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  1. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has clamped down on an online company, Swiss Golden Company Limited, which has defrauded over 7,000 Nigerians to the tune of N3 billion. This was disclosed by the spokesman, EFCC zonal office, Kano, Idris Isyaku, who in a statement Monday said they intervened after thousands of petitions from Nigerians, Vanguard writes. “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has recovered N216,402,565.05 from Swiss Golden Company Limited, an online investment that purportedly deals with buying and selling of gold bars,” he said. “The recovery was sequel to a petition the commission received from thousands of complainants who alleged that they invested in Swiss Golden Company Limited, which was advertised as an online investment that deals in buying and selling of gold bars. “The petitioners further alleged that after investing over a billion Naira into the business, Swiss Golden refused to pay them any dividend or pay them back their capital. Upon receipt of the petition, the commission swung into action by first inviting the petitioners where they volunteered statements. “Through intelligence, the commission picked up one Maxim Lobaty, a Russian and two Nigerians, Austin Emenike and D!ckson Nonso Onuchukwu, in Lagos. “The trio were, subsequently, conveyed to the Kano operational zone of the EFCC for further investigation. The EFCC added that their investigations revealed that the company, which is headquartered in Hong Kong, was discovered to be a Ponzi Scheme designed to defraud innocent victims of their hard earned money. “After being drilled at the commission’s Kano zonal office, Maxim and his co-suspects consented to the refund of the investment. It is through that, a total of N216,402,565.05 have now been recovered. The commission said investigation is ongoing with a view to recover the invested funds and bring the perpetrators to book.
  2. Lots of Nigerian people dream of going to the United States, getting acquainted with the culture of this enormous country, and having a memorable trip. However, you will have to apply for US visa in Nigeria and successfully receive it before going on your American adventure. Learn the necessary information about the USA visa application in Nigeria. US VISA APPLICATION: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW Many Nigerians would give everything to receive the cherished American visa in their passport. However, first of all, you should learn the requirements for your wished type of visa. There are the following basic types of US visa: Non-immigrant visa – received by people who want to stay in the United States for a certain set period, but they are not planning on staying there long-term. This type of visa is used by business people, workers, students, or just tourists who want to see the United States. Those people who want to receive the non-immigrant visa have to prove that they are strongly tied to their native country and that they do not intend to stay in the United States after their visa expires. People can apply for a non-immigrant visa in Lagos and Abuja. Immigrant visa – this type of visa applies to those who want to live in the United States permanently. It is more difficult to acquire this one than the non-immigrant visa. Usually, the process starts when the person gets a relative, who is a citizen of the United States, send the petition and help out with the documents. The employer who wants to hire the worker also can send a petition. In Nigeria, you can apply for this kind of visa only in Lagos. Getting the visa does not guarantee the successful entry to the US. If you have received the visa, this means that the consular officer found you eligible for applying to the United States entry. US VISA APPLICATION FORM In this article, we will be talking about applying for the non-immigrant visa. There are a few steps that you should take in order to apply successfully for this type of United States visa. First of all, you will have to determine the type of visa that you need, because there are a few different types of common non-immigrant visas: Business/tourist visa – this visa type is for those people who want to organize their trip to the United States for business (in this case, they will need the B1 category) or for tourist purposes or medical treatment (B2 category). Business visa is usually for workers who want to consult the business associates, attend the educational, business, scientific or professional conferences, buy the estate, or negotiate some kind of business contract. Those who want to apply for a tourist visa are usually planning to go to the United States for recreational purposes, like sightseeing, visiting their friends or family, various social activities, or professional medical treatment. Work visa – people who are going to the United States in order to perform some official work temporarily will need this kind of visa. There are few kinds of work visa (H, L, O, P, Q, R), which depend on the type of job that you will be performing in the United States. Most of the work visa categories have to be supported by the petition from your employer, who is based in the States. Student visa – people who would like to receive their education in the United States will need a student visa. Before applying for this kind of visa, a student must be approved by his/her chosen school and accepted for it. Then, the student will be provided with the list of documents to submit for the student visa. There are two variants of student visa – F-1 is most common, as it helps people to get involved in academic studies in the United States. As for M-1 visa, it will give you the right to participate in the non-academic studies. Exchange visitor visa – a person who was approved for participation in a certain exchange program will need to get an exchange visitor visa