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Buhari deploys Ambassadors to UN, AU

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate deployment of four of the newly appointed Ambassadors-Designate.

The president announced the deployment in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina on Friday in Abuja.

Adesina said Prof. Tijjani Bande, (Kebbi State) would now serve as Nigeria’s Ambassador/Representative to the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Headquarters in New York

Corruption: Fayose paid Ozekhome from tainted funds, says EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has told a Federal High Court in Lagos that Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, made a payment of N75 million to a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, from the N1.2 billion the governor received from a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it froze Ozekhome’s account because the money was suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Osinbajo hands over, briefs Buhari

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on some of his activities as acting president while the president was away in London.

“I’m back to my regular position as Vice-President,’’ Osinbajo said after a closed door meeting with Buhari.

He said the president, who was updated on national and international issues as they concerned the country, gave specific directives on the next steps to be taken.

Fashola to Ambode: I am not frustrating you

Former governor of Lagos State and minister of works, Babatunde Raji Fashola has replied his successor, Akinwunmi Ambode over the latter’s accusations that his ministry was frustrating him.

Ambode told newsmen on Wednesday that Fashola’s ministry was delaying his plans to rebuild Lagos Airport-Oshodi road and also the handover of the presidential lodge in Marina. His third complaint was that Fashola’s ministry had  failed to expedite action in refunding the N51billion spent by the state on federal roads.

Beset by Economic, Political woes, Nigerians Protest for Change

Hundreds of Nigerians marched through the streets of Lagos calling for a change of government on Monday, a rare show of public dissent that reflected mounting anger over an absentee president and a sputtering economy.

Flanked by a heavy police escort, Reuters reports that more than 500 demonstrators halted traffic in the commercial capital as a truck blasted out protest songs against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Convicted Ibori returns to Nigeria from Britain

James Ibori, who as governor of oil-rich Delta State became one of Nigeria's richest and most powerful men, has returned to the country after serving a sentence for corruption in Britain, his lawyer said on Saturday.

"I can confirm that he left last night and arrived this morning in Nigeria," Jonathan Chike-Epelle, Ibori's lawyer in Britain, told Reuters by phone.

Local media have said he remains influential in politics, and in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Ibori did not rule out a political comeback.

Buhari Congratulates U.S. President-elect Donald Trump

On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates President-elect Donald Trump on his victory in the United States presidential election.

President Buhari also congratulates American citizens on the outcome of the election, which was keenly observed by all true lovers of democracy and those who believe in the will of the people.

It’s Nigeria’s Chance to be Great Again –Osinbajo

Nigeria has a unique opportunity now to become a great country with the kind of leader that is currently at the helm of affairs, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said.

Osinbajo said this on Thursday when he received a delegation of his Law Faculty classmates with whom he attended the University of Lagos from 1975 to 1978.

The Vice President urged Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari, ``a man who is honest and whose only desire is to make Nigeria go forward and become a great nation.

Insurgency Costs Nigeria's North East $9B –Report

The North East Nigeria Recovery and Peace Building Assessment (RPBA) team announced on Thursday that the impact of the conflict in the region cost $9 billion.

The team also said it would need $6 billion to perform recovery efforts in the crisis torn area.

The data, released at the two-day final validation and consensus workshop in Abuja, noted that the devastation happened between 2011 and 2015.