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APC’s Statement Asking Aggrieved Members To Join PDP Is Reckless And Irresponsible – APC Chieftain

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abubakar Sidiq Usman has described as reckless and irresponsible, the statement credited to the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu asking aggrieved members to feel free to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mallam Onilu is reported to have stated in a statement that aggrieved members who no longer feel comfortable with the style of operations and political engagements of the leadership of the party to feel free to exit and join the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP.

He was apparently responding to issues raised by Senator Lawali Shaibu, the party’s Deputy National Chairman, North and Chief John Oyegun, the party’s former National Chairman, regarding the fortunes of the party under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Shaibu and Oyegun had among other things accused Comrade Oshiomhole of lacking the necessary composure, capabilities and requisite experience to run the party, a development one of them used in calling for his resignation.

The criticisms drew the response of the party through its spokesman, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu, who described their outburst against the National Chairman as written in bad faith, saying that the leadership of the party under Comrade Oshiomhole will continue to strengthen compliance with the rule of law, build support structures for democracy and ensure discipline across board.

But in response to Mallam Onilu’s statement, Mr. Usman who contested for the position of National Publicity Secretary and emerged the first runner up behind the former National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi at the 2018 National Convention of the party said the response is the exact reason why many party members subscribes to the issues raised by Senator Shaibu and others.

He said the fact that the party can ask aggrieved members to join the PDP when it should be doing all it can to pacify them irrespective of their grievances has shown that the leadership of the party has not only failed in their responsibility, but has also shown that nothing has been learnt and nothing has changed since the coming of the present leadership.

“When they asked aggrieved members to feel free and join the PDP, I wonder if they were referring to those who contested elections alone. There are millions of members who were not contestants in the 2019 general election, but are aggrieved because the candidate they freely voted for were substituted for were denied the party’s ticket thus resulting in the depletion of what they pride as their own.”

“No serious member of a political party will be happy to watch what it fought for going down the drain because of the recklessness of a few individuals especially when there were rooms for issues that resulted to be resolved. That alone is enough for anyone to be aggrieved.

“It is evident that the party is fast loosing grounds as a result of the failure of leadership exhibited within the last one year. Within the past few weeks alone, more than 30 seats of party members elected into the National Assembly have been taken by the opposition parties or in many cases withdrawn from a particular candidate to another candidates within the APC. This is clearly as a result of the sham primaries conducted across the states where winners are substituted arbitrarily, thus resulting in many pre-election cases mostly. This is not only unprecedented but unheard of.

Mr Usman described Onilu’s comparison of what was obtainable in the party during the leadership of Chief Oyegun as a feeble attempt to cover up their failure, wondering why a leadership that met 23 governors when it came to power, but now left with just 15 is now giving itself pass mark as having improved the fortunes of the party in terms of election.

“If the current leadership is going to be using Oyegun’s leadership as the yardstick for its own success, then we have a long way to go because when we decided to rally round Oshiomhole, we knew exactly why we wanted Oyegun badly replaced.

“While I acknowledged that the party under the leadership of Chief Oyegun failed in aligning the varying interests of the legacy parties that formed the APC in 2014, thus leading to widespread indiscipline and impunity within the party, the Oshiomhole led leadership for which we had high hopes and expectations have only succeeded in consolidating the failures of Pa Oyegun.”

He said the inconsistency in the mode of primaries adopted for each state and the fact that committees selected for the conduct of these primaries were arbitrarily done without even the input of most members of the National working Committee was the beginning of the failure of the Oshiomhole leadership.

On the fortunes of the party, Mr Usman said the current leadership of the party must take full responsibility for the avoidable losses recorded in some states instead of passing the blame to the past leadership or some stakeholders at the state level.

He cited the claims by the party that “the APC has improved significantly on the result of the 2015 election under the leadership of Oshiomhole while refusing to take credit for the loss of governorship seats at the state is very disingenuous and cowardice.

“According to Mallam Onilu, what is considered achievement for the current leadership of the party is the fact that APC defeated the PDP with a margin of nearly four million votes in the 2019 election compared to the 2.5 million votes margin in the 2015 election. But what it fails to tell itself is that the presidential elections were not conducted in Abuja alone where the national headquarters of the party is domiciled., so the national leadership cannot take credit for its outcome.”

