AMAECHI’S WORK BEGINS INDEED: Flag Off of the Port Harcourt to Aba Mass Transit Line (Photo)

AMAECHI’S WORK BEGINS INDEED: Flag Off of the Port Harcourt to Aba Mass Transit Line (Photo)

Chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport, Senator Gbenga Ashafa; Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr Adeseyi Sijuade and Hon. Minister for Transportation, RT. Hon Rotimi Amaechi at the Flag Off of the Port Harcourt to Aba Mass Transit Line
Chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport, Senator Gbenga Ashafa; Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr Adeseyi Sijuade and Hon. Minister for Transportation, RT. Hon Rotimi Amaechi at the Flag Off of the Port Harcourt to Aba Mass Transit Line

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Milestone Photonews: Coronation Ceremony of the New Ooni of Ife – Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II)

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola presenting the Staff of Office to the New Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, at the Enuwa Squre, Ile-Ife on Monday 07-12-2015
Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola presenting the Staff of Office to the New Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, at the Enuwa Squre, Ile-Ife on Monday 07-12-2015
Coronation of New Ooni of Ife - From left, Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osibajo, Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of State of Osun, and his wife
Coronation of New Ooni of Ife – From left, Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osibajo, Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of State of Osun, and his wife
Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saa'd Abubakar, Chief Bisi Akande; Governor Akinwumi Anbode, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the newly installed Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi
Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saa’d Abubakar, Chief Bisi Akande; Governor Akinwumi Anbode, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the newly installed Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi
Ooni of Ife Coronation Ceremony - Governor Rauf Aregbesola presents staff of office and certificate to new Ooni Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi
Ooni of Ife Coronation Ceremony – Governor Rauf Aregbesola presents staff of office and certificate to new Ooni Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi
Ooni of Ife Coronation Ceremony - Aswaju Tinubu, Governor Rauf Aregbesola pose with Ooni Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi
Ooni of Ife Coronation Ceremony – Aswaju Tinubu, Governor Rauf Aregbesola pose with Ooni Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi
Ooni of Ife - Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II
Ooni of Ife – Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II
Ooni of Ife - Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II
Ooni of Ife – Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II
Ooni of Ife Coronation Ceremony - Aswaju Tinubu, Governor Rauf Aregbesola pose with Ooni Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi
Ooni of Ife Coronation Ceremony – Aswaju Tinubu, Governor Rauf Aregbesola pose with Ooni Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi
Installation of Ooni - Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saa'd Abubakar; Chief Bisi Akande, Governor Akinwumi Anbode, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Rauf Aregbesola
Installation of Ooni – Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saa’d Abubakar; Chief Bisi Akande, Governor Akinwumi Anbode, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Rauf Aregbesola
Ooni of Ife Coronation Ceremony - Governor Rauf Aregbesola presents staff of office and certificate to new Ooni Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi
Ooni of Ife Coronation Ceremony – Governor Rauf Aregbesola presents staff of office and certificate to new Ooni Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi

Buhari Appoints 18 New Federal Permanent Secretaries, Deploys 36 Others…

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 18 new Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service effective immediately.

The President also deployed 36 permanent secretaries to various ministries , a presidency statement said lateTuesday.

The new permanent secretaries are:

Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba
Alhaji Mahmoud Isa-Dutse
Mr. Taiwo Abidogun
Dr. Bukar Hassan
Mrs. Wakama Belema Asifieka
Mr. Jalal Ahmad Arabi
Mr. Sabiu Zakari
Mrs. Obiageli Phyllis Nwokedi
Mr. Aminu Nabegu
Mr. Bamgbose Olukunle Oladele
Mr. Alo Williams Nwankwo
Dr. Shehu Ahmed
Mr. Ogbonnaya Innocent Kalu
Mrs. Nuratu Jimoh Batagarawa
Mr. Christian Chinyeaka Ohaa
Mr. Bassey Apkanyung
Mr. Louis Edozien
Dr. Ugo Roy

President Muhammodu Buhari
President Muhammodu Buhari

The deployed Federal Permanent Secretaries are as follows:

