By Isiaka Wakili

President Buhari had said on Wednesday during the presidential media chat that “Hijab would have to be banned if suicide bombing continues.”
The Presidency has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has not banned the use of hijab which it describes as Muslim women’s dressing symbol of modesty.Hijab

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement on Friday.

President Buhari had said on Wednesday during the presidential media chat that “Hijab would have to be banned if suicide bombing continues.”

But his spokesman yesterday, while clarifying the pronouncement, described as unfounded, the speculation that the Federal Government had banned the use of hijab. Read More →

Says 2016 is year of change

By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor & Joseph Erunke

ABUJA — Taking note of the hard times in the land, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said becoming president had not removed him from the pains of the people, promising that 2016 would be the beginning of the change in the country.

While noting what he claimed as unforeseen circumstances and distractions since his inauguration, President Buhari reassured Nigerians that the difficulties were temporary, saying he was determined to fulfil the promises he made prior to the election.

In his 500-word New Year message, the president said he remained committed to his promises, saying he has in the last seven months laid the foundations for the change as promised. Read More →

By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke

ABUJA- THE Senate Tuesday passed a total sum of N574,532,726,857 as supplementary budget for President Muhammadu Buhari to be withdrawn from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation.

The approved N574,532,726,857 is for additional Recurrent( Non- Debt) Expenditure for the year ending on the 31 st day of December, 2015.

The Senate however jerked the original supplementary budget as submitted by President Buhari by N108,895,800,000, just as it said that the increase was designed to accommodate the said amount as additional funding for fuel subsidy for the months of October, November and December, 2015.

With the additional N109 billion by the Senate for fuel subsidy, it would now amount to N522,258,934,505 as against the backdrop that the President in the letter to the Senate had requested for N413 billion for fuel subsidy, just as N5,000,000,000 was approved as Victims Support Funds in the Capital Supplementation which would be re- classified to the Service Wide Vote of N559,217,800,017.

The Senate also approved a total sum of N29,958,865,512 to fight Boko Haram Insurgency in the North East and payment of outstanding claims in order to ameliorate the suffering of Nigerians under the heading, operation Zaman Lafiya, and of the approved money, Nigerian Army will get N17,468,992,640; Nigerian Airforce, N8,141,434,760; Nigerian Army outstanding balance from 2015 and second quarter, N4,348,438,112

It would be recalled that the Senate had penultimate Wednesday received a supplementary budget of N465,636,926,857 from President Muhammadu Buhari for consideration and approval. Read More →

By Demola Akinyemi


ILORIN—Neighbouring Benin Republic has invaded 16 villages in Okuta, the border town in Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State, causing fear and tension in the affected communities.

In their determination to annex the Nigerian villages, Vanguard reliably gathered that authorities of Benin Republic had gone ahead to construct offices fot its gendarmerie (Police station) in the affected communities and also hoisted the country’s flag.
Vanguard checks revealed that the development negated the boundary delimitation of 1914 between Britain and France which the two countries had respected.
The affected villages include Ogomne, Bwin, Gandasunon, Kpuru and Woru Wuren Kparu.

Others are Ajuba1, Ajuba 2, Saka Yeruman Kparu, Monta, Dotin Kparu, Halidun Kparu, Yakubun Kparu, Sonsi, Gunosani, Alhaji Kparu, Yodo Mankparu and Simen Kparu. Read More →



… appoints 18 others as replacement

…reduces ministries to 25

Ahead of the swearing in of ministers and inauguration of a new Federal Executive Council, FEC, today, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of 18 permanent secretaries into the civil service

According to a statement issued by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the new Permanent Secretaries include Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba; Alhaji Mahmoud Isa-Dutse; Mr. Taiwo Abidogun; Dr. Bukar Hassan; Mrs. Wakama Belema Asifieka; Mr. Jalal Ahmad Arabi; Mr. Sabiu Zakari; Mrs. Obiageli Phyllis Nwokedi and Mr. Aminu Nabegu.Buhari-in-his-office.

Others are Mr. Bamgbose Olukunle Oladele; Mr. Alo Williams Nwankwo; Dr. Shehu Ahmed; Mr. Ogbonnaya Innocent Kalu; Mrs. Nuratu Jimoh Batagarawa; Mr. Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa; Mr. Bassey Apkanyung; Mr. Louis Edozien and Dr. Ugo Roy

According to the statement, Buhari also approved the deployment of some permanent secretaries.

They are Dr. Shehu Ahmad (Agric and Rural Development; Arch Sunday Echono (Communications); Alhaji Sabiu Zakari (Transportation); Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba (Information and Culture); Danjuma Sheni (Defence); Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan (Education); Mrs. Fatima Mede (Budget & National Planning); Alhaji Mahmoud Isa Dutse (Finance); Ambassador Bulus Lolo (Foreign Affairs); Dr. Amina Shamaki (Health); Mr. Aliyu Bisalla (Industry, Trade and Investment); Mr. Bassey Akpanyung (Internal Affairs); Mr. Taiwo Abidogun (Justice); Dr. Habiba Lawal (Science and Technology); Dr. Clement Illoh (Labour and Productivity); Dr. Jamila Shu’ara (Petroleum Resources);

Also redeployed are Mrs. Binta Bello (Women Affairs); Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye (Federal Capital Territory; Mrs. Rabi Jimeta (Water Resources); Dr. Bukar Hassan (Environment); Mrs. Wakama B. Asifieka( Niger Delta Affairs); Mr. Istifanus Fuktur (Solid Minerals); Mr. Christian Ohaa (Youth & Sports); Engr. A.G. Magaji (Works & Housing); Mr. Louis Edozien (Power; Mr. Jalal Arabi (State House) and Mr. Mohammed Bukar – General Services Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) Read More →

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday met briefly with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The closed door meeting, which lasted for about 10minutes, was held at the new Banquet Hall.VISITS

President Buhari accompanied Jonathan to his waiting vehicle at the end of the meeting.

The ex-president didn’t speak with journalists during the duration of his visit.

No official statement has been issued concerning the visit at the time of filing this report.