“Elections were conducted across the states where every other elections took pace. If the president won his election with a wider margin compared to 2015, it is because the people rallied round the president whose emergence as the party’s flag bearer brought no blemish to the party. But same is not the case with the states because apart from the fact that elections at that level are usually very competitive, most contestant where shortchanged with the way and manner the primaries and activities after it were conducted. Worse off is the failure of the leadership to look into the various issues that emanated and work towards resolving them. Instead, it allowed them to fester resulting in the outcome of the 2019 elections.”

Mr Usman called on the party leadership to retrace its steps, take responsibility for where it failed and embark on genuine reconciliation especially with those who are truly aggrieved.

“While I agree with the party that erring embers should be disciplined according to the rules of the party, the leadership must not be blinded to those who are truly aggrieved or have genuine issues to be address. The act of issuing blanket statement for any aggrieved member to feel free and join the opposition is uncalled for. Politics is a game of numbers.”

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APC Youth Forum Commends Senator Goje, Praises His Sense Of Patriotism

The All Progressives Youth Forum commends the exemplary and matured decision of Senator Danjuma Goje to back Senator Ahmed Lawan for the Senate Presidency position. The Forum notes that the action of Senator Goje depicts his unquantifiable commitment to the progress of the country, reason why it was easy for him to subsume his ambition to the larger interest of the party.

For the sake of unity and abiding desire for cohesiveness within the party and the government, Senator Goje made a sacrifice that would no doubt pass as a reference point and of course a lesson to all future politicians whose patriotic desire for the stability of our country is more dear to them than the attainment of a personal ambition. For this singular act, we commend Senator Goje and celebrate his principled passion for the betterment of Nigeria.

Having now increase the chances of our party-backed candidate to emerge the Senate President of the ninth Assembly, it is our prayer that majority of members, either APC or PDP, would see the need to eschew politics and promote the much needed unity in the collective interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.

It’s our hope that the sacrifice of Senator Goje would spur other members to also place the interest of the country above personal or group interest; and to use the opportunity provided by a new beginning which the ninth National assembly represents to advance the progress of Nigeria in line with the objectives of the current government under President Muhammadu Buhari.

Signed:

Ife Adebayo
APYF National Chairman

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Presidency Issues Directive To Clear Apapa Port Congestion Within 2 Weeks

A Presidential directive has been issued for the immediate clearing up of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within 2 weeks. The directive mandates the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and all adjoining streets leading into the Apapa axis.

To facilitate this important assignment, operators of trucks and tankers have also been directed to vacate the Port Access Roads within the next 72 hours.

This directive follows an emergency meeting convened by President Muhammadu Buhari and chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on the 25th of April, 2019. The meeting proffered lasting solutions to the gridlock around the Lagos Ports, as the traffic congestion has continued to restrict all operations and livelihood in the area.

At the meeting were key heads and representatives of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, including the Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola; Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu; representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral B.E.E Ibe-Enwo; Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Salaam Taiwo Olufemi; and the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Dr. Sokonte Davies, among others.

Consequently, a Presidential Taskforce, chaired by Vice President Osinbajo was established to restore law and order to the area within 2 weeks. The Taskforce, which will report directly to the President, has included on its Terms of Reference the development of an efficient and effective management plan for the entire port area traffic, including the cargo, fuel distribution and business district traffic; enforcing the permanent removal of all stationary trucks on the highway, and the development of an effective manual truck call-up system, pending the introduction of the electronic truck call-up system. It also includes the implementation of a workable Empty Container Return and Export Container Truck Handling Policy, amongst others.

Members of the taskforce include Mr. Kayode Opeifa, former Commissioner of Transport in Lagos State, as the Executive Vice Chairman; a representative of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC); the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC).

Other members include a special unit of the Nigeria Police Force led by a Commissioner of Police, representatives of the Truck Transport Union, the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), and other relevant MDAs.

The Nigerian Navy and all other military formations have also been mandated to withdraw from traffic management duties in and around the Apapa axis, while military and paramilitary checkpoints in front of the ports and environs are to be dismantled.

In addition, LASTMA has been authorised to move into Apapa as the lead traffic management agency, while the NPA is to commence the immediate use of the Lilypond Terminal and Trailer Park A as a truck transit park. The directive further mandates compliance by all security personnel and MDAs, while heads of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, and all other security operatives are to ensure their officers’ adherence to the new directives.

Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
Office of the Vice President
22nd May 2019

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FG To Expedite Reconstruction Of North East Communities – Osinbajo

Following the signing into law of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) Act, the rebuilding of communities devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East will receive priority attention in the Next Level of the Buhari administration, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Tuesday at the Palace of the Shehu of Borno, His Eminence, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, during his visit to Borno State where he commissioned some projects executed by the State government.

According to the Vice President, “the concerns over the rebuilding of the North-East remain possibly the most important challenge that we have as a government and we want to assure you that it remains on the front burner of the Federal Government.

“Recently Mr. President signed into law the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) Act. We now have a law which backs the vehicle for the renewed development and rehabilitation of the North-East.

“And with the commitment of those who have been appointed to run the affairs of the NEDC, we are bound to see a great deal of improvement in the pace of rehabilitation and construction of the North-East, especially Borno which is the worst hit by the insurgency.

“Your eminence can be at rest that we will do our very best and continue to give all of our support and help to rebuild Borno.”

The Vice President also commended the leadership of Governor Kashim Shettima and his commitment to the welfare of the people despite challenges posed by the insurgency.

He said “the commissioning of works completed by the government of Kashim Shettima is a tribute to his dedication to the people of the state and to the most worthy cause of all, which is the cause of humanity.

“He has demonstrated that empathy and the sort of commitment that we want to see in our leaders all over this country.

“President Buhari has frequently commented about the good fortune of the people of Borno State, that they have a governor such as himself (Shettima) at a time of the greatest challenges that the state has been confronted with. And I am sure he has laid a solid foundation for his successor in office to do even better.”

Earlier, Governor Shettima thanked the Vice President for his concern for the people of Borno which, according to him, had been demonstrated by his frequent visits to the state and the construction of a school for children orphaned by the Boko Haram insurgency.

On his part, the Shehu of Borno, His Eminence, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, thanked the Vice President for the visit and appealed more slots to be allotted to indigenes of the state in recruitment into Federal agencies and parastatals.

Some of the projects commissioned by the Vice President during the visit include the reconstructed Ibrahim Damcida Primary School, the newly constructed GSM Complex, the Asheik Jarma Primary School, the dualised Damboa road, the reconstructed Usman Gaji Galtimari Estate, the Maryam Abacha Women & Children Hospital, and a new complex at Government College, all in Maiduguri metropolis.

Prof. Osinbajo also visited and interacted with children at the Learning Centre – a school built for children orphaned by the Boko Haram insurgency under the North East Children’s Trust.

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Biodiversity-Key to Healthy Societies, Says HOMEF

The ecological Think Tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) in a statement which was made available to the media on 21 May 2019, to mark the International Day of Biodiversity called for concerted efforts towards the preservation of biodiversity and towards addressing processes which pose as threat to it.

HOMEF stated that “Biodiversity plays a crucial role in ecosystem functioning; provision of goods and services which are essential to human health and well-being; formation and preservation of culture and adaptability. Food production systems depend on the diversity of organisms, such as primary producers, herbivores, carnivores, decomposers, pollinators, pathogens, natural enemies of pests etc”.

The Director of HOMEF, Nnimmo Bassey in the statement, regretted that policy makers are at ease while  biodiversity is being eroded at an alarming rate thus posing fundamental risks to the health and stability of ecosystems.

Bassey stated: “The increased use of insecticides and herbicides on farmlands and the genetic engineering of crops to be insecticides themselves, kill intended and unintended insects and poses severe threat to biodiversity. Pollination which is an important mechanism in the maintenance and promotion of biodiversity and is critical for food production, is threatened by the use of genetically modified insect resistant crops, intensive agricultural practices, pesticides, invasive alien species and climate change. More concerns are added as humans have advanced to the point when extinction is being engineered in the laboratory by a technology known as gene drives”.

Joyce Ebebeinwe, HOMEF’s project officer on Biosafety added that a dependence of global food production system on the few genetically uniform varieties of plants, entrenched in a monoculture system,  is dangerous for the conservation of biodiversity and healthy living. Noting the interconnectedness of species  and their collective effect on food systems, she lamented that humans are increasingly forgetting the fact that we are all beings sharing the same planet.

The statement made reference to the recent report by the United Nation’s Inter-Governmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) which warns that one million species are at risk of extinction and advises that “in order to safeguard a healthy planet, society needs to shift from a sole focus on chasing economic growth to basing their economies on an understanding that nature is the foundation for development. …shifting to nature-based planning can help provide a better quality of life with far less impact.”

