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SERAP Gives FG 7 Days To Release Details Of Payment Of ₦729Bn To 24.3m Nigerians
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SERAP Gives FG 7 Days To Release Details Of Payment Of ₦729Bn To 24.3m Nigerians

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged Ms Sadia Umar-Farouk, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Management and Social Development to “publish details of proposed payments of N729bn to 24.3 million poor Nigerians for six months, including the mechanisms and logistics for the payments, list of beneficiaries, and how they have been selected, projected payments per state, and whether the payments will be made in cash or through Bank Verification Numbers or other means.” SERAP also urged her to “explain the rationale for paying N5,000 to 24.3 million poor Nigerians, which translates to five-percent of the country’s budget of N13.6 trillion for 2021, and to clarify if this proposed spending is part of the N5.6 trillion budget deficit.” Ms Sadia Umar...
I knew I was gay at 10 — Bolu Okupe
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I knew I was gay at 10 — Bolu Okupe

Bolu Okupe, son of former presidential aide, Dr Doyin Okupe, speaks to AFEEZ HANAFI on his sexual orientation as a gay and his father’s remarks Your dad, in two separate Facebook posts, expressed strong belief that you would reconsider your sexual orientation as a gay someday. What is your view on this? Sexual orientation is not something that one can “reconsider”. This is the way I am and it is the way I have always been and will always be. I and many others in the LGBTQ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community were born the way we are, many may not understand this but stop and think for a second, why would we intentionally choose this lifestyle when we know that we will be ridiculed and shamed by society? I do hope that one day we can, as Nigerians and Africans...
APC Failed Nigerians On Security – Solomon Dalung
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APC Failed Nigerians On Security – Solomon Dalung

Former Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has said that the All Progressive Congress (APC) has failed on its promises to address the remnant insecurity challenges in the country, particularly in the North. Solomon Dalung who served as a minister during the first tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari said one of the major promises of the party was to address the problem of insecurity which it has failed to deliver. Speaking on Hausa service of the BBC on Saturday, Dalung said the APC has since lost its reputation in the eye of Nigerians, adding that nobody will trust the party again until changes are made. “What type of government is this that you have to pay bandits before they allow you to go to farm? What will be the future of the North if you have to pay ...
600 Nigerians Stranded In Saudi Arabia Call For Help To Return
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600 Nigerians Stranded In Saudi Arabia Call For Help To Return

A video has gone viral on social media showing some Nigerians stranded in Saudi Arabia — some as long as seven months. In apparent reaction to the video, chair of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Friday said, “Nigerian irregular migrants in Saudi Arabia are due to be evacuated on the 28th and 29th of January, pending any unforeseen issues.” She appeared to refer to them as “irregular migrants in Saudi Arabia”, numbering as much as 600. “Their evacuation was delayed due to issues relating to COVID-19. We appeal to Nigerians to resist travelling abroad without proper documents,” she said. The evacuation is expected to be carried out in two batches of 400 and 200 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the NIDCOM chief said. The video shows ...
Calls For Restructuring: Go To National Assembly – Garba Shehu Tells Agitators
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Calls For Restructuring: Go To National Assembly – Garba Shehu Tells Agitators

Prominent Nigerians, including the immediate past President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo; a chieftain of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and the Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Thursday said there was an urgent need to restructure  Nigeria for it to attain its full potential. They made the call at the 18th Daily Trust Dialogue with the theme: ‘Restructuring in Nigeria: Why? How? When?’ The prominent Nigerians suggested that the country should be restructured to make Nigeria work for all citizens. But in an interview with The PUNCH, the President’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said it was only the National Assembly that was empowered to restructure the country. He, therefore, advised proponents of restruc...
Insecurity: Northerners Not Happy, Bafarawa Tells Buhari
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Insecurity: Northerners Not Happy, Bafarawa Tells Buhari

A former Governor of Sokoto State and elder statesman, Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, has said that Northerners and indeed all Nigerians are not happy with security situation in the country, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to focus and show more concern on insecurity than COVID-19. Bafarawa said this on Wednesday in Abuja in his State of the Nation address. According to him, insecurity has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives than COVID-19 pandemic has ever done. He also lamented that “government appears to have abandoned the situation and channelled all its effort to a pandemic that has taken barely 2000 lives in the country.” The former governor insisted that insecurity is worsening in the country, asking the Federal Government to divert the proposed N400bn for the...
Buhari, Trump Won’t Be Forgotten In A Hurry – Fayose
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Buhari, Trump Won’t Be Forgotten In A Hurry – Fayose

