Latest News December 31, 2015

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  • Nigeria: Akwa Ibom State Assembly Elects First Female Deputy Speaker
    [This Day] Uyo -A member representing Okobo State Constituency in Akwa Ibom State, Felicia Bassey, has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly.
  • Nigeria: President Buhari – Hijab May Be Banned
    [This Day] President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his government may ban the use of hijabs by Muslim women if the suicide bombings continue without end, adding that it has no cogent intelligence on the fate of the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram almost two years. Buhari admitted as much yesterday during his maiden presidential media chat broadcast live from the State House in Abuja. Despite the absence of intelligence, he said government was still making efforts to rescue the Chibok gir
  • Nigeria: Chief of Staff Restructures Defence Headquarters
    [This Day] Abuja -The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, has reiterated his resolve to restructure the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).
  • Nigeria: MTN May Lobby Govt As Payment Deadline Expires Today
    [Guardian] As the deadline given to MTN Nigeria to pay the N1.04 trillion ($5.2 billion) fine, later slashed to $3.4 billion (N780 billion) expires today, the telecommunications firm has expressed its position to continue to lobby the Federal Government, hopefully for a further reduction, notwithstanding that the matter is in court.
  • Nigeria: Super Eagles Simon Weds
    [Daily Trust] Super Eagles and KAA Gent winger Moses Simon has wedded his long time girlfriend Ibukun Sarah Adenuga in Ibadan, Oyo State on Tuesday.
  • Nigeria: No Plea Bargain for Corruption, Terrorism – Govt
    [Premium Times] The Nigerian government has said there will be no option of plea bargain for anyone facing prosecution for corruption as well as terrorism.
  • Nigeria: President Buhari, Tony Elumelu, Akinwumi Adesina in Top List of 100 Most Influential Africans
    [Independent (Lagos)] Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Board of Directors, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, have been named among the “100 most influential Africans of 2015.”
  • Ghana: Power Ministry Announces End to Load Shedding
    [Accra Report] The Ministry of Power has announced an end to load shedding in a statement released on Wednesday December 30. The three-paragraph statement signed by Kweku Sersah-Johnson, Head of Public Affairs, for the Power Minister, said ” the Ministry of Power wishes to inform the public that its load shedding programme in respect of electricity supply has been brought to an end”.
  • Nigeria: Why Nigeria Needs to Refrain From Membership of the Islamic Military Alliance
    [Premium Times] … the Nigerian government must withdraw its steps from joining the alliance, particularly within the context of the “Islamic” label attached to the alliance… The non-inclusion of key players in the region – Iran, Iraq, and Syria – should be a tell-all sign that the intentions of Saudi Arabia for pushing forth the alliance are intrinsically hidden. Therefore, the focus of the government must be to make decisions that not only reflect Nigeria’s commitment to credible international action, but also fa

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