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If We Wait For Buhari, Herdsmen Will Kill All Of Us – Banji Akintoye
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If We Wait For Buhari, Herdsmen Will Kill All Of Us – Banji Akintoye

The Worldwide Leader of the Yoruba global movement, Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof Banji Akintoye, has accused the Presidency of supporting criminality by faulting Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu's order asking herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in the state. In an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday, the historian asked people of the Yoruba race and Nigerians to prepare to defend themselves against herdsmen. He accused Fulani herdsmen of engaging in full-scale criminality since President Muhammadu Buhari became Nigeria's president. The Yoruba elder wondered why the Federal Government had refused to prosecute many Fulani herdsmen engaging in criminal activities. He said, "The Presidency is now initiating a very dangerous doctrine of governance in Nigeria. The presidency is now sayi...
Herdsmen’s Actions Illegal, Presidency Misinterpreted Constitution – Adegboruwa
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Herdsmen’s Actions Illegal, Presidency Misinterpreted Constitution – Adegboruwa

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has faulted the presidency’s opposition to the vacation order given to herdsmen in Ondo State by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. The PUNCH reports that Akeredolu had asked herdsmen to leave the state’s forest reserves within seven days. Apart from ejecting the herdsmen, Akeredolu also banned under-aged grazing, night grazing, movement of cattle within the cities and highways. But the presidency in a statement on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Akeredolu lacked the power to unilaterally sack herdsmen from Ondo forests. Reacting in an interview with The PUNCH, the senior advocate said the presidency misinterpreted sections of the constitution. Adegboruwa said...
Photos And Video Of Donald Trump Leaving The White House For Last Time As President
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Photos And Video Of Donald Trump Leaving The White House For Last Time As President

A source close to the White House says President Trump spent his final night in the White House working on pardons and signing the final paperwork just before midnight. His daughter Ivanka was with him until 10 p.m. ET and left to make phone calls to some of the people pardoned until 2 a.m. ET. Ivanka had been very involved in recent days in the criminal justice pardons for non-violent offenders. The sources says the feeling is "bittersweet" as the family departs today. Another source says he’s relieved to leave behind the pressure of the presidency. His daughter and son in law will not be joining him on Air Force One. Marine One just took off from the White House lawn, carrying President Trump to Joint Base Andrews for his send-off ceremony. But it is not typical for a ...
Akeredolu’s Order: Ondo Tackles Presidency, As Villa Defends Herdsmen
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Akeredolu’s Order: Ondo Tackles Presidency, As Villa Defends Herdsmen

The Presidency on Tuesday waded into the controversy generated by the directive of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, asking herdsmen to leave the state government forest reserves. Apart from ejecting the herdsmen, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu also banned under-aged grazing, night grazing, movement of cattle within the cities and highways. He also gave the herdsmen seven days ultimatum to comply with the order. However, the Secretary-General of the Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Usman Baba-Ngelzerma, had reacted that the association had not been formally informed. But in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President called for restraint on the side of the state government and the Fulan...
Akeredolu Cannot Unilaterally Oust Herders In Ondo State – Garba Shehu
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Akeredolu Cannot Unilaterally Oust Herders In Ondo State – Garba Shehu

The presidency on Tuesday noted that as a lawyer, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in tackling insecurity is not expected to unilaterally oust Fulani herders in the state or he will go against the constitution of the country. This followed an ultimatum issued by the government for them to vacate government reserves over security concerns. According to a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) in Abuja, the presidency maintained that asking the herders to leave can set off a chain of events, which the constitution anticipated and tries to guard against. It, therefore, called for caution on both sides. The statement read: “The Presidency has been keenly monitoring events occurring in Ondo State and the ‘orders’ by the ...
Kukah: Catholic Knights of Saint Mulumba Faults Presidency’s Stand
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Kukah: Catholic Knights of Saint Mulumba Faults Presidency’s Stand

The Order of The Knights of Saint Mulumba Nigeria (KSM) has condemned the stance of the Federal Government on the ‘Apologize or quit Sokoto’ threat issued to the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Hassan Kukah, by the Muslim Solidarity Forum. KSM argued that the statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu is but “a sleight underhand rebuke of the Catholic Cleric instead of his traducers.” The Christian body insisted that the statement was a slap on the wrist for Bishop Kukah’s: “traducers whose ill-advised and unfortunate threat negates the spirit of the Nigerian constitution and unity of the nation”. According to a statement signed on Saturday in Abuja by its Supreme Knight, Sir Diamond Ovueraye, KSM a revered asso...
No Restriction Stopping Tinubu From Contesting Presidency In 2023 – Sagay
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No Restriction Stopping Tinubu From Contesting Presidency In 2023 – Sagay

Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), renowned professor of law and civil rights ac­tivist, on Monday, said it was the turn of southern­ers to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023 in order to preserve the unity of the country and ensure justice and fairness. Speaking exclusively with Daily Independent, Sagay, who is the Chair­man of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PA­CAC) and a chieftain of the ruling All Progres­sives Congress (APC), also said there was an informal zoning agreement which the party must honour in selecting the presidential flag bearer for the 2023 gen­eral elections. According to him, even though the agreement was not written, the founders of the APC agreed that the presidency would move to the South after the North had completed two t...
I will run for presidency in 2023 – Yul Edochie
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I will run for presidency in 2023 – Yul Edochie

Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie has declared interest in running for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2023 general election. The movie star said this in a tweet he shared to celebrate his 39th birthday on Thursday, January 7. He further stated that the youths deserve a chance to fix the nation. Yul Edochie wrote; Happy 39th birthday to me. Last year l asked for wisdom, you gave it to me Lord. This year I ask for your grace oh Lord as I prepare to run for President of Nigeria in 2023. To bring real Peace, Unity & Progress. The youths deserve a chance to fix our Nation So help us God. Amen!
Kogi Lawmakers Endorse Yahaya Bello For Presidency
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Kogi Lawmakers Endorse Yahaya Bello For Presidency

The Kogi State House of Assembly has asked Governor Yahaya Bello to contest for the position of the President of Nigeria in the 2023 presidential election. The House in its plenary session on Wednesday said their decision for the endorsement was borne out of the outstanding performances of the Governor in the state. The Majority Leader, Abdullahi Bello while moving the motion said Governor Bello has transformed the state and rid the state of kidnapping and armed robbery. “Yahaya Bello by his creative governance style has somehow engineered a reversal of several negative national development indicators in Kogi State. Examples abound everywhere. “Under his watch, Kogi State has been transformed from the kidnap capital of Nigeria outside the embattled north-east, into a polity w...
43 Farmers Killed By Boko Haram Didn’t Have Clearance To Farm – Garba Shehu
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43 Farmers Killed By Boko Haram Didn’t Have Clearance To Farm – Garba Shehu

The Presidency, today on Monday stated that the 43 farmers that were killed by Boko Haram on Saturday did not have military clearance to be on the rice farms when the attack happened. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in an interview with the BBC on Monday. He said while not blaming the victims for the incident, the truth must be said. Shehu said, “The government is sad that this tragic incident has happened. 43 or thereabout of innocent farm workers, most of them had their throats slit by a heartless band of terrorists. People need to know what it is like in the Lake Chad Basin area. “Much of those areas have been liberated from Boko Haram terrorists but there are a number of spaces that have not been cleared for t...
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...
Atiku Tells APC, Presidency To Focus More On Nigeria’s Problems Than Him
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Atiku Tells APC, Presidency To Focus More On Nigeria’s Problems Than Him

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has enjoined the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency to seek ways of solving the problems they created for Nigerians instead of focusing on him. The former Vice President noted that the governing APC “has validated the assumption that the major reason the condition of living has been deplorable under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is on account of the fact that the party focuses more on playing petty politics than in actual governance.” The APC had speculated that the plethora of goodwill messages sent to the former Vice President on the occasion of his 74th birthday anniversary was a precursor to his early campaigns for the 2023 presidential election. But in a statement through his Special As...
US Election 2020: Biden Prepares For Presidency, Launches Transition Website
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US Election 2020: Biden Prepares For Presidency, Launches Transition Website

Joe Biden, Democratic candidate in the United States presidential election, has declared that he is confident of victory. Biden addressed the nation on Thursday. He noted that it was clear that he had won “enough states to reach 270 electoral votes to win the presidency”. “Now, every vote must be counted. No one’s going to take our democracy from us…not now, not ever. “I’m not here to declare that we’ve won, but I am here to report when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners. “I’m confident that we will emerge victorious. But this will not be my victory alone. It will be a victory for the American people.” Official results as at 9:50am Nigeria time, shows Biden is slightly ahead of President Donald Trump. But the race is too close to call as votes...
$1.2 Billion Brazil Loan:  PDP Taunts Buhari Over Reckless Borrowing
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$1.2 Billion Brazil Loan: PDP Taunts Buhari Over Reckless Borrowing

