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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Buhari’s Second Term: APC Governors Gang Up

Buhari’s Second Term: APC Governors Gang Up   By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Though President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to make his 2019 intention known, this magazine can exclusively report that some All Progressives Congress, APC governors have resolved to prevail on him not to seek re-election. The governors are insisting that elements in the party who do not think well of the President are the people urging him to seek re-election. Cardinal reason the governors advance for their opposition to President Buhari’s second term is his health condition. They argue…

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Arms Seizure: Trouble Looms

President Muhammmadu Buhari silence over  Arms  export by a syndicate of Nigeria importers in Turkey to the country  creates the  fear of  a likely diplomatic war and trade embargo against the European nation By Stephen Ubanna Worried  by the activities of a Nigeria syndicate  overseeing the exports of Pump Action rifles     from Turkey to the country , Area Comptrollers and their men at the seaports, Airports and the land border stations appear to be on the red alert. The renewed alert on ant-smuggling operations is  at the instance of Hameed…

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Buhari Pleads At UNGA Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari has told a gathering of over 150 world leaders that recovery of stolen wealth from Nigeria will only be possible through their cooperation. Buhari said this while delivering his speech at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. The President further stated that ISIS fighters who were under fierce attacks were fleeing to the Lake Chad Basin and the Sahel where armies had weaker capacities to defeat them. He, therefore, urged world leaders to cooperate better in the fight against terrorism. Buhari said,…

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Alhassan Attends FEC Meeting

The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, is present at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council, which is going on at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. The minister had, in an interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC last week, said she preferred former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, not Buhari for the 2019 presidential election. Details later. Share on: WhatsApp

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Buhari To Travel Next Week

President Muhammadu Buhari has been scheduled to address the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. The President of Nigeria is listed as number seven on the provincial list of speakers. Buhari is expected to speak after the leaders of Brazil, the United States, Guinea, Switzerland, Jordan and Slovakia. Since his return to Nigeria on August 20, 2017, after 103 days of medical leave in London, Buhari has not attended any public event outside of Aso Villa and his country…

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N7.51 Trillion Borrowed Under Buhari

The Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari and the 36 states of the federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory have borrowed N7.51tn in the last two years, statistics have revealed. As of June 30, 2015, just a month after the present crop of leaders took over the leadership of the country, Nigeria’s total debt stood at N12.12tn. However, as of June 2017, the nation’s total debt had climbed to N19.63tn, according to the latest debt statistics obtained from the Debt Management Office. The debt stock data released by…

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Hate Speech and the politics of quit notice

Quick notice has become a current political buzzwords, usually preceded by hate speech, but will Nigeria survive the current impasse? By Uche Mbah Baring last minute hitches resulting from public outcry and possibly international frowns, the Nigerian government is poised to join the league of countries intolerant to criticisms and freedom of expression if they finally ratifies the proposed legislation to criminalize criticism in the name of hate speech. “Hate speech” took center stage in Nigerian lexicon in the after mat of the Biafran agitation, spearheaded by Nnamdi Kanu and…

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PDP, Afenifere Calls For Restructuring

Ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s expected resumption today, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, and some other youth groups, yesterday, tasked the president to quickly address the agitation for the restructuring of the country. The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, while agreeing with the call for the restructuring of the country, however, pleaded that the issue be deferred till after the 2019 elections to allow the present administration stabilise the polity. The charge on Buhari came as the PDP yesterday came out to endorse the restructuring…

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Arewa Youths Urge Buhari To Bite Troublemakers

Barely a day after the return of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigeria, Northern youths have asked him to urgently rein in the promoters of hate speech in order not to derail Nigeria. They also urged the President to immediately remove from the seat of power those they described as cabal holding his government to ransom. To be able to do so, the youths asked Buhari to begin to bite those causing trouble for the country rather merely continuing to bark at them. According to the youths, this will send a…

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Buhari Says Nigeria Unity Is Not Negotiable

