Foremost Gay Rights Activist, Bisi Alimi speaks to Nigerian writer Elnathan John in an exclusive interview

Published:9 Jan, 2013


BISI ALIMI TALKS TO ELNATHAN

In the second interview of the series, Bisi Alimi, a prolific human rights campaigner talks to Elnathan about his life and work. He started his advocacy work at the height of the HIV epidemic within the Nigerian MSM community in the late 90s. He worked as Program Director for the country’s foremost MSM organization “The Alliance Rights Nigeria.”

In 2004, Bisi became the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on National Television, and that incident caused a turning point in the discussion on sex and sexuality in Nigeria. The same year he became the first openly gay man in Nigeria to address the National AIDS conference in Abuja.

In July this year, he was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama for his work with Black Gay men in Europe and was listed number 90 on theIndependent on Sunday’s most influential LGBT in the UK 2012.
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Elnathan John: Thank you for agreeing to talk to me Bisi.

Bisi Alimi: It’s a pleasure.

Elnathan John: In 2004, on Funmi Iyanda’s show, New Dawnyou became the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on National Television. How did you get on the show?

Bisi Alimi:It was my own way of being a rebel, but more importantly of making sure that people understand there are two sides to a story. I got in touch with Funmi after [Olusegun] Obasanjo in 2004 made the comment that there are no “homosexuals” in Nigeria. I felt that I either had to keep quiet and forever hold my rage, or speak up, and start a conversation on human sexuality in Nigeria. So I got in touch with the program and told them I want to talk about the issue. But after they agreed, I got really scared and was not ready to go on. After months of talking and all I went on the show. Also I wanted it to be Funmi Iyanda I will be speaking to. I had watched New Dawn all my life, and if there was any show on Nigeria television that was ready for such conversation, it was New Dawn.

Elnathan John: Prior to this time, did your family know you were gay?

Bisi Alimi: Yes and No. They knew I had certain feelings for guys and had seen me in compromising positions with guys. They had also seen my friends. But they didn’t understand what was happening as much as I did not. Also they hardly saw me with girls. I did have girlfriends- they were just friends.

I remember my mum always saying, “Whatever you are doing that god is not happy with stop doing it.” Also I never knew what I was doing had a name; I never really knew there were people all over the world like me. To me I was just this weird and confused young man with alien feelings.

Elnathan John: Interesting. So did you first come out to your family or on the show?

Bisi Alimi: I came out to everyone I knew and who knew me the same time I came out to everyone who knew nothing about me; I first came out publicly on the show.

Elnathan John: How did your family react?

Bisi Alimi: It was crazy! Unlike other New Dawnshows, the show was not actually live. So I was watching it the same time everyone in Nigeria was watching; at same time my mum was watching it at work, my dad at home and my brother at work. My family were actually big fans of New Dawn. Just mid way into the show I got a call from my mum crying. Apparently, she had watched the show with her colleagues at work and there I was, her son on TV, saying I am gay.

My dad was also at home with his friends. It was really a bad time for me. I think it was the shock of the moment that made them get really mad at me. I was called to the family house and told off. Furthermore, they agreed that it would be best if I didn’t come to the family house anymore and that they wouldn’t have anything to do with me. It was pretty crazy time for everyone. But I look back and I wouldn’t change anything if I had to do it again.

Elnathan John: Did you worry for your safety?

Bisi Alimi: Yes, I was worried for my safety. But prior to that time, my safety had already been compromised when my university students’ union published a story about me. Before that I was indicted in a case I knew nothing about. The only evidence against me was that my friend then was gay.

Elnathan John: Did you think you would get the kind of reaction you got from friends and family?

Bisi Alimi: As for the reactions, I was not really surprised by my family’s, though I was not expecting such rude shock. But it was not really surprising and to be honest, my childhood and relationship within my family had kind of prepared me for the worst in life.

What was really shocking, though, was the reaction from the gay community in Nigeria. Many accused me of seeking fame, many of my friends stopped talking to me. But in all the madness, the only person who stood by me was my best friend who is straight. He would call me and tell me he was there for me if I wanted to talk. It was really shocking but amazing at the same time.

Elnathan John: So you mentioned your childhood preparing you for the worst. Could you expatiate?

Bisi Alimi: I was not the favorite child. We were just two boys from my mum. My older brother and I. So I grew up in childhood rivalry. It was a battle I could never win. He was loved by everyone and I was not. My survival tactics was to put all my energy into my studies. I spent most of my childhood either fighting him and getting punished or just all alone. Also this experience helped me learn to stand up for myself. I reached into my inner self. The reason I don’t take shit from anyone is that I came to a conclusion in my life that the most important person to me in this world is me:If I am happy and fulfilled then I will be able to make others happy and fulfilled. I question things a lot and I am very stubborn. You can never make me do things I don’t want to do. So when I went to New Dawn, it was about me. I was not thinking of my family. When the hostility came however, I reached out to my inner self, I reached out to those painful childhood memories and I found succor in them- I found the courage to tell everyone to “fuck off”.

Elnathan John: So wasn’t your coming out publicly selfish and insensitive to your family?

Bisi Alimi: People have a right to say what they want to say. I have learnt to be responsible to myself. I am sure the same people would accuse me if after many years of lying I married a woman and had children, then got outed by the press. I don’t live a lie. I refuse to live my life for others. I came out because I needed to fight the demons inside me. I came out because I needed to give a face to the truth and challenge the lies. It doesn’t matter who did the coming out. It could have been someone else and people would have said the same thing. I really don’t care what people think. I also think I owe my family the sincerity of who I am as I owe it to many young people in Nigeria struggling with their sexuality to tell them they are not alone.

Elnathan John: How did you move to the UK?

Bisi Alimi: My coming to the UK was not deliberate. I never even thought I would ever find myself here. It was just a matter of fate. In 2006, I was introduced to an organisation here in the UK through a very good friend of mine. It was an HIV organisation. After few months of exchanging emails, I was invited to the UK to attend the CHAPS conference. (That’s UK gay men conference). It was really liberating for me to be with all these gay people from all over the world. I could not hide my excitement. As part of my trip I was invited as the guest of BBC on “BBC Network Africa”. I will say that I used the platform to raise the issues of HIV, continuous criminalisation of same sex behavior and relationships and lack of sexual health programs for men who have sex with men.

