Civil society gives FG 14-day ultimatum over Sowore

A coalition of over 200 civil society organisations on Monday issued a 14-day ultimatum within which President Muhammadu Buhari should show commitment to the rule of law face or face mass action and civil disobedience.

They, therefore, demanded, among others, the release the publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore and others being held without justification.

According to them, mass action was inevitable if the government failed to accede to their demands.


The CSOs issued the ultimatum in Abuja during a press conference on the state of the nation entitled, “Nigeria’s troubling state of affairs.”

The statement reads, “Tomorrow, December 10, the world will celebrate Human Rights Day. It will also be marked in Nigeria as we review the crackdown on the freedom of the press; proposed bills to curb dissent and a general environment of shrinking civic space of which the recent actions of our security agencies are just an example.

“We represent a cross-section of Nigerian civil society actors that have played various roles in Nigeria’s journey to civil rule.

“Two key issues are of concern to us, namely: Attack on Our Judiciary and Attack on Free Speech and Pattern of Silencing Dissent

“In closing, we demand the following:

President Muhammadu Buhari to show accountability as President and Commander-in-Chief and address the nation on his commitment to the rule of law and human rights.

“The release of all illegally detained persons by the DSS as revealed by Amnesty, Premium Times & Punch Newspapers in recent months.


“That the government obey all outstanding court orders.

“An investigation of the officers who violated protocol and the circumstances leading to Omoyele Sowore’s 2nd arrest.

“The unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore per his bail terms.

“If these five demands are not honoured within 14 days – we call on patriots to join us as we occupy the National Human Rights Commission offices across the country, as it is legally mandated to protect rights and it reports to the Presidency.”

The statement was signed by Dr. Abiola Akiode-Afolabi, (Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre and Transition Monitoring Group), Osai Ojigho (Amnesty International, Nigeria), Idayat Hassan (Centre for Democracy and Development), Auwal Musa (Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and ‘Yemi Adamolekun, (Enough is Enough Nigeria, Nigeria).

Other signatories were Lanre Suraj, (HEDA and Peoples Alternative Front), Kola Ogundare (Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project), Jaye Gaskia, (Take Back Nigeria) and Deji Adeyanju (Concerned Nigerians).




PMB condoles with the family of Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke

President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with the government and people of Germany of the death of renowned evangelist Reinhard Bonnke

– The Nigerian president says Bonnke through his crusades helped the world in understanding the power of love and kindness as a universal language

– Buhari prays that the Almighty God will accept the soul of the departed preacher.


President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of renowned evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, as a great loss to Nigeria, Africa, and the entire world.

The Nigerian president in a statement through one of his media aides, Femi Adesina, on Saturday, December 7, condoled with the government and people of Germany of the death of the evangelist.

The president said that Bonnke’s crusades in Nigeria, across Africa and the globe strongly propagated the message of Jesus Christ, and his vision and zeal for the salvation of souls clearly helped the world in understanding the power of love and kindness as universal language

“The president prays that the Almighty God will accept the soul of the departed preacher, believing that his legendary contributions to the body of Christ in teaching and writing will always be remembered by posterity,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, President Buhari sent a condolence message to President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, over the death of his brother, Prince Sultan.



The Nigerian president in a statement on Saturday, December 7, through Garba Shehu, one of his media aides, said he received news of the death of Prince Sultan with shock.

In another news report, President Buhari has raised the stakes for members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who have the ambition of occupying elective positions.

Speaking to all 36 state chairmen of the APC who paid him a courtesy visit at State House, Abuja, on Friday, December 6, President Buhari said the bottom-to-top approach will be used for those among them who seek to be re-elected.

In his explanation of the strategy, the president said that it requires that the prospective candidates must possess solid bases from the grassroots to national levels as one of the necessary.





Sowore released finally.

ABUJA (Reuters) – A Nigerian court on Thursday ordered the state security agency to release within 24 hours a Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate who has remained in detention despite having been granted bail.

Omoyele Sowore, who ran for president as a minor candidate in the February election in which former military ruler President Muhammadu Buhari secured a second term in office, was arrested in August for calling for a revolution.

His continued detention has led to criticism of Buhari’s administration amid claims that human rights have been flouted in this case and those of other high profile figures such as the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Shi’ite Muslim group who has been held since 2015 without a trial.


In September, Sowore pleaded not guilty to charges of treason, money laundering and harassing the president. He was granted bail on Oct. 4 but has not been released by the Department for State Security which said the bail conditions had not been met.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on Thursday ordered the state security agency to release Sowore within 24 hours and pay costs of 100,000 naira ($280).

The case was adjourned until Friday.

Last month Sowore’s supporters accused the security agency of opening fire on unarmed people staging a peaceful protest calling for his release. The security agency denied the allegations.


In September, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings condemned what she said was the excessive use of lethal force in policing IMN processions. The group has said more than 20 of its supporters have been killed this year by police officers, which the Nigeria Police Force has denied.





PMB is back from private visit in London.

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Nigeria after his United Kingdom trip which saw him travel on a private visit.

The president’s return was tweeted by one of his aide, Lauretta Onochie around 10: 19pm on Friday, November 15.

Recall that had reported that Buhari was expected to arrive the country today. had also reported that the president’s flight took off from Stansted Airport, London, around 3:00 pm.

The president had travelled to London after attending the Economic Forum of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The president left Nigeria on Monday, October 28, for the economic forum in Saudi Arabia and from there procedded to the UK.

Also recall that reported that Buhari met the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the Lambeth Palace in London. reported that the meeting between the Nigerian leader and the archbishop was disclosed by the presidency in a twit on Sunday, November 10.

This was however not the first time Nigerian president and Archbishop Welby would be having a meeting.

The clergyman visited Buhari during the period where he traveled to London for medical treatment.

Meanwhile, recall that compiled a list of the times President Buhari had traveled out of the country on private visits or for vacation since he was elected as the president of the country.





PMB sympathised with the family of Alex Akinyele.

President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised with the family of a former Minister of Information, Alex Opeyemi Akinyele, who died on Thursday night.

A State House statement by the president’s media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, said, “The President commiserates with the government and people of Ondo State, friends and professional colleagues of the departed, urging them to take solace in the lasting legacies of the former colourful minister, who also served as Chairman of National Sports Commission and Chairman of National Reconciliation Committee.


“As a trained teacher and public relations specialist, President Buhari affirms that Chief Akinyele’s scrupulousness, discipline and diligence were always obvious to those who worked closely with him, and his love for the nation, which was zealously demonstrated through providing exemplary leadership.

“The President prays that the Almighty God will grant the soul of the former minister eternal rest, and comfort all members of his family.”





Buhari expressed deep sorrow over the death of Prof Tam David-West.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday expressed “deep sorrow” over the death of a former Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Prof Tam David-West.

David-West died on Monday at the age of 83. He served under Buhari’s military regime that started in 1983.

The President, who described the former minister as an “ally and friend”, said he usually called him ‘the indomitable Tam David-West.’


A State House statement conveying the President’s condolence, read partly, “Professor Tamunoemi Sokari David-West, 83, was a consultant virologist of national and international standing.

“He served as Commissioner of Education in the old Rivers State, Minister of Petroleum and Energy under the Muhammadu Buhari military regime, and Minister of Mines, Power and Steel under Gen. Ibrahim Babangida regime.”

It quoted Buhari as saying, “He had an indomitable spirit, stood resolutely by whatever he believed in, and was in a class of his own.”


The statement, which was signed by the President’s media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, recalled that David-West was an academic, author of many books and a social critic of repute.

“He commiserates with the David-West family, the people of Buguma, Kalabari Kingdom of Rivers State, the academia, and all those who loved ‘the forthright Tam David-West.’

“President Buhari prays that God will rest the soul of the committed nationalist, urging all those who believe in the ideals he espoused to approximate same, for the betterment of Nigeria, and humanity in general”, it added.


Tam David-West spoke truth to power APC

The All Progressives Congress said with David-West’s death, Nigeria had lost a progressive voice and social critic who spoke truth to power.

The APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement on Monday, described him as an erudite scholar, who always held our leaders to account on issues of good governance.

The statement said, “We recall his strong advocacy for oil sector reforms, particularly the passage of a mutually-beneficial Petroleum Industry Bill, fixing moribund refineries and ending the fuel subsidy racket that was a drainpipe on the country’s resources before the advent of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

“While the death of the late patriot is painful and a sad loss, we take solace with the fact that he lived an accomplished and impactful life. In death, we remember and celebrate a man who served the country diligently and championed the cause of the poor and underprivileged.

“The party condoles with the late Tam David-West family members, friends, colleagues, the people and government of Rivers State. We pray the Almighty God gives them the strength to bear the loss.”

He was a great patriot, says Omo-Agege

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo -Agege, has described the late Prof. Tam David -West as a great patriot and intellectual of formidable standing at home and abroad.

Omo – Agege, in a statement by his media aide, Yomi Odunuga, on Monday said the late professor was one of those who truly left an indelible footprint on the sands of time.

He described David-West’s demise as a great loss to the nation.

He said, “My heart goes out to his family, the people of Buguma and the Kalabari Kingdom in Rivers State; a truly great son of the Niger Delta and a great Nigerian patriot has passed on at the age of 83.

“While we mourn, we must appreciate the noble essence of his time on earth as an idealist who consistently nursed an optimistic outlook about Nigeria’s capacity for genuine transformation.”

Senate President mourns David-West

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has David-West’s death.

Lawan, according to a statement by his media aide, Ola Awoniyi said David-West contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria as a teacher and political office holder.

The statement read, “Professor Tam David-West was a vocal social critic who lived what he preached and never compromised his principles all through his lifetime.

“He will be missed for his deep and frank analysis of social challenges.

“Aside from pointing directions from the ivory tower, when the calls came for him to serve at the highest level of government, he discharged his duties diligently and conscientiously,” Lawan said.

Also, a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chibudom Nwuche, has expressed sadness over his death.

Nwuche described David-West as an illustrious son of Rivers State, a brilliant academic and a statesman.

Wike commiserates with family

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has commiserated with the family of late Professor Tam David-West, over the death of the erudite Professor of Virology.

The governor, in a statement on Monday signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications, Mr Paul Nsirim, described his death as a huge loss to the people of state.

Wike said, “Prof. David-West was an accomplished academician who served the country well in various capacities.”

He, however, prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest and the family, the fortitude to bear the loss.

Nigerians’ll remember David-West for stance on good governance — IYC

The Ijaw Youth Council has said that Nigerians will remember the late former minister for his consistent advocacy for good governance.

IYC President, Mr. Eric Omare, explained that David-West had always held strong opinion about the need for good governance in the country without apologies to anybody.

Omare, who spoke on Monday in a telephone chat with one of our correspondents, said, “Prof. Tam David-West would be remembered as one of few Nigerians who had very strong opinion on issues, especially with respect to the governance of the country.

“Again, in taking those positions, he owed nobody any apology. He remained one of the prominent petroleum ministers we have had in the history of Nigeria. We remember his exploits during the Ibrahim Babangida administration.

Omare, however, stated that the younger generation would be motivated by the octogenarian’s stance on good governance.

ASUU mourns his passing

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has described the late David-West as the custodian and repository of university culture.

The union described the late don as a great struggler who believed in one Nigeria.

The Chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan, Prof. Deji Omole, while reacting to the death of the deceased octogenarian, stated that he was a supporter of the union.

Omole noted that the late don knew and articulated a clear vision of what a university ought to be.

“Tam David-West was a phenomenal success academically. He was a great struggler who believed in one Nigeria. He had a clear vision of what the university should be.

“He was a great fellow of our union especially at the branch who was always ready to assist whenever he was consulted.

“He was actually a custodian of the university tradition and culture, a repository and custodian of the university culture. The union will definitely miss him. He was among the last of the complete scholars,” ASUU added.

His final moments at UCH

For 11 days, former Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Prof Tam David-West, was admitted to private suit of the University College Hospital, Ibadan.

The Public Relations Officer of UCH, Mr Toye Akinrinlola, told The PUNCH that the former minister however died on Monday morning at 11:05.

Asked for further details, Akinrinlola simply said, “He was brought here over a week ago and admitted to a private suit.

‘’He died at 11:05am.”

A family member who escorted the deceased to the hospital but preferred anonymity said, “we took Baba to UCH precisely 11 days ago.

“The deceased had spent 11 days at UCH before he breathed his last. He was rushed to UCH when he fell sick.

“His children are already on their way to Ibadan,” he said.

How Osibajo aides were whittle down by the cabals in the Presidency

A report by Daily Nigerian indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sack of at least 35 out of over 80 aides in the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

According to the report, the affected aides, who were issued appointment letters in August 2019, included some senior special assistants, special assistants, personal assistants and technical assistants.

Sources quoted in the report but preferred anonymity, said the aides may be formally issued their sack letters on Wednesday, November 6.


Preparatory to their eventual dismissal, the aides were reportedly posted out to some line ministries relevant to their designation last month.

The move was allegedly to deny them access to the Presidential Villa and reduce the influence of the vice president in the seat of power.

