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  1. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Buratai, on Wednesday gave officers and men of the Nigerian Army with doubtful loyalty to the Federal Government Friday February 22, deadline to resign from the service. Buratai gave the ultimatum at an expanded weekly meeting with Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), General Officers Commanding (GOCs) and some field commanders at the army headquarters in Abuja. He said, “the foundation of military professionalism is discipline and without discipline an army cannot stand. “One of our core values is loyalty to constituted authority. Loyalty must be hundred per cent. “Should any officer or soldier have doubts as to his loyalty to the Nigerian State as presently constituted, such a person has up to Feb. 22, 2019 to resign. “There is no room for indiscipline or disobedience to lawful orders in the Nigeria army today.’’ Buratai also said that the expanded meeting was to review security strategies put in place for the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday. He recalled that two weeks ago, the strategies were planned in a similar meeting until the elections were rescheduled to Saturday and March 9, from Feb. 16 and March 2. The army chief decried some politicians’ reaction to President Muhammadu Buhari directive to security agents to deal ruthlessly with ballot box- snatching. “It is unfortunate to hear persons who are aspiring to rule this country again inciting the army to disobedience."
  2. Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says President Muhammadu Buhari is more of a power monger than a Democrat. He said military commanders do not have to obey the president in carrying out orders that are inconsistent with the law of the land. Atiku said Buhari just put on the garb of a Democrat so he could return to power, but remains a general. Speaking at the 84th emergency meeting of the PDP national executive council, Atiku said Buhari was not involved in the struggle for democracy in Nigeria. “I want to direct this message to our military commanders and officers. You know that the military commanders and officers are not bound to execute orders that are manifestly unlawful,” Atiku said. “This is the law, this is the tradition in the military; so if you are a professional military officer and soldier and also a policeman, you are not bound to execute an order that is manifestly unlawful, no matter who issues that order.” On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari said he has ordered the military and the police to be ruthless, warning that anyone who snatches ballot box will pay with his life. Sagir Musa, the army spokesman, told 9jaonline that the army’s involvement starts and ends with the provision of a peaceful and secure environment for the conduct of the elections. “Our actions are guided by the extant rules of engagement and code of conduct. The constitution of Nigeria is the grundnorm guiding all our actions,” he said. Elections are due for February 23, 2019 and March 9, 2019.
  3. A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party , Alhaji Buba Galadima, has claimed that Nigeria recently experienced economic recession because President Muhammadu Buhari ’ s body language and pronouncements scared foreign investors away , He also said the presidential candidate of the PDP , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar , had the capacity to fix the nation’ s economy and rescue it from recession . He said, “I do not accept the defence of this administration that we found ourselves in recession because somebody else mismanaged the economy. “The truth is that , by his body language and pronouncements, Buhari scared foreign investors who began to withdraw their money from the stock market. “They were so much in a hurry to leave that they were ready to buy the dollar at any price. That is what caused the recession . “Because of that , insecurity has spread to many other parts of Nigeria, including Zamfara , Plateau , Benue , Taraba and all the way to Kogi where people cannot sleep with their two eyes closed.” Galadima, who is one of the spokespersons in the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, stated these in Abuja on Friday during the unveiling of a new book entitled : “Atikunomics – The Economic Pillar for a New Nigeria ”, written by a journalist , Victor Emeruwa. He described the book as a window into the thinking of how Atiku would achieve reformation and restructuring of the country. According to him , the book will give Nigerians an insight into Atiku ’ s economical thinking and how he will pull Nigeria out of its present economic and developmental crises. Galadima added , “There was a time when robbers used to steal cars , then we brought technology and we were able to track the movement of the cars . You will agree with me that such methods of robbery has greatly reduced because of the deployment of technology. “This is the same way Atiku is going to use knowledge and technology to take Nigeria out of recession because the people there have no idea about how to run a modern economy and they did not find it expedient to appoint any known economic adviser .” Emeruwa said he was motivated to write the book to tell Nigerians how the economy was restructured during the regional governments and how Nigeria could return to the glory days through a genuine economic restructuring. He said the present government’ s economic policy has failed the country, adding that there had never been any time in the history of the country when Nigeria’ s economy was among the top three in Africa. Copyright PUNCH .
