Nigeria has 65-70m illiterates –Minister

From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi The Federal Government, yesterday, described the rate of illiteracy in the country as alarming. Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, said the country had about 65 million to 75 million illiterates Adamu said this when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Atiku Bagudu, of Kebbi State, in Birnin Kebbi yesterday. The minister and delegates were in the state for a...

Traditional institution, Boko Haram’s worst casualty –Sultan

From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has said traditional institutions, especially in northern Nigeria, are the worst casualty of Boko Haram activities. Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of Nigeria, the Sultan said this when he delivered  a lecture to the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC) 10, in Abuja. Speaking on The role of Traditional Institution in National Security Management: lessons from...

Killer herdsmen not terrorists, says Garba Shehu

• Ekiti, Benue, MASSOB slam presidential aide By Adetutu Folasade-Koyi, Wole Balogun, Ekiti, Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha  and Rose Ejembi, Makurdi President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, declared during a programme on national television, yesterday, that killer herdsmen are not terrorists. He described them as “criminal gangs.” There have been clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers across the country....

IGP in Abia, preaches peace, unity

Igbo can’t afford another civil war, says Ohaneze From Chuks Onuoha and Prisca Igboecheonwu, Umuahia, Tunde Omolehin,Sokoto, Romanus Ugwu, Abuja,  Billy Graham-Abel, Yola The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, declared that the nation would only grow and prosper in an atmosphere of peace. Idris, who spoke at an interactive session with traditional rulers and members of Hausa and Yoruba communities at the Okpara Auditorium after a courtesy...

IPOB proscription: FG goofed – Lawyers

By Lukman Olabiyi, Lagos, Aloysius Attah,Onitsha, Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka Rights activists and lawyers have picked holes in the order granted by the Federal High Court, Abuja, declaring the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) a terrorist organisation. On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the Federal Government through the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), filed a suit seeking an order to proscribe the group. Reviewing the order,...

Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier: Zambia calls up 26 home-based players for Nigeria clash

By Joe Apu Ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in Uyo, head coach of Zambia Wedson Nyirenda has called up 20 players for a training camp ahead of next month’s important tie. According to a list released to FAZfootball.com Clatous Chota Chama, Billy Mutale and Fwayo Tembo have again been ommited from the squad. Nyirenda has however named Under-17 striker...

WAFU CUP: It’s Eagles, Black Stars final

$100, 000 up for grab A first half goal from Rabiu Ali handed Nigeria a 1-0 win over a ten-man Benin in the first semifinal of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations at Cape Coast Sports Stadium yesterday. Ghana in the second semifinal at the same arena over powered Niger Republic 2-0 to set up what promises to be a thrilling final...

How gatemen, miscreants lease Abuja unoccupied estates

Failure of government to change the prevailing housing regulations and policies in the country continued to contribute to the growing housing deficits in the nation. Nigeria, for the mean time, is not suffering from lack of housing to accommodate its citizenry, instead, but the political will to enforce and implement the policies that regulate the sector. To say the least, the...

Anambra guber: Anambra’s low debt profile shows Obiano’s competence -APGA chieftain

  The Deputy National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Uchenna Okogbuo, has described the recent debt profile released by the Debt Management Office (DMO) which showed that Anambra State was the least indebted state in the country as an indication that Governor Willie Obiano has the capacity for  financial management. According to the DMO, Lagos, Delta and Akwa...

IPOB: France demands evidence to support Nigeria’s claim

• We’re not aware of  FG’s request to ban group’s radio  –UK By Emma Emeozor France has denied knowledge of the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in its territory. On Wednesday, the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed told the press that the financial headquarters of IPOB is in France. “Let me tell you, the financial headquarters is in France, we know,...