Showing posts with label muhammadu buhari. Show all posts
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Monday, 3 September 2018

Everybody Is A Thief Except Buhari And His Supporters – Dele Momodu

Nigerian media personality, Dele Momodu who over the weekend revealed his conversation with Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has taken a swipe at President Buhari and his supporters.
Dele Momodu who disclosed that supporters of former president Goodluck Jonathan were smarter, called out supporters of President Buhari who according to him believes everybody is a thief except them.
He tweeted;
“The GEJ guys who used to attack us for supporting Buhari were smarter; they used to argue with a number of projects started or completed before abusing us, but these ones are so empty.
“Everybody is a thief except them…”
Dele Momodu in his weekly column, Pendulum, said he had initially omitted Saraki’s name from the list of potential presidential candidates because of his “geographical location of Kwara and his own cultural roots naturally”. Dele Momodu went on to disclose Bukola Saraki’s strategy on how to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
“Saraki’s roadmap to victory is simple. Buhari is going to play the usual ethnic card that only a candidate from North-West can win a Presidential election in Nigeria,” Momodu wrote.
“He concedes that it may be difficult for any candidate from North-West and North-East to compete or beat Buhari hands down, despite the fact that PDP parades more experienced politicians and competent aspirants. What is then needed is to keep North Central on lockdown with a popular candidate from that zone.
“He believes that it may be a waste of time and resources trying to compete in the President’s traditional enclave other than to strive to get up to 25%. PDP should instead focus on mobilising the forces from the opposite direction and lockdown four out of the six geo-political zones.
“If the PDP presents just anyone, there may be voter apathy and Buhari would coast home to victory. As to where his deputy will come from, it would have to be from the South-East/South-south axis, since he has already covered the South-West, technically.”
Speaking of the corruption accusations against him and how the youth feel about him, Saraki was quoted as saying: “That is my biggest task because they are my catchment group. I know many have been brainwashed and I don’t blame them.
“You know when you tell some lies repeatedly, it becomes the truth to some people. For example, they say I’m the most corrupt man on earth. I have looted Kwara state dry. All cheap but dangerous lies. What’s the worth of Kwara State that anyone would have billions to steal? I was born into business.”
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Saturday, 7 July 2018

I Warned Buhari Against Taking Over From Jonathan In 2015 – Sheikh Gumi

A fiery Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi has revealed how he warned President Muhammadu Buhari against taking over governance from the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan.


Gumi said he told Buhari that he was coming to make things worse for Nigerians due to the situation on the ground when he won the election.

The cleric said his criticism of the President was done in the interest of Nigerians.

Speaking with Punch, Gumi noted that things were worse now under the Buhari administration than it was during the past government.

According to him, “Our criticism of Buhari is not about being a northerner or a Muslim. It has to do with what is in the best interest of Nigerians. A leader is like a blind man. People on the ground or on the field could see what he cannot see.

“Preachers of religions who are apolitical are the ones that are the eyes, telling the leadership what to do or where things are going wrong.

“We are like the press too, we are supposed to be neutral in our presentation of facts. Once things are not going on as they should be, it is our duty to come out to explain to the people and the government what is wrong and also proffer solutions.

“Even before Buhari came, I was one of the few people that advised him that the Nigerian situation at the end of Jonathan’s regime was not the best for him. He was going to make things worse, not better.

“If you are bringing in a patient who has broken all his limbs to the hospital, the doctor will be concerned about whether his blood is circulating and not about his broken bones.

“The doctor will not be looking at the protruding bones but those standing by will be looking and wondering why the doctor is not concerned about the bones.

“The doctor is concerned about how to save the life of the patient. That is how Nigeria is. When you are concerned and obsessed with what can be fixed later, you are rather killing Nigeria. That is what I see in the government.”
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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

“Expect War If You Try To Impeach Buhari” – Reps Member, Kazaure Fires Warning To Colleagues

The National Assembly’s alleged plan to impeach President Muhamamdu Buhari, has been vehemently rejected by a federal lawmaker who asked his colleagues to expect war.

