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Olympics’ Disqualification: Sack Sports Minister, Angry Fans tell Buhari

Many Nigerian sports lovers have expressed anger and disappointment over the disqualification of 10 Nigerian athletes at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The PUNCH had reported that ten Nigerian athletes were disqualified for not meeting the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 governing National Anti-Doping Federation. While some of them called for the sacking of the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, others asked him to resign. They recalled how Dare sacked a former Technical Director of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Sunday Adeleye, for registering two Nigerian top athletes, Blessing Okagbare and Divine Oduduru, under “wrong” categories at the World Athletics Championships, held in Doha in September 2020. During the championships, Okagbare and Oduduru faced disqual...
Legislature, Judiciary Autonomy: Governors Oppose Buhari Executive Order 10
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Legislature, Judiciary Autonomy: Governors Oppose Buhari Executive Order 10

The Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on Tuesday said state governors were not opposed to financial autonomy for the judiciary and the legislature. Lalong, who stated this in an interview with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum press corps in Abuja, however, faulted the Executive Order 10, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) signed into law last year. The Plateau State governor, who is also the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, said the Federal Government could not force states to implement financial autonomy for the judiciary and legislature. Lalong said that there were measures that must be taken before the autonomy could be implemented. He added that state governors would meet with the leadership of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria on Wednesday (today) w...
Why Aisha Kept Mum On Buhari’s ‘Other Room’ Comment – Biographer
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Why Aisha Kept Mum On Buhari’s ‘Other Room’ Comment – Biographer

THE Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs (Office of the First Lady), Dr Hajo Sani, has given an insight into why the wife of the President, Aisha, did not react publicly to “the other room” comment made by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in 2016. Sani said the outspoken Aisha refused to react to the statement because she understood her husband’s mindset and sense of humour. She disclosed this in the biography of the wife of the President titled, ‘Aisha Buhari: Being different,’ which was presented to the public at an elaborate event held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja on Thursday. The President at a joint press conference with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, during a state visit to Germany in Octobe...
Any Woman Will Want To Associate With My Husband – Aisha Buhari
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Any Woman Will Want To Associate With My Husband – Aisha Buhari

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has said the future seemed unsure when she got married at an early age to her husband, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The couple got married in 1989 when Aisha Buhari was 18 years old. In a book launched yesterday titled ‘Aisha Buhari: Being Different’, the First Lady, however, said the marriage placed on her on the path of greatness. According to the book authored by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, Daji Sani, the First Lady said her husband is the kind of man any woman would want to associate herself with. According to a quote by Daily Trust, “In many villages in northern Nigeria, educating a girl is not considered a priority. In fact, early marriage affects every eight...
You’re Not Elected To Complain Of Ex-leaders, CAN Tells Buhari
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You’re Not Elected To Complain Of Ex-leaders, CAN Tells Buhari

THE Christian Association of Nigeria on Tuesday berated the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), describing him as incompetent. The CAN also described the current administration as being religiously biased. The President of the association, Samson Ayokunle, said this in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital while speaking at the Holy Convocation organised by the Victory Life Bible Church. Ayokunle, who spoke on the theme of the convocation, ‘The state of the nation: The way forward’, argued that the insecurity and other vices being witnessed in the country were as a result of negligence on the part of the Buhari administration. Ayokunle, who also worried about the spate of insecurity and criminality in the country, lamented that criminals were being more professional t...
There Will Never Be Biafra Again – Lauretta Onochie
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There Will Never Be Biafra Again – Lauretta Onochie

Lauretta Onochie, Senior Special Assistant on Social Media to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says there will never be a Republic of Biafra again. She stated this on Monday following Imo attacks which the police have accused members of the Indigenous People of Biafra of being the masterminds. Onochie, who is from Southern Nigeria, tweeted a video showing the then Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, receiving the then Biafran Vice President, Major General Philip Effiong, who facilitated the surrender of the Biafran State to Nigeria in 1970. Effiong had assumed leadership of the secessionist state after the Biafran leader, Colonel Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, fled to Ivory Coast in the heat of the civil war. “The very day nails were put in the coffin of Biafra. There’ll n...
Malaysian Firm Battles FG Over Multi Billion Naira Passport Printing Contract
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Malaysian Firm Battles FG Over Multi Billion Naira Passport Printing Contract

