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Are we better off together?

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, this week, held series of close-door meetings all with the hope of preserving the unity of the country which in the recent time has been severely and dangerously threatened by mainly unpatriotic, ...

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On Dasuki, El-Zakzaky’s detention

Abdullahi M. Gulloma Until this week, many issues were raised and palpable explanations made by laymen and notable human rights lawyers and activists for and against the continued detention of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, ...

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Much ado about the President’s health

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The Presidency has denied rumours that made round recently that President Muhammadu Buhari had passed on in London. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, said in a series of ...

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The essence of social investment programme

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The Nigerian government said that it has spent N41, 714,793,293 billion across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on implementation of its four Social Investment Programmes (SIPs). The Senior Special Assistant to the President ...

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Before crackdown on armed herdsmen, others

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The National Security Adviser (NSA), Mr. Babagana Monguno, said that the federal government will mobilise the security agencies to commence nationwide crackdown on all criminal elements across the country. Monguno revealed so this week in Abuja while ...

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For integrity of ecological funds

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The National Economic Council (NEC), this week, established a committee to audit Ecologic Funds and approved the decentralisation of the natural and ecological funds between the states and local governments, Governor Willy Obiano of Anambra state, has ...

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Is Buhari harassing Jonathan’s family?

Abdullahi M. Gulloma For a long time, many have believed that former President Goodluck Jonathan acted in the right manner expected of a reasonable and responsible ex-leader by choosing to remain silent even in the face of financial corruption allegations ...

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For the love of women

Abdullahi M. Gulloma This week, the Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, advocated for more investment in out-of-school teenage girls, saying that substantial number of the girls have either not completed their education or have never attended school. ...

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In support of viable MSMEs

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The Vice President Yemi Osinabjo, this week, launched a refocused National Council on Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) at the State House in Abuja. Osinbajo, who is also the chairman of the council, reduced the council’s ...

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Who’s next after Babachir, NIA boss?

Abdullahi M. Gulloma Though it can be said to have come late, still, it came. The suspensions are well deserved and the action commendable.  For too long, President Muhammadu Buhari was criticised for keeping the Secretary to the Government of ...

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On impending social crisis after Boko Haram

Abdullahi M. Gulloma President Muhammadu Buhari warns that Nigeria may face another social crisis if the two million people, mostly women and children, displaced by Boko Haram insurgency are not catered for. The President expressed his worry, recently, during a ...

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DBN must be people-friendly

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a $1.3bn loan for the take-off of the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said yesterday. Addressing State House correspondents at the end of ...

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Like Shekau, like others

Abdullahi M. Gulloma Contrary to claims by the military that the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shakau, was killed during operations in north eastern part of the country, Minister of Defence, retired Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali, said Shekau is still ...

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Will government end recession in December?

Abdullahi M. Gulloma Delay in the passage of the 2017 Appropriation Bill by the National Assembly would stall the implementation of the newly introducd Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP), the federal government said yesterday. Speaking to State House correspondents at ...

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NAFDAC, SON can be catalysts for devt

Abdullahi M. Gulloma At a meeting with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state and medium and small scale business operators in Abuja, Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo directed the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and ...

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Like albinos, like marginalised youth

Abdullahi M. Gulloma Recently, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, reiterated the commitment of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in sustaining the free treatment of skin cancer for people living with albinism. Mrs. Oyo-Ita ...

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Welcome on-board President Mohammed Farmajo

Abdullahi M. Gulloma Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has congratulated Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in ...

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Much ado about road construction

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N126 billion for construction of 12 roads in Enugu, Bauchi, Borno, Adamawa, Kwara, Gombe, Yola and Kaduna states. The meeting of the council, which lasted for over seven hours, was ...

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Much ado about road construction

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N126 billion for construction of 12 roads in Enugu, Bauchi, Borno, Adamawa, Kwara, Gombe, Yola and Kaduna states. The meeting of the council, which lasted for over seven hours, was ...

