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Buhari: those who wish me dead behind clone rumour
Mon, 03 Dec 2018

The President lashed out yesterday at the purveyors of the rumour that he was dead and the occupant of his seat is a clone.

The sponsors of the rumour are “ignorant and irreligious”, President Muhammmadu Buhari said yesterday in Poland.

There have been rumours that the real Buhari was dead and the person occupying the number one seat is another person or a clone, a Jibrin from Sudan or Niger.

The government has been warning Nigerians to shun fake news, stressing the security implication of such news items.

Reacting to the rumours of his clone for the first time, Buhari said many people had hoped he was dead during his ill health.

The President was responding to a question from a Nigerian who wanted to know if he was the real Buhari or the much talked about Jibril from Sudan, at a town hall meeting in Krakow, Poland.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said: “It’s real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong.’’

He added: “A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. Some even reached out to the Vice President to consider them to be his deputy because they assumed I was dead. That embarrassed him a lot and, of course, he visited me when I was in London convalescing… It’s real me; I assure you.”

The President said he was looking forward to celebrating his 76th birthday on December 17 and jocularly added: ‘‘If I am getting harassed by anyone, it is my grandchildren, who are getting too many.’’

He told his audience that his administration will continue to maintain focus and deliver on the three focal points of his campaign in 2015: security, economy and the fight against corruption.

‘‘Those in the Northeast will tell you that in spite of the recent setbacks, there is a difference between the time we came and before.

‘‘We are not doing badly on security, economy and agriculture. We have virtually stopped the importation of food, especially rice and we are saving a lot of money.

‘‘We now have food security and that has come with fiscal security because a lot of young educated people have not regretted going back to the farms and earning a respectable living.

