Finally, the Bayelsa International Airport Takes Off With An Inaugural Flight

By Uche Mbah It was a carnival of  sorts as Governor Seriake Dickson today inaugurated the Bayelsa International Cargo Airport, estimated to have gulped N60 billion. The Airport, which was meant to be a state and Federal government joint venture, suffered a setback when the Federal Government pulled out of the deal. Dickson doggedly continued with the building of the Airport. The Airport was built by Dantata and Sowe, an indigenous construction company. The Airport could have been opened last August, but that date was not feasible. By November last…

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With Crisis-ridden Electioneering Campaign At Home, Buhari Takes On The World

By Uche Mbah The dwindling  fortunes of the electioneering campaigns of President Buhari in recent times has become a source of worry to the All Progressives Congress-led central government. An emergency meeting of the security chiefs was said to have been called by the presidency- a meeting the opposition Peoples democratic Party, PDP insisted is a closed door meeting to perfect the rigging plan of the APC. Recent campaign outings has become worrisome to the political gladiators, particularly since the president seem to lack coordination in his utterances and actions.…

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16th February: Aisha Buhari Disappears, Bill Clinton to Parley With Atiku, Buhari

By Uche Mbah Wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has been conspicuously absent with her family at the ongoing political rallies by the All Progressives Congress, APC, thereby raising eyebrows as to the reason for her absence. It will be recalled that Mrs Buhari has been vocal in the criticism of the government she is part of, alleging that the Presidency has been hijacked by two people. The Media has dubbed the two unidentified people as members of the Cabal. Since that remark, Aisha has been scarce in public appearance.…

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February 16: Anyoku, el-Rufai Trade Words over International Observers’ Involvement, EU Reacts

By Uche Mbah Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyoku, and Mallam Nasiru el-Rufai,  the combative and foul-mouthed Kaduna State governor, have been speaking on opposing ends of the divide on the involvement of the International Community in the February elections in Nigeria. While Anyoku insists that no country is an island, el-Rufai threatens foreigners who interfere on Nigeria’s internal affairs with death.   “Nigeria’s friends and International Community as a whole are watching the behavior of the Federal Government and its  Agencies, including especially the…

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Nigerien Governors Campaign For Buhari raises Specter of AQIM, Other Terrorist Groups

By Uche Mbah The last is yet to be heard about the campaign visit of two Nigerien Governors to Kano to help in the presidential Campaign of Muhammadu Buhari with the opposition fearing importation of mercenaries to help in rigging the February 16 Presidential Elections.But worrisome in some quarters is the fear that the open border initiated by the visit may make it possible for foreign terrorist organizations to infiltrate the Nation for post election mayhem. It will be recalled that 62 officials of the Niger Republic, including two governors…

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House Overrides Buhari, Governors, Passes Minimum Wage Bill

ByUche Mbah The Federal House of Representatives have passed the minimum wage bill, pegging it at N30,000. President Buhari, bowing to the wish of the governors, had forwarded N27,000 to the house of Reps and the Senate for approval. The postponement of the Senate resumption date means that the House have to wait for the senate to resume for the harmonization. The ad-hoc committee report was unanimously adopted by the house The ad hoc committee report was considered clause by clause before being passed. Ironically, the new minimum wage passed…

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Onnoghen: EU, US, Others Outraged, Call For Reversal

By Uche Mbah The United States of America, USA, and the European Union, EU, have both expressed strong reservations over the suspension of the Chief Justice of the Federation, Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari. The suspension of  Onnoghen, and the swearing-in of Hon. Justice Tanko Mohammed on Friday, January 25, as the Ag. CJN  by the President have  elicited so much angst and condemnation both locally and internationally.   Twitter was on fire, with Hashtag #TyrantBuhari trending all over the world, In condemnation of President Buhari, with some…

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Buhari Suspends Onnoghen, Swears in Tanko

By Uche Mbah President Muhammadu Buhari Today suspended the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onoghen, swearing in Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohamed as the new Acting Chief Justice. Mohamed was sworn in inside the Council Chamber of Aso Rock Villa, after the signing of the Executive Order 007. It is not clear the extent of his powers in this regard. The Constitution states Onnoghen can only be removed by two third majority of the Senate. Since the information came in, there has been anger, particularly within the legal profession, where some…

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Ezekwesili Withdraws from Presidential Race

By Uche Mbah Madam due process, Obiageli ezekwesili, hitherto the presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN,Thursday threw in the towel as the presidential flag-bearer of the party. Her spokesperson, Obioma Ubabukoh, issued a statement indicating that she will work closely with others to dislodge Buhari and prevent Atiku from taking over. According to Ezekwesili, she took the decision to step down after consultations with Nigerians at home and abroad. Hear her: “This decision followed extensive consultations with leaders from various walks of life across the country over…

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February 16: Politicians, Multinationals Jittery Over War of Words On Interim Government

By Uche Mbah The allegations and counter allegations emanating from the two major contending political parties, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the plan for interim government have sent jitters down the spine of the political class, with politicians and business men alike going back to the drawing board  to factor such eventuality into their political calculations. Already, many multinational blue chip companies, this Magazine learnt, are planning on skeletal services from the beginning of February until the election is over. Most expatriate workers…

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