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  1. Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari hold meeting with Prime Minister, Theresa May, on Nigeria-British relations at 10, Downing Street, London. The Personal Assistant to the President on new media, Bashir Ahmad disclosed this via his Twitter handle on Monday, April 16. He further disclosed that at the end of his bilateral meeting with the British prime minister, President Buhari thanked her for Britain’s efforts at the training of the Nigerian Armed forces in fighting Boko Haram. President Buhari’s meeting with the prime minister was scheduled to discuss Nigeria-British relations ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled to hold between April 18 to 20. President Buhari, who is on an official leave in London, had met with the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Sunday, April 15.
  2. “We will do our best to justify your trust in us, and that confidence won’t be abused,”President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians. The President spoke in London Sunday while receiving the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization, led by Mr Charles Efe Sylvester. “I am happy that people like you are here, on your own, defending the country. You have shown courage and sacrifice. I assure you that your confidence in us won’t be abused, we will do our best to justify it,” President Buhari said. He noted that Nigeria was gifted with tremendous human and natural resources, but regretted that, “failure of some of the leadership we had in the past led to our not being able to capitalize on resources to improve the lot of the people.” Saying wicked people plundered the country, “and kept Nigerians poor,” the President added that looking at the condition in which the current administration met the country, without savings and the economy badly vandalized, “we have not done too badly.” President Buhari said the damage done to the Nigerian economy in the years of plunder was massive, and that government was doing its best to recover some of the loot, but noted that it was impossible to identify and recover all. “If they had used 50% of the money we made, when oil prices went as high as $143 dollars per barrel, and stabilized at $100 dollars with production at 2.1 million barrels per day for many years, Nigerians would have minded their businesses. “You could almost grow food on our roads, as they were abandoned. The stealing was so much, and they were so inept that they could not even cover the stealing properly. I wonder how all those things could have happened to our country.” the President said. He commended the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization for deciding to identify with the country, “when you could have stayed here, and being comfortable.” The Coordinator of the organization, Mr Sylvester, said the group was happy with the achievements of the Buhari administration so far, noting: “You met a difficult situation, but you have overcome most of them. We are happy with the agriculture revolution, the ease of doing business, the anti-corruption war, the employment of youths through the N-Power programme, and the blockage of leakages in the public sector through the Treasury Single Account (TSA). “We are proud of the speed with which you recovered the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. It shows you as a worthy general. We are happy that you have declared for 2019. Majority of Nigerians are happy, but agents of corruption and darkness are unhappy. The same God, who healed you when you were ill, will grant you victory in the 2019 elections. “You are a General who does not fear combat, either with Generals or non-Generals. We declare our love and support for you. You are fixing the faulty foundations of our country and second term is when you will build the enduring structure.” FEMI ADESINA Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) April 15, 2018.
  3. President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will meet Donald Trump in Washington on April 30 to discuss issues including “fighting terrorism” and economic growth, the White House announced Sunday. “President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance our strategic partnership and advance our shared priorities: promoting economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security, and building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the region,” the White House said in a statement. “The relationship of the United States with Nigeria is deep and strong, and Nigeria’s economic growth, security, and leadership in Africa will advance our mutual prosperity.” Nigeria, West Africa’s largest economy, is among the countries combatting Islamist extremism with help from the United States. The nation is battling an array of security threats across its territory, from Boko Haram jihadists in the northeast to oil militants in the south. The announcement of the visit comes one day after the fourth anniversary of the Chibok schoolgirls abduction, which saw Boko Haram kidnap 276 girls. Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and four years on, 112 are still being held — a global symbol of the Islamist insurgency that has devastated the region. The Nigerian president’s White House visit also follows a scandal that erupted in January when Trump allegedly branded African nations “Sh!thole countries.” The reported remark triggered global outrage and forced the US president to pen a letter reaffirming his commitment to the continent. Nigeria was among the countries included on Trump’s ex-secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s Africa tour last month — though the former Texas oilman truncated the trip just before the US president brutally sacked him. Before returning to Washington, Tillerson had notably promised Nigeria’s support ranging from equipment to intelligence to helping secure the swift release of kidnapped schoolgirls. – ‘Baba Go Slow’ – Buhari, a 75-year-old former general and one-time military head of state, announced earlier this month he would seek re-election next year — a move that laid to rest months of speculation over his health. Nicknamed “Baba Go Slow” for his lethargic pace in office, Buhari spent months in London last year seeking medical treatment for an undisclosed illness. If nominated, he faces the Herculean task of convincing Nigerians he is the best candidate to steer the country out of its worst recession in 25 years, after implementing a series of unorthodox policies blamed for worsening the economic crisis. He was voted into power in 2015 on a platform vowing to crack down on endemic graft and stamp out Boko Haram. Boko Haram still stages deadly attacks on military and civilian targets despite Buhari’s insistence that the group is “technically” defeated. In February, the Islamists embarrassed the government by driving unopposed into the northeastern town of Dapchi and kidnapping over 100 schoolgirls.
