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Politics / FG Declares Friday Work-free Day For Workers by agwom(m): 6:03am On Feb 21
The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday, 22 February, 2019 as a work-free day to allow Nigerians prepare for the Presidential and National Assembly elections, slated for Saturday, 23 February, 2019.

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau disclosed this in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Interior Ministry, Barr Georgina Ehuriah on Wednesday night.

“Federal Government declares Friday 22, February 2019 as work-free day. Those providing essential duties and bankers are excluded.

“The work-free day is to enable citizens return to their poling units for the reschedule Presidential & National Assembly elections.

“Security agencies have been directed to ensure safety of lives & property before, during & after the general election,” the statement read in part.

Politics / I’ll Go Back To Gamboru Ngala, Shettima Dares B/haram by agwom(m): 7:23am On Feb 20
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno yesterday said he would go back to Gamboru Ngala, where his convoy was attacked last week.

Shettima’s convoy was attacked last Tuesday by the insurgents.

The governor spoke to newsmen after attending a security meeting, presided over by president Muhamamdu Buhari at the Villa.

Shettima attended the meeting together with Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) and Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa). Members of the country’s national security council were also in attendance.

The governor, while responding to question on his attack said: “ When you juxtaposed the sorry state of the north east four years ago and what it is now, you will admit there has been great change in our fortune security wise. The threats and challenges are still there but when you put it in proper perspective, I think the president deserves commendation not condemnation.

“Be that as it may, uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. I am the chief security officer of the state, I should have the courage and believe me, I am not petrified.

“As the chief security officer of the state, the day I say I cannot go to a certain part of the state because of the insecurity, then what sort of confidence are you inspiring on the common man?

“The Boko Haram bask in the oxygen of publicity, by attacking my convoy, by targeting my person, they have gotten the much needed boost. But then as they say if you cannot with stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Leadership requires courage.

“I will go back to Gamboru Ngala next week and ready to pay the supreme price if need be and I will not be going in a bullet proof car. I will go in a normal car like any other members of my convoy and expose myself to all the risk that they are bearing for me to be protected.

“But believe me, no matter how long the night is, darkness must give away to the light of the dawn, no matter how stormy the weather may well be, it won’t rain forever. This madness will come to an end because is fight between light and darkness, it is a fight between cause and justice.”

Politics / 130 People Killed In ‘kajuru Genocide’, El-rufai Tells Buhari by agwom(m): 2:29pm On Feb 19
Governor Nasir El- Rufai of Kaduna state has said that it was 130 persons that were killed in Kajuru villages and not 66 as he previously disclosed.

Briefing State House reporters after a security council meeting, presided over President Muhamamdu Buhari at the Villa, he said the names and photographs of those killed would soon be made available to the press.

The security council meeting which lasted for an hour was attended by El-Rufai, Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa), Kashim Shettima (Borno) and members of the country’s national security council.

El-Rufai while describing the killings as a deliberate plan to wipe out a certain community, said anybody questioning whether the attack took place or not,was grossly irresponsible.

” The latest report shows that over 130 people were killed, not even 60. We have the list and we will release it to the media. The affected communities have provided us with the names of those that were killed,” he said.

He assured that the perpetrators of the killings would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Also speaking, Kaduna state commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdulrahaman, said a total of 11 suspects have been arrested in connection with the killings.

“Initially we arrested eight people and additional three have been arrested.More facts are coming out. We want to do the needful before taken the suspects to court,” he said

The meeting which started by 11:am was also attended by members of the National Security Council . Members of the Council include; the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan- Ali, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas;

Others are Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Abubakar, acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Director General of Department for State Service (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi.

Politics / Polls Shift: Jonathan Sues For Peace, Urges Voters To Resist Vote Buying by agwom(m): 9:38am On Feb 19
Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday tasked Nigerians to embrace peace and shun violence ahead of the rescheduled general elections.

Jonathan, who was in Bayelsa, his home state at the weekend for the polls earlier scheduled for Feb. 16 and March 2 but postponed by one week to Feb. 23 and March 9, called on Nigerians to remain peaceful.

Jonathan spoke at a meeting with Niger Delta Youth Leaders on Monday in Yenagoa, where he urged the electorate to shun vote buying, instead vote according to their conscience.

“Use of money to induce voters has become very prevalent in Nigeria.

“It is more pronounced here than many African countries I have been to monitor elections and it is unhealthy for our development.

“My NGO is however, working on advocacy against it.

“Politics should be about the people but anyone who wants to make quick money should go into business and quit politics, which is all about service to the people.

