Buhari’s Last-Minute Provocations Of Tinubu By Farooq A. Kperogi

After failing to stop him from emerging as APC’s flag bearer in 2022 and mounting steep hurdles for him in the 2023 election, Muhammadu Buhari increasingly comes across as intentionally charting courses of action designed to provoke pre-inauguration confrontation with Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Or am I missing something? Take, for example, Buhari’s request to the National Assembly, just days to the end of his term, to approve an $800 million loan for the purpose of distributing “N5,000 per month to 10.2 million, poor and low-income households for a period of six months with a multiplier effect on about 60 million individuals.” This would have been comedic if it weren’t for the tragic, broad daylight official theft that it is. Even Senate President Ahmed Lawan whose notoriety for pliancy to the presidency is unmatched in Nigeria’s democratic history couldn’t suppress a hearty burst of laughter when he read Buhari’s request in the Senate. Lawan was particularly tickled by Buhari’s assurance that the dispensation of the money to the poor and the vulnerable in the country would be above board. “In order …

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NLC Passes Vote of Confidence On Abure

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has again passed a vote of confidence on Julius Abure, maintaining he is the National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP).  While the LP has been recently embroiled in a leadership crisis, the President of the NLC Joe Ajaero insists that Abure is the party’s chairman. The NLC Chief was speaking while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today.  “Well, Julius Abure remains the national chairman of the Labour Party. Nobody has conducted any convention,” he said Tuesday. “There is no meeting nor NEC meeting called which NLC as trustees has attended where any officer has been removed.” According to him, a convention will soon be held to elect new leaders. “So, any distraction for people to perpetuate themselves in office is not acceptable to us. That is where we are and it is the position as of today,” he said. “You can’t just wake up and say you have removed leaders. It is not acceptable to us! We should know but it does not mean leaders cannot be removed. Leaders can be removed any moment.” An …

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See Federal Secretariat Buhari Named After Goodluck Jonathan

President Muhammadu Buhari has honoured his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, by naming a federal government building after him. The Nigerian leader on Tuesday virtually commissioned three bridges, three secretariats and one road project undertaken by his administration. The Federal Government built secretariats in Anambra, Bayelsa and Zamfara states to cut expenditures on rent for office spaces. Buhari said the structures would “reduce the cost of governance by bringing federal civil servants under one roof for efficient service delivery.” The new buildings are Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Federal Secretariat in Yenagoa, Ebele Okeke Federal Secretariat in Awka, and Malam Yahaya Gusau Federal Secretariat in Gusau. The President said making infrastructure development a key point of focus in his administration was deliberate “to create wealth and make poverty alleviation easier.

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Enugu: Tribunal Dismisses Suit Seeking to Stop Mbah’s Swearing-In

An application seeking to stop the inauguration of the Governor-elect, Peter Mbah, on May 29, 2023 has been dismissed. The application was dismissed by the Enugu State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Tuesday. The Enugu governorship candidate of the African Democratic Party, Nnamdi Omeje, and his party rejected the result of the March 18 governorship election, where the Independent National Electoral Commission declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Mba, the winner. Omeje and his party alleged that the election was characterised by intimidation, overvoting and non-compliance to Electoral Act 2022 and INEC election guidelines. Consequently, he filed a petition against the election before the tribunal sitting at the Enugu State High Court Complex. Among the reliefs sought before the Tribunal was to stop the forthcoming inauguration and/or swearing-in of Peter Mbah as the incoming Executive Governor of Enugu State. The petitioners, through their motion, urged the tribunal to make an interlocutory order of injunction restraining Mbah from presenting himself, for the purposes of being sworn in or inaugurated as the Executive Governor of Enugu State on May …

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Seun Kuti Returned To Detention Over Magistrate’s Absence

Daily Trust reports that the Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Yaba, Lagos, has failed to sit. The court, on Tuesday failed to sit in the case against Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat maestro, Fela Kuti. Our correspondent learnt that Magistrate Adeola Olatubosun who has been hearing the case, is away on a training. Kuti was brought to the magistrates’ court but upon learning of the absence of the magistrate, he was immediately taken back to the police station at Panti. The case has been adjourned till Wednesday, May 24. Daily Trust had reported how Kuti was apprehended on May 15 after he was filmed assaulting a police officer on the Third Mainland Bridge. The musician was detained at the state criminal investigation Department (SCID) and arraigned before the magistrate’s court on May 16. The police had sought to get an order to further keep him in custody for 21 days pending the conclusion of its investigation. But the court directed the police to detain Kuti for additional 48 hours and then release him on bail. Last Thursday, the magistrate extended …