or a visa of J-type. This kind of visa was made for helping people to participate in cultural and educational exchanges. Keep in mind that before applying for a visa, you will need the official approval from the sponsor of the exchange program that you are planning to participate in. Once you are accepted for the program, you will be given further instructions from the representatives. Transit/Ship crew visa – the transit visa (C-type) was designed for those people who are citizens of the foreign country, and they have to travel through the United States territory to the other country they are visiting. This visa is not suitable for those people who want to stay in the United States for a certain period. On the other hand, ship visa (D-type) is for those who serve on board of the sea ship or in the aircraft. Those crew members who transit through the territory of the United States usually use the combined visa C-1/D. Domestic employee visa – this visa is for people who are personal or domestic employees. They are commonly accompanying their employer to the United States. The domestic employee list includes such professions as butlers, nannies, cooks, housemaids, gardeners, and other workers who have an official paid job at someone’s house. The documents that you will need to provide depend on the job specifics and the visa type of your employer. Journalist/media visa – this one is given to the representatives of foreign media outlets, who temporarily go to the United States in order to perform professional activities. However, their office is still located in their country of residence. Media visa is the visa of I-type, and it has a lot of different requirements. Other types of visa – there are a lot of them for multiple various situations, and you will have to look them up on the official website of US visa application in Nigeria or ask about all of them in the embassy if your case is specific. After you have determined your type of visa, you will need to pay the visa fee. You can read about the particular visa fee for every type below. Afterward, you will need to fill in the special form, which is called DS-160 form. While filling it in, you should be very careful because the information needs to be accurate and correct. Besides, after the submission, you will be unable to make changes to it anymore. Usually, people invite a professional translator or lawyer if they are having issues with completing the DS-160 application form. For booking the appointment, you will have to use the number of your DS-160, which you will find on the confirmation page of your application. The DS-160 application form should be completed by every applicant, including young children. The form needs to be submitted before the interview at the consulate or embassy. Without the DS-160 application, you will not be allowed to attend the interview. Also, you should remember that every applicant must submit the form online – the forms which are printed out and handwritten will be rejected. All the information in the form should be true; otherwise, you might get permanent ineligibility for the visa. Check your information on the form carefully and make sure that all the answers to the questions are correct and complete. To complete the form successfully, you should remember a few basic guidelines which will help you out. The post that you choose at the start of filling the DS-160 should be the same where you are going to schedule the visa interview appointment. The language for answering the questions is English, and you should only use the English characters in your answers. The exception is when you have to give your full name how it is written in the native language and alphabet. You should be aware that if you stop filling the application for twenty minutes or more, the session expires and you will have to do it all over again, except the cases when you have written down the application ID number or saved the application on your computer as a file. You should write down the ID number of the application, which you can see in the top right corner of the webpage. So, if you will have to close your browser before the application is completed, and are planning to go back to working on it later, you will easily get access to the application with the help of ID number. After you complete the DS-160 form, the confirmation page will follow. This page should be printed out and brought to your interview. When you have saved the confirmation page, you should go back to the DS-160 form and save the backup copy of it in PDF format, in order to have access to it whenever you need. You will only be accepted for the interview if the name in DS-160 form matches your passport name, and you have the confirmation printout with a receipt number. Make sure all of these things are sorted out. The DS-160 form can be downloaded on the official website of US visa applications from Nigeria. When you have completed the procedure of filling the DS-160 form and have submitted it online, you are ready to schedule the visa appointment. For that, you will have to make a profile on the official website. Fill in all the fields. When you are registered, you should see the dashboard. Choose the option “Schedule appointment” on the left. This action will begin the process of scheduling the visa appointment. Every applicant who schedules the visa appointment for American visa will need the following information for scheduling: The passport number of the applicant. The receipt number, which you received at GT-Bank. The 10-digit barcode number from DS-160 confirmation page. When you are on the scheduling page, you will have to choose the type of your visa, enter your personal information, add the dependents, choose the delivery location of your documents, confirm the payment for a visa, and schedule the appointment for a certain date and time. On the set date and time of your US visa appointment, you