Well with that I got under the skin of Baba Iyabo* and his cohorts in Abuja. On arrival I was arrested and detained at the airport. After a few hours I was allowed to go and then got picked up again few days later. Between March and April when I left, my life was hell. But the catalyst for my leaving was on the 9th of April 2007 when my house was broken into. I was tied up with my then boyfriend, beaten and almost killed. All my things were taken including my passport. I escaped and as fate will have it, they could not move with all the things they had taken as I raised alarm before they could go too far.?

It’s important that I state here that after the coming out drama in 2004, my family really struggled. Mostly my mum, and though she wouldn’t forgive what I did and who I claimed I was, she still reached out to me. It was through her help and that of my older brother that I was able to raise money and I had to run away. That was the only option I had left if I still wanted to remain alive.???

Elnathan John: You have struggled with depression. Tell me about it.

Bisi Alimi: Ummm…I hardly talk about it. There any many things in my life I don’t talk about. It took me over 7 years to be able to start talking about my HIV status. I feel so very afraid wanting to talk about my depression because in Nigeria depression equates to “madness” and/or being possessed and i know I am not this.

Throughout my childhood I spent most of my time either alone or fighting my big brother. Growing up I had to struggle with being different. It was even harder than having to fight my brother or for our parents’ attention. Throughout secondary school and university I constantly put myself under pressure to be better than I was the night before. This was driving me to the edge.

After coming out, getting a job and a life was really hard. I could not get a job as everyone has seen my face on TV. It was really hard. I had no money. I was practically living off friends. To pay my rent was really hard. All the while there was no support. Though I have not been diagnosed, I won’t be surprised if I am bipolar. There are days in my life I just get over excited about things, happy and out there and there are days I spend all my times at home, blinds closed and I just cry.

When I came to UK, I met a great guy who gave me a chance to love and be loved and just 7 months into the relationship he died. At that point I knew I could not deal with it anymore. I started self harm, over dosing and attempting suicide. I remembered the day after his burial waking up in a mental home all tied up. It was really scary. I was losing my mind and though I know this is not me, I know that I have become the result of other peoples hate and discrimination, I could not help myself. It was really hard. However, through all this period, I refused to take anti-depressants. I refused counseling at some point- I knew that the only person who can help me is me.

I still have my days, I still feel on the edge but I am better off. I feel that we can start a conversation around mental health in Nigeria. I wish I can let people in Nigeria know that people that have mental health issues need support. Many times it’s all about someone saying it’s going to be okay, someone saying‘I have traveled that road before’. I am happy now that I have good friends and I will say I am one lucky person with over 7 mentors. My boyfriend is also an angel. I wonder what my life would have been without him and all my mentors.

Elnathan John: What would you say is the greatest challenge to a gay person?

Bisi Alimi: There are many of them and to be honest they are all great. Everyone wants and longs for love, from family most importantly and from people whom you love. If the issue of love is resolved, I know others will fit in well as seen in Western countries. There are also the issues of health. Mental health links seriously with sexual health and rights. All these issues are really interconnected. I have seen in the lives of my friends who are loved by their families, they are happier and more fulfilled. They have good control of all areas of their lives. Even the meanest person in the world will change in the face of love. Love does not speak the language of ‘understand’ or ‘tolerate’. Love speaks the language of compassion and inclusion. Hate is the only thing that is selfish and self-centered. It is very destructive.

Elnathan John: Some people say, we don’t hate gay people, we just want them to stay out of our faces and business- we don’t want to know what they are doing.

Bisi Alimi: Haha… I have heard that many times. And the question is who really is getting into other people’s business? The moment we are so concerned to think for others, choose the way other people should live their lives, what is right and what is wrong, then we are putting ourselves in the position of authority. In that case the other person being oppressed will react. It depends on what people mean by “in our face” or “our business”. Straight people kiss and hold hands all the time – that is purely in my face. They tell me who I should have sex with, when I should have sex and how I should have sex – that’s being in my business. They dictate how I should love, who I should love, how I should dress, which god to serve. But the moment you refuse to be told how to do your business, people scream you are putting things in their faces. It’s just pure hypocrisy.

Elnathan John: What do you think about having children?

Bisi Alimi: I really want to have children. I am so looking forward to it and my boyfriend and I are working towards that for now. We are not ready to live together yet and I am so occupied with work. I travel a lot with my work and my boyfriend is also very busy. We think it is not fair to have children when we can’t give him/her 100% of our time. So I am sure with time and good financial base, we will have our children. We are hoping for two as my boyfriend is against having just one child. So we shall see and when it happens I will let you know.

Elnathan John: What do you say to those who say, because you are gay, you have given up the right to have children, or that kids shouldn’t be exposed to homosexuality?

Bisi Alimi: The argument that gay people should not have children comes from the myth that gay people are paedophiles. This bogus claim is false and it has been proved as such. It is an argument used by people who cannot take their brain on an intellectual journey. Also there is the belief that if gay people have children they will make their children gay. Hello, I was raised by straight parents and I am gay! Is that not enough proof that these are lame excuses?
Children are constantly exposed to domestic violence, to anger and parents fighting. Children are regularly molested in our society by the so called accepted straight couples. The point people should is know is that L[esbian] G[ay] B[isexual] T[ranssexual] people are human beings and that means we will have the good, the bad and the ugly just as much as we have in straight people. And the whole notion that being gay makes you more of a devil is nothing but religious propaganda.
The status quo knows that the moment you use the “children” agenda people will get on board, but it is ok as long as it is not the child abuse they do like; child marriage, child labour and child poverty and refusing to educate girl children in 2012.
I am happy to be living in a country where adoption is open to all irrespective of marital status, gender or sexual orientation. There is more proof coming from the West that LGBT people make better parents. I just wish Nigeria and African can stop being the laughing object of other people and wake up to 21st century.

Elnathan John: What do you think of the anti same -sex marriage bill?

