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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.

'Nigeria will Fully Redeem its Pledge of $100m for MNJTF'

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria will fully redeem its pledge of 100 million dollars for the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to enhance the operations of the Task Force against Boko Haram.

This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari

The statement said the president was speaking at a high-level meeting of the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council.

FG Sacks Top Civil Servants Over Employment Racketeering –Minister

Some top officials of the Civil Service have been dismissed by the Federal Government for extorting money from 400 applicants and offering them employment illegally.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the disclosure on Saturday in Lagos during a meeting with some selected On-Air-Personalities.

The meeting was part of the minister`s five-day consultations with critical stakeholders in the media industry.

Ban Commends Buhari’s Efforts to Fight Corruption, Tackle Insurgency

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to fight corruption and insecurity Nigeria.

This is contained in the readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with Buhari at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, made available by the UN National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun.

``The Secretary-General commended President Buhari’s efforts to address corruption, tackle insecurity and promote economic development in the country.

``Ban expressed the United Nations’ continuing support to these efforts.

Buhari Orders Probe of 38 People, Firms Over Arms Deals

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the investigation of 38 former military chiefs, officers and companies for an alleged arms procurement fraud, a presidency statement said on Friday.

Reuters reports that among those listed are former chiefs of defence and air staff that served under previous president Goodluck Jonathan. The statement added that the order was based on a recommendation by a committee established to carry out an audit of arms and equipment procurement from 2007 to 2015.

Reps Sponsored 327 bills in Six Months –Gbajabiamila

House Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday said that the 8th Assembly in its six months of existence had sponsored a total of 327 bills as against 132 presented within the first six months of the 7th Assembly.

Gbajabiamila said this in Lagos, at an end of the year media briefing on activities of the 8th House of Representatives from June 9 to Dec. 22.

He said that 264 Bills out of the 327 had passed through first reading and awaiting second reading while a total of 40 Bills had been referred to committees.

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