  4. Fanny Facsar an international journalist with DW News is poised to cover the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria. Fanny Facsar was at the APC giant broom at Abuja city gate and talked about the inability of the APC broom to sweep away corruption in Nigeria. She wrote: Video below: The APC has however denied constructing the giant broom which has generated both heated argument in the political space, and backlash from those who thought the giant broom is an eyesore to the country’s capital. There were many questions as regards the motive behind the citing of the broom, at a space that contributes greatly to the aesthetics of the country. In an exclusive interview with Channels TV, the APC media secretary, Mallam Lanre Isa-Orlu said the party was not responsible for it but that it was built by Nigerians who love the party’s administration of the country.
  5. President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he will not change his style of governance when given a second term in office. This is contrary to insinuations that the President will change and stop working for the masses if reelected. Buhari gave his assurance not to change during the Presidential campaign which held on Wednesday at the Aper Aku stadium in Makurdi, Benue State According to him, he would continue to remain steadfast and focused. He also listed his administration’s achievements in the past three and a half years. Buhari is contesting for re-election on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. His main rival is former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The presidential election will take place on February 16.
  6. A Hausa man in Ibadan has revealed that he will be casting his vote for Buhari in Kano where he registered for his Permanent Voter’s Card and he will be traveling home before the election to make his dream come true. Nigerian entrepreneur Akin Alabi, wrote on the incident:
  7. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday urged Nigerians to give him more time. Buhari explained that he needed more time to execute his plans for the country. The President made the appeal after a special parade that the guard’s brigade of the Nigerian Army organised in commemoration of his 76th birthday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Urging Nigerians to continue to pray for him and the country at large, Buhari charged them to continue to show more understanding of his administration’s policies. “Nigerians should continue to pray for me and understand my intentions and give me time. “We will keep reminding Nigerians about what we have done, how we met the country, what we were able to do from the time we came in to now with the resources available to us.”
  8. Former vice president and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari on the occasion of his 76th birthday. Atiku took to his verified Twitter handle Monday to wish the president long life as he adds yet another year. The Wazirin Adamawa said he remains a brother with the president even though they will be challenging each other at the polls in 2019. “I wish President @MBuhari a happy birthday even as my family and I pray for long life for him,” he tweeted. “Despite the fact that we will meet at the polls soon, I very much affirm that we are brothers born from the womb of One Nigeria. Happy birthday.” Atiku has been on the offensive ahead of the 2019 polls, calling on President Buhari to quit for his poor handling of the economy. He is considered as the main challenger for the highest office in the land next year.
  9. The presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, said on Thursday, November 29, that he is convinced beyond any doubt that he would defeat President Muhammadu Buhari and other candidates in 2019. According to Atiku, the general elections will be a victory walk for the PDP. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Atiku said this during the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja. The presidential candidate this is in reaction to the momentum the party had gathered through its transparent primaries and the people working together. He said victory was awaiting the party. Atiku, a former vice president, urged the leadership of the PDP to build on the momentum from its national convention and the just concluded primaries. Atiku said he was shocked when the leadership of the PDP invited him and informed him of the details of the money realized from the primaries. He said that this had never happened before and had posed a very big challenge to him. “I said that should we win and we must win the presidential election, we will have to enthrone the best fiscal responsibility this country has ever known or ever seen. “This is simply because our party has given us that leadership, chairman I commend you. “I believe with the genuine support of all of you, particularly of governors and members of the National Assembly, of party leaders, of local levels, and of course, party supporters, if we work together, I am convinced without any doubts that this election is for us to win. “We have built up so much momentum after the Port Harcourt convention, it is now time for us to pick up the momentum again until we land in Aso Villa,” he said. Speaking at the meeting, the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said through the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, the PDP had demonstrated to the world that it was ready to regain power and it was time to work together to achieve that. “We must stay strong. It is not easy in a third world country to defeat an incumbent government, but it has been done before by everybody and we will do it again. “I say so because the people are with us, and when the people are with you, God is with you, PDP by God’s grace will succeed,” Saraki said stressing the need to make 2019 general elections credible.
