Day: February 4, 2019

Pope Francis signs pledge of fraternity in UAE

The pope and the grand imam of Al-Azhar have signed a historic declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races, in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths. Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s Catholics, and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious seat of learning, arrived at the ceremony in Abu Dhabi hand-in-hand in a symbol of interfaith brotherhood. The document pledges that Al-Azhar and the Vatican will work together to fight extremism. Claiming to be in the name of “all victims of wars,...

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Reuters Reports How Atiku Abubakar secured temporary waiver of US visa ban

*2 lobbyists helped Atiku Abubakar secure temporary waiver on Visa Ban *Atiku personally pays $80,000 a month to Holland & Knight, one of the two lobbyists, while PDP pays $90,000 to Ballard and Partners Atiku Abubakar: Reuters reports on how he was able to secure temporary Visa ban waiver to visit USA Reuters has reported that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party was able to visit Washington, United States  two weeks ago to meet with top U.S. diplomats and lawmakers due  to a temporary suspension of a travel ban. The news agency said the visa...

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Buhari demands accountability as he inaugurates ICPC Board

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in the Chairman and Members of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission Board, and expressed his administration’s determination to ensure that every agency of government account for public revenue generated or expended. Speaking at the event on Monday at the State House, Abuja, the president noted that despite his administration anti-corruption drive, some agencies of government were of the habit of diverting or refusing to fully account for revenue generated. According to him, rather than obey constitutional provisions and extant rules and regulations, such agencies continue as if nothing has changed. The president, therefore, called for...

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Onnoghen Saga: Senate withdraws case at Supreme Court

The Senate has withdrawn the case it filed at the Supreme Court against the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen. Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser to the President of the Senate on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Monday. Olaniyonu said the discontinuation of the case followed the intervention of the National Judicial Council (NJC) on the matter. The  case was slated for hearing at the apex court on Tuesday. The decision, according to him, “affirms the confidence of the Senate in the ability of the NJC to successfully...

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Bukele breaks two-party system dominance, wins El Salvador presidency

A former mayor campaigning on an anti-corruption ticket swept to victory in El Salvador‘s presidential election on Feb. 3, bringing an end to a two-party system that has held sway over the violence-plagued Central American country for three decades. Nayib Bukele, the 37-year-old former mayor of the capital, San Salvador, won 54 percent of votes with returns counted from 88 percent of polling stations, said Julio Olivo, the head of the electoral tribunal. Bukele won more votes than all other candidates combined in his first-round sweep, highlighting deep voter frustration over the failure of the two main parties to tackle violence and...

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