Former Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose says President Muhammadu Buhari would not be forgotten in a hurry like the outgoing United States President Donald Trump Mr Fayose stated this in a series of tweets on Tuesday, hours before the end of Trump’s full day as president. He said Nigerians would remember Buhari just like Americans would recall the government of Trump with distaste. “As Americans look forward to the exit of Trump, Nigerians too cannot wait to see the exit of Buhari. The two can’t be forgotten in a jiffy. Buhari will be remembered like Trump because it is obvious that he is the low budget Trump when damages done to their countries are compared. “Everything that matters has been destroyed under the watch of Buhari. All the values that we share as a country – econo...
FG To Pay 24 Million Poor Nigerians N5,000 Each – Sadiya Farouq
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FG To Pay 24 Million Poor Nigerians N5,000 Each – Sadiya Farouq

The Federal Government on Tuesday said about 24.3 million poor Nigerians would get N5,000 each for a period of six months. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, disclosed this at the inauguration of the Federal Government’s emergency intervention database for the urban poor. A statement issued in Abuja by her aide, Nneka Anibeze, said the intervention would serve as cushion for those further impoverished by the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement read in part, “According to records, about 24.3 million poor and vulnerable individuals were identified at the end of 2020 and registered into the National Social Register. “Each beneficiary will receive N5,000 for a period of six months.” Farouq said the intervention database ...
You Lack Effrontery To Advise Nigerians On COVID-19 Vaccine – Wada To Bello
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You Lack Effrontery To Advise Nigerians On COVID-19 Vaccine – Wada To Bello

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Kogi 2019 gubernatorial election, Engr Musa Wada on Tuesday, has asked the incumbent governor Yahaya Bello to stop using COVID-19 as part of his Presidential ambition campaign, describing his last outburst against the use of yet-to-arrive vaccine, as careless and unnecessary misleading. Considering the fact that COVID-19 pandemic is strictly scientific-based issue, which ought not to be merely political, the engineer raises alarm against the approach of governor Bello towards the pandemic. Engr Wada, in a statement signed by his campaign spokesperson in Abuja, Usman Okai Austin, asked the All Progressive Congress (APC) led government to take a very definite stand on the pandemic, as the party is blowing hot and cold the same ti...
Lifting 20 Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty In 2 Years Within Reach – Osinbajo
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Lifting 20 Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty In 2 Years Within Reach – Osinbajo

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT ESP CASH TRANSFER SCHEME: LIFTING 20 MILLION NIGERIANS OUT OF POVERTY IN NEXT 2 YEARS NOW WITHIN REACH, SAYS OSINBAJO *VP adds: Nigeria deserves social security scheme not just for poverty alleviation, but wealth creation also *Nigeria first country in Africa to develop & test wholly technology-based approach to social protection Following the successful activation of the Economic Sustainability Plan’s (ESP) Cash Transfer scheme aimed at delivering financial support to at least 1 million urban-based households using technology, the Buhari administration’s vision of reducing extreme poverty by lifting at least 20 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next two years is now within reach, according to Vice Preside...
NIMC: FG Extends NIN-SIM Linking Till February 9 2021
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NIMC: FG Extends NIN-SIM Linking Till February 9 2021

Public Notice!!!! All Nigerians and legal residents are advised to enroll for their national identification number (NIN) and link them before february 9th, 2021. Enroll for your national identification NUMBER (NIN) today!!! Please remember, nin enrollment is FREE.
15 Million Nigerians Use Hard Drugs – Mohammed Buba Marwa
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15 Million Nigerians Use Hard Drugs – Mohammed Buba Marwa

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has put the number of hard drug users in the country at 15 million. NDLEA newly appointed chairman, Brig-Gen Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd), said this in Abuja on Monday when he assumed duty. He warned drug barons and traffickers to quit the illicit trade or face hard times. He said: “This development where drug use has eaten very deep into the nation’s social fabric. “Over 15 million Nigerians of all ages are now hooked on drugs. “It is the task of NDLEA to stop all this unacceptable nonsense of drug abuse in Nigeria. “Together, by the grace of God, we’ll resuscitate and reposition NDLEA to full active life, to be effective, respected and feared by the concerned criminals. “Nigeria is the only country we have; we cannot fold our...
Don’t Sell Your SIM Cards Linked To NINs – FG Tell Nigerians
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Don’t Sell Your SIM Cards Linked To NINs – FG Tell Nigerians