  10. As 2019 draws closer Campaigns by Political parties have started coming up, and spotted above is one from APC. A phone customized only for APC supporters. The phone comes with the party’s startup tune, an APC welcome logo, and Buhari’s face as the auto screensaver. Watch the video below! Credit: Adepoju Adewale Watch the video below!
  11. Specially customised phones in support for the two main contestants in the 2019 presidential election are set to flood the market. The phones were designed separately to drum support from the citizens for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The phones were also designed with the party’s logos and motto as Nigerians ponder on who to vote for in the forthcoming election next year. Atiku beat 11 other contestants after polling 1, 532 to emerge as the winner of the PDP primary at the National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. President Muhammadu Buhari polled a total of 14, 842, 072 across the 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory during APC’s direct Presidential Primary to emerge as it’s 2019 candidate. Watch the videos below;
  12. The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, has given one reason President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, cannot rig the 2019 general election. Speaking in an interview with DAILY POST, President of the AYCF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, said that the rigging formula of the current administration as allegedly applied in Ekiti and Osun States, will not work in 2019. Shettima noted that the police has been a major tool for rigging elections in recent time, but maintained that the government will not have enough manpower in the police force to rig elections in the 36 states and the FCT. Shettima alleged that the government massively rigged the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun but expressed his confidence in the judiciary to return the peoples mandate to them. He said, “The 2019 general elections will not be like what we saw in Osun and Ekiti because this is a case where every policeman will be in his post. “With this, it means that if you have succeeded in deploying 40,000 policemen to Ekiti or Osun to rig election, you cannot take them anywhere in 2019 February general election. You cannot do that. “They [APC] will be completely dis-centralized and embarrassed. You will see that the kind of embarrassment that befell Jonathan’s administration; I mean, the same way Jonathan was sacked, even, this one will be worse than what Jonathan saw. “Nigerians will decide because it is a moment of decision and we’ll all decide. Nigerian Democracy must be saved. “The international community accepted the fact that the election in Osun State was massively rigged and they are in court and I’m happy court will decide on that. “The judiciary will rise to the occasion and they’ll do what is right. Forget about what is going on; the intimidation of the judiciary under this present administration. “They ‘ll do the right thing at the right time. I have no doubt about Osun State. “Then in Ekiti we all saw how a sitting Governor was messed up. An elected executive Governor was messed up and his immunity was completely downplayed. “He was dealt with decisively because they wanted to take over Ekiti State by force but they forget that we are watching.”
  13. Lois Auta, founder of Cedar Seed Foundation, young global leader of the World Economic Forum, an aspirant to the AMAC/Bwari Federal constituency, Abuja. The female aspirant was only two years old when she was struck by poliomyelitis, which confined her to a wheelchair. Auta was until recently, a staff of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) under Central Transport Service Section. In an interview with Daily Sun, she speaks on her disappointment with the All Progressives Congress (APC). Why did you settle for APC as a platform to realise your ambition considering the bashing it has been receiving in recent times? APC has shown commitment over the years by appointing a senior special assistant to the president on disability matters. It did not stop there; it has a national coordinator on the party platform on disability matters in the whole 36 states including FCT. They have state, local government and ward coordinators on disability matters. So they have shown us that they are an inclusive party and that moved me to be part of the party. I have been a member of the party over a year now. Why have you suddenly changed your mind about running on APC platform after paying such glowing tribute to the party? It is disheartening and discouraging. They are excluding us from political participation with style. I have done my homework, I have paid my dues but nomination fees has stopped me from participating in the APC primaries due to lack of funds. I was at the national headquarters to confirm whether it is true and I was shocked to hear that I must pay 50 percent. And I told them since it is 50 percent off for women and 50 percent off for persons with disabilities that mean I am paying nothing being a woman and a person with disability, but they said no, I must pay. I had appealed to Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari and APC leadership to make the forms free for women, young people and persons with disabilities, those in groups I mentioned that have paid their money should be refunded but it seems all my pleas fell on deaf ears. About my views on the interest and nomination