EDITORIAL NEWS 

2020 Budget Presentation: Matters Arising

President Mohammadu Buhari, yesterday presented the budget for the 2020 fiscal year, titled, “Budget of growth and job creation,” to the national assembly. This budget is set at a sum of N10.3 Trillion, and this makes it the highest budget ever made in Nigeria’s history. To execute the proposed budget, the President estimated revenue for the year 2020 to be N8.2 Trillion (N2.6 Trillion from oil revenue, N1.8 Trillion Non-oil tax revenue, and N3.7 Trillion from other revenues). While all of these look fine on paper, we are worried as to how…

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OPINIONS & COLUMNS 

Is Omoyele Sowore A Traitor?

By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju It is amazing how fast friends can become foes. I don’t want to lay any claim to self-righteousness but once someone has done me a single good in life, I don’t turn against them no matter the temptation. Before President Muhammadu Buhari won his election in 2015, he took Sowore’s call at the first or second ring. That is the background story. A lot of rain has fallen since 2015. Many of us who campaigned for Buhari when it was not fashionable to do so and when…

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NEWS POLITICS 

NASS to Buhari: We are not worried about your concerns on 2018 budget

The National Assembly is not worried over the concerns raised by President Muhammmadu Buhari over changes it made in the 2018 budget, Deputy Senate Majority Leader, Bala Na’ allah, has said. He was fielding questions from State House correspondents on Wednesday after the president assented to the Appropriation Bill. Buhari had decried that lawmakers made cuts amounting to N347 billion in the allocations to 4,700 projects he submitted for consideration and introduced 6,403 projects of their own amounting to N578 billion But Na’Allah said if they had allowed the budget to go the way the…

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Buhari in NASS NEWS OPINIONS & COLUMNS 

Buhari’s full speech at the signing of 2018 budget

  SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA,  AT THE SIGNING INTO LAW, THE 2018 APPROPRIATION BILL, PRESIDENTIAL VILLA, ABUJA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018   PROTOCOLS   I would like to thank the leadership of the National Assembly, particularly the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well as all the Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members, for passing the 2018 Appropriation Bill, after seven months.   When I submitted the 2018 Budget proposals to the National Assembly on 7th November 2017,…

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Buhari in NASS NEWS 

Buhari blasts NASS for inserting N578bn into 2018 budget

President Muhammadu Buhari today expressed concerns over some changes  introduced into the 2018 budget by the National Assembly. He spoke at the Presidential Villa in Abuja this afternoon after signing the budget. He said the legislature made reductions totalling N347bn in the allocations to 4,700 projects presented before it and introduced 6,403 projects of their own amounting to N578 billion “I am however concerned about some of the changes the National Assembly has made to the budget proposals I presented. “The logic behind the Constitutional direction that budgets should be proposed by…

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NEWS POLITICS 

BREAKING: Buhari signs 2018 budget

Finally, President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the 2018 appropriation bill containing the year’s federal spending details as approved by the National Assembly. It was gathered that the president appended his signature to the budget at about 12 noon on Wednesday inside his office at the presidential villa Abuja. The total budget is N9.1 trillion, up from the N8.6 trillion estimates he submitted to the Assembly on November 7, 2017. The two chambers of the National Assembly passed the budget on May 16, six months after it was presented by the president. The Assembly…

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NEWS POLITICS 

I’m not ready to meet nPDP members, Buhari told APC governors

President Muhammadu Buhari said he is not ready to meet members of the Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The president made his position known at a meeting with APC governors in the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja last week. Members of the nPDP, who defected from the People’s Democratic Party before the 2015 general elections, had recently protested, among other things, what they called their marginalisation in the ruling APC. Sources at last week’s meeting revealed that President Buhari insisted that the…

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NEWS POLITICS 

Ramadan has made me healthier to rule Nigeria – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the just-concluded Ramadan fasting had made him much healthier and given him the time needed to attend to national issues. “I’m very grateful to the ministers and church leadership that came to say happy Eid-Filtri to those of us that have been fasting. A lot of people asked me of on health grounds that I can default. I refused because I know the value in fasting, I cannot miss it once I can do it. Last year, I didn’t because I was on health vacation,…

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NEWS POLITICS 

How I lobbied Buhari to honour my father – Abiola’s son

Kola Abiola, the eldest son of late business mogul and winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola, has revealed how he lobbied to get his father to be honoured. He said he welcomed President Buhari’s decision to do so even if the honour was “very political”. He made this revelation during an interview on Channels Television. President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday, conferred MKO Abiola with the nation’s highest honour, the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, (GCFR) – a honour exclusively conferred only on presidents and former presidents.…

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LAW & CRIME NEWS 

Jonathan deserves credit for jailing Nyame, Dariye – Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri, a former spokesperson to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan says the Buhari administration is wrong to claim credit for the jailing of two former governors. Omokri argued that his former boss, Jonathan, and late Umar Yar’Adua, deserve the credit. Corruption Reporter reported that Jolly Nyame (Taraba) and Joshua Dariye (Plateau) were jailed 14 years each for misappropriating funds belonging to their states. Both men were elected in 1999 under the platform of Mr Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party, and then re-elected in 2003. Their corruption trials started in 2007 before their…

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