BLAST FROM THE PAST: Nobody cares, by Dele Giwa

This article, written by Dele Giwa — one of finest journalists that Nigeria has produced — was first published in the Newswatch edition of January 27, 1986. That was eight months to the death of the great writer. In the piece, he talked about the nature of Nigerian politics. 31...

Fayose to EFCC: I will not beg for bail… just give...

Ayodele Fayose, outgoing governor of Ekiti, says he has readied the bed and pillow clothes he will use at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).Speaking during a farewell dinner organised for him by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Fayose said he will not beg the...

Even a moron knows Buhari has failed, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has fired yet another shot at President Muhammadu Buhari, saying “the mediocre performance of Buhari cannot be described as by anybody as superlative even by morons”.Obasanjo said this while denying the reports that he has decided to endorse Buhari’s second term.The elder statesman said he...

When generosity becomes a liability for Atiku Abubakar

 BY BELLO BALA SHAGARIThere are some certain people in life who are inherently generous and charitable. Nothing pleases them than the act of “giving”. They are natural born givers! A famous artist once said, “Because you love something, you want to do it all the time, even if no...

Amina Mohammed: Okonjo-Iweala helped get Nigeria out of debt, but we...

Amina Mohammed, the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, two-time minister of finance, spent years to get Nigeria out of debt, but the country is now back to worrying levels of debt. Speaking at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UN Working Together Conversation monitored...

TRENDING: 22-year-old Nigerian ‘invents’ generator whose fuel is water – not...

If you have memories of the past few months when you spent N200 or N300 or even more on a litre of petrol, and you’re already worried about your survival should another spell of petrol scarcity resurface, well, it does seem half of your problems have been solved.The story has been...

Kano senator: Agents of darkness are after Ganduje

Barau Jibrin, sentor representing Kano north, says agents of darkness are out to tarnish the image of Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano.Jibrin said this in response to the comments on the video of Ganduje allegedly collecting bribe from some contractors.In the video which has been trending online since Saturday,...

It’s loans gotten Sharp-Sharp! No collaterals, get loans within hours from...

There will always be emergencies. These can happen through job loss, unexpected home repairs, car troubles, unplanned travel expenses, medical emergency, and so many others. We can always save to prepare for the events, but just as when unexpected, we might not be fully prepared to these emergencies.Credit Direct...

Agbakoba on 2019: Buhari is history… even his wife isn’t supporting...

Olisa Agbakoba, former national president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), says President Muhammadu Buhari is history.Speaking with Daily Independent, Agbakoba said under Buhari’s leadership, Nigeria is now “broken politically, strategically, morally, and completely bankrupt.”He said the president had lost the goodwill with which he rode to power in 2015.He added...

Nigeria is the best performing economy in Africa, says Keyamo

Festus Keyamo, director of media of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, says Nigeria is the best-performing economy in Africa.The senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) also said the federal government has re-introduced “oil (subsidy) premium” in the 2019 budget proposal.Speaking on Channels TV on Monday, Keyamo said the Nigerian National Petroleum...

Boko Haram executes another Red Cross worker, says Leah will live...

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram, has executed Hauwa Leman, an aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), TheCable has been informed.The terrorists also vowed to keep Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl, as “a slave for life”, TheCable exclusively...

‘I’m here’ — Fayose storms EFCC office with his bag of...

Ayodele Fayose, immediate past governor of Ekiti, has arrived at the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.Fayose had earlier notified the EFCC that he will make himself available immediately his tenure expires.He was on Tuesday accompanied to the anti-graft agency’s office by Nyesom Wike,...

Shittu sues APC over NYSC certificate

Adebayo Shittu, minister of communications, has taken the All Progressives Congress (APC) to court for disqualifying him as a governorship aspirant.The APC screened Shittu out of the race for not presenting a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme discharge certificate.According NAN, Shittu in the originating summons, argued that it...

‘We were never consulted’ — South-east leaders resolve to meet with...

South-east leaders and governors say they were “never consulted” over the selection of Peter Obi as running mate to Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate.Leaders of the region met on Saturday over the development, after saying they were sidelined from the decision-making prior to when Obi...

THE INSIDER: Ekweremadu backtracks, rallies support for Peter Obi

Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, is rallying south-east leaders to back the choice of Peter Obi as the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), TheCable understands.Both men were top favourites considered by Atiku Abubakar as running mate in the 2019 presidential election, with Obi getting the nod.However,...

Falana says travel ban will expose FG to ridicule, calls for...

