Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines, Thursday 27th December 2018

Today’s The Nation Newspaper Headlines, Thursday 27th December 2018

APC strikes Atiku for attack on Buharis anti-graft war
Thu, 27 Dec 2018

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar launched yesterday a blistering attack on President Muhammadu Buhari, advising him not to blame the “system” for what he called his failure to fight corruption.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate wrote to the President, commending him, “for admitting that he failed in fighting corruption.”

But the All Progressives Congress (APC) responded in an equally derisive tone, smacking Atiku for not facing his campaign and exhibiting “signs of depression”.

In a letter titled: “President Buhari, don’t blame the Nigerian system for your failure”, the former vice president faulted Buhari for blaming his “failure to tackle corruption head-on: on the system.

The letter, dated, yesterday, reads: “My attention has been drawn to a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of a Christmas homage paid on him by members of the Federal Capital Territory Community in which he blamed his inability to fight corruption on the Nigerian system.

“According to the President, his administration is slow in fighting corruption because the system is slow.

“My immediate response to this is to commend President Buhari for admitting that he has failed in fighting corruption. The President has just corroborated Transparency International, whose latest Corruption Perception Index shows that Nigeria is more corrupt today than it was under the previous administration, having moved 12 places backwards in the CPI, from 136 in 2014 to 148 this year.”

Atiku said his point of departure was in the President blaming his failure on the system.

He said: “I disagree. The system has challenges, yes, but where there is political will, the system can make progress.”

Recalling his tenure as vice president between 1999 and 2007, Atiku said: “We used that same system to speedily convict no less a personality than an Inspector-General of Police, and several others, including cabinet ministers and other high officials.

“Mr. President, the problem with your anti-corruption war is not the system. You are the problem!

“The system allows you to arrest, try and convict your former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who was fingered in a major corruption case, but you chose to let him go scot free and you demonstrated your tolerance for his corruption by giving him a prominent role in your re-election campaign and recently welcoming him to the Presidential Villa with open arms.

“The system allowed you to arrest, try and convict Abdulrasheed Maina, the biggest-ever alleged thief in our civil service history, who is suspected of looting the pensions of millions of aged Nigerians.

“Yet, you chose not to go that route, preferring instead to recall him, reinstate and double promote him while giving him armed guards to move about.

“The system allows you to probe the $25 billion NNPC contracts awarded without due process, but you chose to bury the matter under the carpet, hoping the Nigerian people will forget about that grand scale alleged looting exposed by a leaked memo from a member of your cabinet.

“Finally, nothing in the system stops you from telling Nigerians who owns the billions found in an Ikoyi apartment.

“Based on the above statement of facts, I will not allow you to make Nigeria the scapegoat for your failure. Your failure is personal, and not national.”

Atiku faulted the President for allegedly branding Nigerian youths as lazy while defending a governor who was allegedly caught on camera receiving bribes.

Atiku went on: “The system did not stop the EFCC from charging the opposition Governor of Akwa-Ibom, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, as a co-accused in the case involving the NBA Chairman, Mr Paul Usoro (SAN). Contrast this with the treatment meted out to Governor Umar Ganduje of the ruling All Progressive Congress.”

APC’s National Publicity Secretary Lanre Issa-Onilu sparked Atiku for his letter . He urged the PDP presidential candidate to tell Nigerians why they should elect him rather than dissipate energy on the ruling party and its presidential candidate.

