Is Boko Haram More Honourable Than Buhari? By Tunde Odesola

(Published in The PUNCH on Monday, March 26, 2018)

Understandably, the noun ‘change’ is the most controversial word in Nigeria today. You need to be careful about where and how you say change because the design of your face and the architecture of your mouth could be badly changed for mouthing change wrongfully. Here, change doesn’t mean the money you collect after making a purchase. Here, change was the powerful potion a nation in hebetude was eager to take to break free from crushing poverty and grinding backwardness of yesteryears.

Change was the flaming key with which the All Progressives Congress unlocked the hearts of Nigerians during the 2015 presidential election, splitting into two equal halves the door to the Aso Rock bedroom of the then President, Goodluck Jonathan, laying bare a cringing occupant.

Change became Nigeria’s most popular word in 2015 as thrice-unlucky-presidential-aspirant, General Muhammadu Buhari, dazzled the electorate with a blazing manifesto whose glitter was blinding. Nigerians were drunk on the Buhari opium, swooning over the long list of his Eldorado promises. Like a messiah in a hurry, Buhari promised, among other things, to chase corruption into the Dead Sea and part River Niger with earth-shaking socio-political reforms. Armed with his sainthood and halo, Buhari vowed to publicly declare his assets, ensure constant electricity, create three million jobs per year; ban medical tourism by politicians from May 29, 2015, remove immunity from prosecution for elected officers in criminal cases, make the economy one of the fastest growing in the world with a GDP growth averaging 10-12% annually, and enshrine political reforms to check electoral malpractice. The savior has finally arrived!

Purportedly driven by the passion to see Nigeria emerge as a strong regional economy, Buhari also promised to make the naira to be at parity with the dollar through investment in agriculture, establish city and state policing system, build 6,800km of modern railway and 5,000km superhighway by 2019 just as he pledged to quash Boko Haram and vowed not to ‘leave the defence of the nation in the hands of hunters, children and Civilian JTF’. Nigeria’s time in the sun has come!

The husband of the uncommon and courageous woman, Aisha, also told Nigerians that he would, if elected president, establish a conflict resolution commission to prevent and resolve civil conflicts in the Niger Delta and states such as Plateau, Benue, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Kaduna etc; provide allowance to discharged but unemployed National Youth Service Corps members for 12 months, ‘revive our minimally performing refineries to optimum capacity’, and revive and restructure the Nigerian football league, among other lofty promises. Has the president delivered on his promises? Yes, Buhari and his supporters living in the Nigeria bordering between the USA and Canada believe the president has delivered on all electoral promises and more to boot!

Change has become a curious word in the present-day Nigeria amalgamated by the British Empire in 1914. Without a doubt, things were rosier for Nigerians under colonial rule than they are today and the only difference between the savagery of the slave trade era and the lives of Nigerians today is the change in the skin color of the slave masters!

Although a breakaway faction of Boko Haram headed by Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi is suspected to have masterminded the Dapchi kidnap in order to have a piece of the national cake as the Abubakar Shekau faction had when negotiations on the release of some Chibok schoolgirls were reached, neither of the two factions have openly claimed responsibility for the Dapchi kidnap.

The ruthlessness of the Shekau faction, however, puts him on the same podium with the world’s vilest murderers. With a place assured in hell as Satan’s deputy, Shekau, a leader of the world’s deadliest terror gang, ostensibly fell under the spell of the magical swagger stick of President Buhari last Monday, in Dapchi. I remember seeing camouflage-wearing President Goodluck Jonathan playfully sitting on a swagger stick as a kid would mount his first potty – during his visit to Boko Haram-ravaged Baga in Borno State.

President Buhari says he hails from Katsina, despite planning to build a rail line into the neighboring Niger Republic. With my head on the chopping block, I can wager a bet that Baba Yusuf will contest the 2019 presidential election, but I can’t bet that kidnapping won’t mushroom in the coming months. Shekau, a Kanuri from Yobe State, stole the change, sorry, I mean the show, in Dapchi last Monday, symbolically marching through the scourged village to the shock of an alarmed nation when he returned 105 schoolgirls kidnapped on February 19, 2018. ‘Boko Haram returns Dapchi schoolgirls’ ran hasty headlines on social media.

