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Buhari to Earn N14 million as Annual Salary, Allowances

Nigeria's new president, Muhammadu Buhari, and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, will earn annual basic salaries of N3, 514, 705 and N3, 031, 572.50 respectively, according to the information on the website of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

The RMAFC is statutorily empowered by Section 32 (d) of Part 1 of the Third Schedule of the Constitution to determine the remuneration appropriate for political office holders.

Apart from the salaries, the president is entitled to various regular allowances like:

•Hardship, 50 per cent of the basic salary – N1, 757, 350.50;
•consistency – 250 per cent, N8, 786, 762.50.

Other regular allowances like motor vehicle fuelling and maintenance, special assistant, personal assistant, domestic staff, entertainment, utilities, security and Newspapers and periodicals are to be provided by the government – not paid for.

Allowances like accommodation, furniture, and duty tour allowance (per night), estacode (per night) and medical allowa…

The Best Food, Drink Of Buhari

Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Babankowa  is a retired police commissioner.   His name might not be familiar, but his action can never be forgotten in the history of Nigeria . It was   him, shortly after the 1966 coup, who discovered the bodies of the Prime Minister, Sir Tafawa Balewa and his Finance Minister, Chief Okotie Eboh, who had been taken by the coupists to the outskirts of Lagos, Sango-Ota, and shot dead. A retiree and elder   statesman, Babankowa is a close associate of the President Muhammadu Buhari, for the past 43 years. In   this interview at his residence in Hadejia Road, Kano, he says the Buhari administration would not disappoint Nigerians.

What is his best food?
Buhari is somebody who will not miss his three square meals, however small the meals may be, just to put something in the stomach, he must eat something. He does not joke with that. Even if we are traveling, provision is always made for that in the car. Do you know Alikama? That is wheat. There is something we called Tu…

Panicky Diezani Reaches Out To Lamorde

Immediate past petroleum minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke during whose tenure several allegations of corrupt practices in the industry have been flying around is literally running from pillar to post, apparently in search of reprieve.

The highly influential minister in former president Goodluck Jonathan's government is said to have stepped up efforts, playing out to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), buzzing the phones line of the agency's Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde.

Saturday Sun learnt that the calls have neither been taken nor acknowledged.

Exasperated, the Bayelsa born former senior executive of Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited reported Lamorde to the former National Security Adviser (NSA), General Aliyu Gusau (retd), complaining that the EFCC helmsman had been ignoring her calls.

It was further gathered that Gusau's intervention earned little relief for her as Lamorde explained to the ex-NSA that Diezani had for over two and half years snu…

Key Appointments: Buhari’s Silence Unsettles APC Leaders

With security at the top of his agenda, President Muhammadu Buhari may have decided to make the announcement of his security team the first in the series of appointments he is expected to make at the start of his administration, THISDAY has learnt. The team is likely to be headed by former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-general Abdulrahman Dambazau, who looks set to become the new National Security Adviser.
It is also gathered from a reliable source that the next on the list of appointments would be those of Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chief of Staff to the President.

This is as Buhari's silence on executive appointments seen as key to the full take-off of his administration has upset many chieftains of his party, All Progressives Congress. It has also provoked considerable anxiety about the roadmap he is reading after his swearing in as president on May 29.

Many Nigerians had thought from past experience that Buhari would announce major appointments, such as C…

PDP congratulates Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has joined millions of people around the world to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his inauguration as President and Commander-In-Chief of Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The party in a statement issued on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, wished the new President success in piloting the affairs of the country for the next four years.

"The PDP wishes President Buhari a successful tenure as President of our dear nation. Indeed, we appreciate the fact that his success would be to the benefit of Nigeria as a nation. It is against this backdrop that we wish him good health, vigour and wisdom to pilot the affairs of the nation for the next four years.

"We also join millions of Nigerians and the international community in commending and applauding immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan for a smooth transition as well as his democratic credentials and enduring legacies in ensuring the stability of…

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode’s Inaugural Speech



Today, I have just performed the sacred duty of oath-taking as the Governor of Lagos State. It has pleased GOD through the good people of Lagos State, that my destiny as a little boy, born from a humble background, on the 14th day of JUNE to become the 14th Governor of our great State, Lagos is being realised.

2 I am eternally grateful to all of you. To all Lagosians,
the young and elderly, widows, physically-challenged; girls and boys, and especially, the children; who followed our musical campaign with vigour; God bless you all.

3 Permit me to acknowledge and appreciate specially all the voters that voted for me; equally appreciate those that did not and also the people that did not exercise their franchise to vote at all. We are all winners. One of the instructive lessons from this last political campaign and election is for all po…

Full Text of President Buhari's Inaugural speech

I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.

