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Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh

Liberia Pres. Sirleaf explodes as Gambia Pres. Jammeh leaks video of phone conversation with her

President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia pulled a fast one on his Liberian counterpart, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on Monday as he released the recording of a telephone conversation between the both of them without giving her prior notice. Sirleaf is the Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which is heavily involved in mediation between Jammeh and ...

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Gov. Ajimobi’s daughter is mad at the media for tarnishing her reputation

Ajibola Ajayi, the daughter of Oyo governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has denied being behind an Instagram account which described protesting students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) as “mannerless children.” Last week, some LAUTECH students marched to the Oyo government house to protest the closure of their school for eight months. Gov. Ajimobi was criticised for some of his ...

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Define LAWLESS: Amnesty Intl kicks against detention of Sheikh Zakzaky for a year without trial

Since December 2015 when the Nigerian Army arrested Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, and his wife, they have been held without charge. Not even a court ruling ordering Zakzaky’s release has moved the Nigerian government. International rights group, Amnesty International, on Monday urged the government to comply with the December 2 court ruling which ...

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BBOG joins FG delegation on guided tour of North East (Photos)

Selected members of The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement are currently on a guided tour of the North East zone alongside a federal government delegation, the military and 15 journalists. The group had earlier given conditions to the government which it said should be met before it accepts the offer. However the FG, through information minister, Lai Mohammed, rejected ...

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Kaduna peace elrufai

Abdulsalami peace committee embarks on a mission as tough as anything it has ever attempted

The national peace committee headed by Nigeria’s former head of state, Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalami (rtd), made a name for itself when it midwifed the peace accord signed in 2015 between the then incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan and presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari. That peace accord set the tone for the relatively peaceful transfer of power from a ruling party and president ...

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Gov. Ganduje accuses ex-Gov. Kwankwaso of fraud, but it’s still hard to take him seriously

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has described the overseas scholarship scheme of his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as a scam. But it’s still too hard to take the governor seriously. Ganduje served as Kwankwaso’s deputy for two terms (1999 to 2003 and 2011 to 2015). And he was an aide to Kwankwaso in the period in between. He was an ...

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No, you can’t: #OccupyCBN: The police is threatening to stop Nigerians from protesting again

The Nigeria Police Force does not learn anything. Otherwise it should know by now that it does not have the powers to stop Nigerians from protesting peacefully, and it has nothing to do with whether their cause is popular or not. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has warned against plans by a group of Nigerians to #OccupyCBN in ...

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Southern Kaduna killings: Soyinka, Osinbajo, Kukah express anger and share insights at book launch

Professor Wole Soyinka has criticised the manner in which both the federal and Kaduna state governments handled the killings in Southern Kaduna which resulted in the deaths of over 800 citizens. “What astonished me was not the admission by the governor but the astonishment of others at such governmental response to atrocity. There was nothing new about it. Has appeasement ...

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Aso Rock


Pres. Buhari reacts to terror attack in University of Maiduguri

Press statement: President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemns the terrorist attack Monday morning at a mosque in the University of Maiduguri. The President expresses sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the University Community, families of the victims and the government and people of Borno State. President Buhari believes that this appalling attack on a revered place of worship and Ivory Tower shows ...

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Buhari appoints Dr. Shuaib, who led Nigeria’s Ebola response, as head of NPHCDA

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday approved the appointment of Dr. Faisal Shuaib as the Executive Secretary of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA).    Dr. Shuaib, a medical doctor and public health specialist, is currently a Senior Program Officer (Africa) for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) at Seattle, USA.   At the BMGF, Dr. Shuaib is responsible for developing ...

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“The tears never dry”: Buhari speaks on 1000 days of captivity of Chibok girls

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated a pledge he’s made several times already that his government would do all it takes to reunite the remaining Chibok girls kidnapped in 2014 and still in captivity with their parents. His latest comment comes as the world commemorates the 1000th day since the kidnap of the schoolgirls from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno ...

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Buhari meets AGF Malami; now he must decide Magu and Lawal’s fate

On Friday night, President Muhammadu Buhari met behind closed doors with the attorney-general of the federation, Abubakar Malami. Now all eyes are on the president. The reason is clear. Buhari says he’s the man to fight the pervasive corruption that has made governance in Nigeria a wealth acquisition venture for public office holders. But his anti-corruption credential has been dismissed ...

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Police arraign a former lawmaker and a lawyer for alleged stealing

A former member of the Nigerian House of Representative, Nze Chidi Duru was on Monday docked before a Magistrate Court in Lagos Highland for alleged stealing. Duru, who is a lawyer, was arraigned alongside another senior lawyer, Smart Iheazor on charges which include  conspiracy, stealing, breach of peace and impersonation. According to the police prosecutor, P. O. Idenyenmia, the two men ...

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“I’m still the senate leader” – Ndume

Senator Ali Ndume who was removed on Tuesday as the senate majority leader is not going down without a fight. Despite the fact that the APC caucus in the upper chamber has rejected him and chosen Yobe Senator Ahmed Lawan as new leader, Ndume says he remains the senate leader. At a press briefing on Tuesday, Ndume described as laughable, ...

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Ndume OUT, Lawan IN: APC caucus sacks senate leader

The ruling All Progressives Congress members of the Senate have removed Ali Ndume as their leader. The development was conveyed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who read a letter sent to him by the caucus. The caucus elected Ahmed Lawan, as Mr. Ndume’s replacement, the letter said. More to follow…

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Saraki meets Buhari over Magu’s rejection

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the presidential Villa, Abuja. Saraki’s visit came a day after the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume also visited the president and thereafter recanted the senate’s rejection the nomination of Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC. He told State House Correspondents after ...

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