By Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu

Fiery Enugu Catholic priest, and founder, Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, in a New Year sermon on Friday said there are plans by unnamed people to assassinate President Muhammadu Buhari.Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka

He said many people are plotting to kill the President because of his campaign against corruption.

He said, “I am not a sycophant, but I want to tell you that so far God is happy and he who God has blessed none can curse.

“Many people are planning to kill Buhari – there are many plans on how to eliminate his life so that corruption will continue, so that embezzlement will continue. Read More →

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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 →

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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 →

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Paris asked developed countries to make strong financial commitments to the 14 billion dollars urgently needed to revive the Lake Chad and save communities dependent on the river from extinction, noting that, this will curb migration to Europe.

Addressing a high level meeting on “Climate Change Challenges and Solutions in Africa”, on the sidelines of the on-going UN Climate Change Conference, COP 21, President Buhari said no fewer than five million people living in the Lake Chad Basin countries have been displaced by the depletion of the lake due to climate change.Buhari

The President said the shrinkage of Lake Chad, a former island sea, had resulted in increased social conflicts, high rates of migration and cross border movements.

“Nigeria has a large population of over 170 million people and in some parts of Northern Nigeria, a farm that used to belong to 10 people now belongs to over 100 people. They have no other place to live and no land for cultivation,’’ he said.

President Buhari recalled that a research conducted by a professor in a London university and published more than three decades ago had predicted that unless one or some of the rivers from the Central African region are diverted to empty into the Lake Chad basin, the river will dry up. Read More →

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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 →

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By IHEANACHO NWOSU

THERE is a new buzz in town . The country is broke and cannot pay some ministers. In addition to that, not all the minister des­ignates will be given portfolios . These are tales swarming the political space. They appear not ready to fizzle out soon.

There is a good reason these issues are dominating the land­scape . They emanated from the table of President Muhammadu Buhari . And many, righty, can­not afford to trifle with the com­ments .Buhari-N-Metuh

In the last one week the Presi­dent has spoken twice on the is­sue. First was during his recent visit to India where he partici­pated at the India-Africa Sum­mit, which took place in New Delhi. He re-emphasized it last Tuesday when he played host to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki who was at Aso vila to present the list of ministerial nominees who scaled Senate’s screening. Read More →

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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.

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