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Thursday 27 April 2017
(AFP (eng) 04/27/17)
Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan has blamed Barack Obama for his 2015 presidential election defeat to Muhammadu Buhari, alleging the former US president headed a global conspiracy to get rid of him. Jonathan made the allegations in a new book out on Friday called "Against The Run of Play", which documents how he became the first Nigerian incumbent head of state to lose an election. He said Obama and his officials "made it very clear to me by their actions that they wanted a change of government in Nigeria and were ready to do anything to achieve that purpose".
(AFP (eng) 04/27/17)
Nigeria's president has missed the last two meetings of his cabinet, a senior minister said on Wednesday, in comments likely to fuel fresh speculation about the head of state's health. Muhammadu Buhari, who spent two months on medical leave in London earlier this year, missed the meeting "because he asked that he be allowed to rest", said information minister Lai Mohammed. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who stood in as acting president during 74-year-old Buhari's time in the British capital, chaired the meeting, Mohammed told reporters. "He will be working from home. He has asked all his files to be taken to him in the house," he added. The weekly cabinet meeting was last held before Easter on April 16 but again...
(Premium Times 04/26/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, again sought the approval of the National Assembly for the federal government to secure about $6.4 billion dollar loans from the World Bank and China to fund infrastructural objectives across the country and combat polio outbreak in the North-East. In a letter separately read by Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Mr. Buhari sought approval to borrow a total of $5.851 billion from China to fund Nigeria's...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/20/17)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered an investigation into corruption allegations against a senior civil servant related to the use of funds intended for handling a humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the country. The director general of the National Intelligence Agency was also ordered to be suspended after the discovery of more than $43 million in an apartment complex in Lagos in what the presidency described as a "related development". Buhari suspended David Babachir Lawal, secretary to the Nigerian government, and ordered a probe into contracts awarded under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE), his spokesman said in a statement.
(Bloomberg 04/20/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari suspended two senior administration officials linked to graft allegations and ordered an investigation, the presidency said. David Lawal, secretary to the government, is being probed for alleged violations of “law and due process” in the award of contracts, presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said Wednesday in an emailed statement. Ayo Oke, head of the National Intelligence Agency, is facing investigation over the discovery of $38 million and other currencies in cash said to belong to the agency...
(AFP (eng) 04/19/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday suspended two key aides over an alleged contract scam and for keeping an unauthorised stash of cash in a private home, his office said. Buhari "has ordered an investigation into the allegations of violations of law and due process made against the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal, in the award of contracts" in the north-east, the presidency said in a statement. The Nigerian leader also directed that Lawal be suspended from office "pending the outcome of the investigations." Last year, Lawal, a top-ranking member of the administration and a Buhari confidant, was alleged to have awarded contracts running into millions
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
The Zambian government will complain to the Nigerian authorities following a statement from that country's former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the political situation in the country. Last week, the former Nigerian leader appealed to the Zambian government to adhere to the rule of law and human rights principles in dealing with opposition political parties following the arrest of the country's leading opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who has been charged with treason. In a statement released by his media aide, Obasanjo...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/11/17)
President Donald Trump's administration is pushing forward with plans to sell up to a dozen aircraft to Nigeria's air force for the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram, sources said on Monday, in a deal that could be worth up to $600 million. The Super Tucano A-29 aircraft, an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, is made by Brazil's Embraer. A second production line is in Florida, in a partnership between Embraer and...
(This Day Live 04/05/17)
The Senate on Tuesday identified Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps, prisons and detention centres as locations susceptible to the current outbreak of cerebro-spinal meningitis, due to overcrowding and unhygienic conditions common in such places. It therefore called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigerian Prison Service, and Nigeria Police to urgently take steps to prevent infections and outbreaks in their premises and camps. This came as the federal government, through its agencies, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC),...
(This Day Live 04/05/17)
The crisis rocking the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday took another dimension, as the Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum , Mr. Ayodele Fayose, rejected the offer by Ali Modu Sheriff to nominate governors that would participate in the proposed convention. Fayose said the court validated factional chairman of the party, Senator Sheriff, lacked the moral right to commandeer him to do so, saying he has no recognition for his faction. The PDP recently...
