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  1. The 2019 election is really going to be interesting. Former governor of Kano state, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, joined thousands of Tijjaniya followers to celebrate Maulud of Sheikh Ibrahim Inyass in Abuja earlier today…This is happening after president Muhammadu Buhari is currently in London for an official duty.. According to reports, the large crowd of supporters were calling Sen. Kwankwaso to contest for presidency in the forth coming 2019 Election. Kwankwaso unsuccessfully contested the presidential primaries nomination under the opposition All Progressive Congress, APC in 2015 but lost to Muhammadu Buhari. He then decided to contest the senatorial seat for Kano Central Senatorial District. Meanwhile, Senator Kwankwaso has vowed to retire Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje from active politics come 2019 general elections. In an audio voice message aired on a private radio station in Kano (Express FM) last month, Senator Kwankwaso declared that no amount of persuasion would make him change his mind over the stance to remove Ganduje. He said the level of betrayal meted to him by the Governor was enough yardsticks to stage a comeback into Kano politics and unseat Ganduje from Government House. The fire-spitting Senator was also quoted as saying, “go and write it down, I will retire this betrayer (Ganduje) and his collaborators from active politics in a simple arithmetic of 1 + 1 which you all know the answer.”
  2. Bashir El-Rufai, son of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has taken a swipe at New York Times over its announcement of President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration to contest in 2019. NY Times via its Twitter account, had tweeted: “Muhammadu Bahari, Nigerian president beset by health problems, Boko Haram and calls for him to step aside, says he will run again in 2019”. Perhaps angered by the reference to Buhari’s health and critics call on him to stand down, Bashir responded with a reference to President Donald Trump’s sex scandal. @BashirElRufai wrote: “The President in your country, was on tape bragging about grabbing women by the P**** and eats Big Macs all day, and is a fully open racist and misogynist will run again in 2020 and win too, but hey, it’s the New York Times”. Meanwhile, President Buhari has explained why he declared his intentions to run for another term in office on Monday, April 9, 2018, during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He spoke while receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London Wednesday. Buhari said: “I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not. So, I felt I should break the ice.“We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, and many others. “We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction. The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting.”
  3. Presidency has confirmed that Nigerians in the United Kingdom on Monday protested against President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid on his arrival in London. A presidential aide, who confirmed this to State House reporters on Tuesday, noted that the protest was staged barely 24 hours after President Buhari declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019. He alleged that looters and corrupt elements within and outside Nigeria had been jolted to push “panic buttons including renting a motley crowd of professional demonstrators to protest against the president on his arrival in the United Kingdom.” He said extremely corrupt Nigerians who are custodians of slush funds stolen from Nigeria, and hiding in UK or are resident cronies of such elements had colluded to form a league of protesters with a singular aim of distracting and disorganising Buhari’s scheduled state visit to England for bilateral talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and other dignitaries. He quoted security sources as revealing that the protesters were bent on embarrassing and humiliating Buhari throughout his stay in the UK. According to him, the protesters have vowed to take their demonstrations to the venue of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting holding later in the month in Britain which Buhari is attending. “Esteemed Nigerians home and abroad, friends and business investors in Nigeria, should please see through the veil of the motive behind the Abuja House, Kensington London demonstration. It was an orchestrated act of desperation and a ploy to blackmail and hoodwink the President from concentrating on his anti-corruption campaign, which is fast gaining grounds locally and internationally,” the source stated authoritatively. “This unpatriotic act is not unconnected to the Federal government policies to name and shame corrupt citizens and looters; to collate database of Nigerians with homes in UK who are not paying the right taxes, and the hot drive to prosecute all financial defaulters through bilateral and multilateral means.” “It is obvious that this is a clear cut incident of corruption fighting back. Many of the beneficiaries of corruption and slush funds cannot withstand another devastating blow of Buhari’s anti corruption sledge hammer. “Hence, they are resolute to derail the apple cart in order to save their ugly faces and sit back to enjoy the loot in their personal banks. Some of the protesters are not even Nigerians but hired hatchet men paid to do the dirty job.” The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari would not be distracted from his mission in London.
