kemibusari

Kemi Busari is a senior reporter covering the Nigerian Senate for PREMIUM TIMES. He has interest in human rights and has won awards for his works, including the Hans Verploeg Award and the PwC Business reporting award. Twitter: @kemi_busari

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Kaduna State governor, Nasiru El-Rufai at Kajuru. [PHOTO CREDIT: Kaduna State Government]

Nigerian Army, Police speak on mass killings in Kajuru, Kaduna

Security agencies in Kaduna State have confirmed mass killings in villages in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state. The Nigerian Army put the casualty figure at 66 dead. The police did not state a casualty figure but said at least six people have been arrested in connection to the…

Kaduna State governor, Nasiru El-Rufai at Kajuru. [PHOTO CREDIT: Kaduna State Government]

Kajuru Killings: El-Rufai visits community, reacts to criticisms

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Saturday visited communities in Kajuru Local Government Area where at least 66 people were reportedly killed recently. The governor was accompanied by security chiefs in the state. Details of the visit were captured in a statement by Samuel Aruwan, the Senior Special Assistant…

Kaduna State map used to illustrate the story.

‘How 66 people were killed in Kaduna in two days’

PREMIUM TIMES has obtained more details of the attack the Kaduna State government said killed 66 people. The attack occurred on Monday and was a reprisal after an earlier incident that left many dead, a resident said. The details came amid controversy over the accuracy of the details provided by…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Pix: Daily Post Nigeria]

FLASHBACK: What Buhari said when INEC postponed 2015 election

President Muhammadu Buhari heavily criticised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) when it postponed the 2015 general elections. Then a candidate of the APC, Mr Buhari also criticised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government of systematic rigging. On February 8, 2015, six days away, INEC postponed the February 14 presidential…

How Nigerians reacted to postponement of elections

Nigerians on social media have criticised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for postponing the general elections. Following a stakeholders meeting which lasted for hours, INEC early on Saturday said it could no longer go ahead with the election. The commission stated logistics and operational plans as reasons, noting that…

The senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani

INTERVIEW: APC is finished if Buhari loses election – Shehu Sani

On Saturday, Shehu Sani will be seeking a re-election to represent the people of Kaduna Central in the Nigerian Senate. Unlike his 2015 outing, however, the activist will be contesting in a relatively unpopular party, the People’s Redemption Party (PRP). Ahead of the election, he discusses with PREMIUM TIMES’ Kemi…

R-L: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and National Leader, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu during the APC Presidential Campaign at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, on Saturday, February 9, 2019.

Major political events in Nigeria last week

As the general election draws closer, the Nigerian political space continues to captivate its spectators with dramatic events. In the past week, major political actors drew backlashes on some of their comments, the international community continues to provide observatory comments while the season of endorsement continues. PREMIUM TIMES brings you…

Deputy Senate President_Ike_Ekweremadu

INTERVIEW: How constituency projects became institutionalised in Nigeria and how I utilise mine – Ekweremadu

Being one of the longest-serving lawmakers at the Senate, the senator representing Enugu-West, Ike Ekweremadu, is a familiar face in Nigerian politics. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Ekweremadu, who is the deputy senate president, shares his vision for his constituency and the strategies he follows in attracting projects…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Kwara Central APC candidates attack Saraki, says he lacks ‘Islamic values’

Ibrahim Oloriegbe, the Kwara Central Senatorial District candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has vowed to unseat the Senate president, Bukola Saraki. Mr Saraki is contesting the seat under the flagship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mr Oloriegbe, while speaking at a press conference in Lagos recently, said…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Onnoghen: Senate withdraws Supreme Court suit

The Senate is no longer interested in continuing a case it filed at the Supreme Court on the suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen. In a statement on Monday, Yusuph Olaniyonu, media aide to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the Senate has decided to give the National Judicial Council…

Abuja local barbers at work

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the enduring, unsafe razor shaving practice in Nigeria (1)

Between October and December 2018, PREMIUM TIMES’ Kemi Busari visited four major Nigerian cities to examine the state of the blade barbering industry. His findings in Abuja, Ibadan, Kaduna and Lagos reveal a barbering method plagued with unsafe practices.     “Are you mad?” the tricycle operator bellows, looking ferocious,…

