Reps Demand Details Of Buhari’s $26.96bn Loan Ahead Of Debate

There were indications on Sunday that Buhari’s $26.96bn loan request might not get a smooth passage in the House of Representatives

Findings by an eye witness showed that lawmakers were already querying the rationale for the “huge loan”, which they feared was a gradual return to the debt trap of yesteryears.

An official of the National Assembly said, “There will be serious legislative fireworks this week because we are not in ordinary times in Nigeria.

“Any loan that generations after today will continue to repay raises a lot of questions, and the person to provide the answers is Mr. President himself.”

It was gathered that some lawmakers in the House had, immediately the letter conveying the loan request to the House was read, queried the lack of details on how the government planned to spend the money.

A member stated, “$29.96bn is not N29bn. This is a huge amount of money. What do you want to do with it?

“It is not enough for you to write the parliament and say approve for agriculture and all that. Where are the details of the proposed expenditure? This loan request will not have an easy ride.”

House Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor, admitted that members were worried that the President opted for a foreign loan at a time his administration had yet to account for the recovery it made as looted funds.

Ogor spoke more, “We have not seen the details of the loan. We will have to see the details and compare the proposal with the provisions of the Debt Management Office Act.

“There is so much money recovered from looted funds, Treasury Single Account.  How have we utilised the money?

“We are not going to approve any loan without first seeing the details; make comparison with our DMO Act and our foreign liabilities.”

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US Election: Trump Invites Obama’s Half Brother To Debate.

The final live US presidential debate is to be given extra spice after Donald Trump invited Barack Obama’s half brother along to the event.

As a Trump supporter, Malik Obama has already told US media the tycoon “can make America great again”.

And in an Interview with the New York Post, Mr Trump said Malik Obama “gets it far better than his brother”.

The previous live events were vitriolic affairs – and this clash at the University of Nevada is likely to be just as tense.

Current polls put Mrs Clinton ahead leaving the billionaire businessman with a tough battle to win over undecided voters.

Ahead of the debate, Mr Trump has faced claims of sexual misconduct from a number of women, including a former contestant on the US version of The Apprentice.

He has denied the claims, saying they are “outright lies” and his wife, Melania, has defended him in a recent interview accusing the claimants of being attention seekers making “damaging and unfair” accusations.

Mr Trump has also claimed the 8 November election will be rigged in favour of Mrs Clinton, saying: “The election is being rigged by corrupt media pushing completely false allegations and outright lies in an effort to elect her president.”

This prompted Mr Obama to tell the Republican to “stop whining”.

“If you start whining before the game’s even over; if whenever things are going badly for you and you lose, you start blaming somebody else, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job,” he said.

Mrs Clinton’s campaign has also been hit by controversy over her use of her private email while Secretary of State, which Mr Trump has branded a scandal “worse than Watergate”.

The 90-minute debate will be hosted by Fox News’ Chris Wallace and will cover six topics – debt and entitlements, immigration, economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hotspots and fitness to be president.

Clinton Accuses Trump Of ‘Stalking’ Her During Debate

Hillary Clinton has accused her Republican presidential rival Donald Trump of “stalking” her during their televised debate on Sunday.

Trump often stood closely behind the Democratic nominee glowering as she answered questions from the audience during the town hall-style event in St. Louis.

Speaking during an interview on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show set to air Friday, Clinton said his movements made her feel “really weird” on stage.

“Because of the revelation of the public video, and everything that came out on ‘Access Hollywood,’ you know, he was really all wrought up, and you could just sense how much anger he had,” Clinton said, referring to a video leaked last week showing Trump making lewd comments about women.

“And so he was really trying to dominate and then literally stalk me around the stage and I would just feel this presence behind me.”

Trump rejected criticism about his debate performance at a rally on Monday.

“So I’m standing at my podium by my chair. She walks across the room. She’s standing in front of me, right next to me,” he said.

“And the next day I said what did the papers say? They said, ‘he invaded her space.’”

“Believe me,” he added, “The last space that I want to invade is her space.”

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Ebonyi Wins 2016 Democracy School Debate

It defeated Taraba and Police teams at the finals of the championship organised by the President’s School Debate Nigeria (PSDN) a non-governmental organisation from May 24 to May 28 in Abuja.


PSDN comprised private and public sector stakeholders. Dr Adaeze Nwauzor, Ebonyi Centenary Debate team leader, told NAN on Monday that Ebonyi would represent Nigeria in an international school debate competition in Indonesia. “By this feat, we have qualified to represent Nigeria in the forthcoming international school debate competition in Indonesia. “We were also presented with a trophy by Hajia Aisha Buhari, wife of the President, at a dinner party with the students. “My team won because of hard work coupled with their intelligence. We took time to select the best students in terms of debate for this competition. “We started by training the trainers – debate handlers – then we went round the 13 local government areas and selected the best speakers from each local government. “We went to three zones and selected the best speakers; then at the semi-grand finale, we selected the best speakers,’’ she said.


