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General Editor, Premium Times, Festus Owete, Lois Ugbede, Reporter with Nancy Lindborg, Oge Onubogu and Chris Kwaja

INTERVIEW: How Nigeria can resolve its internal conflicts – President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Nancy Lindborg, president of the United States Institute of Peace visited the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja while on a working tour of Nigeria. During the visit, Ms. Lindborg and members of her entourage – Chris Kwaja and Oge Onubogu - fielded questions from Bisi Abidoye, Festus Owete and Lois…

Chuba Okadigbo

How Senate mace theft differs from Okadigbo incident

The theft of the Senate mace by suspected thugs on Wednesday makes it the second time the upper legislative chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly would lose its symbol of authority temporarily in controversial circumstances since the restoration of democracy in Nigeria in 1999. The thugs invaded the chamber and made…

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INTERVIEW: Theft of Senate mace is attempted coup – Ex-Senator Waku

Joseph Waku was the senator representing Benue North West District between 1999 and 2003. In this telephone interview with Premium Times’ Festus Owete, Mr Waku narrated how the Senate mace was taken away to an undisclosed location by a former Senate President, Chuba Okadigbo, at the peak of a crisis…

Ken Nnamani

Ex-Senate President Nnamani speaks on Senate mace theft

A former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, has called for a high-level investigation into the invasion of the Senate chamber and taking away of its mace by suspected thugs. The plenary session of the Senate was disrupted on Wednesday whenthe thugs invaded the chamber and took the mace away. The incident…

INTERVIEW: We overrated Buhari in 2015 – President’s ally

Recently, Femi Olufumilade, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), visited the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja. During the visit the professor of International Relations and strategic studies and Dean of College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Igbinedion University, Okada, fielded…

Atiku Abubakar

2019: Atiku declares intention to run for president

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday formally declared his intention to run for president at the 2019 general elections. He made the declaration in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, a report monitored on Channels Television said. Mr. Abubakar was vice president between 1999 and 2007 on the platform of…

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2019: 22 other Nigerians eyeing Buhari’s job

On February 6, PREMIUM TIMES ran a story on some Nigerians who may run for president on the platform of the country’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 and their chances. The aspirants are: former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo; former Jigawa State…

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ANALYSIS: Buhari’s ministers’ scorecard after two years (Concluding Part)

November 2017 marked two years since most ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet assumed office. PREMIUM TIMES, in 2016 reviewed the performances of the ministers after their first year in office with many of them getting average scores. Two years down the line, this newspaper, again, in three earlier reports assessed the…

George Weah confident of victory as electoral commission fixes date for announcement of result

As Liberia’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) fixes Thursday for the commencement of announcement of the result of the presidential run-off, the candidate of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), George Weah, has expressed confidence he would win the election. “The Liberian people clearly made their choice yesterday and altogether…

President Muhammdu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the FEC meeting on the 22nd of March 2017 [Photo Credit: Novo Isioro]

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari, Osinbajo violate Nigerian laws in new board appointments

President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, breached the provisions of the constitution in the recent reconstitution of the Board of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), PREMIUM TIMES can report. The duo also showed disregard for court processes by ignoring the pending suits on the dissolution of the former…

Despite FEC order, fuel scarcity bites harder across Nigeria

Despite last Wednesday’s directive by the Federal Executive Council, FEC mandating the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, to bring an end to the fuel crisis across the country before last weekend, latest PREMIUM TIMES update shows the situation is far from abating. The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed,…

PDP Convention: Profile of candidates seeking key positions

Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will elect new members of its National Working Committee (NWC) at a convention in Abuja. The NWC, according to Part V111, Section 29 (1) of the party's Constitution, consists of the national chairman, deputy national chairman (north and south), national secretary,…

John Nwodo

SGF: Ohanaeze Ndigbo flays Buhari for refusing to appoint an Igbo

The Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for not appointing a South- easterner as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF. Mr. Buhari had on Monday named Boss Mustapha the new SGF to replace Babachir Lawal, who was sacked for corruption allegations. Mr. Mustapha…

The eight Africans that participated in the Visitors Programme

TRAVELOGUE: Savouring amazing Germany and its election for eight memorable days

Premium Times’ General Editor, Festus Owete, was one of the eight Africans that recently participated in the 2017 Visitors Programme of the Federal Republic of Germany. He narrates his experience during the programme. I was filled with excitement that Monday morning. It was in August and my Editor-in-Chief/Chief Operations Officer, Musikilu…

ANALYSIS: Will Fayose’s presidential ambition tear PDP apart?

A fresh crisis capable of rupturing the current peace in Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is unfolding. Against the party’s zoning arrangement, one of its prominent members and governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, on Thursday, formally declared his intention to run for president in 2019…

Why I’m backing Fayose for presidency – Fani-Kayode

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has explained why he is backing the presidential bid of the governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose. Mr. Fayose had on Thursday in Abuja formally declared his intention to run for president in 2019 on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.…

Angela Merkel

UPDATED: Angela Merkel elected German Chancellor for fourth term

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel’s party, Christian Democratic Union, CDU, has won Sunday’s election into the country’s Bundestag (federal parliament) for the fourth straight time though it could not pull through the required outright majority to form government alone. It was an election that saw the relatively new comer, Alternative…

Election promises of Germany’s two major parties at a glance

Christian Democratic Union of Germany (Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands, CDU). Largely sourced from INTELLINEWS. 1. Lowering national unemployment to below three per cent by 2025, which would mean nearly half the current rate of 5.5 per cent, or 2.5 million people. Opposition parties have persistently argued that these figures hide…

Angela Merkel

ANALYSIS: As Germans vote today, will Angela Merkel return as Chancellor?

Germans are heading to the polls today (Sunday) to elect their new leaders. Although, Germany operates a plural multi-party system with about 30 parties, the election will mainly be between the country’s two major parties, - the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (Sozialdemokratische Partei…

António Guterres

World leaders, UN, participants from 120 countries to discuss global peace in South Korea in September

Amid global tension, world leaders, United Nations officials and participants from about 120 countries will in September converge on Seoul, the South Korean capital, to discuss cooperation for global peace building under the auspices of the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit. The event,…

INTERVIEW (PART 2): APGA no longer relevant in Igboland – ex-Aviation Minister Osita Chidoka

In the second part of this interview, Osita Chidoka speaks on ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s ‘third term’ bid. He also speaks on his aspiration to govern Anambra and other political matters. Read the first part of the interviewhere. Excerpts: PT: Was that the reason why you didn’t consider APC when you…

INTERVIEW: How we convinced Jonathan to concede defeat to Buhari – Osita Chidoka

Osita Chidoka is a former Minister of Aviation, Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and currently a governorship aspirant in Anambra State. He recently spoke with PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz and Idris Ibrahim on his years in the Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan administrations as well…

How we aborted plot to set up medical panel on Buhari’s health – Rep

A member of the House of Representatives, Ibrahim Baba, has explained how the alleged plot by some members of the House to get a medical panel to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in the United Kingdom, was aborted. Mr. Buhari has been on medical leave in London, UK, since May 7.…

PROFILE: Bolaji Owasanoye: The new man to lead Nigeria’s second major anti-graft agency

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday nominated Bolaji Owasanoye, a professor of law, as the new Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC. Mr. Owasanoye will steer the affairs of the anti-graft agency for next five years with 13 other members whose tenure is…

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ANALYSIS: How Nigerian military repeatedly claimed it killed Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

After several claims that it had killed the leader of the extremist Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, or that he may have died, the Nigerian military recently ordered its men to capture him within 40 days. A statement by the spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said the Chief…