A House of Representatives member, Rep. Muhammadu Kazaure (Jigawa-APC), has disassociated himself from the National Assembly’s plan to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.

A joint executive session of both chambers of the Assembly earlier on Tuesday passed a 12-point condition for the president to address urgently or face the invocation of the powers of the legislature.

At a news conference shortly after the ultimatum to the president by the lawmakers, Kazaure said that he would not be part of such decision.

”Nobody will impeach the president as long as we are alive in this House because that day, it will be a war day,” he said.

He said that there were senators and members of the house who would not support such move.

The lawmaker urged Buhari to intervene in the matter in the interest of the country and the All Progressive Congress (APC).

”I am sure the president will take serious action and the whole thing will stop. You are aware that in 2015, we didn’t have money, we didn’t have power and we never intimidated anybody.

”God gave us this power; so, there is no need for this government to intimidate anybody because of re-election matter or any other reason.

”By now, we should try and be good to people; this is what we should concentrate on,” he said.

He said that with the increase in oil price, the focus of government now should be on how to give Nigerians better welfare package.

”The people are complaining not only about security but poverty, hunger; even in my constituency, the people are complaining about this.”

Kazaure said that he was not in support of Buhari allowing some people to create problems for him by frustrating those who had helped the party to win the 2015 elections.

”These people have assisted us; we don’t want them to go; we want them to come together and assist the president again. So, the president must call those people to order because we will lose many votes if this crisis continues.

(NAN)
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PDP Speaks On National Assembly Threat To Impeach President Buhari

The People Democratic Party, PDP, has commended the National Assembly over its threat to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.

The resolutions were read by Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Reacting, PDP via its Twitter handle, said it has been vindicated.

The tweets read “The resolutions of the joint session of the National Assembly @nassnigeria against President Muhammadu Buhari’s @MBuhari Presidency is a vindication of our earlier stance on the Buhari administration.

“We commend the members of the National Assembly @nassnigeria for their patriotism and courage in unanimously standing up for democracy, rule of law, national stability and cohesion at this trying time.

“Nigerians would recall that the PDP had consistently pointed out the misrule of the @MBuhari presidency, as well as the unrelenting violations of our constitution, unprecedented executive highhandedness, abuse of the rights of citizens and the erosion of all known democratic norms”.
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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Southerners Have Dumped Buhari, Only Ignorant North Supports Him – Sheikh Gumi

Outspoken Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over the release of the mugshot of ex governor of Kaduna State, Ramalan Yero, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The scholar on Thursday stated that the president has lost support in the Southern part of country, and that only the “ignorant North” still supports him.

“I was just shown the photo of former governor of Kaduna State holding card, showing he committed offence.

“This is wrong. We must tell them the truth”, Daily Nigerian quoted him as saying.

“He should have torn the card and fought them. Nothing will happen. Only the court pronounces offence.

“Let me tell you this: The southerners have bidden bye to this administration. It is only you…ignorant (Northerners supporting the administration).

“Even democracy is not in practice as there is violation of human rights.

“If Buhari’s offence were not forgiven, he would not have become president. The people forgave him.

“Let Buhari and (former President) Shagari be put on scale and see who really stole public funds,” Gumi added.
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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

‘Nigeria’s Agricultural Revolution Is Still On Course’ – President Buhari

President Buhari who is currently in Auyo, Jigawa State has declared that Nigeria’s agricultural revolution is real and on the course.


Speaking at an event to mark the commencement of the rehabilitation and expansion of the 6,000-hectare Hadejia Valley irrigation project, President Buhari assured Nigerians that his administration would sustain the positive momentum in the sector by implementing the right policies and providing the needed financial resources for people-oriented projects.

The President, who is in Jigawa State for a two-day working visit, expressed delight that the Federal Government’s economic diversification and inclusive growth programmes were yielding positive results, particularly in key food-producing states.

He applauded the World Bank’s assistance to the project, which when completed would increase water availability for all-season farming in the State and beyond.

