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    Hillary Clinton now Democratic Party candidate

    Hillary Clinton :  First female presidential candidate in US history

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history. Delegates from South Dakota gave Clinton 15 votes, ensuring that she had more than the 2,383 votes needed to win the nomination during a state-by-state roll call at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. After a tough battle with Democratic...

  • Reconstruction efforts

    Johnson-Sirleaf: ‘Liberia on irreversible path of growth’

    President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

    President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is a strikingly pleasant personality. She is a living encyclopaedia of contemporary international issues. In all my encounters with sitting Presidents along the West African region, advanced questionnaires are always requested and rehearsed before the presidential interviews proper. Not in President Johnson-Sirleaf’s interview. She fielded the questions, un-rehearsed and methodically. In this exclusive interview...

  • A Hero remembered

    Adekunle Fajuyi: 50 Years After

    Adekunle-Fajuyi

    Nigerians mark half a century of the death of Lt. Col Adekunle Fajuyi, first military governor of Western Region By Ademola Adegbamigbe It will be exactly 50 years on Friday, 29 July 2016 when Lt.Col. Adekunle Fajuyi, first military governor of Western Region, was assassinated in a counter coup, led mainly by northern officers. As part of the activities lined up for the anniversary, there will be a lecture and discussion session at the International...

  • The Controversies Continue

    Speaker Dogara displayed ‘unprecedented greed’ during passage of 2016 budget, says Jibrin

    Jibrin; to face EFCC investigations over alleged budget fraud

    The controversies, intrigues and behind the scene deals that characterized the passage of the 2016 budget, especially in the National Assembly keep unfolding as Abudlmumin Jibrin who was sacked as Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Appropriation Committee seemed determined to spill as much beans as possible about the secret deals that marred the process. The lawmaker  had earlier said he stopped the speaker, Yakubu Dogara and three other...

Nigeria’s first coup, Biafra: British Secret files (Part Two)

Posted on: Jun 19 2016 - 5:22am | #5
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics
Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

Damola Awoyokun offers  the second and third part of his revealing fresh narrative on Nigeria’s first coup on 15 January 1966, using hitherto secret British diplomatic and intelligence files. This sequel tells how Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu held sway as military governor of Northern Nigeria for several days, how Yakubu Gowon in Lagos and David Ejoor in Enugu crushed the mutiny inspired by Emmanuel Ifeajuna and majorly ethnic Igbo military officers,  the days of national confusion  and political crisis  before the emergence of General Johnson Aguiyi Ironsi as Nigeria’s military head of state. The writer provides some other troubling additional insight: the pollution of  national values very early in Nigeria’s march to...

British secret files on Nigeria’s first bloody coup, path to Biafra

Posted on: Jun 12 2016 - 3:01pm | #43
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics
Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

By Damola Awoyokun Damola Awoyokun, an engineer and historian has perused hitherto hidden dispatches from British diplomats and intelligence officers on Nigeria’s first coup—a very bloody one—executed by Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Arinze Ifeajuna on 15 January 1966. The coup in which political leaders and military officers of northern Nigeria extraction were majorly killed triggered a counter-coup and eventually declaration of Biafra and a civil war. TheNEWS today shares the rare insight into the bloody event of 15 January 1966 and we believe it may serve as a good lesson as the drums of war are being sounded in some parts of our country Kaduna It was a soundless morning, dark, pulsating, starless. The harmattan...

Nigeria has shown political will to move tourism forward – UN agency

Posted on: Jul 27 2016 - 1:26pm | #0
In: News, Nigerian News, Tourism
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, leading his delegation to a meeting with the UN World Tourism Organization, led by its 
Secretary-General, Mr. Taleb Rifai, in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday (July 26th 2016)

The Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Agency (UNWTO), Mr. Taleb Rifai, has hailed the demonstration of political will by the Nigerian government to move tourism forward in the country. ”There is the existence of political will and we can feel it from outside (the country),” Mr. Rifai said on Tuesday at the opening of a two-day meeting with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Madrid, Spain ”Anyone who is interested in Nigeria will know the positive development that has taken place (in the country)” he said, adding that there is the need to ”tell this story to the world”. The UNWTO Secretary-General, who noted that tourism contributes 10% of global GDP and creates one out...

