The President condoled with the government and people of Mbalom Community in Gwer East Local Government Area where the incident occurred. In a statement by the President’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, says, “I extend my sincere condolences to the government and people of Benue State, the Mbalom community, and especially the Bishop, priests and members of the St Ignatius’ Catholic Church, whose premises was the unfortunate venue of the heinous killings by gunmen. “This latest assault on innocent persons is particularly despicable. Violating a place of worship, killing priests and worshippers is not only vile, evil and satanic, it is clearly calculated to stoke up religious conflict and plunge our communities into endless bloodletting,” the President said. The President is anger
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali has said the counter insurgency operations against Boko Haram have rendered the terrorist group incapable of launching organized attacks. The Minister, who was represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin at the closing ceremony of the African Land Forces Summit in Abuja, yesterday called on African countries to learn from the strategies of Nigeria to curb the menace of terrorism. He, however, noted that the successes in the fight against Boko Haram could not have been achieved without the effective collaboration between the Lake Chad Basin countries. “We are safe to say that Boko Haram can no longer launch organised attacks in Nigeria because of the effective counter-insurgency operations embarked upon b
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has explained that the rail line from Kano in Nigeria to Maradi in Niger Republic was mainly to encourage business owners to use Nigerian seaports as against the use of those of neighbouring countries. Amaechi stated this yesterday during the ministry’s budget defence to the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Land, Transport, Maritime Safety and Administration, Aviation, Port Harbours and Waterways. He said that the rail line was purely for economy purpose, adding that Nigeria was losing resources because of lack of connection between it and Niger. “Nigeria has been losing a lot of money due to the fact that people prefer to use Benin Republic’s seaport. So, to encourage them to use our seaports, we decided to construct
The federal government has decided it will no longer refund money spent by state governments on the construction of federal roads. The Niger State Commissioner for Works and Housing, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe yesterday disclosed this while briefing journalists at the end of the state executive council meeting held at the council chambers of the Government House in Minna. Balarabe, who was commenting on the state of work on the Minna-Suleja federal road dualisation project, did not, however, say why the federal government took the decision. He said the state government was “uncomfortable” with the level of work on the road and that despite the federal government’s decision, the state would intervene by embarking on the construction of some federal roads in the state. “
The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has insisted that there is no corruption in the presidency. He noted that the anti-corruption stance of Buhari’s government has saved the country a lot of money. Speaking while receiving the leadership of The Companion, an association of Muslim Businessmen and Professionals in his office, Osinbajo said government’s efforts towards curbing corruption in the country would soon begin to manifest. The Vice President also stated that the rot the current administration met in office had never happened before. According to Osinbajo “One thing that is very sure now is that this presidency is not stealing and we have a President who is not stealing and will not steal. “There is no corruption in the presidency under the current government. This kind o
The venue The happy couple will wed in Windsor Castle, a royal residence west of London dating back more than 900 years. The ceremony will take place at midday (1100 GMT) in St George’s Chapel, the final resting place of 11 monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I, which is usually open to the public. The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, will conduct the wedding service, while the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the Church of England’s spiritual leader, will officiate over the marriage vows. Royal matters Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II had to consent to the wedding, as under British law the monarch must approve the marriage of the six people next in line to the throne in order for them to retain their place. Harry is currently fifth in line after his father Prince Cha
A timetable for the APC’s congresses and National Convention, released on Wednesday by its National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, indicates that the party will first hold ward congresses on May 2. A day after the ward congresses, appeals arising from the election of ward officers will be heard. Two days later, on May 5, Local Government Area Congresses will be held with appeals from the exercise to be heard on May 7. On Wednesday, May 9, state congresses will be held with the appeals to come up the next day. The ruling party found itself faced with a leadership controversy in February after its National Executive Committee decided to extend the tenure of its NWC by a year effective June 2018. It was a decision that led to grumblings in the party, which was al
Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman of Social Democratic Party, SDP, and Chief Olu Falae on Tuesday visited former president Olusegun Obasanjo at his Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State. The meeting, which was held behind closed doors also had in attendance former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, two-times Ogun governorship candidate, Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka and an SDP governorship aspirant, Sina Kawonise. Falae who have been visiting stakeholders in Nigeria ahead of 2019 general election arrived at Obasanjo's penthouse around 12 p.m and went straight to the meeting which was held behind closed door. Obasanjo, who has become one of the frontline critics of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has been pushing for th...
For the sixteen years that the PDP was in power, the price of crude oil had a good run and the country was awash with cash. Sadly, instead of that giving birth to a massive infrastructural development as it would have been the case under normal circumstances, the country witnessed a monumental looting of its resources through direct stealing of public funds or the execution of phantom projects. The argument that the 2015 elections were more about a referendum on PDP than the whole-hearted acceptance of Buhari and the APC as a messianic group continues to hold true. No presidential candidate in recent memory drew so much scorn and personal attacks as Mohammadu Buhari during the 2015 campaign. But the frustration with then President Jonathan and his PDP chieftains was more potent than the p...
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has urged Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court to drop the treason charges against some of its members. IPOB said the judge should display same “uncommon courage” she showed in the trial of Boko Haram suspected terrorists. The separatists group urged the judge to adopt same yardstick used for the terrorists by dismissing the treason charges against its members in her court due to lack of diligent prosecution. The call was contained in a statement signed by the Head of Directorate of State, IPOB World Headquarters, Langenfeld Germany, Mazi Chika Edoziem. The group noted that none of its members had taken the life of any Nigerian or committed any act of violence. Against this backdrop, IPOB said there was no moral or legal j