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Father Mbaka Admits Discussing Contract with Buhari, says it was a ‘contract of Securing the Country’
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Father Mbaka Admits Discussing Contract with Buhari, says it was a ‘contract of Securing the Country’

Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka has admitted discussing contract with the Buhari-led administration after being called out by the presidency for reportedly being livid after being asked to go through the due process. Addressing congregants in Enugu on Sunday May 2, Mbaka said he met Buhari for a “contract of securing the country” during his first administration. He said;  “When they talked about giving Father Mbaka contracts, I don’t want to talk about that, I was laughing. It is a laughable, childish accusation. Whoever is saying that is a shame to himself and shame to the people he is representing. The three men he talked about, I am not here to defend anybody’s stupid allegation, but God used that man to tell the world that Buhari’s government is not giving me money. “Shehu, may God ...
Buhari: Goodluck Jonathan’s media office reports Fr Mbaka to Pope Francis
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Buhari: Goodluck Jonathan’s media office reports Fr Mbaka to Pope Francis

Reno Omokri, on behalf of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s media office, has written Catholic pontiff, Pope Francis, reporting Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka to leadership of the church. Recall that Rev. Mbaka had last week asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign forthwith or be impeached by the House of representatives. In response, the Presidency, through Garba Shehu, a senior special assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, accused the revered priest of making the call now because he was refused a contract by Buhari. The clergyman is yet to directly respond to the allegations made by the President’s spokesman. But some of his associates have challenged Garba Shehu to reply to the priest’s comments on Buhari and the insecurity in Nigeria. According to them, the alle...
We Are Determined To End Criminality, Violence In Nigeria – Babagana Monguno
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We Are Determined To End Criminality, Violence In Nigeria – Babagana Monguno

Apparently alarmed by the atrocities unleashed on the nation and its citizens by criminals, the Presidency on Friday vowed to do all within its powers to end the cycle of violence and restore peace and stability nationwide. This assurance came at the end of a crucial enlarged security meeting called at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Friday in the wake of rising security challenges in the land, which have threatened national unity and peace. Although the Presidency adjourned the meeting till Tuesday next week to take further briefings from concerned security heads and agencies, the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno, said in a terse statement made available to Vanguard that Nigerian security agencies were set to put a...
Buhari’s Refusal to Give Mbaka Contracts as Compensation for Supporting him has been Eating him up – Presidency
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Buhari’s Refusal to Give Mbaka Contracts as Compensation for Supporting him has been Eating him up – Presidency

The Presidency has finally reacted to the Father Ejike Mbaka's call for President Buhari's impeachment or resignation over the widespread insecurity experienced in the country. Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu in a statement released on behalf of the presidency on Friday April 30, said an outsider would be surprised that after supporting the President two times to win the Presidency, Father Mbaka made a complete U-Turn asking President Buhari to resign or be impeached. According to Shehu, Buhari's refusal to give Mbaka contracts as compensation for supporting him has been eating him up. The statement read; An outsider distilling the avalanche of verbiage, will be surprised that after supporting the President two times to win the Presidency, Father Mbaka has made a comple...
Benue Killings: Governor Ortom sees the problem of others and not his – Presidency
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Benue Killings: Governor Ortom sees the problem of others and not his – Presidency

The Presidency has fired back at Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State after he called out President Buhari over the killing of some people in an IDP camp in the state on April 27. Governor Ortom who angrily reacted to the killing, accused President Buhari of "just working for Fulanis to take over the whole country." The Governor also lamented that no fewer than 70 people have been killed in the last two weeks in three local governments in the Benue State. He said at that time; “What is happening now, to me, is very clear; Mr President is just working for these Fulanis to take over the whole country. “His body language is what is being played out. The body language, the action and inaction of Mr. President shows that he is only the President of Fulani people; I have known this...
Buhari’s Government Now Employer, Defender Of Terrorists, Bandits – Fayose
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Buhari’s Government Now Employer, Defender Of Terrorists, Bandits – Fayose