Bisi Alimi: It’s a shame we have this bill in Nigeria. What really pains me is that many Nigerian people do not know that this bill has become political machinery for the political class to play on the innocence of the people. Why is it that the bill always comes up during elections? Also I have realised that many Nigerians do not know what really the bill says and what it means. The bill will take Nigeria to the situation we had in Nazi Germany. The bill states that, if you know someone who is gay and you do not report to the State, you will be jailed as well. It doesn’t matter if that person is your sister/brother, son/daughter, or uncle/aunt.
This is a very dangerous thing. I wish that the Nigerian people could stand up and speak against this bill. It is a collaboration between the state and religion to keep Nigeria in total darkness.
I love Nigeria so much and I hope that as the most populous black nation in the world, she will take her place and lead on the issue of equal opportunity that will focus on protecting the rights of vulnerable groups including women, girl children, the physically challenged and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.
Many a time, I worry for young people in Nigeria who are struggling with their sexuality and constantly being bullied at school, punished and shouted at at home by their parents and told every Sunday by the pastors or on Friday by the imam that they will end up in hell.
Those young people just want someone to tell them they are not alone and that there is nothing wrong with them. I want to see a Nigeria where preservation of fundamental human rights is the principle of our humanity. Where the state is separate from religion and where there is faith in governance. I am sure it is not too much to ask.

Elnathan John: Do you miss home?

Bisi Alimi: Yes I really do miss Nigeria. I even miss Mushin more. I remember my childhood experience growing up in Mushin- those were the days. Since I left Nigeria I have had great opportunities in life to go to places I would never have thought of. I have met people I would never have thought I would meet.

Bisi and Elio di Rupo (current Prime Minister of Belgium)
In July I was invited to the White House to meet President Obama. In 2010, I had the chance to meet the man that became Belgian Prime Minster. I have met some powerful men and women in the world.
In the midst of all these experiences, I missed home so much. I missed the rough fast lane of Mushin and Lagos. Can you imagine, for almost 6 years I have not been on Okada?

Elnathan John: So, what are you up to these days?

Bisi Alimi: I run a small consultancy firm in London. After over 10 years working in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, I can stop working for someone take a lead in research, policy and lobbying as well.
As for advocacy, I am putting my energy into raising awareness about the increasing intolerance towards LGBT people in Africa. If and when I have the opportunities, I discuss this with world leaders and also with African leaders themselves. I also use my advocacy work to promote the sexual and reproductive health and right of Black gay men in Europe. This is something I am very passionate about. Importantly in the areas of HIV and cancer.
And when I am not doing this, I am either at home playing Mario Kart on my Wii, watching Family Guy, playing Angry Birds on my iPad or just relaxing with a bottle of wine with my boyfriend having a nice evening. He mostly serves as my neutralizer. After all the travelling and stress of it, you just want to come back home into the arms of someone that truly loves you. His arms are my safe place in the world.

Elnathan John: Thank you for talking with me Bisi.

Bisi Alimi: You’re welcome

*Olusegun Obasanjo

Source: http://elnathanjohn.blogspot.com/2012/11/bisi-alimi-talks-to-elnathan.html | www.elnathanjohn.blogspot.com

  • Dence

    You better remain there….you gay deceive yourselves. If you are realistic and you think nature supports you both of you should make babies without adopting some else’s child or looking for an egg donor. Animals!!!!!!!!

  • Churis

    Bisi you are a shame to your family, community, Nigeria and Africa as a whole. You know what? You are just a beast….wild beast. People like you have hotspot in hell if you do not repent. Jesus loves you….repent before is late. You were possibly looking for fame and recognition. Meeting Obama is probably your highest achievement in life.

  • Justus

    If I see you in Nigeria, I will personally strangle you to death and report myself to the police and nothing will come out of it.

  • Ade Samuel

    Cases like this only shows dat majority of d pple dat find themselves in such situations are definitely depressed & most likely they had a very terrible upbringing!

  • Sly

    All of you are dence assholes who will probably end up dead in some gutter. You’re so fake! I can hear your hate and trust me its crappy! I pray God forgives you all! Bisi is an inspiration! Did ??µ know that those people making that bill are gay,bisexual, and/or bi-curious? I bet you didn’t. Stop being utterly stupid and get with the program. Gay people are here to stay! And no matter how much you beat us down, we will always be here.

  • Muneer Maisaje

    These things are surely signs of end time, there ia cause for almost everything, to parents its utterly bad to show you love one of your children than the other, this happens in morethan half of households but the degree to wich it happens differ, it really causes a lot of depression and it will affect the emotions and overall performance of a child when he finds out he is not loved theway his brother is, i have seen many cases like this, but U Bisi this is not enough reason to behave like this, May God guide u to the right path.

  • chillysauce

    From d passage, does it mean Bisi is HIV positive?will google him. Must be tough coming out. I’m never coming out

  • temitope

    Its sad that a lot of times, Nigerians tend to give shallow thoughts and remarks on dire issues. For everyone playing God here, if you read the scriptures to a good point of understanding, you will find a place where a woman was named a whore and brought to Jesus.He asked for any amongst the accusers that was without sin and there was None. That said, it is very clear to us from this interview that parents have a huge role to play in the shaping of children’s lives.we all don’t ve to be parents if we can not commit our time and selves to their upbringing. A child who gets adequate love at home will reflect it outside and not go searching for it in the wrong hands. I know the heavenly Father will bless and keep you Bisi.He will help you to find a true path if you haven’t already.afterall, we do not know how God arrives at His decisions neither do we know that which He ll judge us for.For all we know, we may all be wrong save for the atonement.

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Senate president,Bukola Saraki has called on Boko Haram to accept president Buhari's offer of negotiation.This comes as it was revealed the FG is ready to negotiate with the insurgents to bring an end to insurgency ..In a statement released by his media office, Saraki condemned the killing of 6 at the Redeemed church in Yobe today...His statement reads My heart is with individuals and families who were directly or indirectly affected by this ungodly, sadistic and evil...

