Thursday, April 4, 2019

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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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    US: Those who incite violence in Nigeria’s election must be held accountable

US: Those who incite violence in Nigeria’s election must be held accountable

Michael Pompeo, the United States secretary of state, says those who interfere in Nigeria's election must be held accountable.In a statement released by the US state department, Pompeo said the elections are Nigeria's opportunity to solidify its place as the democratic leader in Africa."The United States government supports a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful election that reflects the will of the [...]

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    Eurasia Group: Atiku has gained momentum but Buhari will win

Eurasia Group: Atiku has gained momentum but Buhari will win

Eurasia Group, reputed as the world’s largest political-risk consultancy, says President Muhammadu Buhari will win the February 16 presidential election.In its final Eurasia Group Politics First election forecast seen by TheCable, the group, which was founded in 1998 by American political scientist Ian Bremmer, said Buhari has a 60 percent probability to win."Opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar has regained some momentum [...]

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    HURRAY! You can travel FREE from Lagos to Abeokuta on new train — for a month

HURRAY! You can travel FREE from Lagos to Abeokuta on new train — for a month

You can now travel for free from Iju, Lagos to Abeokuta for free for about a month, using the recently-completed trains by the federal government.This was disclosed by Fidet Okhiria, managing director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, who spoke with Tolu Ogunlesi, special assistant to the president on digital communications, during the test drive of the #LagosIbadanRail Project.He said free test-rides [...]

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    After endorsing Moghalu, Soyinka joins Amaechi at test of Lagos-Ibadan railway

After endorsing Moghalu, Soyinka joins Amaechi at test of Lagos-Ibadan railway

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, the Alake of Egbaland, Ibikunle Amosun, and Rotimi Amaechi witnessed the test ceremony of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project in Abeokuta on Friday.The train, which rode officially for the first time in decades, took a trip from Iju, Lagos to Abeokuta, with Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun state on board.Amaechi, who spoke at the flag off, said [...]

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    US ambassador warns about ‘words spoken’ before elections

US ambassador warns about ‘words spoken’ before elections

Stuart Symington, the US ambassador to Nigeria, says the words spoken about the election are as important in the democratic process as the elections themselves.In a video message to Nigerians, the US envoy said citizens must vote to have an effect on the country's electoral process.“The elections are a remarkable opportunity for all Nigerians to come together and for every citizen [...]

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    Trump picks World Bank critic, David Malpass, to replace Jim Kim

Trump picks World Bank critic, David Malpass, to replace Jim Kim

US President Donald Trump has nominated David Malpass, a critic of multilateral institutions like the World Bank, to replace Jim Yong Kim as the World Bank president.Malpass is a Trump loyalist, who served as senior economic adviser to the president during his campaign in 2016, and currently the undersecretary for international affairs at the Treasury Department of the United States.“I am certain [...]

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    Elumelu promised and did it, says Malian President as UBA sets sail in 20th African country

Elumelu promised and did it, says Malian President as UBA sets sail in 20th African country

United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc on Monday commenced full banking operations in Mali, extending its footprint 20 African countries. The bank, which also has global operations in the United States, United Kingdom, and France, had Ibrahim Keita, President of the Republic of Mali, at its latest launch in Bamako. "Tony promised it and he did it," the president said while speaking at the [...]

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    Oby: We raised N48.9m, $17,645 and £200 for my campaign

Oby: We raised N48.9m, $17,645 and £200 for my campaign

Oby Ezekwesili, former presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), has retired her campaign funds, accounting for "every penny" spent.The former vice-president of the world bank, in a detailed breakdown of income and expenditure, said the campaign raised N48,957,416.00, $ 17,645.00, and £200, from October 1, 2018 to February 2, 2019.She also revealed that her campaign spent over [...]

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    AMCON, estate surveyors collaborate on sale of assets

AMCON, estate surveyors collaborate on sale of assets

Ahmed Kuru, managing director/CEO Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), says the corporation would continue to improve collaboration with Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON) due to their critical role in asset sales. Kuru, who spoke when he received a delegation from ESVARBON led by its Chairman, Nweke Umezuruike, stated that such collaboration with the sister agency is needed [...]

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    Buhari: I’m only seeking a second term — NOT third like Obasanjo

Buhari: I’m only seeking a second term — NOT third like Obasanjo

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is only seeking a second term -- not a third term like former president Olusegun Obasanjo.Speaking in the Ondo state capital, Akure, on Tuesday, the president took a jab at the former president, without mentioning his name, but made it abundantly clear he was speaking to the former major general.“We have just finished one term [...]

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