forms I shared earlier, they promised to give persons with disabilities for free but when the form came out for sale, it was 50 percent off for aspirants with disabilities which have excluded the vulnerable groups from the political participation on that platform. I am switching party due to the exclusion of aspirants with disabilities, young people and women from participating fully in politics. The fees of interest and nomination forms are too exorbitant. The party structures and systems are not friendly to us, that is why we have to re-strategise and join another friendly party. I went there with N500, 000 that I could raise for the form but I was told they will not collect until it is complete. I believe I can make it God’s willing on the new party platform that will be announced soon. With my intimidating profile, people’s goodwill, competence, passion, experience, exposure, character, credibility and support from people, there is no party I will run on and will not win. You are from Kaduna State, why are you aspiring to represent AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency and not your constituency in Kaduna? I have been in Abuja since I was 18, so most of my achievements, awards, I got them here in Abuja. As a public servant with NNPC, I pay tax here and even the Cedar Seed Foundation, the project we have been implementing was started here in Abuja. So, I feel I am part of the indigenes of Abuja and I have the right to contest anywhere in Nigeria as a citizen of Nigeria. Yes, we have some challenges, one of which is language barrier because when you go out for consultations and campaign, some of the people want to talk to you in their language but I won’t be able to respond to their satisfaction. It is one of my major challenges but this is just a challenge, it can be surmounted. With the ideology I am bringing to the party, the projects I am going to implement is not going to be for the Gbagis, Bwaris, Igbo, Yoruba, so ethnicity should not stop good leaders from emerging and participating in politics. Aside disability issues, what other issues are important to you in the FCT that you will be pushing when elected? The people of AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency and other parts of the FCT have for too long suffered from bad roads, inadequate social amenities like water, electricity, good markets, good schools, good hospitals. So my plan for them when I become a member of House of Representatives is to ensure that these things are put in place, that these issues are addressed in the FCT, the bad roads will be turned to good roads, bad schools to good schools, bad hospitals to good hospitals whereby the sick can be taken care of.
  14. TODAY, PRESIDENT BUHARI DECLARED THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS READY TO CONTEND WITH ANYONE WHO IS AGAINST THE PEACE AND UNITY OF NIGERIA. ”Anybody that tries to joke with the unity of this country has a problem as long as we are alive,” President Buhari said while receiving Eze Abdulfatah Emetumah III, the Offor of Umuofor Kingdom, Oguta LGA, Imo State. The President told members of the delegation led by the monarch, who is also the Chief Imam of Oguta, that his main objective of serving as an elected public office holder is to make the country better. ”Our single objective is how to make Nigeria better and we will never get tired,” he said. President Buhari, who thanked the delegation for identifying with the progress made so far by this administration in moving the nation forward, assured them that their well thought out recommendations on engendering unity in the country would be considered.
  15. FORMER AVIATION MINISTER, CHIEF FEMI FANI-KAYODE HAS WARNED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF THE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP), ALHAJI ATIKU ABUBAKAR, AGAINST RESTING ON HIS OARS. Fani-Kayode made this known in a tweet via his verified Twitter handle on Monday. Atiku won the presidential ticket with 1,532 votes to defeat 11 other candidates that included Senate President Bukola Saraki and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal. But Fani-Kayode believes the Waziri of Adamawa’s battle has just begun. According to him, the former Vice President must prepare for a “mother of all battles” with the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to office in 2015 after defeating the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan. The PDP chieftain said that the party must also “rally its forces” against a “desperate” president, who is “relentless” in his bid for a second term in office. He said, “It is one thing to win a presidential primary and quite another to win a presidential election. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must gird its loins, rally its forces and prepare for the mother of all battles because we are up against a dangerous, desperate, relentless and callous President.” See tweet:
  16. SINGER DAVIDO HAS PRAISED HIS COLLEAGUE, SMALL DOCTOR AFTER HE TOLD BUHARI “YE MASUN” WHILE PERFORMING ON STAGE. This slang is currently trending all over the social media after penalty crooner, Small Doctor used it while performing at the APC National Conven, tion on 6th October 2018. Watch the video and see tweet below;
  17. Club owner and politician, Shina Peller, took to his twitter handle to state the difference between the major contenders of the presidential seat in the 2019 election, President Buhari and Atiku Abubakar. See his tweets below.