It must be a joke, I thought. Return ko, reverse ni. Then the news gained momentum and soared on the pinions of reality. With the manner of the girls’ release, Boko Haram has brought a change to the young trade of kidnapping and negotiation in Nigeria. The girls’ release was made to look like an authorless fairytale book from a faraway land beyond seven rivers by the Minister of Information, Youth and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who said Boko Haram released the girls without collecting a ransom. Haba, Alhaji! I didn’t know that ‘Bonanza’ was Boko Haram’s other name. If Mohammed had told Nigerians that Boko Haram released the girls because of the ‘APC’ in d-APC-hi, he would have told a better lie.

Also, the assertion by the minister that Boko Haram claimed to have returned the Dapchi girls because they’re Muslims makes one wonder whether the kidnapped Muslim Chibok schoolgirls are inferior to their Muslim colleagues in Dapchi. Globally, the terms of hostage negotiation are not fed to the public, but Mohammed could’ve said something like: “The girls’ release was negotiated by Nigerian and foreign experts who want the terms of the negotiation kept under wraps for security reasons.” As poor as a church rat that my family is, I had to negotiate and part with some money when my in-law was kidnapped in Rivers State in 2014. Kidnappers, unlike politicians, don’t have access to the treasury; ransom is their holy grail.

The Boko Haram change. Since he emerged in 2009 as the world’s primus inter pares in terrorism, Shekau promised Nigerians sorrow, tears and blood. Boko Haram, his mass murder machine, has sowed everlasting grief into families, whose thousands of dear ones it bombed into shallow graves. Last Monday, however, Boko Haram gave Nigerians what it never promised – joy, albeit momentary – while the change promised by the Buhari government remained a miserable hope.

Another agent of death who mouthed change a few days ago was Assassin-in-Chief and Tormentor Extraordinaire, Adeola Williams aka Ade Lawyer, who recently confessed to killing over a hundred persons. Begging for forgiveness, Ade Lawyer (39), whose last kill was Ganiyu Ayinla alias Pinero, the personal assistant to the NURTW chairman in Idumota, Azeez Lawal (aka Kunle Poly), said he has also embraced change.

The self-confessed serial killer said he had killed four people on the prompting of a former Chairman of the National Union Road of Transport Workers, Lagos State branch, Alhaji Akanni Olorunwa. He said he had aimed to kill Kunle Poly on Olorunwa’s request, but mistakenly shot Pinero who was with the former on the fateful day. He said he had killed several people on the request of prominent Nigerians including traditional rulers in more than a decade of his stellar career.

In a serious country, Ade Lawyer would’ve been long arrested and his arrest would’ve led to solving the jigsaw of several killings in the country.

A few days after his disturbing confession, change crept into Ade Lawyer’s statement, which wasn’t made under duress. Ade recanted. In this era of change, Olorunwa will be freed, the politicians and traditional rulers Ade killed for won’t be exposed, and life goes on.

Buhari Hosts Bill Gates And Dangote To Dinner

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday hosted philanthropist and Co-Founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates to a dinner at the State House in Abuja.

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, and top government officials were also at the dinner.

Although the Presidency tweeted about the dinner, which was held the same day 104 of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls were freed, it did not give details about what was discussed.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been playing significant humanitarian and philanthropic roles in Nigeria in the areas of polio eradication, maternal health and other areas.

VIDEO: President @MBuhari hosts Mr. Bill Gates and Alhaji Aliko Dangote to a dinner, tonight. pic.twitter.com/AQVkHpd2LA

— Government of Nigeria (@AsoRock) March 21, 2018

Buhari Sends Delegation To Dapchi

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a delegation comprising cabinet members to Dapchi, Yobe State, to meet with the released school girls.

