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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FG Moves to Employ 350,000 Graduates

By Akinwale Kasali The Federal Government yesterday announced its intention to employ an additional 350,000 in 2017. The graduates will be employed under the government’s component Social Investment Programmes called the N-Power Volunteer Corps. Mr. Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Media Publicity, makes the disclosure over the weekend. Akande said President Muhammadu Buhari had requested an appropriation of N157.75bn in the 2017 budget estimates for the N-Power scheme, in which 350,000 unemployed graduates will be employed, with more to be hired…

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Group Calls for the Resignation of President Buhari

By Akinwale Kasali This is not the best time for President Muhammadu Buhari. The Daura born President is under heavy criticism for his poor state of health, which has affected him in discharging his duty as the number one citizen of the country. This has prompted some Nigerians to call for his immediate resignation. A Non-Governmental Organisation called the Youth Rebirth Advocacy, under the auspices of Youth Initiative for Transparency said that an already prepared script is been played out by the President and his kitchen cabinet, which Nigerians won’t…

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FG doles out N70m to 56 inventors

By Akinwale Kasali Over 50 people  received grants from the 2016 Presidential Standing Committee on Inventions and Innovations (PSCII) inaugurated by the Muhammadu Buhari administration. Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who handed out cheques to the beneficiaries, said the funds were meant to empower them to improve, mass-produce, commercialise their products where necessary and register the patents. The minister noted that government undertook the initiative because success would lead to the development of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), which in turn would enhance job and wealth…

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Journalists Write Buhari On Southern Kaduna, Call For Stakeholders’ Conference

By Akinwale Kasali Foremost Nigerian media rights group, Journalists for Democratic Rights, (JODER) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to launch an intensive campaign aimed at mopping up arms in the hands of non-state actors across the country, especially in the Northern states. This is necessary to stem the tide of violence that threatens the country’s stability, the media group stated. JODER also urged the President to create time to visit Southern Kaduna, saying such a step will boost the dwindling trust of the feuding parties in his government. JODER called…

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War On Judges

President Muhammadu Buhari bares his fangs against judges in his avowed quest to clean the Augean stable of the Nigerian judiciary By Bayo Bernard President Muhammadu Buhari delivered a bitter parting gift to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Mohammed Mahmoud few days to his retirement due for later this year. The judiciary under you is corrupt was the verdict passed on Mahmoud whose tenure as CJN terminates  in November. In the middle of the night of October 9,  the president ordered the nation’s secret police, the Department of State…

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APC: Messy Melee

Aisha Buhari joins the fray as APC crisis rages By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Aisha Buhari, wife of the President Muhammadu Buhari , may not be a politician but as the better half of a politician who is also Nigeria’s president, she is not isolated from random political mussings, especially when it has to with her husband and his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC. Last week Mrs Buhari during an interview with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) , Hausa Service comfirmed APC is indeed engulfed in crisis, public affairs commentators quickly concluded…

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Re: Nigerian Economy Since 1999: Myths, Lies and Data

Letter By Uzoma Ngozi When will Nigeria come out recession? Who will deliver Nigeria? But for Nigeria to come out of this economic state, our leaders must speak and act in truth. Opeyemi Agbaje wrote an article titled, “Nigerian Economy Since 1999: Myths, Lies and Data” in August giving a rundown of economic management in the country in past administrations. Against several mis-information in the public, the past administration is not to blame for the economic woes of the country. With Dr Okonjo-Iweala at the economic seat of the country,…

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Hopeless Industries

Nigerian Industries and the production sector of the economy are in comatose amidst biting recession and public fury By Shedrack Ifurueze President Muhammadu Buhari had during the twilight of 2015 further dampened the hope of Nigerians when he pointedly said that “they should expect hard times in 2016,” and true to him, his statement is already taking its toll on the lives of the average Nigerian. Beyond the average Nigerian that is feeling the pains of the biting economy and the apparent lack of a clear cut industrial direction vis-à-vis…

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