A directive by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in 2019 that the Nigerian passport booklets should be produced locally has not been carried out two years down the line. Sunday PUNCH gathered that the delay was due to the inability of the Ministry of Interior to terminate the contract awarded to Smart Technology Nigeria Limited for the production of the passport booklets. Smart Technology Nigeria Limited works in partnership with its parent company, Iris Corporation, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The e-passport booklets are produced in Malaysia, but the Nigeria Immigration Service activates the passport through the biometric data transfer. It was gathered that the Ministry of Interior and the NIS officials have been holding meetings with ISTL for o...
Boko Haram’s Resilience Is Unprecedented – Chadian President, Idriss Deby
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Boko Haram’s Resilience Is Unprecedented – Chadian President, Idriss Deby

The President of Chad Republic, Idriss Itno, on Saturday lamented the impact of Boko Haram around Lake Chad basin, describing the sect as evil. Itno said this while answering questions from State House correspondents after a meeting he had with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He lamented that the sect’s activities had so far affected four countries of the Lake Chad basin. He said a situation where the Multinational Joint Task Force embarks on just one operation in a whole year also contributed to the difficulty in defeating the terrorists. Itno, however expressed optimism that with the new strategies being deployed and new officers with fresh ideas being assigned to take over commands at both national and regional leve...
Money From Mining Used To Fund Criminal Activities – President Buhari
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Money From Mining Used To Fund Criminal Activities – President Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has said his regime has discovered that criminals have infiltrated the mining industry in the country. Buhari said this on Tuesday while declaring open the 56th annual international conference and exhibition of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan. The theme of the conference was: ‘Responsible exploration and exploitation of mineral resources in a secured environment’. His address was read by the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uchechukwu Ogah. The President said since most mining activities were taking place in remote places, it was easy for criminals to infiltrate the mining industry. He added that the money made from the i...
Food Traders Not Asking For Too Much Compensation – Yahaya Bello
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Food Traders Not Asking For Too Much Compensation – Yahaya Bello

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Thursday met the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as part of ongoing efforts to further pacify members of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers in Nigeria who called off their strike on Wednesday. While the strike lasted, members of AUFCDN had blocked the movement of cattle and foodstuffs from the Northern part of the country to the South. But they called off the strike on Wednesday following the intervention of the governor and a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode. Their President, Muhammad Tahir, had said the strike was called off following the Federal Government’s promise to pay N4.75bn compensation, stop multiple taxes and ensure protection of their members, among others. Emerging fro...
‘Tinubu Is The Best Successor For Buhari’ – Senator Dayo Adeyeye
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‘Tinubu Is The Best Successor For Buhari’ – Senator Dayo Adeyeye

The former Minister of State for Works and Chairman of Southwest Agenda 23, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, on Sunday said, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu remains the best candidate to succeed the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in 2003. Adeyeye said this when members of the group paid a courtesy visit to the Palace of the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi. He said, “Tinubu is a good product that doesn’t need any advertisement and he has contributed greatly to the growth and development of the nation. He is consummate democrat and progressive. “We have three geo-political zones in the South, and all of them have the right to contest for the presidency. South West is interested to contest for the p...
Peace Of Niger Republic Must Matter To Nigeria – Buhari
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Peace Of Niger Republic Must Matter To Nigeria – Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, said the peace of Niger Republic must matter to Nigeria, being “our very close neighbour.” He therefore commended the country’s outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou and his government for keeping to their country’s Constitution with respect to run-off polls scheduled for February 21, 2021. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving in audience former Nigerian Vice President, Namadi Sambo, who is ECOWAS Head of Mission on the elections in Niger Republic. The statement was titled “Nigerien run-off polls: President Buhari praises outgoing government for following the constitution.” The statement quoted Buhari as congratulating Samb...
Buhari Attributes Violence In Nigeria To People With Resources, Influence
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Buhari Attributes Violence In Nigeria To People With Resources, Influence

