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World Bank: Buhari’s poor management of Nigeria’s diversity caused controversy – Ezekwesili

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A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, says President Muhammadu Buhai’s poor handling of Nigeria’s diversity was the main cause of the controversy generated by the recent revelation of the World Bank. Ezekwesili, who is also a former Vice-President of the World Bank, however, said the focus of the World Bank on the war-torn areas of the North-East was in ...

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Former White House chief of staff questioned in Russia probe

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Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus submitted to questioning Friday by investigators looking into Russian meddling in the US presidential campaign and possible collusion by associates of President Donald Trump, US media reported. Politico and the Washington Post quoted Priebus’s lawyer William Burck as saying the interview with members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team was voluntary. “He ...

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EFCC accuses Fayose of diverting N680m

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State of diverting N680m from the state’s coffers to a private fixed deposit account, which was yielding N6m interest every month. The N680m was alleged to have been part of the bailouts paid to the state government by the Federal Government for the payment of salary and ...

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Retain Iran nuclear deal, UN tells Trump

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed strong hope that US President Donald Trump would retain what he termed the ‘breakthrough’ agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme. The Secretary-General stated this in response to the announcement by Trump on Friday not to re-certify Iran’s compliance with the accord. Guterres said the adoption of the 2015 accord reached between Iran and a group ...

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137th IPU: Saraki leads NASS delegation to Russia

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A delegation of the National Assembly to the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, led by President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, departed Nigeria on Thursday to St. Petersburg, Russia, for the session. The Chief Press Secretary to Saraki, Mr Sanni Onogu, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said that the assembly would hold between Oct. 14 and Oct. 18. ...

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Kenya’s opposition leader, Odinga says October 26 poll will be illegal

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Kenya’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga on Friday said his withdrawal from a presidential election rerun scheduled for Oct. 26 meant the poll had been “cancelled” and there should be fresh nominations for a new vote. Odinga said that based on a 2013 Supreme Court ruling, Kenya’s Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission now had 90 days to accept new nominations following his ...

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Buhari’s discussion with World Bank unsuccessful – Presidency

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The Presidency on Friday said the reported discussion between President Muhammadu Buhari and the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, was deliberately twisted by those who it said specialise in such acts. Media reports had it that  Kim disclosed in Washington DC, United States of America, that  Buhari had requested a concentration of the bank’s intervention efforts in the northern part of Nigeria. ...

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Buhari asked us to focus on northern Nigeria — World Bank

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The President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, said on Thursday that the bank had concentrated on the northern region of Nigeria in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s request. Kim and the Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, who spoke at separate press conferences in Washington DC, United States, also advised Buhari to invest in things that ...

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I approved NNPC loans, not contracts – Osinbajo

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday clarified that what he approved for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation when President Muhammadu Buhari was away on medical vacation were financing loans and not contracts. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Vice-President made the clarification while answering reporters’ questions after the groundbreaking ceremony ...

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Court orders permanent forfeiture of Diezani’s 56 houses

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The Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered the permanent forfeiture of 56 houses linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. The houses, located in Lagos and Port Harcourt, were said to have been acquired by the ex-minister between 2011 and 2013 using front companies. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission claimed that Diezani paid  $21,982,224 for ...

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FG set to secure release of remaining Chibok girls – Osinbajo

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to securing the release of the remaining abducted Chibok girls. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Vice President stated this when he received a delegation of girl child rights advocates from various schools in Abuja at the Presidential Villa to mark ...

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Two men arrested over deadly Marseille train station attack

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French police investigating the fatal stabbing of two young women in the southern city of Marseille, an attack claimed by Islamic State, have arrested two men, a judicial source said Wednesday. The pair, aged 24 and 29, were arrested on Tuesday in Toulon, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) east of Marseille. Ahmed Hanachi, a 29-year-old Tunisian, fatally stabbed the two ...

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We’ll stand by Nigeria to defeat Boko Haram, UK assures

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The United Kingdom will continue to stand by Nigeria to defeat the Boko Haram terrorist group, the British Armed Forces Minister, Mark Lancaster, has said. Lancaster gave the assurance after visiting many military formations in the Northeast, where the UK military experts are providing specialised training for the Nigerian military in the counter insurgency campaign. The minister also met with ...

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FG plans finance scheme for new car buyers

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The Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, Mr. Jelani Aliyu, has said a fund will be established to be offered to Nigerians at low cost to finance their commercial fleets and cars. He said, “The programme is being re-designed to involve more Nigerian banks. It is expected that once this is launched, more Nigerians can afford more ...

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UPDATE: Spain PM threatens to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday threatened to suspend Catalonia’s regional autonomy after the region said it had a mandate to split from Madrid. In a televised address Rajoy said that he had asked Catalan leaders to confirm if they had declared independence, “which is a requirement for any measure the government can adopt under Article 155 of the ...

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Man arrested for calling Mugabe ‘dead man walking’

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A Zimbabwean activist has been arrested after calling 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe “a dead man walking”, lawyers said Wednesday, in the latest case of authorities cracking down on dissent. Sten Zvorwadza, the leader of a street vendor’s union, was charged with insulting or undermining the president in a press interview where he was also quoted as saying that Mugabe was ...

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British human rights activist barred from entering Hong Kong

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A British human rights activist who has criticised the jailing of democracy campaigners in Hong Kong was barred Wednesday from visiting the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Benedict Rogers, who is deputy chairman of the Conservative Party’s human rights commission, arrived from Bangkok in the morning but was stopped by immigration, according to media reports. “They gave me no explanation at all,” ...

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UPDATE: Seven monkey pox patients recover fully in Bayelsa

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Seven out of the 13 monkeypox patients on admission at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri in Bayelsa have fully recovered, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, has said. The commissioner, in a statement on Wednesday in Yenagoa, said that the seven patients had been discharged from the hospital. The contagious disease broke out three weeks ago ...

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