Buhari Promises To Unmask Sponsors Of Sokoto Attack

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to unmasked the sponsors of the Skoto attack, while condeming the July 9 killing of several people, including a district head, in and around the village of Gandi in Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State by bandits.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday quoted Buhari as saying “government was working hard to unmask the sponsors of the dastardly and ungodly act.

“This wanton violence against innocent people won’t be tolerated by this government, we are working round the clock to identify the people sponsoring these heartless attacks.

“It is curious why any group of mass murderers would be targeting and killing innocent people for no just reason.

“Make no mistake about it, my administration remains committed to security as one of its core objectives, and any attempt to test our will by trouble makers will be met with equal force.”

The President assured Nigerians that those behind the killing of innocent Nigerians would be identified and defeated.

“Identifying and defeating these callous killers is receiving priority from this administration, and we shall spare no effort in tracing the root of this evil, especially their sources of funding and arms,’’ he added.

He promised that although these hit and run gangs of mass murderers were using unconventional tactics, they would eventually be defeated.

The President also warned that his administration would not allow any group to hold the country hostage and destroy life without consequences.

He said “I wish to assure Nigerians that security is receiving the greatest attention from this administration and there is no compromise in this commitment.

“I appeal for your patience while my security teams rack their brains to put an end to this horrendous violence.”

The President extended his condolences to the government, families of victims and the people of Sokoto State over what he described as “incredible lose of lives in the hands of enemies of humanity.’’

He assured that the Federal Government would give all possible assistance to the state in dealing with the tragic incident.

APC Convention: President Buhari’s Full Speech

ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE NATIONAL CONVENTION OF ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) EAGLE SQUARE ABUJA

JUNE 23, 2018

PROTOCOLS

It is my pleasure to address you today, on the occasion of our great party’s 2nd National Convention and the first since we rode on its glorious platform to a victorious political outing in 2015. Congratulations again to all who worked or contributed to our success.

2. I want to begin by acknowledging your presence and congratulating all our delegates who have emerged from the wards, local Governments and State congresses from the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT gathered here today as the party’s highest ranking constitutional organ, to elect and usher in a new leadership for the party at the national level.

3. I am also using this opportunity to thank the outgoing National Executives of the party, especially those who will not be offering themselves for re-election at today’s convention for their tireless efforts in securing victory for the party at the last elections and managing the success thereafter.

4. I want to assure everyone here that despite a few lingering issues with the congresses in some states, our great party will emerge stronger after this convention. The unresolved cases we have is the price we have to pay for success, as everyone wants to be associated with a winning team. I am imploring all those with grievances to keep faith with the party until we put things right.

5. I have been following the preparations leading to this event and I must commend this Convention Committee under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Badaru Abubakar for providing a level playing field and instilling confidence in both aspirants and delegates with their thorough approach and adherence to transparency.

6. I commend all the delegates from across the country for your sacrifice and patience, travelling all the way from your different destinations and waiting in inclement weather, as it has been raining all the day. Thank you for your commitment.

7. The adoption of consensus as a first option is commendable and the process has led to a lot of healing and cohesion across the states and the zones, and where elections are inevitable, I have been assured that the process adopted will result in clear and undisputed results. Again I am appealing to all contestants to keep faith with the party.

8. May I, therefore, appeal to all to put our great party ahead of personal considerations and to accept the outcome of the exercise in good faith. You are all important to our party’s progress and all must come together to ensure success in the forthcoming polls so as to enable us to continue the good work we have been doing for our fellow Nigerians.

9. I thank you all for being here and congratulate the new National Executive to be elected shortly.

God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria, God bless our Party.

APC!

APC!!

APC!!

APC Convention: Buhari Appeals to Contestants to Play by Rules

President Mohammadu Buhari has appealed to delegates and contestants to keep faith with the party.

Buhari made the appeal in his address of welcome to party delegates at the ongoing National Convention of the party, in Abuja, on Saturday.

The President who paid glowing tributes to the party’s founding fathers and long-standing members attributed some of the challenges facing the party to the fact that the party is the ruling party.

Buhari enjoined party members to remain steadfast and work towards the party’s success in upcoming elections.

He also urged contestants to play by the rules.

