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APPLY: Youth Governance Dialogue at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library >28th May 2017

The Olusegun Obasanjo presidential library in fulfilling  its mandate of preserving  the past, capturing the present  and inspiring  the future  under the agies of Youth Development  Centre is convening a Youth Governance Dialogue  on ‘Preparing Successor Generation for effective participation in governance

Date: Sunday, 28th May 2017
Time: 12.00 noon
Venue: The Conference Hall, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Oke-Mosan Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

 

To register, call 0817 277 998 or email  youthcenter@oopl.org.ng.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE

Application closes May 10, 2017

 

Keynote Speaker:

Mr Osita Chidoka Former Corp Marshal FRSC

Discussants

Rt. Hon Luke Onofiok

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President Buhari’s health: No cause for apprehension – Presidency

Aso Villa has assured Nigerians that there is no need for apprehension over the health of our President, Muhammadu Buhari, despite concerns being raised in the media.

In a statement today, senior special assistant on media, Malam Garba Shehu said President Buhari’s absence at the Federal Executive Council meeting of Wednesday, April 26, was a last minute decision.

“Otherwise, the cabinet and the public might have been alerted in advance. As eager as he is to be up and about, the President’s doctors have advised on his taking things slowly, as he fully recovers from the long period of treatment in the United Kingdom some weeks ago.

“President Buhari himself, on his return to the country, made Nigerians aware of the state of his health while he was in London. Full recovery is sometimes a slow process, requiring periods of rest and relaxation, as the Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed, intimated in his press briefing after the FEC meeting on Wednesday. Read more

Buhari to governors: Pay salaries with Paris fund

President Muhammadu Buhari  told Nigerian state governors today that  their priority when they receive the second tranche of Paris loan refund should be to pay salaries, pensions and gratuities.

“I will not rest until I address those issues that affect our people. One of these basic things is the issue of salaries. It is most important that workers are able to feed their families, pay rent and school fees, then other things can follow,” Buhari  said, according to a statement by  the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.

 

The National Economic Council is made up of State Governors and chaired by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. Read more

Senate rejects Magu as EFCC Chairman

The Senate on Thursday rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Senate rejected the nomination following a letter by the Department of State Security (DSS) which upheld an earlier letter that Magu failed the integrity test and was unfit for the office.

The DSS letter which was sent to the Senate on Wednesday stressed that Mr Magu would constitute “a liability to the anti-corruption fight of the present administration”.- NAN

LIVE VIDEO: Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu undergoing screening at the senate

Happening Now ….Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu undergoing screening today, March 15, 2017 by the Senate as a substantive chairman of EFCC.

Buhari holds first FEC meeting since return from medical vacation

President Buhari presides over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting at the State House on 15th March, 2017

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2019 Elections Dates: INEC gets political parties support

Political parties on Tuesday expressed support to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for fixing dates ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The parties announced the support to the commission in a communiqué at the end of their meeting with INEC in Abuja.

INEC had on Thursday announced Feb. 16, 2019 for Presidential and National Assembly elections and March 2, 2019 for Governorship, State Assembly and Federal Capital Territory Area Councils polls.

It explained that fixing the dates was part of its efforts at standardising and ensuring certainty of timetable for general elections in the country.

In the communiqué read by Dr Onwubuya Breakforth, National Deputy Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), the parties said they believed the initiative would engender certainty in the country’s election calendar. Read more

President Buhari resumes duties; notifies national assembly

….President today resumed duties after his vacation.

President Muhammadu Buhari has formally resumed work and has formally sent  a letter to the National Assembly to the effect.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the President, who returned to the country on Friday after a successful medical vacation in London, entered his office at around 11.15 a.m.

Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, confirmed the development while fielding questions from State House correspondents in Abuja on Monday.

Shehu said that the president would later hold meeting with Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo. Read more

Photos: President Buhari arrives Nigeria after a medical vacation in London


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President Buhari expected back tomorrow – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return to the country tomorrow, Friday March 10, 2017.

The President left the country on January 19, 2017 for a vacation, during which he had routine medical check-ups. The holiday was extended based on doctors’ recommendation for further tests and rest. Read more

Tinubu: I am not running for president

All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has vehemently denied reports that he was planning to run for the presidency of Nigeria.

In a rebuttal by his media office, Tinubu said he will never stand in any contest against President Muhammadu Buhari or support anyone against him.

The statement titled: “Response to Thisday false news report” added that the former Lagos State governor was neither planning a team nor holding consultations with the intention of planning any presidential campaign.

Here is the statement in full:  “The front page story of the February 28 Thisday newspaper alleging that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is actively planning a presidential run is an example of bad fiction masquerading as professional journalism.

