Thursday, December 24, 2015

Buhari Should Extend Anti-Graft War To APC – Tsav

Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, a former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, in this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, says all those found guilty in the arms deal scandal should be executed. He also speaks on the insurgency in the North-East and 2019 presidency
What is your take on the revelations by former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and others on diversion of funds meant for purchase of arms during ex-President Goodluck Jonathan administration?

APC Denies Owing Staff December Salaries

The All Progressive Congress (APC) has debunked a report that December salaries of its staff were yet to be paid.
In a release titled “Re: Payment of APC staff salaries”, the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, noted that: “The attention of the APC has been drawn to a false report published in some national Newspapers on Wednesday, December 23, 2015, alleging that employees of the party have not been paid salaries for December.

PDP Urges Nigerians Not To Insult Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party has urged Nigerians to use this year’s Eid-El-Maulud and Christmas to offer special prayers for the unity and stability of the nation as well as recommit their individual and collective security and economic welfare into the hands of God.

IMF Predicts Oil Could Slump To $20 In 2016.

The days ahead may just be harder than envisaged as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says crude oil prices may slump to as low as $20 per barrel in 2016.

Following the release of the “IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation with Iran” report, the body highlighted that the price of crude oil could drop between $5 and $15 in 2016.
According to IMF, the dwindling oil prices would not have overtly negative effect on Iran, whose gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to rise four to 5.5 percent by 2017.

Bayelsa Communities Drag Chevron To US Court Over 2012 Oil Rig Explosion

Coastal communities in Bayelsa State impacted by the January 16, 2012 KS Endeavour Rig Explosion in Chevron’s oil field have dragged the oil firm to a San Francisco court in the United States of America.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that representatives of victims visited Bayelsa State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Iniruo Wills, on Thursday, in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Speaking during the visit, Mr Alagoa Morris, Coordinator of the Lead Plaintiffs, said that the team’s advocacy visit to the commissioner was to solicit the support of the state government in the legal action.

Buhari To Nigerians: 'We Will Keep Our Promise'

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has assured that his party's 'Change' slogan is no gimmick as he is determined to fulfill the promises he made to Nigerians.
In his Christmas message to Nigerians made available to the media in Abuja, on Thursday, he also reaffirmed that his administration would recover stolen funds and block leakages.
The president urged Nigerians not to be discouraged by the current state of the economy and security, saying that never again would the nation be held to ransom by any group.

US Blocks UK Muslim Family From Boarding Plane To Disneyland.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said Wednesday he will look into a lawmaker’s claim that United States officials prevented a British Muslim family of 11 from flying to Disneyland for a planned holiday, The Associated Press reported.  Stella Creasy, a member of the opposition Labour Party, says U.S. officials gave no explanation for refusing to allow her constituents to board a flight from Gatwick Airport on Dec. 15.

A top Muslim group said cases like it appear to be related to religion and are worrying for British Muslims, and that a lack of information from U.S. officials is distressing.

We Will Wait For Outcome Of MTN's Suit Before Enforcing $3.9bn Fine, Says FG

Nigeria will await the outcome of a court case filed by mobile phone operator, MTN, before any enforcement of a $3.9 billion fine against the South African firm, a spokesman for the telecommunications ministry said, on Wednesday.  "The Federal Government, NCC (regulator) or any government agent will not do anything at the expiration of the December 31 deadline that MTN had to pay the fine," the spokesman said. "Now that they (MTN) have gone to court, we will await the outcome of the case," he added.

2016 Budget, Nigeria’s Best Ever – Opadokun

A renowned legal practitioner and rights activist, Chief Ayo Opadokun, has described the N6.08 trillion 2016 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari as the best ever in the nation’s history.  Speaking with journalists during the 13th edition of Ayo Opadokun’s Christmas Carol in Offa, Kwara State, the former General Secretary of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), said the budget is practically pro-masses.

Ghana Minister Resigns Over Bus Branding

Ghana’s transport minister has resigned after reports that her ministry overspent 3.6 million cedis ($947,000) to paint more than 100 buses in national colours and with portraits of Ghana’s recent leaders.

The branding, by a private firm, involved respraying the imported passenger coaches and adding pictures of the country’s last four leaders, including current President John Mahama, Reuters reported.  Opposition groups and anti-corruption bodies have raised concern over the money spent, which they said was far too much, forcing the presidency to set up an investigation.

Ijaw Elders Ask Tompolo And Kuku To Honour EFCC’s Invitation.

Izon Okosu-Otu, the umbrella body of Ijaw Council of Clders, has called on all its sons and daughters summoned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to honour the invitation.
In a statement issued by Bare Etolor, chairman of the Delta state chapter of the group, Izon Okosu-Otu asked them to “go and prove their ionncence”.

Cleric Advocates English Language Lessons For Al-Majiri Students

An Islamic Scholar, Alhaji Miftaudeen Balogun, on Wednesday advocated for English Language lessons for students in Almajiri Integrated Schools in the country. Balogun, the leader of Abuja Chapter of Dairat Jafariyat Fitorikat Tijaniyat Islamic organisation of Nigeria, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said that understanding English language, which was general language of communication in the classroom, was one of the major problems faced by the students. The cleric said that this challenge scared many students to escape from the school and return to the streets to beg for alms.


Originally appeared at Consortiumnews; Written by Daniel Lazare
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Technically we have won the war against Boko Haram - Pres. Buhari

President Buhari says that his government has technically won the war against Boko Haram. He said this in an interview with BBC
"I assure you we haven't failed. Adamawa state, Yobe state are free from Boko Haram. Borno state which is there base, I think they have two to three local government. Boko Haram has reverted to using IEDs Improvised Explosive Device, indoctrinating young girls from 15 years and below to go and explode it in churches, mosques, market places, motorparks.