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Buhari Names Federal Secretariat After Goodluck Jonathan

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has honoured his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan. He honoured Jonathan by naming a federal government building after him. The Nigerian leader on Tuesday virtually commissioned three bridges, three secretariats and one road project undertaken by his administration. The Federal Government built secretariats in Anambra, Bayelsa and Zamfara states to cut expenditures on rent for office spaces. Buhari said the structures would “reduce the cost of governance by bringing federal civil servants under one roof for efficient service delivery.” The new buildings are Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Federal Secretariat in Yenagoa, Ebele Okeke Federal Secretariat in Awka, and Malam Yahaya Gusau Federal Secretariat in Gusau. The President said making infrastructure development a key point of focus in his administration was deliberate “to create wealth and make poverty alleviation easier.”

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Senate Presidency: I Opted Out Of Race Because I Have No Money To Share – Ndume

The Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Ali Ndume, has revealed why he dropped his ambition to become the next Senate President. According to him, the reason is because he doesn’t have money to share to his colleagues. Ndume maintained that he opted out of the race for two reasons; the fact that the President told him to consider withdrawing and secondly, the claim that he has no money to share around. Appearing on Arise TV on Tuesday, the lawmaker, who contested for the Senate President in the ninth assembly and scored 28 votes, said he decided to throw his weight behind Godswill Akpabio this time around for reasons of stability, fairness and equity. “It’s unfortunate that everybody has now known that the Senate Presidency and leadership tussle is now a money thing rather than capacity, capability and other qualifications that are supposed to matter most. “Truly I’m the one leading the campaign for Akpabio for reasons I’ve stated before. It is based on the need to have stability, equity and justice and fairness in the …

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Security Agencies Advised Us To Ban smartphones – Tribunal

It has been revealed that Judges presiding over the presidential election petition tribunal were told by security operatives to ban  smartphones and other electronic devices during proceedings. Peoples Gazette reported that this was made public by judges presiding over the presidential election petition tribunal on Tuesday. The tribunal chairman, Justice Haruna Tsammani, said the decision was to ensure the safety and security of stakeholders, stating that “with the latest technology, a small chip can set everyone here ablaze.” Although loosely enforced, the lead judge pleaded with the senior lawyers to persuade their juniors to obey the court’s directives. Nonetheless, according to Mr Tsammani, the court understands and appreciates the concerns of stakeholders, especially the lawyers. On Monday, the tribunal ruled that it would not allow a live telecast of the tribunal proceedings because there was no basis, whether, in law or judicial procedure, the court could rely on to grant the application.

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May 29 Inauguration: Tony Blair Visits Tinubu Ahead Of Swearing In

Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on Tuesday, paid a visit to the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at the Defence House in Abuja. The visit comes six days before Tinubu’s inauguration as successor to outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari. Tinubu disclosed this in a tweet on his handle. “I received former British Prime Minister and founder Tony Blair Institute for Good Governance, Mr Tony Blair, at the Defence House, Abuja, earlier today,” the incoming President stated. “We discussed areas of mutual interests and how Nigeria can continue to benefit from the amazing work of the Institute.” I received former British Prime Minister and founder Tony Blair Institute for Good Governance, Mr Tony Blair, at the Defence House, Abuja, earlier today. We discussed areas of mutual interests and how Nigeria can continue to benefit from the amazing work of the Institute. pic.twitter.com/UbdVitkRaN — Bola Ahmed Tinubu (@officialABAT) May 23, 2023 Channels Television reports that those who attended the meeting include the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima. Since Tinubu was declared winner of the February 25 presidential …

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South East Governors Name Second Niger Bridge After Buhari – Fashola

The Federal Government has named the Second Niger Bridge after President Muhammadu Buhari. Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola disclosed this while briefing the press after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Tuesday. “And because my colleagues in cabinet and the governors of the South-East who have spoken to me have decided that the Second Niger Bridge must have a name, in consultation with them, we have decided we would also declare open the Muhammadu Buhari Second Niger Bridge linking Anambra State and Delta,” he said at the event. Presidential aide Bashir Ahmad also corroborated Fashola, saying the bridge has been named after the Nigerian leader. The MUHAMMADU BUHARI BRIDE is officially commissioned today, by President Muhammadu Buhari. #PMBLegacy pic.twitter.com/8eJ3Uzm46p — Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) May 23, 2023 “The Second Niger Bridge is to officially be called/known as Buhari Second Niger Bridge,” he tweeted. — Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) May 23, 2023 Recall that President Buhari had virtually commissioned the bridge and other federal projects on the same day. The ceremony was done during the FEC meeting and was witnessed live at the Asaba …