“The story is a manufactured tale weaved by its authors to try to create division where there is none. Read more

Buhari has not disappointed me – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says that the current Nigerian leader, Muhammadu Buhari, has not disappointed him since he assumed office in 2015.

Obasanjo stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at his hilltop residence in Abeokuta.

While reflecting on the Buhari administration since 2015, Obasanjo said that the president had done his best to move the country forward.

“Whatever anybody says, President Buhari has not disappointed me from what I know of him,’’ he said.

He said the president had delivered on his core areas of strength and ability, particularly in the anti-corruption crusade and the war against insurgency.

“In my book, I have said that Buhari is not strong on the economy and I did not write this to run him down.

“I also used to think that he is not strong in the area of foreign affairs, but I have realised that he has improved very well.

“He has actually done his best in the areas where we know him to be strong,” he said.

The elder statesman urged Nigerians not to relent in their support for Buhari and not to give up on Nigeria. Read more

Akeredolu sworn in as Ondo’s 7th governor

The governor-elect of Ondo state, Chief Roitimi Akeredolu, on Friday took the Oath of Office before Justice O. Sanda. His Deputy Mr Agboola Ajayi was also inaugurated.

Senate President Bukola Saraki and former Governor of Ogun, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and some serving governors attended the ceremony.

Akeredolu promised to make the collective interest of the state his paramount focus.

He said after he took the oath of office on Friday in Akure that he would not renege on his promise made during campaign to the people. Read more

Osinbajo signs seven bills into laws

Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo  has assented to seven bills passed by the National Assembly. The bills which include Oath (Amendment) Act 2017, Defence Space Administration Act, Veterinary Surgeons(Amendment) Act) have now become Nigerian laws.


The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters Senator Ita Enang confirmed Osinbajo endorsement of the bills.

Other bills signed by Osinbajo are National Film and Video Censors Boad, Pension Rights of Judges, Nigerian Institute of Social Science(Establishment ACT and Mortgage Institutions Amendment Act. Read more

Appeal court sacks Makarfi, restores Sheriff

Senator Ahmed Makarfi has lost his position as chairman of the caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The Appeal court in Port Harcourt on Friday nullified the PDP national convention in Port Harcourt that established his committee and described the process that led to it as an abuse of the court process.

Two out of the three member-panel, Justice B.G Sanga and Justice A.B Gumel, in their judgment  said the convention disobeyed the court order and the court would not close its eyes on such illegality.

They thus upheld the judgment of Justice Ibrahim Buba and set side the  judgment of Justice Muhammed Liman of Port Harcourt Federal High Court .

Delivering the lead judgment, Sanga said that PDP convention of 21 May 2016,  did not follow the provisions of Article 47(3) of its Constitution in the removal of the Sherrif-led National Working Committee.

According to him, no vote of confidence was passed on Sheriff or the committee as provided by the said article, and the national working committee was not put on notice.

He stated that Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, held in error when he said the appellant committed abuse of court process by postponing the PDP convention.

On his part, Justice Gumel, who is also the Presiding Judge of the court, stated that the preliminary objection filed by the PDP was incompetent.

He held that Sheriff and his executive could not be removed until August, 2017, except the party held an election. Read more

President Buhari extends vacation, write national assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the National Assembly today, February 5, 2017, informing of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.
The President had planned to return to Abuja this evening, but was advised to complete the test cycle before returning. The notice has since been dispatched to the Senate President, and Speaker, House of Representatives.
Mr. President expresses his sincere gratitude to Nigerians for their concern, prayers and kind wishes.

FEMI ADESINA
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
February 5, 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year Message to Nigerians, January 1, 2017

My dear Compatriots,

I am happy to welcome you to the beginning of a New Year in our beloved country Nigeria.

I felicitate with you today at a time when our nation is witnessing a new and impressive turnaround in our security and socio-economic situation.

I know you will join me to, once again, congratulate the heroic and gallant efforts of our military and other security agencies on their remarkable successes to rid the nation of terrorism.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Following the successful capture of Sambisa Forest, spearheaded by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, we have entered a new phase in our battle against our common enemy, Boko Haram.

When we see our beloved 21 Chibok girls reuniting with their families and community for Christmas, it gives us the hope that those who are still in captivity will one day return to the loving arms of family, friends and well-wishers.

I urge all Nigerians to be on the alert and watch out for strange figures settling in their communities, and report to the nearest security agencies, as our armed forces intensify the pursuit of fleeing terrorists from the captured Sambisa Forest.

Misguided elements who decided to take up arms against constituted authorities must be brought to face the full weight of the law.

The support of all Nigerians to security agencies to enable them successfully execute their mandate is crucial in our bid to effectively secure our country. Read more

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