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Our appointments not on ethnic, religious basis – SGF

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SWEARING-IN—From left: Special Adviser (Media) to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina; National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd); Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; President Muhammadu Buhari and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. David Lawal, during the swearing-in of the SGF and two principal officers of the Presidency at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

MORE reactions yesterday continued to trail the last set of appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari, as Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo called on its members to remain calm “in the present circumstance of unexplainable and skewed pattern of appointments which has completely excluded Ndigbo.”

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Stop mocking Jonathan, ex-ministers tell Buhari

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Buhari and Jonathan

Ministers, who served under former President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, tackled President Muhammadu Buhari on his on-going probe of his immediate predecessor. They asked the president to stop unwarranted attacks on Jonathan and show due respect to him and his administration.

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REVEALED: How banks, govt officials aided marketers to loot subsidy billions

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SUBSIDY-EXPRESS

Impunity twerked naked at the market square. It is still not done twerking.Thousands of forged documents , outlandish fairy tales, pervasive conscience searing mendacity . The whole of an annual federal capital budget plundered by a few. Noises were made, scapegoats whipped out and paraded in courts, backdoor negotiations were held at night. Many made away with their loot ,smiling and twerking or rather gyrating.

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Economy in trouble, as oil price crashes

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Nigeria’s economy may be heading for trouble, as oil price crashed even lower at the weekend, thereby threatening the 2015 budget and fiscal plan.

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Economy can’t sustain subsidy – Kachikwu, NNPC boss

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Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, GMD, NNPC

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Emmanuel Kachikwu, and other stakeholders argued, yesterday, that fuel subsidy was an unsustainable drain on the economy and called for speedy deregulation of the nation’s oil and gas sector.

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Banks jittery over low cash inflow

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Naira

There were indications that public sector funds component of banks’ deposit base may have started to shrink, raising fears that it will affect the nation’s economy. This is as the overall cash inflow from the system in the month of August, so far, is about N440 billion compared to about N613 billion in the corresponding period of last month.

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Buhari probes sale of NITEL, MTEL

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Buhari in Igbo attire

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, ordered an inquest into processes leading to the sale of moribund national carrier, Nigerian Telecommunications, NITEL, and its mobile arm, Mobile Telecommunications, M-TEL by the government of his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

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GRAFT: Jail looters, Sultan tells Buhari

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I-G SOLOMON ARASE (2ND R), PRESENTING A SOUVENIR TO PRESIDENT  MUHAMMADU BUHARI (4TH-L), DURING THE NATIONAL SECURITY SUMMIT 2015 IN  ABUJA ON MONDAY (17/8/15).WITH THEM ARE  GOV. DANKWANBO IBRAHIM OF GOMBE,  (3RD R),SULTAN OF SOKOTO, MUHAMMADU SA'AD ABUBAKAR III  (L), FORMER  INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE, MR SUNDAY ADEWUSI (R) AND OTHERS

As eminent Nigerians continued to urge the Buhari administration to tread cautiously in the fight against corruption and perceived looters of the commonwealth, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, yesterday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to jail those found guilty of embezzlement while their property should be confiscated.

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Jonathan’s govt must account for N13.9 trn – APC

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President Jonathan

The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday, faulted what it described as a massive campaign to stop the recovery of an estimated N13.972 trillion allegedly squandered by the immediate past administration.

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Ife stands still as Ooni goes home

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Ooni-ife

THE ancient town of Ile-Ife, Osun State stood still, yesterday, as dignitaries across the world came in droves for the burial of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, who joined his ancestors July 28 but who was officially pronounced dead only on Wednesday.

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Power Sector : Senate probes OBJ, Yar’Adua, Jonathan

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Jonathan, Yardadua and Obasanjo

The Senate, yesterday, constituted an ad-hoc Committee to carry out a holistic investigation into the management of funds appropriated to the power sector from the Olusegun Obasanjo civilian administration to date.

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4 die, as helicopter plunges into lagoon

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Above, a Bristow helicopter. TOP & RIGHT: Rescue operations, recovered items and part of the helicopter that crashed into the lagoon at Oworonsoki, Lagos, yesterday. Photos: Joe Akintola, Photo Editor and Lamidi Bamidele,

A helicopter belonging to Bristow Helicopters with 12 people on board, yesterday, crashed into the Lagoon near the Oworonsoki end of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

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Why economically, we’re in trouble – Buhari

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PEACE COMMITTEE—President Muhammadu Buhari flanked by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Sultan of Sokoto (5th R) while Chairman, National Peace Committee, Gen. Abdulasalami Abubakar (4th L); President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor (4th R); Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah (2nd L); the Catholic Bishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan (3rd R); former president, Nigerian Bar Association, Mrs. Priscila Kuye (3rd L); Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, Bishop Nicholas Okoh (2nd R); Retired Justice Rose Ukeje (R) and Publisher of Vanguard, Mr. Sam Amuka (L) with others during an audience with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

The trial of former public officers who looted the national treasury and stashed the funds in foreign banks will commence in few weeks. President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed this, yesterday, when he met members of the National Peace Committee led by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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Rail ways upgrade: Buhari queries diversion of $1.005b China loan

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President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, asked the Ministry of Finance to explain why the foreign loans obtained for various key rail projects by the Federal Government were diverted elsehow under the watch of former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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OBJ, GEJ’s visit to Buhari not to stop anti-graft war – Presidency

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Jonathan and Obasanjo

The presidency affirmed last night that the private visits which former President Goodluck Jonathan made to President Muhammadu Buhari last Thursday followed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday were not aimed at stopping Buhari’s anti-corruption war.