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has described as appalling, the present situation of Nigeria, where the Presidency has become the employer and defender of Boko Haram terrorists and armed bandits. The former governor, who also called on Nigerians to restrict their movements to avoid falling victims of terrorists, who have taken over the entire country, expressed concern that nowhere is safe in the country. Fayose said in a statement on Sunday, by his Media Aide, Lere Olayinka, that the issue of Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami has further exposed the government’s hypocrisy and complicity, adding that “it is saddening and worrisome that spokesmen of the president were the ones going from one media house to another to defend someone who openl...
Pantami: Presidency’s Statement Confirms Sympathy For Terrorism – PDP
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Pantami: Presidency’s Statement Confirms Sympathy For Terrorism – PDP

April 23, 2021 Press Statement The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the statement by the Buhari Presidency, in which it shows a desperation to provide official cover to a terrorism apologist further confirms public and international apprehensions that the Buhari administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are patronizing acts of terrorism in our country. Nigerians were traumatized that the Presidency could mount a hopeless defence and justification for the actions of the exposed Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who had already confessed to supporting terrorist groups like al-Qaida and Taliban. It is instructive to note that this anti-people stance has heightened public anxiety that the Buhari Presidency is a haven for traitors who ...
Presidency’s Statement On Campaign Against Communications Minister, Isa Pantami
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Presidency’s Statement On Campaign Against Communications Minister, Isa Pantami

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENCY ON RECENT CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL ECONOMY Today, there is an unfortunate fashion in public discourse that makes leaders in politics, religion, and civil society liable in the present for every statement they have ever made in the past – no matter how long ago, and even after they have later rejected them. This insidious phenomenon seeks to cancel the careers of others on the basis of a thing they have said, regardless of when they said it. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is, currently, subject to a “cancel campaign” instigated by those who seek his removal. They do not really care what he may or may not have said some 20 years ago: that is merely the instrument they a...
Biafra: “Publish Names Of Those That Asked For Money” – IPOB Tells FG
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Biafra: “Publish Names Of Those That Asked For Money” – IPOB Tells FG

The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has reacted to the allegation by the Presidency that the renewed agitation for self determination in the South East was because the federal government had refused to share money to those behind the agitation. Recall the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Wednesday, April 21, shrugged off threats of Nigeria’s balkanisation by advocates of Biafra and Oduduwa Republics, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot be bullied into giving in to their demands. “President Buhari will pay no one. He is not going to pay and now it is clear that having ignored all of that, reasonable opinions are coming from those states and from those regions,” Garba Shehu disclosed. Reacting, the IPOB’s m...
‘You Can’t Intimidate Or Bully Buhari’ – Garba Shehu (Video)
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‘You Can’t Intimidate Or Bully Buhari’ – Garba Shehu (Video)

The Presidency on Tuesday criticised calls for secession noting that President Muhammadu Buhari will not be bullied. Addressing journalists during a media parley at the headquarters of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja, presidential spokesman Mr Garba Shehu said those advocating for secession are the problem of the country. He said that although the Federal Government is working to address challenges being faced in the country, those calling for secession and national conference are unelectable people who do not care for the nation’s democracy. “One thing with this president is, you can’t intimidate Buhari, you can’t bully him,” he said. “A lot of these people who are calling for secession, they are the problem of this country. And I am happy that reasonable opinions, voi...
No Official Update As Buhari Remains In UK After Two Weeks
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No Official Update As Buhari Remains In UK After Two Weeks

The presidency has remained mum over the return of President Muhammadu Buhari from London, the United Kingdom where he is currently undergoing a medical check-up. Recall that on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, exactly two weeks ago, the president departed Nigeria for London where he was expected to receive medical attention from his physician. Prior to his departure, a statement from the Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, stated that Buhari was expected to return to the country within the second week of April. According to Garba Shehu, the president “is due back in the country during the second week of April 2021.” Meanwhile, the second week ends today, April 15 without an update from the presidency regarding the president’s return. Recall that the president’s trip to the U...
APC Denies Zoning Presidency To The South, National Chairman To North
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APC Denies Zoning Presidency To The South, National Chairman To North

The Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has distanced itself from a zoning arrangement list in circulation. The zoning arrangement for major national elective offices and for positions in the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) allegedly released by the party went viral on social media. The purported arrangement was titled: “BREAKING: APC announces zoning arrangement ahead of 2023 election year. APC 2023 presidential ticket zoning and National Working Committee.” By the list the presidential ticket is zoned to South, Vice President – North, Senate President – South, Deputy Senate President – North while Speaker – North and Deputy Speaker – South. For the National Working Committee zoning, the list...
The Idea That Governor Yahaya Bello Should not Run for the Presidency is Absurd – FFK
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The Idea That Governor Yahaya Bello Should not Run for the Presidency is Absurd – FFK

