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“Wailing Cannot Stop The President From Seeing His Doctors” – Onochie
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“Wailing Cannot Stop The President From Seeing His Doctors” – Onochie

Senior Special Assistant on Social Media to President Buhari, Lauretta Onochie has replied critics of the President's foreign medical trip that the President will repeat the medical trip to the UK in 2022 and 2023, if need be. Condemnation has greeted the President's foreign medical vacation, contrary to his administration's promise to stop same, amid an indefinite and nationwide strike embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors. It would be recalled that President Buhari had in 2015 promised to stop medical tourism and save the nation's scarce foreign exchange if elected president. In fact, he promised to ban elected Government officials from foreign medical trips after he rued the millions of dollars expended on medical tourism. Checks show that the Presid...
There Will Never Be Biafra Again – Lauretta Onochie
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There Will Never Be Biafra Again – Lauretta Onochie

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

The Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari can work from anywhere and attend to documents, as he is internet savvy. Shehu also berated critics over insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari embarked on an emergency medical trip to the UK, noting that there was no emergency and that it was routine medical checks. Speaking on ChannelsTV, ‘Politics Today’ on Tuesday, Garba said: “It is a medical trip, and there is absolutely no urgency or emergency. “The President is not in any sick condition. It’s a routine medical checkup. The President has done this with a set of doctors that he has known over many years even before he came into office in 2015 and has continued to do that without any disru...
Son of Aisha Buhari’s aide adds a Mercedes Benz to his fleet of Cars
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Son of Aisha Buhari’s aide adds a Mercedes Benz to his fleet of Cars

Dibbo, the son of Dr. Hajo Sani, Senior Special Assistant on Administration, to Aisha Buhari, took to Instagram on Sunday, March 21, to show off his new Mercedes Benz. "Baby, Flex! #MyBaby Mercedes Benz  # Alhamdulillah #AndMore" he captioned the photo. It's not the first time the young man will be showing off his fleet of luxury cars. In 2018, he posted photos of cars including a Lamborghini.                 Dibbo with President Buhari       Zahra with Dibbo's mother, Dr. Sani
BBNaija’s Nengi Appointed SSA On Girl Child To Bayelsa Governor
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BBNaija’s Nengi Appointed SSA On Girl Child To Bayelsa Governor

Big Brother Naija star Nengi has been appointed the senior special assistant on the girl child to the Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri. The governor’s spokesman Daniel Alabrah confirmed the appointment to this newspaper on Friday. Born Rebecca Hampson, Nengi was congratulated by colleagues and fans on Twitter. Neo Akpofure in a tweet celebrated Nengi saying, “Omo my girl oo. Senior Special Assistant to the Governor and Face of Bayelsa State. Congrats my sister @nengiofficial.” Laycon tweeted, “My SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANT MA. MY SSA. YES MA ANYTHING FOR YOU MA. CLEAR THE ROAD FOR THE SSA. @nengiofficial.” “AYIBANENGIMOTE,” Vee wrote. Nengi was the second runner-up at the season five edition of Big Brother Naija.  
Brother To Bauchi Governor Kidnapped
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Brother To Bauchi Governor Kidnapped

He was allegedly whisked away around 7:30 pm on Wednesday evening at Anguwar Jaki in Bauchi metropolis. Although efforts to reach the Police to confirm the incident have been unsuccessful, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor confirmed it to Channels Television The governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mukhtar Gidado, announced this in a statement on Tuesday. The governor took the test after he came in contact with the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was confirmed to have been infected with the virus. Governor Mohammed had just returned to Bauchi from an official trip to Lagos after he met with Atiku’s son on the plane where both men shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. According to the statement, although he has yet to show any symptoms o...
President Buhari departs Nigeria for Japan
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President Buhari departs Nigeria for Japan

President Buhari will depart Abuja on Sunday August 25th for Japan to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) holding in the City of Yokohama, August 28-30, 2019.   According to a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari’s participation will be his second, having attended TICAD6 in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2016.   With the theme, “Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future,” the Opening Session of TICAD7 will be performed by the Japanese Prime Minister and host, Shinzo Abe.   At the event, President Buhari will deliver Nigeria’s statement during Plenary Session Three in which he will appraise Nigeria-Japan relations an...
‘A good opportunity to do more’ – Arsenal legend Kanu challenged by political appointment
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‘A good opportunity to do more’ – Arsenal legend Kanu challenged by political appointment

