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THE National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has complimented President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiation of the installment of N5,000 each to poor people and most defenseless under the Conditional Cash Transfer program of the present organization.

The program was a piece of the cardinal guarantees of Buhari amid the 2015 crusade.

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Asiwaju Tinubu said the stipend for the poor was an indication of the Buhari-drove APC government’s dedication to individuals’ welfare.

He said in an announcement by his Media Office: “I praise President Buhari for keeping confidence with his battle guarantee. I praise him for relating to poor people and the most helpless among us.

“The installment could n’t have come at a superior time than now. The stipend is an indication of the administration’s dedication to individuals’ welfare. We should all join to beat destitution and convey success to the land.”

Tinubu again called for support for the present organization, saying with such, the administration would soon turn things around for the advantage of the general population.

President Buhari had begun the installment of N5,000 each to one million poor Nigerians under its Conditional Cash Transfer program, which is one of his cardinal battle guarantees.

Under the program, the President had guaranteed to engage one million poor and most open to the N5,000 month to month stipend each.

The program is under the administration’s Social Investment Programs, where N30,000 month to month stipends were prior paid to 200,000 adolescents under the N-Power program, which started in December 2016, and the School Feeding program.

The initiation of the N5,000 installment was reported on Monday in an announcement from the Office of the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The announcement, marked by the Vice-President’s representative, Laolu Akande, said the principal group of installment would cover nine states.

Akande said a portion of the recipients had begun getting their installments since December 30, 2016.

Akande had said reserves for the installments to recipients in Borno, Kwara and Bauchi States were discharged a week ago to the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System, the stage that hosts and approves installments for all administration’s SIP.

He said the assets for another set, which included Cross Rivers, Niger, Kogi, Oyo, Ogun and Ekiti States, would take after soon to finish the main group of recipients.

As per Akande, the nine pilot states were picked on the grounds that they had a current Social Register that effectively recognized the most helpless and poorest Nigerians.

He said the registers rose through an attempted and tried group based focusing on technique working with the World Bank while different states were building up their social registers and would be incorporated into consequent stages.

Akande said the Federal Government would initiate group preparation for the making of the social registers in more states to extend the extension and reach of the Conditional Cash Transfer the nation over.

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Biafra: Court decides IPOB’s fate today

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja will today rule on the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Abdu-Kafarati, will deliver the judgment in the suit seeking to void the proscription and declaration of IPOB, as a terrorist organisation.

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The Pro-Biafra group had through its lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, approached the court challenging the ruling it delivered on September 20, 2017, which outlawed it on the strength of an ex-parte motion the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, filed on behalf of the government.

The court had declared as illegal, all activities of IPOB, particularly in the South-East and South-South regions of the country in the said ruling.

The Acting Chief Justice, who gave the ruling in chambers, further restrained “any person or group of persons from participating in any of the group’s activities.”

The judge further directed the AGF to ensure that he published the order proscribing IPOB in the official gazette, as well as in two national dailies, an order FG had since complied with.

IPOB, however, in a motion it filed, insisted that the proscription order “was made without jurisdiction”, adding that it was “granted against an entity unknown to law.”

The group also queried the legal validity of the order, which it said was surreptitiously obtained by the Attorney-General.

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Fulani Herdsmen: Nigeria Is Being Painted Red With Blood – Dogara

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has reacted to the various killings going on around the country, particularly in Benue and Taraba states.

Dogara cried out that the country was being painted ‘Red’ with Blood. In his address to Lawmakers on resumption from the Christmas/New year break, the speaker condemned the violence in Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Zamfara, Adamawa and Rivers state. He said;

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“Indeed, at no time in the recent past has the nation’s peace and unity been so vigorously and persistently challenged. This, however, is the real test for true leadership.

Our dear country is now being painted red with the blood of the innocents on account of unremitting bedlam callously promoted by cold-hearted merchants of death.

At these moments of intense outpouring of grief across the nation, it is important that we shun buck-passing and accept responsibility for these wanton killings without which we will never find a solution to this evil.”

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Nigerian Government Seeks ECOWAS Support To End Herdsmen Crisis

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The Nigerian government has called for the support of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in providing lasting solutions to the farmers and herdsmen crisis in the country.

The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau disclosed this after a meeting with the President of the ECOWAS commission, Marcel De Souza at the ECOWAS secretariat Abuja.

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This is one of the efforts being employed by federal government in tackling herdsmen crisis and to ensure that justice was meted out on the perpetrators.

Dambazau after the meeting told newsmen that the discussion was bordered on regional security as herder/farmers clashes alongside terrorists attacks became worrisome

He called for a ministerial conference of ECOWAS member states in order to come up with a framework that will address the trans-border crimes, which he said had contributed to the conflict.

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