Former Aviation Minister, Yahaya Bello, has described as ''absurd'' the idea that Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, should not run for the presidency. Bello who is a member of the APC has since signified interest to run for Presidency in 2023. In a tweet posted this morning, FFK said it is also absurd for some Nigerians to kick against the North Central producing the next democratically-elected president. His tweet reads ''The idea that Gov. Yahaya Bello should not run for the Presidency & that the NC zone, which has never produced a democratically-elected President,ought to settle for another position is absurd. Nigeria needs strong & decisive leadership, a generational change & a bridge-builder.''
Presidency, Malami Plot To Deport Atiku To Cameroon Over Presidential Ambition
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Presidency, Malami Plot To Deport Atiku To Cameroon Over Presidential Ambition

Political weights in the Presidency aided by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, are intensifying plans to drown Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s 2023 presidential ambition with a court order that would label him a citizen of Cameroon and ineligible for the contest. SaharaReporters gathered from top sources that the eventual plan of the Aso Rock conspirators and the AGF is to have Atiku deported to Cameroon, away from the country during the 2023 elections. Although the AGF has denied instituting any citizenship case against former Vice president Atiku, sources said Malami and his cohorts are acting through proxies and non-governmental organisations which are positioned to actualise the drowning of Atiku’s presidential ambition. “I can confir...
Buhari Cabal Organises Counter-Protest In London, To Pay £75 Per Participants
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Buhari Cabal Organises Counter-Protest In London, To Pay £75 Per Participants

The Presidency cabal, working with groups in the United Kingdom has planned to organise a counter-protest which will hold on Wednesday in support of President Muhammadu Buhari. SaharaReporters learnt that each participant will be “paid heavily.” It was learnt that every participant in the pro-Buhari rally will be paid £75 (about N40, 000) each – a protest which is being sponsored to quell the voices of Nigerians demanding that Buhari return home to attend to ballooning security and health crises in the country. “The Federal Government is organising a pro-Buhari rally in London for Wednesday. Those to take part will be paid heavily,” a source said. “I received a call from a close few nights ago, asking me to help get people that can attend a pro-Buhari rally because I have a...
Nigerians In UAE Are Financing Boko Haram Terrorists – Garba Shehu
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Nigerians In UAE Are Financing Boko Haram Terrorists – Garba Shehu

The Presidency has stated that its investigation revealed that some Nigerians in the United Arab Emirates were transferring money to the Boko Haram terrorists and financing their criminal activities in the country. The Presidency added that Bureau de Change operators are also in the chain of sending money to terrorists as they were the domestic agents. President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, stated this while appearing on Channels Television, adding that some Nigerians had already been arrested in connection with the financing of Boko Haram. Shehu said investigation was ongoing and the details would be shocking to Nigerians when they were made public to Nigerians. He said, “It is shocking to any Nigerian that places of worship and farmland are places where kil...
Medical trip: President Buhari should transfer power to Osinbajo – Dino Melaye
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Medical trip: President Buhari should transfer power to Osinbajo – Dino Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye has called on President Buhari to transfer power to his Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo as he travels to London for a medical check-up on Tuesday March 30. The Presidency had released a statement on Monday night, March 29, informing Nigerians that the President would be travelling to London, United Kingdom for medical check-up and would be back in the second week of April. Reacting to the news, Melaye in a tweet posted on his handle, asked the President to transfer power to the Vice President through a letter to the National Assembly. He urged that the president should do this before leaving the country today. “The president should transfer power to the Vice President through a letter to the National Assembly before leaving the country in-line with constitution...
Atiku Was Part Of Nigeria’s Rot, He Lacks Right To Criticise Buhari – Adesina
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Atiku Was Part Of Nigeria’s Rot, He Lacks Right To Criticise Buhari – Adesina

