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2019: I Won’t Interfere With INEC, Buhari Assures Nigerian
Fri, 17 Aug 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he would not interfere with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before, during and after the 2019 general elections.

The president also gave an undertaking that he would ensure that next year’s polls are free, fair and credible.

The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojodu, expressed the Buhari’s positions when he read the president’s speech at the 2018 Annual Nigeria Political Parties summit held in Abuja yesterday.

“Today, I pledge to Nigeria, my country to promote free fair and credible election devoid of any form of interference in the activities of INEC, to ensure security and promote a violence free election devoid of animosity and hate speeches, to abide by the extant laws governing political parties and adhere strictly to the code of conduct of political parties in Nigeria. So help me God,” he said in the speech read at the summit, organised by Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos with the theme, “Political Parties and Peaceful Conduct of the 2019 Elections.”

Buhari said the federal government would also ensure violent free polls devoid of rancour.

The president said, “What has brought us together is our strong desire to build a budding democracy through a peaceful 2019 general election. No matter the nature and level of our political influences, we do not have another nation than Nigeria. These differences should not divide us but should make us stronger. With commitment and perseverance, we will triumph.”

He said that the country had surmounted the challenges of the past 19 years of constructive democracy with wisdom, courage and sacrifices and taste for glory.

“On our part, I want to reassure the nation that this administration is committed to a democratic process characterized by free, fair and credible election. We are committed to providing an enabling environment and a level playing ground for all political parties in the electioneering process without hindrance,” he said.

The president further said that he remained indebted to all the silent patriots that had piloted the nation’s democracy to this point.

According to him, “Democracy is not an event, but a process to ensure that power is always exercised on behalf of the people by their representatives. It is the political parties that carefully select and present candidates for the electorates to choose from, while the elections present the opportunity for the people to make their choices freely through a free and fair contest devoid of violence, intimidation, hate speeches and blackmail.

“Let me emphasise here that electioneering must be approached with the highest level of decorum and strict adherence to the rules of the game, particularly as enshrined in the constitution, the electoral act and indeed the code of conduct which the political parties freely put in place.

“Electioneering must never be seen as a do or die. All over the world, developed and developing, we see nations making huge successes of their electioneering and Nigeria must not be an exception in this global trend of peaceful and transparent election.’’

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NEC Constitutes Committee on Decentralisation of Police
Fri, 17 Aug 2018

The National Economic Council (NEC) saturday in Abuja resolved to constitute a committee to be headed by the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to make fresh recommendations on how the Nigeria Police could be decentralised.

Briefing journalists at the end of the monthly National Economic Council (NEC) meeting in the Presidential Villa, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd), said decentralisation of the police would aid greater access to information unlike the current centralised system.

According to him, the move had become compelling in view of what he described as asymmetric threats to security in the country, pointing out that the situation has made it imperative for states to collaborate with security agencies in tackling security crises.

He said the volume of threats to security in Nigeria could not be easily overcome and hence, the necessity for collaboration between the states and federal governments in tackling the situation.

According to the NSA, the committee will have a representation from each of the six geo-political zones, adding that the move is one of the ways deciphered by the council to tackle the seeming asymmetric security challenges confronting the country.

Monguno said, “I gave a general overview of the current security situation in the country and all the trends that we are confronted with are becoming increasingly asymmetric in nature and l stressed upon the need to deal with these problems in a collective manner. It is true that it is the responsibility of security agencies to deal with these threats but the complexities of security in the 21st century was such that you need collective efforts in dealing with these issues.

“I emphasised to the council on the needs for the states to collaborate with and support the federal government in dealing with each individual threat. These threats differ from one zone to another. I briefed on behalf of the security agencies – both operational and intelligence. I gave a general overview of the security situation in the country, the current situation and the trends and also the challenges that we are confronted with.

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Group Condemns Nigeria Political Crisis, Lauds Acting President on NASS Invasion
Fri, 17 Aug 2018

Prominent advocacy and humanitarian organisation in Nigeria, Brothers Across Nigeria (BAN), has decried the current political crisis beclouding the country, picking out the recent invasion of the National Assembly as the most condemnable and shameful.

Rising from its international convaj held in Asaba, Delta State capital, the leadership of BAN condemned in strong terms the recent invasion of the National Assembly by men of the Department of State Security (DSS).

Speaking to journalists in Asaba, the newly elected President of the organisation, Lewis Aitufe, also commended the acting President Yemi Osinbajo for acting swiftly to defend democracy in the country.

