Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Femi Owolabi

    Nigeria still at ground zero, says Ray Ekpu

Nigeria still at ground zero, says Ray Ekpu

Ray Ekpu, renowned journalist, says after years of military and democratic rule, Nigeria is still at ground zero.He said this at a colloquium in Lagos to commemorate his 70th birthday and 45 years in journalism.Ekpu, a co-founder of Newswatch who was, at different times, imprisoned for his anti-government writings, said Nigeria leaders had missed some opportunities to take the country into [...]

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    Osoba blames Obasanjo for downward trend of leadership in Nigeria

Osoba blames Obasanjo for downward trend of leadership in Nigeria

Olusegun Osoba, former governor of Ogun, says ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is responsible for the decline of good leadership in the country.Osoba said this on Monday at a colloquium to celebrate the 70th birthday of Ray Ekpu, a renowned journalist and activist.Speaking on the topic 'Nigeria: The Leadership Question', Osoba said: "In 1999, I tell you, the level of governors who [...]

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    R-APC claims Oshiomhole, Malami, SGF behind plot to impeach Saraki

R-APC claims Oshiomhole, Malami, SGF behind plot to impeach Saraki

The Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) says the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has perfected plans to remove Bukola Saraki as senate president.Shortly after Saraki defected from APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), some lawmakers raised the alarm over an alleged plan to remove the senate president "through the back door".Lai Mohammed, minister of information, had dismissed the [...]

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    Wamakko says Tambuwal, Saraki will regret defecting to ‘dead’ PDP

Wamakko says Tambuwal, Saraki will regret defecting to ‘dead’ PDP

Aliyu Wamakko, senator representing Sokoto north, says Aminu Tambuwal, governor of his state, and others who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will regret the move.Before Tambuwal moved to the PDP, Senate President Bukola Saraki, several lawmakers and two governors had already defected from the ruling party.Wamakko commented on the defections on Saturday at a rally held in support [...]

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    Lawyers petition Malami over ‘unconstitutional’ NBA election

Lawyers petition Malami over ‘unconstitutional’ NBA election

A group of lawyers has described the ongoing election of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) as illegal and unconstitutional.The group, Concerned Members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has written a letter asking Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, to intervene in the matter.The lawyers have demanded that the general council of the NBA should be convened as enshrined in the [...]

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    R-APC spokesman: Buhari trying to hide the pain he’s feeling over defections

R-APC spokesman: Buhari trying to hide the pain he’s feeling over defections

Kassim Afegbua, spokesman of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), says the ruling party now lives in self-denial.The R-APC broke out of the larger party last month and many other prominent members of the party also defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Taunting the defectors, President Muhamadu Buhari, had on Thursday, said God will continue to fish out bad eggs [...]

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    Apologise to el-Rufai’s government or remain suspended, Kaduna APC tells Shehu Sani

Apologise to el-Rufai’s government or remain suspended, Kaduna APC tells Shehu Sani

The Kaduna state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has imposed an indefinite suspension on Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central.The party vowed not to lift the suspension until Sani tenders an apology to Nasir el-Rufai, the governor, and President Muhammadu Buhari.In a statement on Thursday, Ibrahim Togo, chairman of the party in Tudun Wada ward where Sani is from, [...]

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    CDD to host conference on how fake news threatens democracy

CDD to host conference on how fake news threatens democracy

Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), a not-for-profit research and training organisation, is set to host a conference on how fake news threatens Nigeria’s democracy and freedom.As 2019 general election approaches, the conference will facilitate discussion around fake news, misinformation and disinformation, their effects on Nigeria’s democracy, and how it could be mitigated.Starting 9am each day, the two-day conference will [...]

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    Ezekwesili: Buhari enjoys the trappings of being president — not the hard work that comes with it

Ezekwesili: Buhari enjoys the trappings of being president — not the hard work that comes with it

Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister of education, says President Muhammadu Buhari enjoys the trapping of being president but shies away from the hard work that comes with the job.Reacting to Buhari’s scheduled holiday trip to London in a series of tweets, Ezekwesili said the president has not worked hard enough to earn a holiday.“Some things have become pretty obvious now. [...]

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    Kenny Martins: Military failed us, democracy isn’t working… let’s turn to God

Kenny Martins: Military failed us, democracy isn’t working… let’s turn to God

Legacy Initiative International, a civil society organisation, says Nigeria must return to God to end corruption.Speaking at a conference in Lagos on Wednesday, Kenny Martins, grand patron of the organisation, said members of the group have spent sleepless nights, travelled long distances consulting with religious leaders on a cause which is for the common good of the Nigerian people.Martins said [...]

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    ‘Why me?’ — Ortom asks EFCC over probe of security vote

‘Why me?’ — Ortom asks EFCC over probe of security vote

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, says the probe of his security vote spending by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is a case of persecution.The EFCC had accused Ortom of misappropriating about N19 billion meant for security agencies deployed to Benue to tackle the clashes between farmers and herdsmen.Ortom, while speaking with journalists on Wednesday, said he has a [...]

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    Ndume tackles Saraki: You can’t shut down senate over personal issues

Ndume tackles Saraki: You can’t shut down senate over personal issues

Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south, has asked Senate President Bukola Saraki to reconvene plenary.The senator frowned at the closure of the senate, saying there are "critical matters of urgent national importance" to be discussed by the lawmakers.Ndume said this when he featured on Politics Today, a Channels Television show, on Wednesday."The closure of the national assembly that day was [...]

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    Osun APC governorship candidate ‘won’t sack workers’ if elected

Osun APC governorship candidate ‘won’t sack workers’ if elected

The Independent Campaign Team for Gboyega Oyetola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 22 governorship election in Osun state, says their principal, if elected, will not sack workers as being rumored.This was contained in a statement signed on Monday by Fatihu Adegoke, the group’s media officer.“We are compelled to make this categorical statement that the candidate [...]

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    Omokri to Lai: APC defectors are the stones David will use to slay Goliath

Omokri to Lai: APC defectors are the stones David will use to slay Goliath

Reno Omokri, former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, says those who defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are the stones that will dislodge the APC.He said this in reaction to a statement credited to Lai Mohammed, minister of information, who had described the defectors as ‘stones’ whom God has removed from the [...]

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    Fouad Oki: Tinubu playing god by opposing Banire’s appointment

Fouad Oki: Tinubu playing god by opposing Banire’s appointment

Fouad Oki, a factional chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, says Bola Tinubu is playing god by opposing the appointment of Muiz Banire as chairman of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).Solomon Adeola, lawmaker representing Lagos west senatorial district, had laid a petition signed by two other senators from the state against Banire’s nomination.But in a [...]

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    Police: The previous statement Saraki submitted shows he has a case to answer

Police: The previous statement Saraki submitted shows he has a case to answer

Jimoh Moshood, public relations officer of the Nigeria police force, says Senate President Bukola Saraki still has a case to answer on his alleged link with suspects arrested over robbery in Offa, Kwara state.Moshood said this in response to a letter dated June 23, 2018, where Mohammed U.E, director, public prosecution of the federation, wrote to Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police [...]

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