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Month: December 2018

Those Claiming Buhari Is Jubril Need Psychiatric Attention, Say Nigerians Abroad

Politics
Some Nigerians in the Diaspora have said the reports that President Muhammadu Buhari is an impostor known as Jubrin from Sudan is "mischievous". In a statement on Sunday, the Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) said those behind the rumour need "psychiatric attention". A statement by Francis Adeka, on behalf of the group, read: “The claim is being bolstered with a poor rendition and understanding of scientific procedures like cloning, face transplant among others, which proves that those that are carrying this fake news need mental intervention. “The fake claim would have been considered humorous, but for the fact that it has attained the first position of the most ridiculous and hare-brained in the annals of conspiracy theories. It is a story meant to prey on the g

After Arresting Adeyanju, The Police Still Think They’re Not Politicians? By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

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For a moment, it appeared the Police had a case against Deji Adeyanju, the Convener of ‘Concerned Nigerians’ whom it picked up on Wednesday just at the start of the ‘Police Not Politicians’ protest to raise public awareness of the apparent Police bias for the ruling party. There were at least two reasons: the identity of its latest victim, and the occasional vulgarity of his campaign. Background information: until early 2017, Adeyanju worked for the Peoples Democratic Party, as Director of New Media, handling the party’s social media platforms. It’s a dent on his recent claims to activism; if you’ve worked for a party, you can’t claim to be an activist without being questioned, and you won’t have that full-scale public sympathy typically enjoyed by the out-and-out, non-partisan activists

Buhari: Those Who Thought I Was Dead Begged Osinbajo To Make Them His VP

Politics
President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken on the rumours of his death, while he was on medical vacation outside the country in 2017. Speaking on Sunday in Krakow, Poland, during an interactive session with the Nigerian community in the country, he said his deputy, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who was acting president at the time, received a lot of embarrassment because people came to him (Osinbajo) to lobby for the vice-president position during the said period. Buhari stated this while responding to the question on if he was cloned. His words: "One of the questions that came up today in my meeting with Nigerians in Poland was on the issue of whether I‘ve been cloned or not. The ignorant rumours are not surprising. When I was away on medical vacation last year, a lot of people h

Nigerian Govt’s No-Work-No-Pay Threat Against ASUU Is ‘Boko-Haramic’, Says Student Group

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The Alliance of Nigerian Students Against Neo Liberal Attacks (ANSA) has said the Federal Government’s threat of 'No Work, No Pay' against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike is the "highest form of insensitivity and irresponsibility". This was contained in a statement by the organisation on Saturday, in which it accused the Federal Government of "destroying public tertiary education in Nigeria". ASUU had commenced an indefinite strike on November 4, 2018 to demand proper funding of Nigerian universities. See Also Breaking News BREAKING: ASUU Begins Nationwide Strike 0 Comments 3 Weeks Ago However, a a memo dated Thursday, November 29, 2018 sent by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) to University Vice Chancellors had noted that the Fe

Atiku Jets Out Of Nigeria After Finally Getting US Visa

Politics
A United States of America visa has been issued to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to The Cable, a family source confirmed that the former Vice-President has been issued the visa. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is also said to have played a “critical role" in getting the visa. There had been speculations that Atiku could not enter the US due to allegations of bribery linked to a former US congressman, William Jefferson. Although Atiku has maintained his innocence, the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has made continued references to the visa issue. On Thursday, Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information, had cautioned the US on granting visa to Abubakar, stating that the move could be seen as taking a

Okorocha Suspends AG, Orders Arrest Of Bank Managers Over Salaries

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Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has ordered the suspension the Accountant-General of the state, Mrs. Stella Udogwu and ordered the arrest of branch managers of Ecobank and Access Bank over non-payment of November salaries of the local government workers. A statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwemeodo, said the suspension was with immediate effect. He said the governor had directed that the October and November salaries of the staff be paid at the same time in October, adding that the governor had believed that the directive was carried out accordingly, only to be told that it was not adhered to. The statement quoted the governor as giving the directive when he attended an event to mark the 40th year anniversary of the Nigeria Union of Lo