Friday May 29th, 2015
Friday May 29th, 2015
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The change game begins

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Buhari-tasks

”Since the telephone call you made, you have changed the course of Nigeria’s political history and for that you have earned yourself a place in our history, for stabilising multi-party democratic system and you have earned the respect of not only Nigerians but world leaders”.

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Don’t limit probe to my govt – Jonathan

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JONATHAN'S LAST FEC MEETING

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, said that if the incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari decides to probe upon assumption of office, he should not single out his (Jonathan) administration.

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Oil Subsidy Scam: How I arrived at $32bn figure – Saraki

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Senator Bokola Saraki

Former governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki, who claimed Monday, that Nigeria was spending $32 billion on non-existing oil subsidy operators, has explained that he arrived at the figure from the monthly and yearly payments to the operators by the Petroleum Product Pricing and Regulatory Agency, PPPRA.

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Relief, as oil workers, others suspend strike

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THE AGONY CONTINUES —The crowd and long queues of jerry cans at Capital Oil filling station, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, yesterday. Below right: Stranded commuters' option B in Lagos, also yesterday. Photos:Lamidi Bamidele with NAN.

The crippling strike embarked upon by oil marketers and other industry stakeholders since May 16, was called off, yesterday, as the marketers commenced full lifting of petroleum products nationwide. While the strike lasted, socio-economic activities in the country were paralysed.

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Fuel scarcity, workers’ strike, blackout: Jonathan handing over nation in crisis – APC

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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN WAVING

Against the background of the pervasive fuel crisis, strike calls, mounting government debts, power outages and other problems, the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, accused President Goodluck Jonathan of deliberately sabotaging the incoming APC-led government.

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Buhari misses pre-inauguration prayers, jets out to UK

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Buhari

THERE was anxiety at the National Mosque yesterday in Abuja over the absence of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari at the special Juma’at prayers to mark the beginning of the week long activities leading to his inauguration on May 29.

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May 29 Handover: No facts from Jonathan on fuel crisis – Buhari

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Buhari

The president-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, yesterday, lamented that the out-going administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has failed to provide the in-coming government with all the necessary information needed for a smooth take-off next week, particularly on how to tackle the current fuel scarcity in the country.

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PDP crisis: I resigned for Jonathan to take over BoT – Anenih

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Tony Anenih and Jonathan

THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was in ferment last night after its National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu‘azu and chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih resigned their positions.

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Govs reunite to fight Okonjo-Iweala

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BRIEFING: From left: Governor Abdul-Azeez Yari of Zamfara State, new chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF; Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State during a press conference by NGF, in Abuja.

The nation’s governors, yesterday, put aside the two-year feud that factionalised the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, and demanded an account of the estimated $20 billion they claimed accrued to the Excess Crude Account, ECA, while the NGF crisis lasted.

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Boko Haram: Buhari slams military for hiring mercenaries

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VISIT—From left, Chairman Arewa Consultative Forum, Acf, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie; President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari; Deputy National Chairman of Acf, Alhaji Liman Kwande and Secretary-General of Acf, Col. John Uba when ACF paid Buhari a courtesy visit at his Kaduna office, yesterday. Photo: Olu Ajayi.

The President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, expressed disappointment with the way the military handled the war against insurgency in the North East. He wondered why the military could not secure 14 out of the 774 local government councils in the country without the assistance of “South African mercenaries.”

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At farewell service: Jonathan begs for forgiveness; wife speaks on health challenges

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PRESENTATION—From left: President Goodluck Jonathan with the First Lady,  Dame Patience Jonathan receiving a souvenir from the Chaplain Aso Villa Chapel, Ven. Obioma Onwuzurumba  and his Wife, Mrs. Martha  Onwuzurumba during the Special Thanksgiving Church Service for the First family, at Aso Villa Chapel, State House,  Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, pleaded with Nigerians to forgive him and members of of his administration of anything he might have done wrong during the period that he piloted the affairs of the country.

