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Restructure your states before calling for restructuring at federal level – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan slams Southern Governors
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Restructure your states before calling for restructuring at federal level – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan slams Southern Governors

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has lashed out at Southern Governors over their restructuring demand after their meeting in Asaba, Delta state last week. Lawan who faulted the demand, accused the governors of retreating to regionalism to address a national issue that should be collectively decided upon. He also asked the various state Governors to restructure their states before asking for restructuring at the federal level. The Senate President said; “I believe that, as leaders, especially those of us who are elected, should not be at the forefront of calling for this kind of thing because, even if you are a governor, you are supposed to be working hard in your state to ensure that this restructuring you are calling for at the federal level, you have done it in your state as w...
Missing IMSU law Student Found Dead in Imo Mortuary
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Missing IMSU law Student Found Dead in Imo Mortuary

An undergraduate of Imo State University (IMSU), who was declared missing, has been found dead 5 days after. Kingsley Chiwueze, a 300-level law student, was declared missing on Monday, April 26, after he could not be reached on the phone and his whereabouts remained unknown. Chuwueze, a native of Oguta Local Government Area of the state, was involved in student union politics and declared his intention to run for the office of Senate President of the National Association of Imo State Students two weeks ago. The President of the Students Union Government of IMSU, Arinze Oguike, who confirmed the development on Sunday, May 2, said the corpse of the law undergraduate was found in the morgue of Umuguma General Hospital, Owerri. He said some students stormed the mortuary and the...
May Day: Workers’ conditions have worsened under Buhari, say ASUU, Atiku
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May Day: Workers’ conditions have worsened under Buhari, say ASUU, Atiku

The University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, lamented the plight of Nigerian workers, saying their conditions had worsened under the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd). ASUU said corruption and insecurity were the trademarks of the Buhari. The ASUU Chairman, UI, Prof Ayoola Akinwole, in a statement to mark the International Workers’ Day on Saturday (today), said the workers’ conditions had worsened under Buhari. The statement titled ‘Buhari-led administration: The real enemy of Nigerian workers’ urged all workers to rise in defence of the dignity of labour and “resist the flagrant disregard for human rights and the rule of law in the country.” “We must resist the...
2023 Polls: NASS Under Pressure To Pass Electoral Act Amendment Bill
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2023 Polls: NASS Under Pressure To Pass Electoral Act Amendment Bill

Stakeholders are putting pressure on the National Assembly to pass the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. They warned that the reluctance by the leadership of the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill may have negative consequences on the smooth conduct of the 2023 general elections. President Muhammadu Buhari had thrice rejected the bill, the third time being August 30, 2018 when he returned it to the National Assembly. However, lawmakers in the 8th National Assembly, under the leadership of then Senate President, Bukola Saraki, quickly incorporated the areas the president raised objections to and sent the bill back to him for his assent on November 7, 2018. After nearly one month on his desk, President Buhari in December 2018 aga...
Lagos Special Status: Ahmad Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila, Sanwo-Olu Meet
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Lagos Special Status: Ahmad Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila, Sanwo-Olu Meet

Today, I met with the Senate President @DrAhmadLawan at his residence. Also present was the Speaker of House of Representatives @femigbaja. I commended the stability of @nassnigeria and the necessary cooperation with the FG on important issues of governance. I also used the opportunity to discuss issues of fundamental interest to the progress of Lagos State. I implored @nassnigeria to support our demand for a special status and funding for our state due to the burden we carry as the commercial centre and melting pot of the country.  
Imo Attack: Such Attitude Can Lead To Insurgency, Says Lawan
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Imo Attack: Such Attitude Can Lead To Insurgency, Says Lawan

Senate President Ahmed Lawan has described the recent attacks on public assets in Imo state as an attempt to distract the government, saying such actions can lead to insurgency. In the past days, there has been a series of attacks on government infrastructure in the state. On Monday, gunmen attacked correctional centre, and the police command headquarters in Owerri, the state capital. Over 1,500 prisoners were reportedly freed in the attacks. Speaking on Friday in Owerri where he inaugurated a road project, Lawan said those attacking government assets are enemies of the people. “We have been experiencing insecurity recently, especially in Imo state — the jailbreak, burning of police headquarters and so on and so forth. These may be attempts by enemies of the people to di...
Easter Celebration: Senate Adjourns Plenary By Three Weeks
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Easter Celebration: Senate Adjourns Plenary By Three Weeks