  4. FOR FAILING TO PRIORITIZE THE SECURITY AND WELFARE OF NIGERIANS ABOVE ANYTHING ELSE, PASTOR TUNDE BAKARE, THE GENERAL OVERSEER OF LATTER RAIN ASSEMBLY HAS DESCRIBED NIGERIA’S PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AND HIS PREDECESSOR GOODLUCK JONATHAN AS FAILURES. The cleric stated this when he spoke at the 2nd annual Chibok girls lecture organized by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement in Abuja, on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Bakare said that the nation has failed to live up to the expectations in terms of security and welfare of the abducted school girls. He said the fact that schoolgirls were abducted in Dapchi, Yobe state, four years after the Chibok incident is “evidence of an anomie and alarming national malady”. The cleric wondered why both incidents happened the year preceding a general election.
  5. President Buhari’s wife, Aisha, has explained that her 2016 interview which was considered to be critical of her husband’s administration was based on her sense of justice. She made the clarification in a message she sent to the 2017 Vanguard Awards where she was honored as Vanguard Personality of the Year 2017. She said, “I wish to thank the management of Vanguard Media Limited for this unexpected award, in recognition of my humanitarian efforts towards improving the health and welfare of Nigerians particularly women, children and less privileged. One of the reasons adduced for honoring me was the interview I granted which some people saw as criticism to a government that I am part of. I need to state that my position was a result of my sense of justice and not confrontation or disrespect. . . I was brought up to stand by the truth and this is how I have always been. As we are all aware, Nigerians elected this administration based on the trust and confidence they have on my husband; I, therefore, feel that we are here to serve Nigeria to the best of our ability. Let me use this opportunity to state that I support my husband in this call to service and will continue to do so. On this note, I hereby dedicate this award to the people of Nigeria, especially women. Thank you sincerely for this award.” Mrs. Buhari had in the 2016 interview with BBC, warned her husband that she might not back him at the 2019 election unless he shakes up his government. She claimed that the President did not know most of the top officials he appointed.
  6. President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said the herdsmen wreaking havoc across the country are gunmen trained by the late Libyan President Muammar Gadaffi. Speaking with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the Abuja House in London, Buhari said the gunmen escaped into Nigeria and other West African countries after Gadaffi’s death. “The problem is even older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region,” he said in response to Archbishop Welby’s question on the herdsmen crisis. “They were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya. When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram. “Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions.” The President said “irresponsible politics” had been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis, promising that enduring solutions would be found, and justice done to all concerned. He said he declared his second-term bid on Monday before his London trip because many Nigerians were “talking too much” about whether he was going to run or not. On Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by insurgents for refusing to renounce Christianity, the President said: “We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help. We are collecting as much intelligence as possible, working with the Red Cross and other international organisations. “There are too many fraudulent people around, who claim they can do this and that. We won’t deal with them. That was how we got the Dapchi girls back, and the Chibok girls.” Archbishop Welby said it was always a delight to see President Buhari, adding that he would pray for him on his decision to seek a second term. He later presented President Buhari with a copy of his recent book: “Reimagining Britain. Foundations for Hope.”