She commended, Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, and his wife for their support and commitment to human development. Nwauzor, who is the Senior Special Adviser to Umahi on Higher Education, said that the governor’s support and passion for educational development of the state contributed to the team’s victory. She also thanked the organisers, especially, Dare Olotu, PSDN’s National Coordinator and all the members of the committee, for a well organised debate.


NAN recalls that Olotu had at the opening ceremony, said that the essence of the competition was to bring Nigerian students to debate on motions affecting the country. He said that wining team would have automatic qualification to represent Nigeria in the forthcoming international schools debate in Indonesia. Olotu said the topics of debate were: “This House Believes that the Agricultural Sector has Better Prospects for Nigeria’s Economic Growth. “This House Believes that Posting of National Youth Corps Members should be Limited to their Geo-political Zones.’’ No fewer than 13 teams drawn from Taraba, Imo, Niger, Ebonyi, Anambra, Kaduna, Oyo, Sokoto, Benue and FCT, participated in the competition.

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Lawmakers Slam 2016 Budget As Debate Continues

For the third day running, federal lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives continued the debate on the 2016 Budget.

Unlike previous days, lawmakers set aside party sentiments to dissect and debate the 2016 budget.

There were criticisms and mixed reactions as lawmakers expressed their views on the budget.

Some Senators slammed the budget for not adequately taking into account, development projects in the Ministry of Women Affairs meant to ameliorate the sufferings of women in the country.

Some other Senators who agreed that there was the need to limit the expenditure of monies borrowed to fund capital projects, also stressed the need to diversify the economy, following the dwindling price of oil in the international market.

The lawmakers said that the funds appropriated to the ministries of Agriculture and Solid Minerals does not show government’s seriousness in trying to diversify the economy.

The budget debate was expected to end on Tuesday but was shifted to Wednesday, January 26.

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Read National Assembly’s Debate On 2016 Budget

The federal lawmakers have commenced debate on Nigeria’s 2016 Appropriation Bill after putting behind the controversies surrounding the budget.

The debate session took place on Wednesday at both the upper and lower chambers of the National Assembly in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The lawmakers in the Senate had divided opinions on the financial plan, as some opposition lawmakers in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) questioned the financial capacity of the government to fund the budget considering the fall in oil prices and the deficit in the budget with an initial oil price benchmark of $38 per barrel.

However, some legislators from the ruling All Progressives Congress hailed the budget while describing it as a ‘budget of the people’.

In the meantime, the budget debate in the House of Representatives was approached with less passion, as it was kick started by the House’s majority leader.

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Senate To Begin Debate On 2016 Budget

The Senate has announced that the 2016 Appropriation Bill submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari will be subject to debate from the lawmakers from Tuesday 19th January.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, made the announcement on Wednesday, during plenary.

“Senate President @bukolasaraki announces that the debate of #2016AppropriationBill will commence on Tuesday 19th January 2016,” reads a tweet from the Twitter account of the Nigerian Senate.

There were reports,Tuesday, that the budget was no longer available in the Upper Chamber, leading to rumour of ‘Missing budget’

However, it is unclear if the budget is now available or the speech of Saraki is to douse tension.

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Petition To Ban Trump From Britain To Be Considered For Debate By Parliament

More than 130,000 people had signed Wednesday a petition to ban US presidential hopeful Donald Trump from Britain following his call to bar Muslims from entering the United States. Having topped 100,000 signatures, the petition now has to be considered for debate by parliament and will require a written government response.

“The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the UK,” said the petition. The petition was part of a social media storm after Trump said that radicalisation meant there parts of London where the police feared for their lives.

Tweeting under the ironic hashtag #trumpfacts, web users mocked the blustering tycoon. One tweet had a picture of London’s telecom tower with the comment: “The world’s tallest minaret calls the whole nation to prayer in the UK”. Another carried an image of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a headscarf with the inscription: “Even the British monarch is now forced to wear a hijab”.

The anti-Trump petition was posted late Tuesday by Scottish resident Suzanne Kelly, a long-time critic of the 69-year-old. Six MPs have also signed a House of Commons motion calling on the government “to refuse a visa allowing Donald Trump to visit the UK until Mr Trump withdraws his comments”, saying they were “extremely divisive and will incite discrimination and hatred”.

Finance minister George Osborne told parliament that Trump’s comments “fly in the face of the founding principle of the United States”. He said democratic debate was “the best way to deal with Donald Trump and his views rather than trying to ban presidential candidates”. Another MP, Tulip Siddiq, said Trump’s remarks were “dangerous”.

“I would say to him you are not welcome in our country in the same way that you want to ban people like me going into your country,” she told BBC radio. “I don’t think we need someone poisonous like Donald Trump in our capital city,” the niece of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said.