The Senate on Wednesday said it will proceed on a three-week Easter break from Thursday. The lawmakers would however be holding committee meetings within the 19 days Easter break. Senate President Ahmad Lawan stated this at the end of plenary on Wednesday. Lawan said that the break would commence Thursday and last till Tuesday, April 13, 2021.   Senate adjourns Plenary to Tuesday, 13th April, 2021. #GavelBangs #TodayInSenatePlenary
SERAP Sues Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over Alleged Missing ₦4.4 Billion NASS Fund
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SERAP Sues Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over Alleged Missing ₦4.4 Billion NASS Fund

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sued Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila at Federal High Court, Abuja over alleged missing N4.4 billion National Assembly fund. In the suit filed at the weekend, SERAP is seeking “an order of mandamus directing and compelling Lawan, Gbajabiamila and National Assembly to perform their constitutional oversight functions to ensure prompt and transparent investigation into the allegation that N4.4 billion budgeted for the National Assembly may be missing and unaccounted for.” The suit followed publication of annual audited reports for 2015, 2017 and 2018 in which the Auditor-General of the Federation raised “concerns about alleged diversion and misappropriation of public...
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Nigerians Abroad Threaten To Withhold $23 Billion Remittance Over Ahmed Wase’s Remarks

Nigerians in Diaspora Worldwide, yesterday, threatened to withhold over $23 billion yearly remittances to the country after the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, allegedly infringed on their rights. The group, in a petition, addressed to Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on Wase to reverse his rejection of a complaint by the Mutual Union of Tiv in America on issues relating to land grab in Benue State. The Nigerians abroad threatened to halt immediate fund repatriation if the demand fails to see the light of day in 14 days. Wase, who presided over plenary last Wednesday, had rejected a petition presented by the member representing Gwer East/West Federal Constituency of Benue State,...
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan Says Drug Barons Are Funding Terrorists & Bandits In Nigeria
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Senate President, Ahmad Lawan Says Drug Barons Are Funding Terrorists & Bandits In Nigeria

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday, said drug barons in the country provide terrorist groups like Boko Haram as well as bandits and kidnappers with arms and ammunitions to undertake criminal activities in Nigeria. Lawan stated this known when the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (rtd), paid a visit to his office on Thursday at the National Assembly, Abuja. He said drug traffickers have made Nigeria a major transit route for plying the illicit trade, which he said was responsible for the rise in criminality in the country. Lawan said, “The National Assembly members are almost on a daily interaction with our constituents and we know the very debilitating impact of drug abuse in our various communities. “You have rightl...
Insecurity: Buhari Rules Out Amnesty For Bandits, Insurgents
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Insecurity: Buhari Rules Out Amnesty For Bandits, Insurgents

A meeting of the Governors of the 19 Northern States, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof . Ibrahim Gambari, the Inspector -General of Police , Mohammed Adamu , Director General of the Department of State Service , Yusuf Bichi , as well as the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, held in Kaduna on Thursday . The Sultan of Sokoto , Alhaji Saad Abubakar III led traditional rulers from all parts of the north to the meeting which held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House . Other attendees at the high powered meeting were northern lawmakers from both chambers of the National Assembly represented by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ahmad Idris Wase , who stood in for the Senate President , Ahmad Lawan , ...
Senate To Screen Service Chiefs Behind Closed Doors Today
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Senate To Screen Service Chiefs Behind Closed Doors Today