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday, attributed the upheavals being experienced in parts of the country to a few people with resources and influence. He assured stakeholders that the culprits will be identified and dealt with in due course. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving a delegation of Borno/Yobe Elders Forum at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The statement was titled “We need this country, we will continue to work for its stability, says President Buhari.” Adesina quoted the President as saying that “I am confident that we will eventually convince the small number of people with resource and influence that are a nuisance to this great country. “God wi...
Herdsmen Crisis: Buhari Will Be A Talkative To Speak On Every Matter – Adesina
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Herdsmen Crisis: Buhari Will Be A Talkative To Speak On Every Matter – Adesina

The Presidency, on Tuesday, says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will be a talkative if he speaks on every matter including the herdsmen crisis. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, spoke on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme monitored by The PUNCH. Many Nigerians including Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, had urged the President to address Nigerians and make it known publicly that he does not support the criminal activities of some herdsmen in parts of the country. Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, had also called for the enactment of a law to abolish the movement of cattle by herdsmen from the Northern part of the country to other parts in order to prevent the incessant herdsmen-farmers clashes...
US, UK Won’t Accept Buratai, Ex-service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Ex-NIIA DG
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US, UK Won’t Accept Buratai, Ex-service Chiefs As Ambassadors – Ex-NIIA DG

Former Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Prof Bola Akinterinwa, has said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has the right to nominate all the service chiefs who were changed last week as non-career ambassadors. Akinterinwa, however, said there was no assurance that countries like the United States and the United Kingdom who had accused the service chiefs of crimes against humanity would accept the former service chiefs as diplomats. He spoke on a PUNCH Online interview on Thursday. Earlier, the Presidency on Thursday said the names of the ex-military commanders were sent to the Senate for confirmation. The nominees are: Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (rtd), Lt Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (rtd), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (rtd), Air...
I Will Be Praying For You, Buhari Tells New Service Chiefs
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I Will Be Praying For You, Buhari Tells New Service Chiefs

The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd . ) , has assured the newly appointed service chiefs of his prayers as they lead the fight against terrorism , especially in Nigeria’ s North - Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. He also advised the service chiefs to give responsibilities to trusted hands , while charging them to be loyal and patriotic . The Special Adviser to President on Media and Publicity , Femi Adesina , stated this in a piece on Friday , titled , ‘ Inside PMB ’ s First Meeting With New Service Chiefs ’ . Adesina said the President assured the new service chiefs of his prayers and support , adding that “ victory comes from the divine powers” . But human rights lawyer, Femi Falana ( SAN) , has argued that no level of prayers can win the Boko Haram wa...
Buhari Signs Regulations To Make Wearing Facemasks Mandatory
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Buhari Signs Regulations To Make Wearing Facemasks Mandatory

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has signed the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection 2021 which made the use of face masks in public places mandatory among other measures to curtail further spread of COVID-19. The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, told journalists in Abuja on Wednesday that the President signed the document on Tuesday. He said the President signed the document in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010. Part 2 of the regulation stipulates that no person shall be allowed within the premises of a market, mall, supermarket, shop, restaurants, hotels, event centres, gardens, leisure parks, recreation centres, motor parks, ...
Herdsmen: Tinubu Silent Because He Does Not Want To Offend Buhari – Adebanjo
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Herdsmen: Tinubu Silent Because He Does Not Want To Offend Buhari – Adebanjo

A leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, says a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, is afraid to speak on the Fulani herdsmen crisis in parts of the South-West region because he does not want to offend the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). Adebanjo spoke on Wednesday on a PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable. According to him, Tinubu has not condemned the attacks by Fulani herdsmen against the Yoruba people because of his presidential ambition in 2023. The Afenifere chieftain said Tinubu believes that Buhari will help him become the next president of the country. Of late, Fulani herdsmen have been accused of perpetrating crimes ranging from kidnappings, killings, rape to invasion of farmland...
New Service Chiefs Not Enough, Exercise Leadership, Northern Elders Tell Buhari
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New Service Chiefs Not Enough, Exercise Leadership, Northern Elders Tell Buhari

The Northern Elders Forum says the appointment of new service chiefs is not enough to bring the needed change Nigerians expect to see in the country’s war against insurgency and sundry security challenges, adding that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), must exercise leadership as the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces. “The key is the president, he has to change his attitude to the defence and security of this country. You cannot run this country with all these security challenges and maintain the distance that he maintains with what is going on. You listen to the president and his spokespeople are telling you the situation is better than it was in 2015. It is a very disturbing thing when you hear this. “There are no suicide bombings now but the populati...
Religious Fanatics Twisting Kukah’s Statement To Divert Attention – Wole Soyinka
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Religious Fanatics Twisting Kukah’s Statement To Divert Attention – Wole Soyinka