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Pipeline surveillance: Buhari to revoke Jonathan’s contracts to OPC, ex-militants

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Gas pipeline

Anyone who thinks that the administration of the incoming president, General Mohammadu Buhari would tolerate the surveillance of oil pipelines and waterways by private individuals or groups should better think again as there are now plans to discard the practice and revert to the use of conventional security agencies.

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How we defeated Jonathan – Tinubu

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BOOK PRESENTATION—The book, Dynamics of Change, The Amaechi Years was launched, yesterday at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. From left, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader, Apc; Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, Chairman of occasion; Mrs Judith Amaechi, Mr Tonye Cole, book presenter; Dr Kayode Fayemi, former Governor of Ekiti State; Dr Chidi Amuta, co-editor of the book; Alhaji Abdulazeez Yari, Governor of Zamfara State and Mr Rotimi Amaechi, Governor of Rivers State during the book presentation. Photo: Lamidi Bamidele. More photos on Page 16.

ALL Progressives Congress, APC, leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday, attributed the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan in the last presidential election to a commonsense revolution anchored on a rebellion against the excesses of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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Constitution amendment: Senate backs out of veto override

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CAR-CONST

AFTER several threats by Senators to override President Goodluck Jonathan on the constitution amendment bill which the President vetoed and even dragged the National Assembly to the Supreme Court challenging the process of the amendment, the Senate yesterday succumbed to the apex court ruling declaring that it was for lawmaking and not lawbreaking.

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War over constitution amendment: Senate mobilises against Jonathan

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CAR-CONST

Mobilisation for the override of President Goodluck Jonathan’s veto of the Fourth Constitution Alteration Act commenced apace in the Senate, yesterday, following the re-enlistment of the bill on the order paper.

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Jonathan, Lawmakers’ battle hots up: NASS to override veto on constitution review

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Jonathan

The National Assembly is set to override President Goodluck Jonathan’s veto of the Fourth Constitution Alteration Act earlier passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly.,

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My friends’ve deserted me – Jonathan

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THANKSGIVING/FAREWELL SERVICE—President Goodluck Jonathan (M) flanked by the Primate of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, His Grace, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh with his spouse, Mrs. Okoh (3l), First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan (2r) and others after a Special Thanksgiving and Farewell Service in honour of the First Family at the Cathedral Church of The Advent, Life Camp, Abuja, yesterday. Inset: Archbishop Okoh, with other clergy men praying for President Jonathan, the First Lady, and members of Jonathan's cabinet, during the service. Photos: Abayomi Adeshida.

The reality of life has dawned on out-going President Goodluck Jonathan as he lamented, yesterday, that his so-called friends have deserted him having lost the last presidential election to the opposition All progressives CongressAPC, candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking at a thanksgiving and farewell service in his honour at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp, Gwarinpa, Abuja, President Jonathan said, however that he expected more of his friends to leave him. The president declared that he was ready to pay the price for his refusal to interfere with the electoral process which he ensured was carried out to its logical conclusion.

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May 29 Transition: PDP tackles Buhari over promises

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Jonathan Buhari

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress, APC, for alleging that the Presidency has bluntly refused to cooperate with it in ensuring a successful transition of power on May 29.

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Jonathan Vs N/ Assembly: Supreme Court halts constitution review

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President Jonathan

The Supreme Court, yesterday, threw a spanner into proposed plans by the National Assembly to override the President’s veto on amendments to the constitution achieved by the assembly and endorsed by the state houses of assembly.

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PDP in coma – Mark

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Senate President, Sen. David Mark

AS the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, continues to bicker over its poor performance at the last general elections, Senate President, David Mark, yesterday, warned that the party will die if the leadership, stakeholders and members did not urgently nip in the bud all internal squabbles and media hostilities.

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State of economy: We’ll beg Nigerians for patience – Buhari

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Vice President-elect, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun when the President-elect meet with APC Governors and Governors-elect at the Defence House in Abuja on Tuesday, 05 May 2015

President-elect, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has said that he is currently at a loss on how best to tell Nigerians that his promise of turning the economy around quickly upon assumption of office on May 29 may not be feasible after all.

