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Nigeria: How Foreign Names Worsen Nigeria’s Identity Crisis

Photo: The Guardian By Ijeoma Thomas-Odia and Dorcas Omolade Ore In most African cultures, a lot goes into the making of a name. There is a belief that a name says a lot about the roots, lineage, future, and in some cases, a person’s destiny. The circumstances of birth and the impact such births have […]

Nigeria: In Latest Phone Calls – … Buhari Tackles Mischief Makers

By Levinus Nwabughiogu President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, called to speak with the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, from London, one month after he left the country on medical vacation. But the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, […]

Nigeria: How MTN Sacked 63 Employees, Barred Them From Related Employment for Four Years

By Ben Ezeamalu The telecommunication giant, MTN Nigeria, sacked 63 of its employees in 2009 and barred them from securing a job in the sector for four years, court documents obtained by PREMIUM TIMES has shown. Last year, the National Industrial Court in Lagos, in a 2013 suit filed by the dismissed employees, delivered a […]

Nigeria: What President Buhari Told Me Today – Femi Adesina

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Muhammadu on Media and Publicity, posted the update below on his Facebook Page, detailing a telephone conversation he said he had with his boss on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Buhari is on medical vacation in London, and there has been widespread speculation about his health. Read Mr. Adesina’s […]

Nigeria: Supreme Court Affirms Assemblies of God’s General Overseer’s Sack

By James Eze The three-year-long leadership crisis in the Assemblies of God Church was on Friday laid to rest as the Supreme Court upheld the sack of the General Overseer of the Assemblies of God Church, Paul Emeka, for violating the church’s rules. In a unanimous judgment, the apex court dismissed the appeal filed by […]

Nigeria: Ayida Slams Estranged Wife Toke Makinwa With N100 Million Lawsuit

Maje Ayida , Toke Makinwa’s estranged husband, has sued her for N100 million for defamation of character. Makinwa, a TV host had written a tell-it-all book “On Becoming”, documenting her marriage to Ayida, a celebrity gym expert, that went sour. In an earlier letter, Ayida’s lawyers had written to Makinwa to stop the sale of […]

Nigeria: Govt Recalls Sacked NCAA Directors

The Federal Government has recalled two out of the nine directors who were sacked from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Friday. The duo are Adamu Abdullahi, Director of Consumer Protection, and Ayodele Sasegbon, Director of General Aviation. Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria […]

Nigeria: Explosive Kills Soldier, Two Others in Niger State

A hand-held grenade exploded on Saturday at Bari village, Bangi Local Government Area of Niger, killing a soldier and two villagers. According to Bala Elkalla, spokesman of the Niger State Police Command, the explosive also injured four other villagers. Mr. Elkalla said the soldier, who is serving in Maiduguri, obtained permission to travel to his […]

Nigeria: Garba Shehu Misses President Buhari’s Phone Call, Receives SMS

Photo: Premium Times Garba Shehu Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, has narrated how he missed the president’s phone call on Saturday. The presidential aide, who made this known on his Facebook page on Saturday, said Mr. Buhari originated a call to him from his London abode […]

The Soludo option — Opinion — The Guardian Nigeria

Charles Chukwuma Soludo The late Professor Sam Aluko was the chairman of the Newswatch Board of Economists. We set up the board to periodically examine our national economy. The board met twice annually – after the federal budget and six months into its operation. We selected the members from the academia and the business community. […]

Nigeria: Johnny Slams Christians, Muslims Praying for Buhari’s Death

A leader of the All Progressives Congress APC in Delta State, High Chief Michael Johnny has condemned both Christians and Muslims praying for the death of President Muhammadu Buhari, describing such an act as ungodly and demonic. Johnny, who is also Chairman of Egbema Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation, said: “It is shameful and unfortunate that […]

Nigeria: Southern Kaduna – Osinbajo Gives Police IG Marching Orders to Halt Killings – – Presidency

Additional security measures, including a total deployment of 15, 285 policemen are now being put in place by the Nigeria Police Force in Southern Kaduna, days after Acting President Yemi Osinbajo summoned the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to Aso Rock over the violence in the area. People familiar with the matter told PREMIUM […]

Nigeria: Expert Warns On Dangers of Tobacco Farming

By Ben Ezeamalu An expert on tobacco-induced diseases, Akin Adebiyi, has warned tobacco farmers of the harmful effects of cultivating the crop. Mr. Adebiyi, a medical doctor at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, said tobacco farmers should form a co-operative and engage the government for alternative means of sustenance in farming. Tobacco cultivation is an […]

Nigeria: Buhari Scraps Special Intervention Funds for Tertiary Institutions

By Ebuka Onyeji President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that Tertiary Education Trust Fund’s special intervention funds given to tertiary institutions across the country be excluded in 2017 due to past abuses. Abdullahi Baffa, the Executive Secretary, TETFund said this on Monday in Abuja while briefing journalists on the intervention funds approved by the federal government […]