FG, ASUU Meeting Deadlock As Warning Strike Ends Tomorrow

The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) could not agree on Earned Allowance due to lecturers despite the Senate’s intervention, a situation which forced the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund to adjourned the peace meeting it convened indefinitely.

The meeting chaired by Senator Jibrin Barau had in attendance the national leadership of ASUU led by I’d national president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi; the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed; and the director general of the National Pension Commission (PenCom), Mrs. Ahonu-Amazu, among others.

The meeting ended at about 8.20pm this night without a definite resolution even as the one-week warning strike embarked upon by ASUU since last Wednesday will end today.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, Senator Barau, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund, said the peace meeting agreed on all issues at stake except the one on ‘earned allowance’, hence the meeting was called off for further engagements among all parties.

Recall that the Senate had on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 resolved to mandate Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to intervene in the looming industrial action with the aim of averting the strike.

After the first meeting held behind-closed-doors the next day after the Senate’s resolution at the Senate President’s Meeting Room 301 at the New Wing of the National Assembly Complex last week, all parties were upbeat on the quick resolution of the crisis in the tertiary education sector.

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Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara Meeting In Aso Rock

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently meeting with the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting is believed to be one of the efforts aimed at resolving the issues arising from the Senate’s recent rejection of President Muhammadu Buhari’s $30bn foreign loan request and the 2016-2018 Medium Term Expenditure Framework.

Osinbajo heads the present administration’s Economic Management Team.

The meeting started at about 2pm with the arrival of the heads of the two chambers of the National Assembly in the Vice-President’s office.

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President Buhari And Senate President Saraki In Closed-door Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno after the Jumat prayers in Aso Rock mosque on Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday held a closed-door meeting with President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Saraki was accompanied to the President’s office by Senator Danjuma Goje.

Saraki later told State House correspondents after the meeting that Buhari’s external borrowing request that was rejected by the Senate was a work in progress.

”I came here to pray. I have finished praying and I just had a general felicitation with the President. It did not go beyond that.

“We should not look at the loan request as a reflection of the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature. Don’t let us politicize very important issues. As we said, this is work in progress.”

Buhari who tweeted about the meeting via his official Twitter account @MBuhari wrote, “This afternoon I received in audience Senate Pres @bukolasaraki. The Executive & Legislature will continue to work together for Nigeria’s progress.”

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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BBOG To Tackle Buhari At UN Meeting In New York Over Chibok Girls

The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group has said it would protest against the failure of the Federal Government secure the release of the abducted Chibok girls at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City.

The group said it would demand the release of the Chibok girls through a letter it plans to submit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the meeting.

In a notice sent to supporters and journalists, the group said, “On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly commences in New York. World leaders, including Nigeria’s President Buhari, will be there to discuss various issues plaguing our world, including the global refugee crisis.

“If you are in New York, please join global citizens, as we stand in solidarity with 218#ChibokGirls and thousands more still in Boko Haram captivity on Wednesday, September 14, at 3 p.m., to deliver a letter to President Buhari, to remind him of his campaign promise to#BringBackOurGirls, who have now been in captivity for 882 days.

“Join us as we remind the United Nations and the world that the #ChibokGirls are never to be forgotten. #HopeEndures. Gathering Time: 3 p.m., Location: 828 Second Avenue (2nd and 44th), New York, New York 10017, PLEASE, WEAR RED!”



Jonathan, Abdulsalami, Shonekan Attend Council Of State Meeting

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, ex-Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar and former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, are present at the ongoing Council of State meeting at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

 They are the only past leaders attending the meeting as of the time of filing this report.

 The meeting, which commenced at exactly 11.10am, is also being attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

 This is the second meeting of the Council of State convened by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara who are also members of the council are absent.

The meeting is expected to consider names of nominees to fill vacant positions of National and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The INEC currently has six national commissioners out of 12, while 21 out of 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners are yet to be appointed.

