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Nigerians deserve to know why Nigeria Airways failed –Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said he was under tremendous pressure from some prominent Nigerians desirous of establishing another national carrier for Nigeria. He, however, said his position remained that Nigerians need to know how the nation lost the former national carrier, Nigeria Airways. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari ...

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BREAKING: Mugabe agrees to resign

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Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule appeared at an end Sunday after a source confirmed he had agreed to resign and was preparing to address the nation. Mugabe’s grip on power was broken last week when the military took over, angered at his wife Grace’s emergence as the leading candidate to succeed the 93-year-old president. “Yes he has agreed to ...

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UPDATE: Zimbabwean army, ruling party decide Mugabe’s fate today

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President Robert Mugabe will meet with the top officers of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces on Sunday (today). This was disclosed by the Chairman of the negotiating team, Fidelis Mukonori, according to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. Mukonori said this would be the second time that Mugabe and the ZDF command would meet, the first meeting having taken place on Thursday. “The negotiating ...

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Crunch talks as Mugabe and generals thrash out his exit

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Zimbabwean army generals will pile further pressure on President Robert Mugabe to resign Sunday after tens of thousands of overjoyed protesters celebrated the apparent end of his 37-year regime. Mugabe’s hold on power was broken this week when the military took over in a dispute over who would succeed the 93-year-old president, the world’s oldest head of state. Mugabe remains ...

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Bomb scare, anxiety as Anambra voters elect governor today

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AS the people of Anambra State decide who occupies the position of the state governor today (Saturday), there is palpable fear that the election could be marred by violence. This is happening amid fears of bomb blast in Onitsha. Some residents of the state were seen gathered in different groups to discuss, in trepidation, what the outcome of the election ...

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Why Atiku is no longer an option – APC National Vice Chairman

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The National Vice Chairman (South-South) of the All Progressives Congress, Hilliard Eta, has said that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is no longer an option for the 2019 presidential race. He explained that he was one of those who canvassed votes for Atiku during the APC presidential primaries in 2015 but that their loyalty shifted to Muhammadu Buhari after he ...

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Poverty eradication: Ezekwesili seeks 7% economic growth

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A former Vice President of the World Bank and ex-Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, says if the Federal Government will lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty and hardship, then there is a need for policymakers to devise means to grow the economy at a minimum of seven per cent per annum. Ezekwesili said Nigerians must “disrupt” the current ...

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Nigeria has no business with D-8 – Buhari

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Buhari’s attendance, late last month, at the ninth summit of the D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation, entrenched the Nigerian government’s disconcerting penchant for mixing governance with religion at all levels. Though couching its goals in economic aspirations, the D-8 remains an exclusive club of Islamic countries. Since Nigeria’s constitution expressly forbids the promotion of any faith, it is time Nigeria ...

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Zimbabwe: U.S. wants Mugabe out, calls for ‘new era’

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The U.S. is seeking “a new era” for Zimbabwe, the State Department’s top official for Africa said, implicitly calling on long-time President Robert Mugabe to step aside as a political crisis mounts. In an interview with Reuters, acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto appeared to dismiss the idea of Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 37 ...

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FG to spend N4.8bn on Villa maintenance in 2018

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The Federal Government is proposing to spend  N4.86bn in the 2018 fiscal year on maintenance  of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The budgeted amount for next year when compared to the N4.95bn allocated for annual routine maintenance of villa facilities in the 2017 budget represents a decline of about N90m. In the 2016 budget, the sum of N3.91bn was allocated for ...

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Buhari dares IPOB, shutdown Anambra

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Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Wednesday stood still for President Muhammadu Buhari as he attended the grand finale of the campaign of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the November 18 poll in the state. From 9 am, APC faithful and non-party members had converged on the Dr Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka to welcome the President. ...

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Zimbabwean military places Mugabe under house arrest

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Zimbabwe’s military said  on Wednesday that  it was holding President Robert Mugabe and his family safe while targeting “criminals” in the entourage of Mugabe who has ruled the South African nation for 37 years. A general appeared on state  television to announce the takeover as  armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central ...

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Buhari appoints Adeyeye as new NAFDAC DG

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Prof. Moji Adeyeye as the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. The appointment was contained in a statement on Tuesday by Assistant Director (Press), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mohammed Nakorji. According to the statement, Adeyeye’s appointment which takes effect from ...

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PDP national chairmanship aspirants sign peace accord

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The national chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday signed a peace agreement as part of their commitments toward a successful and violent free national convention on Dec. 9. The National Chairman, PDP National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, at the occasion held at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja, advised contestants in the electives positions to reduce ...

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UK parliament to get vote on final Brexit deal

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The British government will offer parliament a take it or leave vote on any final EU departure agreement, Brexit Secretary David Davis announced Monday. Davis’s move was seen as an attempted concession to Conservative rebels who may defy the government this week by voting against separate Brexit legislation transferring existing EU laws to Britain. However, the bid to head off ...

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Zimbabwe army warns Mugabe, says it might step in

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Zimbabwe’s army chief on Monday demanded a “stop” to the purge in the ruling ZANU-PF party after the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and warned the military could intervene. “The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith,” General Constantino Chiwenga told a media conference attended by about 90 senior ...

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We have enough food to meet shortages in 2018 – FG

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The Federal Government said on Sunday that it had stocked enough food to address possible shortages in some states in 2018. Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, made the disclosure in Katsina. The minister spoke at the Joint International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)/Federal Government 2nd Supervision Mission for Climate Change, Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Forum. ...

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CAN meets Buhari, insists Nigeria must withdraw from religious groups

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Leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria on Friday met with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors, renewing their call for the Federal Government to withdraw the country from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and other international religious bodies. They also asked that Nigeria cancel all treaties it had signed with such religious organisations. Speaking on behalf of the association, ...

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