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APC governors condemn growing ethnic agitations

Governors elected on the platform of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, have condemned recent ethnic-based calls for Nigeria to break up. The governors made their position known Thursday in a statement issued by the director general of the Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, Salihu Lukman, in Abuja. The statement said…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Taraba killings: Fulani communities call for Osinbajo’s intervention

The Fulani communities in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State have called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to intervene in what they described as genocide being perpetrated against them. They alleged that a local militia in the area has been killing Fulanis and destroying their property on the orders…

Pic 30. From left: Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari; Minister of Defence, retired Brig.-Gen Mansu Dan-Ali; Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen Abdulrahman Dambazzau; Speaker, House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo during a meeting with State Governors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (20/6/17)
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“Nigeria is indissoluble,” Osinbajo tells governors

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday said Nigeria would remain a united country. Speaking at a meeting with the 36 state governors in Abuja, Mr. Osinbajo told the governors that they “must ensure the security of lives and property” in their states, adding “Nigeria is indissoluble.” The meeting is…

Students writing exams

Nigeria’s education minister blames media for CRK, IRK controversy

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has blamed the Nigerian media for the controversy surrounding the rumoured replacement of Christian Religious Studies, CRK, with Islamic Religious Knowledge, IRK, in secondary school curriculum. Reports, mostly in the social media, alleged that the federal government had through the Nigeria Educational Research Development…

Hajj pilgrims

Hajj Commission responds to NSCIA over fares

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has said that the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, was "fully" involved in negotiations that led to the 2017 Hajj fares. The commission stated this on Tuesday in response to a statement by the NSCIA, that it was not consulted before the…

Arewa group

Northern group, calling for exit of Igbos, writes Osinbajo; asks him to allow Biafra Republic

The coalition of northern youth groups that recently gave Igbos resident in Northern Nigeria three months ultimatum to vacate the region has urged Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to allow Biafran secessionists succeed through peaceful means. The group, in an open letter to the acting president, urged him to take "steps…

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo (L); Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara (M), and others during Father’s Day Church Service at Aso Villa Chapel in Abuja on Sunday (18/6/17) 
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Expose, Ostracise corrupt members, Osinbajo challenges Church leaders

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has called on church leaders to ostracise and expose their members who grow rich through fraudulent means. Mr. Osinbajo stated this on Sunday at the Aso Villa chapel during a special service to mark this years' Father’s Day. The acting president, who is also a…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo meets South East leaders over Biafra, Arewa youth threat

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has urged leaders in South Eastern part of Nigeria to speak out against hate speeches capable of destabilising the country. Mr. Osinbajo stated this Wednesday at a meeting with the leaders. The meeting came as part of consultations sequel to threats of secession by Igbo groups…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Nigeria ratifies treaties to curb tax evasion by multinationals

Nigeria has ratified multilateral conventions on tax related treaties to end profit shifting and tax evasion by multinational companies. The ratification of the treaties Wednesday followed the approval of a memo submitted by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, who said this was part of government’s plan to widen its…

From left: Minister of Defence, retired Brig.-Gen. Mansur Muhammed Dan-Ali; minister of interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrhaman Dambazzau; chief of staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari; Speaker, House of Representative Yakubu Dogara; Senate President Bukola Saraki; and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, onarrival for the meeting of Northern Leaders of Thought with the Acting President at the State House conference hall in Abuja on Tuesday (13/6/17). 
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Osinbajo meets northern leaders, vows ‘full force of law’ against hate speech

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Nigerian government is ready to deal with persons who promote hate speech and divisive comments. Mr. Osinbajo stated this Tuesday while meeting with a cross section of leaders from northern Nigeria at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja. The meeting came after some…

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo signing the 2017 Appropriation Act into law at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday (12/6/17). With him from left are: Senate President Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Suleiman Kawu; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma; Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari; and Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun.

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Nigeria’s external reserve increased, GDP improved, inflation reduced, Osinbajo says on ‘improving’ economy

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday reeled out statistics to show that despite challenges, the Nigerian economy was improving. While signing the 2017 budget into law in Abuja, the acting president noted that the economy was already signalling a gradual recovery as growth was headed towards positive territory. He…

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo signing the 2017 Appropriation Act into law at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday (12/6/17). With him from left are: Senate President Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Suleiman Kawu; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma; Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari; and Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun.

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Why I delayed in signing 2017 budget and the deal we struck — Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday explained while he delayed in signing the 2017 appropriation bill into law. The National Assembly passed the N7.44 trillion budget on May 11, but Mr. Osinbajo only assented to it Monday, over a month after. But speaking shortly before assenting to the law on…

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo signing the 2017 Appropriation Act into law at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday (12/6/17). With him from left are: Senate President Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Suleiman Kawu; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma; Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari; and Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun.