The @OfficialPDPNig is alarmed by fresh plans by President @MBuhari to further mortgage our nation through an additional $1.2 billion loan from Brazil despite the public outcry against the accumulation of loans from China and other foreign interests. The PDP cautions the @MBuhari Presidency not to further weaken our nation and using nebulous agricultural programmes as justification for further accumulation of foreign loans, without clear terms and conditions, to the detriment of the poor masses and generations yet unborn. The party further warns that the loan request, if approved by the @nassnigeria, will exacerbate our nation’s debt burden, mortgage our agricultural sector, weaken our investment capacity and worsen our food security challenge. Our party invites Nigerians to not...
Presidential panel approves 5 demands of #EndSARS protesters
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Presidential panel approves 5 demands of #EndSARS protesters

The Presidential Panel on Police Reforms has approved the five demands of Nigerians that have been participating in the #EndSARS protest.   End SARS protesters presented five demands to the presidency for the protests to end. See the demands below     In a statement released today October 13, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said following the directive of President Buhari on the dissolution of SARS, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, convened a meeting with stakeholders, agreeing to meet all the demands of the protesters.   According to Adesina, the meeting was a multi-stakeholders’ forum attended by leaders and representatives of civil society organizations in Nigeria, activists from the ...
Presidency: Tinubu Makes Clarifications On Reported Presidential Campaign Office
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Presidency: Tinubu Makes Clarifications On Reported Presidential Campaign Office

Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday dismissed reports that he is “secretly” opening a presidential campaign headquarters in Abuja. Tinubu, who denied making such a move, stressed that he was currently focused on helping President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver on his mandates. A popular news platform, not DAILY POST, had reported that the APC National Leader, “quietly” opened his campaign Headquarters in the Maitama area of Abuja, ahead of the 2023 presidential election. The report claimed that a member of the House of Representatives, James Faleke was a key coordinator of the campaign office. However, Tinubu, who spoke through his Media Aide, Tunde Rahman urged his supporters to join him in supporting Buhari’s administration. Rahma...
Restructuring: Effective Leaders Listen, Sam Adeyemi Replies Presidency
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Restructuring: Effective Leaders Listen, Sam Adeyemi Replies Presidency

Senior Pastor of Lagos-based church, Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, has joined other prominent Nigerians to call on the Federal Government, led by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to urgently restructure the country to save it from collapse. The cleric stated this on Monday in an apparent response to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. The Presidency had in the statement described recent calls for the restructuring of the country as “recurring threats to the corporate existence of the country.” The PUNCH had earlier reported that the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, had on Saturday called on the President to restructure the country “as soon ...
You Are Nigeria’s ‘Divider-In-Chief’, Presidency Replies Obasanjo
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You Are Nigeria’s ‘Divider-In-Chief’, Presidency Replies Obasanjo

Presidency has replied former President Olusegun Obasanjo, over his recent comment against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Obasanjo had at an interactive session with some socio-cultural groups in Abuja on Friday, said that Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state, noting that the country is economically becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world. According to him: “Today, Nigeria is fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state, economically our country is becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world, and socially, we are firming up as an unwholesome and insecure country. “And these manifestations are the products of recent mismanagement of diversity and socio-economic development of our country. “Old fault lines...
My cartoon on Hanan Buhari’s wedding meant no harm – Mustapha Bulama
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My cartoon on Hanan Buhari’s wedding meant no harm – Mustapha Bulama

Mustapha Bulama, a Daily Trust newspaper cartoonist has reacted to the condemnation his artwork on Hanan Buhari's wedding got from the presidency.   The cartoonist had shared a cartoon in which Aisha Buhari was seen flaunting pictures from Hanan’s wedding while Nigerians struggled to escape drowning. The cartoon came with the caption “At least you can enjoy the pictures.”     Reacting to the cartoon, Aisha Buhari's spokesperson Aliyi Abdullahi described it as "unfair because Hanan held a "low-key wedding".   In an interview with BBC, Bulama stated that he meant no harm. He expressed surprise with the reaction the cartoon got and also appealed to those in power to help the poor masses.   He said;   “I mean no harm for the marr...
CAMA Not Targeted At Religious Bodies – Ita Enang
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CAMA Not Targeted At Religious Bodies – Ita Enang