The Presidency on Sunday said former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar was one of those responsible for Nigeria’s sorry state and as such lacks the moral right to criticise President Muhammadu Buhari over the state of affairs of the nation today. Speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Sunday Politics, Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity said Nigerians shouldn’t take Atiku serious as records of the misgovernance of his tenure with former President Olusegun Obasanjo for eight years are still in the public domain. He said “The former Vice-President was in power for eight years, now he is in opposition to the government. You can’t take whatever he says as the gospel. The question is, when former vice-president Atiku Abubakar was in power with former...
2.1 Million Jobs Saved Under Economic Sustainability Plan – Laolu Akande
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2.1 Million Jobs Saved Under Economic Sustainability Plan – Laolu Akande

The Presidency, on Thursday, announced that with the release of about N288billion out of the N500 billion appropriated for COVID-19 intervention programmes under the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), at least 2.1 million jobs have been saved. A statement issued by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity Office of the Vice President, said the jobs include new ones created, while over 4000 kilometres of federal and rural roads are at least 30% completed since the commencement of the ESP. The statement said Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who presided over Thursday’s meeting of the ESP at the presidential villa, Abuja, noted that considerable progress recorded. He affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to look out for the Nigerian pe...
Why Aisha Buhari Returned To Nigeria After Months In Dubai
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Why Aisha Buhari Returned To Nigeria After Months In Dubai

The return of Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, to Aso Rock Villa from the United Arab Emirates last Thursday was partly due to the ailment of a top member of the cabal in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, Mamman Daura. Daura has long been viewed as the leader of a powerful cabal or 'powerful kitchen cabinet' alleged to have hijacked the Buhari presidency since he came to power. SaharaReporters learnt from Presidency sources that 81-year-old Daura, who is Buhari’s nephew, is now partially paralysed on the left side and managing his health presently in Kaduna. SaharaReporters further gathered that the First Lady returned to the country, believing that Aso Villa was more secure with Daura out of the way and managing his health away from the State House. It was also l...
Presidency Must Return To South-South In 2023 – Obaseki
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Presidency Must Return To South-South In 2023 – Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the South-South. Speaking at the weekend in Benin, during a reception in honour of Chief Dan Orbih, who was recently elected National Vice Chairman (South-South) of the PDP, Obaseki said for equity to prevail, the South-South region should be allowed to produce the next president. The South-South produced President Goodluck Jonathan who took over the mantle of leadership in 2010, after President Umaru Musa Yar’adua’s death. Jonathan later contested in 2011 and won and administered the affairs of the country until the 2015 elections when he lost to then opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC). But Obaseki said, the “...
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If Zoning Presidency To North Will Make PDP Win In 2023, I Support It – Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says if zoning the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket to the North will cause the party to win the 2023 general election, he will support the decision. The governor has meanwhile ruled out the possibility of him supporting any All Progressives Congress presidential candidate even if the person is of Rivers State or Southern Nigerian extraction. Governor Wike shared this view during an interview with BBC Pigin at the Government House, Port Harcourt. The Rivers state governor explained that the reason why the PDP has not taken a final decision on whether its presidential candidate for the 2023 general election should be from the North or South of the country is because stakeholders are still strategizing the best opti...
2023 presidency: No Decision Yet on Zoning of Presidential Ticket – PDP
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2023 presidency: No Decision Yet on Zoning of Presidential Ticket – PDP

  The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it is yet to decide on the zone to produce its candidate for the 2023 presidential election. PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan who made this known while appearing on Arise news said the party is yet to adopt any of the recommendations made by the Bala Mohammed-led committee, including that of zoning its presidential ticket. He said the proposal which advised that Nigerians from every part of the country be given an opportunity for the purpose of choosing the best candidate was still in review. “Due to enquiries from our members and the general public, it has become important to clarify that PDP is yet to adopt any of the recommendations proposed by the Bala Mohammed‘s Committee on the Review of the 2019 ...
Six Super Tucano aircraft to arrive in Nigeria By July – Garba Shehu
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Six Super Tucano aircraft to arrive in Nigeria By July – Garba Shehu