The Senate committees responsible for the oversight of the Nigerian military forces will start the screening of the newly appointed service chiefs on Tuesday ( today) . The Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy , Senator Thompson Sekibo, who confirmed the development in a chat with our correspondent on Monday evening, however, said the service chiefs would be screened behind closed doors . The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had on Wednesday , referred the request of the President, Major General , Muhammadu Buhari , ( retd.) , for the confirmation of the new service chiefs, to the joint committees on Army , Navy and Air force for necessary screening . Lawan , gave the committees, two weeks to carry out their assignments and report to the Senate in plenary. The appointees for confir...
FG Will Restore Peace, Sanity In Two Months – Senate President
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FG Will Restore Peace, Sanity In Two Months – Senate President

Senate President Ahmad Lawan, has given a two-month timeline for the country to achieve a more secure and peaceful environment. The Senate President gave the reassurance on Monday while speaking to State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Speaking on the target to restore peace and security in the shortest possible time, the Senate President said government is doing everything possible to secure all parts of the country and ensure peace returns before the rainy season sets in so that farmers and others can go about their normal lives in a secure environment. He said the National Assembly would complement efforts to upgrade the Armed Forces by helping with the appropriation for the required equipm...
Yoruba Council Of Elders Berates Ahmad Lawan Over Statement On Shasha Crisis
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Yoruba Council Of Elders Berates Ahmad Lawan Over Statement On Shasha Crisis

The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has berated the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, for accusing South-West governors and leaders as responsible for ethnic crisis and killings in the region. But reacting to Lawan’s accusation in a telephone chat with The Guardian, yesterday, the Secretary of YCE, Dr. Kunle Olajide, described his claim as untrue. He said that on the contrary, it was the silence of the national leadership, including the President of the Senate, fuelling ethnic crisis. “It is totally untrue. Ethnic crisis is being amplified by the relative silence of even the National Assembly and the Senate President himself and also the Presidency. “What appears to be the insensitivity of the Federal Government to our plight that has been on now in the last four years in t...
Atiku, Saraki React to Military Plane Crash in Abuja Airport
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Atiku, Saraki React to Military Plane Crash in Abuja Airport

  Former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the military plane crash in Abuja. DAILY POST had reported that military aircraft, King Air 350 crashed on Sunday morning on the runway of Abuja airport. Confirming the incident, Air Force Director of public relations and information, Air Vice Marshall Ibikunle Daramola disclosed that an investigation has been ordered to determine cause of plane crash. Reacting, Atiku commiserated with the families of those who lost loved ones in the crash. In a tweet, Atiku wrote: “I have just learnt of the crash of a military aircraft near Abuja. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those onboard the ill-fated flight.” On his part, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki tw...
Ahmad Lawan Blames South-West Governors For Killings In Shasha Market, Ibarapa
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Ahmad Lawan Blames South-West Governors For Killings In Shasha Market, Ibarapa

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, says divisive utterances by some Southwest governors were responsible for the killings in Sasha market in Ibadan, Oyo State and other violence against northerners in the region. A crisis had on February 18 erupted in Shaha following an argument that ensued between a pregnant Yoruba woman and a Hausa businessman. Following the development, many were killed while many houses were burnt, which rendered thousands of Hausa residents homeless. Speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa Service, Lawan attributed the violence to the latest call for the eviction of Fulani herders out of Southwestern states. “Leadership failures in the region cause what happened in Oyo State and other things that kept happening in the Southwestern states,” he said. “Som...
Buratai, Other Ex-Service Chiefs In Senate For Ambassadorial Screening
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Buratai, Other Ex-Service Chiefs In Senate For Ambassadorial Screening

The immediate past service chiefs have arrived at the Senate for their screening as ambassadorial nominees. The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had on February 10, directed the Committee on Foreign Affairs to confirm General Abayomi Olonisakin (retd); Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd); Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas (retd); Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar(retd); and Air Vice Marshal Muhammad S. Usman (Rtd) as non-career ambassadors-designate to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The service chiefs arrived at the Senate around 11am for the screening. Members of the panel, led by Senator Mohammed Bulkachuwa, held a 15-minute closed-session before commencing the screening.
Daughter of Former Senate President David Mark Joins APC
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Daughter of Former Senate President David Mark Joins APC

