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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Saraki Debunks Claim that Senate is Working Against Buhari

SENATE President, Dr Bukola Saraki, said, yesterday, that his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari remained cordial, despite what he described as false claims in some quarters. Buhari and Bukola Saraki He also promised that the Gender Bill currently before the National Assembly would be fair to all religious groups and sentiments. Speaking, yesterday, in Abuja when the National Executive of the Islamic group, Jamaatu Izalatul Bidiah Wa Ikamatus Sunnali, JIBWS, led by its President, Sheikh Mohammed Sani Yahaya Jingiri, visited him, Saraki debunked allegations that he and the Senate were…

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Senate Orders IGP to Arrest Rampaging Herdsmen

The Senate, yesterday, ordered the Inspector- General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, to, as a matter of urgency, arrest all criminal persons masquerading as herdsmen suspected in killings in communities, forests, and farmlands across the country. The Senate specifically ordered the IGP to apprehend the killers of Mr. Solomon Ejoh, who was allegedly killed by herdsmen at Ovre-Abraka, Delta State, on April 24, 2017, while trying to rescue his mother from their grip. As a follow-up to the orders, the Senate also resolved to constitute an ad-hoc committee to investigate…

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Senate Gives NNPC, CBN and Others 14 days to Submit Budget

THE Senate has given Acting President Yemi Osinbajo a two-week ultimatum to direct all government agencies that have failed to submit their 2017 budget proposals to the National Assembly in line with extant laws for consideration and approval, to do so or the affected agencies would be made to face the full wrath of the law. The Senate also promised that once it gets the budget, it will make it public, work on it diligently as well as turn it around as quickly as possible. Similarly, the senate has summoned…

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Senate to Pass 2017 Budget this Week

By Akinwale Kasali The Senate on Tuesday received the report of the Joint Committee on Appropriation and Finance on the 2017 Appropriation Bill. The report was laid at plenary by the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Appropriation, Sen. Danjuma Goje. In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki, commended the committee for a job well done. He said the senate would ensure the passage of the bill on Thursday. Saraki commended the committee for laying the report with details, saying it would help speed up the passage of the bill.…

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PDP Senators Alleges Plot by Presidency to Arrest Ekweremadu and Ex-Governors

By Akinwale Kasali The Senate caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised alarm over plans by powerful people in the Presidency to arrest Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and former PDP governors following an intelligence report. At a briefing with Senate Correspondents, Spokesman of the Caucus, Senator Enyinanya Abaribe read a statement that condemned the move saying Nigeria is not prepared to head back to the days of late maximum ruler,  General Sani Abacha. They also condemned the arrest of Ex-Governors Sule Lamido of Jigawa state and Babangida…

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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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