The football great has promised to advance sports development in his state following his new political role Nwankwo Kanu has pledged to keep supporting the growth of grassroots sports development in Nigeria. The African football great was appointed as Senior Special Assistant on sports matters to Imo State Governor Chukwuemeka Ihedioha. This role will see the two-time African Footballer of the Year advise Ihedioha on sports-related issues in his state of origin.
President Buhari Rejects The Electoral Amendment Bill For the 3rd time
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President Buhari Rejects The Electoral Amendment Bill For the 3rd time

President Buhari has declined assent to the amended electoral bill (2018) which was made by the National Assembly. This is the third time that President Buhari would be rejecting the amendments. Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Ita Enang, while speaking to state house correspondents after the Special Federal Executive Council meeting held in Abuja today, said President Buhari has communicated his decision to the National Assembly. The national assembly had passed the bill on July 24 and transmitted to the president on August 3rd. Among the controversies on the bill were the reordering of the sequence of the 2019 elections, placing the presidential last, instead of the governorship and state assemblies and exclusion of card readers.
‘N1.6bn Linked To Me Was For A Church Building Project’ Goodluck Jonathan’s Former Aide Tells Court
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‘N1.6bn Linked To Me Was For A Church Building Project’ Goodluck Jonathan’s Former Aide Tells Court

The former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Domestic Affairs, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, today told Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, that the N1.6 billion traced to him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was proceeds of donations towards a church building project. Dudafa stated this during his examination-in-chief by his lawyer, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), after opening his defence on the alleged fraud charge. Dudafa and his co-accused, Iwejuo Joseph Nna, were on June 11th 2016, first arraigned before the court by the EFCC on a 23-count charge of conspiracy to conceal proceeds of crime amounting to N1.6 billion. At the resumed hearing of the case today, Dudafa told the court that the N1.6 billion the antigraft...
Secret Service Is Analysing The Voice In Leah Sharibu’s Audio – Presidency
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Secret Service Is Analysing The Voice In Leah Sharibu’s Audio – Presidency

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity has said the presidency is investigating the leaked audio linked to Leah Sharibu, currently in circulation. Leah Sharibu is currently the only Dapchi girl still in the custody of Boko Haram and according to Shehu, the president is determined not to rest until all the girls are freed, just as he noted that "in dealing with terrorists, nothing is too trivial". "We are aware of the audio in circulation concerning the unfortunate situation of our daughter, Leah Sharibu. In dealing with terrorists, nothing is too trivial. The secret service is analyzing the voice. Our reaction will follow the outcome of the investigation. For President Buhari, nothing will be spared in bringing all our girls home. He will...
Delta Assembly Deputy Speaker Surprises His Loyal Aides With A Duplex And New Car
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Delta Assembly Deputy Speaker Surprises His Loyal Aides With A Duplex And New Car

To celebrate the Easter festivity and also to appreciate his aides’ loyalty, the Delta State House of Assembly Deputy Speaker, Friday Osanebi gave a 5 bedroom Duplex and Toyota Camry to two of his aides yesterday. The beneficiary of the five bedroom duplex, Mr Osifihor Omamoke, an indigene of Iyede in Isoko South and Senior Special Assistant to Osanebi, while Comrade Obinne Agbanashi from Akarai-Ekiti in Ndokwa East local government area and Media Assistant to the Deputy Speaker got the Toyota Camry. According to reports, the lawmaker did not rent the house for his loyal aide to be staying, but built it for him, with all land documents belonging to the aide.
Buhari Approves UNILAG TV License
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Buhari Approves UNILAG TV License

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approved a television licence for the University of Lagos (UNILAG TV). This was disclosed after a meeting with the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and the Senior Special Assistant, Garba Shehu, at the Presidential Villa. Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, said the approval of the TV station was a confirmation of the president’s position on promoting free press and unhindered access to information. Ogundipe said the TV station would enhance research-oriented education and ease communication within and outside the university campus. “It is now on record that the present administration signed the first campus TV licence and we remain deeply grateful to the president. “Th...
Former Katsina Military Governor, Yahaya Madaki Is Dead
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Former Katsina Military Governor, Yahaya Madaki Is Dead

