I won’t consider amnesty for bandits, kidnappers – Buhari

February 25, 2021 Editorial II 0

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday ruled out the possibility of the Federal Government’s readiness to grant amnesty to armed criminals terrorising the country, saying his government will continue to deal decisively with bandits, kidnappers and insurgents. The President who stated this while declaring open the a joint security meeting of Northern State Governors’ Forum, Northern Traditional Rulers Council and delegation Read More

Yet again, our politicians show their colour.

February 24, 2021 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Sometime ago, in a piece titled, ‘’Here they go again, our politicians’’, I wrote inter alia, “Why is it that whenever an election date is drawing near, we see our politicians exhibiting their shenanigans, intrigues, vile characteristics to undo one another, even for those of them in the same ‘family’, nay party?”. As it is, this trait of our politicians Read More

Otò ge: Why Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq enjoys massive support in Kwara

February 24, 2021 Anjolaoluwa Folajimi 0

For several years, late Chief Olusola Saraki, Waziri Ilorin reigned supreme in the Kwara State politics. From the second republic down to the present democratic dispensation, his name made or marred the political fortune of many aspirants in the State. His political clout transcend over three decades. The political legacy “Oloye” remained unrivalled until 2019 when the “Oto ge” Tsunami Read More

Governance roles for monarchs as panacea for insecurity

February 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

The recent call by the Northern governors for formal governance roles for traditional rulers, while urging for government’s control and censorship of social media to address insecurity and forestall recurrence of recent breakdown of law and order is quite germane. This is more so considering the fact that traditional rulers are the custodians of cultural heritage which is critical to Read More

Membership registration/revalidation: Lagos APC stakeholders lauded for adequate mobilisation, logistics

February 13, 2021 Chamba Simeh 0

The Lagos state All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders have been commended for adequate mobilisation, sensitisation and logistics made available for the ongoing party membership registration/revalidation exercise in the state. A chieftain of the party and Secretary of registration/revalidation delegation to Lagos state, Chief Anthony Ogah, made this commendation in a chat with newsmen on Friday.  According to Chief Ogah, “The Read More

Group defends Buhari’s Chief of Staff, faults ‘concocted’ online report

February 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Nigeria Integrity Group (NIG) has defended President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari over a ‘concorted’ online media report described as “rascally lies and fictional tales” engineered by Peoples Gazette newspaper and Prof Farooq Kperogi. The group which described Kperogi as a “serial regime hater” pointed out that, ‘the Peoples Gazette, the mendacious rag founded by surrogates Read More

Breaking: In Borno, Zulum sacks health commissioner

February 2, 2021 Sadiq Abubakar, Maiduguri 0

Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has sacked the state’s commissioner of health, Dr Salihu Kwayabura. The governor’s Special Adviser on Public Relations and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau, who announced this on Tuesday in Maiduguri, noted that Zulum’s directive was part of necessary measures to reposition the ministry.  Gusau said in a statement that Zulum expressed gratitude to Dr Read More

Kwara APC: Kinsmen dump Lai Mohammed, back Gov AbdulRasazaq, Samari

January 28, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara state, where Minister of Information and Culture hails from have thrown their support behind  the state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and the new state Caretaker Committee Chairman, Mallam Abdullahi Samari.  The removal of Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa as state chairman has been generating crisis within the party in Kwara state, Read More

Dignitaries converge to honour late Abba Kyari at book launch

December 17, 2020 Editor 0

Dignitaries from all works of life converged on Abuja Thursday to extol the virtues of the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari,months after his demise. The governor of Borno state, Professor Babagana Zulum,  said the late Abba Kyari was not controversial as perceived.  This is just as the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd) Read More

Breaking: Northern govs, Sultan meet Senate President, SGF, CoS, IGP over insecurity… see pictures

November 2, 2020 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, Northern Governors, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Ibrahim Gambari, and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, are in crucial meeting over insecurity in the North and in Nigeria.  The meeting, which kicked off at the Council Chambers of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House Kaduna 12pm Read More

Influential Cardinal resigns from Vatican

September 24, 2020 AFP 0

One of the most influential Vatican cardinals, Angelo Becciu, from Italy, resigned his position unexpectedly on Thursday, the Holy See announced without explanation. “The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and from the rights connected to the Cardinalate, presented by His Eminence Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu,” a one-line Read More

Zulum appoints Marte new CoS

August 13, 2020 Sadiq Abubakar 0

Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has approved the appointment of Professor Isa Hussaini Marte as his new Chief of Staff. The appointment was announced Wednesday evening by the governor‘s spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau. He is a serving Commissioner for Higher Education since August, 2019. He is to replace Dr. Babagana Wakil, who passed on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Read More

Reps to report CBN, NNPC to Buhari over refusal to honour summons

August 6, 2020 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives is set to report some key federal government’s owned agencies to President Muhammad Buhari over their refusal to appear before its Committee on Public Accounts to answer queries on alleged financial irregularities, or clarify certain records indicting them by other agencies. Such agencies or their helmsmen as made available by the committee include Governor of the Read More

Happening now: Buhari presides over virtual FEC meeting

June 10, 2020 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over a virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Those in attendance are the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; the National Security Adviser (NSA), General Mohammed Babagana Monguno (Rtd.); and the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Read More

Oil firms deliberately destroying Niger Delta environment – Bayelsa gov

June 6, 2020 Joy Emmanuel 0

Bayelsa state Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has lamented what he described as the deliberate despoliation of the Niger Delta environment by oil companies operating in the region. Governor Diri who expressed displeasure over the decade-long environmental injustice in the region, said the situation was worsened by the unfair derivation sharing formula of the federal government to the oil producing states, Read More


June 2, 2020 Editor 0

The Leadership and Members of the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA) heartily congratulate our distinguished and resourceful professional colleague, Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR, on a well-deserved appointment as the Chief of Staff to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Members of the NPSA are pleased with this critical appointment and hereby congratulate the Federal Government for this Read More

Abba Kyari: My editor at The Democrat

June 1, 2020 Haliru Sarki Kende 0

The demise of the erstwhile Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari Mallam Abba Kyari is like a stone dropped into a pool of water that would keep some ever widening ripples. The encomiums and accolades showered as tributes on this erudite writer would possibly stand as reference for several decades.           I dashed into the newsroom to submit my Read More