The Presidency, on Thursday, said six of the 12 Super Tucano fighter aircraft earlier ordered by the Federal Government will arrive in the country by July 2021. The Spokesman for the President, Garba Shehu, announced this in a statement titled, ‘Nigeria’s Super Tucanos To Arrive Mid-July 2021’. It read, “Six of the twelve Super Tucanos are on track to arrive in mid-July 2021. With the remaining six shortly after that. There are 14 Nigerian pilots currently training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. “The Super Tucanos came off the production line in Jacksonville Florida and are now being equipped and flight tested. Nigerian pilots and maintenance personnel are training on these planes. Currently, the construction is ongoing, which will house the aircraft. “The Air-Ground-Integ...
Igbo Group In Lagos Urges Tinubu To Run For Presidency
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Igbo Group In Lagos Urges Tinubu To Run For Presidency

The Igbo speaking community in Lagos State has urged the former governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to contest for the presidency in 2023. The leadership made the request during a visit to the immediate past Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Comrade Ayodele Adewale, at his political office in Festac Town, Lagos. Describing Asiwaju Tinubu as a detribalized Nigerian and a great leader, the group added its voice to that of Adewale and other groups who have been demanding that the political leader contest for the number one position in the country in 2023. Leader of the delegation, Chief Sunday Udeh commended Tinubu’s leadership example, adding that Igbos in the state are ready to support the former governor’s aspirati...
PDP Kicks Against Plan To Declare State Of Emergency In Zamfara
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PDP Kicks Against Plan To Declare State Of Emergency In Zamfara

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked against an alleged plan by the federal government to impose a state of emergency on Zamfara State. The federal government had declared Zamfara State a ‘no-fly zone’ on Tuesday to halt the swap of gold for arms by armed bandits, other criminals and illegal gold miners in the state, according to the Presidency and security sources. The PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who briefed newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, noted that there’s escalated crisis in APC-controlled states yet no attempt had been made by the federal government to intimidate the governors, seek to impose a state of emergency or declare such states as a “no-fly zone”. He said if mining was the reason for declaring Zamfara State as a “no-fly zone”, th...
Zamfara No-fly Zone: We Suspect Helicopters Are Used To Take Arms To Bandits — Garba Shehu
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Zamfara No-fly Zone: We Suspect Helicopters Are Used To Take Arms To Bandits — Garba Shehu

The Presidency has said there is a strong suspicion that choppers are being used to transport arms to bandits, while defending the Zamfara State no-fly zone order given by the Nigerian government. The Senior Special Assistant to The President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu told Daily Trust on Wednesday that the move was taken to boost security in the state. Also speaking on the ban on mining activities in the state, the presidential aide noted that there were strong suspicions that gold was being swapped for arms by criminal elements operating in the state. He said, “Even in Zamfara, there is a strong suspicion that some of those choppers are being used to ferry arms for bandits and also to evacuate gold and illegally smuggled out of the country, so the country lose...
Those Demanding Buhari’s Resignation Only Exercising Freedom Of Speech – Adesina
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Those Demanding Buhari’s Resignation Only Exercising Freedom Of Speech – Adesina

The presidency has said those demanding the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari due to the mounting security challenges in the country are only exercising their freedom of speech. It however said such freedom has its limitations. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President was reacting to demand by Nigerians that President Buhari should resign just as he had asked former president Goodluck Jonathan to do in 2013. In May 2013, Buhari had asked Jonathan who was President then to vacate office for failing to tackle insecurity across the country. While addressing journalists at his residence in Daura, Katsina state, Buhari said: “Jonathan should vacate and give way to competent hand to govern the country.” When asked on if President Buhari sho...
We Can’t Depend On Buhari Alone For Nigeria’s Security – Femi Adesina
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We Can’t Depend On Buhari Alone For Nigeria’s Security – Femi Adesina

  of The presidency on Monday said Nigeri­ans will be making a grave mistake if they believe that it is the sole re­sponsibility President Mu­hammadu Buhari to provide security for the country. Femi Adesina, Special Ad­viser on Media and Publicity, who disclosed this while fea­turing as a guest on Channels Television programme, ‘Poli­tics Today’, said the president was right when he charged school owners, including state and local governments, to scale up security around their educational institu­tions. According to him, while he swore to protect the lives and property of Nigerians as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, every Ni­gerian is part of the security architecture of the country. “That can only be wrong and it can only be part of the problem, rather ...
Jangebe Girls: PDP Asks Presidency To Speak Up On Alleged Complicity
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Jangebe Girls: PDP Asks Presidency To Speak Up On Alleged Complicity