  18. READ WHAT ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE TOLD BUHARI ABOUT LAGOS APC PRIMARIES Read What Adams Oshiomhole Told Buhari About Lagos APC Primaries – All Progresives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole has actually dismissed worries that yesterday’s governorship primary in Lagos State was questionable. He stated the celebration leadership was in control of the shadow election. Speaking at the Presidential Villa after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, the previous Edo State Governor said: “I told the President that the primaries held as prepared and everything is being done to guarantee there is no violence due to the fact that democracy does not grow with violence. “Nigerians must begin to learn how to differ in opinion and in choice without fighting; this is something people have to acquire over time. “For me, I’m excited that if we can do it in Lagos, it can be done anywhere. “Everything that is being done is done under the control, supervision and direction of the NWC.’’ In Lagos, the Clement Ebri Election Committee said the exercise did not receive its blessing because the conditions prescribed were not followed. Party Chairman Tunde Balogun rejected the Committee’s verdict, saying the election was free and fair. Leaders of the party, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Deputy Governor Idiat Adebule, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, commissioners, aspirant Babajide Sanwo-Olu and party members who turned out in large numbers, participated in the election. But Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who was in his hometown Epe for the primary, remained indoors. Reporteers who accompanied him to Epe were asked to leave for Lagos shortly before 11a.m. Ebri said at about 4.30 pm when he addressed the media was just ready for the primary. He said he had contacted the APC national secretariat for further directives. “We are ready to give the state the most credible election. It is not our fault that this exercise took this long. In some states, primary has been moved to Thursday. “We were waiting for the (Lagos State) party chairman to provide certain information that will enable us post people to the wards. We have two aspirants and we needed to be fair to both parties. The information we demanded for came in about an hour ago. And we had to struggle this period to balance the equation,” Ebri said, adding: “We have five persons from the local organising committee and four for each ward. They will all go out to ensure the primary is conducted. We all understand the terrain in the state, especially as it concerns the traffic situation. So, the materials are available now and ready for deployment. “The national secretariat advised us to use ballot papers and we came into Lagos with thousands of them. But during the stakeholders meeting, it became obvious that the state chapter of the party wasn’t ready for such primary. They claimed that there was no time to educate the members and others. And based on the submission made at the stakeholders meeting, some changes were made. “And we were advised to conduct the open ballot in a manner that would be objective to all parties. And that is one of the adjustments we made to accommodate views of the stakeholders. “We had a session with representatives of both aspirants here at about 8 am. And we asked that they should bring names of their representatives that would be used for the exercise. But the names didn’t arrive early from both parties.” Ebri went on: “Because of the political tension in the state, we decided to be very careful, very methodical and very meticulous in doing it. As party men, peace is very important to us than victory; we want victory that will be celebrated by both parties; we want victory that will be credible; a victory that will be in line with the guidelines and extant rules and laws in this country. We are ready to go to the field and execute this in clinical fashion. “Lagos is a flagship of APC and must continue to remain so for years to come and so in conducting anything that has to do with Lagos, we have to do it with a lot of circumspection and objectivity and it should be a showpiece for the rest of the country. Displaying the result sheets, the Panel Chairman said it was “in impeccable condition and not one single sheet is missing and it is not possible for this committee to do any other thing than it has been instructed to do”. “We have guidelines and we will stick to those guidelines to be sure that we are fair to both parties.” Balogun insisted that the primary was devoid of violence and, therefore, credible. He said the agents of the two parties were present at the wards where the election took place and that the Independent National Elect0ral Commission (INEC), and election observers witnessed the exercise. “The election took place simultaneously in all the 245 wards. Some of our members were visible in the local governments. For example our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was at Ikeja, his own ward. “He took part in the election and we saw the results. The results have been signed by the agents of the two aspirants. Those results were credible because the INEC too were there and they all signed. We were all witnesses to the conduct of the election. There were no violence, no chaos; it was free, fair and transparent.” Asked whether any member of the NWC panel members was there, he said: ‘’What I know is that I did not go round the wards. The venue I went to, I saw some observers apart from the agents and INEC. They were publicly conducted, constitutionally done and I think we will leave the rest for the people and the press . That is why we have to wait for the committee charged with the responsibility to announce the results. We are not to announce the results. Some women from Shomolu/Bariga who protested at the Ikeja hotel where the panel members addressed the media, complained that they were not allowed to vote in their wards because they are known supporters of Governor Ambode.