should arrive at the embassy with the document package. REQUIREMENTS FOR US VISA Every visa type requires its own pack of documents. For determining the bundle of documents that you will need, you have to look them up in the information section of your visa type. However, we will give you some general recommendations about your documents: First of all, every document which will confirm that you are not planning on staying in the United States illegally should be taken to the appointment. You should only submit the original documentation. It is not recommended to bring the photocopies. Trying to submit false documents can result in you being banned from acquiring the visa forever, so you should not risk it. You are not required to send the documents by fax or mail unless the consulate needs you to. Your documents will stay confidential when they are passed to the embassy workers. The decision to give you a United States visa will be taken based on the interview and information that you provided in the documents. US VISA FEE All the applicants are required to pay the certain application fee. In case of visa rejection, the fee will not be returned. The fees for American visa vary, depending on the type of visa that you are trying to acquire. Business/Tourist (B), Transit (C-1), Ship (D), Student (academic (F) and vocational(M)), Journalist/Media (I), Exchange (J), Human trafficking victim (T), Criminal activity victim (U), NAFTA Professional (TN/TD) – 160$ Temporary worker/Trainee (H), Intracompany Transferee (L), People with Extraordinary Abilities (O), Athletes/artists/entertainers (P), International Cultural exchange (Q), Religious workers (R) – 190$ Fiance or Spouse of US Citizen (K) – 265$ Treaty Investor/Trader or Australian Professional specialty (E) – 205$ Some visa types require no fees. Mostly those are: Applicants for other visa types – A, G, C-2, C-3, diplomatic visa, and NATO visa. Those whose visa is replaced during to printing issues. Those who have J visa and participate in the United States government-sponsored activities and exchanges. Those who were exempted due to the international agreement. Those who travel to provide charitable service. Employees of United States government who travel for official business. The close relatives (parents, spouses, and children) of the US employees who were killed on duty, who are traveling to attend the funeral. The close relatives (parents, spouses, and children) of the US employees who were injured on duty, who are traveling to visit the employee in emergency treatment. Sometimes there are also other fees. You should clarify with your embassy if you will not be required to pay those. This was the necessary information for those who want to apply for the US visa. Hopefully, your appointment goes well, and very soon you will safely arrive in America!
  3. “We will do our best to justify your trust in us, and that confidence won’t be abused,”President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians. The President spoke in London Sunday while receiving the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization, led by Mr Charles Efe Sylvester. “I am happy that people like you are here, on your own, defending the country. You have shown courage and sacrifice. I assure you that your confidence in us won’t be abused, we will do our best to justify it,” President Buhari said. He noted that Nigeria was gifted with tremendous human and natural resources, but regretted that, “failure of some of the leadership we had in the past led to our not being able to capitalize on resources to improve the lot of the people.” Saying wicked people plundered the country, “and kept Nigerians poor,” the President added that looking at the condition in which the current administration met the country, without savings and the economy badly vandalized, “we have not done too badly.” President Buhari said the damage done to the Nigerian economy in the years of plunder was massive, and that government was doing its best to recover some of the loot, but noted that it was impossible to identify and recover all. “If they had used 50% of the money we made, when oil prices went as high as $143 dollars per barrel, and stabilized at $100 dollars with production at 2.1 million barrels per day for many years, Nigerians would have minded their businesses. “You could almost grow food on our roads, as they were abandoned. The stealing was so much, and they were so inept that they could not even cover the stealing properly. I wonder how all those things could have happened to our country.” the President said. He commended the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization for deciding to identify with the country, “when you could have stayed here, and being comfortable.” The Coordinator of the organization, Mr Sylvester, said the group was happy with the achievements of the Buhari administration so far, noting: “You met a difficult situation, but you have overcome most of them. We are happy with the agriculture revolution, the ease of doing business, the anti-corruption war, the employment of youths through the N-Power programme, and the blockage of leakages in the public sector through the Treasury Single Account (TSA). “We are proud of the speed with which you recovered the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. It shows you as a worthy general. We are happy that you have declared for 2019. Majority of Nigerians are happy, but agents of corruption and darkness are unhappy. The same God, who healed you when you were ill, will grant you victory in the 2019 elections. “You are a General who does not fear combat, either with Generals or non-Generals. We declare our love and support for you. You are fixing the faulty foundations of our country and second term is when you will build the enduring structure.” FEMI ADESINA Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) April 15, 2018.