L-R Olusegun Obasanjo, Atiku Abubakar [Photo: @SaharaReporters]

Three reasons I support Atiku for president – Obasanjo

A former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has again defended his decision to support the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar. Mr Obasanjo in a statement to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Lagos Island Club said he has been called several names for sticking his neck for…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Despite defections, APC maintains majority in Senate

The All Progressives Congress (APC) still commands a nine-man margin majority at the Nigerian Senate, checks by PREMIUM TIMES indicate. With 56 Senators still pledging allegiance to it, APC continues to maintain a lead it launched at the start of the eighth Senate. The party's majority is in spite of…

President Muhammadu Buhari and APC Senators

Onnoghen: APC Senate caucus tackles Saraki, opposes dragging Buhari to Supreme Court

The All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus of the Nigerian Senate has exonerated its members from a suit seeking clarification on the suspension of Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria. In a statement signed by Ahmed Lawan, the Senate Leader, on Monday night, the caucus said it never met to…

Nigerian Senate

Senate approaches Supreme Court, suspends plan to reconvene

The Nigerian Senate has filed a case at the Supreme Court to seek clarification on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. Relying on an order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), President Muhammadu Buhari last Friday suspended the chief justice replacing him with another Supreme…

Speaker Yakubu Dogara

Onnoghen: Buhari now a full-blown dictator – Dogara

The Speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of dictatorship in removing the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen. In a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Dogara said with the suspension, the world has been served with notice that Nigeria is now…

Nigerian Senate

Onnoghen: Senate may reconvene next week

The leadership of the Nigerian Senate is currently making moves to re-open the legislature next week, PREMIUM TIMES can report. The move is to discuss and take a strong opposition to the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, a senator who spoke with this newspaper Saturday night…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Onnoghen: Nigeria now under dictatorship – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has described the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, by President Muhammadu Buhari as a coup against democracy. In a statement he personally signed, the Senate President said the suspension was another act of desperation by President Buhari. Mr Saraki said Mr Buhari…

Bamidele Salam is a journalist, lawyer and entrepreneur

INTERVIEW: I’ll sponsor bill to allow educated youth obtain interest-free loans – Reps aspirant

Bamidele Salam is a journalist, lawyer and entrepreneur who believes in social re-engineering through active participation in community development efforts, including politics. At different times, the 49-year-old has worked as a Media Assistant to Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola (2003 – 2007), Chairman Egbedore Local Government (2008 – 2011) and head of…

Nigerian Senate

Senate adjourns till after presidential election

The Senate has suspended its plenary untill after next month's presidential elections. According to a decision unanimously agreed upon by the lawmakers, the Senate will resume on February 19. "Dear distinguished colleagues, in view of the fact that it is after 2p.m., we cannot proceed any further so we have…

Arik Air

I thrice boarded Arik aircraft without functioning AC – Senator

Senate Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye, on Wednesday said he thrice boarded an aircraft belonging to Arik Air, without a functional air conditioning system. Mr Adeyeye said each time, flight officials in the aircraft told him they were supposed to have serviced the plane. He said the aircraft is named Queen…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Electoral bill: Why the National Assembly could not override Buhari’s veto – Saraki

The National Assembly stood down the option of overriding President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on the electoral bill because it couldn’t get enough numbers, the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has said. While answering questions on a live programme Wednesday morning, Mr Saraki also refuted rumours that the PDP presidential hopeful, Atiku…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Against its rule, Senate holds plenary without quorum

The Senate is currently holding it’s plenary with just 17 members present. The session is against the Senate’ standing order which stipulates that a one-third of its members is required to form a quorum. To proceed with legislative business of the day, the Senate requires at least a quorum of…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Again, Senate adjourns over inability to form quorum

The Nigerian Senate could not garner enough number to hold plenary on Tuesday. The Senate therefore adjourned its plenary till another legislative day. The adjournment session was not televised as was the usual practice but journalists within the chamber said only nine senators were present. Some of the senators present…

Ekweremadu

How to make constituency projects work better in Nigeria – Ekweremadu

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has attributed failure of some constituency projects to interference and interest on the part of lawmakers. For a long time in Nigeria, constituency projects have been a subject of controversy as some lawmakers interfere with the process of execution. In some cases, some lawmakers…