  19. Buhari’s Aide Escapes Assassination Attempt In Kano State The Senior Unique Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives) and senatorial aspirant for Kano South senatorial district, Alhaji Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila yesterday raised the alarm over risk to his life by representatives of his political opponent, Senator Kabiru G.aya. Throughout an emergency situation press briefing held at NUJ Kano Press Centre yesterday, Kawu alleged that a previous Chairman of Sumaila City Government Location (LGA) and project Director of Senator Kabiru G.aya, Alhaji Abdulhamid Idris Rimi, led a group of unknown individuals who stormed Sumaila ward and attempted to assault him, while he was attending to over 3000 All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters who had actually gathered for the direct governorship primaries of the celebration in the state. He stated 8 armed unknown guys approached him at the All Progressive Congress (APC)’s Sumaila ward office where the party primaries was taking place and attempted to assault him with harmful weapons. He even more stated that the cops later arrested 2 of the suspects, including Senator Kabiru G.aya’s campaign Director who are currently at Sumaila police station. See Photos Below..
  20. NATIONAL BROADCAST BY H.E MUHAMMADU BUHARI PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE 58TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, 1ST OCTOBER, 2018 Fellow Nigerians, Today is a day of celebration and solemn reflection. It is the anniversary of the day Nigerians realised one of the most cherished of human desires – the desire for freedom. We, therefore, give thanks to and remember our founding fathers who laboured so hard and sacrificed so much to build and bequeath to us this wonderful nation. It is our duty to consolidate this great legacy. 2. On this first October date and on the eve of the start of the general election cycle, we should do well to reflect on what binds us together and the great strength our diversity bestows on us. Ours is an ambitious nation, and, as citizens we have every right to look forward to the future with confidence and optimism which are well founded, considering where we find ourselves today. 3. There has been a steady improvement in the security situation in the North East. We remain committed to ending the crisis and make the North East safe for all. 4. Our thoughts and prayers are always with the victims of the Boko Haram’s atrocities and their families. Beyond that, we know that the goals of the Boko Haram terrorists include capturing territories, destroying our democracy and denying our children the right to education. We will not allow them to succeed. 5. I want at this point to pay tribute to the men and women of our armed forces, the Police and other security and law enforcement agencies, who have been working under the most difficult conditions to keep the country safe. In the process, many have made the supreme sacrifice. 6. As their Commander -In- Chief, I assure these our gallant men and women that I will continue to empower them by deepening their professionalism and providing all the necessary force multipliers and enablers required for them to prevail on the field. I am looking into all reported cases of inadequacies in relation to their entitlements, their welfare and those of their families. 7. We are diversifying away from reliance on oil to increased manufacturing capacity, solid minerals development, and agriculture. 8. Efforts are on course in the Niger Delta to clean up polluted lands, restore hopes of the youths in the region and re-establish livelihoods, and strengthen their capacity to guarantee for themselves and for our country a brighter future. 9. The age-long conflict between herders and farmers that was being exploited by those seeking to plant the seeds of discord and disunity amongst our people, is being addressed decisively. We will sustain and continue to support the commendable efforts by all including civil society organisations, local and states governments and our traditional and religious leaders in finding durable solution to this problem. 10. This being a transhumance issue, we are working with countries in our region that are also facing similar difficulties to complement our common efforts. In this context I must warn that the perpetrators of murder and general mayhem in the name of defending or protecting herders or farmers will face the full wrath of the law. Meanwhile, we urge all peace loving Nigerians to reject any simplistic portrayal, at home or abroad, of this conflict as either religious or ethnic based. 11. We are one of the countries in the world most affected by environmental degradation, as a consequence of climate change. We are signatories to almost all conventions and agreements aimed at slowing down the effect of climate change and mitigating its now evident consequences. 12. The consequences on lives and livelihoods of the shrinking of the Lake Chad and the pollution caused by oil exploitation activities alone make it mandatory on us to be at the forefront of the struggle for a safer and more sustainable environment. We will continue to mobilise international support for our efforts in this regard. 