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Mehdi Hasan messes up Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari was on Upfront with Mehdi Hasan on Al Jazeera today and the retired general was roasted like suya on a dusty road in his hometown of Daura. Buhari is a one-trick pony with depth-free answers to all questions – anti-corruption, security, relocating the army command to Maiduguri and so on. He tries to stick to that script …

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Godswill Akpabio charged with doing the devil’s work

The former governor of Akwa Ibom State was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) this evening, charged with looting 118bn naira ($592.3m) from his state’s coffers. Akpabio, who is also the Senate Minority Leader, was accompanied to the EFCC’s offices by lawyers and aides. He has been in the news lately for his antics during the Senate’s …

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Enugu State APC not happy with Buhari’s choice of Onyeama

The Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are not pleased that President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Geoffrey Jideofor Onyeama as the minister from Enugu State. A source in Enugu has indicated that party bigwigs in the state are displeased because the president ignored them for Onyeama, who is not a member of the party and has lived …

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Feeding the multitude in Imo State

A source close to the former Senator for Imo North and one time candidate for the governorship, Ifeanyi Ararume, said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) politician spent a week in Owerri this month and was shocked to see hundreds of people besiege his home in desperate need of food. State public sector workers have not been paid for months, …

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Students protest in Owerri

Most of the Imo State capital of Owerri was on lockdown yesterday as students from several institutions blockaded the city in portest against the non-payment of teachers’ and workers’ salaries, most of whom are the parents of the students. A witness informed us that the students claimed “nothing was happening” in the state, especially in Owerri, known for the high …

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Qualified for madness

The confirmation process for President Muhammadu Buhari’s nominees for cabinet positions threw up that unedifying spectacle that seems to affect most Nigerians – the obsession with qualifications. Several of the nominees had a handful of degrees, which seemed to go down very well with the senators that were meant to be “screening” them. Those qualifications also made an impression on …

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Rotimi Amaechi and other nominees likely to be confirmed next week

Rotimi Amaechi, the controversial former governor of Rivers State, was expected to be cleared by the Senate yesterday to take up a ministerial position in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet. When Amaechi did not show up along with the other nominees, it was expected that his confirmation hearings would take place today. But Senator Dino Melaye has now revealed to newsmen …

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Kelechi Iheanacho interview

Manchester City and Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho talks about growing up in Nigeria, his father’s influence, his ambitions and how his team-mates have helped him. Follow @naijiant

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Why Ahmed Musa Ibeto was dropped from the list

President Muhammadu Buhari sent a letter this morning requesting that Ahmed Musa Ibeto be withdrawn from the ministerial list that the president had submitted. No official reason was provided for the president’s decision to drop the former Niger State deputy governor. A source in the presidency has told Naijiant.com that there was a massive protest from Ibeto’s home state against …

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