“Nigeria will remain one God willing” – Buhari

…Says self-centeredness that led to civil war must not repeat itself  President Muhammadu Buhari has described the civil war that played out between 1967 to 1970 as an act of self-centeredness, saying he wouldn’t want such an incident to be repeated again. The President spoke through his media aide, Femi Adesina, saying, “Our main objective is the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are human beings, we have our weaknesses; but I can assure you that the patriotism in us is hard-earned. We have gone through all the troubles from 15th…

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Nigeria’s dire fiscal state to worsen without subsidy removal – Budget Office

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has said it must cut petrol subsidies and boost revenue collection in order to avoid a sharp deterioration in government finances next year, according to the Budget Office. According to a Bloomberg report, if the President does not heed, Nigeria’s budget deficit could rise to N12.4 trillion, or $29 billion next year — almost three times its total revenue, or 5.5% of gross domestic product, reports. The bleak prognosis associated with the insistence to continue paying fuel subsidies is the highlight of a medium-term expenditure framework…

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2023: Religion shouldn’t be deciding factor in choosing Buhari’s successor – Borno CAN

The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Borno State chapter, Bishop Mohammed Naga, has said that religion should not be the determining factor in choosing President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor. Naga spoke at a peace building symposium organised by Kaltum Foundation for Peace, with the theme: “Political Violence: Seeking Innovative (Non-Kinetic) Approaches to Restoring Peace in North East Nigeria”, in Maiduguri, Borno State. Naga said, “With current problems bedevilling the country, we are looking for a man who will take us out of the problems. I told my people…

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In defiance of Buhari, NUPRC rejects Seplat, Mobil Oil assets deal

In defiance of Buhari, NUPRC rejects Seplat, Mobil Oil assets deal, Seplat, Mobil, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, (NUPRC), has rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of Seplat Energy’s acquisition of the shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation, insisting that status quo remains. Recall that NUPRC had in May declined to approve the proposed acquisition, citing “overriding national interest”. However, exercising his capacity as minister of petroleum, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, approved the acquisition deal. But in a turn of events, Gbenga Komolafe, chief executive, NUPRC, in a statement on…

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Senate probes N1.7tr security votes to MDAs

The Senate, through its standing Committee on Public Accounts, has begun a probe of over 1.7 trillion service-wide votes allocated to federal agencies from 2017 to 2021 budgets. The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Matthew Urhogbide, who made this known during the meeting of the committee, said beneficiary government agencies needed to give explanations on how they utilised the fund. He added that service-wide votes were a disbursement for shortfall in capital and overheads. A service-wide vote, which is also known as the Consolidated Revenue Fund Charge, is more or…

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PT Report: Buhari halts fresh plan to deduct $418m consultants’ fees from Federation Account 

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected fresh plans to deduct $418 million from the federation account to settle consultants over controversial Paris Club debt. According to a report, Buhari directed the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, to suspend plans to begin the deductions during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting of August 3, where the matter was extensively discussed.  Recall that last week, the 36 State governors raised the alarm over a purported attempt to commence the deduction of $418 million from Federation Account. In September 2021, the President suspended the…

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4,722 Nigerian nurses, midwives top foreign medical workers in UK — Report 

The data from the United Kingdom (UK)’s National Health Service, (NHS), has said that at the end of May, not less than 1,000 medical workers, (medics), including doctors had migrated from Nigeria and other African countries to the UK, with Nigeria accounting for more than 60% of the migrants. The data shows that one in three doctors and nurses who joined the NHS in England last year were recruited from overseas with the major catchment area being Nigeria, a development the NHS says has raised concerns that the health service…

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Owo Church Massacre: Governor Akeredolu confirms arrest of perpetrators

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has confirmed the arrest of the terrorists who carried out the horrendous massacre of worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo on June 5, in which about 40 people were killed and several others injured. The governor spoke during a courtesy visit to his office by the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), led by the Chairman of the Council, Prince Leke Adegbite. Akeredolu said the owner of the house where the attackers stayed before carrying out the attack has also been arrested. Recall…

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