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the travel ban placed on 50 high-profile Nigerians by President Muhammadu Buhari should be withdrawn “without any delay”.In a statement on Sunday, Falana said the directive which is backed by an executive order signed by the president is an “ingenious design to expose the...

‘A leader we can trust’ — supporters of Buhari hold rally...

Some supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari have described the president as “a leader we can trust”.At a rally in front of the Nigerian high commission in London, the UK-based Nigerians said Buhari is resetting the country on the part of growth and development.Speaking with Channels Television, Stephen Kifordu, a leader...

Lions Club: We’re targeting 50 million Nigerians for eye treatment

Ademola Adesuyi, vice governor of District 404 B2 Lions club, Nigeria, says the club is planning to treat 50 million visually impaired people in Nigeria between 2018 and 2019.Adesuyi said this while hosting Gudrun Yugvandottir, international president of the Lions club, in Abuja on Friday.“In Abuja, we are just...

Buhari bans 50 high profile Nigerians from leaving the country

President Muhammadu Buhari has banned 50 prominent Nigerians suspected of corruption from travelling abroad.Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said the development is part of steps being taken to enforce the executive order 6 recently signed by the president.He said the Nigerians affected by the executive order have been placed under...

South-west on standby as Igbo leaders protest Obi’s choice as Atiku’s...

The selection of Peter Obi as running mate to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been met with protest by south-east leaders.David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, says the leaders of the region were not consulted over the nomination of Obi.He said the development...

A lifeless evening with Buhari

Of all Nigeria’s presidents, Buhari is the one with a diminutive intellectual stature. His severe intellectual malnourishment is not even a subject of debate; most of his supporters admit that he is not smart. But they taper their admittance with a claim that he makes up for what he...

Lanre Issa-Onilu is new spokesman of APC

Lanre Issa-Onilu is the new national publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).Issa-Onilu’s appointment was ratified at the party’s national working committee (NWC) in Abuja on Friday.He ran for the position at the party’s elective convention that held in June but lost to Bolaji Abdullahi. Abdullahi later...

Atiku weeps as he collects PDP presidential nomination form

Supporters of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar purchased expression of interest and nomination forms of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for him in Abuja on Friday.The nation’s former number two citizen could not fight back tears as he collected the forms from Adekemi Adesanya, a member of the Atiku Support...

Afreximbank director: Why Nigeria should participate in intra-Africa trade fair

Kanayo Awani, managing director of Intra-African Trade Initiative at the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), says Nigeria stands a lot to gain by participating at a trade fair scheduled to take place in Egypt in December.Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Monday, Awani said the trade fair would be an...

Nigerian politics and the scourge of godfatherism: The unintended consequences

The journey to the political demise of the governor of Lagos state Akinwunmi Ambode has been titivating and salacious, bitter and sweet. The former because, if it’s a plot or storyline in a Nollywood movie, it would be a blockbuster. And the latter, because it’s a devastating real life event...

Births of 70 percent of under-5 Nigerian children ‘not duly registered’

Hapsatu Isiyaku, assistant director in charge of vital registration at the National Population Commission (NPC), says the births of 70 percent of under-5 children in Nigeria are not duly registered.Isiyaku said this at a media dialogue on birth registration in Lagos.The event was organised by the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of...

‘He shall come back in 2019’ — Christian clerics launch 40-day...

Some Christian clerics in Plateau state say they have on a 40-day prayer for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari.The group under the aegis of the National Inter-Faith and Religious Organisations for Peace (NIFROP) is also praying for peace and security of the country.In a statement on Wednesday, Sunday...

Ogoni cleanup: Government, HYPREP, MOSOP and the rest of us

BY ABRAHAM EKPERUSISince the emergence of civilian rule in 1999, every administration has been faced with  the burning issue of the Niger Delta struggle for resource control and the environmental degradation affecting the region. Most paramount was the case of the Ogoni people.Although, the government of Olusegun Obansanjo did initiate...

Ekweremadu as vice-president ‘will help’ Atiku achieve restructuring

Majeed Dahiru, a public analyst, says Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, will help Atiku Abubakar, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential flag bearer, achieve restructuring if elected.Dahiru said this on Friday while speaking on Political Platform, a RayPower radio programme, in Abuja.The analyst said Ekweremadu has a wealth of experience,...

NGO to groom women on how to win elections

Emerge Women (EW), a non governmental organisation, will be giving current and prospective female political candidates a one-day training on skills needed to run for and win elections into political offices in Nigeria.In a statement, Mary Ikoku, founder, EW, said the training, second of its kind, will hold in...