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Nigeria Not Yet Overwhelmed By Civil War Because Of Peaceful Tenets Of Christianity —Bishop Matthew Kukah

Bishop Matthew Kukah

“The only difference between the Federal Government and Boko Haram is that Boko Haram is holding a bomb. The Federal Government is using different methods to achieve the same goal of Islamic dominance.

They are using the levers of power to secure the supremacy of Islam which then gives more weight to the idea that it can be achieved by violence. They have created the conditions to make it possible for Boko Haram to behave the way they are behaving.

On Boxing Day 2019, ISWAP released a video beheading 10 Christians and shooting one Muslim, saying they were avenging the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghadi, Daesh, ISIS leader, and other senior Daesh members killed during a US raid in October.

The beheading of the 10 Christians followed a Christmas eve attack by Boko Haram, in which seven were killed in coldblood, adding that the United Nations estimated that over 2.2 million people have been displaced by Boko Haram’s actions between 2013 and 2015.

More than 11,000 innocent people were killed by the rampaging Islamist group. The Nigerian government, by packing key government positions with hardline Muslims, gives tacit approval to such groups.

If the people in power don’t do enough to integrate Christians, then they give oxygen to Islamism. If they have countries where everybody in power is Muslim, then you give vent to the idea that Islam should be supreme.

The western nations are not doing enough. They have shown that the resources of Africa are more important than the ordinary people.

Clearly the Western nations could have reduced the influence of Boko Haram by 80 or 90 percent. They have deliberately not done enough. The only thing preventing Nigeria from being engulfed in civil war is the peaceful tenets of Christianity”.

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If Jega Had Declared Jonathan Winner In 2015, There Won't Be Democracy Today -Garba Shehu |The Republican News

Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, has hailed Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for saving Nigeria democracy in 2015.

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, has hailed Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for saving Nigeria democracy in 2015..

He said Jega’s refusal to deny President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2015 presidential election has saved the nation’s democracy from collapsing.

Shehu, stated this while appearing on a special end of the year programme ‘2019 End Of A Decade’ on Channels Television.

Shehu maintained that there was a move by the then ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to seize power.

He said: “We thank God for Jega and the civil society activism at that time because if Jega had caved in, this democracy would have collapsed at that time.

“So, it is an interesting time that we had lived through and then, it tells a story of the resilience of our democracy and that we shouldn’t just toy with it. It didn’t come cheap, it didn’t come easy.”

The Presidential spokesman disclosed that the All Progressives Congress, APC, officials had monitored the election exercise closely.

“For us in the situation room at that time, it was an attempt to grab power or to hold on to power by regime elements or beneficiaries of the system who saw defeat staring them in the face.

“Before those results got to the INEC chairman and he announced them, you are aware that parties had representatives at the lowest of the point; the polling units and the local councils, and the states.

“They did a collation of their own and they had a sense of how or which direction things were going. So, it was obvious to those regime elements at that time that the regime was falling,” he said.

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Please Forgive And Let An Igbo Man Succeed You —APC BOT, Okoloagu Begs Buhari |The Republican News

  • President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to forgive the hostility of some Igbo youths and work to put a southeasterner in Aso Rock when he leaves office in 2023
  • APC BoT member, Okoloagu, a retired brigadier-general, made the plea on behalf of the people of the southeast
  • Okoloagu noted that it is only fair to let the Igbos, the third-largest nation in Nigeria, pick the country’s next leader

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) Board of Trustees (BoT), Joseph Okoloagu, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that he is succeeded by someone from the southeastern part of Nigeria in 2023.

The retired brigadier-general made the plea in an interview he had with a national newspaper, Daily Trust, where he also pleaded with President Buhari to forgive the hostility of some Igbo youths towards him.

He said: “I humbly appeal to my revered President Buhari to ignore the hostility of the Igbo youths against him and his administration and be a nobleman, to make sure at the end of his tenure, an Igbo man succeeds him.

Okoloagu noted that for the sake of equality, the southeastern should be allowed to produce the country’s next president in 2023.

“I want to make it abundantly clear that it is fair and proper to let the Igbo have a shot at the presidency. But it can only be done on a party platform. If the party the Igbos are using now is okay to give them the presidency, so be it.

“But if the party they have been patronizing is not strong enough to give them the presidency, what I am advocating is that, for peace, equity and good conscience, there should be a president of Igbo extraction and not necessarily an Igbo president when Buhari leaves office in 2023.”