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Buhari Raises Concern Over 2018 Budget Irregularities And Other Newspaper Headlines

President Muhammadu Buhari has raised concern over the National Assembly’s injection of strange projects and sundry irregularities into the 2018 budget. According to THE GUARDIAN, He made the observation at the Presidential Villa, yesterday, as he signed the appropriation bill of N9.12 trillion into law, after seven months of delay. VANGUARD and BUSINESSDAY also revealed Buhari saying NASS inserted N578bn projects. NIGERIAN TRIBUNE, THE PUNCH and THE NATION also discuss about 2018 Budget being hard to implement with NASS’ alterations saying Buhari accused the federal lawmakers of, among others, increasing the National Assembly budget from N125bn to N139.5bn, without any discussion with the Executive. The President also accused them of injecting 6,403 projects of their own totalling N578bn into the national budget while making cuts amounting to N347bn in the allocations to 4,700 projects as submitted to them. Buhari spoke shortly after signing the document into law in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The President noted that many of the projects cut were critical and might be difficult, if not impossible, to implement with the reduced allocation. He regretted that some of the new projects inserted by the National Assembly had not been properly conceptualised, designed and cost and would therefore be difficult to execute. The President said, “As I mentioned during the presentation of the 2018 Appropriation Bill, we intend to use the 2018 Budget to consolidate the achievements of previous budgets and deliver on Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020.

Uproar over proposed ranches in 10 states heads the DAILY SUN. The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has rejected the Federal Government’s N70 billion plan to establish pilot cattle ranches in 10 states. The group, which comprises Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) and the Middle Belt Forum, said in a statement jointly signed by Senator Bassey Henshaw, Yinka Odumakin, Prof Chigozie Ogbu and Dr. Isuwa Dogo, that SMBLF objects to government’s decision to spend public funds to build ranches.  On Tuesday, the federal government, announced plans to establish pilot ranches in Adamawa, Benue, Ebonyi, Edo, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Oyo, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara states and said it would shop for N70 billion to commence the project which it said would permanently solve farmers-herders crises.

NEWTELEGRAPH also reveals on its headlines that for the APC Convention, C’ttee bars delegates from Imo, Rivers, C’River, Others. The National Convention Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has concluded plans to bar non-statutory delegates from five states from participating in the Saturday convention of the party.

 

 

 

Direct Security Forces And The Nigerian Police To Respect The Fundamental Human Rights Of Nigerians- Falana Tells Buhari

Human Rights activist and lawyer, Femi Falana, yesterday called on President Buhari to direct security forces and the Nigerian police to respect the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.

Falana said this while speaking at the June 12 investiture yesterday. Falana said President Buhari should direct the police to respect Nigerians as a mark of honor on late Human rights lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi who was honored at the event.

”I urge you Mr President, to direct all security forces in Nigeria and the police, in the spirit of June 12, to respect the fundamental rights of every Nigerian in this country” he said

Buhari’s Political Overtures: Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me By ‘Tope Oriola

President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent announcement designating June 12 as Democracy Day and the award of the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) honour to late Chief M.K.O. Abiola has sent Nigeria’s political world into overdrive. The political class, traditional media, twitterati and other social media aficionados, as well as the public, continue to digest the rationale, motivation and implications of the unexpected announcement. The move by President Buhari is a functional masterstroke: On one hand, it gives a middle finger to General Ibrahim Babangida and former President Olusegun Obasanjo and presents a beautiful but suspicious rose to the South-West geopolitical zone on the other hand.

Many analysts claim that it is totally “political” and geared towards the 2019 elections. Of course, it is political and you bet it is for 2019. It is the nature of politics. Politics is a strange business. Such overtures are routine in political life; they are the lifeblood of power contestations, even in advanced democracies. Stating that the move is political is not necessarily a stinging criticism; it is like saying that December 25 is Christmas Day. Is it the right thing to do? Yes. Is the timing suspicious? Absolutely, yes. Is it sufficient grounds to win support for Buhari’s reelection? The answer to that depends on whether or not we want to be fooled again. I cannot answer for everyone.

What I find interesting is that the same individual who rode on the crest of widespread support, brainwork of strategists from all over Nigeria and the goodwill of millions of Nigerians but got to power and suddenly returned to his old ways has now rediscovered the need for openness and concern for issues that are important to other Nigerians. The newfound “love” for political bride, Bola Tinubu, the appointment of Festus Keyamo as spokesperson for his re-election campaign and other couture strategic moves indicate that the president is back in the political arena to tap the brains of serious political strategists. He is borrowing the brainpower of those he discarded immediately after assuming office in 2015. He is also bringing together relatively fresh faces.

