Lawal: EU, US sad about Nigeria, arm twists Buhari to suspend him

The phoney anti corruption war of the Buhari administration has become a source of embarrassment to international donor agencies as they watched with bemusement as buhari looks the other way while his acolytes loo the country dry. The last straw was watching money for humanitarian rescue mission being brazenly looted by government officials, particularly those in the presidency while Buhari pretends that all is well and pursues his vendetta and political emasculation of the opposition, using Ibrahim Magu as a hatchet man. The European Union and the American has watched…

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Buhari buckles under pressure, Suspends SGF

President Mohamed Buhari surprised pundits by coming hard on some of the musketeers in Aso Rock, Babchir Lawal and Ambassador Ayo Oke. Lawal was axed due to the long standing case of Grass cutting at the Internally Displaced Person’s, IDP, camp. It was gathered that the president was being blind shielded as to the true situation of things by those who would want to rule on his behalf and feed him false information. sources indicated that the rubbishing of the anti corruption war- the only program the APC government is…

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Buhari Launches Economic Growth Plan

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja formally launched the Economic Growth and Recovery Plan. The launch took place at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The plan which is the brainchild of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning contained 60 critical initiatives expected to help get Nigeria out of recession and reposition on the path of growth. Some of the initiatives included stablizing macro-economic, energy infrastructure and driving industrialization. Speaking at the brief ceremony that preceded the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, President Buhari…

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Buhari Bows to Saraki

By Stephen Ubanna For weeks, there have been a relative cold war between the Bukola Saraki led Senate and the Executive epitomised by President Muhammadu Buhari . The cold war was precipitated by  the non- preplacement of   Ibrahim Magu, acting Chairman, Economic  and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC by the President as his confirmation could not scale through the Senate. It was the second time the Buhari nominee has failed to scale through the Senate Confirmation. The Senators had expected Buhari to take advantage of their position to replace him but…

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Buhari Says Economy is Gradually Improving

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the nation’s economy which is currently in recession was recovering gradually. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving the outgoing Ambassador of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Fahad Bin Abdullah Sefyan, in a farewell audience at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “Noting that the last farming season was quite good, and the Nigerian economy was gradually reviving, President Buhari said the two countries would have more areas to collaborate in future,”…

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Tinubu @ 65: Personalities Shower Accolades on Tinubu

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, led prominent Nigerians from far and near to pour praises on former Lagos State Governor and All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Tinubu turns 65, today. The occasion was the 9th Bola Tinubu Colloquium tagged: ‘Make it in Nigeria: Use what we make, make what we use’, held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The colloquim attracted eminent Nigerians such as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governors Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun),…

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Buhari Sends Name of New Ministerial Nominees To Senate

After months of leaving the seats vacant, President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated two persons as minister and is seeking the approval of the Senate for their appointment. A communication on the ministerial nominees was sent to the Senate on Tuesday night. A source close to the leadership of the Senate told our correspondent that the two nominees would fill the slots of Kogi and Gombe states in the federal cabinet. The Kogi nominee will succeed the late Minister of State for Labour, Mr. James Ocholi (SAN) who died in an…

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Buhari: Two years on, Nigerian Economy gallops back to the past

On the second anniversary of the APC led government, critics and analysts are divided on how the economy will be rated-whether it can be rated as an economy that is going no where very fast, or one that is galloping backwards to the mid eighties. A third group of analysts, made up mainly of the core of Buhari Media Campaign group and some young and semi literate Northern iridentists,who seem to have graduated in the school of insults rather than reason, are sticking out their worn out reputation in defense…

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2019:El-Rufai finds ally in Bakare, plays the Machiavellian card

It could be simply politics. But Bastor Tunde Bakari of Later Rain Assembly obliquely referred to the recent memo of Nasiru el- Rufai to president Buhari as a joint work between the two of them- Pastor Bakare and el-Rufai. Interestingly, the pastor has been mute on the southern Kaduna crisis, where Christians are alleged to be the target of a systemic Religious cleansing under the watch of the governor. Last September, Bakare was said to have preached a scathing sermon against the rulership style of President Buhari, and within one…

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Senate Bombs Buhari, Obasanjo, Others