Those in the delegation are the Ministers of Information, Lai Mohammed, Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadijah Bukar Ibrahim.

The delegation is currently at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja preparing to take off.

A source informed PREMIUM TIMES that the team is however travelling to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

He also said “it is quite likely that the girls will also be brought to Maiduguri and the federal delegation may meet them there”.

Buhari Congratulates Putin On Re-election

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday congratulated President Vladimir Putin of Russia on his victory in the recent presidential election in the Asian country.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

Adesina said the President had sent a congratulatory letter to Putin on behalf of himself, the government and people of Nigeria.

The President said Putin’s “success for the fourth time in the election is a clear testimony of the confidence” Russians have in his leadership.

He also urged his Russian counterpart to “see this victory as a base to continue to promote international peace and stability.”

Buhari assured President Putin of “Nigeria’s commitment to a stronger and mutually beneficial relation with the Russian Federation under your watch.”

He said he looked forward to continue working with the Russian leader “to strengthen our defence, trade and technical partnerships as well as promotion of private sector participation in all sectors of our economies.”

Buhari Meets Former VP Namadi Sambo In Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with former Vice-President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Sambo was vice-president to former President Goodluck Jonathan during the last administration.

The meeting of the two leaders, which was held inside the President’s office, lasted about 25 minutes.

The former vice-president arrived the Presidential Villa at about 12:00 noon and went straight into the President’s office.

He left the premises at about 12.25pm.

“It was a a private meeting,” Sambo simply told State House correspondents before stepping into his waiting car.

Sambo has not been a regular visitor to the Presidential Villa since he and Jonathan left office on May 29, 2015

He had, in 2017, visited Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in his office; while he also joined Buhari for a Jumat service in commemoration of the nation’s independence last year.

The meeting of the two leaders came barely 24 hours after Osinbajo openly accused the administration Sambo served of “grand corruption.”

Speaking at the Seventh Presidential Quarterly Business Forum for Private Sector stakeholders on Monday, Osinbajo had said the difference between the present administration and that of Jonathan was that Buhari’s administration was not corrupt.

He had said, “Today, with less revenue, we have increased capital funding by 400 percent as the minister has said, in power, works and housing, in defence, transportation, agriculture.

“If we want to do analysis in Nigeria, it is either fraudulent or ignorant if we do not bring money that belongs to corruption into the mass.

“This is what distinguishes, in my own respectful view, this administration from the other. I can say that with what I have seen, if you have a President who is not corrupt, 50 percent of your financial problems are over. This is what I have seen, I can demonstrate it with facts and figures.

“If the President is corrupt, the entire financial system is compromised and that is what we have seen with the figures we have just seen. That is something that is absolutely important that we must take into account.”

Is Buhari Unaware, Bound By His Choices Or Both?, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

This January, 73 lives were lost in Benue State to an herdsmen attack. The president asked Ibrahim Idris, the inspector-general of police to relocate to Benue with the aim of restoring law and order at the scene of conflict. The inspector-general ignored the president’s order. After so much pressure and discontent from the public, the president finally paid a visit to the State. While in Benue, he made a startling admission: “I’m not aware that the I-G did not spend 24 hours in the State as directed by me, I am getting to know in this meeting.” That admission confirmed our fears that the president is not in charge of his own administration. Awareness dictates choice. A man who is aware of something, will definitely have a choice to take action or not. We all have weaknesses and so do those who lead us. Mild weaknesses do not usually impact a person’s overall effectiveness and they sure do not hurt like fatal flaws. President Buhari has consistently shown a significant gap in perception, which suggests a deficit of self-awareness. That is a fatal flaw.