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Welcome onboard President Mohammed Farmajo

Welcome onboard President Mohammed Farmajo

Abdullahi M. Gulloma Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has congratulated Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in ...

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Still on Buhari’s health

Abdullahi M. Gulloma Acting President Yemi Osinbajo said, Tuesday, that he had a conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday and that the President was hale and hearty. Speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja, Osinbajo said his discussion with ...

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Osinbajo and the police

Abdullahi M. Gulloma Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has commended the Nigeria Police Force for the professional handling of the protests against the federal government in Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country. In a statement issued, yesterday, in Abuja, ...

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In honour of the fallen heroes

Abdullahi M. Gulloma On Sunday, January 15, 2017, President Muhammadu Buhari led senior government functionaries to perform the annual ritual of laying wreaths in honour of soldiers who died in active service. The ceremony, held at the National Arcade, was ...

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New Year: Buhari walk your talk

Abdullahi M. Gulloma In keeping with a tradition, President Muhammadu Buhari has delivered his New Year message to Nigerians with a special plea to them to be law abiding, patient and remain united. Reminding the people of an African proverb, ...

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So long, Garba Shehu

Abdullahi M. Gulloma Until the last minute change of plan recently, President Muhammadu Buhari was scheduled to attend the South-east Economic and Security Summit in Enugu. Apparently, and for obvious reasons, curious eyes of many Nigerians were set on seeing ...

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Whistle blowing as panacea to corruption

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The federal government has, this week, in its newly found zeal and determination to confront the menace of corruption, headlong, adopted a new and largely effective strategy to aid its effort. Referred to as whistle blowing, the ...

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Buhari, military and intellectual development

Abdullahi M. Gulloma President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the leadership of the Nigerian military for the intellectual transformation of the officer corps. The President spoke, recently, while decorating some newly promoted officers including the Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet ...

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Senate and PINE’s ‘grass cutters’

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The Senate, this week, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend and prosecute Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal. The Senate claimed that Lawal has breached the country’s law as it pertains to ...

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Tears for the Super Falcons

Abdullahi M. Gulloma This week, players of the country’s senior women’s national team, the Super Falcons, staged a protest at the entrance of State House and the gates of the National Assembly. Reason: To press home their demands for the ...

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Buhari, UN and North-east crisis

Abdullahi M. Gulloma For President Muhammadu Buhari, the reports issued by international humanitarian agencies including the United Nations (UN) on the high level of deprivation in the north-eastern part of the country occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram were ...

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Affordable housing units for civil servants?

Abdullahi M. Gulloma With the federal government beginning the construction of 3,000 housing units in Life Camp, Abuja, about 8,000 civil servants have subscribed for the affordable housing scheme. The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, ...

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Rising GDP figures amidst biting recession

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The Presidency said, last week, that the quarterly GDP figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which reveal a consistent growth in agriculture and solid mineral sectors, indicated success of the present administration’s economic policies. ...

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At the 4th Africa-Afrab summit in Malabo

Abdullahi M. Gulloma President Muhammadu Buhari, last week, attended the 4th Africa-Arab Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Jointly organised by the African Union Commission and the League of Arab States, the summit focused on promoting development by strengthening trade, investments, ...

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FG and ASUU’s unending strikes

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The federal government, this week, said it cannot pay the sum N284 billion earned allowance demanded by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The position of the federal government was made known by the ...

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Nigeria risks famine next year?

Abdullahi M. Gulloma The Presidency has raised what many people have now described as an unnecessary alarm. However, if the alarm was unnecessary, the source through which the alarm was sounded made it even less serious. The federal government said ...

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Finding lasting peace in the Niger Delta…

Abdullahi M. Gulloma President Muhammadu Buhari, this week, met with leaders from the Niger Delta. The reasons for holding the meeting were clear to all – the federal government wants to end militancy, criminal activities in the region, increase oil ...

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