“Although more than half of the aides are under the payroll of donor agencies, the cabal eased them out in order to whittle down the influence of the vice president,” a source quoted in the report said.

“None of them were queried or interdicted for any wrongdoing. It is not about cutting cost, because no aide was sacked in the president’s office nor office of the First Lady, where six more aides appointed less than one month ago. They were just sacked to reduce the VP’s influence,” he added.


Last month, a media report indicated that Osinbajo has not been left off the hook by a powerful cabal in the presidency.

According to the report, some powerful persons in the seat of power are united in their bid to frustrate the vice president ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

Although he has not formally declared his interest, there are talks of the vce president angling to replace his boss in 2023.

Sources quoted in the report say the cabal have adopted another strategy to facilitate their plot, which is that they are now bringing together “a new array of forces, including former key federal government officials, and at least, one of his staunchest political allies to wage the ongoing political fight in the presidency.”





How Politicians and Oil Companies conspire to deny deny Nigerians conmesurate taxes from oil exploration.

President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed politicians and oil companies for conspiring to deny Nigeria commensurate revenue from oil production and sales, particularly taxes over the years.

He said this on Monday after signing the amended Deep Offshore Act in London, the Presidency stated.

He noted that for many years, taxes were kept at the “barest minimum above $20 per barrel.”


The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, in a statement, quoted Buhari’s as saying at the event, “Today is an important day for all Nigerians, particularly the young generation.

“Today, I signed into law the amended Deep Offshore Act. Nigeria will now receive its fair, rightful and equitable share of income from our own natural resources for the first time since 2003.

“In that year, oil prices began a steep increase to double, and at times, triple over the following decade.”


The President also said, “All this time, Nigeria has failed to secure its equitable share of the proceeds of oil production, for all attempts to amend the law on the distribution of income failed.”

He noted that rapid reductions in the cost of exploration, extraction and maintenance of oil fields had occurred over the 25-year period.

“A combination of complicity by Nigerian politicians and feet-dragging by oil companies has, for more than a quarter-century, conspired to keep taxes to the barest minimum above $20 per barrel, even as now the price is some three times the value.,” he said.

The President said for the first time, under the amended law, “200 million Nigerians will start to receive a fair return on the surfeit of resources of our land. Increased income will allow for new hospitals, schools, infrastructure and jobs.”

Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Mr Abba Kyari, reportedly witnessed the signing of the new law on Monday.





President Muhammadu Buhari commiserate with the families and associates of Mobolaji Johnson.

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a condolence message to government and people of Lagos state over the death of the first Military governor of the state, Brigadier-General Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson (rtd).

The late general breathed his last on Wednesday, October 30, at the age of 83. reports that the president, through a statement issued on Thursday, October 31, by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, described the deceased as a thoroughbred military general.


The president commiserated with family members, friends and associates of the former governor, who, according to him, had a distinguished career in the Nigerian Army, starting out as a cadet in 1959 and retiring in 1975.

The statement read:


“As the first governor of Lagos state, which was then the Federal Capital Territory, President Buhari affirms that Brigadier-General Johnson laid a solid foundation for the development of infrastructure in the state and provided a good framework for the civil service.

“The president notes that the late Johnson’s footprints in promoting education and building durable health system will always be remembered.”


President Buhari, therefore, prayed God to accept the soul of the departed, while calling on all leaders of the state and citizens to uphold the legacies of discipline and selfless service bequeathed by Brigadier-General Johnson.

Meanwhile, had previously reported that political leaders in Lagos commiserated with the family of late Johnson.





What a surprising twist to Internet fraud in Nigeria.

n a surprising revelation, Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has revealed that mothers of internet fraudsters, locally known as ‘Yahoo boys’ have formed an association in Lagos.

The EFCC chief disclosed this at the commission’s Lagos Office during the ongoing EFCC stakeholders conference on crusade against cybercrime fraudsters, The Nation reports.

Going further, Magu revealed that the Lagos state office of the anti-graft agency has since January this year made 300 cybercrime-related arrests and also secured 200 convictions.


Meanwhile, previously reported that a group, Nigerians Against Corruption (NAC) urged President Muhammadu Buhari to re-appoint Ibrahim Magu for another four-year term.

Going further, the group noted that the EFCC’s collaborative efforts with the FBI resulted in over 200 arrests, 130 convictions and the recovery of a large number of proceeds of crime.

Magu is currently approaching the end of his tenure as the acting chairman of the EFCC.





Russia is set to help Nigeria in fighting Boko Haram

Russia is to sell 12 attack helicopters to Nigeria after both countries signed a military deal on the side-lines of the Russia-Africa summit holding in Sochi.

Reuters, citing a report from Moscow-based news agency RIA, stated that the agreement was signed on Wednesday, October 24 in Sochi.

Earlier, a presidential aide, Garba Sheh, had disclosed that President Buhari was to have discussions with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, part of which will concern arms procurement.

Ahead of the Russia-Africa summit, had reported that the Russian Federation could help Nigeria battle Boko Haram terrorists if both countries sign a military-technical cooperation deal scheduled to take place on October 2019.


The Nigerian ambassador to Russia, Steve Ugbah, had told Russia’s RIA news agency in an interview that president Buhari was due to meet President Putin on the side-lines of a Russia-Africa summit in the Black Sea city of Sochi.

Ugbah said deal between Russia and Nigeria which he said had already been drafted ahead of the meeting between both leaders.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari met President Vladimir Putin of Russia at the Russia-Africa Economic forum in Sochi on Wednesday, October 23.

The Nigerian president attended the forum alongside more than thirty African heads of state and governments including the chairman of the African Union and president of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

Nigerians set 2nd term agenda for President Buhari – on Legit TV.





How Nigeria border closure is benefitting Nigerian treasury.

Two months ago, Nigeria slapped restrictions on cross-border trade with its neighbours, but there are mixed signals as to whether the controversial move is benefitting the country.

On August 19, President Muhammadu Buhari dramatically closed Nigeria’s land frontiers to goods traded with Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, saying its economy needed to be protected from rampant smuggling.

The move has met with howls of pain in Benin especially, and cast a shadow over a newly-minted agreement to scrap restrictions on trade among African economies.


But has it been beneficial for Nigeria, as the government has sought?

Evidence seen by AFP suggests that any benefits are at the macro level — and the country’s many poor are likely to be among the losers.

The two main commodities being smuggled were petrol and rice.

Petrol was being sneaked out from Nigeria, where subsidies make the fuel half as cheap as in its neighbours, and resold.

Rice, on the other hand, was being brought into Nigeria, where consumers favour imported Asian-grown varieties over the locally-grown competitor, from Benin via its port in Cotonou.

The most visible winner from the closure is the Nigerian treasury, which has benefitted from the falling cost of petrol subsidies and from a rise in customs receipts.

“Nigeria, to its detriment, may have inadvertently subsidised (fuel) supply to a few West African countries for more than 12 years,” the Nigerian consultancy Cardinal Stone said in a report this month.

Sales of gasoline in Nigeria fell by 12.7 percent after the border closure, which indicates that millions of subsidised litres (gallons) are being secretly taken abroad for resale, it said.

The reduction in consumption, if sustained, could lead to subsidy savings of around 13.5 billion naira ($37 million, 34 million euros) monthly and 162.1 billion naira annually, it estimated.

In early October, Nigeria’s customs chief, Hameed Ali, said customs receipts had reached a record level, of five billion naira daily, since the closure, with the bustling port of Lagos benefitting most as imports rise through official channels.

Gain and pain 

As for rice, the country’s agriculture lobby is loudly supporting the border closure.

Ade Adefeko, a senior executive in charge of corporate relations with the food giant Olam, said investment in Nigerian agriculture was being hamstrung by the rice trafficking, which is estimated to reach two million tonnes a year.

Olam has the biggest rice-growing business in Nigeria, owning 13,000 hectares (30,000 acres) of cultivable land of which only 4,500 ha. are being used because the sector is “not profitable” in the face of competition from Asian rice, he said.

But “since the border closure, locally-milled rice has started selling, and the entire rice value chain has been positively impacted by the closure,” Adefeko said.

He called for the border closure to be maintained “until the end of the year, and see how it goes on a longer term.”

The customs chief Ali on Monday told reporters there was no “time limit… It will continue as long as we can get the desired results.”

But if the border closure is a boost for domestic growers, it has led to price increases for consumers.

The price of a 50-kilo (110-pound) bag has more than doubled to 20,000 naira, roughly the entire monthly income of a Nigerian living in extreme poverty — of whom there are an estimated 87 million in the country.

Traders in Lagos Island, a vast market of Made in China textiles and gadgets, say the closure of the borders had crimped supplies via Benin’s Cotonou.

“Lagos port is too slow and you have to pay too many bribes to get your goods out,” said a swimsuit hawker. “I have to cut down my margin by half.”

The annual inflation rate has edged up to 11.24 percent in September, while food inflation ran at 13.51 percent.

Filling a role 

A similar complaint is heard among people in Nigeria’s industrial sector, which is already struggling with the country’s notoriously poor transport system and electricity shortages.

Trade with neighbours is essential, they say.

“The intention of stopping smuggling is praiseworthy but the point is that measures have an impact on us,” said a foreign investor who specialises in the import and export of manufactured goods.

“As usual in Nigeria, it’s all down to a question of strength — you crush first and talk later.”

Between 10 and 20 percent of Nigerian manufactured goods are sold to other countries in West Africa, with many of these items, such as pasta and cosmetics, exported through informal routes, mainly through small sellers who travel around the region.

“We need direct investments, we need industries to create jobs in this country,” said Muda Yusuf, director of the Chamber of Commerce in Lagos.

“Some people can celebrate but while they put their money to the bank, the rest of the people are suffering.”





How Nigeria Police rescued 67 from Islamic School in Maiduguri.

MAIDUGUIRI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Police in northern Nigeria rescued nearly 70 men and boys from a second purported Islamic school where they were shackled and subjected to “inhuman and degrading treatments.”

The raid in Katsina, the northwestern home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, came less than a month after about 300 men and boys were freed from another supposed Islamic school in neighboring Kaduna state where they were allegedly tortured and sexually abused.

“In the course of investigation, sixty-seven persons from the ages of 7 to 40 years were found shackled with chains,” Katsina police spokesman Sanusi Buba said in a statement. “Victims were also found to have been subjected to various inhuman and degrading treatments.”

The raid occurred on October 12 in Sabon Garin in the Daura local government area of Katsina state. Police issued a statement on Monday and said they were working to reunite the victims with their families.

Lawal Ahmad, a 33-year-old who was held captive, said he witnessed sexual assault, beatings and the death of other captives during his two years there.


“They were just beating, abusing and punishing us every day with the name of teaching us,” he said through tears, adding “they are not teaching us for the sake of God.”

Police arrested one man, 78-year-old Mallam Bello Abdullahi Umar, for running what they called an “illegal detention/remand home.”

Lawai Musa, a trader who lived near the center, told Reuters by phone that families sent unruly men and boys there believing it was an Islamic teaching facility that would straighten them out and teach them Islamic beliefs.

“The way he is treating the children is un-Islamic” he said. “We are not happy, they were treated illegally.”

Islamic schools, known as Almajiris, are common across the mostly Muslim north of Nigeria. Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a local organization, estimates about 10 million children attend them.

In June, President Buhari, himself a Muslim, said the government planned to ban the schools, but would not do so immediately. After the incident in Kaduna, the president issued a statement calling on traditional authorities to work with government to expose “unwanted cultural practices that amount to the abuse of children.”

Buhari’s office declined to immediately comment on the Katsina raid, saying it would issue a statement after a full briefing from police.

“The command enjoins parents to desist from taking their children/wards to illegal, unauthorized or unapproved remand/rehabilitation centers,” the police statement said.





How the overwhelming cheap rumour of PMB’S wedding spread like fire.

When President Muhammadu Buhari turned up at the jummat prayer at the Presidential Villa Mosque on Friday, a lot of Nigerians were probably eagerly waiting to see him take the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, as his second wife.

However, that never happened, which put to rest rumours making the rounds that the President would marry the 44-year-old minister on Friday at the Central Mosque, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja at 2pm.

This probably explained the presence of many worshippers at the mosque; with the hope of witnessing the ‘wedding’.


Since Wednesday, social media had been awash with the rumours of Buhari’s wedding, with several blogs latching on the fake news. Common to all the blogs which reported the rumours was the claim that a source in the Presidency informed them of the purported wedding.

Attached to some of the wedding rumours on Twitter and Facebook was an invitation card which read, “The families of the late Alhaji Buhari Daura and that of late Alhaji Umar Farouk cordially invite…to the wedding Fatiha and ceremony of their children, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) and Hajiya Sadiyya Umar Farouk scheduled to take place as follows: Date: Friday, October 11, 2019; time: 2.00 pm; venue: Central Mosque, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria.”

Considering how the card looked bland and the wedding rumour turned false, the invitation card was never designed by either the Dauras or the Farouks.

Even though no such wedding held, it created a lot of buzz on social media, especially on Twitter.

