Osinbajo Says Nigeria’s Oil Will No longer Be Profitable Soon

VICE President Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday in Ondo State declared that the country’s oil will no longer be profitable in no distant future. He spoke during the Second National Council on Niger Delta, NCND, meeting held in Akure. Painting a gloomy future of oil in the Niger Delta area of the country, the Vice President said; “Many countries are getting alternatives to oil, the development which would make the resource unprofitable in a few years. Osinbajo pointed out that the United States of America, USA, which is the largest importer of…

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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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Shettima, Kanu, Fani Kayode Are Terrorists-Osinbajo

By Bayo Bernard The federal government must apprehend individuals behind the quit notice to Igbo in the Northern part of the country to leave the region before October 1, this year to show seriousness on its part to deal with hate speakers in the country. The Arewa Youth Forum had two months ago threatened to force people of Igbo decent out of the North should they failed to move out by that date. It’s barely two months to that deadline and apprehensions loom all over the country. But Acting President…

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Osinbajo Assigns Portfolio To Ministers

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday assigned portfolios to the two new ministers he inaugurated about 22 days ago. The two new ministers are Stephen Ocheni (Kogi) and Suleiman Hassan (Gombe). The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, announced the development on his Twitter handle. Ocheni was named Minister of State, Labour and Employment; while Hassan was named Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing. “There are now two ministers of state in Power, Works and Housing ministries,” Akande said. Details…

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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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Osinbajo Redeploys ICPC Boss

Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has redeployed the chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICP, Ekpo Nta to the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission. This was contained in a statement issued late Tuesday in Abuja and signed by the Director Press, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi. In his place, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye has been appointed as chairman with a renewable tenure of five years. Owasanoye was part of the Prof. Itse Sagay-led Presidential Committee on Anti-Corruption. Also appointed as…

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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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Osinbajo Inaugurates New Ministers

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday finally inaugurated Stephen Ocheni (Kogi) and Suleiman Hassan (Gombe) as ministers over two months after their nominations were confirmed by the Senate. The inauguration took place inside the Council Chambers of the National Assembly at the commencement of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council. Shortly after administering their oaths of office on them, Osinbajo announced that their portfolios would be announced “shortly.” The new ministers are currently attending the FEC meeting with their colleagues. It will be recalled that the House…

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Fayose Writes Osinbajo, Demands Release of Panel Report on Alleged Corruption on Lawal, Oke

Ekiti State Governor and Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, Mr Ayodele Fayose has written to the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, demanding the immediate release of the report of the investigative panel on corruption allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ayo Oke. In the letter dated July 11, 2017 and received at the Acting President’s office on July 13, 2017, the governor also demanded that the Acting President must “act expeditiously…

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Osinbajo’s visit to Buhari in London

The metaphorical converse between Shehu Sanni and Aisha Buhari may have yielded fruits as the Acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, did a quick dash to the United kingdom where President Muhammadu Buhari has been holed up for more than sixty days on Medical tourism. Although sources indicate that the trip has been planned for over three weeks beforehand, it appears that the currently trending Animal metaphor has fast tracked the movement. Senator Shehu Sanni, from Kaduna state, who has been having a running battle with the dimunitive Kaduna state governor, Nasir…

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Southern Leaders Charges Osinbajo to Protect Their People

Ahead of the October 1 deadline given the Igbo to relocate from the North, Southern leaders, yesterday, tasked Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to unfold actions and plans by the administration to protect southerners living in Northern Nigeria. Leaders from the three southern geopolitical zones met in Lagos just as Southeast and South-South governors entered into another meeting in Enugu, to articulate common positions on issues. Eight of the 11 governors from the two regions had arrived as the meeting got underway last night. The southern leaders, who met in Lagos,…

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FG Promises to Address All Grievances

The Acting president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has assured all ethnic groups in the country that their legitimate agitations and concerns will be addressed by the Federal Government. Prof. Osinbajo also said that the government was not deaf to such genuine demands by different ethnic nationalities but advised that every demand should be made with decorum in order not to offend the letters of the nation’s constitution. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity, Laolu Akande in a statement in Abuja said that it was the need to…

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Acting President, Osinbajo meets with Emir Sanusi

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, met behind closed-doors at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja. The emir arrived Osinbajo’s office at exactly 2:40pm. The meeting lasted until 4:50 pm when the monarch came out from the Acting President’s office. When approached for comment by State House Correspondents, Sanusi declined to comment, concentrating instead in exchanging pleasantries with some presidential aides and workers in the Vice Presidential wing of the State House. No official reason was given for the meeting. Osinbajo begun series…

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Acting President, Osinbajo Gets President Buhari’s Backing to Sign 2017 Budget

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to go ahead and sign the 2017 Appropriation Bill into law. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a two-paragraph statement on Monday. Shehu said Buhari who is currently receiving medical attention in London, the United Kingdom believed that it was in the interest of the nation’s economy for Osinbajo to sign the document without further delay. He said Buhari’s directive was conveyed to the Minister of Budget and National Planning,…

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Osinbajo Signs Laws to Ease Loan Facilities for MSMEs

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has signed into law two bills that would give easy access to credit facility for Nigerians. The bills which have now become ‘Acts’ were the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Act, 2017 (otherwise known as Collateral Registry Act) and the Credit Reporting Act, 2017. A statement signed the spokesman to the Acting President, Mr. Laolu Akande on Tuesday stated that the laws would ultimately facilitate the achievement of the goals of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) set up by President Muhammadu Buhari in July…

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Biafra: Discordant tunes

The Biafran agitation for Nationhood appears to be gaining leverage as international organizations are beginning to sponsor discuss on the issue.Ford foundation, in collaboration with the Yar’Adua foundation and others, organized the seminar which was part of the fiftieth anniversary of the Nigerian Civil war. The Indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, has earlier called for stay at home order on May thirty,by “Biafrans” and their sympathizers, and celebrations has resulted in massive arrests of many in the South east geopolitical zone, particularly in Enugu and Anambra states.Only recently, the leader…

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Buhari jets out for check up, transmits letters to NASS

President Buhari Sunday left for the United Kingdom for medical checkup after some hours delay in order for him to receive the 80 abducted Chibok girls allegedly released through swap arrangement with the Islamic terrorist group. According to Femi Adesina, he has transmitted letters to the National Assembly informing them of the current development. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will act in his Absence. “The President assured Nigerians that there is no cause for worry”, said Femi Adesina, the media and publicity adviser “He is very grateful for the prayers and…

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