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Over half of Nigeria's qualified voters, you will agree with me, are disenfranchised and live under autocratic or partly free governments and in consequence of this are denied full liberties and subsequently unable to participate in Nigeria's political life. Nigeria can not be said to be truly democratic until its citizenry are given the opportunity to freely choose their representatives through party primaries and elections that are free and fair.

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On May 29, 2015, there was a change of government in Nigeria. That day at Eagle Square, Abuja Nigeria's capital the world witnessed a peaceful handover of power by the iconic former President Jonathan who saved our beloved country from degenerating into another Syria.

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President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates President Alassane Ouattara of Cote D'Ivoire on his re-election for a second term in office.
President Buhari also commends the people of Cote D'Ivoire for putting the unity, stability and progress of their country above all other interests.

Alassane Ouattara

The President applauds the peaceful conduct of the election, which President Ouattara won with almost 84% of the votes.
President Buhari believes that the relatively high turnout of voters, despite calls for a boycott, was a clear testimony of the commitment of the people of Cote D'Ivoire to peace, unity, stability and progress in their country.
The President trusts that in his second term, President Ouattara will continue to do his best to foster national unity and faster socio-economic development for the benefit of all Ivorians.
He looks forward to continuing to work with President Ouattara to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Cote D'Ivoire, and accelerate the pace of economic integration in the West African Sub-region.
By Garba Shehu
SSA to the President(Media & Publicity)

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A global Foundation featuring a 107-year-old female model and a teenager living with HIV/Aids is being launched in London this week. The Justina Mutale Foundation which aims to empower and inspire women and girls to become future leaders in the workplace is being launched at the Houses of Lords on Thursday 29 October 2015 from 5 – 7pm.

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Nigeria will soon expand its diplomatic relationship with Ukraine, exploring new areas of mutual benefit to both countries.
This indication was given earlier today by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, while receiving the Ukrainian Ambassdor Mr. Valerii Aleksandruk in his office at the Presidential Villa.

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I have tried delaying the writing of this piece in the honest expectation that someone probably misquoted Chief E.K. Clark, when he reportedly publicly disowned former President Goodluck Jonathan. I had hoped that our dear father, E.K. Clark, would issue a counter statement and say the usual things politicians say: “they quoted me out of context!” “Jonathan is my son”. That has not happened; rather, some other Ijaw voices, including one Joseph Evah, have come to the defence of the old man, to join hands in rubbishing a man they once defended to the hilt and used as a bargaining chip for the Ijaw interest in the larger Nigerian geo-politics.

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The National Secretary of the Labour Party, Barr. Kayode Ajulo has described the much anticipated list of persons nominated for ministerial appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari as “a huge disappointment while insisting that President Buhari owes Nigerians youth an explanation.

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Recognition for contribution of DSCT Apprenticeship Training Centre

 

The South African Minister of Trade & Industry, Dr Rob Davies MP, recently visited Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) to review some of the facilities that have received support from his department, and to present certificates to nine apprentices who have achieved Artisan status.

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President Muhammadu Buhari said Thursday in Abuja that significant improvements in national security remains the topmost priority of his administration because other socio-economic initiatives cannot be successfully implemented without adequate security in the country.
Speaking at an audience with Britain's Chief of Defence Staff, General Sir Nicholas Houghton, President Buhari reaffirmed his administration's determination to end the Boko Haram insurgency as quickly as possible.

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*Review of Foreign Currency Restrictions not imminent

 

Until there is stability in the power sector, electricity tariffs cannot remain at the levels they are currently, according to Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

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*Review of Foreign Currency Restrictions not imminent

 

Until there is stability in the power sector, electricity tariffs cannot remain at the levels they are currently, according to Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

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Some three decades ago, The Netherlands African Business Council was formed to harness Dutch support towards boosting economic growth, trade, and investment in Africa. The NABC promotes trade and investments in African countries. The council consists of Dutch companies and organisations with an interest in Africa and promotes The Netherlands’ private business, trade and investment programmes on the continent.
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Irene Visser: NABC Managing Director

The Dutch government has allocated almost €600 million for the next two years to the Dutch Good Growth Fund to promote development-related investment in and trade with developing countries. The main focus is to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in both developing countries and the Netherlands.

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President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed Monday in Abuja that the 2016 National Budget being prepared by his administration will include fresh policies and measures to encourage the rapid diversification of the Nigerian economy away from its current over-dependence on the oil and gas sector.

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President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja applauded the renewed support from Britain and Switzerland for the recovery and repatriation of public funds stolen from Nigeria.

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It was with great joy and happiness that I received the news of the recent delisting of Nigeria from the embarrassing club of countries (Nigeria and the ravaged countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan) with gold, silver and bronze medals in Polio endemicity by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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The 55th Independence Anniversary Broadcast delivered today, October 1st, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, stands out as one of the most abridged in recent times, and which left a lot to be desired.

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There has been an influx of refugees and migrants across the Old World to western Europe partly from crisis-ridden regions of the Dark Continent. The ongoing crisis from war-torn Syria compounded the problem as Europe unavoidably has to open its doors to fleeing Syrians from the bloodshed that has engulfed the embattled country under President Assad.

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Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Against Corruption,under the auspices of LaUdeze Foundation the Netherlands and Leader of Nigerian Community in the Netherlands, Chief Lambert Igbonugo duly commend the efforts of Buhari administration to obliterate corruption in the country. We can witness that within these initial efforts by the new administration Nigeria has started to recover her rightful place in the community of nations and by extension making Nigerian in Diaspora proud.

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Following a briefing on the incident, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of Chief Olu Falae who was abducted from his farm on Monday.

President Buhari condemns the callous and reprehensible kidnapping of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and elder statesman.

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Chief Olu Falae; Still in the hands of kidnappers

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I was close to forgetting about him. I wondered if he was still alive, and if he was happy. I wondered what he would make of me, seeming that I had changed considerably. Would he squint at the vulgarity of my story? I received a message from that silence between the stars. It took me along a path, reminding me of how I’d always been blind to the patterns. The artist in me must have sculpted him as my perfect beau, because despite his impish mistakes and empty promises, I fell shattered when he skipped. Then I saw him everywhere. I sought for depth and clarity, a flame that flickers in the darkness.

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