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said the unity of the country would not be open to any negotiation. The President, in its first statement to Nigerians since he returned to Nigeria after a 104-day medical vacation in London, added that political mischief makers who were fuelling ethnic violence would be dealt with. Buhari, who said he was not against legitimate concerns, noted that different groups must air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence. “The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate…

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Group Says Buhari’s Aides Holding Him Captive

The #resumeOrResign protesters have accused aides of President Muhammadu Buhari of “holding him captive.” They called on the President to demonstrate his” touted integrity” by resigning from office, saying he is “incapacitated and can no longer rule the country.” The civil society coalition members reminded Buhari that he once asked late President Musa Yar’Adua to resign or be impeached when the latter was sick in 2010, stressing that he should toe the path of honour by doing so. Speaking to journalists on the fourth day of their protest at the…

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Charly Boy vs Buhari: Nigeria at a Crossroads

Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, the weird “Lord of the Bikes” who decided that Nigeria has been fooled enough, decided to organize a protest and sit in at the Unity Fountain Abuja. With as few as 20 people, he set out with banners to protest Buhari’s long stay in the United Kingdom for Medical Tourism. Some of the placards requested the President to either return and do the jog he as elected for or resign. They met policemen numbering about 200, already stationed at the fountain waiting for…

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Protesters Call For Buhari’s Resignation

The ‘resume or resign’ protesters on Wednesday accused President Muhammadu Buhari of holding the nation to ransom by his absence. The contended that acting President Yemi Osinbajo has been unable to take concrete decisions that could move the nation forward. The group said Osinbajo could not allocate portfolios to ministerial nominees despite the transmission of power to him, stressing that this proved that Buhari’s absence was stagnating the nation. The protesters who held a sit-out at the Unity Fountain, Maitama, Abuja under the wary eyes of policemen, stressed that the…

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PDP Gains As Turbulence Hits APC

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu     Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC are miffed at the avalanche of protests trailing its ward congresses nationwide. Virtually all state chapters of the party are in turmoil following allegations of sharp practices during the exercise. For example, in Kano, loyalists of Senator Musa Kwakwaso were shut out from the process leading to the boycott of the exercise by the Senator who was a former governor of the state. In River state, Senator Magnus Abe and leader of the party in the state, Chibuike …

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NaijaBet Opens Betting On Buhari’s Return

Nigeria’s ailing President Muhammadu Buhari who has been away in London for almost three months has become the subject of a sports betting game in his homeland. A popular sports gaming site, NaijaBet.com, is asking those interested to stake their money on when Buhari who left Nigeria on May 7 on his latest medical trip to the British capital, would return. The company usually focusses on English Premiership, Champions League and other sporting events, but recently launched the ‘Buhari to Return’ game: ///YOU CAN BET ON IF HE WILL RETURN…

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Osinbajo Says Buhari Will Fulfill His Promises To Nigerians

ACTING President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has reassured Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, Government will surely deliver all promises to Nigerians despite numerous challenges facing the economy and the country. Prof. Osinbajo who reinstated the government commitment towards improving the lives of Nigerians yesterday l in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state, at conclusion of a Federal Government- Progressives Governors’ Forum parley, urged state governors elected on the platform of the APC to make extra efforts to deliver on the promises made to Nigerians in 2015. The Acting President…

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Fear Grip Ministers over Likely Cabinet Shake Up

By  Stephen Ubanna For months, there had been rumour making the rounds that  there may likely  be a major shake- up of the 36 member Cabinet of President Muhammedu Buhari .  The anticipated Cabinet shake-up may have forestalled the assigning of prtfolio to Stephen Ochen and Suleiman Hassan, both Ministerial nominees from Kogi and Gombe states by Buhari, last March. Sources told the Magazine that the president has agreed with the option  of tinkering with the Cabinet since Yemi Osinbajo, the acting President visted him in the Nigeria House, the…

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