$1bn arms procurement: Clear your name now, Coalition charges Defence Minister

The Coalition for Truth and Justice (CTJ) has called on the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magashi, to clear his name from the controversial purchase of security equipment.  The group noted that Magashi must explain how his ministry expended the $1billion approved by the Federal Government in April 2018.  Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, national coordinator, Timothy Charles, described the minister’s silence as “unholy” and an “embarrassment” to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.  Charles said the group is alarmed that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim is carrying…

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Easter: Senator Stephen Odey Harps On Peace, Tolerance

By Ebriku John Friday As Nigerians join their counterparts across the world to celebrate Easter, the Senator representing Cross River North Senatorial District, Senator Stephen Adi Odey, has tasked his constituents and Nigerians on harmony among each other in order to ensure peace and unity across Nigeria. Senator Odey in an Easter message made available to journalists on Saturday in Abuja, prayed for peace, nation’s economic growth as well as religious tolerance among the citizens. He called on Christians in the country to use the occasion of the Easter celebration…

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Arewa Youth Council Okays Ganduje’s plan to host Tinubu

The Arewa Youth Council (AYC) has expressed strong support for Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s plan to host the scheduled annual Bola Tinubu’s Colloquium in Kano State Government House describing Arewa Youth Consultative Forum’s (AYCF)attacks on the Governor as provocative, ill-advised and apparently sponsored. Spokesman of the Arewa Youth Council, Mohammed Hussaini, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday affirmed that the forum was shocked to read statements from Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) against the hosting of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Colloquium in Kano State Government House. The group disssociated itself…

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Legor, A Lawmaker In Touch With His Constituents

By Goddie Akpama Only a few constituencies are lucky to have a federal lawmaker in the mould of Barrister Legor Idagbo, the representative of Bekwarra/Obudu/Obanliku federal constituency as their representative. Since he was elected in 2015 to the National Assembly, Legor has remained consistent in serving the people of the three Local Government Areas, by protecting their interest and bringing to them what in Nigerian political parlance is known as the dividends of democracy. Certainly, the people of the federal constituency, one of the only two constituencies in the Northern…

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COVID-19: Group clears air on Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, urges citizens to support NPHCDA’s efforts

The National Vanguard for Covd-19 Vaccine Administration and Advocacy says there is no need for panic over the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, assuring Nigerians that it is safe and effective for the cure of the coronavirus.  The group, which gave this assurance at a press conference on Thursday in Abuja, noted that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risk or any side effects it may pose. It also hailed the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), at the forefront of the distribution, administration and sensitisation of Nigerians on the vaccine. …

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PEF(M)B: Coalition clears Bobboi of nepotism allegations, lauds ES for transparent leadership

The Coalition of Human Rights Groups in Nigeria (CHRGN) has absolved the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Equalization (Management) Board, Ahmed A. Bobboi of allegations of nepotism.  The coalition noted that Bobboi has displayed an unalloyed commitment to achieving the mandate of the agency through the introduction of policies that promotes transparency and accountability.  It said it came to this conclusion after an investigation to ascertain the veracity of the reports that border on workplace discrimination and favouritism.  After a thorough probe, the CHRGN said it found no evidence to suggest the entrenchment of…

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Nigerian military receives tanks, artillery from China Nigeria’s military has taken delivery of VT-4 main battle tanks, SH-5 self-propelled howitzers and other equipment from China in an effort to strengthen its land forces in the battle against Boko Haram militants. The equipment was acquired from China’s Norinco after being ordered last year under an apparent $152 million contract. The equipment was unloaded on 8 April and included VT-4 main battle tanks, SH5 105 mm self-propelled artillery and other items. Nigerian Army Chief of Policy and Plans Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun said,…

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WE WILL INTENSIFY ON CORPS MEMBERS’ SECURITY – Governor Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor, His Excellency Dr. Kayode Fayemi has pledged that his administration will do more on the security and welfare of Corps members serving in the state. He made the promise when he received the Director General of National Youth Service Corps, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim in his office in Ado Ekiti, the state capital today 23rd March, 2021. The governor who condemned in very strong terms the violence that erupted during a bye-election last Saturday at Unit 7, Ward 7 of Omuo Ekiti in Ekiti East Local Government…

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NPHCDA’s formidable COVID -19 vaccine strategy

By Bridget Agada The newest assignment in Nigeria now for the multitude of idlers, detractors and covert saboteurs is the administration of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in the country. It swirled like harmattan breeze with every frenzy. The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) took delivery of the 3.92 million doses of the highly priced and scare vaccine in the determined efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to secure public health. Mr. President has his eyes fixated on curbing the spread of the global Coronavirus pandemic; but those who perpetually pray…

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2023: South East Church Leaders Canvass For Igbo Presidency

By Ebriku John Friday The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission recently held a South East Church Leaders Peace Meeting in Enugu to discuss the security challenges in the zone and Nigeria as a whole. The Chief Convener of the prayer peace meeting, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission Rev Yakubu Pam said that the meeting was convened to bring church leaders together to interact and recommend the way forward for peace in Nigeria. Stakeholders comprising church leaders from the five states in the South East converged at Sylvia…

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