  4. Earlier today President Buhari declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019. He made this known at a closed-door meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Read his full speech at the meeting below;
  5. Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie has congratulated Nigerians over her principal’s announcement of his intention to seek a second term in office next year. It can be recalled that Bashir Ahmed, the President’s personal assistant on New Media, on Monday disclosed that Buhari has just officially announced his intention to seek re-election in 2019″. In a post on her Twitter page, Onochie stated that by declaring for 2019, Buhari has heeded the call of some Nigerians. She wrote, ”Congratulations Nigerians, Congratulations Africa. ”Ma Su Gudu SuGudu.’ “It’s official President Buhari standing for 2019 Presidential Election.” ”We say run! They say don’t run!” ”President Buhari has heeded OUR call. He’s standing for 2019 “They failed, we won. God bless Nigeria.”
  6. Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls, BBOG, an advocacy group, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of his ambition to seek a second term in office come 2019. In a tweet on Monday, the former minister of Education wrote: “Reading the Breaking News that our President will be seeking reelection in 2019, I remembered the story of the “Ejionu” masquerade. “Our President had not yet recovered from his first journey and here he is UNLIKE the very wise Ejionu, seeking to embark on a second one. Hmmm. “The nice part of the “Breaking News” is that it is good to formally know that it is directly to @NGRPresident @MBuhari that Nigerian citizens will shortly be handing the APC’s own #RedCardToAPCAndPDP in 2019. “There was a masquerade which in a burst of Hubris left its own village & strayed into a neighboring town. “The neighbors gave it the beating of a lifetime, it barely survived. “Asked some months later if it would go again, it replied: “I have not recovered from my 1st journey!”
  7. Ace photographer, Sunmi Smart Cole, on Thursday narrated how he was rough handled by President Muhammadu Buhari’s security detail during the colloquium to mark Senator Bola Tinubu’s birthday in Lagos. Smart-Cole, 76, who is currently recovering from the injuries sustained during the beating in a hospital in Ikoyi, threatened to sue the Department of State Service (DSS). The former head of photography in the presidency said he was revived by the former Governor, of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba, the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, and the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha. He said he was invited to the colloquium to take photographs, and that things were going on well until the president arrived and the place became rowdy. “I was invited by the vice-president’s office. The vice-president told one of his assistants, Mrs Uwais, the wife of a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, to invite me to cover the event”, he told Thisday. “When Buhari entered with about 50 security personnel, things changed. If you stood near them, they would give you elbow. At a time, I just told one of them, ‘I am an old man; I am actually 76 years old’. “He said he didn’t care and directed another security official to make sure ‘this old man does not come near the president’. I had to take photographs from a distance. “The security operatives around the president continued to push me until I became exhausted and I slumped because my legs became weak. “I slumped right in front of Segun Osoba, Niyi Adebayo, the former Governor of Ekiti State; the Governor Tambuwal, and Governor Okorocha, who sat together, including the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki. They all saw me. I am the oldest working journalist in Nigeria. “I slumped but I did not pass out. Prof. Pat Utomi and the Publisher of Ovation Magazine were detailed by Osoba to keep me seated, saying I get too excited when I carry the camera. He seized my camera.” Smart-Cole, however, disclosed that the doctors were not yet satisfied with his recovery and would spend more days there.
