Osinbajo, Maryam Abacha, Others Attend Independence Day Dinner


Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Former Chief of General Staff, Oladipo Diya and wife of Former Head of State, Maryam Abacha, are attending an Independence Day Diner and Gala Night at the banquet hall of the Presidential Villa.

This comes hours after the President and other top government officials witnessed a colourful parade in commemoration of Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day.

Others in attendance include members of the Diplomatic Corp; President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives amongst others.

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Independence Day Anniversary Parade In Photos


The Military on Monday marked Nigeria’s 58th Independence Day anniversary with a parade of its hardware at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Present at the occasion were President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Former Chief of General Staff, General Oladipo Diya and Head of Civil Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita.

Others included the Former Head of State General Yakub Gowon, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Walter Onnohgen and the Former Head of State Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar.

Across the country, there was also a line up of activities to mark the day.

See photos below.

FRSC Flag Off Campaign On Road Safety

frsc, fairly used, expired tyresThe high rate of accidents have been attributed to human errors emanating from dangerous driving.

This, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), includes unnecessary overtaking at bends; indiscipline and disrespect for traffic rules and regulations as well as overloading of vehicles among others.

The Deputy Corps Marshal in Charge of Operations, Mr Adei Abu said research and statistics by the agency identified speed and speed related offences responsible for high percentage of crashes, which stands at over 60%.

This, he added, informed the introduction of maximum road safety speed limit and limiters for vehicles.

The FRSC embarked on sensitisation campaign for safety on the roads which is usually characterised by upsurge in traffic volume across the nation, especially during the festive season.

Some measures have been put in place by the commission to curb recklessness on the road especially in Zone 4 of the FRSC made up of Plateau, Benue and Nasarawa States.

Some respondents at the campaign rally observed the timing for the introduction of the speed limiting device as not convenient considering the economic situation and other commitments at this period of the year.

Buhari Returns, To Address Nigerians On Independence Day

Muhammadu-Buhari-NigeriaPresidentNigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday returned to Nigeria after attending the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed his arrival and added that the President “will on Thursday, October 1, 2015, make a nationwide broadcast as part of programme of activities to mark Nigeria’s 55th Independence Anniversary.

“The broadcast will take place at 7am.

“All electronic media stations are kindly requested to join the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) for the broadcast”, the statement added.

President Buhari on Tuesday highlighted the roles required of UN member states in order to stop violent extremism and the threat posed by terror groups in Middle East and Africa.

He noted that Boko Haram regained strength after it declared its allegiance to the Islamic State, adding that the group’s recruitment has expanded to the Sahel region and encouraging activities of Boko Haram.

President Muhammadu Buhari reminded UN member states that “groups like al-Qaeda and ISIL express their anger when people feel that injustice and corruption leaves them with no choice of improving their lives”, adding that “the international community will be required to disrupt illicit financial flows from nations with weak anti-theft structures to other parts of the world” insisting that “where such funds are identified, the victim states should be helped to recover them expeditiously”.

He made this known while speaking on a panel on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism chaired by United States’ President, Barrack Obama, at the 70th United Nations General Assembly.


Buhari Seeks End To Piracy In Nigeria’s Entertainment Industry

PiracyPresident Muhammadu Buhari has directed law enforcement agencies to step up their efforts to curb the menace of pirates in Nigeria’s entertainment industry so that artistes can enjoy the fruits of their labour.

President Buhari gave the directive after receiving a briefing from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan and her Directors on Tuesday in Abuja.

He charged law enforcement agencies to identify the perpetrators of copyright piracy, their sponsors and collaborators, and bring them to justice.

President Buhari also charged the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) to tap into the opportunities presented by their wide reach to shore up their revenue profiles.

Sadiq Daba, RMD, Mo Abudu, Others Attend Private Screening Of October 1

Kunle AfolayanNigerian celebrities, business moguls, diplomats, and government officials were on Sunday night hosted at Terra Kulture for the private screening of Kunle Afolayan’s latest thriller flick, October 1.

The purpose of the exclusive event, which held at Intercontinental Hotel Lagos, was to pitch private screening to corporate organisations and individuals, as well as garner sponsorship for the major local and international premieres coming up later in the year.

The exceptional list, led by Kunle Afolayan, comprised renowned actors such as Sadiq Daba, Kenneth Okonkwo, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Demola Adedoyin, David Baile and Kayode Olaiya.

Topmost fashion designer, Deola Sagoe who played the role of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Kehinde Bankole and Nick Phys was also part of the outstanding cast.

October 1 is a thought-provoking movie that isn’t solely about entertaining viewers but serves to communicate important national messages, Afolayan said. He added, “we want the younger generation to know where we are coming from and the older generation to see if we are moving in the right direction”.

Notable faces spotted at the event included art patron, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, CEO Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo, MD Standard Chartered Bank, Bola Adesola, MD, Leadway Assurance, Mr. Oye Hassan-Odukale, Consul-General Of France, Francois Sastourne, Consul-General Of South Africa, Ambassador & Mrs Mokgethi Monaisa, Executive Director, Bank Of Industry, Mr. Waheed Olagunju, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Mo Abudu, Ruth Osime, Noble Igwe among many others.

L-R Demola Adedoyin, Deola Sagoe, Kunle Afoloyan, Kehinde Bankole & Sadiq Daba Kunle Afolayan Kunle Afoloyan & Sadiq Daba  Noble Igwe 2 Noble Igwe

Richard Mofe-Damijo & Kunle Afoloyan Sadiq Daba, Tunde Kelani & a guest Seun Soyeda Tokunbo Durosaro & Folashade Ali Tunde Kelani, Kunle Afoloyan, Francois Sastourne, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Mahmoud Ali-Balogun & Sadiq Daba 2 Yemi Edeki & Bolajoko Odunowo