Nigeria Won’t Break Up Under Me- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that despite the fragile unity of the state and calls for secession from certain quarters, Nigeria would not “break up under me.”

The President said, “In the past two years, Nigeria has recorded appreciable gains in political freedom. A political party at the centre losing governorship elections, National Assembly seats and even state assemblies to opposition parties is new to Nigeria.

“Added to these is a complete freedom to associate, to hold and disseminate opinions. Such developments clearly attest to the country’s growing political development.

“Recent calls for re-structuring, quite proper in a legitimate debate, has let in highly irresponsible groups to call for dismemberment of the country. We cannot and we will not allow such advocacy.

“As a young army officer, I took part from the beginning to the end of our tragic civil war costing about two million lives, resulting in fearful destruction and untold suffering. Those who are agitating for a rerun were not born by 1967 and have no idea of the horrendous consequences of the civil conflict which we went through.

“Government is keeping up the momentum of dialogue with stakeholders in the Niger Delta to keep the peace. We intend to address genuine grievances of the communities.

“Government is grateful to the responsible leadership of those communities and will pursue lasting peace in the Niger Delta.”

“The APC government’s rallying cry to restore security, rebalance the economy and fight corruption was not all rhetoric.

“The country must first be secured. The economy must be rebalanced so that we do not depend on oil alone.

“We must fight corruption, which is Nigeria’s number one enemy. Our administration is tackling these tasks in earnest,” he said.

The President highlighted some of the achievements of his administration in the last two years in the areas of security, economy, and the fight against corruption.

He said as the nation entered the second half of his four-year term of office, he intended to accelerate progress and intensify his resolve to fix the country’s challenges and problems.

On security, he said Nigerians must be grateful to the nation’s Armed Forces for rolling back the frontiers of Boko Haram’s terrorism, defeating them and reducing them to “cowardly attacks on soft and vulnerable targets.”

He thanked the country’s neighbours and the international community for the collective efforts to defeat terrorism.

“Government is working round the clock to ensure the release of the remaining Chibok girls, as well as other persons in Boko Haram captivity. Government will continue to support the Armed Forces and other security agencies to fight not only terrorism, but kidnapping, armed robbery, herdsmen/farmers violence and to ensure peace, stability and security in our country,” he added.

“Since December last year, this administration has produced over seven million 50kg bags of fertiliser. Eleven blending plants with a capacity of 2.1 million metric tons have been reactivated. We have saved $150m in foreign exchange and N60bn in subsidy. Fertiliser prices have dropped from N13,000 to N5,500 per 50kg bag.

“Furthermore, a new presidential initiative is starting with each state of the federation creating a minimum of 10,000 jobs for unemployed youths, again with the aid of CBN’s development finance initiatives.

“Power remains a huge problem. As of September 12, production of power reached an all-time high of 7,001 megawatts. Government is increasing its investment, clearing up the operational and financial logjam bedevilling the industry. We hope to reach 10,000 megawatts by 2020.

“Key priorities include better energy mix through solar and hydro technologies. I am glad to say that after many years in limbo, the Mambilla Power Project has taken off.

“Elsewhere in the economy, the special window created for manufacturers, investors and exporters and foreign exchange requirements has proved very effective. Since April, about $7bn has come through this window alone. The main effect of these policies is improved confidence in the economy and better investment sentiments.

“The country has recorded seven consecutive months of lower inflation, naira rate is beginning to stabilise, appreciating from N525 per $1 in February this year to N360 today. Broad-based economic growth is leading us out of recession.

“Furthermore, in order to stabilise the polity, the Federal Government gave additional support to states in the form of State Excess Crude Account loans, Budget Support Facility, and Stabilisation Fund Release to state and local government as follows: N200bn in 2015; N441bn in 2016; and N1tn in 2017, totalling N1.642tn.

IPOB Members Remove Biafra Flags From Cars, to Wear Black Today

Leaders and members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra in the South-East asked their members to wear black on Sunday (today) to mark Nigeria’s Independence Day.

According to Punch “a newspaper vendor who spoke on the condition of anonymity said traders stopped selling the Biafran insignias out of fear of being harassed by the soldiers. He said, “You know that there is Operation Python Dance in the South-East and IPOB members are having problems with the soldiers. So, out of fear of harassment by soldiers, the traders have stopped the sale of Biafra insignias for now.”

“The Coordinator of IPOB in Ebonyi State, Ugochukwu Nweke, said the group had designated October 1 (today) to mourn the killing of its members during the military onslaught of their leader’s home.

“On whether IPOB would celebrate the Independence Day, Nweke queried the essence of such celebration.

“He said, “Which country’s independence are we celebrating? God never created us and called us Nigeria. God created countries and gave them their own separate names. We are Biafrans and we are not participating in anything called Nigeria’s independence.

“On October 1, we are not gathering anywhere.People have been advised to go about their normal business or stay in their homes. Every body should wear black.