NOBEL laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has faulted critics of the Christmas speech of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, saying they are religionists diverting attention from the cleric’s central theme. The playwright said he had studied the transcript as reported in the media and found nothing in the speech that denigrated Islam. He, however, noted that he was not among the most religion besotted inhabitants of the globe, saying that alone, he was told, disqualified him from commenting on the subject. Kukah in the speech summed up the country’s woes ranging from insecurity, poverty to citizens’ frustration under the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). A Sokoto-based Muslim Solidarity Forum had called on Kukah to “quickly and qui...
Pigeons Released By Buhari Refused To Fly At Armed Forces Remembrance (Video)
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Pigeons Released By Buhari Refused To Fly At Armed Forces Remembrance (Video)

The doves, otherwise known as white pigeons, released by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day ceremony, refused to fly despite multiple attempts by the President thereby sparking a debate on social media on Friday. The President had opened the birdcage at the National Arcade, picked up one of the doves, and thrown it into the air but the bird landed atop the cage and refused to fly. Buhari, who was eager to let the white pigeons fly, opened the roof of the cage in a bid to send them all out but the birds remained adamant and decided to sit on top of the cage’s roof. The President, who appeared tired of trying, soon left the birds and returned to his seat. Moments after the President had left, however, some of the birds flew. ...
Governor Sanwo-Olu meets Buhari in Aso Rock (Photos)
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Governor Sanwo-Olu meets Buhari in Aso Rock (Photos)

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, met at the State House, Abuja, on Thursday. The reason for the meeting is yet unknown as at the time of filing this report. President @MBuhari received in audience @followlasg Governor, @jidesanwoolu at the State House, Abuja.
No Sustainable Development Without Adequate Infrastructure – Buhari
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No Sustainable Development Without Adequate Infrastructure – Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday, said no nation would witness sustainable development without infrastructural development. He therefore thanked the People’s Republic of China for its support towards the development of infrastructure in Nigeria. His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement quoted the President as speaking while receiving the State Councillor and Foreign Minister, People’s Republic of China, Mr Wang Yi, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The statement was titled “No sustainable development possible without adequate infrastructure, says President Buhari as he meets China’s state councillor.” “We thank China for its support to us in various ways; in building of rail, road, power, defence, and many oth...
Talking About Buhari Not Good For My Sanity – Wole Soyinka
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Talking About Buhari Not Good For My Sanity – Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says for the sake of sanity, one must imagine that the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), does not exist. He, however, described the new Lagos-Abeokuta-Ibadan standard gauge train, describing it as marvellous and long overdue. Soyinka said this during a recent interview with Kaftan TV which was monitored by our correspondent. Speaking onboard the new train, the Nobel Laureate said he would not like to talk about Buhari’s government because he imagined the regime doesn’t exist. When asked whether the new train was a plus to Buhari’s regime, he said, “I don’t want to talk about Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. I think it is best for my sanity just to avoid that overall question. I can take bits and pieces o...
Pres. Buhari Condemns Killing Of 44 Farmers By Boko Haram In Borno
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Pres. Buhari Condemns Killing Of 44 Farmers By Boko Haram In Borno

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has condemned the killing of farmworkers in Borno State. The PUNCH had earlier reported that Boko Haram fighters killed at least 43 farm workers and injured six in rice fields near Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Saturday. Reacting in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President expressed grief over the killing of the farmers on rice fields at Zabarmari, in Jere Local Government of Borno State, describing the terrorist killings as insane. The statement was titled, ‘President Buhari Condemns As Insane, Boko Haram Killing Of Farmers in Borno State.’ The statement quoted Buhari as saying, “I condemn the killing of our hardworking farmers by terrorists in Borno State. ...
FG Plans To Buy Locally Assembled Cars – Osinbajo
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FG Plans To Buy Locally Assembled Cars – Osinbajo