President Buhari is also expected brief the council on the nomination of Ibrahim Idris as acting Inspector-General of Police. The Nigerian Police Council (NPC) is expected to ratify the appointment thereafter.

The Nigerian Council of State is an organ of the Nigerian government whose functions include advising the executive on policy making.

The council comprises the president as chairman; vice president (deputy chairman); all former presidents and all former heads of the government of the federation; all former Chief Justices of Nigeria; President of the Senate; Speaker of the House of Representatives; state governors and Attorney-General of the Federation.

The responsibilities of the council include advising the president in the exercise of his powers with respect to the appointments of  INEC commissioners, members of the National Population Commission, the National Judicial Council, prerogative of mercy and award of national honours.

The council also advises the president whenever requested to do so on the maintenance of public order and on such other matters as the president may direct.

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John Kerry Meets Buhari Behind Closed Doors

The United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors.

Kerry arrived at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa in Abuja for the meeting at 3:07pm and was received by the State House Chief of Protocol, Amb. Lawal Kazaure.

Kazaure later led him to the President’s office where Buhari and some members of his cabinet and presidential aides were waiting.

The meeting with the President ended at about 4:40pm after which Kerry proceeded to the State House Waiting Room where he met with some Northern state governors.

The governors included those of Bauchi, Borno, Kwara and Sokoto states as well the deputy governor of Benue State.



Behind Closed Doors: Buhari, Wole Soyinka Meet Inside Aso Rock.

Information reaching us has it that President Muhammadu Buhari and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, are currently meeting inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


The meeting is holding behind closed doors inside the President’s office. The meeting is expected to last for hours. However, the agenda of the meeting described as a private one was not made public.


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Nigerians Protest Food Shortage At Town Hall Meeting

The atmosphere was charged, yesterday, as participants at the special Town Hall meeting organized by Ministry of Information and Culture, in collaboration with the Alumni Association of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, AANI, in Abuja, confronted nine ministers, demanding for quick remedy to the current economic hardship in the country.

Some of the aggrieved participants told the ministers that Nigerians were tired of the talkshops and that government should do more to put food on their tables. Speaking at the meeting, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, said 2017 Budget would be submitted to the National Assembly by October this year.

According to the minister, necessary consultations on preparing the 2017 budget are ongoing. He revealed that government had already released N331.5 billion to date, as part of capital allocation of the 2016 budget, to key ministries covering sectors that will turn around the economy. He said the ministries that received the capital released were power, works and housing, defence and security, water resources, transportation, agriculture and Niger Delta.

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PS: An eye witness at the session reached out to us to state that this was indeed never the case as in her own words, this proved to be the most peaceful town hall meeting to date.

WHO Calls Emergency Meeting On Yellow Fever Outbreak

The World Health Organization will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on the yellow fever outbreak that has hit hardest in Angola but risks spreading further if vaccinations are not ramped up.

Such meetings from the UN agency are often held before the declaration of an international health emergency, as happened amid the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the current surge in neurological disorders linked to the spread of Zika virus in the Americas.

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP the meeting had been called to underscore the severity of the yellow fever outbreak and to re-emphasise the need for mass vaccination against the viral disease.

As of May 12, Angola had reported 2,267 suspected yellow fever cases and 293 deaths in an outbreak that began in December and is most heavily concentrated in the capital Luanda.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has registered 44 suspected cases, both from a local outbreak and from patients who carried the virus from neighbouring Angola.

Eleven people have tested positive for yellow fever in China after returning from Angola, highlighting “the risk of international spread through non-immunised travellers,” WHO has said.

Several cases have also been reported in Uganda.

The percentage of people immunised against yellow fever remains low in many parts of Africa, even though the vaccine is nearly 100 percent effective and relatively cheap.

WHO has sent 11.7 million doses to Angola and there are plans to vaccinate 2.2 million people in DR Congo.

WHO has pledged to beef up its emergency response systems after widespread criticism following the Ebola outbreak, with many experts saying it took the UN body far too long to sound a global alarm.