The Federal Government has warned Nigerians against selling their SIM cards that are already linked with the National Identity Numbers (NIN), asserting that crimes committed with any SIM card would be traced for appropriate action. Sounding the warning, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami said this has become necessary as 47.8 million Nigerians have linked their SIM cards with their NINs. Dr Pantami after a review of the on-going NIN registration exercise with the Ministerial Task Force commended Nigerians for massively turning out for the exercise. The Minister in a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, urged Nigerians to be mindful of the need to protect and se...
Nigerians In The US Design Aso Ebi For Joe Biden Inauguration
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Nigerians In The US Design Aso Ebi For Joe Biden Inauguration

Nigerians living in the United States have designed an Aso ebi for the January 20 inauguration of Joe Biden and Harris Kamala as President and Vice President respectively. “Aso Ebi” is a uniform dress that is traditionally worn in Nigeria during social engagements. It is made from different attires such as Ankara, Lace, Guinea among others. This is not the first time Nigerians will be celebrating with Americans, it happened during the Obama administration. Joe’s victory was certified by the Congress after supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump invaded the US Capitol in a bid to prevent the affirmation.
Nigerians Should Stone Us With Their Votes In 2023 – Tony Momoh
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Nigerians Should Stone Us With Their Votes In 2023 – Tony Momoh

Prince Tony Momoh, a former Minister of Information on Sunday said Nigerians should stone the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) with their votes in the 2023 general elections if they didn’t perform to the expectations of the citizenry. Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent, Momoh said when he said Nigerians should stone APC leaders if they didn’t perform four years ago, he wasn’t referring to physical stoning as there is nothing like that in the constitution of the Federal Republic. He said the only way Nigerians can stone the APC is by voting them out if they believed they have not justified the confidence reposed in them both in the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections. He however added that the APC cannot be rejected by Nigerians in 2023 because of the party’...
Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Buhari Cautions Against Divisive Comments
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Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Buhari Cautions Against Divisive Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to desist from actions and comments that could jeopardise the unity and progress of the nation. The president, who said this in Abuja yesterday on the occasion of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, reminded Nigerians of the need to guard the unity of the nation which he said was “won at great cost”. He said “Nigeria’s strength lies in her diversity”. President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the occasion laid wreaths in commemoration of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the National Arcade Eagle Square in Abuja to honour fallen heroes. Dignitaries who also laid wreaths at the ceremony include Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila of the House of Representatives, and Chief Justice of Ni...
COVID-19: Ignore Fake Lockdown Alert, PTF Tells Nigerians
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COVID-19: Ignore Fake Lockdown Alert, PTF Tells Nigerians

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has urged Nigerians to disregard a fake fresh lockdown alert in circulation on social media. PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, made this known in a short video statement released on Thursday. There have been concerns regarding a fresh lockdown as the country battles the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. But Aliyu said the government was aware of the economic implication of a fresh lockdown and, therefore, urged Nigerians to adhere to all guidelines to curb the spread of the disease. He said, “We are aware of a fake message on WhatsApp that we’ve declared a lockdown in the country. This is absolutely not true. I call on the Nigerian public to please ignore this message and continue with normal activities . “I’m also ca...
You Failed, PDP Replies Buhari Over Performance Claims
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You Failed, PDP Replies Buhari Over Performance Claims

The People's Democrat Party(PDP) has berates President Muhammadu Buhari for resorting to desperate face-saving media stunts in his incongruous plea to Nigerians to accept that the situation in Nigeria is better under his watch, despite the contrary harsh reality in the country The party asserts that Mr. President’s illusory self-assessment further validates our position that he has since abandoned governance for the luxury and pleasures of Aso Presidential villa, having lost sync with the reality of the devastation his incompetent administration has brought to our nation in the last five years. The PDP insists that every fair criticism of Buhari’s administration only reveals a litany of failures and a reversal of fortune for our country in the last five years, adding that, it is unfo...
Be Fair In Your Criticism Of My Administration, Buhari Tells Elite
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Be Fair In Your Criticism Of My Administration, Buhari Tells Elite