The IPBES report also shows that nature managed by indigenous peoples and local communities is in generally better health than nature managed by national or corporate institutions, despite increasing pressures.

HOMEF concluded the statement by calling on the Nigerian government and other African governments to put a halt to the threats to biodiversity posed by genetic engineering of living organisms  and rather make investment in nature-centred approaches to agricultural productivity and promote of indigenous knowledge, cultures and biodiversity preservation.

For further information, please contact Joyce Ebebeinwe at 09069756927

Joyce EbebeinweProject Officer, Health of Mother Earth Foundation.214, Uselu Lagos Rd., Ugbowo, Benin City.

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Obasanjo’s Comments On Boko Haram Divisive, Depressing – FG

The federal government has described former President Olusegun
Obasanjo’s comments imputing ethno-religious motive to Boko Haram and
ISWAP as deeply offensive and patently divisive, saying such
indiscreet comments are far below the status of an elder statesman.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Information
and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said it was particularly tragic that
a man who fought to keep Nigeria one is the same one seeking to
exploit the country’s fault lines to divide it in the twilight of his
life.

He said Boko Haram and ISWAP are terrorist organizations pure and
simple, adding that they care little about ethnicity or religion when
perpetrating their senseless killings and destruction.

”Since the Boko Haram crisis, which has been simmering under the
watch of Obasanjo, boiled over in 2009, the terrorist organization has
killed more Muslims than adherents of any other religion, blown up
more mosques than any other houses of worship and is not known to have
spared any victim on the basis of their ethnicity. It is therefore
absurd to say that Boko Haram and its ISWAP variant have as their goal
the ‘Fulanisation and Islamisation’ of Nigeria, West Africa or
Africa,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

He said President Buhari put to rest the mis-characterization of Boko
Haram as an Islamic organization when he said, in his inaugural speech
in 2015, that ”Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far
away from Islam as one can think of”.

The Minister said Obasanjo’s comments are therefore as insensitive and
mischievous as they are as offensive and divisive in a multi-ethnic
and multi-religious country like Nigeria, wondering whether there is
no limit to how far the former President will go in throwing poisonous
darts at his perceived political enemies.

He said Obasanjo’s prescriptions for ending the Boko Haram/ISWAP
crisis, which include seeking assistance outside the shores of
Nigeria, are coming several years late, as President Buhari has done
that and more since assuming office, hence the phenomenal success he
has recorded in tackling the terrorists.

”Shortly after assuming office in 2015, President Buhari’s first
trips outside the country were to rally the support of Nigeria’s
neighbours – Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger – for the efforts to
battle the terrorists. The President also rallied the support of the
international community, starting with the G7, and then the US, France
and the UN.

”That explains the massive degrading of Boko Haram, which has since
lost its capacity to carry out the kind of spectacular attacks for
which it became infamous, and the recovery of every inch of captured
Nigerian territory from the terrorists,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

He said Obasanjo’s call for wide consultations with various groups as
part of the efforts to tackle the Boko Haram crisis has been
neutralized by his ill-advised comments which have served more to
alienate a large number of Nigerians, who are offended by his tactless
and distasteful postulation.

The Minister called on the former President, whom he said took bullets
for Nigeria’s unity, not to allow personal animosity to override his
love for a united Nigeria, saying it will not be out of place if he
withdraws his unfortunate statement and apologizes to Nigerians.

Segun Adeyemi
SA To Hon Minister of Information and Culture

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Four Things Prof. Yemi Osinbajo Means to Nigeria, By Nathaniel Adoji

  1. Hope for Nigerians (through the Social Investments Programmes): Vice President Yemi Osinbajo oversees what is regarded as the largest social investments programme in sub-Saharan Africa. The National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) comprises of the N-Power Programme, currently employing 500,000 graduates; the GEEP loans (Market Moni, FarmerMoni andTrader Moni), providing credit to over 3 million Nigerian traders, artisans and businessmen; the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, feeding over 9.5 million children in public schools in 31 states nationwide; and the Conditional Cash Transfer programme, putting disposable funds in the hands of over 300,000 of the poorest families in Nigeria.

The Social Investment Programmes are the most successful social investment programmes ever implemented in Nigeria. Designed, promoted and managed by Vice President Osinbajo, they have lifted millions of Nigerians out of poverty. Indeed, the N-SIPs are giving hope to millions of Nigerians nationwide and helping them to improve their lives.