  7. President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, has described as a ‘misquote,’ a report that his boss had pledged to serve for only one term. Adesina said this while speaking with Channels Television via Skype, from London, yesterday, President Buhari, 75, had on Monday shortly before he left for London, declared his intention to run for presidential election in 2019. Mr Adesina clarified that the President was misquoted when he said he will not run for a second term because of his age. He added that concerning the President’s statement in 2011 when he said he will do just one term, it is no longer ‘applicable.’ “No, that’s a misquote, he was never, never quoted that way. “If there is anything on record like that, it is a misquote because I was with him in South Africa when that issue came when he said, oh, he wished he had become president at the time he was a military governor; that he would have done a lot for Nigeria. “And the other happened in 2011. When he was running in 2011 he said, yes he would be a president for one term. But did he win in that year? No. “The victory came in 2015. So, that being quoted in 2011 is not applicable again because he did not win that year.’’ Adesina said. On the purported vote of no confidence allegedly passed on the president by the Northern Elders Forum and the Council for Shariah, Adesina said the two groups have the constitutional right to support anybody vying for political office in the country. He cited an example of a former president of the country who equally failed to secure the votes in his state and region but ended up winning the presidential election twice. Asked whether Buhari obtained the support of his doctors before the Monday declaration, Adesina replied that the president is a responsible man who would never go against the advice of his medical personnel. “If there had been any warning, any red light from his doctor, you know, he wouldn’t have ventured into it, unless you are telling me there is something you know that I don’t know. “But, I know the president; as a very, very responsible man. If there was any warning, he wouldn’t do it.’’ Adesina disclosed that the president took him and other aides unawares when he announced his intention to run for another term in 2019. He added the president’s declaration was in reaction to appeals by millions of Nigerians. “Yes, there had been a lot of appeals. I have served in different meetings, with different interest groups and all of them wanted him to run for second term in office. “And, do you know that whenever the president reacted to these groups, he would speak on all other points they raised except the issue of second term. It has been like this in the past one year even before he went for medical vacation…”
  8. President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday received Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Abuja House, London.
  9. President Muhammadu Buhari has made 23 new appointments in agencies in the Federal Ministries of Health, Information and Culture, Education, Power, Works, and Housing, and Resident Elect0ral Commissioners in the Independent National Elect0ral Commission (INEC). Premium Times reports that the president urged them “to reinvigorate the agencies in the delivery on their mandates through a renewed commitment to transparency, accountability, and service delivery with integrity.” The approval also included the appointment of some rectors to some federal polytechnics. See the full list below: Federal Ministry of Health 1. Abdulkareem Jika Yusuf, Medical Director Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Kaduna, Kaduna State Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 8th April 2018 2. Abubakar Musa Medical Director Federal Medical Centre, Nguru Yobe State Renewal Of Appointment Of Four Years With Effect From 3rd July 2017 3. Abdullahi Ibrahim Medical Director Federal Medical Centre Azare Bauchi State Renewal Of Appointment Of Four Years With Effect From 2nd April 2018 4. Nasir Ibrahim Umar Medical Director National Obstetric Fistula Centre, Bauchi Bauchi State Renewal Of Appointment Of Four Years With Effect From 8th April 2018 5. Iliasu Adeagbo Ahmed Medical Director Federal Medical Centre, Owo Ondo State Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 8th April 2018 6. Aliyu Muhammad El-Ladan Medical Director National Obstetric Fistula Centre Katsina, Katsina State Renewal Of Appointment Of Four Years With Effect From 8th April 2018 Federal Ministry Of Information And Culture 7. Stella Morounmubo Oyedepo General-Manager, National Theatre, Lagos Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 8th April 2018, In Compliance With The