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‘You complain of persecution but can’t tolerate constitutional ventilation’ — Jibrin fires back at reps

Abdulmumin Jibrin, lawmaker representing Bebeji/Kiru constituency in Kano state, has taken a swipe at his colleagues after they accused him of falsehood.


On Wednesday, the lower legislative chamber resolved to probe his comment on the ongoing rift between the national assembly and the executive arm of government.

Jibrin had led some lawmakers to kick against the impeachment threat the national assembly issued to President Muhammadu Buhari, after a joint session of the two chambers.

The lawmakers — under the auspices of Parliamentary Support Group — described the impeachment move against the president as a PDP affair and that it was not endorsed by all members of the national assembly.

The claim did not go down well with the house which asked its committee on ethics and privileges to investigate Jibrin.

Reacting to the house’ decision, the Kano lawmaker said the group was only concerned about the collective interest of Nigerians.

He apologised to the lawmakers for “spoiling their party,” adding that “we know it hurts”.

Writing via his Twitter handle, Jibrin said: “Same people complaining of persecution cannot tolerate an atom of constitutional ventilation. You can imagine if they have powers of a president.”


Jibrin risks getting suspended if found guilty by the committee probing him.

The lawmaker, known for being outspoken, was suspended after he raised the alarm of alleged padding of the 2016 budget.

An Abuja court later ruled that the suspension was illegal.

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Veteran Actor Kanayo O Kanayo joins politics, to run for house of reps in 2019...

Kanayo O. Kanayo says he will run for a seat in the house of representatives in 2019.


The actor declared his intention on Wednesday after President Muhammadu Buhari declared June 12 Democracy Day and conferred the title of GCFR on the late MKO Abiola.

“History has been made today,” the ‘Living in Bondage’ actor said.

Kanayo, real name Anayo Modestus Onyekwere, seeks to represent Ahiazu/ Ezinihitte Mbaise federal constituency, Imo state, at the house of representatives.

The actor is a member of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

He added: “History has been made today as I declared my intention to run for the House of Representatives, Ahiazu/ Ezinihitte Mbaise Federal Constituency, Imo State under the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.

“I owe you this information as I enlist your prayers and support.”


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There will be no public holiday on June 12 this year, Buhari says.

Contrary to what most Nigerians are expecting, there will be no public holiday on June 12 this year, despite President Muhammadu’s announcement on Wednesday.


Buhari, in a press release, moved Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12.

The president also announced that MKO Abiola, winner of the annulled election, will be posthumously awarded the highest honour in the land, GCFR.

However, part of the statement read: “The investiture will take place on Tuesday June 12th, 2018, a date which in future years will replace May 29th as a National Public Holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day.”

We reached out to a source around the presidency, to make clarifications and it was indeed confirmed that the date will be a public holiday in future years, but not in 2018.

“It starts from next year,” the source simply said.

He also insisted that May 29 remains the handover/swearing-in day and Buhari is not planning to extend his stay in office by two weeks, in the eventuality he loses next year’s elections.

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Falz’s management reacts to MURIC’s call for withdrawal of ‘This is Nigeria’ video, Read the funny one here.

The managers of Nigerian artiste, Falz, has reacted to an ultimatum given to the singer by an Islamic group, MURIC to take down his ‘This is Nigeria’ video or face actions from them.


The Islamic group, Muslims Rights Concern, MURIC, yesterday released a statement ordering Falz to take down the video which, according to them, ridicules their religion because some girls were seen in the footage wearing hijab and dancing shaku shaku.

However, in a tweet, Falz’s management said the video won’t be taken down. They urged the group to head to court to address their grievances and that they are ready to meet them there.

 “We have nothing to say. We are not withdrawing the video neither are we commenting on their claims. If they (MURIC) have any grievance they can head to court and we will meet them,” 

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BREAKING NEWS: Another bridge built by Governor Okorocha collapses in Owerri

The bridge at the Children’s Amusement Park located at the Ikemba Ojukwu Centre in Owerri, Imo, built by Governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration has collapsed.


Witnesses at the scene in Owerri said that nobody was killed or injured in the incident.

The incident which caused pandemonium in the area, gave room for criticism by some parents whose children visited the place on May 27 during the 2018 Children’s Day Celebration.
A correspondent who visited the scene, reports that the incident occurred after a heavy downpour on Tuesday night.

The bridge, being a major tourism site, has been used to generate funds for the state government.

When contacted, the State Commissioner for Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment, Mrs Ogechi Ololo, said that she had yet to be briefed on the cause of the incident.

Mr Collins Ibe, who witnessed the incident, disclosed that the windstorm that accompanied the downpour might be responsible for the collapsed of the bridge.

Another witness, Mrs Mary Nlemadim, said: “It is unfortunate that this is happening in the state, especially at a place that is supposed to be a recreation centre.

“I thank God that it happened in the night when people were not around; otherwise, there might have been casualties.

“I urge the state government and engineers working on construction projects in the state to be more dedicated and thorough,” she said.

Also, an Engineer, Mr Okechukwu Uba said: “There is need to critically look at all the construction projects going on in the state.

