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Oby Ezekwesili and Omoyele Sowore [Photo: YouTube]

2019: As campaigns start, Ezekwesili, Sowore warn against voting Buhari, Atiku

As President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar launched their presidential campaigns Sunday and Monday respectively, two of their rivals have warned against choosing either of the two veterans. Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress (AAC) and Oby Ezekwesili of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) described…

The young aspirants

2019: Our experiences in APC, PDP primaries – Young aspirants

Some young aspirants, who contested in the just-concluded election primaries of the two major parties, on Friday narrated their harsh experiences in their parties. The aspirants spoke on the high prices of nomination forms, administrative charges, undemocratic party primaries and female stereotyping among other challenges as they shared their experiences…

Campaign posters used to illustrate the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Nairaland Forum]

2019: How opposition parties are preparing as campaigns start

Presidential elections are about three months away, and the country’s opposition parties are at various levels of preparations. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has fixed Sunday November 18 as date for commencement of campaigns. PREMIUM TIMES visited some of the parties' headquarters in Abuja, spoke with some officials, to…

Joint NLC, TUC, ULC nationwide protest over alleged recalcitrance of government and employers to pay adequate minimum wage, at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday (30/10/18). 05389/30/10/2018/Deborah Bada/BJO/NAN

Minimum Wage: NLC calls Nigerian governors bluff, dismisses threat to sack workers

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has dismissed the threat by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) that states may have to sack workers if forced to pay N30,000 as minimum wage. The union said the threat is not new and that workers are standing firm on the figure agreed by the…

#GandujeGate: Magu parries question on Ganduje bribe video

The acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, on Monday, in Abuja declined comments on whether the agency had commenced investigations into the bribery allegations levelled against the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje. Mr Magu, who spoke during a press briefing to tell Nigerians on…

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

I stand for stronger state govts, state police – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has restated that he is an advocate of fiscal federalism, stronger state governments and state police. Mr Osinbajo made this submission while delivering the 40th Anniversary Lecture of the Association of Friends on Monday in Lagos. The theme of the lecture is “Restructuring and the Nigerian…

BBC

Why Nigerians, others fall for fake news – BBC Research

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Monday suggested reasons why Nigerians usually fall prey to fake news which is gaining grounds in African media circles. It said due to the fact that they are concerned about ''not falling behind on the news'' and being informed, they easily believe fake news.…

2019 Presidential aspirant and former vice president, Abubakar Atiku.

UPDATED: Why airport security searched Atiku – Aviation Minister

The Nigerian government on Sunday dismissed the allegations of improper airport security checks raised by the opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. Mr Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said on Sunday afternoon he was made to go through security search shortly after arriving at the international airport in Abuja from…

Oby Ezekwesili

Ezekwesili resigns as leader of Red Card Movement

A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, on Thursday announced her resignation from her position as leader of the Red Card Movement (RCM). The group announced the development on Friday through its Twitter handle, @RedCardMng. ''Our Convener, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has stepped aside from the membership & leadership of the…

Buhari govt spends N250bn on Social Investment Programme since 2016 – Official

The Nigerian government says it has spent N250 billion on its Social Investment Programme (N-SIPS) since the beginning of the scheme in 2016. This claim was made on Thursday at a media roundtable by the presidential aide on N-SIPS, Mariam Uwais, in Abuja. N-SIPS was set up by the President…

Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed,

Oak TV apologises to Minister over N3.5 million El-Zakzaky feeding video

Oak Television has apologised to the Minister of Information, Lai Muhammed, over a video in which the minister claimed the federal government spends N3.5 million monthly to feed the leader of the Shiite Islamic sect, Ibrahim El-zakzaky, who has been in detention since December 2015. The minister spoke off the…

Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed,

Nigerian govt spends N3.5 million monthly to feed El-Zakzaky – Lai Mohammed

Nigeria’s Information minister, Lai Mohammed, has claimed that the government spends about N3.5 million monthly to feed a Shiite cleric who has been detained by government for over two years. Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Shiite IMN movement has been detained since December 2015 after soldiers clamped down on his…

Aisha Buhari

Aisha Buhari advocates education to end child marriage

President Muhammadu Buhari's wife, Aisha Buhari, has called for the education of the girl child to end the menace of child marriage in parts of Nigeria. According to a statement by Suleiman Haruna, her spokesperson, Mrs Buhari, said this on Wednesday while receiving female delegates to the 41st Conference and…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Pix: Daily Post Nigeria]