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EFCC Detaining Fani-Kayode After Meeting Bail Conditions, Silencing Of Opposition- Aide

Jude Ndukwe, aide to erstwhile Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Tuesday, decried that despite meeting the bail conditions set by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Fani-Kayode was still being held by the anti-graft agency.

Ndukwe in a statement condemned the continued detention of the former minister by the EFCC, describing it as a tactics to keeping key and vocal members of the opposition out of circulation without due regard to Nigerian laws.

The statement read: “This tactics of keeping key and vocal members of the opposition out of circulation without due regard to our laws and or harass them with charges that cannot stand the test of judicial requirements has got to stop. The sweet smelling savour of democracy will be polluted when the opposition is stifled.

“The continued detention of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode in EFCC custody for this long, despite meeting his bail conditions goes a long way to show that this fight is not about corruption after all, but all about silencing the opposition.

“We condemn in very strong terms these acts of intimidation and harassment and request that he (Chief Fani-Kayode) be released forthwith, even as we call on all well-meaning Nigerians to know who to hold responsible should anything untoward happen to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode!

“This act of executive rascality, at a time when Nigerians are groaning more than ever before over the economic hardship inflicted on them by this administration, is needless. It will achieve nothing but will only lead to a puerile end.”

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Buhari, Wike In Closed Door Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met briefly behind closed door with Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike.

The meeting which was held inside the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja did not last up to 30 minutes.

Wike arrived for the meeting at about 2pm and left a few minutes after.

The agenda of the meeting was not made public.

The governor also did not speak with State House correspondents at the end of the short meeting.

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Chibok Girls: Service Chiefs Absent At Senate Meeting

The National Security Adviser (NSA) and other Service Chiefs invited to brief the Senate on their efforts to rescue the abducted Chibok girls failed to honour the invitation on Wednesday.

Only the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase and the Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, attended the briefing.

No explanation was given for the absence of the Service Chiefs at the end of the session.

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, presided over the session.

The DG, DSS and the IGP were said to have briefed the lawmakers on efforts being made to rescue the abducted Chibok girls who had been in captivity for over two years.

After the closed session, Ekweremadu announced: “The Senate was briefed by the Director-General, State Security Service and the Inspector General of Police on the abduction of the Chibok school girls and efforts to rescue them in the last two years.

“We urged them to continue and should leave no stone unturned to achieve the rescue of the Chibok girls.

“Thereafter they answered questions bothering on topical national security issues from very distinguished senators.”

The Senate had last Thursday invited the Service Chiefs to brief it on efforts at rescuing the Chibok girls.

This followed a motion by Senator Dino Melaye on the issue.

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China/Nigeria Business Forum Meeting Opens

President Muhammadu Buhari, who arrived in China yesterday on a week-long visit, will begin his programme with the opening ceremony of the Business Forum of the China/Nigeria Production Capacity Cooperation.

The delegation will then leave for a visit to forbidden City, according to presidential Spokesman Femi Adesina.

On arrival yesterday, President Buhari was received by Mr Cheng, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs along with other Senior Chinese Government Officials at the Beijing Capital International Airport.

Others who received him were Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi , Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Geidam; Minister of Trade and  Investment Okechukwu Enelamah; Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu and Minister of Defence Dan Monsur Ali.

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Budget: Buhari Absent At FEC Emergency Meeting

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) emergency meeting reviewing the details of the 2016 has been adjourned.

The session, which started at 11.00am, reconvened after jumaat prayer.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed told State House journalists that the budget review exercise was a work in progress.

“We received the details of the budget yesterday. And an extra ordinary FEC meeting was called to avail ministers to look at the details and see how it affects their ministries. 

“It is still work in progress. We are studying it and we will later make our statements available”, the minister said.

It was reported that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently presiding over an emergency session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) over the 2016 budget details.

The meeting started at exactly 11.10am when Osinbajo arrived the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.

