What Trump Discussed With Kanye West

Rap superstar Kanye West on Tuesday delivered a surprise even in this most unusual of political years — he met President-elect Donald Trump, marking the artist’s first appearance since a reported mental breakdown.

West, a rare US celebrity to voice support for Donald Trump, showed up in the early morning with an entourage and his own cameraman at Trump Tower and boarded the elevator of the tycoon’s skyscraper home.

An uncharacteristically taciturn West returned to the lobby with the president-elect himself who, pressed on what the two discussed, said: “Life.”

“Just friends, just friends. He’s a good man. Long time. Friends for a long time,” said a visibly upbeat Trump.

West, sporting a fitted black sweatshirt, at first stood sullenly with his arms folded as reporters peppered him with questions — including on whether he would make good on his earlier promise to run for president in 2020, presumably challenging Trump.

“I’m just here to take a picture right now,” West finally said before flashing a smile and a thumbs-up sign.

Notably absent was the rapper’s wife, reality television star Kim Kardashian.

She has kept a low profile since gunmen broke into her Paris hotel room and robbed her of $10 million worth of jewelry — and gossip pages have recently speculated on the state of the couple’s marriage.

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What Buhari, APC Governors Discussed In Closed Door Meeting (SEE PHOTOS)

The All Progressives Congress on Monday said the lingering economic crisis in the country should no longer be blamed on the 16-year streak of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The party said it could no longer continue to blame past administrations for the enormous hardship Nigerians are grappling with.


The party’s new position was disclosed by the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, when he briefed reporters shortly after he and other APC governors met with President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House on Monday afternoon.

“We must take responsibility and we must never shift the responsibility to anybody,” Mr. Okorocha said. “We are responsible for everything happening in Nigeria.”

“The good, the bad, the ugly but we are promising Nigerians that we shall fix it,” Mr. Okorocha said.


The admission followed months of stern denial from the leadership of the APC and the Buhari administration, who maintained that Nigerians should direct their anger towards the PDP.

Between mid-August and early September, the APC joined issues with the PDP for the latter’s role in bringing Nigeria to its current unbearable state.


The party’s chairman, John Oyegun, admonished the PDP to desist from commenting about economic matters, saying the party should apologise for its 16-year rule instead.

“It was stomach-churning and downright immoral for the ruinous PDP, which has yet to show remorse or exhibit any form of penitence for presiding over the mindless looting of the nation’s treasury, to now put itself up as the saviour of Nigerians,” Mr. Oyegun said in an August 22 statement.


Mr. Oyegun reiterated his position on September 5, a week after the country officially plunged into recession.

Barely a week later on September 22,President Buhari again blamed the PDP for ruining the economy.


“After 16 years of PDP regime, there was no power supply, no much infrastructure, no rail and no security; this is what it left for us,’’ Mr. Buhari said.

But Mr. Okorocha, who is also the chairman of APC Governors’ Forum, said the party had now recognised that Nigerians are experiencing untold economic pains and his party had commenced initiatives that would address them.

“We share the pains of Nigerians, every human being must feel it,” Mr. Okorocha said. “We also feel what they are going through but we are asking for a little patience let us do things the right way and do it once and for all.”

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What Buhari, Zuckerberg Discussed At Presidential Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday commended the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of social networking website, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, for sharing his wealth of knowledge with Nigerian youths, and inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while granting audience to Zuckerberg at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari said the various meetings held with Nigerian youths since his arrival in the country were most timely as the country was already exploring opportunities to spur development through entrepreneurship.

He said, “Nigeria has always been identified as a country with great potential for growth, especially with our youthful population, but now we are moving beyond the potential to reality.

“I am impressed by your simplicity in sharing your knowledge and wealth with those with less income.”

The President noted that the simplicity and magnanimity of the entrepreneur, who is among the world’s richest men, had also challenged the culture of lavish wealth display and impulsive spending that had become peculiar to Nigerians.