A former military governor of Katsina state, Colonel John Yahaya Madaki, is dead.   Madaki born in Gurara Local Government Area of Niger state, was Katsina governor from December 1989 to January 1992.     The deceased was commanding officer of the 123 Guards Battalion at Ikeja during the 1985 coup which brought General Ibrahim Babangida to power.   Madaki was an influential member of the Catholic Church and was a holder of the Order of St. Gregory (KSG) awarded by the Pope in 2009.   Katsina state Governor, Aminu Masari, has expressed sadness over the demise.   He said Madaki’s passing would reverberate beyond his military constituency.     Masari, in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media, A...
Buhari, Gov Masari, Mourn Ex-Kaduna Governor, Lawal Kaita
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Buhari, Gov Masari, Mourn Ex-Kaduna Governor, Lawal Kaita

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family, government and people of Katsina State over the demise of Alhaji Lawal Kaita, a former governor of the old Kaduna state. This is contained in a statement, Tuesday night by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. Shehu stated that the President, who was briefed Tuesday evening on the death of the former Governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), described the deceased as a complete gentleman. President Buhari noted that late Kaita had served his people and the nation with total commitment and devotion. He said “Nigeria has lost a distinguished leader. We are all saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace.” Similarly, Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has expressed sadness over t...
Former Dickson’s Aide Dies In Patience Jonathan’s Hotel
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Former Dickson’s Aide Dies In Patience Jonathan’s Hotel

A Former Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, but presently a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Nasko Egei, was on Friday night found dead at the Aridolf Resort Wellness and Spa, owned by former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. Nasko, as friends fondly called him, was SSA to Dickson on Youth Development in the governor’s first term. Though the cause of his death is yet to be ascertained, some sources said the deceased was allegedly poisoned by a female companion with whom he went to the hotel on the fateful day. Others claimed he died peacefully in his sleep in one of the rooms.   A kinsman of Nasko, who is also an APC leader in the state, said the death was suspicious, challenging the hotel authoritie...
Governor Obaseki Appoints SSA On Human Trafficking, Illegal Migration
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Governor Obaseki Appoints SSA On Human Trafficking, Illegal Migration

A Benin based Human Rights Activist, Mr Solomon Okoduwa, has been appointed as Senior Special Assistant on Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo. Okoduwa, who is the President, Initiative for Youth Awareness on Migration, Immigration, Development and Reintegration, was also a member of the state committee against human trafficking. He has been at the forefront on the awareness on the dangers of illegal migration and benefits of getting engaged back home in Nigeria and Edo in particular. Edo has witnessed an unprecedented returnees from Libya within the last six weeks. The State Attorney General and Commissioner for justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, on Thursday disclosed that 1,439 returnees had been received by the government from late October to date. ...
144 Nigerians Stranded And Held In Detention Camps In Libya Flown Back To The Country
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144 Nigerians Stranded And Held In Detention Camps In Libya Flown Back To The Country

144 Nigerians stranded in Libya returned from the country yesterday, according to information provided by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhammad Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora matters, Hon Abike Dabiri The plane landed at around 6:45 pm as another aircraft is expected with another 250 Nigerians in the early hours of this morning. They were welcomed at the airport by Dabiri and the wife of the Lagos State Governor Mrs Bolanle Ambode.  
Federal Govt Warns Prospective Applicants To Stop Paying For Recruitment Exercise
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Federal Govt Warns Prospective Applicants To Stop Paying For Recruitment Exercise

The Federal Government, on Thursday, warned the prospective applicants into the Federal Civil Service to stop paying either for the recruitment exercise or application form, saying it is illegal and any officer caught in such habit would face the full wrath of the law. Acting Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC), Deaconess Joan Ayo, disclosed this in Abuja during a seminar organised by the Oyo State Government for its indigenes residents in the Northern part of the country. Deaconess Ayo, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Recruitment Department of the commission, Mr. Bala Muhammed, said it is illegal to demand for money from any applicant before securing job. According to him, we are aware that some people paid N500, 000 or N300, 000 to secure application fo...
President Buhari Urges Troops To Stand Against Secession
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President Buhari Urges Troops To Stand Against Secession

