Buhari: Prayers, fears cast a dark pall over the nation.

There is palpable fear in Katsina over the health status of President Mohammadu Buhari, with various groups forming praying centers for the disease-worn retired General.His health situation has taking over the front burner in our National discuss, particularly as he failed to show up at the Aso Rock mosque, something that has never happened since he took over, except when he is out of the country. On Friday, the President was anxiously awaited at the mosque. Siting the President has become more like the seven tasks of Hercules, with a…

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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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Ezekwesili Says Senators are Now Comedians and Blackmailers

Former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has described National Assembly members as tragi-comedians who are paid over a N100bn yearly to mock Nigerians. Corroborating Ezekwesili, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie, on Wednesday chided senators over their current rift with the Executive, saying they have turned themselves into blackmailers. Onochie said the federal lawmakers had turned themselves into what she called a self-serving trade union that work with blackmail. She posted the information on her Facebook page as her reaction to the Executive and Legislative…

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Senate Suspends Ali Ndume

By Akinwale Kasali Former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, has been suspended for 181 days by the Senate. Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has recommended for the suspension of Senator Ali Ndume for  181 days. The Suspension of Ndume comes in the wake of the controversy trailing Senate president, Kukola Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye, who are both in the purchase of a Bullet-Proof car and certificate scandals. Before now, there has been an ongoing plot to suspend the Senator, representing Borno North Federal Constituency Ndume who was removed…

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No End In Sight To Face-off Between Ali and Senate

By Stephen Ubanna There is no end in sight to the face-off between the Bukola Saraki led Senate and Hammed Ali, a retired Colonel and Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, over the later’s new duty policy on imported vehicles  which is expected to take off going by Ali’s calculation on April 12,2017. The gladiators are ready for the war. Indeed, the Senators are not ready to sheathe their sword and are determined to push for the removal of Ali from office by President Muhammadu Buhari who is reluctant to…

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Group Says Senate Suspension on RECs Confirmation as Petty and A Blackmail

By Akinwale Kasali The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM), through its chairman, Nelson Ekujimi has condemned in the strongest terms, what it alleged to be irresponsible, insensitive, petty, ridicule of legislative integrity and blackmail by Nigeria’s Senate suspension of the confirmation of 27 Residential Electoral Commissioners (REC) submitted to it by the executive. Ekujimi stressed that according to the senate, they hinged their suspension of the confirmation of the 27 REC’s on the premise that the executive is disrespecting and ridiculing the senate by for instance, not…

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Senate Declares that Bullet Proof SUV Linked to Saraki Cost $298,000 and not N298 Million

The Senate on cleared the air on the controversial armoured Range Rover Sports car bought by the National Assembly, saying that the car cost $298,000 and not N298m. The car had been linked to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who, on Monday, denied buying the Sports Utility Vehicle. The importer had, however, said the documents of the car were fake. An online news portal, SaharaReporters, which made the allegation in a report published on March 18, 2017, said the seizure of the SUV, allegedly belonging to Saraki, was the…

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Senate Puts Off RECs Confirmation of Magu, As Sagay, Others Kick

The end is not yet near to the drama unfolding in the Upper Chamber. Yesterday, the Senate protested against the retention of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission despite the rejection of his nomination by the lawmakers. Several senators, at the plenary on Tuesday, spoke against the consideration of a letter from the Presidency requesting legislative approval for the nomination of 27 Resident Electoral Commissioners for the Independent National Electoral Commission. They insisted that the process be abandoned until Magu was removed….

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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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Nigerians Mocks Senate Over Melaye’s Show of Shame

By Akinwale Kasali Mixed reactions has trailed the appearance of Senator Dino Melaye, who was cladded in an academic gown at the Senate plenary section yesterday. Some have argued that his action shows that he is mocking the upper Chamber which himself belongs to. A political analyst, Chijioke Umeh, said that what Melaye did was a show of shame to the Senate, in which he needs to be sanctioned. “He is making mockery of the Senate, what on earth will some one like that thug be doing in that hallowed…

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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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Customs Seizes 13 Vehicles Belonging to Kano Senator, and Other Contraband Goods In Jigawa State

Here is another reason for Nigerian senators to be angry with Hameed Ali, a retired colonel, heading the Nigerian Customs Service as Comptroller-General. The Compliance Task Force that Ali set up has just impounded 223 vehicles, 13 of which belong to a senator in Kano State. The Task Force Zonal Commander, Mr Bala Dole, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Monday. He said the vehicles, belonging to the unidentified senator were; 12 new Toyota Hilux trucks and one Toyota Land Cruiser. Dole,…

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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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19 Billion Paris Club Scam: EFCC Reports Indicts Saraki, Others

By Akinwale Kasali Senate President, Bukola Saraki is presently enmeshed into another controversy, as he has been indicted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has submitted a report to President Muhammadu Buhari linking him and some of his aides to the diversion of about N19bn from the N522bn Paris Club refund. The report also fingered Mr. Robert Mbonu of Melrose General Services Limited. Mbonu is a former Managing Director of Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria, the commercial bank owned by the Saraki family which was later liquidated. The Federal Government…

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Grass-Cutting Probe: Senate Reveals that Contract was awarded to 20 Ghost Companies

The Senate, on Thursday, said it had not been able to trace the addresses of about 20 contractors engaged for the execution of various projects in the rehabilitation of the North-East. An investigative hearing by the Senate on the alleged management of funds meant for the rehabilitation of the North-East, billed to hold on Thursday, had been botched by the non-appearance of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal. The Chairman, Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in the North-East, Senator Shehu Sani, said…

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Senate Drops Two Non Career Ambassadorial Nominees, Approves 45

The Senate has rejected the nomination of two non-career ambassadorial nominees presented for legislative approval by President Muhammadu Buhari. The rejected nominees are Justice Sylvanus Nsofor from Imo State and Mr Jacob Daodu from Ondo State. The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, which screened of nominees, presented its report at the plenary on Thursday. Details later… Share on: WhatsApp

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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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Breaking: Senate Asks Custom CG, Hameed Ali to Resign

By Akinwale Kasali The Senate few minutes ago have asked the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hammed Ali (retd.) to resign his appointment. The lawmakers made the call at the plenary on Wednesday, following the failure of Ali to honour the invite of the senate. Ali and the senate have been at loggerheads over his failure to appear before the senate in his custom uniform. Details later….. Share on: WhatsApp

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