Okoloagu’s plea came just days after President Buhari on Tuesday, December 17, said that he would not allow anyone to use his name to campaign for votes in the bid to compromise the 2023 presidential election.

The president said this when he was paid a visit by Secretary to Federal Government (SGF) Boss Mustapha alongside his aides to celebrate the Nigerian leader’s 77 birthday.

He promised Nigerians that he will give them free and fair general elections in 2023.

Specifically, the president said he would not make the mistake of attempting a third term and went on to enumerate reasons why he would not seek another term.

Buhari’s announcement has since thrown open the floodgates of intentions among politicians.

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Buhari Doesn’t Fear God But Whitemen, Says Buba Galadima |The Republican News

Alhaji Buba Galadima

Alhaji Buba Galadima, a former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Council, has said the only people President Muhammadu Buhari fears is the White man, especially the United States government.

He also described as untrue statement from Abubakar Malami, Attorney General and Minister of Justice that former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore were released on compassionate grounds.

He said pressure from the international community forced President Buhari into releasing the duo.

” This government has no respect for anybody in this country. The only person President Muhammadu Buhari fears is the Whiteman. In fact, he fears the whiteman more than God and Nigerians can see that in the release of Dasuki and Sowore” he said

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2023: Bola Tinubu, APC And The Cost Of Political Miscalculation |The Republican News

APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu

By Sanusi Muhammad

The godfather of Lagos politics, Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2015, led the Southwest into an alliance with the north to birth the All Progressive Alliance (APC). His decision, evidently, was informed by the expectation that the two geopolitical regions will share power, invariably to the exclusion of the Eastern bloc. And ultimately that he, or the Southwest will take power by the time the north completes two terms in 2023. But it has proved to be a miscalculation.

Certainly, power play is about conspiracies and alliances. Tinubu is well within his right to do what he thought would best advance his political interest and that of his region. However, in backing President Muhammadu Buhari, he cut his nose to spite his face.

It may not have seemed obvious to many, but once Buhari took power in 2015, Tinubu’s political career was in jeopardy.

To navigate the president without bruises, the best Tinubu could have done was retire from active politics and assume the role of an elder statesman. He did not, he stayed on, wanting to be president and pushing hard to remain at the centre of political discourse. But power is jealous and if there is any holder of the highest office in the land who would tolerate a co-president, it is not Buhari. Things are beginning to unravel, fast.

Without Tinubu and by extension, the Southwest, Buhari could not have been president today. This is one fact that president’s men who now dominate the political space and brook no opposition will hate to admit, but it remains true, regardless.

But being essentially Buhari’s kingmaker, it was political naivety to decide to hang around in the expectation that he would share power. The old Machiavellian advice is that the prince must first destroy the one who made him king. Reason? Because he could decide tomorrow to make another king.

Writing in ‘The Prince’, the legendary Niccolo Machiavelli noted “… he who is the cause of another becoming powerful is ruined; because that predominancy has been brought about by astuteness or else by force, and both are distrusted by him who has been raised to power.”

Of course, it should have been obvious that, in helping to make Buhari president, Tinubu wasjeopardizing his political career and plunging the Southwest and by extension, southern Nigeria into political slavery whose only parallel in the country’s political history, is the late Emeka Ojukwu leading the Igbo to war in 1967.

With respect to the Biafra war, blaming Ojukwu for embarking on it could earn one exile in the Igbo country. But if truth be told, the war was avoidable and could have been avoided if Ojukwu had not been too stiff to listen to the likes of Zik and other intellectuals who understood better, international politics and diplomacy. This is not to say, nonetheless, that Ojukwu was not sufficiently provoked by the killings of the Igbo in the north in the aftermath of the July 1966 revenge coup that threw up Yakubu Gowon as head of state, and indeed the actions – or lack of it – of the Gowon-led federal side. Regardless, it was still in his hands to accept to fight or toe the path of diplomacy which, given the circumstances, was the best option and the only way to win international support for his secession quest. In the event, he went to war and only succeeded in sacrificing more Igbo lives and weakening the Igbo politically.

The consequence of that weakening is that it provided fertile ground for the emergence of hegemonic northern power. The imbalance so created is largely responsible for the crisis of Nigeria’s national identity. One mistake many Nigerians, particularly in the south, make is the assumption that the country is already formed and settled as a circular state. It’s not the case. There is the ever present quest to define the country, right of course, from the 1804 jihad.

