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President Muhammadu Buhari is set to name a former North American Bureau Chief of The Guardian, Laolu Akande, as a Senior Special Assistant to lead the media and communication unit in the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report today.

People familiar with the president’s plan said Mr. Akande’s appointment would be among several others to be announced Monday or Tuesday.Laolu-Akande

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that under the present arrangement in the presidency, there would be only one presidential media and communication office but that individual appointees would be given separate responsibilities.

Mr. Akande would be deployed to work with Mr. Osinbajo, our sources said.

It is not clear whether the journalist has returned to Nigeria to take up the appointment. He could not be reached on his U.S. telephone on Sunday. Read More →

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Written by Dele Ogunyemi, Ibadan

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and leaders of other African states to impose economic sanctions on Morocco to end what they called colonization of Western Sahara.

ASUU tasked African countries to put pressure on Morocco to end its illegal occupation of Western Sahara Republic.
This was contained in a communiqué signed by Dr Dipo Fashina, at the end of a three-day international conference themed “Towards the Liberation of Africa’s Last Colony” organized by ASUU.
The university teachers condemned Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara, describing it as a crime against humanity.
ASUU also wants Nigeria and other countries to sever diplomatic ties with Morocco, which they say has distanced itself from the African Union by withdrawing its membership. Read More →

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By Levinus Nwabughiogu

ABUJA—Elder Statesman and former Nigeria’s Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, UN, Maitama Sule, has charged President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, to see himself as a Nigerian President and not only President of Northern Nigeria when sworn in on May 29. Referring to Buhari’s election as an act of God, Sule also asked him to use the opportunity to correct the social ills of the past.MAITAMA

Maitama Sule spoke yesterday, when he led a delegation of northern elders, including Professor Ango Abudalhi, to pay a congratulatory visit to Buhari in Abuja.

According to him, God granted Nigeria a peaceful election against scary predictions that the country would disintegrate in 2015.

Extolling the virtues of discipline and uprightness in Buhari, the elder states man also urged him to relentlessly pursue justice and make truth his watch word throughout his tenure. Read More →

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Written by Judd Leonard Okafor

Senate may today begin considering an internal report into Nigeria’s Immigration Bill that could change immigration laws for the first time in 52 years.nigerian Immigration

An amendment of the Immigration Act, which has been in force since 1963, had passed through the House of Representatives, but the Senate is hoping to conclude an accelerated passage before the parliament winds down by May 29.
The report, submitted by committee chairman Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, makes several provisions to modernise Immigration Service and reposition it to cope with migration challenges of the 21st century. Read More →

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Somalia’s Shebab Islamists killed at least six UN workers on Monday when they set off a huge bomb which ripped through a staff bus in the northeastern town of Garowe, police said.shebab

Four of those killed worked for the UN children’s agency, Unicef, while four other Unicef staff were in a “serious condition”, the agency said in a statement.

The head of the United Nations in Somalia, Nick Kay, said he was “shocked and appalled” by the loss of life, while Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud condemned a “brutal attack”. Read More →

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By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Ahead of the March 28 General elections, Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has accused President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of breaching the Abuja Peace accord. He also accused the President and the PDP of inciting violence in the country.

Amaechi stated this when the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and High level Representative of the Secretary-General to Nigeria, Dr. Mohamed Ibu Chambas led other top UN Diplomats and delegation on a courtesy visit to the Governor in Port Harcourt.Governor Rotimi Amaechi

Amaechi also accused the President’s wife, Mrs. Patience Jonathan of taking over control of the police in Rivers state.

According to him: “Members of APC have been crying out loud to the country and the world. In Rivers state, the wife of the President, who is from Rivers state has taken over the Police Force. On Tuesday night, the Commissioner of Police attempted to arrest a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly and the reason for doing that is to ensure that APC members don’t come out on election day. Read More →

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By Muhammad Bello


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Tuesday in New York, the United States warned against religious intolerance and castigation of another’s religion, saying both were recipes for disaster and chaos.

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

Addressing the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations against the background of recent protests in Nigeria and other parts of the world over the publication of a video which allegedly denigrated Prophet Mohammed, President Jonathan said freedom of expression and religious tolerance should be complimentary to each other for the peaceful coexistence of people of varying faiths and religious beliefs.

According to him, “events of recent weeks have demonstrated how interconnected our world is and the extent to which one incident can spark off general mayhem and conflagration. Freedom of expression should not be a licence to incitement.  The freedom that we all hold dear and true should be exercised wisely and cautiously. Freedom of expression and religious tolerance must not be mutually exclusive but should be complimentary to each other.”

“Much as we eschew violence and deplore the needless losses of lives and destruction of property, we also condemn the deliberate denigration of religious beliefs and sensitivities which in turn lead to counter reactions,” he said.

Speaking through a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, President Jonathan also told the global assembly that his administration had adopted a mul


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