“People should vote according to the dictates of their conscience and not be induced by money.

“I have said it several times that no ambition should be worth spilling of the blood of any Nigerian.

“Peace is fundamental to economic development and the reports of insecurity and violence scares away investors.

“Anytime someone is killed either by security agencies or by any other exra judicial means, it affects the reputation of the country adversely and that is why peace building is very essential, especially with the youth.

“Our youths are critical in our democracy because the future belongs to them, so, my advise is that we should be patient and shun violence in the coming elections,”Jonathan said.

Earlier, Mr Kenedy Tonjo-West, a Niger Delta Youth leader, said that representatives of Niger Delta youths from across the region were in Bayelsa to applaud the former President for his efforts at peace building.

He said that his exemplary leadership style of politics without violence and bitterness was an inspiration to Niger Delta youths.

West, who is also a Senior Special Adviser on Niger Delta Youth matters to the Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, noted that Jonathan’s influence on the youth of the region was responsible for the prevailing peace in the region.

He said that youths from the region were in Bayelsa to seek counsel from the former President following the shift in election date.

Mr Peretubo Oweilaemi, President of Ijaw Youth Council, said that youths from the Niger Delta region remained proud of the former President, who relinquished power in the interest of peace and development of Nigeria.

“The emphasis of our amiable leader, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on peace and peace building is very commendable, in spite of his political persuasion, he has chosen to always advocate peace and we the youth are learning from him.

“We have seen the region, which is very crucial to the country’s economy grow in peace because you advocate and preach peace all the time since you left office as President,” Oweilaemi said.

NAN reports that leaders of Non-Violent Youth groups including: Niger Delta Youths Coalition for Peace and Progress, Ex-Militant Leaders, who embraced the Presidential Amnesty programmes, among others were at the meeting.


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Politics / Atiku Asks Court To Stop Buhari, Security Agencies From Interfering With Electio by agwom(m): 6:06am On Feb 19
The presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has asked an FCT High Court for an order stopping President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies from alleged interferance with the general elections.

Atiku sought the order in a statement of defence he filed against a defamation suit instituted against him by the Buhari Campaign Organization (BCO).

In his counter-claim against the suit, Atiku sought an order of court ‎”mandating President Buhari and his agents including security operatives and officers to abide by the rule of law and the principle of separation of powers entrenched in the constitution and should not intervene in the forthcoming elections.”

Atiku, through his counsel, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN), challenged the competence of the suit and urged the court to grant an order mandating President Buhari to apologise to him for filing a frivolous suit against him.

‎Atiku who asked for N2 billon as damages, said part of the money should be given to IDP camps across the country and the rest be used in equipping libraries and information technology centres for all state Universities in Nigeria.

In a 56-paragraph witness statement on oath deposed by one Abraham Udoh, the former vice president ‎told the court that Buhari had failed Nigerians by his inability as a president to stop ‎the ruthless and wanton killings that rendered citizens, farmers, women and children homeless without food or basic amenities.

The case will come up for hearing on March 7.


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Politics / PDP Accuses APC, Presidency Of Sabotaging INEC To Stagger Polls by agwom(m): 12:09pm On Feb 18
The PDP has accused APC of sabotaging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “in a well-orchestrated plot to engineer a staggered presidential election.”

The Director Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged in a statement, yesterday, that President Buhari was determined to have a staggered election which would afford him the opportunity to use security agencies to subvert the will of the people at the polls.

The party also said some APC elements in INEC had allegedly hired a team of data hackers who corrupted the voters register with a view to causing mass confusion and voters suppression on election day.

“We have been reliably informed that the same Amina Zakari and another high-ranking INEC commissioner played a pivotal role in assisting the APC and Buhari presidency in sabotaging the operations of INEC and scuttling the February 16 elections.

“These APC elements in INEC engineered actions that affected the distribution and delivery of INEC sensitive materials to designated locations, thereby frustrating the electoral process.

“Nigerians would have been shocked that many registered voters in possession of their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) would arrive at their polling centres on election day, only to discover to their amazement that their names have disappeared from the register in their units.

“Intelligence available to us further details how agents of the Buhari presidency infiltrated the distribution system and ensured that sensitive election materials do not arrive at the designated locations, with the view to stall elections in several states and pave way for a staggered election.

“This is in addition to deliberate swapping of sensitive election materials between different states and local governments to muddle up the process and stall election in affected areas. In some states like Edo, sensitive election materials did not arrive at their designated points on APC interruption,” he alleged.