President Buhari has always been dissonant, and there are many pointers to his dissonance since he became president. There is a certain aloofness about him that is exaggerated by a seeming lack of empathy. His much touted integrity has forced him into a tunnel of delusion, where the cure for all that ails is integrity. Unfortunately, integrity is not enough to govern effectively. Self-awareness is an important leadership trait, for which a leader often pays a high price, when he is perceived to score poorly on it. A leader does not need to be very good at everything and he does not have to rank high on all leadership traits but a leader cannot be totally void in one area and still expect to succeed. With a vast scope of responsibility, he does not have to be privy to all the minutiae of governance. The little details is the job of operators, but not knowing is never a good excuse to be unaware. With Buhari, his fatal flaws are so extreme that they are having dramatic negative effects on our perception of him. His supporters and detractors alike are seeing his mounting negatives; but Buhari himself is blind to it. He prefers to revel in the crowd he sees among his core constituency. Unfortunately, he will find out that such blindness has a steep cost.

As a leader, no one expects him to know all the facts, but good leaders figure out how to be aware enough, to discover the facts that they need to know. We know leaders are often the last to know when something is wrong but our man has shown no inclination to be a modern leader. Most of the defining mistakes of his presidency and the crises within the All Progressives Congress (APC), are results of inaction. Buhari’s sins are sins of omission. His refusal to take charge, to act, to do something. In the last two years, we have seen an administration without a strategic roadmap; an administration whose drivers are not taking responsibility for outcomes; and are not building strong relationships, even among themselves. With 2019 on the horizon, it is all smoke and mirrors. The nation is as insecure as ever. There are no convictions on the anti-corruption front. The federal school feeding programme is a sham, other signature programmes never took off or are poorly implemented. It has been a season of switch and bait. What we see are deals that were never executed and projects that do not exist. Buhari is simply not making things happen.

Awareness is power! Against our interests, Buhari is unaware, held captive and bound by his choices. By choice, he has become a figure head who is just there, allowing surrogates to play Russian roulette with our lives. He has created a shady circuit of loyalists who he can neither force nor motivate. Among his trusted aides, there is no devotion to the national cause. The president was caught napping by the rampage of herdsmen and the Dapchi abductions. A leader who is unaware of what others are feeling will most likely be unaware of so many other things. A man who is blind to his own flaws will most likely blind to the effect of his flaws on others.

The president needs to ask himself some probing questions and seek truthful answers. He should ask himsef: What should I be doing that I’m not doing? What are people saying that I’m not hearing? What am I missing? What do people see that I am not seeing? Who on my team is keeping from me what they really think and feel?

In a rapidly globalising world, we have a president who cannot dream into the future. A man content with the status quo. A man who prefers not to know there was a problem, than that there is one. A leader who is not learning anything new, relying on same old ways and assumes everyone supports and loves him. The president needs to ask himself some probing questions and seek truthful answers. He should ask himsef: What should I be doing that I’m not doing? What are people saying that I’m not hearing? What am I missing? What do people see that I am not seeing? Who on my team is keeping from me what they really think and feel? What am I feeling? Why am I feeling it? Is this feeling helping or hindering me?

Obviously, there is an enormous gap between the way President Buhari perceives himself and how those of us, who invested our hopes and aspirations in him, perceive him. We want a president who knows the issues and is open to continuous exploration and discovery. Everyone knows there are two types of people will give honest feedback: those who love you, and those who hate you. We need a president who listens to both. An honest feedback will not come from opportunists. While no one must accept and normalised hate, haters must not be ignored. Hopefully, some good will come out of the recent visits to state ravaged by the herdsmen. Nigeria needs an empathic and aware president, given the many countervailing forces facing the country and the people.

Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú a farmer, youth advocate and political analyst writes this weekly column, “Bamidele Upfront” for PREMIUM TIMES.

Yobe’s Red Carpet Condolence By Lasisi Olagunju

Evil lovers destroy leaders who should be great. I think of this whenever I see sycophants around presidents who should be heroes. Sometimes they mix sycophancy with cynicism and call the brew loyalty. Evil advisers and disciples always gut kings of all goodness. There was the red carpet reception in Yobe for our mourning leader. Red carpet represents power, glitz and glamour. But it has a history of blood and betrayal. That is why leaders need to be careful where they put their feet. When you are in power, every palm massages your ego. Some do it with subtlety. Some don’t care if they are called sycophants. Then it is always very difficult to know who truly loves you.