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged the Buhari-led Presidency to speak clear the air on the alleged complicity of the military and unnamed officials of the Presidency in the abduction of 300 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara state by terrorists. This is as the party described as alarming, the allegations in the public space, by the Northern Youth Movement, NYM, “of compromises by the military, which paved the way for the invasion of the school reportedly located less than 100 metres to a military checkpoint to abduct over 300 schoolgirls.” In a statement signed by the spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP demanded explanations to reports “that soldiers stormed the community two hours earlier and ordered residents to clear the streets and r...
Presidency Intervened To Release Me From Police Custody – Okorocha
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Presidency Intervened To Release Me From Police Custody – Okorocha

The Imo State government on Monday gave reasons why a former governor of the State, Rochas Okorocha, was let of the hooks at the state command headquarters around 11.30 on Sunday night. Speaking to The PUNCH, the state Commissioner for information and strategy, Declan Emelumba, said that Okorocha, who now represents Imo West at the Senate, was released by the police on “medical grounds.” Emelumba said that the release of Okorocha didn’t mean he won’t answer to the “offence he Committed”. Emelumba said, “Okorocha was released on Sunday by the police on medical grounds. The man was purging and stooling consistently, the police had to release him on medical grounds to enable him to take care of his health. His release doesn’t mean he will not answer his case.” But Okorocha who...
‘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...
Many Herdsmen Being Prosecuted For Alleged Killings — Garba Shehu
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Many Herdsmen Being Prosecuted For Alleged Killings — Garba Shehu

The Presidency yesterday said many herdsmen were undergoing trials and prosecuted in several parts of Nigeria for alleged killings and criminal activities. A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, monitored by our reporter. He was reacting to reports that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence on the farmers-herders crisis parts of the country was bolstering and shielding crimes allegedly committed by herders. Shehu challenged the Nigeria Police Force to publish names of herders undergoing trials. He also said the president was not complicit in the herdsmen crisis. “The president is more than concerned of the ongoing situation, he is fully conscious of the fact that it is the responsibility of his government to work with ...
APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket – SR
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APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket – SR

The All Progressives Congress is considering giving a joint ticket to former President Goodluck Jonathan and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, for the 2023 presidential election. Top sources within the party told SaharaReporters that Jonathan is being considered as a strong voice in the southern region, while El-Rufai is being packaged to represent northern interests and later become the president when the presidency is again zoned to the North. "There are plans already to pair El-Rufai with Jonathan for 2023. We believe both forces are strong and have goodwill in their regions and are good for the party," one of the sources confirmed to SaharaReporters. It was learnt that there had been pressure on Jonathan, to defect to the All Progressives Congress and run for presiden...
Garba Shehu Asks Police To Publish Names Of Criminal Herders Undergoing Trial
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Garba Shehu Asks Police To Publish Names Of Criminal Herders Undergoing Trial

- Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu has reacted to the insinuations that President Buhari is not doing enough to address the herdsmen crisis in the country. - Shehu said the insinuations are untrue, noting that many criminal herdsmen are being tried and convicted - The presidential spokesman also wants the Nigerian police to publish the names of the convicted criminal herders to back up his statement. The presidency has dismissed the insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari is taking a soft approach to the herdsmen crisis in the country based on ethnic affiliations. Most herdsmen in the country are Fulani, the same ethnicity as President Buhari. Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said on Channels TV on Monday, February 15, that there is no substance to such insinuati...
Presidency Should be Zoned to the South in 2023 – Governor Ganduje
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Presidency Should be Zoned to the South in 2023 – Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has said that the presidency in 2023 should be zoned to the South. Speaking in an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today which aired on Friday February 12, Ganduje said that though zoning is not enshrined in the constitution, it is however a strategy for winning elections. He said; “The Southern part of the country but there should be a consensus of the members. “Zoning system even though it is not in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is a strategy for winning elections.” When asked if the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has done well for Nigerians since coming into power in 2015, the Kano state Governor said the ruling party under President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership improved on Nigeria’s ...
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...
Herdsmen crisis: Arrest, prosecute anyone found with arms – Presidency
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Herdsmen crisis: Arrest, prosecute anyone found with arms – Presidency

