Unbelievable! Tope Aluko, Gov. Fayose reconcile

Indeed, there is no permanent enemy in politics but permanent interest. If anyone had predicted that ever trending Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose and his hitherto estranged party man, Tope Aluko will ever see eye-to-eye, his prediction would have been swept under the carpet. Dramatically, the former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti who was at war with his ally, Fayose has made a U-turn and reconciled with the governor. Aluko who had confessed on live TV that he was releasing what he called secrets of how the Ekiti election was rigged because Governor Ayo Fayose did not fulfill his promise of appointing him Chief of Staff, was seen in a video on Monday, saying he no longer has any problem with Fayose. However, in the new less-than-two-minute video, which was shot in Lagos on Saturday, Fayose was seen standing beside Aluko, answering questions asked by journalists. Fayose told journalists in the...

NNPC agrees to meet NRGI over alleged unremitted oil revenues

Nigeria's state oil company has offered to talk to an international watchdog that says it failed to hand over billions of dollars in oil revenues despite government promises to tackle mismanagement and corruption. President Muhammadu Buhari last year fired senior staff at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and approved a revamp of its structure last month. But in a report published this week, the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) said NNPC withheld around two thirds of the $6.3 billion of oil proceeds in the second half of 2015. The NNPC has previously said such accusations failed to account for its costs. The oil sector in Nigeria, Africa's top crude producer, accounts for about 70 percent of national income....

Falana commends son, Falz, over ‘Soldier’video

It was a gathering of heavy-weights in the music industry as fast rising act, Folarin Falana aka Falz tha Bahd Guy, premiered his song, Soldier, at Genesis Deluxe Cinema, Lekki, Lagos Present at the event was the musician’s father, popular lawyer and activist, Femi Falana (SAN), who expressed delight at his son’s achievement: “I just want to say that you have chosen a good path. I have always spoken against the brutalization of our people by the military, so when I see your film, and I see a lot of the normal African soldier. I hope you keep it up. I will consult with your mom so that we can also put in some support,” he said. Also speaking of the video, Music video director, Clarence Peters, explained that Soldier is a love story told from a different point of view. According to him,'' it is a mixture of fiction and reality meant to...

Ooni of Ife charges Yoruba traditional leaders to be united

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi says Yoruba traditional rulers must remain united in the task of putting the region on a higher pedestal. The Ooni re-echoed his message of unity during a historic visit to the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi in his palace. Speaking in Yoruba language, the monarch re-emphasized his message of love among the Yorubas, particularly the traditional rulers to enable the region attain it's desired height in the nation. In his response, the Deji, Oba Aladelusi commended the humility and godly disposition of the Ooni which he noted is ?worthy of emulation....

Fuel scarcity : Special Task Force raids black market operators

As fuel scarcity bites harder across Nigeria, the Joint Special Task force, in Plateau State, raided roadside petrol sellers, popularly known as black marketers. The black marketers were accused of taking advantage of the current nation wide fuel scarcity to sell above the government-approved pump prices of petroleum products. This forced the leadership of the Special Task force to issue a two day ultimatum to the fuel black marketers, through the local media, to stop operating in the state. A few days after the  ban, the STF descended on areas ill-reputed for the activities of the black marketers. Gallons filled with petrol, Diesel as well as kerosene were seized and given out free to motorists and  commuters in the area. With the recent assurances given by Nigeria's Minister of petroleum resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu that the current fuel scarcity would be over by April 7th Nigerians are praying and hoping that the pains of fuel...

I am the most senior governor in Nigeria – Fayose

Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose is without doubt a strong critic of the APC, but that hasn't stopped his admiration of the party's national leader, Bola Tinubu. Fayose praised Tinubu as a worthy Nigerian leader; one who has a big role to play in the success of the Buhari administration. The governor also dissociates himself from reports that he is gearing to be a running mate, to the National Chairman of the People's Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sherrif in the 2019 presidential election. In dismissing assertions of a 2019 presidential aspiration, he said: “Anybody flying the kite of Sheriff and Fayose is the deceit of the highest order. Again, even if it is the Senate, I am not going to contest. Nobody contests the office of the Vice President you can only become the Vice President of Nigeria if God wants you to be. May I make it expressly clear that if Ali...

FG to set up ranches nationwide for cattle rearers

There are plans to establish ranches nationwide, to house cattle and their rearers. The federal and state governments came up with the idea, after multiple reports of clashes between owners of farmlands and herdsmen. The ranches will have hospitals, schools and other amenities that the farmers will need. Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong who announced the plan, urges Nigerians to be patient with the Muhammadu Buhari administration, as he inherited this problem....

Super Eagles to play two grade A friendlies in London

As part of its rebuilding efforts ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers, the Nigeria Football Federation has picked London to host two grade A friendly matches in June for the Super Eagles. NFF president, Amaju Pinnick had earlier said the federation would utilize the two FIFA windows in June to bring the players together ahead of the qualifying matches for the World Cup. The federation has opened discussions with its London-based agent, who is expected to confirm the two top European countries for the friendly matches in the coming weeks. The agent is expected to conclude discussions with the countries in two weeks time, while the NFF will make public the teams as soon as the deal is concluded....

Kanu blasts NFF leadership over AFCON miss

A former Super Eagles captain Kanu Nwankwo has said the current leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation led by Amaju Pinnick has failed the country. Kanu’s bashing of the NFF comes after the country failed for the second straight time to qualify for the AFCON. He said the NFF have to change their style of leadership if Nigeria were to achieve success again. This criticism comes after several prominent stakeholders demanded the resignation of president Amaju Pinnick as well as his entire executive committee after this unprecedented failure. On Tuesday, the NFF executives will meet with the country’s sports minister for a consultative meeting in Abuja....

Kemi Afolabi set to shoot an all-female cast movie

Talented actress, Kemi Afolabi, is ready to navigate uncharted ways with her forthcoming movie, ‘M’odorisa.’The historical movie will feature 1,000 all-female cast made up mostly of upcoming actresses, and some major faces. According to Afolabi, ‘M’odorisa’ is a film about Yoruba cultural heritage which encourages people to stay true to their roots. In her words, '‘In recent times, we’ve seen that the young generation aren’t really in sync with their culture, as many of them don’t speak their indigenous languages. Those are some of the things we hope to correct with this movie.’The light-skinned role-interpreter also revealed that she has been on the project for two years, and that it is also an avenue to provide a platform for talented upcoming actors who don’t have the opportunity to feature in movies. The shoot of the movie, which is produced by Olasco Films, is sheduled to begin in the first week of April,...

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