The Voice Newsmagazine

Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam kicks off on 29th August 2015

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Last year, from the 29th to the 31st of August we saw a new type of fashion event in the Netherlands.
This weekend was home to the first ever Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam (AFWA), which consisted of
a 3-day interactive celebration of fashion, culture, music and talent within the World Fashion Centre in
Amsterdam. The event was hailed in the media as a great success, which saw thousands of visitors
watch dozens of models glide down the runway in hundreds of African inspired or designed outfits to the
delight and excitement of its audiences.

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For Nigeria to become part of the modern civilisation in the 21st century, Nigerians need to approach their challenges with a common front and a common purpose, and ready to correct the maladies that plague the political system from the bottom up. This is a clarion call for all citizens – irrespective of party affiliations, ethnicity, race, religion or gender – to come together and steer the nation away from an impending danger. Today, Nigeria is not only frightening, but fundamentally tarnished.


By Ekenenyie Ukpong
Research Fellow on African Affairs
University of Leeds, England

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President Muhammadu Buhari has terminated the appointment of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero who was appointed two weeks before handing over by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The termination of Alhaji Bayero's appointment is with immediate effect.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption headed by Professor Itse Sagay, a prominent professor of law and civil rights activist.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has received with sadness news of the transition of one of Nigeria's foremost traditional rulers, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II.

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President Muhammadu Buhari charged government agencies to harmonize the collection and usage of biometric data in the country, instead of replicating their efforts in this regard.

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President Muhammadu Buhari said that his administration will give the fullest possible attention to boosting power supply in Nigeria because it was convinced that steady electricity will launch the country into faster socio-economic development.

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Speaking after being briefed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, President Buhari said that his administration  had already identified the critical problems in Nigeria's power sector and was taking appropriate actions to address them.

The President said  that his administration had also prioritized certain measures in its action plan to  boost electricity supply in Nigeria.

"The problems besetting our power sector are not difficult to identify. Therefore, priorities can be easily set in order to tackle them.

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President Muhammadu Buhari extends hearty congratulations to Nigeria's team at the just concluded Special Olympics in Los Angeles, United States.

President Buhari commends the team for their diligence, dedication and wonderful performance at the games in which they won a total of 71 medals, including 34 gold medals.

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The victorious atheletes 

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The President applauds the special athletes' inspiring victories in Los Angeles which, he believes, epitomize the true Nigerian spirit and his personal conviction that whatever challenges we face as a nation, we can overcome them dedication, hard work and perseverance,  and rise to the highest possible levels of accomplishment.

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President Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun as he marks his 76th birthday anniversary on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.


Chief John Oyegun at 76

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President Buhari congratulates Chief Oyegun

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President Muhammadu Buhari praised the contributions of Nigerian youths to the outcome of the 2015 elections.

President Buhari, who was speaking on the occasion of the 2015 International Youth Day, commended Nigerian youths for the significant role they played in making the 2015 elections “a model for democratic governance in Africa.”

The President said that he was very concerned, however, that economic growth in Nigeria has not translated into “commensurate and improved social outcomes, especially for our 60 million young people who make up the majority of the population".

President Buhari noted that “although educational attainment by Nigerian youth has increased significantly in the last decade, the relevance of curricula, quality of education and skills required to meet the demands of the job market still remains a challenge for the country".


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President Muhammadu Buhari said that the prosecution of persons who have stolen national resources will begin in a matter of weeks.

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Speaking at a meeting with members of the National Peace Committee led by Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar in the Presidential Villa, President Buhari declared that his administration was irrevocably committed to doing all within its powers to break the vicious cycle of corruption, unemployment and insecurity in Nigeria.

"Nigeria has to break this vicious cycle before we can make progress," the President said, adding that his administration was diligently getting  facts and figures  pertaining to the nation's stolen funds, before proceeding to the prosecution of identified culprits.

President Buhari told General Abdulsalami and members of his committee that the Federal Government, under his leadership, will not only ask for the return of  stolen funds that have been stashed in foreign banks, but will also ensure that those who stole the funds are put on trial  in Nigeria.

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President Muhammed Buhari called for an explanation from the Ministry of Finance on the foreign loans obtained for rail projects but diverted to other purposes.


Speaking at the end of a presentation on the Ministry of Transport by the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Bashar at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari said that  it was disappointing to find that foreign loans obtained in line with signed agreements were moved from one project to another.

“I hope that due process was followed before such diversions were carried out.  Taking money from one project to another has to be done properly,” the President warned.

President Buhari was reacting to the specific instance of the diversion of a substantial part of the loan of USD1.005 billion from the Chinese Exim Bank, obtained for the construction of a standard gauge rail line linking  Lagos to Kano but which was moved elsewhere. 

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President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Niamey, Niger Republic, expressed confidence in ability of the Nigerian military to overcome and eradicate Boko Haram.

