Illegal Oil Pipelines: SERAP takes Buhari to ECOWAS Court

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has filed a lawsuit against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari over “the failure to probe the operations of illegal oil pipelines between 2001 and 2022, to name and prosecute those suspected to be involved and to recover proceeds of crime”. The suit was filed by SERAP; Chief Eric Dooh (who is suing for himself as a leader of the Goi community in Gokana local government area of Rivers State, and on behalf of the Goi community), and fifteen other concerned Nigerians. The…

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“Nigerians may be hungry, but we can manage our hunger”, Tinubu tells Buhari 

The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has said though Nigerians may be hungry, the hunger can be managed, because President Muhammadu Buhari has created a path out of any hunger crisis. Tinubu, who eulogised Buhari yesterday, while speaking at a ceremony to flag-off the Kolmani Integrated Development Project (KIPRO), which is the first oil drilling project in Northern Nigeria, located at the Bauchi and Gombe States’ boundary, described the President as a retired general who came to rescue his country. Speaking at the event,…

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133 Poor Nigerians: SERAP asks Buhari to probe social intervention programmes

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to “promptly set up a presidential panel of enquiry to thoroughly, impartially, effectively and transparently investigate spending on all social safety nets and poverty alleviation programmes and projects executed between 2015 and 2022”. SERAP also urged him “to ensure the findings of any such investigation are widely published, and suspected perpetrators of corruption and mismanagement of public funds meant to take care of the poor should face prosecution as appropriate, if there is sufficient evidence, and any stolen…

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133 million Nigerians, 86m in North, 47m in South are multi-dimensionally poor — NBS

…Poverty index now to be used for resource allocation – Buhari The Federal Government has disclosed that 63 percent of persons within Nigeria, 133 million, are living in poverty. The figure was presented during the launch of Nigeria’s Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) Survey in Abuja, yesterday. It was conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the National Social Safety-Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). The measure used to calculate the…

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2023: Buhari pledges support for Tinubu\Shettima as APC flags-off presidential campaign in Jos

…Asiwaju pledges good governance President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of his support ahead of the 2023 general elections. President Muhammadu Buhari, who flagged-off the campaign yesterday, at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium, Jos, Plateau State, said the APC has all it takes to win the elections because of its performance and level of acceptance in the country. The President assured the APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu of his support ahead of the 2023 general elections. Buhari, who presented the APC…

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2023: “Bring INEC offices attackers to justice” – SERAP urges Buhari

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently direct the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN and appropriate law enforcement agencies to identify and arrest the perpetrators and sponsors of attacks on the offices of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), across the country. SERAP urged Buhari to “ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are named and shamed, and promptly brought to justice, regardless of their political affiliations.” Recall that there were recent reports of simultaneous attacks on the…

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Oil in North: Transparency issues becloud ‘one billion barrels’ discovery claim

With about seven months to the end of Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as President and Minister of Petroleum Resources, concerns are seriously rising over Nigeria’s exploration activities in the northern part of the country as well as a purported one billion barrels crude oil discovery made in the region. Stakeholders, yesterday, expressed worry over the secrecy in the development amidst transparency issues even as the details of a one billion barrels of crude oil discovered in the Gongola basin, located between Bauchi and Gombe remained only in the news two years…

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Medical Vacation: ‘Buhari’s failure to transmit power to Osinbajo unconstitutional’ – Edwin Clark

Leader of Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Edwin Clark, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari breached the Constitution by not formally transmitting power to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo before leaving for London for his routine medical check-up. Recall that Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, announced Buhari’s departure on Monday, adding that the President is expected back in the country in the second week of November. However, there was no mention of whether Osinbajo would be in charge in the president’s absence. Addressing a press conference in…

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Naira redesign: ‘CBN Governor has my backing’ — Buhari 

President Muhammadu Buhari has thrown his weight behind the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to redesign and re-issue new Naira notes. Recall that the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, had on Wednesday, said that the apex bank would redesign the N200, N500 and N1000 notes. He had said the action was taken in order to take control of the currency in circulation, as well as security concerns. Recall further that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had last week told the Senate Committee on…

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2023: “I’ll campaign with Buhari’s award” – Wike

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared he will use the honor bestowed upon him by President Muhammadu Buhari to campaign in the 2023 elections. Wike made this statement at a dinner and reception held in his honor to commemorate the “Distinguished Award in Infrastructure Delivery” on Monday, in Port-Harcourt. He said that the support and encouragement he received from the state was what enabled his administration to achieve the successes it had in infrastructure development while dedicating the award to God. He said, “We must all work together. Traditional…

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