Edo State go to the polls to elect their governor this weekend, they need to be provided with a secured environment to cast their votes and be assured that their votes will count. I urge all duly registered voters of conscience and who truly care about the wellbeing of Edo to turn out enmasse to cast and defend their vote for @GovernorObaseki.
Electronic Voting Is The Only Way To Credible Elections – Jonathan
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Electronic Voting Is The Only Way To Credible Elections – Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan, former president of Nigeria and UN special envoy on crisis management, says for electronic voting is the only way to get to credible elections in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. Speaking on the presidential panel of The Osasu Show Symposium 2020, Jonathan said the outcome of elections should be decided by the ballots, not by any other means — not even the courts. “To me if Africa especially will move forward is not just about routine conducts of elections, this year alone in West Africa made up of 15 states, we have five states that had elections,” Jonathan said. “So in terms of regular elections, we are progressing, but are these elections credible? Are they representing a constructional democratic setting is the issue. “Regular elections, fine, but election...
Reps Probe Mass Resignation of Soldiers Fighting Boko Haram
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Reps Probe Mass Resignation of Soldiers Fighting Boko Haram

House of Representatives members have decried the mass resignation of soldiers deployed to fight Boko Haram. 350 soldiers who were deployed to fight Boko Haram in the North-East region of the country had applied to resign from military service, citing loss of interest as their reason for resigning. Speaking during Tuesday's plenary, the chief whip, Mohammed Monguno said the mass resignation is huge blow on the military’s fight against insurgency and could pose serious risks to the society especially if the resigned personnel are without jobs. He also disapproved the chief of army staff's assent to the soldiers’ request of being voluntarily disengaged without making effort to address their grievance which he said includes loss of morale, unimproved allowances and mass casualtie...
APC is becoming a Threat to Buhari’s Legacy – Former National Chairman, John Oyegun
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APC is becoming a Threat to Buhari’s Legacy – Former National Chairman, John Oyegun

Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun has reacted to the crisis rocking the party he once headed. In a statement titled ‘Before its too Late’ which was released on Saturday June 20, Oyegun stated that the APC is now becoming a threat to Buhari's legacy. He also recounted how APC’s victory at the 2015 presidential poll and the peaceful transfer of power that followed was a testament of the nation's progressive democracy. He however said that while other African countries have marched forward, Nigeria is “regressing.” Oyegun also affirmed the need for the National Executive Committee of the party to set up a caretaker committee in order to return the party to a position of strength. The statement partly read; “Our own political part...
Edo Guber: Oba of Benin States Position, Warns against Godfatherism
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Edo Guber: Oba of Benin States Position, Warns against Godfatherism

<img class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" style="max-width: 100%; display: block !important;" role="presentation" src="data:;base64," alt="" aria-hidden="true" /> The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Nedo Uku Akpolokpolo Oba Ewuare II, has stated his position on political developments in Edo State. In a statement released on Thursday and signed by the Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council, Frank Irabor, the monarch kicked against godfatherism and imposition of candidates. The Oba also denied that he has ever asked any of the aspirants in the upcoming elections to step down for another. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary will hold on June 23, a day after the All Progressives Congress (APC) conducts the...
“Democracy Will Return To Nigeria When Buhari Leaves Office”- Fayose
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“Democracy Will Return To Nigeria When Buhari Leaves Office”- Fayose

Immediate past Governor of Ekiti state, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that democracy isn’t worth celebrating under Buhari’s administration declaring democracy would only return when he leaves office. Fayose in a statement issued by his media aide, Lere Olayinka stated that the citizens should have known why democracy hasn’t been restored in the country under the Buhari-led government, saying it was painful that the “legacy of free, fair and transparent elections bequeathed to Nigeria by the PDP government has been destroyed, with elections in the country now being held at gun point.” Fayose said peace and prosperity can only be achieved, when leaders earn legitimacy through the ballot, decrying the open display of contempt for free, fair and transparent election by the All Progressives Cong...
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This is Not the Democracy we Fought for – Gani Adams

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams has said the struggles to free Nigerians from bondage will continue until the country is restructured. Adams said this in his June 12 message, describing the June 12, 1993 annulled election as the most defining moment in Nigeria’s history. In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, Adams lamented that democracy was yet to take its roots in Nigeria despite the sacrifices of the activists. According to him, democracy in Nigeria is evolving but not what was fought for during June 12 struggle. He, however, expressed optimism that Nigeria can progress when federating states develop at their own pace. The statement read in part: “When the federating units are allowed to develop at their own pace, there will ...
I Stand By all Ideas of June 12 – Gov Diri
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I Stand By all Ideas of June 12 – Gov Diri

