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65,000 People On The Run In North-East After Boko Haram Attack – U.N.
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65,000 People On The Run In North-East After Boko Haram Attack – U.N.

Up to 65,000 people in northeastern Nigeria are on the run after an attack by armed groups on Wednesday in which 8 people were killed and at least a dozen injured, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday. "Following the latest attack on Wednesday 14 April, the third in just seven days, up to 80 per cent of the town’s population —which includes the local community and internally displaced people— were forced to flee," Babar Baloch of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a Geneva briefing. Local officials and a resident said on Wednesday that suspected Islamists attacked the northeast Nigerian border town of Damasak, killing at least eight people and causing hundreds to flee to neighbouring Niger.
Gombe State Government Appoints Danladi Sanusi As Mai Tangale, Despite Protests
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Gombe State Government Appoints Danladi Sanusi As Mai Tangale, Despite Protests

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has appointed Malam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba as the Mai Tangale. The vacant stool was occasioned by the death of Dr. Abdu Buba Mausharu, the 15th Mai Tangale and only Christian monarch in the North-East, last month. The selection process turned violent with three persons killed and property worth millions of naira destroyed in Billiri Local Government Area of Gombe State as the crisis over the appointment of a new Mai Tangale deepened. The residents and indigenes several times insisted on the choice of Dr. Musa Idris Maiyamba, a position the State Government isn't very comfortable with, instead preferring a Muslim, as alleged. To forestall further crisis, the Gombe State Government had declared a curfew and suspended the appoint...
Buhari’s effort on security is not good enough – Katsina senator
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Buhari’s effort on security is not good enough – Katsina senator

Senator representing Katsina north, Ahmed Baba Kaita has lashed out at President Buhari over the level of insecurity being witnessed in the country.   Speaking at a plenary session on Tuesday December 1, Kaita pointed out the need for reassessment of the effort of the military in combating the insurgency in the north-east.   He said;   “It (insecurity) is now facing us eyeball to eyeball, we have to sit down with this military and reassess their performance in the north-east. “Day in day out, same scenarios keep repeating themselves, then something is fundamentally wrong. If we allow this go, let’s be ready for another mourning. “Despite the efforts of the federal government on the security issues of Nigeria – I totally believe the president is doing hi...
Boss Mustapha got away with it
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Boss Mustapha got away with it

Who is the Presidency?” Remember that arrogant retort which the disgraced former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Babachir Lawal, fired back at reporters when they informed him that his suspension had just been announced by the Presidency back in April 2017? To understand this question better you need to know that the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation is equivalent to the Cabinet Office in the Parliamentary system. It is the engine room of the Federal Government. It is sometimes called The Presidency. Babachir was not a figurehead occupant of that office. He was deeply entrenched in the Buhari system (still is, evidence of which will be shown shortly). Perhaps, that question meant: if I am suspended should I not know before you? The su...
General Buhari was more democratic than President Buhari
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General Buhari was more democratic than President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari was Military Head of State from 1984-85. His claimed principles including a zero-tolerance for corruption and fierce patriotism in that era partly propelled his return as a two-term elected – not necessarily democratically elected – President. He encapsulates Karl Marx’s assertion  that: “History repeats itself; first as a tragedy, then, as  farce.” He was known as a tough and determined general who as the    General Officer Commanding the Third Division in Jos, without permission, led troops to clear Chadian troops who had occupied some Nigerian islands in the Lake Chad area. Tragically, as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, he has in the past five years Nigeria, presided over a country under continuous Islamist terrorist attack...
Boko Haram: God Uses Insurgency To Punish You For Sins Against Igbo – Ohanaeze Tells Northerners
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Boko Haram: God Uses Insurgency To Punish You For Sins Against Igbo – Ohanaeze Tells Northerners

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, OYC, has said that the insurgency ravaging the North East is a reward of the sins committed against the Igbo 50 years ago by the North during the civil war. The OYC also hailed the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who yesterday said that God was using the insurgency to punish Nigerians for their Sins. OYC position was contained in a statement signed and made available to DAILY POST on Friday by its President-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and its Secretary-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike. “OYC insists that why insurgents are ravaging the North is based on the sins committed against Igbos 50 years ago during the BIAFRA war by mostly Northern Military leaders,” the group said. The group maintained that Northern leaders witnessed ...
Otedola Donates N5 Billion For North-east Intervention Through Cuppy Foundation
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Otedola Donates N5 Billion For North-east Intervention Through Cuppy Foundation