Nigeria’s first coup, Biafra: British Secret files (Part Two)

Posted on: Jun 19 2016 - 5:22am | #5
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics
Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

Damola Awoyokun offers  the second and third part of his revealing fresh narrative on Nigeria’s first coup on 15 January 1966, using hitherto secret British diplomatic and intelligence files. This sequel...

British secret files on Nigeria’s first bloody coup, path to Biafra

Posted on: Jun 12 2016 - 3:01pm | #43
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics
Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

By Damola Awoyokun Damola Awoyokun, an engineer and historian has perused hitherto hidden dispatches from British diplomats and intelligence officers on Nigeria’s first coup—a very bloody one—executed...

Olympics: Siasia begs Nigeria for money, says no salary, allowances for 5 months

Posted on: Jul 27 2016 - 12:58pm | #0
In: News, Nigerian News, Sports
Nigeria’s U-23 Dream Team VI

Chief Coach of Nigeria’s U-23 Dream Team VI, Samson Siasia, has raised an alarm over his team’s ordeals, less than 10 days to this year’s Summer Olympics taking place in Rio, Brazil. Siasia and his team have...

Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

Nigeria’s first coup, Biafra: British Secret files (Part Two)

Damola Awoyokun offers  the second and third part of his revealing fresh narrative on Nigeria’s first coup on 15 January 1966, using hitherto secret British diplomatic and intelligence files. This sequel tells how Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu held sway as military governor of Northern Nigeria for several days, how Yakubu Gowon in Lagos and David Ejoor in Enugu...

Posted on: Jun 19 2016 - 5:22am | #5
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics
Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

British secret files on Nigeria’s first bloody coup, path to Biafra

By Damola Awoyokun Damola Awoyokun, an engineer and historian has perused hitherto hidden dispatches from British diplomats and intelligence officers on Nigeria’s first coup—a very bloody one—executed by Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Arinze Ifeajuna on 15 January 1966. The coup in which political leaders and military officers of northern...

Posted on: Jun 12 2016 - 3:01pm | #43
In: Featured, News, Nigerian News, Politics
Buhari and Amaechi

Obasanjo, not Jonathan, initiated Abuja-Kaduna rail project

By Ayobami Oyalowo People tend to forget continuum in governance! Supporters of former President Goodluck Jonathan have been giving the credit of the Abuja-Kaduna rail project to him. It was commissioned yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari. Here are historical facts and figures on the project: ● The Modernisation programme commenced in 2006, with the signing...

Posted on: Jul 27 2016 - 8:57am | #0
In: Business, News, Nigerian News

Nigeria’s first coup, Biafra: British Secret files (Part Two)

Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

Damola Awoyokun offers  the second and third part of his revealing fresh narrative on Nigeria’s first coup on 15 January 1966, using hitherto secret British diplomatic and intelligence files. This sequel tells how Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu held sway as military governor of Northern Nigeria for several days, how Yakubu Gowon in Lagos and David Ejoor in Enugu crushed the mutiny...

British secret files on Nigeria’s first bloody coup, path to Biafra

Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu

By Damola Awoyokun Damola Awoyokun, an engineer and historian has perused hitherto hidden dispatches from British diplomats and intelligence officers on Nigeria’s first coup—a very bloody one—executed by Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and Emmanuel Arinze Ifeajuna on 15 January 1966. The coup in which political leaders and military officers of northern Nigeria extraction...

What is ‘juicy’ in National Assembly committees?

National Assembly. Photo Femi Ipaye

By Bola Bolawole Separation of powers is the fulcrum of representative government, otherwise known as democracy. In a democracy, there are usually three arms of government, namely; the Legislature, Executive, and Judiciary. The three are independent and co-terminus: the end of each is to ensure good governance and that the people’s business is done. The process is called checks and...

Politics

National Assembly. Photo Femi Ipaye

What is ‘juicy’ in National Assembly committees?

By Bola Bolawole Separation of powers is the fulcrum of representative government, otherwise known as democracy. In a democracy,...

Hillary Clinton :  First female presidential candidate in US history

Hillary Clinton now Democratic Party candidate

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday,...

Business

Buhari and Amaechi

Obasanjo, not Jonathan, initiated Abuja-Kaduna rail project

By Ayobami Oyalowo People tend to forget continuum in governance! Supporters of former President Goodluck Jonathan have...

