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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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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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SARAKI'S FIRST PLENARY SESSION: 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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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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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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