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday told troops of the Nigerian military that they would be the biggest losers if Nigeria should disintegrate as being canvassed by some groups and individuals. He therefore asked the military men to stand firm because the country’s security was in their hands and the hands of God. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President spoke when he marked the National Independence Day in Maiduguri, Borno State, the epicentre of the Boko Haram terrorism and insurgency, to honour the courage and sacrifices of the Nigerian Armed Forces. The ceremony, which was said to be marked with a display of military hardware and a show of air power by the Nigerian Air Force, took place at the Maimalari Militar...
Presidency Charges Nigerians To Demand More From States On Disaster Management
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Presidency Charges Nigerians To Demand More From States On Disaster Management

The presidency on Sunday expressed the readiness of the Federal Government to ensure timely release of the Ecological Fund to enable states tackle pressing environmental challenges in their localities. It however pointed out that Nigerians have a role to play by demanding more from state governments on the judicious use of the Ecological Fund to be released. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who made this assertion, assured that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would continue to assist flood victims across the country. Pointing out that states take a large chunk from the Ecological Fund, he said at an audience participatory programme on FRCN Kaduna that it was the right of citizens to demand the judicious use of the fun...
Presidential Mis-Communication, Aso Rock Rodents And Other Matters
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Presidential Mis-Communication, Aso Rock Rodents And Other Matters

I do not know how far the outright incompetent communication at Nigeria’s Presidency would get before the people speak up to its inappropriateness. I agree that it ordinarily should not be the people’s responsibility to complain about those who speak for the President; that should, in fact, be the prerogative of the one who hired them. However, this can only happen when the one who should make the call understands his own communication needs. Where he does not, as is the case here, and now, the citizens have a right to protest. They, after all, pay these people, their principal and the whole machinery of government. And more importantly, every form of mis-communication or no communication at all, brings a measure of ridicule on us all. Take Monday’s offering of the Senior Special Ass...
Acting President Osinbajo Not In Charge – PDP
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Acting President Osinbajo Not In Charge – PDP

The main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, says Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is not in charge of the country. It said actions taken by the Acting President had shown that power was not handed over to him contrary to the claim by the Presidency that ailing President Muhammadu Buhari ceded power to him (Osinbajo) before leaving Nigeria for London on medical trip more than 90 days ago. Spokesperson for the party, Dayo Adeyeye, who spoke on Sunday, wondered why the Acting President had refused to assign portfolios to the two ministers that were sworn in more than two weeks ago. Adeyeye, who was a former minister of state for works, observed that the action of the Acting President indicated that he was just a figurehead. He said, “The Acting President is not in charg...
Ozubulu Killings: Osinbajo Sends Delegation To Anambra
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Ozubulu Killings: Osinbajo Sends Delegation To Anambra

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is sending a five-man Federal Government delegation to Anambra State on Saturday, to visit and condole with the government and people of the state over last Sunday’s attack on worshippers at the St. Philips Catholic Church in Ofufe-Amakwa, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the State. According to a press release signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, the delegation is made up of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole; Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State for Environment, Mallam Ibrahim Usman Jibril; and the w. The mandate of the delegation, among other assignments is to present a c...
Kogi Re-Opens Forests, Trains Managers On New Tariff
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Kogi Re-Opens Forests, Trains Managers On New Tariff

The Kogi State Government on Wednesday organised a one-day training for its forestry officers, guards and contractors on forestry tariff and tree planting in the lead up to the re-opening of its forests. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the government had placed a ban on forestry activities in the state on March 17, 2016, so as to enable the government to have total control of its forests. In her address, the Commissioner for the Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, said that the training was aimed at preparing all the stakeholders to come on board. She said that all those coming on board would go through the process basically to ensure the enforcement of laws that were enacted to protect the forest resources. “For the forests to be re-opened; there...
Osinbajo Drops Two ICPC Board Nominees Under Probe
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Osinbajo Drops Two ICPC Board Nominees Under Probe