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Atiku a product of faulty system, says Buhari campaign office
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) standard bearer Atiku Abubakar yesterday drew the ire of the Presidents campaign spokesman Festus Keyamo (SAN) over his remarks on the Presidencys handling of the nations affairs, especially the anti-corruption war.According to Keyamo, the former Vice President would not be walking a free man, lest vying for the presidency if not for the faulty system bequeathed to the Buhari administration in 2015.Keyamo said Atikus diatribe against President Buhari amounted to no
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Badeh: Two suspects held
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, The Nation learnt yesterday.The suspects are the man who reportedly hired the assailants and the one who is said to have pulled the trigger.It was also gathered that Badeh was killed on Keffi-Abuja road following the information that he had some cash on him to pay for additional farmland. He was on his way from his farm.The farmland was said to be next to the one he had
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Army confirms 14 killed in Boko Haram ambush
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
THE military yesterday confirmed that about 13 personnel and a police officer were killed in an ambush laid by Boko Haram insurgents on Damaturu-Maiduguri road on Monday.But the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has urged troops in the Northeast to remain focused in wiping out the terrorists.It noted that the military personnel and the police officer were killed while extricating themselves from the ambush.A statement by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Onyema N
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Force spokesman: no policeman fled in Northeast operations
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
THE police said yesterday that allegations that 167 of the 2,000 policemen deployed for combat operations against Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast fled are unfounded.Force spokesman Jimoh Moshood, an acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, while reacting to the report that the cops fled with their rifles from Police Training School in Yobe, said the claim was investigated and found to be false.Moshood said it was clear the writer had not visited the venue of training nor witnessed the deploy
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NNPCs $1.05b withdrawal from NLNG fund in public interest
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has explained why it withdrew $1.05billion from the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) dividend account, stressing that Section 7 of the NNPC Act empowers it to make such withdrawals.The cash was used to support importation of premium motor spirit (PMS) or petrol, which is highly subsidised at the rate of N145 per litre, the current pump price in Nigeria.According to data, petrol is supposed to be sold at a rate of at least N220 per litre but
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ASUU, ASUP strike and 2019 elections
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) may affect the 2019 general elections, if not resolved now. There was a twist to the tale when the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) threatened to wade in if their teachers did not return to work in two weeks, reports ADEGUNLE OLUGBAMILA.When the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) began its i
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Killed at Yuletide
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
The killing of a 200-Level student at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Abiodun Babalola, by robbers has again brought to the fore issues of bed space shortage on campus, insecurity of off-campus hostels and irresponsive nature of healthcare personnel, FAROMBI OLUWASEUN reports.The Yuletide usually brings hopes, joy and festivities. But not so at the Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, where a student died three days to Christmas after a robbery attack.Abiodun Babalola di
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DPO queried as four policemen are arrested for robbery
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Four policemen are in soup for allegedly robbing a Togo- based Nigerian of CFA 350,000 (about N63,130).Inspector Victor Amiete, Sergeants Samuel Gbemunu and Afolabi Oluwaseun, and Corporal Adigun Omotayo of the Ijanikin Police Division, Lagos, are being detained at the Provost Section at the Command Headquarters in Ikeja.They allegedly robbed Theodore Ifunnaya on December 17, around Iyana-Era, during a stop-and-search.Ifunnaya, who was coming home for the Yuletide, was allegedly bundled into a p
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Council denies groups claim of harassment at park
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
A group has accused the Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of using touts to attack its officers, who are members of Ifesowapo Trailer Park at Whites and Orile.But the council denied the allegation, promising to check through its records to set things straight.At a briefing in Somolu yesterday, the Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) accused the council of imposing an illegal daily N2,000 fees on its members for loading and offloading after paying the N100,000 yearly fee for p
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No meeting point between Amosun and I on successor, says Obasanjo
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Ibikunle Amosun are not best of friends on who becomes the next governor in theGateway State.Chief Obasanjo said his choice and that of the governor did not align on the choice of the next governor as from May 2019, next year.The former president and the governor are, however, in agreement that power should shift to Ogun West Senatorial District.The zone has not produced a governor since it was created more than 42 years ago.Obasanjo is rooting for
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Cabal: PDP cant make family issue for 2019 campaign, says Presidency
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
The Presidency yesterday said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot afford to make family the issue for next years general elections.It also noted that the PDP is engaging in mud-slinging because it finds it easier than speaking on their despicable 16-year record in the course of which they abused the trust of Nigerians.The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, told reporters in Abuja that the APC will welcome the opposition PDP should it decid
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18 months after, sacked whistle-blower reinstated
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
EIGHTEEN months after he was sacked, a whistleblower, Dr. Murtala Ibrahim of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) has been reinstated.His reinstatement followed an intervention by the office of the Power, Works & Housing Minister Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN).Ibrahims appointment as the Head of ICT Process Audit & Special Investigation Unit at the bank was terminated on May 8, 2017, for blowing the whistle on a contract scam and the banks doctored 2016 Half-Year Validation Report.T
