President Buhari will on Wednesday visit Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. The President will use his visit to flag off the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) conference which begins today. He is also expected to meet the troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole at the theatre command fighting insurgency in the north-east region. The planned visit by the Commander-in-Chief comes about two weeks after the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram splinter group, killed dozens of soldiers in Metele, a remote village near the border with the Niger Republic.
President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration remains committed to the realisation of the Mambilla Hydropower Plant project in Taraba State. The President said this on Wednesday in Beijing during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, where he sought China’s support to build the 3,050 Megawatts hydropower project. “I told President Xi that the Mambilla Hydropower Plant is Nigeria’s equivalent of China’s Three Gorges Dam, and that I look forward to him joining me for the groundbreaking ceremony in the not-too-distant future,” he was quoted on his Twitter handle. President Buhari added, “I am fully committed to the realisation of [...]
Muslim pilgrims on Monday began ascending Mount Arafat for the climax of the annual hajj which brings together more than two million people from around the world. A sea of worshippers scaled the rocky hill southeast of the holy city of Mecca for a day of prayers and reflection where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammed delivered his final sermon. Some of the pilgrims — men in white seamless garments and women in loose dresses — pushed elderly relatives in wheelchairs on the second day of the hajj, one of the world’s largest annual gatherings. A hot wind blew across the hill, also [...]
Sa'adu Zungur was born in 1915 and died in 1958. He was a leading Hausa poet and political activist. During the pre-independence period, he was at various point in time, a member of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons, NEPU and the Northern Peoples Congress. Zungur was an outspoken activist and nationalist at a time few non aristocratic Hausa men were conspicuous in political matters. He is sometimes called the leading Hausa poet of the mid-twentieth century. Zungur was born into a Hausa family and was educated in Arabic and English. He was well versed in the knowledge of [...]
According to the latest rankings released on Thursday on FIFA’s official website, the Eagles dropped from the 38th to the 44th position. In Africa, the Super Eagles are now ranked fifth. The Eagles’ next World Cup qualifying opponents, Zambia, however improved in the rankings as they moved up 18 places to 78. Cameroon, just like the Eagles, dropped in the rankings. The Africa Cup of Nations champions dropped 10 places from 35th to 45th. The Eagles’ AFCON 2019 Group E qualifying conquerors South Africa also did not do well as as they dropped 14 places to 80th. Libya who are also [...]
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed yesterday said, given what the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari inherited, restructuring could not have been its priority. The minister made the statement when he featured on “Focus Nigeria” current affairs programme of African Independent Television (AIT). Mr. Mohammed explained that with the high level of corruption economy downturn, insecurity, particularly with the activities of Boko Haram, which had taken over half of the North East, the government could not have contemplated restructuring. He said the focus of the government which also formed the basis of its campaign were to fight corruption [...]
The Governors of the five south-east states have urged Igbos leaving in Northern Nigeria to remain where they are and go about their activities without fear of being attacked. He assured them of their security despite the 3 months ultimatum given to them to leave the region by a Northern coalition. The chairman of the Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi gave the assurance yesterday at a press briefing in Abakaliki. The Federal Government and the Kaduna State Government have Since Condemned the call, assuring of maximum security, while Governor Nasir El-Rufai called for the arrest of the [...]