Establishment Act, Especially Sections 7 And 8 Of The National Theatre And National Troupe Of Nigeria Act 1991 With This Appointment, The President Has Separated The Leadership Of The National Theater From National Troup Of Nigeria Federal Ministry Of Education 8. Baba David Danjuma Rector, Federal Poyltechnic, Idah Kogi State Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 27th December 2017 9. Usman M. Kallamu Rector Federal Poyltechnic, Damaturu Yobe State Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 8th April 2018 10. Jimah Momodu Sanusi Rector Federal Poyltechnic, Auchi, Edo State Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 23rd February 2018 11. Dayo Hephzibah Oladebeye Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 23rd February 2018 12. Sanusi Gumau Rector Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Bauchi State Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 23rd February 2018 13. Tomunomi M. Abbey Rector Federal Polytechnic, Oil & Gas Bonny, Rivers State, Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 23rd February 2018 14. Omokungbe Obafemi Omoseni Rector, Yaba College Of Technology, Lagos Lagos State Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 30th January 2018 15. Faruk Rashid Haruna Provost Federal College Of Education, Kontagora, Niger State Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 27th March 2018 Power, Works And Housing 16. Usman Gur Mohammed Managing – Director Transmission Company Of Nigeria, (Tcn) Initial Term Of Four Years With Effect From 1st February 2018 Independent National Elect0ral Commission (Inec) 17. Emmanuel Alex Hart Resident Elect0ral Commissioner, Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018 18. Mohammed Magaji Ibrahim Resident Elect0ral Commissioner, Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018 19. Cyril Omorogbe Resident Elect0ral Commissioner, Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018 20. Uthman Abdulrahman Ajidaba Resident Elect0ral Commissioner, Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018 21. Segun Agbaje Resident Elect0ral Commissioner Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018 22. Baba Abba Yusuf Resident Elect0ral Commissioner, Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018 23. Yahaya Bello Resident Elect0ral Commissioner Initial Term Of Five Years With Effect From 17th April, 2018 Meanwhile, President Buhari on Tuesday, April 10, written the Senate to confirm Festus Okoye as National Commissioner for the Independent National Elect0ral Commission (INEC). Premium Times reports that Okoye is among 26 new appointees the president wrote, in separate letters, to the Senate for confirmation. President Buhari’s request on Okoye was contained in a letter read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, shortly before the Senate adjourned plenary on Tuesday, April 10.
  10. Nigerian stocks dropped to a three-month low, after President Muhammadu Buhari officially announced he would seek re-election in 2019. Reuters reports that the stock market, which opened on a losing streak after Lafarge Africa announced a surprise 2017 loss, worsened its decline. The equity market fell near 40,000 points. This came as Buhari declared at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress, that he will contest in next year’s election. The news has drawn mixed reactions from Nigerians, as some expressed gladness, while others criticized the president for making such decision despite challenges facing the country. Buhari defeated Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 to become president, after previously failing to win in three consecutive polls.
  11. Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Enugu State chapter, Dr. Ben Nwoye, has described Buhari’s declaration as a new dawn in Nigeria’s political history. Justifying Buhari’s suitability for re-election, Nwoye expressed confidence that Nigerians will still vote for him in 2019. “One thing you cannot dispute is that Nigerians love Buhari except the oppositions who are even the minority. They will always have their say, while majority of Nigerians will have their way. It is actually a new dawn in the political history of the country. “Before the declaration, there tended to be lack of clarity as to where we were going. But having come out to inform his core followers in a personal capacity one year ahead, we are elated. “There was an eruption of applause and cheering among NEC members when he declared. He has done well in turning the country around. “He has pursued programmes of growth and made the country better. He has shown there is light at the end of the tunnel,” he told journalists in Abuja.