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The magic of smokeless coal
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
After traversing the major coal deposits in the country, from Aguwatashi in Nasarawa to Enyeama and Oji in Enugu State, Maiganga in Gombe and Okaba in Kogi and a visit to Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida( IBB) University where smokeless coal research is being carried out SINA FADARE reveals how this resource can help end the electricity supply challenge.Nigeria sits comfortably on billions of tons of coal. Yet businesses die for lack of power which can be generated from coal.Former Minister of Solid
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Police beat up my son to death
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
A cattle dealer at Kara market, Isheri-Berger, Ogun State, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim, yesterday accused men of the Obada Police Station in Abeokuta, Ogun State, of allegedly beating up his 20-year-old son, Jubrin Mohammed, to death.He said the police deceived him last Friday that Jubrin, who was arrested on December 14, took ill and was taken to a hospital in Abeokuta where he died.Ibrahim said when the police on Monday finally admitted that his son was dead; they refused to release the body for buri
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Im not privy to ex-commissioners defection
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
The leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Epe Division, Lagos State, Alhaji Akanni Seriki, has said that the people of the sub-zone will vote for the ruling party in next years elections.He denied the allegation that he was instrumental to the defection of former Commissioner for Science and Technology Wale Oluwo to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying he had no contact and interaction with the defector.Seriki told reporters in Lagos that he is not against the choice of Senator
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2019: Olawepo-Hashim and third force
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
In this peace, Hassan Ibrahim describes the presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust (PT), Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, as a credible alternative to the flagbearers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Mr. Olawepo-Hashim is a Global Energy Executive and founding Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He is one of the few Nigeria leaders who combine solid business record with strong political background.A successful entrepr
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Why PDP cant retain power in Plateau, by ex-SSG
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Former Secretary to Plateau State Government Rufus Bature is the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate in Plateau North Senatorial Zone. In this interview with YUSUFU IDEGU in Jos, the state capital, he says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot bounce back in the Northcentral state.You were Secretary to Government of Plateau State, but you decided to resign to contest for the Senate. What made you to take such decision’I took the decision because I prefer to do what I do
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Atiku to Buhari: Dont blame the system for your failure
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has told President Muhammadu Buhari to stop blaming the Nigerian system for his failure.Atiku was reacting to the Presidents statements while receiving a delegation of eminent personalities from the Federal Capital Territory who paid him a Christmas homage.Buhari had blamed the slow judicial system for the slow pace of the legal side of the anti corruption war.But in a statement Tuesday, which he personally s
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Boxing Day: Obaseki urges love, support among Nigerians
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has urged residents of Edo State and Nigerians in general, to spread love and support for one another to deepen unity in the country, noting that only the feeling of oneness will help Nigeria survive hard times.Obaseki made the call in commemoration of Boxing Day, which is celebrated on December 26, every year.He said, On behalf of the Edo State Government, I send my heartfelt greetings and best wishes to everyone as we celebrate boxing day. I urge Nigeria
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Bagudu commends Christians in Kebbi for living in peace
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has commended the non-indigenes residing in the state for living in peace and harmony with their host community.The Governor made the commendation in a statement signed by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Abubakar Muazu Dakingari to mark the Christmas celebration.He advised all Christians to uphold the teachings and virtues of Christ of humility, compassion and sublimity as well as maintain peaceful co-existence with adherents of other religions.He said h
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Police arrest suspected armed robbers on Xmas eve
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Fifteen persons have been kidnapped and two others killed by unknown armed bandits at Mangwaro,a boundary with Kaduna and Niger state, The Nation learnt on Wednesday.All the kidnapped victims are from Niger state, 10 are from Gwada in Shiroro local government area and 5 from Munya local government area of the state.It was learnt that they were returning from Kaduna state when they were kidnapped.The Niger state Commissioner of Information and Strategy Alh Danjuma Sallau confirmed the incident to
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You are ignorant of laws guiding campaign funding
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential campaign spokesperson, Buba Galadima to have a clear understanding of the laws guiding campaign funding before making public statement on contribution to the campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari.The Organization lampooned Galadima for displaying crash ignorance and expressing frustration over the donation of about N1.2 billion by Nigerian farmers to the campaign the President.Galadima had call
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Don hails Obaseki on Edo-GIS, Innovation hub
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
charges Edo Poly, Usen on collaboration with UNIBEN, AAU on HND conversion programmesProfessor of Physics and Director, Center for Atmospheric Research (CAR), Prof. Rabiu Babatunde has commended Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki on the establishment of the Edo State Geographic Information Service (Edo-GIS) as well as the setting up of the Edo Innovation Hub, noting that such technology-driven solutions will position the state for economic prosperity.Professor Rabiu gave the commendation at
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Shehu Sani donates hall in honour of murdered Kaduna monarch
