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Tinubu Presidency: Northern Elders Forum is Political Burden to the North, They do not speak for the region – Bello Matawalle The Minister of State, Defence, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle has described the utterances of the Northern Elders Forum against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as ‘mediocre noise’ of people seeking political relevance to overburden the system and create political disunity among Nigerians. He said the so-called NEF is more or less a political paperweight trying to embark on a destructive journey to bring the North to disrepute for the group’s personal, selfish gains and political relevance. The minister said: “This…

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Against the backdrop of incessant insecurity occasioned by the activities of terrorists and bandits in the North West of the country, the Honourable Minister of State for Defence, Dr.Bello Muhammed Matawalle, MON has called for Intensified Operations against Terrorists and Bandits in the region. According to Matawalle, the activities of these bandits has increased over time especially in Kaduna, Katsina, and Zamfara states which has led to attacks on personnel and loss of lives and destruction of military hardware. Consequently ,the Minister has directed the Nigerian Military to adopt a more proactive approach in decimating the activities of…

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“Ina lillahi wa ina illahin raji’un!!!” (From Allah, we come and unto Him is our return) As the morning Muslim worship was completed, I noticed the tensed face of my brother, who was dishing out instructions to his aides to hasten preparations for an unscheduled return to Abuja. I was puzzled, but before I could ask him what was going on, he quickly turned to me and said, “Ghali is dead,” with a very shaky and emotionally laced voice. This is surely one of those moments that reminds us about the fact that life is transient. Every beginning has an…

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The Honourable Minister of State for Defense (HMOSD), Bello Matawalle, within his first few months in office has been involved in and supervised several significant activities within Nigeria’s defense units. Through strategic initiatives and leadership, the defense capabilities of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have been advanced to address various challenges. ARMED FORCES OF NIGERIA Since his assumption of office, the Minister of Defense has conducted inspections of various foreign facilities contracted to produce defense equipment for the Armed Forces of Nigeria. The HM has ensured that the contractors have fast-tracked the delivery of defense equipment and increased transparency as…

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In the wake of calls by anti-corruption crusaders seeking a probe into the submissions made by Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal to the Code of Conduct Bureau, the Anti-Corruption Watch in Africa can authoritatively report that it is in possession of documents that show records of the former First Bank Executive Director’s filings at the Code of Conduct Bureau claiming to have billions of dollars in cash. According to the Code of Conduct Asset Declaration Form for Public Officers filed by Lawal Dauda, with date of birth stated at “02/09/1965,” Dr Dauda Lawal claimed to be a Business Man before…

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Reports that the Zamfara State Governor, Dr. Dauda Lawal declared assets of $5 billion in cash has begun to draw questions from anti-corruption groups who have stated that there is the need to probe the figures allegedly provided by the former First Bank Director. In May 2023, Dr. Dauda Lawal was reported to have made an Asset Declaration of a total of N9 trillion to the Code of Conduct Bureau. The Code of Conduct Bureau is an anti-corruption agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria, set up to check corrupt practices by public officials and in the conduct…

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Facts have emerged on how the Zamfara State Governor, Dauda Lawal, a former Director at First Bank who had a mysterious relationship with Nigerian corruption fugitive, Diezani Madueke, funded the Atiku led campaign to question the records of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Chicago State University. Sources close to the former First Bank Director, boasted that the Governor had single handedly financed the legal team that went to the President’s alma mata to dig up his old records. “As a newcomer to the field of politics, Dauda needed to prove his worth. Once someone had raised the…

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The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has disclosed ongoing discussions with the Nigeria Salaries and Wages Commission to standardize the salaries of paramilitary officers, aligning them with those of the Nigeria Police Force. Furthermore, similar to the military, the Federal Government is contemplating the creation of a pension board for personnel within the Nigerian Immigration Service, Federal Fire Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and the Nigeria Correctional Service. The Minister emphasized that paramilitary personnel merit salary enhancements and the establishment of a pension board, acknowledging the risks associated with their roles. This statement was made…

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As part of the effort towards developing the next generation of filmmakers and providing opportunities for young people in the creative industry, the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, in collaboration with the Gidi Creative Centre has graduated another set of 200 youths in filmmaking. The Honourable Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, while speaking at the graduation ceremony held on Wednesday at the Unilag Auditorium, Akoka, disclosed that the State Government’s partnership with Ogidi Studios is essential in creating innovative, culturally relevant, and globally competitive films market. According to her, “This initiative is needed…

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By Oluwaseun Adedigba Popular American Basketballer, Kobe Bryant is known for many of his quotes. The one that interests me the most is the one in which he stressed the importance of giving inspiration to a people and how that could make them become great at whatever they do. Bryant has never been a legislator, at least, not yet, but he seemed to have summed up the whole essence of lawmaking- giving the people the legal framework for greatness, giving a nation the right direction through legislation. Interestingly, Senator Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo, representing Nasarawa South, is a lawmaker, but he…

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