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday said the Federal Government proposed in the 2020 Finance Bill to exempt minimum wage earners. He said the move was to reduce the impact of inflation on Nigerians, adding that the initiative would exempt minimum wage earners from the Personal Income Tax. Buhari disclosed this in his speech delivered virtually by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday, at the opening session of the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit Group Conference themed ‘Building partnerships for resilience’. Osinbajo also explained that the Federal Government would buy locally assembled cars rather than imported foreign ones. He said, “We are proposing in the new Finance Act that those who earn minimum wage should be exempted from paying income ...
People Now Mock Me For Trekking From Gombe To Abuja For Buhari – Dahiru Buba
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People Now Mock Me For Trekking From Gombe To Abuja For Buhari – Dahiru Buba

Dahiru Buba, 50, who trekked from Gombe to Abuja in support of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in 2015, tells CHIMA AZUBUIKE how the physical exertion has affected his health for three years, his expectations of the Buhari regime, among other issues What do you do for a living? I’m currently unemployed; I have not had any source of livelihood for some time now. I have two wives and seven children. Are you a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress? Yes, I’m a card-carrying member of the APC in Gombe State. I duly registered at the ward level in Dukku. What is your relationship with Buhari? The only relationship I have with him is the love I have for the APC, Buhari’s personality as a man of integrity and as a lover of the masses. Wh...
Stop Buhari From Medical Trips – Senate Committee Tells State House Officials
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Stop Buhari From Medical Trips – Senate Committee Tells State House Officials

The Senate on Thursday told State House officials to restrain the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), from foreign trips for medical treatment in order to ensure the State House clinic becomes functional this year. The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs gave the warning when the State House Permanent Secretary, Tijani Umar, appeared before the panel to defend his 2021 budget estimates. The State House official had presented a budget of N19.7bnfor 2021, out of which N1.3bn was proposed for the State House Clinic. Reacting to the proposal, the Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Danjuma La’ah, said the committee would approve the budget for the State House Clinic but insisted that the President and other top officials of his gover...
Buhari Directs Wages Commission To Speed Up New Salary Scale For Policemen
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Buhari Directs Wages Commission To Speed Up New Salary Scale For Policemen

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has said directed the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission to finalise new salary structure for members of the Nigeria Police Force. Buhari made this known in a live broadcast on Thursday evening. Better welfare package for police officers is one of the five-point demands of #EndSARS protesters in the country. Addressing Nigerians on Thursday, the President said, “With regard to the welfare of police personnel, the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission has been directed to expedite action on the finalization of the new salary structure of members of the Nigeria Police Force. The emoluments of other paramilitary services are also being reviewed upwards.”
Prosecute Soldiers Involved In Lekki Shootings, Reps Tell Buhari
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Prosecute Soldiers Involved In Lekki Shootings, Reps Tell Buhari

The minority caucus of the House of Representatives has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to order the arrest and prosecution of soldiers who attacked #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday night. The Minority Leader, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, in a statement issued on Wednesday, “strongly” condemned killing of “peaceful and unarmed” protesters by security operatives at Lekki Tollgate and other parts of the country. The protesters were attacked by soldiers, who fired live ammunition at them after the Closed Circuit Television Cameras in the vicinity were reportedly removed and lights were turned off. In the statement titled, ‘Reps Minority Condemns Killing of Protesters,’ the caucus said, “such wicked act of extrajudicial killing of defenc...
EndSARS: Hussaini Coomasie Apologises To Protesters
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EndSARS: Hussaini Coomasie Apologises To Protesters

A self-acclaimed United Nations Peace Ambassador, Hussaini Coomasie, has apologised to Nigerian youths for calling on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to crush the #EndSARS protesters with an iron fist. Coomasie had in a video on Saturday, said the protesters wouldn’t have dared to demonstrate under former President Olusegun Obasanjo the way they are doing today. He had said, “I blame Buhari for taking things lightly. There are certain things that should be handled with an iron fist. Vladimir Putin says you should take the necessary process to deal with irregularities and not due process. There are times due process does not work but necessary process. “Whichever way that your country will be in peace, handle it. If the police fail to do what they are s...
#Endsars: Buhari Mocks Dead Police Victims – Tunde Odesola
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#Endsars: Buhari Mocks Dead Police Victims – Tunde Odesola

