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President Muhammadu Buhari receives Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms from a socio-political group, the Nigerian Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN) today at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

2019: Selfish, weakest members have exited APC – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said those who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to other political parties were the selfish and weakest members who could not align with the vision of his administration. Mr Buhari stated this while accepting the Expression of Interest and Nomination Form to contest…

Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. [Photo credit: PBS]

NAHCON sets up committee for Hajj 2019

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has set up three committees to kick start preparations for Hajj 2019. The chairman of the commission, Abdullahi Mohammed, set up the committees on Friday in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. . A statement Sunday by the spokesperson of NAHCON, Fatima Usara, said the three…

House of Representatives Chief Whip, Ado Doguwa

House of Reps Chief Whip loses father

The Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, has lost his father, Garba Doguwa. Nigeria’s head of medical mission to Hajj 2018, Ibrahim Kana, who confirmed the death, said Mr Doguwa died Thursday evening in King Abdulaziz Hospital in Makkah Saudi Arabia. “I can confirm to you that…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari appoints new management for security printing company

President Muhammadu Buhari has named a new management for the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company. Those appointed include Abbas Masanawa as managing director and Abubakar Minjibir, Chris Orewa and Tunji Kazeem as executive directors. The appointment followed a memo sent to the president by the governor of the Central…

Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. [Photo credit: PBS]

UPDATED: Hajj 2018: Three Nigerian pilgrims die in road accident

An accident involving pilgrims to this year’s Hajj has claimed the lives of three Nigerian pilgrims. The head of Nigeria’s medical team, Ibrahim Kana, who confirmed the development to PREMIUM TIMES said the accident occurred Friday morning along Madinah to Makkah highway. “We just received the news that the accident…

President Muhammadu Buhari (R) welcoming the visiting British Prime Minister, Theresa May at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday (29/8/18) 04689/29/8/2018/Callistus Ewelike/NAN Pic 9. President Muhammadu Buhari (R) with the British Prime Minister Theresa May during the visit of the British Prime Minister to the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday (29/8/18) 04690/29/8/2018/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

Buhari receives Theresa May at Presidential Villa

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has arrived the Presidential Villa, Abuja, for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Ms May, who alighted from her official grey SUV with registration number 138 CMD just after 1:00 p.m. was received by President Muhammadu Buhari and other officials of government. She shook…

Pic.22. Muslim pilgrims from Kwara boarding during the inaugural air-lift of 2017 pilgrims at the International Airport in Ilorin on Thursday (3/8/17). 04011/3/8/2017/Anthony Alabi/BJO/NAN

Nigerian pilgrim dies inside lift in Makkah

A Nigerian Muslim pilgrim has been reported dead following a lift accident in his hotel accommodation in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. The head of Nigeria’s National Medical Team (NMT), Ibrahim Kana, who confirmed the death of the pilgrim said details of the tragedy would be released later. He however, confirmed that…

FILE: President Muhammadu Buhari (r) with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May during the visit of the President to No.10 Downing Street London in London on Monday (16/4//18)

Buhari to host British PM Theresa May two days before German Chancellor Merkel

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to visit Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya from Monday for the first time in order to forge new trade links for post-Brexit Britain. Ms May becomes the first British leader to visit sub-Saharan Africa in five years, making a three-day trip that includes meetings…

Pic.22. Muslim pilgrims from Kwara boarding during the inaugural air-lift of 2017 pilgrims at the International Airport in Ilorin on Thursday (3/8/17). 04011/3/8/2017/Anthony Alabi/BJO/NAN

Hajj 2018: NAHCON calls for pilgrims’ patience as return airlift commences

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has called for patience and understanding from pilgrims as the return airlift for this year’s Hajj exercise commences. NAHCON chairman, Abdullahi Mohammed, who made the call on Sunday in Makkah at an interactive session with the media, said unlike the inbound journey from…

Hajj 2018: First set of pilgrims arrive Nigeria from Saudi Arabia

The first set of Nigerian pilgrims airlifted back to Nigeria have landed safely at the Abuja airport. Flynas Flight XY7744 which departed King Abdulaziz International Airport Jeddah at about 7:40am Saudi time (5:40am Nigerian Time) landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 10:30am Nigerian time. The flight…

Buhari felicitates with Nyako on 75th birthday

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday congratulated ex-Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, on his 75th birthday. Mr Buhari's spokesperson, Femi Adesina, in a statement on Sunday said the president joins all members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in congratulating Mr Nyako who turns 75 on August 27. Although Mr Nyako…

FILE PHOTO: President Muhammadu Buhari,and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (middle) and other party leaders, pose for snapshot after a meeting with APC governors.