It is not surprising that only a week ago, President Muhammadu Buhari commended him for the success of the programmes – like the World Bank and many more. The commendations are evidence of hard-work, transformational policies and dedication. They are deserved as well.

  1. Improving the Economy: As a recession seemed inevitable in 2016 – giving the absence of any savings by previous administrations, falling of the price of oil in the international market, the destruction of Nigeria’s oil assets by militants, and the monotonic nature of Nigeria’s economy – Nigeria needed a team to steer the ship out of the storm. And Prof. Osinbajo provided the lead of this team.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is the head of Nigeria’s Economic Management Team. His leadership was able to bring the country out of its worst recession to hit it in decades. Since the country’s exit from the recession, he has overseen the economy grow from negative, and headed to a double digit, even beyond the predictions of the IMF and the World Bank. The journey with his captainship has been a steady and sure rise: diversification has been successfully pursued, with increased inputs now being seen from the non-oil sectors in our GDP and revenue; the country’s foreign reserves have doubled in just four years; the minimum wage increase is set for implementation despite Nigeria’s low earnings from oil; these and more show a focused, dogged, resilient and witty economic management team – led by Professor Osinbajo.

The Niger Delta New Vision, which is the blueprint of the Buhari administration to develop the Niger Delta, is being spearheaded by the Vice President on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari. His leadership and forthrightness to ensure development was clear for all to see during his tour of the region and meetings with Niger Delta elders. Osinbajo’s leadership acumen has not only helped rebuild the trust of many who had been skeptical of the Federal Government’s New Vision, it has also contributed in no small measure to the peace and stability in the region. This has greatly helped to improve oil revenue that had suffered greatly from past restiveness, and so the country’s economy.

Also, the Vice President is chair of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), which was inaugurated in July 2016, as the administration’s flagship initiative to reform the business environment, attract investment and diversify the economy to reduce the nation’s reliance on oil. Since its setup, PEBEC has spearheaded reforms that have improved the nation’s economic environment through its Ease of Doing Business reforms. This ensured Nigeria moved up 24 places on the World bank’s Ease of Doing business index and earned the country commendation as one of the top 10 reforming economies in the world. Also, the Vice President has helped launch the administration’s Energizing Economies project which provides solar power to markets and economic clusters for small businesses and petty traders and so, drives economic growth.

  1. Leadership: Seen as youthful, agile, contemporary and versatile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stands out as the significant link between Nigeria’s young population to the President Buhari administration. And he doesn’t stop at that. He is a mentor to hundreds of young Nigerians through his platform, Act Now Group. His aides are comprised mostly of a tech-savvy generation of young upwardly mobile youths. Osinbajo gladly welcomes opportunities to mentor young people to become excellent in their respective fields and contribute their quota to nation-building. He walks the talks and is a bridge-builder, for both the young and old generations.

As Nigeria’s number two citizen he has taken positions that prove his deft appreciation of leadership: he took the role of mending the fence of feuding members of his party APC. As Acting President, he took hefty but pertinent decisions: he appointed a Chief Justice where there was a vacuum, he unflinchingly sacked a recalcitrant head of Nigeria’s security services, he signed Executive Orders to improve Nigeria’s business community. As a lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, he is a leader of thoughts who has left indelible marks of astute thoughts in Nigeria’s jurisprudential space. His prominent role as Head of Nigeria’s Economic Management Team needs no second mention.

Just recently, in demonstration of true leadership, the Vice President temporarily delayed his trip to the airport for an official assignment to engage with some Abuja residents protesting on the highway over alleged land grabbing by members of the Nigerian Army. He subsequently met with leaders of the community and also Nigerian Army to ensure the issues are resolved amicably. Osinbajo has displayed such exemplary leadership on many occasions.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo means leadership to Nigeria today – cutting across professions, ethnic groups and age demographics.

  1. Bringing people closer to government: From Oyo to Owerri, Maiduguri to Yenagoa, everywhere he goes, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has a way with people that instantly magnets them to his inborn charm and aura of personality. Whether in the wide corridors of power, in the narrow passages in marketplaces or wading through flooded areas around Nigeria, Professor Osinbajo is at home with both the high and mighty, as well as the low and ordinary Nigerians. Simply put, Osinbajo’s deep connection with people goes deeper than the surface. It is neither for the camera or for the klieg lights or for photo-ops, just the epitome of a man whose life and career has been built on the foundations of championing social causes well before his university days, and giving back to society through his talents, skills, and resources.