I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation. Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope …

PDP Crisis: Resignation Of Muazu, Anenih Not Enough – Ardo

A stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamwa State, Dr Umar Ardo, has stressed that the resignation of the former chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu and the chairman Board of Trustees (BoT) Chief Tony Anenih were not enough to bring back the lost glory of the party noting that for that to be achieved the National Working Committee has to be disbanded completely.
Ardo a one time gubernatorial aspirant under the platform of the party said the resignation of Muazu and Anenih is a good step taken to reinvigorate the party although he contended that the NWC of the party has to be completely disbanded.

I do not need to kill anyone to win an election

Rivers State governor-elect, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has denied the allegation by Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi that he conspired with someone to kill innocent people of the state in order to win the governorship election.
Amaechi had while speaking at a public lecture to mark his 50th birthday anniversary in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, accused the governor-elect of hiring a former militant leader in the Niger Delta region, to mastermind the killing of innocent people of the state during the just concluded general elections.

NASS Leadership: I Don’t Care Who Emerges – Buhari

Barely a day to his swearing-in as the fifth executive president of Nigeria, President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari, has reiterated his willingness to work with anyone who emerges the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives of the incoming eight National Assembly. In a statement released in Abuja yesterday and signed by Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari pointed out that the clarifcation had become necessary in view of the continued name-dropping in some circles linking his name to some contestants, adding that he was ready to work with anyone, irrespective of what part of the country he or she comes from.

UN Condemns Boko Haram’s Sexual Abuse Of Captives

The United Nations’ Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura,has decried the reported rape and forced marriages of female captives of the Boko Haram. In a statement signed by her office’s Advocacy and Women’s Rights Specialist, Letitia Anderson, Bangura lamented that one year after the abduction of the more than 276 Chibok girls’, many remained in captivity.
“I am appalled by reports that hundreds of the recently released female captives were repeatedly raped by Boko Haram militias and compelled to marry their captors. These latest revelations suggest that the Boko Haram is not only destroying existing family and community structures but is bent on controlling their future composition.

75 Youths Trekking For Buhari’s Victory Arrive Abuja

The 75 young people who set out from Kebbi State in solidarity with the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari 17 days ago arrived Abuja yesterday evening at about 7.30pm. The trekkers, who were received at the Zhabu filling station along the Kubwa Expressway by Senator Adamu Aliero, said disclosed that they were 62 when they began the trek from Jega local government area of Kebbi State and when they got to Miama local government area, 13 others joined them, making them 75. They disclosed that they left on May 9, at about 8am.

We will not vacate Kashamu's residence - NDLEA

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA says it will not vacate the premises of embattled Senator elect, Buruji Kashamu who is wanted for alleged drug related offences in the USA.

NDLEA said this in reaction to an order from a Federal High Court in Lagos today directing officials of the agency to vacate the premises of Kashamu. In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mitchell Ofoyeju, NDLEA said it has not received the reported court injunction and that the siege is within the law. Read the statement after the cut...

I cannot be a party to the disintegration of the country- GEJ

President Jonathan today said he can never be a party to the disintegration of Nigeria. He said his decision to concede defeat after the presidential election which he lost was because of his conviction that no matter his ambition, Nigeria comes first. Jonathan said this after he was decorated with the “Peace-Loving Global Citizen” award by the Universal Peace Forum led by lawyer, Mike Ozehkome.

Governor Aliyu asks FG to remove fuel subsidy

Niger State governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, while commissioning a N620 million 3-star hotel developed by the Niger State Development Company Limited, NSDC, and the State Sure-P asked the Federal Government to deregulate the oil sector by removing subsidy on petroleum products.

He added that the removal of  the subsidy would reduce the black market system, thus allowing free and regular flow of petroleum products to all parts of the country.

Boko Haram Kills 37 In Borno Village, Burns Hundreds Of Houses

At least 37 persons consisting men, women and children have been confirmed dead after Boko Haram terrorists attacked Gubio town in Gubio local government of Borno State, security sources and government officials have confirmed. The terrorists attacked Gubio on Sunday evening.
Yesterday, the state governor, Dr Kashim Shettima, visited Gubio, a town located 93km away from Maiduguri, the state capital, to assess the situation in the community.
Over 400 homes, including government buildings, schools (both western and Islamic), 22 vehicles and dozens of motorcycles were found burnt as the governor’s convoy arrive at Gubio.
A military base was also seen to have been overrun by the terrorists, but it could not be ascertained immediately if soldiers had suffered any casualties.

Airport Remodelling: FG Orders Contractors To Return N17.6bn

The federal government yesterday ordered contractors handling the remodelling of airports across the country, who failed to deliver their various remodelling projects, to return the funds they collected to government’s purse. Aviation minister, Chief Osita Chidoka, who gave the directive, also offered reasons why the planned re-establishment of a national carrier for Nigeria had not seen the light of day since the liquidation of Nigeria Airways in 2003.