President Muhammadu Buhari was in Dapchi, Yobe State on Wednesday where 110 schoolgirls are missing. Because it was a condolence visit, critics wailed as a photograph showed Buhari stepping sure-footedly on the red carpet there. Smiling, adjusting his babanriga on the red canvass, the old man’s swag would make aliens mistake the event for a mass wedding of 110 girls. Why did he do that? But he didn’t lay the carpet for himself. Some persons did. Were those persons not supposed to know that mourning is never a red carpet event? And that busybodies would make huge politics out of that crimson love for the ascetic president? Was that carpet laid by a friend or by an enemy? Rose, sometimes may not have anything to do with an expression of love. Sometimes, it is a signal for alert, an alarm.

The first red carpet event is recorded in Greek literature. It ended in fatal betrayal. King Agamemnon went to the Trojan war and came back victorious. An elaborate reception showed his wife laying a red carpet for him as a befitting canvass for a gallant husband. The victorious king knew his limits as a mortal. Only the gods walk on gracious grounds. He would not have anything to do with the red cloth before him. That was a treatment befitting only the gods: “Such state becomes the gods,” he tells his wife, “and none beside. I am a mortal, a man; I cannot trample upon these tinted splendors without fear thrown in my path.” But his wife taunted him with a rebuke of cowardice: “Come on, step on it,” she tells him. “If your opponent had won, he would have walked on purple.” Then the strong king melted. He stepped on the carpet, fearfully praying that: “no god’s eyes of hatred strike me from afar.” His prayer soon failed. His death, that very day, did not come from afar. It came from that same dear wife who gave him the red carpet reception. Throne-seeking Elephant in folklore sat on one. He ended up in the bowel of Tortoise’s craftiness. So, why won’t all who are in power beware of all carpets – red, green, black, whatever?

Bucks get easily passed here. One day we may hear that the president warned against a red carpet treatment in that Yobe village of mourning. If he did, who then disobeyed him? Where I come from, the one called Hawk has no excuse for not depriving the hen of its chicks. A king must never be heard complaining that his word is not law. It is like the president saying in Benue he didn’t know his police boss trashed his orders to take charge personally in that state. So, why would a president ask a police chief to go somewhere and the man would send himself a different errand? We hear of a query for the police chief. We also read the police charging back that there was no query. We read police spokesperson saying: “Anyone that said the IGP was queried by the president should bring the copy of the query, let us display it.” Then we should ask what is happening here? The Yoruba word for president is Aare. If he sends for you, it is needless and useless consulting the oracle. He is the master-oracle. In Yoruba history, no Aare ever allowed a woman look his leopard eyeball to eyeball without consequences. It was either the insolent takes his exit or the leader bows out. It happened to Aare Latoosa in Kiriji one bloody afternoon in 1885.

What happened? Any leader who rewards personal loyalty with indulgence will soon come to sorrow. Latoosa indulged his children. He indulged even his slaves. They had licences to misbehave. And they did to the discomfiture of all war chiefs around the big boss. A top war chief, Seriki, longed for food from his mother’s kitchen. He then sent a messenger home in Ibadan asking his mother to send him his favourite meal. The old woman put extra efforts into preparing the food for his son who may die soon at the war front. The delicacy left Ibadan but did not get to the Seriki at the war camp. A spoilt slave of Aare Latoosa waylaid the messenger a few kilometers to the war camp and did the unthinkable.