  4. Pictures of a young girl and her malformed baby have been trending online due to obvious reason. According to a Facebook user who shared the photos and didn’t disclose where it happened, the girl gave birth to a ”monster” as a question was asked what could have caused such deformity. While some think the birth has to do with something spiritual, others have argued online that this is a medical condition. A Facebook user, Smart Believe wrote; The baby is not a monster… it’s a hereditary deficiency passed down by generational parents who both have the blood cell to trigger this birth…its an over growth of skin,like excess skin growth where a new skin generates always. It’s difficult to handle such children cuz they are prone to infection if not properly taken care of… Nigerian internet users have shared their opinion concerning the unusual birth and also the new mother who looks so young.
  5. 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.
  6. Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Enugu State chapter, Dr. Ben Nwoye, has described Buhari’s declaration as a new dawn in Nigeria’s political history. Justifying Buhari’s suitability for re-election, Nwoye expressed confidence that Nigerians will still vote for him in 2019. “One thing you cannot dispute is that Nigerians love Buhari except the oppositions who are even the minority. They will always have their say, while majority of Nigerians will have their way. It is actually a new dawn in the political history of the country. “Before the declaration, there tended to be lack of clarity as to where we were going. But having come out to inform his core followers in a personal capacity one year ahead, we are elated. “There was an eruption of applause and cheering among NEC members when he declared. He has done well in turning the country around. “He has pursued programmes of growth and made the country better. He has shown there is light at the end of the tunnel,” he told journalists in Abuja.
  7. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, April 9, declared his intention to seek re-election during 2019 presidential election. The president said he is seeking re-election because of the “clamour by Nigerians”. According to the Cable news, prior to the president’s public declaration, some Nigerians publicly canvassed against the president’s re-election bid. Here are five of the figures who left no stone unturned in driving home their message against Buhari’s presidency come 2019. 1. Olusegun Obasanjo The former president could have been instrumental in the election of Buhari in 2015 through his unbridled endorsement, but that has not stopped him from wielding his lethal letter writing skills against the president. On January 23, Obasanjo wrote a strongly-worded letter to Buhari, asking him to forget about the 2019 election. In the, the Owu chief said the president had performed below expectation. He wrote: “The lice of poor performance in government – poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening inequality – are very much with us today.” 2. Ayodele Fayose Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state is a foremost critic of Buhari and he would never hold back his emotions when it comes to criticising the president. Some see him as the strongest voice of the opposition. While reacting to Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari, Fayose described the letter writer and its recipient as “expired” leaders and that both leaders have “outlived their usefulness” to Nigeria. At another time, he said those who voted for the president in the 2015 general election ought to beg God for forgiveness. 3. Ibrahim Babangida The former military president asked Nigerians to co-operate with President Buhari until his tenure ends — but vote for a new generation of leaders in 2019. On February 4, in a statement titled “Towards a national rebirth”, he said the 2019 elections offer “a unique opportunity for Nigerians.” Babangida, who overthrew Buhari in 1985 and ruled till 1993, said: “In the fullness of our present realities, we need to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29th, 2019 and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country. While offering this advice, I speak as a stakeholder, former president, concerned Nigerian and a patriot who desires to see new paradigms in our shared commitment to get this country running. 4. Ango Abdullahi Abdullahi, the spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has described as corrupt act the recent endorsement of the president for a second term by the APC governors. On March 24, he led a coalition of northern groups to pass a vote of no confidence on President Buhari and other northern politicians, saying they have failed the region. 5. Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie In January, the archbishop emeritus of the Catholic archdiocese of Lagos, advised Buhari to respect himself and retire quietly. The fiery cleric who has rated the current administration low said it is an insult to Nigerians for the president to be talking about 2019 election. He advised Buhari to be thinking of finding solutions to the problems confronting Nigerians.He said:
  8. 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.”
  9. Former PSG and Super Eagles midfield maestro, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has warned Nigerian Football officials and fans against setting an unrealistic target for the team ahead of the World Cup. Nigeria will play Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D of the tournament in Russia. The former Bolton Wanderers playmaker warned that such target will put the team under pressure. Okocha spoke with SuperSport, saying, “It will be a huge achievement if you could get out of the group stage and after which anything can happen. “We should be careful not to set unrealistic targets for the team.” Okocha added that playing for Nigeria was the pinnacle of his career. “It doesn’t get any better to play for Nigeria. It was not for the money, but the pride to represent 160 million people is priceless. It was the pinnacle of my career. “Football is not just a sport in Nigeria, it’s not just part of the religion or the culture, it is life. “It is a great opportunity to eradicate poverty with football. “With football, we have a voice,” he said.