I Did Most Of The Work In The EME Album – Skales Reveals

 Its no news that Skales and Wizkid had a huge social media fight over somethings the former said...Skales had alleged he wrote most of Wizkid's hit songs,he also said Wizkid was avoiding a collaboration with him.. Now,Skales has moved on to a new record label but tells whoever cares to know,he wasn't unproductive during his time at Banky W' led EME records..In a new interview with RubbingMinds today,Skales...

Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis Just Got Married

According to People magazine, the stars tied the knot this weekend, reps have not yet responded to requests for comment. There were several rumours they had been married earlier this year but they are finally married now. Kutcher, 37, and Kunis, 31, met while playing love interests on the Fox sitcom, which ran from 1998 to 2006. "My first real kiss ever was with him on the show," she said in W magazine's August issue, adding, "We all get movie star crushes....

Dangote Explains Why He Wants To Buy Arsenal

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has disclosed his reason for seeking to acquire a stake in English Premier League team, Arsenal. Few weeks ago, Dangote, 58, attracted widespread criticism from various quarters in Nigeria when he re-iterated his interest in acquiring the Premier League team. Many Nigerians called him out, insisting that his money would be better spent by acquiring a local Nigerian football team and promoting the Nigerian Premier League rather than...

See the Moment ISIS Child Killers Brutally Shot Dead 25 Syrian Soldiers In Front Of Bloodthirsty Crowd

ISIS has released a significant new execution video from the historic city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert. Child executioners are shown in the video being forced to brutally slaughter a group of more than 25 regime soldiers. The video shows the soldiers lined up on their knees on the stage of the Roman amphitheatre, which had formerly been used for an annual festival in the city. A baying crowd of men and boys gathered in the restored...

Graphic Photo From The Jos Bomb Blast At Yan-Taya Mosque Yesterday

This is a photo from the deadly bomb blast that rocked the Yan-Taya mosque in Jos yesterday.  The blast had happened as a sermon on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was going on. Another blast occurred at Bauchi Road, a major thoroughfare in Jos that is also in an area where many Muslim families reside. At least 15 people were killed and 20 others were injured...

Best Foods For Weight Loss & Quick Results

Listed below are a few of the best food categories to promote healthy digestive health. They each have helpful functions to cleanse your body of harmful toxins and promote overall wellness: 1. Foods that are Rich in Fiber You are probably going to notice one recurring theme throughout this article. That theme is the use of healthy dietary fiber. This is an important dietary staple to focus on since our current diets tend to lack...

Ministerial Appointments: Delay Aimed At Assembling Best Hands – Al-Makura

Nasarawa State governor Tanko Al-Makura has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s seeming delay in the appointment of ministers and other key government officials has nothing to do with the leadership crisis rocking the party. He added that it also has nothing to do with insinuations that the president is finding it difficult to take action because he is torn between patronising those who contributed to his victory and those who can really deliver the goods.

PMB Should Address Nigerians On Insurgency – BBOG

Expressing concerns over the resurgence of suicide bombings in the North-East, the #BringBackOurGirls(BBOG) group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation on the Boko Haram insurgency. Speaking during the group’s sit-out, Aisha Yesufu, noted that Nigerians, especially those affected by the bombings, would want to know government’s efforts towards ending the nightmare that had been terrorizing the nation over the years. According to her, the president's’ silence on the issue was unacceptable,...

Police Arrest Ikorodu Bank Robbers

Four members of the robbery gang that raided two banks in Ikorodu, Lagos State, on 24 June, have been arrested, the police claimed. The gang had robbed First Bank and a new generation at Ogolonto and carted away huge sums of money. The police in Lagos in the aftermath of the public outrage triggered by the robbery and the manner of escape via the Ikorodu lagoon, offered a N5 million reward for information.

Buhari Reacts To Criticisms On Appointing More Northerners

Following criticisms that trailed the appointments made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari which many argued were lopsided in favour of the north, the president, yesterday, dismissed insinuations that he was implementing a northern agenda in his appointments. It will be recalled that President Buhari since taking over the reins of power on May 29 has, so far, made 11 appointments, out of which only one came from the South West. Although some people considered...

USA Women Team Wins World Cup For The Third Time

The female team of USA showed once more they are great by defeating Japan 5-2. Carli Lloyd was the star of the day as she became the first woman to score a hat-trick in world cup final. USA lifts the world cup once again in 16 years, since their last title in 1999.

Ben Affleck Denies He Has Serious Feelings’ For Margot

Fans of 'Bennifer' were left heartbroken earlier this month when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner called time on their 10 year marriage. And in the days that followed, the rumour mill went into overdrive. The latest claims to plague the 42-year-old actor are reports that he's 'developed serious feelings' for his Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie.

Greek Finance Minister Announces Resignation

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned after Greek voters delivered an overwhelming "No" vote in a referendum on whether to accept more austerity measures in return for new bailout cash. In a statement published on his personal blog on Monday, Varoufakis said he was stepping down to allow Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to reach a new deal with European creditors. "Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made...

Nigeria Can’t Be Fixed Overnight – David Umaru

Senator David Umaru representing Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly has said that the 16 years of destruction of Nigeria by the former ruling party cannot be fixed in a short period. The senator who spoke over the weekend at a Thanksgiving service organised by the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Shiroro District Church Council (DCC) at Gwada area of the state, called for patience from Nigerians. David Umaru assured that the present...

We Have No Hand In Ekweremadu’s Police Invitation- APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it has nothing to do with the reported police invitation of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, over which the PDP has released an “outlandish” statement containing all sorts of imaginary claims. In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said it neither wrote a petition to the police nor is it aware that any petition was written against the Deputy Senate...

Fraudsters Alert: Chibok Girls’ Parents Warn Nigerians

The parents of the abducted female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, on Sunday alerted the public on the activities of some fraudsters using their names to defraud Nigerians and corporate bodies. Yakubu Maina, the chairman of the association of parents of the abducted girls, raised the alert at a news conference in Maiduguri. “We wish to alert Nigerians and corporate organisations on the existence of some individuals and organisations masquerading as parents of...