Colonial rule put a stop to it, then in the post war years, the middle belt soldiers who dominated the army acted as a wedge. Tinubu’s alliance with Buhari has served to reenact that quest. Buhari is now, apparently, out to define the country. The Jagaban’s political miscalculation could yet prove too costly.

The old generals who I reckon, understand this are already raising alarm. But of course, the horde of naive, ignorant online crowd of crumb eaters are blurring the resistance line.

As it concerns the 2023 presidency, it should be clear to anyone with a functioning brain that President Buhari’s north has no intention of relinquishing power to the southwest or any zone for that matter. What many may not have realised, however, is that for the next three decades at least, if ever, and should Nigeria remain one, power will not leave the north. But in projecting, one must always leave space for the law of unintended consequences and the God factor.

But given Buhari’s antecedents, was there any grounds for the southwest particularly to have given him benefit of the doubt in 2015? Absolutely none in my reckoning. However, it would appear that emotion rather than sound political calculation informed their support for Buhari in 2015. It was, perhaps, more of spite for the East than love for Buhari. I had been amazed when, in the heat of the moment in 2015, before the election, the news editor of my then media platform branded a fellow reporter who didn’t buy into the Buhari presidential project a “bloody b*stard who is following the Igbo people to betray Yoruba by supporting Jonathan.”

In the lead up to the 2019 polls, I had on several occasions engaged my landlord – a backer of Buhari’s second term project who loves to discuss politics with me – on who between Atiku Abubakar and the president would make a better leader. My insistence was, of course, that Atiku would. After we exhausted all manner of issues he raised against the former vice president, he said finally that he would still back Buhari because Atiku was an “Omo Igbo project” and that “after Buhari, Yoruba will take power and after Yoruba, Hausa will take power again.” According to him, “we will be rotating it like that, Igbo people will never smell that place.” I had more of pity for his ignorance.

When in 2003, Buhari joined presidential race, he did so, apparently to stop the then president, Olusegun Obasanjo. Not because Obasanjo had performed badly as president, having taken power with the return of democracy in 1999, but because Buhari and the section of the north he represented believed that power had to return to the region.

In settling for Obasanjo in 1998/99, the intention of the northern military class was for him to do four years as compensation for MKO Abiola – the Yoruba had become uncontrollably agitated – and hand power back to the north. But not long after Obasanjo took power, it became clear that he was never going to leave it for anybody. This realisation led to agitations, criticisms of Obasanjo government was swift in the north, the climax of which was the Sharia crisis of 2000.
To take power however, the anti Obasanjo forces in the north knew that ultimately, it was about going to challenge him at the polls. Buhari emerged as the arrow head of that challenge. And through speeches and actions that appealed to regional sentiments, he built cult following that saw him win elections convincingly in the north right from 2003.

Until 2014/15, Buhari was a regional hero who believed he could become president by winning elections in the north and never thought seriously about campaigning in the south. However, in 2014/15, the Tinubu led southwest gave him an undeserved national platform, and through heavy media propaganda, dressed him in the robe of a born again democrat. But old habits die hard.
Once in power, Buhari did not hesitate to take off the borrowed garb of a nationalist and democrat to put on his original robe of sectionalism. Right from his first set of appointments, he made clear his intentions. And as it stands, he has completely consolidated power in the hands of the north.
Buhari is an idealogue, usually idealogues are very resolute and persistent people. Say what you will, he is doubling down on nepotism. Shout ‘Fulanisation’ or ‘Islamisation’ all you will, he will only look for a hate speech bill or social media bill to shut you up rather than re-examine his ‘hate’ policies.

Possibly, when Buhari is done with the country – if he has his way – no southerner will, on the basis of election, ever become president except at the behest of the north. By suppressing votes in the south and inflating figures in the north, the administration is only trying to establish a pattern, a dangerous pattern which supporters of his party in the south are evidently too blind to see.

It is clear to the discerning where the president is headed. But the question is whether he would succeed. I had pointed out elsewhere that the project would fail, ultimately, because Nigerians are too many to be subjugated.

It would seem, from the actions of those controlling the levers of power, that there is an attempt to precipitate a national crisis with a view to using force to take over the country. But of course, this is a country of 200 million people. The advantage those who have “legitimate” right to bear arms are enjoying at the moment would be lost if there a total breakdown of law and order. And the country would break into fractions controlled by warlords such that it would take a miracle to have it again as one, stable country for anyone to control.