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We’re not responsible for your loss, PDP tells GEJ

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Jonathan

THE leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has washed its hands off the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan in the last presidential election, blaming it on what it described as the tactlessness of the President’s hand-picked campaign team led by Dr. Ahmadu Ali.

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Tales of Horror by Survivors: Boko Haram stones captives to death

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This handout picture released by the Nigerian army on April 30, 2015 and taken this week in an undisclosed location in the Sambisa Forest, Borno state, purportedly shows a member of the Nigerian Army standing next to a group of girls rescued in an operation against the Islamist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram hostages were held in atrocious conditions in the group's Sambisa Forest stronghold, Nigeria's military said on April 30 after nearly 500 women and girls were released this week. AFP PHOTO

Survivors of Boko Haram atrocities, rescued from the Sambisa forest by Nigerian troops, arrived Yola, Adamawa state capital, yesterday, with tales of horror of how the terrorists stoned many women and children to death as the military approached to rescue them.

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Jonathan to workers: Get ready for hard times, be realistic with your demands

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People hold a banner as they march to celebrate Labour Day during a rally in Lagos on May 1, 2015. Tens of thousands of people across the globe were hitting the streets on May 1 for mass rallies marking International Labour Day. AFP PHOTO

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday urged Nigerians to brace up for the harsh economic realities in the country occasioned by the recent fall in the price of oil at the international market, saying that industrial relationship can only be more cordial, if democracy was nurtured to grow

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FG plotting to sabotage smooth handover – APC

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Jonathan and Buhari

The All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday accused the out-going President Goodluck Jonathan administration of plotting to hinder a smooth handover of power to the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) on May 29.

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Transition: Don’t take Jonathan’s magnanimity as cowardice, Jonathan’s men tell Buhari’s men

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Jonathan and Buhari

A disagreement has broken out between the transition committees of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan and the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) as the President accused the Buhari team of acting like a parallel government and trying to stampede the Jonathan administration out of office.

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Chibok girls: How troops storm Sambisa, rescue 293 females

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Some of the abducted Chibok girls

One year after the abduction of Chibok girls, Nigerian troops, yesterday, stormed the Sambisa forest hideout of the Boko Haram terrorists, and rescued 200 girls and 93 women in a daring operation.

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NNPC’s Missing $20bn: I’ve nothing to hide, says Jonathan

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JONA

THE Presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, said they were ready for any probe the incoming administration of President-elect, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) would undertake

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I’ll probe NNPC’s missing $20bn – Buhari

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Presidfent-elect, Buhari

Investigations into the circumstances of an alleged $20 billion missing from the coffers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, will be a priority for the incoming administration, the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), said yesterday.

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Senate President: Buhari states position

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President GoodLUCK  Jonathan, President Elect General Muhammadu Buhari accompanoied by the APC National Chairman Chief John Odigie Oyegun at the President. APR 25 2015

As the 7th Senate winds up ahead of the inauguration of the 8th Senate on June 4, the upper legislative chambers is at the moment caught up in a high-level of intrigues, horse-trading and lobbying, backstabbing, in a bid to outwit one another or zone on who becomes the next president of the Senate.

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Zoning of N-Assembly offices: APC meeting ends in deadlock

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APC Joint Leadership Meeting:  From left, National Publicity Secretary of APC Alh. Mohammed Lai, National Chairman John Oyegun, National Auditor Chief Morgan, Senatorial Candidate of APC, Hon Dino Melayi  and APC Presidential Campaign Organization and River State Governor Rotimi Amechi discussing during APC Joint Leadership Meeting held in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

A meeting of senior members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, called to resolve issues concerning the zoning of top offices in the incoming majority party in the National Assembly ended in a deadlock, Wednesday night.

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Drama, as Abba stalls handover for hours, 3 DIGs protest Arase’s appointment

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File: Acting Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase (middle) discussing with his Deputy Inspector General of Police Hashimu (left) and  DIG Doma (right)  shortly After handing Over in Abuja Yesterday. Photo by Gbemiga  Olamikan

There was confusion and drama at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, yesterday, as the sacked Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, stalled the formal handover to his successor, Mr Solomon Arase, until he was compelled to do so by the Presidency.

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