Hon. Blessing Onuh, daughter of former Senate President David Mark and lawmaker representing Otukpo/Ohimini Federal Constituency of Benue, has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA). Onuh in her defection letter which was read by Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, said she was leaving APGA due to leadership crisis at all levels of the party. She further disclosed that she decided to leave after serious consultation with her people.
Ambassadorial Nomination: SFD Writes Senate, Calls For Buratai’s Confirmation
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Ambassadorial Nomination: SFD Writes Senate, Calls For Buratai’s Confirmation

A group, Society For Development (SFD), has charged the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, to confirm the names of the ex-service chiefs as non-career ambassadors following their nomination by President Buhari. The SFD gave the charge in via letter to the National Assembly on Tuesday. The letter was titled, “PETITION AGAINST THE NON CAREER AMBASSADORIAL NOMINATION OF LT. GENERAL TUKUR BURATAI RTD, AND OTHER IMMEDIATE PAST SERVICE CHIEFS”. In the letter signed by Mr Akintunde Bello Sheriff, Coordinator, Society For Development (SFD), the group called on the Senate President to confirm Lt. General Buratai Rtd and other former service chiefs who have been nominated as non-career ambassadors without hesitation, saying the nominees performed well in securing the country during their se...
It May be Difficult for APC to Produce a Candidate Like Buhari in 2023 – Ken Nnamani
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It May be Difficult for APC to Produce a Candidate Like Buhari in 2023 – Ken Nnamani

Former senate president and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Ken Nnamani, has said the party may find it difficult to produce a good candidate like President Buhari to carry on with its legacy in 2023. Nnamani shared this thought during an interview with Channels TV. “Mr. president believes in leaving a strong legacy and I understand from all his actions so far that he wants to live a strong party long after he has left office. We are doing all we can to reposition the party because the party was more of… I wouldn’t like to say the word shambles. The constitution of the party is being reviewed. There is so much to be done. It may be difficult to find a candidate of his caliber because he comes into election with 10 million votes in advance. He has core followe...
APC has Done Tremendously Well for the SouthEast – Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani Says
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APC has Done Tremendously Well for the SouthEast – Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani Says

Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani has said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government has done tremendously well for the South-East region. Nnamani who is a chieftain in the APC, stated this in an interview with Channels TV this evening February 5. “Infrastructurally, although it has not been publicized, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has done tremendously well in the Southeast. I drove from Owerri to Enugu just two days ago; I came back to Abuja just yesterday. The Enugu-Port Harcourt road that has remained a death trap, if you have seen it yourself and seen the quality of construction going on, they use granite stones where they feel the soil is bad. Take the second Niger Bridge which is done by President Buhari’s administration, it has been on the d...
SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Seeks Probe Of “Missing ₦4.4Bn NASS Funds”
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SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Seeks Probe Of “Missing ₦4.4Bn NASS Funds”

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President Dr Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila to “use their good offices to urgently probe and refer to appropriate anti-corruption agencies allegations that N4.4 billion of public money budgeted for the National Assembly is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen, as documented in three audited reports by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.” In the open letter dated 30 January 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said: “By exercising strong and effective leadership in this matter, the National Assembly can show Nigerians that the legislative body is a proper and accountable watchdog that represents and ...
Buhari Appoints Aghughu Adolphus As The Auditor-general Of The Federation
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Buhari Appoints Aghughu Adolphus As The Auditor-general Of The Federation

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Mr. Aghughu Arhotomhenla Adolphus for appointment as the Auditor-General of the Federation. President has forwarded the letter of nomination to the Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan pursuant to Section 86(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters( Senate) Senator Babajide Omoworare said that Aghughu has been acting as the Auditor-General since the voluntary retirement of Mr. Anthony Mkpe Ayine from service upon attainment of the mandatory retirement age of 60 (sixty) years on 25th October 2020. The Auditor-General designate hails from Edo State and, holds a master’s degree in economics; he is a ...
‘We Don’t Have Another Country,’ – Saraki Reacts To Oyo & Ondo Crisis
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‘We Don’t Have Another Country,’ – Saraki Reacts To Oyo & Ondo Crisis