Also speaking, the Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu explained that works on the Phase One of the projects which started in the early eighties during the administration of President Shehu Shagari and received some funding under the Petroleum Special Trust Fund had suffered frequent abandonment due to lack of funds.

Adamu said with N9.6 billion allocated under the $495 million World Bank-assisted Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMMING) project in five different irrigation locations in Nigeria, the project would be completed by 2021.

‘‘By the time the project is finished in three years, there would be about 6,000 hectares of farmland and the Jigawa State Government also plans to key into the project that will benefit over 25,000 farmers,’’ the Minister said.

In Jigawa, the President commissioned the 42-kilometer Tasheguwa-Guri Road and the 32-kilometer Abunabo-Kadira-Guri road constructed by the State government to facilitate easier movement and evacuation of farm produce.

President Buhari also commissioned the 250,000 solar- powered water supply scheme. The project is one out of nine of such projects which will add nine million liters to daily water supply in Dutse and environs.
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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

”Nigeria Is Now Being Respected By The International Community Due To President Buhari’s Integrity” Orji Uzor Kalu Says

Former Abia state governor now chieftain of APC, Orji Uzor Kalu, has said that president Buhari’s high level of integrity has earned Nigeria more respect within the international community.

Kalu said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos on President Buhari’s recent visit to the US which according to him was a successful outing. He noted that President Buhari was invited to the US by President Donald Trump only a few weeks after the Nigerian leader met with British Prime Minister, Theresa May.

”It is only showing the position and confidence the world powers are reposing on Buhari and that shows that the door is opened. Some other presidents needed state visits to the US but they didn’t get it. A matter of less than three years, Buhari is being given red carpet in the White House. So, we are very proud that our image is changing and everybody is respecting Nigeria. The world powers have confidence in what he is doing for us.” he said
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New York Times Mocks Buhari’s Visit To UK For Medicare

The New York times have mocked President Buhari yet again.


In a report by the New york times about the President’s visit abroad for medical check up. The news agency wrote:

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, who has urged politicians not to go abroad to seek medical care, has traveled to Britain on his fifth official trip to see a doctor there

See the photo below:

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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Buhari Reveals Why He Decided To Contest For 2nd Tenure

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that the driving force for seeking public office should be to serve the people, improve their lives and not for frivolity or personal ambition.

“I am not in politics for fun, frivolity or to amass wealth, I have always been driven by a deep sense of commitment to make a difference to lives of our people.”

This is contained in a statement signed by Malam Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.

The statement said that Buhari made this known at the All Progressives Party’s (APC) Ward Congress held at Bayagida Model Primary School, Daura, Katsina State on Saturday.

The president also maintained that the passion to serve and see real changes in the lives of Nigerians informed his choice to join partisan politics in the first place.

He said the zeal inspired him to contest elections in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.

Buhari said that his decision to seek a second term in office was borne out of a deep passion to serve Nigerians, and not for personal gains.

He noted that his administration had already started the process of ensuring fairness, justice and equity, in spite of challenges, and would work hard to consolidate on the gains.

“After my retirement from the army, or forceful retirement, I sat back and watched as events unfolded on the political turf, and realised the country needed an intervention for fairness, justice and inclusion of Nigerians in the issues that affect their lives,’’ he added.

The President called for patience, maturity and orderliness as the 2019 elections’ calendar begins to unfold.

He urged political parties, candidates and the electorate to put the country first and always remember that “victory ultimately belongs to God.’’

He said: “After going to the court so many times to challenge results of elections in 2003, 2007 and 2011, and going up to the Supreme Court, I concluded that ultimately it is God who determines who will win elections, and in 2015 I got here.’’

In his remarks, Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina state said the process of electing the leaders of the party at the ward level was hitch-free, orderly and based on the constitution of the APC.

“What we have here are our leaders that were chosen based on consensus and we are happy that it reflects the will of the people and the APC constitution.

“We followed the process to also ensure that there is affirmation,’’ he said.

The Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Ward Congress, who is also the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Ahmad Usman El-Marzuq urged the party leaders to remain loyal and live up to expectations.
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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Sign PIGB Bill Now, Don Urges Buhari

Prof. Wumi Iledare of the University of Port Harcourt, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) passed by the National Assembly. 
Iledare, who is also the Director of Emerald Energy Institute of the university, made the call during a sensitisation discourse on Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Reforms in Port Harcourt on Friday. The theme of the discourse, organised by the United Kingdom’s Facility for Oil Sector Transformation (FOSTER), was `Understanding the Elements of the Governance (PIG) and Host and Impacted Community (PHIC) Bills’. Iledare said that the country had lost investments worth billions of dollars due to the delay in the passage of the PIGB since it was first debated in 2000. 

“We should not allow sentiments to stop passage of the PIGB. Nigeria must timely exploit its resources to realise maximum value for rapid development of its economy. “In this bill, roles and accountability are better clarified; governance and transparency strengthened and inefficiency, maladministration, corruption and secrecy tackled.” The don said that said the PIGB, when passed, would end political interference in the sector and optimise value chain in the upstream, midstream and downstream of the petroleum industry. 

“The PIGB separates the roles of the policy maker from the regulator and from the commercial institutions. It also encourages a single regulator of the oil and gas industry. “This bill will lead to efficiency in the governance of the oil and gas industry, and so, further delay of the bill will be devastating to the economic fortunes of the country.” Iledare said the meeting was organised to review the PIGB and also discuss principles and structure of the PHICB among stakeholders in the petroleum host and impacted communities. He expressed optimism that passage of the bill would tackle corruption and end rot in the petroleum industry. 

Also speaking, the Resident Consultant, Senate Upstream Petroleum Committee, Dr Francis Adigwe, said the PHIC bill would fast track infrastructural development in the country. According to Adigwe, the PHIC bill promotes full participation of host communities in the development process of oil and gas activities on their land. “Also, a petroleum host community development trust (fund) is captured in the bill. This will ensure peace and security in oil and gas operations. “The proposed bill will bring inclusiveness, shared prosperity, direct disbursement, harmonious relationship, peaceful environment with greater involvement and engagement of the host community. Adigwe said the bill had passed its second reading in the National Assembly and assured commitment to passage of the bill. Newsmen report that the legislature broke the old PIB into four concomitant parts, namely, Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, Petroleum Industry Administration Bill, Petroleum Industry Fiscal Bill and Petroleum Host and Impacted Community Bill. 

NAN
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Friday, 4 May 2018

President Buhari Returns Back To Abuja After A Meeting With U.S President

Nigerian’s President, Muhammadu Buhari is back to the country after a successful meeting with United States Presiden, Donald Trump at Washington DC.

President Buhari who arrived at the Airport early hours of today was in the company of his Chief Of Staff Mallam Abba Kyari and FCT Minister Muhammad Musa Bello.

Here Are some photos of his arrival:





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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

‘If You Touch Me Nigeria Will Finish’ - Angry Wike Warns President Buhari

The Governor of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to shelve any plan of going after him for any reason.

Wike said any attempt to touch him will “finish Nigeria.”

The governor further stated that the Federal Government must apologise to the State and seek God’s forgiveness, or it will have no peace.

The Governor spoke yesterday while addressing workers during the Workers’ Day celebration, at the General Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Elekahia, Port, Harcourt.

Wike noted that the country was hunted and bedevilled by killings, because the Federal Government politicised security crisis in Rivers because it is not an All Progressives Congress APC state.

He said, “Don’t just see me as governor of Rivers state; see me as a soldier of God. For those, who are planning against me in Abuja, I say, you will fail. The day you touch Rivers, you finish Nigeria.

“When they tried to compromise security, I told them if Rivers state has a problem and they don’t want to look into it, one day Nigeria will burn. And I told them until they (FG) come and seek forgiveness and tell God ‘we are sorry for what we did to Rivers state’, they will never see peace.

“I asked them to come to our aid and they said it is People’s Democratic Party (PDP) state”.

He added, “Anything you want me to do in the interest of the state, I will do. But, when you introduce politics, I will come out as a politician.

“One thing you must not do to a politician who does not see, hear or talk; don’t bring politics, when you are demanding something.