In fact, #TheWedding was the most trended hashtag on Twitter as of Friday evening, followed by #BUSA19. Other hashtags created for the ‘wedding’– #PresidentialWedding, #BUSA2019 and #BuhariWedding – were the 10th, 11th and 20th respectively among the top 20 trending topics of the day.

As the ‘wedding’ hashtags trended, several photos of President Buhari wearing what looked like a groom’s suit showed up. Another showing Ms Farouq in ‘pre-wedding photoshoot’ also went viral.





Nigerians also on social media uploaded their pictures in traditional attire saying they were ready for the ‘presidential wedding.’

One Twitter user wrote a joke out of it, “(Festus) Keyamo will give us the legal backing for the #PresidentialWedding. MURIC (the Muslim Rights Concern) will give us reasons why #TheWedding will help Nigerians. Lai Mohammed (the Minister of Information and Culture) will tell us how it will attract foreign investors. (Vice-President) Yemi Osibanjo will give us religious backing.”

Amid all these, a video purportedly showing the President’s wife, Aisha, allegedly querying why a room in Presidential Villa was locked upon her alleged return from London surfaced on the Internet. “Why would you close the door, what did I do to you? This is the Villa, we have over 200 soldiers guarding us, also 200 policemen. Enough is enough. Let me know when I will leave this place. Enough is enough,” the ‘First Lady’ was quoted to have said angrily.

Aisha has not been in the country for some time since the completion of the Hajj. She reportedly left for Saudi Arabia, where she went in company with her husband, to London at the completion of the religious pilgrimage in August.

The First Lady’s absence at Presidential Villa became pronounced as she did not attend public functions that she ordinarily would have attended.

She was said to have been absent during the mid-August Eid-el-Kabir celebration in Daura, Katsina State, even though his husband was around to welcome world leaders such as the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde.

Meanwhile, the supposed new wife, Farouq, tweeted from New York, the United States on Friday, calling for an end to poverty. “On October 17, join us as we #WalkOutPoverty. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is commemorated to encourage active participation by all to respect the rights & dignity of people living in poverty. #WalkOutPoverty #EndPoverty #Children @ossap_sdgs,” the minister tweeted via her handle, @Sadiya_farouq.

While also ignoring the rumour, Aisha also on Friday tweeted via her verified handle, @aishambuhari, joining the world in commemorating the International Girl Child Day.

She wrote,


“Today, I join millions of girls around the world to celebrate this year’s international day of the girl child. The theme for this year is, ‘GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.’

“I am happy to note the progress that has been made in the area of activism by girls to protect their gender. I want to state that more needs to be done, especially to address gender-based violence, which seems to be more pronounced recently. All hands must be on deck to achieve this. #GirlChild #GirlForce #GirlChildDay #InternationalDayoftheGirl.”





We call for the strengthening and implementation of all the necessary measures to prevent the re-occurrence of such actions,”–PMB.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday began a visit to South Africa with a call to beef up protection of foreign nationals, weeks after xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg stirred tension between Africa’s leading economies.

Buhari and his counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa went into long-planned talks aimed at bolstering trade ties and political cooperation as both leaders struggle to boost their flagging economies.

But the talks were expected to be overshadowed by the violence in South Africa targeting foreigners, which included Nigerians.

Mobs descended on foreign-owned stores in and around Johannesburg in early September, destroying properties and looting.


“We call for the strengthening and implementation of all the necessary measures to prevent the re-occurrence of such actions,” Buhari said at the start of the talks.

The violence — in which at least 12 people were killed, most of them South Africans — sparked fury in Nigeria and saw hundreds of migrant workers repatriated to the country.

Buhari condemned “the very few incidents of retaliatory attacks” which saw some South African businesses in Nigeria forced to close shop.


“We took strong and decisive measures to stop the attacks and prevent any re-occurences,” he said at Union Buildings, the seat of the presidency in the capital Pretoria.

For his part, Ramaphosa, who has repeatedly apologised over the attacks, reiterated his government’s “deep regret at the incidents of public violence”.

“Some of the acts of violence were directed at foreign nationals and some of whom coming from your own country”.


“We firmly condemn all forms of intolerance and will not hesitate to act against criminal acts and violence,” he said.

The three-day state visit, the first to South Africa by a Nigerian leader since 2013, had been planned before the wave of violence.

A “town hall meeting” between Buhari and Nigerians living in South Africa is scheduled for Friday to listen to the expats’ experience and showcase efforts to support them.





“I met more than two Nigerians who are doing legitimate businesses and the turnover runs into millions of dollars and they employed 50 to 60 South Africans.–Obasanjo.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised Nigerians evacuated from South Africa following the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in the Rainbow Nation to get ready to go back.

This is because he is confident the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, next month will yield a positive outcome.

The ex-Head of State said Buhari and Ramaphosa should be ready to make the right statements that would encourage the Nigerians who returned home to go back to South Africa.


Obasanjo said this on Saturday in his Abeokuta residence when asked by reporters what he discussed with Ramaphosa last week.

He said Ramaphosa told him that he and Buhari would discuss how xenophobic attacks on Nigerians could be stopped.

Obasanjo said,


“I took the opportunity of being in South Africa to actually pay a courtesy call on President Cyril Ramaphosa and he quickly granted me the opportunity. One of the major things we discussed was this issue of xenophobia or Afrophobia.


“The President told me that there was so much at stake and whatever mistake we had made, we had to correct it. And I think that was a very good statement and I know that he meant it, because he immediately said ‘what can we do or should we do?’”

He advised South Africans to tread softly on the issue of foreigners seeking opportunities in their country.

He said,


“The idea of thinking or saying that foreigners are taking your jobs should be killed, because most of these foreigners paid something into the country.

“I met more than two Nigerians who are doing legitimate businesses and the turnover runs into millions of dollars and they employed 50 to 60 South Africans.

“All these must be expressed and must be shown that Nigerians in South Africa are not drug peddlers and criminals; there are many of them that are genuine businessmen and professionals and who are making meaningful contributions to the economy and the social life of that country.

“I think that is all we must be doing and be saying and my joy is that President Cyril Ramaphosa is ready to do what needs to be done to stop these incidents and to put the relationship between Nigeria and South Africa on the right track.

“One of the things they are going to do between South Africa and Nigeria is that they are going to have what we established during my tenure – that we called bilateral commission.”

On the Nigerians evacuated from South Africa, Obasanjo said,

“I hope they will go back to the South Africa from what I heard from President Ramaphosa. Like I said, the meeting that President Buhari and President Ramaphosa will have during the first week of October should smooth the ground. And the right statements and the right action coming from both sides should encourage our people to go back.

“But, as I have always said that Nigerians living outside Nigeria must try to be good citizens of wherever they live.”

According to him, Ramophosa is ready to bring back the mutual understanding between Nigeria and South Africa.

He said,


“I believe the President of South Africa did the right thing to quickly send emissaries to apologise to the countries that were affected (xenophobic attacks), countries like Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique and I think this was good.”

Obasanjo said Nigeria spearheaded the fight against apartheid in South Africa to ensure that the black man was not treated like a second-class citizen anywhere in the world.

He added,


“The record must be put right and we must let people know what has been done for all. What do we do for some of the people who helped us during our own civil war; what do we do? Some people don’t even remember those who helped us now, South Africa has got rid of apartheid since 1994. The young people who are agitating today don’t even know what we did. But we shouldn’t blame ourselves for that because we did what we did and we will do it again.

“There is no gratitude as such, what is in there is common interest and it was our enlightened self-interest and we don’t demand anything from South Africa for what we did. We did it because we believed it was our responsibility to do it.”



“It is indeed a crime, he stressed, for any parent to keep their pupil child out of school for this period.–PMB.

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the detention and dehumanisation of about 300 boys and men in a building at Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The police had raided the building, rescued about 300 victims and arrested seven teachers of the Islamic centre, including its proprietor, Mallam Ismaila Abubakar, who insisted he did nothing wrong than teach the detainees Islam.
But some of the victims as young as five years old said they had been held captive for years. They said they were tortured, sexually abused and starved. Many of them, with visible injuries, had metal chains around their ankles.
Reacting to the episode, President Buhari commended the police for discovering what he termed a “horrific hub”, saying the so-called ‘reform institution’ where the detainees were kept was unedifying.


He said free and compulsory education remained a right for all children.
Buhari’s reaction to the incident was conveyed in a statement on Saturday in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.
The Presidency stated, “We are glad that the Muslim authorities have dismissed the notion of the embarrassing and horrifying spectacle as an Islamic school.

“The place has indeed been described as a house of torture and a place of human slavery.
“The President holds the view that children will be safeguarded from roaming the streets and protected from all evil influences that assail idle hands and minds when they are sent to school.
“When he inaugurated the National Economic Council for the year 2019/2023 at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja, President Buhari warned that keeping children away from school was a criminal offence.

“He also stressed the need to take seriously and enforce the statutory provisions on free and compulsory basic education, citing Section 18(3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which he said placed on all of us (public leaders and political office holders) an obligation to eradicate illiteracy and provide free and compulsory education.
“He added that Section 2 of the Compulsory Free Universal Basic Education Act provides that every government in Nigeria shall provide free, compulsory and universal basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age

“It is indeed a crime, he stressed, for any parent to keep their pupil child out of school for this period.

“While the government at the centre has introduced a number of programmes, including the school feeding programme, which is now in 32 states in the country, with 9.8 million children beneficiaries to encourage school enrolment and enhance the health and learning capabilities of pupils, state and local governments are obliged under the law to ensure that every child of school age goes to school throughout the crucial nine years of basic education.

“To stop unwanted cultural practices that amount to the abuse of children, our religious and traditional authorities must work with the federal, state and local governments to expose and stop all types of abuse that are widely known but ignored for many years by our communities.”

Meanwhile, the police have handed the 300 children they rescued from an Islamic school in Rigasa in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Thursday over to the state government.

The boys were allegedly chained, tortured, sexually assaulted and starved at the school.
Some parents of the rescued children on Friday protested against the raid on the centre.
They asked the police to release their children, insisting the allegation by the force that the children were being sexually abused was false.
Spokesman for the police in the state, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said on Saturday the state government would in turn hand over the children to their parents.
He said, “Yes, we have handed over the children to the state for onward reunion with their parents. The children are victims, not offenders.”
“They were handed over to the state government on Friday. On the issue of whether parents gave their consent, the school will always want to look for support from the families that are loyal to them so that they could get themselves off the hook.
“Whether or not the parents were the ones who handed their children to them or not, there is a limitation to what can be done to a human being.

“According to law, even if it is the father that subjected his child to inhuman treatment, there is a level where he will be held liable for his action.

“Nobody is questioning whether the parents took their children there or not. What we are saying is that the inhuman treatment meted out to these children was a violation of the constitution.”

The force had claimed that many of the children were from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries.
Sabo said the seven people arrested during the raid were being investigated.
He claimed the centre had no licence to operate. He said, “As far as we know, they have no documents to show that they have a licence.

“Even If you have a licence to run correctional programmes, that in itself does not give you the right to run educational programmes.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, on Thursday lamented the dehumanisation of the children.
He said, “The man operating this home claimed that parents brought their children here for rehabilitation. But from the look of things, this is not a rehabilitation centre. No reasonable parent will bring their children to this place.”
According to the proprietor of the centre, all they do at the school is to teach the Holy Qur’an.
Meanwhile, Sabo said they would charge the suspects after concluding their investigation.



Buhari meets Ag. Head of Civil Service, Yemi-Esan — Metro News Nigeria — 9ijastar

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with the Acting Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, at the State House, Abuja. Metro news reports that Yemi-Esan took over from Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, who was asked to proceed on indefinite leave to allow the conclusion of the investigation being carried […]

via Buhari meets Ag. Head of Civil Service, Yemi-Esan — Metro News Nigeria — 9ijastar

Why embattled Oyo-Ita was replaced by Buhari?

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan as the acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect.

The decision has therefore put an end to the career of the current occupant of the seat, Winifred Oyo-Ita who had been in the eye of the storm over alleged N3bn bribery and falsification of duty tour allowance.


The President’s decision was conveyed in a statement on Wednesday by the Director of Information in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey.

The statement said Oyo-Ita had been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Bassey said, “Yemi-Esan, who is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources takes over from Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, who has been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out by EFCC.”


The President also directed the OHCSF to commence the process for the selection of new permanent secretaries.



President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killings of Nigerians by South Africans.

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killings of Nigerians by South Africans and has sent special envoy to the country to convey his concerns on the situation to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

This was contained in a statement on Tuesday, September 3, by special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.

Adesina said President Muhammadu Buhari noted with deep concern series of attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since August 29, 2019.

He said:


“Consequently, the president has instructed the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to summon the South African high commissioner to Nigeria and get a brief on the situation; express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens; and assurance of the safety of their lives and property.


“President Buhari has also dispatched a special envoy to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa his concerns and also interact with his South African counterpart on the situation.”


According to the statement, the special envoy is expected to arrive in Pretoria latest Thursday, September 5. previously reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa reacted to the killings of Nigerians in that country, saying there can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries.


President Ramaphosa on Tuesday, September 3, said the people of South Africa want to live in harmony, adding that whatever the issue is, it should be handled in a democratic way.