2019: Buhari, other APC leaders to hold crucial meetings

The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to hold its first National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting since Senate President Bukola Saraki left the party. The meeting, according to a top source in the party, will hold at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja by 10 a.m. on Thursday. It…

Hajj pilgrims

Hajj 2018: Borno govt gives N45,000 incentive to state pilgrims

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, his deputy, Usman Durkwa, and Mr Durkwa's wife have given pilgrims from the state N45,000 each as incentive for ram sacrifice (hadaya). While Mr Shettima gave each pilgrim SR 300 (N30,000), Mr Durkwa gave them SR 100 (10,000), and Mrs Durkwa SR50 (5,000), each.…

President Muhammadu Buhari newPresident Muhammadu Buhari arriving the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport this evening (Photo Credit: Bashir Ahmad on Twitter)

APC victories in recent by-elections, sign of things to come in 2019 – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says the victory of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in recent by-elections gives an indication the party will win the 2019 general elections. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president said this on Friday in his…

Buhari hosts German Chancellor Merkel in Abuja Friday

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will on Wednesday, tour three West African countries, paying visits to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria. Ms Merkel is to spend Wednesday through Friday in the three countries, accompanied by an economic delegation, Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Ulrike Demmer said Friday in Berlin. Ms Merkel is expected to…

Hajj pilgrims

Hajj 2018: Nigerian pilgrims set to begin return journey

Baring any last minute change of plan, Nigerian pilgrims who performed this year’s Hajj pilgrimage are billed to start returning home from Monday. The chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Mohammed, said the first flight is expected to carry pilgrims from Kogi State. Mr Mohammed made the…

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Boko Haram: Security report from Nigeria’s North-east “worrisome” – FG

The security report coming from North-eastern Nigeria is worrisome, the federal government has said. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, stated this when he briefed journalists at the end of a meeting of security chiefs with President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Dan-Ali said the meeting was a routine security briefing with…

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Hajj 2018: Nigerian pilgrims hold special prayer for 2019 election

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) organised a special prayer on the plains of Arafat on Monday for a peaceful conduct of next year’s general election in the country. The prayer was attended by many Nigerians who are in Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj exercise. Nigeria’s ambassador to…

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

INTERVIEW: 2019 election budget, timetable set new records – INEC Chairman

The chairman of the Independent National Eelctoral Commission has spoken of some of the records preparations for the 2019 elections have set. Mahmood Yakubu, a professor said this was the first time in Nigeria's history that the electoral budget would be made public. He also said the announcement of dates…

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Hajj 2018: NAHCON airlifts 35,000 Nigerian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has airlifted 34,978 pilgrims in 90 flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj exercise. This was revealed Wednesday by the commission’s Command Control Unit. The unit records and disseminates each airlift from various international Airports in Nigeria. The airlift…

From left: National Security Adviser, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita; Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, during the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential in Villa in Abuja on Wednesday ( 15/8/18). 04386/15/8/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/JAU/NAN

FEC approves additional N5.4bn for Enugu/Onitsha road

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday approved the augmentation of the contractual cost of Enugu to Onitsha road by N5.4 billion. The latest approval raises the total cost of the project to N15.7 billion from N10.3 billion. The Minister of Information and…

President-Muhammadu-Buhari speaking

2019: Buhari not under pressure to drop re-election bid – Presidency

The Nigerian presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is not under pressure to drop his re-election bid ahead the 2019 election. The presidency was reacting to a story published Tuesday by Daily Independent Newspaper. The spokesperson to Mr Buhari, Femi Adesina, said in a statement that the story with…

INTERVIEW: ‘Why Atiku seems best candidate to beat Buhari in 2019’

Boladale Adekoya is a PDP-leaning public affairs analyst whose contributions have been featured on local and international platforms. He speaks with PREMIUM TIMES' Head of Northern Operations, Sani Tukur, on the 2019 election and the potentials of the opposition. Given the level of alignments going on in Nigerian politics, do…

Newly Acting Director General, State Security Service, (SSS) Mr Seiyefa Mathew after his meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (7/08/18). 04270/7/8/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/ICE/NAN Pic 35 Newly Acting Director General, Department of State Services, (DSS) Mr Seiyefa Mathew after his meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (7/08/18). 04271/7/8/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/ICE/NAN

New SSS chief pledges to review unlawful detentions, rights abuses

The acting Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS), Matthew Seiyefa, says the service is reviewing all cases of alleged unlawful detentions and human rights abuses by the service. The acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, appointed Mr Seiyefa after sacking the former Director-General, Lawal Daura, for unauthorised deployment of operatives of…

The sacked director general of State Security Service, Lawal Daura. [Photo credit: Daily Post Nigeria]

EXCLUSIVE: Former Daura’s ally says disgraced SSS boss took bribes, betrayed Buhari

A former assistant to the sacked director general of State Security Service, Lawal Daura, has accused his former principal of extensive corruption, and has portrayed him as a man who serially betrayed his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, for money. The assistant, Abdulwahab Abdulrahman, a retired senior SSS official, said he…