When #EndSARS protesters upended one of the czars of Nigeria’s 36 states, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in Lagos and he fled in surrender to Aso Rock last week, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), burst into laughter. Buhari’s laughter wasn’t hearty. It was dry and mirthless, whizzing like a horsewhip on bare skin in harmattan. The laughter echoes the snapping of the windpipe when the tiger buries its yellow fangs in the back of the antelope’s neck, eyes glazed. To many, Buhari’s laughter, sardonically, betrays the ultimate insincerity of Aso Rock about solving Nigeria’s problems. To some others, the unsaid words behind the laughter was, “See how dis small boy governor dey shake like leaf because of common protest. Kai, he don see fire!” In truth, I agree that Sanwo-Olu ...
Restructuring: Effective Leaders Listen, Sam Adeyemi Replies Presidency
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Restructuring: Effective Leaders Listen, Sam Adeyemi Replies Presidency

Senior Pastor of Lagos-based church, Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, has joined other prominent Nigerians to call on the Federal Government, led by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to urgently restructure the country to save it from collapse. The cleric stated this on Monday in an apparent response to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. The Presidency had in the statement described recent calls for the restructuring of the country as “recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country.” The PUNCH had earlier reported that the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had on Saturday called on the President to restructure the country “as soon ...
Independence: Facts Don’t Lie, Atiku Replies Buhari On Performance
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Independence: Facts Don’t Lie, Atiku Replies Buhari On Performance

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has advised the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and his regime to stick to facts when criticising previous administrations. In an apparent response to Buhari’s 60th Independence anniversary speech on October 1, Atiku defended economic decisions taken by the President Olusegun Obasanjo-led administration in which he served as a Vice President. In a tweet on his verified Twitter handle, @atiku, on Friday, the former Vice President wrote, “Between 1999 and 2007, Nigeria paid off her entire foreign debt while maintaining an unprecedented six per cent annual GDP growth. “Those were periods of national restoration, and I am very proud of the work President Obasanjo and I did for this nation we care so much for. Facts don’t lie....
Buhari, Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo Meet In Aso Rock
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Buhari, Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo Meet In Aso Rock

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and his Ghanaian counterpart, Nana Akufo-Addo, met on Sunday in Aso Rock. Buhari Sallau, Personal Assistant to the Nigerian president on Broadcast Media, made this known. The PUNCH gathered that Akufo-Addo earlier addressed his countrymen in a nationwide broadcast on Sunday. “President @MBuhari receives in audience Ghanian President H.E. @NAkufoAddo in State House on 20th Sep 2020,” the presidential aide tweeted attaching images of both presidents. Details of the meeting are unknown as of the time of filing this report. However, many shops belonging to Nigerian traders were recently shut in Ghana following a $1m levy imposed on them by the government of the West African country. Nigeria and Ghana had also in the l...
42 Ambassadors Await Postings 96 Days After Senate Confirmation
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42 Ambassadors Await Postings 96 Days After Senate Confirmation

Ninety-six days after the Senate confirmed the nomination of 42 career ambassadors, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has yet to assign them portfolios, The PUNCH has learnt. Similarly, the 39 non-career ambassadors and one additional career ambassador, who were confirmed on July 22, 2020, by the Senate have yet to be posted. In all, 82 ambassadors are waiting without a clue as to where and when they will resume. A diplomat, who spoke to The PUNCH on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak with the press, said the delay was not caused by the closure of the airspace due to COVID-19 but rather lack of funds and poor planning. The diplomat noted that Buhari similarly delayed the posting of ambassadors in 2016. “I know the governmen...
Nigeria Needs Loans For Roads, Rail, Power – Buhari
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Nigeria Needs Loans For Roads, Rail, Power – Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday, justified the nation’s debt profile, saying his regime needed to borrow to fund critical infrastructure like roads, rail, and power. According to a statement titled “President Buhari justifies borrowing to fund infrastructure,” by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke at a virtual meeting he had with members of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council from the Presidential Vila, Abuja. Buhari spoke at a time stakeholders are expressing concerns over the nation’s rising debt profile and accusing the government of mortgaging the country’s future. But the President said his regime needed to take loans to address the deficit in the nation’s infrastructure. He sai...
Borrowing To Subsidise Electricity Grossly Irresponsible – FG
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Borrowing To Subsidise Electricity Grossly Irresponsible – FG

