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There is hope for better tomorrow, Atiku tells Nigerians

MALACHY UZENDU, Deputy Editor, Abuja, with agency report

ORMER Vice President Fcongratulated Atiku Abubakar has Nigerians

RECEPTION… Incoming President, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu with the outgoing President, Mr. Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez during a recent Presidential reception in their honour held in Abuja. Aliu resumes duty tomorrow.

Defection to APC:

Amaechi, Nyako, others ‘ll regret —Gov. Yero 6


T least 63 Boko Haram fighters were killed in raids by the Nigerian Army following a recent pre-dawn attacks on a military barracks in Bama town by the militant sect

in Borno State, the Defence Director of Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, said yesterday. This is as the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, said he was not afraid of the United States (US) Bounty on him.

INNOCENT OKONKWO, Asst News Editor pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Goodluck Jonathan as similar to coup baiting.


According to Olukolade, the military launched ground and air operations on terrorists locations in the forest at Alafa, about 21 kilometres from Bama, dealing a heavy blow to Boko Haram fighters. Continues on Pg 6

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OkonjoIweala: 1.6m jobs created in 2013 Minister of Finance, Tfor HEand Coordinating Minister the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday said the Federal Government has created 1.6 million jobs in the past 12 months. Okonjo-Iweala disclosed this during her presentation at an interactive session with the private sector, where she said that a total of 432,021 jobs were created Continues on Pg 6


Obasanjo’s letter: Afenifere warns against coup

63 Boko Haram insurgents killed in Borno —DHQ

AHMED MARI, Maiduguri, with agency report

on the New Year and urged them to face the future with optimism, hoping that the new year will bring good tidings. Also, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has called on Nigerians to strive for a peaceful, remarkable, prosperous and outstanding 2014, while the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State urged Nigerians, especially



Afenifere stated that some forces that seek the termination of the proposed National Conference were scheming to capitalize on the current challenges of the nation’s democracy to cause an unconstitutional Continues on Pg 6

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