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FG Declares Public Holidays For Christmas, New year


The Federal Government has declared December 25 and 26, 2014, as public holidays to mark Christmas and Boxing Day Celebrations. Also declared as a public holiday is January 1, 2015 to commemorate the New Year. The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, who made the declaration on Thursday in Abuja, enjoined all ... Read More »

Fuel Scarcity: FG To Meet PENGASSAN Officials Wednesday


The Federal government will meet officials of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, Wednesday, in an attempt to resolve issues surrounding the ongoing strike by members of the union. The president of the union, Francis Johnson, disclosed this in a telephone interview on Monday. “Government ... Read More »

Why US Training For Nigerian Soldiers Was Cancelled – FG

Nigerian Army-US Seal

The federal government yesterday revealed that the training of Nigerian soldiers by the US military was cancelled due to the absence of some logistical components needed for the training. According to the Nigerian government, the US trainers depended on Nigerian military hardware, which is currently deployed in the North-East to ... Read More »

Judiciary Financial Autonomy: FG, States Agree To Implement Court Ruling


The Federal Government and states have finally agreed to start funding the nation’s judiciary as spelt out in the constitution. This follows a series of agitations by the leadership of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, which culminated in an agreement reached with the union last Thursday. It would be recalled ... Read More »

NLC To FG: Ensure Tax On Luxury Goods Don’t Affect Items Consumed By Middle Class Nigerians


The Federal Government’s decision to tax luxury goods has been received as a welcome development by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC. The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had during a press briefing at the weekend, announced some austerity measures to cushion the effect ... Read More »

FG Okays Extension Of State Of Emergency In Borno, Yobe, Adamawa


Indications have emerged that the Federal Government is favourably disposed to extending the state of emergency declared in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States for a third time. It would be recalled that the emergency rule was first declared in the affected states on May 14, 2013 by President Goodluck Jonathan, ... Read More »

Boko Haram: Self-Defense Is The Only Option, Says Atiku


Following the federal government’s inability to protect lives and property of Nigerians, self-defense becomes the only option against Boko Haram, former vice president Atiku Abubakar has said. Speaking to journalists in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, Mr. Abubakar faulted government’s handling of the insurgency problem in the North-East, wondering why ... Read More »

Saraki Warns FG Against Devaluing Naira


Immediate past Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki, has cautioned the Federal Government against going ahead with its proposed plan to devalue the Naira. Speaking in a telephone interview with The Nation yesterday, Saraki said the policy would not only inflict untold hardship on Nigerians, but have adverse effect ... Read More »

Boko Haram: ACF Advises FG To Consider Recalling Retired Members Of Armed Forces, Other Security Agencies

ACF-chairmam-Ibrahim Coomasie

The apex-northern socio-cultural group, the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has asked the Federal Government to declare a total war on the Boko Haram sect. The ACF said that if need be, the Federal Government should recall trained and retired members of the armed forces and other security agencies to execute ... Read More »

Boko Haram: Judge Slams FG’s ‘Lackadaisical’ Handling Of Ndume’s Trial


Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja has expressed displeasure at the lackadaisical attitude of the Federal Government over the handling of the prosecution of Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume. The judge, in a ruling yesterday, while refraining from dismissing the case, however, warned the prosecution not to take ... Read More »

Boko Haram: N/Central CAN Youth Accuse Jonathan Of Insensitivity, Selfishness


The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, YOWICAN, has urged the federal government to declare a State of Emergency on security in Nigeria. Speaking with journalists in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital yesterday, chairman, North-Central zone of YOWICAN, Daniel Kazai, said the declaration will help put an end ... Read More »

Adamawa, Borno, Yobe May Fall To Boko Haram In A Matter Of Days If… – Dep Gov


The North-East may soon fall under the control of Boko Haram unless the Federal Government adopts more stringent measures to deal with the insurgency, Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Zanna Mustapha, has warned. The deputy governor, who gave the warning on Monday in Government House, Yola, while speaking with ... Read More »

2015: NSA Seeks Media Cooperation, Vows To Deal With ‘Unpatriotic’ Politicians

Sambo Dasuki-National Security Adviser

The Federal Government on Monday warned politicians to desist from unpatriotic acts such as political thuggery and assassinations that could derail our democracy. The National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), gave the warning during a two-day workshop on security consciousness and awareness for reporters in both print and electronic ... Read More »

Gombe Explosion, Mubi Seizure: Nigerians Have Lost Confidence In FG/Boko Haram Ceasefire Deal, Says ACF


Apparently disturbed by the bombing of a motor park in Gombe and seizure of Mubi in Adamawa State by insurgents, the pan-northern Socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has condemned the escalating level of violence in the Northeast, saying Nigerians no longer have confidence in the ceasefire agreement purportedly reached ... Read More »

2015 Budget: $78 Oil Price Benchmark Unrealistic – Saraki


Former Kwara State Governor and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Senator Bukola Saraki, has declared that the $78 oil benchmark being proposed by the Federal Government for 2015 budget is unrealistic. Saraki, who also demanded a full disclosure of the state of the nation’s economy, raised ... Read More »

Release Of Chibok Girls: We’re Keeping Our Fingers Crossed, Says FG

GEJ-Chibok girls

The Federal Government on Tuesday said negotiations with the Boko Haram sect, which led to a recent ceasefire agreement, is still ongoing. Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Muhammed Adoke (SAN), disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting convened by President Goodluck ... Read More »

Ango Abdullahi, Coomasie Say FG, Boko Haram Ceasefire Deal Gimmick To Return Jonathan In 2015

ACF-chairmam-Ibrahim Coomasie

Two prominent northern leaders have described the recently announced ceasefire agreement between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram group as a political gimmick to return President Goodluck Jonathan to office by 2015. Making their positions known on the ceasefire deal, Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and former Inspector ... Read More »

Alleged Underfunding: Contractor Lied On Eastern Rail Line’s Project – Transport Minister


The Minister of Transport, Alhaji Idris Umar, said on Thursday that the Federal Government was not underfunding the Port Harcourt-Makurdi rail line project. Umar said this in Enugu while addressing newsmen at the end of the14th session of the National Council on Transport. He said the claims by the contractors handling ... Read More »

ACF Hails FG On Ebola, Calls For Similar Commitment In Fight Against Insurgency

ACF-chairmam-Ibrahim Coomasie

The pan-northern socio-political organization, the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has commended the Federal Government on its feat in containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which earned the country accolades from the World Health Organisation. The Forum, however, urged the Federal Government and Nigerians to commit such zeal and determination ... Read More »

Anti-Coourption Network Give FG One Week Ultimatum To Extradite Kashamu To US


A Non-Governmental Organization, Anti-Corruption Network, has given the Federal Government one week ultimatum within which it should ensure that the sole financier of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-West, Chief Buruji Kashamu, is released by security agencies and extradited to the United States for prosecution over alleged criminal ... Read More »