The group, which has been in the forefront of drumming support for Nigerian military fighting terrorists and other criminals in the country, also warned politicians to desist from selfish acts that would derail the current democratic gains in the country.

Speaking further, the groups National Publicity Secretary, Mr Ken Agala, informed journalists that BAN would soon commence sensitisation of her members and the Nigerian public on the need to eschew acrimony and violence during the 2019 general elections, and help the government to build on it democratic benefits.

Agala further called upon Nigerian youths to get their PVCs, vote for candidates of their choices during the next elections and extricate themselves from the machinations of selfish leaders who do not have the interest of the country at heart.

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NEMA to Map Communities Vulnerable to Disasters, Says DG
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Kasim Sumaina in Abuja The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) thursday hinted that it was set to map communities in Nigeria that are vulnerable to disasters caused by adverse weather conditions. The move, it noted, was part of its disaster management and climate risk prevention programme, adding that the mapping exercise would help mitigate the []The post NEMA to Map Communities Vulnerable to Disasters, Says DG appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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APC Names Campaign Committee
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced the setting up of its campaign committees to execute the party’s governorship election campaign throughout the state. Under the new campaign structure, the apex campaign committee is the Central Campaign Co-ordinating Centre (CCCC), under the direct supervision of []The post APC Names Campaign Committee appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Tambuwal Sacks Wamakko’s Allies
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has moved against the allies of a former governor of the state, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, by approving the compulsory retirement of two permanent secretaries from the state civil service. The retired permanent secretaries include: Suleiman Sarkin Fulani and Aminu Dikko. This was contained in []The post Tambuwal Sacks Wamakko’s Allies appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Tobi Bakre: Big Brother Fans Shouldn’t Pit Ex-housemates against Each Other
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Tobi Bakre was second runner up at the 2018 Big Brother Nigeria reality show. In this exclusive interview with Martins Ifijeh, Bakre shares his thoughts on why fans of ex-housemates should preach love rather than try to pit former contestants against each other. He also talks about his brand, relationships, role models, and plan to []The post Tobi Bakre: Big Brother Fans Shouldn’t Pit Ex-housemates against Each Other appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Nestl Nigeria Celebrates Youth Day
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
With one of the youngest populations in the world, Nigeria needs to positively harness the resourcefulness and ingenuity of over 50 per cent of its population to accelerate economic development. The majority of young people lack skills acquisition and economic opportunities, which unfortunately results in the current high level of unemployment and the underutilisation of []The post Nestl Nigeria Celebrates Youth Day appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Here Comes the Revivalist Bishop of Lagos
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
By Folu Olamiti (FNGE) Monday, 30th July, 2018 will remain significantly and memorable for the Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). It was the day the Diocese enthroned a new Diocesan Bishop in the person of Right Reverend (Dr) Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye to take over from Most Reverend Adebola Ademowo who retired gloriously []The post Here Comes the Revivalist Bishop of Lagos appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Excitement as Honeywell Rewards Customers with Ghana, Dubai Trips
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Mary Nnah For their outstanding contributions to the impressive results recorded by Honeywell Flour Mills Plc in the last financial year, some customers of the company have been rewarded with all-expense-paid holiday trip to either Ghana or Dubai. The lucky customers to Dubai are Alhaji Oladega Modiu and wife Alhaja Safurat Oladega of Kay-Solak Nigeria []The post Excitement as Honeywell Rewards Customers with Ghana, Dubai Trips appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Ad takes Another Dimension with In- Taxiads in Nigeria
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Mary Nnah Advertisement has taken another dimension in Nigeria with the entrance of an exceptional taxi advertisement format, which comes in digital taxi headrests device showing information/entertainment for customers’ viewing pleasure as they journey to their various destinations. According to its Chief Executive Officer, Miss Aminat Ayeni, In-Taxi Adverts, is an advertising agency that provides []The post Ad takes Another Dimension with In- Taxiads in Nigeria appeared first on THISDAYLIV
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UNDEDSS Mourns Loss of Governor Dickson’s Mother
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
The United Niger Delta Energy Security Strategy (UNDEDSS), has enjoined all Niger Deltans to join in mourning the death of Mama Goldcoast Dickson, mother of Bayelsa Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson. Dickson on August 10, confirmed the death of his mother, popularly known as Mama GoldCoast. The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, []The post UNDEDSS Mourns Loss of Governor Dicksons Mother appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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