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians especially the elite to be fair in their criticism of his administration by looking at the situation of the country before the assumption of the current government. President Buhari made the call on Thursday at the State House, Abuja, while receiving in audience Reverend Yakubu Pam, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission. The President said: “Those criticising the administration should be fair in terms of reflecting on where we were before we came, where we are now and what resources are available to us and what we have done with the limited resources. “We had to struggle paying debts, investing in road repairs and rebuilding, to revamp the rail and try to get power. This is what I hope the elite,...
The 3 Nigerians Who Will Serve In Biden’s Government (Pictures)
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The 3 Nigerians Who Will Serve In Biden’s Government (Pictures)

On Wednesday, 20 January, 2021, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the President of the Unted States. In preparation to hit the ground running, he has started to choose those who will run the government with him. Among them are three Nigerian-Americans: Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo, Adewale Adeyemo, Osaremen Okolo. Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo, Associate Counsel to Biden She was General Counsel of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, chaired by House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn. Her prior government service, according to buildbackbetter.gov, includes serving as Counsel for Policy to the Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Ethics Counsel at the White House Counsel’s Office and Attorney Advisor at the Administrative Conference o...
How New Whatsapp Policy Threatens Security Of Nigerians And Other Alternatives
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How New Whatsapp Policy Threatens Security Of Nigerians And Other Alternatives

WhatsApp has been in existence since 2009, providing a primary means of electronic communication to over 2 billion users worldwide as of February 2020. The popular messaging platform has faced backlash since it rolled out the latest Privacy Policy update on January 4. The app announced its new policy which it would force its users to accept by February 8, or stop using the app. The new policy will allow WhatsApp to share data with its parent, Facebook. The new policy however does not apply in EU, since it violates data protection laws. With its parent company, Facebook, being embroiled in legal tussles over privacy concerns, and the new policy not leaving much choice for users, the market for WhatsApp alternatives is flourishing. Apps like Telegram and Signal have witnes...
1,236 Nigerians Die In Road Accidents In Q3 2020 – NBS
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1,236 Nigerians Die In Road Accidents In Q3 2020 – NBS

The road transport data (Q3 2020) report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data revealed that 3,066 road crashes occurred in the third quarter of 2020. Major cause of road crashes According to the statistics bureau, speed violation is reported as the major cause of road crashes in Q3 2020 and it accounted for 57.26% of the total road crashes reported, Wrongful overtaking followed closely as it accounted for 7.11% of the total road crashes recorded while Dangerous Overtaking recorded the least of the total road crashes reported. People Killed? Similarly, a total of 1,236 Nigerians got killed in the road traffic crashes recorded in Q3 2020. Out of the total Nigerians that got killed, 1,176 are adults representing 95% of the figure while the remaining 60 Nigerians are...
Buhari Sees What Nigerians Don’t See About Service Chiefs – Garba Shehu
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Buhari Sees What Nigerians Don’t See About Service Chiefs – Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, says President Muhammadu Buhari has not succumbed to calls for the sack of the service chiefs because he sees what Nigerians do not see. Shehu said this when he featured on a Television Continental (TVC) programme on Sunday. In 2020, Nigeria witnessed a spike in killings by Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and kidnappers. To address the situation, the national assembly on at least four occasions asked the president to sack the service chiefs for poor performance. Other stakeholders such as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) also said the military is overwhelmed and needs fresh ideas to stop the killings. But the presidency has instead insisted that the service chiefs will remain in office for as long as Buhari is satisfied with their pe...
NIN: Beware Of Fake App, NIMC Warns Nigerians
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NIN: Beware Of Fake App, NIMC Warns Nigerians

The National Identity Management Commission has warned the public to beware of a fake app that claims to help link the National Identity Number to SIM cards. In a post on its Twitter handle, NIMC dissociated itself from the app saying it is run by fraudsters who use it to harvest people’s NIN and Bank Verification Number. “The app was not created by NIMC or the Federal Government of Nigeria. It is run by fraudsters who are currently harvesting people’s NINs and BVNs by default,” NIMC said. The Commission advised people to protect their data and stop disclosing personal information to unauthorised persons or platforms. The PUNCH recently reported that a mobile app launched by NIMC can be used to link seven SIM cards to one NIN. This is according to the Minister of Communi...
Expatriate Policy: Employ Nigerians Or Face Sanctions, FG Tells Firms
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Expatriate Policy: Employ Nigerians Or Face Sanctions, FG Tells Firms