Business mogul, Femi Otedola, has donated the sum of N5bn to the Cuppy Foundation, a philanthropic project of his daughter, Florence Otedola, popularly known as DJ Cuppy. Mr Otedola, who was represented by another one of his daughters, Tolani, made the announcement during the ‘Gold Gala’, an event by his daughter at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, on Sunday evening, to a standing ovation from guests in attendance. Tolani said, “My father, Mr Femi Otedola, has been at the forefront of supporting worthy causes. It is in this spirit that he will be donating the sum of N5bn to the children of Borno, Adamawa and Katsina through Save the Children.” Among the guests were Vice-President Yemi Osinbjao; CEO, Save the Children, UK, Kevin Watkins; Mr Femi Otedola; entrepreneur, Hajia Bola Shag...
PDP Denies Zoning 2023 Presidential Ticket
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PDP Denies Zoning 2023 Presidential Ticket

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied reports in a section of the media suggesting that it plots to retain the zoning of its presidential slot in the North East and South East. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, addressing a news conference on Sunday in Abuja, described the reports as mere speculation. Mr Ologbondiyan said those behind the reports were political terrorists whose plan was to mislead the public and cause disaffection within the ranks of the PDP with the hope of using such fabrications to further their own selfish political ambitions. He urged all PDP members and supporters to ignore those seeking to cause disaffection in the party’s ranks. “The PDP states categorically that our governors are not divided along any lines of ambitio...
Nigeria Air Force To Get 3 JF17 Fighter Aircraft From Pakistani Air Force
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Nigeria Air Force To Get 3 JF17 Fighter Aircraft From Pakistani Air Force

The counter-terrorism operation in the North East is set to receive a boost, as plans have been concluded for the induction of three J70 fighter aircraft into the inventory of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). The disclosure was made Monday by the Pakistani Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, during a visit to the headquarters of the NAF in Abuja. This was as the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said contemporary security challenges across the world, require partnership and synergy between and among services. Addressing journalists after the open session, the Pakistani CAS disclosed that his visit to the NAF headquarters, was to strengthen collaboration between the two Air Forces in the areas of training, joint exercises, equipment and ...
Igbos Voted Atiku, Why Demand SFG From Buhari? – Northern Group Mocks Ohanaeze
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Igbos Voted Atiku, Why Demand SFG From Buhari? – Northern Group Mocks Ohanaeze

The Coalition of North-Central Youth in Politics (CNYP) on Sunday lambasted South east leaders under the aegis of Ohanaeze Ndigbo for asking President Muhammadu Buhari to give the zone Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) slot. This was contained in a communique signed by Alhassan Mohammed, the Convener and Hon. Aliyu Musa, the Secretary, after an emergency meeting held in Abuja. The group said: “It is not news that Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was not just endorsed by this group of Igbos but posted a stellar performance in the South eastern states, recording 85 per cent votes in Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia and Anambra States. “This clearly shows that the Ibo rejected the progressives path, thereby pitching tent with the ...
State governors fuel insecurity to raise their security votes – EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, alleges
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State governors fuel insecurity to raise their security votes – EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, alleges

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has accused some state governors  of deliberately fueling insecurity in their states so as to increase their security votes. The EFCC boss made this allegation when he spoke at the induction programme for returning and newly-elected state governors held at the Presidential Villa. “We have also seen evidence of theft of public resources by some state governors –  cashing in on the insecurity in their states. Insecurity has also offered the required oxygen for corruption to thrive as evident in the $2.1bn arms procurement scandal involving top military commanders both serving and retired.” Magu said The acting EFCC chairman pointed out that corruption has in no small measure aided the spread of insurgency...
Presidency lists Buhari’s achievements as first tenure ends, previews second term.
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Presidency lists Buhari’s achievements as first tenure ends, previews second term.

The presidency on Saturday reviewed some achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari. In an article titled “Looking back, and looking forward” Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, recalled what his principal promised and fulfilled. He wrote: “When the government took the reins of power in May 2015, the security of the country was in tatters. Insurgents ran riot, and bombs went off like firecrackers in many parts of the country. North-west, North-east, North-central, including the Federal Capital Territory, were beleaguered. The insurgents were on their way to the southern part, and the whole country would have become history. “But the tested retired Army General took the war to Boko Haram. Stressing that you can’t efficiently manage a country un...
Buratai Explains Why Army Created Female Corps
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Buratai Explains Why Army Created Female Corps