APC Southwest Chairmen Vow To Never Acknowledge Saraki, Dogara

Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Southwest have vowed not to recognize the emergence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara until the crisis revolving around the National Assembly contest is sufficiently resolved by the party. Chairman of the Ekiti State chapter of the party, Chief Jide Awe disclosed this yesterday as his counterpart in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke insisted that the two presiding officers of the...

Hundreds Defect From PDP To APC In Kogi

It was celebration galore in Onyedega, headquarters of Ibaji local government in Kogi State, as thousands of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the local government defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The leader of the decampees, Engineer John Ibrahim Ocheje, who led all the 10 former councillors, PDP ward chairmen and their supporters to the venue of their defection at Onyedega, said that the decision of the people to dump PDP for APC...

Gunmen Attacked Two Villages In Zamfara

Gunmen killed at least 30 people in the Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area, in Zamfara. Chairman of the council, Muhammad Gusami, said on Sunday that the attacks took place in Kokeya and Chigama villages, setting houses ablaze and carted away animals mostly cows. The previous day, some attackers shot sporadically in the air which prompted the people of Chigama to try to prevent the attack. This might have provoked the gunmen to come back so as to punish...

Another Accusing Finger Points At Okonjo-Iweala For Mismanaging ECA Funds

Raymond Omachi, the acting chairman of Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) has stated that the past administration led by Goodluck Jonathan and its Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala mismanaged funds in the Excess Crude Account (ECA). Although Omachi did not mention names, he frowned at the practice of the federal government to pay subsidy from the ECA or to share to states from the ECA when available funds are not adequate to meet revenue projections. He said...

Jos Bomb Blast: Read What Really Happened

Scores of people were believed to have lost their lives as two suicide bombers detonated their bombs in Jos, the Plateau State capital this(Sunday) night. Reports gathered that the first bomb went off at a restaurant opposite the Bauchi road campus of the University of Jos at about 9.15pm, while the second one exploded at a mosque near Yan Tyre (tyre market) area of Dilimi Junction, along the same Bauchi road about 15 minutes later.

Suicide Bomber Strikes RCCG Church; President Buhari Responds

A suicide bomber on Sunday found his way into the City of David Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Potiskum, Yobe State, and detonated an explosive device which led to the death of five worshippers and the bomber. One other person also sustained injuries. The dead bomber, suspected to be a member of the terrorist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, entered the church auditorium during Sunday service with the Improvised Explosive...

Abducted Ex Gov’s Wife Released On “N8.2 Million Ransom”

Martha Binabo, the kidnapped wife of the former acting governor of Bayelsa, Nestor Binabo, has been released. Ms. Binabo, abducted on June 29, was freed on Sunday. A family source who wished to be anonymous said on Sunday that the woman was handed over to a negotiator at Buguma area of Rivers in the early hours of Sunday. According to the source, the family complied with the kidnappers warning not to involve the police. The kidnappers...

Ikorodu Bank Robbery: Police Arrests Four Suspects

Four members of the robbery gang, which unleashed terror on two commercial banks in the Ipakodo, Ikorodu area of Lagos two weeks ago, have been arrested by the police. Our correspondent learnt that the suspected robbers were arrested from Okitipupa, Ondo State, and Ikorodu, Lagos State, while three Sport Utility Vehicles allegedly bought from the proceeds of the robbery were recovered. The suspects’ names were given as Monday Akpan, Bright Agbojule, the third identified simply...

Twitter Account of President Buhari’s Daughter @Zahra_Buhari Was Hacked

The Presidency disowned a comment on Twitter, credited to one of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari, Zahra. The tweet contained some uncomplimentary comments about some foreign leaders through a Twitter handle, @Zahra_Buhari. But the Presidency, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the Twitter handle has stopped being Zahra’s for a long time since it was compromised by hackers. Therefore, the said comments from the handle are therefore...

#NoiseOfRevolt: The Speed of Change and Buhari’s First Eleven – By @Obajeun

After all, we must move on to the next level of national engagement with slight references to our wins and defeats in the immediate past. But to politicians, this may not always be the case and in one way or the other, they will still come back – for some don’t usually feel defeat-able. It is normal per human psychology of bossing tendencies. Saraki/Dogara victories are transient. In politics, you don’t win the battle against time. These power brokers...

“And I Got Hacked” – Tunji Andrews Writes On How Hackers Taught Him A Lesson

Tunji Andrews, popular on Twitter for his #MoneMasterClass sessions told me about how he got hacked across virtually all his online media channels. I got an update from him this morning and it has been published unedited.  AND I GOT HACKED This would probably be as unbelievable to you as it still is to me. On many levels, i’m still trying to wrap me head around it. The whys, seem endless really. Why would anyone...

Indirect Free Kick: DSS Director Demotes Marilyn Ogar, Others Promoted By Past Administration

Newly appointed director general of the Department of State Security, Lawal Musa Daura, has demoted Marilyn Ogar, the agency’s former spokesperson, via a memo. Apart from demoting Ms. Ogar, the acting DSS director general also directed the demotion of numerous other officers of the agency who were just promoted in March in what was seen as a politically motivated exercise. Ms. Ogar was seen as a controversial official of the DSS who often made statements...

Oshiomhole Claims Nigeria Is Almost Bankrupt Because Of Okonjo-Iweala

Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had always been displeased with the former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, administration. He described the situation as mismanagement of the economy under the watch of Okonjo-Iweala. The governor started echoing the economic crunch in the country since early last year when he predicted that the way the Excess Crude Account (ECA) and other oil revenue funds...

Maiduguri Under Surveillance Due To Recent Attacks by Boko Haram

The deadly attacks by the extremist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in Borno State has left no less than 200 persons killed in the last 10 days. As a result, the Nigerian military after survelliance checks said that it recovered a four-wheel vehicle loaded with bombs meant for more attacks. According to Defence headquarters, “A jeep full of Improvised Explosives Devises, IEDs, was among the weapons recovered by troops conducting Cordon and Search Operations after suicide bombing attacks on Zabamari Muna,...