Dr. Shehu Ahmad – Fed. Min. of Agric & Rural Development
ArchSundayEchono – Fed. Min. of Communications
Alh. Sabiu Zakari – Fed. Min. of Transportation
Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba – Fed. Min. of Information & Culture
Amb. Danjuma Sheni – Fed. Min. of Defence
Dr. Shade Yemi-Esan – Fed. Min. of Education
Mrs. Fatima Mede – Budget & National Planning
Alh. Mahmoud Isa Dutse – Fed. Min. of Finance
Amb. Bulus Lolo – Fed. Min of Foreign Affairs
Dr. Amina Shamaki – Fed. Min. of Health
Mr. Aliyu Bisalla -Fed. Min. of Industry, Trade & Investment
Mr. Bassey Akpanyung – Fed. Min. of Internal Affairs
Mr. Taiwo Abidogun – Fed. Ministry of Justice
Dr. Habiba Lawal – Fed. Min. of Science & Tech.
Dr. Clement Illoh – Fed. Min. of Labour & Productivity
Dr. Jamila Shu’ara – Fed. Min of Petroleum Resources
Mrs. Binta Bello – Fed. Min of Women Affairs
Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye – Federal Capital Territory
Mrs. Rabi Jimeta – Fed. Min. of Water Resources
Dr. Bukar Hassan – Fed. Min of Environment
Mrs. Wakama B. Asifieka – Fed. Min. of Niger Delta Affairs
Mr. Istifanus Fuktur – Fed. Min. of Solid Minerals
Mr. Christian Ohaa – Fed. Min of Youth & Sports
Engr. A.G. Magaji – Fed. Min. of Works & Housing
Mr. Louis Edozien – Fed. Min. of Power
Mr. Jalal Arabi – State House
Mr. Mohammed Bukar – General Services Office, OSGF
Mr. Abbas Mohammed – Ecological Fund Office, OSGF
Dr. Ugo Roy – Council Secretariat
Mr. Aminu Nabegu – Special Services Office, OSGF
Amb. Bamgbose Akindele – Political Affairs Office, OSGF
Mr. Alo Williams Nwankwo – Economic Affairs Office, OSGF
Mrs. Obiageli Nwokedi – Special Duties Office, OSGF
Mr. Innocent Ogbonnaya -Career Management Office, OHCSF
Mr. S.K.Y. Adelakun – Common Services Office, OHCSF
Mrs. N. Batagarawa – Service Policy & Strategies Office, OHCSF

The new appointments and deployments are with effect from today, November 10, 2015, Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), said.

PhotoNews: Dakuku Peterside Celebrates Tribunal Verdict With Humble Kneel

Dakuku and Supporters Celebrate Rivers Governorship Tribunal Verdict
Dakuku and Supporters Celebrate Rivers Governorship Tribunal Verdict
Dakuku and Supporters Celebrate Rivers State Governorship Tribunal Verdict
Dakuku and Supporters Celebrate Rivers State Governorship Tribunal Verdict
Dakuku Celebrates Rivers Governorship Tribunal Verdict
Dakuku Celebrates Rivers Governorship Tribunal Verdict
Dakuku Celebrates Rivers State Tribunal Verdict
Dakuku Celebrates Rivers State Tribunal Verdict
Dakuku Celebrates Tribunal Verdict
Dakuku Celebrates Tribunal Verdict
Dakuku Peterside rejoices
Dakuku Peterside rejoices
Dakuku Supporters Celebrate Rivers State Governorship Tribunal Verdict
Dakuku Supporters Celebrate Rivers State Governorship Tribunal Verdict
Dakuku Supporters Celebrates Rivers State Tribunal Verdict
Dakuku Supporters Celebrate Rivers State Tribunal Verdict

