Nigeria: The Anaemia of a Bleeding Nation

Nigeria: The Anaemia of a Bleeding Nation is a vivisection of the problem with Nigeria by Dr. Anthony Ohanyere N. mni. It offers a penetrating insight into the failure of leadership in Nigeria and the performances of the Nigerian leaders, past and present which Daily Mandate has offered to serialize. In his reflection of what he captioned “Leadership Question,” the author has no kind words for Nigerian leaders. Enjoy the excerpts: It is not contestable that those who struggled and secured our national independence did great job and are deserving…

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Xquitzit launches ‘Open and Naked’ programme against domestic violence

A radio and television programme named ‘Open and Naked’, a programme on domestic violence and other forms of violence against humanity has been launched in Lagos State, to stop domestic violence in the country. The programme, initiated by Mary-Jane Chinew Ejiofor, is coming on the heels of rampant cases of domestic violence against children, women and men. Ejiofor, while explaining the ‘Open and Naked’ concept, stated that the programme is a platform whereby the abused members of the society, irrespective of their gender could come and air their experiences concerning…

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Obasanjo denies meeting Osibanjo

As a result of the alleged secret meeting with the Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has denied claims that he had a recent secret meeting with the Vice President. Obasanjo has denied meeting with Osibanjo, and demanded the withdrawal of the said report an hour ago. Former President Obasanjo denied that there was nothing of such between him and Osinbajo demanding an apology from the television station. He further urged the media to always be professional in discharging their duties and should refrain from creating unnecessary confusion.…

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Alleged N450m Fraud: Court to Rule On Ex-Gov Shinkafi’s Motion on Dec 11

  The Federal High Court sitting in Gusau presided over by Honourable Justice Fatima Murtala Aminu has adjourned till December 11th, 2018 for ruling on an application filed by the former governor of Zamfara State, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi, challenging the competency of the charge preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Shinkafi was charged for allegedly conniving to collect the sum of N450,000,000 part of the sum of $115,000,000 that was said to have been distributed by the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani Allison Madueke…

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Group indicts Ministry of Foreign Affairs over FOI non implementation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today became the latest entrant into the Freedom of Information (FOI) “Hall of Shame” as it was adjudged to have consistently breached most of its duties and obligations under the FOI Act over the last seven years. Ms. Chioma Nwaodike, Legal Officer at Media Rights Agenda (MRA), announced the induction of the Ministry into the FOI Hall of Shame in a statement in Lagos, saying the institution had essentially ignored its responsibilities under the FOI Act for most of the past seven years in circumstances…

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Chekwas Okorie has no electoral value—group

The recent endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term by  tiny group of individuals from the Igbo extraction with a promise to deliver the entire South East to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, has been described as a fake promise, adding that Buhari should not have faith in them. Eastern Union, EU, a social political and cultural organization of old Eastern Central States of Nigeria, ECN, made the declaration while reacting to the purported promise to Buhari by Chekwas Okorie as an empty promise with the intent to beg…

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Why Igbos are supporting Atiku——-Group

The Eastern Union (EU) is a political-social cultural organisation of old East Central States , based in Nigeria and abroad with members across the South East and South-South zones of the country championing the course of the old East Central States. In this interview with Dailymandate in Abuja, National Chairman of the group, Hon. Charles Anike, gives reasons why South East and South-South zones are clamouring for presidential ambition of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and other issues. Excerpts How do you see the recent search of PDP’s Presidential flag bearer, Atiku…

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The Journey of EAZI

 Some say Mr Eazi is Nigerian by birth, Ghanaian by calling and Londoner by base. But with his new album ‘Lagos to London’ featuring heavyweights from Nigeria to Europe he has solidified all the different worlds he embodies. Now he is bringing all these different musical pieces to stage for Trace Live, which if going by recent editions, promises to be an epic show. Trace in collaboration with Cabal and Bolanle Austen Peters presents “THE EAZI JOURNEY”. On the night, fans will journey through the life and music of one…

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Staining Mr. Clean: House of Reps stands by its indictment of Osinbajo

The House of Representatives’ ad hoc Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness is standing by its report indicting the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, for what it described as the embezzlement of N33 billion meant for presidential intervention programme for the North East crisis. The Vice-President was found culpable for giving approval to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to the tune of N5.8 billion which the House Committee described as illegal for not following due process. Osinbajo is the Chairman of the programme as well as Chairman of NEMA…

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The fall of Adams Oshiomohle

  These are not the best of times for Adams Aliyu Oshiomohle, Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, former Governor, Edo State and former President, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC. Many were those who wondered at the palpable silence of this foremost labour leader as the Government and the Organised Labour were spoiling for a fight over the minimum wage. Unknown to many, Oshiomohle was having his own baptism of fire in the hands of the dreaded Department of Security Service, popularly known as SSS. For a couple of…