“The PDP urges Nigerians to continue to be alert in resisting the APC and the Buhari Presidency in their plot to sabotage our elections,” he added.

Politics / INEC Urged To Weed Out Officials Responsible For Logistics Problems by agwom(m): 8:06am On Feb 18
Retired Group Capt. John Ojikutu, a security expert, has said 60 per cent of INEC staff that superintended the past elections which were equally postponed might still be in the system.

“It is high time they were identified and weeded out of the system,” Ojikutu said in his reaction to the postponement of the general elections by INEC.

According to him, from 2011, 2015 and 2019, the reasons for rescheduling of elections had always been logistics.

He said, “It has always been logistics problems since I can remember way back in 2011 when Jega came on board. Has INEC learnt any lessons from the experiences of the past including the 2015 experiences?” he asked.

“There could still be no less than 60% of these in the systems; Who are those that were managing the INEC logistics in the past and how many of them are still in the process? Are there any intelligence about any from the experience of the past? What has INEC done to attend to these experiences?

The leftovers in the systems that were part of the experience of the past could still be the clogs in the process; why would INEC not identify them and remove them,” he asked.


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Politics / It’s Church’s Role To Fast, Pray For Those In Govt — Osinbajo by agwom(m): 2:32pm On Feb 15
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says it is the role of the church to fast and pray for those in government and leadership positions in order to bring God’s plans for the nation to fruition.

Osinbajo’s spokesman Laolu Akande, in a statement on Friday in Abuja said that the vice president spoke on Thursday in Jos at a one-day special prayer forum for a peaceful 2019 elections in Plateau and Nigeria in general.

The event was organised by the Plateau State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

“The devil cannot interfere in the plans and purposes of God in our lives or in the life of our nation; it is impossible.

“There is no way the gates of hell can ever prevail against the church because the church represents God’s plans and purposes on earth.

“The role of the church to bring about the plans and purposes of God to pass in our nation is to fast and pray for those that are in government.

“God’s plans and purposes for this nation rest on the shoulders of the Children of God.

“It is your prayers that will make the difference for our nation. I want to say to you again that please continue to pray and fast for those of us who are in government because we are there as the seeds that God has planted in this nation.

“We are the salt; we may not be plenty but salt does not have to be a lot to make a difference,” he said.

The Vice President admonished Christians to look inward for solutions to the problems of the nation as looking elsewhere amounted to very big mistake.

On his part, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State said Osinbajo’s visit to the state for prayers a few days to the elections was a sign of a peaceful outcome.

He thanked God for sparing the life of the vice president from the helicopter crash in Kogi recently.

Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo, Plateau CAN Secretary said that the desire of the association was to have peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.

He appreciated Osinbajo for honouring the invitation and prayed God to be with him during and after the elections.

The programme featured special prayers for the political leaders in Nigeria and for peaceful elections. There were also praise and worship sessions. (NAN)

Politics / Atiku: What US Told Me Ahead Of Presidential Election by agwom(m): 2:19pm On Feb 15
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in tomorrow’s Presidential election in Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar said he got a call, today, from the government of United States of America ahead of the election.

In a tweet through his verified twitter handle, Atiku said the US affirmed the international community’s commitment to free and fair elections in Nigeria.

He said it was the US Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, who made the call on behalf of the US government.

Earlier today I received a call from US Secretary of State, @SecPompeo, who reaffirmed the international community’s commitment to free and fair elections in Nigeria.

Wishing you all a peaceful elections, wherever you are. God bless Nigeria. pic.twitter.com/cDoIN9g7jY

— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) February 15, 2019

Atiku, a former Vice President of Nigeria will battle the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the top position in the country tomorrow.

Politics / Don’t Accept Food From Politicians On Election Day, FRSC Officers Warned by agwom(m): 6:51am On Feb 14
Officers and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Cross River State have been cautioned against taking food from politicians while on duty on the election day.

The state sector commander of the corps, Chidiebere Nkwonta, gave the warning in Calabar yesterday at an election’s stakeholders’ meeting and a capacity building programme for staff.

He warned that any officers caught violating electoral laws or colluding with others to tamper with the elections would be dismissed.

“We strongly cautioned against personnel of the FRSC against accepting gifts, drinks, food, enticements from anybody or they themselves wasting time to go and eat during election day.

“This is to guard against possible compromise or even getting drugged or confused so that you will not be up to discharge their given tasks on election day,” he said.

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Jumia is Scam.
Politics / Buhari, Atiku Sign Accord On Polls Outcome Today by agwom(m): 8:39am On Feb 13
President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will today sign a peace accord on the outcome of the February 16 presidential election.