President Muhammadu Buhari is believed to be in the country, but it is not yet clear why the meeting is being chaired by his deputy.

Apart from cabinet members, some heads of agencies and parastatals as well as several presidential aides are also attending the meeting.

State House correspondents were asked  to vacate the Council Chambers for the “crucial budget session” summoned to review the details of the 2016 Appropriation Bill which was transmitted to the president yesterday.

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What Buhari, Obasanjo Discussed In Closed Door Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed door with former President Olusegun Obasanjo inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting, which was held inside the President’s office, lasted about an hour.

Obasanjo, who was driven into the forecourt of the President’s office in a black Sports Utility vehicle, cracked jokes with journalists on his photographs with the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, which went viral on the Internet recently before entering the President’s office.

At the end of the meeting, the former President told State House correspondents that he used the opportunity of the meeting to share his experiences on some of his recent international engagements with Buhari.

“You know that not too long ago, I was out there. I have come to share some of my experiences with him (Buhari),” he said.

When asked to disclose some of the experiences he shared with the President, Obasanjo said, “Ha! Ha! If I say I shared experiences with my wife, you will ask me wetin I talk with my wife?”

The former President also feigned ignorance of the recent claim by the National Assembly that he signed budget before getting the details.

“Eh-en? I signed budget without details? Anybody who told you that, go and ask him again,” he advised.

When asked to comment on the 2016 Appropriation Bill, Obasanjo said he could not do so until he would have read the document and known what it contained.

On Buhari’s delay in signing the budget, he said, “The constitution allows you (the President) to continue with the budget provided you did not go beyond the previous year. That can be done up to the middle of the year,” he said.

When Obasanjo was asked to comment on Buhari’s anti-corruption war, he simply said, “Eh-en?”

When also asked for his view on the ongoing trial of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the former President said, “Eh-en? What is wrong with him?” as he walked towards his waiting car.

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Osinbajo, Tinubu, Atiku, Saraki, Others In Close Door Meeting

Senior leaders of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, are currently meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The meeting is taking place at the presidential villa.

Those in attendance include Senate President Bukola Saraki, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu; APC national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun; Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun; Senate Leader, Ali Ndume; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; and a former interim chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, among others.

The meeting is behind closed doors, and its agenda was not immediately clear.

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CCT trial: Senate Caucuses Meet, Discuss Saraki’s Fate

Members of the Senate met separately at various caucus levels on Monday to discuss the fate of Senate President Bukola Saraki, who is to resume his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged false declaration of assets.


It was gathered that the lawmakers discussed the issues peculiar to their interest, especially the likely effect of the trial of Saraki at the CCT.


The Supreme Court had on February 5 ruled that Saraki should face his trial over false asset declaration.


There are fears among senators, who resume plenary on Tuesday (today), which they suspended two weeks ago, that there could be another move to challenge Saraki’s leadership at the Senate over his trial.

It is further feared that Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, may be removed if they are found guilty by the CCT.


Investigations by Punch revealed that the Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the upper chamber met in the house of one of their leaders and resolved to support the Saraki/Ekweremadu joint ticket.


A PDP senator, who craved anonymity, said that his colleagues had agreed to maintain decorum in case the All Progressives Congress Senators, who are against Saraki’s leadership, decide to create any scene on the floor today.


The Senator from the South-East geopolitical zone, said, “As members of the opposition, we are ready to pass another vote of confidence in Saraki because he is truly a stabilising factor in the nation’s legislature.

“He commands a lot of respect among majority of members. He is accessible and he carries everyone along, not minding your political party or group affiliation within the Senate.

“So, as PDP senators, we believe that the Senate President should be given the benefit of the doubt as he pleads his case before the tribunal.”


However, it was learnt that the Senate Unity Forum, the group that pushed for the emergence of Senator Ahmad Lawan and George Akume as Senate President and deputy respectively, also held another marathon meeting at an undisclosed location on Monday.


