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Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has said serving as the country’s finance minister came with “series of problems.” According to her, her life was threatened for saving Nigeria huge sums of money from oil subsidy scam. Okonjo-Iweala made this revelation during an interview organised by Atlantic Council, a United States think-tank on international affairs, on Tuesday. “And just by having an integrated financial management system, we were able to cut...

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LAGOS — Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural organisation has called for an urgent restructuring of the federation in order to ensure the practice of “true federal”. According to the group, recent events in the country have necessitated that the restructuring is done within months. A statement by the spokesperson, Jare Akayi said the group reached the resolution after considering the signs and developments. “The Nigerian nation is at the brink of an avoidable catastrophe that requires...

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The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu, has condemned the re-arrest of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the attack on the residence of the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho. The former Presidential Aspirant said this in a statement on Monday, noting that Nigeria can remain united on the basis of equity and justice, calling on the administration of...

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KANO — The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has blamed the lack of understanding among Nigerians, as the major challenge facing the country, saying that for Nigeria to achieve peace, “citizens must understand one another”. The Sultan, who stated this at the inauguration of the Inter-Tribal Traditional Leaders Association of Nigeria, in Kano, on Friday, described the formation of the association as timely, in view of the country’s security challenges. The News Agency...

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ABUJA — The UN Deputy Secretary-General Mrs. Amina Mohammed has urged youths to always be patriotic to promote lasting peace and development. Mohammed, who is also the Chairperson of the UN Sustainable Development Group, gave the advice in a lecture titled: “The use of ceasefire agreements in avoiding escalation of armed conflicts” organised by the Law Faculty of Baze University in Abuja. “Young people must always speak positively about their country, irrespective of whatever circumstances...

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Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has called on the rest of Nigeria to learn something about the management of ethnic and religious diversity from the South-West. The former President attributed the current problems of Nigeria to its failure to properly manage its diversity in a way that gives minorities a sense of belonging. Jonathan said this in an address at the 13th Joe-Kyari Gadzama Public Lecture with the theme, ‘Redefining Democracy: Yearnings of the Minority in...

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ABUJA — The Chairman of the Governing Board of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEB), Professor Usman Adamu Kyuka, has assured Nigerians that the majority of the 20 multi-million naira model schools across some states of the federation being built with state-of-the-art facilities, would be ready for use before the end of this year. Kyuka spoke when he and the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi commenced the inspection of the model schools built by...

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ABEOKUTA — Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday said Nigerians would fare better staying together than break up. Obasanjo stated this in Abeokuta at his investiture as a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyor (NIS) organized by the Ogun chapter of the Body of Fellows of the NIS. The elder statesman called on agitators for the disintegration of the country to shelve the idea and work for the oneness of the country. According to...

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ABUJA — The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a draft of the 2021 Supplementary Budget of N895,842,462,917 for Defense equipment, COVID-19 vaccines, and other exegeses. This was disclosed to the State House Correspondents by the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, after the meeting on Wednesday. According to the Minister, the largest chunk of the budget, which was a total of N770.60 billion, was planned...

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By Michelle Garvin, Guest Columnist and Blogger   On May 31st, the people of Somaliland went to the polls to participate in long-delayed parliamentary and municipal elections. The largely autonomous region in the north of Somalia, which had a different colonial history from the rest of the country and declared its independence in 1991, is building an impressive history of credible elections and peaceful transfers of power. While Somalilanders were peacefully making their will clear at the...

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