The Presidency has revealed the position of President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue of killer herdsmen in the country. Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the president’s position is that those found with arms unlawfully should be arrested and prosecuted. Adesina disclosed this while responding to a question from Seun Okinbaloye on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today. According to Adesina: “If the governor would say he has not heard the president speak on that matter that is what he should make clear, it’s not that the president has not spoken. “Because a number of times the president has spoken on that issue and his position has always been the same, anybody who carries arms unlawfully should be arrested and prosecuted. The president ...
”If you Want Peace to Reign, Miyetti Allah Must be Arrested”- Benue state gov, Samuel Ortom, tells FG and Security agents
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”If you Want Peace to Reign, Miyetti Allah Must be Arrested”- Benue state gov, Samuel Ortom, tells FG and Security agents

Benue state governor, Samuel Oryom, has said that for peace to reign across the country, the Federal government and security agencies need to get the leadership of Miyetti Allah arrested. Governor Ortom who spoke during a meeting in his state today February 3, said the members of the group have owned up to carrying out nefarious activities and wonders why the Federal government is yet to act.   ''This country belongs to all of us and the presidency must act fast because time is going. From North West, North East, North Central, South West, South East, South South, there is general insecurity and this being propelled by herdsmen. I have made it a petition to the President and all security agencies before, that if they want peace, Miyetti Allah must be arrested. These are ...
2023: Atiku, Tinubu Are Not Good Candidates For Presidency — Deji Adeyanju
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2023: Atiku, Tinubu Are Not Good Candidates For Presidency — Deji Adeyanju

Activist, Deji Adeyanju, has urged young Nigerians to mobilise themselves to take over positions of power in 2023. He said this during a live interview with PUNCH Online on Monday. According to the Co-covener of Concerned Nigerians, Nigeria will not develop without the active participation of youths in politics. He warned against the major political parties in the country, noting that the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, are not good presidential candidates. Adeyanju said, “There are no messiahs anywhere, Nigeria should stop looking for a messiah. At this stage, we should not be talking about the generations of Atiku, Buhari, Tinubu. “Atiku and Tinubu are not go...
Messi Brings in One-third of Barcelona’s Income – Laporta
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Messi Brings in One-third of Barcelona’s Income – Laporta

  Former Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has claimed that Lionel Messi “generates more” than he earns. Laporta made these remarks on Monday, a day after Messi’s “colossal” club contract was published in a Spanish newspaper, El Mundo. “Leo generates much more income than the money he costs. “We have done a study and he generates a third of Barca’s total income,” Joan Laporta, who is seeking to regain the presidency, told Rac1 radio. Messi is into the last six months of his current contract. El Mundo had published details of the deal signed in 2017 on Sunday. The report said Messi could have earned 555 million euros by the time the deal expires.
Corruption: Garba Shehu Blames Nigerians For Transparency’s Poor Ranking
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Corruption: Garba Shehu Blames Nigerians For Transparency’s Poor Ranking

The Presidency has blamed Nigerians for the country’s poor ranking on Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perception Index in which Nigeria scored 25 out of 100 and was named the second most corrupt nation in West Africa and ranked 149 out of 180 countries. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Monday, barely two days after the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, discredited Transparency’s report. Responding to a question, Shehu said the report is a reflection of corruption by Nigerians and not by the Buhari administration. He said, “I’ll tell you that this one by TI is not a judgment on Buhari or his administration or its war against corruption, I will tell y...
Your Failures Not Elite Are After You, PDP Tells Buhari
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Your Failures Not Elite Are After You, PDP Tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party had said the allegations by the Presidency , that certain Nigerians , particularly the elite, are waging a smear campaign against the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), shows that the Buhari regime “is being haunted by the shadows of its own failures” . The PDP in a statement titled ‘ Smear campaign : Nobody but your failures are after you , PDP Mocks Buhari Presidency ’, by its spokesperson , Kola Ologbondiyan, advised Buhari to stop his “ new- found pleading with Nigerians to award him an unmerited pass mark” . MCI reports that the Presidency had on Friday raised the alarm over what it called planned orchestrated smear campaign against Buhari , using some online newspapers and blogs. The Special Adviser to the President on Media...
Anti-Buhari Characters Behind Transparency International – Garba Shehu
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Anti-Buhari Characters Behind Transparency International – Garba Shehu