Former US President Bill Clinton will also speak with Buhari and Atiku this week to ensure peaceful election, his spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement.

Clinton was earlier billed to deliver keynote address and witness the signing of the peace accord organised by the National Peace Committee (NPC) led by former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

The former US president however cancelled the trip because his visit to Nigeria “has the potential to be politicized in a way that is not in line with the goals of the Committee,” Ureña said.

“This is a crucial time in Nigeria, and President Clinton is hopeful that the election’s outcome reflects the will of the Nigerian people,” the spokesman added.

Buhari, Atiku confirm attendance

When contacted last night, Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to President Buhari, said “You will see him [the president] there.”

Mr. Paul Ibe, Atiku’s media aide, also confirmed to Daily Trust yesterday that the former VP would sign the pact today.

President Buhari had on December 11, 2018 signed the first peace pact, tagged “Abuja Accord 2018” along with several other presidential candidates. The PDP candidate who was absent at the event however signed the pact the following day.

While signing the first pact, Buhari had said, “We, the candidates pledge to uphold the highest standard of conducts and encourage our teeming supporters to do same.”

Also, after signing the pact, Atiku commended the president for signing the peace agreement.

Daily Trust reports that in the build up to the 2015 elections, the NPC facilitated the signing of the peace accord between then President Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari and 12 other candidates for the presidential poll.

‘Parties should act within the law’

Speaking to the Daily Trust in a phone interview earlier, the convener of the NPC and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah said the focus of first peace accord was on the conduct of politicians during campaigns, the second would be on acceptance of the poll’s result if the election is free, fair and credible.

He added that it was left for the political parties, presidential contestants and other candidates to act within the law and spirit of the National Peace Pact.

The PDP had on Wednesday, February 6 threatened to opt out of the first accord after accusing the ruling APC and its members of breaching the terms of the accord, but the APC campaign denied the allegations.

42 parties list 8 conditions for signing accord

Daily Trust reports that 42 political parties had on Monday given eight conditions that must be included in the accord before signing it.

The position was contained in a statement on behalf of the parties by the Chairman of Action Peoples Party, Imo Ugochinyere; National Chairman of Alliance National Party, Mashood Shittu; National Chairman, People’s Coalition Party, Anthony Harmattan; and National Chairman, Action Alliance, Kenneth Udeze.

They are: “The conditions are that it must be included in the accord that security agencies should not arrest leaders of the opposition parties few hours to election, as was done in Osun governorship election.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies must not exclude opposition parties’ agents from collation venues, from Polling Unit to the final collation level.

“It would be a breach of the accord for any security agency to arrest agents of opposition parties or stop them from accessing the venue of election and collation.

“Accreditation must be done with party agents physically monitoring the identification of the voters.

“INEC should be allowed by security agencies to do their work without interference in accordance with Electoral Act, 201, as amended.

“No result shall leave the polling unit without being announced and pasted on the wall, in accordance with the Electoral Act, as amended.

“Politically-motivated police postings should be discontinued and reversed like the case of the posting of the former security aide of (All Progressives Congress chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Kayode Egbetokun, as Kwara Commissioner of Police.)

“INEC must ensure unrestricted access to agents of parties fielding candidates to the situation room and pilot phase of e-collation at all levels of collation up to national headquarters to ensure transparency.”


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Politics / Muslim Council Calls For Sack Of Taraba SSG Over Comment by agwom(m): 6:12am On Feb 13
The Muslim Council of Nigeria (MCN) in Taraba State has called on Gov. Darius Ishaku to remove the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Anthony Jellason, over an alleged anti-Islam comment.

The acting Chairman of the council, Alhaji Ahmed Bose, who addressed a press conference in Jalingo, said the attention of the council was drawn to an audio recorded by a Hausa musician, Sa’adiya Gombe, who exchanged words with the SSG in which he disparaged Muslims.

Alhaji Bose said in the audio, Mr. Jellason allegedly said he hated Islam and Muslims in the state, and so described such comment as “hate speech against the Muslim community.”

Bose who is also the state’s Grand Khadi, said the Muslim Council condemned the action of the SSG and called for his immediate removal from his position, as according to him, it would show the Muslim Ummah in the state that his statement did not reflect the position of the state government.

“This speech is also contrary to his oath of office as a public office holder as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended,” Bose said.

However, effort to get the side the SSG was not successful as he refused to answer calls or reply a text message sent to him by our reporter.


