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2019 Polls: Buhari Not Sure Of Seeking Re-Election

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday he does not know if he will seek re-election in 2019 and the decision is personal and also for Nigerians. Buhari, 75, was speaking in a radio interview. He was elected in 2015 but spent much of 2017 in Britain being treated for an undisclosed ailment that left him visibly weakened. Some have questioned his willingness or ability to run again. Nigeria’s minister of communications, Adebayo Shittu, who played a prominent role in Buhari’s 2015 campaign, has said he would chair a group to support…

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House To Unravel Re-introduction Of Fuel Subsidy—Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara has expressed determination of the House to unravel the lingering fuel scarcity and the alleged re-introduction of fuel subsidy in the country. Speaking while welcoming members of the House of Representatives from the Christmas and New Year break, Dogara urged the lawmakers to work assiduously toward addressing the economic and security challenges confronting the country. “Indeed at no time in the recent past has the nation’s peace and unity been so vigorously and persistently challenged,’’ he said. While describing the problems…

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Saraki To Senators: Let Not Politicking Override Legislative Agenda

Senate President  Abubakar Bukola Saraki has appealed to Senator at the resumption of Plenary on Tuesday that it is too early to embark on politicking at the expense of their legislative agenda and the work of governance. Addressing Senators on resumption of Plenary session Saraki used the opportunity to remind members of developments that affected Nigerians and their constituents from the time the chamber embarked on recess and how the Senate reacted by recalling members of its committee to investigate and report developments back to the chamber. According to him:…

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We ‘re Now United, Strong, No More Factions, Says Kwara PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State recently held what it called a unity meeting and reconciliatory assembly in Ilorin, the state capital.   The party had been having internal squabbles since 2014 leading to factionalisation, repeated congresses and series of litigations in court.   The disagreements cost made the party to record a woeful outing in the 2015 general elections.   However, the matter was recently put to rest by the newly elected national executive of PDP and the local chapter embarked on a reconciliatory exercise the led…

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Saraki Seeks Enhanced Welfare For Military, Nigerian Legion

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the Federal Government and military authorities to prioritize the welfare of both their serving and retired personnel, in view of the enormous sacrifices they render to sustain the peace and security of the country.   Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, made the call after laying a wreath at the National Arcade to commemorate the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, led by President Muhammadu Buhari.   He lauded the national attention…

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PDP Backs Teachers’ Strike, Accuses El-Rufa’i Of Ineptitude 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday said it was in support of the current indefinite strike by public school teachers in Kaduna State. The State Chairman of PDP, Mr Felix Hyat made the declaration in a statement signed by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Abraham Catoh, made available to newsmen in Kaduna. He faulted the state government on its threat to sack teachers that joined the strike, stressing that strike was “a legal means for all civil servants to seek redress on the injustice presently meted out on them.’’…

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INEC Announces Dates Of 2019 Presidential, Assembly Polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced that the presidential and national assembly elections will be held on February 16, 2019. The commission made the announcement Tuesday while outlining the 2019 general election timetable. It said the presidential and national assembly primaries will begin in August and campaigning in November of this year. The commission says elections for governor, state assembly and other local offices will take place March 2, 2019. The 2019 vote will be the ninth presidential election in Africa’s most populous nation since its independence from Britain…

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Presidency Urges Senate To Lift Embargo On Confirmation Of Nominees 

The Presidency has appealed to the Senate to lift the embargo on confirmation of nominees sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari. It would be recalled that Senate on July 4, 2017 resolved to suspend all issues relating to confirmation of nominees submitted by the executive over what it termed as a move to reduce its legislative powers. The senators had said the decision would remain until the issues of confirmation as contained in the Constitution and the laws of the federation were adhered to. All the same, President Buhari…

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Senate To  AGF: Why Desperate Moves To Stop Maina Probe

The Senate has asked the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, to explain to Nigerians why he has been running around the courts seeking to stop the probe by the two chambers of the National Assembly into how Mr. Abdulrashid Maina, an Assistant Director in the Ministry of Interior, was surreptitiously reinstated into the service after being dismissed. In a statement by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, the Senate said it was surprised that the AGF who…

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New Year Killings: We Must Remain United Against Violence, Says Saraki

President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has condemned the recent killings in Benue, Rivers and Kaduna States that left countless Nigerians dead, describing the attack on the affected communities as ‘heinous’ and ‘reprehensible’, and called on all Nigerians to remain united in their condemnation of violence. He said: “The recent killings in this new year that have left many families without their loved ones, and several communities in distress was a reprehensible act of violence. As Nigerians, we must all remain united in our condemnation of violence. Such actions have no place…

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