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Ebuka Onyeji is a health reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. He also has a penchant for music and art. Ebuka holds a degree in Mass communication from Anambra State University.

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki

INTERVIEW: Why Nigerians should not give Buhari second term — Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki over a week ago in an exclusive interview with Channels TV questioned the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari. He said the president was running a corrupt administration that lacked the moral high ground to check fraud elsewhere. Mr Saraki, who spoke in his capacity as the…

Candidates who partook in the presidential debate. [PHOTO CREDIT: Channels Twitter handle]

Presidential Debate: Attendees rate Durotoye, Ezekwesili, Moghalu

It was a debate many attendees found interesting despite the absence of the two main contenders. However, those interviewed by PREMIUM TIMES could hardly distinguish the performance of the three candidates who eventually participated. The debate was as apolitical as it was passion driven. The candidates rather than take shots…

FILE PHOTO - 2019 presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar with President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerians attack Buhari, Atiku for shunning presidential debate

What has dominated national discourse after last night's presidential debate is not the performance of the candidates that participated but mainly the absence of the two main contenders in the February 16 election. President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and the candidate of the…

Candidates for the 2019 Presidential Debate [Photo: Channels TV]

Presidential Debate (LIVE UPDATES): Buhari, Atiku, three other presidential candidates clash

Presidential candidates of five political parties are set to take on themselves at a televised debate in Abuja. The debates organisers, which include broadcasting organisations of Nigeria, listed five presidential aspirants who would take part in the debate when it kicks off at 7:00 p.m. at Transcorp Hilton Hotel. Fela…

Atiku Abubakar [Photo: THISDAYLIVE]

Atiku campaign team gives condition for presidential debate

The presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, will only participate in the presidential debate slated for today if President Muhammadu Buhari attends, a campaign spokesperson has said. Mr Abubakar, who travelled to the United States on Thursday, is expected back in Nigeria today-- Saturday. However, a…

The signpost at the main entrance of the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi. It was first built as a general hospital in 1957 by the government of Defunct Northern Nigeria, and became FMC in 2000. (October 30, 2018) Credits: Samuel Ogundipe/Premium Times.

JOHESU: Strike looms in Nigeria’s health sector

Health workers have threatened to resume their suspended strike. The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU), on Wednesday, threatened to resume the industrial action it suspended last May, if the issues in dispute are not resolved in two weeks from today. According to Vanguard Newspaper, JOHESU, through its chairman, Biobelemoye Josiah,…

Nigerian Army on patrol in Borno, Boko Haram

Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Doctors call for improved welfare for Nigerian soldiers

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has charged the federal government to intensify efforts in making provisional support for the country's armed forces, in terms of human and material resources needed for securing the country. The NMA president, Francis Faduyile, who made the call in a statement on Tuesday to mark…

Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole

INTERVIEW: How we’ll disburse Basic Health Care Provision Fund to states — Health Minister

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, speaks to PREMIUM TIMES' Ebuka Onyeji at his office in Abuja. The interview, held in December 2018, weeks before President Buhari on Wednesday rolled out the disbursement of the Basic Health Care Provision Fund. Mr Adewole, a professor of medicine, spoke on how the…

Maria Ude Nwachi

How Ebonyi govt deprived me of ‘Christmas largesse’ — Lawmaker

A member of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Maria Ude Nwachi on Monday protested what she described as her continuous exclusion from house activities. She also accused the state government of depriving her of 'Christmas largesse' and constituency project funds duly given to other members. "Give me what they…

Prof. Isaac Adewole. Minister of Health

Why NHIS is Crisis-ridden – Health Minister

The poor structure of the Act establishing Nigeria's Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is the major cause of various crises that have trailed the scheme over the years, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, has said. The minister also linked the inability of the scheme to cover majority of Nigerians, more…

PVCs Card reader

2019 Elections: INEC tackles Atiku on use of smart card readers

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, Thursday accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of making a U-turn on its plan to use Smart Card Readers (SCR) in the upcoming 2019 elections. The commission, however, promptly denied the allegation, saying it was false. The commission…

Rev. Fr Mbaka [Photo: www.sirkenayo.com]

2019: Buhari deserves support for fighting corruption – Father Mbaka

Fiery Catholic Priest, Ejike Mbaka, has declared support for President Muhammadu Buhari, urging Nigerians to vote for him (Mr Buhari) in the presidential elections in February. "A President that is fighting corruption needs to be supported", Mr Mbaka said on Tuesday during his New Year prophetic message and crossover service,…

Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General

How Nigeria’s environment ministry fared under two ministers in Buhari administration

[gallery type="rectangular" size="full" ids="100100"] One thing that has been peculiar in Nigeria's ministry of environment is the way its leadership has changed, in quick successions. In these three years, two ministers appointed to head the ministry have resigned to take up other jobs they prioritised. Amina Mohammed, currently deputy secretary…

Empty paediatric section at the National Hospital

NHIS: NMA directs doctors to shun state health insurance schemes

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has directed all doctors not to participate in any State Health Insurance Scheme (SHIS) until there is ''meaningful engagement'' between the government and stakeholders. This was part of resolutions at the end of NMA’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Sunday in Uyo, Akwa…