THE DIRTY POLITICS OF THE YORUBAS! THEY WOULD SUPPORT THE DEMONS FOR CRUMBS OFF THEIR TABLES PURELY TO CURRY FAVOUR!

Lord Abiodun Ogunseitan
Founder of the reform party of Nigeria

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Mass Murder Of Christians By ISWAP: “Don’t Let Terrorists Divide Us” —Buhari Begs Nigerians

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians not to allow insurgents divide them along religious lines.

The president said this in reaction to the alleged killing of 10 Christians by the Islamic State (IS) in Borno state.

In a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, Buhari described the execution as evil.

He added that his administration will not lower its guards in the war against terrorism.

“I am profoundly saddened and shocked by the death of innocent hostages in the hands of remorseless, godless, callous gangs of mass murderers that have given Islam a bad name through their atrocities,” the president said.

“We should, under no circumstance, let the terrorists divide us by turning Christians against Muslims because these barbaric killers don’t represent Islam and millions of other law-abiding Muslims around the world.

“As a President, the collective security of all Nigerians is my major preoccupation and the death of an innocent Christian or Muslim distresses me.

“No true Muslim would be shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ while killing innocent people, an evil frequently condemned by the Holy Qur’an.

“These agents of darkness are enemies of our common humanity and they don’t spare any victim, whether they are Muslims or Christians, and therefore, we shouldn’t let them divide us and turn us against one another.

“The goal of these psychopaths is to cause confusion and spread distrust between Muslims and Christians, despite the fact that they aren’t representing the interest of Muslims or Islam.”

Buhari also said he will continue to intensify efforts towards strengthening international cooperation and collaboration to break the backbone of the terrorists.

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2020: I Foresee Future Referendum, Tinubu Will Be Betrayed, Nigeria Will Break Up —Primate Ayodele

Founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele

Founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Oke-Afa, Ejigbo Lagos, Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele, has released prophecies for year 2020.

Ayodele made the revelations public during Christmas at his annual fest gathering.

The cleric gave prophecies on Nigeria, prominent citizens including President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, government agencies, the international community, among others.

Excerpts below:

“NIGERIA: Nigeria in the Diaspora will witness more troubles. I foresee incessant killings in the country as rioting will be on the increase. Nigeria 2020 needs to pray so well because I foresee so many things happening in the country. The country will face serious economy challenges.

I foresee that Budget 2020 will not drive the need of the people. The country needs prayers for guidance and God’s divine protection. Government should look for ways of working things out.

Let us pray against unexpected bomb explosion in Nigeria.

Let us pray against the death of a professor, a judge, a onetime civilian governor, a military officer, a minister and a business tycoon.

Let us pray against the death of a prominent banker.

The government should take steps to tackle the level of crime. The prices of gas will increase as there will be new electric stove.

“There will be issues and clashes between Yoruba and Hausa, Igbo and Hausa.

I foresee deportation of Nigerians in some countries and some Nigerians will be deported within Nigeria. Government will caution people that try to criticize their policy.

People will not be able to express their desire.

Democracy will cause a lot of problems and will break Nigeria. I foresee future referendum coming. A lot of things will happen in Nigeria. I foresee protest and counter protest against the government. Let the country pray against confusion. Nigeria will face a lot of challenges as they will embark on certain steps to normalize and checkmate its security challenges.

“Despite all this, there will still be security challenges in major parts of the country.

Let’s pray for God to protect
Federal Ministries that their office will not be involved in any fire incident.

The following states: Enugu, Kogi, Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti should be careful of erosion and flood and some parts of the north that have not experienced it before.

There will be too much population in the country. Nigeria is still sitting on a time bomb that may explode. The country should pray for peace and unity in the nation. I foresee a new flag in the world i.e. another country will emerge.

Some country will come out of another country.

“Let us pray to rebuke the death of a present and former Minister, former governor, and Former president in Nigeria.

The government of President Buhari will expose some former governors who are corrupt.

The government will make lots of efforts to move the country. APC will rise up against the government. Some government agencies will be scrapped due to internal inefficiencies. Lagos (EKO) Electric Distribution Company will face problems and also in Rivers, Kwara, Edo, Ebonyi, Kano and Cross Rivers.