He said:


“The people of our country want to live in harmony; whatever concerns or grievances we may have, we need to handle them in a democratic way. There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries.”



PMB condoles with the family of Ex- Nigeria football star.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family, friends and fans of former Super Falcons striker Ifeanyi Chiejine who died recently.
The death of the 36-year-old former Confluence Queens of Lokoja star came as a huge shock to all Nigerian football lovers considering her age and achievements.
She was the youngest female player to play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup when she made her debut in 1999 at the age of 16.


In a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adeshina, President Buhari prayed that God should give the family of Ifeanyi the fortitude to bear the loss.
President Buhari also commended Ifeanyi’s patriotism in playing for the country at three World Cup tournaments and two Olympic finals.


Earlier, had reported how Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) announced the shocking demise of former Super Falcons forward Ifeanyi Chiejine who died after a brief illness.
According to the statement by the Nigeria’s Football governing body, the former striker died on Wednesday, August 21.
But the details of her untimely death was not revealed by the Nigeria’s Football body.



Boko Haram has not been defeated–Borno residents.

Residents of Borno state have written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, informing the country’s leader that Boko Haram insurgency has not been defeated.
The residents, who said they have lost confidence in the military over the lingering insurgency, said the present crop of soldiers on the frontline are not ready to fight, The Cable reports. gathers that in the letter which was signed by Hassan Boguma, the military was accused of not doing enough in the fight against insurgency.

The letter read:

“The attempts by Boko Haram to intimidate and attack communities in the state and the actions of our soldiers in the frontline has made us lose confidence in the recent military’s performance in protecting not only the vulnerable citizens but even the territorial boundaries of the nation.”

According to the residents, Boko Haram insurgents now attack “without any countermeasures or even a response to distress calls from the locals”.
The letter added:

“You are either fed with false information, or raising hopes of technical defeat of the BH which is far from the truth.”

Meanwhile, previously reported that the Nigerian Army on Sunday, August 25, said it had deployed new strategies to counter resurgence of Boko Haram terrorists’ attacks in some communities in Born state.


Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, the theater commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, made this known when he led a team of journalists on a visit to Magumeri, Gubio and Benisheik, headquarters of Magumeri, Gubio and Kaga local government areas of the state.
Adeniyi addressed the troops at the 5 Brigade Battalion and interacted with members of Gubio community during the visit.



Identify and kill all bandits—Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday ordered the military to identify and kill bandits carrying out attacks across the country.
The President said he was disturbed that bandits not only kill, but also maim and extort their victims.
Buhari gave the orders in Katsina State while addressing 15 officers and 160 soldiers of the 17th Army Brigade and Nigerian Air Force 213 Operational Base.


Speaking at the Musa Yar’Adua Airport, Katsina, Buhari told the men working under the code name, “Operation Hadarin Daji,” to live up to the primary reason the operation was set up.
He said,


“This group was formed by the military to secure this geopolitical zone (North-West) from the activities of bandits. Fundamentally, it is your responsibility to secure the country.


“As the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I believe you are capable of doing it. I don’t think you should spare any bandit. Identify and eliminate them. Pursue them anywhere you can find them and eliminate them.
“Nigeria deserves peace. The rainy season is good and we are already achieving food security, but we need peace. The money saved from food importation will be used to purchase arms for operations.”

Buhari told the troops the Federal Government would provide for their needs for them to focus on the assignment.


“We will give you all the right equipment so that you can deal with them with despatch. I appreciate all your efforts, but you can do more. I don’t want any bandit spared,” a State House statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari as telling the troops.
The President reminded the troops that the longer they delayed in eliminating bandits, the longer they would stay on the battlefield.
After meeting the troops, the President, who was in company with the Katsina State Governor, Mr Aminu Masari, returned to Abuja.
The President had travelled out of Abuja to his home town, Daura, on August 8, to observe the Eid-el-Kabir holidays.



No more foreign exchange for food importation in Nigeria.

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has told the central bank to stop providing funding for food imports, his spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday, a move that has raised questions about the bank’s independence.

Nigeria, which has Africa’s biggest economy, is the continent’s top oil producer and relies on crude sales for around 90% of it foreign exchange. Low oil prices led to a recession in 2016 from which the country emerged two years ago.

Since Buhari first took office in 2015, Nigeria’s central bank has presided over policies aimed at stimulating growth in the agricultural sector to reduce dependence on oil. Those policies included a 2015 ban on access to foreign exchange for 41 items that the bank felt could be produced in Nigeria.


“President Muhammadu Buhari … disclosed that he has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop providing foreign exchange for importation of food into the country,” Tuesday’s statement said.

“Don’t give a cent to anybody to import food into the country,” Buhari said, according to the statement, which said that the call was in line with efforts to bring about a “steady improvement in agricultural production, and attainment of full food security”.

“The foreign reserve will be conserved and utilised strictly for diversification of the economy, and not for encouraging more dependence on foreign food import bills.”

The latest move comes only weeks after Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele in July said the bank would ban access to foreign exchange to import milk.

Tuesday’s statement prompted many observers to point to the central bank’s status as an independent body.


“The central bank act of 2007 makes it clear that the bank is independent. It is not supposed to be taking direct instructions from politicians,” said Kingsley Moghalu, who served as deputy central bank governor from 2009 to 2014.

“The trajectory in this administration is that we have seen a very clear tendency for the president to direct people. Increasingly Nigeria’s institutions have lost independence,” said Moghalu, who was a contender in February’s presidential election.

Bismarck Rewane, an economist and the head of Lagos-based consultancy Financial Derivatives, also said the bank was supposed to be independent.

A central bank spokesman did not immediately respond to phone calls and text messages seeking comment.

Buhari has been a vocal supporter of such restrictions and one of his first moves after his re-election in February was to reappoint the central bank governor.

Rewane said a curb on foreign exchange for food imports could backfire after Buhari last month signed up to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). That deal seeks to create a continent-wide free trade zone where tariffs on most goods would be eliminated.




How Wall Street Journals reported secret military burial in Nigeria.

Military authorities secretly buried more than 1,000 soldiers, who were killed in the battle with insurgents, in a bid create the impression that the counter-insurgency had been won, The Wall Street Journal, has reported.
The newspaper reported that military sources said the number of soldiers buried in that manner could be higher than 1,000.


But the Defence Headquarters has dismissed the report, saying it had no graveyards where soldiers were secretly buried. It said that fallen heroes were given full military burial according to global best practices.


However, the paper insisted that on the eve of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Borno State in November, army commanders secretly moved corpses of soldiers from a morgue to unmarked graves at Maimalari.

Quoting soldiers, diplomats and senior government officials, the newspaper stated that the corpses were covertly transported in a truck from a mortuary in the dead of the night and buried in “trenches dug by infantrymen or local villagers paid a few dollars per shift.”

“Several of my comrades were buried in unmarked graves at night,” said a soldier from the Maimalari barracks, where more than 1,000 soldiers are based.

“They are dying and being deleted from history,” the soldier added.

The newspaper quoted a senior government official as saying that the secret gravesite at Maimalari was not the only one in Nigeria’s troubled North-East.


Nigerian Army still struggling against insurgents.

It stated that although Buhari had “repeatedly claimed his army has won, the reality is that Africa’s largest land force—a US counterterrorism ally—is struggling against an insurgency that first flared a decade ago and is now rejuvenated by the Islamic State and the return of fighters from Libya, Syria and Iraq.

“The insurgents now control hundreds of square miles of territory across four countries around the Lake Chad basin, a crossroads of Africa where the US, the UK and French military have bases or provide special-forces training. On Sunday, gunmen attacked a funeral on the outskirts of Maiduguri, killing at least 65 people, according to government officials.”

According to the report, Nigeria’s government last summer stopped reporting the deaths of soldiers in its fight with Boko Haram insurgents and a splinter group that calls itself Islamic State West Africa Province, or ISWAP.

The Wall Street Journal quoting military officials stated, “The sprawling secret graveyard in Maiduguri and an official cemetery at the base, the operational command for the north-eastern front in Borno State, now hold the bodies of at least 1,000 soldiers killed since the terror groups began an offensive last summer.”

I am not sure my husband was buried where I was shown – Woman

The newspaper said in November that one of the deceased soldiers’ wife, Mercy Tamuno, was told that her husband, Adah, had been killed in an insurgent attack on an outpost in Cross Kauwa, a town about 100 miles north of Maiduguri.

The media organisation stated, “When she demanded to see where he was buried, she was taken to the official cemetery at Maimalari, where graves are marked with plywood headstones. There she was led to a spot marked with a plastic bottle with her husband’s name written on it.”

Mrs Tamuno told the newspaper, “It was the only one marked in this way. I’m not sure it was his grave but that’s what the army told me.”


The report said that two soldiers from Lance Cpl. Tamuno’s unit said he had been buried days earlier in the secret graveyard.

According to them, the plastic bottle was prepared to appease his wife.

“We know he was buried in the unmarked grave. There was no funeral,” one of them said.

The Wall Street Journal reported that a 50-year-old farmer, Sarah James, said the secret cemetery at the Maimalari barracks grew as the military had expanded the site into neighbouring fields.

“The farmland has been fenced off so they can bury the forces,” she said.

James said she and her colleagues gave up land they had farmed for years to make way for the expansion of the base’s cemetery.

The newspaper said Nigeria’s military built a barrier to ward off what had been farmland on the northern edge of the base in Maiduguri.

The report stated,


“Units that have suffered casualties and declining morale aren’t in a position to attack, and are instead defending poorly constructed bases in exposed areas against an increasingly well-equipped enemy.”

“There is a systemic misrepresentation of the war that is having severe tactical and operational consequences,” a former soldier, Chidi Nwaonu, was quoted to have said.

He said the bravery of troops was being undermined by poor decisions of senior commanders. “It’s part cock-up, part conspiracy,” he added.

After an attack by the insurgents on the army base in Metele in November, the newspaper quoted a soldier to have said, “See the weapons they bring here. These are not working. No less than 100-plus soldiers died here. Many are missing in action; they are nowhere to be found.”

Military said my brother was fine until I saw him killed in B’Haram video – Journalist

It said that a journalist based in Abuja, Timothy Olanrewaju, said the military told him that his brother, a sergeant, was safely on deployment.

It added that Olanrewaju could not reach his brother, Sgt. Samuel Olanrewaju, for four months, but commanders repeatedly assured him that his brother was well, stationed in a sensitive combat zone.

According to the report, Olanrewaju learned of his brother’s fate when the Islamic State published a video that showed his execution. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” he said.

“Why didn’t they tell me the truth?” he asked.

The newspaper stated, “The military’s secrecy about casualties is so widespread it is unclear whether Nigeria’s political leaders are aware of the state of the conflict. We could see the headlamps and the torches of the engineering division digging the graves,” said a soldier.

Although Buhari had said that insurgents had been defeated, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, in June said soldiers’ lack of commitment was affecting the war against insurgency.

The Presidency directed The PUNCH to the Defence Headquarters to address the issue, adding that it was a military matter.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, stated, “On the issue of (1,000) soldiers, talk to the military. Talk to the Defence Headquarters about this.”

Military buries soldiers with gun salutes, not secret graves – DHQ

In its reaction, the Defence Headquarters said it had no graveyards where soldiers were secretly buried, noting that fallen heroes were honoured with gun salutes, solemn prayers, among others.

The military denied the allegation in a release by the acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Thursday, saying that soldiers who paid the supreme price were given their “last respects in a befitting military funeral ceremony of international standard.”

Nwachukwu noted that the Maimalari cemetery, described in the publication, was not secretbut the military officially-designated cemetery for soldiers in the North-East theatre, with a “cenotaph erected in honour of our fallen heroes.”

Nwachukwu said,

“The Defence Headquarters has noted with dismay an article purporting that the Nigerian military maintains secret graveyards in the North-East theatre of operation. The armed forces of Nigeria have a rich and solemn tradition for the interment of our fallen heroes. Therefore, it must be unambiguously clarified that the Armed Forces do not indulge in secret burials, as it is sacrilegious and a profanity to the extant ethos and traditions of the Nigerian military.

“In tandem with the traditions of the Armed Forces, fallen heroes are duly honoured and paid the last respects in befitting military funerals of international standard, featuring funeral parade, grave site oration, solemn prayers for the repose of departed souls by Islamic and Christian clerics, as well as gun salutes, aside from other military funeral rites.

“The cemetery described in the publication, which is situated in Maimalari military cantonment is an officially designated military cemetery for the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the North-East theatre, with a cenotaph erected in honour of our fallen heroes. The official cemetery has played host to several national and international dignitaries, where wreaths were laid in honour of the fallen heroes. It is therefore a far cry from the sacrilegious impression being painted by the Wall Street Journal.”

Atiku calls for commission of inquiry

But the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, called on Buhari to constitute a judicial commission of inquiry headed by a non-partisan and reputable jurist, to unravel the authenticity of the report.

Atiku, in a statement, said if the report was true, he received it with a sense of heartbreak and shock.

According to him, it is heart-breaking for the families and friends of those soldiers who, if the report was true, had lost their loved ones, without being allowed to bury them or even to have any sense of closure as regards their fate.