  10. Some ex-students at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, have criticised the institution for shaving the alleged busy hair of its male students. Some alumni, as well as some Nigerians, took to the social media to call out the school following a viral video that captured students seated in a hall as a man used a hair clipper to pluck hair off the middle of their heads under the supervision of some staff members. The school was also criticised for allegedly using a single unsterilised hair clipper on all the students on the grounds that they might contract diseases in the process. An alumnus, Okoli Offorbuike, said the action was disdainful and undermined the cliché “Kings and Queens” used for students at the university. In one of his posts on Facebook on the matter, Offorbuike posted the pictures of the General Overseers of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, and the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, where the former wore Afro and the other kept hair. He called on the university alumni to facilitate the inclusion of a law in the students’ handbook that would accord the students honour, dignity and respect. He wrote, “After seeing this act carried out at my Alma Mater, I began to ask myself that maybe calling students kings and queens in Covenant University is just a mere cliché. The Bible says faith without work is dead. I will say Covenant University, without respect for the dignity of students, is no different from other universities. “Where did the student affairs get the idea of shaving students’ hair off? This is one (Adeboye) of the leading fathers of faith in Africa, yet he keeps his hair…he is a king and heavily anointed and everyone agrees to that. “This is one of Bishop Oyedepo’s full-fledged mentors, T.L. Osborn, on full-fledged Afro. He was still a king and a great preacher. Could we call him unkempt? How less bushy is Bishop Oyedepo’s hair in these pictures and was he less a king? If none could shave off his hair disgracefully, then why should it be done to students in his school? This is an injustice.” One Matthias Hungbo, who also claimed to be an alumnus, said there was nothing wrong with the students’ hair. He said the shaving was in reaction to some students’ failure to take their Bibles for a service held the previous day. “It’s appalling that people say keep to the rules and regulations, but in all honesty, there’s no rule as to what height of hair should be kept. It just says keep a low cut and the boys always keep their hair well. The management is just passing on its anger as a result of the embarrassment it faced in FT the previous day since some students didn’t bring Bibles. It is sad and even more sad because I feel nothing will be done about it,” he wrote on his Facebook wall. A woman, who claimed to have studied Mass Communication at the school, Chimdimma Christiana, said some of its rules and regulations did not justify the vision of the school. Another ex-student, Daniel Uzor, posted on Facebook that although he was proud of being a graduate of the university, he was disappointed at the shaving of the students’ hair. “I don’t see how keeping of hair affects religious values or academic performance. No one is saying you shouldn’t uphold your values, but please, at least, accord people respect and dignity,” he added. One Mo’Miss @Modupeee also tweeted that shaving people’s hair without their consent was an assault. A Facebook user, Chidiebere Elendu, said the university’s management should be cautioned by the relevant authorities, noting that the school did not factor in health implications of using an “unsterilised” clipper for all the affected students. He said, “What excuse will the school authorities give should these students contract some transmittable diseases from the barbing exercise? Sometimes, I can’t stop wondering if the same Christianity being practised today was the same as the one Christ and the apostles preached.” However, some people defended the school’s action, saying the students were to blame for not complying with the rules and regulations. One of them, Yaks, @Yaksnagu, said the students had no reason to complain as they were aware of the school’s rules. He said, “A person should not be heard complaining about an injury to him dealt by another person, where that person volunteered himself to the risk of harm and knew that the injury dealt was a likely consequence of their dealings.” One Kanye Waste,@iKantWaste, in his tweet, also defended the school, saying its action had nothing to do with Christianity. “Those are their rules and regulations, and it is not by force to attend the institution,” he added. Efforts to get the reaction of the school proved abortive as an official, Emmanuel Igban, who used to speak for the institution, said he was not in the position to comment on it.
  11. 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.