PhotoNews: Funeral Service of Chief Albert Olokunle Apara

Funeral Service for Chief Albert Olokunle Apara - L-R- Speaker LASHA, Rt. Hon. Mudashir Obasa, Dr Charles Akinola, Mrs. Mojisola Apara, Governor Aregbesola, Mrs Lolade Adeoye, Mrs. Erelu Olusola Obada
Funeral Service for Chief Albert Olokunle Apara – L-R- Speaker LASHA, Rt. Hon. Mudashir Obasa, Dr Charles Akinola, Mrs. Mojisola Apara, Governor Aregbesola, Mrs Lolade Adeoye, Mrs. Erelu Olusola Obada
Funeral Service for Chief Albert Olokunle Apara - Group Photograph - Speaker LASHA, Rt. Hon. Mudashir Obasa, Dr Charles Akinola, Governor Aregbesola, Mrs. Erelu Olusola Obada
Funeral Service for Chief Albert Olokunle Apara – Group Photograph – Speaker LASHA, Rt. Hon. Mudashir Obasa, Dr Charles Akinola, Governor Aregbesola, Mrs. Erelu Olusola Obada
Funeral Service for Chief Albert Olokunle Apara - Erelu Obada shakes hands with Gov Aregbesola
Funeral Service for Chief Albert Olokunle Apara – Erelu Obada shakes hands with Gov Aregbesola
Funeral Service for Chief Albert Olokunle Apara - Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Mudashir Obasa,
Funeral Service for Chief Albert Olokunle Apara – Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Mudashir Obasa,

Funeral Service Of Chief Albert Olokunle Apara

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola with Former State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Erelu Olusola Obada, during the Funeral Service Of Chief Albert Olokunle Apara, at Cathedral Church of St. John Iloro, Ilesa, State of Osun, on Friday 23/10/2015.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Speaker House of Assembly, Lagos State, Hon. Mudashir Obasa, during the Funeral Service Of Chief Albert Olokunle Apara, at Cathedral Church of St. John Iloro, Ilesa, State of Osun, on Friday 23/10/2015.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd right); Former Osun Deputy Governor, Mrs. Erelu Olusola Obada (right), Speaker House of Assembly, Lagos State, Hon. Mudashir Obasa (left), Mrs. Mojisola Apara (3rd left), Mrs Lolade Adeoye (2nd right) and Director General Office of Economic & Partnerships, Dr. Charles Akinola (2nd left), during the Funeral Service of Chief Albert Olokunle Apara, at Cathedral Church of St. John Iloro, Ilesa, State of Osun, on Friday 23/10/2015.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2rd right); Former Osun Deputy Governor, Mrs. Erelu Olusola Obada (right), Speaker House of Assembly Lagos State, Hon. Mudashir Obasha (left), Director General Office of Economic & Partnerships, Dr. Charles Akinola (2nd left) and others, during the Funeral Service of Chief Albert Olokunle Apara, at Cathedral Church of St. John Iloro, Ilesa, State of Osun

PHOTONEWS: Alfa Belgore and Bola Ahmed Tinubu Receives Honorary Dr.Degrees of Adeleke University

