Have the Igbo Ever Asked for Power A La Carte? By Olawale Olaleye

Nigeria has continued to wobble through her multi-faceted challenges, and one of the issues her leadership as well as the political actors are unable to pretend about is the place of the 2023 presidential election, which expectedly, is at the heart of all other things, currently. I’m unpretentiously Yoruba – a proud one at that – and if anything, I’d gladly want to see a Yoruba president, emerge over and over again as the President of Nigeria. It’s in human nature to feel so selfish. But, ask me honestly, to…

Lawan sponsors weddings for less privileged, orphans in Yobe 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has sponsored the weddings of three hundred couples in Yobe North Senatorial District. The beneficiary district comprised six Local Government Areas of Bade, Jakusko, Machina, Yusufari, Nguru and Karasuwa. To qualify for this gesture, the intending couples are those who are really of marriageable age but with nobody or means at all to finance their weddings. The Senate President decided to foot the bills in response to the passionate appeal made to him by some parents during his previous visits to his constituents in…

CNPP carpets Police over Indiscriminate arrest of protesters …wants President Buhari to end incessant killings

Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has condemned in strong terms the indiscriminate arrest of protesters in the country, urged all security agencies to stop militarising Nigerian youths. The CNPP also called of President Muhammadu Buhari to call his security chiefs to order and end ceaseless killings in the country. Reacting to reports of the arrest of several protesters in Kaduna State in a statement issued on Saturday by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, the CNPP wondered why “Policemen who have been in hiding since the ongoing massacre of…

NiDCOM Boss mourns Basketball Star, Michael Ojo

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has described the sudden death of Michael Ojo, a Nigerian basketball player, as saddening and shocking. In a condolence message signed by Head,Media,Public Relations and Protocol unit of the commission, AbdurRahman Balogun,she said the news of the sudden death of the promising basketball player in Serbia during training was painful. The NIDCOM boss regretted that Michael, 27, died in his prime when he was about to launch himself into global arena and using his God-given talent to promote the image of…

Oyetola greets former Osun Speaker, Salam @ 55

State of Osun Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has congratulated a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly and current Executive Director, Marketing and Business Development at the Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat), Hon.Najeem Salam on the occasion of his birthday anniversary. Oyetola in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, said he joined family, friends, associates and well-wishers to celebrate the Ejigbo-born politician, who turned 55 today, 8 August, 2020. He described Salam as a worthy son of Osun, progressive politician and loyal party man, who is…

Gov Sani Bello mourns Veteran Broadcaster, Ladan Ibrahim Ayawa

Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has expressed shock over the death of a veteran broadcaster with the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Section,Ladan Ibrahim Ayawa. In a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello described the deceased as a compatriot and hard-working broadcaster who distinguished himself, contributing immensely to both news and Magazine programmes of his station. The Governor said the personality of Late Ladan Ibrahim Ayawa remain a model to younger broadcasters pointing out that the International broadcasting industry especially the…

BREAKING: Buruji Kashamu passes on

A former lawmaker, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has died of COVID-19 complications, The PUNCH has learnt. Kashamu, who represented Ogun-East senatorial district between 2015 and 2019, died at First Cardiology Consultants, Lagos. The hospital is the same facility where a former Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi; and the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, died. It was learnt that Kashamu, who had diabetes and high blood pressure, was admitted at the hospital for over a week before giving up the ghost… Confirming his death, a former lawmaker, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce,…

Reps hail Presidential assent to CAMA Bill

Members of the 9th House of Representatives have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law Companies and Allied Matters Act (amendment) Bill (CAMA), on Friday, August 7, 2020. The Green chamber through its Spokesperson,Rep.Benjamin Kalu said with the Presidential assent,the 9th National Assembly had scored another major landmark. Recall that on February 25, while meeting with the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council led by Dr Jumoke Oduwole, the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila had assured Nigerians that the House would fast-track…

VC Race: We’ll not endorse any candidate- ASUU-UI

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan branch has vowed not to endorse or lobbying the union to adopt any of the candidates seeking to take over from the incumbent Vice Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, as there were surreptitious moves by the Vice Chancellor candidate to take over come December 1, 2020. The Union made its position known in its latest four-page July 2020 bulletin entitled “Laying the facts Bare: Call for a Rethink”, where it addressed the issue of ASUU-UI and the process of appointment of…

Assent to CAMA Act, result of harmonious relationship between NASS and the Executive – Senate

The Nigeria Senate has said that the signing into law of the Companies and Allied Matters (repeal and Re-enactment)Act, 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari was a testimony to the harmonious working relationship between the 9th National Assembly and Executive arm of the government. Recall that President Buhari on Friday assented to the Companies and Allied Matters (repeal and Re-enactment) Act bill, 2020 into law thereby bringing a 30year old agitation to create legal framework in line with modern business practice in Nigeria to an end. The Senate in a press…