He said,


“I shudder to think that the cover-up of such an event of epic proportions can be true. The men and women of our armed forces are our first, second and last defence against our domestic and foreign enemies and should be treated with love, respect, dignity and appreciation for the invaluable service they render to Nigeria.”

He added.

“To ensure that we get to the bottom of this matter, I urge that a Judicial Commission of Inquiry headed by a non-partisan and reputable jurist, be inaugurated to investigate the findings of the Wall Street Journal.”



How Magajin Garin Daura returned home alive.

Alhaji Musa Umar Uba, an in-law to President Muhammadu Buhari who regained his freedom his abductors on Tuesday, July 2, has returned home.
Daily Trust reports that the Magajin Garin Daura returned to Daura town to a rousing welcome on Wednesday, July 31.

Upon his arrival Uba went straight to the palace of Emir of Daura Alhaji Umar Faruk, who is also his elder brother.


It was gathered that Magajin Garin Daura met with many district heads and other traditional title holders who welcomed him at the emir’s palace.

Describing Uba’s abduction as a terrible experience, the emir thanked President Buhari and the entire Daura emirate for their support.

“On behalf of myself, the president, Muhammadu Buhari and the entire Daura emirate, we are thanking God for the release of Magajin Garin Daura alive.”

“We thank every Nigerian, persons from Niger, Ghana and others who have sent encouraging messages to boost our morale to consider the incident as an act of God,” the emir said.

Meanwhile, previously reported that Magajin Daura was freed by his kidnappers on July 1 after two months in captivity.

Alhaji Uba was abducted from his residence in Daura on Wednesday, May 1 by gunmen. He was later freed in Kano.




How Senators condemned the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration over various uncompleted projects across Nigeria.

Senators of the ninth Assembly in Monday, July 29, condemned the President Muhammadu Buhari‘s led administration over various uncompleted projects across Nigeria.
The lawmakers rated the present government low during the screening of the former minister works, power and housing, Babatunde Fashola as one of the ministerial nominees.

Frowning at the inability of government to bring any project to completion during the period, the lawmakers said the present administration has enjoyed huge budgetary allocation for critical infrastructural needs.


Speaking during the screening process, Senators Francis Alimikhena and Adamu Aliero said since assuming office in 2015 no project was commissioned by Fashola nor his ministry.

The senators also asked Fashola what he intends to bring to the table regarding his renomination for a ministerial appointment by the president.

However, in his defence Fashola said projects takes time due to negotiations with parties involved.


Fashola said:


“PPPs are complex. They take time to negotiate. Even here, in the Federal Government, we need to go through the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to advertise.”

He said in a government that has four years to show results and in a country where there are high expectations for results, skills must be paramount.

“Let me also say that PPPs are not attractive for all projects. I have learned to distinguish between social projects like roads and commercial projects like airports and hospitals where there is a daily cash count. Those are easier for private investors to want to put their money into, than roads and the risk of construction,” Fashola noted.


Meanwhile, previously reported that Senator Dino Melaye had faulted the screening process for the ministerial nominees before the ninth Senate.

The Senator said screening process adopted by the Senate is more of an adoption exercise. He also said he will not be part of a rubber stamp Senate.



How Buhari received the Grand Cordon of the Knighthood of Venerable Order of the Pioneers award in Liberia.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, July 26, in Monrovia, Liberia, received the Grand Cordon of the Knighthood of Venerable Order of the Pioneers, the country’s highest award. reports that this was confirmed by the special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement issued in Abuja.

Shehu said the president was honoured during the 172nd independence anniversary of the West African nation in Monrovia.


In a goodwill message to the government and people of Liberia, Buhari said he accepted the award on behalf of all Nigerians and as a tribute to all our countrymen who paid the supreme price in aid of Liberia’s unity and stability.

“This gesture can only strengthen my resolve to rededicate myself to the service of my country, work for the prosperity of our people in the sub-region,’’ he said.

Buhari encouraged his Liberian counterpart to take decisive actions to further stimulate the economy of the country.


He said:

“Mr. President, Liberia under your leadership may wish to learn from our experience by taking courageous steps to diversify its economic base by developing the productive sector that would complement earnings from rubber, iron ore and the increasingly dwindling funds from development partners.

“In this regard, the need for proper management of human resources and investment in agriculture, solid minerals and other sectors such as tourism where the country has comparative advantage, cannot be overstated.”


According to the Nigerian leader, the Economic and Recovery Growth Plan launched by his administration in 2017 is creating the enabling environment for growth, security and economic revival.

He added that the administration had realised the futility in continuing to subject the Nigerian economy to the vagaries of its mono-product dependence and had instituted policies aimed at the diversifying the national economy which had been yielding positive results.

“Our government had to adopt appropriate measures including diversification and reforms to address such underlying causes exemplified by our continued dependence on a single-commodity, crude oil, lack of fiscal buffers, leakages, corruption and high governance costs.

“Furthermore, in our efforts to stimulate the economy, our government initiated bold policy interventions that are beginning to yield positive results.”

Meanwhile, had previously reported that President Buhari would be honoured by the Liberian government on Friday, July 26, with the Grand Cordon of the Knighthood of Venerable Order of the Pioneers, regarded as the country’s highest national honour.




“Our collective goal is to implement initiatives that will lift our citizens out of poverty through mass employment and social safety nets.–Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, July 25, said that he will work on the recommendations of experts from the private sector to bring about lasting solutions to Nigeria’s many socio-economic problems.

President Buhari said this during the presidential policy retreat attended by technocrats who proffered solutions to issues bordering on security and economy, Channels TV reports.

He, however, said that to achieve the desired national change, state governors must wake up to their responsibilities and work with the federal government.


Buhari said:


“Although most of the proposals were targeted at the federal government, I want to remind the state governors to do their part, especially in the areas of education and health care.

“Our collective goal is to implement initiatives that will lift our citizens out of poverty through mass employment and social safety nets.


“This is achievable with the right fundamentals in place. We must all keep in mind that a successful economy is one where prosperity is felt by the majority.”

Meanwhile, reported that the deputy president of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, had said Nigerians deserve a better deal under the Next Level agenda of the current administration.

A statement by his media office in Abuja on Tuesday, July 23, said the deputy president of the Senate disclosed this at the 2019 summit of Association of Professional Bodies in Nigeria (APBN).




How Ministerial Nominees begin screening yesterday.

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, July 24, began the screening of ministerial nominees asking three of them to simply ‘take a bow and go’ since they were former lawmakers.

Those asked to ‘take a bow and go’ included Godswill Akpabio, a former minority leader of the senate and ex-governor of Akwa Ibom.

Senator George Akume, who has served in the upper legislative chamber, and was governor of Benue state, also benefited from the gesture.


The Senate also asked Emeka Nwajuiba, a serving member of the House of Representatives, who sought to be speaker of the ninth Assembly, was also asked to bow and go after an introduction and a little address.

However, Uche Ogah, one of the nominees, faced a tough question and answer session during his screening by the senators. earlier reported when former ministers Rotimi Amaechi and Adamu Adamu, as well as Sunday Dare, a fresh nominee, arrived at the Senate for screening with their counterparts.

Among those also on ground for the exercise were Mustapha Shehuri, Ogbonnaya Onu and Olorunimbe Mamora.


President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier sent a list of nominees for his proposed cabinet to the Senate.

While some of his former ministers made it back, others like Solomon Dalung, who was in charge of sports, Ibe Kachikwu, who handled petroleum ministry, did not return.



How Buhari returns 14 former ministers, drops 17.

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a list of his 43 ministerial-nominees, comprising 14 returnee ministers and 29 new appointees to the Senate.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who read out the President’s letter at plenary on Tuesday, said the screening of the nominees would start on Wednesday (today).

Buhari returns 14 former ministers, drops 17.


The returnee ministers include Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) ) Hadi Sirika (Katsina), Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna), Lai Mohammed (Kwara) and Chris Ngige (Anambra), while among the new appointees are Ambassador Maryam Katagun (Bauchi), Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa) and George Akume (Benue).

The remaining returnee ministers are Adamu Adamu (Bauchi), Abubakar Malami (Kebbi), Godfrey Onyeama (Enugu), Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi), Osagie Enahire (Edo), Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa), Mohammed Bello (Adamawa) and Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno).

Kachikwu, Dambazau, Adewole, Shittu, 13 others dropped

However, some of the former ministers who were not reappointed are: Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia), Udo Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom), Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa), Audu Ogbeh ( Benue) and Usani Uguru (Cross River).


Others are Ibe Kachikwu (Delta), Anthony Anwuka (Imo ), Stephen Ochani (Kogi), Abdulrahaman Dambazau (Kano), Abubakar Bawa Bwari ( Niger ), Cladius Omoleye Daramola (Ondo), Isaac Adewole (Osun ), Adebayo Shittu (Oyo ), Solomon Dalong (Plateau), Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto ) and Mansur Dan Ali (Zamfara).

Akpabio, Saraki, Sylva, Keyamo, Mamora, Akume make Buhari’s list

But a former Senate Minority Leader, Goodwill Akpabio, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, and Buhari’s campaign spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, were among the list of ministerial-nominees sent to the Senate for screening on Tuesday.

The list also included Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, former governor Rauf Aregbesola, former governor Niyi Adebayo and former governor Timipre Sylva, among others.

Buhari appoints serving lawmaker who dumped APC as minister

On the list is one of the newly inaugurated members of the House of Representatives, Emeka Nwajiuba.

Nwajiuba, a native of Ehime-Mbano Loal Government Area of Imo State, is representing Okigwe South federal constituency.

He was elected on the platform of the Accord Party.

Nwajiuba, a former member of the APC, defected to the AP after a running battle with the former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.

Senate shifts recess

Meanwhile, the Senate has postponed its annual recess by one week to enable members to screen the ministerial-nominees.

The senators would have started their annual recess on Thursday if the President had not sent the ministerial-nominees’ list on Tuesday.

The Chairman, Senate ad hoc committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, while addressing journalists on Tuesday, pledged that the nominees would be thoroughly screened.

He added that the Senate would suspend its rules and would be sitting beyond 2pm every day during the exercise.

He said plenary would be conducted from Monday to Friday until all the nominees had been successfully grilled.

He also said all nominees would be given special privilege because they would all be asked critical questions.

Adeyeye said, “We have postponed the recess till the end of next week. We are suspending a lot of our rules. Plenary normally does not hold on Fridays, plenary will hold on Friday this week and Monday next week in order to hasten the process.


“We want to do a thorough job and we want Nigerians to know that we are doing a thorough job. It is going to be a lot of sacrifice on our path.

“We are going to work in unusual hours, normally we sit from 10am to 2pm, that will not apply during this period of confirmation.

“We are going to sit till very late, virtually every day. On Friday, we will sit till we are tired. We will go on a brief recess and proceed until 10pm.

“We have given ourselves enough time, we will work in unusual hours.

No nominee will be asked to ‘take-a bow’ – Senate

“Those who usually will be asked to take a bow, this time round we will try as much as possible to ask them questions so they can explain to the public what they intend to do.

“We want Nigerians to witness the process. Please I want to seek your indulgence that some have stage fright, not that they are not brilliant. Please try to understand a few of these issues.

“This Senate is a complete departure from the past. If we are to rush it, the process will not be thorough.”

Asked if the ministerial-nominees who performed below expectation would still be confirmed, Adeyeye said the Senate, being an independent institution, had the right to reject any unqualified person on the list.

Adeyeye said, “Absolutely, the Senate is an independent body. The constitution gives us the role to either confirm or reject nominees.”

But on Tuesday, the list generated diverse reactions as the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party said it was full of incompetent and failed men.

Buhari’s list full of incompetent individuals – PDP

For instance, the PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said Buhari’s ministerial list was colourless, stagnant, uninspiring and did not convey any sense of hope or purposeful governance.

Ologbondiyan said to the utter disappointment of Nigerians, the list was replete with alleged incompetent individuals who failed in their erstwhile ministerial assignments and allegedly left their ministries in a shambles.

According to him, such a ministerial list can only come from a leadership that does not have the mandate of the people.

Ologbondiyan said, “The list has further shown Buhari and the APC’s insensitivity and disdain for Nigerians and it does not in any way reflect their hope and eagerness for a better Nigeria.

“Furthermore, in recycling failed yesterday’s men for today’s assignment, Buhari and the APC have left no one in doubt that they have no vision to move our nation out of the economic and security predicaments into which they have plunged us in the last four years.”

Buhari’s list lacks innovation – ASUU

Also, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said Buhari’s list lacked innovation.

He noted that the President did not attach portfolios to the names of the nominees.

Ogunyemi stated, “The other observation is that there isn’t much innovation on the list. People are talking of a generation change and injecting fresh blood or a mixture of the old and the new. But the new names on the list are people who have been in the political circle for some time. I am sure the younger generation would have been looking out for a list that would have accommodated their interest and representation.”

Nominees are mostly recycled politicians, says NECA

Also, the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association said the ministerial nominees list contained mostly names of recycled politicians.

The Director-General, NECA, Mr Timothy Olawale, said Nigerians had waited and expected to see some names of technocrats on the list, but the association discovered that the list contained mostly recycled politicians that were picked based on political patronage and mostly for their roles as party men.

