State of the Nation: “Convoke national dialogue”, Okowa urges FG

Delta State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the Federal Government to create an avenue for a national dialogue to dissect and seek a panacea to various challenges facing the country. Okowa made the call at an inter-denominational Thanksgiving Service to mark the 30th anniversary of the creation of Delta State held at St. Peters Anglican Cathedral, Asaba, yesterday. He said that there were too many voices of anger calling for justice, fairness and equity in the affairs of the nation and urged the Federal Government to take steps…

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U.S. charges 3 businessmen for trying to smuggle arms, ammunition into Nigeria

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging three Maryland men for the federal charges of conspiracy, violation of the Arms Export Control Act and the Export Reform Control Act, related to the export of firearms and ammunition from the United States to Nigeria.   The indictment was announced by Acting US Attorney for the District of Maryland, Jonathan F. Lenzner; along with others. Charged in the indictment are: Wilson Nuyila Tita, age 45, of Owings Mills, Maryland; Eric Fru Nji, 40 yrs-old, of Fort Washington, Maryland and Wilson Che…

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FG awaits its share, as IMF begins distribution of $650bn SDRs

Nigeria together with other developing countries are expected to share $275 billion out of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) $650 billion Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). Nigeria is currently entitled to receive about $3.35 billion as its share of the SDR fund. Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, IMF’s Managing Director, said this in a statement on Monday, in Washington DC, while announcing the commencement of the distribution of the SDR. According to her, of the $275 billion, low-income countries will receive about $21 billion, which is equivalent to as much as six percent…

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APC group blames PDP for Nigeria’s worsened insecurity

Godwin Amunde The APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign, APC-LAC, a voluntary think-tank group of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), has blamed the current wave of heightened insecurity in Nigeria on years of mismanagement and embezzlement of funds meant for procurement of security equipment by the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The group also hailed the Muhammadu Buhari-led government on its stride against criminal elements in the North, noting that the tide is definitely turning against Boko Haram and ISWAP in the North East. The group said this in a press…

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Nigeria excluded as UAE approves 70 countries for Visa-on-Arrival

Nigeria has been excluded from a list of countries whose citizens are eligible to obtain visa-on-arrival in the United Arab Emirates,(UAE). Etihad Airways, yesterday, released a list of countries whose travellers landing at Abu Dhabi airport can receive visas from its immigration desks. Countries such as the U.S., China, Maldives, France, and Russia made the top of the list. African countries like Seychelles and Mauritius were equally included in the list while Nigeria and South Africa were excluded. It also stated that visitors who had been in Nigeria or South…

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Nigeria excluded as UAE approves 70 countries for Visa-On-Arrival

Nigeria has been excluded from a list of countries whose citizens are eligible to obtain visa-on-arrival in the United Arab Emirates, (UAE). Etihad Airways, on Wednesday, released a list of countries whose travellers landing at Abu Dhabi airport can receive visas from its immigration desks. Countries such as the U.S., China, Maldives, France, and Russia made the top of the list. African countries like Seychelles and Mauritius were equally included in the list while Nigeria and South Africa were excluded. It also stated that visitors who had been in Nigeria…

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Nigeria spent over $139m to cushion economic impact of violence, ranks low in Global Peace Index

Nigeria is ranked 146 among 163 Countries in the Global Peace Index (GPI) for 2021. The country also ranked 39th in Africa, just 5 places away from South Sudan, which is the least peaceful country in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the least peaceful countries in the world due to high incidence of internal conflict. Nigeria finished with 2.712 points globally and -0.068points in Africa, pushing it very low on the GPI Charts, though reports reveals that the country moved a step up from 2020’s results. The GPI of independent…

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“40 years after, Nigeria going back to what it was in 1980” ― Sanusi

Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll has said that Nigeria as a country has made no progress in the past 40 years. The former Emir, who was also Governor of Central Bank( CBN), made his statement at a colloquium in Kaduna yesterday, to mark his 60th birthday anniversary. The event, which was moderated by ace journalist, Kadaria Ahmed, had in attendance Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, former Deputy Governor of CBN, George Moghalo, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Emir of Zazzau, other Emirs and chiefs, University dons,…

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“Nigeria will not break; nobody should go anywhere” – Garba Shehu

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has said that Nigeria will continue to exist as one indivisible country despite its present challenges. Shehu made the assertion at the ‘Kwararafa Reporters Lecture and Awards’ ceremony, which was held on Thursday, in Abuja. Sharing opinions on the issue of whether Nigeria should disintegrate or continue to remain as one nation, the Presidential Spokesperson said that nobody should go anywhere and that Nigeria will not break. Shehu, who commended Kwararafa Reporters on the positive impact they…

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Nigerians need urgent help to avert worst food crisis in four years – UN

“Our colleagues tell us that 8.7 million people in Nigeria need urgent assistance, including 2.2 million displaced people.” The United Nations, (UN), has warned of an impending food crisis in Nigeria, calling for global support to avert the potential catastrophe. According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Nigeria’s Humanitarian Response Plan, which seeks over one billion dollars, is only one-third funded. The Deputy Spokesman for UN Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, said this while briefing correspondents at UN headquarters in New York, on Friday on the humanitarian situation in the North-East. “Our humanitarian colleagues warned…

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