Friday March 6th, 2015
Friday March 6th, 2015
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Drama as Jonathan Obasanjo, meet

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Jonathan and Obasanjo

HIDE and seek! That aptly captures the processes that led to a closed-door meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

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Attack on Campaign Buses: Jonathan, Buhari in war of words

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Jonathan or Buhari  who will you pick ?

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, traded words with the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Major-General Muhammadu (rtd) over the burning of his campaign vehicles in Jos, Plateau State.

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MEND to Jonathan: Your assassination story not true

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President Goodluck Jonathan

President Jonathan had said at a PDP rally in Lagos Thursday that MEND tried to assassinate him on two separate occasions, pointing out that the leader of the organisation, Henry Okah, now serving a jail term in South Africa, was paid to assassinate him in 2010.

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I’ll expose failures of ex-heads of state – Jonathan

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CAMPAIGNS—Above: President Goodluck Jonathan being received by Vice President Namadi Sambo, while the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu'azu (2r); Chief Tony Anenih (3l); Senator David Mark and Alhaji Ahmadu Ali (l) watch as the President arrived to inaugurate his campaign committee at the National Presidential Campaign Headquarters, Legacy House, Abuja, yesterday.

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, pleaded with Nigerians to vote him in for a second term on account of his achievements in the last six years.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, while inaugurating the Goodluck/Sambo 2015 Presidential Campaign Organisation, PCO, at the PDP Presidential Campaign office, Legacy House, Maitama, Abuja promised to unfold to Nigerians what his government has done in the last couple of years that presidents and heads of state before him could not achieve.

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States declare austerity budgets

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Austerity-cartoon

WORRIED by the dwindling economic fortunes of the country, the Federal and 31 state governments of the country have proposed what has been termed as ‘austere’ budgets to contend with the challenges.

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Cameroon recruits 20,000 to fight Boko Haram

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CAMEROON, Amchide : This photo taken on June 17, 2014 in the border town of Amchide, northern Cameroon, shows police forces of the multi-purpose intervention brigade holding a surveillance position, as part of a reinforcement of its military action against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram.

Cameroon has said it is recruiting 20,000 more defence and security forces to fight Boko Haram following reports that the terrorist group, based in Nigeria, is recruiting young Cameroonians to fight for them.

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2015 Polls: Jonathan talks tough

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President Goodluck Jonathan

As political parties kicked off campaigns for next month’s general elections in the country, President Goodluck Jonathan talked tough yesterday, saying his administration will not tolerate the kind of orgy of violence that trailed the 2011 elections in the forth-coming elections.
forth-coming elections.

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Corruption: Ex-ICPC boss, others tackle Jonathan

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anti-corruption

His words: “The clouds have thickened, corruption is escalating and we cannot pretend. The Transparency International put us at the position of 136th corrupt nation. You cannot deny it even though it is a perception. Honestly, I do not see what is being done about corruption now.

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2015’ll be tough, says Jonathan

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JONATHAN

IN clear terms, President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, previewed 2015 politically and economically and returned a grim verdict: It may be a turbulent year and there is need for Nigerians to pray.

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Cameroon bombs Boko Haram, kills 41

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File: Cameroonian soldiers patrol on November 12, 2014 in Amchide, northern Cameroon, 1 km from Nigeria. The city was raided by Islamists from Nigeria's Boko Haram, killing eight cameroonian soldiers and leading the population to flee on October 15, 2014, before another six coordinated attacks that killed at least three civilians in the remote north of the country, on November 9, 2014. Boko Haram's five-year insurgency in neighboring Nigeria has left thousands dead, and the Islamists have occasionally carried out attacks over the border. Cameroon has deployed more than 1,000 soldiers in the extreme northeast of the country to counter the Islamist threat. AFP PHOTO

Nigeria’s neighbour, Cameroon, has launched air strikes against Boko Haram terrorists for the first time, killing no fewer than 41 Islamist militants after the large force of jihadists crossed the border and seized a military camp at Ashigashiya, the government said.

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You’ve made a career of lying, Soyinka replies Obasanjo

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NOBEL prize laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, yesterday, gave a rebuttal to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s latest book, My Watch describing it as a narrative by a career liar always determined to crookedly project himself above his true standing among men.