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has dropped two persons nominated to the board of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission. They were dropped for reportedly being under investigation by the same commission. Osinbajo had last week named a new chairman and board members for the commission. The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, disclosed on his Twitter handle on Sunday that the nomination of the affected persons had been stepped down. Akande wrote, “We are stepping down two of the new ICPC board nominees who have ongoing investigation issues with the commission as this presents a conflict. “While existence of allegations or petitions against someone shouldn’t necessarily disqualify them fro...
Photos Of Kidnappers Arrested In Imo State
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Photos Of Kidnappers Arrested In Imo State

Dr. Chris Ekwueme nabs suspected kidnappers in Oru West Late last night, when men were asleep, the workaholic Senior Special Assistant to Governor Okorocha on Security, Orlu zone, Dr. Chris Ekwueme traced these dare devil kidnap suspects to their hide out in a dreaded drug joint where they were eventually arrested with combined efforts of Dr. Ekwueme and the men of the Imo Security Network. Expectedly, they will be handed over to the police while investigation continues.
ICYMI: No ID Number, No Passport From 2018 — NIS
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ICYMI: No ID Number, No Passport From 2018 — NIS

The Nigeria Immigration Service says from January 1, 2018, anybody without the National Identification Number, issued by the National Identity Management Commission, will not be able to procure Nigerian passport. It added that the condition applied to both first-time applicants and those renewing their expired document. The Comptroller-General of the NIS, Mr. Mohammed Babandede, disclosed this to State House correspondents after a meeting of database harmonisation committee at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday. Babandede said the decision was taken as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to ease the process of doing business in the country. He said thenceforth, there would be no need for individuals to have their biometrics captured by the NIS and NIMC separately. ...
Aso Villa Staff Put On Standby For President Buhari’s Return
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Aso Villa Staff Put On Standby For President Buhari’s Return

All is now set for President Muhammadu Buhari’s return from the United Kingdom as State House staff have been put on standby. Daily Trust learnt that some family members of the president and his wife’s security aides arrived Abuja yesterday. An aide to the wife of the president hinted that Mrs Aisha Buhari might also return to Nigeria Wednesday. President Buhari has been in the United Kingdom since May 7 undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment. Mrs Buhari’s aide said: “The information just reached me now from the wife of the president, that everything is set for the return of Mr President to Nigeria. Already, some of the president’s family members and security aides of madam (Aisha Buhari) have just returned from London. “The wife of the president may either leave Lo...
No Plan To Shut Down Radio Kwara – Govt
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No Plan To Shut Down Radio Kwara – Govt

The Kwara State Government has described as completely untrue and an attempt to misinform the public, a story making the rounds on social media platforms about an alleged plan to “shutdown Kwara Radio (A.M).” The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede, said that contrary to the fake news being peddled on social media, the government is actually planning to upgrade Radio Kwara and Midland FM. He also assured that there is no truth whatsoever in the second leg of the said piece which alleged that the government was planning to sell the land on which the Radio Kwara transmitters are located. “The Ahmed administration has never thought of shutting down Radio Kwara and it has no intention of selling the land on which the station’s tran...
Bihari’s Chief Of Staff Leads Fed Govt Delegation To Maitama Sule’s Funeral
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Bihari’s Chief Of Staff Leads Fed Govt Delegation To Maitama Sule’s Funeral

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday named Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, as the head of the Federal Government delegation to the funeral of Alhaji Maitama Sule. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity (Office of the Vice-President), Mr Laolu Akande, made this known on his Twitter handle on Tuesday in Abuja. Other members of the delegation, according to Akande, include the Minister of Interior, retired Abdulrahaman Danbazau; Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi; and the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu. The presidential aide revealed that the Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris and some government functionaries were part of the delegation. The delegation is to submit Presi...
Support Nigeria To Confront Child-Soldiers In Conflict Areas – Osinbajo Tells AU
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Support Nigeria To Confront Child-Soldiers In Conflict Areas – Osinbajo Tells AU

