Insecurity: Buhari Meets Ex-Presidents

Buhari and Obasanjo in warm embrace

A meeting of the Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari is currently holding inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.  Although, all living past Presidents and Heads of Government are members of the Council, former President Goodluck Jonathan, former President Shehu Shagari and former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida are absent. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.) and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), are however attending the meeting which is the third of such under Buhari. The meeting, which began at 11:05am, is also being attended by Vice President…

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Nigeria ranks lower on transparancy international corruption index

Nigerian anti corruption war has been dealt a deadly blow by the recently released transparency international corruption perception index. For the fourth consecutive time, the country has slipped in the rating from last year result The country scored 27/100 and was ranked 136th in 2016, but the latest CPI scores Nigeria 28/100 and ranked it   No. 148 out of 180 countries surveyed. This represents 12 places below it’s level the previous year. Anti corruption is the major leg with which the current administration stands, but events tend to showcase…

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Election Reorder: Adamu Sacked By Senate Northern Caucus

Adamu: Sacked

The Northern Senators Forum has sacked Senator Abdullahi Adamu as it’s chairman. He was replaced with Senator Aliyu Wamakko. Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, made the announcement of the leadership change at the close of plenary on Wednesday. Adamu had last week led nine other senators to criticise the amendment to the Electoral Act seeking to ‎reorder the sequence of polls during general elections. Also, lawmaker representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, ‎has apologised to the Senate over his comments on the amendment of the Electoral…

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Boko Haram Strikes Again, Abduct Scores Of Girls In Yobe State

Compound of Dapachi Girls School in Yobe

By Akinwale Kasali Few weeks ago, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, disclosed that the Boko Haram Insurgents has been technically defeated, stressing that the factional leader of the terrorist’s group, Ibrahim Shekau, has fled, with serious degrees of injuries sustained during a face-off with the Military Joint Task Force, JTF, who had been restoring peace back to the North Eastern part of the country. Sadly, in a twist of fate, the terrorist group struck yesterday, as scores of young girls were declared missing, havinn been abducted…

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Hate speech: FG to come hard on the media

Buhari: Crackdown imminent

The All Progressives Congress has become increasingly intolerant of criticisms and opposition since the press releases from two former presidents and retired Generals, Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida. It will be recalled that the missives has sparked controversy and resulted in emergency security meetings with the presidency, after  which the the security agencies stated boldly that there is going to be monitoring of online activities, particularly as it relates to prominent Nigerians. This was apparently a knee-jerk reaction to the hue and cry over the nonchalant attitude shown by the…

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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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