  8. The Presidency on Wednesday indirectly accused Nigerians of being ignorant of the many impacts of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration since 2015. In educating Nigerians about the Buhari-led government, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Nigerians should rather be counting their blessings that the administration has brought about economic emancipation for the country. Shehu, in reeling out some of the gains of the government, noted that last year, the World Bank ranked Nigeria among the top 10 reforming economies in the world. This, he explained, was clearly in recognition of the thorough and rigorous growth and development-oriented economic policies of the Buhari Administration. He said currently, investors and businessmen and women from around the world can arrive in Nigeria and get their visas right at the airport without any hassle. This is just one of the many reasons why Nigeria has advanced 24 steps in the global ‘Ease of Doing Business’ rankings of the World Bank. He said the government is spending more on infrastructure than previous administrations, despite earning barely half of what the country earned from oil between 2011 and 2014 when the product was selling for an average of $110 per barrel. He said the latest GDP figures show continued growth after the Buhari administration successfully brought the country out of recession, with virtually all sectors of the economy now on the rebound, and significant progress recorded in agriculture. “This administration has also ushered in significant progress in agriculture, where output has risen in local production, and Nigeria is now importing 80-90 percent less rice than in previous years. “Fertilizer plants have been resuscitated, prices have dropped. More and more young people are going into agriculture, being able, for the first time, to see farming as a viable endeavour. “Has anyone heard of the Graduates-in-Agriculture Scheme in several states of the federation, a self-driven, government-assisted programme by which our young men and women are stopping their endless wait for white-collar jobs and creating wealth for themselves and the nation? “Power generation and distribution have more than doubled from 2015 when President Buhari took power to the present, “Shehu said in a statement made available to State House correspondents. In a further comment, Shehu said in the address of the Vice President at the 10th Bola Tinubu Colloquium, he reported that the Buhari administration has put in place “an audacious Social Investment Programme to the tune of N500 billion, the largest pro-poor programme in Nigeria’s history. He described it as the largest social safety net, at least in Sub-Saharan Africa. This was despite the fact that by 2015, oil prices fell by over 50 percent and our production also fell from over 2 million barrels a day to less than 700,000 barrels a day, sometimes even 500,000 barrels in 2016. “We have seen today the empirical evidence of the successes of this programme, and all of that is evident for us to see and listen to several testimonies and stories. 200,000 jobs for undergraduates employed under the N-Power programme, 300,000 more waiting to be employed; they have been pre-selected; over 7 million children being fed daily in 22 States so far; beneficiaries of micro-credit loans going to about 300,000; and almost 300,000 households benefiting from conditional cash transfers.” “In line with campaign promises, this administration is spending trillions of Naira to build railways, roads and ramp up power supplies. On this spending on infrastructure the Vice President’s words were: “In 2014, when oil was at between 100 dollars and 114 dollars a barrel, the actual releases for capital for three ministries Power, Works and Housing then they were three separate ministries, was in total N99 billion; while Transportation got 14 billion, and Agriculture got 15 billion. “I am talking about actual releases, not budgeted; what they actually got. Let us compare that with capital releases to the same ministries in 2017, when oil price was between $50 and $60 a barrel, N415 Billion for Power, Works & Housing, N80 Billion for Transportation; N65 Billion for Agriculture; totalling N560 Billion, in a time when we were earning at least 50 percent less than we were earning in 2014.” “We wish, however, to caution that these comments should not be misconstrued as denying that there is more that needs to be done, as the current administration is relentless and determined to continue in its task of continuously improving a lot of Nigerians. “We are only saying that we must learn to pause and count our blessings. The loud voices of critics with selfish ambitions and ulterior motives should not be a veil that keeps Nigerians blind to the many ways God has blessed us and improved our lot through the Buhari administration,” Shehu said in a lengthy statement.
