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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria’s D-8 Membership Editorial: We Disagree With The Punch

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria’s D-8 Membership Editorial: We Disagree With The Punch

It is most disappointing for Punch to toe the line of narrative of those whose penchant for using religion to promote discord and disaffection is not only known but also legendary. Editorials should be objective enough not to join the fray nor lend itself as a tool for divisive narratives. Punch must therefore have a rethink on that editorial.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Atiku Abubakar Defects from  All Progressives Congress (APC)

NIGERIA POLITICS: Atiku Abubakar Defects from All Progressives Congress (APC)

Atiku Abubakar says, “While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalization, the All Progressives Congress has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced.”

“But more importantly, the party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people. How can we have a federal cabinet without even one single youth. A party that does not take the youth into account is a dying party. The future belongs to young people.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Commends Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for Working to Rebuild PDP

NIGERIA POLITICS: Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Commends Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for Working to Rebuild PDP

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida popularly called IBB said: “That’s why I particularly appreciate the job the Rivers State Governor is doing to make sure that politics moves the way that politics is practiced in the civilised world.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigerians Celebrate The End Of War On Corruption

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigerians Celebrate The End Of War On Corruption

Today I make good on my promise to you two years ago that I’ll kill corruption before corruption kills us. Corruption is dead! The crowd erupted with thunderous applause: “God bless you Baba! Long may you reign!” Beaming with smiles and nodding his head the president replied: “Thank you and God bless Nigeria.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: 50 People Killed By Suicide Bomber

NIGERIA POLITICS: 50 People Killed By Suicide Bomber

Boko Haram increasingly has been using teenagers or young women as bombers, many of whom have been abducted. The police spokesman said the young man detonated his explosives while mingling among the worshippers.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme Passes Away

NIGERIA POLITICS: Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme Passes Away

A statement by the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, said: “Nigeria has lost in Dr. Alex Ekwueme one of the foremost advocates for a restructured federation.

As a politician he was courageous and original in his ideas. Ndigbo have lost a genius, a father and an intellectual giant. May his soul rest in peace.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Willie Obiano Wins Anambra State Governorship Election

NIGERIA POLITICS: Willie Obiano Wins Anambra State Governorship Election

Mr. Obiano also won in Ogbaru local government, the local government where PDP’s Oseloka with a total vote of 6,615 against 3,415 votes got by Mr. Oseloka.

Mr. Willie Obiano who has been receiving a mixture of praise and criticism from his first term as Governor will continue to drive the state until November 2021 to complete his two terms in office as Governor of Anambra state.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Okezie Ikpeazu: Is Abia on the March Again Or…? (2)

NIGERIA POLITICS: Okezie Ikpeazu: Is Abia on the March Again Or…? (2)

From the foregoing, while one admonishes that government continues to demonstrate commitment to workers’ welfare and continue to explore ways of meeting its obligations to workers as and when due, the workers themselves have an obligation to assist government in ensuring that those who corruptly over-bloat the State’s wage bill are stopped in their tracks so that more money would be available for the emoluments of genuine workers.

With the steps Ikpeazu has taken so far in addressing this issue, and with the cooperation of every stakeholder, the knotty issue of salary arrears would surely soon be a thing of the past.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: PDP Not Involved in Vote-Buying: Obaze Says

NIGERIA POLITICS: PDP Not Involved in Vote-Buying: Obaze Says

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Oseloka Obaze has absolved his party of allegation of vote-buying by candidates in the Anambra governorship election. Obaze, who voted at exactly 1:40 pm at his Ogbaru Primary School, Ochuche ward

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Ojukwu Dumps APGA, Defects to APC as Buhari Endorses Nwoye for Anambra Governor

NIGERIA POLITICS: Ojukwu Dumps APGA, Defects to APC as Buhari Endorses Nwoye for Anambra Governor

Buhari who touched down in a presidential chopper at about 1:40pm at the Alex Ekwueme square was welcomed by Governor Willie Obiano, before he proceeded to the rally ground at the main bowl of the square.

The president while addressing party faithful called on the people of Anambra State to massively vote Dr. Tony Nwoye, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on. He said Anambra stands to benefit much by voting for the APC.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Takes Center Stage in Ebonyi State

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Takes Center Stage in Ebonyi State

President Muhammadu Buhari said N10 billion had been earmarked in the 2018 budget for the Enyimba Industrial Park and the Nnewi Auto Park which he said would be implemented in collaboration with the states and the private sector.

Buhari also disclosed that payments to ex-Biafran police officers had commenced 17 years after they were pardoned, adding that an upgrade of the Umuahia Diagnostic Centre in Abia State was in the pipeline.

President Muhammadu Buhari again commended Umahi for his stewardship in the state and expressed appreciation for the chieftaincy titles conferred on him, saying: “I am Enyioma l of Ebonyi. I am Ochioha Ndigbo,” which earned him further applause.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Okezie Ikpeazu: Is Abia on the March Again Or…? (1)

NIGERIA POLITICS: Okezie Ikpeazu: Is Abia on the March Again Or…? (1)

With Ikpeazu pushing the “Proudly Made in Aba” project, things are beginning to look up again as our entrepreneurs who manufacture all manner of high quality goods and machinery have been gradually regaining the market share they once lost to foreign goods and those who were hit by extremely low patronage that they almost ran out of business have been revived while others who left for other cities in search of greener pastures are returning to put their machines back to life.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Governor Ambode: Fix Dangerous And Dilapidated Lagos School Buildings!

