‘Nigeria has 200 million poor people’ – Buhari admits

Says low productivity, lack of reliable market, others hinder farmers   President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday admitted that Nigeria has 200 million poor people and asked the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to consider this when sharing production cuts.  At a meeting with the African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation (APPO)’Secretary-General, Dr. Omar Farouk from Nigeria, at the State House in Abuja,  The President stated that asides the 200 million poor people, the nation has severe deficit in infrastructure, saying that the weight of responsibility was too much.  Buhari welcomed the decision of…

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Osun: 23 yr-old anti-suicide campaigner commits suicide

A 23-year-old 100-Level student of Osun State University, Ikire campus, Juba Orisajafor has died after ingesting a poisonous substance.  According to reports, he died on Tuesday, a few hours after preaching against suicide on WhatsApp.  His post on WhatsApp read: “Often time I ask myself: Why do people commit suicide? Perhaps because they’ve got no one to encourage, motivate or guide them or because they felt there is no solution to whatever problem they are going through. Perhaps they forgot there’s more to enjoy when there’s life (hope) is not…

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Senator Elisha Abbo reveals why he defected to APC

As APC chairman, Buni formally receives him into party  The Senator representing Adamawa-North, Elisha Abbo, has explained that he left the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), to join the All Progressives Congress, (APC), in order to pursue his 2023 governorship ambition. He also said he was not ready to resign as a Senator as was demanded by the PDP.  Abbo, whose letter of defection was read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Wednesday, however insisted at a news conference after plenary, that there is…

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Nigeria may lose $493m paid to procure fighter jets – Senate

Nigeria risks losing the $493million it paid to the United States for the purchase of Super Tucano fighter jets over alleged defective runway, the Senate Committee on Air Force revealed yesterday. The Federal Government had in 2018 paid the US $493 million for Tucano fighter jets to aid its fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East and other security challenges in other parts of the country.  However, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Michael Nnachi (Ebonyi South), disclosed Nigeria risks losing the deposit while…

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Insecurity: “Bandits now go from house to house to kidnap” – Sultan Abubakar laments

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has lamented over the lingering insecurity in the northern part of the country, saying that bandits now go into houses to kidnap people. The Sultan, who is also a former military officer and also the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, (NSCIA), made the lamentation on Thursday during the 4th quarter 2020 meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, (NIREC), in Abuja. According to the Sultan, “How much an onion costs in Nigeria today is an insight into the…

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Buhari must listen to the people, or set Nigeria ‘on fire’, warns Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari has an opportunity to address the demands of the people or put the country “on fire”.  His comment comes two days after the federal government met with leaders of the South-South region.  At the meeting, the South-South leaders demanded the restructuring of Nigeria, in line with the principle of true federalism.  In the interview, Wike touched on other issues, including the over-politicisation of governance in the South-South region and why Nigeria should implement state policing structures.  In response to a…

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Kano: Ganduje appoints Kwankwaso’s father kingmaker in new emirate

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has appointed the father of the former governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Musa Saleh-Kwankwaso, as s kingmaker of the Karaye Emirate Council.  According to reports, the former governor, Kwankwaso, a long-time political ally-turned rival to Ganduje, is known to have opposed the creation of the four new emirates in the State and subsequent dethronement of the former emir, Muhammadu Sunusi II, who he appointed in 2014. According to a statement issued yesterday  from Karaye Emirate Council’s Information Officer, Haruna Gunduwawa, said Saleh-Kwankwaso, who held the traditional…

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N500m compensation: Widow of vendor killed by Gbajabiamila’s aide disowns family over demand

The wife of the newspaper vendor who died from the gunshot by a Department of State Services, (DSS) operative attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disowned her husband’s family over their demand for N500m compensation.  The family of Ifeanyichukwu Okereke had written to Gbajabiamila, demanding N500m. However, lawyer to the family, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), in a letter dated November 23, 2020, said he was given the mandate to write the letter by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke and the younger brother…

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“Northerners who oppose re-structuring don’t speak for the region” – el-Rufa’i

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufa’i has stated that some northerners kicking against restructuring do not represent the interest of the region.  This statement was made by the Kaduna governor, El-Rufa’i on Tuesday, during a panel session at the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit (#NES 26) in Abuja.  The governor, who is the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) committee on restructuring, had earlier stated northern Nigeria will be the biggest beneficiary if the country is restructured, adding that all the governors in the region agree to restructuring, and…

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#EndSARS: UK Parliament does not speak for British govt. – FG

The Federal Government yesterday reacted to the deliberations on the recent #EndSARS protest by the United Kingdom, (UK) parliament.  The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made the position of the Federal Government known while addressing reporters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.   Onyeama made the remarks in reaction to the call by UK parliamentarians for sanction against Nigerian authorities and security agencies over human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings during the #EndSARS protests which were held in October in various parts of Nigeria.  He stated that while debates on all…

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