Valsartan

Nigeria bans Valsartan blood pressure drug

The Nigerian government has warned drug marketers to immediately stop the importation, distribution and sale of Valsartan, a drug used to control blood pressure and to prevent heart failure. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) gave the warning in a statement on its websiteTuesday. According to…

From left: Umar Gesto of Young Progressives Party (YPP); Peter Obi of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Yemi Osinbajo of All Progressives Congress (APC); Khadija Abdullahi of Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN); and Ganiyu Galadima of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), during the 2018 Vice Presidential Debate organise by Nigeria Election Debates Group in Abuja on Friday (14/12/18) 06664/14/12/2018/Hogan Bassey/BJO/NAN

FACT-CHECK: The Truths, half-truths and lies presented at Nigerian vice presidential debate

Five candidates on Friday slugged it out at the vice-presidential debates organised ahead of the 2019 general elections at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja. The candidates were selected by the presidential election debates group and a group of broadcast stations affiliated to the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON). They…

From left: Umar Gesto of Young Progressives Party (YPP); Peter Obi of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Yemi Osinbajo of All Progressives Congress (APC); Khadija Abdullahi of Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN); and Ganiyu Galadima of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), during the 2018 Vice Presidential Debate organise by Nigeria Election Debates Group in Abuja on Friday (14/12/18) 06664/14/12/2018/Hogan Bassey/BJO/NAN

#2019 Debate: Attendees rate Peter Obi, Osinbajo

It was a single-issue debate which attendees unanimously found boring, despite repeated audience interruption that tested the patience of moderator Imoni Amarere. Ultimately, however, those interviewed by PREMIUM TIMES said there was a winner. The Peoples Democratic Party vice-presidential candidate, Peter Obi, edged Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo of the All Progressives…

Sowore supporters protest outside the venue of vice presidential candidate debate, demand his inclusion

Sowore supporters protests outside VP debate venue, demands his inclusion

Supporters of one of the presidential candidates excluded from the vice presidential debate holding this night in Abuja are currently protesting outside the venue of the event. The group, led by Jude Eya, are protesting over the exclusion of Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress (AAC). The Nigerian Elections…

From left: Umar Gesto of Young Progressives Party (YPP); Peter Obi of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Yemi Osinbajo of All Progressives Congress (APC); Khadija Abdullahi of Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN); and Ganiyu Galadima of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), during the 2018 Vice Presidential Debate organise by Nigeria Election Debates Group in Abuja on Friday (14/12/18) 06665/14/12/2018/Hogan Bassey/BJO/NAN

Osinbajo, Peter Obi, three other vice presidential candidates debate (LIVE UPDATES)

Five candidates have been pegged down to slug it out at the vice-presidential debates of the 2019 general elections tonight at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja. The candidates were selected earlier this week by the presidential election debates group and a group of broadcast stations affiliated to the Broadcasting…

Participants present at the event.

The Convergence (Day 3): 400 young candidates gather in Abuja (LIVE UPDATES)

The maiden edition of 'The Convergence' – an event held to empower and prepare young candidates ahead of the general elections in Nigeria - opens for the third day this morning in Abuja. Speakers, including young lawmakers from other African countries would be speaking throughout the day. About 400 young…

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili in Premium Times office.

ANALYSIS: Women not allowed level playing field in Nigeria’s party primaries

It started very late, around 8 p.m. in the night. It was an indirect primary election. Only 110 delegates were to vote. The returning officer signed on a paper and gave each to cast their votes into a transparent bucket that served as the ballot box. Abiodun Essiet, a nurse,…

Chike Ukaegbu [Photo: Konbini.com]

Electoral Bill: Executive, National Assembly ‘irresponsible’ – Presidential Candidate

Another presidential candidate has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the amended Electoral Bill. This is coming a day after Obiageli Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), demanded the president assent to the bill, warning that his refusal would affect the progress so far made…

Hon. David Ombugadu AKA Davematics, speaking at the event.

#TheConvergence: You don’t need money to win elections, PDP lawmaker tells young candidates

David Ombugadu, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State, has told young political candidates in the upcoming 2019 election that they do not need money to win elections. “You don’t need money to win elections. You need people, resolve and connections to win elections,” he…

Panelists at The Convergence

The Convergence (LIVE UPDATES): 400 young candidates gather in Abuja

About 400 young candidates of various political parties are converging for a conference aimed at empowering them ahead of the 2019 general elections. The event opens today in Abuja. Different speakers including young lawmakers from countries in Africa, leaders with inspiring stories, development partners, academics and civil societies would be…

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili in Premium Times office.

INTERVIEW: 2019: Why I decided to run for President (II)– Ezekwesili

Obiageli (Oby) Ezekwesili is the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) in the upcoming 2019 election. Mrs Ezekwesili once served as minister of solid minerals and then headed the education ministry during the second-term presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. She also led the Bring Back Our Girls…