queenesther

QueenEsther Iroanusi covers the National Assembly for PREMIUM TIMES. She is a 2018 Female Reporters Leadership Programme fellow of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism. She has a degree in French. She can be reached on Twitter @QueenExtha

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APC denies changing slogan

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied changing its slogan from "change" to "progress." Two different opposition parties alleged that the ruling party had changed its slogan. The Social Democratic Party (SDP) accused the APC of illegally adopting its slogan, "progress." The National Secretary of the party, Shehu Gabam, who…

Bukola Saraki

Saraki, PDP react to Plateau killings

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a Senator, Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central), have reacted to the killings that took place in Plateau State over the weekend. The police in Plateau State confirmed 86 people dead in the violence that erupted on Saturday in Barkin…

APC Senator, Kabiru Marafa (Photo Credit: Daily Trust)

APC Convention: Pro-Marafa supporters cry foul after being denied access to Eagle Square.

Some supporters of Senator Kabir Marafa (APC, Zamfara) have raised alarm after they were denied access into the Eagle Square on Saturday. The All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention was held Saturday at the Eagle Square, Abuja. In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, the publicity secretary of the…

Zamfara State map

Zamafara Killings: Public officials blame each other

The criticisms by public officials over who to take responsibility for the killings in Zamfara continued on Friday with a senator restating his blame on the state governor. Kabir Marafa (APC, Zamfara) said the federal government has confirmed his stand on the failure of Governor Abdulaziz Yari to stop banditry…

Aliyu Abdullahi, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, and Abdulrazak Namdas, his House of Representatives counterpart

Nigerian lawmakers justify 24 additions to 2018 budget

The National Assembly on Friday listed and justified 24 new project it added to the recently passed 2018 budget. Aliyu Abdullahi, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, and Abdulrazak Namdas, his House of Representatives counterpart, addressed a joint press briefing at the National Assembly in Abuja on Friday…

Budget 2018: You’re greedy, Presidency tells National Assembly

The accusations and counter-accusations over the 2018 budget continued on Friday with the presidency accusing the National Assembly of greed. The National Assembly had earlier on Friday defended its alteration of the budget after an earlier accusation by President Buhari. However, in a statement by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, the…

Senator Abdullahi Adamu

Senator accuses nPDP of attempting to blackmail Buhari

A senator and former governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa West) has said the insistence of members of the the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) to meet with president Muhammadu Buhari is a ploy to blackmail, intimidate and ambush the president. He dismissed the group’s claim of marginalisation,…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the Federation Council of the Russian Federation at the invitation of its Chairperson, H.E. Valentina Matviyenko.

Saraki addresses Russian parliament, seeks stronger ties between both countries

The Nigerian Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has sought stronger bond between Nigeria and Russia as he visits the country. He made this known while addressing the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Wednesday. Mr Saraki, who was invited by the chairperson of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, called…

Ali Ndume

Senator names two Boko Haram bases military need to attack

A federal lawmaker, Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) has identified two black spots from which he says Boko Haram insurgents operate in Borno State. He said the insurgents are operating from two bases: the Damboa/Gwoza/ Chibok axis and the Lake Chad axis. He also urged security agencies to intensify efforts on…

Outer view of the library at Area 10.

PHOTO STORY: Dilapidated facilities, outdated books, other anomalies characterise Nigeria’s National Library

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Outer view of the national library (Central Area)

Dilapidated facilities, outdated books, other anomalies characterise Nigeria’s National Library

At the mention of the words, “National Library”, one pictures a serene environment, with a well furnished, serene environment and all kinds of books ranging from some of the oldest to the most recent. But that is not the case of the National Library of Nigeria. Instead, it is a…

Kola Abiola blasts Nigerian lawmakers, says all they do at National Assembly is talk

Kola Abiola, the eldest son of the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola, has called out lawmakers at the National Assembly. He accused them of failing to back their words with actions. He said this during an interview on Channels Television while discussing the recent national…

How I lobbied Yar’adua, Jonathan, Buhari govts to honour my father — Kola Abiola

Kola Abiola, the eldest son of late business mogul and winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola, has revealed how he pushed for his late father to be honoured, saying he welcomed President Buhari's decision to do so although the honour was "very political". He made this…

