Buhari observes Juma’at prayer in Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday observed the first Ju’mat prayer at the State House Mosque since the outbreak of coronavirus global pandemic (COVID-19) after the new guidelines on religious gathering were released. The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Tuesday released new guidelines to ease the lockdown, saying worship centres will only be permitted to operate for a maximum of one hour each time they meet. The coordinator of the Task Force, Sani Aliyu, had said churches and mosques are only allowed to operate between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.…

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SMBLF asks Buhari to confirm Dongban-Mensem as Appeal Court president

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to shame some of his critics on lopsidedness of appointments in the country by immediately confirming Mrs Monica Bolna’an Dongban-Mensem as the substantive President of the Court of Appeal (PCA) based on the National Judicial Commission (NJC) recommendation. SMBLF made this call yesterday in a statement signed by Yinka Odumakin for the South West,  Chief Guy Ikokwu (South East), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South) and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt). While explaining that it was not interfering in…

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Onitiri cautions Buhari against $22.8bn foreign loans

Lagos-based political activist and social critic, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri has pleaded with the Federal Government not to take any further foreign loans to finance the current budget. Instead, he said government should look inwards by cutting down the wastages, reduce the number of ministers and other appointees, presidential fleets and many others including the National Assembly members’ humongous salaries, allowances and remunerations. In a statement in Lagos yesterday, Onitiri said foreign loans were becoming increasingly alarming, posing serious danger to generations yet unborn. It reads: “It is a fact that…

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Nigeria Police undergoes reorganisation

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a major reorganisation of the Nigeria Police. This reorganisation includes full autonomy of the Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), creation of five additional Police Zonal Command Headquarters and the decentralization of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (FCIID). By this re-organisation, the FIB, which was previously a section under the FCIID, is now a full-fledged Department of the Force to be headed by a Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG). With this new arrangement, the Nigeria Police Force now has eight Departments and each is headed…

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Buhari has delivered on mandates, says Presidency

The Presidency has rated the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari high in performance five years after taking control of the lever of power in the country. His spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday, evaluated Buhari’s performance based on the three areas of his interventionist agenda released in 2015 ahead of the Presidential election. Adesina wrote: “May 29, 2020, marks the end of the first year of the second four-year term of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, and the fifth year of the government in office. “Between…

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COVID-19: Buhari calls for cancellation of debts of needy countries

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on developed countries and international financial institutions to cancel the debts of ”needy countries” especially in Africa to enable them reverse the devastations of COVID-19 to the human race. According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President renewed the appeal for debt cancellation for African counties in a virtual meeting tagged ”High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond”, convened by Canada, Jamaica and the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Equally, the…

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Buhari breaks tradition, opts to observe Eid at home, shuns homage

President Muhammadu Buhari will this year break the agelong tradition by conducting his Eid prayers with his family members at home. According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, the President, who hitherto would have performed the Eid with fellow Muslims at the National Mosque, resolved to a solemn worship in observance of the lockdown measures in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, put in place “to save lives and protect people from all dangers.” He added: “This is also in line with the…

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Buhari signs Executive Order on Financial Autonomy for State Legislature, Judiciary

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday signed into law Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary Order, 2020. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), through his media aide, Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja. The statement noted that a Presidential Implementation Committee was constituted to fashion out strategies and modalities for the implementation of financial autonomy for the State Legislature and State Judiciary in compliance with section 121(3)…

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UNDEDSS tasks Buhari on NDDC, N/Delta devt, others

The United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS) has urged the Federal Government to step up its activities in the Niger Delta and live up to its responsibilities in the region. In a communique issued yesterday on the eve of its proposed first virtual Quarterly General Meeting, UNDEDSS, the premier coalition of civil society organisation in the Niger Delta region, said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was yet to show sincerity in remediation of the region. While commending the Presidency for its resolve to clean the Augean stable of…

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Buhari vows to address security challenges

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to use every resource available at his disposal to reduce the spate of violence and insecurity in the country. He gave the assurance at the end of the National Security Council meeting, which he chaired at council chambers of the State House, Abuja. The National Security Council is the highest security body in the country chaired by the president and sits once every quarter to discuss the most critical issues affecting national security. Addressing State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, National Security…

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