None of the members spoke on record but one of them from the South-West said they met to perfect their strategy to produce the next Senate President in case Saraki was indicted at the court.


The lawmaker added, “We have been meeting as members and strategising on an individual basis. I can assure you that we have our game plan, which we will keep to ourselves.”


Asked whether the nation should expect a rowdy or stormy session during plenary today, the Senator said, “We are senior citizens, we can’t fight on the floor. We are already winning the battle; very soon, you will see us in action.”


The leadership of the Senate was also said to have engaged in another round of strategic meetings on Monday, which allegedly led to an emergency meeting between the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, and President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Villa.


But Ndume told journalists in his office that his visit to the Villa on Monday had nothing to do with Saraki’s case as he ruled out a possible rowdy session during plenary on Tuesday (today).


He said, “I have been a friend of President Buhari for a long time and had continued to visit him and will not relent. As the Leader of the Senate, there are lots of consultations that are necessary between the executive and the legislature.

“I am happy to be seen or called a mediator: I am the Senate Leader and we do consultations, I go to do consultation and we should be doing that more often. When the President was in Kaduna on retirement, I was one of the few persons who would go to visit him; so this time round, it will not change.”

Ndume had, last Tuesday, met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo alongside some of his colleagues while Buhari was on vacation.

It was reported that the visit of Ndume and his delegation to Osinbajo was part of the ways the embattled Senate President was seeking the Presidency’s intervention in his case before the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged false declaration of assets.


He, however, told State House correspondents at the end of his meeting with Buhari on Monday that he was at the Presidential Villa to consult with the President ahead of Tuesday’s resumption of the Senate.


He said there was nothing unusual about his visit except that he had been embarking on similar visits in the nights.


Ndume said, “I hope you people know that I am the Senate Leader and this is an APC (All Progressives Congress) government. So if the Senate Leader comes to see the Vice President or the President in the Villa, is it supposed to be a surprise?

“I guess it is because most often, I come in the night but this time, I came in the afternoon and it becomes very strange.

“There are issues that are really on the ground. One is the budget. We also have two bills before the Senate that we need to start working on when we resume tomorrow: the Money Laundering Bill and the Criminal Information Sharing Bill.

“There are issues other than those ones that are really on the ground. This is how we are supposed to be doing it earlier. That is, coming to the Villa to consult and guide the proceedings in the Senate appropriately.

“Other than that, I don’t want you to see it as an unusual visit. I will be doing this often because this is how it is supposed to be.

“Again, I was consulting the President on a personal basis long before he became the President, so it is not unusual.”



When he was asked to comment on the report that he was serving as an intermediary between Saraki and the President, Ndume said, “I am not the Senate President. The question should be directed to the Senate President.”


When probed further, the Senate Leader said, “You are asking me what I do not know. I consult and if I have to mediate on anything, there should be a problem. I do not know of any problem.”


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BringBackOurGirls Campaigners Insist On Meeting Buhari

BringBackOurGirls campaigners and the parents of the over 200 girls that were abducted in Chibok, Borno State in April 2014 on Thursday insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari must grant them audience.

Buhari had earlier sent a government delegation led by the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Al-Hassan, to receive the protesters on his behalf at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

But the highly infuriated leader of the group, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, told the government delegation that consisted the Minister of Defence, National Security Adviser and the Chief of Defence Staff that they would not speak to any other person apart from the President.

When all efforts made to pacify the protesters did not yield any positive result, the government delegation sent a message to the President.

Buhari was receiving the visiting President of Benin Republic, Boni Yayi, in his office while the drama was playing out.

Immediately Yayi left, the President changed his mind and decided to meet the protesters personally.

The message was thereafter passed to the protesters.

At the time of filing this report at 1.30pm, security and protocol officials had been quickly drafted to the venue to prepare for the President’s arrival.

Meanwhile, before the President resolved to meet the protesters, Ezekwesili had had a confrontation with the Minister of Women Affairs whom she accused of not being fear to the parents of the abducted girls with the way she spoke to them.

