The federal government has pleaded with the United States to be cautious in granting a visa to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in order not to create the impression of endorsing him for the 2019 election.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave the government position at an interactive session with media executives in Abuja on Thursday.
Mr Mohammed said the government was aware of the move by the former vice president to lobby the U.S. to lift the visa ban imposed on him.
He said while the U.S. has the prerogative of whom to issue visa, it should be mindful of the timing, in order not to give the impression that Atiku has been endorsed by the U.S. government.
Online media has gathered that Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has applied for a visa to enable him to visit the United States. This was learnt yesterday.
It was gathered that the former Vice-President appeared for an interview at the US Embassy on Tuesday in Abuja.
Further report claims that Atiku would use the trip to make what was described as “political statement” ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has insisted that the Boko Haram sect has been degraded.
It, however, blamed the resurgence of the insurgents on the “remnants” operating within the Lake Chad Basin, insisting that the dreaded insurgents have been totally degraded.
This claim came barely one week after over 100 soldiers were killed by the insurgents in Melete area of Borno State.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja after the groundbreaking ceremony and unveiling of the prototype design of the technology building to house the command and control centre of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, said the project when completed would facilitate efficiency in the security of the country.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Thursday announced that registration for 2019/ 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will commence in December.
The Head of Media of the Board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, announced this while addressing newsmen during the conduct of promotion exercise for the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), at the board’s Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre in Abuja,NAN reports.
According to Benjamin, no specific date has been fixed for the commencement of the registration yet.
He, however, said that plans were underway to do so as soon as possible as the board was initially waiting for the pronouncement of the presidency on the reduction of the examinations fee, which was formally announced on Wednesday.
Boko Haram jihadists have killed three soldiers in an attack on a military base in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state near Lake Chad, military and civilian sources said. Fighters from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) driving in several trucks attacked the base in Cross-Kauwa village on Tuesday and engaged troops in an hours-long gunfight, the sources told AFP
Admiral Murtala Nyako, Nuhu Ribadu, Dr. Mahmood Halilu Ahmed and other prominent aggrieved All Progress Congress (APC) leaders in Adamawa State were absent when the APC National Reconciliation Committee led by the Governor of Nassarawa State Umaru Tanko Almakura and Jigawa State Governor Mohammed Abubakar Badaru arrived Yola.
During the committee’s meeting with aggrieved APC members at the Banquet Hall in Government House Yola, Nuhu Ribadu and his group could not come over alleged of short notification to them.
A source in Nuhu Ribadu’s camp said they were not informed about the arrival of the committee to Adamawa State and that they saw it on Facebook but all enquiries to Governor Al-Makura failed to yield enough results.
The petition sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against former Governor Rauf Aregbesola by some Osun pensioners is unacceptable. Within a reasonable period of time, the Osun 2011/2012 pensioners got it wrong on the petition they wrote. They opted out of contributory pension scheme when Aregbesola enrolled them. This is a sponsored attack and blackmail on the former governor and government of Osun.
The President of Buhari Youth Organisation (BYO) and son of a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Olujonwo, has said since politics is not a war or a battle, he has every right to support the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari as against his father’s choice of a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
Olujonwo said this yesterday in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists on the activities of his group during a press conference held at the national secretariat of the APC.