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says it will be “grossly irresponsible” to borrow to subsidise electricity tariff amid the economic crunch caused by the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said no provision was made for fuel subsidy in the Revised 2020 Budget, noting that about N1.7trn has been spent on tariff shortfalls to support the electricity sector since its privatisation. The President, who spoke on Monday during his second-term First Year Ministerial Performance Review Retreat in Abuja, noted that under the new arrangement, only customers who get electricity for 12 hours and above per day would have their tariff increased. Buhari had won his re-election in 2019 after defeating the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Ati...
Successive Governments Lacked Courage To Remove Fuel Subsidy – Garba Shehu
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Successive Governments Lacked Courage To Remove Fuel Subsidy – Garba Shehu

The Presidency on Sunday said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), demonstrated “right courage” to take recent decisions that led to hike in fuel price and electricity tariff among others. It said such decisions were long overdue but successive governments before Buhari’s lacked courage to take bold decisions. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated these in a statement titled “History will be kinder to President Buhari than his critics are prepared to be.” Shehu was reacting to criticisms that trailed recent hike in fuel price and electricity tariff. He described the reforms that led to the hike in prices as “necessary and overdue.” The presidential aide claimed that the Buhari regime has worked hard to mee...
Ondo Election: Buhari Predicts ‘Clear Victory’ For Akeredolu
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Ondo Election: Buhari Predicts ‘Clear Victory’ For Akeredolu

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has predicted “easier clear victory” for the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, in the forthcoming governorship election in the state. Akeredolu is seeking re-election on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the election scheduled to hold on October 10, 2020. He has his deputy, Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party; and Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party as his main challengers in the election. But Shehu, in a statement on Friday titled, ‘APC governorship candidate will win in Ondo State fairly, says President Buhari’, quoted the President as saying that Akeredolu’s victory in the forthcoming elect...
Only Buhari Can Look Obasanjo In The Eye And Survive It – Adesina
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Only Buhari Can Look Obasanjo In The Eye And Survive It – Adesina

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says only his principal has enough confidence to confront former President Olusegun Obasanjo, tell him his honest opinion on things “and survive it”. Obasanjo and Buhari have a few things in common. Obasanjo was Nigeria’s military head of state between February 13, 1976, and September 30, 1979. He later became a civilian President from May 29, 1999, to May 29, 2007. Buhari also ruled as military head of state from December 31, 1983, to August 27, 1985, before returning as a democratically elected leader on May 29, 2015. Adesina, in a piece titled, ‘Buhari Applause For Akinwumi Adesina’, compared Obasanjo to “America and some other world powers”, adding that “you have every r...
Adeboye Declines Interview After Closed-Door Meeting With Buhari In Aso Rock
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Adeboye Declines Interview After Closed-Door Meeting With Buhari In Aso Rock

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday, received the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Both of them met behind closed doors at the President’s office. They were joined at the meeting by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is also a pastor at the RCCG. The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, also attended the meeting that started around 3pm and ended a few minutes after. The cleric did not speak with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting. Also, the Presidency had yet to issue a statement on the meeting as of the time of filing this report. Buhari’s meeting with Adeboye, however, took place at a time religious leaders and bodi...
Buhari Has Failed Nigerians On Security – Anglican Bishop, Babatunde Ogunbanwo
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Buhari Has Failed Nigerians On Security – Anglican Bishop, Babatunde Ogunbanwo

Bishop of the Diocese of Ijebu South-West, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Reverend Babatunde Ogunbanwo, says the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has failed Nigerians. Ogunbanwo made this declaration on Friday in his bishop charge during the first session of the fourth synod of the Diocese in Odogbolu, Ogun State. He said Buhari’s failure was hinged on the continuous killings in the country, especially in the Christian dominated part of Kaduna State – Southern Kaduna. The cleric described the President as ‘weak and clueless about insecurity challenges facing the country.” He claimed the challenges of insecurity in the country had created fear in Nigerians, adding that the killing of Christians in the state emanated through ethnic conflicts. Th...
Ganduje’s N300bn Chinese Loan Slavery, Kano Elders Tell Buhari
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Ganduje’s N300bn Chinese Loan Slavery, Kano Elders Tell Buhari

