2019: Where are the Presidential aspirants?

Buhari: No alternative?

Since Atiku Abubakar, former vice president and Business Mogul, declared his interest as a presidential candidate, his declaration came with a bang and ended up in a whimper. Then came hounding from security agencies. Intel, a firm Atiku has interest in, was suddenly known to be evading tax, and operating license became under scrutiny. Rumors were flying around that some of the foreign Directors of his companies were humiliated out of the country. But This magazine’s inquiries indicates that Atiku is still consulting Nationwide. Hints came that David Mark, former…

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APC Loses Benue

Sets to dump APC

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   The All Progressives Congress, APC is set to lose Benue state. Interplay of factors in state in the last two months may have greatly eroded support for the party among Benue people. Credible sources told this magazine that recently prominent religious and political leaders in the state met and handed the Governor, Samuel Ortom an ultimatum to quite the APC to fully drive home, the people’s disenchantment with President Muhammadu Buhari over the continuing armed Fulani herdsmen’s blood chilling mayhem in the state failing which he…

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2019: President Buhari under pressure to jettison plan

Buhari: Under pressure

Pressures are continuing to mount on President Mohamadu Buhari to reconsider the option of withdrawing from the presidential race and face his retirement. And he appears to be in a dilemma on what to do. Since the former president Olusegun Obasanjo, a retired General, released a statement advising Buhari to leave the scene for younger generation, all have not been well with the presidency. And it was compounded with another release from another president, Ibrahim Babangida, who, through his spokesperson, Kassim Afegbua, reiterated the Obasanjo plea. While Obasanjo’s letter forced…

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Sirleaf Wins Mo Abudu Leadership Prize

Sirleaf: Wins award

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia has been named as the winner of the 2017 Mo Ibrahim Leadership Prize of $5million. She joins Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia (2014), Pedro Pires of Cabo Verde (2011), Festus Mogae of Botswana (2008) and Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique (2007) as an Ibrahim Prize Laureate. Nelson Mandela was made the inaugural Honorary Laureate in 2007. Sirleaf was named the 2017 winner by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation today following a meeting of its independent Prize Committee. She served two terms as President of Liberia from…

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Gambia Accepted Back Into Commonwealth

Barrow: reaccepted by commonwealth

The Gambia was readmitted to the Commonwealth on Thursday, welcomed back into the fold after its sudden pullout in 2013 and following the democratic election last year of President Adama Barrow. Former president Yahya Jammeh dramatically withdrew the impoverished west African nation in October 2013, branding the group an “extension of colonialism”. New President Adama Barrow began the readmission process in February last year, two months after topping an election after which Jammeh initially refused to give up his 22-year rule, triggering a crisis. Accused of flagrant rights abuses, Jammeh…

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Reps Order Police IG To Apologise To Gov. Ortom

Ortom-Idris: When the going was good

The House of Representatives has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to apologise to Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who was described as a “drowning man” by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood. The House is presently debating a motion on the killings by herdsmen in Benue State, specifically asking the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to apologise to the state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom. The IGP is being asked to apologise for a statement made by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, calling…

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Kassim: Babangida’s letter opened old wounds

Kassim at force headquarters

Kassim Afegbua, the media aid to former military dictator, who has been declared wanted by the inspector general of police, arrived force headquarters to satisfy the force demand. He arrived with his lawyer after filing a case against the Inspector General of Police. This is in protest against what he descrbed as harassment and persecution by the Police over a statement he issued on behalf of his principal that the police considered critical of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. Afegbua, in the suit marked FHC /ABJ / CS / 129/…

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Group Faults The Lopsidedness In Security Apparatus, Charges Presidency To Act

By Akinwale Kasali The Civil Society Coalition for Mandate Protection, (CSC-MAP) through the Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Taiwo Adeleye, has frowned and berated the killings and abrupt termination of human lives going on in Nigeria. This, the group claims has been going on for many years. The group says it is  worried that in the past few months, the killings have been accentuated in many parts of the country. Adeleye highlighted series of bloodshed that has been the lot of the North these past months. In Kaduna, Plateau, Adamawa, Taraba,…

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The story behind IBB’s letter

Buhari: Under fire

Confusion has trailed the letter purportedly written by the former Military president, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, popularly known as IBB, advising President Buhari to leave the political stage to younger generation who are no longer operating at analogue level. In a press statement released on Sunday by Kassim Afegbua, his spokesman, Babangida said that this does not mean he is advocating that Buhari’s right to vote and be voted for should be abrogated. “I do not intend to deny President Buhari his inalienable right to vote and be voted for, but…

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Obasnjo’s Third (term) force

Obasanjo: third force third term?

By Uche Mbah Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former president, made good his threat to form a new coalition against the present government in his much advertised third force, which critics are beginning to equate with the desire to bring back third term through the back door. He recently launched The Third Force at the Shehu Yar’Adua Center in Abuja, barely one week after he threatened to do so n the controversial press release he issued asking President Buhari not to seek a second term. “We need a Coalition For Nigeria, CN,(a)…

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