Good luck to those lending their brains to Buhari. He will use them and dump them. To be clear, not everyone who works for a successful political candidate can get a portfolio and it is unfair to expect that a president will compensate everyone who works for his or her success. I believe most political supporters should be content with being rewarded through good governance. However, Buhari will disappoint his emerging 2019 brain trust in two ways. He will give appointments to less qualified candidates with whom he shares certain affinities and (given his limited capacity) will not govern well. His supporters will therefore lose in those two ways.

For instance, Buhari appointed Abubakar Malami, a person with a largely unremarkable career in law, as attorney-general and minister of justice over and above many extremely qualified Nigerians, including a highly respected Nigerian lawyer, for whom some of the president’s most prominent supporters lobbied. It was one of the earliest indications of Buhari’s mindset after being sworn into office. I doubt that any objective measure would assess Malami as successful in office, although to be fair he is in a crowded company of mostly mediocre ministers. The appointment of Ibrahim Idris Kpotun as inspector general of Police (IGP) is another example. Many careers of senior officers were ruined to produce Mr. “transmission” as IGP. Buhari simply wants power. I have no doubts that there is method to how he uses power but the country will suffer for it.

Every citizen has the right to support a candidate of their choosing. However, what further evidence do Nigerians need to establish that Buhari is out of his depths? He would be ex-president by now in some other societies. Buhari has the right to recontest. But it is the height of insensitivity and egotism that a man battling what appear to be major health issues, and under whose government the conditions of most Nigerians have worsened, wishes to return to office as he counts down to 80 years of age.

Stripped of the mystique of an anti-corruption crusader, unable to gain decisive victory against Boko Haram despite his military background and lacking in the nous of 21st century leadership, Buhari has become just another power hustler. He has doubled his hustle by weaponising and instrumentalising June 12. It reveals his thirst for power, vulnerability and readiness to forgo his famed arrogance for the sake of four more years of rudderless leadership. This is the moment for various groups to make demands on a desperate politician. Expect him to be more guarded in his speeches. I hope he finds the will to act on the senseless killings in Benue and other states.

Supporters of Buhari intrigue me. What exactly qualifies Buhari for a second term? The economy? Security? Power supply? Roads and other infrastructure? Is there another Nigeria that is not evident to some of us? I am willing to be convinced. Is a Presidency meant to be merely totemic? Does Buhari’s sheer presence in Aso Rock satisfy your aspirations for Nigeria? Does performance in office matter? Are there no alternatives to the kleptocratic PDP and the APC?

What is going on is essentially an attempt to repackage an expired product. We bought it in 2015, tasted it and found that it was a waste of time and lacking in substance. As they say, “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice shame on me”.

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PDP Applauds Buhari’s Administration

Opposition Party PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan said it supports the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari’s steps to honour the memory of acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, late Chief MKO Abiola.

“Chief Abiola, in his life time, stood for personal liberty of citizens, particularly the right to aspire for any position, respect for constitutional order and principle of separation of powers.

“He also stood for national cohesion as well as a free press, all of which were upheld by the PDP.”

The party said that it was, however, a fact that the freedoms were being trampled and strangulated.

“While the PDP congratulates the family of late Chief Abiola and other martyrs of democracy, we also remember the roles of late Sen. Abraham Adesanya, Bagauda Khalto, Dan Suleiman, Raph Obiorah, Alex Ibru and others.

“We remember the Management and Staff of the Concord, Guardian, Vanguard, Punch and other media houses, who suffered undue hardships for our nation to attain this democracy.”

It urged the Presidency to save the nation international opprobrium of attempting to use the event for “political capital’’ and to posture Buhari as a democrat.

Also in a separate statement, the PDP commended the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly for their resilience in enhancing the country’s democratic practice as consolidated by successive PDP administrations.

It commended the legislature for the successful amendment of the country’s Constitution.

It advised the Presidency not to appropriate the achievements of the National Assembly as those of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The party decried the recent attempt by the Presidency to ascribe credit to President for the recent amendments to the Constitution, particularly the granting of financial autonomy to state house of assembly and the judiciary.

According to it, neither the Presidency nor the President himself made any input in support of the amendments.

“It is instructive to note that none of the amendments stem from any Executive bill.

President Buhari Congratulates Falana @ 60

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday congratulated Mr Femi Falana, SAN, an erudite lawyer and human rights activist,on his 60th birthday.

The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina joined family members, friends and professional colleagues of the cerebral lawyer in celebrating the milestone.

The president noted with delight that Falana’s career as a lawyer had been marked with honours and awards for forthrightness and advocacy for the good of every Nigerian.