WHEN ALFA BELGORE AND TINUBU WERE HONOURED BY ADELEKE UNIVERSITY 1
From right – All Progressive Congress (APC), Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was conferred with Honorary Dr of Political Science and Diplomacy; Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; former Chief Justice of the Federation, Hon. Justice Salihu Modibo Alfa Belgore, who was conferred with Honorary Dr of Law of Jurisprudence and Pro-Chancellor & Chairman, Governing Council, Adeleke University, Dr. Adedeji Adeleke, during the Maiden Convocation for the Conferment of First Degrees, Award of Prize and Honorary Degrees, at Adeleke University, Ede State of Osun, on Sunday 6/9/2015
WHEN ALFA BELGORE AND TINUBU WERE HONOURED BY ADELEKE UNIVERSITY 3
From left -Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; former Chief Justice of Federation, Hon. Justice Salihu Modibo Alfa Belgore , who was conferred with Honorary Dr of Law of Jurisprudence ;Pro-Chancellor & Chairman of Governing Council, Adeleke University, Dr. Adedeji Adeleke; All Progressive Congress (APC), Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubiu, who was conferred with Honorary Dr of Political Science and Diplomacy ; Speaker House of Assemble State of Osun, Hon. Najeem Salam and Former National Chairman All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, during the Maiden Convocation for the Conferment of First Degrees, Award of Prize and Honorary Degrees at Adeleke University, Ede State of Osun, on Sunday 6/9/2015.
WHEN ALFA BELGORE AND TINUBU WERE HONOURED BY ADELEKE UNIVERSITY 4
From left – Chancellor, Adeleke University, Ede, Senator Isiaka Adeleke; Pro-Chancellor & Chairman of Governing Council, Dr. Adedeji Adeleke, former Chief Justice of the Federation, Hon. Justice Salihu Modibo Alfa Belgore, who was conferred with Honorary Dr of Law of Jurisprudence; Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, All Progressive Congress (APC), Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubiu, who was conferred with Honorary Dr of Political Science and Diplomacy; Member of Governing council, Mr. Adewale Adeeyo and Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwole Amusan, during the Maiden Convocation for the Conferment of First Degrees, Award of Prize and Honorary Degrees, at Adeleke University, Ede State of Osun, on Sunday 6/9/2015.
WHEN ALFA BELGORE AND TINUBU WERE HONOURED BY ADELEKE UNIVERSITY 5
From left- former Chief Justice of the Federation, Hon. Justice Salihu Modibo Alfa Belgore; who was conferred with Honorary Dr of Law of Jurisprudence ; Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, All Progressive Congress (APC), Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was conferred with Honorary Dr of Political Science Diplomacy; Member of Governing council, Adeleke University, Mr. Adewale Adeeyo and Vice Chancellor, Adeleke University Ede, Professor Oluwole Amusan, during the Maiden Convocation for the Conferment of First Degrees, Award of Prize and Honorary Degrees, at Adeleke University, Ede State of Osun, on Sunday 6/9/2015
WHEN ALFA BELGORE AND TINUBU WERE HONOURED BY ADELEKE UNIVERSITY
From right – All Progressive Congress (APC), Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was conferred with Honorary Dr of Political Science and Diplomacy; Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; former Chief Justice of the Federation, Hon. Justice Salihu Modibo Alfa Belgore, who was conferred with Honorary Dr of Law of Jurisprudence and Pro-Chancellor & Chairman, Governing Council, Adeleke University, Dr. Adedeji Adeleke, during the Maiden Convocation for the Conferment of First Degrees, Award of Prize and Honorary Degrees, at Adeleke University, Ede State of Osun, on Sunday 6/9/2015

Alaafin of Oyo’s Condolence Visit to Governor Aregbesola on Ooni of Ife’s Transition

Alaafin of Oyo Condolence Visit to Governor Aregbesola over the demise of Ooni of Ife
Alaafin of Oyo Condolence Visit to Governor Aregbesola over the demise of Ooni of Ife
Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Condolence Visit to Governor Aregbesola over the demise of Ooni of Ife, Osun Speaker Rt. Hon . Najeem Salaam pose for Photographs
Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle); the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi (right) and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salam, during a condolence visit to the governor on the demise of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, at Government House Osogbo, on Monday 07/09/2015.
Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Condolence Visit to Governor Aregbesola over the demise of Ooni of Ife, Osun Speaker Rt. Hon . Najeem Salaam walks behind
From right-Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salam and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, during a condolence visit to Aregbesola on the demise of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, at Government House Osogbo, on Monday 07/09/2015.
Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Condolence Visit to Governor Aregbesola over the demise of Ooni of Ife
Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola discussing with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, during a condolence visit on the demise of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, at Government House Osogbo, on Monday 07/09/2015.

Why Saraki MUST Declare his assets publicly – CACOL

Senate President. Senator Bukola Saraki
Senate President. Senator Bukola Saraki
The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders says since President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo have declared their assets publicly, it is the turn of the number three citizen in the country, Senate President Bukola Saraki, to follow suit.

The Chairman of CACOL, Mr. Debo Adeniran, said this was the only way transparency and true change could be achieved.