13. We are making progress in the fight against corruption and recovery of stolen public funds and assets despite vicious and stiff resistance. The shameful past practice, of the brazen theft of billions of Naira is no more. Shady oil deals and public contracts that were never delivered have become things of the past. 14. Consequently, and this is very evident across the country, we have done more with less in infrastructural developments. Roads, railways, major bridges, schools, energy and power, air and sea ports, welfare of serving and retired personnel both civilian and military including payment of legacy debt such as pension arrears, have been attended to. 15. There is now an enabling environment for local and foreign investment in Nigeria. We are building a rules-based system – a level playing field that is free from fixers and intermediaries. This is the cornerstone to help genuine investors and honest consumers, and the platform that will allow for the real reforms that we intend to deliver over the coming years. 16. We are gradually strengthening the economy with a stable Naira and falling inflation rate. We are building an economy that is moving away from over reliance on oil. Consequently we have witnessed massive return to farms and seen bumper harvest, despite recurrent floods across the country. 17. These positive developments are the result of our collective pursuit of a common vision through hard work and dedication, after the missed opportunities and disappointments that followed the return to democracy in 1999. 18. At the forefront, have always been our youths. They have been at the vanguard of the struggle for independence. They fought in the war to keep the country united. And it was they who kept alive the struggle for democracy and human rights in our country at times when these were at risk, especially following the June 12th 1993 election and the historic 2015 election process. 19. Even today, our youths play a central role in Nigeria’s continuing progress and developments in all fields of our national endeavour –technology, agriculture, mining, engineering and especially the creative arts. Together we are building a more diverse, inclusive and self-reliant economy. 20. In the past three years we have introduced many policies and programmes targeted at youth development and youth empowerment. We support the ‘not too young to run’ legislation aimed at giving the youths greater say in our national politics and governance. 21. The school feeding program in primary schools is aimed at encouraging enrolment and attendance. We are building on what we have already introduced to support schools and universities to which funds have recently been released for upgrade of facilities, training programs for our entrepreneurs, and rehabilitation schemes for victims of terrorism and human trafficking. Fellow Nigerians, 22. Now we have in our hands technology that is a powerful tool that we can and should use for knowledge and understanding. As with other countries, we must also learn how to manage those tendencies that, instead, look to abuse new technologies to provoke passions and stir tensions. 23. Never before have we faced such a challenge. We must all rise to the responsibility of shutting out those disruptive and corrosive forces that hide in today’s world of social media. We need critical minds and independent thinking, to question and question until we are satisfied we have the facts. Otherwise, all the progress we have made as a democracy since 1999 is at stake. 24. I have committed myself many times to ensure that elections are fully participatory, free and fair and that the Independent National Elect0ral Commission will be exactly INDEPENDENT and properly staffed and resourced. The ballot box is how we make our choice for the governments that rule in our name. Fellow Nigerians, 25. Developing a thriving democracy is not an easy task. There can be no quick fixes or short cuts. These are the most important lessons that we have learnt in our 58 years as an independent nation. 26. At the international level, we remain a responsible and respected member of the international community, playing active positive roles within ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations as well as all other regional and international organisations and institutions of which we are members. 27. We will continue to support initiatives aimed at addressing the challenges of our times: global and regional crises and conflicts, terrorism, trans-border crime, climate change, human rights, gender equality, development, poverty and inequality within and between nations, etc. In this context, we are working hard to achieve both the AU 2063 Agenda for socio-economic transformation of our continent; and the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, which together aim at addressing these challenges Fellow Nigerians, 28. As we celebrate the 58th Anniversary of our independence, we know we are on the right path. Although we have our differences, they count for far less than the values, virtues and common aspirations that unite us as a nation. We have so much for which we should be grateful, and in which we should rightly take pride. Our journey is not finished but we have come a long way. 29. I want to assure you that as President, I will continue to work tirelessly to promote, protect and preserve what really matters: a united, peaceful, prosperous and secure Nigeria, where all, irrespective of background, can aspire to succeed. Thank you. I wish you a memorable independence celebration.