He said, “We had expected that with the delay by the President in constituting his cabinet, the team would be populated by professionals that had distinguished themselves in their area of calling.

“That the selection would be based on merit and what they could offer by way of adding value to governance. While we cannot say those on the list cannot deliver on the government’s agenda, we note that they are mostly recycled politicians that are picked based on political patronage and mostly for their roles as party men.

“We had hoped party considerations would be set aside to assemble technocrats that could lead the nation out of its current economic doldrums.

“We only hope their tenure in office will be that of meritorious service to the nation and the good of the people and not marked by opportunity to recoup expenses incurred for political activities in the last elections. Nigerians are watching to assess them and it remains to be seen if they will selflessly live up to expectations.”

SERAP, CACOL seek nominees’ portfolios

Also, two civil society organisations, the Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project and the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, faulted the ministerial-nominees’ list, saying the non-attachment of the portfolios to their names would make their screening inadequate by the Senate.

The SERAP Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said the issue of attachment of portfolios was also brought up in 2015, adding that the absence of portfolios would not ensure a thorough screening of the nominees.

He said, “Let us see the portfolios which will be attached to each of the nominees eventually. I would have loved the portfolios to be attached to each of them go with the names to the National Assembly. This is so that competency in the fields can be tested. That is a fair way to assess the cabinet members.”

Also the CACOL Director, Mr Debo Adeniran, said it was doubtful if the President assessed the performance of some of the former ministers he brought back, adding that if he did, he would never have reappointed them.

On his part, the Presidential candidate of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, Tope Fasua, said, “Buhari has just shot himself in the foot with the anti-corruption rhetoric. Also more than half of the team could never actually take the nation forward but are good for political considerations.”

List full of ex-govs, says TMG

However, the Chairperson of the Transition Monitoring Group, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, in an interview with The PUNCH, said, “The list is a total disappointment. It is full of former governors and mostly old people.

“One would have expected that the President would shop for more people with more expertise that can assuage the fears of the people of a bleak future. The capacity for them to push the agenda for development for Nigeria is very much doubted.”

Enugu APC rejects Onyeama’s reappointment

Meanwhile, the Enugu State APC expressed displeasure over the reappointment of former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, describing it as a “terrible mistake.”

The state Chairman of the party, Dr Ben Nwoye, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said Onyeama’s reappointment was not in the interest of the Enugu APC and the country at large.

It’s an honour to have two nominees – Abdulrazaq

But the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, said that state occupied a special place in the heart of Buhari, adding that it was an honour to have two ministerial nominees from one state.

In his congratulatory message to the two ministerial nominees, Alhaji Lai Mohamed and Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Abdulrazaq in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, expressed appreciation to the President.

In his reaction, the Executive Director of Community Outreach for Development and Welfare Advocacy, Taiwo Otitolaye, said the list could not bring the anticipated rapid development and achieve the fight against corruption promised by Buhari during his electioneering.

C’River APC backs Agba, says Buhari doesn’t know Uzani

However, the APC in Cross River State has described the nomination of Jeddy Agba as welcome, saying the nominee “is the right man for the job.”

The state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Bassey Ita, said, “As a party man, we urge him to look inward and nurture the party in the state. We need virile opposition that will take over the reins of power in the state.”

On reaction to the non-return of former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, he said, “The President has said he will bring the people he knows. Maybe he does not know Usani.”

APC hails Aregbesola, PDP derides ex-gov

Also, the Osun State Government has welcomed the nomination of Aregbesola as a minister. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Adeniyi Adesina, in a chat with one of our correspondents in Osogbo, said, “The Osun State Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, is happy with the nomination of his predecessor.”

But the PDP in the state, described the nomination as “an aberration and a reward for corruption, incompetence, rascality and wasteful spending.”

The party, in a statement by its Chairman, Mr Soji Adagunodo, said Aregbesola ran Osun aground as governor and introduced payment of half salary to workers and retirees.

Adebayo, good choice from Ekiti, says APC, commissioner

Also, the Ekiti State Commissioner for Information, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua, said the ministerial nominee from Ekiti State, Mr Adeniyi Adebayo, was a very good choice.

He said Adebayo would do exceptionally well as a minister.

Amosun’s loyalist emerges as nominee

But the APC faction loyal to ex-governor Olusegun Osoba kept mum over the development as both the Chairman and the Publicity Secretary of the Caretaker Committee, Chief Yemi Sanusi and Tunde Olarunjoye, respectively, refused to answer several calls made to them.

But, the state Secretary, Ayo Olubori, when contacted on the development ,said he was not in the best position to speak on it.

He, however, said that Adegbite, a former commissioner and loyalist of ex-governor Ibikunle Amosu, picked to represent Ogun State on the list, “is not the party’s choice.”

But when contacted, the Director-General of the Allied People’s Movement, Alhaji Sarafa Ishola, said, “Ministerial appointment usually entails nominations from various stakeholders. Appointment of ministers is the prerogative of Mr President. We run a presidential system of government. Olamilekan Adegbite is eminently qualified to represent Ogun State on the Federal Executive Council.”

However, prominent people from Yewa/Awori decried the nomination, describing it as lopsided and unfair.

One of the prominent leaders in the district, Mr Tunji Akinosi, said the nomination of Adegbite as minister ”is unfortunate, very unfortunate.”



PMB submits list of nominees finally.

ABUJA, July 23 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari submitted his list of cabinet nominees to the upper house of parliament, the Senate, on Tuesday.
The submission comes almost two months after Buhari began his second term, and some five months after he was re-elected, a delay that caused jitters amongst investors and threatened growth prospects for Africa’s largest economy.
Parliament is due to go on a two-month break at the end of the week, although it could delay this to confirm the nominees.


The list contains 43 names, though it did not specify which positions they would hold in cabinet.


The Senate has to approve nominees before they can become ministers, though the process can happen within a matter of days.
Buhari, a 76-year-old former military leader, faces a long list of challenges including tepid economic growth, high unemployment and widespread insecurity.



Let nobody or group doubt or test our will to act in the higher interest of the majority of our citizens.”—PMB

ABUJA, July 23 (Reuters) – Nigerian troops and police clashed on Tuesday with Shi’ite Muslim marchers in the capital Abuja and gunfire could be heard, according to a Reuters witness.

The air was thick with teargas as soldiers and police officers made arrests. The Shi’ite group marched in protest against the continued detention of its leader, despite a court ruling that he be released.

The violence happened a day after at least three people – including a journalist and senior policeman – were killed in a similar confrontation in the administrative heart of Abuja. As many as 10 more people may have died in the violence, a spokesman for the Shi’ites said that day.


President Muhammadu Buhari, a Sunni like the vast majority of Nigeria’s Muslim community, warned in a statement before Tuesday’s protest:


“Let nobody or group doubt or test our will to act in the higher interest of the majority of our citizens.”

He added:


“Perpetrators of the mayhem will not go unpunished (and) no government can tolerate unceasing affront to constituted authority.”


Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) members regularly take to the streets of Abuja to call for the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015. They say Zakzaky requires medical help. Live ammunition and teargas have been used by security forces in recent weeks.


Clashes between police and Zakzaky’s backers have raised fears that the IMN might turn to violent insurgency as did Sunni Islamist group Boko Haram after police killed their leader in 2009.



How 2 Nigerians were appointed into Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA)

Two Nigerians have been appointed to head the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) as chairman and executive secretary, respectively.

While Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar was appointed the chairman of the organisation to serve for one year, Hajia Zainab Ali-Kotoko would work as its executive secretary for five years.

According to PRNigeria, the historic appointments mean that Nigeria could effectively leverage on the continental intelligence services to deal with national, regional and continental security threats.


It was learnt that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who brought the 16th ordinary CISSA conference to a close in Abuja, commended the two new elected officials from Nigeria.

With his election, Abubakar takes over from Ambassador BK Likando of the Namibian intelligence service until the next conference in Cairo, Egypt.

Also, Ali-Kotoko replaces Shimeles W Semayat and will run the Ethiopia-based CISSA secretariat for the next five years.


By your decision, Nigeria has ascended the position of chairmanship for the next one year and you have also appointed Zainab Ali-Kotoko as the executive secretary of CISSA for the next five years.

“As Nigeria assumes the mantle of CISSA’s leadership for the 2019/2020 session, your collective focus should be on promoting shared goals and objectives and maximizing the impact of this organization across Africa,” Mustapha said.

The SGF expressed belief that there is no limit to what can be achieved as a continent when its citizens work together.

He also noted that Illicit Financial Outflows (IFOs) and corruption remained hydra-headed monsters, with one feeding the other in what is clearly, a symbiotic relationship.

“We must defeat both threats to free Africa’s wealth for the development of our various countries.

“We are not unaware of the enormity of the task but we remain focused and undaunted, bearing in mind the colossal implications of the threat to our national life,” he said. earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the re-appointment of his personal physician, Suhayb Rafindadi, and 10 other personal staff.

The president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Friday, July 5.



“Well, it is not about stigmatisation; it is about separating the wheat from the chaff.–Ooni tells Buhari.

The Ooni stated that the escalating security challenges in the country had led to some persons and groups beating the drums of war.

However, he clarified that the South-West was not ready to go to war with any part of the country.

The paramount ruler disclosed that it was the desire of the Yoruba to see improved security over lives and property, a responsibility he said was not impossible for the Federal Government to undertake.


The Ooni, who spoke with State House Correspondents after he held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said he came to the State House on behalf of royal fathers in the South-West to make a case for improved security.

His visit came just a week after the late Mrs Funke Olakunri, the daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, was killed by suspected herdsmen along the Kajola-Ore Road in Ondo State.

Speaking on whether he thought the Fulani were being stigmatised , the Yoruba paramount ruler said,


“Well, it is not about stigmatisation; it is about separating the wheat from the chaff.


“A lot of them are mixed up with the good ones. We are not saying all the Fulani are bad. It is not only about the Fulani, it is not only about them; it is about the bad miscreants that are even hiding under the name of the Fulani.

“We want to try as much as possible to work with the government right now. They have all the security apparatus and they are meant to defend us; that is what we are looking up to now. We have to stand up and meet with Mr President and he has given us a listening ear and you (will) see a lot of result going forward.”

Responding to a question on the purpose of his visit, Ogunwusi said,



“(It was on) how to improve security. I came to speak on behalf of other traditional rulers. The issue at hand in the South-West is real. The issue of insecurity; we that live in the remote and rural areas of the south-western part of the country, most of the bushes are occupied by strange people and we decided to work with the government to fish them out.

“Everybody is beating the drum of war; we don’t want war. Who can stand war? We want something better for our youths.

“We should better use them (youths) for something good other than shouting war and anarchy. We don’t want that.

“We told the President that and he is on the same page with us. Politicians should be careful not to blow things out of proportion.

“We should make sure things are right and the President has given good directives to security chiefs including the Inspector-General of Police (Mohammed Adamu), to visit all traditional institutions in the South-West.”

The monarch canvassed efficient policing and intelligence gathering that involved using the locals to help fish out strange elements in the various communities.

Opposing a resort to war at this point, he said,


“We shouldn’t keep over-hyping war and we still want to keep the peace in the South-West. We don’t want anarchy.”

Ogunwusi also noted that the controversial Ruga scheme appeared to have been given different interpretations, saying that Buhari did the right thing by intervening to ease the growing tension in Nigeria over the initiative.

He added that overall, what was of utmost importance to the people of the South-West was maximum security.


“What is important is for the youth not to take the law into their own hands, killing and causing violence. The drum of war is resonating loud and we are very worried.

“We need more federal apparatus to defend ourselves. We need security reinforcement from the Federal Government. We understand more than anybody. We don’t want war and we want to work with government to bring peace.

“We are not saying all Fulani are bad; it is about the bad guys working under the name of the Fulani,” the monarch further stated.

Leaders shouldn’t keep silent on insecurity – Jonathan

Just as the Ooni was saying this, former President Goodluck Jonathan also called on all leaders to speak out whenever things were going wrong in the country.

Recall that Buhari had a few days ago advised leaders to watch their utterances, saying those criticising his administration handling of insecurity were not patriotic.

But Jonathan on Thursday said leaders should come together and proffer solutions to insecurity in the country.

He said insecurity appeared from time to time, but noted that leaders must come together for a conversation that would end attacks on defenceless citizens.

Jonathan said this in Abuja during the public presentation of a book,

“Not By Might Nor By Power: Selected messages to the world,” an autobiography written by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, who would retire next year.

“We must get the country out of insecurity,” he said at the event which brought together eminent Nigerians including a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.).

But in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the event, Jonathan said every generation had challenges, adding that leaders must come together to address the menace.

He said,


“If things are wrong, leaders, including me, should be talking. And there are a lot of conversations going on to solve this problem (of insecurity); every generation has its problems. In fact, my generation is almost gone. It’s for your generation and we must all come together to solve the problem.

“The security challenges have been with us for long, but we know that whatever the challenges are, we must come together and address them. The political leaders in the country and traditional leaders are talking. And we must get the country out of insecurity.”

