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2019: Jonathan’s Loyalists Seek Lifeline For PDP

Loyalists of former President Goodluck Jonathan are trying very hard to end the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 general elections, it was learnt Saturday. The loyalists especially former ministers and governors during former administration of Jonathan were said to be visiting different state chapters of the PDP to seek reconciliation among aggrieved PDP members. It was was gathered that Jonathan’s men were working under the auspices of the Ministers’ Forum (MF), comprising former governors, former ministers and PDP stalwarts. There were indications that if their mission...
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Abuja Carnival records poor turnout

The Abuja Carnival which began on Saturday recorded poor turnout of FCT residents. Some of the residents who spoke with the ?News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the carnival should not be the priority of the Federal Government, and that measures should be taken to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians. NAN reports that this year’s carnival was devoid of the usual funfare that used to characterise the event. NAN also observed that some designated streets of the FCT that were usually decorated for the carnival were left bare as they were not decorated. Samuel Olawale, who was at a newspaper...
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Ifako/Ijaiye residents resort to trekking over restrictions

Residents of Iju-Ishaga, Ogba, Agege and Ifako/Ijaiye areas on Saturday resorted to trekking due to partial road restrictions resulting into heavy traffic over the ongoing Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency By-election in Lagos. There was heavy traffic along Agege/Ogba and Fagba axes; shops were also closed and security men with patrol vans were seen in the areas. Some of the residents who spoke to NAN lamented low publicity as they were not aware of the by-election. Mr Seye Adeoti, a civil servant, said that due to heavy traffic he alighted from the bus and started trekking from Iyana-Orile in Agege...
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Nigeria University reconciles Christians, Muslims divided by Boko Haram

The American University of Nigeria (AUN) on Tuesday took a major step to reconcile residents of Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State. Mubi is one of the local government areas in Nigeria’s North-east zone that Boko Haram insurgents overran and occupied for months in 2014. During the crisis, the relationship between Christians and Muslims in the town said to be one of the largest in the state, was seriously strained. But through its Peer-to-Peer Challenging Extremism campaign tagged, #IAmABeliever, the AUN brought members of Christian and Muslim self-protection groups together for training...
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Donald Trump Appoints Ondo State Born Nigerian In His Economic Advisory Team

President-Elect Donald Trump has appointed some of the best and brightest brains in the world to be on his Economic Advisory team to “Make America Great again”. He appointed a multibillionaire and the CEO’s of fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Walmart, JP Morgan Chase amongst others. Of the over dozen Presidential appointments, Ondo state born Nigerian businessman Bayo Ogunlesi an Oxford and Harvard graduate who is the CEO and Founder of a multibillion dollar company Global Infrastructure Partners made the list. He is also the only black man on the Advisory Committee, whose father was the first...
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Nigeria At Bottom Of Table For HIV Testing

The WHO recently issued new guidelines for HIV diagnosis in hopes of offering more people testing and possible treatment. How do you see Nigeria implementing this? HIV testing remains the gateway to an effective nationwide control of HIV. Testing enables a person to know his status thereby helping the person to stay negative or alternatively to seek for treatment. Nigeria remains at the bottom of the table for uptake of testing services in Africa at about 10% of the population taking up these crucial services. This is compared to Malawi with a 70% uptake. The new focus is on getting testing out to the...
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Vice President Osinbajo condemns Nigeria’s quota system, insists on merit.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has identified the importance of merit in giving reward and said that quota system was detrimental to the progress of any society. He said this in Abuja at the conferment of the Nigerian National Order of Merit, NNOM, on two professors, Omowunmi Sadiq, an environmental scientist, and Tanure Ojaide, a poet and literary critic. According to him, the nation had placed quota before merit which “we know does not work.” Nigeria’s quota system, embedded in the constitutional federal character principle, seeks to ensure that all parts of the country are adequately...
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Women are better than men, says Trump.

Donald Trump, president-elect of the US, says women are generally better than men.   He made the comment in Cincinnati, Ohio, during a post-election rally tagged ‘Thank you tour 2016?.   “Hate to tell you men, generally speaking, they are better than you are,” he said.     “Now If I had said it the other way round I’d be in big trouble.”   Trump made negative comments about women during his presidential campaign.   According to Huffington Post, Trump said 16 gross stuff about women while running for the highest office in...
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BREAKING: Radio Journalist, Iyuadoo Tor-Agbidye has been kidnapped.

