Musikilu Mojeed

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Why I don’t want to be called “Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo” — former Nigerian President

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will today, (Saturday) award a doctorate in Christian Theology to former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The former president is among 14, 771 persons receiving honours at the university's seventh convocation in Abuja, Vice-Chancellor Abdallah Adamu said. The retired general is NOUN's first Ph.D graduate.…

George Weah speaks after emerging Liberia’s president-elect

Former World Footballer of the Year, George Weah, has reacted to news of his declaration as winner of Tuesday's presidential run-off in his country, Liberia. That country's National Elections Commission on Thursday evening declared the former footballer and candidate of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) as scoring 720,023…

Buhari thinking

Presidency releases full list of Buhari’s appointees

The Presidency has released a full list of all the appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari since he assumed office on May 29, 2015. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, released the list of 159 appointees on Saturday night, a copy of which his…

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TIMELINE: How the battles between NPA and Atiku’s Intels unfolded

The conflict climaxing in the Nigerian Ports Authority finally cancelling lucrative pilotage contract it had entered with logistics giant, Intels last week, took a long time coming. Aside the much publicised controversy over the Nigerian government’s Treasury Single Account and the failed bid by the NPA to get Intels to enroll into…

Hajj 2017: What Nigerian pilgrims must do to safeguard their health – NAHCON

As the rites for this year's muslim pilgrimage  to Makkah continue, Nigerian authorities have issued a health advisory to the country's delegation to the annual religious exercise. Speaking Tuesday in Makkah at a Pre-Arafat meeting with key Nigerian hajj officials, the head of the medical committee of the National Hajj…

Hajj pilgrims

Buhari earns praises as local farmers dominate Nigeria’s contingent to 2017 Hajj 

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Tuesday praised President Muhammadu Buhari, saying his administration's agricultural reform policy had empowered more local farmers to enlist for this year's hajj.  The Chairman of the nation's pilgrimage agency, Abdullahi Mohammed, said the current government's agric policy had economically empowered several local…

Hajj pilgrims

Five Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

Five Nigerian pilgrims to this year’s hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, have died. The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Abdullahi Mohammed, announced the passage of four of the pilgrims on Tuesday in Makkah, Islam’s holiest city. Mr. Mohammed, who spoke at the 2017 pre-Arafat meeting with…

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…

‘Buhari to land in Abuja in less than two hours’

The presidential jet flying President Muhammadu Buhari from London will arrive Nigeria at past 4PM Nigerian time, a presidency official has told PREMIUM TIMES. The official, who requested not to be named because he is not an official spokesperson, said the president's delegation left London at about 10:30 am Nigerian…

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…

Buhari to return after 103 days of medical treatment in London, to broadcast to Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari will return to Nigeria Saturday after receiving medical attention in London for 103 days, the presidency said this morning. Mr. Buhari left the country on May 7 after handing over power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who has functioned as Acting President since then. A statement by…

EXCLUSIVE: Another Nigerian oil mogul named in ex-Minister Alison-Madueke’s alleged corruption, UK property frozen

EDITOR'S NOTE: The lawyers to Benedict Peters wrote to this newspapers two days after this report was published to provide their client's side of the story. This post has therefore been updated to reflect this. Aiteo Chief Executive Officer, Benedict Peters, is the latest Nigerian oil mogul to be named…

EXCLUSIVE: Full List of 72 CBT centres blacklisted by JAMB, and their offences

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Wednesday announced the blacklisting of 72 of the 600 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres used for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) across the country. JAMB’s registrar, Is-haq Oloyede,  said the blacklisting of some of the centres was due to their…

Ibrahim Babangida

THROWBACK: INTERVIEW: Ex-President Ibrahim Babangida speaks on June 12 and the Abacha coup

In January 2015, Kadaria Ahmed, widely regarded journalist cum broadcaster, interviewed former Military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) on a wide range of national issues, including why his administration nullified the June 12, 1993 presidential election. That election, widely described as the freest and fairest in Nigeria's history is believed…

Four Nigerians accused of corruption in Switzerland in fresh trouble in Nigeria

Three former top officials of the Nigerian Ports Authority and a former special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, named in a corruption scandal in Switzerland, are now to face fresh probe in Nigeria following the conviction of the foreign firm that allegedly gave them more than $2.7 million. Dredging International…

EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan’s aide, three other ex-Nigerian officials named in $20million bribery scandal in Switzerland

Three former top officials of the Nigerian Ports Authority and a former special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan have been named in a massive foreign bribery scandal that has led to the conviction of a company and some of its top officials in Switzerland, PREMIUM TIMES can exclusively report today.…

UTME 2017: Why some JAMB candidates won’t get their results — Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board on Thursday vowed not to release results of candidates identified in footages of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) to have indulged in unwholesome practices during the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, who spoke as guest on a Channels Television current…

INTERVIEW: ‘It takes political will to implement what we teach about corruption’ – Provost, ICPC Anti-Corruption Academy

Sola Akinrinade, a professor, and former Vice-chancellor of Osun State University, is the provost of the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, ACAN, the research and training arm of ICPC. In this interview with Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Idris Ibrahim, the provost speaks on the activities of the institution and its…

INTERVIEW: Why we can’t investigate corruption cases against former governors – ICPC Chairman

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Nta Ekpo recently spoke to PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Idris Ibrahim, on the activities of the commission. He explains what the commission is doing with about 32 petitions against former state governors, what it will do…

INTERVIEW: How Buhari will win 2019 presidential election – DG Voice of Nigeria

Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, recently visited the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES. During the visit, Mr. Okechukwu answered questions from Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Ebuka Onyeji. Excerpts: PT: It is close to eight months since you were appointed the DG of Voice of…

Atiku visits Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday visited the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, in his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State. The reason for the visit is unclear. The former vice president's media office did not provide details. It only provided three photographs of the visit. The Ooni's palace…

INTERVIEW: Why I wanted to slap my teacher on my first day in school — Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo will be 80 on March 5. That is his official age as the former Nigerian leader recently admitted that he was not really sure about when he was born. Ahead of the celebrations, Mr. Obasanjo recently sat down with a group of journalists in his Abeokuta…

What I discussed with President Buhari — Donald Trump

American President, Donald Trump, has provided details of his telephone conversation with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Trump had on Monday spoken to Mr. Buhari, who is vacationing in London. It was the first time both leaders would communicate directly since Mr. Trump assumed office as his country's 45th…

EXCLUSIVE: I won’t return until doctors are satisfied — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he would only return to Nigeria when his London doctors certify him well enough to do so. "... I am extending my leave until the doctors are satisfied that certain factors are ruled out," Mr. Buhari said in a February 5 letter to the President…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

No grudge against those who criticised me while in power — Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday said he bore no grudge against those who criticised him while in office. Writing on his Facebook Page, Mr. Jonathan said those apologising to him for criticising him during his tenure needed not do so because they only performed their civic duties at the…