Okoh cautioned ethnic groups forming their own militias to retrace their steps and stop the killings in the country.

He said,

“I have no solution because I am an individual. But we should try to ask the appropriate authorities to do what they should do, and that is the government.

“I strongly believe that individuals should not take security initiative because if individuals take their own security initiatives, I mean organising our own militias, the country will be destroyed. Everybody will perish.

“But the government which has the constitutional responsibility to maintain security should do so and quickly too before it gets out of hand. That is my appeal.”

Also, the Primate advised young pastors not to be in a hurry, adding that what he observed was that many of them were in a hurry to be noticed.

“If you are with God, hear from God before you speak. Don’t resort to your imagination and say, ‘God has said’; make sure you receive a message from God and you are in tune with Him (God).”

According to him, the Nicholas Okoh Foundation will help him in ministry even after leaving as Primate in 2020.

“I want to continue with my work as a man of God. The book is about yearly situations and the solutions I provided. At this point, I decided that the two volumes should be published. There are other books unpublished. There is a gap between what we think and what we do. We want our children and those following us to know that we have not arrived. We must back it up with moral integrity,” Okoh added

We won’t leave S’West – Oyo MACBAN

Meanwhile, the Northern Elders’ Forum’s directive to herdsmen in the South to relocate to the North generated more reactions on Thursday.

For instance, the Assistant Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Oyo State, Mr Adams Abdulkadir, told one of our correspondents that the directive by NEF that Fulani herdsmen should leave the South was misguided.

He stated,


“We don’t support the NEF’s directive and we will not heed it. We are not in agreement with the calls to return to the North.

“We have been living here in the South-West for decades and we work together with people of other ethnic groups especially the Yoruba in a peaceful and secure environment.”

We aren’t returning to North, Fulani in S’East reply NEF

Also, the Fulani community in the South-East on Thursday said they would not leave the South-East geopolitical zone. They asked the northern leaders to stop fanning the embers of discord.

The leader of the Fulani community in the South-East, Ardo Sardu Bardo, told The PUNCH on the telephone that the call for herdsmen to leave the South was irresponsible.

Bardo said that even the Fulani community in southern Nigeria, especially in the South-East did not support the Ruga programme of the Federal Government to be cited in the South- East.

On Ruga, Bardo said,


 “I don’t support that project. For instance, in Enugu State now this is farming session. If people are cultivating an area, let them allow our cattle go to the areas that the people are not cultivating. The Fulani in the South do not support Ruga.”

It negates Nigeria’s unity – Delta

Also, the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charlse Aniagwu, said the state government believed in the stability of Nigeria.

Aniagwu in an interview on Thursday, faulted NEF’s recall order to herdsmen in the South, saying, “If there are issues, it behoves on government to address those issues.”

However, the Cross River State Government through the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Ben Ayade, Christian Ita, said,

“We run a government that accommodates everybody. Cross River State has always been safe for everybody. I don’t know about herdsmen. I don’t know if there are herdsmen in Cross River. If they are being asked to go back we are not the ones asking them to go back. It is their people that are asking them to go back. It is within the right of the Northern Elders’ Forum to ask their people to go back.”

YCE lauds President Buhari on Ruga suspension.

Meanwhile, the Yoruba Council of Elders has lauded Buhari for suspending the Ruga project.

The pan-Yoruba group made this commendation in Ibadan on Thursday at the end of its special meeting on the state of the nation.

The Secretary-General of the council, Dr Kunle Olajide, in an interview with journalists after a special meeting of the group, urged Buhari to do more to restore the full confidence of Nigerians in his administration.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the YCE expressed worry that the grazing routes of the pre-independence era and the First Republic had been wiped off and in most cases, taken over by housing estates.

The group said that the idea of nomadic grazing was no longer feasible because of the destruction of farmlands and crops by cattle led by herdsmen, which had impoverished the farmers.

It, therefore, urged the state legislature in the Yoruba speaking states to enact a law outlawing nomadic grazing in their respective states.

The council noted the palpable tension in the country arising from the frightening state of insecurity, which had now spread from the North-East and was gradually enveloping the whole country.

The group urged the President to heal the wounds in the polity by reassuring Nigerians of the safety of their lives with actions.

It urged Buhari to revisit the 2014 National Conference reports and the El-Rufai Committee Report on Devolution of Powers, advising him to send relevant bills to the National Assembly in that respect.

The council also advised him to study the report of the 2014 National Conference with a view to identifying the aspects of the document that could be implemented immediately for the security and unity of the county.

The elders, however, expressed shock by the gruesome murder of Mrs Funke Olakunri, the daughter of Chief Rueben Fasoranti, the Afenifere leader, describing it as one too many.

The council called on the South-West governors to embark on the deployment of technology to monitor forests in the zone so as to flush out criminals masquerading as herdsmen.

It assured the President of its support to build a truly egalitarian Federal Republic of Nigeria, where justice and progress would reign supreme.

Also, the YCE called on all Nigerians to avoid making inflammatory statements in this difficult time but to let their efforts and speeches unite the people, and ‘not to polarise them.’

Reps advise FG on vigilantes’ training

Also, the House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to provide logistics to the Armed Forces to enable the military to engage and train local vigilantes in the fight against insurgency.

According to NAN, this followed a unanimous adoption of a motion by Haruna Mshelia (APC-Borno) at plenary on Thursday.

While moving the motion, Mshelia said the engagement with local vigilantes would assist in the final push to end insurgency in the North-East.

The lawmaker expressed concern that pockets of insurgency activities, including looting, kidnappings and killings still continued in spite of efforts of the Armed Forces.






Non-executive commissioner on the board of the National Communications Commission confirmed by Senate.

The Senate on Thursday, approved the appointment of Mr Aliyu Abubakar, as a non-executive commissioner on the board of the National Communications Commission
Abubakar, from Bauchi State, was nominated to represent the North-East last week on the board by President Muhammadu Buhari for the same position despite his rejection by the eighth Senate because of low educational qualifications.


Other nominees confirmed by the Senate were Uba Maska (Executive Commissioner), Professor Millionaire Abowei (Non Executive Commissioner) and Abdulazeez Salman (Non-Executive Commissioner).




Successes recorded in degrading Boko Haram in the North East would be extended to various parts of the country experiencing security challenges–PMB.

Once again, yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari assured Nigerians that his administration will resolve lingering insecurity-related issues in some parts of the country.
The president specifically said successes recorded in degrading Boko Haram in the North East would be extended to various parts of the country experiencing security challenges.

President Buhari said these when he met with executive members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), led by the President, Dr. Francis Adedayo Faduyile, at the State House, yesterday.



At the meeting, Buhari appealed to governors and local government chairmen to complement the Federal Government’s effort and get more children off the streets and into classrooms.

This was even as the president said efforts are ongoing to improve employment level, following the success in getting many into the agricultural sector and stressed that opening up the economy for investments and getting the youths engaged will control crime rate.

The president spoke on health and education and urged states and local governments to play stronger roles in complementing government efforts, especially in getting more children into classrooms.


“The issues of health and education are constitutional. If there are too many almajiris in a state, then the government is not following the constitution. The states also have elite who are educated enough to remind their governments about their responsibility to almajiris,” he said.

According to Buhari, successes recorded in degrading terrorists in the North East will be extended to various parts of the country experiencing challenges, assuring Nigerians that security still tops his list of priorities.

“If you cannot secure a country or institution, you cannot manage it.”




Buhari’s casual detachment to Nigerians is getting out of hand–Akin Osuntokun.

A former presidential aide, Akin Osuntokun, has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over his comments on those he says are politicising the issue of insecurity in the country.

Osuntokun who was a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today, said, Buhari’s casual detachment to Nigerians is getting out of hand.

The president recently stated that those who politicize the isolated incidents of insecurity are not patriotic Nigerians.


Osuntokun said:


“What do you mean by politicising? who is politicising it?

“That is his (President Buhari’s) own interpretation according to his own convenience. In any case, if people are commenting on issues, how does that amount to politicisation?

“What of those people who are victims? This type of casual detachment to people is getting out of hand.


“When he (President Buhari) was attacked some years ago, did people not talk? Did people not raise issues then? Should people not have talked now? Now you want people to be quiet.”

A professor of criminal justice system and penology, Ussiju Medaner, who was also a guest on the programme, however, disagreed with Osuntokun’s stance, insisting that the issue of insecurity is indeed being politicised.

Professor Medaner said:

“When we talk about security, it is everybody’s business. And I think if we can do that, we can help the country and not just trying to be a disinterested but benefitting party in the security situation in the country.

“This is an issue that the world over is facing. Let me just refer you to what is happening in Cape Town, just within a month 3,000 people were killed in gun violence.

“What the country is doing is not to go to the media to politicise it. They came together to proffer solution.”

Meanwhile, a meeting of northern leaders on Tuesday, July 2, warned that Nigeria was gradually drifting into anarchy as a result of the failure of government to address the security challenges confronting the country.

The leaders included retired army generals, inspectors general of police, intelligence experts, academia and other technocrats.

They gave the warning at a two-day northern Nigeria security conference in Kaduna, organised by Arewa Research and Development Project in collaboration with Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation, Savanna Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development as well as the Joint Committee of Northern Youth Associations.




How Obasanjo tells Buhari to put an end to violent attacks across Nigeria.

Former Nigeria’s president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has written another letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, telling the latter to put an end to violent attacks across Nigeria.
The former president said the world has been warning Nigeria against descending into a state of violence because any outbreak would be difficult to contain.

According to Obasanjo, the country has been consumed by violence and ethnic divisions in a manner not seen for decades since President Buhari took over the mantle of leadership in 2015, Premium Times. gathers that the former president said Buhari would have to stop fanning “the embers of hatred, disaffection and violence” for him to be able to stop the “smouldering ethnic agitations”.

He also urged armed herdsmen and others to stop their violent attack across the country and publicly state their grievances.’

Obasanjo also advised the Nigerian Armed Forces against shaming military personnel in public, saying such could be counterproductive.


Meanwhile, previously reported that the police command in Ondo, through its spokesman, Femi Joseph, on Saturday, July 13, revealed how Funke Olakunrin, the second daughter of Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti, was killed by some kidnappers on Friday, July 12.

Confirming the sad development in his speech to newsmen, Joseph admitted that he was not aware that Olakunri was Fasoranti’s daughter.

In his report on the details of the victim’s murder, the police spokesman said:


 “It happened at a spot between Kajola and Ore, where some hoodlums numbering about 15, attacked two vehicles, 1 Toyota Land Cruiser and 1 Camry.


“The the Land Cruiser was carrying five passengers, including the deceased, which we later identified as one Funke Olakunrin. They shot the woman, we rushed her to the hospital, but we lost her.

“Other four occupants that were abducted, we have rescued them. Inside the Camry too, we had three occupants, they were also abducted, but we have rescued them. We have rescued a total of seven persons taken during the attack.”





How the executive arm is working hard to get the list to the senate–Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan.

ABUJA, July 10 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari could name his cabinet nominees as soon as this week, the senate president said on Wednesday, a move that could end more than a month without ministers.
Buhari was re-elected four months ago, but Nigeria has been without a cabinet since the ministers serving during his first term stepped down in May.
The gap has led to a slowdown in investment and a near-halt in decision making, according to investors, contractors and diplomats.


“The executive arm is working hard to get the list to the senate,” said Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan on the floor of the upper house of parliament. “I can imagine that before this week runs out, we could get the list.”

Lawan said senators wanted to screen and confirm the cabinet before they go on leave this month.
Buhari took about six months to form a cabinet at the start of his first term in 2015.



I will tell him, Mr. President, you have tried your best but resign.—Bishop Adeleye.

CALABAR – Most Rev. Tunde Adeleye, the Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of Niger Delta, Anglican Communion, in a chat with newsmen in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, said if given an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari, he will “first of all, commend him for what he has done so far but urge him to resign.”

“I will tell him, Mr. President, you have tried your best but resign. If he asks why I am asking him to resign, I will tell him because people working with you are bad and are not telling you the truth. All of them are not good. If you resign, you will put them to shame. They want to spoil your good name,” Adeleye said.


The clergy, who is also the Bishop of the Diocese of Calabar, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, spoke during a press briefing for the 2019 Synod of the Anglican Communion.
He spoke on a wide range of issues covering the church and the nation at large.


He said,

“Nigeria is ripe enough for restructuring. The present structure is obsolete and cannot carry us far. The restructuring will affect some old structure of Nigeria’s socio-political and economic policy. It will involve honest dialogue. There is now injustice, marginalization, resulting in a failing state. We, therefore, need to ‘redesign’ Nigeria.



“Nobody will be allowed to maim, kill or commit other crimes and escape.—PMB.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, July 6, pledged his administration’s continued political will and determination towards ridding the country of insurgency and other forms of criminalities.
Buhari, who was represented by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, made the promise at the Grand Finale of the 2019 Nigerian Army Day Celebration and Combat Support Arms Training Week at Ikeja Cantonment Parade Ground, Lagos, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Nigerian Army Day Lagos is an annual event held every July 6, since 1976, in honour of the Nigerian Army with the theme;


‘Professionally Responsive Soldering:A Panacea for Successful Military Operations’.