The Senate President of the 8th Assembly Bukola Saraki has expressed concern over the recent developments in Oyo and Ondo States in which quit notices were given to Fulani herders, with the subsequent burning of the property of Fulani herdsmen in some parts of Oyo State. Saraki in a series of tweets on Sunday afternoon, strongly appeal to all stakeholders to work for peace and take initiatives that can douse the tension in the two state. He also called on President Buhari should to call all relevant stakeholders together to discuss how to solve the problems saying that, they are symptomatic of the continued threat to the National unity. According to him: "I have watched with concern the recent development in Oyo and Ondo States in which quit notices were given to Fulani her...
Rotimi Amaechi Spotted With Crutches At Airport
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Rotimi Amaechi Spotted With Crutches At Airport

There was mild drama and confusion on Saturday when President Muhammadu Buhari’s Minister, Rotimi Amaechi arrived with crutches at the airport for an event. Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and Plateau State Governor, Solomon Lalong were surprised when the former governor of Rivers State arrived with clutches. As at the time of filing this report, it's still unclear why the Minister of Transportation is using clutches. IGBERE TV recalls that Amaechi had dared members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to try him as he is not scared of them one bit. Amaechi was reacting to the attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Germany by IPOB members and the threat that they will continue to harass Nigerian politicians whenever they travel abroad. But Amaechi said he is not afraid of...
Nigeria Now Earns $2bn Annually From Deep Offshore Production Sharing Contracts
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Nigeria Now Earns $2bn Annually From Deep Offshore Production Sharing Contracts

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said that amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act has increased remittances from the sharing contracts into the federation account from $260 million to $2billion annually. He also vowed that “demons” frustrating the passage of Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) within the last fourteen years will be defeated this year by the 9th National Assembly. Lawan stated this on Tuesday while speaking with journalists on his 62nd birthday celebration in Abuja. He said the patriotic zeal used by the National Assembly in October 2019 to pass an amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act would be deployed for expeditious consideration and passage of the PIB already before it, latest by...
2021 Budget: PMB Sends Finance Bill 2020 To NASS
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2021 Budget: PMB Sends Finance Bill 2020 To NASS

President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the Finance Bill, 2020 to the National Assembly, seeking its expeditious passage into law to aid the implementation of the proposed 2021 budget. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, read the President’s letter at plenary on Tuesday morning. Buhari’s transmission of the Bill to the lawmakers was done pursuant to Sections 58 and 59 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). The Bill is proposing key reforms to taxation and Customs among other far-reaching decisions against the backdrop of the international oil price decline and effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
Zambarmari Massacre: Senate President, COS, Others Pay Condolence To Borno
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Zambarmari Massacre: Senate President, COS, Others Pay Condolence To Borno

Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, Chief of Staff to the president, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu and other high level officials paid condolence visit to the people of Borno State on Monday, following the recent Boko Haram killing of 43 farm workers in the state. Garba Shehu disclosed this on his Twitter handle. He wrote: "A team of high level officials representing the Executive and Legislative arms of government was in Maiduguri on Monday to deliver a message of condolence and solidarity with the government and people of Borno State following the recent Boko Haram killing of 43 farm workers. The Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan spoke for the team and the Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari represen...
Senator Elisha Abbo Dumps PDP For APC
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Senator Elisha Abbo Dumps PDP For APC

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress. Senate President Ahmad Lawan read Abbo’s letter of defection during the plenary session on Wednesday. Abbo noted that alleged mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa State led to his defection to APC.
President Buhari meets with National Assembly leaders over lingering #EndSARS protests
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President Buhari meets with National Assembly leaders over lingering #EndSARS protests

President Buhari yesterday October 18, met with President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, over the ongoing #EndSARS protests in all parts of the country.   The meeting took place at the State House, Abuja.   Bashir Ahmad the President’s personal assistant on new media disclosed this via his official Twitter handle. ''President Buhari currently meeting with Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, on the ongoing #EndPoliceBrutality protests.''   Further details about the meeting weren't released.  
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan kicks against scrapping of SARS
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Senate President, Ahmad Lawan kicks against scrapping of SARS