The Benue Police Command said a Radio Journalist, Iyuadoo Tor-Agbidye, was kidnapped on Friday at her home in Makurdi. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the kidnapped journalist is married to Achim Tor-Agbidye, a Zonal Manager of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Makurdi. The Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Makurdi. Mr. Makama said the police had already swung into action by setting up a network for the arrest of the suspects and appealed to the public to volunteer information that would lead to their...
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Governor Okowa Can Kiss Second Term Goodbye – By Fejiro Oliver

"Political aspirants make too much of the people before election, and, if successful, too much of themselves after it. They use the people when they want to rise, as we treat a spirited horse when we want to mount him;--for a time we pat the animal upon the neck, and speak him softly; but once in the saddle, then come the whip and spur".Christian Nestell Bovee This may just be a memo or just another sincere piece of my mind to Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa who is fast building a name for himself as “Delta State is broke”, yet those around him live large like kings and queens. Yesterday made it...
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Police Intervenes In Close Lynching Of Micro-Finance Bank MD By Customers

The timely intervention of the police in Enugu prevented the lynching of Mr Kingsley Ubenyi, the Managing Director of Kesley Mega Micro-Finance Bank, by the bank’s aggrieved customers on Friday. The spokesman of the Police Command in Enugu, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the rescue of the bank boss came as a result of prompt intervention of a police patrol team after a security tip-off by some members of the public. Amaraizu said the incident happened at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the De-Dome Event Centre in New Haven, Enugu. He said reports reaching the police indicated...
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Nigeria Can’t Break Up, Buhari Tells Igbo Leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari has again reiterated the essence of the unity of Nigeria, urging those contemplating its break-up to have a rethink. The statement comes as separatist groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) increase the tempo of their call to break away from the country. Speaking at a meeting with the Council of South-East Traditional Rulers at the State House on Thursday, President Buhari warned that the question of having another country out of Nigeria was misplaced. “The question of having another...
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Federal Government Arranging Foreigners To Testify Against Me, Kanu Says

Detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday, alleged plot by the Federal Government to import foreigners to testify against him. Kanu, who is facing trial alongside three other pro-Biafra agitators, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, made the allegation on a day he was denied bail by trial Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court. Justice Binta refused to grant bail to any of the defendants pending the determination of the 11-count criminal charge the Federal Government preferred against them. Charges...
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Appeal Court adjourns hearing on PDP leadership crisis

The Abuja Division of the Appeal Court on Thursday adjourned its hearing in the ongoing leadership tussle within the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. A three member panel of justices led by Ibrahim Salauwa gave the ruling following an application by counsel to former governor Ali Sheriff faction of the party, Akin Olujimi. Mr. Olujimi had requested an adjournment by the court to allow the Port Harcourt Division of the appellate court conclude on a similar application. He prayed the court to allow his application to prevent the emergence of contrasting judgements in the matter. The counsel...
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FG Will Punish Agencies Holding Back Revenue – Adesoun

The agencies indicted by a federal government audit for failure to remit over N450 billion into the government coffers between 2010 and 2015, are to be prosecuted, Finance minister Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has said. They are to be reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for prosecution. Mrs Adeosun said demand notices had been issued to affected agencies for the payment of outstanding operating surpluses, which was a violation of the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007. She said the agencies had been invited to a meeting on Tuesday , to enable them submit a repayment...
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Catholic Archibishop warns women to stop beating their husbands

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of the Catholic Diocese of Kampala has warned women against beating their husbands.   The Archbishop made this known while reacting to a police report about Mpingi District in the Uganda’s central region.   The report from the district showed that five out of ten reported cases of domestic violence involved women beating their husbands, Daily Monitor reports. Lwanga was quoted as saying: “Do you (women) want to take over power from men in your families?   “I think you want to challenge God who tells us that men are the heads...
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Timi Frank: I congratulate Abdullahi but he should know I’m still APC spokesman

Timi Frank, suspended deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says he remains the authentic spokesman of the party until the court says otherwise. Bolaji Abdullahi, a former minister of youth and sports, was elected as the APC spokesman at a mini a mini-convention held at Chelsea Hotel in Abuja. Abdullahi is replacing Lai Mohammed who was appointed minister of information and culture in 2015. But in a statement on Thursday, Frank argued that according to the APC constitution, it was only the national convention that could produce a national officer of the...
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Turkish foundation drills 1,000 boreholes for Nigerian communities

Mr Cemal Yigit, President, Association of Turkish People in Nigeria (ATPEN) said the Nigerian Turkish International College (NTIC) Foundation, an NGO has drilled over 1, 000 boreholes for communities across Nigeria. Yigit stated this on Thursday in Abuja. He said that communities in Yobe and Ogun states were among the beneficiaries of the boreholes. Yigit said that the foundation had in the past two years, expended about a million dollars annually for humanitarian services as part of its social responsibilities in Nigeria. “As an association, we are not directly involved in humanitarian services...
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