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has explained that the Nigerian Army Women Corps (NAWC) concept was to harness the potentials of female officers and soldiers to build a force ready to support army operations and engagements. Buratai stated this on Tuesday in Jos, in a keynote address at the maiden “Nigerian Army Women Corps Training Week.” He noted that events in the country had shown the imperatives of constantly improving security apparatus which was one of the major policy thrust of the current administration. This, he said underscored the need to get all hands on deck, irrespective of gender to strengthen the security of the country. “This calls for adequate training facilities and strategies to improve the fighting efficiency of all military units. ...
Lawan, Ndume, Goje Shift Battleground To PDP Camp
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Lawan, Ndume, Goje Shift Battleground To PDP Camp

As the battle for the leadership of the Senate intensifies ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly in June, the camps of the senators-elect seeking to take over the leadership of the Red Chamber have shifted their attention to opposition members. Already, the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has settled for one of the aspirants and current Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe) as its choice for the Senate top job. However, Senator Ali Ndume (APC,Borno), himself a former Senate leader, has vowed to go against his party and contest the position. Another senator said to be eyeing the position is Danjuma Goje who is said to be working from behind the scenes to achieve his ambition. We gathered that with the party, APC, already in favour of Senator Lawan, the c...
Gaya Joins Race For Deputy Senate Presidency As Group Roots For Goje.
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Gaya Joins Race For Deputy Senate Presidency As Group Roots For Goje.

  A ranking senator on the platform of the All Progressives Congress from Kano State, Kabiru Gaya, on Thursday formally declared his intention to contest the position of deputy president in the ninth Senate. In the same vein, the North East Amalgamated Youths stormed the National Assembly on Thursday, urging the senator representing Gombe Central Senatorial District, Danjuma Goje, to declare his interest in Senate presidency without further delay. Gaya, a fourth-time senator and chairman, Senate Committee on Works, said he was vying for deputy Senate presidency because he is the most ranking senator from the North West geopolitical zone. He also explained that the zone ought to produce the deputy Senate president since the zone gave the highest votes to President Muham...
APC Leadership Reveals Zoning Plan For Senate Presidency, Speaker, and others
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APC Leadership Reveals Zoning Plan For Senate Presidency, Speaker, and others

The Leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will zone the position of Senate President of the 9th National Assembly to the North- East, while the Speaker of the House of Representatives will be zoned to the South-West, as gathered. The National Working Committee (NWC), of the party decided and spoke through one of its members to news correspondent on Monday, said the party “will stick to the same zoning formula it adopted in 2015 before it was thwarted by some rebellious APC lawmakers who teamed up with their colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Originally, the APC had penciled Senator Ahmad Lawan, the current Senate Leader, who hails from the North-East for the position of Senate President while Femi Gbajabiamila from the South-West was positioned for the Spea...
Ndume Opens Up On Why APC Got A High Number Of Votes In North-East
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Ndume Opens Up On Why APC Got A High Number Of Votes In North-East

Sen. Ali Ndume, (APC-Borno South) says the relative peace in the North East contributed to the high number of votes President Muhammadu Buhari got in the area in Saturday’s presidential election. Ndume, stated this on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while speaking with State House Correspondents shortly after a visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. He said, however, that he had a higher expectation than what the party got in the North East. The North East Director of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council said the postponement of the election negatively affected the turnout of voters in the area. “First of all, let me say that in 2015, we delivered close to half a million votes for the president in Borno; giving him up 95 per cent. “I...
Military Lifts Suspension Of UNICEF In North-east Over Alleged Sabotage
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Military Lifts Suspension Of UNICEF In North-east Over Alleged Sabotage

Earlier today, The Nigerian Army has said it is suspending the operations of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund in the North-East theatre until further notice. It alleges that UNICEF had shifted from “its duty of catering to the wellbeing of children and the vulnerable through humanitarian activities and now engages in training selected persons for clandestine activities.” Sequel to intervention by well meaning and concerned Nigerians over the recent suspension of UNICEF operations in the North East theatre of operations,Naija Politico got to know that the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE convened and held an emergency meeting with representatives of UNICEF this evening. During the meeting, the Theatre Command admonished the representatives of the ...
Nigerian Army Discovers New Terrorist Group In North-East
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Nigerian Army Discovers New Terrorist Group In North-East

