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Buhari writes Senate in bid to confirm Yakubu’s second term as INEC Chairman

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Yakubu earlier in November handed over his duties as chairman of the electoral body to Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Muazu at an event held at INEC headquarters in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate seeking approval for the confirmation of Professor Mahmoud Yakubu for a second term in office as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Senate President Ahmad Lawan read the letter on Tuesday at the resumption of legislative proceedings after a one month recess.

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In his letter, President Buhari solicited for the lawmakers’ expeditious consideration of his request for another five-year tenure for Mahmoud as INEC Chairman.

Ahmed is currently acting in that capacity pending when the Senate confirms the reappointment of Professor Yakubu as INEC chairman by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Professor Mahmood Yakubu hands over the leadership mantle to acting INEC Chairman, Ahmed Muazu, at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on November 9, 2020. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

Muazu has however assured that the departure of Professor Mahmood Yakubu and other National Commissioners from the commission will not affect electoral activities.

He said this during an interactive session with election stakeholders in Bayelsa State ahead of the December 5 bye-elections in the state.

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Storyline: See unrest demands from Nigerians after Buhari reacted to death of APC Chairman

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Social media users who are tired of Buhari issuing statements without doing anything tangible have called for him to be impeached for failing the people.

Nigerians have taken to social media to call for President Muhammadu Buhari’s impeachment following the murder of an All Progressives Congress chairman, Philip Shekwo in Nasarawa state.

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This comes as banditary, kidnapping and terrorism continue to worsen in the north.

Buhari, in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, his Spokesman, had said that the nation’s security system must do more to end the incidents of violence in the country.

The late APC Chairman was shot twice leading to his death. Police investigation is expected to determine if this was an assassination or kidnapping-related murder.

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In his reaction to the tragic incident, Buhari, while commiserating with the family of the deceased, said: “I strongly condemn the killing of Philip Shekwo. He was kind and jovial. His contribution towards strengthening the party in Nasarawa State will not be forgotten. May his soul Rest in Peace.”

But his reaction didn’t go down well with some social media users who accused the President of having turned the country into a mourning nation.

Here are some comments that greeted the President’s reaction:

@Womanofvoice, “Can somebody who is close to Buhari ask him, what actually prompted his coming back to power after he failed woefully as the Military head of States in 1984/1985?”

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@FadeyiTitus, “So he could comment on one dead politician but can’t sympathize with over 10 young youths killed for protesting within their circumference of right.”

@OtyJonah, “Well done Mr. Chief mourner. Continue mourning the blood of the Innocent. Any government that fails in securing the lives and providing welfare for its citizens is a failed government. Now weigh your performance and score yourself. As for me you have failed woefully.”

@Otsey, “This Buhari govt has turned a specialist mourner. It’s only under such a failed govt that 8 ASP will be abducted without any fight back from the govt. All this government does is mourn. What a SHAME.”

@hanameisarik, “Can the national assembly kickstart Buhari’s impeachment? I mean, in 5 years, this man has plunged us into 2 recessions. Insecurity is something else. Monies retrieved as loots have been stolen and achieved nothing. Corruption is still a menace with very weak institutions.”

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@womanofvoice, “I have not heard the present Senate or House of Rep talk about impeachment. The insecurities & the level of corruption that have dried our economy is enough to impeach General Buhari out of Aso rock.”

@ReginaldOnyenwe, “”Do more”…what?! Your security agencies are very good at hounding down innocent and defenceless citizens but run away with their tails between their legs when confronted with terrorists. Keep ‘doing more’ looking the other way, when it concerns kidnapers and terrorists.”

@Abraham_onyeke, “A country where the president and the vice is just a spectator in the hands of criminals yet they are releasing Boko Haram back to the society @MBuhari @ProfOsinbajo @DrAhmadLawan @femigbaja you better fix the country when you all can and may his soul RIP.”

@FreedomRebelion, “How sad Nigeria has been turned into a docile nation where leaders only want to be heard and do not like to listen. What kind of leader sits in his residence and refuses to give a press briefing about the state of the nation. We will continue to observe as things get worse because our government lacks clues.”

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Buhari Gov’t to slash levy on imported cars to 5% as against 35%

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Once the bill has been passed by the legislature and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, it’ll automatically become law.

The federal government of Nigeria has concluded plans to slash the levy to be paid on imported cars from 35 percent to five percent, according to a new bill to be presented to the national assembly.

The bill which will come as a welcome development to Nigerians who have been financially impacted by a 2020 year plagued by the Coronavirus pandemic, is contained in the draft bill of the 2020 finance bill to be presented to the national assembly.

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The bill also shows that the import duty of tractors and motor vehicles for the transportation of goods will be slashed from 35 percent to 10 percent while tax relief will be granted to companies that donated to the COVID-19 relief fund under the private sector-led Coalition against COVID-19 (CACOVID).

