Sunday 25 June 2017
(APA 06/23/17)
Nigeria's Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered the deployment of an extra military battalion, and police reinforcements to protect people in Taraba State. The officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) are also to be deployed to the areas affected by recent violent attacks in the state. A statement released on Thursday by Mr. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity Office of the Vice President, said that Osinbajo had summoned and held an emergency meeting with top security officials of the Federal Government and Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku. The Federal Government has also put in motion, long time solutions, including mediation between opposing groups...
(APA 06/16/17)
Barely two years to the next presidential election, Nigerians have expressed their preference for middle-aged candidates for the country’s 2019 presidential elections. The new poll conducted by NOIPolls in partnership with Business Day Media and released on Thursday in Abuja, showed that they were influenced by the recent victory of French President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron. The report also noted that the increasing discussions in the social space, particularly the #NotTooYoungToRun Campaign led by the youth advocacy organisation YIAGA, influenced this choice of a younger candidate. It explained that the latest poll sought to glean the perceptions and opinions of Nigerians regarding their age preference for presidential candidates in the 2019 elections. “Interestingly, the poll found that 64 percent of Nigerians...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
The leader of Nigeria's Senate was on Wednesday cleared of corruption charges, ending of one of the most high-profile trials in President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-graft campaign. Lawyers for Bukola Saraki argued prosecutors had failed to establish a case alleging that he made a false declaration of his assets before and after his tenure as governor of Kwara state. He was also accused of collecting double salaries during his time as governor of the western state from 2003 to 2011 and...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Leggy dancers in tight shorts, bottles of Moet champagne and flashy cars feature in Nigerian pop icon Wizkid's bling-bling music videos. But the singer himself has now swapped the Versace T-shirts and low-slung jeans that show his underwear for traditional African dress -- a new youth trend in fashion hub Lagos. Last year, Vogue voted Wizkid "Nigeria's best-dressed pop singer", a particularly coveted and prestigious title in a country where appearance is all important and competition is fierce. Clothing that...
(Others 06/14/17)
The leadership of Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has resolved to release this open letter to the Acting President & Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces- Prof Yemi Osibanjo for his presidential, proactive, protective, preventive and democratic actions. The rosary of actions required of Acting President Yemi Osibanjo is as a matter of conscientious impartiality, inexcusability and uttermost immediacy. This open letter of ours is also meant for the attention and necessary constitutional duty...
(APA 06/14/17)
Nigeria's Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has ruled that Senate President Bukola Saraki, has no case to answer in the 18-count charge of non-declaration of assets and discharged him. The case was brought against Saraki by the Federal Government, but the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, on Wednesday upheld the no case submission filed by Saraki. The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) had on September 16, 2015 filed a 13-count charge against Saraki for alleged false and anticipatory...
(APA 06/13/17)
Mr. Ralph Uwazurike, leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has appealed for peace as he holds consultation with Northern groups in Kaduna. Uwazurike, who led a delegation of Igbo leaders from the South East, told some youth groups in Kaduna on Monday that MASSOB had pursued the path of peace since its creation in 1999. “MASSOB had existed for 18 years without violence, but 2009, I went to London and opened Radio...
(APA 06/12/17)
The six states of the Yoruba region in Nigeria declared Monday a public holiday to mark the June 12, 1993 annulment of the general election. The states are Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti. The election which was annulled by the head of state, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, was believed to have been won by a Yoruba business mogul, late Chief MKO Abiola. The national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Bola Tinubu, said without the uncompromising...
(The Associated Press 06/08/17)
Nigeria, West Africa's economic and military powerhouse, is adrift as President Muhammadu Buhari has been in London for medical treatment for a month as of Wednesday, worrying many that his undisclosed health problems have left Africa's most populous country without strong direction. The president's prolonged absence has created "a vacuum," said Dapo Alaba Sobowale, the head of a small IT company in Lagos' sprawling Computer Village, where small shops and vendors line the streets selling mobile phones and computer gadgets...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(AFP (eng) 06/05/17)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday joined West African leaders at a summit in Liberia, where they hailed peacekeeping efforts in the region but warned about threats to stability. Netanyahu, who had visited east Africa in July 2016, vowed that they had "no better partner" than his country after he was received by Liberian President and outgoing head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. "Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is...
(This Day Live 06/02/17)
The Russian government has promised to supply Nigeria with military hardware and helicopters to assist Nigeria in its fight against the Boko Haram sect, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama has said. The deal, which is already in the pipeline, is part of the efforts aimed at deepening co-operation between Russia and Nigeria. Onyeama who disclosed this thursday in Moscow, said both countries were stepping up their co-operation in the efforts to tame Boko Haram and other terrorist...
(Leadership 06/02/17)
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi on Friday carried out a major cabinet reshuffle in which four commissioners, two Senior Special Assistants and 11 Senior Assistants swapped positions. Sen. Emmanuel Onwe, the state Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, made this known in Abakaliki while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the state Executive Council meeting. According to Onwe, the state Commissioner for Solid Minerals, Chief Sabinus Nwakwegu, will take charge of Ministry of Border, Peace and Conflict Resolution, while his...
(Daily Trust 06/02/17)
Hundreds of constituents from Kogi West Senatorial district on Friday protested to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lokoja demanding for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye, who represents the district at the National Assembly. Hundreds of constituents from Kogi West Senatorial district on Friday protested to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lokoja demanding for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye, who represents the district at the National Assembly. The protesters,...
(Agence Ecofin 06/01/17)
In Nigeria, the Senate has passed the bill on mutual assistance in criminal matters between Nigeria and other countries. The passed bill will enable the government to ask any nation were laundered money is stacked to help in the prosecution of the culprits, or even proceed to the prosecuting under its own law. The same is applicable if the money, or any other proof of laundering by a citizen of another country, is hidden in Nigeria. “This anti-money laundering legislation...
(Bloomberg 05/31/17)
Nigeria, Angola and Zimbabwe are being left in leadership limbo as their ailing rulers spend weeks abroad seeking medical attention. The presidents of the three African nations all wield considerable power, and their absence has stoked investor uncertainty and stirred talk about succession. The situation hasn’t been helped by their governments’ failure to disclose what’s wrong with them. “Despite an average population age of around 17 to 19, many sub-Saharan African countries have elderly leaders in their 70s or above,”...
(AFP (eng) 05/29/17)
Nigeria's ailing president was glaringly absent on Monday as his deputy marked their two years in power, with no word on the head of state's health three weeks after he went on indefinite medical leave. Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy Yemi Osinbajo were sworn into office on May 29, 2015, two months after securing the first opposition victory against a sitting president in Nigerian history. But their election pledges to defeat Boko Haram Islamists and tackle endemic corruption have been overshadowed, first by economic recession and increasingly by speculation about Buhari's health. The 74-year-old former military ruler spent nearly two months being treated for an undisclosed illness
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(Premium Times 05/26/17)
The Federal Government has declared Monday, May 29, as Public Holiday to celebrate the 2017 Democracy Day. The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the ‎ declaration in a statement on Thursday in Abuja. The minister‎ congratulated Nigerians for witnessing yet another Democracy Day, marking the second year anniversary of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government. ‎Mr. Dambazau assured Nigerians of the government’s continued efforts at achieving its three main targets of guaranteeing security, revitalising the economy and tackling corruption. “While...
(Premium Times 05/26/17)
The Federal Government has approved the closure of five foreign missions and embassies, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama said. Mr. Onyeama told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that the process for closure was underway and was also subject to the approval of the president. He did not name the affected embassies or missions. “We do not want to indicate the embassies that will be closed yet because we are in the process of submitting the proposals, the cost analysis...

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