Leaders of Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU-PF, met yesterday to draft a resolution to dismiss President Robert Mugabe at the weekend, a senior party source said. The source said the leaders will lay the ground for his impeachment on Tuesday if Mr. Mugabe refused to stand down. “There is no going back,” the source told Reuters. “If he becomes stubborn, we will arrange for him to be fired on Sunday. When that is done, it’s impeachment on Tuesday.” Zimbabwe’s military said it was engaging President Mugabe in talks on the way forward for the country and that it would advise the nation on the outcome as soon as possible. The military added, in a statement broadcast on Zimbabwean television, that it had made “significant progress” in its operation targeting “criminals” around Mugabe. On Thursday, Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai urged Mugabe to resign in the interest of the country after the military seized power. “In the...
by ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja  National chairman of Northern Nigeria Union (NNU), Professor Ango Abdullahi,  has said that President Muhammad Buhari will have to earn the endorsement of the North for re-election in 2019 through his performance in his first term. Professor Abdullahi stated this while speaking on the activities lined up by the NNU for the 5th commemorative lecture in honour of the late Dr. Olusola Saraki on November 27 this year at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja. He also declared that the issue of unity in a country like Nigeria could not be a settled matter, just as he expressed the Union’s disappointment with the National Assembly over its rift with the executive. Speaking on the candidacy of President Buhari and the position of the North, Abdullahi said that his endorsement would depend on performance and not sentiment, adding, however, that the president’s electoral fortunes did not depend on the region...
By Tordue Salem, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday disclosed that former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, was arrested by the Commission on Thursday for pilfering the Ecological and National Security funds to the tune of over N71billion. The facts behind the arrest of the former President of the Senate emerged yesterday, through a statement issued by the spokesman of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujiaren. Mr. Anyim was arrested by some operatives of the EFCC, at about noon Thursday November 16. The security agency said the swooped on the politician after he failed to honour a 10-am appointment at the Agency’ headquaerters. The arrest, according to sources, took Anyim by surprise as the EFCC team, armed with a Warrant, immediately executed a search on the property during which they recovered documents relevant to the investigation. Anyim who was still quizzed at the time of...
Danjuma Joseph writes that the exodus of herders and their cattle from Benue State into neigbouring Nasarawa State following the implementation of  the Anti-open Grazing Law in Benue has left Nasarawa State bursting from the seams with cattle and their herders, eliciting  save-our-soul calls from Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigerian, MACBAN, Nasarawa branch. It is no longer news that the Benue State government recently introduced an anti-open grazing law that prohibits herdsmen from grazing openly in the state, what is news is the aftermath of the law that took effect on 1st November, 2017. It will be recalled that the anti-open grazing law sent all herdsmen in Benue State packing and their next point of call is either Nasarawa or Taraba State, which are the two closest states to Benue. Parts of the new anti grazing law stipulates that “Section 19 (4) movement of livestock on foot from one destination...
It is over two years now since the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was displaced as the ruling party. The 2015 general elections proved a test of its strength and popularity in the face of the then emerging All Progressives Congress (APC). GABRIEL EMAMEH looks at how well the PDP has fared as the leading opposition party, especially in the light of APC’s declining popularity?  Up till 2015, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held sway at the federal level and also controlled most states. The party enjoyed the good will of Nigerians for 16 years, and almost extended that record until a viable opposition platform, championed by a coalition of political parties which later snowballed into what is now the APC, came on the scene. The PDP had never tasted what it is like to be in an opposition, particularly at the centre. In fact, the party had once through its former...
The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day is “Women And Diabetes:Our right to a healthy future. AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE takes a look at the csuses, cure and ravages of the global scourge. At a crowded tea spot in a quiet neighbourhood of Suleja in Niger State and close to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a large number of low-income earners eagerly wait for their turn to have a hot cup of tea and bread before heading to their places of work. The young and old all want the attention of the busy tea man also known as (Mai shayi) in Hausa language. As they get their hot cups of Shayi, the vendor grabs his large spoon, takes turns to scoop mounds of processed sugar from a bowl and empty same in their rubber tea cups. This Mai-shayi spectacle, is just one of the ways Nigerians consume processed sugar daily. After joining the tea party,...
By Chika Okeke, Abuja  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that federal government paid about N50 billion to 62 contractors working on 149 projects this year in order to continue works on the nation’s  roads and bridges and sustain the workforce. This is even as he revealed that payments made to 103 construction companies executing 192 projects during the implementation of the 2016 budget resulted in the employment of 17,749 people directly and 52, 000 indirectly in works section. He stated this in Abuja yesterday at the 27th Biennial Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) with the theme, ‘Developing the Economy for Sustainable Growth: The Construction Industry as an Effective Stimulant. The Vice president observed that similar payments were extended to supervising consultants in the housing and powers sectors of the ministry of power, works and housing adding that increased spending led to recall of sacked workers and reopening of...
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, in an interview with some business editors in Abuja, recently, explained that the federal government’s drive to facilitate trade and ease of doing business in the country is ongoing. He also spoke on Nigeria’s recent feat in World Bank Ease of Doing Business ranking among others, BAYO AMODU was there. Nigeria’s recently moved 24 places up the ladder in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business ranking. What were the things they considered, and what areas are you looking at for improvement? It’s not something we take for granted and we don’t take it for granted because it’s good to  adopt a purposeful approach to issues because the president came and said one of the priorities he was going to do is making it easier for people to do business. As you know, last year, he inaugurated and commissioned the Presidential Enabling...

FG To Build Naval Base In Niger State

By abu nmodu, Minna The federal government is planning to build a naval base for the Nigerian Navy in Sagunnu, Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State by  2019. The Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Monsur Dan Ali (rtd)  disclosed  this to newsmen in his office in Abuja  after a closed door meeting with the Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello. The minister said plans for the building of the naval base have reached advance stage, alluding the progress made on the project to the determination of Governor Sani-Bello , whom he said, initiated the partnership with the Ministry of Defence for the siting of the naval outpost in Sagunnu. Dan Ali said the recognizance of the area for the siting of the base and other logistics are being worked out while necessary budgetary provision is being taken care off in 2018  budget. A statement  made available to LEADERSHIP Friday by the chief press...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari hinted yesterday that the federal government is working quietly behind the scene to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls. Boko Haram insurgents had on April 14, 2014 abducted over 219 schoolgirls in Chibok community, Borno State. In October 2016, the Buhari administration secured the release of 21 of the schoolgirls, while another set of 82 girls were released in May this year. The president spoke about ongoing efforts to secure the release of the remaining girls during the presentation of a book titled, ‘Making Steady, Sustainable Progress For Nigeria’s Peace and Progress’, compiled by the presidential media team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari listed kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers clashes, armed robberies as security challenges facing the country, even as he assured that his administration will continue to give topmost priority to security. Accordingly, he restated the determination of his administration to improve security, fight corruption and...