By Stephen Ubana The Conflict between Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General , Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, and the Senate over wearing of  Customs uniform may have prompted the Hope Uzodinma led Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff to initiate investigation into the alleged remittance of N4 tr into the Consolidated Revenue Account of the government  between 2006 and 2016 by the NCS and how the money was spent . Many see the Senate Committee plan as a probe of  Aliyu Mustapha,   Buba Gyang,  Abdullahi Dikko and now…

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Buhari Nominates 27 as INEC REC, Seeks Senate’s Confirmation

President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, read a letter from Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, in which he sought legislative approval for the nomination of 27 Nigerians as Resident Electoral Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission. Osinbajo transmitted the nominations to the Senate in February, when President Muhammadu Buhari was on medical vacation in the United Kingdom. Details later…… Share on:

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NASS Approves Buhari’s $500 Million Eurobond

The two arms of the National Assembly, NASS, have approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to raise additional $500 million eurobond from the international capital market to fund the 2016 Budget deficit. In the Senate, the approval was given, following an executive communication from the President that the lawmakers considered his request for $500 million Eurobond. Earlier, deputy Senate leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah, asked that Senate dissolved to the Committee of the whole to approve the request because of the urgency of the matter. In supporting the motion, Senate Minority…

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Memo: El Rufai fires first Salvo towards 2019

The current trending memo by the diminutive Kaduna state governor,Ahmad Nasiru el-Rufai, appear to have exposed the underbelly of the ruling elite group, generally regarded as the hawks around President Buhari, generally referred to as The Cabal. El Rufai has last week written a memo to president Buhari, which was conveniently leaked online and immediately topped the trending items online.In the memo he complained of those who have taken over the running of the government, indicating that the presidency is not in charge.He questioned, for example, why ministers hardly see…

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Update: FG bans, Unbans Helicopters from Kaduna

The confusion bedeviling the movement from Kaduna Airport to Abuja has resulted in policy somersaults of the ministry of Aviation as it involves the chief security officer of the president. With the arrival of the President from medical Vacation, there were already in top gear arrangement for Bristow and possibly Calverton, the Helicopter charter companies, to start airlift of dignitaries, especially foreign dignitaries who needed to come to Abuja for business. Initially, the office of the National security adviser circulated a memo advising the stoppage of any planned or existing…

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Kaduna Airport: Passengers prefer Train as the Aviation Industry count losses

The relocation of Abuja airport has began to take its toll as passengers shun the Kaduna-Abuja shuttle buses and opt for trains, resulting in high demand for first class train tickets. Besides that, helicopter shuttle has become the preferred mode of transport from kaduna to Abuja by elite travelers. But the ministry suddenly woke up and decided that helicopter airlift be banned due to security reasons-the same reason critics objected to the closure in the first place. With promises of patrol vans monitoring the roads, passengers still feel unsafe using…

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The Politics Behind President Buhari’s Resumption

By Akinwale Kasali Sequel to President Muhammadu Buhari’s arrival last Friday, he disclosed that he still needs to rest, however, reiterating that Prof. Yemi Osinbajo still remains in acting capacity. Surprisingly, the number one citizen rescind his decision to rest. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement on Monday that the Daura born president has transmitted a letter to the national assembly that he has resumed. “Buhari has formally written to the National Assembly informing the federal lawmakers…

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Rumbles in the Presidency over Osinbajo’s Performance

The five odd weeks (and counting) of Medical vacation by President Muhammadu Buhari is churning up anxieties in political quarters as political configurations are being broken and series of political alignments and realignments intensify towards the 2019 elections. This is particularly evident in the activities of the power brokers in the Aso Rock, who, this Magazine was informed, are miffed that the country seem to have woken up under the Acting Presidency of Yomi Osinbajo. For One, more strains are being put on Aso Rock staff who are now compelled…

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Buhari’s State of Health Throws the House Into Confusion

Diverse opinions over Buhari’s health from the Presidency and the Ministry of Information divides the House of Representatives into factions By Stephen Ubanna For weeks, members of the House of Representatives have been speaking in discordant tunes over President Muhammadu Buhari’s Health challenge. This is because of conflicting reports from the Presidency and the Ministry of Information and National Orientation that the President is hail and hearty. Some key officials of the government also claimed that they have spoken to the President on phone, perhaps to douse tension. They disclosed…

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