(Bloomberg 04/04/17)
Uncertainty over whether Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will run for a second term in 2019 has set off an early race to succeed him in Africa’s most populous nation, according to a senior ruling party official. Buhari, 74, stayed more than seven weeks in the U.K. this year to receive treatment for an undisclosed ailment, sparking concern about government paralysis and triggering speculation about the severity of his condition. He returned to Nigeria on March 10, but is expected to...
(APA 04/02/17)
Nigeria and France Friday agreed to deepen diplomatic, economic and military ties to further their mutual interests. This was the highlight of the bilateral meeting between Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and French Prime Minister, Mr Bernard Cazeneuve, in Paris, France. The meeting held on the sidelines of the just concluded global forum on Anti-Corruption and Integrity hosted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Both the Nigerian government and the French are exploring new ways to confront and defeat the ideologies fuelling terrorism. Osinbajo told the French leader that the Buhari administration had made tremendous progress in degrading Boko Haram and suppressing the insurgency
(This Day Live 03/30/17)
After a keen contest, Nigeria’s representative and Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on Wednesday emerged President of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC). In the election held during a meeting of the ECOWAS electoral commissions, Yakubu garnered 10 votes to defeat Guinean representative who got four votes. The Republic of Benin and Guinea Bissau emerged first and second vice-presidents respectively, while Burkina Faso clinched the position of treasurer. In a statement issued by...
(Premium Times 03/30/17)
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has confirmed the outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, CSM, in five states with at least 282 deaths related to the disease. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Chief Executive Officer of the centre, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja. Mr. Ihekweazu said that 1,966 suspected cases have been recorded while 109 have been confirmed and being treated since the outbreak of the disease in February in the country. He...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/28/17)
A lingering illness has led President Muhammadu Buhari to reduce his working day to a few hours since he returned from medical leave, slowing down the pace of economic reforms advanced in his absence, diplomats and government sources said. The Nigerian leader is spending between one and four hours a day in his office to conserve his energy levels, three diplomats and presidency sources said, deepening concerns he is too unwell to orchestrate reforms to the recession-hit OPEC economy. Buhari has long been criticized by households and investors for his slow response to low global oil prices, which sent the naira currency
(This Day Live 03/28/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the establishment of an operational base for the Nigeria Navy in the Lake Chad with the intention to boost security in the strategic zone. The president gave the approval when he received the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, at the Presidential Village, Abuja. Fielding questions from journalists after the meeting, Ibas who said he was at the Villa to brief the president on security situation in the maritime sector, added...
(The Associated Press 03/27/17)
The foreign minister of Nigeria visited Poland on Monday in an effort to develop economic, military and security ties with the fast-growing economy in central Europe. Geoffrey Onyeama, on his first visit to Poland, said he was "extremely impressed" by the economic development he has seen in Poland, a country that threw off communist rule 28 years ago. He said Nigeria, an oil exporter badly hit by a fall in oil prices, is eager to diversify its "mono-economy" and is...
(AFP (eng) 03/25/17)
While Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari was receiving treatment in London for an undisclosed illness, his energetic deputy Yemi Osinbajo was wooing the country's oil heartland. In stark contrast with Buhari, a 74-year-old former general who rarely ventures outside the capital, Abuja, the vice-president went on a whirlwind tour around Africa's most populous nation. Out of all his stops during Buhari's 49-day absence, Osinbajo's trips to the Niger delta -- the oil-rich southern swamplands that dictate Nigeria's economic fortunes -- were the most productive.
(This Day Live 03/24/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday condemned Wednesday’s terrorist attack near the United Kingdom Parliament building at Westminster, London. Buhari, according to a statement by his chief spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, sympathised with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and assured her that the government and people of Nigeria “stand with Britons at this sad and trying moment in their country”. Describing terror attack anywhere in the world as condemnable, Buhari said the whole world must join hands to defeat perpetrators...

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