Saturday, February 16, 2019

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    Buhari vs Atiku: The prophesies and a morning after…

Buhari vs Atiku: The prophesies and a morning after…

Let me tell you a few short stories: In 2015, shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari won the general election, he got two important goodwill messages; one from Tunde Bakare, the other from Femi Adesina. Both men had independently followed General Muhammadu Buhari for many years, and believed in his ability to change Nigeria. This was why Adesina, a revered journalist [...]

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    FIRS lifts restrictions on bank accounts of alleged tax defaulters

FIRS lifts restrictions on bank accounts of alleged tax defaulters

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has written to banks, directing them to lift the lien on alleged tax defaulters' bank accounts for 30 days.The directive, which takes immediate effect, was contained in a letter from Tunde Fowler, the FIRS chairman, to bank managing directors.The FIRS explained that it issued the directive because of the large number of taxpayers [...]

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    INCREDIBLE: PSG signs another Kylian Mbappe — he’s 11

INCREDIBLE: PSG signs another Kylian Mbappe — he’s 11

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has signed another youngster by the name Kylian Mbappe, who hails from Paul Pogba's town in France.According to Bleacherreport, the 11-year-old plays football in Roissy-en-Brie, where Machester United star, Pogba, had his childhood.Eric Mbappé, the father to this younger Kylian told French newspaper, Le Parisien, that he already named his child Kylian Mbappe, before the World Cup winning 20-year-old Mbappe [...]

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    Nobody will unseat me, says Buhari

Nobody will unseat me, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says nobody can unseat him via the February 16 presidential election.In a brief interview with CNN, Buhari he is ready to take Nigeria forward over the next four years. When asked if he feared he could be defeated the way he defeated former president Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari said: “No. Nobody would unseat me. I am ready to take this [...]

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    FIRS has gone draconian by freezing accounts of alleged tax defaulters, says KPMG

FIRS has gone draconian by freezing accounts of alleged tax defaulters, says KPMG

KPMG, one of the Big Four auditors in the world, says Nigeria's Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has gone draconian by giving fiats to banks to freeze accounts of suspected tax defaulters.In September 2018, Tunde Fowler, FIRS chairman, said the service was going after 6,772 tax defaulters, stating that they would have their account frozen till they pay due taxes.“So, all [...]

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    INFOGRAPHIC: Are you one of 91 million Nigerians now living in extreme poverty?

INFOGRAPHIC: Are you one of 91 million Nigerians now living in extreme poverty?

Over 91 million Nigerians are now living in extreme poverty, TheCable can report.TheCable understands that at least three million Nigerians have slipped into extreme poverty between November 2018 and February 2019.According to the World Poverty Clock, created by Vienna-based World Data Lab, 91.16 million Nigerians were living below a dollar a day as of February 13, 2019.In June 2018, the [...]

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    Atiku: Like Jonathan, my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian

Atiku: Like Jonathan, my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.Speaking at the signing of the national peace accord ahead of the February 16 presidential election, the former vice-president called on security agencies not to arrest opposition leaders 24 to 48 hours before the election."May I use this opportunity to [...]

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    Buhari, Atiku finally sign peace accord

Buhari, Atiku finally sign peace accord

President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have arrived at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja to sign a peace accord.Also present at the peace accord signing is Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Abdulsalami Abubakar, the chairman of the National Peace Committee.Patricia Scotland, the secretary-general [...]

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    We’re not supporting Atiku, US ambassador replies Keyamo

We’re not supporting Atiku, US ambassador replies Keyamo

The United States says it is not supporting any candidate for the February 16 presidential election in Nigeria.Dismissing news and perceptions of partisanship, the US embassy in Nigeria released a statement to say the country's over $1 billion aid to Nigeria will continue, no matter who wins the elections on Saturday.Earlier, Festus Keyamo, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari reelection campaign, said [...]

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    Dangote asks Nigerian business leaders to support health sector with 1% of their profit

Dangote asks Nigerian business leaders to support health sector with 1% of their profit

Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, has called on all businesses within Nigeria and Africa, to support the health sector with at least one percent of their profit. Speaking at the 2019 Africa Business Health Forum in Addis Ababa, Dangote, who was represented by Halima Dangote, said business is highly interwoven with health. [...]

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    7 things GDP numbers tell us about Buhari’s reelection bid

7 things GDP numbers tell us about Buhari’s reelection bid

On Tuesday, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released the gross domestic product (GDP) numbers, showing a 1.93 percent growth in the Nigerian economy for the year 2018.Financial analysts, public commentators, local and foreign media, and opposition bigwigs have said repeatedly that President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has done poorly with the revival of the economy.Former [...]

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    Sign the petition to save this Nigerian child forcefully held by Scotland!

Sign the petition to save this Nigerian child forcefully held by Scotland!

Brian Adesanya, a seven-year-old child born in the UK to Nigerian parents, has spent about five of his entire seven years separated from his family following the decision of the Scottish Social Service to hold him against the will of his parents. In 2014, Brian's mum requested for help from Glasgow Social Services for temporary residence for her child as she [...]

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    Ayodeji Osowobi, founder of Stand to End Rape, named finalist for Commonwealth Youth Awards

Ayodeji Osowobi, founder of Stand to End Rape, named finalist for Commonwealth Youth Awards

Ayodeji Oluwaseun Osowobi, founder Stand to End Rape Initiative, has been named a finalist for the 2019 Commonwealth Youth Awards.The Nigerian anti-rape activist will be contending with 16 high-achieving entrepreneurs, innovators and social activists from across the world.The awards is to "recognise and celebrate the achievements of people aged 15 to 29 whose innovative projects are making a significant contribution to their [...]

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    Atiku: Buhari preaching violence — and this is not his first time

Atiku: Buhari preaching violence — and this is not his first time

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says President Muhammadu Buhari is preaching violence in Nigeria, adding that "this is not his first time" of doing so.Speaking in Port Harcourt on Monday, Atiku said Buhari was in Zamfara over the weekend, preaching violence in the northwestern state."Do you know what the president said yesterday in Zamfara [...]

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    UN: Buhari broke human rights standards by suspending Onnoghen

UN: Buhari broke human rights standards by suspending Onnoghen

The United Nations special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego Garcia-Sayán, says President Muhammadu Buhari's decision to suspend Walter Onnoghen, former chief justice of Nigeria, was in contravention of human rights standards.Garcia-Sayán said in a statement that "the suspension and replacement of the Chief Justice of Nigeria by the country’s President is in contravention of international human rights standards [...]

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    Adeosun played very significant role in the Lagos-Ibadan rail, says Amosun

Adeosun played very significant role in the Lagos-Ibadan rail, says Amosun

Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun state, says Kemi Adeosun, former minister of finance, played a significant role in the execution of the Lagos-Ibadan railway, which was tested on Friday.Speaking on the train, during the test from Iju, Lagos, to the Ogun state capital, Abeokuta, Amosun said he knows for a fact that Adeosun and her ministry played an active part [...]

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