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has said he stands by all the ideals of equity and inclusiveness that June 12 represents. Senator Diri also noted that the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election remains a watershed in Nigeria’s political history, saying it epitomised “the collective aspiration of Nigerians to enjoy the dividends of democracy and create a better life for themselves”. Governor Diri stated this in his Democracy Day message on Thursday to Bayelsans, while also assuring that he had no greater obligation than ensuring that people of the state lived in peace in order to attract the desired prosperity he promised. He said his administration would continue to extend the hand of fellowship to those that are aggrieved for them to join in the proce...
June 12: Nigeria Must be Restructured to Federating Units – Gani Adams Explodes
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June 12: Nigeria Must be Restructured to Federating Units – Gani Adams Explodes

To free Nigerians from “bondage”, Nigeria must be restructured into federating units. This is according to the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, in a statement sent to DAILY POST on Thursday in commemoration of the June 12, 1993, anniversary. He expressed joy that part of the dreams of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), has been realized with the official naming of June 12 as the Democracy Day. Adams, however, regretted that despite the sacrifices of the activists and pro-democracy groups, democracy is yet to take its root in Nigeria. He stated that Nigeria can only get it right with true federalism, pointing out that the only way out of the political logjam is to let the federating states develop at their own pace. Adams noted that when federating units are ...
Primary Election Crucial To Democracy – Tinubu To Governors
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Primary Election Crucial To Democracy – Tinubu To Governors

There may be no going back on transparent and democratic primaries for the choice of governorship candidates by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo and Ondo states, it was learnt yesterday. At a meeting with nine APC governors, National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu said democratic primary as a core element of internal democracy should not be jettisoned. A source at the meeting held at the State House, Marina, Lagos, said Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, emphasised the importance of primary to democracy, admonishing party leaders to safeguard it in the preparation for the choice of standard bearers. The Progressives Governors’s Forum, led by Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu, unfolded plans last week to mount pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to support their push ...
“Buhari’s Major Problem Is Incompetent & Selfish Lieutenants” – Prof. Ango Abdullahi
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“Buhari’s Major Problem Is Incompetent & Selfish Lieutenants” – Prof. Ango Abdullahi

Professor Ango Abdullahi is a former minister and former Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. He is now the chairman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF). In this interview with Daily Trust Saturday, he has, among others, blamed what he called incompetent and selfish appointees/associates for the “failure” of Buhari’s administration. Excerpt: Nigeria is celebrating 21 years since the return of democracy, what is your take on that? I did not believe 29th of May is the Democracy Day for Nigeria. Democracy Day is 1st of October, because that is the day that Nigeria became politically independent from colonial masters. If the interpretation of Democracy Day means Nigeria has moved from military to another form of administration, I wouldn’t say that we have moved...
Former President of Congo, Jacques Joaquim Yhombi dies of coronavirus in France
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Former President of Congo, Jacques Joaquim Yhombi dies of coronavirus in France

Former Republic of Congo president, Jacques Joaquim Yhombi Opango has passed away after contracting coronavirus (COVID-19). He was 81   Yhombi-Opango died in a Paris hospital on Monday, his family confirmed to AFP.   His son told the news agency that Yhombi-Opango was ill before he contracted the virus.   Yhombi-Opango, who was an army officer who rose to power after the assassination of President Marien Ngouabi, led Congo-Brazzaville from 1977 until he was removed from power in 1979, with the country's current leader, Denis Sassou Nguesso taking over.   In 1987, he was jailed for three years after he was accused of participating in a plot to overthrow Sassou Nguesso.   After his release from prison, he founded the Rally for Democracy ...
“We Have no Record of Spending on $5billion Abacha loot” – Nigerian Government
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“We Have no Record of Spending on $5billion Abacha loot” – Nigerian Government

The Federal Government has told Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) that it “has no records of the exact amount of public funds stolen by a former military head of State, Sani Abacha and no records of the spending of about $5 billion recovered loot for the period between 1999 and 2015.” The government’s response followed SERAP’s Freedom of Information (FoI) requests sent to Mr Abukabar Malami, SAN, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, requesting: “information on the exact amount of public funds stolen by Abacha, and details of spending of about $5 billion recovered loot since the return of democracy in 1999.” According to SERAP, only Mr Malami has sent a reply to it...
Military Era Better than Nigeria’s Current Democracy – Senator Smart Adeyemi
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Military Era Better than Nigeria’s Current Democracy – Senator Smart Adeyemi

Senator Smart Adeyemi has stated that the military era is better than the current democracy being practiced in the country. The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District who disclosed this while contributing to “a bill for an Act to establish the National Electoral Offences Commission and for Other Related matters",  stated that hooligans have criminalized the current democracy in the country and are now emerging as leaders. Adeyemi said; ”Mr. President, when people of questionable character become leaders, then what is the future of that country. In fact, I am compelled to say, military era is better than Nigeria’s democracy currently. “When you talk about maladministration and misappropriation of public funds, it emanates from people who have criminal records, p...

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