By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja The United Nation’s prediction that 2019 elections in Nigeria will be credible and violent free is yet another indication of the world’s confidence in Nigeria’s current administration according to the presidency. Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Monday, a day after a United Nations representative made the prediction in a Channels TV interview, Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, expressed pleasure at the world body’s accurate observation of the trends in President Buhari’s government, which could only lead down the path of free and fair elections come 2019. “The Buhari government doesn’t believe in cheap propaganda,” he said. “It’s not about responding to the attacks, false allegations and insinuations of the PDP or of the still very active media machinery of the previous government. We believe in taking active steps to ensure that the future of Nigeria is better than it...

PMB Presents 2018 Budget

BY AHURAKA ISAH, ABUJA President Muhammadu Buhari will today lay the 2018 budget estimates to a Joint session of the National Assembly by 2:00pm. The president had last week notified the legislature in a letter addressed to the two chambers of the National Assembly requesting for a slot to address a joint session of the National Assembly and lay his third budget proposal on November 7. Buhari had presented the 2016 Budget Proposal on December 22, 2015 and that of 2017 on December 14, 2016. The president’s letter titled, ‘Laying of the 2018 Budget Proposal Before the National Assembly’, was read by Senate President Bukola Saraki during plenary last Thursday. The letter reads in part: “Pursuant to Section 81 of the 1999 Constitution, may I crave the indulgence of the National Assembly to grant me the slot of 1400 hours onTuesday, 7th November, 2017 to formally address the joint session of and lay before...
The deepening desertification in the front line states of Northern Nigeria is threatnening the livelihood of locals amid migration. In this report, CHIKA OKEKE examines the effect of desertification and writes on the need for more interventions in the affected areas. Nigeria covers an area of 923,769 km² with 909,890 km² of landmass and 13,879 km² of water area. Presently, about 105,000sq.km to 136,500sq.km landmass are lost to drought and desertification in the front line states. The 11 states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Bauch, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states also known as frontline states cut across the North East and North West region of Nigeria. The front line states with a projected population of about 54 million and 394, 006 landmass are worst hit by desertification. Aside Nigeria, about 500 million hectares of farmland are lost to desertification worldwide which fundamentally undermine the carrying capacity of the planet. The farmlands which...
An Ikole-Ekiti Customary Court, in Ekiti, has reserved judgment in a case of disputed children custody until Nov. 13. Mrs Sayo Akomolafe, had filed for divorce between her and her husband, Segun Akomolafe;  and also requested the court to share custody of their six children between the parents. But Segun, a welder on Monday, Oct.23, in a suit number CCL/35/17, told the court that his wife refused to obey its judgment in which she was requested to release custody of their first three children to him. At the resumed hearing on Monday, the President of the three-man panel, Mrs Yemisi Ojo, after listening to the arguments of the parties, reserved  judgment until Nov. 13 When the claim was read to the defendant, she admitted, but said it was the children that refuse to go to their father’s house. The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that three of the affected children testified in the matter. While...

Dogara Backs PMB On Federalism

. . . As el-Rufai faults current structure By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s position that the National Assembly is the only organ of government to restructure the country. This is as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Committee on True Federalism and Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasiru el-Rufai asserted that there are imbalances in the current federal arrangement in the country. These declarations where made when the members of the APC committee paid a courtesy call on the leadership of the House of Representatives. Addressing the committee, Dogara said “when the president talked about the National Assembly being the proper forum where the nation can be restructured, a lot of people objected, even senior advocates of Nigeria saying the president can do it. But the president cannot tinker with the provisions of the constitution. “I concur totally with him...
By Audu Ogbeh - -   We need to change that narrative (Moving Nigeria forward in beef and dairy production) There is a saying among politicians that “war is too serious a thing to be left to soldiers.”  When I first heard it, I wondered what politicians had to do with war. But, what they were saying was that there are certain issues that shouldn’t be left to professionals alone. The issue of agriculture is not the business of the ministry or the ministries of agriculture or local governments alone. It actually belongs to the private sector. Today, we are dealing with the livestock sector as an industry, long forgotten and ignored by the various sub-sectors of the agriculture establishment. For nearly 30 years, we actually forgot agriculture. We abandoned food production to the peasant farmer in the village. And we expected him or her to feed us at very cheap prices. Today, we...

Gov. Abubakar And the Second Term Bid

By Sani Abubakar Bauchi It may look like the 2019 general elections is far from now,  but the released of the elections time table by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), only points to the truism that the early the better. To this end, but the serious and charlatan politicians and their supporters have gone to the drawing board to do a draft of the next power grabbing game. For the elected officials, they would be naïve to think the incumbent factor can rail road them to a second term; well it would be too much of carelessness to seat back and depend on that, so they would need to engage the seriousness of an aspirant who is fighting to unseat an incumbent elected official. Some elected public figures had played to the gallery by turning back on the people who voted them in an election. They either become extremely inaccessible or leave their primary constituent domain and...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN ,Kaduna The apex northern sociocultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has felicitated with Nigerians on the 57th independence anniversary of our country today but lamented that inspite of the years attained after independence, it is yet to realize full pottention and deliver on the expectations of its citizens. ACF in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary Muhammad Ibrahim Biu noted that the journey over the years- considering our diversity and complexity-has been full of challenges in the areas of national security, peaceful coexistence, political and economic development. ACF further observed that our founding fathers laid a good foundation for a prosperous Nigeria but stressed however that the instability we witnessed in our polity, especially the military coups and the civil war, have affected and distorted our journey to a developed nation at 57. " Although Nigeria as a nation at 57 is yet to realize its full potential...
bY ANDREW ESSIEN and OMONU YAX-NELSON, Abuja Amidst the ongoing agitations for restrcturing ahead of the 2019 general elections, former vice president and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of others who may not think, act or believe in what they do, saying the country’s diversity ought to be her strength and not otherwise. Atiku who was speaking yesterday in Abuja as the Chairman of the occasion at the formal presentation of the book, titled “Constitutional Misconception of Secularism: Implications for Politics and Religion” said first country’s national constitution carefully considered the diverse character as a nation and chose the secular path in order to accommodate the diversity and peaceful coexistence. Waziri Adamawa, who was represented by the former Speaker of the Plateau state House of Assembly, George Daika said: “Let me, however, use this opportunity to remind us all that...

Reps Set Up Committee On Restructuring

by Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja Concerned about the spate of agitations across the country, the House of Representatives yesterday, resolved to constitute an ad hoc committee to liaise with stakeholders in the six geopolitical zones on how best to restructure the country and sustain the unity of the nation. The resolution was sequel to the adoption of a motion on matters of urgent importance on the unity of the nation moved by leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila. The leader observed that different agitations across the country have led to divergent views on the structures upon which the unity of Nigeria rests. “These agitations have resulted into proscription of groups, loss of lives and judicial pronouncements.” According to Gbajabiamila, “Events of the last few weeks brought Nigeria close to the precipice but for the determination of Nigerians in their various show of commitment to the peace and unity of the country. Hence the...