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Using coronavirus donations to give charity a bad name

Global response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Africa has been remarkable, especially following fears that should the virus take hold, its impact on the continent could be catastrophic.
President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined Nigerian youths to be prepared for huge responsibilities as they will eventually take over the leadership of the country in the future. 4

President Buhari: Cabals aren’t controlling my government

President Muhammadu Buhari has denied the claims that certain individuals among his aides and relatives, often called “cabals,” have a controlling influence on his government.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says he will remain loyal to his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari: My relationship with VP Osinbajo ‘perfect’

President Muhammadu Buhari has described his relationship with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari “perfect” in spite of insinuations in the media in recent times.

Why Yahaya Bello is coming back and Bayelsa may fall

By last week, the governorship/senatorial election in Kogi State had been reduced to a sex duel, with Senator Dino Melaye inviting his arch rival, Governor Yahaya Bello, to a mojo contest.
The presidential candidate of the Young People’s Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu, has lamented the failure of the card readers at his polling unit in Ward 2 of Nnewi North LGA in Anambra State.

Elections: My party’s votes were stolen – Kingsley Moghalu

The presidential candidate of the Youth Progressive Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu, has said the party’s votes were “stolen, suppressed and diverted” on February 23.

Tanko Yakassai: President Buhari may hand over to VP Osinbajo

A leading Northern politician, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, has said that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo could be the next President of Nigeria.
Coach Gernot Rohr has said the Super Eagles played to beat South Africa today but at the same time they did not want to take too many risks.

Gernot Rohr: What Super Eagles lack

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said the present Super Eagles team lacks ‘star players’ like it used to in the past.
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has again accused President Muhammadu Buhari of clamping down on the judiciary.

Atiku Abubakar: An omen worse than defeat

As the final results of last week’s presidential poll were released, three broad groups emerged: Those genuinely surprised that the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Atiku Abubakar, lost; those in pretentious denial of his defeat; and those in a quandary because they hoped to profit from a stalemate.
President Buhari participates at the signing of 2nd National Peace Accord in Abuja on 13th Feb 2019-6

Buhari vs Atiku: The inconvenient truth

One foreign newspaper said Nigerians have to choose between a former dictator and an alleged kleptocrat. Another one, The Guardian of London, was not so diplomatic. It said Nigerians have to decide between “a stingy rightwing dictator and an established thief.”

Olusegun Obasanjo: Wages of the old soldier’s rage

At this rate, President Muhammadu Buhari may beat former military President General Ibrahim Babangida to the record of collecting the most abusive letters from a former president.
Atiku Abubakar

How Atiku Abubakar will lose February 16 election

Get this straight: Atiku Abubakar will lose the presidential election on February 16. I’m not Rev. Father Ejike Mbaka or one of the tongue-in-cheek seers whose predictions you’ll be struggling to figure out after dropping your offering in the bag at midnight of December 31.

David Oyedepo and the perils of satire

That withering creative madness was the tipping point. Over 500,000 people have now viewed the body double video and perhaps the 500,001thviewer was Bishop David Oyedepo, leader of one of the largest Christian evangelical denominations in Nigeria.
Magnus Abe

Magnus Abe: Rotimi Amaechi humiliated me in presence of my wife

The All Progressives Congress (APC) senator representing Rivers South East constituency, Magnus Abe, has alleged that the Minister of Transport and Director General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Rotimi Amaechi, has humiliated him in the presence of his wife.

Losing sleep over The Economist, other predictions

It matters a lot to our politicians what the foreign press or agencies say about them, especially about their electoral chances. If foreigners, particularly those in London or New York, say something nice, our politicians take it to heart and repost as far and wide as they can. If not, they get mad.
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North Korea-linked hackers stole tens of millions from ATMs across the world

Hackers with links to the North Korean government used sophisticated trojan malware dubbed “Trojan.Fastcash” to steal tens of millions of dollars from ATMs across Asia and Africa, according to a new report from the cybersecurity firm Symantec.

The election result they want in Osun

If the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had its way, its candidate in Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, would have been declared governor that day.
Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika

Paying for Hadi Sirika’s aborted flight of fancy

It’s not yet clear what finally did it or who. But it was clear, almost from the start, that the country could not bluff its way through this flight.

Of defections and 2019 electoral maths

The ruling All Progressives Congress has been gripped by a fever of cross-carpeting. Publicly, the party is saying it will not lose sleep. The most dramatic statement yet was by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, that providence is removing stones from the party’s rice, the same rice they have been eating for three years now.

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NCF not a political party yet – spokesman

The newly formed National Consultative Front (NCF) has said it was yet to metamorphosed into a political party but remains a meeting of like minds to chart a way of getting the country out of the wood.
Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, whose appointment was confirmed last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, also reiterated her commitment to giving focal and priority attention to capacity building.

Nigerian government warns civil servants against flouting coronavirus guidelines

The Federal Government has warned federal civil servants against flouting the workplace guidelines put in place to flatten the curve of coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Former Enugu SSG Samson Ukpabi passes on

A former Secretary to Enugu State Government and former Rector Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna Prof Samson Ukpabi is dead.
US President Donald Trump looks on as he hosts the 2020 “Salute to America” event in honor of Independence Day on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 4, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB - AFP)

US Sunbelt mayors push back against Trump’s virus optimism

US Sunbelt mayors warned Sunday that their cities are at risk of being overwhelmed by a surge of coronavirus cases as they pushed back against US President Donald Trump’s attempt to minimize the gravity of the spreading virus.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State

Ondo governor appoints two new aides

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has approved the appointment of Mr Oluwole Moneyin and Mrs Charity Thiti, as Special Assistants on special duties and women mobilisation respectively.