The Nigerian Army has uncovered a new terrorist group, Jama’atu Nus’ratul-Islami Wal-Muslimina, believed to be operating in the North-East of the country, and vowed to fight the group with “advanced technologies.”   The army in a statement said it had also identified the leader of the new group as Abul-Fadl Iyad Gali, adding that the existence of the group “portends grave danger to Nigeria’s national security.”   The Army also said its troops also killed an Islamic State of West Africa Province media chief, Sale Ahmad, also known as Baban Hassan, in a joint operation with the Nigerian Air Force. According to the army, ISWAP is a faction of Boko Haram, directly affiliated to the Islamic State and has attacked military troops and civilians in recent times. The state...
Don’t Vote For APC – Atiku Tells North-East People
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Don’t Vote For APC – Atiku Tells North-East People

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called on the people of the North East geopolitical zone not to vote for APC in the 2019 general elections. The former Vice President made the call on Saturday during a reunion with his supporters upon return to his home state, The Punch reports. During the union, Umaru Fintiri, the PDP governorship candidate for Adamawa was presented to the electorate. He called on the people of North East to uproot the APC out of the region. He said the people of the North East had a chance to regain political prominence in the country by voting his party, the PDP in the 2019 general elections from bottom to the top. Abubakar said, “We thank God for this home coming which has afforded me the opportunity...
Women In The North-East Now Use Sand, Ashes During Menstrual Cycle – Mama Boko Haram Laments
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Women In The North-East Now Use Sand, Ashes During Menstrual Cycle – Mama Boko Haram Laments

Aisha Wakil, popularly called Mama Boko Haram has lamented the harsh effect of Boko Haram insurgency on women in Borno State. Mama Boko Haram revealed that many women now used ashes and sand in place of sanitary pad during their monthly menstrual cycle. Wakil disclosed this during her advocacy visit to Emir of Kano, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi, According to her, Boko Haram insurgency had greatly affected the North East region, especially women and children. She said: “One of the effects of insurgency is that women and girls are using sand and ashes in place of sanitary pad for their menses and this is unhygienic and unhealthy for women and girls. “Menstrual pad is a luxury for poor women in Borno.” She added that: “Strange as it may sound but poor women and girls in community an...
German Military Pledges Support For Nigerian Army To Combat Insurgency
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German Military Pledges Support For Nigerian Army To Combat Insurgency

German Armed Forces has pledged their support for the Nigerian Army in the fight against insurgency. The German Armed Forces General Staff College who paid a courtesy visit to the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division of the Nigerian Army in Victoria Island, Lagos expressed concerns over the recent challenges in the country, especially in the area of insurgency, pipeline vandalism, and kidnapping. The leader of the delegation, Col. Thorsten Schutz, while speaking with journalists, said the visit to the GOC, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, was also to learn how Nigeria coped with its crisis in the North East. Schutz also told journalists that media portrayal of the country was one dominated by both economic struggles and crisis especially in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. He...
2019: Stakeholders Endorse Dogara, PMB For Re-election
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2019: Stakeholders Endorse Dogara, PMB For Re-election

Stakeholders from Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Local Government Areas of Bauchi state have endorsed Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, as well as President Muhammadu Buhari for re-election, come 2019.   Addressing a press conference at Nigeria Union of Journalists Secretariat (NUJ) late Monday evening, leader of the stakeholders who is the Turakin Dass, Isiaka Suleiman said the decision to endorse Buhari and Dogara was taken after critical and in-depth performance assessment and due consultations with the people of Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro local government areas irrespective of political affiliations. According to him, “Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara has performed exceptionally excellent in delivering the dividends of democracy not only to his consti...
“I Have Fulfilled On My Major Promises” – President Buhari
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“I Have Fulfilled On My Major Promises” – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday visited Yola where he insisted that he had fulfilled major promises made to electorate during his political campaign. Buhari, who paid homage to Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo at his palace, said that the fight against corruption and maintaining peace and security were among the priorities of his administration. “We appreciate security progress in the North East and the country at large. He explained also that economic development has improved, especially in the area of agriculture. “We are lucky that for the past two years farmers across the country experienced excellent harvests,” Buhari said. He said that Federal Ministry Of Agriculture and Central Bank of Nigeria would continue to support famers in years to come in order to...
Broadband Infrastructure: NCC Approves Two New Licences For South-East, North-East
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Broadband Infrastructure: NCC Approves Two New Licences For South-East, North-East