She said the minister was busy chiding the already traumatized parents in her choice of words.

This, she observed, was unlike the Minister of Defence, NSA and the CDS who she said their tones connected with the parents.

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APC Leaders In Closed Door Meeting With Buhari

Members of the National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress on Monday held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed-doors inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also attended the meeting held inside the First Lady’s Conference Hall.

It was the first meeting of the party’ leadership since the beginning of 2016.

The APC leaders were led to the meeting by the party’s National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun. It started at about 8:20pm local time with the arrival of the President and his Vice.

Others in attendance were the party’s Deputy National Chairman, Lawali Shuaib; Zonal Vice Chairman, Segun Oni; and the National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire, among others.

A source said that the meeting was convened to trash out internal issues like disputes among members and the progress made by the Federal Government in executing the party’s campaign promises.

There are feelers also that national issues including security were discussed at the meeting.

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Federal Executive Council Meeting Postponed

The Federal Executive Council meeting earlier scheduled for Friday morning has been postponed till Monday, December 21.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, told newsmen that the postponement was to allow the ministers reflect on some of the corrections made on the 2016 budget proposal during a meeting of the National Economic Council held on Thursday.

“We are being given time between now and Monday to go and rejig our figures because when the National Economic Council met yesterday, certain issues were thrown up which if not resolved will distort the entire budget proposal.

” So we are all going to get back on areas in which each ministry will go and do its own rejigging,” he said.

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Buhari Holds Meeting With Heads Of State In Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari is hosting the Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States Authority of Heads of State and Government to mark its 40th Anniversary.

The main item on the agenda of the summit will be the current political situation in Burkina Faso.

President Buhari has condemned the coup d’etat in Burkina Faso and called for immediate restoration of civil transitional authority.

He urged the Defence and Security Forces of Burkina Faso to keep faith with the agreed transitional programme for the return of the country to democratic rule.

It is also expected that global issues like climate change may be deliberated upon at the summit as a fall out of the global summit on climate change which attracted world leaders to France.

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Kogi: APC Officially Presents Yahaya Bello To Replace Late Audu After Long Hours Of Meeting

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress has unveiled Alh. Yahaya Bello, popularly known as Fair Plus as the replacement for the late Prince Abubakar Audu. It would be recalled that Alh. Yahaya Bello was runner-up in the APC governorship primaries.

Unveiling Bello at the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja, Monday after about 3 hours of meeting, the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun urged party leaders and stakeholders to accept the decision of the party leadership and ensure the party become victorious in Saturday’s supplementary poll.

The party also announced that Hon James Abiodun Faleke will be Bello’s running mate but the former Chairman of Ikeja Local Government Area rejected the offer.

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PDP Summons Leadership Meeting To Fight Back Tribunal Rulings

Considering the election tribunal rulings in Rivers State that sacked Nyesom Wike as Governor of Rivers State, ordering for a re run election and that of Akwa Ibom State; the People’s Democratic Party is putting itself together to fight back and regain their mandate.

The party has summoned a leadership meeting to fight back the tribunal rulings.

Information about the meeting is still sketchy but will be reported as soon as it has been gathered.

Nigerian Governors Hold Meeting On Developmental Issues

Governors from the 36 states of the federation under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum have met on how to find lasting solutions to some developmental issues that are calling for attention in their domain.

The meeting, which was held at the old banquet hall in the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, was said to have been initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari to keep the governors abreast of the goings on in the government departments and agencies, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, said that the briefings were designed to encourage synergy.

“The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, has given us a very interesting presentation of the reforms that are going on in the NNPC.

” We all have renewed confidence that we would have a national corporation that is run like a business outfit with good corporate governance and transparency that people can see through its operations.

“Having listened to all the presentations, we are very excited that the President is providing the right leadership and the GMD is at home with the issues and he’s dealing with all the impurities and the result is already manifesting,” Oshiomhole said .

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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.