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has kicked against scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).   Speaking on Wednesday October 7 as lawmakers deliberated a motion on the recent extrajudicial killings carried out by a security personnel attached to the controversial Nigerian police unit, Lawan said some good personnel in the police unit might be denied the opportunity to perform better if it is scrapped.   He said;   “I think that this is the situation that should be properly investigated. Those involved in recent incident should be arrested and prosecuted. The law should take its due course. This is not acceptable. Nigerians need to know what happened to those who have killed Nigerians. “There are good people and bad people in SARS. Scrapping of ag...
Be Patient With Any Law You Have Misgiving About – Buhari
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Be Patient With Any Law You Have Misgiving About – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appealed to Nigerians to be patient with any legislation or law which they have certain misgivings about. President Buhari also urged the citizenry especially critics to engage the process for reviewing such laws in line with democratic practices, adding that the interest of his administration was to promote collective will and aspiration to build a nation where justice, peace, and progress are the norms. This is as the Senate President, Dr.Ahmad Lawan, said that the National Assembly was not bothered about being referred to as “a rubber stamp” as long as it works with the executive to make the country better. Recall that there has been stiff opposition by a section of Nigeria over the Water Bill and the Land Use Act. In his remarks at t...
Photos from the wedding of President Buhari’s daughter, Hanan
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Photos from the wedding of President Buhari’s daughter, Hanan

President Buhari and his wife, Aisha, on Friday, September 4, gave their daughter, Hanan's hand in marriage to her fiance, Turad Sha'aban.   The wedding took place in the Presidential Villa in Abuja and was attended by various dignitaries.   Guests at the wedding included Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and wife, Dolapo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, Ekiti state governor Kayode Fayemi and wife Bisi, Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige, Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote, first ladies of various states and many others.   See more photos below.  
Senators Protest Fuel, Electricity Hikes
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Senators Protest Fuel, Electricity Hikes

There is tension in the camp of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, over increasing protests from lawmakers, following recent actions taken by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. The fear, Daily Sun gathered, is borne of claims that some of the lawmakers drawn from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were plotting to convene an emergency sitting next week. The emergency sitting, it was further gathered, is to provide an avenue for lawmakers to question the response of the leadership to recent hikes of electricity and petroleum products. The Petroleum Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporations (NNPC), had on Wednesday announced a new ex-depot price of N151.56k fo...
We won’t tolerate disrespect from Buhari’s appointees again – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan
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We won’t tolerate disrespect from Buhari’s appointees again – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has issued a warning to President Buhari's appointees following the continous face-off that has been recorded between the executive cabinet members and the legislature in the last few weeks.   Addressing State House reporters on Monday August 31 after Buhari inaugurated the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led Executive/Legislative/Party Consultative Committee, Lawan disclosed that the President has addressed the issues.   He said;   "I believe that should be the end of it (appointees knocking heads with legislature). We believe that we should work together. “Mr President made it very clear that he is not going to tolerate any of his appointees doing things that are not respectable, things that have no dignity to the National Ass...
Non-Performing Service Chiefs Can Go – Senate President
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Non-Performing Service Chiefs Can Go – Senate President

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Sunday said any officer found short of expectations should be shown the way out if he refuses to go. Lawan, who briefed State House reporters after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the National Assembly was ready to receive supplementary budget to tackle the security challenge, including the recruitment of more personnel in various security agencies in the country. He said the resources must be provided to empower the security agencies to fight the Boko Haram in the North East, banditry and other security challenges across the country. Lawan, who said the security situation in the country especially in the northern part of the country required that more resources be given to the security agencies, added that...
Details of Buhari’s Meeting with Lawan on Sunday Revealed
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Details of Buhari’s Meeting with Lawan on Sunday Revealed

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has shared details of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Both men met behind closed doors on Sunday at the State House in Abuja. Buhari and Lawan discussed the current state of security in the country, the crisis currently engulfing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and other topics. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Lawan said “You know that the country is facing many serious and deep security challenges and I have come to meet with Mr President to discuss with him what we have discussed in the senate previously that we should do whatever it will take to improve the security situation in the country. The Senate President also called for more resources to be provided for the Army, Navy, Air F...
Oshiomhole’s masquerade will dance naked in the market – Saraki
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Oshiomhole’s masquerade will dance naked in the market – Saraki