“This is necessary to avoid unnecessary waste of resources, time and human capacity.

“These projects need to get proper approval from professional hands or bodies; they also need to be properly supervised by qualified and experienced personnel.

“Again, they have to be done systematically and not many things at the same time.

“These projects need to be finished up in a tidy manner and subjected to stress tests where necessary, before being opened to the public,’’ he said.

The state Chairman of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, Mr Emeka Ugoanyawu, had earlier warned against substandard engineering work in the state.

Also, the National President of Council for the Regulation of Engineers in Nigeria (COREN) Mr Kashim Ali, had recently faulted the quality of a flyover constructed by the Okorocha administration, located at Orji.

Ali, as a matter of urgency, urged Gov. Okorocha, to stop work on the flyover.

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Buhari Declares June 12 Democracy Day, Confers GCFR On MKO Abiola, READ MORE HERE.

President Muhammadu Buhari has announced June 12 as the new date which Democracy Day will be celebrated in Nigeria.


The government announced this on Wednesday, saying it is to honour late MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

The government also awarded Abiola with the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) title.

A statement signed by President Muhammadu Buhari noted that Baba Gana Kingibe, Abiola’s running mate during the election, and Gani Fawehinmi, one of Nigeria’s foremost rights activist, now late, are also to be confered with Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON).

The statement read: “For the past 18 years, Nigerians have been celebrating May 29th, as Democracy Day. That was the date when for the second time in our history, an elected civilian administration took over from a military government. The first time this happened was on October 21st, 1979.

“But in the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12th, 1993, was far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29th or even the October 1st.

“June 12th, 1993 was the day when Nigerians in millions expressed their democratic will in what was undisputedly the freest, fairest and most peaceful elections since our Independence. The fact that the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then military government does not distract from the democratic credentials of that process.

“Accordingly, after due consultations, the federal government has decided that henceforth, June 12th will be celebrated as Democracy Day.

“Therefore, government has decided to award posthumously the highest honour of the land, GCFR, to late Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12 1993 cancelled elections. His running mate as vice president, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, is also to be invested with a GCON.

“Furthermore, the tireless fighter for human rights and the actualization of the June 12th elections and indeed for Democracy in general, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN is to be awarded posthumously a GCON.”

The statement added that the commemoration and investiture of the honours will take place on Tuesday June 12th, 2018 — “a date which in future years will replace May 29th as a national public holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day.”

Breaking: President Buhari officially changes Democracy Day to June 12 in honour of MKO Abiola, confers GCFR on Abiola!
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PDP blasts Buhari - 'You can’t use MKO Abiola and June 12 to win 2019 election', READ MORE HERE..

The Peoples Democratic Party says the national honour proposed to be conferred on the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993, Chief MKO Abiola, by President Muhammadu Buhari, smacks of hypocrisy and political desperation ahead of 2019 presidential election.




PDP said that President Buhari’s action merely sought to use the name and person of Abiola to gain a political capital and not out of genuine reverence and recognition for him.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday and signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the party recalled that President Buhari, who was serving in the military administration of General Sani Abacha during the travails of Abiola, did not associate either by words or actions with the late winner of June 12 election.

Ologbondiyan further stated that history did not record President Buhari as sympathetic to the Abiola’s family when his wife, Kudirat, was gruesomely murdered by the agents of a government which President Buhari served.

He said, “It is, therefore, a sign of political desperation for President Buhari to seek to use Chief Abiola’s name as a tool to sway Nigerians in less than twelve months to an election where he, (President Buhari) is seeking a second term.

“It is also shocking that the respectable grave of Abiola can be dishonoured by granting a posthumous award on him along with someone who denounced the June 12 mandate and preferred the company of his (Abiola’s) traducers.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Adamu Abdul-Kafarati as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Adamu Abdul-Kafarati as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.


This was disclosed in a letter sent to the Senate requesting the confirmation of Abdul-Kafarati’s appointment.

The Senate, had in March urged Buhari to forward the nomination of Abdul-Kafarati to the upper legislative chamber for approval as substantive Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, to avoid constitutional crisis.

Abdul-Kafarati was sworn-in as the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in September 2017.

His swearing-in was sequel to the president’s failure to nominate a successor to the former Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Ibrahim Auta who was due to retire on September 16, 2017.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday shortly after a joint executive session with the House of Representatives read the letter to the house.

The letter read “In accordance with the provisions of Section 250 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I write to request for the confirmation of the Senate, the appointment of Honourable Justice Adamu Abdul Kafarati as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.
“It is my hope that the distinguished senate will consider and confirm the nominee in its usual expeditious manner.

 “Please accept, Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”

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IPOB reacts to Buhari’s claim of Nigeria army being soft on Igbo during Civil War

The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, has reacted to the claim by President Muhammadu Buhari where he was quoted as saying that Nigerian Army was soft on Biafra during the 1966 Civil War.



President Buhari had during a meeting with the Red Cross Society at the presidential villa said that the Nigerian Army was soft on Biafrans during the Civil War.

IPOB said the President’s statement was not only lies and strange but ”full of contradictions in the face of quantum evidence to the contrary chronicled by independent observers of the war time atrocities committed by the Nigerian forces against innocent Biafran civilians.”