Boko Haram Kills 37 In Borno Village, Burns Hundreds Of Houses

At least 37 persons consisting men, women and children have been confirmed dead after Boko Haram terrorists attacked Gubio town in Gubio local government of Borno State, security sources and government officials have confirmed. The terrorists attacked Gubio on Sunday evening.
Yesterday, the state governor, Dr Kashim Shettima, visited Gubio, a town located 93km away from Maiduguri, the state capital, to assess the situation in the community.
Over 400 homes, including government buildings, schools (both western and Islamic), 22 vehicles and dozens of motorcycles were found burnt as the governor’s convoy arrive at Gubio.

Chibok Girls: Children’s Day Calls For Sober Reflection – Tinubu

The Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu has said this year Children’s Day calls for sober reflection as the country witnssed the return of children who are victims of insurgency. This was contained in a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday.
She said ”This year’s celebration calls for sober reflection as we witness the return of many children who are victims of insurgency, abuses, impregnated and now are refugees in their own country. While we all eagerly await the return of the Chibok girls abducted over a year ago, we must reflect on the gradually eroding societal value that calls for the protection of children,”

IGP To Nigerians: Stop Corrupting Our Policemen

The inspector general of police, IGP Solomon Arase, yesterday heaped the blame for corruption in the Police Force on Nigerians and sent out an appeal that Nigerians should stop corrupting his officers and men. Arase made the appeal while fielding questions from journalists during his meeting with deputy inspectors general of police, assistant inspectors general of police and command commissioners of police, where he called on the public not to corrupt police personnel by giving them bribes.
“I am appealing to the members of the public; do not corrupt my policemen. It takes two to tango. If they ask you for bribe and you refuse to give, and you have avenues where your grievances can be ventilated, I do not see any reason why you should give them bribe.

God Sent Jonathan To Keep Nigeria One – Kuku

President Goodluck Jonathan has been used by God to rescue the country from war and possible disintegration in 2015.
The special adviser to the president on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Kingsley Kuku, stated this yesterday in Ado Ekiti at Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti while commissioning a 500-capacity hall named after Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and conferment of award on the outgoing president by the alumni association of the university.

Buhari, Osinbajo ‘ll Rebuild Nigeria – Bishop Wale Oke

About 72 hours to the inauguration of a new administration, president and founder of Sword of the Spirit Ministry, Bishop Francis Wale Oke yesterday assured Nigerians that the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Professor Osinbajo will rebuild the country in spite of the many challenges facing the nation.

Oil Workers Want Strategic Alliance Of OML 42 Investigated

Although the strike action embarked upon by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has been suspended, they have, however, called on the incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari, to investigate the strategic alliance of the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 42. The transfer of operatorship of the OML 42, considered the most prolific block in the country, from the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) to indigenous joint venture partner, Neconde, by the federal government, sparked a crisis which resulted to a near collapse of the nation’s economy.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja yesterday, some union members, who preferred anonymity for fear of being targeted, said that unless the matter is critically looked into, the fortunes of the NPDC and its staff would soon become like that of the refineries which are now shadows of themselves. The workers alleged that the transfer …

Fashola Unveils 12-Megawatt IPP To Power Lekki Free Trade Zone

Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday commissioned the new 12- megawatt Independent Power Plant (IPP) to supply uninterrupted power supply to the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ)in Lekki area of the state.
Speaking at the ceremony, he said the power plant was another milestone achievement of his administration to demonstrate its commitment to the business zone.

N150bn Libel Suit: Dokpesi, 7 Others Set To Testify

Founder of DAAR Communication Plc, owners of African Independent Television (AIT), Raymond Dokpesi and seven others have been listed to testify in a N150 billion libel suit filed before the Lagos high court in Ikeja by the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, against the media house. Others listed as witnesses in the case by the counsel to AIT, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) are Namure Joy Edoimioya, Chief Medan Tenke, Ajibola Adewusi, Olumide Idowu, Chief Stanley Odidi, Engr. Nwabueze and Dr. Stanley Bassey.

‘Appointment Of 37 Ministers Is Wrong’

Human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo has kicked against the long-held notion in Nigeria that the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is under an obligation to appoint at least thirty-seven (37) ministers into his cabinet.

May 29: Ihedioha To Complete Tambuwal’s Tenure As Speaker

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, will from May 29 step into Speaker Aminu Tambuwal’s shoes as the presiding officer of the outgoing 7th House. This will be coming barely a week from the expiration of the House tenure which was inaugurated on June 6, 2011 and barring last minute change of plans, members are expected to amend relevant House rules at a valedictory session slated for today in order to pave way for Ihedioha to take over from Tambuwal.
Recall that Speaker Tambuwal was on April 11 elected as governort-elect of Sokoto State and will be sworn-in as executive governor on May 29, 2015.