  12. ‘BUHARI IS A FAILURE, DON’T VOTE HIM IN 2019’ OBASANJO TELLS NIGERIANS Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has once again berated the Buhari-led administration, warning Nigerians ‘not to reinforce failure by re-electing ineffective and incompetent government come 2019.’ The former president who sent an explosive letter to President Buhari in January advising him not to run for a second term in office, blasted the government again when he spoke while receiving the Chima Anyaso led New Nigeria group at the Olusegun Obasanjo presidential library in Abeokuta, Ogun state yesterday Monday, April 2nd. Speaking, the former president said ”Never you reinforce failure. Let failure be a failure. And if you do not see what you should see, you will then be a victim of what you don’t like because it’s only when you see what you should see and you do what you should do that you put away what you do not like. Those of you who are into business know that by now you could have been better if we have an effective government. The truth is this – when you have an ineffective and incompetent government, we are all victims and don’t let anybody deceive you.” he said The former president added that it was uncharitable for the present government to keep speaking about challenges three years into their four-year term. He also advised Nigerians to ignore the apology and reform claims made by the opposition party, PDP. ”Stop giving excuses; we met challenges. If there were no challenges, then we wouldn’t need you to come. You came in because you know there were challenges… stop giving us excuse that you have many challenges, that is why you haven’t achieved results. I have publicly said and I mean it, that as a party, neither PDP nor APC can get us there as they have been. Never mind about reforms and apology and all that.”.
  13. NIMC IMPLORES ‘ELIGIBLE’ NIGERIANS TO COME FOR THEIR NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD TODAY THE NATIONAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT COMMISSION (NIMC) ON MONDAY DEBUNKED REPORTS THAT IT HAS SUSPENDED THE ISSUANCE OF THE NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION CARDS. In a statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communications Unit, NIMC, Loveday Ogbonna, the Commission described the report as false and misleading, insisting that it had never suspended the issuance of cards to successful enrollees at any time. ‘‘NIMC reads with deep surprise and disappointment the report published in the Sunday, April 1, 2018 edition of Leadership newspaper, titled “”28.5m Nigerians Agonise Over Suspension Of Nat’l ID Card Issuance. ‘‘We wish to inform the general public that the report, especially the headline, is false and misleading as the Commission has not suspended the issuance of Cards to successful enrolees at any time. The statement by the spokesperson of the commission said all individuals who completed their enrolment procedures must have received an SMS inviting them to proceed to the NIMC Office they enrolled to pick up their cards from Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The commission also urged persons who have not received an SMS to check the status of their cards on the NIMC website via www.nimc.gov.ng. Besides, Nigerians and legal residents who relocated from where they enrolled were advised to visit any NIMC office closest to them to request, fill and submit a card transfer form to the state coordinator for processing. Regardless, the spokesperson reminded Nigerians and legal residents that the National Identification Number (NIN) was not only the unique identifier, but also the most important token issued by the commission and not the physical electronic-ID card. Ogbonna said, “NIN, which is fast gaining acceptance by Nigerians, is a set of 11 non-intelligent numbers randomly assigned to an individual at the completion of enrolment into the National Identity Database. “NIN is used to tie all records about an individual in the database and is verifiable via the NIMC Verification Service portal, which is made available to institutions and organisations upon request.” She quoted Section 27 (1) and (2) of the NIMC Act, 2007, which listed a number of transactions such as the application for and issuance of a passport; opening of individual and/or group bank accounts; all consumer credits; purchase of insurance policies that could be done with NIM. Others are the purchase, transfer, and registration of land by any individual; National Health Insurance Scheme, and such transactions that had social security implications, registration of voters, payment of taxes and pensions. “Thus, all NIMC stakeholders, including the media and the general public are enjoined to stop peddling half-truths, or outright falsehood, but rather work with the commission to ensure the success of the National Identity Management System for national growth and development,” Ogbonna added.