The Presidency on Tuesday doused speculations that the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 was targeted at churches, mosques and other religious bodies. The Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and former National Assembly Presidential Liaison Officer, Senator Ita Enang, made the clarification during a brief ceremony held at the secretariat of the Christain Association of Nigeria in Abuja, where he received the position paper of CAN on behalf of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd). Enang said, “Misconceptions have enveloped this Act with deliberate misinformation and falsehood by persons who may not have fully and in-fact personally read and digested the provision of the Act. We consider it appropriate and responsible to appear before you and o...
Nigeria Increases AFDB Rights Before Presidency Vote
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Nigeria Increases AFDB Rights Before Presidency Vote

Nigeria almost doubled its voting rights in the African Development Bank to 16.8% [/b]before the lender’s annual meetings this week, as one of its own seeks re-election to the top post.[b]Africa’s most populous nation is now the biggest rights holder by far, followed by non-regional members Germany with 7.4% and the U.S. with 5.5%, according to a memorandum sent to governors on Aug. 20 and seen by Bloomberg. Nigeria boosted its voting power by paying subscriptions it had pledged as part of a general capital increase, for which the bulk of payments are expected to be made before the final October 2021 deadline. The move may allow Nigeria to help keep Akinwumi Adesina in the presidency for another five-year term when the vote takes place on Aug. 27. Unlike in 2015, when he faced off ...
NASS’s Many Probe Reports Gathering Dust In Presidency
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NASS’s Many Probe Reports Gathering Dust In Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari’s insistence on retaining the nation’s service chiefs despite opposition to it is just one out of the many instances the executive arm of government undermine efforts by the National Assembly to contribute to the security and wellbeing of Nigerians. The House of Representatives had, in February, asked the president to declare a state of emergency on insecurity and sack all the service chiefs for not living up to expectation. The Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Ahmed Wase, who spoke on the vexed issue of insecurity, expressed regrets that in spite of the vote-of-no-confidence passed on the service chiefs, they were yet to be sacked, just as the security situation keeps getting worse in communities and states across the country. “How do we survive as a ...
2023: There Are Plots To Keep Presidency In The North – Prof. Sagay
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2023: There Are Plots To Keep Presidency In The North – Prof. Sagay

The Chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay, has warned those clamouring for jettisoning of rotation of presidency to rest such idea, as zoning is an arrangement that assuages the feelings of the people, and gives them the confidence that they have a role in the affairs of the country. “People should not be too clever because I’m seeing some cleverness in those who are now talking of competence. I would be more comfortable with them saying that, if the part of the country from which they do not come has spent eight years, then if they talk of competence I would take them very seriously. I see some of these talks of competence as a disguise for wanting perpetuation of power in one section of the country”, he stated. In this interview w...
Mamman Daura Is Hale And Hearty – Presidency, family sources
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Mamman Daura Is Hale And Hearty – Presidency, family sources

The presidency yesterday spurned reports suggesting that President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Mallam Mamman Daura, had been flown out of the country for medical checkup, saying the renowned industrialist was in sound health.It was reacting to a report by an online media alleging that Daura was flown to the United Kingdom for urgent medical treatment of an undisclosed ailment.A top presidency source who confided in LEADERSHIP last night said that the elder statesman only traveled to London for a long scheduled business trip.The source who did not want his name in print because he is not authorised to speak on the matter noted that Daura is in good health, and “he will return after finishing the business engagement that necessitated his trip to the United Kingdom.“Daura is fine, and in ...
No Going Back On Support For Southern Presidency In 2023 – El-Rufai
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No Going Back On Support For Southern Presidency In 2023 – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Sunday said there is no going back on his support that the 2023 presidency should shifts to Southern part of Nigeria. El-Rufai, who spoke on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics, said based on arrangement, after President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidency should shift to the South. According to him, even the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had that arrangement of power rotation, which was why after former President Olusegun Obasanjo, late Umaru Yar’Adua came to power. He said he did not say he would not support a northern or southern candidate, but that it is just a fact that power had to shift to the south in 2023, even though there was no such power sharing in the APC’s constitution. “After Buhari, what is honourable is for the northern po...
Why I Will Oppose Tinubu Presidency In 2023 – Ayo Adebanjo
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Why I Will Oppose Tinubu Presidency In 2023 – Ayo Adebanjo

