Talatu Usman

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UPDATE: Why we visited Buhari- Senators

Senators from the South East zone who held a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari said they went to express their concern over issues affecting the region. Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, led the senators to the meeting with Mr. Buhari in his office in Abuja…

Niger Delta leaders present 16-point demand to Buhari, want oil firms relocated

Leaders of the Niger Delta region have presented a 16-point demand to President Muhammadu Buhari, handing out proposals they say would help restore peace to the oil-rich region. The demands were presented Tuesday at a meeting between the leaders and the president. Governors and ministers from the region, alongside political…

Buhari meets Niger Delta leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with leaders and representatives of the Niger Delta Region. The meeting, which is holding at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, is attended by states governors, ministers, traditional rulers, service chiefs, ministers from the region. The meeting is holding behind closed-doors.

Nigerian govt. releases N25 billion for social intervention programmes

The Federal Government said it has released N25 billion or five per cent of the N500 billion earmarked for social intervention programmes. This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, while briefing journalists at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive…

APC governors raise concerns on Buhari’s ambassadorial nominees

The governors of APC controlled states have complained about the recent ambassadorial appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari. One of the governors, Simon Lalong, faulted the decision of the president to come up with the list and send it to the Senate without adequate consultation. He said consultations across board…

UPDATE: Why APC must accept responsibility for Nigeria’s economic downturn – Governors

The All Progressives Congress on Monday said the lingering economic crisis in the country should no longer be blamed on the 16-year streak of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The party said it could no longer continue to blame past administrations for the enormous hardship Nigerians are grappling with. The…

Finally, APC accepts responsibility for Nigeria’s poor economic situation, promises solution

After several months of blaming the erstwhile ruling party, PDP, for the current state of Nigeria's economy, the APC has accepted responsibility. The ruling party also promised to fix the problems. The APC's position was stated by Governor Rochas Okorocha who briefed journalists after a meeting between the party's governors…

Nigeria to buy 320 prison vehicles for N3.5 billion

As part of efforts to decongest the Nigerian Prisons, the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday approved N3.5 billion for the procurement of 320 operational vehicles to convey prison inmates to courts. This is targeted at reducing the population of prisoners which currently stands at 65,000 with 70 per cent…

Nigeria targets $4 billion Chinese investment for oil industry

Nigeria says it expects to get as much as $4 billion in investment facilities for oil industry infrastructure as a 40-member Chinese investment team arrives the country at the end of the month. This is a fallout from the July road show in China where Nigeria signed a $75.6 billion…

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

APC Crisis: You can’t remove me on pages of newspaper, Oyegun tells Tinubu

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Oyegun, has reacted to the call by a former Lagos governor and a leader of the party, Ahmed Tinubu, that he should resign. Mr. Oyegun said the national chairman of a party cannot be removed on the pages of newspapers. He said…

Buhari, Ministers hold emergency retreat over economy

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are currently in a retreat with cabinet members discussing the state of the nation's economy and strategies to get the country out of recession. The one-day session holding at the State House conference centre, with the theme “Building inter-ministerial synergy for effective…

Governor-Geidam

Boko Haram: Yobe needs N20 billion to rebuild infrastructure — Governor

Yobe State needs about N20 billion to fix infrastructure damaged by the Boko Haram terrorist group, Ibrahim Geidam, governor of the state said on Thursday. Mr. Geidam, who spoke to journalists at the presidential villa in Abuja after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said the reconstruction was necessary…

Council of State approves appointment of Police IG, RECs

The Council of State has approved the appointment of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. The council met at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Wednesday. It also approved the appointment of six Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and five commissioners for the National…

Ex-President Jonathan steals the show at first Council of State meeting

Former President Goodluck Jonathan attracted the most attention Wednesday as he attended his first Council of State meeting as a former president. The council, which comprises all former presidents and heads of states, as well as vice president, governors, Senate president and House of Representative speaker, is currently meeting. President…

Nigeria Council of State meets to confirm Police IG, others

The Council of State is currently meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja. Part of the agenda of the meeting is the ratification of the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris. Mr. Idris has held the office in an interim capacity since his appointment in June. The…

Buhari appoints head of Niger Delta Power Holding Company

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Joseph Chiedu Ugbo as the managing director/chief executive officer of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited. A statement by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, the president also appointed two other Executive Directors. They are Babayo Shehu…

Buhari meets ex-military ruler, Abubakar

President Muhammadu Buhari and former military head of state,  Abdulsalami Abubakar, met on Thursday behind closed doors at the presidential villa, Abuja. After the meeting, Mr. Abubakar, who is also chairman of the National Peace Committee, told journalists that the committee was working quietly to ensure that peace was restored in the…

Why Nigerian military can’t swap Boko Haram fighters for Chibok girls now – Defence Chief

The Nigerian military says releasing Boko Haram fighters in exchange for abducted Chibok schoolgirls is a “political decision” beyond its powers. The defence chief, Abayomi Olonishakin, said on Monday that the military was “going ahead” with its operations against the sect. His remarks came two days after Boko Haram released…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Wole Soyinka (Photo: Bayo Omoboriowo)

Why I met Buhari – Soyinka

The Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja. The meeting was scheduled as private and took place in the president's office. Mr. Soyinka arrived the villa at about midday Thursday and went straight in for the meeting. Speaking to journalists after the…

Buhari, Soyinka meet at Aso Rock

The Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, is currently in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja. The meeting is scheduled as private and taking place in the president's office. Mr. Soyinka arrived the villa at about midday Thursday and went straight in for the meeting.

What I told Buhari – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday said he was against the disintegration of Nigeria, saying he was working with other leaders to find solutions to the renewed crisis in the Niger Delta. Mr. Jonathan spoke to journalists at the presidential villa after a private meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. The…

Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor

Military action won’t solve Niger Delta crisis – Bayelsa gov

The Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, has rejected the Nigerian Army’s threat of force if dialogue with militants in the area fails. Mr. Dickson said that would not be the best way to solve the crisis in the oil-rich region. The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, had on Monday…

Behave or go to jail, Buhari warns Nigerian workers

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday urged Nigerian workers to dedicate themselves more to their duties than yield to the temptation of taking government property. The president, who was speaking with presidential villa staff in Abuja said anyone planning to make such a move had better learnt from the experiences of…

‘Five states meet conditions for N90 billion federal bailout’

Five states have completed processes to access the federal government’s N90 billion credit, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom said Thursday. The money is to be disbursed in two tranches, with an initial N50 billion released in three months and another N40 billion in nine months, and will be shared…

President Muhammadu Buhari alighting from the plane on one of his trips

Buhari to return to Nigeria Sunday

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected back in Nigeria on Sunday and would resume work on Monday. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this Thursday shortly before the commencement of the National Economic Council (NEC). Mr. Buhari travelled to London on a 10-day medical vacation, to be examined by an Ear Nose…