“Nobody will deny workers their legitimate rights. I will never be in support of that. But, you are doing something wrong by threatening me with strike; that is not democracy.

“The essence of labour is not only to demand rights, you should, also, demand free and fair election. How many times has Labour talked against what is happening in the state? How many times have you condemned the federal government for changing police commissioners from left to centre.

“How many times have you cautioned those insulting Independent National Electoral Commission officials? Labour is not only for increment in wages; it is not only about building secretariat for you, buy buses or generator. Labour is part of talking of survival of democracy in the country.

“During the previous administration, when former president Goodluck Jonathan wanted to remove subsidy from fuel, Labour went on strike. Today, they have removed subsidy Labour failed.

“We all witness what is happening in the country today. Look at the killings. If you talk about the increment of wages and you don’t have children, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers, then, what is the increment of wages and people are dying everyday? Nobody says anything.

“Talk about how Nigeria will move forward and not only increment. It will come and nobody will stop it.”
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Politicians Have Wrecked The Country, Only God Can Save Us ― Buhari

PRESIDENT Muhammad Buhari has said politicians have wrecked the country saying only God can save the country.

Speaking in an interview with the Voice of America in Hausa service monitored on Tuesday, Buhari remarked that his administration was on track.

He said his greatest challenge when he assumed office was the issue of insecurity, economy, and corruption.

‘In the aspect of security, we have significantly defeated the insurgency. Right now, most of them have been hiding in Sambisa forest and they can not come out because of fear of being wiped out by the military.

‘What we have now are pockets of suicide attacks orchestrated by young girls who were been lured into it without their knowledge and they carry out the attacks in markets, schools, and worship centres.

Speaking on the economy, the President made decisions to introduce the Treasury Single Account(TSA).

‘When I came in, I called the Governor of the Central Bank, Emiefele, if there was money. He is still around and he told me, no. Then I reminded him that for the 16 years the PDP had held power, the price of barrel crude oil had always been $100 + producing about 2million barrel per day if you compute the amount it was huge money.

He said yes. What happened to the money he said it was used for payments of debts.

‘On corruption, the president noted that people want us to keep quiet and not to talk about the quantum of money stolen in the past 16 years.

But why shall we be quiet? In fact, politicians have wrecked the country and only God can save the situation and bring us out of the wood, he maintained.
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Just In! Senate To Present Report On President Buhari’s Impeachment Today

The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters is expected to present its report on President Muhammadu Buhari’s impeachment on Wednesday.

The committee is looking into the approval of the payment of $496m out of the Excess Crude Account for the purchase of military aircraft.

The 12 Super Tucano aircraft ordered from the United States will be delivered in 2020.

The Senate had on Thursday resolved to refer the matter to the committee for legal advice, when lawmakers became divided on it.

The panel was given the mandate to see whether the President violated the constitution or not.

Most of the lawmakers who spoke on the withdrawal pointed out that the President had breached Section 80 of the 1999 Constitution, while a few disagreed.

Senator Mathew Uroghide, who is the Chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts, had specifically urged the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, to allow the chamber to invoke Section 143 of the 1999 Constitution against the President.

Punch quoted Uroghide to have said, “There are serious consequences for the violation of our constitution.

“As a consequence, the only thing that we can draw from on this is that we call on you (Saraki) to invoke Section 143 of the 1999 Constitution.

“What it means is that this matter does not need to be investigated; it is clear that this offence has been committed by Mr President.

“I want the Senate to resolve that what the President has done is procedurally wrong and it is a violation of our constitution. It must be condemned and, of course, the consequences that are contained in the constitution – in Section 143 – should be invoked.”
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Monday, 16 April 2018

You’ve Failed Nigerians – Bakare Tells Buhari, Jonathan

The General Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has described Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan as failures over their inability to prioritise the security and welfare of Nigerians.

The cleric stated this when he spoke at the 2nd annual Chibok girls lecture organised by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement in Abuja, on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Bakare said that the nation has failed to live up to the expectations in terms of security and welfare of the abducted school girls.

