| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(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 of terrorism. He prayed God to comfort families of the victims and heal the injured. Meanwhile, following the terrorist attack outside the British Parliament in Westminster, the Senate on Thursday urged the security department of the National Assembly to increase...
(Premium Times 03/23/17)
The Senate has called for the resignation of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali. The lawmakers said on Wednesday that Mr. Ali was not fit to hold public office. The call follows Mr. Ali's decision not to appear before the lawmakers in uniform on Wednesday as directed by the Senate. The Customs boss told reporters on Tuesday that his decision not to appear was based on legal advice after a Nigerian filed a case in court seeking...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/22/17)
The president of Nigeria's upper house of parliament is to be investigated by lawmakers over allegations that he attempted to evade payment of customs duties on a car, after parliamentarians voted on Tuesday to examine the matter. The allegations, which could lead to Senate President Bukola Saraki, Nigeria's third-ranking official and a member of President Muhammadu Buhari's party, being impeached if found guilty, are the latest in a series of such claims leveled at him. He has denied any wrongdoing...
(This Day Live 03/20/17)
Based on extant Senate rules, the upper legislative chamber will not reconsider Mr. Ibrahim Magu as the substantive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should he be re-nominated. Citing Senate Rules, Order 131, Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) said President Muhammadu Buhari could not validly re-nominate Magu for the job again as the provision would not allow members consider his nomination, having been rejected at a senate session. Order 131 of the Senate Rules states that, ”nominations neither...
(Premium Times 03/15/17)
The Federal Government has instituted a panel of inquiry to investigate Nigeria’s failure to clinch the post of Commissioner for Peace and Security at the African Union (AU), the News Agency of Nigeria has reported. Nigeria contested for the position of the post at the AU meeting in Addis Ababa on January 30 and lost the election to the incumbent, Algeria. Citing presidential sources, NAN said the constitution of the panel was informed by the reported acts of sabotage leveled...
(The Associated Press 03/14/17)
Nigeria's president is officially getting back to work after nearly two months in London on medical leave. President Muhammadu Buhari's aide Femi Adesina tweets that Buhari has signed a letter informing the National Assembly "of his resumption of duty from today." The president returned to Nigeria on Friday but left Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in charge of Africa's most populous nation over the weekend as he rested. The government has not explained what is ailing the 74-year-old president, who has...
(AFP (eng) 03/13/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari officially returned to work on Monday after sending a letter to the country's parliament following a health scare, the presidency said. "President Muhammadu Buhari today resumed duties after his vacation," said presidential spokesman Femi Adesina in a statement. Buhari, 74, returned to Nigeria last week Friday after nearly two months' medical leave in Britain, saying he "couldn't recall being so sick since I was a young man". The health of Nigeria's president has become a sensitive...
(CBC News 03/13/17)
Muhammadu Buhari, 74, says he needs to rest and his deputy is still in charge for now. Picture this hypothetical scenario: it's mid-January and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travels to the U.K. without any fanfare. Officials in Ottawa announce in a press release that he has left for a 10-day holiday, and while in London he'll "undergo routine medical checkups." No one sees or hears from him, but it's common knowledge he's staying at the Canadian high commissioner's official residence...
(AFP (eng) 03/10/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday returned to Nigeria after nearly two months' medical leave in Britain but did little to quell fears about the state of his health by saying he would not start work again immediately. The 74-year-old, who has been in London since mid-January, said that although he felt better, he still required rest and further treatment in the coming weeks. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo would remain in charge at least over the weekend, he added. Buhari, who looked...
(AFP (eng) 03/10/17)
Nigeria's next presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in February 2019, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced. INEC said on Thursday the early release of the election timetable was "to allow for proper planning by the commission, political parties, security agencies, candidates and all stakeholders". Presidential and national assembly elections will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, while regional and local elections to elect new governors and local assembly members will be held two weeks later...
(AFP (eng) 03/10/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari arrived back in Nigeria on Friday after nearly two months in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment. The 74-year-old landed at the airport in the northern city of Kaduna at about 7:40 am (0640 GMT) and was flown by helicopter to the capital, Abuja, according to an AFP photographer and TV pictures. In Abuja, the head of state, wearing a black kaftan and hat, stepped off the helicopter and walked across the tarmac to be greeted by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. A Periscope video on the Twitter account of the presidency's digital communications team showed him
(Bloomberg 03/10/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in the capital, Abuja, after spending more than seven weeks on sick leave in the U.K. “I have rested as much as humanly possible,” Buhari told reporters on Friday at the presidency. “I have received, I think, the best treatment I could receive.” He said he will need follow-up tests “within some weeks.” The president, whose absence has fueled concern about government paralysis, landed at an Air Force base in Kaduna, before traveling to Abuja,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/10/17)
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned home on Friday after nearly two months of medical leave in Britain during which his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, stamped his authority on economic policy in Africa's top oil producer. Dressed in a black kaftan and Muslim prayer cap, the 74-year-old former military ruler walked stiffly but unaided from his plane after it landed at an air force base in the northern city of Kaduna. After greeting a handful of provincial and military officials, he boarded...
(Premium Times 03/08/17)
The Federal Government says it did not pledge $1 billion for recharging of Lake Chad or humanitarian assistance to the region contrary to claims by the UN Security Council, UNSC. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference on the visit of the UNSC delegation to Nigeria. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that UNSC had on Monday called on Nigeria to scale up disbursement of $1 billion pledged at a...
(Premium Times 03/07/17)
A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has restated his call for true federalism as a panacea to Nigeria’s problems. While speaking at the Obafemi Awolowo University at a program organised by the Faculty of Law on Thursday, Mr. Abubakar said in a true federal system, the federal government would have little or no need for some ministers as their issues would be handled by the federating units. “We have a government that gives power to the central government and leaves...
(AfricaNews 03/06/17)
Nigeria’s former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has rejected reports that he refused an offer by the British government to help in the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls in 2014. A statement by his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, said then President Jonathan did not rebuff the UK’s offer but rather personally sent correspondence to the United States, France and the UK to help the rescue efforts – he also cited request or assistance from China and Israel. ‘‘In fact, the Jonathan...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/01/17)
When protesters marched on Nigeria's presidential villa earlier this month to complain about a biting recession, they were not repelled by baton-wielding policemen, the usual fate for anyone arriving uninvited at the gate of the country's power center. Instead, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is standing in for the country's sick leader, sent a vehicle to ferry the protest leaders to his office, where they complained about widespread corruption. In a frank admission, Osinbajo acknowledged the government had failed to make as much progress fighting graft as it had hoped. "We hear you loud and clear," he told the protesters. President Muhammadu Buhari has been in London for six weeks on medical leave
(Xinhuanet 02/28/17)
The Nigerian government on Monday allayed fears on the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari who has been on medical vacation in the United Kingdom for more than one month, saying he is "neither critically ill nor in a life-threatening situation." The country's Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed said there was no cause for alarm on the president's prolonged stay in London when he addressed a town hall meeting in the southeastern state of Abia. " I can...

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