The Telecoms sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, on Wednesday announced the approval of two additional infrastructure company (Infraco) licences for two operators. The NCC Spokesperson, Tony Ojobo said the new licences were approved by the board of the commission to help deepen broadband penetration in the country. The two new licencees are Zinox Technology Limited for the South-east and Brinks Integrated Solutions Limited for North-east region. Mr. Ojobo said the new licenses brings to four the number of Infracos licences so far approved by the Board. Over a year ago, MainOne Cable Company Limited, was licenced to provide services in the Lagos area, while IHS got its licence to cover the North-central geopolitical zone, including the Federal Capital ...
Buhari Blows Hot Over Killings, Kidnappings In Nigeria
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Buhari Blows Hot Over Killings, Kidnappings In Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has affirmed that his government would no longer tolerate killings and kidnappings for ransom by armed gangs in the country. The President stated this yesterday, in Port Harcourt, while declaring open the Ninth General Assembly of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), with the theme: “Community Policing as a Catalyst to Crime Prevention: The Role of Traditional Rulers.” He was represented by the Minister of Interior, Abduraham Dambazau. Buhari said, “I am very worried and saddened about the persistent killings and kidnappings happening in our country, especially the wastage of innocent lives in different parts of the country by whatever means it is done, particularly in Benue State. “I have, therefore, directed that no effort ...
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Fulani Herdsmen: Army Sets Up Cattle Ranch In Abuja

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, says the government’s efforts at achieving national security, including the fight against insurgency in the North-East, would be meaningless without food security.   Buratai made the disclosure during the presentation of farm implements and items by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh to the Nigerian Army in Abuja.   The General explained that the Army was investing in livestock, fisheries, poultry and other aspects of agriculture, and that so far, the Army boasts of about 1,000 herds of cattle in its ranches in different formations across the country.   He said, “The army is going beyond carrying arms in the affected areas to ensure security, they are playing active role in...
VP Yemi Osinbajo Inaugurates AfDB Country Office
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VP Yemi Osinbajo Inaugurates AfDB Country Office

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday inaugurated the Country Office of the African Development Bank and hailed the banks $6bn portfolio in Nigeria which enhanced job creation. Osinbajo said he was particularly delighted that the bank was working closely with the administration in addressing the challenges of the people emerging from an insurgency in the North East and militancy in the Niger Delta. According to him, the Bank’s portfolio was spread across 73 projects across the country. “The Bank’s inclusive basic delivery and livelihood empowerment integrated programme aimed at addressing the challenges in the North East, in particular, is commendable. “The project will support youth, women and IDPs who have returned to their communities. “An estimated population of more ...
The South Is A Threat To Nigeria’s Democracy, By SKC Ogbonnia
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The South Is A Threat To Nigeria’s Democracy, By SKC Ogbonnia

The Hand Shake Across the Niger summit has come and gone. Though the event was fraught with strategic shortfalls, the move ought to be encouraged by all, because disunity in Southern Nigeria has been a stumbling block to Nigeria’s democracy. Here is why and how: A definite problem that dogged Nigerian democracy for ages was a lack of dynamic opposition due to prefoliation of political parties. This phenomenon contributed to systemic dictatorship and, by consequence, a history of power abuse. The god of democracy came to the rescue by provoking the creation of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Unfortunately, however, the desired outcome has been elusive because of another dimension of dictatorship in the form of primordial ethnic tyranny. The gist is that disunity in Southern Ni...
2019 Elections Watch: Oyegun Deserves A Second Chance – Northern Leaders
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2019 Elections Watch: Oyegun Deserves A Second Chance – Northern Leaders

Prominent leaders in the North West on Wednesday gave a green signal to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, urging him to put forward his candidacy for the post of national chairman of the ruling party. “We are enthusiastically encouraging Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to run again as chairman. It is for the good of the party” the leaders said. They also predicted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would meet a contest of its life in 2019 as it would suffer a humiliating electoral defeat in February and March. At a meeting in Sokoto, the leaders argued that Oyegun had achieved a lot and deserved a second term. “Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has capacity to lead the APC into election in 2019” They described the John Odigie-Oyegun...
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BREAKING: Many Feared Dead, Kidnapped In Adamawa As Boko Haram Strikes Again

Many people were feared dead and others abducted on Tuesday in a fresh attack by Boko Haram insurgents on Pallam community in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa, local officials and residents have said. The attack came barely a week after the terrorists launched a similar attack on neighbouring Wanu, Kamale and Kafin Hausa communities of Michika and Madagali areas. Pallam is the hometown of the Deputy Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Emmanuel Tsamdu. Fleeing residents said the onslaught lasted for about five hours. “They sneaked into our town Pallam, midnight at about 11 p.m., and started shooting sporadically, killing and burning houses. They (Boko Haram) abducted some of our people mostly men. “I escaped by the whiskers and fled into a nearby hiding p...
Boko Haram: Nigeria, Cameroon Military Operation Ongoing In North-East
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Boko Haram: Nigeria, Cameroon Military Operation Ongoing In North-East