According to Zainab Ahmed, the Nigerian minister of finance, budget, and national planning, had previously explained that the reduction in import duties and levies is being done to reduce the cost of transportation.

“The reason for us is to reduce the cost of transportation which is a major driver of inflation especially food production,” she told state house correspondents at the end of the federal executive council (FEC) on Wednesday, November 18.

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Recall with NoRM on Wednesday November 18, media aide of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, tweeted on the reduction of import duty.

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is proposing more tax incentives in the 2020 Finance Bill including import duty reductions from 35 to 10% & 0% levies on tractors, transport vehicles & co, 50% reduction of minimum tax, specific TETFUND exemption.

“There would also be tax relief for contributions to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, while retirees’ compensation exemption threshold is to be raised from N10,000 to N10million & software acquisition would now qualify as capital expenditure allowing for tax recovery of same. Expect more.”

The bill could be read to the national assembly this week.


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Buhari’s led Gov’t drives Nigeria into fresh recession

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NBS said the economy slipped into recession at the end of the third quarter (Q3) which ended in September.

The Nigerian economy has recorded a second recession in the current political dispensation, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS),the country’s official data agency.

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Nigeria’s economy went into a recession in 2016 following a lull in economic activities as a result of the delay in the appointment of ministers and other key appointees upon take over of the reins of government in 2015 President Buhari.

According to the NBS, this recession is the worst since 1987 as the Gross Domestic Product in real terms declined by -3.62% (year-on-year) in the third quarter of 2020 and is driven by the long closure of the Nigerian borders which restricted economic movements across the borders.

“Nigeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) recorded a growth rate of –3.62% (year-on-year) in real terms in the third quarter of 2020,” NBS said on Saturday.

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“Cumulatively, the economy has contracted by -2.48%While this represents an improvement of 2.48% points over the –6.10% growth rate recorded in the preceding quarter (Q2 2020), it also indicates that two consecutive quarters of negative growth have been recorded in 2020.

“Furthermore, growth in Q3 2020 was slower by 5.90% points when compared to the third quarter of 2019 which recorded a real growth rate of 2.28% year on year.

“The performance of the economy in Q3 2020 reflected residual effects of the restrictions to movement and economic activity implemented across the country in early Q2 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As these restrictions were lifted, businesses re-opened and international travel and trading activities resumed, some economic activities have returned to positive growth. A total of 18 economic activities recorded positive growth in Q3 2020, compared to 13 activities in Q2 2020,” it explained further.

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The report also said during the quarter under review, aggregate GDP stood at N39,089,460.61 million in nominal terms, adding that the performance was 3.39% higher when compared to the third quarter of 2019 which recorded an aggregate of N37,806,924.41 million.

“This rate was, however, lower relative to growth recorded in the third quarter of 2019 by –9.91% points but higher than the proceeding quarter by 6.19% points.

“For clarity, the Nigerian economy has been broadly classified into the oil and non-oil sectors:The contract mark the beginning of a full-blown recession and second consecutive contraction from -6.10 per cent recorded in the previous quarter of this year.”

According to the numbers contained in the report, oil GDP contracted by -13.89 per cent from -6.63 per cent in the second quarter of this year and 6.49 per cent in Q3 2019.The country’s non-Oil GDP contracted -2.51 per cent from -6.05 per cent in Q2 2020 and 1.85 per cent in Q3 2019 Information & Communication under Services GDP grew 14.56 per cent compared to 16.52 per cent in Q2 2020 and 9.88 per cent in Q3 2019.

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Services real GDP contracted by -5.49 per cent compared to -6.78 per cent in Q2 2020 and 1.87 per cent in Q3 2019.

Construction under Industry real GDP grew by -2.84 per cent compared to -31.77 per cent in Q2 2020 and 2.37 per cent in Q3 2019.

Industry real GDP contracted by -6.12 per cent compared to -12.05 per cent in Q2 2020 and 3.21 per cent in Q3 2019. Telecoms real GDP grew by 17.36 per cent compared to 18.1 per cent in Q2 2020 and 11.3 per cent in Q3 2019.

Agricultural sector grew by 1.39 per cent compared to 1.58 per cent in Q2 2020 & 2.28 per cent in Q3 2019.


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Just in: Deji Adeyanju mocks Buhari over kidnap of seven Police officers

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Adeyanju said with the spate of bandits’ activities, Buhari may be kidnapped soon by those criminals.

Deji Adeyanju, popular activist, has mocked President Muhammadu Buhari over the abduction of seven police officers in Niger State by bandits.

In a tweet, the convener of Concerned Nigerians lamented that Nigeria is going down daily under Buhari.