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Bloody Monday: Bombers hit Gombe, Bauchi, kill 30

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BOMBING—Scene of the bomb blast at Dukku Motor Park in Gombe where 20 people died and 25 sustained various degrees of injuries, yesterday. Photo: NAN.

NO fewer than 20 people lost their lives with 25 others sustaining various degrees of injuries in yesterday’s bomb blast at Dukku motor park in Gombe.

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PDP Presidential Fund-Raising: Presidency, APC bicker over N21bn

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PDP FUND From left Senate President Senator David Mark, Vice President Arc. Namadi Sambo President Goodluck Jonathan, National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party PDP Alh. Adamu Muazu, Chairman  PDP Board of Trustee Chief Tony Anineh , Deputy Speaker Chief Emeka Ihedioaha and the Party Deputy National Chairman Prince  Uche Secondus  at  for the Party Fund Raising Dinner at the State House Abuja Saturday 20th 12 2014 STATE HOUSE PHOTOS

THE Presidency and groups backing the presidential aspiration of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) were at each other’s throats, yesterday, over the sum of N21.27bn raised at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign fund-raising dinner.

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Boko Haram killed our youths, took away our wives, daughters – Residents

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Eight months after Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped 276 school girls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, with more than 200 of them still in captivity, the terrorists have again abducted another 191 people including women, girls and boys from Gumsuri community near Chibok.

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Why I chose Osinbajo as running mate – BUHARI

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BUHARI'S RUNNING MATE—APC Presidential Candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari presenting his running mate  Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, in Abuja.

All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, unveiled his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as a man of unimpeachable integrity who he said would join him in restoring hope to the country’s citizenry.

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Jonathan to present N4.4trn budget today

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2015-BUDGET

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan will today present the 2015 budget proposal of N4,357.96 trillion to the National Assembly.

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Court refuses to unseat Tambuwal as Speaker

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DEcamped—Speaker Tambuwal after decamping to APC, yesterday.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, refused to grant a fresh ex-parte application seeking to restrain Mr. Aminu Tambuwal from further acting as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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Aftermath of PDP Primaries: Senators plot to impeach mark

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SENATE PRESIDENT DAVID MARK; PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND THE  PDP NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, ALHAJI BAMANGA TUKUR AT THE PDP FAMILY DINNER IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY

ABUJA — THE Senate may witness a change of leadership if the threat by aggrieved senators from the two main political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to impeach Senate President David Mark for not protecting them in the just concluded party primaries is carried out.

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Eligibility for 2015: Jonathan’s fate uncertain

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President Goodluck Jonathan displaying Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms  at the People's Democratic Party's Secretariat in Abuja on Thursday (30/10/14).

Tension is mounting at the Presidency and the core North over the court case challenging the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2015 presidential election.

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2015 Presidency: It’s Buhari Vs Jonathan

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Buhari and Jonathan

WITH 3,430 votes, former Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), yesterday, trounced his four opponents to emerge the 2015 presidential candidate of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Buhari, Atiku, Kwankwaso gun for APC ticket as PDP crowns Jonathan

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Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan (L) and vice president Namadi Sambo wave to supporters during a presidential primary in Abuja, on December 10, 2014. Jonathan is expected to be formally endorsed as the PDP candidate, with no other challengers, for the next year presidential elections.    AFP PHOTO

AS the Special National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ratifies President Goodluck Jonathan as PDP’s presidential candidate today, former Head of State, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd); former Vice-president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Kano State Governor, Dr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso are locked in last-minute manoeuvres to clinch the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket.

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Governors behind my 3rd term bid – obasanjo

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Author/Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, (left) with the Publisher of the Book ,Dr Eghosa Imasuen, at the presentation of a Book Tittle: ''My Watch'', By Olusegun Obasanjo in Lagos... yersterday 09/12/2014

President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, for the first time opened up on the third term agenda in the twilight of his two-term presidency, accusing some Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors of being behind the third term project because they were going to benefit from it.

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PDP Governorship Primaries: Ribadu, Folarin, Okowa, Agbaje, others win

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PDP-aspirants

APART from initial hitches leading to late commencement in most states and boycotts by aggrieved aspirants in a couple of states, the governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lived up to the billing, yesterday.