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Politics / Re: Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Officially Endorse Buhari For Re-election by agwom(m): 5:56pm On Feb 12
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Politics / Atiku Lied, Buhari Didn’t Call For Violence In Zamfara – APC by agwom(m): 5:53pm On Feb 12
The All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Presidential Campaign Council has denied claims that President Muhammadu Buhari called for violence in Zamfara State.

Festus Keyamo, Director of Strategic Communications, APC Presidential Campaign Council made this denial in a statement on Tuesday.

“The candidate of the main opposition himself…threw caution to the wind in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday, February 11, 2019, when he alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari called for violence when he campaigned in Zamfara State.

“Nothing can be farther from the truth. The Hausa word the President used in Zamfara, which has been taken out of context, is “fitna”. Incidentally, all our Hausa language scholars have said the word means different things: it means distress, trial, affliction or temptation. It can also be used to describe rebellion or uprising.

“In this case, President Buhari was actually weighing in on the joke told very often of recent in the North that due to the rice boom, farmers have embarked on pilgrimage and the marrying of more wives.

“So, what the President meant was actually a joke deliberately taken out of context: he simply told the crowd to ensure they eat very well because of the rice boom before they can contemplate giving in to those temptations.”

He urge Atiku not to set the country ablaze by outright falsehood.

Politics / Katsina: Buhari Upbeat, Atiku Counting On Yar’adua Connection by agwom(m): 5:51am On Feb 12
As his home state, President Buhari has slated Katsina as last port of call for the APC presidential campaign, while his main rival, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, who was in Katsina a few days ago, reminded the electorate of his long ties with the Yar’adua family, saying this was the time for them to appreciate his loyalty by dumping their son in his favour.

Katsina is ranked fourth in voter population in the country, with 3,251,927 registered voters.

Besides, the electorate has the huge task of ensuring that President Buhari wins convincingly, and Gov. Aminu Bello Masari has never minced words in telling the world that he and his people would fulfil this obligation.

At present, the state has set a target of three million votes in its new drive to address shortfalls envisaged from other North West states where the PDP may likely get some votes during the presidential election because of the internal crises bedevilling the APC.

During the 2015 elections, Buhari got 1,348,441 votes in Katsina ahead of PDP’s 98,937 when ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was the flag bearer.

That time, the PDP was the ruling party at the centre and in Katsina, and for obvious reasons, including the need for the state to remain under the fold of the party, the then Governor, Ibrahim Shehu Shema, and other PDP loyalists campaigned vigorously against the APC and its candidates.

And even though they could not get the winning votes, the PDP recorded a wonderful outing.

This time around, the APC is at the centre and visibly in control in Katsina, hence setting the ambitious target of securing three million votes for Buhari.

Daily Trust reports that APC leaders are working round the clock to ensure they deliver this onerous task.

So far, 3,018,963 persons have collected their PVCs, which translates to 93 per cent compliance, according to INEC.

Only 232,964, seven per cent, PVCs are yet to be collected and there are indications that the few days extension granted by INEC would be used by those who are yet to collect their cards to do so.

Analysts believe that although President Buhari will carry the day in Katsina, PDP’s Atiku will also have several boxes to go home with.

They are quick to cite his affiliation to the Yar’adua family, one of the enduring dynasties highly cherished across the state.

Atiku and late Shehu Musa ‘Yar’adua, the elder brother of late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, had a close tie dating back to the 1960s.

Atiku does not keep this relationship secret as he showcases it whenever the opportunity avails itself. He is good at referring himself as a political protégé of late the late Shehu Musa Yar’adua.

During his presidential campaign rally in Katsina, he pleaded with the voters to consider the relationship and vote for him.

Besides, ethnicity and religion which gave Buhari an edge during the 2015 election have vanished, especially in the core North, including Katsina, hence the projection that since the two leading candidates are Muslims and of Fulani extraction, some voters will consider other variables before deciding who to support.

Similarly, there is the likelihood of voter shortfall of from seven: Jibia, Safana, Batsari, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari and Sabuwa, out of the 34 local government areas of the state that have security challenges, including occasional kidnapping.

A voter apathy is expected giving the insecurity bedevilling the areas, a situation which even INEC is pondering about.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Ibrahim Zarewa, said, “The issue of insecurity in some parts of the state has escalated recently, largely as a result of spillover of the happenings in neighbouring Kaduna and Zamfara states.

“Election requires a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. A concrete approach has therefore become necessary in order to ensure peaceful and hitch free elections.”

