Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari has sacked his Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd), following wide allegations of fraud detriment to the programme. Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, confirmed the sack on Tuesday and said Buhari has also directed the National Security Adviser, General Babagana Monguno to probe the amnesty programme right from 2015 to date as earlier reported by BigPen Online. The President has however named a replacement for Boroh. He is Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo. Dokubo who hails from River state is currently the Director of Research and Studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. He holds a PhD in Strategic Studies from the University of Bra...
The Buhari administration has spent a whopping N84 billion from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), in an illegal move that violates a federal law, The NEXT EDITION is reporting authoritatively. The funds are part of the 10 percent monthly deductions on salaries of workers’ who enrolled in the insurance scheme with the hope of accessing healthcare services for themselves and family members. In the last three years, the administration has illegally appropriated a total of N47.5 billion from the scheme and withheld another N37.2 billion. The newspaper says it could not ascertain what the government has done with the withheld funds but document shows the amount represents a part of the deductions made on workers’ salary between 2012 -2017 and not remitted to the
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari's announcement to visit some troubled States in the country, particularly in the North is not unconnected to the visit of Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State to Nigeria, BigPen Online can report. U.S. Department of State had announced that Rex Tillerson would visit Nigeria and four other African countries from March 6 to 13, 2018. Mr. Buhari have been criticised nationally and internationally for not doing enough to curtail insurgency, particular recent herdsmen killings in Benue, Taraba, Zamfara, Yobe and also Rivers states, which have recorded abductions and killings this year respectively. Sources said that the U.S. Secretary of State, during his visit to Abuja, is expected to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and other top govern
Four Nigeria's former Head of state and Presidents, Ibrahim Badamasi Babagida, Goodluck Jonathan, Shehu Shagari and Earnest Shonekan were conspicuously absent at today's Council of State meeting conveyed by President Muhammadu Buhari. President Buhari who is presiding over his third meeting of the Council of State, had gone round the Council Chambers to shake hands with his visitors before the meeting started but couldn't find the trio to exchange pleasantries with. Although, all living past Presidents and Heads of Government are members of the Council, former President Goodluck Jonathan, former President Shehu Shagari and former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida are absent. No reason was advance for their absence. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Yakub
The Senate on Tuesday mandated its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate Senator Ovie Omo-Agege over the statement credited to him on the amendment of the Electoral Act. Omo-Agege who represents Delta Central Senatorial had last week said the reordering of the 2019 elections was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari. Coming through a point of order, Senator Dino Melaye expressed dissatisfaction with the statement credited to Omo-Agege in the media. Melaye added while senator Omo-Agege was labouring in Labour Party, he followed the President across the nooks and crannies of the country and that the amendment was therefore not targeted at Buhari.
House of Representatives 2019 Hopeful for Ughelli North, Ughelli South and Udu Federal Constituency, Comrade Akpokona Omafuaire has accused the National Assembly for any alleged failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for not doing its duty of checking and balancing. Omafuaire stated this in Warri in response to the question of how an effective National Assembly can bring about good governance in the country. The aspirant noted that with the effective use of the constitutional powers vested upon the National Assembly to check and balance the executive arm, the alleged failure of the President would not have been possible. Omafuaire stated that only an effective connivance of the National Assembly with the Executive arm for selfish reasons that could
Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, on Tuesday gave what could be described as blatant state of being of President Muhammadu Buhari in the running of affairs of the nation. Soyinka says if he has the opportunity to discuss with President Buhari, he would tell the president that he feels he is under a trance. He spoke during a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday, TheCable is reporting. The eminent scholar listed the clashes between farmers and herdsmen, reinstatement of Usman Yusuf, executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), among the “unforced errors” of the current administration. “I would say: Mr President, I think you are under a trance… the sooner he gets out of it, the better. So many unforced errors are going on,” he said. He also chal
It is a common knowledge that the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari is one of the biggest investors in cattle business in Nigeria. He is also a core Fulani man, a descendant of world renowned Jihadist, Uthman Dan Fodio. It follow that as a core investor in cattle business with 270 cows declared as part of his assets, coupled with the fact that he is Fulani by origin, President Buhari is presently a Judge in his own case. So long as he remains the President of Nigeria, the criminal activities of Fulani Herdsmen shall dominate our national discuss without solution. Furthermore, it appears that the series of security meetings held recently in Aso Rock villa were calculated to deceive Nigerians so as to believe that the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari is ...
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, met with the country’s security chiefs at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Monday, February 12. The meeting was believed to be part of efforts aimed at curtailing the security challenges being witnessed across the nation. The meeting was attended by Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; and the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd). Service chiefs who attended the meeting included the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staf
Nigeria's former military president Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (redt) has denied report that he asked Nigerians to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari and inject fresh blood into the system come 2019. Babangida, though confirmed issuing a statement, he said the 'statement' was misinterpreted. The former military ruler, in the authentic statement later published by PRNigeria, advocated for two-party system but denies issuing a statement against Buhari. In the statement wired to BigPen Online, Babangida said that a two party-system remains the best for the country in the circumstance the country found itself in the current political dispensation. An earlier rebuttal which was also published and credited to the former military ruler as his refutal is believed to be 'fake'