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has reacted to the defection of Governor Godwin Obaseki to the Peoples Democratic Party and the suspension of the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole. Saraki who welcomed Obaseki to the PDP, said he ignored Oshiomhole's verbal attack because he knew “a day would come when his masquerade will dance naked in the market.” The former Governor of Kwara state averred that the man who was garrulously proclaiming the end of the political career of some other people is now about to meet his waterloo. He said in a statement released on Friday June 19;   “I also thank Obaseki’s colleagues, the PDP Governors, for their role and for ensuring that while bringing him into the party, they carried along the local ...
Non-performing Service Chief Should be Sacked — Senate President, Ahmad Lawan
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Non-performing Service Chief Should be Sacked — Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday June 11, called for the sack of underperforming service chiefs. The senate president made the comment after Borno North senator, Abubakar Kyari raised a point of order over the massacre of over 81 people in Gubio village, part of the district he represents.   Ahmad said; “The Senate has passed several resolutions on the insecurity in the country with all stakeholders carried along, but the issue has persisted.” “The stand of the Senate should be that people who have performed in office should be allowed to stay in such office." The federal government was also urged to deploy the armed forces and other security agencies to beef up personnel around the Lake Chad shores. The is coming ahead of a meeting between the leaders...
We Passed Buhari’s $5.5 Billion Loan Request To Save 20 Million Jobs – Senate President
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We Passed Buhari’s $5.5 Billion Loan Request To Save 20 Million Jobs – Senate President

The passage of the $5.513 billion loan request by President Muhammadu Buhari will save 20 million jobs, President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan said at the weekend. Dr. Lawan explained that the national Assembly did not give frivolous approval. He said Nigeria was able to get concessionary, multilateral or bilateral loans with very favourable conditions of one per cent, 10 years or 20 year moratorium. He also claimed that over 400 bills are being processed in the national assembly to add value to Nigerians’ lives. He said there has been less friction between the Legislature and the Executive because a Special Committee is working behind-the-scene to avert feuds as it was between the two arms during the Eighth Assembly. Lawan said: “We are not doing that in a frivolous way. W...
Senate President Lawan Leads Senators, Ministers To Orji Kalu’s Residence After He Was Released From Prison (Photos)
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Senate President Lawan Leads Senators, Ministers To Orji Kalu’s Residence After He Was Released From Prison (Photos)

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday night led a delegation of Senate leadership to visit the Senate Chief Whip , Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in his Aso Villa residence , Abuja. The visit took place one day after Kalu, a former governor of Abia, was released from prison following his conviction by a federal high court in Lagos. Kalu alongside Ude Jones Udeogu, a former director of finance and account of Abia state were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on 36 counts of money laundering to the tune of N7.1 billion and they were jailed in December. But they appealed the verdict of the court. The host and his visitors all wore face masks but did not observe social distancing when they posed for photographs.  
Buhari Asks Senate To Confirm Lamido Yuguda As SEC DG
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Buhari Asks Senate To Confirm Lamido Yuguda As SEC DG

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has written the Senate to confirm Lamido Yuguda as the new Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ezrel Tabiowo, Special Assistant on Press to Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, announced this in a statement on Tuesday. Tabiowo also said three other nominees were put forward by the President for confirmation as commissioners in SEC. They are Reginald Karawusa, full-time Commissioner; Ibrahim Boyi, full-time Commissioner; and Obisan Joseph, full-time Commissioner. According to him, the President’s letter read in part, “Pursuant to Section 3 and 5(1) of the Investment and Securities Act 2007, I write to request for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of the following four nominees as Director-Gene...
Speak For Yourself – Senate President Tells Enugu Senator Who Said “Africans Marry For Children Not Love”
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Speak For Yourself – Senate President Tells Enugu Senator Who Said “Africans Marry For Children Not Love”

