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The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi on Wednesday jokingly thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for not converting him to Islam, saying he was misunderstood and criticised for associating with the president. He spoke when members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday expressed appreciation to the President for the opportunity he gave them to serve in his cabinet. At the valedictory session of the council, ministers in the cabinet took turns to narrate the lessons they learnt from the president as members of his cabinet. Amaechi narrated how he was almost chased out of Christ the King Catholic Church in 2014 for supporting the president, whom they alleged was trying to Islamise the country. “Mr President, let me thank you for not converting me to Islam. I say that specifically because in 2014 when I walked into Christ the King Catholic Church, I was literally chased out of the church as a governor because I was accused of supporting a man whose agenda was to Islamise Nigeria. “And in Rivers state they began to call me `Alhaji Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi’. I thank you because they have dropped the `Alhaji’ and back to Mr Chibuike Amaechi,’’ he said. Amaechi said some persons initially thought that the president would be an autocratic leader only for him to turn out to be an “extreme democrat’’. “I was told in the course of the campaign that you were autocratic and therefore you would not be democratic. “Most of us are not happy that you have moved from your autocratic nature to an extreme democrat that everything puts to test of the people, to the extent that the people now feel that the only way things can go on in this country is by the rule of law. “We all know that the rule of law is the beginning and the end of this government. Talking about the financial impunity that we saw before, people were making money without having any productive capacity for that,’’ he said.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi on Wednesday jokingly thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for not converting him to Islam, saying he was misunderstood and criticised for associating with the president. He spoke when members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday expressed appreciation to the President for the …

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PRESIDENT BUHARI SHOCKED BY KATSINA KILLINGS, VOWS TO SECURE THE STATE

President Muhammadu Buhari has received reports of killings in Katsina State on Tuesday with shock, assuring citizens that the government will restore peace and stability in the polity. The President directed Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu and Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin to constitute …

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Why I stepped down – Justice Bulkachuwa

The Chairman of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa has rescued herself from participating in adjudicating petitions challenging the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.Zainab, who is also the President of the Appeal Court made the announcement on Wednesday in Abuja after the tribunal had delivered ruling against an …

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PMB – Why I refused to sack cabinet ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his decision to retain cabinet ministers in the last three and half years in spite of pressures from some quarters is because of their unique skill, strength and leadership qualities. The President made this known during a valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council …

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134 projects completed in aviation sector – Minister

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Tuesday, said the federal government has completed 134 of 157 projects initiated and executed in aviation industry between 2015 and 2019. Mr Sirika, a former senator, disclosed this while inaugurating some projects executed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), …

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Bello walks out Kogi CJ from state function

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello on Tuesday walked out the Chief Judge (CJ) of the state, Justice Nasir Ajanah from a function. The incident occurred at the Government House Lokoja during the swearing-in of the new Grand Khadi of the state. The function was attended by top government officials and …

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Wike offered me billions to compromise Rivers poll

Jamil Sarham, general officer commanding (GOC) 6 division of the Nigerian army, has accused Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, of offering him bribe to compromise the gubernatorial election in the state. In a statement by Aminu Iliyasu, the division’s spokesman, Sarham said Wike declared war on him when he …

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Parties de-registration: INEC to wait for conclusion of election petitions

The Independent National Electoral Commission will wait for the conclusion of election petitions currently before tribunals across the country before initiating the process of de-registering political parties based on their poor performance during the last general elections, NEWSDAY learnt on Sunday. The commission’s National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information …

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2019 Elections: INEC withdraws 25 Certificates-of-Return

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has withdrawn 25 Certificates-of-Return issued to some candidates that won during the 2019 general elections. The decisions to withdraw the certificates were based on court orders. The Chairman of Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Festus Okoye, said this at a `Forum …

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VP Osinbajo reveals Buhari administration’s main focus

Buhari administration committed to reducing poverty, creating wealth Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration is committed to reducing poverty levels in the country. Speaking in Owerri Friday during a working visit to Imo State, where he commissioned some projects by the State …

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Why we demolished Caramelo night club – FCT Minister

The Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello has shed more light why the FCT authorities demolished Caramelo night club in Abuja. The Federal Capital Territory Development Authority (FCDA) through its Department of Development Control (DDC) had on Monday demolished the controversial Caramelo Lounge, a popular strip club, located at …

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I Am Afraid Of The Violent Revolution Of The Poor’, Says Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District has expressed fear of an imminent revolution against Nigeria’s ruling class. Melaye who is infamous for his ostentatious lifestyle expressed his concern while tweeting @dino_melaye on Friday morning. His tweet reads: “I am afraid of the revenge of the poor, It happened …

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