Anambra Prison Taken Over By Military

Since Boko Haram detainees have been moved to the Ekwulobia Prisons in Anambra State, the military has taken over the security of the prison facility. Security operations in the prison are no longer exclusively ran by officials of the Nigeria Prison Service. Armed military personnel were located in strategic locations around the prison. Free movement of people and vehicles are no longer permitted around the place. Passengers moving by were frisked and vehicles searched. Residents of Anambra had been protesting against...

America is Unaware of the Location of Chibok Girls -Hawkins

Past United States Consul General, Jeffrey Hawkins, in a recent interview said - "No. I will like to say that the Nigerian government is trying very hard to generate information and tell us where they are. But when people ask, ‘Do you know where these girls are?’ I do not think they quite get the dynamics of the Chibok girls’ situation. First of all, we are talking about a large number of individuals (group of girls) who are sitting in...

Cases Of Political Killings Would Be Reopened by President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday promised and emphasized that his administration will ensure that all cases of political assassination and kidnapping in the country are thoroughly investigated. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, released a statement that quoted the President as making the promise while addressing state chairmen of the All Progressives Congress who visited him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Femi Adesina said, “I can confirm to you that the President did say during the closed-door meeting...

Group Alleges Plot By Gov. Wada To Assassinate PDP Guber Aspirant, Mohammed Ali

A group, Kogi PDP Youth Network has alleged that the governor of Kogi state, Idris Wada, has perfected plans to assassinate a governorship aspirant under the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP), in Kogi State, Mohammaed Ali. The group in a statement made available on Saturday by its Secretary, Ibrahim Rabiu, also accused the suspend Ali from the party, commence the arrest of his supporters and also the destruction of his campaign billboards and posters throughout the state. Citing a...

NFF: Keshi Fired, Amodu Hired

Stephen Keshi's appointment has been terminated by the Nigeria Football Federation as Head Coach of the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles. A statement by the NFF Executive Committee on Saturday read, “having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee, as well as having reviewed the actions and inactions of Mr. Stephen Keshi, in the performance of his duties as Super Eagles’ Head Coach, which we found to lack the required commitment to...

Rabiu Kwankwaso Denies House Arrest

Ex Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has debunked reports he was being placed under house arrest by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In a statement signed by his private secretary, Kwankwaso, now representing Kano Central senatorial district at the National Assembly, said he was neither invited by the EFCC nor was ever prevented from discharging his legislative duties by any agency. He also noted that some political detractors of the politician were bent on causing a...

Aisha Buhari Expressed Her Vote Of Confidence in Mr President’s Administration

Mrs Aisha Buhari has spoken confidently that her husband would go the the extra mile to improve the standard of living for Nigerians. Mrs Buhari gave the assurance when she broke the Ramadan fast with the less privileged at the old banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. She further solicited the support of all Nigerians, saying the country at the moment is still undergoing a transition. She said, “Ladies and gentlemen, you know that the nation is passing through a...

FG Will Not Be Negotiating With Boko Haram From A Position Of Weakness

The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, has stated that the federal government will only negotiate with extremist Islamist sect, Boko Haram, from the position of strength. He made known that the federal government was open to negotiations with the sect no matter how furious and vicious the negotiation goes. “So, if Boko Haram opts for negotiation, the government will not be averse to it. Government will, however, not be negotiating from a position of weakness,...

Buhari Fires His Chief Security Officer

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday fired his Chief Security Officer, Abdulrahman Mani, and requested the State Security Service to redeploy him out of the presidential villa, Premium Times reports. The presidency has yet to officially announce the development, but Premium Times learnt that Mr. Mani has...

18+: 25 Unmistakable Signs He’s in Love With You

Some signs of true love are subtle. Others? Well, they all but hit you over the head with obviousness. If you’re blissfully happy and searching for signs that your guy is hooked on you too, these 25 signs will make it crystal clear. 1. He actually listens when you give him a 20-minute-long play-by-play of a dramatic situation with your work frenemy. 2....

Joda Committee Proposes Merger Of DPR, NERC

The Nigerian Government may be considering the establishment within the next 30 days of an inter-ministerial energy committee that would undertake the regulatory functions of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in the gas/electricity value chain, to ensure uninterrupted supply of natural gas from the oil companies to the power plants in the country. Under the National Gas Master Plan, the DPR is mandated to implement a Gas Pricing...

Col. Umar Blasts Govs Owing Salaries, Says It’s Insanity To Create More States

Former Military Governor of  Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar, rtd has tongue-lashed State governors who could not  pay salaries of workers in their respective states, accusing them of  living a lavish lifestyle that contributed to the economic crunch. In a statement titled, “ Insolvent State” and made available to journalists yesterday, Umar also blamed his immediate constituency , the Military for causing this financial mess by creating some states which were not economically viable and...

Long Queues At Abuja Petrol Stations Will Soon Disappear- DPR

The Department of Petroleum Resources has said that fuel queues in Abuja will soon disappear as 3.2 million litres of petrol were released to the city from Suleja Depot on Thursday. Mohammed Saidu, Zonal spokesperson DPR Abuja, made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday. Saidu said the volume supplied on Thursday would bring fuel supply to the city within two days to 9.3 million litres.

Central Bank In No Mood To Devalue Naira

Nigeria's central bank is no mood to devalue the naira given the risks to inflation from a weaker currency, its spokesman said on Friday, potentially delaying investment flows into Africa's biggest economy. The central bank (CBN) said in a statement it believed the 22 percent depreciation in the naira after it scrapped the official foreign exchange window "is optimal at this time" and the bank would not be pressured into "desperate measures". International investors, who...

A Dollar Would’ve Been Exchanged For N500 Without Subsidy- Dangote

Media men had a piece of Aliko Dangote last weekend. And when they were done many appreciated why he is one of the richest in the world. In an interactive session with senior editors Dangote discussed state of the nation while explaining some details in his businesses that are geared towards a better life for Nigerians. On oil subsidy he said, The issue with subsidy is that government needs to block all loopholes. If there’s no subsidy,...

Boko Haram Kills Nearly 200 In 48 Hours Of Slaughter

Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as "inhuman and barbaric". The militants have staged multiple attacks across restive Borno state since Wednesday, gunning down worshippers at evening Ramadan prayers, shooting women in their homes, and dragging men from their beds in the dead of night. A young female suicide bomber also...

