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Nigeria’s treasury empty, Buhari laments

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President Muhammadu Buhari attending to some files in his office as he resumed duties at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

On his first day at the Aso Rock Villa since his inauguration on May 29, President Muhammadu Buhari said, yesterday, that he inherited a “virtually empty treasury”, from his predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan with debts running into hundreds of millions of dollars. The President disclosed this on a day he ordered the withdrawal of the military from internal security operations as part of a comprehensive review of national security operations.

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Buhari to remove oil subsidy

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MUHAMMADU BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari plans to totally remove fuel subsidy and use the proceeds for the provision of free and compulsory primary/secondary education across the country.

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APC crisis: Saraki, others seek Obasanjo’s advice

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From right Alhaji Danjumu Goje, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Senatoe Bukola Saraki, Senate President and Alhaji Sanni Yerima in group photograph during a visit to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for Former President of Nigeria at his Hill Top Mansion, Presidential Hill, Abeokuta on Friday

The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki stormed Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, Friday and held a closed door meeting with former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in his residence.

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APC, federal lawmakers in fresh face-off

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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 sequel to the still unsettled crisis in the All Progressives Congress, APC, arising from last week’s National Assembly leadership contest, another crisis may be in the offing as lawmakers take up battle with national officers of the party over the appointment of principal officers of the legislature.

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Old age won’t affect my job – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari chairs the meeting of the Peace and Security Council at the 25th AU Summit in Johannesburg on Saturday

ABUJA—President Muhammadu Buhari declared, yesterday, that his age will not affect his job as president of Nigeria.
He said that at 72 he has in quantum, the wisdom, the patience, the temperance and forbearance that age brings and has brought all these virtues to the presidency to make a difference in our national life.

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Unpaid Salaries: 36 govs meet on bailout for bankrupt states

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retreat: From left: Speaker, House of Representatives and Sokoto State Governor-elect, Aminu Tambuwal; Oyo State Governor-elect, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Ogun State Governor-elect, Ibikunle Amosun and Borno State Governor-elect, Alhaji Ibrahim Kashim Shettima, during the retreat of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors Forum for the Governors-elect, in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

Troubled by the precarious financial situation of 18 out of the 36 states of the federation, the governors are meeting today in Abuja to propose a bail out scheme for the financially handicapped states.

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Buhari to fight graft with 5 special laws

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DINNER—President Muhammadu Buhari waves to other guests as he is recognized amongst other Heads of States at a dinner which took place, yesterday, at the International Conference Centre in Johannesburg South Africa during 25th AU Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to employ five proposed laws as his weapons in the fight against corruption, close associates of the President have disclosed.

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What President Buhari, VP Osinbajo will earn

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buhari-salary

The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, has reviewed the salaries of the President, Vice President, Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives and Speakers in the 36 states of the federation, as well as well other legislators in both the National and State Assemblies among other public officers in the country.

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NASS: Saraki, Lawan’s men close ranks

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Saraki

The dust raised over the National Assembly leadership contests was, yesterday, settling as some antagonists of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara have commenced peace moves with some now eyeing juicy committee positions.

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War of words in Senate over Bukola Saraki

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FILE: Senate President Bukola Saraki (M) going in for his first plenary session as President of Senate yesterday. Behind him is Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. Photo: NAN.

The rumbles from Tuesday’s election of Senator Bukola Saraki as Senate President continued, yesterday, with opponents and supporters of the nation’s new number three man stalking one another in furtherance of upturning or sustaining the new order.

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How Saraki, Dogara outfoxed APC leaders

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Saraki

The dramatic election of four key officers of the National Assembly yesterday unsettled the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and breathed life into the Peoples Democratic Party which lost its prime position to the APC.

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NASS leadership showdown: PDP holds the ace

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Gbajabiamila, Dogara, Saraki and Lawan

The contest for the leadership positions in the National Assembly, last night, stretched out for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, which battled to contain a rebellion in its ranks.

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What Buhari wants from G7

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File: President Muhammadu Buhari walks past marksmen in traditional Bavarian dress as he arrives for a reception on the sidelines of a G7-summit in Munich, southern Germany, on June 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO

President Muhammadu Buhari is presenting a 9-point demands to The Group of Seven (G7), an informal bloc of industrialized countries of the world. He arrived Munich, Germany, yesterday, to honour the invitation of the G7.

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House Speaker: Confusion as APC consensus candidate emerges

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Dogara and Gbajabiamila

The primary election for the two major aspirants to the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hons. Yakubu Dogara, from Bauchi State, and Femi Gbajabiamila, from Lagos State, organised by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, ended in confusion.
Gbajabiamila emerged the party’s consensus candidates in a process that saw Dogara and his group staging a walk out.

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Buhari’s anti-corruption war takes off

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R-L; Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Dahiru Musdaher, former Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Abdulrhman Dambazu; Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdullaziz Yari Abubakar; President Muhammadu Buhari and his personal aide, Abba Sarki during a prayer in remembrance of Late Emir of Kano Alhaji Dr. Ado Bayero shortly after the Jumaat prayers at the National Mosque in Abuja, yesterday. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

President Muham-madu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade appears to have taken off in earnest barely a week after assuming office with a stern warning to ministers not to dabble into approving payments for contractors.

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10 dead, as Yola suffers first Boko Haram attack

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Nigerian police and civilians inspect the site of a suicide attack at a busy cattle market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on June 2, 2015. At least 13 people were killed in the attack, the Red Cross and civilian vigilantes battling Boko Haram said. The blast in the Borno state capital happened as traders were wrapping up business for the day. AFP PHOTO

FOR the first time, Yola, capital of Adamawa State suffered an attack from insurgents of the Boko Haram sect, which launched attacks on Adamawa and Borno states, killing 14 persons and injuring several others.

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I renew my pledge to crush Boko Haram – Buhari

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President Mhammadu Buhari and President of Niger Republic, Issoufou Mahamadou while waiting for the Press conference shortly after the bilateral meeting at the presidential palace in Niamey on June 3rd 2015

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, in Niger Republic renewed his vow to crush the Boko Haram Islamic sect, saying “five years of the presence of this evil sect is enough.”

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Fuel tanker fire wreaks havoc in Lagos

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Scene of the explosion and the crowd. Photos: Joe Akintola, Photo Editor and Kehinde Gbadamosi.

No fewer than 14 people were injured, while property worth millions of naira were destroyed, yesterday, in Lagos as a tanker laden with 33,000 litres of petrol fell off Iyana-Ipaja bridge, resulting in an explosion which triggered a fire that raged for about 10 hours.

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EFCC grills Nyako for 10 hours over alleged N15bn money laundering

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Admiral Murtala Nyako

Embattled former governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako, yesterday, surrendered to anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, where he was quizzed for more than 10 hours over allegation of money laundering running into N15 billion.

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Why Buhari didn’t make assets public – Aides

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Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari swears to an oath during his inauguration at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015. Buhari, 72, defeated Goodluck Jonathan in March 28 elections -- the first time in Nigeria's history that an opposition candidate had beaten a sitting president. AFP PHOTO

Aides of President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, explained why the president did not declare his assets publicly. They said he will make his assets known to Nigerians within the first 100 days of his stay in power in line with his assertions before the election.

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The change game begins

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Buhari set for his 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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