The audacious slave seized and ate this General’s meal. ‘Fear God, fear General’ is a popular warning in contemporary military barracks. If this slave feared any General, it was only his master, the Aare. Any other General could go eat his dog’s excreta while he took his meal. But such an impudence must have consequences. And it did. Samuel Johnson reports what followed: “Unfortunately the Aare took the matter lightly: instead of dealing out sharp punishment to the slave, he left him to dispute the matter with the Seriki. He even attempted to shield him, before the culprit was forcibly brought forward. The Seriki then asked him, “Did not the messenger tell you the things were mine?” He answered, “Yes, he did, but how am I to know that he was speaking the truth when he said, ‘It is the Seriki’s’? I thought he was deceiving me.” There was no apology made, his master looked on amused. The Seriki thereupon arose, unsheathed his sword, and with one sweep severed the slave’s head from his shoulders in the very presence of his master! All the war chiefs present neither moved nor said a word.”

That was a reaction from a General who would not brook insolence from any quarter. And again, what was the reaction of the Aare, master of the beheaded slave? He saw the action as what it really was: an affront? Not really, but a declaration of war. It was a direct challenge to his position and power; he read it correctly. He had options: he could move against that chief who killed his servant in his very presence. He did not take that option because he could not. He could lament and whine that his appointee dared him. Some lesser others could whine but he was the Aare. He didn’t do that. The Aare was the Commander-in-Chief who must not lose any battle, including in his very homestead. There were personal consequences for a General losing any fight. What did Aare Latosa do? He decided it was time to become an ancestor who could not be challenged again. Samuel Johnson captures that last moment: “Just before the end, he sent for Sanusi, his eldest son, and gave him his last charge. Sanusi left him smoking his pipe, his courtiers sitting all around him. He was heard to cough gently as if suffocated by the fumes of his pipe, and putting down the pipe he lay quietly on his mat and adjusted his cloth over himself – and thus passed away gently. Those sitting about him and looking on scarcely believed he was dead!”

That was a reaction from a General. And it was clear: a king must never be heard bemoaning his impotence. Impotence is not a palace affliction. Or maybe I should say that a feeble king can shout his loss of command; when he does that, the town tells him he can’t make his title trending again. And he won’t ever be allowed to make his failure contagious. Failure becomes deregulated when we hear of killings in Benue today; abductions tomorrow in Yobe. And camps spring up everywhere for the displaced in their own country. And the Commander-in-Chief blames fellows he hired. When impotence becomes as contagious as polio, the land loses its stability. It gets crippled.

President Buhari Mourns Late Senator Wakili

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday described the death of Senator Ali Wakil from Bauchi State as “an incalculable loss to Nigeria’s democracy.”

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President noted that the late federal lawmaker’s dedication to duty was remarkable and worthy of emulation.

He said Wakil’s death came as a great shock to him.

He added that his dedication to duty would remain one of the greatest virtues for which the deceased would be remembered.

“The passion for duty was one of the finest qualities of late Senator Wakil,” Buhari said.

He urged other democratically elected leaders to borrow a leaf from the deceased’s record of dedication.

The President, while praying to Allah to bless the soul of the departed senator, also extended his condolences to his family, his colleagues in the National Assembly, as well as the government and people of Bauchi State over this great loss to the country.

Buhari Should Go Against Killer Herdsmen – Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Thursday spoke on what is expected of President Muhammadu Buhari over unjust killings by herdsmen the country.

Soyinka said he does not expect Buhari to be shedding “unjust tears” but wants him to go against the “bloodthirsty terrorists”.

Speaking in Lagos, he said, “I get impatient when I hear things like Buhari has failed to go and sympathise with the people of Benue, with the people of Nassarawa, with the people of Dapchi or wherever.

“Who needs sympathy? Is it sympathy that will reorder their broken lives? Is sympathy the issue? We are speaking here of one commodity that is fundamentally human deserving, justice.

“There should an internal measure to avoid repeat. We are speaking here of a president that will respond with massive action and not showing up at the arena of human desecration to shed any unjust tears, but give orders that the bloodthirsty terrorists are brought to book.”