Chad Seizes Suspected Boko Haram Weapons Cache

Chadian security forces, announced that they have seized a large weapon cache including guns, rockets and ammunition in a house in N’Djamena occupied by suspected members of the Boko Haram. The officials said the weapons, buried under the courtyard of the house in the eastern neighbourhood of Guinebor, were destined for northern Nigeria. One of the investigators, said on condition of anonymity, that they were part of the weapons that Baana Fanaye, Boko Haram’s logistics...

PMB Urges Muslims To Rise Against Boko Haram

Against the backdrop of the incessant terrorism attacks in Nigeria and the world over, President Mohammadu Buhari yesterday urged the Muslim community to make a strong statement that would condemn the activities of insurgents. According to the president, speaking with one voice was a sure way of rejecting the attackers claim of acting in the name of Islam, stressing that it would also stop the abasement of their religion. This is even as Buahri called...

Find Out What Kiss Daniel Thinks About Gay Marriage

Rising singer Kiss Daniel has subtly supports same sex marriage which was legalized in the United States of America  last week.  The ruling of the Supreme Court of America to legalize homosexual marriage has been criticized by many Nigerians. "Ok, so, g@y marriage is legalized in the U.S? Some are mad, some are indifferent, some are glad.  Straight or G@y, what matter is we’ve got a heart that can love. Love is love and love always...

Let APC Work & Let This System Work- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that all APC faithful must collectively come together to rise above the current crisis threatening to engulf the party. Buhari made the call in Abuja on Friday at the first National Executive Council (NEC) emergency meeting of All Progressives Congress (APC) after its victory at the polls. He said ?party members should strive to win the war (National Assembly crisis) as they won the battle (general elections). He said:...

Obama’s Grandmother To Cook For President On Kenya Trip

President Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, vowed Friday to cook a traditional meal for her grandson when he visits the East African nation, the birthplace of his father, later this month. "With regards to what food I will prepare for Barack on his visit, I will prepare all the traditional food available," she said, speaking her Luo language through a translator on a visit to Nairobi. She tempted him with...

Bank of Industry Presents Cheques To Two Off-Grid Solar Home System Providers | Statement from the CEO

Speech Delivered By     By RASHEED OLAOLUWA Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, BANK OF INDUSTRY At the PRESENTATION OF CHEQUES TO TWO OFF-GRID SOLAR HOME SYSTEM PROVIDERS Under the BOI/UNDP SOLAR ENERGY PROGRAMME: July 3, 2015 Gentlemen of the Press,   Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a well-known fact that Nigeria’s current electricity situation is unsatisfactory. Let’s rewind a few decades...

Accept Party Supremacy, Buhari Tells Senators, Reps

President Muhammadu Buhari has told the All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the National Assembly to accept the party’s supremacy in the interest of democracy. In his opening remarks at the ongoing meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja, Buhari charged members to put whatever interest they have in their “pockets” and accept the supremacy of the party in the overall interest of democracy. He said: “What ever your personal...

NEWS ALERT: 11 Killed As Suicide Bombers Target Borno Highways

At least 11 people have been killed after two separate suicide bombings were carried out in Borno State by suspected female terrorists. More than 20 people have been injured. The State Police Commissioner, Aderemi Opadokun, confirmed the blasts on Friday. “There was an explosion at Malari village along Bama/Konduga Highway on 2/7/15 (Thursday) at about 1400 hours," said Opadokun. "A female suicide bomber detonated IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) strapped to her body, killing herself and...

Lagos On High Alert To Thwart New Ebola Outbreak

The Lagos State Government has reiterated the need for members of the general public to ensure and maintain adequate personal and environmental hygiene to prevent the Ebola virus disease recurring. This follows reported cases of resurgence of Ebola in some neigbouring West African countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health, Dr Modele Osunkiyesi, gave the advice from her office at Ikeja. She said the need to...

Science Explains Why Hot Women Don’t Always Go for Hot Guys (Vice Versa)

We’ve all seen couples pass us by on the street where the woman is hot and the guy is, well, not — and vice versa. If we’re truly being honest, we’ve secretly wondered how they got together in the first place. These types of couples may stand out in our minds is because, in general, research shows we’re more likely to be romantically interested in...

Furious Oyegun Denies Taking Bribes To Support Saraki

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has denied taking bribe to support the agenda of the lawmakers who became principal officers of the 8th Assembly against the wishes of his own party. Mr. Odigie-Oyegun made the denial when the leadership of the South-East, South-South Professionals paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Thursday. He said the allegation in some media reports that he was induced to support Bukola Saraki’s bid...

Chinese Company To Fine Workers Who Get Pregnant Without Permission

A Chinese company plans to demand its employees seek approval to get pregnant and fine those who conceive a child without permission, reports said, provoking a media firestorm Friday. “Only married female workers who have worked for the company for more than one year can apply for a place on the birth planning schedule,” read a policy distributed by a credit cooperative in Jiaozuo, in the central province of Henan. “The employee must strictly stick...

FIRS Generates N1.8tn Tax In Six Months

The acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Sunday Ogungbesan, yesterday disclosed that the service had generated a whopping N1.842 trillion from taxes into the federation account in the first half of the year. Ogungbesan made this disclosure yesterday while briefing the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on the performance of the agency in the last six months.He was accompanied to the meeting by members of the senior management team of the agency.

Police Arraign 3 Farmers For Defiling 10 Year Old Girl

The police yesterday arraigned three farmers in a senior magistrates’ court in Katsina for raping a 10-year-old girl. The accused are Yahuza Musa, 20; Tasiu Abubakar, 20; and Sadiq Isyaku, 20. The trio, who reside at Dakiya village in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State, appeared before Senior Magistrate Nafisa Bagiwa on one-count charge of rape. The prosecutor, Insp. Hashimu Musa, told the court that the accused committed the offence on June 11...