Elder statesman, Chief Ayo Adebanjo has warned that the country is hanging on the cliff and may crash if it is not restructured back to true federalism as was during the First Republic. In an interview, the Afenifere leader said he would oppose APC leader, Bola Tinubu or any southerner that wants to run for Nigeria’s presidency under the current constitution. What is your view on the state of the nation? Law and order has broken down. We have been telling Buhari all along that the security forces have outlived their usefulness, particularly, many of them have reached retirement age, and are no more performing. Today, they will say they had wiped out Boko Haram, tomorrow Boko Haram will wipe out a village alongside some soldiers, even to the extent of attacking a governor of a st...
Repentant Boko Haram Members are not Absorbed into Army – Presidency
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Repentant Boko Haram Members are not Absorbed into Army – Presidency

The Presidency has countered claims of repentant Boko Haram members being absorbed into the Nigerian Army.  In a statement released by President Buhari's spokesperson Garba Shehu today August 5, it was emphatically stated that the de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremists of the Buhari administration code named “Operation Safe Corridor,” follows an established example from countries with similar experiences, and is supported academically and materially by the European Union and the United Nations. The Presidency further stated that the programme does not have a place for hard boiled, ideologically hardened terrorists. It only admits, after careful scrutiny, repentant fighters that were captured and forced to bear arms in the first in...
Ivory Coast Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan Resigns
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Ivory Coast Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan Resigns

Daniel Kablan Duncan, the Vice President of Ivory Coast has resigned from his position as confirmed by the presidency on Monday July 13. Patrick Achi, the secretary-general of the presidency told reporters that the 77-year-old resigned due to personal reasons.   Achi said in a statement; "The President of the Republic proceeded on Wednesday, July 8, to the signing of a decree terminating the functions of Daniel Kablan Duncan as vice president of the Republic. "After several talks, the last of which took place on Tuesday, July 7, President Alassane Ouattara took note of this resignation and proceeded to sign the decree terminating Daniel Kablan Duncan." Daniel Kablan previously served as Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire from 1993-1999 under Henri Konan Bedié and ag...
Two Madagascar Lawmakers Die after Coronavirus Infection
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Two Madagascar Lawmakers Die after Coronavirus Infection

Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina on Sunday July 12,  said two lawmakers -- one member of the senate and one deputy -- had died after becoming infected with coronavirus. Eleven other deputies and 14 senators had also tested positive for the virus, Rajoelina said. Madagascar had on July 5 placed its capital Antananarivo under a fresh lockdown following a new surge in Coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions were eased, the presidency announced Sunday. “The Analamanga region (under which the capital is situated) is returning to full lockdown,” the presidency said in a statement. No traffic will be allowed in or out of the region starting Monday until July 20. A strict curfew will be imposed on street movement by people. The country has recorded 2,573 infec...
Ivory Coast Prime Minister, Gon Coulibaly is Dead
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Ivory Coast Prime Minister, Gon Coulibaly is Dead

Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast’s prime minister and the ruling party’s candidate for the next presidential election, has died at the age of 61. His death was announced by the country's president, Alassane Ouattara. “Fellow compatriots, Ivory Coast is mourning. It is with deep pain that I announce to you that Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly has left us,” Ouattara said in a statement read on national television by the presidency’s secretary-general on Wednesday, July 8. "I salute the memory of a statesman, a man of great loyalty, dedication and love for his homeland," added Ouattara. Officials said Coulibaly was unwell during a ministerial meeting at the presidential palace in Abidjan and was rushed to a hospital where he passed away. Coulibaly had returned to Ivory...
North Will Not Cede Power To South In 2023 — Arewa Youth Consultative Forum
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North Will Not Cede Power To South In 2023 — Arewa Youth Consultative Forum

The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, has reiterated that the North still wanted the presidency in 2023 and would not cede power to the South. President of the AYCF, Shettima Yerima, said in an interview on Tuesday that it irritates the entire North for some southern politicians to think Northerners will leave power for them in 2023. “How can you think we will cede power to the South in 2023? The North still want the presidency. The south is in charge of the economy and they have everything, so why would they want to take away the only thing we have. “What would you call that? Even if we are ceding power to the south in 2023, we should be considering people like Orji Uzor Kalu. He is someone the north trusts and the Northern elders will give him their full support. Most Nig...
Chad Requests Electricity Supply From Nigeria
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Chad Requests Electricity Supply From Nigeria