Kano State Elders, under the aegis of the Kano Unity Forum, has petitioned the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the National Assembly and the Federal Ministry of Finance, asking them to stop the N300bn loan the state Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, plans to obtain from China. In the petition, titled, “A call for the urgent review of the proposed Chinese mono rail loan to Kano State Government,’ which was signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, the forum condemned Ganduje’s insistence on obtaining the loan from China Development Bank. In a copy of the petition made available to journalists on Thursday, the group the loan was an invitation to enslavement and it vowed never to allow people of the state to be enslaved. It stated, “Except for a few in the...
No Tariff Increase, Buhari Ordered Mass Metering – NERC
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No Tariff Increase, Buhari Ordered Mass Metering – NERC

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has ordered operators in the power sector to carry out mass metering of unmetered customers nationwide, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission announced on Wednesday night. In a tweet via its official Twitter handle, the NERC also declared that it had not approved any increase in electricity tariffs, as reported in some quarters on Wednesday. The commission said, “The President has directed that there should be a nationwide mass-metering programme in an effort by the Federal Government to put a stop to estimated and arbitrary billing for electricity. “He has also approved a waiver of the import levy on meters so that those that do not have meters can be supplied as early as possible at reasonable costs.” On tar...
Mali: Jonathan Briefs Buhari, Says Junta Wants ECOWAS Sanctions Removed
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Mali: Jonathan Briefs Buhari, Says Junta Wants ECOWAS Sanctions Removed

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), again on Monday received briefings from former President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the Economic Community of West African States Special Envoy to Mali, on the current situation in the country. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President at the meeting held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the priority in Mali now should be securing the country, which is largely occupied by terrorists. The statement was titled, ‘President Buhari receives updates on Mali situation from Special Envoy, Goodluck Jonathan.’ Adesina said the meeting between the two leaders came ahead of an extraordinary virtual summit by ECOWAS heads of state and leaders, scheduled for Friday. ...
Buhari Proposes 12-Month Time Limit For Criminal Cases
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Buhari Proposes 12-Month Time Limit For Criminal Cases

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, decried what he described as the “terribly slow pace” of justice administration in the Nigerian courts. Buhari, who recalled how it took so long for the courts to decide and eventually dismiss the election petitions he filed to challenge his losses in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 presidential polls, declared that the Nigerian justice system needed an urgent reform.He suggested that the judiciary should put a 12-month time limit on the hearing of criminal cases from the high court to the Supreme Court, while all civil cases should be concluded within 15 months. Buhari spoke at the 60th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, with the theme, “Stepping Forward.” His speech was read at the virtual...
Buhari Unveils Agenda For Next Three Years
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Buhari Unveils Agenda For Next Three Years

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday, listed nine areas his regime would prioritise during his remaining years in office.He listed those priority areas to include improvement of access to quality education, health care, power supply poverty reduction. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving letters of credence from ambassadors/high commissioners of eight countries at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The statement was titled “President Buhari lists nine priority areas to improve livelihood of Nigerians.” Adesina quoted the President as saying that efforts were being made to sustain Nigeria’s position as a profitable investment destination with unequalled incentives in a...
PDP Reps To Sue Buhari, Keyamo Over 774,000 Jobs
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PDP Reps To Sue Buhari, Keyamo Over 774,000 Jobs

The Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives threatened to take legal action against regime led by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and top officials of the Federal Government for allegedly undermining the National Assembly, especially on the Special Public Works Scheme by the Federal Government. The PDP caucus, which said it had “unequivocally rejected and dissociated itself” from the programme, “strongly” admonished its members to ignore the letters written to Senators and House members by state coordinators of the National Directorate of Employment on behalf of the Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Productivity, Festus Keyamo (SAN). The lawmaker particularly accused Keyamo and the NDE management of disregarding the parli...
Buhari Appoints Officials For Persons With Disabilities Commission
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Buhari Appoints Officials For Persons With Disabilities Commission

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday, approved the composition of the governing council of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities. He also appointed Mr James Lalu as the commission’s Executive Secretary. These were contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. The statement was titled “President Buhari approves appointment of chairman, members of council and Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons With Disabilities.” The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Governing Council and appointment of Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in line with the Discrimination Against Persons wit...

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