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has called on the African Union (AU) member states to support Nigeria’s effort to strengthen the engagement in confronting the menace of child soldiers and millions of out-of-school children in armed conflict areas. Osinbajo made the call yesterday at the ongoing African Union summit in Addis Ababa where he led the discussion on peace and security as the Chairman of the AU’s Peace and Security Council, a continental equivalent of the UN’s Security Council. “We have no choice, peace, security and stability are fundamental to the realization of sustainable development and to assure our peoples of decent and happy lives. “As we move towards silencing the guns by 2020, our collective resolve must remain solid and steadfast to effectively tackle conflicts...
Biafra Referendum: Nnamdi Kanu Wasting His Time – Presidency
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Biafra Referendum: Nnamdi Kanu Wasting His Time – Presidency

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla has said the call by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, and others for referendum was a wasted effort, and without sense. Speaking with The Sun, the Presidential aide noted that restructuring would not solve the myriad of problems confronting the nation. He said, “The demand for a referendum with regards to Biafra is a constitutional impossibility. “It is a legal and political impossibility. There is no provision in the constitution of the country or any other law that provides for a part of the country to break away. “It is a nonsensical demand. Biafra ended on the January 15, 1970. I think the agitators are just expressing their rights to freedom of ...
Captain Suntai And The Final Flight To Glory
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Captain Suntai And The Final Flight To Glory

Governor Danbaba Danfulani Suntai was the very soul and spirit of governance. He was the emblem and the signature of power. He was the scepter and the throne in all its radiance and splendour. He was indeed the purple robe and the crown of the king. His gait, language and thought process is symbolic of royal leadership. He was the main issue in Taraba history and the heart of its narrative for decades. He was, above all, my boss. I learnt from him in a way no one could have taught me. In his stern rebukes and the times he has sat me down for admonitions, I found my bearings. I hear my boss is dead. I laugh because that can’t be true. He would live on in the hearts of men. He would live forever in the history books. His immortality is etched, not in an effigy, but in the tapestry of our ...
Presidency Congratulates British-Nigerian Nationals Elected To UK Parliament
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Presidency Congratulates British-Nigerian Nationals Elected To UK Parliament

The presidency has congratulated seven British-Nigerian nationals for their victory at the United Kingdom’s Parliamentary elections held on Thursday. The candidates are: Chi Onwurah (Newcastle), Kate Osamor (Edmonton), Kemi Badenock (Saffron Walden) and Bim Afolani (Hitchin & Harpenden). Others are: Chuka Umunna (Streatham), Fiona Onasanya (Peterborough) and Helen Grant (Maidstone & The Weald). The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in a congratulatory message to the candidates, said their election to the UK parliament was evidence that Nigerians will continue to excel anywhere in the world. “On behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, I hereby congratulate the seven British-Nigerian candidates, who won ...
Buhari Appoints Ismaeel Ahmed As Aide On Social Investment Programmes
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Buhari Appoints Ismaeel Ahmed As Aide On Social Investment Programmes

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has approved the appointment of National Chairman of the All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF), Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed, as the Senior Special Assistant to President Mohammed Buhari on Social Investment Programmes. Barrister Ismaeel’s appointment took effect from May 26th, 2017, and will assume office to coordinate the administration’s social protection schemes. Born and raised in the ancient city of Kano, Barrister Ismaeel graduated from University of Abuja with a Law degree, a Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy from Webster University in the USA, and an LL.M from University of Chicago IL, USA. In 2011, Barrister Ismaeel contested the House of Reps seat to represent his constituency in Kano State. Ever since, he has been in...
Don’t Drag Buhari’s Name Into Rejection Of South-East Devt Bill – Legislative Aide
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Don’t Drag Buhari’s Name Into Rejection Of South-East Devt Bill – Legislative Aide

Presidential aide, Kawu Sumaila, says it is unwarranted for South-East members of the House of Representatives to dragged the President Muhammadu Buhari into the recent rejection of a bill seeking to establish the South East Development Commission by the Green Chambers. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Reps.) stated this in reaction to a comment allegedly made by the Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Chukwuka Onyema, that even the President made some impeachable offences which the caucus overlooked for peace to reign were uncalled for. Sumaila reacted thus, “I was shocked to hear this from such a lawmaker, who ought to know that the executive arm of government is different from the legislative arm in practice and principle. “I...
Akeredolu, Kekemeke Trade Words As Ondo APC Crisis Deepens
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Akeredolu, Kekemeke Trade Words As Ondo APC Crisis Deepens