Aside this, other determinants have to do with what the president has been able to bring home, especially in terms of infrastructural development.

There are mixed reactions with some believing that Buhari has not done much, even as many others believe in the Hausa axiom, “Naka sai naka”, meaning “You can’t disown yours for another.”

Some of the federal projects in Katsina State include effort towards completion of Zobe and Sabke dams, the proposed refinery and transport university (yet to commence), establishment of military bases, ongoing work on the Kano-Katsina Expressway, partial completion of a wind mill project, among many.

Recently, the state APC Chairman, Shitu Shitu, admitted that APC in Katsina had a lot to do, especially towards ensuring its sound victory in the state and the North West in general.

Shitu said, “Zamfara has no candidates. We lost Sokoto to PDP, and in Kano, there is the Kwankwaso issue. These North West states together gave the president a total of 7.4m votes. He won with 15.6m votes; which shows the strength of the zone,” he said.

“Of all the seven North West states, only Katsina and Jigawa are free from political crises, and Katsina is the only acknowledged to be solely APC, as such, we must work towards mass mobilisation of people to free us of impending shame or not reaching our target,” he added

However, Gov. Aminu Masari said against all odds, the chances of APC winning the elections in Katsina were very bright given the influx of defectors into the party ahead of the polls.

Gov. Masari said about 90 per cent of those who mattered in the PDP had since crossed over to the APC.

He added that the greatest pleasure was that the APC had delivered in all sectors of human endeavour.


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Politics / FG Earned N1.662trn From Oil Block License Renewals, Royalties In One Year by agwom(m): 5:20am On Feb 12
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu says the Federal Government, through automation initiatives by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has realized over N1.66 trillion from royalties and renewal of oil block licenses within one year; about 80 per cent rise against the previous year’s.

Speaking in Lagos, yesterday, during the launch of Crude oil and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Tracking (COLT) and automation initiatives, Kachikwu said until now, the process of royalties payment was determined by the oil firms, adding that today, the process is being determined by the DPR through automation initiatives.

The breakdown, according to the minister shows that a total of N1.3 trillion was realised from royalties while $1.2 billion was earned from 42 oil blocks renewals.

“This is part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate to improve earnings in the nation’s oil and gas sector as well as strengthening regulations to enhance efficiency in the daily crude oil production and exploration.

The minister noted that the country now has a computer based application that enables the regulatory agency to track crude oil, petroleum products from different terminals to their destinations both within and outside the country.

“It is a vessel tracking mechanism so that at any given time, we can tell what the country has produced for the very first time in the history of the country. We can also tell where the products have gone in term of export and where they are discharged.

The new technology monitors on a forensic basis, if there are some suspicious movements of vessels after we have products loaded into them.

“It has also been extended to the downstream sector to be able to capture everything that is brought into the country in terms of product importation of refined products. And also to be able to track the distribution,” he said

He noted that the regulatory agency has also launched a benchmarking system to track the expenses and reduce cost of producing oil in the country which, according to him, had been a major challenge.

“The benchmark system will help cut down cost of producing crude oil in the country and given the oxalating price oil all over the world, unless we are able to do this, we will produce all the oil and we will make no money out of it.

“The new scheme has been very helpful. With this we can challenge the oil companies with what they have externally in terms of best practice”, he said.

Kachikwu explained that henceforth, oil companies must ensure that they don’t have royalty arrears for payment before renewal of their licenses, adding that no oil company’s license will be renewed with royalty debts.


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Politics / Plateau,home Of Peace And Tourism by agwom(m): 8:26pm On Feb 11
Home of peace and tourism

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Politics / News Of Leah Sharibu’s Death Fake — FG by agwom(m): 7:39am On Feb 11
The federal government has described reports in the social media that Leah Sharibu, the abducted Dapchi schoolgirl, has died in captivity as fake news.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued to journalists on Sunday said the report is “absolutely fake news. There is nothing like that”.

He said the rumour, which surfaced just a few days to the presidential election, is another ploy by the political opposition to tarnish the image of the administration and exploit primordial sentiments ahead of the polls.

“I think it’s part of the opposition’s strategies to throw everything at the administration and at the President. I think every day they are realizing the hopelessness of their position.

“Every day they are amazed by the support Mr. President is receiving from every part of the country and they have decided that they are going to spread falsehood, inflame passion and make this election a Muslim-Christian affair or North-South affair, but people are not listening to them,” the minister said.

Speaking on the Monday’s presidential campaign rally in Ilorin, he said the All Progressives Congress (APC) has put everything in place to ensure that the visit of President Buhari is a huge success.

