“I have not seen any tangible achievements by the present Buhari administration to canvass a second term for him. That’s my own candid view.”
A renowned cleric and General Overseer, God’s Mercy Revival Ministries (GOMERM), Lagos, Dr James Akanbi, speaks on why he thinks President Muhammadu Buhari does not deserve another term.
What is your candid assessment of the present state of the country?
The present state of the nation is what I would describe as being in a precarious situation, especially the state of insecurity. It is bad and frightening. In spite of all these scenarios, what we still hear from those in authority is that they have defeated Boko Haram. But Boko Haram insurgents are still killing people, and holding others captives.
Before, Boko Haram were killing civilians, but now they are more daring as they are now even killing soldiers. Nobody is safe again in those areas in the North-East where Boko Haram insurgents are striking daily.
The situation is so bad that even soldiers don’t want to get posted to areas where Boko Haram insurgents are operating. No soldier wants to go there. I was speaking to a soldier recently and he told me that what most soldiers dread for now is to get posted to areas under attack by the Boko Haram.
Is it not worrisome that these insurgents are even sending jitters down the spine of our soldiers? And if soldiers are dreadful of Boko Haram insurgents, you can then imagine the plight of hapless civilians. So we are in a very terrible situation.
The economy is also in a bad state. In late 2015, I granted an interview, and the interview generated a lot of noise. In that interview, I raised the alarm that dollar was going up as at that time, even then
it was still around N300 plus, but later it rose to N400 plus. All talks going on about efforts to stabilise naira against dollar is a fake stabilisation. Let’s CBN stop its intervention, and everybody will see how the whole thing will skyrocket again.
We are in a very precarious situation, and there is no doubt about that. Remember I said it then, and I’m still standing by my position that the people in charge of our economy seem not to know what they are doing.
Are you suggesting that the President should change his economic team?
Do we even have an economic team? At a particular time, we had an economic team when a team of experts were brought together but I doubt whether we still have such in place. People should just remove the toga of pride of saying ‘I can do it’; it should be ‘we can do it for the best interest of the nation’. There are several economic experts who are Nigerians consulting for other nations, consulting for the United Nations and other agencies, why not bring some of these experts into our economic team? It is unfortunate that these experts are working for other nations and can’t work for their own country.
It is ideal that these people come back to serve their fatherland but they can’t do that except they are invited, and the person that can do this is our leader at the top, that is Mr President. I believe that it is these experts that can put the economy in the right direction.
But it is sad that either for political, or whatever reasons, these experts are not being invited, and for this reason, the masses continue to suffer. But leadership is to lead for the benefits of those you are leading, to serve their interests.
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Talking about the ongoing killings in other parts of the North as a result of the menace of the killer herdsmen, what is the way out?
It is worrisome and dangerous that the herdsmen are getting more nefarious in their activities than even the Boko Haram insurgents. Herdsmen attacks have become widespread, and that is very unfortunate. It is also very sad that the President still can’t do anything about it.
To make matters worse, instead of stopping these herdsmen attacks and murderous adventures, the Federal Government has been asking states to give their land
to them to build ranches. But this government’s suggestion is very dangerous. It means that herdsmen will now surround the whole country. Giving herdsmen land to build ranches will provide a good opportunity for the herdsmen to set up garrisons of killers in those states where lands are allocated to them.
Killer herdsmen are callous and heartless, and if you give land to them in other parts of the country, it will make it possible for them to launch more attacks on Nigerians. If the herdsmen are allocated grazing lands in other parts of the country, then nobody will be safe again. The whole nation will be set on fire.
I believe those accusing President Buhari of not dealing decisively with the herdsmen are right. What they are saying is not far from the truth. Mr. President’s body language and actions seemed to be in support of the herdsmen and that’s why despite the killings of hundreds of Nigerians by herdsmen, none of them has been brought to book.
President Buhari wants a second term, what’s your view?
To consolidate what? To consolidate insecurity? Or to consolidate the present economic mess? Has he made any tangible progress now for us to start talking of allowing him to consolidate? What is President Buhari consolidating upon?
But some Nigerians have been reeling out some achievements of Mr President. What do you have to say to that?
Forget all those ones. That’s what they call politicking. I have not seen any tangible achievements by the present Buhari administration to canvass a second term for him. That’s my own candid view.
What’s your take on the tension and anxiety over 2019?
My own take is that God should give Nigeria the best candidate as the President. God should let the best candidate emerge. This is the time for all Nigerians to pray that the best candidate, and one ordained by God, should emerge as our leader. Politicians are politicians, but God can give whomever He chooses to do His own will for Nigerians.
President Buhari promised Nigerians a lot of things in 2015. He promised to bring the exchange of Naira to dollar down, he promised to defeat Boko Haram within six months, he also promised to tackle corruption but has he been able to fulfill any of these promises? No.
Even on the issue of corruption, corruption is still much around with us. People that are close to Buhari and are also part of Buhari’s government have corruption cases hanging on them. As the saying goes, ‘every king is as good as the chiefs that surround him, and every king is bad as the chiefs surrounding him.’ I don’t believe Buhari has conquered or tackled corruption sufficiently in Nigeria.
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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.
President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.
Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.
At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.
He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.
He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.
“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’
“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.
“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.
“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.
“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.
“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”
However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.
He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.
“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”
CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers
The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.
Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.
“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?
“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.
“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.
“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”
Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.
“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.
“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.
Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike
Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.
Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.
The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.
Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.
Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).
Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).
The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”
On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.
The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.
“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.
The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”
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