“That is the purpose of government as enshrined in the constitution. That the welfare and security of the citizens, whether is Jonathan government or Buhari government. Any government that does not prioritise the security and welfare of its people is already a failed government to start with.”

He said the fact that schoolgirls were abducted in Dapchi, Yobe state, four years after the Chibok incident is “evidence of an anomie and alarming national malady”.

The cleric wondered why both incidents happened the year preceding a general election.

“There is something wrong when a nation is twice beaten. There is something undeniably wrong when the girl child repeatedly becomes the bargaining instrument in negotiation deals between the government and terrorists,” Bakare said.

“Let me ask this question, has this government handled the issue of the Chibok kidnap well?” the audience chorused, “No!”

He asked again, “What of the previous government?” The people responded negatively, and Bakare continued: “Sometime ago, the daughter of President Buhari got married here in Abuja. Just recently, the daughter of Vice-President Osinbajo also got married here.

“The other time a governor gave out his daughter to another governor and they had a very elaborate wedding. Now tell me if their daughters were among the Chibok girls, won’t they have done enough to rescue them?
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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Forget Social Media Noise, Buhari Is Unbeatable — El Rufai

President Muhammadu Buhari remains electorally unbeatable with his attachment to the people unwavering, despite recriminations by the elite class on social and conventional media, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said.

Affirming the president’s electoral invincibility, El-Rufai in an interview on Channels Television said:

“I do not have any doubt in my mind that we are going to win the next elections; not only in the centre but we are going to preserve our 24 states, and even more,” he said.

Insisting that the president remained popular despite insinuations to the contrary in conventional and social media platforms, the governor said:

“We are not saying this foolishly; this is scientific. We are monitoring the pulse of Nigerians, not the pulse of a section of Nigerians and I am confident that we are going to win the 2019 elections.”

“We know the pulse of the nation, we know where we are losing support, we know where we are gaining support; I have no doubt in my mind that we are going to win the 2019 elections.”

“There are two pulses of Nigerians – there is the pulse of the Nigerian elites which is the noise that you hear in the media, the social media and so on; then there is the pulse of the people.”

“If you remember how many people came out to welcome President Buhari in Kano, then you will know that there are two Nigerias.“
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President Buhari Deserves A Second Term – Patrick Obahiagbon

Former Member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon has joined voices with those calling for President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term noting that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration has performed well enough to deserve a second term.

The APC Chieftain said this on Friday when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television as he reacted to the critical public statement recently written by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Buhari, Obahiagbon disagreed with some of the points raised by Obasanjo and scored President Buhari high.

He, however, pointed out that the APC administration has not achieved all promised, saying it is not ‘eureka yet.’


“It is certainly not Eureka yet. But, the truth of the matter is that, given where we are coming from, this government has tried. We were in the cause of economic comatose and from the quagmire of recession, the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has been able to remove the economy from the jugulars of recession and has breathed vital life into Nigeria’s economy.”

He said further that President Buhari and the APC government has discharged their constitutional mandate “in such a way and manner that they deserve a second term outing.”
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Finally! President Buhari Writes Senate, Lists Efforts To End Killings

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate to explain the efforts so far made by him to end the killings by suspected herdsmen in Benue State.

In a letter read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, Mr. Buhari said the federal government was initiating measures to address the killings and other security challenges, alleviate their consequences and forestall reoccurrence.

The letter reads, “I thank you for your letter referenced NASS/8S/R/01/33 dated 18th January 2018 and carefully studied the resolutions and comments therein. As I briefed you and the RT. Hon speaker when we met, several courses of action have been taken prior to the Senate resolution.

“You may recall that I told you of the following steps taken as soon as the information came to me about the Benue killings.

“One, on Thursday 4th January, I sent the minister of interior and the deputy inspector-general of police in charge of operations for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation. Two, on Friday 5th January, the inspector-general of police briefed me verbally on the latest situation, calm had then been restored.

