Maina: The Mungono Set Up

By Stephen Ubanna For months that the Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, Pension Reform Fund, saga broke out in the country, Babagana Mungono a retired Major General and    National Security Adviser, NSA,  to President Muhammadu Buhari had never been mentioned in connection with it. He had been seen as one who is committed to his job allowing the likes of Mamman Lawal Daura , Director General,  State Security Service, SSS, Ibrahim Magu, acting  Chairman, Economic  and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, other Security Chiefs to  be visible in the Administration. But many…

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Buhari Writes Senate For Confirmation Of 10 CCB Nominees

President Muhammadu Buhari has written the Senate seeking confirmation of 10 nominees of the Code of Conduct Bureau. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read the president’s letter on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday. The letter is seeking urgent confirmation of the president’s nominees.  The letter stated that in compliance with section 541 of the 1999 constitution as amended and in pursuant to sections 1(2) and 1(3) of the code of conduct bureau act LFN 2004, the president wrote to request the confirmation of the nominees. “The curriculum vitae of…

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Buhari Attends EU-AU Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to attend the 5th European Union-African Union Summit in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. According to a statement on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the summit will hold on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Adesina, in the statement made available to journalists in Abuja, said Buhari would participate in working sessions on the summit’s theme, “Investing in the Youth for a Sustainable Development.” He added that the President will, on the margins of the summit, meet with a number of African Heads of State and…

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Buhari Inaugurates New Minimum Wage Committee

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday inaugurated the National Minimum Wage Committee. The tripartite committee chaired by Ms. Ama People is saddled with the responsibility of negotiating a new National Minimum Wage for the Nigerian workers.  Buhari inaugurated the 30-member committee inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.   Details later…..

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Atiku defects and 2019 permutation changes

Atiku Abubakar contested for the presidential primaries three times, one at candidate level, two at nomination levels and lost. Muhammadu Buhari contested contested three times at candidate level and lost. Atiku has been contesting in different parties. Buhari was also contesting in different parties. There the similarity ends. While Buhari is a Northern iredentist and ethnic bigot, Atiku is a liberal minded politician that married from the three major tribes of Nigeria. Buhari concentrated on his Fulani tribe.Buhari contested a fourth time and won. Now Atiku wants to contest a…

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2019: Tinubu Says No Automatic Ticket For Buhari

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday declared that the party would follow the normal democratic process in choosing its standard bearer for the 2019 presidential election. He said the leadership of the party had not endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari as its sole candidate for the forthcoming presidential election. His declaration was against the recent endorsement of President Muhammadu as the sole candidate of  the APC for the 2019 election by the APC governors.  Tinubu held a closed meeting with the leaders of the…

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Anambra elections: Dancing on a knife edge

Anambra has been under scrutiny and a sort of siege because of Governorship elections coming up Saturday. Already the federal government has drafted a legion of security agents, as if it is a second Biafran war that is on. 26,000 policemen were dispatched to the state• The Army released 10,000 personnel, Navy 5,000, Air Force 3,000, Civil Defense 11,000 •There were 3,000 Security Dogs,100 Gun boats and 15 Armored Personnel Carriers. For the Federal government, this is a war that must be won. And for this, the All Progressives Congress…

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FG To Hire Economic Growth Expert For N458 Million

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved the hiring of a consultant to conduct a study that will aid the implementation of the present administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the Council presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Udoma put the cost of the approved consultancy job at N458m. He said the consultant would identify relevant stakeholders in both private and public sectors…

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2019: The Buhari Gameplan rolls out

2019 has become another danger zone for the history of Nigeria since it is becoming clearer by the day that President Mohammadu Buhari has no intention of vacating the seat at the expiry of his first term in office. Impunity, brigandage and the usual political shenanigans has heightened in recent times. Nothing buttresses the point more that the upcoming Anambra election. First, Buhari used the opportunity for a much desired tour of the east as a conquered territory. Beside the commissioning of low level project on the invitation of the…