The government of Chad Republic has made a formal request to the federal government to  to connect the country to the Nigerian electricity grid. of getting connected to the Nigerian electricity grid to the federal government. Chadian Ambassador to Nigeria, Abakar Saleh Chachaimi made the request during a visit to the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman in Abuja. While the ambassador stressed the historical and economic value of connecting Chad to Nigeria’s electricity grid, the Minister of Power on his own part said it would help in enhancing the long existing relations between the two countries. Mamman who approved the request to host his counterpart from the Republic of Chad for a technical analysis of the request, said Nigeria would evaluate it within the various projects...
Reps Reject ₦187bn Expenditure On FG School Feeding Programme
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Reps Reject ₦187bn Expenditure On FG School Feeding Programme

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts on Monday expressed serious reseration over the shopping sum of N186 billion reportedly expended on the Federal Government’s School feeding programme by the National Conditional Cash Transfer Office (NICTO) the coordinating office handling the project in the Presidency. The Chairman of the Committee Hon Busayo Oluwole Oke and other members of the Committee while grilling the National Coordinator of the School Feeding Programme Dr. Mrs Sinkaye Temitope and National Safety Net Coordinating Officer Mr Iowa Apera on the disbursement of the N64bn out of N186 billion said to have been so far spent on feeding the school pupils alone expressed displeasure over the development, discribing it as outrageous and unacceptable. Conseque...
Nigeria Fully Capable Of Dealing With Banditry, Terrorism – Presidency
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Nigeria Fully Capable Of Dealing With Banditry, Terrorism – Presidency

The Presidency assures Nigerians, again, that the nation’s armed forces are fully capable of dealing with the challenges of banditry and terrorism, urging more patience as the military takes appropriate steps to block gaps being exploited to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens. President Muhammadu Buhari, who has approved a joint military and police operation specifically targeted at combing Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto States to rid the areas of bandits, assures that surveillance will be improved, with more night vision aircrafts already deployed under “Operation Accord’’. The operation was launched three weeks ago. “Nigeria’s military has displayed its capabilities in the past and will show it again by dealing with the current challenges,” the President says. ...
Moves To Save Obaseki By Presidency Flops
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Moves To Save Obaseki By Presidency Flops

Last minute moves to save the re-election bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki by the Presidency last night appeared to have hit the brick-wall as Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, said they were going ahead with the direct primary scheduled for June 22. He also expressed optimism that it would be free, fair and transparent, adding that a candidate that can unify the party in state will emerge. Governor Obaseki’s disqualification by the screening panel was affirmed by the appeal panel and National Working Committee (NWC) of the party at the weekend. Rising from a meeting he and members of party’s National Working Committee (NWC) had the Chief of Staff (CoS) to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, in the State House, yesterday, Oshiomhole told State House ...
‘You Are A Mere Irritant, Featherweight’ – Presidency Replies Northern Elders Forum
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‘You Are A Mere Irritant, Featherweight’ – Presidency Replies Northern Elders Forum

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) in a statement Sunday signed by its so-called Convener, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, alleged that the insecurity in some northern states of the country was an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of those states have lost control over the protection of the people which is a constitutional duty. We are not surprised by this latest statement by Prof. Abdullahi, and our past position on what his group represents remains unchanged: a mere irritant and featherweight. The former vice chancellor signed the statement under the banner of Northern Elders Forum (NEF). Hearing that title, you would think the body was a conglomeration of true elders. But the truth is that NEF is just Ango Abdullahi, and Ango Abdullahi is NEF. It is a quasi-orga...
No Missing N23bn In SDGs Office – Presidency
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No Missing N23bn In SDGs Office – Presidency

Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) has dismissed claims that N23 billion was traced to the personal account of a former staff. In a statement, the OSSAP-SDGs described the allegation as mischievous and unfounded. “These reckless publications would have been wished away for what they evidently are but for the need to set the records straight and put an end to these mischievous publications. Therefore, OSSAP-SDGs wishes to categorically state that there is no N23 billion missing in the office. Indeed, appropriated and released funds to the office were judiciously utilised in the discharge of its mandate. “On the transfer of staff from the office, it is pertinent to state that it is completely the prerogative and resp...
More Than 70 Women from South Africa Share Their Rape Stories on Twitter as They Appeal to the Presidency for Help
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More Than 70 Women from South Africa Share Their Rape Stories on Twitter as They Appeal to the Presidency for Help

