Thursday, May 10, 2018

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    Malaysia’s new prime minister is world’s oldest elected leader

Malaysia’s new prime minister is world’s oldest elected leader

Mahathir Mohamad, 92, has been sworn in as Malaysia's new Prime Minister, making him the oldest elected leader in the world.Mohamad had ruled the South Asian country for 22 years, between 1981 and 2003.His alliance of four parties defeated the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition of 64-year-old former Prime Minister Najib Razak, his protege turned rival.Mohamad’s historic win ousted the BN coalition which [...]

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    Forbes ranks Dangote 66th most powerful person on earth

Forbes ranks Dangote 66th most powerful person on earth

Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group, has been ranked by Forbes as the 66th most powerful person on earth, ahead of Mike Pence, US Vice-President.In the American business magazine's 75-person list, Dangote clinched the second position in Africa, trailing President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, who was ranked 45th.Both men are the only Africans on the list. Dangote is up [...]

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    Killings, political conflicts, corruption… CSOs ‘worried’ over state of Nigeria

Killings, political conflicts, corruption… CSOs ‘worried’ over state of Nigeria

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have expressed grave concerns about the state of the nation.In a statement released on Wednesday and signed by 18 CSOs, seven areas of concern were highlighted. They include the violation of electoral guidelines, delay in legislative actions, killings in parts of the country and lingering high profile corruption cases.Other issues raised by the CSOs include poor implementation [...]

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    Fayemi denies threatening to cripple Ekiti

Fayemi denies threatening to cripple Ekiti

Kayode Fayemi, governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti, says there is no truth to the allegation that he threatened to cripple the state if he is not given the ticket of the party for the July 14 gubernatorial election.The Ekiti Rebirth Organisation (ERO), a group loyal Babafemi Ojudu, another aspirant, had accused Fayemi of making the [...]

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    Buhari returning to London to see doctor

Buhari returning to London to see doctor

President Muhammed Buhari will on Tuesday travel to London to see his doctor.Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, disclosed this in a statement.Shehu said the trip is expected to last four days.According to Shehu, Buhari's doctor had asked the president to return to London after the duo met in the city where the president [...]

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    ‘We’ll stop these callous men in their tracks’ — Garba Shehu reacts to PDP’s UN petition

‘We’ll stop these callous men in their tracks’ — Garba Shehu reacts to PDP’s UN petition

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, says the petition the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sent to the United Nations is beyond comprehension.In a letter signed by Uche Secondus, PDP national chairman, the party alleged the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration is clamping down on the opposition.It also accused the federal government of “thoughtless abuse of human rights” and a “predetermined plan by President Muhammadu Buhari to [...]

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    Ekiti APC primary: 27 aspirants ask NWC to conduct new election within 72 hours

Ekiti APC primary: 27 aspirants ask NWC to conduct new election within 72 hours

Twenty-seven of the 33 aspirants who contested the Ekiti governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have written a letter to the national working committee (NWC) of the party, demanding that a fresh primary should be conducted within 72 hours.After the election hit a standoff on Saturday, the aspirants held a meeting and decided that a fresh primary [...]

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    Ojudu: Fayemi threatened to cripple Ekiti if not given APC ticket

Ojudu: Fayemi threatened to cripple Ekiti if not given APC ticket

Babafemi Ojudu, governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state, has accused Kayode Fayemi, another aspirant of threatening to cripple Ekiti if he is not given the ticket of the party for the July 14 governorship election.While Ojudu is an adviser of President Muhammadu Buhari, Fayemi is a serving minister.The APC governorship primary in the state had [...]

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    Death toll rises to 45 in Kaduna attack

Death toll rises to 45 in Kaduna attack

The number of lives lost in the attack on Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state has risen to 45.Austin Iwar, the state commissioner of police, disclosed this on Sunday.The incident occurred less than 48 hours after Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP) and Mohammed Mohammed, general officer commanding (GOC), 1 division, Nigerian army visited the area.Idris had ordered [...]

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    Al-Makura: APC leadership will decide on Ekiti primary

Al-Makura: APC leadership will decide on Ekiti primary

Tanko Al-Makura, governor of Nassarawa state, says it is left to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to decide the fate of the party’s governorship primary election in Ekiti state.Al-Makura chaired the committee which organised the primary which was marred by violence on Saturday.Some aggrieved agents had disrupted the exercise, alleging that the process was not credible.Ballot boxes were [...]

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    Report: UNICEF, Red Cross abandon aid workers abducted in Rann

Report: UNICEF, Red Cross abandon aid workers abducted in Rann

The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have reportedly abandoned the nurse (pictured) and two midwives abducted by the Boko Haram sect in Rann, a community in Borno state.The victims were kidnapped after the insurgents attacked the town on March 1, killing at least four soldiers, policemen and three humanitarian workers.The Red Cross had confirmed [...]

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    My sons in the bush will surrender, says ‘Mama Boko Haram’

My sons in the bush will surrender, says ‘Mama Boko Haram’

Aisha Wakil, better known as ‘Mama Boko Haram’, says members of the Boko Haram insurgent group will surrender to the federal government.Wakil said this on Saturday during a fundraising for Complete Care Aid Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), she founded.The NGO caters for victims of insurgency in the north-east.Referring to the insurgents as her sons, Wakil said they would come [...]

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    Buhari: Why I joined politics after forceful retirement from the army

Buhari: Why I joined politics after forceful retirement from the army

President Muhammadu Buhari says his participation in politics is borne out of a desire and commitment to serve Nigerians, and not for fun or to gather wealth.Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, quoted Buhari to have said this on Saturday at the All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congress held at Bayagida Model Primary School, Katsina [...]

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    EXTRA: Ikorodu monarch asks female residents to stay indoors for Oro festival on Tuesday

EXTRA: Ikorodu monarch asks female residents to stay indoors for Oro festival on Tuesday

Female residents of Ikorodu have been asked to stay indoors on Tuesday, May 8, because of the  celebration of  Magbo festival.Kabiru Shotobi, the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, traditional ruler of the town, said tradition forbids females to step out of their homes or move around town on the said day which he says is the "Oro Day". WHAT IS ORO FESTIVAL?The [...]

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    World press freedom index: Nigeria up three places – but still in red zone

World press freedom index: Nigeria up three places – but still in red zone

For the first time in three years, Nigeria stepped up in its position on the word press freedom ranking at 119 of 180 countries—three places up from 122.According to the index, released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Nigeria got a global score of 37.41 against its 2017 figure of 39.69In 2017, the country recorded a fall, moving from 116 to [...]

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    Yahaya Bello: Faleke cooking up excuses because people have rejected him

Yahaya Bello: Faleke cooking up excuses because people have rejected him

Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, says all members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state are welcome to participate in the party congresses, assuring them of their safety.Bello said this in reaction to claims that his government has hijacked the congress.James Faleke, running mate to the late Abubakar Audu in the 2015 governorship election in the state, [...]

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