  21. President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the Osun rerun election results by congratulating the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Governor-elect of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, “for winning the keenly contested governorship election.” Buhari also felicitated with the state and national campaign teams that “worked assiduously to guarantee the victory at the polls,” In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Buhari commended the outgoing Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for “eight years of steadfastness and service to his people.” “Thank you Osun State for supporting our good governance agenda by re-electing the APC. I assure you that we will continue to work for the progress and prosperity of the state and the nation,” he said. The President urges the Governor-elect to always “remember that the electorate expects an unreserved commitment to delivering results that directly impact their lives and families.” President Buhari affirms that the successful election in the State further strengthens the democratic culture in the country, extolling INEC for, once again, making the country proud. President Buhari commends the maturity, loyalty and courage of all contestants in putting in their best to be elected to serve the state, urging them to seek redress in court, where they disagree with the outcome.
  22. PRESIDENT BUHARI HAS BEEN DECLARED WINNER OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS (APC) PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN KATSINA STATE. The election, which held across the 361 political wards of the state, was to pass an affirmative vote on President Buhari, who is the party’s sole aspirant for the 2019 presidential election. Announcing the result of the election on Friday night at the party’s secretariat, the Returning Officer, Aminu Bello Masari, said President Buhari polled 802,819 votes out of 813,877 accredited voters to emerge victoriously. He said: “Total registered voters 926,285. Those that were accredited to vote are 813,877. Those who cast their votes were 802,819. The winner of the exercise in Katsina is Muhammadu Buhari. “Therefore, I, Aminu Bello Masari, the Returning Officer hereby satisfied that the information contained in this form and the accurate votes cast in this state, and that the election was conducted through direct primary”. Meanwhile, the election was conducted peacefully across the 34 Local Government Areas of the state.
  23. PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI HAS ASSURED NIGERIANS THAT HE HE WOULD PERFORM BETTER IF GIVEN ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY IN 2019. Buhari also said he had warned the Independent National Elect0ral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to ensure that every vote counts in 2019. He said he instructed them that all Nigerians must be allowed to vote whoever they want without harassment. NAN reports that’s Buhari spoke on Thursday during an interactive session with a select group of Nigerian professionals based in the United States and Canada. Buhari said he recognized that Nigerians in the diaspora were talented people and called on them to come to the support of the country, particularly, in education. The president also said that he was not slow as some people had assumed, saying he was trying to follow the law, especially as democracy is different from military rule. He recalled that he put people in Kirikiri Maximum Prison in Lagos when he was a military head of state and then ensured they remained in custody until they were able to prove themselves innocent. Buhari, however, said his administration was making progress but had to go by the law assuring that “if I win the next election and I survive the next four years, I will do better”. He also recounted his experience in politics saying that he suffered elect0ral corruption from 2013 when he started contesting for the presidency and had at each point, pursued the case up to the Supreme Court but lost.
  24. Nollywood actor and UN Ambassador, Williams Uchemba has shared a photo of himself and the President. Williams who is quite popular on instagram says he was invited for an interactive session with the president. He wrote: ‘Yesterday I was invited for an Interactive session with His Excellency, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari,GCFR’
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