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Megyn Kelly Responds To Donald Trump: “I Certainly Will Not Apologize For Doing Good Journalism”

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly said Monday she will not respond to personal attacks by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who sharply criticized her after last week’s debate.

During Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, Kelly had asked Trump to address his negative comments toward women, calling some “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” In response, Trump responded jokingly, “only Rosie O’Donnell.”

“For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell,” Kelly said during Monday’s broadcast of The Kelly File as she pressed for an answer to the question.

“I felt he was asked a tough but fair question,” Kelly said. “We agree to disagree.”

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Following the debate, Trump said he felt the moderators’ questions were “not nice,” and that Kelly in particular treated him poorly. He went on to tweet and retweet rants about Kelly that called her a “bimbo,” overrated, and angry.

His criticism reached a fever pitch Friday in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, in which he said Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

The candidate on Saturday tweeted he meant to say she had blood coming out of her nose, though the remark was taken by many to be a reference to menstruation. In response, Trump’s top adviser parted ways with the businessman, and Trump was also disinvited from the conservative RedState gathering in Atlanta.

Kelly said Monday she had decided not to respond to the personal attacks.

“I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism,” she continued. “So I’ll continue doing my job without fear or favor. And Mr. Trump, I expect, will continue with what has been a successful campaign so far.”

Only One Candidate Shows up For Tanzania’s Presidential Election Debate

The CEO roundtable (CEOrt) (an elite political forum in Tanzania) was forced to adjourn the first presidential aspirants’ debate it had organised for the Presidential hopefuls last night in the city after the aspirants failed to show up for the earlier confirmed dialogue.

The invitees to the platform debate were former Prime Minister Fredrick Sumaye, Minister for Tourism and Natural Resources Lazaro Nyalandu, Deputy Minister for Science, Communication and Technology January Makamba and Deputy Minister for Finance Mwigulu Nchemba.

Among the five invited, only the African Union Permanent Ambassador in the United States, Amina Salum Ali, attended. All aspirants have already picked up nomination forms.
Announcing the postponement of the debate, CEO rt Chairman Ali Mufuruki did not find a word with which to convince the audiences, who already had secured their seats waiting anxiously for the aspirants to come and start the debate on straight.

In his introductory speech he expressed his disappointment on the decisions made by the aspirants who at that moment had sent him messages to inform that they couldn’t attend the debate with no reasons whatsoever

Why I Refused To Debate With Jonathan- Buhari

Muhammadu  Buhari has said, if he wins the March 28 poll, he will ensure strict adherence to the constitution, saying he is now “a converted democrat”. Mr. Buhari made the pledge while addressing a media parley in Abuja today. “I want to assure you that Nigerian constitution will be adhered to,” he said.

He reminded the audience of the controversial Decree 4 promulgated in 1984 while he was military Head of State. He said there will be no such controversy should he win the presidential election. “I cannot change the past but I can change the present and future. Dictatorship goes with military which made possible decree four.

“I am a former military leader. Note the emphasis on former. But I am now a converted democrat.I give full assurances to Nigeria media will be free under an APC government,” he said.

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Oga GMB! No Debate AGAIN???- The Naija Verdict

In my usual fashion, I shall start by wishing you a good afternoon. Today Sir, we are not going to discuss the existence or whereabouts of your certificate. We would also not discuss your abysmal performance at mathematics. Today we shall discuss your continued decision not to partake in debates you have been invited for. Oga Soldier, I would crave your indulgence to allow me relax from this attenshun stance because as a civilian I cannot hold myself in this pose for long. Thank you sah!

Back to the debates sir, when your people started singing that they would have an ‘issues based campaign’, many of us were jubilant and said ‘yesss oh, PDP has entered one chance’. We were happy that the usual mud slinging during elections would not be entertained and that the APC would out-debate the PDP because your people were ready with their facts, figures and manifestos. We finally stopped expecting that the APC would do reprisal advert attacks on the PDP and its many image tainting adverts even though we thought this was boring.

Oga Soldier, when the APC declined that first debate organised by the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) and Nigeria Election Debate Group (NEDG) on account of the perception that the composition of those organising the debate were mainly of agencies and allies of the incumbent administration, we understood what you meant and we were in full agreement with you. We too did not want any mago mago to taint the debate and so, we were prepared to wait.

Today, when we heard that you had declined to participate in another debate, we began to wonder. This debate, organised by another group – the Channels TC, Arise TV, Thisday and Guardian Newspapers on behalf on the Newspapers Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) was scheduled to hold in Abuja but your people said the APC won’t participate on grounds that the debate could be compromised and their inability to vouch for the independence of some of the organisers of the debate.