Senator representing Enugu north, Chukwuka Utazi says that Africans do not marry for love, but simply to have children. Utazi said this while contributing to a debate on a bill seeking to prevent, control and manage sickle cell anaemia in the country, on Tuesday, May 12. Utazi, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator further stated that it is painful to realise that some people cannot marry their main choice because of blood group. “This bill is taking me down the memory lane because I’m an AS carrier and when I was about getting married, several years ago, I moved into this orbit and I know what I went through because I was in love. I knew the trauma. After that incident, for five years I didn’t come out of it,” he said. “So I am speaking from experience and I know how ...
SERAP Asks Lawan, Gbaja To Give ₦37 Billion NASS Renovation Fund To States
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SERAP Asks Lawan, Gbaja To Give ₦37 Billion NASS Renovation Fund To States

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an urgent appeal to the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila urging them to “immediately make a public commitment to redirect the N37 billion for the renovation of the National Assembly complex to give N1 billion to each of the 36 states, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, as COVID-19 direct reliefs and benefits to the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people.” SERAP said: “We applaud the patriotic steps and voluntary contributions already made by the National Assembly towards fighting COVID-19 in the country. We now urge you to make major strides to national efforts to deal with one of the greatest threats facing the country by immediately redir...
Lawan, Gbajabiamila Fault Social Investment Programme Implementation
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Lawan, Gbajabiamila Fault Social Investment Programme Implementation

The leadership of the National Assembly has faulted the way the Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government is being implemented and called for an enabling legislation in line with global best practices. Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila made their reservations about the scheme at a meeting held on Tuesday with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq and some top officials of the Ministry. The meeting was attended by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase and some other principal officers and members from both Chambers. The meeting convened by the leadership of the National Assembly against the back...
Prominent Nigerian medical doctor dies after contracting Coronavirus while treating UK COVID-19 patients
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Prominent Nigerian medical doctor dies after contracting Coronavirus while treating UK COVID-19 patients

A prominent Nigerian doctor who works in the United Kingdom has died after contracting Coronavirus while treating victims of the virus.   Dr Alfa Saadu's death was announced on Facebook by former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.   The Facebook post shared by Saraki to mourn Dr Saadu reads: "Inalilahi Wa Ina Ilaehi Rajiun. My condolences go to the family of late Dr Alfa Sa’adu, the people of Pategi and Kwara State on the death of the foremost medical practitioner who passed away in London this morning (March 31).   "Late Dr Sa’adu provided leadership for our people in the diaspora as he served for many years as chairman, Kwara State Association of Nigeria (Kwasang UK). Back at home, he was a community leader and traditional office holder as Galadima of Pateg...
COVID-19: NASS Shuts Down, Says No Lawmaker Tested Positive
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COVID-19: NASS Shuts Down, Says No Lawmaker Tested Positive

The two chambers of the National Assembly yesterday suspended legislative activities for two weeks following the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease. Senate President Ahmad Lawan announced the suspension after the Red Chamber emerged from an about one-hour executive session. He, however, said the Red Chamber would be on hand to attend to emergency issues. He said, “The Senate further resolves to adjourn sitting for two weeks from today due to the pandemic of coronavirus ravaging the entire world. The Senate resumes on the 7th of April.” He urged the federal government to devote special fund to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has asked its members to remain in Abuja throughout the two weeks period. The Green Chamber’s resolution to suspend s...
Senators Worried Over COVID-19 Status Of 35 Colleagues
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Senators Worried Over COVID-19 Status Of 35 Colleagues

FEAR heightened on Monday over the fate of about 35 senators who have not complied with the measures to determine their Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) status. The senators last week returned from a trip to the United Kingdom (UK), where they attended a Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) seminar in London. It was learnt that they were caught in the web of coronavirus outbreak in the UK at a time the Federal Government directed that those returning from any of the COVID-19 high-risk countries should self-isolate for 14 days. It was gathered that other senators are pressuring Senate President Ahmad Lawan to prevail on their colleagues to excuse themselves from the chamber’s business. Some of them (senators) were also said to be pushing for COVID-19 test for their collea...

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