  14. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, April 9, declared his intention to seek re-election during 2019 presidential election. The president said he is seeking re-election because of the “clamour by Nigerians”. According to the Cable news, prior to the president’s public declaration, some Nigerians publicly canvassed against the president’s re-election bid. Here are five of the figures who left no stone unturned in driving home their message against Buhari’s presidency come 2019. 1. Olusegun Obasanjo The former president could have been instrumental in the election of Buhari in 2015 through his unbridled endorsement, but that has not stopped him from wielding his lethal letter writing skills against the president. On January 23, Obasanjo wrote a strongly-worded letter to Buhari, asking him to forget about the 2019 election. In the, the Owu chief said the president had performed below expectation. He wrote: “The lice of poor performance in government – poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening inequality – are very much with us today.” 2. Ayodele Fayose Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state is a foremost critic of Buhari and he would never hold back his emotions when it comes to criticising the president. Some see him as the strongest voice of the opposition. While reacting to Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari, Fayose described the letter writer and its recipient as “expired” leaders and that both leaders have “outlived their usefulness” to Nigeria. At another time, he said those who voted for the president in the 2015 general election ought to beg God for forgiveness. 3. Ibrahim Babangida The former military president asked Nigerians to co-operate with President Buhari until his tenure ends — but vote for a new generation of leaders in 2019. On February 4, in a statement titled “Towards a national rebirth”, he said the 2019 elections offer “a unique opportunity for Nigerians.” Babangida, who overthrew Buhari in 1985 and ruled till 1993, said: “In the fullness of our present realities, we need to cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete his term of office on May 29th, 2019 and collectively prepare the way for new generation leaders to assume the mantle of leadership of the country. While offering this advice, I speak as a stakeholder, former president, concerned Nigerian and a patriot who desires to see new paradigms in our shared commitment to get this country running. 4. Ango Abdullahi Abdullahi, the spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has described as corrupt act the recent endorsement of the president for a second term by the APC governors. On March 24, he led a coalition of northern groups to pass a vote of no confidence on President Buhari and other northern politicians, saying they have failed the region. 5. Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie In January, the archbishop emeritus of the Catholic archdiocese of Lagos, advised Buhari to respect himself and retire quietly. The fiery cleric who has rated the current administration low said it is an insult to Nigerians for the president to be talking about 2019 election. He advised Buhari to be thinking of finding solutions to the problems confronting Nigerians.He said:
  15. The former governor noted that it was the right of Nigerians to know the level of rot that transpired in former President Goodluck Jonathan’s government. Adams Oshiomhole said:
  16. 9jaonline

    Buhari leaves on Monday for UK

    President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Monday for an official visit to Britain where he is due to hold discussions on Nigeria – British relations with Prime Minister Mrs Theresa May, prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled for 18th to 20th April, 2018. His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement. He said the president would also meet the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Mr. Ben van Beurden in connection with Shell and other partners’ plan to invest $15b in Nigeria’s oil industry. “These investment ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society. “President Buhari is due to renew discussions with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, a good friend of the president on inter-religious harmony in Nigeria and world-wide. “Further meetings have also been scheduled for the President to see some prominent British and Nigerians residing in Britain,” the statement read in part.
  17. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said despite the challenges facing the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration since coming to office in May 2015, the government has not retrenched a single worker. The Minister also said it released the names of alleged looters in the country not because it was in a panic mode but because the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenged it to do so. He told Independent Newspaper: “We were challenged to do so. Don’t forget that on their own, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that they apologised to Nigerians for the way they ran Nigeria aground and we said, yes apology is accepted, but please return the funds. I think one of them challenged us to name those who had stolen money”. “I think gradually it is becoming fashionable when you remind PDP that they brought us to this sorry path, they will say stop talking about what we did, please continue with your own. But we cannot move. It is important that Nigerians remember how we got here and the same people who have made no atonement say that they want to come back to power in 2019. “So, it is important for us to remind them. Let me tell you, this government is not in any panic mood. We are so proud of our achievements that in less than three years I can stand up and say this is what we have achieved in the area of security; this is what we have achieved in the economy, in the area of ease of doing business. “There is no area we have not made our mark. We lifted Nigeria from number 165 in the ease of doing business to 145. It is not a mean feat! And we exited recession at a time when the price of crude was low; we were in a recession when we implemented the diversification of the economy.”
