Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tag "Goodluck Jonathan"

    UPDATED: Jonathan ‘didn’t plan to visit Chibok’

UPDATED: Jonathan ‘didn’t plan to visit Chibok’

Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati has denied that President Goodluck Jonathan cancelled his trip to Chibok, Borno State.Abati, through his twitter handle @abati1990, said: "Every trip by the President is usually pre-announced. The Presidency did not at any time announce a trip to Chibok today. Ignore rumours. The statement issued by my office yesterday (Thursday) indicated very clearly that the President [...]

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    Army to court-martial ‘Maiduguri mutineers’

Army to court-martial ‘Maiduguri mutineers’

Court-martial proceedings will start this weekend against soldiers who on Wednesday fired at the vehicle of their commander in Maiduguri, Borno State, TheCable has been informed.Preliminary investigation has started mainly to identify the soldiers involved, the extent of their involvement and the next line of action.They will most likely be dismissed and jailed - although those with little involvement may [...]

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    State of emergency to be extended by 6 months

State of emergency to be extended by 6 months

There could be six more months of state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States following a request to the National Assembly by President Goodluck Jonathan.His request letter was read in senate Tuesday morning.It will have to be approved by the national assembly in line with the constitutional provision.The state of emergency was first introduced in May 2013 and [...]

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    FG rejects ‘exchange deal’ with Boko Haram

FG rejects ‘exchange deal’ with Boko Haram

Nigeria will reject the precondition given by Boko Haram for the release of the 276 girls in their captivity, Interior Minister Abba Moro has hinted.Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau had said his detained "brethren" should be freed by the federal government in exchange for the freedom of the girls whose plight has drawn global attention.Moro was asked by the AFP [...]

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    Akande running down Nigeria, says Presidency

Akande running down Nigeria, says Presidency

Presidency has accused the interim national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, of running down Nigeria and creating problems for the country.Akande, at a press conference on Sunday, had blamed President Goodluck Jonathan for not doing enough to rescue the girls kidnapped from Chibok, Borno State, by Boko Haram.He‎ also said Nigeria was on "auto pilot".Presidential spokesman [...]

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    France to hold counter-terrorism summit with Nigeria, others

France to hold counter-terrorism summit with Nigeria, others

As part of plans to effectively tackle the ongoing insurgency in Nigeria, President Francois Hollande of France has offered to host an African security summit that would focus on the Boko Haram militants.Hollande made the offer through a telephone conversation with his Nigerian counterpart."I suggested, with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, a meeting of Nigeria's neighbouring countries," he told BBC during [...]

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    WHAT IF… Jonathan decides not to run in 2015?

WHAT IF… Jonathan decides not to run in 2015?

President Goodluck Jonathan can’t seem to win these days—and we don’t mean the war against Boko Haram. On the one hand he is being asked to stop declaring (a state of emergency in the north), while at the same time, he is being pressed to declare (his candidacy for 2015).Dates for Mr President’s declaration have been shifted every month since [...]

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Nigeria, US seek UN designation of Boko Haram as terrorists

Nigeria and the US are working on a UN Security Council  resolution to designate Boko Haram a terrorist organisation, diplomats at the foreign ministry in Abuja have confirmed.The two countries, sources said, have agreed that the UN should take a quick action to designate Boko Haram a terror organisation.A strong indication that the 15-member council would consider the resolution emerged [...]

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    ‘No sleep’ for Jonathan until rescue of Chibok girls

‘No sleep’ for Jonathan until rescue of Chibok girls

President Goodluck Jonathan says he will "not sleep with two eyes closed" until the over-200 girls kidnapped in Chibok by Boko Haram are rescued.He stated this at a world press conference to mark the end of the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) hosted in Abuja.Jonathan appealed to the parents of the abducted girls to be patient and cooperate with [...]

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    THE INSIDER: Spare a thought for Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram for N15,000

THE INSIDER: Spare a thought for Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram for N15,000

Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgents earn a monthly allowance of N15,000 (as against the N30,000 official rate), are entitled to three sachets of "pure water" per day in the desert heat and lack sleeping kits at night.By contrast, delegates to the National Conference take home N4 million a month, eat as many delicacies as they desire and sleep in [...]

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    Chibok: Was Nigerian military forewarned?

Chibok: Was Nigerian military forewarned?

Human rights group, Amnesty International, has alleged that the Nigerian military had advance warning over the April 15 Chibok attack but did not act to prevent the abduction of hundreds of school girls.Information Minister Labaran Maku has denied the claim, saying the military would have reacted if such information was passed on to them.However, this is not the first time an [...]

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    What exactly can the US do in Chibok?

What exactly can the US do in Chibok?

US President Barack Obama's offer of help to Nigeria to rescue the abducted girls has generated considerable excitement in the land - but what are the chances of success?Nigerians believe a lot in the American might, and President Goodluck Jonathan has been seeking help from the super power to help combat the Boko Haram carnage.The US has already sent a [...]

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    Buhari: Now is not the time for politics

Buhari: Now is not the time for politics

Former head of state, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, has asked Nigerians to put aside politics and ideological differences to confront terrorism in the light of the Chibok abductions.In a statement issued on Thursday, Buhari said: "Now is not the time to play politics. Now is also not the time to trade blames and amplify our ideological differences. The unity of [...]

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    Jonathan approves $1bn to fight terrorism

Jonathan approves $1bn to fight terrorism

President Goodluck Jonathan says he has given approval of about $1 billion for Nigeria to improve its security capability.He was speaking at the opening session of the World Economic Forum Africa holding in Abuja.He highlighted terrorism and kidnap-for-ransom as new and "strange" security challenges Nigeria is facing and said it would take a while for any country to contain these [...]

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    Abacha’s daughter links terror to government

Abacha’s daughter links terror to government

Gumsu, a daughter of late military head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha, has insinuated that any insurgency that lasts for more than a day has the backing of government.She tweeted from her handle, @G_sparking: "If insurgency lasts for more than 24 hrs, the government has a hand in it."She attributed the statement to "Late General Sani Abacha."Gumsu did not give [...]

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    Kenya awards 7 oil blocks to Nigerian businessmen

Kenya awards 7 oil blocks to Nigerian businessmen

Nigerian businessmen have been awarded seven oil blocs for exploration from the 46 newly discovered oil blocks in Kenya, Dr Kiprono Kittony, the Chairman of the Nigeria-Kenya Chamber of Commerce has said.The chairman made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday at a meeting with prominent business men from both countries.The meeting was part of activities lined up for the state [...]

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