Nigeria’s Public Debt Hits N21.7tr And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

The Director-General of the Debt Management Office (DMO), Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, has revealed to the Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debts that the nation’s total debt had risen to N17.36 trillion. This is coming at a time he said the nation’s economic woes had not got to the point of seeking debt forgiveness. According to DAILY SUN Nwankwo told the lawmakers that Nigeria’s total debt profile, which was N2.03 trillion ($10.32billion) as at the end of June 2015, a month after the President Muhammadu Buhari administration assumed office, had risen to N17.36trillion or $57.39 billion as at December 31, 2016. According to the DMO DG, the total debt profile of the country, comprising local and foreign debts, has been on the increase since July 2015, due to prevailing economic challenges. He said while the Federal Government’s domestic debt stock, as at December 31, 2015, was N8.84 trillion, it rose to N11.06 trillion in December 2016.

The abduction of the Dapchi school girl heads the VANGUARD, THE NNATION and PUNCH. The newspapers reveal the ongoing war between former president Goodluck Jonathan and President Buhari  as President Buhari states that his response when the girls were taken was better than Jonathan’s response when the Chibok girls were kidnapped.  Buhari on Wednesday said that while the Federal Government under his watch swung into action immediately after the abduction, the last administration looked the other way when schoolgirls were abducted in Chibok in 2014.

THE GUARDIAN, DAILY INDEPENDENT and NIGERIAN TRIBUNE exposes that National Assembly’s vow to override Buhari’s veto and the court’s decision to stop the passing of the electoral bill. Buhari’s veto of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill might not have long to fly, as Senate steps up moves to override it. Buhari  on Tuesday withheld assent to the controversial bill passed by the lawmakers of February 14, 2018. The bill ordered the sequence of next year’s general election, making the National Assembly first and the presidential last.

NEW TELEGRAM takes a different turn as they inform readers that battle against Oyegun, NWC rages in Lagos and Abuja courts. The battle to nullify the tenure extension granted the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other national officers by the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) raged in Lagos and Abuja courts yesterday. The APC’s NEC had at its February 27 meeting, extended the four-year tension of the National Working Committee (NWC) due to expire on June 30, 2018, by one year.

Finally on BUSINESS DAY, yield to fall as Nigeria cuts back on local debts issuance heads the news. Nigeria’s change of tack over domestic borrowing is leaving debt-hungry investors with too little to feed on, stocking pressure on bond and Treasury bill yields. Debt issuance guidance published this week show the government’s domestic debt appetite has warned significantly, which hardly is a surprise given that Abuja disclosed plans, last year to trim domestic borrowing to manage ballooning debt service costs and free up capital to the private sector.

 

 

President Buhari Does Not Condone Incompetence, Says Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is a leader who gives no room for incompetence.

Adesina, as a guest on Channels Television’s Programme, Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, said contrary to some reports that the President was slow to action, seeks justice diligently and doesn’t allow innocent people be sacrificed unjustly.

“If you know the President, you will know that he is a man that is loyal to those who are loyal to him.

“He does not excuse incompetence. If a man is incompetent, he is incompetent. But a man does not have to be sacrificed unjustly that is what the President is saying. If it is proven that the man is incompetent, and he has failed, then there is no reason to keep that person.”

The Presidential aide also confirmed that the action of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris on the order given him by the President to relocate to Benue State came as ‘news.’

President Buhari during his condolence visit to Benue State on Monday said he is surprised to hear that the IGP allegedly relocated to Nasarawa State after he was ordered to relocate to Benue State to prevent the herdsmen-farmers crisis in the state from escalating.

“The allegation came up at the meeting yesterday (Monday) that he stayed only one day in Benue and moved to Nasarawa. It was news to the President, what follows, we have to just wait (for the police to react),” Adesina said.

 

He explained further that the President as the Commander-in-Chief can relate with anybody he wants directly but the report that the IGP spent a day in Benue is in the ‘realm of allegations.

Reacting to questions on if the President does not monitor daily events in the country, Adesina said Buhari receives media highlights daily and also read the newspapers ‘religiously.’