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“Bandits have also abducted 7 police officers in Niger State. They killed one officer in the process.

“Bandits may abduct Buhari soon. Our country is going down daily but Buhari is busy hailing himself,” he tweeted.

Bandits were said to have ambushed the officers in Mariga Local Government Area of the State.

The incident had led to the death of one of the officers, while others were abducted by the bandits.


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Storyline: Tinubu not present as Buhari meets with Yoruba leaders

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The meeting, which took place in the President’s office in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, held behind closed-doors.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, met with leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Southwest, led by Chief Bisi Akande.

Those in the visiting party included Chief Bisi Akande, Chief Segun Osoba, Prince Tajudeen Olusi and Dr. Abayomi Finnih.

All attempts to get a clue of what the meeting was all about or topic for discussion were unsuccessful as the visitors would not talk to State House Correspondents.


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Kogi: Buhari mourns prominent RMAFC Commissioner

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The President also commiserates with the Chairman and members of the Commission on the demise of the Federal Commissioner, who was sworn in June, 2019.

A commissioner representing Kogi State in the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Suleiman Abdul, is dead.

His death was announced in a statement by a presidential aide, Garba Shehu, on Sunday.

Mr Shehu said President Muhammadu Buhari also mourned the deceased, who is a former federal lawmaker.

Read the full statement by Mr Shehu below.

President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on the passing of Hon. Suleiman Kokori Abdul, Federal Commissioner representing Kogi State in the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

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As a home-bred politician and former member representing Okene/Ogori-Magogo constituency in the sixth National Assembly (2007-2011), President Buhari avers that Hon. Abdul understood the place of dedication and compassion in public service; and this earned him admiration and respect in politics as well as among his people.

The President recognizes the contributions of the late Federal Commissioner to the administration’s drive to mobilise revenue from the non-oil sector, and hopes that his dedication to duty will continue to inspire the work of the RMAFC.

President Buhari says his thoughts are with the Abdul family during this time of mourning even as he prays almighty Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the deceased and bless him with Al-janah Firdaus.


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The Nigerian President warns Youths on continual protests

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Muhammadu Buhari accuses demonstrators of threatening ‘national security’ as violence continues across the country.


Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari spoke to the nation about the unrest that has gripped the country in recent days without making any mention of the deadly shooting of peaceful protesters that prompted international outrage.

Buhari called on Nigerians to stop demonstrating and engage with the government in a short televised speech on Thursday. The shootings have been widely condemned, but he did not speak of them at all during his address.


“I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy,” said Buhari.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari before giving a televised address in Abuja, Nigeria [Reuters]
“For you to do otherwise will amount to undermining national security and law and order… Under no circumstances would this be tolerated.”
He called on Nigeria youths “to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage the government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding”.

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Chaos continues

Gunfire rang out in the affluent Ikoyi neighbourhood of Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos on Thursday with witnesses saying assailants attacked a detention facility in the area that is home to government offices.

Smoke was also seen rising from the direction of Ikoyi correctional facility, and trucks carrying police were seen heading towards the prison. The wreckage of a dozen cars smouldered in the upscale Ikoyi neighbourhood and two official buildings were ablaze.

“The Ikoyi prison is mainly surrounded by government buildings and security establishments. Residents said they saw hoodlums armed with clubs and then gunfire was heard and the fires and smoke were later seen,” said Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris, reporting from the capital Abuja.

Other accounts suggested the gunfire resulted from an attempted jailbreak by prisoners. It was unclear if any inmates escaped.

Soldiers patrolled the streets of the city on Thursday a day after several buildings – including police stations, a TV channel and the port – were torched.

The city of 20 million is under a round-the-clock curfew imposed after nearly two weeks of protests against police brutality – the West African nation’s biggest wave of unrest since the end of military rule in 1999.

Amnesty International said at least 12 people were killed by the Nigerian army and police in a crackdown on protesters on Tuesday that drew international condemnation. Overall, 56 people have died across the country since demonstrations against police abuse and bad governance began on October 8.

Several states are also under curfew and the oil-producing Delta state said it would enter a 48-hour curfew from 6pm (17:00 GMT) on Thursday.

A Lagos state spokesman later said the fire at Ikoyi prison was under control and officers were at the scene. He did not say how it started or comment on the reports of gunfire.

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“It’s time for everybody to … calm the nerves so we can get the youth and the protesters off the streets,” state Governor Sanwo-Olu told Arise TV.

He said the army had offered on Wednesday to send in soldiers to keep the peace, but did not go into further details or say whether he would take up the offer.

‘Premeditated, planned’
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said his “heart goes out” to the victims of Tuesday’s shooting, as well as policemen and others who have lost their lives in several days of turmoil in Africa’s most populous country.