Imam, Anwar-ue Islam movement of Nigeria, Alhaji Quasim Olapade, leads the prayer during Eid-el Fitr celebration in Ikorodu, Lagos on Sunday (25/6/17). 03514/25/6/2017/Babatude Atolagbe/HB/NAN

Eid-el-Fitr: Buhari, Saraki, Dogara, Ugwuanyi, others felicitate with Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Muslims on the conclusion of the Ramadan fast. In his Sallah message to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period, Mr Buhari stressed the importance of putting the virtues of Islam into practice beyond the fasting season. While congratulating Muslims on completing “this spiritually…

Senator dismisses calls for removal of INEC chairman

A senator, Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) has described the call for the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmoud Yakubu, as unnecessary. The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum had on Monday, demanded the removal of Mr Yakubu, who was appointed to the office by President…

Boss Gida Mustapha

June 12: More Nigerians to be honoured — SGF

The Secretary to the Governent of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has revealed that more Nigerians will be honoured. He made this disclosure while giving the welcome speech at the investiture ceremony for the conferment of national honours on heroes of democracy and the commemoration of June 12 as democracy…

President Muhammadu Buhari presenting a Post-Humus GCON Award to Mrs Bukola Fawehinmi, wife of late civil rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, during a Special National Honours Investiture at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (12/6/18) 03139/12/6/2018/Callistus Ewelike/BJO/NAN

June 12: Why my father would’ve accepted Buhari’s award — Gani Fawehinmi’s son

Muhammed Fawehinmi, the eldest son of late human rights activist and lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi, has explained why his father would have accepted the national honours given to him by the Federal Government. He said this while receiving the posthumous award of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger…

Wole Soyinka Ariving the venue

You can’t honour Abiola and be praising Abacha, Soyinka tells Buhari

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued commendation of late military dictator, Sani Abacha. He said Mr Buhari cannot praise Mr Abacha in one breath, then honour the presumed winner of the 1993 presidential polls, Moshood Abiola in another. A few weeks ago, Mr Buhari…

MKO Abiola

June 12: How Abiola planned to deliver inauguration speech – Daughter

Hafsat Abiola-Costello, the daughter of late Moshood Abiola, presumed winner of the 1993 presidential polls on Tuesday described how her father had planned his inauguration speech, while awaiting the results of the general election. Election data from the election showed Mr Abiola won the polls but he was never formally…

Nigerian Senate

Saraki lists achievements as Senate celebrates third anniversary

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has listed the achievements of the 8th Senate since it was inaugurated three years ago. The 8th National Assembly was inaugurated on June 9, 2015 and is expected to run its course till June 9, 2019. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on…

APC National Secretariat in Abuja

APC Convention: Over 170 members vying for NWC position – Official

Over 176 members of the All Progressives Party (APC) are battling for various positions in the party's National Working Committee (NWC) as well as other national offices, an official has said. The chairman of the screening sub-committee of the APC National Convention Planning Committee, Aminu Masari, made the disclosure in…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

Major events as Senate closes for Sallah break

The Senate suspended its legislative activities for four weeks, but the week did not end without the usual drama that characterises its plenary. In the outgoing week, the Senate threatened to use its constitutional power on the president if he fails to meet certain demands. Below are some major events…

Adebayo-Shittu

Buhari’s minister blames governor for APC failures in Oyo state

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has blamed Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi for the recent failures of the All Progressives Party (APC) in the state. In a letter addressed to the APC National Chairman, Mr Shittu said the "undemocratic" actions of the governor had cost the APC dearly as…

Adamu-Abdul-Kafarati

Senate confirms Abdu-Kafarati as Chief Judge of Federal High Court

The Senate has confirmed Adamu Abdu-Kafarati as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday written a letter to the Senate seeking confirmation of his appointment. Mr Abdu-Kafarati was sworn-in as the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in September 2017. He…

Nigerian Senate

Senate rescinds confirmation of INEC commissioner

The Senate has rescinded its confirmation of Monday Tom (Akwa Ibom) as a Resident Electoral Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The Senate had on Wednesday, confirmed Mr Tom and three other nominees as INEC commissioners after adopting a report from the its committee on INEC. The Senate’s…