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central has donated a Memorial Hall worth N50 million in Honour of the recently murdered Kaduna monarch, Agwom Adara, Dr. Maiwada Galadima, of Adara community of Kaduna State.The multipurpose hall which was built by Senator Sani in Adara community has 2000 seats capacity.It would be recalled that the late traditional ruler was abducted on Friday, October 19, 2018 with his wife, which sparked violence in Kasuwan Magani, which later spread to some parts of th
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IMF: Lagos will grow by 4% to $136b in 2019
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Lagos State economy would grow by four per cent in 2019, the Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, said.Ambode, who spoke at separate meetings on Tuesday in an address he delivered to the states foremost social clubs the Yoruba Tennis Club and Island Club, said Lagos on a stand-alone basis in the year under reference, would achieve four per cent growth in its GDP, which is currently valued at $136 billion.The governor, who echoed the IMFs (International Monetary Funds (IMFs) forecast, said the states gro
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NNPC spends N623.16b on fuel subsidy
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), said it has spent N623.16 billion on under recovery otherwise known as subsidy from January to November, 2018.The Corporation said it made this known to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) at the last meeting in Abuja where revenue generating agencies gave account of their performances in the year.The NNPC in its report dated 19th December, 2018 revealed that it also has an arrears of N67.23 billion for deductions made from FAAC.
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Lagos-Ibadan expressway important to govt
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr. Adedamola Kuti, has described the Lagos-Ibadan expressway as special and very dear to the Federal Government. Kuti made this statement while declaring some sections of the road opened ahead of the yuletide. He also used the occasion to inspect the level of progress made on the repair work on the Ikorodu-Sagamu Road.According to the controller, the fact that the Lagos-Ibadan expressway connects the Apapa ports and terminates in the northern part of th
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My mission in NAHCO, by MD
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
A NEW target has been set at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) Plc.The new management plans to drive the new structures and subsidiaries of the group to become the leading ground handling firm in Africa.In an interview with The Nation at the weekend, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer Mrs Olatokunbo Adenike Fagbemi said the new team planned to add value to service delivery and shareholders investments through closer monitoring of the groups sunsidiaries.The subsidiaries a
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Fed. Govt approves N700m for Farin Ruwa Dam
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
The Federal Government has approved N700 million to complete and deliver the Farin Ruwa Hydro power project in Wamba Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.The project is aimed at boosting power generation in Nigeria.But while inspecting the project during the week, Dr. Musa Ibrahim, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said the government is desirous of completing and delivering the project soon.He told the News Agency of Nigeria that the Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Under
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33 Export rewards 33 friends with Boxing Day gifts
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Double 33 Export yesterday rewarded 33 lucky friends with Boxing Day gifts.This initiative was borne out of the desire of the company to remind its consumers on the reason for the season and the true essence of Boxing Day.The beer brand took to its Facebook page to announce the competition on Christmas Eve, Facebook users were asked to simply nominate a special friend they would like to give a Boxing Day surprise.The selected 33 winners were so delighted, taking to social media to share their ex
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Nigeria has highest capex on crude
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Nigeria accounts for more than 34 per cent of the proposed capital expenditure (capex) on planned and announced crude and natural gas projects in sub-Saharan Africa over the period 20182025, according to GlobalData, a data and analytics company.The companys report: H2 2018 Production and Capital Expenditure Outlook for Key Planned Upstream Projects in Sub-Saharan AfricaRoyal Dutch Shell Dominates Production and Capex Outlook reveals that Nigeria leads in sub-Saharan Africa with a capex of US$59b
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Customs remits N653.47b to Fed Acct
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), said it has remitted N653.47 billion into the Federation Account between January and November 2018.The NCS which presented the report to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC), last week, said the amount was generated from six major revenue sources, namely: Import duty where N553 billion was realised between January and November; Excise duty where N53.63 billion was made; Fees brought in, N2.42 billion; Auction sales generated N803.24 million; Pena
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FAAN fetes children at end of year party
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Managing Director, Saleh Dunoma, has advised parents, teachers and other members of the society to build up childrens confidence.He spoke at the party held by the agency for workers children at the Murtala Muhammed School complex at the Murtala Muhammed airport, Ikeja, Lagos.Dunoma, an engineer, pointed out that children are important in the society.Dunoma, represented by the Director of Security services, Mrs Ann Egbadon, said: Children are the l
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Greenhouse produces 4,200t vegetable product
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
Nigerias biggest greenhouse, the Wells Hosa greenhouse has produced 4,200 tonnes of various vegetables meeting International standards.Chairman of Wells Hosa, Captain Idahosa Okunbo, who stated this, said the greenhouse covers eight hecters fully covered land and another eight hecters indoor greenhouse.Okunbo, who spoke in Abuja while unveiling the Wells Carlton Hotel and Luxury Apartments, said the new hotel employs over 300 people directly and hundreds more indirectly.He said, It is my hope th
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Why they hate Buhari
Thu, 27 Dec 2018
I took a stroll to PDP dominated platforms. My determination was to understudy the philosophy behind the increasing anger and frustration that have snowballed into utter desperation to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari. The more my inquiry, the more I saw the innocence and sincerity of Buhari. I am a victim of intimidation and attempted murder by a powerful cabal in a PDP state. Innocent though I am, it cost me my job and I have lost everything because I support and love Buhari.Two geo-political
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