He therefore commended his sense of patriotism over the years, and his advisory roles to leaders, institutions and governments, especially on the value of good governance.

President Buhari believed that Falana’s antecedents had been most exemplary and commendable in advocating for a better life for the poor and underprivileged.

President Buhari prayed that the Almighty God would grant the human rights lawyer longer life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the country.(NAN)

FG to Advance Agriculture, Health Care Through ICT

The Federal Government has stated that the country was set to leverage on the potential in Information and Communications Technology to advance its economy, agriculture and improved health care.

According to the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria is also prepared to join the rest of the world to mark this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Shittu said the essence of the celebration was to raise awareness of the potential of ICT to advance economies and bridge the digital divide in the country.

He stated that analysts had predicted that intelligent machines programmed to think and reason like the human mind would revolutionise health care in the very near future.

His words, “The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other Information and Communications Technologies can bring to societies and economies, as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.

“Artificial Intelligence-based technologies are already emerging as a key component of proactive tools and applications being used to help people lead better lives by improving health care, education, finance, agriculture, transportation and a wide range of other services.”

Shittu noted that this year’s celebration, which has the theme, ‘Enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence for all’, would focus on the potential of artificial intelligence to accelerate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

He said, “Artificial intelligence or AI is taking centre stage with a lot of on people’s lives. AI’s potential power is being exploited and developed at an unprecedented speed. AI brings us many opportunities and challenges. AI will greatly change our economy and society.

“Government, through the Ministry of Communications, is poised to support stakeholders in Nigeria’s ICT ecosystem to create and strengthen a national AI ecosystem for sustainable development.”

He added, “Government will include Artificial Intelligence and coding in our educational agenda. With this, our youths will be put on the right path as ICT and AI would have deeply affected the ways we labour and relate with one another in the fourth industrial era.

“The cars, satellites, computers, planes and phones of today were built by the children of yesterday; those of tomorrow will be built by children of today.”

Shittu noted that this year’s celebration would be held next week at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.

BREAKING: Buhari, Ali Modu Sherrif Meet Inside Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with a former National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Ali-Modu Sherrif, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting is holding behind closed doors inside the President’s office.

Sherrif who is a former governor of Borno State had last year met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

He lost the battle for the chairmanship of the PDP at the Supreme Court last year.

One of Buhari’s daughters is said to be married to Sherrif’s son.

PMB Visits Jigawa State Today

President Muhammadu Buhari will today begin a visit to Dutse, Jigawa state.The visit, which was initially scheduled for 7 May, was postponed because President Buhari went to London to keep an appointment with his doctor.

He returned on Friday and said he was well.”I just went for a further medical check-up and I am alright, thank you`”, he told reporters on arrival.

Gov. Muhammad Badaru, who has planned a rousing welcome for the president said during the visit, the President is expected to commission some projects. A state dinner will be held in the evening and a rally on Tuesday.

According to Badaru, the `August visitor’ will inaugurate some roads and water projects within and outside the state capital during the visit.

The President will also flag-off the operations of the state social security committee which was recently established by law.

Badaru stated that under the law, each of the 287 polling units across the state will receive a token of between N50, 000, and N100, 000, monthly as stipends to rehabilitate critical infrastructure including health care, education and other facilities in the area.

The governor said the President will also inaugurate the revived dairy products processing company in Birnin Kudu as well as commission one of the 80 newly constructed health care facilities in the state.

He said facilities were put in place by the state government in line with the Federal Government’s policy of providing at least one health care facility in each political ward of the country.

The security agents are also stepping up their operations during the president’s visit. The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence (NSCDC) said it has deployed about 2,000 personnel.

The corps’s Spokesman in the state, SC Adamu Shehu, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Sunday.

“The Jigawa State Command of NSCDC has fully prepared towards the two-day visit of President Muhammad Buhari.

“The command is deploying about 2,000 special tactical operational squad and Intelligence officers drawn from the state command and neighbouring formations in Kano and Bauchi States to assist in the provision of security,” Shehu said.

He explained that the operational officers would be stationed at strategic places in areas that the president would visit.

The Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) is also not left out of the arrangement as it has deployed 330 personnel and four ambulances.

The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr Angus Ibezim, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Saturday.

Ibezim said that the personnel include 70 officers, 205 marshals and 55 special marshals.

The sector commander added that 15 patrol vehicles and two heavy duty towing trucks are also prepared for the president’s visit.

(NAN)