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Osinbajo condemns killings in Taraba

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday ordered police reinforcement, deployment of extra military battalion and personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to the troubled areas of Taraba.

Osinbajo gave the order in Abuja while commiserating with victims of the recent violent attacks in a number of communities in the state where deaths were reported.

A statement issued by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, said that Osinbajo condemned the attacks in the communities.

He promised that the perpetrators would be brought to book. Read more

Federal, States share N46.6b extra in May

Nigeria’s Federal Government, 36 states and the 774 local councils, shared an extra N46.6 billion in May.

In all, N462.4 billion was shared as revenue among the three tiers of government.

The bonus came as the National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) completed the refund of N450 billion to the federation account.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, made the statement on Thursday in Abuja at the monthly meeting of Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC).

Isa-Dutse, who represented the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun at the meeting, said that NNPC completed the payment in April this year. Read more

Osinbajo urges governors to safeguard lives, properties

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday urged state governors must safeguard the lives and properties of all citizens residing in their states.

Osinbajo, who gave the advice at a consultative meeting with the governors at the Presidential Banquet, Abuja, said the directive had become imperative in view of the fact that “Nigeria is indissoluble’’.

He warned that leaders must not allow “the careless use of words and careless expressions” that might degenerate into crisis.

He said: “”We are a people that like to talk and we express ourselves loudly but it is expected for us to recognise that it is those same words that can cause conflagration that can unfortunately lead to calamity.

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Acting President Osinbajo signs 2017 budget into law

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday signed the 2017 budget almost four weeks after the National Assembly transmitted the appropriation bill to the presidency.

At the signing ceremony witnessed by principal officers of the National Assembly, led by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Osinbajo declared that the N7.44trillion budget will bring back an era of abundance in the Nigerian economy.

The budget passed by the National Assembly since almost a month ago, was dogged by some delay on the executive side as there were some arguments over the alterations of some priority projects by the Assembly and also an expansion of the budget from what President Buhari presented last December. Read more

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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.

 

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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

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