  18. BOLANLE AMBODE KNEELS DOWN TO GREET PRESIDENT BUHARI(PHOTO) First Lady of Lagos, Bolanle Ambode was photoed going down on both knees to greet the head of states, President Buhari during his visit to the state last week. With her husband, the governor, Akinwumi Ambode by her side, the Lagos state first lady is seen shaking the head of states while kneeling down – a typical Yoruba gesture when showing respect for someone above you. President Muhammadu Buhari arrived at the economic capital of West Africa last Thursday amidst fanfare as his presence met an unprecedented number of his loyalists who showed up to see and cheer the commander-in-chief. The President was received on Thursday by the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, as well as the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, among other government officials. Shortly after his arrival, President Buhari inaugurated the Ikeja Bus Terminal which is expected to commute more than 100,000 residents across 23 bus routes in the state.
  19. Ahead of the 2019 presidential election, the battle to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress has taken another dimension as a political party, Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN, yesterday joined forces with former President Olusegun Obasanjo and others to campaign against President Buhari. In a statement in Abuja, Chairman, Board of Trustees, BOT of ANN, Adekoya Adebola, corroborated the ex-president’s stance and called on Nigerians to ensure that the 2019 election was a test of competence and not sentiments or political blackmails, typical of previous elections. Adebola said: “The reality is how can we explain the continuous insecurity and the ravaging killer herdsmen? Even when the core of the government focus is to deliver security but since the inception of this administration, the country has witnessed more of security breaches and senseless killings in virtually every part of the country with no one apprehended, or prosecuted. “How can we explain the failure in the fight against corruption even when the reason Nigerians voted for this government was essentially because of the stealing that was going on in government? “And right now, the same is the order of the day in the nose of the current government. Monies are swallowed by monkeys and snakes; questionable list of looters. The list can go on and on.” He called on Nigerians to come out en-masse in 2019 to vote out an incompetent APC and Buhari government.
  20. Annual Leave: Buhari leaves for London, next Monday Reports have it that President Muhammadu Buhari will leave for London next week Monday to commence his annual leave. Quoting a presidential source the Sunnewsonline said that Buhari’s intention to leave on Monday was to enable him to have enough rest ahead of the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, (CHOGM) 2018, to be held at the Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, and Windsor Castle. The meeting is billed for 16 – April 20, newsmen report.
  21. Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari saying Nigerians are all victims of incompetent government. The former president had in 2019 written an open letter to President Buhari asking him not to seek re-election in 2019. The Cable reports that Obasanjo spoke on Monday, April 2 at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun state, while hosting the New Nigeria Group. He said: “The first lesson I learnt in my military training is to never reinforce failure. What we have now is a failure. “Never you reinforce failure. Let failure be failure. And if you do not see what you should see, you will then be a victim of what you don’t like because it’s only when you see what you should see and you do what you should do that you put away what you do not like. “Those of you who are into business know that by now you could have been better if we have an effective government. The truth is this – when you have an ineffective and incompetent government, we are all victims and don’t let anybody deceive you.” Obasanjo also cautioned Nigeria not to be carried away by the Peoples Democratic Party’s recent apologies. He also said they should not be swayed by the All Progressives Congress’s new reform. The former president asked the ruling party to stop giving excuses to Nigerians. He said: “Stop giving excuses; we met challenges. If there were no challenges, then we wouldn’t need you to come. You came in because you know there were challenges… stop giving us excuse that you have many challenges, that is why you haven’t achieved results,” he said. “I have publicly said and I mean it, that as a party, neither PDP nor APC can get us there as they have been. Never mind about reforms and apology and all that.” Saturday Punch reports that the party said its major preoccupation now was to build and strengthen itself ahead of the polls. Watch Video Below..