“In our culture, we are not used to seeing successful people appear like you. We are not used to seeing successful people jogging and sweating on the streets.

“We are more used to seeing successful people in air-conditioned places. We are happy you are well-off and simple enough to always share,” he said.

In his remarks, Zuckerberg said he was impressed by the interest, energy and entrepreneurial spirit displayed by young Nigerians in all the ICT camps that he had visited.

“I was highly impressed by the talent of the youths in the Co-creation Hub in Yaba. I was blown away by their talent and the level of energy that I saw,’’ he said.

Zuckerberg added that he is in the country to promote the penetration of “fast and cheap” internet connectivity, Express-wifi, that would help people create online businesses and reduce poverty.

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What We Discussed With Buhari, Jonathan Reveals

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday said he was against the disintegration of Nigeria, saying he was working with other leaders to find solutions to the renewed crisis in the Niger Delta.

Mr. Jonathan spoke to journalists at the presidential villa after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The former president, who met with Mr. President Buhari for about 15 minutes, said he was at the villa to report his international engagements to the incumbent president.

“One key thing is that having been a head of a government, a former president you become a state property, that’s the privilege you have. But every privilege has its corresponding responsibility, and once you become a state property, most of your international engagement, that has to do with public addresses and some international assignment becomes a national assignment, you brief the president. Even when I was here the former presidents used to do that and see me. I have been coming but most times I come in the night that’s why you don’t see me.

“I came to brief the president about some of my engagements. As you are aware I will be leading the AU elections monitoring team to Zambia, I came to brief the president about some of this external engagement. It is the tradition,” he said.

Mr. Jonathan said he was staunchly opposed to the secession of any part from the country.

He said Nigeria was only termed “great” because of its size and diversity and not necessarily because of its oil.

“It’s not just about me but about all the traditional rulers, elders and opinion leaders that are of the Ijaw ethnic nationality; we have been in touch to see that peace reigns in the country,” Mr. Jonathan said. “Those of you that have followed my talks when I was here, my emphasis is that we need a united Nigeria and I always emphasize that Nigeria is great not just about the oil – so many countries produce more oil than Nigeria nobody notices them.

“We are great because of our size, the human resources we have, the diversity we have, if we fragmentise the country into small components we will be forgotten by the world.”

A group known as Adaka Boro Avengers had threatened to declare an independent Niger Delta Republic on Monday, but said it cancelled the plan following the intervention of Mr. Jonathan and other leaders in the area.

“That has been my focal position and without peace, there cannot be development anywhere in the world,” the former president said. “We are all working collectively to see that issues are resolved.”

On the ongoing anti-corruption campaign that has seen several of his former appointees arrested and prosecuted, Mr. Jonathan said he would speak when most of the court cases are resolved.

“I don’t want to talk about that one because there are too many cases that are in court, it will not be fair to make comments, I will talk at the appropriate time when most of these things are resolved,” he said.

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Read What Nigerian Governors Discussed At Presidential Villa

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum on Wednesday held a meeting at the Presidential Villa in the nation’s capital, Abuja, with the State Chief Executives pledging to continue their Peer Review Mechanism.

In a communique read by the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’aziz Yari, the governors welcomed their new colleague, the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello who joined the meeting after his swearing in.

They also resolved to improve collaboration with the Ministry of Solid Minerals to ensure the exploration of other natural resources in their individual states, as a way of further shifting the nation’s economy away from crude oil sales dependency.

With the peer review mechanism, the governors appraise the performance of each state’s government, with a view to finding better ways of increasing their revenues and performance.

The meeting started at about 9:00pm local time, with 13 governors and three Deputy Governors, including the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Zamfara State; Abdul’Aziz Yari in attendance.

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What Will Be Discussed In Buhari’s First Media Chat Tomorrow

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, will host his first Presidential Media Chat on Wednesday, December 30.

The programme will be broadcast live on the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.