Adeniran said this during an interview with our correspondent on Sunday.

The Saraki-led Senate is currently probing the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, while Saraki’s wife is being investigated by the EFCC for alleged financial impropriety.

However, Adeniran said the current anti-corruption drive of the All Progressives Congress-led government would not be complete unless those occupying public offices can prove that they have not illegally enriched themselves.

He said once Saraki declares his assets, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, as well as all principal officers of the National Assembly would also be motivated to do the same.

He said, “Specifically, the principal officers of the National Assembly must declare their assets starting from the Senate President. All ministers and those who will work directly with the President such as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the President’s Chief of Staff must also declare their assets publicly.

“That is how we will know that they have clean hands. Otherwise, they will become conduit pipes through which money will be siphoned from the public purse. Without such declaration, nobody knows how much they might have made after leaving office.”

Adeniran said the wives and children of public office holders must also be subjected to similar scrutiny because they are usually the beneficiaries of ill-gotten wealth.

He added, “It is now the norm that anyone that wants to serve in any position of leadership of the present administration to publicly declare his or her assets because already, we have doubts about how much these individuals have made over the years.

“We want to know how much they are worth and have a benchmark with which we would measure what they would declare at the end of their tenure. Their spouses, children and siblings should also declare their assets since they enjoy whatever must have been received by the public officials.”

Culled from: EMPOWEREDNEWSWIRE

DON’T MISS THIS! I pledge to Buhari my President -By Owei Lakemfa…A MUST READ!!

President Muhammodu Buhari
President Muhammodu Buhari

I PLEDGE to Buhari my President, to be , faithful, loyal and honest. To serve him with all my strength. To uphold his honour and glory so I will not be counted amongst his enemies. So help me God. Knowing that he is an ‘ol soja’ I need to pledge my one hundred percent loyalty to him as he marks his first hundred days in office.

Those who asked him to present a score card of his one hundred days in office, are trying to introduce an American culture to which we are allergic. There are also those who want to claim that he is not implementing the party’s Road Map. They fail to realise that this was merely a road map to the Presidency, not the programme he is expected to implement. In any case, who but the unpatriotic will expect him to implement his manifesto when we did not know things were so bad? All we can do is hope.“We will never betray the people because they have risked everything. – See more at- http—www.vanguardngr.com-2015-05-we-wont-fail-nigerians-buhari-#sthash.FBqyHglO.dpuf

I do not think the ruling APC set out to deceive Nigerians as some claim; it is only that it got its facts wrong. It was also not dialectical; in its hurry to move the country forward, it did not go back to see where we are coming from or where we are. But we must believe the APC when it told us, that President Buhari achieved far more in four weeks, than former President Goodluck Jonathan accomplished in six years. With such first class performance, he can politically be said to have completed his tenure and can retire to Daura.

But my fear is that such suggestion can be misconstrued, and I may be counted in the camp of retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, the former National Security Adviser who was caught planning treasonable felony by having seven high calibre rifles in his house. That arsenal is enough to overthrow the combined governments of Russia, United States and China!

The President is too modest to present his monumental achievements in his first one hundred days. So as show of deep loyalty, I have decided to attempt a summary. First is insecurity. I echo the popular singsong; Buhari has degraded the capacity of Boko Haram. We now have a Commander-in-Chief who stays up to bolt the doors, when we all have gone to bed. When in two months, Boko Haram would have been pulverised; the attention will be on kidnapping, banditry and cultism.

As Nigerians, we have suffered power blackout since birth. Now without buying transformers, generating more power, laying additional cables or building any new system, this is now a thing of the past. My brother, Garba Shehu, the President’s Spokesman in explaining this phenomenon, said it is Buhari’s body language that changed the performance of the privatised power sector. I put it down to a miracle; Buhari said, Let there be light. As a patriot, I now want to sell my generators and inverter. A similar miracle saw the refineries sprouting back to life. Na God win o!

