Only strong opposition ‘ll curb impunity in govt, Obasanjo tells Makarfi

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday restated the need for a strong opposition political party to exist in Nigeria in order to curb impunity in government. Obasanjo spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, shortly after meeting with the Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi. The meeting was held behind closed doors at the Green Legacy Resort, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) complex. Speaking with reporters after the parley which lasted about two hours, the former president said there must be strong parties in both government and…

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Gowon, Obasanjo, Osinbajo, Olubadan, honour IITA at 50

Sola Adeyemo   Against the continued agitations by some aggrieved Nigerians for secession, a former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, yesterday gave an assurance that the nation would not break up but remain united as he left it about 41 years ago. The elder statesman gave the cheering remark at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) held at the Conference Centre of the institute located at Moniya, Ibadan where many other dignitaries including former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Acting President, Prof Yemi…

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Obasanjo, Adesina to present books on African development

Transformational leadership in Africa’s development would come into focus on Thursday, July 25 at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs at the public presentation of two books on the challenges facing the continent’s growth. Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina would be Special Guest of Hounour and Guest of Honour respectively at the public presentation of two books authored by Chief Bisi Ogunjobi. The books, titled: Transformative “Paradigms in African Development” and “A Journey in African Development” were written by…

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Osinbajo, Obasanjo, govs, others grace Amosun’s daughter’s wedding

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and former President Olusegun Obasanjo have advised couples to always communicate effectively to enhance their relationship. The duo spoke on Saturday in Abeokuta during the wedding reception of Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s daughter, Ayomide; and her husband, Oladipo, who is son of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa. The traditional engagement and Nikkah ceremony had earlier taken place at the African Church Primary School, Ita Iyalode, Abeokuta, with Nigerians from all walks of life in attendance. Notable dignitaries included Senate President Bukola Saraki, and House…

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Is Arik slipping into oblivion?

Government is at a crossroads on what to do with Arik Air, having injected N1.5 billion since it took over the carrier. It’s time to take far reaching decision on the airline’s future, writes WOLE SHADARE   Arik on life support For those who don’t know, Arik Air is currently dying a slow death and here are some of the signs. The airline has just five aircraft from the over 29 it acquired when it made a debut 10 years ago. It purportedly came with a difference with state-of-the-art aircraft,…

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Fawehinmi: Why Senate can’t compel FG to sack Magu

Mohammed Fawehinmi, scion of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi law dynasty in this interview with AKEEM NAFIU, speaks on the Senate, Presidency’s face-off, rejection of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, former Adamawa state’s governor, Bala Ngilari’s post-conviction bail, democratization of SAN award and sundry issues     There seems to be a crack in the Senate, Presidency relationship over the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu’s rejection as the agency’s czar by the Senate. What does this portend…

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