  More than 70 women from South Africa who have been sexually abused and raped in the past have taken to Twitter to share their heartbreaking stories as they appealed to the presidency for help. The Twitter thread was initiated by author Sihle Bolani, 37,  who encouraged other victims to speak up after revealing that she was sexually harassed and raped so many times, that she's lost count of the incidents. Vanessa Govender,  an award-winning television news journalist at eNCA TV station also claimed that she was physically and sexually abused by a radio DJ at Lotus FM between 1999 and 2005 while she was working at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Another lady also disclosed that her sister's 12-year-old daughter was raped last year in her mother's hou...
Why Gunshot was Fired at Aso Villa – Presidency
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Why Gunshot was Fired at Aso Villa – Presidency

The news of gunshot being fired at the Presidential Villa had left many Nigerians worried, and the Presidency has now reacted to the security breach. According to reports, the shots were fired when the First Lady’s Aide-de-camp, Usman Shugaba, attempted to force Pres. Buhari’s Special Assistant, Sabiu Yusuf, into self -isolation over COVID-19 fears. The encounter was said to have degenerated into a heated argument as he insisted he was not the only aide to travel to Lagos saying that the new Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, is in Lagos every weekend till he settles in Abuja, and wondered why the double standard requiring his self isolation for visiting his own wife who just delivered a new baby. Gunshots were later fired by the First Lady’s ADC in an attempt to apprehend...
Presidency reveals What really happened in the State House
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Presidency reveals What really happened in the State House

The Presidency wishes to acknowledge concerns expressed by several members of the public regarding the recent incident among the occupants of the State House which escalation led to the arrest of some staff by the police. This is to assure all and everyone that the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, is not, and was not at anytime in any form of danger arising, either from deadly infections or the reported incident by security personnel which is currently under investigation. This particular incident happened outside the main residence of the President. Armed guards and other security personnel assigned to the State House receive the necessary training of especially weapons handling and where they come short, their relevant agencies have the...
2023: Sagay Fumes Over Clamour For Presidency To Remain In North
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2023: Sagay Fumes Over Clamour For Presidency To Remain In North

Renowned Professor of Law, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay, is a die-hard optimist and firm believer that President Mohammadu Buhari-led government is on right track. In this interview with Sunday Sun, he gave reasons the North should forget about strategizing for the 2023 presidency, his worry on the level of indiscipline among Nigerians, the awkward position of Kogi State to COVID-19 response, review of ECOWAS protocols on herdsmen migration, among other issues. Excerpts: What is your assessment of the Federal Government efforts on COVID-19 so far? Given our resources, I can say that I am very impressed by the amount of concentration and resources and time devoted by the Federal Government...
Kemi Olunloyo Alleged That N23bn Was Found In The Accounts Of A Level 12 Officer
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Kemi Olunloyo Alleged That N23bn Was Found In The Accounts Of A Level 12 Officer

Minutes after calling out Atiku Abubakar ,Kemi Olunloyo went on to share some news with her fans about a huge amount of money allegedly found in a level 12 officer’s account working in the office of a presidential aide She wrote “Abacha is typing…..N23bn Allegedly found in the accounts of a level 12 officer working in the office of a presidential aide.Do you want me to mention his name the same way they soiled Abacha’s reputation?” She stated that N23bn was allegedly found in one of the presidential aides account who is also a level 12 officer.She also asked if she should release the name to the public for people to see what’s truly going on. Kemi Olunloyo is known for this type of tweets,She calls out politicians and also mainly celebrities.But earlier today she called out...
My Father Will Contest For Presidency In 2023 – Adamu Atiku-Abubakar Says
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My Father Will Contest For Presidency In 2023 – Adamu Atiku-Abubakar Says

Adamu Atiku-Abubakar, the son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has said his father will contest the presidency again in 2023. Atiku’s son said this while presenting the score card of his ministry as the Commissioner for Works and Energy in Adamawa State as the administration of Governor Ahmadu Finitiri, of the Peoples Democratic Party clocked one year. He said, “Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with my father contesting for the presidency. In 2023, my father will be aspiring to the number one office in the land because he has been an astute, strategic, master politician for almost four decades.” He added that Fintiri’s administration had surpassed the expectations of many in the state who were surprised that given the tight liquidity constraints, Fintiri could st...
Appointment Of Dongban-Mensem Has Not Been Confirmed Due To Security Screening – Garba Shehu
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Appointment Of Dongban-Mensem Has Not Been Confirmed Due To Security Screening – Garba Shehu

