Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Dyepkazah Shibayan

    Buhari willing to plunge Nigeria into crisis, says CUPP on rejection of electoral bill

Buhari willing to plunge Nigeria into crisis, says CUPP on rejection of electoral bill

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) says by refusing to sign the electoral amendment bill into law, President Muhammadu Buhari is willing to plunge the country into crisis.In a letter to the national assembly, the president said signing the bill into law could “create uncertainty and confusion during the forthcoming elections."Buhari said an amendment to the law close to [...]

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    National assembly workers threaten to embark on indefinite strike

National assembly workers threaten to embark on indefinite strike

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if the national assembly management does not meet its demands.The workers picketed the premises of the national assembly on Tuesday, denying lawmakers access to both chambers of the parliament.They are aggrieved over the non-payment of outstanding salaries and allowances.In response to Tuesday's demonstration, Senate President [...]

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    This party lacks vision, says Na’Abba as he dumps APC

This party lacks vision, says Na’Abba as he dumps APC

Ghali Umar Na'Abba, a former speaker of the house of representatives, has defected from the All Progressives Congress  (APC).Na'Abba conveyed his resignation from the ruling party in a letter addressed to APC chairman of Sharada ward in Kano state.The former speaker cited "crass" incompetence and lack of vision among other factors as reasons he dumped the ruling party.“This is [...]

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    Strike: FG schedules another meeting with ASUU

Strike: FG schedules another meeting with ASUU

The federal government has convened yet another meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) over the ongoing strike.Chris Ngige, minister of Labour and employment, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.The statement signed by Samuel Olowookere, director of press in the labour ministry, said the meeting would hold on Monday.The lecturers embarked on the indefinite strike on [...]

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    Deji Adeyanju granted bail after eight days in custody

Deji Adeyanju granted bail after eight days in custody

Deji Adeyanju, convener of Concerned Nigerians, has been granted bail after spending eight days in custody.Adeyanju was first arrested on November 28. He is standing trial on a two-count charge bordering on cyberstalking, inciting disturbance and criminal defamation.He was released on Monday but rearrested same day "based on a petition written against him" by Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff.According to the [...]

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    Akiolu: Army killed the efficiency of the police

Akiolu: Army killed the efficiency of the police

Rilwan Akiolu, oba of Lagos, says the Nigeria army has killed the efficiency of the police.Akiolu said this on Wednesday while speaking at a senate public hearing on a bill seeking to reform the police.The mornach said more money should be voted to the police apart from statutory allocations."It is the Nigerian army who actually killed the efficiency of [...]

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    Saraki, Dogara direct n’assembly management to address grievances of workers

Saraki, Dogara direct n’assembly management to address grievances of workers

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, have directed Mohammed Sani-Omolori, clerk of the national assembly, to resolve issues that led to workers strike on Tuesday.The workers, protesting the non-payment of outstanding salaries and allowances, prevented the lawmakers from sitting on Tuesday.In a statement, Yusuph Olaniyonu, special adviser to the senate president on media, said Saraki [...]

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    Legislative aides take over n’assembly, turn back lawmakers over unpaid allowances

Legislative aides take over n’assembly, turn back lawmakers over unpaid allowances

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) on Tuesday protested the non-payment of their outstanding salaries and allowances.The protesters are insisting that the lawmakers will not hold their usual sittings until they are paid their entitlements.The members of the national assembly that had arrived for sitting before the protest began were forced to either retire to their offices or leave [...]

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    Buratai asks special forces to prove they are better than Boko Haram

Buratai asks special forces to prove they are better than Boko Haram

Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, has challenged the special forces combating Boko Haram insurgents in the north-east to prove that they are better than the insurgents.Buratai gave the charge while addressing the special forces and army strike group deployed in the north-east in Maiduguri, on Sunday.The army chief told the soldiers that they were deployed in the north-east because they were [...]

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    Boko Haram: Police deploy 2,000 officers in north-east

Boko Haram: Police deploy 2,000 officers in north-east

The police have deployed 2,000 officers in the north-east to combat the Boko Haram insurgency.Jimoh Moshood, police spokesman, said the deployment is in line with section 4 of the police act.Moshood said the development would give strength to the military which is already combating the insurgency."The inspector-general of police (IGP) has deployed additional 2,000 Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Counter [...]

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    APC tackles PDP for asking INEC chairman to resign

APC tackles PDP for asking INEC chairman to resign

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the call by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Mahmoud Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), to resign, is suspicious.Uche Secondus, PDP national chairman, made the call at the national executive committee (NEC) meeting of the party in Abuja on Thursday.In a statement on [...]

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    Soldiers exchange gunfire with Boko Haram insurgents in Yobe

Soldiers exchange gunfire with Boko Haram insurgents in Yobe

Soldiers and Boko Haram insurgents engaged in a gun battle at Buni Gari, a town in Gubja local government area of Yobe state, on Saturday.Usman Buni Yadi, a resident of the area, disclosed this to TheCable, saying the battle had been on for over two hours."We have been hearing loud explosions and sporadic gunshot from Buni Gari," Yadi said."We are [...]

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    Marafa: I will remain in APC to fight injustice

Marafa: I will remain in APC to fight injustice

Kabir Marafa, senator representing Zamfara central, says he will remain in the All Progressives Congress  (APC) to fight injustice.In a statement on Saturday, Marafa said he would work for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari and ensure that Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara, fails "woefully" in his alleged bid to perpetrate injustice in the state.The senator said Yari is [...]

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    IMN activities ‘may lead to insurgency’

IMN activities ‘may lead to insurgency’

Some stakeholders have recommended the prosecution of leaders of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).Speaking at a seminar for civil society organisations (CSOs), community based organisations (CBOs), and faith based organisations (FBOs), they said if not urgently checked, activities of IMN may constitute another insurgent war.The seminar reviewed recent events in the country as they pertain to extremism and terrorism [...]

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    Buhari: I am a descendant of Abraham — just like Bishop Crowther

Buhari: I am a descendant of Abraham — just like Bishop Crowther

President Muhammadu Buhari has taken a swipe at those accusing him of attempting to Islamise Nigeria, describing himself as "a descendant of Abraham just like Bishop Crowther".Crowther was the first Anglican bishop in Nigeria. A linguist, he translated the Bible from English to Yoruba.In an article published by UK-based Christian Times, Buhari referred to the accusation as "nonsense".The president said [...]

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    Chido Onumah: Saying Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable is balderdash

Chido Onumah: Saying Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable is balderdash

Chido Onumah, coordinator of African Centre for Media & Information Literacy, says the assertion that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable "is balderdash".In August 2017, President Muhammadu said the unity of the country is not negotiable.“Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away [...]

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