By Michael Olugbodi in

Maiduguri, Jaiyeola Andrews and Onyebuchi Ezeigbo in Abuja with Agency report

 

Nigeria’s military on Saturday repelled a Boko Haram attack on the key north-eastern city of Maiduguri, hours after President Muhammadu Buhari took office vowing to crush the Islamist group.

Also, there was a bomb blast on Saturday at a mosque near the popular Monday Market in Maiduguri. According to a youth vigilante source, Abba Modu, the incident occurred during the Muslim early evening prayer (3:40pm) at one of the mosques located near the Monday market.Boko-Haram-fighters

In his reaction, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned in strong term, the latest terrorist attack on Maiduguri. He equally warned that his new administration would not tolerate wanton and willful destruction of life by criminal elements that are bent on anarchy. Read More →

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Being Inaugural Speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, following his swearing-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Friday, May 29, 2015President-Muhammadu-Buhari

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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By NAN


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.Buhari-at-inauguration

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.Buhari

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.Buhari-official

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.Olusegun-Obasanjo

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.Chief-Olusegun-Obasanjo

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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