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Boko Haram targeting civilians in latest bombings says Amnesty International

Boko Haram bombing of Police Head Quarters

Nigerian armed groups must stop attacking civilians, Amnesty International said today, after as many as 30 people were killed in a bomb attack blamed on the religious sect Boko Haram.

Motorcyclists hurled bombs into a beer garden killing up to 30 people in Maiduguri, Borno State, in the northeast of the country on Sunday, before shooting into the crowd. Several people were injured in a fresh bombing on Monday, also believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram.
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Aminu Tambuwal elected Speaker against PDP’s wish


Members of the House of Representative today defiled the wish of the ruling People’s Democratic Party to elect Aminu Tambuwal as its speaker. He was elected alongside Emeka Ihedioha, his deputy.

Mr Tambuwal was elected by a simple majority vote 252 members on Monday amidst cheers during the inauguration of the seventh session of the House of Representatives. His election brought an end to a long draw battle for the position occasioned by a controversial zoning of the Speakership to Nigeria’s South West by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Senate President’s Valedictory Speech

FAREWELL SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, DAVID  MARK, ON THE  VALEDICTORY SESSION TO MARK THE END OF THE 6TH SENATE AT SENATE CHAMBER ON THURSDAY, 2ND JUNE, 2011.
It is my pleasure and privilege to address you my bosses and colleagues,
distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on this auspicious
occasion of the winding up of the 6th Senate. There is time for everything under
the sun.
I thank the Almighty God Who has made it possible for us to witness this great
day. It is most unfortunate that conspicuously absent from this gathering, are
two of our colleagues, who were snatched away by the cold hands of death. Two
very illustrious Senators from Gombe State are not here to share in the joy of
this day with us, Late Senators Tawar Umbi Wada and Peto Dukku. May their gentle
souls rest in peace.  Amen.
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Compilation of Tweets on the Lunch With GEJ

People wielded umbrellas at the lunch as solidarity with the president's party

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Benue ACN governorship candidate files petition at tribunal

Protest over the defeat of Ugbah started even before the election result was declared

By Sam Tyav

The defeated governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Benue State, Steve Ugbah, formally filed his petition Tuesday at the state election petition tribunal challenging the re-election of the incumbent Gabriel Suswam.

Accompanied by his running mate, Usman Abubakar, a team of lawyers and a throng of supporters, the ACN governorship candidate was received by the tribunal secretary, Mohammed Bello. At the head of the team of lawyers was a former attorney general of the state, Joe Abaagu.

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Ribadu Writes Nigerians A “Thank You” Letter

Thank You Nigerians

Last October I picked up membership of the Action Congress of Nigeria, and with that move, started an important journey, along with fellow compatriots, to help renew our dreams and our country. It was a journey and a challenge to correct what we diagnosed to be wrong and ill about governance in our country.

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Ikedi Ohakim’s “I-Offer-To-Serve” Memo to President GEJ

Ikedi Ohakim, outgoing governor of Imo state

Memo To Mr President

 
Repositioning The Peoples Democratic Party (Pdp) In Imo State
 
Preamble
 
I think I need not bore Your Excellency with details of the conduct and outcome of the just concluded governorship election in Imo state, since that is already well known to the President.
 
What I think I ought to restate is my commitment to ensuring a lasting legacy of peace and true democracy in Imo. I have already demonstrated this by quickly moving in to douse the political temperature in the state by accepting the result of the election as it is and announcing that I will not go to court.