President Muhammdau Buhari on Friday in Abuja directed the central command of the military to relocate to Maiduguri, Borno, to intensify the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.
Buhari, who gave the directive in his address after his inauguration, said it was impossible to achieve victory against the insurgents if the command continued to operate from Abuja.
He said that the command center would relocate and remain in Maiduguri until the insurgents were subdued.
He appealed for patience from Nigerians to enable his administration to settle down and face the challenges in the nation.
“My appeal for unity is predicated on the seriousness of the legacy we are getting into. With depleted foreign reserves, falling oil prices, leakages and debts the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble. Read More →
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President Muhammadu Buhari has stated categorically that he will honour his words in discharging his duties as president, adding that, “I belong to everybody and to nobody”.
In his inaugural speech shortly after he was sworn in as president, he spoke about the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, the dwindling power sector and the need to make Nigeria a force to reckon with across the globe.
Read his full speech below:
I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place. Read More →
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Muhammadu Buhari, who will be sworn in on Friday as Nigeria’s new president, is a one-time coup leader who once ruled Africa’s most populous nation with an iron fist.
But he has undergone a remarkable transformation from military general to as he calls it a “converted democrat” whom many see as the solution to Nigeria’s many problems.
His election victory over President Goodluck Jonathan two months ago was the first time power had changed hands to an opposition party at the ballot box in Nigeria’s turbulent political history. Read More →
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By Kunle Aderinokun in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said it is taking a long time to crush Boko Haram members because the military, which he alleged had high ranking officers who are corrupt, was also not equipped to deal with terrorists.
Obasanjo spoke on Tuesday night in a panel discussion on ‘Development and Security: Dealing with New Threats’ at the ongoing 2015 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Read More →
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Former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday in Cotonou urged African nations to provide quality education to ensure peace and tolerance in the continent, stressing that, the low level of education in Northeast Nigeria was responsible for insurgency.
Obasanjo made the call at the ongoing International Symposium for the launching of African Initiative for education, peace and development.
He said without education, no peace effort would yield any positive result, adding that the most of the intolerant sections of the African society were illiterate.
The former president, who gave example of the lingering Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, said the worse hit part of the country, North East geo-political zone, was the least educated. Read More →
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A suicide bomber has struck Garkida town of Gombi local government area in Adamawa state, killing 10 persons on the spot and injuring several others, the first since the Boko Haram onslaught started in the north-eastern part of country about six years ago,.
It was gathered that the injured have been taken to the hospital for medical attention.
An eyewitness account said that the suicide bomber detonated the bomb at a weekly cattle market in Garkida town about 2 pm. Read More →
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by JAMES DANJUMA
JAMES DANJUMA profiles the President-elect and writes that attention will once again shift to Katsina State and Daura in particular, as General Muhammadu Buhari gears up to assume office on May 29.
In 11 days’ time, precisely May 29, Nigeria’s Fourth Republic would be ushering in its fourth President, 72-year-old retired General Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari’s journey to becoming the President-elect is a story on resilience: having ran unsuccessfully for the same office on three different occassions in 2003, 2007 and 2011 on different political platforms. Read More →
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