“We are mourning our loved ones. They invaded our houses and killed some of us. Even now they are still hunting and killing our people. They call themselves Operation Python Dance.”

Nigeria Yet to Realise Its Full Potentials- Arewa

The National Publicity Secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, said in a statement on Saturday that “Nigeria as a nation at 57 is yet to realize its full potentials and deliver on the expectations of its citizens”.

He said “Our founding fathers laid a good foundation for a prosperous Nigeria.

“The instability we witnessed in our polity, especially the military coups and the civil war, have affected and distorted our journey to a developed nation at 57.

He however acknowledged that ‘We cannot ignore the fact that despite the upheavals due to shortcomings, we have been able to sustain the unity and stability of the country.

”We have also recorded and witnessed some progress in many areas that include education, infrastructural development, economy and relative political stability.

“Our 18 years of uninterrupted presidential system of democracy has placed Nigeria as one of the developing economies with high potential for greatness, if properly managed.”

“We should not allow the temporary challenges to redefine our collective destiny or set our national agenda,” it said.

“At 57, Nigerians expect to see more of transparency, prudence, fairness and equity in governance and to feel the dividends of democracy.”

Saraki Congratulates Nigerians, Calls for Unity

As congratulatory words continue to roll in in commemoration of Nigeria’s 57th Independence Anniversary, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki has chimed in to congratulate Nigerians for sustaining the country’s status as a united and progressive nation.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki urged political, traditional, religious and business leaders to close ranks.

He said ”It is apparent that the need for peace, unity and stability in our nation cannot be compromised. Our togetherness, abundant resources and diversity are our greatest asset. Let us therefore refrain from tendencies that would pull us apart,’’ he said.

The president of the senate noted that though there were challenges, the country was in a better stead today than it was a year ago.

“It is necessary at this time in our developmental journey that we all redouble our resolve to make Nigeria take her rightful leadership position among her peers.’’

America Celebrates With Nigeria on 57th Independence Anniversary

The U.S. Government through its Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson has congratulated Nigeria on the commemoration of the country’s 57th independence on Oct. 1, 2017.

Tillerson said: “On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian people as you celebrate your national independence on October 1. The United States and Nigeria have a strong and enduring partnership that benefits both our nations.

“The U.S.-Nigeria partnership is built on our shared priorities of security, economic prosperity, and good governance; and is strengthened by innovation, trade, and optimism for the future.

“The United States also reaffirms its commitment to support efforts to help rebuild the lives of the millions affected by the violence, and to provide a better future for all Nigerians.

“We offer our best wishes to the people of Nigeria in your commemoration of the 57th anniversary of your independence.”

Presidency To Mark Nigeria’s 57th Anniversary With 400 Hours Non-Stop God’s Praise

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to lead other top government officials on 400 hours non-stop praise to God towards the celebration of the 57th Independence Anniversary of the country.

The programme is being organized under the leadership of Chaplain of Aso Villa Chapel, Pastor Oluseyi Malomo, in collaboration with Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship and other churches in the country under the aegis of “Haleluyah Nigeria.”
Briefing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, the Chaplain explained that the event was also meant to mark the exit of Nigeria from recession and to thank God for the safe return of President Muhammadu Buhari from his medical vacation.
Pastor Malomo said the session would similarly seek God’s help for the administration and the country to overcome the economic problem in the country.
The Chaplain recalled that the first edition took place a year ago to mark the first anniversary of the Buhari administration, noting: “A year after that event, and just a few days ago, we received with cheerful hearts the good news that we are now officially out of recession.

“As if putting icing on the cake, the news came after the whole nation joyfully received the return of our dearest President.

“God only for us to gather together and return our thanks praise to this who responds and answers the heartfelt prayers of all Nigerians.

“The Hallelujah Nigeria in conjunction with all churches and fellowships in Nigeria are therefore organizing this exceptional and record breaking praise event to thank this good God who has proven that He holds our Nation dearest to His heart.”

According to him, the 400 hours non-stop event which is scheduled to commence on Thursday,”will arguably be the longest non musical activity in the world.”

Responding to a question on the level of participation in the programme by government, he said it was not unlikely that even though Buhari is not a Christian, he may show up at the event.

However, he revealed that just like the last edition, Osinbajo is expected to lead other top government officials to the event.

While noting that the event was open to all Nigerians, the Chaplain added: “The spirit of appreciation is the motive behind this event.

“We are taught in all our cultures and faith, the principle of thanksgiving, to show appreciation for good deeds done to us.

“This is because appreciation enhances more benevolence towards he who is appreciative

“Let us all be appreciative to God who has not just kept us together for these 57 years, but has blessed our nation with such resources of enviable potentials of land, minerals and great and resourceful people.

“With such, our nation shall continue to wax stronger, taken her rightful place in the comity of nations and shall soon become the toast of the world.”