I foresee that the 2023 election will pose serious tension as the Northern part will want to continue to be in power at all cost. They will do so many things so as to ensure they remain in power. The Yoruba clamouring to become the next president of the country should seek the face of God before they embark on any journey.

“The Igbo will not be recognized in 2023. The 2023 election will be so tough and challenging. The geo-political zones who have sold their right are still going to regret it because anybody that talks will be arrested or oppose what the government are doing will face so many threats. I foresee some people will oppose the decision of the government.

The Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) should be committed into prayers and they will introduce a new tax system into the country.

Let us pray against calamity in the country.

There will be environmental pollution. Stock Exchange will experience changes in its leadership position. Some company license will be seized.

“I foresee unexpected explosions and fire outbreak in Nigeria.

Some Federal Ministers must be careful because some will face unexpected challenges in discharging their duties properly.

Let us pray against troubles in our security system.

Baby factories will be detected. The government will embark on new methods of sanctifying the state in order to make it free and cool the security of the country. Pensioners will demonstrate. Some state will not be able to pay their pensioners. Pensioners will go on strike.

Fraud will be detected in the Pension Board. Ghost workers will be detected by the Federal government.

“Let us watch against unexpected explosion and killings in Abuja. Herdsmen will come in various dimensions. Some state will work on cattle rearers which will not work as expected.

There will be attack on herdsmen. The president must pray to rebuke troubles. Nigeria will be concerned about the security challenges confronting the country. Nigeria will make security dominant in the country. Let us pray so that curfew will not be declared in some states and local government and let’s rebuke cases of emergencies in any of the sectors in the country.

I foresee the Villa being changed from its present location in the nearest future. I also foresee a new Presidential Villa being built.

“Let us pray to rebuke death and cases of fire in the Villa. Let us also be careful and watchful because of so many things that will be happening in the villa. Let us pray against attack and threat on the Villa. Let’s pray so that none of the presidential convoy will be attacked.

The government should be vigilant. President Buhari should take a rest in the month of April, May, August and September 2020 and he should watch his policies. I foresee drama in the Villa.

Let us pray for our governments so that none of them will be attacked. Some Ministers will be queried by the President. Some of the hidden agendas of the Ministers will be exposed.
Apart from this, Nigeria will experience what they have not being experiencing before. I foresee earthquake, landslide and earth tremor in Nigeria.

“Farmers will be assisted and encouraged by borrowing them money but the money will not be accounted for. Government will distribute fertilizers to the farmers so as to enhance their farm crops and fake fertilizers will be given also. I foresee the South-West will start producing food.

“Let us pray to rebuke attack in some neighbouring countries. Government will raise tax on tricycle riders in Lagos. The license method of C of O will be changed.

Tinubu will be betrayed. Osinbajo and Buhari will have problems as there will be moves to remove him from office even as I foresee the cabals working against Tinubu’s plan and they will be threat to question Tinubu.

Osinbajo must be prayerful because he will face counter challenges before the end of his tenure. Malabo oil scam will still rise. Some present and past politicians will be accused. The country needs lots of prayers as the Lord has blessed the country so much.

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Dasuki, Sowore Release: Buhari Bowed To Pressure From The USA After Years Of Disobedience To Court Orders

Buhari, Sowore and Dasuki

So many Nigerians, socio-cultural organisations have reacted to the sudden release of Sambo Dasuki, Omoyele Sowore in a fashion not reminiscent of the tyrannical tendencies of Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and his blatant disobedience of several court orders from Nigerian courts and ECOWAS courts.

Buhari has refused and disobeyed court orders to release Sambo Dasuki in the ast four year, in what many think was based on simple personal grievances with Buhari.

Activist and convener of the RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, in the evening of Tuesday, December 24, was released alongside Col. Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser.

Dasuki was seen here for the first time in four years reunited with his family praying and being hugged by family members.

Dasuki has been detained under the pretence which Buhari and his cabal called “threat to national security” a term usually used by tyrants to detain opposition or someone they fear and used to obfuscate the unsuspecting public.

Buhari met the new United States Ambasssdor and it was alleged that she ordered President Muhammadu Buhari to release all political and religious prisoners or he and his regime may face serious consequences from the international community. Few days before the release of these men, the United Congressmen have addressed a serious worded letter to the Nigerian Attorney General, Mr Abubakar Mallami urging him to respect the rule of law and democratic tenets of Nigeria and release Omoyele Sowore.