A joint military operation involving the armed forces of Nigeria and those of the Republic of Cameroon is currently going on in the North-East, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali ,has said. Dan-Ali made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen after the Juma’at service at the National Mosque, Abuja, to mark the 2018 Armed Forces Day. He said that the joint operation was aimed at flushing out remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists. “In the North-East, I can say we have made great success. As I am talking to you, there is an operation going on between Nigeria and Cameroon,’’ the minister said. He called on other neighbouring countries to collaborate with Nigeria in routing the insurgents. The minister pledged the readiness of the military to continue to defend the terri...
Displaced Persons Laud PCNI Free Medical Intervention In Borno
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Displaced Persons Laud PCNI Free Medical Intervention In Borno

Some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri have lauded the free medical programme initiated by the Presidential Committee for North-East Initiative (PCNI). PCNI had conducted a 7-day free medical treatment for 2, 000 persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in Maiduguri, the host community. A cross section of the beneficiaries who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Maiduguri, described the gesture as commendable, noting that it had improved their health status. Malam Kaka Ali, one of the beneficiaries, said that he was treated of cataract disease in the exercise held at the Moloi General Hospital, Maiduguri. “I could barely see before due to impaired vision. I regained my vision after the surgical operation. “They examined my eyes and treat...
We Will Protect The Poor, Helpless Says VP Osinbajo
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We Will Protect The Poor, Helpless Says VP Osinbajo

Laolu Akande, Abuja: I am especially honoured to be here to join family and friends of our departed heroes to mark this day when we remember the incredible sacrifices they made on the field of battle. Every one of the men and women of our armed forces killed in battle took a decision that they were prepared to lay down their lives for flag and country. Those promises were tested and found to have been faithfully made. Many died in circumstances so terrifying and horrifying. But the greatest loss is of the families they left behind, wives, husbands, children, siblings and sometimes parents. So death is a test not for the dead but for the living. It is the living that must bear the pain of shattered hopes. The many children who will miss the special moments in their lives, one parent w...
Don’t Politicise Herdsmen ’s Killings, Says Osinbajo
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Don’t Politicise Herdsmen ’s Killings, Says Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday warned that the killings allegedly by herdsmen should not be politicised. He said a political interpretation could ignite unprecedented crises. Osinbajo cautioned that under no condition should Nigerians allow anyone to create a religious crisis. Osinbajo sounded the warning during an inter-denominational church service to mark the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration at the National Christian Centre in Abuja. The vice president said due to the prevailing circumstance regarding the violence and loss of lives in parts of the country, President Buhari had ordered the police and the armed forces to deal decisively with the situation and ensure that the perpetrators were found and punished. He recalled that it was the politicisatio...
Handle Herdsmen Attacks Like Boko Haram, Civil Society Tells Buhari
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Handle Herdsmen Attacks Like Boko Haram, Civil Society Tells Buhari

Two civil society groups – Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership – on Wednesday said Buhari-led Federal Government had not shown enough determination to stamp out killer herdsmen as it is doing to the Boko Haram insurgents. The CDHR President, Malachy Ugwummadu, said, “These killings call for the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari and the military who is over-celebrating the measured victory over the Boko Haram insurgents. “It is a call to the President and the government of the All Progressives Congress that as they are tackling insurgency in the North-East, they must also pay serious attention to other variants of violence, which are culminating in daily extra-judicial killings by ways of the herdsmen’s attacks. “Se...
Boko Haram Leader, Shekau Releases New Video, Responds To Buhari’s New Year message
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Boko Haram Leader, Shekau Releases New Video, Responds To Buhari’s New Year message

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, on Tuesday released a new video, claiming responsibility for a number of attacks in North East Nigeria during the festive season. It is Shekau’s video in many months, amid claims from the Nigerian government, that the insurgent group has been defeated. “We are in good health and nothing has happened to us,” Shekau said in the 31-minute video message spoken in the Hausa language. “Nigerian troops, police and those creating mischief against us can’t do anything against us, and you will gain nothing. “We carried out the attacks in Maiduguri, in Gamboru, in Damboa. We carried out all these attacks,” he said. The video then shows footage from a Christmas Day attack on a military checkpoint in Molai village on the outskirts of the northeast Nige...
We Didn’t Meet Nigerians’ Expectations On Economy, APC Confesses
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We Didn’t Meet Nigerians’ Expectations On Economy, APC Confesses