Buhari Plans Youth Employment In First 6 Months

The President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari , has stated that his administration will work towards empowerment of the Nigerian youths within his first six months in office. Buhari stated this yesterday at a symposium with the theme: “Maximizing the potentials of Nigerian youths as Economic Drivers for a secured nation in the next dispensation,” organised by Buhari Volunteers Network (BVN).

Last rites for the PDP

So much has been written about the demise of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), following the crushing defeat of the party in the presidential and National Assembly elections of 28 March, 2015. While it is tempting to assert that the PDP died in the hands of Nigerian voters during the elections, I would argue that the PDP died a slow and gradual death long before the elections.  Among the factors that contributed to the death of the PDP were greed, arrogance, unparalleled corruption, cronyism, disregard for the rule of law, disrespect for judicial decisions and gross negligence of the basic needs of ordinary people. In the end, the same people that the PDP treated with scorn over a long period of 16 years were the same citizens who superintended the downfall of the party and also supervised the party’s last rites.

Shutting down ahead of May 29

I learnt that President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, wants us to drop the “General” title as soon as he’s sworn in on May 29. Now, that’s a tough one! I just hope there will be no penalty for those of us who would be too dumb to quickly comply? Or else, some of us would have to rot in jail for the next four years.
For one, we’ve already come to know our incoming president as GMB (Gen. Muhammadu Buhari), much the same way we accepted the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan as GEJ, and the one before him as OBJ. In fact, the acronyms go as far back as IBB. Or even farther into the politics of the First Republic.

Adebayo bombs Jonathan

Former governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, yesterday hit hard on the outgoing President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, over the nation’s crumbling economy and the hardship faced by Nigerians in the last three weeks due to fuel scarcity in the country. Adebayo, who spoke in an interview with Daily Sun, said the Federal Government, led by Jonathan failed to move the nation forward.

Nsukka electricity consumers battle EEDC over bloated bills

The people of Nsukka have kicked  against what they called over-bloated electricity bills, accusing the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) of hoarding pre-paid meters so that they continue to exploit the people of the area. In a protest letter to the EEDC management, copies of which were  made available to newsmen, members of the Allied Business Community, Nsukka called on the EEDC to urgently end estimated bills in the area.

Man dares Okija shrine

A 28-year-old motor mechanic in Nnewi, Anambra State, Mr Ifeanyi Ujah,  recently caused a stir as he set ablaze an idol called Ogwugwu Mmili  planted in  his workshop and  said to have been brought from Okija. Ujah was said to have initially reported the matter to Canaanland Adoration Ministries a.k.a E-Dey Work Catholic Centre in Nnobi, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state and on the instruction of the Spiritual Director of the adoration centre, Rev Fr Magnus Ebere SDV, he set the fetish object ablaze.

FG flags off distribution of clean stoves

Less than 72 hours to the expiration of the present administration, the Federal Government yesterday flagged off distribution of N5 billion clean cooking stoves for rural women.
The clean stove initiative was launched by Vice President Namadi Sambo, in the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja.  He said the stoves will reduce desertification in the country and will also boost job creation and reduce smoke-related diseases.
He said: “One of the global problems today is environmental problem. Desertification  in Nigeria is one of our major environmental problems and  the major cause is the cutting down of the trees and using the wood as a source of energy for cooking.

APC denies zoning Senate President to North-Central

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied a published report that its National Working Committee (NWC) met on Monday night and  zoned the Senate Presidency to the North-Central and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the South-West. The party said categorically that  nothing like that ever happened. In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday  by its National Secretary, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the party said it was deeply embarrassed by the story, “which was apparently planted in the media to sow the seeds of instability” in the party.

Wike Hired Ex-Militant To Kill Rivers People – Amaechi

Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has accused the state Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike of hiring a former militant leader in the Niger Delta region, to mastermind the killing of innocent people of the state during the just concluded general elections.

Burkina Faso exhumes Sankara’s remains

Authorities in Burkina Faso began exhuming the remains of former president Thomas Sankara on Monday in a bid to establish responsibility for a murder that has dogged the West African country since 1987. Sankara’s relatives have for years pressed for the remains to be tested, saying they suspect it may not be that of the former president, who died in a coup that brought his former ally Blaise Compaore to power.

PDP Appoints Mohammed, As Ag. BOT Chairman

The Board of Trustees (BOT) of Peoples Democratic Party on Monday approved the nomination of the former Acting National Chairman of the party, Dr Haliru Bello Mohammed, as its acting Chairman. The Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, told State House Correspondents at the end of the BOT meeting in Abuja that Mohammed, who was the only nominee for the position, would act in that capacity until a substantive BOT chairman was elected.
He said that very soon the party would convene a meeting where both the National Chairman and the BOT chairman would be elected.

Tribunal Grants APC’s Request To Inspect Election Materials In Lagos

The Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Tuesday granted leave to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to inspect documents and gadgets used in the April 11 gubernatorial elections. The tribunal Chairman, Justice Muhammad Sirajo, gave the order when he ruled on an application filed by the APC Counsel, Chief Charles Edosomwan (SAN).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, had challenged the election.