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Atiku’s absence sends shock waves

Some of the political aspirants in the forthcoming presidential election appear uncomfortable with the long absence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. Alhaji Abubakar has maintained some quietude in the last few weeks since his emergence as the PDP flag bearer and subsequent endorsement by the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.  Alhaji Abubakar, in what many described as a strategic step has decided to go on vacation abroad as his continued stay in the country will provoke political activities that will be considered…

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N59.7m Fraud: Court Remands ‘Prophet’ In Prison Custody

  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Monday, November 5, 2018, arraigned one Prophet Cletus Ilongwo, Founder, Power of The Holy Spirit Evangelical Ministry, Lagos before Justice S.O. Solebo of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos State on an 11-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N59, 760, 000 (Fifty-Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira) only. The complainant, Obinna Ezenwaka, a former employee of Fidelity Bank Plc, alleged that he was introduced to the…

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CNN names U.S. Government Exchange Alumna in Top 10 Heroes List

  Cable News Network (CNN) has named a 2017 alumna of the United States government-sponsored International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), Ms. Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of the Year. Ajayi-Akinfolarin’s organization, Pearls Africa Foundation, which she founded in 2012, assists girls from underserved communities in Nigeria gain relevant technological skills to transform their lives. The beneficiaries get training in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python and Scratch and visit tech companies to reinforce their learning and broaden their horizons. Her GirlsCoding project has reached more than 400…

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AFEX condemns gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi…calls on the UN to take decisive action against Saudi Arabia

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of prominent media and freedom of expression organizations across the continent, today condemned the October 2, 2018 gruesome murder of renowned Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, saying a country that indulges in such barbaric behaviour ought to be ostracized by the civilized world. In a statement issued from its Secretariat in Accra, AFEX called on the United Nations to demonstrate its commitment to the safety of journalists and ending impunity for crimes against journalists by…

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SPIPRPP may quiz Senator James Manager over N5bn allegation

  The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIPRPP ), may quiz James Manager, the senator representing Delta South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, James Manager, over alleged N5billion scam. According reports,  the SPIPRPP, headed by Okoi Obono-Obla, is allegedly claiming that James Manager, has been indicted on allegations of acquiring properties worth over N5 billion located within and outside the shores of the country with government funds. It was gathered that a petition to the Federal Government panel by the Conduct and Due Process…

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Adams Oshiomhole corruption charges: Why we are not in court—-EFCC

Following a petition filed by an Edo State-based activist, Osadalor Ochie, before an Abuja Federal High Court challenging the failure of EFCC to file fraud charges against Oshiomhole, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reacted to the suit accusing the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole of fraud. Ochie, had filed a suit and prayed the court to compel the anti-graft agency to conduct investigation into allegations of fraud against Oshiomhole while he was governor of Edo State. The suit also seeks the arrest…

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Senate Presidency: why Akpabio defects to APC

Fresh facts have emerged on why Senator Godswill Akpabio, a former Senate Minority Leader and former governor of Akwa-Ibom State, dumped his party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and defected to All Progressive Congress, APC two months ago. Our source, a member of the senate disclosed that the Akpabio left PDP in a quest to become the Senate President should APC wins the 2019 presidential election. According to our source, who wouldn’t want his name in print, Akpabio was promised to lead the Senate Chamber in the course of APC returning…

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Okorocha mocks Imo people…says only my son-in-law will win Imo governorship

The people of Imo State and other 2019 gubernatorial aspirants in the state have been mocked by the out –going Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who has insisted that it’s only his son in-law that can win the governorship election come 2019. He said Uche Nwosu is the only eligible candidate for the Imo APC election adding that Senator Hope Uzodinma has already lost the battle. According to Okorocha, only his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, can clinch the governorship seat in the state adding that other gubernatorial candidates in the state doesn’t have…

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Governor Fayemi denies receiving N30bn from federal government

Following the rumours making the rounds that the Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, received N30 billion from the federal government after his inauguration, the newly sworn in governor has debunked the rumours, describing it as fake and unfounded. According to the governor, his government has not received any money from the federal government or any of its agencies since its inauguration. Fayemi said his administration would not be distracted by baseless rumours. A statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Yinka Oyebode, quoted Fayemi as saying that the…

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BREAKING NEWS! APC suffers blow in Bayelsa State as …Nathan Egba, Sylvia’s top ally defects to PDP

All Progressives Congress, (APC), in Bayelsa, has suffered a set back following the defection of its top chieftain Chief Nathan Egba,  said to be an ally of former Governor and Leader of the APC, Chief Timipre Sylva. Egba and host of others defected to the People’s Democratic Party on Tuesday. The Special Adviser to Governor Dickson on Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis Soriwei, said in a statement on Tuesday that Egba left the party with some leaders and several supporters. Egba, a two-term Commissioner for Information in the state has been…

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