Power Shift: Yoruba Group Cautions Southern Govs, Politicians

By Godwin Amunde A group, the Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF), has cautioned governors and other politicians from the southern region of Nigeria over the ongoing national debate arising from the resolutions of last Monday’s meeting of the Southern Governors’ Forum demanding for power shift to the region in 2023. The group expressed concerns that the resolutions of the southern governors has generated tension in the polity, and alleged that certain actions by some powerful politicians and individuals from the southern region since the Lagos meeting of the governors could spark…

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Buhari presents APC flags to Ayade, Matawalle

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday received the Governors of Cross River and Zamfara States, Ben Ayade and Bello Matawalle, respectively, who recently left the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress, (APC), congratulating them for having the courage to leave their “constituencies”. The APC new entrants were accompanied to the event by the Chairman Caretaker Committee of the Party and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, Kebbi State governor, Atiku Bagudu, who is Chairman of Progressives Governors Forum, and Governor Muhammed Badaru Abubakar, of Jigawa State. According to a…

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Hajj: Entry visa into Saudi Arabia will not secure permit for anyone, NAHCON cautions

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), has cautioned some travel agencies from collecting Hajj fares from intending pilgrims with the assurance of securing slots for them under the entry visa category.  It is alleged that such agents attribute their claims to NAHCON’s permission. In a warning first issued on May 28, NAHCON had dissociated itself from any agent claiming to transport pilgrims to the 2021 Hajj without Saudi Arabia’s clearance. Thereafter the Kingdom had categorically stated that only the 60,000 selected to perform Hajj from within Saudi Arabia shall…

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2023: “Respect presidency zoning arrangement” Ohanaeze Ndigbo advises Yahaya Bello

Tells governor ‘You were in school when North, South agreed on zoning’  The Ohanaeze Ndigbo cultural group has frowned against the statement made by the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, that rotational presidency is unconstitutional and that Nigerians should be allowed to make their choices for the best candidate to emerge for the top post. The Ohanaeze National Publicity Secretary, Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu yesterday, said the statement made by Governor Bello spoke at the seminar for political and crime correspondents in Abuja on Friday may…

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Nigeria may not survive beyond this year’ — Afenifere

The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has said the signs of the end of Nigeria is very clear, but said the Buhari administration still has the chance to avert the looming catastrophe by yielding to the demands of agitators in the country particularly, the demand to restructure the country. Afenifere, which made this known on Sunday, as part of the resolutions of its Executive Council, after reviewing recent developments in the country, at its meeting held at the Lagos residence of its acting leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said Nigeria may not…

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Rising cost of foodstuffs crippling FG’s school feeding program – Official

The rising inflationary rate resulting in the high cost of foodstuffs is affecting Federal Government’s National Home Grown School Feeding programme negatively. This assertion was made in Calabar yesterday, by the Programme Manager of the programme in Cross-Rivers State, Gab Okulaja, in an interview with newsmen. Okulaja appealed to the Federal Government to review the programme to take care of inflationary trends, as it planned to add five million beneficiaries to the existing nine million. “We have the challenge of increase in the prices of foodstuffs by as much as…

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Court process on to declare Gusau as Zamfara governor’ ― PDP

…Cautions Police over harassment The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), has condemned the reported attempt by the police to undermine the statutory powers of the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, pointing out that the State governor, Bello Matawalle, has already decided to vacate his office by decamping to the All Progressives Congress, (APC). In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the Party informed that the process has begun in the High Court to formally declare the deputy governor as the substantive State Chief Executive.…

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NIA gets N4.87bn budget to track, intercept mobile calls, chat messages

The National Assembly has approved a N4.87bn budget for the National Intelligence Agency, (NIA), to track, intercept and monitor calls and messages on mobile devices, including Thuraya and WhatsApp. Picture caption: Amb-Ahmed-Rufai-of-NIA-and-Gen-Samul-Adebayo-of-DMI The amount is part of the N895.8bn supplementary budget submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari last month and approved by both chambers of the National Assembly last week, after increasing it by about N87bn. The Budget, according to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Barau Jibrin, is meant to procure equipment for the military and to fight further…

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2023: Nigeria’s democracy at risk, British govt. warns

…Violence eroding people’s livelihood – Governors The British government has warned the rise in conflicts can destabilise Nigeria’s democracy in the run-up to the 2023 elections. The warning came even as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, (NGF), declared that the level of insecurity across the country is not only eroding citizens’ safety and peoples’ means of livelihood, but also threatening the expression of the rights of Nigerians. The two sides both spoke at the launch of the NGF Peace and Inclusive Security Initiative in Abuja on Thursday. The Development Director, Foreign,…

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Bandits kill 39 persons in a reprisal attack in Zamfara

A group of unrepentant bandits have stormed Faru Village of Maradun local government area of Zamfara State killing about forty innocent persons. Confirming the incident to Radio Nigeria in Gusau,  an eyewitness Ahmad Lawali said the attack was a reprisal mission in the Faru district of Maradun local government area of the state. According to him, the bandits raided the town at around 4:30 pm on Thursday and began shooting sporadically on innocent people in the process, 39 persons mainly men were killed. He said the bandits trailed farmers who…

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