APC Denies Zoning Senate Presidency, Speaker To North-Central

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied reports that its National Working Committee (NWC) had zoned the seats of the Senate President and House Speaker to the North-Central and South-West respectively. This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by APC National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni.

BREAKING NEWS! Court orders NDLEA to vacate Kashamu’s premises

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the NDLEA to vacate the premises Senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu. Justice Buba Ibrahim gave the order a short while ago
The alleged plan to extradite the embattled senator-elect, Prince Buruji Kashamu, to the United States of America (USA) over drug-related offence had sparked off legal battle between him, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
The senator-elect, who has been placed  on house arrest  by NDLEA was billed to appear before the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Monday on the plan to extradite him but he was no where to be seen.

20 Kenya Policemen Killed In Al-Shabaab Attack

No fewer than 20 policemen were on Tuesday killed in an ambush by Somali Militant group , al-Shabaab in the north-eastern of Kenya, a police said. The police officer, who claimed anonymity, said the militants bombed five vehicles convoy of Kenyan security forces travelling to the village of Yumbis in Garissa County.
“We still don’t know how many people were killed because several people are still missing, the officer said.

Apo transmission station breaks down again

Apo Transmission Station in the Federal Capital Territory broke down at 12.00noon on Tuesday. A  source, who spoke to our Abuja correspondent in confidence, noted that the development reduced power allocation to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to 20 Mega Watts (MW).
His words: “We were happy that the power allocation to us at AEDC was improving as it rose to 92MW. But at 12.00noon, the Apo Transmission Station developed a fault that reduced the load to 20MW.”
At the time of filing this report, the entire FCT was in darkness, but our source was hopeful that the Apo Station would be fixed soon.

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Residents Commend Petroleum Marketers For Suspending Strike

Some residents of Hadejia, Jigawa, on Tuesday commended the Petroleum Marketers’ Association for the suspension of its strike and directing its members to start lifting petroleum products from NNPC depots. A cross section of the residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the measure would address the lingering petrol scarcity in the country.
NAN reports that most of the filling stations in the state had run out of stock while the strike lasted.
NAN observed that then, those stations that were selling petrol had allegedly jacked up their price per litre by about 45 per cent above the N87 approved pump price.

Blame your failure to implement UN decision for poor electricity supply – SERAP to FG

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has said that “the government of President Goodluck Jonathan should blame its failure to acknowledge let alone implement decisions of the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and Special Rapporteur on adequate housing sent to the government in November 2013 for the poor electricity supply in the country.”

APC elders to Buhari: Tackle corruption, insecurity, others

The Elders Forum of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has tasked the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari , to tackle corruption, insecurity and epileptic power supply. The Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Dr. Bayo Orire, also urged the incoming President to ensure adherence to the rule of law, discipline and entrenching transparency in governance.
In a chat with The Nation in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, Orire noted that if Buhari can win the war against indiscipline and corruption, everything will come to normal within one or two years.

FG declares Friday public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Friday 29th May, 2015 as Public Holiday to celebrate the 2015 Democracy Day.

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed yesterday by the ministry's Permanent Secretary, Abubakar Magaji.

The statement urged Nigerians at home and Diaspora to support the incoming government and pray for the success of Nigeria's democratic process.

Moro used the opportunity to congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerians for the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections.

Also, the Minister congratulated the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari on his electoral victory, wishing his administration good luck.

Sambo Presents Handover Notes To APC

Nigeria's Vice President, Namadi Sambo, has presented copies of the handover notes to the transition committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Presentation of the documents to the committee led by Ahmed Joda held at the Presidential Villa on Monday, four days to the handover ceremony.

Presenting the documents, Mr Sambo said that members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) would be available to provide clarification on any query arising from the report.

Mr Sambo added that the report comprises activities of the Federal Government between 2011 and 2015 and that the Permanent Secretaries of each ministry had signed each page of the report to authenticate it.

He also hoped that it would guide the incoming administration towards the achievement of positive objectives, development and progress of Nigeria.

Sambo thanked the members of the two transition committees for their support and contributions.

In his remarks, Mr Joda described the handover notes as 'comprehensive'…

Fuel scarcity: FG, oil marketers resolve conflicts

… -Products lifting to begin within six hours

The Senate on Monday recorded a major breakthrough in its efforts to resolve the lingering fuel scarcity in parts of the country

The upper chamber brokered an agreement between the Federal Government and oil marketers to ensure immediate lifting of available petroleum products by marketers in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Warri and Calabar depots.

The Senate had mandated its joint committee on Petroleum Resources (upstream and downstream) to meet with stakeholders including the federal government to find immediate solution to the lingering fuel scarcity in the country.

The resolutions were read by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) Senator Magnus Abe.

