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December deadline on Boko Haram: I will not resign even if I don’t defeat them – Buhari; Nigerian law does not allow for so-called sharia punishments

President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the resolve of his administration to negotiate with the Boko Haram insurgent group in order to secure the release of the kidnapped Chibok school girls. President Buhari speaking to Aljazeera television network, aired Friday, also reiterated his commitment to defeating the insurgent group by December, …

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Why there is now a spate of Boko Haram suicide bombings — Chief of Defence Staff, Olonisakin explains

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin has traced the recent bombing of soft targets by the Boko Haram terrorists to the persistent increased attacks on them by the troops in the North-East. Olonisakin made this assertion in Abuja, Thursday, at the 2015 Nigerian Navy Research and Development …

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NASS to re-transmit constitution amendment bill for presidential assent – Dogara; as Reps approve independent candidates for future elections

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has disclosed that the fourth constitution amendment bill would be re-transmitted to the president for assent. A statement issued by the Speaker’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, said the Speaker revealed this when he received report of …

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Nigerian Armed Forces well positioned to end Boko Haram insurgency by December – Buhari reiterates

President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday, in Abuja, reiterated his position that Boko Haram’s ability to attack, seize, ravage and hold any Nigerian territory will have been completely obliterated, by the end of this year. Speaking at an audience with the Commander of United States Africa Command, Gen David Rodriguez, President Buhari …

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Ministerial nominees’ screening: Senate Okays Fayemi, Danbazzau, Lai Mohammed, Onu, 6 others; Fashola, Kachikwu take turn, Wednesday

The Senate, Tuesday, cleared 10 ministerial nominees out of the 21 in the first batch of nominees forwarded to it by President Muhammadu Buhari, on September 30, and which it had unveiled, last Tuesday. Those cleared, Tuesday include; Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, former governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, …

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Economy: New state governors are unlucky, but there is hope – Yari, NGF chairman

  First term governors who assumed office in their respective states across the country are particularly unlucky in view of the present harsh economic realities starring the nation in the face, chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Alhaji Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari, declared in Enugu, at the weekend. Governor Yari …

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Kashamu’s election nullified, Umeh loses appeal; as Election Tribunals announce rulings

The embattled Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District in Ogun State, Mr Buruji Kashamu, has had his election victory nullified by the National and State Assemblies Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Though, the Tribunal did not grant the seat to the petitioner, Prince Dapo Abiodun …

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Why improving national security remains our topmost priority – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said, Thursday, in Abuja that significant improvements in national security remains the topmost priority of his administration since other socio-economic initiatives cannot be successfully implemented without adequate security in the country. A statement by Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina, reports that …

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Buhari applauds U.K’s support over recovery, repatriation of Nigeria’s stolen funds

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja applauded the renewed support from Britain and Switzerland for the recovery and repatriation of public funds stolen from Nigeria. At separate audiences with the new British and Swiss Ambassadors, who were at the Presidential Villa to present their letters of credence, President Buhari noted …

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Economic diversification policies will inform my 2016 budget proposal — Buhari tells French investors in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that his proposed 2016 National Budget will include fresh policies and measures geared towards boosting the rapid diversification of the Nigerian economy away from its current over-dependence on the oil and gas sector. Speaking at an audience with the President of the Movement of the …

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N64bn on Independence celebrations: Don’t trade lies just to earn cheap popularity — Jonathan cautions government functionaries

Reacting to claims that his administration spent outrageous sums of money for three Independence Anniversary celebrations, former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan has advised government functionaries to desist from trading in and peddling of lies to gain cheap popularity in certain quarters. This is also as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) …

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These terror attacks are not about ideology but evil forces — President Buhari on Abuja bombings

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the reasons for the attack in separate locations in Abuja, last Friday, were evil and not ideologically-motivated. In a personal statement by him, issued in Abuja, Saturday, President Buhari, who described the recent terror attacks in Abuja, Borno and Adamawa, as ‘cowardly’, stressed that …

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UK crime agency confirms arrest of Alison-Madueke, 4 others; releases them on bail

The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA), weekend, confirmed, the arrest and later release on bail of former Petroleum Resources minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, at the same time that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) raided the Abuja home of the former minister. Alison-Madueke was arrested, Friday, by …

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Senate President, Saraki, receives President Buhari’s list of ministerial nominees; Onu, Amaechi, Fashola, Fayemi, Ngige make it

Former Governors Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi and Kayode Fayemi of Lagos, Rivers and Ekiti states respectively have made the list of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees. Others strongly believed to be in the sealed envelope presented to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki by the Chief of Staff to the President, …

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Hajj stampede: Buhari directs NAHCON, embassy to account for all Nigerian fatalities; as S/Arabia issues more images of victims

The death toll from last Thursday stampede in Mina, Mecca which claimed the lives of 769 Muslims, including 54 Nigerians, could be higher than earlier thought as Saudi Arabia has released to foreign diplomats over 1,000 photographs of the dead from the mishap. This is just as President Muhammadu Buhari, …

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We’ve begun sanitizing NNPC to make it free of corruption; trial of those who misappropriated NNPC revenues to start soon – Buhari tells China’s President

President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his determination to fully sanitize Nigeria’s oil industry and make it totally free of corruption and shady deals. Speaking at a meeting with President Xi Jinping of China on the sidelines of the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations on Sunday in New York, …

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President Buhari remains fully committed to improved national security and succour for IDPs – Presidency

The Presidency has described as erroneous, mischievous and uncharitable, reports that have given the impression that President Muhammadu Buhari is not concerned about the well-being of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, or the security of the country, because the Nigerian delegation to the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly …

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At the UN: Do everything possible to eliminate illiteracy, hunger and disease by 2030, Buhari urges world leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in New York reaffirmed his Administration’s total commitment to the entrenchment of a fully transparent and accountable public revenue management system in Nigeria. Addressing the United Nations Plenary Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, President Buhari, according to a statement by Femi Adesina, …

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