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Plot to sack Service Chiefs thickens *Buhari told to ignore move

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President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to ignore the antics of some unscrupulous Nigerians angling to scuttle the current gains being made by Service and Security Chiefs in the country, who have succeeded in pushing back the activities of terrorists and bandits in recent months.

Civil Society Organisation, Centre for Security and Good Governance (CSO), who made the plea, is alleging that there was an ongoing moves by some officers in the military and members of the cabal inside the Presidency, to influence and secure the removal of the current officers and replace them with their stooges ahead of the 2023 elections.

Comrade Musa Saleh Malumfashi, spokesman of the body, disclosed in a statement that already more than $1 million have gone into what was described as a scheme bent on destabilising the security apparatus of the country for personal gains.

While noting that this would negatively affect the war against terror that has received a boost with the coordinated actions of the current Service and Intelligence Chiefs, the group urged President Muhammadu Buhari to beam his searchlight on some officers that have exhibited the tendencies of inordinate ambition and greed, hinting of a plot to carryout mass retirement in the Army.

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“It has come to our notice that certain greedy and unpatriotic elements in the military are scheming and plotting the sack of the Service and Intelligence Chiefs to be replaced by their stooges so that they can feast on the security votes during elections and partake in the rigging of elections for the highest bidders. This must not be allowed to happen as it will amount to truncating our nascent democracy and draw us back on the war against terrorism, insurgency and banditry,” the group said.

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The CSO while further alleging that the dangerous move was being orchestrated by some cabals inside the Presidency who were negotiating, lobbying as well as encouraging the officers, added that the cabals were boldly bragging about their role in the sack of the immediate past Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) stressing that millions of dollars have exchanged hands already.

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Tough economy: Trouble in APC, as staff plan strike

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A loud grumbling has enveloped the 40 Blantyre Crescent, Wuse, Zone 2, Abuja, headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), where staff across different departments are threatening to down tools in protest of poor welfare and biting economic hardship.

Daily Trust, is reporting that the staff are specifically asking the party’s top echelon to make provision for their housing and other allowances, stressing that the economic situation of the country had become quite unfavourable to them.

The paper quoted one of the staff, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that the party’s executive members had left them to suffer, while taking home humongous amounts of money as salaries and allowances.

Though Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, National Chairman of the party, is said to have commenced payment of N35,000 provisional wage award to them in January 2024, they argued that the largesse would in June, and they would be back to square one and therefore, they needed more stable welfare packages.

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In a swift riposte, Felix Morka, spokesman of the party, was quoted as dismissing the agitation, saying: “Those matters I don’t really discuss them. As you can see, there are many important things to discuss; at the national level, in Edo State. We are battling with all that. So, any in-house matters are not my focus right now.”

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BREAKING: Davido ups the ante, doles out N300million to orphanages

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David Adeleke Nigerian music sensation, otherwise known as Davido is stamping his giant feet with which he has mesmerised his audience across the world in the arena of philanthropy, with an announcement of a fresh donation of a whopping N300million to some orphanages across the country.

The latest is an increase of N63million up from the N237million the popular singer, who disclosed the largesse in a statement on his social media accounts on Tuesday, dolled out last year as part of the gesture in what is now turning out a yearly programme since it started a few years ago.

The gesture is coming at a time Nigeria is under an intense weather of deprivation and poverty, with the prices of food and other commodities hitting the roof and citizens, unable to afford basic items mostly going to bed on empty stomachs as a result.

In recent weeks, demonstrations had erupted in many parts of the country, including Niger, Kano, Ogun and Oyo States, where residents trooped into the streets to demand an end to the parlous situation, which they blamed on the insensitive policies of the government of Bola Tinubu, the Nigerian President.

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The singer, who first gave out N250m to 292 orphanages in October 2022, said the this year’s donation would be done through The David Adeleke Foundation (DAF), adding: “I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria … as my yearly contribution to the nation. Details of disbursement tomorrow.”

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BREAKING: Tinubu set to probe Buhari’s N23trillion Ways and Means debt

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At last, President Bola Tinubu, may be going through the N23trillion Ways and Means debt obtained by his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, with a fine comb to determine what the funds, which is attributed to a major part of the current debt overhang in the country, went into.

The Nation, quoted Wale Edun, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy as revealing this much to participants at the ongoing Public Wealth Management Conference organised by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MoFI).

Besides, the Minister reportedly said the Federal Government would also present a bill to the National Assembly, soon to authorise the removal of “all taxes and levies that constitute nuisance from the country’s tax system, as a measure to wean itself from future Ways and Means indebtedness.

The government, Edun added, will vigorously pursue policies that will allow it harvest revenue in real time from Government Owned Enterprises (GOEs) and Corporate entities.

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It was also on the same day that the Minister explained that Tinubu’s administration inherited a surge in food and general commodity prices from the previous government, but emphasised the government’s commitment to reducing food prices and tackling the nation’s high inflation rate.

Outlining the measures government was taking in tackling the situation, he revealed that, the government had released 42,000 metric tons of grains, with an additional 60,000 metric tons scheduled for release soon.

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