  22. After concluding a 2-day visit to Lagos state, president Muhammadu Buhari attended Jumma prayers at the National Mosque in Abuja on Friday. Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) stormed the mosque premises to protest against the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh El-Zakzaky. The protesters were restrained by stern looking security personnel who surrounded the premises as the president was driven into the mosque… El-zakzakky was arrested in 2015 after his members had a confrontation with the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai in Zaria, Kaduna State. Also, 53 of his followers were arrested on Wednesday by the Police in Abuja following a violent protest. Since the arrest and detention of the group’s leader, his followers had organized series of protests in some cities in the country calling for his release.
  23. While Speaking at his 66th birthday colloquium, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, blast the former President of Nigeria “Olusegun Obasanjo” over the letters he wrote to the president of Nigeria “Muhammadu Buhari” “Somebody who is writing letter these days, a letter of politics. As if they’ve never been there before. Bad belle letters …don’t worry. I don’t want to address that today” He says. Watch The Video Below:
  24. Aisha Buhari condemns foreign medical treatment Aisha Buhari, Nigeria’s first lady, has condemned the practice of spending the nation’s resources abroad via medical tourism. She said she does not believe in Nigerians travelling abroad to receive treatment because “we have all it takes” for world-class medical services. According to Thecable, Aisha said this on Wednesday when she inaugurated Cedarcrest Hospital — where Yusuf, her son, was once treated — in Abuja. “I believe in making Nigeria a better place to be,” she said, adding: “I don’t believe in spending our resources abroad. We have all it takes to have a hospital like this, from manpower to personnel.” Aisha said her son “almost lost his life” but the hospital saved him.m“Even after he was flown abroad for further medical attention, they (hospitals and surgeons abroad) did not do anything for him,” she added. “They asked where the accident happened, where the surgery took place, I said Nigeria, they said excellent.”
  25. The political romance between President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, which has been rekindled by the 2019 presidential election, waxed stronger yesterday when both men in separate speeches assured Nigerians that the country was being rescued from the wreckage of past administrations. Buhari, who is in Lagos for a two-day official visit, spoke at the 10th Bola Tinubu Colloquium held in Nigeria’s commercial capital to mark the APC leader’s 66th birthday. Buhari at the event, restated his commitment to implementing people-oriented programmes, saying: “Our goal is to bring everybody together for mutually beneficial ethnic, economic, social, religion, political and cultural relationships. “We are determined to invest in people because we depend on people to govern.” Buhari, who also commissioned the Ikeja Bus Terminal in Lagos designed to handle 200,000 passengers daily, said his administration would continue to invest in social programmes, including school feeding and agriculture. He said: “We have set Nigeria on an irreversible path of growth and development. We are resolute to uplift our people and make Nigeria a better place.” The president described Tinubu as his friend saying, he was happy to be in Lagos “to celebrate the birthday of my friend and political partner”. According to him, Tinubu is a well-known political strategist who has elevated politics above self. He said: “I have come to see him as a man who cares about people, who is a fountain of ideas, for the common good of the common man and woman. He has played an appreciative contribution to Nigeria and Africa’s progress. “We seek a change in the ways and means of our collective existence. We seek to construct a nation where people are no longer ruled by whims, but according to the law and for the betterment of the people. “We seek to replace corruption with correctness, insecurity with safety, and poverty with prosperity.” The president called on Nigerians to join him to celebrate “Asiwaju”, a man whom he said was widely known as a political strategist, a caregiver and a man with a vision. Also speaking at the colloquium attended by several APC governors, party stalwarts, officials from the federal and Lagos State governments and captains of industry, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said the administration would not stop talking about the corruption perpetrated by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), wondering why the party does not want people to “talk about the monumental corruption it inflicted on Nigeria”. According to him, “Upon all I had seen in government in the past three years, the corruption of the five years of the Jonathan government is what destroyed the Nigerian economy.” He insisted that the money withdrawn from the treasury before the election could have been used to develop infrastructure across the country. Osinbajo said there was no country in the world that would allow its resources to be plundered in the way Nigeria’s resources were looted and shared and was still expected to be economically viable. “Every time we talk about corruption, our opponents say don’t talk about it. Just do your own. But