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Buhari Recants on Promises – Says, ‘‘Don’t Expect Miracles’’




Even before the inauguration of his administration on May 29, 2015, President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has asked Nigerians not to expect miracles from him when he assumes office.

He said that if it took the Federal Government between five to six years to make a difference in the war against Boko Haram insurgency, he could not have promised to end the menace overnight.

The President-elect however, banked on foreign nations, especially neighbouring countries to flush out insurgents from the country.

Nigerian Pilot recalls that his All Progressives Congress, APC, had severally vilified President Goodluck Jonathan for seeking the support of neigbouring countries and the international community to fight terrorism in the country and to secure the release of over 200 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram sect on April 14, 2014.

But Buhari, who spoke with the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC on Sunday, declared that the war against insurgency is ongoing, stressing that “for five, six years, the Nigerian law enforcement agencies, including the military, couldn’t secure 14 local governments in the North-East geopolitical zone.

“How can I promise miracles when I come? But with the cooperation of our neighbours: Cameroun, Chad, Niger and the international community, and the commitment we are going to get from the military, I think it will take us a much shorter time to deal with it,” he said.

On his other major campaign promises to decisively fight corruption and unemployment, the President-elect said: “I made that promise and I hope Nigerians will give me the opportunity to see whether my effort will be good enough or not.”

He admitted that the tasks ahead are enormous but assured Nigerians that they will be dealt with.

Meanwhile, Nigerians have begun to react to Buhari’s statement that they should not expect miracles. Speaking via social media group, Nairaland Forum, they warned him not to dare the masses who voted with hope for change and go ahead to fulfill his campaign promises.

Illiad (male) said: “What awaits you is much more than Jonathan saw. Why will we not expect miracles when you promised us more miracles than even prophets had wrought? Such miracles as: 1Naira =1dollar; You will regulate international oil price; wipeout Boko Haram, and feed students twice daily. You must wipe out corruption and employ every youth.

“Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. Work your talks or face more insults than Jonathan received. They (APC) were busy making unrealistic plans without adequately streamlining the Viability and Possibility of implementing them. No roadmap on where the funds will come from or how they (APC) intends to generate finances needed to fulfill these bogus projects.

“So there you have it Nigeria. This is the Change you voted for. Change from making promises to breaking promises.”

A lady, chymystique also lent her voice by saying: “That’s how it starts! Soon they will tell us four years is not enough to achieve ‘his Blueprint.’

“I’ve not forgotten the promises, especially the one Buhari made in my state which is not attainable in this Century. I’m patiently waiting for N1=$1 and the 24hours electricity. #Nigerians Are Watching”

Similarly, Major466 said that four years was enough for the General to fulfill his promises or face the wrath of Nigerians.

“Four years is enough to do what they promised. They will face the wrath of Nigerians if they don’t fulfill their promises. Nigerians on their part have to support the incoming government. They have to be ready to internalise this change. Be the change you want to see.”

Sweetguy25 said: “Their lies and scam tactics have begun. Buhari shouldn’t have picked this job at this age. He should have just retired and watched Nigerian politics from his living room.

“Nigerians are naturally very impatient people and if by this time in 2017, there are no major improvements in their standard of living or in infrastructure, they will start to bitterly complain and grumble of bad governance and corruption.

“That was how they treated President Umaru Yar’Adua till the man died of pressure. Two years into Yar’Adua’s tenure, they began to call him baba go-slow. The same thing happened to Jonathan; only Obasanjo was spared in his first tenure. Buhari won’t be spared.

“Buhari has no other options or choices but to perform miracles and magic. That was why Nigerians voted him in. They want the magic wand and miracles that Buhari and his party promised to be delivered in three years.

“If Nigerians begin to miss GEJ in three years, Buhari, you are as good as gone!”

Sammynash11 added: You must perform miracles oo. Nothing short of that! We still remember all your promises and will hold you accountable to them,” he said.



Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes



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.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers



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.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike



Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

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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