IPOB’s statement was entitled “Civil War: Why Nigerian Army wasn’t hard on Biafrans. A Rejoinder, by the IPOB Central Command of the Directorate of States, signed and made available to reporters on Tuesday by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful .

The statement added, “President Buhari’s comment was not only full of false and strange, but contradictory in the face of quantum evidence to the contrary, chronicled by independent observers of the war time atrocities committed by the Nigerian armed forces against innocent Biafran civilians.

“It is also a self-contradictory statement from what he had told National Youth Corp members in his house in Daura, Katsina State.”

According to the pro-Biafra group, “to better understand the Nigerian Army atrocities during the war against Biafrans, one needs to trace back to 1945 and then 1953 when the Hausa-Fulani political leadership in Northern Nigeria planned and executed two premeditated pogroms on Biafran immigrant populations in Jos and Kano in an unpatriotic and envy-driven opposition to the leading role Biafrans played in the struggle for Nigeria’s independence from Britain.”

IPOB recalled that vast numbers of Easterners, not just Igbos, were murdered on those occasions and their properties looted or destroyed, adding that neither in Kano nor Jos did the colonial regime apprehend or prosecute anyone for these massacres and destruction.

It added that “The perpetrators, who subsequently seized power in 1966 on the blood of their fellow officers of Eastern extraction, continued their bloodletting that directly led to the war. And when the war came, Gowon deceptively labelled it a police action, but what went on underneath was a genocide of epic proportions.

“There were extensive coverage of the genocide in the international media throughout its duration. According to accounts, Buhari committed grave genocidal atrocities of his own in the theatres where he participated or commanded, namely the battles for Nsukka, Abagana and Nkpor Junction, where he had held command positions. This is subject of an ongoing suit filed at the ICC by IPOB.”

IPOB further stated that, “during the battles for these sectors, Buhari’s officers and men torched entire villages and massacred the civilians that could not be evacuated before the enemy arrived. These included children, the sick, infirm and elderly. At the conclusion of the massacres, the soldiers began their macabre dance of jubilation and Buhari was said to have told them that ‘Nnewi is next. Yes-‘next’ -as in the next massacre.

“It was on the heels and ashes of these genocide that the General Gowon had, during the war, boasted publicly that his men had killed three million Biafrans.

“But given that the numerical strength of the entire Biafran armed forces hovered around 50,000 men, one can only concluded that the three million slaughtered were hapless Biafran civilians.

“Such atrocities are the reason why history of the Nigerian Biafra war was hurriedlremoved from school curriculum. “Apart from Buhari, there were other self-confessed butchers of Biafrans.

“One is Benjamin Adekunle, described then as a notoriously gruesome commander of Nigerian forces who had no qualms in boasting about the goal of his horrendous mission to exterminate Biafrans.

“He stated during his August 1968 press conference, attended by journalists including those from the international media that, ‘We shoot at everything that moves, and when our forces march into the center of Igbo territory, we shoot at everything, even at things that do not move.

“True to his e and type, Adekunle duly carried through his threat with clinical precision both on his ‘everything that moves’- targeting, especially Southern Igboland where his forces slaughtered hundreds of thousands, and on the ‘things that do not move’-assault category. Adekunle’s infamous destruction of the famed Biafran economic and social infrastructure was indescribably barbaric.

“In July 1968, the British mission in Nigeria estimated that 200-300 Biafrans were dying every day. However, these estimates were based on numbers reported by the Nigerian government, as the British did not have access to the Biafran enclaves.

“Two months later, during the height of the crisis, the International Committee of the Red Cross, which traversed Biafra during the war estimated 8,000 and 10,000 deaths per day.”

“It obtained these figures based on random samples of death rates in villages, refugee camps and hospitals across Biafra, and it cautioned that the estimates were likely to be conservative.

“According to credible reports, Nigerian troops entered Asaba and began ransacking houses and killing civilians, claiming they were Biafran sympathizers. Reports demonstrates and have it that several hundreds were killed individually and in groups at various locations in the town.

“Later, community leaders summoned the townspeople to assemble on the morning of October 7, 1967 hoping to end the violence through a show of support for ‘One Nigeria.’ Hundreds of men, women, and children, many wearing the ceremonial Akwa ocha (white cloth) attire paraded along the main street, singing, dancing, and chanting “One Nigeria.

“At a junction, men and teenage boys were separated from women and young children, and gathered in an open square at Ogbe-Osowa village. Then Nigerian troops, under the command of Murtala Mohammed and Ibrahim Taiwo, gave orders to machine gun “everybody”.

“It was reliably estimated that more than 700 men and boys were killed, some as young as 12 years old, in addition to many more killed in the preceding days.

“Bodies of some victims were retrieved by family members and buried at home. But most were buried in mass graves without appropriate ceremony.

 “Many extended families lost dozens of men and boys. Federal troops occupied Asaba for many months, during which most of the towns were ravaged, many women and girls were raped or forcibly “married,” and large numbers of citizens fled and never returned until the war ended.”

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