UN General Assembly: Buhari Misses Meeting With Pope Francis

President Muhammadu Buhari missed a very important event on Boko Haram and internally displaced persons, IDPs, and was also prevented from meeting with Pope Francis because he was not properly briefed by the Nigerian UN mission staff.

The Pope delivered a speech at the General Assembly in New York on Friday at 10am. Buhari also came in late for the meeting because of untidy arrangements, and erroneously took a wrong gate rather than the one reserved for presidents and heads of state. He was subsequently prevented from seeing the Catholic pontiff by security operatives because of his late arrival.

Buhari came in while other presidents and heads of government had already lined up to shake hands with the pope, and he was prevented by security operatives from joining in.? Presidency had sought to explain away the missed meeting as not being part of the official events lined up for the president.

“The meeting at which Nigeria was reportedly absent was not one of the official events of the United Nations for which President Muhammadu Buhari and his modest delegation are in New York,” Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman, had said. But not only was it an official event, the focus was on the Lake Chad Basin and the effects of insurgency in which Nigeria’s full participation was expected. The listed UN events had the item: “The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, will hold a side event on food security and humanitarian consequences of conflicts-driven displacement in the Lake Chad Basin region.”

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Why Buhari Missed UN’s Boko Haram Meeting- Presidency

The Presidency at the weekend maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari is fully committed to improve national security and succour for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.

This was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, in reaction to a report on Friday that Buhari and his delegation to the United Nations missed the meeting to discuss and proffer solution to the problems of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The statement reads: ‘’Contrary to the erroneous impression that may have been created by reports that the Nigerian delegation to the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly missed a meeting on help for displaced persons, President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration remain fully committed to the rehabilitation and well-being of all persons who have been displaced or adversely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

‘’Indeed, the war against terrorism, improved security across Nigeria and additional measures to give succour to internally displaced persons have been central to discussions President Buhari has had with other world leaders since his arrival in New York on Thursday night.

‘’The issues were dominant in the President’s conversations on Friday with Chancellor Angela Merkel, the King of Spain, His Majesty Don Felipe VI and former Prime-minister Gordon Brown who came with former President Olusegun Obasanjo to discuss the actualization of the safe schools initiative, which is of special interest in parts of Nigeria most vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

‘’President Buhari is handling his duty as leader of the Nigerian delegation to this year’s General Assembly with the greatest possible diligence and will certainly not tolerate any tardiness on the part of the delegation in seizing every possible opportunity to advance Nigeria’s interests…”

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APC Govs Shun Maiden Progressives Governors’ Forum Meeting

Governors elected under the All Progressives Congress (APC) have shunned a planned meeting of the Progressive Governors Forum in Katsina, forcing the organisers to cancel the event.

The meeting scheduled to hold between Sept. 14 and 16, was to set legislative agenda for the implementation of the APC manifesto.

Also absent was the Senate President, Speaker, House of Representatives, Speakers of APC state assemblies and key officers of the party.

The Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa told newsmen that the parley had to be postponed due to poor attendance.

According to him, most of the expected dignitaries have travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.

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Jonathan Holds Meeting With Ex-Ministers

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has met with some members of his cabinet in a bid to defend his integrity. He was said to have told the former ministers that he was “not a thief in office as being portrayed”.

He explained how he met President Muhammadu Buhari for 20 minutes on two issues, which include, advising Buhari against subjecting his person and former cabinet members to “media trial” on alleged corruption and; why the Election Petition Tribunals in Rivers and Akwa Ibom should be allowed to work unhindered.

He deplored what he called the involvement of the Department of State Security Service(DSS) on election-related matters in the two states.

According to sources, the meeting was held at Jonathan’s Abuja home  a few days  ago.

It was gathered that about 15 former ministers (including two who were recalled from London) and some former security chiefs attended.

One of the former media aides in the Presidency attended the “strictly private” session to put issues in the correct perspective at the right time.

But the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is central to the allegations against Jonathan, was absent.

