The Big 5: Why Saraki and Dogara angrily left Aso Villa yesterday, Nigeria set to receive $321 million Abacha loot from Switzerland, and other top stories

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Good morning.

Here are the top 5 stories you should be monitoring today:

President Muhammadu Buhari hosted Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, and some principal officers of the National Assembly, to dinner at the Aso Villa yesterday. However, things didn’t go as smoothly as planned.

The legislators were said to have initially left the Villa angrily when confronted by security guards to alight their vehicles in order to be screened before entering the Villa. Apparently, the lawmakers found this insulting and embarrassing, and refused to succumb, instead they reversed angrily and left.

See what President Buhari had to do before they agreed to return to the Villa.


It’s now over two months since President Muhammadu Buhari returned from his medical leave in London which lasted for, at least, 103 days. However, the president has continued to thank Nigerians for their prayers and support through those times and even beyond.

President Buhari expressed his gratitude while hosting a delegation of well-wishers, led by Amb. Eze N. Ebere, at the State House, yesterday.

In a statement following the visit, President Buhari’s aide Femi Adesina said the president has also been receiving positive reviews on how he has been handling conflicts in various parts of the country.


On the latest development with the Mainagate scandal: The International Police (INTERPOL) and a Magistrate Court in Abuja have issued separate arrest warrants for the wanted ex-chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, the presidency disclosed yesterday.

Maina’s investigation has also been expanded beyond his reinstatement and promotion. The presidency revealed that Maina was also named in the ongoing cases involving Steve Oronsaye, former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

It’s safe to say that Maina has found himself between the devil and the deep blue sea as he is currently being investigated by almost every lawmaking and enforcement agency in the country.


Meanwhile, former President Goodluck Jonathan has claimed to have set a new standard for Nigeria’s democracy when he conceded defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari after the 2015 general elections.

He said, while receivingthe ‘African Leadership & Achievement Award’ in Abuja, yesterday, that his action helped reform the democratic process in Nigeria.

Here’s more on what he said.


In other news, Nigeria has concluded the negotiation with Switzerland on the return of $321 million recovered from the late Abacha family, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), said Thursday.

Malami also said the country recently recovered $85 million from the controversial Malabu Restrained Funds from the United Kingdom (UK).

With the conclusion of the negotiation, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed by parties at the Global Forum on Assets Recovery meeting to be held on between December 4 and 6 in Washington.

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