NIGERIA POLITICS: Governor Ambode: Fix Dangerous And Dilapidated Lagos School Buildings!

Appeals by community activists and education advocates to the governor to repair the buildings yielded no positive result. Mr. Ambode should fix dangerous and dilapidated school buildings and replace them with new buildings so that our children can have a safe and sound learning environment where they can focus on their studies rather than cracked roofs, walls, rodents, and other infrastructural problems.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari to Visit Heartland of Biafra Secessionists

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari to Visit Heartland of Biafra Secessionists

“Mr President will be visiting two southeast states of Ebonyi and Anambra,” said Garba Shehu. He said Buhari would leave the capital, Abuja, on Tuesday morning and return the following day.

Tensions in the region rose following the release on bail of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the region’s best known secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Senate to Publish Names of Companies Involved in Alleged N30 Trillion Scam

NIGERIA POLITICS: Senate to Publish Names of Companies Involved in Alleged N30 Trillion Scam

Hope Uzodinma, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff and Marine Transport said, “We got up to the point that even the companies themselves have seen that they are culpable and that is why we want to publish the names and hand them over to EFCC and Customs.

“The reason for the delay in publishing the names all the while is to establish culpability against the companies.

“Now through various reconciliations, it has been established and we are no longer in doubt, including the companies that are involved, that these things are in existence and that they are culpable.

“We have presented the interim report which detailed how much we have recovered so far and the Senate approved it in plenary, while an extension was given to us to do the final reconciliation.

“We do not want emphasis to continue to be on how much we have recovered even though it is contained in the report. We want those companies found culpable to go to government and make payments,” he said.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Amina Mohammed Accused of Impropriety in Timber Export

NIGERIA POLITICS: Amina Mohammed Accused of Impropriety in Timber Export

According to EIA, documents signed by Mrs. Mohammed in January of this year were used by Chinese importers to clear more than $300 million worth of rosewood logs now confiscated by Chinese border authorities.

EIA said its investigation revealed “Nigerian officials were paid over $1 million” to help facilitate the export of the rosewood, but Mrs. Mohammed was not categorically accused of receiving bribery.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Neglect Revitalizes Niger Delta Hostilities

NIGERIA POLITICS: Buhari Neglect Revitalizes Niger Delta Hostilities

Pious Jombi is a leader of one of the militant groups, threatening government and oil companies. He hails from the Shekalewu Polibobo Community in the north of the Delta State.

“Since the Niger Delta Avengers ceased fire a year ago the federal government has not done anything. Right now, as I speak with you, the Niger Delta has been suffering,” he told DW. Jombi pointed out the on-going degradation of the environment and the indifference with which this is met by the central government. Talking to DW Africa, he pledged that his own group would be much more violent than the better known Avengers: “I swear when this group of mine comes up, everybody will forget about the Avengers.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Funmilayo Tejuosho Forfeits Illegally Acquired Asset to Lagos Government

NIGERIA POLITICS: Funmilayo Tejuosho Forfeits Illegally Acquired Asset to Lagos Government

After extensive review of the report, according to the official, it was discovered that two wings valued at hundreds of millions of naira was in 2010 offered to a certain Funmi Smith of Debam Mega Solutions Limited.

He said: “The property was acquired by a firm linked to Hon. Funmi Tejuosho. It was sold at a sum far less than half of its market value, but seven years after the offer, barely half of the offered sum had not been paid to the state government coffers by the company.

“The state government has resolved to revoke such assets or the beneficiaries pay the market value. The state government lost billion of naira to such illegal asset acquisition across the state. It is not acceptable given the state of economy and entrenched public interest.

“The lawmaker has been living in the official residence more than seven years. She has denied deputy speakers after she was impeached in 2009 access to their official residence. In fact, the current deputy speaker cannot access his official residence.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Wanted: A Kinder, Gentler New EFCC

NIGERIA POLITICS: Wanted: A Kinder, Gentler New EFCC

The EFCC under Melaye and with oversight by Saraki, corruption will have no means of fighting back. Melaye and Saraki will put corruption and its patrons out of business. For the first time in our history, we will kill corruption before it kills us. Corruption will be history! We can then sing the Old Negro Freedom Song: Free at last, thank God Almighty, Nigeria is free of corruption!

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Kidnapped & Death: Ian Squire British Hostage Killed, Three Others Freed

NIGERIA POLITICS: Kidnapped & Death: Ian Squire British Hostage Killed, Three Others Freed

A statement from the families of the Britons said: “We are grateful for the support received by the British High Commission, and help from the Nigerian authorities in negotiating their release. We are delighted and relieved that Alanna, David and Shirley have returned home safely. Our thoughts are now with the family and friends of Ian as we come to terms with his sad death.”

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