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APC Governors Meet In Adamawa

APC governors, otherwise referred to as the Progressive Governors Forum have arrived Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, as part of their monthly meetings which rotated among  the 22 APC States.

The Governors arrived at the Government House on Thursday and were ushered into the Government House chambers by the host Governor, Senator Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla.

Governor Jibrilla described the meeting as the first in the State in the history of his administration and prayed that the meeting would be fruitful and wished all present a successful deliberation.

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PDP Governors Stategize Ahead Of Meeting With Buhari

Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and governors of the 36 states of the federation, governors elected under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have met to fine tune their strategy for the meeting.

The meeting was held on Monday night in Abuja. The PDP governors during the meeting harmonized their positions over the prevailing cash crunch facing their states .

The governors also agreed to use the opportunity of the meeting with Buhari to formally complain about the relocation of some states election tribunals to Abuja instead of the states where the elections took place.

The PDP governors present at the meeting included Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Darius Isiaku (Taraba), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ayo Fayose (Ekiti), Idris Wada (Kogi), Nysome Wike (Rivers), Udo Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and Ben Ayade (Cross River).

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APC Calls Off Meeting With Senators, Reps-Elect

The meeting of national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with its National Assembly members-elect scheduled for Thursday has been shifted to Saturday.

The meeting was called off as the various camps angling for the Senate Presidency and Speakership positions refused to agree on consensus candidates.

The party’s national working committee hurriedly called off the meeting after receiving intelligence report that the APC legislators-elect were spoiling for a showdown over the consensus arrangement.

The lawmakers are angry with the party’s leadership for meddling in the affairs of the incoming 8th National Assembly.

Lai Mohammed, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, however, said the shift was due to the valedictory session held for the senators on Thursday.

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Outcome Of Buhari’s Meeting With President Of Niger Republic

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Niamey, Niger, said he is confident that the Nigerian military will flush out Boko Haram.

Speaking with journalists after talks with President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger, President Buhari said the Nigerian Army remains a virile fighting force. “I am four days in office today and we have already started the process of ending the insurgency,” the president said. He said heads of the Nigeria Armed Forces and security agencies, in a five-hour meeting, informed him that operations against Boko Haram will be reviewed for better results.

The president said his visit to Niger was to seek more support from the country in bringing a quick end to activities of Boko Haram. President Buhari said he would hold similar meetings on security and the war against terrorism with the Chadian authorities after leaving Niamey on Thursday.


Mu’azu Thrown Out Of PDP Governors’ Meeting, Accused Of Betrayal

The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, yesterday, was sent out of a meeting meant for PDP state governors, the Nigerian Times was reliably told.

Mu’azu, who was  not invited to the meeting which took place at the Akwa Ibom State Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, was shocked when some of the governors began to raise their voices at him accusing him of betraying the party at the just concluded presidential elections.

The angry governors led by a governor from the South-West and another from the South-South screamed at him saying, “what are you doing here after you have betrayed us? Leave here now!”

A surprised Mu’azu who still making efforts to calm frayed nerves was pushed out by the two governors who were too angry to pay him any attention.

Rumours of Mu’azu’s imminent removal, if he fails to resign voluntarily, have been going round media circles for a while now after he led the party to a woeful outing in the just concluded elections.

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Obanikoro Confesses Participation in Ekiti Poll Rigging Meeting

Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has admitted that there was indeed a meeting between himself, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekit State, General A.A. Momoh, Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan and some top officials of the People Democratic Party on how to rig the June 21 governorship election in favour of Fayose.

Obanikoro confessed to some senators that he did participate in the meeting on the orders of President Goodluck Jonathan. Obanikoro’s confession is part of the move to lobby the Senate to give him a pass during his upcoming nomination hearing.

Prior to admitting his involvement to the Senators,  he had met with President Jonathan to discuss the tape and his role in the whole saga. Obanikoro had in the past vehemently denied his involvement in any meeting to help Fayose win the election.

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