  14. Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, has asked those complaining of hunger to “go and work”. In an interview with Ben TV, Shehu said the current administration has invested in people and also infrastructure. “Everyone complaining of hunger should go and work. And you know that this is the only government that has introduced social investment schemes, we pay out now for the poorest of the poor, the least they will get is N5, 000 and a lot of these jobs that are been created are from loans with little or no interest from the central bank, Bank of industry, Banks of Agriculture, Development Bank and the rest,” he said. “So, there is a lot going for people who really want to go out there to work especially in agriculture,” Shehu said since President Muhammadu Buhari took office in 2015, he has devoted not less than 30% of the country’s annual appropriation to infrastructure. The spokesman said the foundation for the country’s growth cannot be laid without proper infrastructure in place. “The records are there for everyone to see that no government, no past administration in Nigeria has invested as much as we have done or let me say like we are currently doing in infrastructure development,” he said. “From day one when he took power, the president gave a target of not less than 30% of annual appropriation devoted to infrastructure development. Without infrastructure, we can not lay the foundation for growth. When this administration came to power, between 95 and 96% of public expenditure was going into overhead cost leaving only about 5 or 6% for infrastructure. The allocation of 30% under this administration has led to tremendous improvement in the provision of infrastructure so far in the country. Now there is a lot of work going on, building new rail lines and the rehabilitation of the old rail system networks, roads are been done all across the country, you only need to drive around to see for yourself.” Thecable
  15. Some viewers of Big Brother Naija 2018 have called for housemate Cee-c to be punished for destroying her Saturday party outfit. This is coming after Cee-c, who expressed disgust at the ‘Efik inspired’ traditional outfit she received from one of the sponsors, Payporte, damaged it by using scissors to cut it short. GLTrends recalls that the sponsor, which felt disrespected, expressed disappointment at Cee-c’s action. But while explaining why she tore the outfit, Cee-c told Khloe that she is Igbo not Akwa Ibom. Her explanation has angered viewers who felt she has no respect for other people’s culture, while some lauded her actions and described the dress as unbefitting for her personality and a party. Below are some comments harvested from Twitter: @Carr_gr tweeted: “There’s a difference between ALTERATION and TRUNCATING. Doing alteration for the dress to fit is cool but freaking truncating it is downright disrespectful and changing it all together in a situation where the dress is representing something, culture.” @Petradokantanga wrote: “This is how ungrateful Cee-C can be. She can’t even get to model the dress for tonight before cutting the dress.” @Ezeportable tweeted: “If you are not from Cross River or Akwaibom, you will not understand the beauty of the onyo nyo dress.” @deechy1 wrote: “She was meant to represent a Calabar culture. It’s a shame .” Elijah_greener : the purpose of the dress is to showcase our culture and this selfish cee-c destroyed it, somebody’s creation. It better she didn't wear it than destroying it. Later biggie will be dashing out unnecessary strike and warning people up and down. @ntosiba tweeted: “Don’t like the dress, it’s big, how can u party in that dress serious who chose this for her though.” @HusseinaMommah3 wrote: “Thank you Cee-C you did well by cutting the gown jare.” @Jefe_says: Cee-c’s stupid excuse in defense of cutting her traditional dress is “I’m Igbo” That’s even an insult to Igbos’…we appreciate cultures and we don’t segregate based on tribe or religion/ @b_creamgirl: Payporte gave Ceec a dress and she called it nonsense then used a scissor to cut the dress… That serves the organizers of #BBNaija and Payporte right. Next time you will do a mental check during auditioning. (@Cuttieice: Payporte is an official sponsor of the program. As a brand, they showcase their products via the Saturday party. It is a total disrespect for a housemate to not only speak ill of the brand but also destroy it’s product. We await Biggie’s verdict. @AfroVII: @PayPorte It’s unreasonable for you to expect the housemates to not make honest comments on the outfits. The dress given to Cee C is particularly poorly executed. The feedback should help the company improve its stock.
  16. Saturday night on the Big Brother Naija’s show is meant for partying while Sunday night is known to be eviction night. But the show took a different turn on Saturday, March 31, as one of the housemates was evicted. During the cultural party that had a live band entertaining the housemates, the first surprise they got was Ebuka joining them for the party. After the party, the BBNaija host followed them to their apartment where Bam Bam’s eviction was announced to the shock of both the housemates and viewers. Some fans and viewers of the show are attributing the eviction to two things. First, they think it is a stunt to celebrate the April fool’s day which falls on April 1. Secondly, they are likening it to Judas Iscariot betrayal of Jesus Christ in the mood of the Easter celebration. Read some of the reactions on Twitter below:
  17. ‘YOU ARE ALL MAD’ – PRESIDENTIAL AIDE BLASTS NIGERIANS SLANDERING NAOMI CAMPBELL PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI’S SPECIAL ASSISTANT ON DIGITAL/NEW MEDIA, TOLU OGUNLESI TOOK SOME TIME OUT TO BLAST NIGERIANS WHO CHASTISED PRESIDENT BUHARI FOR WELCOMING NAOMI CAMPBELL TO THE COUNTRY. He took to his Twitter page and wrote: Naomi Campbell met Nelson Mandela more than once. He hugged her, called her his “honorary granddaughter”. She visits Nigeria for a fashion festival and meets President @MBuhari, and some of you animals are slandering her. YOU’RE RAVING MAD WITH NOBODY TO TELL YOU.