“Three, on Monday 8th, the minister of interior met with the following, governors of Adamawa, Kaduna, Niger, Benue Taraba and Nasarawa together with the DG of the State Security Services, inspector-general of police, CG civil defence, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and police commissioner of the six aforementioned states.

“After the meeting, I instructed the Minister of Interior to brief you on the information gathered so far and steps are taken.

“On Tuesday, 9th of January, at a session with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state during which in informed of police arrests of some suspects. In addition, I told him that I have instructed to speed up the trial of the suspects and give wide publicity to the police efforts.

“At the instance of the governor, a meeting was held in the presidential villa on 15th with a wide cross-section of Benue personalities and frank and open discussions were held. Everybody appreciated the difficulties of this farmers-herders strife. I assured all of my commitment and assured justice would be done.

“To infer therefore that nothing has been done is incorrect. The police are strenuously working to apprehend the rest of the culprits of these heartless killings.

“Furthermore, I have instructed the IGP to relocate to Benue state and redeploy forces to the most sensitive towns. The federal government is initiating measures to address these and other security challenges, alleviate the consequence of these attacks and forestall reoccurrence. The Senate resolution itemized in your letter would be taken into consideration and I’m instructing all relevant MDAs to factor them in their work.

“On December 19 to be precise, while receiving the report of the committee that was set up to review the technical and administrative structure of the NIA, I underscored the need to review the entire national security architecture as I promised in my inaugural address on the 29th May 2015. The action is being initiated to receive maximum cooperation from the Senate in line with paragraph three of the Senate resolutions.”
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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

President Buhari Finally Writes Senate Over Herdsmen Killings In Benue State (See Details)

President Muhammadu Buhari says it is not true that he has done nothing to resolve the crisis between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Benue State.

This is contained in Buhari’s letter to the Senate.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki read it to his collegeaues on Wednesday.

The President was quoted as saying the police, on his directive, is working “strenuously” to apprehend those behind the killings in Benue State.

The letter reads,“I thank you for your letter referenced NASS/8S/R/01/33 dated 18th January 2018 and carefully studied the resolutions and comments there in. As I briefed you and the RT. Hon speaker when we met, several courses of action have been taken prior to the senate resolution.

“You may recall that I told you of the following steps taken as soon as the information came in to me about the Benue killings. One, on Thursday 4th January, I sent the minister of interior and the deputy inspector-general of police in charge of operations for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

“Two, on Friday 5th January, the inspector-general of police briefed me verbally on the latest situation, calm had then been restored.

“Three, on Monday 8th, the minister of interior met with the following, governors of Adamawa, Kaduna, Niger, Benue Taraba and Nasarawa together with the DG of the State Security Services, inspector-general of police, CG civil defence, minister of agriculture and rural development and police commissioner of the six aforementioned states.

“After the meeting instructed the minister of interior to brief you on the information gathered so far and steps taken. On Tuesday, 9th of January, at a session with governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state during which in informed of police arrests of some suspects. In addition, I told him that have instructed to speed up trial of the suspects and give wide publicity of the police efforts.

“At the instance of the governor, a meeting was held in the presidential villa on 15th with a wide cross-section of Benue personalities and frank and open discussions were held. Everybody appreciated the difficulties of this farmers-herders strife. I assured all of my commitment and assured justice would be done.

“To infer therefore that nothing has been done, is incorrect. The police are strenuously working to apprehend the rest of the culprits of these heartless killings.

“Furthermore, I have instructed the IGP to relocate to Benue state and redeploy forces to the most sensitive towns. The federal government is initiating measures to address these and other security challenges, alleviate the consequence of these attacks and forestall reoccurrence.

“On December 19 to be precise, while receiving the report of the committee that was set up to review the technical and administrative structure of the NIA, I underscored the need review the entire national security architecture as I promised in my inaugural address on the 29th May 2015, action is being initiated to receive maximum cooperation from the senate in line with paragraph three of the senate resolutions.”
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Saturday, 27 January 2018

President Buhari Arrives Ethiopia For 30th AU Summit (Photos)

President Buhari arrives Addis Ababa ahead of his participation at the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Ethiopia on 26th Jan 2018.


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