He said the crowd that will come out to receive the President will be organic as the party does not engage in renting crowds.

Mohammed appealed to security agencies to create a level playing field for all the contestants in the election to allow the people to freely exercise their franchise.

He also described the protest in some circles over the redeployment of police commissioners as the handiwork of the opposition, which is working to discredit the police and the Independent National Electoral Commission.


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Politics / 8 Deaths At APC Taraba Rally: SGF Leads Buhari’s Delegation To Taraba by agwom(m): 7:08am On Feb 11
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday despatched a team to Jalingo, Taraba State, to condole with the government and people of the state over the loss of lives at his campaign rally last week.

The team, led by Mr Boss Gida Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), included Governor of Adamawa, Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla; Senator Ali Ndume; Mallam Mohammed Bello, Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT); Dr Ali Isa Pantami, Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA); and Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

Senator Yusuf A. Yusuf, a Taraba stakeholder, also joined the team.

At the Taraba Government House, where the team was received by Governor Darius Ishaku, Mr Boss Mustapha, speaking on behalf of the President, lamented the sad loss of eight people during and after the rally, saying they did not die in vain.

Responding, Governor Ishaku expressed “sincere gratitude and thanks to Mr President for promptly sending a delegation to condole with us,” adding that the people of Taraba were grateful for the show of concern.

An official letter of condolence personally signed by the President was presented to the governor by the SGF.

At the palace of the Emir of Muri, Alhaji Abbas Tafida, the leader of the delegation condoled with the monarch and the people on behalf of the President, praying that God will give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

In response, the Emir said it was President Buhari that needed to be condoled, since he lost his supporters, who loved him dearly.


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Politics / I Will Concede Defeat If I Lose- Governor Lalong by agwom(m): 2:13pm On Feb 08
The Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong has said he would concede defeat if he loses the gubernatorial elections scheduled for March 2nd and therefore, stressed that no one should resort to violence on his behalf.

Lalong, who stated this on Thursday while commissioning the Forgiveness and Peace Garden in Jos, urged his political opponents to ensure they do the same, adding that this would ensure a violence free polls.

“Today we are going into an election and people are already predicting that there would be violence, violence for what? I am a candidate and I don’t want anybody to shed his blood for me.

“If I lose the election, I will accept it but I also expect that anybody who would lose the election should accept defeat and that way, there would be no violence,” he said.

He expressed dismay that some politicians encouraged youths to go into violence when they lose elections and warned youth that, “you will kill yourselves for nothing and the candidates will be there after with their children enjoying.

“Nobody would even announce or recognise that you are one of those who died. That is why I always say that when politicians ask you to go and fight, tell them to bring their children,”

The governor assured that the government would provide a conducive atmosphere for free and fair election while also putting the necessary machineries for those who would make trouble.

Politics / Tambuwal Sacks Commissioner Who Dumped PDP For APC by agwom(m): 6:20am On Feb 06
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has relieved Barrister Bello Muhammad Goronyo of his appointment as Commissioner of Information in the state with immediate effect.

This is coming hours after Goronyo announced his defection from PDP to APC.

A statement by the governor’s Director General of Media Affairs, Abu Shekara, said the sack was sequel to his sabotage of state government efforts on it laudable programmes and activities.

The statement directed the Permanent Secretary to take over the affairs of the ministry immediately.

But speaking at the APC campaign rally at Wamakko Local Government area of the state where he announced his defection, Barrister Goronyo said: “I am back into the fold of the APC. Senator Wamakko is my able and dependable father. He is a just, honest and a transparent leader.”

He added: “This day is very historic for myself, my family and all my political associates. I have admitted making mistakes, but I should be forgiven .”

He promised to work assiduously to ensure the success of the candidates of APC at all levels during the forthcoming general polls.

According to the former Commissioner, “President Muhammadu Buhari had made giant strides, to move Nigeria forward just like Senator Wamakko did between 2007 and 2015, when he was the Governor of Sokoto State, hence, bolstered the growth as well as its development.”

Politics / I’ll Restore LG Autonomy,end Hunger – Atiku by agwom(m): 7:18am On Feb 05
The PDP presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku, (Turakin Adamawa) has revealed his intention to restore local government autonomy by scrapping the joint account system and make sure that hunger ends in Nigeria if elected in 2019.

Atiku made the pledge before a large crowd of supporters during the Kebbi PDP presidential campaign rally yesterday in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, saying he will stop the current joint account system where the governors control local government money from the federation account.