Recently, during the launch of the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme in Ekiti State, the Vice President was pictured sitting with one of the schoolgirls in her classroom while the pupils enjoyed their meal. Like a dotting father, Osinbajo leaned closer to listen to what the little girl was saying at the time. Later that day, he tweeted, “She spoke, I listened. She was the boss of me today ?.” It felt like a photo-op moment, but it was more than that. It succinctly captured a man devoid of airs, one who embodied the essence of true leadership driven by compassion and genuine concern for people’s welfare. Everywhere he goes, his connection with people is evident. Everywhere he goes, it is evident that people, Nigerians, simply love this man. Sometimes, the crowd is so overwhelming, that Osinbajo’s security and protocol struggle to contain them. True compassion cannot be masked in photo-ops. Osinbajo is the real deal. He brings a human face to governance like never seen before from one holding the Number 2 position in Africa’s most populous country.

At countless events, despite his busy itinerary and schedules, and retinue of security, Osinbajo takes out time to listen to a child, a young or old man or woman, who wouldn’t have had a whiff of opportunity to come close to him in any situation. He listens to everyone, regardless of status or social class. Whether it was that woman that was moved to pray for him in the market, or a group of three generations of a grateful family he visited during one of his family chats, or the excited mai suya who couldn’t believe his eyes that Nigeria’s Vice President actually stopped by his stall to engage him in a conversation and then purchase his wares, or those group of starry-eyed kids who surrounded him and listened with rapt attention, or those excited young men and women who just wanted to take selfies with this great man; Osinbajo’s deep connection with people shines through.

Osinbajo brings that quality of compassion into political leadership and governance, he goes to meet the people where they are, bringing government closer to ordinary people. He loves to be there, to feel the pulse of the people, with the people, so that he could help them to make their lives and situations better.

Nathaniel C.Adoji

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New Incentives Signs MoU With Nigerian Govt To Increase Demand of Immunization Through Conditional Cash Transfer

A community based organized, New Incentives All Babies Are Equal Initiative (NI-ABAE) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nigerian govt on increasing the demand for routine immunization through the govts conditional cash transfer Programme (CCT).

The Memorandum of Understanding which is for a period of three years will see the organization providing feasible support to the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Ministey of Health, National Primary Health Care Development Agencies and State Primary Health Care Development Agencies.

NI-ABAE Initiative will also ensure greater coordination of NGOs registered with MBNP through support to some of the programmes of the International Cooperation Department of MBNP and promote greater monitoring of NI-ABAE initiative’s activities.

On its parts, the government assist NI-ABAE Initiative where needed in enhancing co-operation between it and other development organizations, provide technical assistance and guidance to NI-ABAE Initiative, where required, in implementing some of its conditional cash transfer developmental programmes and advice it on appropriate procedures, controls and training that may be necessary to implement some of their developmental programmes.

The government will also introduce NI-ABAE Initiative to other government Ministries for assistance and Partnership for any of NI-ABAE Initiative’s activities and programmes, assist in interfacing with other regulatory Ministries and agencies to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and participate in NI-ABAE Initiative’s programmes and events when necessary.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma signee on behalf of government, while Obinna Ebirim signed on behalf of NI-ABAE.

The Memorandum Of Understanding takes effect immediately.

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Good Governance Alien To PDP Culture – BMO

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot appreciate good governance because it spent its 16 years in government mismanaging the country and entrenching wrongdoing as the norm, according to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO).

The group, in a statement signed by Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Madueke, its Chairman and Secretary respectively, stated that the PDP during the 16 years it ran the affairs of the country, up-ended normalcy and adopted irregularities as the norm, hence its inability to understand good governance under the President Buhari administration. 

“We are not surprised to read the statement from the PDP throwing tantrums and accusing the All Progressives Congress (APC) of everything possible and for anything happening in the country; the statements smack of the party’s inability to see and appreciate good governance and strong institutions.

“For instance, the investigation by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) of Senate President, Saraki Bukola is a simple case of an institution doing its work. If Saraki, a member of the PDP, has a case to answer, let him do so. An innocent man with no skeletons in his cupboard has nothing to fear. Nigeria has institutions with the mandate of investigating fraud and financial malfeasances. If they find a person to be a suspect in the breach of any of our laws in this regard, they would act accordingly, investigate and prosecute where necessary.

“It is unfortunate that the PDP is not used to seeing institutions working and is consequently confused by the sight of them working without being teleguided.