The signs have been there; but disbelievers have been blind. In his first one hundred days, the President has run the country quite efficiently without Ministers thereby saving us a lot of money. If he goes on like this for another hundred days, we will save more money that can be used to build schools, hospitals, roads and fund social security. My only regret is that he was too much in a hurry to inaugurate the National Assembly.

He has also cleansed the Directorate of State Security by sacking the mouthy Marylyn Ogar and other senior spooks while also curtailing their powers in the Presidential Villa.

Our President has also publicly declared his assets. My fear which he has confirmed, is that relative to his fellow generals in office, he is a poor man. But our amiable Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo rescued the image of a poor Presidency.

I support all the actions and inactions of President Buhari, although I confess to being confused sometimes. For example what are the summersaults on foreign exchange about? What really is the policy?

Within hundred days, the war against corruption is in its last stages. He must resist pressures to probe beyond the Jonathan years; you don’t because you want to scratch your body, peel off your skin or scratch yourself to the bone. Leave Halliburton, leave Power Sector, leave Pentascope-NITEL, leave PTF probes!

We should not be so impatient as to assess a man in his first hundred days in office; I have no doubt that President Buhari will make all the necessary changes and fulfill his electoral promises; all we need is patience and good luck. It is heart warming to see so many professors and educated people speaking up for the President and endorsing all the actions he has taken, or may take in future. If all the good people he can find, even for ministerial appointments are from Daura, he should go ahead and appoint them.

I am learning to be as patriotic and loyal as one of my old acquaintances, Sola Salako who declared on her wall “Just so they know; there is nothing PMB (Buhari) can do right or wrong that will ever make me regret supporting his candidacy or make me wish we had kept GEJ (Jonathan) in office. NOTHING! No matter how slow, nepotistic, outdated, self-righteous or insensitive you claim he is, he is still 100,000 times a better option than GEJ…I don’t care if he fills the whole country with his family members”

This is so brilliantly put, that I recommend we replace the National Pledge with it. I am tempted to go on, but I need to stop here so I don’t get invited to a duel on the social media where thoughts are cheap and words are used and discarded like rain water. I hear that the masses in our country drink champagne through the throats of their leaders; on the occasion of a hundred days in office, let champagne pop, and let them drink on behalf of the citizenry. Hip, hip, hip, hurrah! Hundred gbosa to the peoples general!

Culled from: EMPOWEREDNEWSWIRE

FINALLY! Jonathan breaks silence, reacts to attacks on his administration

President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan

THREE months after leaving office and amid accusations of misdeeds by his government, former President Goodluck Jonathan has said he worked with a great team.

Jonathan’s appraisal of his cabinent was contained in separate congratulatory letters to the new President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina; and the Vice-President of the World Bank, Ms Arunma Oteh.

Akinwunmi served as agriculture minister under the Jonathan administration while Oteh served as the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Jonathan said Adesina’s appointment “attests to the fact that my administration had a good team that managed the affairs of the country.”

But the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, on Sunday, said it would have been disastrous for Nigeria if Jonathan had been re-elected in the March 28, 2015 presidential poll won by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Tinubu, in an article to mark Buhari’s 100 days in power, said Nigeria would have collapsed if Jonathan had won re-election.

In his letter to his former aides, Jonathan however celebrated his time in government.

To Adesina, he wrote, “Given your exemplary record of performance, while serving as the Honourable Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in my cabinet, I have no doubt that you will deploy your energy and the bank’s resources to ensure that Africa experiences a new era of accelerated development.

“You were not only a critical voice in my economic team, you also walked the talk and earned the praise of our countrymen and women by ensuring that Nigeria’s quest for self-sufficiency in food production became achievable dream.”

The former President, in his letter to Oteh, praised the former SEC boss’ knowledge of capital markets.

He described her as being conversant with the challenges of the economies of emerging markets.

He stated, “I am delighted that you are going to your new job, fresh from the experience of having led the recovery and growth initiatives of the Nigerian Bourse in the wake of the decline, occasioned by recent global economic recession and financial crisis.

