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“If the federal government is interested in fairness and unity, it must do the needful or this would set the ball rolling for an eventual breakup. ” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu Arising from its meeting in Asaba the capital of Delta state, the seventeen governors of southern Nigeria present, except the Imo State governor (represented as deputy) made bold statements that the unity of Nigeria is conditional. “Southern Nigeria remains committed to the unity of Nigeria based...

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LAGOS — Some Financial Economists have expressed great concerns about the minor influence that the Nigeria-China currency swap had on the country’s economy, three years after. The experts told newsmen in Lagos on Friday that the volume of currency import so far traded, had not been significant, though a few swaps took place. The pact which marked three years of implementation in April was signed on April 27, 2018, to ease demand pressure on the...

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ABUJA — In a major step toward addressing the heightened insecurity across the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to put every available resource to use in the fight against insecurity in Nigeria. In a statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the president linked the activities of the bandits to food security. He affirmed that the violent attacks will be addressed to ensure the nation’s food security is not threatened. “Mr. Buhari has been criticized...

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With the federal government struggling to wave down the growing security challenges in Nigeria, President Muhammed Buhari has urged citizens to show some sense of understanding of the situation. The President, highlighting the “long” military process involved in controlling the challenge, asked Nigerians to make an attempt towards understanding the military. “The elite should make the attempt to understand the military. If we order weapons and armored vehicles, it takes time for the manufacturers. It...

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The Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu is certain that the presidency will address the last Tuesday resolution of the southern leader’s meeting. The 17-member forum had called for the creation of state police and national restructuring to control the country’s security challenges. Akeredolu who also doubles as the Governor of Ondo state during an interview with Arise TV said: “Getting a presidential buy-in might be some cause for concern, but 17 governors...

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ABUJA — The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army Senator Ali Ndume has urged the Buhari-led administration to stop salaries of politicians and use the money to fight insecurity in the country. Ndume, who spoke with Journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, said the President should make the issue of security a priority and source funds for security the same way it did to fund infrastructure and other developmental projects in Nigeria. “They should stop paying salaries...

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“No amount of Plan B will ensure the safety of two-thirds and half of Nigeria’s population. ” ―Ebuka Onyekwelu Earlier this week, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, the senior pastor of House on the Rock Church while preaching to his congregation, advised them to get a “Plan B”, because, given the rate at which Nigeria is descending into chaos and disorder, it is necessary for the face of the reality before us, for everyone to have another...

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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, on Tuesday concluded the first public performance of the Ugie-Ododuwa ceremony at the sacred Ugha-Ehengbuda axis of the palace ground in Benin. The climax of the “outdoor spiritual ceremony” was when the Oba joined seven masqueraders in their stylish dance steps, as the Ogbelaka Royal drummers rendered spiritual incantations.   The outdoor ceremony which attracted many, especially the youth, started on May 4. The Oba’s acting Chief Press...

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The devolution of power to sub-national governments and a review of the constitution are measures that can address Nigeria’s growing insecurity as proposed by Bayelsa senator, Seriake Dickson. According to Dickson, some cases of imbalance and distortion in the country exist only as a result of a constitutional crisis. The Bayelsa west senator who featured in Africa Independent Television (AIT) on Monday said President Muhammadu Buhari is holding powers that should be decentralized. “Now, we...

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The Southern Governors Forum on Tuesday recommend restructuring of the Nigeria Federation for the progress of the nation, national dialogue and review of appointments into Federal Government Agencies. These resolutions were reached at the Southern Governors of Nigeria meeting held at Asaba, Delta State. A communiqué signed by the 17 Governors reads, “The progress of the nation requires that urgent and bold steps be taken to restructure the Nigerian Federation leading to the evolution of...

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