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Corruption: NDDC spends N1.3b on Christmas parties

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IN pursuit of his anti-graft crusade, President Muhammadu Buhari may have to beam his searchlight on the activities of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

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Buhari begins total probe of Jonathan’s govt

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President Jonathan

A total probe of the administration run by immediate past president, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is underway as the National Economic Council, NEC, Ad-hoc Committee on the Management of Excess Crude Account Proceeds and Accruals into the Federation Account, headed by the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, is to hire two international forensic audit firms to probe revenue that accrued into the Federation Account and how it was spent under former Dr Goodluck Jonathan as President.

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Anti-graft war: PDP senators tackle Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP senators were last night engaged in a war of words over alleged biases in the administration’s war against corruption. The PDP senators particularly accused the administration of partisanship in the anti-graft war with allegations that security agencies were coercing election officials to rewrite reports in some states to the favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

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Gale of sacks sweeps through NNPC

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Barely 24 hours after the Federal Government sacked the former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Joseph Dwaha, and appointed Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu as the new Chief Executive of the corporation, a gale of sacks, yesterday, swept through the corporation and its subsidiaries.

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War Against Insurgency: Boko Haram begs for dialogue

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A photo shows a campaign signboad displayed by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to show its readiness to defeat Boko Haram Islamists on assumption office at Ogijo, Ogun State in southwest Nigeria, on July 3, 2015. Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on July 3, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as "inhuman and barbaric". AFP PHOTO

FOLLOWING President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of his administration’s readiness to dialogue with genuine members of the Boko Haram, some members of the terrorist group have contacted the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) to initiate a dialogue process with the Federal Government on their behalf.

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We’ve found banks with stolen oil money – Buhari

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Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, in Abuja said that his administration has identified banks, financial institutions and countries in which payments for stolen Nigerian crude oil have been deposited.

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ODUDUWA REVISITED : The Story of Ooni Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II

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Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuwade Okunade

The story is simple enough and can bear endless repetition. In the beginning Olodumare created the universe. Then, He decided that Orunmila should complete the work of creation. But Orunmila was a great lover of palm wine. One day, he drank one keg too many and his richly endowed creative hands became wobbly.

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War against money laundering: Banks, PDP kick against CBN’s policy

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Emefiele CBN Governor

Banks and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have kicked against the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to bar foreign currency deposits into domiciliary accounts.

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PDP workers own up, reveal high level sleaze in the party

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PDP-crises

PLANS by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to reduce their staff strength, slash their salaries and allowances by 50%, yesterday took another dimension as the workers have vowed to fight members of the National Working Committee, NWC with their last blood, alleging corrupt practices in the party they said cost them the 2015 Presidential election.

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Media icons honour Amuka, discuss newspapers’ future

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BOOK LAUNCH—From left: Gbenga Makanjuola, representing the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Lanre Idowu, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Chairman of the occasion; Mr Sam Amuka, Publisher  of Vanguard and Celebrant; Izoma Philip Asiodu, and Prince Tony Momoh, APC chieftain; at the lecture and  launch of a book entitled Voices from Within: Essays on Nigerian Journalism, in honour of Mr Sam Amuka at 80, yesterday at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, Victoria Island, Lagos. Photo: Bunmi Azeez.

MEDIA icons and eminent Nigerians, yesterday, converged on Lagos to honour Vanguard publisher, Mr. Sam Amuka and discuss future of the newspaper industry in the country.

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95 generals moved in fresh Army shake-up

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Members of the court martial sit during the inauguration to try soldiers accused of mutiny tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Abuja on October 2, 2014. Nearly 100 soldiers tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's far northeast appeared at a military court martial on Thursday, facing a range of charges including mutiny. The hearing comes just weeks after a tribunal sentenced 12 soldiers to death following their conviction for shooting at their commanding officer in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, in May. AFP PHOTO

The Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Tukur Buratai has carried out a massive shake-up in the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army that affected 95 generals. This came as President Muhammadu Buhari declared that Nigeria has taken the International Court of Justice ruling on Bakassi Peninsula in good faith.

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How Buhari got House leader job for Gbajabiamila

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House Leader:  House Members celebrating with Hon.  Femi Gbajabiamila New House Leader  House of Representatives  in 8 Assembly. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

SPEAKER Yakubu Dogara of the House of Representatives yesterday succumbed to pressures from his All Progressives Congress, APC, and named Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila House Majority Leader, and by that, drew the curtain on the lingering crisis that has trailed the chamber since its inauguration last June.

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Why we’re yet to move against NNPC – Buhari

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The Federal Government, yesterday, attributed the delay in moving against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to efforts being made to establish the magnitude of fraud and inefficiencies in the corporation and in the oil and gas industry over the last couple of years.

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APC, PDP fight over Buhari’s policies

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Metuh, Buhari and Lai

THE opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday criticized most of the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of running a discriminatory, vindictive and divisive government.

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We don’t need foreign aid – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari and President of US Barack Obama during a meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari believes Nigeria does not need foreign aid if the world powers can help her plug all the loopholes that had been used by government officials to steal her assets.

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Oil theft: Axe dangles on ex-ministers, others

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MEETING: President Muhammadu Buhari (right) and World Bank president, Mr Jim Yong-Kim, during a meeting at the Blair House in Washington DC, on Tuesday. Photo: State House.

President Muhammadu Buhari vowed, yesterday, to arrest and prosecute former ministers and government officials found culpable of looting and stealing Nigeria’s crude oil.

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No corrupt APC member’ll escape justice — Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari and Secreatry of state, John Kerry in Washington DC on July 21st 2015

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said that no corrupt member of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), or associates will go scot-free in his anti-graft war.

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