Part of the resolutions reached at the well attended meeting included the immediate call off of the strike by the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PNGASSAN).

The resolution said the suspension of the s…

Jonathan In Dilemma Over Acceptance Of Bot Chairmanship

As the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met last night to appoint a replacement for the former chairman, Chief Tony Anenih, who resigned last week, there was fear that if the out going President Goodluck Jonathan accepts the offer of being the next chairman it might present PDP as a regional party.

Also, there is the fear that Jonathan is trying to grab all the structures of the party in his pocket against all other major stakeholders.

Okonjo-Award: Yale University Responds To Withdraw Call

‘Yale has never revoked an honorary degree,’ University reacts to petition to withdraw Okonjo-Iweala’s doctorate
A spokesperson for Yale revealed exclusively to Pulse that the university has never revoked an honorary degree and does not intend to do so now.

Nigerians who are seeking the revocation of Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s honorary doctorate from Yale University might see their aims frustrated as the institution has no plans of withdrawing the award.

Osun PDP Blames Fani-koyde For Jonathan's Defeat

The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has said the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan by President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, was partly caused by the former spokesperson of the PDP’s Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.

The Secretary of the PDP in Osun State, Mr. Bola Ajao, said this in an interview with our correspondent in Osogbo on Saturday.

Okonjo-iweala Exposes What States Got From Excess Crude Account

Keeping to her promise to disclose what the states got from the Excess Crude Account, the Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala-Iweala Sunday said the 36 states of the federation, received a total of N2.92 trillion from the account between 2011 and 2014.

A statement from the Federal Ministry of Finance released Sunday night said the it had become necessary to make the figures public following recent accusations by the Rivers state governor on behalf of state governors.

Oil marketers subsidy claims reeks of fraud -Okonjo-Iweala, vows not to pay unverified subsidy claims

Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has vowed not to pay oil marketers their subsidy claims, accusing them of presenting fraudulent claims with various exchange rates.

Buhari reportedly rejects Rolls Royce from Nigerian Embassy in UK

President elect Buhari who left Nigeria for the UK on Friday May 22nd reportedly rejected the Rolls Royce car the Nigerian Embassy in the UK made available for him as he arrived London.

A member of his entourage who spoke with The Nation said after exchanging pleasantries with the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, the president-elect politely told them that his visit was strictly private and he had made arrangement for all his needs while in the UK.

Akinde advises Buhari, Osinbajo

The Bishop of Lagos Mainland Diocese, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Bishop Adebayo Akinde, has urged President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Prof Yemi Osibanjo, not to betray the confidence Nigerians have in them. He spoke at the third session of the diocese’s Third Synod in Yaba at the weekend.
He said: “I urge them to make the peoples’ welfare their priority. Endeavour to tackle urgently, issues pertaining to the welfare of the generalities of Nigerians.
“Make a visible effort to rise up squarely to the challenge of insecurity. Attend to the provisions of basic infrastructure, such as regular power supply, potable water, good roads, improved health care and facilities and revamped educational system.”

Kim Jong-Un’s brother goes missing after attending concerts in London

34 year old Kim Jong-chol, older brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has gone missing after attending a pair of Eric Clapton concerts in London last week.

Jong-chol, the middle son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, attended Clapton’s concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday and Thursday according to reports.

Okonjo-Iweala blames debt on 2010 salary increase

The Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday disclosed that  the 53 per cent  increment of salaries in 2010 catapulted the civil servants salaries from N524 billion to N1.36 trillion.
Speaking during an interactive session with Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN), in Abuja, the minister said that contrary to the report credited to Vice President-elect,  Professor  Yemi Osibajo, that the  new government would inherit a  total debt stock of $60 billion, Okonjo-Iweala said the total debt stock (domestic & external) both by federal and states government is   $63.7 billion, which was  inherited over 40 years ago .

PDP… Too crippled to play credibile opposition?

In another four days, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be in opposition at the federal level and in many states. The party is broken by internal crisis. Many are wondering if it is ready to play credible opposition, writes SUNDAY OGUNTOLA. All through last week, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was enmeshed in one trouble after another. In one day, its National Chairman Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman Tony Anenih resigned. The ripple effects of the resignation are expected to be felt this week, as the party prepares for its new role – the opposition.

Scarcity: NNPC raises hope

The lingering fuel scarcity may continue till next month, considering marketers’ insistence on being paid the balance of over N200billion subsidy arrears owed them by the Federal Government. It was learnt that the situation is getting worse because the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) can only meet 50 per cent of the national demand and the oil marketers that supply the remaining 50 per cent have refused to import since last month.