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Buhari Rewards D’Tigress

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday  redeemed his promise to reward D’Tigress for winning the  2017 Afrobasket in Mali. According to Nneka Anibeze,  media adviser to  Sports Minister Solomon Dalung,  each player got N1m while  the five coaches  got N500,000 each. Dalung said sport in Nigeria was moving to greater heights through the  support of Buhari. The minister praised  the President for his administration’s  contribution to the development of sports in Nigeria.  Nigeria Basketball Federation vice-president  Babs Ogunade also praised Buhari  for redeeming his promise to reward the team. He said,…

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Zimbabwe: Buhari Wants Constitution To Be Respected

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday called for calm, peace and respect for the constitution in Zimbabwe. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President urged all political and military stakeholders in Zimbabwe to avoid any action that may plunge the country into unnecessary conflict and impact negatively on the region. “Every attempt must be made to resolve all contentious issues by constitutional means in Zimbabwe to save the country from avoidable political instability,” Buhari was quoted as saying. The appeal by…

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Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency, a disaster foretold

Muhammadu Buhari has his presidency moving from one scandal to another in quick succession in recent times. But the foundation was laid a long time ago. The similarity between the current presidency and his first coming in mid 80s has been well documented. but his failing health and age crisis has rendered the country a banana republic where the country is run by proxy. It is believed that the main persons who run the country even hold him in contempt, and this has become so bad that the belief of…

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Teachers Sack: Buhari Backs El-Rufai

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday backed the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-rufai’s planned sacking of 21,780 teachers who recently failed the competency test conducted by the state government. Buhari made his position know at a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council on the challenges facing the Education sector in Nigeria themed: “Education in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects”. He said it was not acceptable for teachers not to be better than their students. Details later

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Buhari Back On Track

By Stephen Ubanna President Muhammadu Buhari may have taken effective control of the government from the alleged cabal in the Presidency and the National Assembly who call  the shot  in the government. he may have heeded the support of the Buhari Support Organisation, BSO, to carry  the leadership and Chieftains of the All Progressive Congress, APC, along  in the running of the government. Prior to the crisis in the party, the President has been accused of enjoying only the loyalty of only John Odigie Oyegun, the Chairman of the party,…

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2019:Buhari puting machinary in motion

By Uche Mbah   2019 election preparation is in top gear for politicians who are angling different positions. But, like his predecessors who became intoxicated with power once they step into Aso Rock, feelers appear to indicate that the preparations for the grand prize of presidency in 2019 is one of Buhari cards. And such preparations are in top gear. For starters, various humongous groups have started trying to convince him to run. Recently, the Buhari Support Organization, BSO, opened a new national headquarters in Abuja, preparatory for President Muhammadu…

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2019: Buhari pulls Abacha style

2019 has taken center stage in the Nigerian polity. It is as if the year 2018 is not part of the Nigerian political calendar. Even though President Muhammadu Buhari has not officially acknowledged his interest, it is believed that their is tacit approval to the move by different groups to drag him into the race. In a subtle move reminiscent of the Abacha era, different groups are busy asking him to run, insisting-at least in principle-that their is no alternative to Buhari. Abacha, the late military maximum ruler, formed five…

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Kachiukwu, Baru and $26bn Alleged Fraud: The Whole Story

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu     The feud between Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachiukwu and the Group Managing Director, GMD, of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru has unearthed untold intrigues surrounding the Minister’s initial appointment as the GMD of the NNPC when he came on board the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, and then later Minister of State for Petroleum. It has been learnt that President Buhari was a excited by Kachiukwu’s intimidating work and academic credentials and was primed at handing him Nigeria’s oil sector to…

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Ibe Kachukwu letter sparks controversy

With the current trending letter of the Minister of state , Ibe Kachikwu,anti corruption war of the present All Progressives Congress government appears to have taken a hard knock in recent times as reports of financial recklessness inundate the media space. From the scandal of the former Secretary General of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal,who allegedly used N270 million to clear the grass at the Internally Displaced People’s, IDP, camp by awarding the contract to his own private firm against civil service rules; to the chief of Staff, Mallam Abba…

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SERAP Asks Buhari To Suspend Baru

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting him to use his “good offices and leadership position to urgently refer the allegations of corruption and abuse of office against Mr Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for investigation, and if there is relevant and sufficient admissible evidence, for him to face prosecution.” The organization also urged Buhari to…

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