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Femi Adesina Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree From UK’s Learn To Live Business School

By Chris Udochukwu Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to the President Muhammadu Buhari has received an honourary Doctorate Decree from Learn To Live Business School, United Kingdom. Adesina who announced the award in a statement released via his Facebook page on Tuesday, said he never thought he would ever have the appellation ‘Dr’ to his name. According to him, the award was in recognition of his work as Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, The statement reads in full: HONOUR FROM ACROSS THE SEAS Never thought I would ever have the appellation ‘Dr’ to my name, except if I went to herbal school, as an imminent retiree. But what did I see? A notification from Learn To Live Business School, United Kingdom. The honorary award, they said, was in recognition of my work as Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, and it is described as Doctor of Strategic Management and Leadership Development. The investiture was done by Dr Peter Akubo and Dr Nelson Kingsley, on behalf of the institution. …

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Labour Party Appeals Kano Court Judgement Nullifying Alex Otti’s Candidature

The Labour Party has filed an appeal against the Kano Federal High Court’s judgement nullifying the candidature of Abia State governor-elect, Alex Otti, in the March 18 governorship election. Recall that Otti’s candidature was nullified following a lawsuit filed by Ibrahim Haruna Ibrahim against the Labour Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission. The judgement was given on grounds of the Labour Party not complying with the requirements stipulated in the 2022 electoral act and also failing to submit its membership register to INEC at least 30 days before their primaries. Labour Party’s legal counsel, Umeh Kalu, SAN, said they filed an appeal on May 22, for the judgement of the trial court to be set aside. 

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Romance scam: Nigeria partners Australian Police to arrest serial fraudster in Abuja

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force – National Cybercrime Center (NPF-NCCC) have successfully apprehended one Ogenevowero Emefeke, a 37-year-old resident of Guida Area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for pulling-off an elaborate  fraudulent scheme on an Australian national.  The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement released on Monday, May 22, 2023, said the arrest is coming on the heels of actionable intelligence made available by the South Australian Police Department (SAPOL). Adejobi stated that the sum of sixty thousand Australian Dollars (60.000.00 AUD) was recovered from the suspect. “The suspect, in a written statement during Police interview, freely admitted to having committed the fraud and several others dating back to 2021,” the statement read. “In unmasking his modus operandi, investigation reveals that the suspect and his cohorts usually adopt pseudo identities of renowned international celebrities, carefully select their victims through different social media platforms, lure them into an attack popularly known as “Romance Scam”, and after gaining their trust, subsequently play on their emotion to swindle them of their resources. Investigation further revealed that the victims …

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CBN inaugurates eNaira ambassadors

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has inaugurated eNaira wallet student ambassadors in the University of Jos. Esther Tinat, the branch manager of the apex bank in Jos, who inaugurated the ambassadors, said that the initiative is from the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), aimed at improving the economy. She explained that the initiative was introduced in 2021, making Nigeria the first country in Africa to introduce the CBDC. According to Tinat, CBDC, issued by the government, has the same value as the paper, fiat, or currency.”eNaira is an electronic version of the local paper naira currency, equal in value and issued by the CBN. ”It is not intended to replace cash, but it is going to function as a safe and efficient alternative means of payment. ”eNaira has the same value as the physical naira, its value will rise or fall in relation to the dollar in the same way as the fiat currency. ”The economy of the world is evolving, and we don’t have to be left behind; once you have the wallet, you can purchase anything you …

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e-Naira records low adoption, 98 per cent of wallets inactive – IMF

After one year of establishment, the Central Bank of Nigeria’s eNaira recorded low adoption, according to the International Monetary Fund. This was contained in a recent report titled ‘Nigeria’s eNaira, one Year After’ by the IMF. The Washington-based bank specifically stated that about 98.5 per cent of eNaira wallets downloaded after the launching are inactive. The report added that the average value of eNaira transactions had been N923 million weekly, representing 0.0018 per cent of the average amount of money supply, M3, in the period under review. “The average number of eNaira transactions since its inception amounts to about 14,000 per week—only 1.5 per cent of the number of wallets out there. It means that 98.5 per cent of wallets, for any given week, have not been used even once,” the report stated. Nigeria’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), the eNaira, was launched on 25 October 2021 in Abuja.

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