Buhari can’t fix eight years rot overnight, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday urged Nigerians to be patient with the in-coming Muhammadu Buhari administration. Obasanjo said the expectations are enormous, but advised Nigerians to accept the fact that what was destroyed in the last eight years cannot be fixed overnight by Buhari.
He expressed the confidence that the Buhari administration would “perform,” adding that Nigerians now have  a “ new opportunity” to make the country work.
Obasanjo, who quit party politics to assume the position of a statesman, spoke yesterday in his Abeokuta residence at the Presidential Hilltop Estate, where he hosted Southwest women leaders.
The women leaders, including the Iyaloja – General of Nigeria, Chief Folashade Tinubu – Ojo, were led by the Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief (Mrs) Alaba Lawson.

Lagos PDP still under my control –Shelle

Tunji Shelle, Lagos State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that he is still in charge of the party, saying the party’s constitution has to be upheld. In this interview with Daily Sun, he explains the controversy that surrounds his leadership and what he is doing to move the party forward.
You were at a meeting of the PDP South-West zonal caucus in Ibadan, Oyo State, when some groups led by the state secretary, Wahab Owokoniran, announced your impeachment as state chairman?  What really went wrong?

Buhari to inherit N8.1b Presidential Villa debts

When President-elect Muhammau Buhari moves into the State House after the May 29 handover, he will be confronted with N8.185,575,211.50 debts. President Goodluck Jonathan will on May 28 conduct Buhari round the Villa – the seat of power in Abuja where facilities are said to be ageing.
About N3,647,793, 305.76 is needed to fix the infrastructure at the Villa.
These highlights are contained in a report submitted to the Federal Government Transition Committee, which is headed by Vice President Namadi Sambo.
The committee is expected to submit its report today to the Ahmed Joda-led APC Transition Committee.

Dickson Terminates Jonathan’s Men Contracts Over Non-execution

Bayelsa State governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, yesterday announced the cancellation of contracts awarded to some political opponents in the state, including some aides to President Goodluck Jonathan, over non-execution and blackmail against his administration.
Warning politicians in the state against poor handling of contracts, Dickson,while announcing the cancellation of the jobs awarded to the senior special assistant to the president on Domestic Matters, Waripamowei Dudafagh and the chairman of the Governing Council of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekeowe, Bekeapo Etifa, said his administration will no longer tolerate impunity among political office holders in the state.

Nigeria Plunges Into Darkness As Power Allocation To Abuja Drops To 15MW

Fear of impending darkness all over the nation has finally become reality as power allocation to Abuja yesterday evening dropped to mere 15 megawatts (MW) from an average of 450MW. LEADERSHIP gathered from impeccable sources last night that the final straw that broke the camel’s back was the system collapse at the Shiroro power plant at about 4:10pm yesterday.
While other major power plants such as Egbin, Olorunsogo 1 and 11, Omotosho 1 and 11, Sapele and Ihorvbor NIPPs, among others, had been forced to shut down due to non-availability of gas as a result of the ongoing strike by oil workers in the country, the Shiroro plant which was helping to prevent the country from being plunged into total darkness also experienced system collapse.

PDP’s BoT chair not sure for Jonathan

Ahead of Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) meeting scheduled for tonight, leader of the party and outgoing President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, is in a quandary whether to accept the position of BoT Chairman.
Daily Sun checks revealed that former Minister of Works, Tony Anenih, who resigned from the position as BoT Chairman last week, had dropped a hint of the intention of President Jonathan to assume the position in a resignation letter the former addressed to the latter.

What Buhari should do

After the recent elections, some of us had observed  that  none of the parties that sought our votes bothered to make certain promises.
These promises include the reduction of salaries when they get elected.  None promised to reduce the size of governance by reducing the number of ministers and other appointees.  No party promised to cancel Constituency Allowances of all members of the National Assembly (NASS) that amounts to billions of naira wastages yearly.  No party promised to ban generators and their barons from the system – without which the power problem can never be fixed.

Mikel wins second league title with Chelsea

Despite injuries that almost ruined the better part of his season with Chelsea, John Mikel Obi was all smiles last night as he joined the London side to lift Premier League trophy (his second with the club) after a 3-1 win against Sunderland.
Chelsea lifted the Premier League trophy in front of home crowd as the season ended in a winning, and emotional, style. For Mikel, this was just another addition to his growing trophy shelf  having been part of the winning squad in the 2009-10 season.

Jonathan handing over nation in deep crisis –APC

…Says Nigerians should not lose hope The All Progressives Congress (APC) has observed President Goodluck Jonathan was handing over a nation in deep crisis, even as his administration allegedly continued to contrive more crises without making effort to solve any of them.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party however, appealed to Nigerians not to lose hope, despite the daunting challenges they were facing in this atmosphere of contrived chaos, because help is on the way.

PDP fingers APC over fuel scarcity

As Nigerians continue to experience acute fuel scarcity  due to the insistence of marketers to shun  importation until their outstanding debts are settled by the Federal Government,  the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the incoming All Progressives Congress (APC) government of sabotaging the outgoing Jonathan administration.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, in a statement at the weekend, expressed concern that motorists and commuters were facing the traumatic experience, few days to the exit of the PDP led administration.

