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In a Motivational Speech, Buhari Tasks Troops to Exterminate Boko Haram
Thu, 29 Nov 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Maiduguri, Borno State addressed officers and men of the Armed Forces engaged in the war against terror in the North-east, rousing their morale with promises of better attention to their welfare and provision of essential equipment needed to carry out their assignment of defeating the terrorists.

Tasking the officers and troops, he commended them for their efforts so far and charged them that the defeat and extermination of Boko Haram must be accomplished without further delay, assuring them that he would be behind them at all times.

The military had in recent times suffered some setbacks, leading to loss of hundreds of troops, the most recent being the Boko Haram attack on 157 Task Force Battalion base in Metele, Borno State.

The share weight of the casualty jolted the nation to the apparent resurgence of the insurgency and forced the president to call off his five-day working leave that would have taken him to his Daura home town in Katsina State.

Wednesday, he seized the opportunity of the opening of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Annual Conference in Maiduguri to address senior officers, visited troops at Maimalari Cantonment as well as injured soldiers, who were receiving treatment and recuperating at the Military Medical Centre, Maimalari Cantonment, in the troubled state’s capital city.

Addressing top military officers at the conference, Buhari said, “I want to encourage our troops not to be distracted by whatever speculations but to remain focused and committed to the task of eliminating Boko Haram from the face of earth.”

The president, who admitted that the war on terror suffered some lows recently, commended the military, saying their efforts had led to the dislodgement of insurgents from areas hitherto viewed as their strongholds, rescue of abducted persons, return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the gradual return to normalcy in the North-east.

“The effort of the military has also stabilized the security situation in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country and curtailed the clashes between herdsmen and farmers,” he told the officers, adding, “I must commend the selfless sacrifices of our Armed Forces especially the heroic officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army, who by virtue of their commitment to operations all over the country have brought about the desired peace.”

He also told the officers, “I know that you are doing your best to reverse this trend and I want to assure you that no effort will be spared in providing the necessary support you require to complete the task. We remain committed to ending the crisis in the North-east and making the entire area safe for all. I urge you all to keep up the good work.”

Buhari said the officers and soldiers, who are fighting terrorism in the North-east, deserve all the attention the country’s leadership could demonstrate to them.

“As president of the country, I am determined to ensure that every citizen feels safe and secure in all parts of the country. To achieve this, the security agencies must rise to the challenge and curb threats to security in our country,” he said.

The president remarked that there had been a remarkable improvement in the security situation in the North-east since 2015 when this administration came into power and told the officers that they were a major part of the successes that had been achieved in that regard.

Saying he was aware that in the recent months and days there had been some operational losses in the Northern part of Borno State, particularly in Jilli, Arege and Metele, the president asked the officers not be downcast, pledging to provide for their operational needs to the best of his ability.

He subsequently held a minute silence for soldiers recently killed by insurgents in Metele and encouraged the officers, saying, “I know that you are doing your best to reverse this trend and I want to assure you that no effort will be spared in providing the necessary support you require to complete the task. We remain committed to ending the crisis in the North-east and making the entire area safe for all. I urge you all to keep up the good work.”

Speaking at the conference, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the conference was moved from Benin to Maiduguri because of recent happenings and because of the desire of the Commander-in-Chief to personally be with the soldiers to see them and to show that they were in his plan.

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FG Investigating Mobil for Alleged $1.9bn Fraud, Says Obono-Obla
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Nigeria, Saudi Arabia to partner on refineries ‘ OPEC considers output cut to stabilise prices Chineme Okafor and Alex Enumah in Abuja The presidency said Wednesday that the federal government is investigating multinational giants, including Mobil Oil Producing for allegedly short changing the federation in the payment for the oil blocks they acquired and []The post FG Investigating Mobil for Alleged $1.9bn Fraud, Says Obono-Obla appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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FG Investigating Mobil for Alleged $1.9bn Fraud, Says Obono-Obla
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Nigeria, Saudi Arabia to partner on refineries ‘ OPEC considers output cut to stabilise prices Chineme Okafor and Alex Enumah in Abuja The presidency said Wednesday that the federal government is investigating multinational giants, including Mobil Oil Producing for allegedly short changing the federation in the payment for the oil blocks they acquired and []The post FG Investigating Mobil for Alleged $1.9bn Fraud, Says Obono-Obla appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Senate Probes Akwa Ibom Assembly Crisis as Police Defend Role
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Deji Elumoye in Abuja and Okon Bassey in Uyo The Senate Wednesday mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the alleged invasion of the House of Assembly of Akwa Ibom State by suspected thugs on Tuesday. The committee headed by Senator Tijjani Kaura (Zamfara North) is to report back to the Senate at plenary []The post Senate Probes Akwa Ibom Assembly Crisis as Police Defend Role appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Orji: FG, States Must Commit to Saving to Grow SWF
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Second Niger Bridge ready by 2022 Peter Uzoho The Managing Director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Mr. Uche Orji, Wednesday advised the federal, state and local governments to be consistent and committed in their contribution to the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) in order to grow the fund. He also disclosed that the ongoing []The post Orji: FG, States Must Commit to Saving to Grow SWF appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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2019: Ezekwesili Picks Party Chairman as Running Mate
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party (ACPN), Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has picked the chairman of the party, Alhaji Abdul-Ganiyu Galadima, as her running mate. According to her campaign organisation, Hope ’19, Ezekwesili announced Galadima, a former presidential candidate of the party, while unveiling her manifesto yesterday in Ilorin. The presidential candidate said the []The post 2019: Ezekwesili Picks Party Chairman as Running Mate appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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2019: EFCC Insists on Monitoring Donations to Political Parties, Donors’ Identities
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Wednesday insisted that it would not allow the country’s commonwealth wasted by corrupt politicians for the 2019 general election. Speaking while presenting a paper at a one-day retreat for 36 state governors and key election stakeholders, the acting Chairman of the anti-graft commission, Ibrahim []The post 2019: EFCC Insists on Monitoring Donations to Political Parties, Donors’ Identities appeared first on
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FG Probes N7bn Bailout Funds to Banks in 2006
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Alex Enumah in Abuja The presidency wednesday disclosed that it is investigating the bailout funds granted to commercial banks in the country in 2006. A Senior Presidential Assistant and Chairman of the Special Panel on Recovery of Public Properties, Okoi Obono-Obla, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja. However, when contacted on the development []The post FG Probes N7bn Bailout Funds to Banks in 2006 appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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NNPC to Raise Petrol Stock Levels to 50 Days Supply Sufficiency
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Chineme Okafor in Abuja The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) wednesday said it would raise the level of current petrol stock from 45 to 50 days, stating that this should provide adequate supply buffer for the country going into the impending Christmas and New Year season. The NNPC also urged, through its subsidiary, Petroleum Products []The post NNPC to Raise Petrol Stock Levels to 50 Days Supply Sufficiency appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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FG, States, LGs Share N788.139bn for October
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The federal, states and local governments wednesday shared a total of N788.139 billion for the month of October as the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting ended in Kaduna. The N788.139 billion shared is higher than the N698.710 billion shared the previous month (September). The Special Adviser to the Minister of []The post FG, States, LGs Share N788.139bn for October appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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FG Slashes Fees of JAMB, SSCE
Thu, 29 Nov 2018
Sets aside N14.7bn for ECOWAS biometric cards Shola Oyeyipo in Abuja The Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday approved a reduction in the cost of obtaining Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) application forms from N5, 000 to N3, 500, starting from January 2019. The FEC meeting, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also announced []The post FG Slashes Fees of JAMB, SSCE appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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