THE Federal Government, yesterday, mandated companies in Nigeria to employ qualified Nigerian graduates understudying for expatriates, or face sanctions. A statement by the Chairman of the Special Ministerial Task Force on Monitoring and Enforcement of Nigerian Expatriate Business Permit and Expatriate Quota Administration, Mr. Bola Ilori, said, in Osogbo, Osun State, after it met with representatives of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Labour Congress, Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Society of Engineers, other professional bodies and officials of the Ministry of Interior. Ilori, at the end of the meeting, told companies to submit the details of Nigerians understudying expatriates, to verify their sincerity or otherwise to the policy, or face heavy sanctions from the...
COVID-19: FG To Spend $8 Each On Vaccine For 144 Million People
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COVID-19: FG To Spend $8 Each On Vaccine For 144 Million People

Nigeria may spend around $576 million to procure COVID-19 vaccine , it was gathered at the weekend. The government plans to immunise 70 per cent of Nigerians who are at risk of the virus, Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHDA) Dr. Faisal Shuaib said. According to him, free vaccine to immunise 20 per cent of those to be vaccinated, will be made available to the country and 91 other countries by the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI). The first batch of 100,000 Pfizer vaccine doses from the COVAX facility will arrive in the country at the end of this month or early next month. It will be used in two jabs each on 50,000 Nigerians. To meet up with vaccination of 50 per cent of Nigerians, the government will need to pay $8 for two dos...
COVID-19: “Don’t Reserve Pfizer Vaccine For VIPs & Chinese Vaccine For Ordinary Citizens” – Nigerians To Buhari
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COVID-19: “Don’t Reserve Pfizer Vaccine For VIPs & Chinese Vaccine For Ordinary Citizens” – Nigerians To Buhari

Nigerians have excoriated the Buhari administration for advancing moves to inoculate millions of citizens with the controversial Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine from China. Foreign minister Geoffery Onyeama said Tuesday that Nigeria was in talks with Beijing to procure coronavirus vaccines to immunise millions of Nigerians against the viral infection, which had recorded 1342 fatalities as of Friday, January 8. The Nigerian government had notified citizens of an expected shipment of 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, due to arrive in the country late January. A Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 disclosed that the awaited inoculation was facilitated by the global COVAX programme of the World Health Organisation, which provides vaccines to indigent countries. Coordinator of the...
Obaseki Reacts To Court Victory, Thanks Buhari, Nigerians
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Obaseki Reacts To Court Victory, Thanks Buhari, Nigerians

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has hailed the ruling of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on the certificate forgery case brought against him by the All Progressives Congress (APC). Justice Ahmed Mohammed had on Saturday dismissed the case filed by the APC and a chieftain of the party, Williams Edobor, against the governor. In reaction to the victory, Obaseki said the judgement is a triumph of the rule of law and a testament to the fact that truth would prevail ultimately no matter how vehemently detractors push lies in the face of incontrovertible evidence. According to the governor, “The verdict of the Federal High Court, delivered by Honourable Justice Ahmed Mohammed is well-received and a victory for the rule of law. It was a most needless attempt by desperate in...
‘I’ve Learnt From My Mistakes’ – Mercy Eke Apologizes To Nigerians
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‘I’ve Learnt From My Mistakes’ – Mercy Eke Apologizes To Nigerians

BBNaija 2019 winner Mercy Eke has taken to social media to ask for forgiveness from Nigerians over her latest behavior. Mercy took to her Instagram live to ask everyone she has offended to forgive her as she states that she has learnt from her mistakes. She also pleaded with her fans to ignore troll and lead with love while acknowledging that she has made some mistakes and have learnt from them Recall that Mercy was dragged by Nigerians recently for saying she’s better and richer than most of her reality stars which led to people saying she brags a lot. Apparently the only female winner of BBNaija show has reflected on the situation and is ready to make amends. https://youtu.be/FcD_Vx_I0Qo
Trump: Nigerians Hail Goodluck Jonathan
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Trump: Nigerians Hail Goodluck Jonathan

