“Nigeria’s unity is sacrosanct, but we need a Sovereign National Conference” – Dr. Paul Unongo

By Aminu Imam  Nigeria’s Second Republic Minister of Power and Steel and also the former Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Dr. Paul Unongo, has advocated for a sovereign national conference, if it is going to resolve the myriad of problems facing the country. Dr. Unongo, who is also Chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, stated this during a LibertyTV discussion programme: “State of the Union” at the weekend. The erudite statesman and veteran politician, while comparing the state of the nation during his time in the past…

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2023: PDP clears air on zoning presidency

..As Umahi prepares to defect to APC ..Ohanaeze backs gov., others’ decision The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has insisted there have been no discussions on the zoning of candidates in the 2023 general elections. The PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated this while speaking on a television programme yesterday, while reacting to reports that the Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, was planning to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC). It has been reported that Umahi believes that the APC would protect the interest of the South-East in the 2023…

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Fuel price hike caused by Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough – FG

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, said the hike in the price of petrol was as a result of an American pharmaceutical company, Pfizer’s recent breakthrough in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Picture caption: COVID-19 vaccine Speaking with the State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja yesterday, Sylva said the announcement of a COVID-19 vaccine by Pfizer triggered a slight increase in the price of crude oil in the global market. According to him, the pump price of petrol is…

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2.5m Nigerian children malnourished – Minister

No fewer than 2.5 million Nigerian children under the age of 5 years are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). This disclosure was made by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, at flag-off of the 2020 Nigeria nutrition week in Abuja on Monday. This figure places Nigeria as the country with the second highest number of stunted children in the world. He stated that this challenge “must be addressed through the implementation of innovative policies and strategies that are appropriately funded, data-driven, sustainable and…

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Buhari’s social intervention programmes have made little impact – Ndume

The Muhammadu Buhari administration’s Social Intervention Programmes (SIP’s) has made little impact in addressing challenges facing Nigerian youth despite the billions invested in it over the past five years, according to Senator Ali Ndume. The Senator representing Borno-South senatorial district, said this at the weekend, while he appeared on a television programme. According to him, “For the past five years, the president has been supporting the people. He came up with TraderMoni and then Anchor’s Borrower’s project; he came up recently with a Youth Investment programme of N75 billion and…

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Married man sets lover, himself on fire after rejected marriage proposal

A Nigerian in his mid-forties set himself and his lover on fire after she refused his proposal, Benue State police said yesterday. According to the Police, the man went to his girlfriend’s house with a gallon of petrol, which he used to set the apartment on fire. Witnesses told the Police that they saw the man going into the woman’s house with a gallon of petrol and they assumed he had wanted to use it for the generator. According to the report, the man, in his forties, was married with…

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99% of bandits terrorizing Katsina are from Zamfara – Masari

Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has declared that 99 percent of bandits terrorizing Katsina are based in Zamfara State. The governor made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen shortly after inspecting a land earmarked for an airstrip by the Nigerian Air Force, in Funtua local government area of the State. According to him, three major local government areas of Sabuwa, Dandume and Faskari, which are sharing common boundaries with Zamfara, have now turned into an epicenter for banditry activities. The Governor further insisted that the bandits…

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Abuja-Kaduna highway: 2 killed, five kidnapped in Sunday’s attack – Commissioner

The Kaduna State Government has said that only five people are kidnapped during Sunday’s attack on commuters along Abuja-Kaduna highway. The Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who made the disclosure in a statement issued on Monday in Kaduna, said that the figure was disclosed to government officials by relations of the kidnapped victims, adding that the government had forwarded the information to the relevant security agencies. According to him, only two people were killed during the attack contrary to earlier media reports that claimed that scores were…

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