Mrs Mary Beth Leonard in the conversation with Buhari who sounded very traumatised said that ” the recent listing of Nigeria for human rights concerns created an impression that some people were being unfarily treated or marginalised in the country. I know that those with access have created an impression of being marginalised, but I sit here with clear conscience and I took an oath and I am honouring the office”.

Ambbassador Mary, who was not deterred told Buhari that “Nigeria was listed in the watch list to deepen the conversation on humanitarian situation in the country, especially with religious leaders and mediators”

Many would observe that Buhari’s government has overseen thousands of deaths of mostly Christians in the hands of Fulani herdsmen, who are largely Muslims. He dragged his feet and refused to designate the group as terrorists but rushed to proscribe the Biafran group IPOB as terrorists. Also, the Shiite group led by Sheikh El-Zakyzaky whose crime was only a religious march, which allegedly blocked the passage of Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur J. Buratai.

It is obvious that the United States have over time observed the trends in the tyrannical administration of Muhammadu Buhari and has decided that it is time to address his dictatorship and stiffling of religious rights of Christians and Shiites group in Nigeria.

The United States Congressman Chris Smith earlier yesterday said that “Buhari must account for all the killings by Fulani herdsmen”. This is a very serious matter that could take international dimension if care is not taken. Buhari could be brought to international court to give account of the killings by Fulani herdsmen and state what measures his government took to check on their activities, if any.

Some Nigerians have expressed their feelings about how the man they have seen as a tyrant, who doesn’t bow to court orders or the judiciary, rather have this arrogant attitude towards them has bowed to little pressure from the United States.

The question is would Buhari begin now to turn a new leaf or go back to his old ways? But it seems the new Ambassador of the United States is one who will not let Buhari behave as he has been doing in his last four years as a tyrant

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BREAKING: Sowore Makes First Statement After Regaining His Freedom From DSS Detention |The Republican News

Sahara Reporters founder, Mr Omoyele Sowore

by Eromosele Ebhomele

Activist and convener of the RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, in the evening of Tuesday, December 24, spoke first time after leaving the facility of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Sowore was quoted as thanking Nigerians for supporting him and making his freedom happen.

Sahara Reporters quoted Sowore as saying: “The only thing is to Thank Nigerians; they made this happen; they should not relent…Nobody can take a people who are determined for granted.”

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Nigeria May Descend Into Extreme Poverty Very Soon — World Bank Raises Alarm |The Republican News

The World Bank in its 2019 Nigeria Economic Update Report which was released on Monday, December 2, stated that the country might soon plunge into poverty if the federal government fails to revive economic growth and create jobs.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the economic update is prepared twice a year (Spring and Fall) to appraise stakeholders interested in economic and social developments, prospects and policies.

Marco Hernendez, Lead Economist of the bank, expressed worry that 100 million Nigerians live on less than 1.90 dollars per day.

According to Hernendez, with population growth estimated at 2.6 per cent, out spacing economic growth in the context of weak job creation, per capital incomes are falling.

He said: “Under a business-as-usual scenario where Nigeria maintains the current pace of growth and employment levels, by 2030 the number of people living in abject poverty can increase by 30 million.”

Hernendez emphasized the need to build reforms to mitigate risks and promote inclusiveness while presenting policy options for increasing economic efficiency to promote growth and job creation in Nigeria.

He further said that robust growth and job creation would require strengthening micro economic management while increasing fiscal revenues to attenuate the impact of oil sector fluctuations.

The lead economist who also called for investments in human capital and infrastructure commended the government for improved regulation to make it easier for entrepreneurs to start and operate businesses.

He, however, commended the federal government for ratifying the social protection policy and establishing a state and national social registry of poor and vulnerable households to enhance social protection.

According to him, “Under a business-as-usual scenario where Nigeria maintains the current pace of growth and employment levels, by 2030 the number of people living in abject poverty can increase by 30 million.”

Meanwhile, The Herald reported that Maryam Uwais, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on social investments disclosed that about 620,947 poor and vulnerable Nigerians benefited from the recovered looted funds by the late former head of state, General Sani Abacha.

Uwais who made this known on Monday, October 21, at a public function in Port Harcourt, Rivers, said between August/September 2018 and September/October payment 2019, the total cumulative amount disbursed from the Abacha loot is $76,538,530 and $27,099,028 from the International Development Association (IDA) credit.

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