THE national leadership of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) led by Odigie Oyegun at the weekend  admitted that  the government was yet to bmeet the expectations of Nigerians, particularly on the economic front. The party in its New Year message, entitled, New Year: Let’s Build a New Nigeria Together, appraised its electoral promises on fight against corruption, insurgency and revamping the economy but scored itself low on restoration of the economy. In the statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, the ruling party said it was ‘’acutely aware of our current national challenges, particularly on the economy,’’ but further pleaded for the understanding of Nigerians in the new year. The statement read in part: ‘’Our great Party, the All Progressives Co...
2018: Buhari Promises Major Facelifts In Power, Rail, Roads
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2018: Buhari Promises Major Facelifts In Power, Rail, Roads

The Presidency on Saturday raised the hopes of Nigerians in the New Year with a pledge to ensure major facelifts in power, rail and roads, based on the present administration’s investment in infrastructure. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said this in a statement. Adesina listed some of the achievements of the present administration in the outgoing year and concluded that President Muhammadu Buhari had done well. “President Buhari’s investment in infrastructure will see major facelifts across the country in power, rail and roads, which have been scheduled to come on stream in 2018,” Adesina said. The presidential spokesman said it was appropriate to, at the twilight of 2017 and at the threshold of a New Year, recount some key achie...
Boko Haram: Saraki Lauds U.S. Government Over Sale Of Fighter Jets To Nigeria
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Boko Haram: Saraki Lauds U.S. Government Over Sale Of Fighter Jets To Nigeria

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has commended U.S. Government for its support for Nigeria’s bid to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East through the approval of sale of A29 Super Tucano fighter jets to Nigerian Air Force. Saraki gave the commendation in response to Wednesday’s announcement by Nigeria Air Force that the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, had presented Letters of Offer and Acceptance to Nigeria. This represents the official American government’s offer to sell defence articles and services to Nigeria during a visit to Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sidique Abubakar. In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, the president of the Senate said the development was a positive indication that Amer...
Buhari Winning War Against Corruption, Insurgency – Senator Boroffice
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Buhari Winning War Against Corruption, Insurgency – Senator Boroffice

The Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has been praised by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Sen. Ajayi Boroffice for its excellency in the ongoing anti-corruption war and silencing insurgency in the north east. The senator made the remark on Friday in an interview with newsmen in Abuja. Boroffice stated that despite the criticism by the previous administration, the Buhari – led government deserves the nation’s commendation and not condemnation. “Judging from the challenges this administration incurred, particularly in terms of insecurity and economic meltdown, I score it 90 per cent. “Of course it is not easy to fight insurgency within and outside your border. Insurgency in the North East is a serious problem. “No nation can stabilise with that level of insecu...
Buhari, Osinbajo Violate Nigerian Laws In New Board Appointments
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Buhari, Osinbajo Violate Nigerian Laws In New Board Appointments

President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, breached the provisions of the constitution in the recent reconstitution of the Board of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), PREMIUM TIMES can report. The duo also showed disregard for court processes by ignoring the pending suits on the dissolution of the former Board of CCB at the Court of Appeal and the National Industrial Court (NIC). Mr. Buhari had, on November 29, forwarded the names of 10 nominees and copies of their curriculum vitae to the Senate for confirmation. The nominees and their states of origin are Muhammad Isah (Jigawa State, North West) who will serve as chairman; Murtala Kankia (Katsina, North West); Emmanuel Attah (Rivers, South-South); Danjuma Sado (Edo, South-South); and Ubolo Okpanachi (Kogi, North Central)....
Boko Haram: UN Says $1.1 Billion Needed For Humanitarian Assistance In 2018
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Boko Haram: UN Says $1.1 Billion Needed For Humanitarian Assistance In 2018

The Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. Edward Kollon has said that the sum of $ 1.1 billion is needed for the humanitarian assistance in the North-east Nigeria in the year 2018. He, therefore, called on the International donors to see to the funding of the programme to ensure return of peace in the northeast. Mr. Edwaerd Kallon said the North-east Nigeria humanitarian crisis where 1.6 million people were displaced is the fifth largest humanitarian crisis in the world. “I call on the Nigerian Government to take the ownership and leadership in the humanitarian crisis. “The only solution to the crisis in the North-east is peace, without peace there is no development. I believe Nigeria will not afford to fail,” he added. According to him, 1.6 peop...
BREAKING: Govs Okay $1bn From Excess Crude Account For Anti-Terrorism War
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BREAKING: Govs Okay $1bn From Excess Crude Account For Anti-Terrorism War

