More knocks for Kogi traditional rulers’ visit to Buhari

Controversy has continued to trail the recent visit of Kogi State’s first class chiefs to Aso Rock Villa to seek President Muhammadu Buhari’s support for the second term ambition of Governor Yahaya Bello. The royal fathers were led on the visit by His Royal Majesty, Chief Michael Ameh Oboni II, Attah Igala who is president, Kogi State Council of Chiefs. The royal fathers were allegedly intimidated, threatened and induced with large sums of money to embark on a visit many view as ill-timed. The traditional rulers who allegedly collected huge sums of money had not been paid for many months like other civil servants in the state. ...

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‘North holds the key to Igbo presidency in 2023’

Immediate past Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nworgu, in this interview with Southeast Bureau Chief, LAWRENCE NJOKU, examines the relationship between President Muhammadu Buhari and Southeast among other national issues. How would you describe President Buhari’s stance towards Southeast in the past four years in relation to your earlier position that his presidency won’t serve the interest of Ndigbo? Four years ago, I was Secretary-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and I recall making public statements on how best it suited the Igbo and I did not factor President Buhari into it. I had followed President Buhari when he was head of state in 1983 through 1985, when he took power from the civil administration. He accused them of corruption, reined in most politicians of that era, 1979 to 1983, into prison. ...

Nigeria’s democracy is in grave danger, says Junaid Muhammed

In this telephone interview with John Akubo, Second Republic lawmaker and fierce critic of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, Junaid Muhammed, has warned Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, to tread carefully over Senate committee leadership if not his honeymoon may be shorter than that of his predecessor, Senator Bukola Saraki. He also spoke on the state of security and that Nigeria’s democracy is on the verge of failure and advised President Buhari to sack the service chiefs. ...

Gov Sule and challenges of righting Nasarawa’s mounting wrongs

•Shadows of post-Al-Makura burdens By 1996 when Nasarawa State, which was formerly known as lower Plateau, was created by the then military administration of General Sani Abacha, most citizens saw it as a dream come true. One outstanding feature of the new state then was that the founding fathers and the people did not believe that religious or ethnic affiliation would stand in their way, thereby disposing them as one big family. ...

Supreme Court adjourns until August 20 for PDP, Atiku’s application

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing until Aug. 20, in an application filed by the PDP and its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenging the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal’s rejection of their request to access the INEC “central server”. NAN reports that the PDP and Atiku alleged that the ”server”, housed the results of the poll electronically transmitted by the Independent National Electoral Commission during the exercise. ...

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