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19 persons drown in Kwara boat mishap
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has commiserated with the Emir of Lafiagi, Alhaji Saadu Kawu Haliru, on the death of some indigenes in a boat mishap at the Chewuru Ferry Port.In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, the governor described the death of the victims as unfortunate and a great loss to their families, the Emirate and the state.I deeply sympathise and empathise with the Emir, the good people of Lafiagi and the families of the victims, Ahmed said.He urged fami
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Army: $1b approved to fight insurgency yet to be released
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
The $1 billion approved to fight insurgency and other security challenges has not been released to the military, Nigerian army claimed yesterday.The cash was approved in 2017 for the President Muhammadu Buhari by the National Economic Council (NEC) to be withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to strengthen the fight against insurgency.Fielding questions on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Weekend File programme, army spokesman Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said the money is still being proces
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N800b subsidy debt: Oil marketers give Fed Govt 7-day ultimatum to pay cash
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
OIL marketers yesterday gave the Federal Government a seven-day ultimatum to pay them N800 billion.They threatened to wind up operations at the depots across the country should the government fail to settle them.According to them, the government should pay the arrears in cash and not as promissory note.The marketers, comprising Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) and Independent Petroleum Products Importers (IPPIs), said
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I fought for special economic assistance, not special status for Lagos
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has reflected on her struggle to attract special economic assistance to Lagos State through a bill she initiated in the Senate.The senator representing Lagos Central said the motive was misunderstood by her colleagues.She noted that senators who misunderstood the bill uncritically confused her clamour for special economic assistance with the struggle for special status.Senator Tinubu, the Yeye Asiwaju of Lagos, said many senators
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Saraki, Fayemi, Fasanmi: Fasehun battled for democracy
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
Senate President Bukola Saraki, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, leader of Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, and Second Republic senator, Chief Ayo Fasanmi and Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Mudashiru Obasa yesterday expressed sadness over the death of the founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr Frederick Fasehun.In a statement in Abuja, the nations capital, by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President said: Fasehun was a man wh
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2019 poll: Atiku meets Wike ahead of campaign kick off
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
Ahead of the opening of his campaign today, Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar yesterday met with Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, who resigned as the Southsouth co-ordinator of the campaign.Atiku was begging Wike, assuring the governor that he will henceforth be involved in key campaign decisions.The governor said he had no grouses against Atiku, but the leadership of the PDP which was trying to sideline him.Wike may today rescind his decision to resign as th
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Global debt hits $180trn, says IMF
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
REBUILD buffers and reverse pro-cyclical fiscal policies, emerging-markets and low-income countries have been warned by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The warning came after the IMF put the global debt at $180 trillion.In a statement issued at the conclusion of the Group of 20 (G-20) Summit in Buenos Aires, the Funds Managing Director, Ms. Christine Lagarde, called for collaborative action by G-20 leaders as global growth moderates and risks increased.Ms. Lagarde, who stated that global g
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Osinbajo, Gowon see brighter future for Nigeria
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon yesterday predict a brighter future for Nigerian. It was the State House Chapel in Abuja during the annual End of Year Thanksgiving.They thanked God for his goodness to the country and also prayed for a more prosperous nation.Speaking with reporters after the service, Prof. Osinbajo said that Nigerians had every reason to be extremely thankful to God.It has been a year where God has shown his faithfulness in some many ways;
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Buratai to troops: youve what it takes to flush out Boko Haram
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
TROOPS involved in the anti-Boko Haram battle in the Northeast have the wherewithal to defeat insurgents, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has said.He directed the troops to flush out the remnants of Boko Haram fighters from their hideout.The COAS said that troops deployed in the northeast have what it takes in terms of equipment and logistics to wipe out terrorists within the shortest period.Lt.-Gen Buratai gave the directive while addressing Armed Forces Special Forces Battlio
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Knocks, kudos for Buhari, Atiku manifestos
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
As Nigerians warm up for next years presidential election, the manifestos of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, are in the public domain. Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN spoke to some Nigerians who bared their minds on the contents of the two campaign documents.The 2019 presidential election will be a straight fight between President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Cong
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Ondo PDP sets up 21-man campaign committee
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
The campaign of former Commissioner for Information in Ondo State, Kayode Akinmade, for the House of Representatives in next years general elections has received a boost as the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Idanre/Ifedore Constituency inaugurated a 21-man committee to actualise his aspiration.While inaugurating the committee, former Accountant-General of Ondo State and leader of PDP in Ifedore, Lawrence Ibukun, charged members to come up with a comprehensive blueprint that
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ANN unveils presidential running mate
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
The Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) presidential candidate, Mr Fela Durotoye, has unveiled his running mate, Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya, in Victoria Island, Lagos.Durotoye said his decision to pick Abdullahi-Iya was a fulfilment of his promise to choose a woman and the affirmation of his campaign theme: Opportunities for All. He said the position of the party in ensuring that women have equal representation should be upheld, adding that the 30 per cent of the old establishment was meagre.The presiden
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Youth urged to shun thuggery
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
No fewer than 300 youths in Kwara State have received leadership training during the Kwara Youth Summit.The summit was convened by the winner of the national award of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Charles Bello. The aim of the summit was to sensitise the youths to the danger of drugs abuse and crime, its Coordinator, Niyi Oyetoyan said.He added that the youths were being trained to avoid being used as thugs by politicians in the forthcoming general elections.Oyetoyan said: Youth shoul
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Monarchs to Sanwo-Olu: we are behind you
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
The paramount ruler of Iruland, Oba Idowu Abiodun Oniru, and his Ajiran counterpart, Oba Tijani Akinloye, have thrown their weight behind the aspiration of the governorship candidate of the Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.The monarchs told Sanwo-Olu to make the people of Lagos State the focus of his policies, if elected.They made the statements during separate courtesy visits to their palaces by the APC candidate and his encourage.Oniru, who was effusive in hi
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Why I chose Hamzat as my running mate Sanwo-Olu
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
The Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Lagos State, Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday said he chose Dr Obafemi Hamzat as his running mate because he would make a capable deputy.Sanwo-Olu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that Hamzat is a man with high level of knowledge and skills that would help make the difference in the state.Femi and I, we have been friends for well over 15 years. I know his strength and I know he is a capable man, and I know he is a comp