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Akpabio, Orji, Jang, others win PDP Senate tickets

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Chairman PDP Governors' Forum, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State briefing State Houyse Correspondents on the meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the aggreived PDP Governors at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

THE  nationwide senatorial primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) churned out a mixed grill of shocking and expected results.

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2015 Presidential Election: My conditions to campaign for Jonathan — Gov Sule Lamido

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Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido to endorse the presidential ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

Congresses for the nomination of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates for the Houses of Assembly election in 2015 took place nationwide on Saturday, November 29, 2014. Governor Sule Lamido joined his fellow delegates to participate in the exercise in Birnin Kudu, Jigawa State. Lamido later spoke to Sunday Vanguard on some political issues

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REVEALED: What OBJ actually told PDP governors

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From Left Governor of Bauchi State, Ishaya Aguda, Godwin Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State former President of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obansajo, Muhazu Aliu Babagida of Niger State, Sule Lamido of Jigawa State and Liwel Imoke of  Cross River State during the visit to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at his Hill Top Resident GRA Ibara, Abeokuta on the 4th December, 2014. PHOTO WUMI AKINOLA

Abeokuta, yesterday evening, indicating that the outcome of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors who had gone there to plead for the President’s support was initially played down.

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APC Primaries: Ambode tops in Lagos as Tambuwal, Umana, Emerhor, others win

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Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State (2nd right) receiving his certificate of return.

AMID hitches here and there, the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, held governorship primaries across the country to pick its governorship candidates in 31 states where governorship elections will hold next year.

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Damaturu, Maiduguri Aattacks : 38 policemen, 6 soldiers, 106 others dead

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Relatives sit around one of the victims of twin suicide blasts at Kano central mosque in the accident and emergency ward of the Nassarawa Specilist Hospital in northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano on November 28, 2014. At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque, a week after the emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders called on northerners to defend themselves against Boko Haram Islamists tha have been carrying deadly attacks and seizure of territory in the northeast. AFP PHOTO

The Police High Command in Abuja, yesterday, confirmed that 38 Police officers were killed during Monday and Tuesday’s attacks on Damaturu and Maiduguri by Boko Haram terrorists, who targeted police stations and other security agencies. More than 150 persons, including two medical doctors, a staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu and his two children were also killed during the attacks, a rescue official and a health worker told AFP.

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50 female suicide bombers on the prowl

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A female suicide bomber, who was arrested by the vigilante group also known as civilian JTF, revealed, yesterday, that 50 other female suicide bombers have been let loose in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital with a mandate to kill 100,000 persons before the end of December 2014.

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100 killed as Boko Haram hits Yobe, Borno

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Residents look at a burnt car outside the central mosque in northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano on Novemer 29, 2014, a day after twin suicide blasts hit the mosque during weekly Friday prayers. At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque, a week after the emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders called on northerners to defend themselves against Boko Haram Islamists that have been carrying out deadly attacks and seizure of territory in the northeast. AFP PHOTO

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents, yesterday, intensified terrorist activities, targeting two state capitals in the North-Eastern part of the country with co-ordinated bomb explosions in Maiduguri, Borno State capital and gun attacks in Damaturu, Yobe State capital.

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Kano mosque attack, sin against God – Pope

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Pope Francis on Sunday joined forces with Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Batholomew I to make a rare joint pledge of support for the embattled Christians of the Middle East. On the final day of his first visit to Turkey, Francis also urged an end to the millennium-old schism between the Orthodox and Catholic churches and said this was all the more urgent due to the violence against Christians by Islamic State (IS) extremists.    AFP PHOTO

CATHOLIC Pontiff, Pope Francis has condemned the deadly attacks that occurred at the Emir of Kano’s Central mosque in Kano, which claimed about 200 lives, describing it as an “extremely serious sin against God.”

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Bomb blasts kill 200 in Kano Central Mosque

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A man speaks on his hospital bed on November 25, 2014 about injuries sustained following double female suicide bomb attacks that killed 45 people in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria.  More than 45 people were killed when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowded market in northeast Maiduguri

The orgy of violence in the Northern part of the country by gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents, continued yesterday, with the killing of over 200 Muslim worshippers, who were sent to their grave by a triple blast that rocked Kano Central Mosque, where the Emir of Kano normally leads prayers.

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