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July 18, 2018

2019: Why I want to come again – Buhari

  President Muhammadu Buhari says he has too many unfinished business to complete and that majority of Nigerians like him. That is why he is coming out again in 2019. But this decision has angered many people. Buhari made his declaration for a second tenure during a meeting with the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) , Monday, and reiterated it two days later, in London, when the Archbishop of Canterbury His Grace Justin Wellby, paid him a courtesy call. “I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run…

Buhari should go and rest,  he has “expired” – Anglican bishop

Anglican Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, has launched an attack on President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over its failure to curb corruption.

The Archbishop, Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, has warned Nigerians against re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019. He said Buhari’s reelection would perpetuate suffering and evil in the country. Chukwuma, who reiterated his earlier call on Buhari to quit at the expiration of his tenure in 2019, stated that accepting to re-contest the position might lead to his “disastrous end”, as according to him, “he has brought more tears and weeping on the people.” Speaking with reporters  in Enugu shortly after a service of songs in honour of the late Rev. Canon Chris Nwezi, at the…

Buhari to APC leaders: No shortcuts, congresses, primaries must hold

  President Muhammadu Buhari this week hosted top leaders of the All Progressive Congress, APC at the Presidential villa in Abuja. He spoke on a wide of range of issues concerning the party. According to Buhari, “Now that INEC has come out with the timetable for elections in 2019, the party should prepare itself for congresses at A. Wards, B. Local Governments, C. States and D. Centre. “We should strictly follow the constitution of the Party in undertaking these party elections. We should ensure internal democracy and avoid short cuts and illegal manoeuvres which have characterized the opposition party with…

First photo of President Buhari with aids surfaces in 80 days

New pictures have emerged of Nigeria’s ailing President Muhammadu Buhari for the first time since he left the country on medical leave 80 days ago. President Buhari has been battling an undisclosed illness since the start of the year and has spent long periods out of the country receiving treatment in the UK. On Sunday, his aides released a photo of the President having lunch with senior member of his ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) in London. “The President sends his best wishes to all Nigerians. He will be back to Nigeria as soon as his doctors give the…

My wife belongs to my kitchen, the other room – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari responded to the BBC interview with his wife, Aisha, where she questioned his leadership. The President on a state visit to Germany, from where he had reacted to the interview during a joint press briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Associated Press reports that he laughed it off and said: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.” Aisha, in an interview with the BBC, had said that the president did not know most of the top officials he had appointed….

Nigeria at 56: Full text of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2016 Independence Day speech

Today – 1st October is a day of celebration for us Nigerians. On this day, 56 years ago our people achieved the most important of all human desires – freedom and independence. We should all therefore give thanks and pray for our founding fathers without whose efforts and toil we would not reap the bounties of today. 2. I know that uppermost in your minds today is the economic crisis. The recession for many individuals and families is real. For some It means not being able to pay school fees, for others it’s not being able to afford the high…

Buhari fires JAMB chief, 16 others … Appoints new executives

President Muhammadu Buhari last week sacked 16 heads of key agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education. The affected agencies are the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), National Examinations Council (NECO), Tertiary Education Trust Fund ( TETFUND) and 12 others. But the President replaced the 16 vacancies and appointed a new Executive Secretary for the National Universities Commission ( NUC) whose former boss, Prof. Julius Okojie has  completed his two-term tenure last week. Top on the list of the appointees is the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Prof. Ishaq…

Buhari commissions $1.457bn Abuja-Kaduna rail

By Favour Nnabugwu President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the $1.457 billion Abuja- Kaduna rail services. The President at the commissioning at Idu Station in Abuja on Tuesday said that the federal government would link all states and commercial centres in the country with rail lines. The president later took a train ride from Idu to Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja. Nigeria’s first high speed rails system which connects federal capital city Abuja and northern commercial capital Kaduna begin commercial operations as President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurates operation on July 27. The 186.5 km standard gauge track built by the China Railway…

Intensify oil exploration in Northern Nigeria, Presidency orders NNPC

….We are in difficult times —Baru By Michael Eboh President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to increase the tempo on crude oil exploration activities in the northern part of the country. Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru, who disclosed this, yesterday, when governor of Bauchi State, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, also lamented that Nigeria was currently facing difficult times. Baru said the NNPC currently had exploration activities going on in the frontier basin in Chad and also in some areas close to the Kolmani River, located…

Arms scandal: Buhari orders probe of Ihejirika, Minimah, 52 others

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the probe of two former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika and Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah. The two generals are among 54 persons to be investigated for their roles in the arms scandals that saw billions of dollars meant for the procurement of arms for the Nigerian military for the prosecution of  the war against Boko Haram diverted to private pockets. Chairman of the Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Armed Forces, AVM Jon Ode (retd.), said this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday,14 July. The order…