“This is a clear testimony to your capacity, high integrity, and tenacity of purpose. It is also a vindication of the decision of my administration to stand by you, believing in your abilities and competence, even when questions were being raised in some quarters over your choice.

“I am convinced that the experience you gathered as Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria gave you deep insights on how to tackle the peculiar challenges of a developing nation.

“The World Bank can draw from this to ensure that its future partnerships with emerging economies in Africa and other parts of the world are anchored on policies that will lead to sustained growth and development, which is a sine qua non for lifting millions of people in the developing world out of mass poverty.”

It will be recalled that the House of Representatives had in July 2012 asked the Federal Government to remove Oteh.

The lawmakers made the call in their adoption of the report of the House ad hoc committee, which probed the near-collapse of the capital market.

The report was debated and adopted barely 24 hours after the Federal Government recalled Oteh from the suspension slammed on her on June 12 by the Board of the SEC, which indicted her for mishandling the Project 50 of the commission.

The report faulted Oteh’s appointment as DG on the grounds that she was not qualified and that she lacked the competence to manage human and material resources.

But the Jonathan Presidency had said that the government’s decision to bring back Oteh was independent of the House decision and that due process was followed in her recall.

Tinubu, who is a former Governor of Lagos State, said the banking system and the entire economy would have collapsed due to the several acts of corruption perpetrated by Jonathan’s men.

He said, “Change means fighting corruption in all of its manifestations instead of consorting with it. No longer shall the public treasury, meant for the wellbeing of the many, be treated as the private reserve of the few. Nigeria is now 100 days into President Buhari’s leadership.

“I shudder to think where we might be had the prior administration been allowed to govern even 100 days more, let alone another four years.”

He said Jonathan’s refusal to intervene in the economic crisis in different states showed a lack of understanding of the economy.

He added, “By approving a package of emergency fiscal and financial relief, he (Buhari) has stopped the slide of numerous states into economic depression and imminent bankruptcy. By enabling the payment of back salaries to state government civil servants, he has saved millions of Nigerians from sinking into hunger and poverty.

“The former government should have taken these step months ago, even before the election. However, it let a bad situation fester into impending calamity. Had that government remained in office, it would have allowed the states to slide into bankruptcy, triggering a financial crisis that would have engulfed the banking system if not the entire economy.”

But the Peoples Democratic Party has supported Jonathan’s assessment of his administration, saying, “The former President has hit the nail on the head.”

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Oliah Metuh, said that Jonathan’s assessment of his team and administration was based on evidence.

According to him, the international appointments given to members of the Jonathan team are pointers to the fact that those in the team are not only competent, but also capable.

He said that the achievements of the Jonathan administration were practical and could not be politicised and that they were evident in all sectors, including agriculture, economy and communications.

In his reaction, the Executive Secretary, Anti-Corruption Network , Ebenezer Oyetakin, said that Jonathan’s self-assessment was meant to achieve image redemption.

He said, “We should however appreciate Jonathan for conceding defeat. No doubt, someone like Adesina is an exceptional person among the former President Jonathan’s team. No doubt too, some others would be good persons in his team. The Jonathan’s letter to them, while we can see it as deserving and in good will to the duo, smacks of a desperate attempt at cheap image redemption.”

On his part, a United States-based activist, Smart Ajaja, described the assessment as an affront to Nigerians.

“Nigeria needs to be told the truth in very harsh and caustic language. This statement from ex-President Jonathan is an affront on the sensibility of Nigerians, taking cognizance of the crass corruption that dogged his presidency,” Ajaja said.

But Kayode Ajulo, a legal practitioner and Executive Director of the Egalitarian Mission Africa, said, Jonathan’s administration “paraded some of the best brains in the land as he also made some unfortunate appointments.”

“In fact, his team could be best described as a cacophony of personalities, an amalgamation of the good, the bad and the ugly appointees. Today, what should be of concern is the review of the gains and the mistakes of the administration and to use same to chart a new course for the Buhari’s new administration to ensure a better Nigeria,” he added.

Culled from: EMPOWEREDNEWSWIRE