  Following the drama rocking the US presidential election, results, Donald Trump's loss and not accepting defeat - Nigerians are hailing ex President, Goodluck Jonathan, for accepting defeat without causing unnecessary drama. Journalist, Fisayo Soyombo wrote: For all of Goodluck Jonathan's imperfections, many of which I wrote about in the past, he is a far worthier statesman than Donald Trump. Trump needs specific post-election presidential carriage lessons that Jonathan can teach. Most of you said Goodluck Jonathan conceding & congratulating Buhari on the phone, was nothing extraordinary. Well, a 231-year-old democracy couldn’t do what Jonathan did. Nigeria democracy was only 16 years in 2015. At least this 4th Republic. I’ll leave you to your conscience. Editi ...
Stop Treating COVID-19 As Malaria – LUTH Tells Nigerians To Get Tested
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Stop Treating COVID-19 As Malaria – LUTH Tells Nigerians To Get Tested

The Lagos University Teaching Hospital LUTH, on Wednesday, warned Nigerians that the second wave of COVID-19 is deadlier than the first one. LUTH issued the warning in an advisory issued by its Chief Medical Director, Professor Chris Bode, He warned that the second wave of the virus is easily transmissible. Prof. Bode urged Nigerians to take all the COVID-19 protocols seriously, adding that the hospital may be overwhelmed if the spread does not stop. Part of statement read: “We have seen an upsurge of people treating malaria instead of going for COVID19 test. Most of the people that have died from the disease went to the hospital late for diagnosis and treatment. “This is to alarm the people but rather to alert us all to what is important and call on each person to do ag...
Fans drag Kiddwaya for shading Laycon in his tweet
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Fans drag Kiddwaya for shading Laycon in his tweet

Nigerians have dragged billionaire son and former Big Brother Naija housemate, Kiddwaya over his comment of warning to those who compare him to their favorite celebrities. Kiddwaya bragged in his tweet that he had met very high profiled people and because of his contact to those people, he is above all his colleagues or mates therefore must not be compared to. His comment was not taken lightly by Twitter users as they claim he is throwing indirect shades specifically at the season 5 winner, Laycon. See some reactions below...      
Many Nigerians Have Received Grants – Osinbajo Updates Buhari On ESP
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Many Nigerians Have Received Grants – Osinbajo Updates Buhari On ESP

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, received Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who updated him on the progress so far in the implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP). Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement, said it was the duo’s first official meeting for the year. Buhari had in 2020 mandated Osinbajo, as chair of the Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC), to coordinate the implementation of the ESP aimed at cushioning the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Osinbajo said that three months into the implementation of different components of the ESP: MSMEs Survival Fund; Solar Home System, Social Housing Scheme, among others, Nigerians across different sectors had been impacted. He explained that under MSME...
You Must Account For Alleged ₦15 Trillion Loot, PDP Tells APC Leaders
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You Must Account For Alleged ₦15 Trillion Loot, PDP Tells APC Leaders

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, told the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) that they would face inquiry for alleged N15 trillion loot, among others. The party also said the alleged “manipulation of the Buhari administration and importing of terrorists and bandits for 2019 general elections who are now on rampage, killing innocent Nigerians, particularly in the northern parts of our nation” were another “misdeeds too grievous to be ignored by the Nigerian people.” In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP accused the APC leadership of resorting to diversion of attention from its alleged misrule. The opposition party said it was aware that “APC’s attack is a desperate diversionary tactics as more revelations contin...
Attempted Rape: ‘Allow The Matter To Rest’ – 16-Year-Old Girl Begs Nigerians
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Attempted Rape: ‘Allow The Matter To Rest’ – 16-Year-Old Girl Begs Nigerians

Barakat Melojuekun, the the 16-year-old girl who accused the Ogun state commissioner for environment, Hon. Abiodun Abudu Balogun for attempting to rape and use her for rituals begs meaningful Nigerians to let the matter rest" The girl who said this in another video posted online, appreciate Nigerians for their concern about the matter but urged them to please allow the issue rest. Melojuekun had accused the commissioner for harassing her sexually with the aid of other two persons. However, the commissioner denied the sexual harassment allegation leveled against him by the 16 year old girl. The commissioner denied the allegation in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Saturday, January 2. He said, “Whilst taking cognizance of the principle of a suspect being presumed innocen...
NASS Set For Showdown With Buhari Over Service Chiefs
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NASS Set For Showdown With Buhari Over Service Chiefs

The refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to re­place the service chiefs de­spite repeated calls by the National Assembly and oth­er eminent Nigerians will be the major point of dis­cussion when the president meets with the House of Representatives on Thurs­day, Daily Independent has gathered. The lawmakers said they are ready to confront the president over the continued stay of the service chiefs, who they said lacked ideas on how to tackle the rising insecurity in the country. The lawmakers, who were disturbed by the worsening insecurity in the country, last week, summoned President Buhari over the murder of about 43 farmers by Boko Ha­ram terrorists in Zabarmari village, Jere Council of Borno State. The president later met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, F...
Police Keep Mum As Nigerians Demand Arrest Of Agbazuere, Sacked Abia COS
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Police Keep Mum As Nigerians Demand Arrest Of Agbazuere, Sacked Abia COS

Nigerians are calling for the sack, arrest as well as immediate prosecution of the Abia governor’s Chief of Staff, Dr ACB Agbazuere, “for abusing the naira note”, a symbol of the country's sovereignty. Agbazuere was on Sunday suspended from office after he was caught on camera 'spraying' money on controversial Nigerian pastor, Odumeje, right inside his Office at the Abia Government House, in Umuahia. Despite public outcry and wide condemnation, nothing much has been done with management of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and authorities of the Nigerian Police Force keeping mum. According to the CBN Act, spraying of Naira notes amounts to “abusing the country’s symbol of sovereignty.” The CBN had equally warned that abusing and spraying of Naira notes may get you a jail term....
Zabarmari: Boko Haram Has Addressed Nigerians While Buhari Hasn’t – Aisha Yesufu
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Zabarmari: Boko Haram Has Addressed Nigerians While Buhari Hasn’t – Aisha Yesufu

Human rights activist and co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls Movements, Aisha Yesufu, has decried the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the country on the gruesome killings of at least 43 farmers in the Zabarmari area of Borno State. Yesufu on Twitter lamented that a Boko Haram leader from the Abubakar Shekau faction had addressed the country on Tuesday while the President has yet to make an address. She noted that this suggested that Nigeria had no leader. She said: The leader of the terrorist group has addressed the nation while the ruler of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria has yet to address the country. The terrorists know their leader has got their back. Nigerians have no leader. This hurts!
National Assembly Can’t Deliver New Constitution – Omo-Agege
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National Assembly Can’t Deliver New Constitution – Omo-Agege

Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, has urged Nigerians not to engage in wishful thinking that the 9th National Assembly would deliver a new constitution, saying it lacks the mandate to do so. According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga, Omo-Agege made the comment when he hosted members of the Alliance of Nigerian Patriots led by Ambassador Umunna Orjiako in Abuja. The deputy senate president, who chairs the Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, explained that the National Assembly had no powers to replace the current constitution of the country but could only amend it. He cited advanced democracies like the United States of America after which Nigeria’s presidential system of government was fashioned as well as Sections 8 and 9 ...
Nigerians to pay N4,000 monthly for solar system – Presidency
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Nigerians to pay N4,000 monthly for solar system – Presidency

The presidency has revealed that about 25 million Nigerians who will be benfiting from the Federal Government’s Solar Home Systems that commences this week, will be paying a monthly fee of N4,000.   Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande who disclosed this in a statement titled “25m Nigerians to own 5m solar systems at N4,000 monthly" and released on Sunday November 29, added that the Federal Government's plan of commencing the process of installation of five million solar home systems in underserved and off-grid communities across the country is in continuation of the implementation of the government’s Economic Sustainability Plan.   The solar programme nicknamed Solar Power Naija, for which installations starts in Decembe...
#EndSARS: CNN Clarifies Its Tweet About ”38” Nigerians Killed
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#EndSARS: CNN Clarifies Its Tweet About ”38” Nigerians Killed

On October 23, CNN Africa had tweeted that at least 38 persons were killed on Tuesday, October 20, when the military opened fire on peaceful protesters. This tweet was referring to the Lekki shooting incident. The tweet read: ''At least 38 people were killed in Nigeria on Tuesday when the military opened fire on peaceful protesters But the President failed to address the carnage during his speech on Thursday, drawing criticism from protesters who accuse him of failing to show empathy & unify the nation'' In an updated tweet, CNN Africa has now come out with a clarification. It reads: ''Clarification: This tweet from October 23 did not attribute the death toll from protests in Nigeria to Amnesty International. The tweet also did not make it clear that the death toll was for...
Those Who Have Murdered Nigerians Will Not Trade Or Travel To The UK – Lyn Brown
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Those Who Have Murdered Nigerians Will Not Trade Or Travel To The UK – Lyn Brown