  18. 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
  19. Nigerians have criticized president Muhammadu Buhari for his ‘uncaring” attitude towards the country and the citizens. Just yesterday, France President, Emmanuel Macron was at the burial rites of a police officer that died during a terrorist attack. Meanwhile, in Nigeria, President Muhammdu Buhari was in Lagos to commission the Ikeja Bus Terminal and also attended a birthday party of the All Progressives Congress national leader, Bola Tinubu while 11 of Nigerian soldiers killed during an attack in Kaduna were being buried. The soldiers were killed at their post by the armed persons in Brinin Gwari Local Government Area, allegedly as a reprisal for the killing of some of the gunmen in a previous effort by the army. Two days ago, France honored its heroic gendarme Arnaud Beltrame, who died saving hostages’ lives at a supermarket siege last week, with all the respect, gratitude and emotion the grieving country could muster. In a state ceremony that conveyed France’s pride and profound sadness, President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute on Wednesday to the officer who he said had the “gratitude, admiration and affection of the whole country”. This has earned president Buhari much criticisms from disappointed Nigerians. See below;
  20. 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.
  21. Leading Global Reputation-Management Consulting Company, Reputation Poll has released its inaugural list of 100 Most Reputable Africans and Nigeria has the largest number of reputable persons in the list. Nigeria leads the list with 21 individuals while South Africa, Kenya, and Ghana, follow respectively. The Nigerians on the list include: Prof Yemi Osibanjo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Fela Durotoye, Ngozi Okojo-Iweala, Obiageli Ezekwesili, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Amina J Mohammed, Chris Oyakhilome, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Tony Elumelu, Akinwumi Adesina, Chris Imafidon, David Oyedepo, John Momoh (founder Channels TV), Paul Enenche, Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, Mosun Bello-Olusoga. The list features individuals from diverse sectors including: Leadership, Entertainment, Advocacy, Education and Business. It has representation from 33 African Countries with 55 males and 45 females. See the full list below.
  22. In what looks like a rage caused by a traffic incident, two Nigerian men resident in India were attacked, beaten and ridiculed by an Indian mob. This is not the first recorded case of racism against Nigerians and Africans in the country as some Nigerian students were recently attacked in the country. Watch Video Below…
  23. Two Nigerian nationals have been arrested by the crime branch of Goa police for alleged illegal possession of narcotic substances worth Rs 35,000. . Police caught Victor Izuchukwu and Ajah John Ejke with 3.67g of cocaine and 50g of cannabis while trying to deliver them to a prospective customer
  24. Following the drama that Big Brother Naija brought to us this evening - the first set of housemates to be evicted from the show and the disqualification of other housemates - here's how Nigerians voted for their favorite housemates. https://imgur.com/6pr4ADB Inset: KBrule and Khloe Disqualified from the Big Brother Naija Show. Moments ago it was announced that the PRITTO and VANDEE pairs were the first set of housemates who'd be leaving the Big Brother Naija; Double Wahala house, but technically, it was the K-Brule, Khloe and K-Brule pair who got to leave the big brother house first. Inset: Vandora and Dee-One Evicted. This was because the pair got disqualified by biggie after hitting three strikes during the course of the game... hearts were broken, tears flowed after it was announced that she, who was the head of house and her partner should leave the big brother house. That being said, here's how Nigerians voted for their favorite housemates after they announced that they were up for possible eviction... Quite the drama for one night y'all... we certainly can't handle the heat! Inset: Princess and Bitto Evicted from the Big Brother Naija Show 2018.
  25. Veteran Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde has asked Nigerian to stop buying data to cyber Bully Celebrities . During her trip to Badagry in celebration of her 40th birthday, Omotola addressed the issue of youth buying data just to insult celebrities(when they can do other things with their lives. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde marked her 40th birthday in grand style with a five-day party that had in attendance the likes of Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote, Gabriel Igbinedion, Shina Peters and others. See Video Below ; Download Video Omotola's 40th birthday celebration tagged #Omotola4point0 kicked off her with a party for widows and orphans in Lagos last Wednesday. The beautiful Mother-of-4 told PREMIUM TIMES:

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