This year’s Democracy Day will mark 18 years since the country’s return to civil rule in 1999, and Nigerians are marking it without the presence of a substantive president. Nigeria’s leader and Commander- In-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in London, the United Kingdom (UK) for a followup medical check-up and will remain there for a period that would be determined by his doctors. The President left the country on May 7, and officially transmitted power to his vice, who is steering the ship of state on his behalf. May 29 occupies a unique place of history in Nigeria and is marked every year as democracy day. On this day, the country witnessed the restoration of democracy and the return to civil rule after decades of military dictatorship. Former President Olusegun Obasa
Fellow Nigerians, let’s call a spade a spade, and not by any other name today. I’m seriously perturbed that while our dear President is indisposed, for now, some of his so-called friends are only interested in consolidating themselves in power. I think President Muhammadu Buhari deserves better than this. Hate him or love him, President Buhari remains one of the most honest Nigerians alive today. Not even his worst enemy would accuse him of being a corrupt leader. As a prominent Nigerian businessman once told us: “I can’t imagine anyone discussing deals with President Buhari… The atmosphere would not be conducive…” We all concur to that. I’m of the opinion that it is not Buhari’s fault that he has health challenges. All mortals are prone to sicknesses. No President is immune from it, si
Three Igbo socio-cultural associations on Friday rejected overtures by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that Ndigbo should remain in Nigeria, insisting that he caused problems for the country. Obasanjo had appealed to those agitating for Biafra to stop the struggle, stressing that there is “enough cake to share.” But the Eastern Consultative Assembly, ECA, Igbo Youth Movement, IYM, and the Igbo Women Assembly, IWA, accused Obasanjo of insincerity and double-talk. ECA Publicity Secretary, Rev. Fr. John Odey said, “Obasanjo’s statement is medicine after death. Courting Ndi Igbo like women without restructuring Nigeria will achieve nothing. Begging them to come back; that there is enough cake for everybody is unhelpful. “The solution is immediate restructuring of Nigeria into six region
Emerging report reaching us, indicates that the 661 pump action riffles that were recovered by the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, last January, at the Mile 2 area of Lagos, have been declared missing. This shocking revelation, came as the Nigeria Customs Service on Tuesday, announced that it has impounded another 440 pump action riffles, at the Tin Can Island Command, Lagos. The 440 pieces of automatic pump action riffles were said to have been imported into the country from Turkey. A junior Customs Officer who pleaded anonymity while speaking exclusively to us via phone said: “We are happy that our men on Tuesday, intercepted 440 pump action rifles that were illegally shipped into the country. But can the masses ask the same Customs Officers to account for the 661 pump action tha
Controversial Nigerian lawyer, Emeka Ugwuonye has finally denied reports that he was disbarred yesterday in Nigeria. He has reacted to allegations that he was disbarred in Nigeria over fraud allegations leveled against him. The learned man took to social media to react to rumors tainting his name. Ugwuonye said: “I was in court this morning. I arrived a whole hour late. I was late because I had to stay behind to issue statements to friends and supporters against the potential frenzy over the stories about me and the Nigerian Bar. “After court, I held 4 different meetings, pushing my lunch time to just a couple of hours ago. It has been quite a busy day for me on account of my pre-existing schedule. Despite that, I have been aware of the excitement which the stories about me in the
The Nigeria Senate had a critical talk and review of the progress made after privatization of the Power Sector following a debate and discussions on a motion moved by Senator Dino Melaye, entitled “DISCOs, electricity consumers and the burden of over-billing.” AS the Senate began discussions on the power sector in Nigeria, yesterday, a very gloomy picture was painted by senators who came to the conclusion that there was no hope of Nigeria coming out of its present power crisis. The Senate, which noted that the power sector was in dire need of emergency response, said Nigerians would not have steady power supply because the distribution companies were bankrupt and could not, therefore, procure meters. Consequently, the upper chamber asked that the privatisation of the sector be rev
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to apply for the final forfeiture of choice properties allegedly owned by former First Lady Patience Jonathan. The commission has been having difficulty in getting the original titles of the assets. They include Aridolf Resort, Wellness and Spa and eight others. EFCC may ask the court to compel the agencies with the titles in Bayelsa and Rivers states to release them. The assets in Bayelsa are two marble duplexes at Otioko GRA by Isaac Boro Expressway; a Glass House on Sani Abacha Expressway; Akenfa Etie Plaza by AP filling Station, Melford Okilo Road; and Aridolf Resort, Wellness and Spa on Sani Abacha Expressway. Others in Port Harcourt are former Customs Service Officers Mess; two duplexes at 2/3, Bauchi Street; landed...
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said that without a commitment to hard work, no amount of prayer and fasting could make the country work. He spoke in Abuja at an interactive session with senior civil servants on the recently signed three executive orders on the ease of doing business in Nigeria. According to the acting president, great economies and nations as well as prosperity and abundance are created by men, not spirits. He said: "No matter how much you pray or fast our country cannot grow without some of us deciding to do the hard work that makes nations work. I'm a pastor, a spiritual person, and I understand the law of sowing and reaping. It is a spiritual law that has tremendous physical implications. Every time we delay or frustrate what we can do today leaving it
Nicki Minaj who is rumored to be in a relationship with veteran rapper, Nas opened up on her relationship status amd her disgust for men on Ellen Degeneres Daytime Talk Show. In Nicki’s words; “He’s so dope,” the New York-raised “No Frauds” rapper confessed. “He’s the king. He is the King of Queens, and I’d like to think I’m the Queen of Queens.” Minaj later called him “a rap legend,” telling the host, “I have a lot of respect for him. And, you know, he’s kind of cute, too.” Degeneres asked the rapper if they have had sleepovers. Nicki replied; “We have. Yup,” Minaj said. “I go to him. I just thought him coming to me was too forward. She went on,”I’m just chillin’ right now. I’m celibate. I wanted to go a year without dating any man. I hate men,””I might make an exception to the rule f
Peter Oguebie, managing director, Petrus Ogu Nigeria Limited, who is also a witness in the trial of a former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, on Monday, May 22, 2017 told Justice A. S. Umar of the Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja that his company sold a property worth N600million to the former naval chief through a family company, Harbor Bay International Limited. Jibrin is facing trial alongside Rear Admiral Bala Mshelia, Rear Admiral Shehu Ahmadu (all retired) and Habor Bay International Limited on a 4-count charge of criminal conspiracy preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The naval chiefs whilst in office allegedly bought a house worth N600million from the account of Naval Engineering Services wit...