In the course of the programme, President Buhari will answer questions from a panel of journalists on a broad-range of current national issues.

Part of the issues expected to be discussed are insecurity, counter-terrorism operations in the north-east and the economy among others.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Femi Adesina, said that the Media Chat would begin at 7:0pm local time.

It is the first Media Chat that the President is having since he took over office on May 29, 2015.

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What We Discussed With Buhari At NASS Leadership Meeting- Saraki

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday night met behind closed doors with the leaderships of the Senate and House of Representatives at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Senate President Bukola Saraki and House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, led the leadership of the two chambers to the State House.

Other Senate leaders at the meeting included Majority Leader, Ali Ndume; Deputy Majority Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah; Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio and Minority Whip, Philip Aduda.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu was absent.

Members from the House of Representatives included Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun and Leader Femi Gbajabiamila.

They arrived at the First Lady’s Conference Hall venue in a convoy at about 8.45pm.

The meeting started about 9.15pm when President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and some top government officials arrived at the venue. Reporters were barred from covering the meeting.

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, spoke to state house correspondent after the meeting.

“It was the initiative of the President for the interaction between the leadership of the national assembly (to hold) and being the first meeting it was a very useful session as this kind of interaction helps in ensuring smooth relationship between the two arms of government.

“We discussed a number of issues, some of the plans, the works he has for us and the general commitment is that yes the National Assembly has legislators from different parties but now we are representing Nigeria and we have a common goal to work together in the interest of Nigeria.


What Jonathan Discussed With Buhari In Secret Meeting

Barely 24 hours before former President Olusegun Obasanjo paid President Muhammadu Buhari a secret visit in his residence at Aso Villa, the immediate past president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, was also at the presidential villa on a similar visit where he met with the president behind closed doors.

Just like the meeting Obasanjo had with the president on Friday night, Jonathan was said to have also met with Buhari in his official residence on Thursday night.

Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, confirmed the meeting between Buhari and Jonathan. He, however, did not provide details of what the president and his predecessor discussed.

Adesina had confirmed Obasanjo’s secret visit less than 24 hours after Buhari met with Jonathan: “Obasanjo came like a thief in the night, but there are no details,” he joked.

Reports gathered, however, that at the meeting with Buhari on Thursday night, Jonathan commended the president for his effort so far in the ongoing war against Boko Haram.

A source at the president’s residence said that the former president also took time to clarify “certain controversies surrounding issues bordering on funds allegedly missing from the federation account, how the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was administered under his tenure and state of the country’s armed forces before he handed over to him (Buhari) as commander-in-chief.”

The source who does not want to be named further hinted that, on his part, Buhari assured the former president that he would do the needful in ensuring that anybody who is found culpable of corrupt practices during Jonathan’s administration faces the law.

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What Defence Chiefs Discussed With President Buhari

Defence chiefs briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the security situation in the country on Tuesday. The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jubrin, made this known to newsmen in Abuja.

Jubrin told State House Correspondents after the closed door meeting that the meeting, the first with the president since his inauguration on May 29, was successful.

“Since he was inaugurated as the President and Commander in Chief, this is the first time that we are formally meeting him to give a general security briefing of the country and that went very well.’’

He said the military would like to maintain the level of successes recorded against Boko Haram terrorists and sustain it until they are defeated. He said the military would go back and work on the command centre following the President’s directive that it had to relocate to Maiduguri.

He added that the military would report back to the President. “This won’t take too long and we must come back as quickly as possible’’, he said. On the resurgence of the terrorists, Jubrin urged Nigerians to continue to support the security operatives in the battle against Boko Haram. “The step is for all Nigerians to continue to support us and provide us with the needed intelligence as to the human beings, their movements.

“Any suspicious movement can be reported to the police and of cause the police will make that available to us.

“As we continue to put pressure on them in the Sambisa area, they will try to run away from there and then create bombs through Improvised  Explosive Devices (IEDs) ’’, he said.