Oil Workers Strike Cripples Activities Nationwide

The strike embarked upon by workers in the oil sector under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) over federal government’s transfer of the operatorship of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 42 to indigenous firms have resulted in a near collapse of business and commercial activities nationwide. The development is further compounded by the ongoing industrial action also embarked upon by the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) who have refused to lift petroleum products from the coastal depots in protest of the huge amounts owed them by the major marketers.

I Believe In Buhari’s Leadership – Obasanjo

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has expressed confidence in the leadership of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari advising him not to take Nigerians for granted in administering the country from May 29. Obasanjo expressed the confidence while hosting a delegation of South West Women Leaders under the leadership of the Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief (Mrs) Alaba Lawson, at his Hilltop Mansion in Abeokuta, yesterday.
The former leader urged Buhari to be as honest as possible with Nigerians in leading the country, describing Nigerians as clever beings that could not be deceived.

Buhari and Mutually Assured Restoration!

In the run up to his inauguration, President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has been telling the nation of his plans and policy direction and one of those policies is his stated intention to resume the search for oil in Northern Nigeria and specifically in the Lake Chad region of Borno State. Ironically, Borno is one of the states ravaged by the scourge of terrorism which has set that state and the entire Northeast region back in almost every index of human development. If oil is found in the Lake Chad region, it will go a long way in reviving the economy of the Northeast. However, Buhari’s plan has met with some criticism especially in the South were a number of pundits and analysts see the plan as an expensive wild goose chase that would not yield anything.

EPL Survival Sunday: Finally, Chelsea Lift Trophy, Gutierrez Rescues Magpies, Hull Relegated

Champions Chelsea lifted the Premier League trophy after beating Sunderland 3-1. Steven Fletcher put the visitors ahead in the 26th minute – his first goal in 26 games, before Diego Costa (who came in for Didier Drogba, who had to be chaired off the pitch by most of his team-mates) levelled with a 37th-minute penalty, getting his 20th goal of the season. Loic Remy scored the second on 70 minutes, with the assist going to Eden Hazard, and the French striker added the third in the dying minutes. Hull City have been relegated from the Premier League, with Newcastle United surviving on a nail-biting final day of the season.

Fight Against Corruption Should Lead To Recovery Of Stolen Funds – Former EFCC Scribe

Pioneer executive secretary, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Barrister Emmanuel Akomaye, in this interview with Ejike Ejike, discusses the complex nature of the anti-corruption fight, and corruption says President-elect Muhammadu Buhari needs to adopt varied measures to combat this cankerworm. Has the EFCC become weaker now than when it operated under its pioneer chairman, Nuhu Ribadu?
No, that is a misconception of the whole work of anti-corruption. Let me say that approaches not only differ, the strategies also change over time due to the circumstances.

Boko Haram Members Have Killed Over 13000 – NSA

The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) yesterday disclosed that the outlawed Boko Haram Islamic sect has killed not fewer than 13000 innocent citizens, made 500,000 homeless and destroyed many schools, churches and mosques in the Northern part of Nigeria since 2002.
This revelation was made at the private viewing of “TWISTED NARRATIVES”, a Documentary on Boko Haram organized by the NSA himself, Col Mohammed Sambo Dasuki in a booklet distributed to guests presented.

PDP Faults Buhari For ‘Snubbing’ Handover Programme

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the alleged snubbing of the handover programmes by the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. The PDP also described Buhari’s absence at the programmes lined up by the federal government to transmit power to him on Friday
as a behaviour that smacks “of lack of democratic discipline.”

Jonathan Makes 5 Appointments In Education Ministry

President Goodluck Jonathan at the weekend continued his last minute wave of appointments with five changes effected at the Federal Ministry of Eduction in one fell swoop. The president has appointed Prof. Abdulrashid Garba as the new Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Jonathan To Nigerians: Pray More For Buhari’s Govt

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, implored Nigerians to pray more for the incoming government of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, because the president-elect and other members of the incoming government need the prayers of Nigerians to avoid making costly mistakes that could adversely impact on Nigerians. Speaking at the 2015 Inauguration Inter-denominational Church Service and Presidential Thanksgiving held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, yesterday, Jonathan also bade Nigerians goodbye ahead of the May 29 ‘hand-over’ ceremony where he will officially bow out of office.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), led by its president, Bishop Ayo Oritsejafor, gave the out-going president an award for his “outstanding Christian humility in public service,” particularly for conceding defeat after the presidential poll to ensure peace in the country.

50 Killed, Scores Missing As Gunmen Attack IDPs In Benue

No less than 50 persons are feared dead and scores others missing after gunmen believed to be Fulani militia yesterday attacked some villages hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Logo local government area of Benue State. Also, LEADERSHIP learnt that houses, churches and markets were razed, personal belongings and farm produce burnt.