We had to recheck just to be sure that your people had not done a cut and paste refusal because for some strange reason, the reasons adduced for your refusal to participate in the two debates sounded quite similar. We wonder Sir if this is going to be the refrain which would be sung every time you are invited to a debate or if the mistrust is directed at just these two bodies.

Oga Soldier, please allow us to remind you that in any election against an incumbent, it is normal that he is more connected and your team should have done their homework in preparation for this. By now, you should have read widely and had your facts and figures together. You should have been ready to answer any question no matter how tricky in order to convince those of us whose votes you are clamouring for. Right now, you are sounding as though you do not have confidence in your performance at these debates.

We heard that rather than debate, the APC has decided  to have town hall meetings across the nation. Your people have decided to do this because of the need to have person-to-person interactive sessions during which pertinent questions will be posed to the candidates and responses provided.

Oga Soldier, do really think this would work? Do you really think those of us who are undecided would enter ourkabukabu inside the go slow to come and hear you speak? I’m sure even you know that the likeliest people to attend these debates would be your party members and those that have made up their minds to vote for you.

Oga, please permit me to highlight some of the points that you and your team need to consider:

  • There are some people who will vote for you only out of a desperate need to see the end of this present administration. For this group, it is not because they like you, it is because you are now affiliated with a strong political party that stands a chance of winning. This group is aware of your past precedence but know that your history of fighting corruption is the best when compared to other Nigerian Leaders. Hence, they would vote for you. It would be good if you could further convince them that their choice is not a bad one by agreeing to a debate.
  • You have the ‘disadvantage’ of your past rulership trailing you. Some still insist that you were a dictator during your ’83-’85 administration. Please consider the fact that this debate would earn you cheap points as being liberal and being open minded enough to yield to the desires of the masses
  • Take it or not sir, right now you have a credibility issue when it comes to the level of your education and its soundness thereof. Don’t forget that you scored an F9 and that it took a long time before we even saw that result. Consider this debate to be Democracy 101 and show the world that even  person nor sabi maths nor mean say he nor get brains. A lot of people, myself included, need you to show them this simple fact.
  • Do not assume that there aren’t some votes that a debate would swing to your favour. Remember, every vote counts. Many like me are still undecided about who to  vote for. Right now, many of those undecided votes tilt in your favour, another error in your decisions could easily steal those votes away from you. It is better that you act fast!
  • Oga soldier, it is pure common sense that a debate would reach a zillion people a lot faster than any town hall can. Most of these debates are sensational and would therefore be broadcast on several stations in real time and truthfully, your town halls cannot match that. As someone who is running for political office, this free advertisement would be great for you or wouldn’t it?

I hope by the time you finish reading the nonsense this useless civilian has written, you would not order me into the guard room to receive some quality discipline. Oh sorry, you can’t do that again because you are now more civilian than soldier. Ntoiii!. Welcome to the other side.


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On a serious note, what do you guys think about Oga Soldier’s refusal to debate? Do you think it would do his campaign any good? If you are an APC fan, would his decision not to debate affect his chances with you? Do you think the PDP right in saying he is scared of them?

Over to you, after all, the verdict is yours…

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Jonathan Set to Face APC Candidate on Debate, Says PDP

The Peoples Demo­cratic Party, PDP, has challenged the All Progressive Congress, APC, to an issue based de­bate between its presiden­tial candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan with the duo of General Muham­madu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar.

The party said it was high time presidential de­bates are taken to a high level of intellectual excur­sion pin with the future of the country along the lines of development, peace and stability from which the electorate can make an in­formed decision.

National Publicity Secre­tary of the Peoples Demo­cratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, who said this on Tuesday while addressing the press in his office at Nation­al Secretariat of the party in Abuja also boasted that President Jonathan will de­feat combine efforts of all APC aspirants.

The PDP said it was pre­pared to engage all the can­didates of the opposition individually and collectively to a debate on performance-based contest because they have a well prepared candi­date for the election in 2015. The party said it is field­ing a good product that has performed and has made their work easier to present him to the public for accep­tance.

The party said the presi­dent is the most suitable can­didate in the lot that would be seeking the election in 2015. Metuh said: “We have a very good product to sell to Nigerians. GEJ will win the 2015 presidential poll based on his popularity. We are today sending notice to the opposition party, the APC to expect a crushing defeat at the poll,’’ he said.

“In view of our confidence, preparedness and the popu­larity of our candidate, we declare and urge the APC to put forward its two frontline aspirants in one pot as joint presidential candidates with their collective cre­dentials and followership to face our president.For us in the PDP, we are certain that with the grassroot support and love we enjoy from Nigerians across board, jonathan will secure an emphatic victory against any presidential candidate of the APC or all the candidates put together as one.Let us elevate the con­duct of this election. We will base it on who is best for this country in terms of unity of this nation, who is best to stabilise our public policy,who is best to lead us to prosperity. On those three and other issues we will defeat whoever is the candidate of the APC”.

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