“President Buhari respects institutions and does not interfere with their work. He believes that institutions must be allowed to do their work and not be meddled with. 

“The PDP is not used to this as, during its 16 years in government, it employed government institutions as tools for bullying critics and silencing opposition.”

The group stated that President Buhari would not bastardise government institutions, and because of his respects for our Federalism, he would not interfere with the domestic affairs of States.

“President Buhari respects Nigeria as a constitutional Federation, he would not be found interfering with how States run their internal and domestic affairs. Events that have taken place in Kano State are purely local and domestic, he may have his opinion on them but would not in any way tacitly or overtly interfere with the way and manner the State manages its domestic affairs.

“This is in sharp contrast with the PDP, who throughout its 16 years in power employed draconian and unlawful tactics to impeach Governors, destroy institutions and remove National Assembly leaders who were not in good terms with the party leaders.”

The group stated that the era of the PDP administration was one marked with the lowest levels of respect for institutions and provided the worst models of governance. 

“With the unfortunate and chaotic manner the PDP ran Nigeria in 16 years, we are not surprised it is finding it hard to appreciate good governance and institution building.”

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BMO Blasts PDP Over Unfounded Claims On June 12

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of embarking on a fruitless ego trip with its criticism of the Federal Government’s decision to schedule some Inauguration Day ceremonies for June 12 2019. 

The group described the opposition party as mischievous for suggesting that President Muhammadu  Buhari would be inaugurated for a second term in office on the day, as opposed to May 29, which the Constitution recognises as the inauguration day for a new political dispensation. 

BMO said in a statement signed by Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that it was amused that a party that outrightly refused to recognise the sanctity of June 12 for 16 years now wants to be seen as the defender of Nigeria’s democratic culture. 

“Here is a party that is today speaking on what it described as sanctity of a day that it has the temerity to term as ‘our Democracy Day’.  Yet, it was in total control of the Executive and Legislature at the centre for all of 16 years during which it had three different Presidents but failed to do anything to accord official recognition to a day that it now agrees is important in the annals of Nigeria’s political history.  

“We are indeed shocked that the party whose members were the biggest beneficiaries of June 12 sacrifice now remembers that  Moshood Abiola  ‘stood and died for democracy’, but did everything possible to stop him from being immortalized while it rode roughshod over Nigeria and Nigerians.   

“It is therefore nothing more than an ego trip to nowhere for PDP to criticise the federal government’s decision to move some second term inauguration ceremonies to June 12 and yet seek to claim the day as ‘our democracy day’.  

“But we need to let opposition elements know that whether inauguration ceremonies are held on May 29 or June 12, the President did enough in his first term to earn the trust of the majority of Nigerians that cast their ballots on February 23,” the group said. 

BMO also accused the PDP leaders of attempting to revise recent history with their claim of a stolen mandate which it insisted only existed in the imagination of their members and a group of political elite that is used to living off government patronage. 

“We wonder how long PDP would continue to live in a fool’s paradise with its constant refrain of a stolen mandate in an election that all its key campaign spearheads lost in their polling units, just like their presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar was unable to muster enough votes in his immediate constituency in Adamawa State to defeat President Buhari. 

“Many of their allies across the country, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the factional Afenifere leadership were also roundly rejected in their polling units, wards and states by the mass of Nigerians who were clearly averse to a return of the rapacious PDP years. 

“We at BMO again want to remind the party and its leaders that the February 23 Presidential election conferred 100% legitimacy on the President for a second term with a margin that is more than the combined population of Swaziland, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritius.

“We are convinced that the Presidential election Petition Tribunal would consign their claim, which is predicated on fake INEC server result, to the dustbin of history where it rigthly belongs.”

The group also expressed hope that the next set of National Assembly members would take the necessary legislative action to establish June 12 as the National Democracy Day.