“The pain of these terrible events is palpable in our towns and cities, and some losses are irreplaceable, but we can and will get justice for all of them,” Osinbajo said in a statement.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said reports that lights were turned off and surveillance cameras removed at the scene before Tuesday’s attack suggested it was “premeditated, planned and coordinated”.

Violence escalated on Wednesday as groups of young men and armed police clashed in some neighbourhoods following the shooting at a toll gate in the Lagos district of Lekki.

The army has denied soldiers were at the site of the shooting, where people had gathered in defiance of the curfew. A military spokesman declined further comment, saying reporters should wait for the outcome of a Lagos state investigation into the incident.

Lagos governor Sanwo-Olu said footage from CCTV cameras near the scene of Tuesday’s shooting would be studied by investigators and would be released to the public.

Al Jazeera’s Idris reported violence also erupted again in Lekki on Thursday and security forces were deployed to the area.

“We have heard calls from religious and community leaders calling on the president to address concerns about escalating violence across the country, the abuse allegedly committed by security forces, and the way things are getting out of hand,” said Idris.

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“Looters and arsonists are now taking over what started as decent protest marches.”

People hold banners as they demonstrate against poverty in Lagos [Sunday Alamba/AP]
‘Immediate investigation’
The United States on Thursday condemned what it called excessive use of force by the Nigerian military for firing on unarmed demonstrators.

“We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

Nigeria’s army has dubbed as “fake news” reports that soldiers opened fire on demonstrators. Police Minister Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi told the BBC that troops were not ordered to open fire on protesters.

Pompeo said those involved “should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law”.

“The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are essential human rights and core democratic principles,” Pompeo said.

Nigeria’s president called on the international community on Thursday to “know all facts”.


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Just in: Oshiomhole set to meet Buhari in Aso villa.

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Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole was set to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.

In a video obtained by Noble Reporters Media, the former Edo State Governor is seen walking through a corridor in the State House with President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari.

While the details of the meeting are yet unknown, it comes weeks before the Edo Governorship Election holds.

Oshiomhole is actively involved in the APC election campaign in Edo.

APC Veteran Adams Oshiomhole (R) and Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Gambari, at a State House corridor on August 17, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

President Buhari has endorsed the APC candidate in Edo, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.


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[Nigeria] Kanu Sends Message To Jonathan, Warns Buhari.

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Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has advised ex-President Goodluck Jonathan to challenge the allegations against him by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Kanu said this on Thursday while reacting to moves by Buhari administration to subpoena bank records of Jonathan and his wife, Patience.

The IPOB leader warned that his group would no longer tolerate the intimidation and harassment of former President Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience.

IPOB also said those who were calling for the accounts of Dr Jonathan and his wife were the real people looting funds in Nigeria.

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Kanu urged Jonathan to abandon his ‘gentleman toga’ and confront the government headlong.

He said: “They are now pursuing former President Goodluck Jonathan after looting the country and are now shopping for loans from lending agencies. They have not given the account of the N13.9 billion meant for Aso Rock clinic, yet the same people are asking for the account of a former president and his wife to disgrace them and make them scapegoats in their misrule.

“They are also pursuing Mrs. Diezani Madueke because they want to divert attention of Nigerians and the world from their incompetence and looting, but they have not responded to the allegation of looting of N13.9 billion meant for Aso Rock clinic which alarm was raised by the wife of their president against the cabal in the government.

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“We in IPOB are warning them to leave former President Jonathan and his wife, Patience, alone.

“You may toy with Jonathan because he allowed you to do that to him, but do not toy with Patience, otherwise we will bring down Nigeria.

“We are surprised that PANDEF and Ohanaeze Ndigbo have all kept quiet to this renewed attack on Jonathan.

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“It is high time Dr Jonathan dropped his gentleman’s toga and defend himself, his wife and family members.”

Meanwhile, Jonathan had in a statement by his Spokesman, Ikechikwu Eze clarified that he has no account or property abroad.


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COVID-19: Buhari releases N620m to fight virus.


The Federal government has released N620 million for the fight against coronavirus.

Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, in a statement released on Friday March 6th, said the approval and release of the funds by President Buhari was based on emergency.

She said the first tranche of N364 million was earlier released, making a total of N984 million released to tackle the spread of the virus in the country.


“The approval by President Muhammadu Buhari for the release of funds to tackle COVID-19 was an emergency and the process of releasing the fund was also an emergency as it was an unexpected expenditure,” the statement read.

“However, the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning had released the first tranche of N364 million sometime ago and the process of releasing the second tranche has been concluded with the release of N620 million this morning, bringing total release to N984 million.

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“Responding to a media enquiry yesterday, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, promised that the second tranche of the needed fund would be released today, which has been done, keeping to the promise.” she said

Nigeria recorded its first case of the virus on February 24th.


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