Member of UK parliament, Lyn Brown has called for sanctions against those involved in the shooting incident during the EndSARS protest in Lekki on October 20. Speaking during a debate in the house on Monday November 23, Lyn stated that the least they can do is to make sure that those who have "murdered" Nigerians and deprived them of their human rights are not able to benefit from trade or travel to the UK. She added that these include government officials and the Nigerian army who are stopping a "transparent investigation and effecting of justice." The lawmaker also averred that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government went ahead to not only accuse protesters of sponsoring terrorism and freeze their accounts, but also blamed them for the increase in food prices. https:/...
‘This is sad’- Nigerians react to photo of little boy drawing a gun on the wall in Yobe
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‘This is sad’- Nigerians react to photo of little boy drawing a gun on the wall in Yobe

Nigerians are currently reacting to this photo of a little boy in Damaturu, Yobe state drawing a gun on the wall.   Yobe has been one of the hotbeds of insurgent attacks in NorthEast Nigeria.   Kano-based lawyer, Bulama Bukarti, shared the photo online with the caption, ''My NCE teacher, Lawan Cheri, saw this boy drawing this on the wall of a neighbour in Damaturu. This tells you everything about the experiences of the children in the northeast. To stop transgenerational trauma, survivors must be properly treated and community healing promoted.''     See reactions from other Nigerians below
Inflation: FG Exempts Minimum Wage Earners From Tax
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Inflation: FG Exempts Minimum Wage Earners From Tax

In order to reduce the impact of inflation on Nigerians, the Buhari administration, is, through the 2020 Finance Bill, proposing the exemption of minimum wage earners from Personal Income Tax. This is even as the President Muhammadu Buhari administration tried to justify the reduction of import duties on cars, saying the government will buy locally assembled vehicles. Buhari made these disclosures in his speech delivered virtually by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday at the opening session of the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit Group Conference themed: "Building Partnerships for Resilience". And when coupled with other items in the proposed Finance Bill, and various economic policies of the Federal Government, these incentives would ensure the resilience of the Nigerian ec...
Lekki Shooting: 81 Dons Write Biden, Seek Travel Ban For Culpable Officials
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Lekki Shooting: 81 Dons Write Biden, Seek Travel Ban For Culpable Officials

Eighty-one professors of African Studies, both Nigerians and non-Nigerians, have written a letter to the United States President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, seeking sanctions, including travel ban, for those responsible for the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki tollgate area of Lagos on October 20. In their letter dated November 13, 2020, the dons urged specific policy actions in response to the #EndSARS movement in Nigeria from the incoming Biden/Harris administration. The dons specifically wrote to the Biden-Harris Transition Team, chaired by Ted Kaufman, and co-chaired by Anita Dunn, Cedric Richmond, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Jeffrey Zients. The professors who signed the letter include Carl LeVan, American University; Chiedo Nwankwor,...
COVID-19: Don’t Come Home For Christmas – PTF Advises Nigerians Abroad
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COVID-19: Don’t Come Home For Christmas – PTF Advises Nigerians Abroad

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 pandemic has advised Nigerians abroad, who might be planning on coming home for the Christmas festivities to shelf the plan for now. The advice is part of the PTF’s strategy to minimise incoming travellers from other parts of the world, especially countries currently battling with new waves of COVID-19. The task force’s National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, who stated these during its weekly media briefing in Abuja, however, clarified that if the reason for coming home is essential, such travellers should be ready to observe all prescribed guidelines by the PTF, including pre-travel and post-travel testings as well as the observation of seven days self-isolation. He warned that Nigeria would not relax its COVID-19 guidelines and pr...
Buhari, Ministers Should Cut Cost Of Governance Before NASS – Benjamin Kalu
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Buhari, Ministers Should Cut Cost Of Governance Before NASS – Benjamin Kalu

The spokesperson of the House of Representatives says it is deceitful that Nigerians are being made to focus only on the national assembly. The House of Representatives has called on the Executive arm of Government to lead by example by cutting its own salaries, allowances and other office running costs, before advising others to do so. The spokesperson of the house, Benjamin Kalu, stated this on Thursday while briefing journalists in the National Assembly. Mr Kalu’s call is coming on the heels of calls by Nigerians for the reduction of salaries and allowances of members of the National Assembly.A section of Nigerians also called for part time legislative work to save the country from the needless financial haemorrhage. In August 2015, President Muhammadu Buharihad issued a...