Governor to Jonathan respect pact

Despite President Goodluck Jonathan’s denial that he signed a one term agreement with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, the controversy has refused to go away. Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu, who broke the news of the pact, said yesterday that it was moral to stick to an agreement. Aliyu is a member of the group of seven (G7) PDP governors and the Kawu Baraje-led PDP faction, who are insisting that President Jonathan must not run in 2015.


PDP crisis why reconciliation has been impossible Gov Aliyu

Niger State Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, yesterday revealed why it has become difficult to reconcile all the feuding parties in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Accorind to him, external forces are deliberately frustrating reconciliation moves targeted at genuine process of resolution of the crisis. Warning them to steer clear from the party, he said that the forces had meddled in and aggravated the dispute between the President Goodluck Jonathan and the G7 rebel governors through various write-ups in newspapers designed to cause animosity and make reconciliation difficult.


Boko Haram Shekau ‘resurrects’ vows not to halt attacks

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, yesterday told the military to bury itself in shame because he is ‘alive’, even as he vowed to continue attacks and not to allow democracy thrive in the country. In an online video by the Islamist militant group, Shekau, who said the world “should know that he could not die except by the will of Allah” claimed responsibility for the September 17 attacks in Benisheik, Borno State, in which over 160 lives were lost and hundreds of houses burnt. The former spokesman of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in Borno State, Lt Col Sagir Musa, had issued a statement on August 19, claiming that Shekau had been killed.


Don’t contest in 2015, Baraje tells Jonathan

The Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje faction of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday reminded President Goodluck Jonathan of his alleged statement made in Ankara, Turkey two years ago that he would not go for a second term. Baraje, therefore, advised the President to shelve his plan to run in 2015. Baraje quoted the President as speaking to Nigerian professionals and diplomats working in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU) in Turkey then. Alhaji Baraje’s warning was the highlight of his reaction to our report yesterday in which President Jonathan addressed Nigerian professionals in New York, United States on Sunday. The President said the constitution allows him two terms of eight years.


US Congress holds public hearing on Boko Haram

The United States Congress will next week hold a public hearing on the militant Islamic sect, Boko Haram. The leader of American Congress Committee on African Affairs, Mr. Chris Smith, said this in Abuja on Tuesday during a meeting with the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. He said the public hearing would guide the United States Government on the next line of action regarding the Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria. During the US congressman’s visit, some victims of Boko Haram violence in Borno State explained their ordeals to journalists.


Reps at war over Okonjo-Iweala

CHAIRMEN of the joint committees of House of Representatives on Petroleum Upstream and Gas Resources, yesterday, warned House Committee Chairman on Finance, Rep Abdulmumin Jibrin to stop defending the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Upstream, Muraino Ajibola and Chairman, Committee on Gas Resources, Bassey Ewa, in a statement declared that Jibrin should stop misleading Nigerians on happenings in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. But Jibrin in a reaction said: “For two years I was the number one critic of the Minister of Finance, I only stated the obvious.” The two House Committee chairmen, who co-signed the joint statement, cautioned their counterpart in Finance Committee to face his work rather than’ poke-nosing ‘into the affairs of their committees.


I will defend the Naira with reserves- Sanusi

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mal Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has vowed to defend the Naira and was prepared to used the nation’s foreign reserve to ensure the currency’s stability. Briefing the journalists at the end of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting in Abuja, Tuesday, he said that the argument of those pushing for the devaluation of the Naira did make any valid economic sense in an import-dependent country like Nigeria. His words, “as far as the Naira is concerned, the CBN has always said that we are committed to its stability. I know there are some people who don’t share that


President Jonathan to UN Nigeria deserves UN Security Council seat

President Goodluck Jonathan, Tuesday, in New York made a strong case for Nigeria’s election to the United Nations Security Council, just as South African President, Jacob Zuma backed the Nigerian president’s call for democratisation of the UN Security Council. Addressing the world leaders and other delegates at the opening of the 68th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, President Jonathan declared that Nigeria’s commendable performance on previous occasions when it held a non-permanent seat on the security council, should assure the global community that the country deserved to be elected to the council again for the 2014-2015 session.