we must talk about it. The reason why we must talk about it is that we must let our people know that we can’t afford to go this way again. “Never again should we allow a system where people take the resources of this country and steal the resources, use the resources against the people and at the same time they want to continue to rule the people. “We as a party, as your government, must show the difference between us and the government and the party that impoverished our nation. Let me give you an example, in 2014 when oil was between $100 and $114 a barrel, the actual releases for capital expenditure to the three major Ministries of Power, Works and Housing – then they were three separate ministries – in total, was N99 billion. Transportation got N14 billion and agriculture N15 billion. “Now let us compare that with capital releases to the same ministries in 2017 when oil prices were between $50 and $60 per barrel – N415 billion for power, works and housing, N80 billion for transportation and N65 billion for agriculture, totalling N560 billion at a time when we were earning at least 50 per cent less,” he pointed out. Osinbajo said it was possible to get this much money to spend on developmental projects because the present government was not stealing public funds. The vice-president thanked the president for giving him a free hand in the government’s social investment programme, noting that when the APC began its campaign in 2014, the party was determined to change the dominant narrative of Nigeria. “We were determined to change the narrative on the country which is rich in natural resources and even richer in human capital but was being destroyed daily by the grand corruption and impunity through the looting of public resources. “We saw a nation where a few had privatised the commonwealth while the majority of the people remained extremely poor. On one of our campaign trips to Zamfara State, Mr. President said look at the eyes of these people; of course, we saw poverty and desperation in their eyes. “Then he said, ‘They expect us to fix the problem of their poverty as soon as we get into office’.” This, he said, informed the decision to put N500 billion into the social investment programme. “We have seen today the empirical evidence of that success story,” he added. Osinbajo also said that when the government enforced the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), it discovered that there was a lot of money in the system. He also expressed regret that the PDP government that refused to budget for infrastructure development suddenly released and spent N100 billion in cash during the 2015 election, promising that the Buhari administration would continue to defend the rights of the poor people. Osinbajo also said that those who benefited from corruption were fighting back, but vowed: “This government will not give up. We will continue to fight corruption.” He restated that $3 billion was lost to the Strategic Alliance Agreement between a local oil and gas firm, Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the upstream subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), noting that the $3 billion was the equivalent of the money spent by this government on road construction across the country.‎ Supporting the position of the vice-president that the administration must continue to expose the magnitude of corruption under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government, Tinubu said the APC-led administration must continue to talk about corruption. He said: “They said that we should not talk about it. Seriously, what should we then talk about? After we came into office, we discovered the looting. “After assuming office, did you expect us to join you in the act and encourage such acts. We are not just talking about the needs of Nigerians. “Please forget those parties. They will not come back to power. There is no nation that is not facing challenges. Even America is facing its own. So, who are we? How many years of democracy have we practised? “We did not say that Nigerians would not enjoy. But we have to report back to the millions of Nigerians that elected us into office that this is what we found when we assumed office.” Tinubu acknowledged that the task of running the country in the last three years has not been easy but enjoined Nigerians not to accept the apology tendered by the PDP for their past mistakes. “It is not an easy task at all, but dear Nigerians, do not take their apology. They lied, they falsified, they even changed figures. For 16 years, they made fake promises and gave us fake figures. “And they said we should not talk about it. It is like saying, ‘After all, they did wrong, so do not look at me. Just steal your own.’ But we have a nation to rescue. We have hope to build Nigeria. We have the lead. We have the people to invest in,” he said. While acknowledging the challenges the APC has had to contend with, Tinubu said: “Life is not without challenges. As a political party, we showed everyone our logo… Our logo with a united Nigeria, we focused on the fight against terrorism, corruption and the promotion of the economic revival of the country. “I can see what the government is doing with so little resources. But the idea and the fact that they are doing it with beneficiaries and the fact that it is demonstrated in practical terms is what we need to get our country from the tentacles of corrupt officials.”

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