The National Economic Council on Thursday asked the Federal Government to withdraw  $1bn from the  $2.3bn currently in the Excess Crude Account and use it to fight insurgency in the North East. The decision was taken at a meeting of the council presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The council chaired by the Vice-President has all state governors as members. Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki,  disclosed the decision to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting. Obaseki said council members expected that the money would be spent on the purchase of security equipment, procurement of intelligence and logistics, among others. Details later
Update On Presidential Committee On The North-East Initiative 2nd Week Of December
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Update On Presidential Committee On The North-East Initiative 2nd Week Of December

Alkasim Abdulkadir, Maiduguri: On December 8, the Senate Committee on Special Duties paid a visit to the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative. The PCNI Chairman Lt. Gen. T.Y. Danjuma who was presented by the Vice Chair, Tijjani M. Tumsah received the senators and disclosed that PCNI was forging ahead with its mandate of rehabilitating the victims of insurgency in the Northeast and has established a strategic framework to tackle challenges in the region. In response, the visiting Chairman of the Senate Committee on Special Duties, Senator Abdulaziz Murtala Nyako, said that the legislature was happy with PCNI’s framework of tackling challenges in the Northeast. He pledged that the Senate would not rest on its oars until victims of insurgency are fully settled. The lawmaker who...
FG Alleges Campaign Of Calumny Against Military
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FG Alleges Campaign Of Calumny Against Military

Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai looks on at the headquaters of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, Borno State in northcentral Nigeria, on October 4, 2017.The United Kingdom is providing expert training to the Nigerian military in helping to develop the skills necessary to tackle the terror threat of Boko Haram in North East Nigeria. Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency began in 2009 and has killed at least 20,000 and forced more than 2.6 million from their homes. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI• Denies Buratai Was Ambushed The Federal Government has raised the alarm over an alleged campaign of calumny against the leadership of the Nigerian military, “aimed at smearing the efforts of the government at fighting Boko Haram terrorists.” It said the perpetrators wanted to cre...
Yobe Govt To Reconstruct At Least Five Schools In 2018
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Yobe Govt To Reconstruct At Least Five Schools In 2018

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam said this on Friday shortly after inspecting the Government Secondary School, Nangere, where complete reconstruction and equipping of the school was carried out. He also commended the various projects carried out in the school which include classrooms, student hostels, staff quarters, laboratories, and library among others. The Governor, who lamented the devastation in the education sector caused by the Boko Haram terrorists, said about five schools would be awarded for complete reconstruction and equipping promised that in the 2018 fiscal year. According to him, this would help to provide a conducive environment for academic activities for the future leaders. “This administration has earmarked between five to six schools for complete reconstruction and equippin...
Filling Stations Selling Fuel Above Pump Price Risk Paying N275 Per Litre As Punishment – DPR
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Filling Stations Selling Fuel Above Pump Price Risk Paying N275 Per Litre As Punishment – DPR

Executive Secretary of Department of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Modecai Ladan, has warned that filling stations that hoard fuel or sell above pump price will be sanctioned. “Sanctions await filling stations found compromising the dispensing process, as such filling stations may be shut down or charged N275 per litre,” Ladan warned. Ladan, added that any filling station found hoarding products would either be sealed or its product auctioned or dispensed free-of-charge to consumers. Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, Ladan said that, depending on the offence, defaulters might have their filling stations shut down for six months or be blacklisted. Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, explains that the major cause of the fuel scarcity currently bein...
Suspected Kikan Youths Kill 30 Herdsmen In Adamawa
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Suspected Kikan Youths Kill 30 Herdsmen In Adamawa

No fewer than 30 herdsmen have been allegedly killed by suspected youths in Kikan community in Numan local government area of Adamawa State. Police in the state said the herdsmen were gruesomely murdered. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Othman Abubakar, told journalists that the state command has commenced investigation. He disclosed that many women and children were targeted and killed in the attack. Also confirming the killings, the chairman of Miyetti Allah in the North East, Mafindi Danburam said about 65 people were killed, adding that women and children dominate numbers of the victims. Mafindi however said they had so far buried 45 victims. Meanwhile, a government delegation led by the state Deputy Governor Martins Babale has visited the scene of the att...

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