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Nigeria: Return Hajj Commission to Foreign Affairs Ministry – Minister Urges Lawmakers

The Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Khadija Abba-Ibrahim, on Tuesday appealed to the National Assembly to return control of Hajj Commission to the ministry for proper coordination. The minister made the appeal on Tuesday in Abuja when members of the committee on Nigeria-Saudi Arabia Parliamentary Friendship and Hajj Affairs, led by its chairman Abdulahi Balarabe-Salame, […]

Nigeria: Tuface Not Moved By Being Called ‘Coward’

By Olanrewaju Oyedeji Popular artiste, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as TUFACE says he is glad that he spoke out despite eventually backing off a planned antigovernment protests on Monday. Tuface was to lead nationwide demonstrations against economic crisis, but announced its cancellation hours before the scheduled march. He cited “security concerns” after police warned him […]

Nigeria: Saraki Appoints New Chief of Staff

The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has appointed Baba Ahmed, as his new Chief of Staff. In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, Mr. Saraki said the appointment takes immediate effect. Baba Ahmed, 61, attended the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as well as London School of Economics and University […]

Nigerians Have a Right to Know Buhari’s Health Status – Reps

By Emman Ovuakporie and Johnbosco Agbakwuru Some members of the House of Representatives yesterday declared that Nigerians have the right to know the health status of President Muhammadu Buhari. They, however, prayed for the quick recovery of the President. In his view, chairman, Committee on Public Accounts, Kingsley Chinda, PDP Rivers, said: “There’s need for […]

Nigeria: Buy or Make – Does Nigeria Have a Choice?

opinion By Olumide Ijose The ‘buy or make’ threat to Nigeria’s economic survival remains deep in the backburner, far from policy discourses and from such a resolution as will unlock massive job creation. In essence, Nigeria is still in the grasp of the “buy” mentality that took hold of consumer behaviour, 30 or so, odd […]

Nigeria: CBN Explains Forex Shortage for Oil Marketers

By Adamu Abuh and Collins Olayinka Abuja — Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele yesterday offered an insight into why oil marketers and dealers in petroleum products have been facing difficulties in getting foreign exchange to procure fuel overseas. Emefiele, whose representative appeared before the Nnanna Igbokwe-led House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on […]

Nigeria: Activist Asks Osinbajo to Probe Killings of IPOB Members

By Lawrence Njoku Enugu — A rights activist, Ms. Patricia Ozonu has asked Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to investigate the alleged killing of 11 members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) during a demonstration in Port Harcourt. The IPOB demonstration was in solidarity with President Donald Trump of the United States of America (USA) […]

Nigeria: 12,000 Nigerians in Germany Face Likely Deportation

At least 12,000 Nigerians living in Germany may be deported next year. Germany’s global head of programme, migration and development, Ralf Sanftenberg, disclosed this during a visit to the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on foreign affairs and diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa. According to him, “We have over 37,000 Nigerians in Germany and more […]

Nigeria: Boko Haram Gave Me N200 to Detonate Explosive – Teenage Suicide Bomber

An 18-year-old Boko Haram suicide bomber, Amina, who was intercepted by men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Tuesday in Maiduguri, said she was given N200 for the mission. She told the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri that she was abducted two years ago by the sect members in Madagali, Adamawa, […]

Nigeria: Rivers Rerun – Nigeria Police Recover N111 Million From 23 ‘Corrupt’ INEC Officials

By Ebuka Onyeji and Agency Report The panel constituted to investigate the electoral and other offences perpetrated during the December 10 Rivers Parliamentary re-run election has said that it recovered N111 million from 23 INEC officials. The Chairman of the panel, Damian Okoro, made the allegation while presenting the team’s report to the Inspector-General of […]

Nigeria: Buhari Requested Indefinite Extension of Medical Vacation, Senate Says

By Hassan Adebayo and Agency Report The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the receipt of President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter to extend his 10-day vacation in UK. Aliyu Sabi, spokesperson of the senate, made this known to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday. Mr. Sabi said that the letter did not specify when the president would return to […]

Nigeria to Stop Fuel Importion By 2019 – Kachikwu

Nigeria will stop importing refined petroleum products by 2019, Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, said on Tuesday in Abuja. Mr. Kachikwu said this at a public hearing on the review of petroleum pricing template for petrol organised by the House of Representatives. He said that within two years, the Federal Government […]

Nigeria: Senate Screens 23 Ambassadorial Nominees

The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday completed screening of 23 non-career ambassadorial nominees out of 46. Those screened are Goni Modu Zanna Bura (Yobe), Yusuf Maitama Tuggar (Bauchi), Ahmed Ibeto (Niger), Kabiru Umar (Sokoto) and Baba Madugu (Bauchi). Others are Baba Ahmad Jidda (Borno), Justice George Adesola Oguntade (Lagos), Garba Gajam (Zamfara), Bala […]

Nigeria: Nollywood Producer Announces Movie On Ibrahim Babangida

Obi Emelonye, award-winning Nollywood producer and Director, has announced a new movie “Badamasi: Portrait of a General”, a work on former Head of State Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB). The filmmaker announced the project on Tuesday in Lagos. He said that “Badamasi” which would be released later this year, would paint “intimate portrait” of IBB, the […]