The Presidency has given reasons for the delay in confirming the appointment of Monica Dongban-Mensem as the President of the Court of Appeal. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement on Sunday said Dongban-Mensem is being screened by security agencies. TMCI reports there were complaints after the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), directed that Dongban-Mensem should be in an acting capacity for another three months. But Shehu said the president has a duty to ensure that such appointment meets the requirements of the constitution in protecting the supreme law of the land. The statement read in part, “Don’t forget our recent experience with ministers who were signed off upon and turned out as having not...
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IPOB is Using Christianity to Wage War against Nigerian State – Presidency

The Presidency has accused the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) which was described as "self-proclaimed Jews", of using Christianity to wage war against the Nigerian state. In the statement released by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity Garba Shehu, IPOB was accused of attempting to drive a wedge between the Nigerian government and its US and UK/European allies.   The Presidency also alleged that there is available evidence to show that the proscribed group is being funded with a monthly spending of $85,000 USD since October 2019, with no records of the source of the largesse. The statement read;   IPOB, SELF-PROCLAIMED JEWS, USING CHRISTIANITY TO WAGE WAR AGAINST THE NIGERIAN STATE The Presidency wishes to draw the attention...
IPOB Spending 85,000 Pounds Monthly To Discredit Nigeria Internationally – Presidency
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IPOB Spending 85,000 Pounds Monthly To Discredit Nigeria Internationally – Presidency

The presidency has released the statement below accusing an outlawed separtist group of working to discredit the Nigerian government internationally, particularly in the U.S. and Europe. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) wants an independent country of Biafra, made up of the Igbo-speaking part of Nigeria, largely in the South-eastern part of the country. The group was outlawed in Nigeria after the federal government accused it of terrorism, although most of its programmes and protests have been largely peaceful. The government has also clamped down violently on IPOB members with some of the attacks condemned by rights groups including Amnesty International. The leader of the group, Nnamdi Kanu, is currently on exile abroad after he jumped bail from his trial for treaso...
Presidency Opens Up On Osinbajo’s Whereabouts
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Presidency Opens Up On Osinbajo’s Whereabouts

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has explained the continued absence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. In an interview on Wazobia Radio, Adesina insisted that Osinbajo is busy working with the Economic Sustainability Committee. “He heads the Economic Sustainability Committee. They hold meetings and these news (items) are on the televisions,” he said. Adesina noted that some of these meetings are now virtual or through videos, assuring that Osinbajo is hale and hearty. He also explained that Lagos State secured a grant of N10billion from the Federal Government in the fight against the outbreak of COVID-19, because of their commitment to curb the pandemic. Technical support is very very important, very vey important… Lagos S...
Leaked Presidency Memo Raises Dust At Transmission Company Of Nigeria (TCN)
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Leaked Presidency Memo Raises Dust At Transmission Company Of Nigeria (TCN)

An alleged leakage of official documents concerning the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) at the Presidency is generating controversy after some members of the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC) said top government officials were plotting the reinstatement of the ousted managing director of the company. The association said in a statement on Thursday that the former managing director, Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed, had been meeting prominent citizens to solicit for return to his former post. “Two of such prominent people are the president of African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, and the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed. We learnt with doubt that the AfDB president wrote the president tying loans to the appointment of an individual...
Ogun, Adamawa, Oyo, Lagos Top List Of Presidential Aides
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Ogun, Adamawa, Oyo, Lagos Top List Of Presidential Aides

Ogun, Adamawa, Oyo and Lagos states are currently topping the list of states with the highest number of presidential aides in an updated list prepared by the Presidency. The 142 aides on the list are attached to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); his wife, Aisha; Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo; his wife, Dolapo; Chief of Staff to the President; and a few ministers. An analysis of the list showed that Ogun, Osinbajo’s home state, topped the chart with 16, Adamawa, the home state of the President’s wife, Aisha, came second with 12, while Oyo State came third with 11 aides. Lagos came fourth with 10 aides while Kano followed closely with nine presidential aides to occupy the fifth position. Buhari’s home state, Katsina as well as Ondo state are tied in the s...