Buhari is a Disappointment – BBOG Group

The #BringBackOurGirls Group (BBOG) on Friday, expressed its disappointment with the way and manner President Muhammadu Buhari was handling the issue of the Chibok girls who were abducted in more than 816 days ago. The group, in its One Year Engagement with the President commemoration, urged the President to do away with empty talks and match his words with actions. Speaking on behalf of the group, Aisha Yesufu, one of the leading members the group, said, “Absolutely, as members of BBOG, we are very, very disappointed with the fact that everything is coming out so sluggishly and so slowly.” Amina…

Buhari removes Kachikwu as NNPC boss …Appoints Baru

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointment of  Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru as the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. The appointment was contained in a statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina. With the latest appointment, Baru replaced Dr. Ibe Kachikwu who has been doubling as the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources and GMD, NNPC. Buhari also approved the composition of the Board of the NNPC as provided for under Section 1(2) of the corporation Act of 1997, as amended. The new board has Kachikwu as its chairman,…

Return your loots, if you want peace – Buhari

… Says Nigeria’s Unity not negotiable President Muhammadu Buhari has told the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), and similar groups in the region bombing oil and gas installations, that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable. This is even as he informed those still in possession of public funds to return them for them to enjoy peace, saying his administration will not stop until all monies looted from the nation are recovered because the country is in dire need of resources for development. He spoke at the Presidential Villa when he received a delegation of Abuja-based residents comprising Christians, Muslims as well as…

Forget capital-projects, pay workers

Following workers plights and the nonpayment of Pensions in Imo State, a former Commissioner for Internally Generated Revenue and Pension Matters who also contested for Imo East (Owerri zone) Senatorial primaries in the 2015 general elections under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Nick Opara Ndudu has called on the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to channel the little resources at hand towards peoples welfare, saying that it is when human beings are alive that they can enjoy all the ongoing projects in the State, Trumpeta  reports. Hon Opara-Ndudu stated this without mincing words last weekend in Owerri while interacting with…

Nigeria in Darkness Due to Pipeline Vandalism, Transmission Failure

News Credit: Sun News Online Recent attacks on crude oil and gas pipelines may have signaled the end of the honeymoon enjoyed by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari with respect to pipeline vandalism. This has ushered in a period of darkness witnessed in recent weeks, as vandalism of gas pipelines disrupted supply of feedstock to gas-fired power generating plants, which account for over 78 per cent of power supply in the country, ThisDay reports. The situation had worsened last Thursday when the whole country was plunged into darkness due to a nationwide system collapse. The Chief Executive Officer of one of…

Corruption: Where we got it wrong

With the way things are going now, one wonders whether Nigerians could have been better off if we had remained under the British colonial rule. Every mature adult, who experienced the colonial rule, would recall that things were better then, than now in virtually all areas of our national life. Whereas the colonial government based practically all its policies and programmes on merit, devoid of nepotism, favoritism or mediocrity the reverse has today become the case. Nigeria is now regarded as a country where nothing works and it ranks among the most corrupt countries in the world. A country where…

Dasukigate: A case of Institutionalized corruption

Had former President Goodluck Jonathan and his team still been in power, it would have been business as usual for the former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and his crew. Most Nigerians would never have known the extent of recklessness, abuse of power and gross misappropriation of public funds which took place under Dasukki. President Muhammadu Buhari, last December in his first media chat aired live on the NTA vowed that Dasukki now standing trial over alleged diversion of $2.1 billion, meant for purchase of arms for the military to fight Boko Haram insurgency, would not be…

Fuel Scarcity: When the Abnormal becomes Normal

For the past six weeks, Nigerians have been passing through one of their worst experiences since the return to civil rule in May 1999. The fuel scarcity obviously has made matters difficult. There is so much suffering in the land. The tale of woes began with workers not receiving their pay, to the scarcity of fuel and the consequent hike in transportation and food prices. Throughout the country, queues of vehicles appear endless at the few filling Stations where the commodity seems to be available. As a result, 80 percent of vehicles in every city que up in various stations…

Jail corrupt public officials, Bishop Kukah tells Buhari

  The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to send public officials found guilty of embezzlement to prison. He also said the President should set minimum standard of human behaviour for ministers that would be named in his cabinet. Kukah, who spoke at “The Platform” – a programme organised by the Covenant Christian Centre, Lagos on Thursday on the topic “Nigeria: Euphoria, Hysteria and Dementia, still a Long Walk to Freedom,” said very little had changed in 55 years of Nigeria’s independence from the British colonial masters. He said, “On the fight…

Cabinet: Right people got right portfolios – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari with the new ministers  after their inauguration at Presidential Villa Abuja on Wednesday President Muhammadu Buhari says in assigning portfolios to ministers, he avoided his predecessors’ mistakes of allocating the wrong portfolios to the right people. President Buhari was speaking at the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday after swearing in the 36 ministers. Buhari said: “I have also been conscious of the need not to repeat such mistakes of the past where the right people were allocated the wrong portfolios, which translated into their performing poorly to our collective detriment…