  9. This picture of President Muhammadu Buhari with Super Model, Naomi Campbell has stirred up controversies. This was after the model shared a tweet alongside several photos with Buhari at the launch of the Eko Atlantic City . However, the presidency in a swift response, through the Personal Assistant to Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmaad, insisted that Campbell “bumped” into her principal and requested to take pictures. However, Nigerians have faulted the pictures as they wondered why President Buhari shook hands with the model but refused to do same with female ministers. Here are the comments gathered by 9jaonline forum: @eloka “Buhari shook Naomi Campbell’s hand. Lol.. religious laws are for the poor and downtrodden @hgclothing “Buhari shook Naomi Campbell’s hand. Lol.. religious laws are for the poor and downtrodden. @Oniggors “But I thought our President don’t shake hands with females,how come he shook Naomi Campbell??? @Dondekojo “So, Nigerian women are the only ones he can’t shake then, and what’s Naomi Campbell’s role again? Do we have dirty diamonds in Eko Atlantic? @steph_alova “What baffles me is how they both coincidentally met there and she was allowed to come into touching distance of Mr. President. Was the venue not combed by security? If she wasn’t invited, then all in charge of President’s security av questions to answer. @Mrwizzo “How long will this Govt continue to lie and live in lies… na wa oh! @Drolufunmilayo “So Naomi Campbell was just strolling on the street looking for where to buy recharge card, and Buhari just met her? @Chingyarmani “So Naomi Campbell just suddenly became a guest? and Protocols couldn’t stop her from standing near the President? @Even a Local Government Chairman would have been bundled away if he came uninvited. @Uche_Ezeonye “Naomi Campbell confirms that she was actually invited by President Buhari after The President’s Aides denied knowledge of the Model’s visit to Nigeria. This is coming 3 days after Buhari received fake Martin Luther Kings award.@NaomiCampbell@MBuhari
  10. Scores of security men including officials of the Department of State Security (DSS) and officers from the Lagos state police command invaded the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) office, Ikeja branch on Thursday. The siege followed a threat by the NBA to call out members on a protest tomorrow to coincide with President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Lagos. The policemen numbering about 50 were armed with an invitation from Edgal Imohimi, commissioner of police. The letter with Ref No. AR:3000/LS/XS/ADM.2/Vol.27/ is entitled, “Invitation Letter, Re: Case of Threat to Public Peace /Conduct Likely to Cause Breach of Peace”. It reads: “This office is investigating the above-mentioned case reported through a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Ikeja. “In furtherance to my investigation, you are requested to report to the undersigned on the 28th of March, 2018 by 7.00 p.m. through O/C “X” Squad, who has been detailed by the Commissioner of Police to investigate the case. Your co-operation in this regard will be highly appreciated please.” The policemen stormed the NBA office in more than 25 pickup vans, according to reports.
  11. The president of Nigeria addresses the citizens of the country on the occasion of the 2018 Easter Celebrations. Read full address below:- Muhammadu Buhari President, Federal Republic of Nigeria March 29, 2018.
  12. A group of youths in Yobe symbolically cast off the ”bad omen” brought to the state by President Muhammadu Buhari during his recent visit, when they engaged in sweeping and washing the streets of the state capital. President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in Yobe State on Wednesday, March 14, as part of his visit to states affected by Boko Haram attacks and herdsmen-farmers crisis. The president also met with parents of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls, traditional rulers, and community leaders, among other stakeholders in the state. The residents came out with brooms, water and detergent to wash off the President’s bad spell, soon after his departure. It was not the first time such gesture was being done. A similar thing was done in Kano some months back.
  13. The governor of Ekiti State Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose has again condemned the recent killings in Benue State, saying the citizens of this country who are to be protected are no longer secured and are daily killed cheaply. He made this statement while fielding questions from journalists in his Osuntokun government house lodge in Ado Ekiti. Fayose called for international communities to look into the killings in Nigeria by the Boko Haram particularly in Benue and begin to look beyond Boko Haram, saying Nigerians are becoming helpless even in their own land. The chairman of the PDP governor’s forum echoed that the visit of president Muhammadu Buhari to Taraba state is political and an afterthought. He called on president Buhari to resign if he fails to find a solution to the insecurity and killings that is the order of the day in present Nigeria. “President Buhari and the APC led federal government has failed us and the citizens are daily hungry and angry with them and so he should step aside”, he said. Dr. Fayose advised the Federal government to engage the Boko Haram and desist from their cheap lip service and stand up to their responsibilities to secure the lives of Nigerians.
  14. Ex-Niger Delta leaders and beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in the region have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for allocating N65bn to the Amnesty budget. The ex-militant leaders, comprising three phases of the PAP, in a statement on Thursday by the Bayelsa State Chairman, Mr. Bull Ifiemi, said their recent meeting with Coordinator of PAP, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd.), was fruitful. They said through the meeting, they were able to strategise on the way forward for the beneficiaries of the programe. The ex-agitators said the meeting was also an avenue for them to pass a vote of confidence on President Buhari and Boroh on their landmark efforts to bring development to the Niger Delta. They further applauded the far-reaching peace advocacy efforts of the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, adding that Osinbajo’s efforts in ensuring the empowerment of the youth were yielding positive results in the region. y also gave the President a pass mark for approving the commencement of the Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta State.

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