18+: Rihanna’s ‘#BBHMM’ Video Is Brilliant, Terrifying, Complicated; Judge For Yourselves

The new, highly anticipated video for Rihanna’s “#BBHMM” is an epic, 7-minute visual kaleidoscope of style and excess and, as was clearly intended, it’s generated a lot of buzz since debuting online at midnight today. In the video, we watch Rih, accompanied by two silent minions, kidnap the modelesque wife of an accountant (surprise! Mads Mikkelsen) who owes her some serious coin. The sexualized violence in the video is graphic and disturbing (we'll get to...

JAMB To Determine Admissions Cut-Off Marks July 14

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it will hold its 2015 Policy meeting on July 14 to determine cut-off marks for admission of candidates into tertiary institutions. The board said it has concluded all arrangements to commence the process of the 2015 admissions. Speaking to journalists Thursday, JAMB’s spokesperson, Benjamin Fabian, said the 2015 Policy Meeting, where the cut-off points for admissions are usually decided at, has been fixed for 14th July, 2015.

I Was Not Invited To Buhari’s Meeting– Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has denied reports that he was invited for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. There had been media reports that Buhari would hold a meeting with Dogara and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who was the choice of the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership for the speakership position. Dogara in a statement signed his Special Adviser Media and Public Affairs; Mr. Turaki Adamu Hassan said “Attention of the...

President Buhari To Accomodate Investors From Japan, Others To Revitalize Economy

President Buhari said his government will welcome greater investment in-flows from Japan and other developed countries to revitalize the Nigeria’s economy and create more jobs. Buhari said this yesterday while receiving the new Japanese ambassador to Nigeria, Sadanobu Kusaoke who was at the State House to present his letters of credence. He said his government would take all necessary steps to significantly improve the operating environment for domestic and international companies in Nigeria. The...

APC Crisis: Buhari, Saraki, Dogara, Others To Assemble Today For NEC Meeting

The All Progressives Congress (APC) vowed yesterday to emerge strong from its first National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting after its post-election crisis. The crisis, which has split the party’s leaders, erupted after the June 9 election of principal officers at the National Assembly. Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara emerged against the party’s wish. The party endorsed Senator Ahmed Lawan for Senate and Femi Gbajabiamila for Speaker. “We...

Arase Deploys New Commissioners Of Police In Lagos, Rivers, Ogun

Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase has deployed new Commissioners of Police in Lagos, Rivers and Ogun states. According to him, the move is to inject fresh ideas in the security architecture of the states, and some other Force Headquarters Formations. A statement signed by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Abayomi Shogunle said the postings are with immediate effect. In the deployment chat, Ajani Fatai Owoseni was posted...

NASS: Tension In PDP Over Principal Officers

Indications emerged yesterday that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be heading for a deep crisis over the choice of its principal officers at the National Assembly. The choice of who gets what in the Assembly among PDP lawmakers, it was gathered has pitched many party stalwarts against one another as they differ on who should get what in the National Assembly. It was gathered that while former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife,...

President Buhari Set To Release Ministerial List Soon- APC

All Progressives Congress(APC) has commended Nigerians for their patience and perseverance over the delay in the appointments of ministers,saying that the list would be released soon. National publicity secretary of the party, Alh Lai Mohammed speaking with journalists at Oro, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Thursday at the 9th annual Ramadan lecture also admitted that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would have fared better had the ministerial appointments been made before now.

Tragic Secrets Whitney Houston’s Daughter Has Been Hiding

Three weeks before she was found unconscious in the bath, Bobbi Kristina Brown phoned one of her best friends, Alex Reid. She was distraught and scared, and was hiding from her live-in boyfriend, Nick Gordon. Her refuge of choice—inside her deceased mother's closet. "She was sobbing. Nick had hit her and she was scared," explains Alex, recalling the conversation with Krissi in an exclusive interview with E! News. "She was very upset. She didn't know what...

Some Governors Yet To Declare Assets- CCB

The Code of Conduct Bureau has expressed worry over the delay by some state governors to declare their assets, one month after assuming office. “The people we are having problem with now are some governors, but I cannot be categorical in terms of statistics except I confirm.” Chairman of CCB, Mr. Sam Saba, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria. He said, “The governors are not even supposed to start work as...

President Buhari Set To Sack Service Chiefs

President Buhari is set to relieve all the service chiefs of their appointments before the end of the month, according to sources from the Presidency.   The service chiefs involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshall Alex Badeh; Chief of Army Staff, Major General Kenneth Minimah; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosu.   According to Punch, the President is considering leaving out the Inspector General of...

13 Political Parties Blast PDP, Support Buhari On New INEC Boss’ Appointment

The Coalition of Progressive Political Parties, an umbrella organisation for 13 registered political parties in Nigeria, has condemned the statement issued by the Peoples Democratic Party on the appointment of the acting chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Amina Zakari, acting chairman of INEC, hours after the outgoing chairman, Attahiru Jega, had handed over to Ahmad Wali. The PDP condemned Mr. Buhari’s action and demanded its reversal. In...

Huge Foreign Currencies Smuggled Out Through Borders- CBN

Following the restrictions placed on importers of rice and other non-essential items from accessing foreign exchange at the nation’s foreign exchange market, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has revealed an on-going massive smuggling of foreign currencies out of the country through her borders. The apex bank which made the revelation of the unwholesome practice to frustrate the latest policy to conserve foreign exchange in the country, said it has taken steps, working with other agencies...

Buhari Sacks DG Department Of State Service

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday sacked the Director General of the Department of State Service, Mr. Ita Ekpenyong.   According to an announcement made by Alhaji Haruna Imrana, the Director of Communications, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation,  Mr. Lawal Musa Daura has been appointed as the Acting DG of the DSS.   The new Acting DG of DSS, Daura was born in Daura on August 5,1953, he attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, from 1977 to 1980, started his...

Nearly 150 Killed In Suspected Boko Haram Attacks In Borno Village

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed nearly 150 people in northeastern Nigerian villages, mowing down men and children while they prayed in mosques and shooting women preparing food at home, witnesses said Thursday. Dozens of militants stormed three remote villages in the flashpoint Borno state on Wednesday evening, setting houses ablaze in the bloodiest day of attacks by the extremist group since President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in May. Gunmen killed...