The president said that the security challenges in the country were being tacked in collaboration with the Nigerian Armed Forces.

“The challenge for us is to recognise this sick extremism of Boko Haram for what it is and form alliances across faith, ethnicities, to destroy an evil that confronts us all. We will continue to demonstrate the political will and determination towards ensuring that our land is rid of insurgency and that criminality is kept at the barrest minimum.

“There are also other situations of insecurity in our midst, the Fulani Herder and farmer conflicts, random killings, banditry and kidnapping. In different parts of the country, there are challenges that the army has had to intervene in, in many occasions.


“We assure all Nigerians that this challenges are been seriously tackled by the federal government working with the states through a multi-pronged approach, working with the Nigerian Army and all our security forces and law enforcement agencies.

“Nobody will be allowed to maim, kill or commit other crimes and escape. It is our duty to apprehend and punish these criminals and we are doing that and we will continue to do so.”

Buhari urged the judiciary to ensure timely dispensation of justice in the cases of arrested bandits.


According to him,

“Several bandits’ hideouts and camps have been destroyed and hundreds of arrests have been made. It is now up to our Judiciary to ensure that justice is meted out, not just comprehensively, but in a timely manner.”

The president said his administration would intensify efforts to bring back the remaining Chiboks girls, Leah Shuaribu and others who were still in captivity.

According to him,


“We want to reassure the affected families and friends that this administration will not relent in its efforts to bring back all the remaining girls including Leah Shuaribu, who has become a postal child for the heinous activities of Boko Haram insurgency. We will reunite them with their families and friends by the Grace of God.”

Earlier, reported that President Buhari directed immediate reinforcement of the security architecture to Katsina state, and the prosecution of those involved in the conflict.

The president commiserated with families that lost loved ones in the attacks from herdsmen, assuring the state that the security structure would be further strengthened.



Nigeria is the 53rd state on the continent to append its signature to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement

The Federal Government said it has identified 22 products from none oil sector from which the country can earn $30,000 billion and create 500,000 export oriented jobs annually.
This is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement at the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union on AfCFTA and the First Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union AU and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Niamey, Niger Republic.

Nigeria is the 53rd state on the continent to append its signature to the document.


Executive Director of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo, disclosed this to State House Correspondents at the weekend after briefing President Buhari.

The NEPC boss who briefed the president on the zero oil implementation plan after he was asked for an update said: “I briefed him on the setting up of national committee on export promotion by National Economic Council (NEC), chaired by the governor of Jigawa State and what we are working in order to diversify the economy.


“What we hope to achieve is to raise more revenue for Nigeria from other sources. You know 90 percent of our revenue is from oil and we cannot survive. Even though oil prices are rising a bit because of Iran, there is problem there. But we should not rest on our oars because, those days of $140 per barrel is gone forever. So we have to look inwards and produce more.

“The zero oil plan is about raising production and productivity, we identified 22 sectors where we can earn foreign exchange apart from oil. We are hoping that in the next 10-15 years we will be able to raise $150 billion from sources outside oil. That is what we are working on and we are galvanizing the whole states behind us in other to raise production and productivity. We are working with the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to achieve this. You know the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN just announced an initiative on five of our products and giving them low interest rates to farm and raise production.”


Awolowo said the sectors include cocoa, cotton, cement, leather, cashew, Sesame, Shea butter, palm oil, fertilizer, petrochemicals, rubber among others.

“Cocoa is an immediate win for us because, its been our number one none oil revenue making. But we are on less than 300,000 metric tons, Ghana is heading to 900,000, Cote d’ Ivoire almost two million metric. So, how do we compete? Meanwhile if you see the landmass in Nigeria you can imagine what we can do. Another sector is Shea nut, cashew is another breadwinner for us, so let’s raise production, let’s give our farmers, plantations low interest loan so that they can raise production for us. We are also looking at value addition for all because that is the way you create jobs, we cannot continue to sell the raw materials.”

Awolowo who said he presented to President Buhari some tomatoes and Bell peppers from a green house in Benin and Casanovas, cassava chips a cottage industry is producing in Idu Industrial Estate that is already being exported to Germany, added:

“That is the future for Nigeria. We are about to enter into African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement, which is the biggest in the world, we don’t want to be a dumping ground and that is why Mr. President refused signing until we are ready. We must be competitive, we must produce more, and we must help our manufacturers get into this market.”

On packaging and substandard products, the NEPC boss said:


“Our products are no longer substandard and we are exporting all over West Africa and Inter-land Africa. We have a few challenges here and there but I always tell people, the journey of processing raw materials to producing goods is not going to happen over night. We are going to have rejects but we will not succumb to them. Our packaging is improving and we are even packaging and labeling in different languages so we can get into those markets, particularly when Africa opens up for us now.”



Buhari warned herdsmen and communities to stop taking the law into their own hands by resorting to violence at every provocation.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday told herdsmen returning to the North from the South to respect their host communities.

This came as Buhari ordered increased security presence in Katsina State following fresh violence involving herdsmen and farmers in his home state, resulting in loss of lives and valuables.

A State House statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said the President “warned herdsmen and communities to stop taking the law into their own hands by resorting to violence at every provocation”.


Buhari also directed that “herdsmen returning from the South due to the rainy season must respect the boundaries of farmers and villagers, while the communities must refrain from attacking herdsmen.”

Buhari condoled with the families of the victims, “assuring the state that the security structure would be further strengthened to avoid unnecessary violence between herdsmen and communities.”

He also directed the “prosecution of all those involved in the conflict”.


In other isolated incidents, bandits also attacked some villages on Wednesday in Katsina State.
At least, 18 persons were reportedly killed in the attacks by bandits in Kankara and Danmusa local government areas of the state.

Meanwhile, Buhari will depart Abuja today for Niamey, Niger Republic.


His mission is to attend the African Union Summit scheduled to hold on July 7, according to the Presidency.

The Presidency said, “President Buhari will sign the AfCFTA Agreement on the margins of the AU meeting in Niamey.”

The President while accepting the report on the AfCFTA on Jun 27, said, ‘’For AfCFTA to succeed, we must develop policies that promote African production, among other benefits.

“Africa, therefore, needs not only a trade policy but also a continental manufacturing agenda. Our vision for intra-African trade is for the free movement of ‘made in Africa goods.’ That is, goods and services made locally with dominant African content in terms of raw materials and value addition.’’



How PMB plan to tackle communal clashes in Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari has begun consultations for an inclusive stakeholders’ committee that will thoroughly interrogate issues that fuel communal conflicts across the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.


He said the committee when constituted would be saddled with the responsibility of proffering lasting solutions to “age-long disagreements that had claimed lives and property, with particular focus on the Tiv/Jukun relationship in Benue and Taraba states.”
According to the presidential aide, the President is disturbed by communal clashes that have destroyed many lives and property, altered the destinies of families and raised the profile of insecurity in the country by promoting generational tensions.
“President Buhari believes Nigeria’s cultural diversity remains her greatest strength when properly harnessed and harmonised with a collective vision for unity, peace and shared prosperity, urging more patience as the government identifies and works towards creating more understanding,” he added.




How Buhari inaugurates board of the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission(RMAFC).

The quest of the 36 state governments for a new revenue formula may soon become a reality as President Muhammadu Buhari is set to inaugurate the board of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, on Thursday (today).

The RMAFC is the body responsible for preparing the formula for sharing revenues among the three tiers of government in the country.

The body is also responsible for fixing the remuneration of political office holders as well as monitoring the revenues accruing to the federation account from revenue-generating agencies.

Our correspondent learnt that 30 new members of the commission would be inaugurated at the State House, Abuja. The commission is made up of 37 members with each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory represented by one commissioner.


The inauguration will end more than three years of the revenue body without substantive leadership. It will also end the inability of the body to make policy decisions for lack of quorum given that the commission had progressively diminished in the number of commissioners.

Although Buhari had in July 2016 announced the reappointment of Mr Elias Mbam as the Chairman of the commission, his name was not sent to the National Assembly until recently when it became necessary to fill the depleted body.

Mbam left the commission in November 2015 after the end of his first five-year tenure.

Some of the major tasks facing the commission as it is inaugurated include giving the nation a new revenue formula which constitutionally is supposed to be reviewed every five years.

The commission may also feel the pressure to review the remunerations of political office holders in the country which many Nigerians think are outsized and do not reflect the reality in an economy that has been facing declining revenues.

Although the commission had completed work on both new revenue formula and remuneration package for political office holders, the processes were not concluded because the documents were not presented to the National Assembly by the President.


It is not clear whether the commission would press for completion of the processes or opt for fresh reviews. However, opting for fresh reviews may be more logical given the passage of three years since the works were completed as well as the preponderance of new membership of the commission.

State governors had recently hinged the payment of N30, 000 minimum wage on the review of the revenue formula in a way that would give the states more substantial resources.

Revenue sharing formula which has remained a controversial subject in Nigeria even before independence in 1960 refers to the proportion of resources accruing to the federation that goes to each component of the federation.

It also defines the proportion of resources that must be retained in the territories where they are generated as well as what goes to the agencies of government that collect the revenues on behalf of the federation.

Currently, 13 per cent of mineral resources known as derivation go to oil and solid minerals producing states. Four per cent of the money collected by Nigeria Customs Services is given to the organisation as the cost of collection.

Similarly, the Federal Inland Revenue Services receives seven per cent of the money it collected to cater for the cost of collection.

After these deductions, both mineral and non-mineral revenues are pulled together into the federation account and shared among the three tiers of government.

At present, the Federal Government gets 52.68 per cent. The state governments get 26.72 per cent while the Local Government Councils get 20.6 per cent.

From Value Added Tax, four per cent cost of collection is assigned to FIRS.

After these deductions, the net revenue is shared among the three tiers of government in the proportion of the Federal Government, 15 per cent; state governments, 50 per cent, and Local Government Councils, 35 per cent.



Why Buhari fired Ibe Kachikwu?

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr Thomas John as the acting alternate chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, bringing to an end the tenure of the former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.


NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, who announced this in Abuja, stated that the new board chairman would hold the position until the appointment of a new Minister or Minister of State for Petroleum Resources by the President.


Baru added, “He (John) will hold the position of the Acting Alternate Chairman of the Governing Board until a new Minister of Petroleum Resources or Minister of State for Petroleum Resources is appointed to assume the Chairmanship or Alternate Chairmanship position, respectively in line with Sections 1(3) and 2(1) of the NNPC Act. The new appointment takes effect immediately.”

The NNPC had seen series of changes in various management positions in recent weeks. Last week, the President appointed Mr Mele Kyari as the new Group Managing Director of the corporation, who would assume office after the end of the current GMD’s tenure on July 7, 2019.

The President also appointed seven new Chief Operating Officers for the corporation.





“I wonder what sort of conscience some of us have.—Buhari declares.

Nigerian Tribune reports that made the disclosure this on Tuesday, June 25, while receiving some Yoruba leaders led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the presidential Villa, Abuja. gathered that the president said he had to do what he did to the former CJN even though reluctantly.
He said: “But anybody who cannot account for what he has and for refusing to declare it, we will have to do something about it. I will tell you as, that was why I had to deal though reluctantly with the former Chief Justice because there were millions of dollars, euros not to talk of naira which were not declared.

“I wonder what sort of conscience some of us have. How can you seat and preside over and lock people up for years and even sentence some to death and yet you are not doing what the constitution said you should do by occupying that vital institution.

“So, I stopped getting worried so much, sorry to admit it, when I found out that I could play hoop, step and jump. What I mean is that if it is America, they will do it this way. If it were in Europe, they will do this way but if you go there after 250 to 400 years, how old are we? So I realize that I don’t want to go back to into detention again.”


Buhari, who recalled how as a military leader, he clamped suspected looters into detention until they proved themselves innocent, said that these days, suspects deny their property until they are shown their bank accounts.

He maintained that he had decided that property seized from suspects would be sold and the money kept in the treasury to prevent future administrations from returning them to their owners.

Buhari added:


“So, we are recovering as much as we can under the system and this time around I said the properties will be sold and the money put in the treasury.

“The last time they were giving back their properties but this time around whoever comes after me no matter how generous he is, he cannot take money from the treasury give it to individuals. It will be impossible.”

The president also recalled that his campaign promises and the effort his administration had made to meet them with success. Buhari thanked the group for the visit.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Chief Olabiyi Durojaiye, told the president his group helped to elect him into office. He added that they were proud of their contributions to his victory.

He said the group made some requests of the president on security, education, youth employment, federalism, power supply and agriculture.Speaking on the security, Durojaiye said: “The huge cost not-withstanding, it may be considered worthwhile to take a bold step in combating crime and improving on security by improving on the apparent shortage of the manpower in the Nigeria Police Force and by extending control of the Police from the state to local government level.”

Recall that President Buhari had suspended Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria in January and replaced him with Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed.

Buhari said he removed Onnoghen based on an order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal dated January 23, 2019.

After a long court battle, Onnoghen resigned as CJN and turned in his resignation letter to President Buhari, a day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended his compulsory retirement for misconduct.