“I will stop state governors from tampering with local government funds from the federation account. I will make sure that all local government areas in Nigeria get their money directly and not through the state governments,” he said.

The PDP presidential gay-bearer told the mammoth crowd in Kebbi that he will make food easily available to Nigerians and end poverty if the party succeeded in coming back to power in 2019.

According to him, “If you vote PDP in 2019, I will end hunger, insecurity and provide decent jobs to our youths. I will empower our youths and women through skill acquisition and small businesses.”

He urged Kebbi people to vote for the entire PDP candidates.

Earlier in his remarks, the PDP national chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, accused INEC of planning to rig the 2019 election with the ruling APC, even as he warned the INEC chairman to conduct free and fair election in 2019.

‘’I warn INEC chairman not to rig our election, APC has submitted list to them. We are also aware that some of the lecturers they will use are members of APC,’’ he stated.


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Crime / 9 Men Nabbed Over Defilement Of 14-year-old Girl by agwom(m): 9:32am On Feb 04
Nine people have been arrested in connection with the alleged defilement of a 14-year-old girl in Ingawa town of Katsina State.

The suspects are Ali Isah, 68; Ayuba Sada, 65; Danjuma Sale, 62; Ibrahim Saidu, 46; Salisu Dahiru, 46 and Ibrahim Mohammed, 38.

Others are Yahaya Salisu, 40, Shehu Umar, 55, and Ibrahim Umar, 45.

Parading the suspects before journalists at the weekend, the Katsina State police command spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, said the suspects, all of Ingawa town, have at different times had sexual intercourse with the victim.

It was gathered that the victim’s mother noticed unusual behaviour from her daughter and confronted her which led the girl to mention one Ibrahim as the one having sex with her.

Upon his arrest, and during interrogation by police the victim reportedly mentioned the other eight persons who had at different times and places took advantage of her.

One of the suspects, Ali Isah, 68, said “It was the work of devil and I regret my actions. I had sex with her. I seek forgiveness. It is a thing I did three years ago and only came up now.”

It was gathered further that the suspects have since been charged to court and are all facing rape charges.

Sources at the court said the case would be coming up on February 28.

Politics / Re: 62 Failed 2015 Campaign Promises Of Muhammadu Buhari by agwom(m): 7:29pm On Feb 03
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Politics / Buhari Campaigning For PDP In Kano With Ganduje’s Endorsement – Kwankwaso by agwom(m): 3:55pm On Feb 03
Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has described the recent endorsement of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s second term gubernatorial bid in the upcoming general election by President Muhammadu Buhari during his presidential campaign visit to Kano as an added advantage to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Speaking during a two-hour programme on a local radio station in the state, Kwankwaso, a serving Senator representing Kano central, stated that Buhari’s endorsement of Ganduje was a big mistake done by the President, considering all the circumstances surrounding the candidature of the governor.

“For those that genuinely love Mr. President, the endorsement was seen as a mistake and I strongly believe that it was a mistake.

“However, for us in PDP, President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Kano state and his endorsement of his party’s gubernatorial candidate was a big campaign for us, go round and sample views, you will understand what I am saying,” said Kwankwaso.

He further revealed that, his party and the Kwankwasiyya movement were always committed to serving the general public’s interest, questioning the way government activities were being conducted in present day democracy.

“I am not contesting for any position, I have observed the happenings for three good years and now is the time for all well-meaning Nigerians to use their constitutional right to effect the needed readjustments.

“The way government and government activities are being conducted in present day democracy in Nigeria calls for a serious attention to the dictate of real democracy,” he said.


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Politics / Re: Pictures From Plateau State by agwom(m): 9:52am On Feb 02

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Religion / ‘How Catholic Church Handled Vote Buying In 1979’ by agwom(m): 6:08am On Feb 02
The Catholic faithful and other Nigerians have been urged to shun ‘see and buy’ which was used as vote buying in the 1979 elections.

The President, Catholic Theological Association of Nigeria (CTAN), Dr. Raymond Olusesan Aina, said yesterday in Abuja that Catholic Bishops then sensitized the people and the efforts yielded some positive results.

He was speaking at the one-day coaching session and presentation of an election manual organised by the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN), an organ of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) an the Kukah Centre.

The 80-page book was titled, “Vademecum for Electors in Nigeria: Manual for Responsible Citizenship According to Catholic Social Teaching”.

Also, the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna and Chairman of Caritas Nigeria, Most Rev Matthew Man-OsoNdagoso, urged all Catholics to hold their consciences and become involved in the political process.


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