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Acting President Osinbajo signs 2017 budget

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has signed the 2017 appropriation bill into law. Mr. Osinbajo signed the budget at about 4:40 p.m. on Monday inside his conference room in the presence of the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari; Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo set to sign 2017 budget

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is set to sign the 2017 budget into law. The signing ceremony will take place in the conference room of the Vice President's office in the Presidential villa Abuja by 4p.m. Mr. Osinbajo is currently in Awka, Anambra State. However, the venue of the signing ceremony…

Former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

Anambra guber: Former FRSC boss, Chidoka, joins UPP

A former Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Osita Chidoka, who is one of the aspirants for the November 2017 Anambra governorship election, will on Wednesday ‎officially register with the United Progressive Party, UPP, his aide has said. Mr. Chidoka will register in his hometown, Obosi, Idemili North…

FILE PHOTO: In Kaduna, for a secure north: Governors Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Atiku Bagudu ( Kebbi), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Kassim Shettima (Borno) and Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina) at a joint meeting of the Northern State Governors' Forum and the Chairmen of the Council of Chiefs of the northern states on Monday, 23rd January 2017

Northern governors react to Arewa groups’ ultimatum to Igbos

Governors of the nineteen northern states on Wednesday disowned a coalition of Arewa groups, who issued an ultimatum to Igbos to vacate the northern part of Nigeria within three months or be forced to leave. ‎The Borno State Governor and Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum, Kashim Shettima, spoke…

Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF)

Despite nationwide condemnation, threat of arrest, Arewa group insists Igbos must leave Northern Nigeria

The leaders of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, have said that the threat of arrest by the government of Kaduna State will not stop them from insisting that people of Igbo extraction should leave the north. The group, a coalition of some northern groups, insisted on its stance that…

Bauch State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar

N96 million spent on more than horses for emirs – Bauchi Governor

Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State on Wednesday said his commissioner was quoted out of context on the expenditure of N96 million state funds. Mr. Abubakar said the N96 million his commissioner said was spent on horses for emirs was spent on more than horses. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the…

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo: Daily Trust]

Threat to Igbo: Nigerian govt assures of safety as El-Rufai orders arrest of Northern sponsors

The federal government has assured all Nigerians of safety and security following the ultimatum given to Igbos by a northern group to leave the region. The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, ACYF, a coalition of socio-political groups in northern Nigeria, had on Tuesday issued a three months ultimatum for all Igbos…

Mr. Osinbajo made the statement Thursday in Abuja at the colloquim on ``Biafra: 50 years after’’ organized by the Yar’ Adua Foundation at the Shehu Musa Yar’ adua Centre, Abuja. [Photo: Vanguard Newspaper]

UPDATED: Osinbajo goes tough, says corrupt officials funding anti-govt media war

Those who have stolen public funds are spearheading a “media war” against the anti-corruption efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said. The Acting President spoke in Abuja at the Conference on Promoting International Co-operation in Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Enhancing Asset Recovery to Foster…

Hajj pilgrims

NAHCON approves 2017 Hajj fare for 21 states, FCT – FULL LIST

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has so far approved hajj 2017 fare of 21 State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards, FCT and the Armed Forces. The approval followed the appearance and defence of the proposed fares by all the agencies in an exercise that began Friday and is still ongoing. Unlike in…

President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Democracy Day: Osinbajo highlights successes, challenges of Buhari administration

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday highlighted the various achievements of the Muhammadu Buhari administration since it came into office exactly two years ago on May 29, 2015. In his speech sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Osinbajo highlighted areas of successes to include the anti-corruption war, war on terror,…

Ahmed Makarfi

Democracy Day: Nothing to celebrate – Makarfi PDP

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said there is nothing to celebrate on May 29 because the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, has failed. The faction, in a statement by its spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye, on Sunday said the APC has squandered the democratic governance bequeathed…

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo interacting with Trader during his visit to Garki Market in Abuja on Friday (26/5/2017)
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Democracy Day: Osinbajo visits Abuja market

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday visited the Garki Model Market in Abuja where he interacted with traders to know how they are faring and how the government could tailor policies to aid them. The acting president’s visit was part of activities to commemorate the two years in office of…

Zango Ram Market in Kaduna

Hajj 2017: Nigerian pilgrims to pay N38,000 for ram

Every pilgrim embarking on the 2017 Hajj from Nigeria will pay N38,000 as price for the sacrificial animal (Hadaya). The State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards, commissions and agencies are to collect the sums and remit same to the designated accounts of Jaiz Bank Plc which is the appointed bank for the…