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Buhari Has Not Abandoned Leah Sharibu, Others – BMO

President Muhammadu Buhari will not relent in his efforts to ensure that Leah Sharibu regains her freedom soon even as she marked her 16th birthday in Boko Haram captivity, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has said.
The group says it finds nauseating and regrettable, a false narrative of the Buhari administration’s disinterest that is being circulated by some individuals.
In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said that it is disheartening that some people are giving the impression that the President was not concerned that Leah remains in captivity 420 days after her schoolmates were released by their captors.
“It is a regrettable fact that it is more than one year since Boko Haram fighters held back Leah Sharibu after releasing 109 other students of Government Girls Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State who were abducted on February 19, 2018.
“It is also on record that the insurgents freed the other girls following the Federal Government’s intervention while Leah was held back for her alleged refusal to renounce her Christian faith.
“We hail her perseverance and strength of character at such a young age and as she marks her 16th birthday, we are reaffirming what Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said about a month ago; President Buhari has not abandoned Leah and the others still being held by Boko Haram.
“We recall that as at when the President assumed office for the first time in 2015, 276 school girls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State had almost spent one year in Boko Haram custody after they were abducted from their dormitory on April 14, 2014.
“But in line with his pre-election promise, he has so far succeeded in bringing back 107 of the girls even after groups like the Amnesty International had given up hope on the release of the girls on the grounds that they may have been sold off,” it added.
BMO expressed surprise that some Nigerians had even insinuated that the President was not keen on Leah Sharibu’s release because of her Christian faith.
“Nothing can be more preposterous like the suggestion that President Buhari had not been concerned about Leah’s plight because of her refusal to renounce her faith.
“All the abducted Chibok girls were Christians but it took a President who knows that he is the President of both Christians and Muslims to ensure that the first set of the school girls-21 in all-were released on October 13 2016, which was more than two years after the abduction that shook the world.
“President Buhari also approved negotiations that led to the release of 82 others from their Boko Haram captors about seven months later in May 2017. All those girls that have now been re-integrated into the society are Christians, so there’s no reason for the President to refuse to push for the release of the lone Dapchi girl still in custody on the basis of her faith.
“We make bold to say that just as the President has not forgotten Leah, he would not abandon the remaining Chibok girls as well as other Nigerians who are still in the hands of the insurgent group.
“And as Garba Shehu assured in the statement last month, on behalf of his Principal, there is progress on efforts to get the lone Dapchi girl out of captivity, we also know that President Buhari will not rest until Leah and others held against their will by the insurgents are reunited with their families”.
BMO urged Nigerians and concerned members of the international community to exercise a little more patience and allow the Buhari administration to complete what it had been working on since the Dapchi abduction.

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PDP’s Brand of Opposition Politics Poses Great Threat to Nigeria’s Democracy – FG

The Federal Government has strongly decried the increasingly
unpatriotic and desperate opposition politics being played by the PDP
and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, warning that
such dead-end opposition could be toxic for the nation’s democracy, if
left unchecked.

Never in the history of politics in Nigeria has an opposition party
and its presidential candidate exhibited the kind of desperate tactics
being deployed by the duo of the PDP and its flag-bearer, especially
since President Muhammadu Buhari overwhelmingly defeated Atiku to win
the 2019 presidential election.

Either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and its
presidential candidate are doing everything possible to sabotage the
Buhari Administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria
seemingly ungovernable, especially through their public utterances and
their poorly-thought-out press releases before and after the 2019
general elections. Unless they quickly retrace their steps, they may,
sooner than later, overreach themselves.

For those who may be quick to accuse the government of crying wolf,
the pre-election statement credited to the former Vice President, that
unless Nigerians vote out the APC Administration, killings by herdsmen
will continue and ultimately spark a series of ethno-religious crises
that will be irreversible, is looking more like a Freudian slip than
anything else.

Also, in recent times, the PDP has taken its desperation to a new low
by attacking the judiciary, an action many see as indicating a
reversal of the party’s hitherto self-assured stance that it has a
solid case against the election of the President. And either by
coincidence or orchestration, a faceless group emerges from nowhere
calling for an overthrow of a democratically-elected government, a
totally egregious act of treason.

It beggars belief that a candidate who prides himself as a democrat
can so allow desperation to becloud his sense of propriety to such a
extent that he will be associating with anti-democratic forces or
making inflammatory statements. For acclaimed democrats, there are
acceptable channels of seeking redress after an election defeat. Even
President Buhari himself went to court three times to challenge
election results.

What is not acceptable is to either resort to self help after an
election defeat, or to embark on a journey of subterfuge and sabotage
while also mounting a legal challenge or pretending to do so. Worst
still, painting the judiciary bad for whatever reason is
anti-democratic and unconscionable,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

We want to urge the main opposition party to stop beating the drums of
war concentrate on the legal challenge by its candidate against the
election of President
Buhari if indeed they have any faith in the country’s judiciary, and
desist from unnecessarily overheating the polity.

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