VP Professor Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo: Buhari Presidency will energise the economy

The N500 billion Social Investment programmes of the Buhari presidency is a means to energize the economy and deal with...

National News

Nigeria has shown political will to move tourism forward – UN agency

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, leading his delegation to a meeting with the UN World Tourism Organization, led by its 
Secretary-General, Mr. Taleb Rifai, in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday (July 26th 2016)

The Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Agency (UNWTO), Mr. Taleb Rifai, has hailed the demonstration of political will by the Nigerian government...

Olympics: Siasia begs Nigeria for money, says no salary, allowances for 5 months

Nigeria’s U-23 Dream Team VI

Chief Coach of Nigeria’s U-23 Dream Team VI, Samson Siasia, has raised an alarm over his team’s ordeals, less than 10 days to this year’s Summer...

Obasanjo, not Jonathan, initiated Abuja-Kaduna rail project

Buhari and Amaechi

By Ayobami Oyalowo People tend to forget continuum in governance! Supporters of former President Goodluck Jonathan have been giving the credit of the...

Osinbajo: Buhari Presidency will energise the economy

VP Professor Yemi Osinbajo

The N500 billion Social Investment programmes of the Buhari presidency is a means to energize the economy and deal with issues of poverty in the country,...

World News

Hillary Clinton now Democratic Party candidate

Hillary Clinton :  First female presidential candidate in US history

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday, becoming the first woman...

Liberia: KBR awarded ECOWAS refinery project

Chief Tony Chinyere, (3rd from left) Vice Chairman and   Founder, ERLL, with other international investors at the recent MOU  signing  in Texas, USA

By Abubakar Hashim/Monrovia The long-awaited Bankable Feasibility Study BFS contract by ECOWAS Refinery Liberia Limited, ERLL, for the development of a...

Mohammed Tahir: ‘We are ready to assist Nigerian investors in Liberia’

Mohammed Tahir

He is an astonishingly unassuming, but highly qualified career diplomat, who had spent over 30 impressive years in the Nigerian Foreign Ministry. Having...

David Williams: ‘We aim to restore trans-shipment status of Liberian port’

David Williams

Within a short stint as the Managing Director of the National Port of Liberia, NPA, David Williams has improved the infrastructural and human resource...

Sports

Olympics: Siasia begs Nigeria for money, says no salary, allowances for 5 months

Nigeria’s U-23 Dream Team VI

Chief Coach of Nigeria’s U-23 Dream Team VI, Samson Siasia, has raised an alarm over his team’s ordeals, less than 10 days to this year’s Summer...

Rio 2016: Mikel Obi named Team Nigeria’s captain, Oshonaike his assistant

John Mikel Obi

Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has been named Captain of Team Nigeria to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio beginning August 5, 2016. Obi, one of the three...

Rio Olympics: Nigerian athletes to receive air tickets Wednesday

Nigerian athletes

Nigeria’s Ministry of Youth and Sports says arrangement has been concluded to send air tickets for the Rio Olympics to athletes by midweek. Youth...

Sports Ministry to send Rio flight tickets to foreign-based athletes this week

Dalung: Minister of Sports

 The Ministry of Youths and Sports on Monday in Abuja said it would later this week send flight tickets to foreign-based athletes billed for the Rio Olympic...

FIFA President: I’m not aware of leadership crisis in NFF

President, FIFA Secretary General  Mrs.  Fatma Samoura; and NFF President, Mr. Amaju Pinnick

FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Monday said the world football governing body only recognised the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).   Infantino...

Anti-corruption: Buhari welcomes FIFA reforms

L-R: Pinnick,, FIFA President, President Buhari,

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja said his administration would pay keen interest to accountability and transparency to fast-track football...

Nigerian club sides pay referees to win matches – FC Zamfara coach

Pinnick: NFF president

 The Coach of FC Zamfara of Gusau, Alhassan Muhammed, has alleged that club sides in the country do give referees money to win matches. Muhammed told...

Dalung summons AFN, FEAD staff over ticket scandal

Dalung: Minister of Sports

  The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has summoned the Secretary, Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Olumide Bamiduro, to explain the...

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