What we’re doing to strengthen ICT in public service delivery – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the nation's public service to embrace the use of ICT so as to effectively drive government programmes and policies and foster the digital economy in Nigeria. President Buhari said this at a national conference on Promoting Digital Economy in an Era of Disruptive Technologies…

Femi Falana

492 Shiites killed by Nigerian govt in four years — Falana

The lawyer and rights activist, Femi Falana, on Monday said over 492 member of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, have been killed extra-judicially by the Nigerian Army and the Police between 2014 and 2018. Mr Falana urged the National Human Rights Commission to investigate the killings. Members of the Shi'a…

Joint NLC, TUC, ULC nationwide protest over alleged recalcitrance of government and employers to pay adequate minimum wage, at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday (30/10/18). 05389/30/10/2018/Deborah Bada/BJO/NAN

Minimum Wage: NNPC assures of fuel supply as strike looms across Nigeria

Despite workers' insistence on proceeding on a nationwide strike, there will not be scarcity of petroleum products, the state oil firm, NNPC, has said. The NNPC on Sunday dispelled speculations of an impending petroleum products scarcity in the country. The corporation's spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu, assured it has a stock of…

Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Kano Health Sector Group Photograph.

LIVE UPDATES: CSOs hold retreat to bridge service delivery gaps in Kano health sector

A retreat to bridge service delivery gaps and demand for more openness in the management of Kano State health sector opens for the second day this morning in Abuja. Representatives of various civic groups and government organs in the state would be discussing issues bedevilling the health sector of the…

From Left: Sunday Salako, 1st deputy president TUC, Musa Lawal, Secretary General TUC, Ayuba Wabba, NLC

Minimum Wage: Buhari Media Organisation begs NLC to shelve planned strike

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has appealed to the Nigerian Labour Congress to shelve its proposed November 6 nationwide strike over its agitation for a new national minimum wage, warning that the strike would have far-reaching negative effect on the country. Governors of the 36 states met on Tuesday and…

Jimi Agbaje

2019: Jimi Agbaje picks Haleemat Busari as running mate

Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has announced Haleemat Busari as his running mate for the 2019 election. Mrs Busari, a law graduate from the University of Lagos, is a director on the board of several blue-chip companies, according to a statement on…

A wounded member of Shi'ite

U.S. speaks on Shiites, Nigerian Army violence

The United States government says it is concerned by the violence between protesting Shiites and Nigerian soldiers in and around Abuja. Dozens of protesting Shiites were killed between Saturday and Tuesday by soldiers who accused the protesters of throwing stones and other objects at security forces. In a statement posted…

Civil Societies hold Retreat to demand more Open Government Partnership in Kano health sector

LIVE UPDATES: Civil Societies hold Retreat to demand more Open Government Partnership in Kano health sector

A retreat to drive for more openness and inclusiveness in governance of Kano State health sector opens today in Abuja. Speakers from various sectors in the state and across the country would be speaking during the two-day event, which closes tomorrow evening. The event is organised by the development Research…

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

2019: Atiku closer to getting US visa – Gbenga Daniel

The Director General of the Atiku campaign organisation, Gbenga Daniel, says officials of the United States have hinted the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, that he would get a U.S. visa if he applies for one now. Mr Daniel disclosed this in an interview on Channels…

Shiites Protesters

Shiite/Military Clash: Abuja residents narrate experience

Residents of Nyanya in the Federal Capital Territory have narrated their experience Monday evening during the deadly clash in the area between Nigerian soldiers and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. The Shiites were staging yet another in their series of protest over the continued detention of their leader,…

Members of Islamic sect, Shi’ite turning back after sighting Security men on Abuja-Zuba Expressway in Abuja on Monday (29/10/18).

Shiites Protest: Residents of Abuja community trek several kilometres

Residents of Mararaba/Nyanya and environs were subjected to hardship following protest by members of a Shiite group, IMN. Members of the movement protested in Nyanya, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Mararaba, Nasarawa State, following continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky. The development resulted in gridlock that left many residents,…

Babatunde Raji Fashola

Jonathan accepted defeat in 2015 due to imminent recession — Fashola

The Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said former President Goodluck Johnathan only conceded defeat after the 2015 elections because he knew the nation would witness economic recession soon. Mr Jonathan, before the announcement of the final results, in a move that shocked many political pundits, conceded…