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President Buhari talk tough on Boko Haram

Speaking at an interactive session with journalists after talks with President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger, President Buhari declared that the Nigerian Army which has earned a good reputation across the world, remains a virile fighting force.

"I am four days in office today and we have already started the process of ending the insurgency," the President said.

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Inaugural Speech of President Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29th May, 2015

I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.

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President Goodluck Jonathan has presented his handover notes to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari. The presentation was done inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja shortly after President Jonathan conducted Buhari round the seat.
Jonathan also presented an executive summary of his handover notes and a copy of the National Conference to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.

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Count down to Extoll Fashion designers’ expo 2015

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All is not set for the first Extoll Fashion Designers Expos being organized by Global B2B platform in Almere, The Netherlands. The event is a platform to showcase unique brands and exclusive collections from various designers across Africa and Europe.
One of the principal organizers, Mercedes Monden
Over 10,000 retailers will be at the fashion fair starting from 29th May to 31st May 2015.
The venue is Veluwezoom 5, 1317AA, Almere, opposite Van der Valk Hotel.
The event starts from 9am daily to 8pm.

For more details, you can visit their website at www.extolltradefair.com
Or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Gov Aregbesola son arrested for money laundering in Lagos

Governor Rauf Aregbesola 1News filtering in from Nigeria have it that Kabiru, son of Gov. Aregbesola of Osun State was swooped on by men of the Nigerian Immigration Service at Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos while trying to cart away with $177 million in suitcases to the Arab Emirates.

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Mediterranean shipwreck

The Scramble for Africa began about 131 years ago. Thirteen countries in the euro zone and the United States took part and met in Berlin. Here the rules of the game - colonization were agreed on before tutelage and subjugation of the continent commenced. These were not without challenges because of resistance from territories and powers. Ultimately, they were conquered and the colonial powers firmly established control.

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Buhari On African Independent Television (AIT)

LINGTON 2Repressive rule has only just begun. We do not need a soothsayer to restate the obvious under the existing circumstances. I have often heard Buhari's apologists say he is a turned democrat and this often makes me laugh preferably in Swahili because I remain firm and unshaken in my conviction that try as the leopard might it could never change its spots.

It would be recalled, however, that Buhari on December 31, 1983 overthrew a democratically elected civilian government. No sooner had he done that than the junta under him embarked on remorseless repression that gave many Nigerians agonizing sleepless nights. It was one vast empire characterized by reign of terror. Many Nigerians were thrown in stir on trumped up charges and in the process Nigeria's best brains were killed among whom were Prof. Ambrose Alli, the first executive Governor of the defunct Bendel State. Pa Adekunle Ajasin , Dr. Alex Ekwueme Sam Mbakwe and many others were unduly incarcerated for crimes they did not commit while his kinsmen of northern extraction save Dr. Dikko were briefly detained and left off the hook. These are verifiable facts and may Heaven bear me witness this day!

The promulgation of Decree Number 4 empowered him to gag the press and press freedom was withdrawn and the likes of Tunde Thompson and Nduka Irabor became victims. This took place about three decades ago and the wound inflicted on the minds of Nigerians is gradually being reopened by his recent pronouncements barring Nigeria's premier private television station, African Independent Television (AIT), a media organization characterized by enlightened personnel practices from covering his activities. This is blunder NO 1 - a clear depiction of a brainless doll who knows next to nothing about governance.

One question that agitates the mind of the writer is: What moral justification has Buhari got to ever rule Nigeria again when he ought to be standing trial for being liable to a number of offences? Is Buhari not guilty after the accessory of fact for murdering three young men of Nigerian extraction by retroactive laws at Bar Beach firing range? Bartholomew Owoh, Bernard Ogedengbe and Lawal Ojuolape trafficked in drugs which was a bailable offence as of the time the crime was committed but Buhari went ahead and promulgated Decree Number 20 had it backdated and executed the above-named. Ay, these three young men were executed. This is MURDER in capital letters and Buhari ought to have stood trial and faced the dire consequences of this irredeemable mortal sin!


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President Jonathan appoints Peter Obi and others before hand over date

Goodluck Jonathan1President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has made new appointments barely one month to his hand over of government to a new administration.

In a similar faction, he has relieved the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Dr. Femi Thomas of his appointment with immediate effect. In his place, the President has approved the appointment of Mr. Olufemi A. Akingbade as Acting Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the NHIS.
Mr. Akingbade who hails from Ekiti State and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science as well as a Master’s in Business Administration was the General Manager, ICT in the NHIS until his new appointment which also takes immediate effect
President Jonathan has also approved the confirmation of Mr. Mounir Haliru Gwarzo as Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mr. Gwarzo who has been acting as Director-General of the Commission, was appointed to the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission as Executive Commissioner in January, 2013.
Also the list of new appointees by the President is the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. His appointment is with immediate effect.

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Mr. Peter Obi: New Chairman of the Securities & Exchange Commission
Congratulations to all the new appointees, hoping they would help the new administration in their various capacities to advance Nigeria forward.

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