The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State deepened late Wednesday as the embattled Chairman of the party, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, and governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu engaged in verbal war. Kekemeke accused the governor of deploying violence in order to take over the structure of the party. But, the governor described Kekemeke’s accusation as “the plaintive cry of a man whose influence has waned as due recompense for non-perfomance “. Kekemeke in a letter to the Southwest Zonal executive of the APC led by Chief Pius Akinyelure alleged that the governor was deploying state machinery in order to unconstitutionaly take over the State Executive Committee of the party. But Governor Akeredolu who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Special duties and st...
NDDC Projects Designed To Enrich Individuals – Osinbajo
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NDDC Projects Designed To Enrich Individuals – Osinbajo

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday alleged that some of the projects initiated by the Niger Delta Development Commission for the region in the past years were not designed to succeed. He claimed that the projects were deliberately meant to enrich some individuals. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Acting President spoke while receiving a delegation from Bayelsa State regarding the $3.6bn Brass Fertilizer and Petro-Chemical Company that is expected to come on stream soon. The delegation which included executives of the company was led by the state governor, Seriake Dickson. Osinbajo was quoted as lamenting that only 12% completion rate was recorded in several of the projects undertaken by the NDDC ...
Buhari Must Resign – Gov Fayose Fights Garba Shehu On Channels TV
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Buhari Must Resign – Gov Fayose Fights Garba Shehu On Channels TV

WATCH THE FIGHT BETWEEN FAYOSE AND GARBA SHEHU ON CHANNELS TELEVISION. After Governor Fayose called on President Buhari to resign, there was a serious fight on Channels TV as the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described Ekiti State governor’s call for President Buhari’s resignation as an act of desperation for publicity. In a chat with Channels TV last night, Garba said the presidency never responds to anything Fayose says. His words: “I’m sad that you are inviting me to speak on Governor Fayose. If you follow the Presidency, we don’t talk when he talks because he is desperate for publicity. “We have a constitution that governs the country and the constitution is very clear about how the country runs. This country has a t...
Amosun Commissions $100m Factory
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Amosun Commissions $100m Factory

Amosun Commissions $100m Factory To Provide 3,000 Jobs Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has called on corporate organizations in the state to collaborate with the government in the area of infrastructural development. The governor stated this recently while commissioning a $100m factory owned by Hayat Kimya Nigeria Limited in the Agbara axis of Ogun State. Describing Ogun State as the investment destination of choice in Nigeria, Governor Amosun said the Turkish factory has the capacity to generate over 3,000 direct and indirect employment. While assuring that the state government was not resting on its oars in the area of infrastructural development, Governor Amosun informed that contractors have been mobilised back on the Agbara-Atan road which leads to the fac...
Nigerian Govt To Prosecute Escapee N-power Volunteers In 2017
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Nigerian Govt To Prosecute Escapee N-power Volunteers In 2017

The Federal Government says it will prosecute N-Power volunteers who are receiving monthly stipends but refuse to appear at their primary places of assignment. Afolabi Imoukhuede, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation (N-Power Scheme), disclosed this at a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum. He said the government had discovered 17 N-power volunteers who had been receiving salary since December but who had refused to go to their primary places of assignment. “This issue of them not going to work is exception that we are not going to take chances. “We are going to really blow that exception so that it becomes a deterrent. “Because in the school where I identified them, their dutiful colleagues, the volunteers who are the true Ambassadors of N-power, are the...
Obed Asiegbu: Gunmen Attack SSA To Abia State Governor
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Obed Asiegbu: Gunmen Attack SSA To Abia State Governor

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu's Senior Special Assistant on E-Governance (Social Media), Obed Asiegbu, was yesterday, Sunday reportedly attacked by Gunmen attached to City Base filling station located at Aba Road in Umuahia, Abia State. Though details of the attack have not been made open, the Governor's Aide has this to say as he shared to a friend: "I am at the CPS, I was attacked by an armed man attached to easy oil filling station on Aba road. He shot at me while I was leaving the station after buying fuel. My car was riddled with bullets. He attempted to kill me with his gun after head butting me. The case has being reported to the police at the moment."
Executive Orders: Osinbajo To Meet Civil Servants On Wednesday
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Executive Orders: Osinbajo To Meet Civil Servants On Wednesday