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Mandela 100: DStv to air week-long festival
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
International advocacy organisation, Global Citizen and MultiChoice Africa have announce a special DStv pop-up channel to air the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 running from Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.The December event is the culmination of Global Citizens Mandela 100 campaign in partnership with the House of Mandela; a series of global events honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year.The pop-up channel will be ava
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ACI signs US-returnee singer, Kofo The Wonderman
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
Front-line Nigerian entertainment company, ACI Entertainment, has signed popular US-based Nigerian singer, instrumentalist and composer, Kofo The Wonderman as he relocates to Nigeria to bring his music back home.Kofo who is also a lecturer at the World Rhythm Center New York where he teaches Talking drum and African dance has a wide recognition as the best Mainstream Talking Drummer in the world. And after 20 years of playing music globally with his all-white Daylight Stars band members, Kofo be
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MultiChoice announces winners of DStv Eutelsat Star Awards
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
Dinners have emerged from the 2018 edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards. They are Tirzah Ikiri of Zamani College, Kaduna, winner in the Essay category of the award while Prosper Okarike of Graceland International College, Port-Harcourt came first in the Poster category, making him a two-time winner of the competition at the national level.The runners up for this years awards in the Essay Category are Micheal Okwutu of The Heavenly College, Lagos and Wandoo Ayabam Hill Crest School, Jos won i
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Small Doctor assembles stars for Omo Better concert
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
Street hip hop sensation, Michael Owusu Addo, popularly knwon as Small Doctor, has assembled many stars to perform at his Omo Better concert.Already, the show scheduled to hold on December 9, 2018 at the Agege Stadium, Lagos, by 12pm, will be hosted by Toyin Abraham, Shody and Do2dtun. And so far, via his Instagram page, Small Doctor has confirmed the attendance and performance of stars like Duncan Mighty, DJ Enimoney, DJ Spinall, Lax, Jaywon, Harry Song, CDQ, Mr Real, Reekado Banks, Dany S, Rem
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Pidgin English show airs on Wazobia TV, others
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
A new talk show, Chop Knuckle with Chriso, which focuses on professional sportsmen, actors, comedians and artistes has hit TV screens across the country.According to the shows producer and anchor, Chris Iheuwa, the show is a comic-based family program in a language pidgin English which many Nigerian professionals feel comfortable speaking in.It is, therefore, a great opportunity to interact with these professionals and also give them an opportunity and avenue to express themselves freely and c
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CBN okays Diamond Bank as a national bank
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved the change in the licence of Diamond Bank Plc from an international bank to a national bank with immediate effect. The approval is, however, subject to the conclusion of the sale of Diamond Bank United Kingdom.The move follows Diamond Banks decision to sell its international operations, which included the disposal of its West African Subsidiary in 2017 and Diamond Bank UK, the sale of which is in its final stages. With this approval, the bank will c
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Lanre Shittu Motors builds most standard assembly plant in Nigeria
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
The automobile industry has received a major boost as one of the leading auto firms, Lanre Shittu Motors (LSM), has started the local assembly of JAC trucks at its multi-million dollar assembly plant in Lagos.Located at Amuwo-Odofin on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, the plant, it was learnt, has, with the technical support from JAC China, churned out 150 units of JAC trucks.The Nation learnt that the plant has the capacity to produce over 1,800 trucks yearly.It has also the capacity to assemble si
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Election, others may threaten off-grid power plans
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
The 2019 electioneering fever, funding and poor grid facilities may hinder the country from realising its goals of improving electricity through off-grid means, All On has said in its report.The report said the countrys target of providing 2,000 megawatts (Mw) of electricity through small hydro projects and 500 Mw through solar are ambitious and not in consonance with the prevailing conditions in the country.Others are 400 Mw through biomass and 40 Mw through wind by 2025.The report said the tar
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NCC: telcos to roll out 5G services
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) at the weekend said telcos will roll out 5G services by 2020.Its Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO, Prof Garba Umar Danbatta, who gave the assurance on the sidelines of a workshop titled: Driving innovation and growth.The workshop was organised by the Global System Mobile Association (GSMA), in collaboration with the NCC in Abuja.Dambatta said already, telcos have started test-running the technology in Atlantic City, Lagos.He said: We are looking at 2020, wh
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Africa worlds next big growth market
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
Africa will become the worlds next big growth market, akin to the Asian boom, McKinsey, a management consulting firm, said at the weekend in a report.While other geographies are seeing incremental growth, global companies that get in early and join the African champions shaping the right strategies, can sustain double-digit profit growth over the next few decades, the report noted.The report drew its conclusions from a survey of 3,000 McKinsey client engagements, in-depth proprietary research an
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Dana Air completes NCAAs re-certification
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) at the weekend concluded the re-certification, safety and technical audit of Dana Air operations. Spokesman of the airline, Kingsley Ezenwa, who disclosed this, said airworthiness and safety inspectors of the apex regulatory body undertook total review of the airlines aircraft, operations manuals, ground handling and quality assurance, in particular, its safety standards He said re-certification is a standard practice conducted every two years by the NC
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Insight Redefini appoints Ikpe Group CEO
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
The Board of Insight Redefini has appointed Dr. Ken Onyeali Ikpe as its Group Managing Director/CEO.The Chairman of the Board, Biodun Shobanjo said: the appointment coincides with the critical transformation stage of the group, which created the need to further fortify Insight Redefini in its disruptive leadership, irrefutable excellence and dominance of the integrated marketing communication value chain and enterprise transformation deep hindsight, clear foresight and AI-like actionable foresig
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How leaders can succeed, by Sekibo
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
Managing Director/Chief Executive Heritage Bank Limited Mr. Ifie Sekibo has counselled aspiring leaders to be open and teachable to access fresh insight to overcome challenges of leadership.He gave this advice at the Emerging Leaders Forum in Owerri, the Imo State capital.Somebody just asked me how do you get victory over yourself as a leader because we keep talking about change of mindset as a leader. I said from what I know, the place of leadership is in the classroom and you will never gradua
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Coronation Merchant Bank, Irish firms to deepen tech investments
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
Irish Ambassador to Nigeria, Sean Hoy, has said that Irish companies are planning to partner with Coronation Merchant Bank, and other Nigerian companies in the areas of cyber security and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development.Hoy said cyber security and financial tech are some of the areas companies in Ireland could partner with Nigerian companies especially, financial institutions.The Ambassador revealed this during a courtesy visit to Coronation Merchant Bank head office
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Forex restriction on 41 items lifting eonomy, says Emefiele
Mon, 03 Dec 2018
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has said its policy restricting foreign exchange access on 41 items that can be produced locally has lifted the economy.Speaking in Lagos at the 53rd annual Bankers dinner held in Lagos, he said CBNs policy restricting forex access to 41 items has helped to move the economy out of recession. He said there are new calls on the apex bank to increase the list of 41 items to cover more goods that can be produced locally.As I have always em
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