The Presidency has reacted to Nigeria's lowest ever drop at the recent Transparency International's 2020 Corruption Perception Index. PRESIDENT BUHARI DESERVES CREDIT FOR DIMINISHING CORRUPTION IN PUBLIC SERVICE The Buhari administration deserves credit for diminishing corruption in the public service and will continue to vigorously support prevention, enforcement, public education and enlightenment activities of anti-corruption agencies. We are currently analyzing the sources of data used in arriving at the latest Transparency International (TI) report on Corruption Perceptions Index in Nigeria since by their own admission, they don’t gather their own data. This report is not an accurate portrayal of the facts on ground. In the coming days, the Government's Technical Unit...
Mischief Makers Behind Presidential Campaign Posters – Wike
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Mischief Makers Behind Presidential Campaign Posters – Wike

The attention of Governor Nyesom Wike has been drawn to campaign posters bearing his name which flooded some major streets of Abuja today. For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Wike has not informed anyone that he is interested in the Presidency of this country. This is certainly the handiwork of mischief makers who are threatened by the Governor's rising political profile. We are amused that political detractors will stop at nothing to see how they can distract Governor Wike's visionary leadership. For the umpteenth time, we wish to restate that Governor Wike is presently preoccupied with his mission to make Rivers State a better place and Destination of Choice. All the puerile antics of political jobbers aimed at heating up the polity will surely fail. Members of the...
PDP Tells Tinubu, El-Rufai, Amaechi, Others To Speak Out On Restructuring
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PDP Tells Tinubu, El-Rufai, Amaechi, Others To Speak Out On Restructuring

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to speak out on President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to go back on their party’s campaign promise of implementing an administrative restructuring for better governance of the country. The PDP also tasked the APC leaders to respond to their members in the senate who, through their spokesperson, Senator Ajibola Basiru, have declared that restructuring, as promised by APC, is only a “slogan.” The Presidency had on Thursday, asked prominent Nigerians agitating for restructuring of the country to channel their demands to the National Assembly. But the opposition party in a statement on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, asked the APC bigwigs to give...
South African jazz legend, Jonas Gwangwa dies at the age of 83
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South African jazz legend, Jonas Gwangwa dies at the age of 83

Jonas Gwangwa, a South African musician and anti-apartheid icon is dead at the age of 83.   Gwangwa's death was announced in a statement published on the website of the presidency of the Republic of South Africa. The statement from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa read;   "A giant of our revolutionary cultural movement and our democratic creative industries has been called to rest. "The trombone that boomed with boldness and bravery, and equally warmed our hearts with mellow melody has lost its life force."   Born in Soweto in 1937, Gwangwa mastered the trombone in his youth, and in the late '50s was a founding member of the pivotal South African group the Jazz Epistles.   The ensemble also featured future legends like pianist Abdullah Ibra...
2023: Disunity In South-West May Truncate Tinubu’s Presidential Ambition
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2023: Disunity In South-West May Truncate Tinubu’s Presidential Ambition

As the clamour for presidency to return to the South in 2023 continues to reverberate across the country, some stakeholders have opined that the ambition of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, may be frustrated just like that of M.K.O Abiola in 1993, if Yoruba people continue to speak in discordant tunes. The feeling was expressed yesterday at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, venue of the 2021 Pan-Yoruba Summit themed “Yoruba Nation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” The summit was organised by the Yoruba Patriots Movement (YPM) led by Chief Oladosu Oladipo. In attendance were some dignitaries including the Lagos State Governor Babatunde Sanwo Olu, who was represented by Engr. Adekunle Olayinka (Special Ad...
If We Wait For Buhari, Herdsmen Will Kill All Of Us – Banji Akintoye
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If We Wait For Buhari, Herdsmen Will Kill All Of Us – Banji Akintoye

The Worldwide Leader of the Yoruba global movement, Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof Banji Akintoye, has accused the Presidency of supporting criminality by faulting Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu's order asking herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in the state. In an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday, the historian asked people of the Yoruba race and Nigerians to prepare to defend themselves against herdsmen. He accused Fulani herdsmen of engaging in full-scale criminality since President Muhammadu Buhari became Nigeria's president. The Yoruba elder wondered why the Federal Government had refused to prosecute many Fulani herdsmen engaging in criminal activities. He said, "The Presidency is now initiating a very dangerous doctrine of governance in Nigeria. The presidency is now sayi...

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