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo , will on Wednesday meet some mid level and senior government officials as part of strategies to ensure the implementation of the three Executive Orders he signed on Thursday. The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday. Akande said the present administration would drive the executive orders signed vigorously in its determination to significantly transform the business environment and how government business is done in the country. He said the executive order on business environment and promoting “Made in Nigeria ” products would be the topic of discussion during Osinbajo ’ s interactive session with the officials on Wednesday...
Doyin Okupe Spotted In A Keke Napep In Lagos
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Doyin Okupe Spotted In A Keke Napep In Lagos

Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe was spotted inside a tricycle popularly known as 'Keke Napep' yesterday in Lagos. According to him, after nearly 2hourrs in traffic on Oba Akinjobi Rd, GRA, Ikeja on his way to church, he decided to board the Keke Marwa to ease his journey...
2017 Budget Faces Fresh Hurdle At National Assembly
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2017 Budget Faces Fresh Hurdle At National Assembly

Legislators have delayed forwarding the 2017 budget to the presidency for assent after allegations of illegal alterations were raised by some members yesterday, Daily Trust has learnt. The two chambers of National Assembly passed the budget Thursday after several months of delay. However, it was gathered that the allegations are already creating ripples among some senators. Many of them are said to be calling for the document to be properly scrutinised and the illegal insertions weeded out before it is presented to the presidency for assent. Accusing fingers are being pointed at the Senate works committee as being responsible for the alterations lately discovered in the budget. The committee is headed by Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano) who is said to be outside the country at the mo...
Amosun’s Convoy And CBN Bullion Van Accident Photos
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Amosun’s Convoy And CBN Bullion Van Accident Photos

CBN Convoy Rams Into Governor Amosun’s Convoy Governor Escapes Unhurt Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday, narrowly escaped unhurt when a convoy of bullion vans belonging to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN rammed into the governor’s convoy on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The incident, which occurred around Ibafo, while the Governor was traveling to Lagos for an official assignment, saw the CBN convoy damaging the escort vehicle in the governor’s convoy. The CBN convoy, driving dangerously, attempted to overtake the governor’s convoy without regards for the safety of other road users. On sensing danger, the Ogun Governor’s escort commander used a public address system mounted on his vehicle to warn the CBN convoy to desist from such reckless driving. ...
Senate Considers Buhari’s Leave Letter, President Calls Osinbajo Co-ordinator
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Senate Considers Buhari’s Leave Letter, President Calls Osinbajo Co-ordinator

The letter, written by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly, to inform the lawmakers of his medical leave and to transmit power to his deputy, is generating controversy. Buhari had stated that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo would coordinate the affairs of the nation while he was away instead of writing that Osinbajo would act as the President. Senate President Bukola Saraki, at the plenary on Tuesday, read the letter from Buhari, informing the legislature of his medical vacation in the United Kingdom. Buhari said his stay in the UK would be determined by his doctors. While the President said in the letter that Osinbajo would “coordinate” the governance of the country during his absence, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa criticised the letter as not naming Osinbajo as Acting Pr...
Boko Haram Took Good Care Of The 82 Chibok Girls, They Look Better – Garba Shehu
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Boko Haram Took Good Care Of The 82 Chibok Girls, They Look Better – Garba Shehu

Parents to identify Chibok girls with pictures May 8, 2017 Leon Usigbe - Abuja THE photographs of newly freed 82 Chibok schoolgirls have been snapped and given to their community leaders to pass on to parents for the purpose of identifying their children, the Tribune Online has learnt. It was gathered that Presidency took the decision to adopt this option of photographing them in order to avoid the chaotic experience that followed the release of 21 of the school girls in October last year where several parents claimed individual girls as their own because of similarity in their names. The Tribune Online learnt that photographers were brought into where the girls were being quartered to have their pictures taken which are now being distributed to Chibok community leaders who ha...

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