Tinubu Is My Role Model – Kashamu

SENATOR-ELECT and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, Chief Buruji Kashamu, has described the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, as his role model.

Kashamu, who is the chairman of the Organisation and Mobilisation Committee of the PDP in the South-West, paid a rare tribute to the former Lagos State governor in an open letter, describing Tinubu as a true hero to be emulated by every Nigerian.

Kashamu is the senator-elect of Ogun-East senatorial district and one of the most vocal opponents of the APC before the party won the presidential election of March 28.

He said that it was important to honour those deserving of honour now that elections are over.

In the open letter addressed to Tinubu, Kashamu said, “Truth be told, men like you are made up of sterner stuff and are rare to come by in every generation. Little wonder you are called the Asiwaju and Jagaban of Borgu. I doff my hat.

“I hope that in spite of our membership of different political platforms, we would be able to collaborate for the upliftment of Yorubaland in particular and Nigeria as a whole.

“My sincere prayer is for the Almighty Allah to keep you and give you good health and long life to be able to see the Nigeria of your dream. For me, I join other Nigerians in wishing you the best, even as we aspire and pray Almighty Allah to make us – the younger ones – be like you, the Jagaban of Borgu.”

Kashamu described Tinubu as the architect of modern Nigeria, who, he said, made history by leading an opposition party for 16 years and then grabbing power at the centre.

He noted that without Tinubu, the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, would not have won the March 28 election.

He said, “Although I now belong to the opposition, your achievements transcend political divides and I am not ashamed to publicly acknowledge them. There is no denying the fact that your place in the history of the Yoruba race in particular, and, in Nigeria in general, is well etched.

“The fanatical support that the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, enjoys in his homestead was matched with your commanding influence in the politics of the South-West and indeed the Yoruba race to produce the results we witnessed during the elections.

“By your sheer wit and unwavering commitment to democratic ethos, true federalism and economic prosperity, you led the Alliance for Democracy from a one-state party to a regional party and now a national party that is about to form the government at the centre.”

Buruji, who sued former President Olusegun Obasanjo last December over a controversial book authored by the ex-President, also congratulated Obasanjo and Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

He promised Amosun that he would ensure that the nine PDP senators in the Ogun State House of Assembly give him maximum cooperation.

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We Have No Regret For Not Supporting Buhari – Ohaneze

OHANAEZE Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, said yesterday, that it had no regrets not supporting the ambition of the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, who won the March 28, 2015 presidential poll.

Ohanaeze also flayed the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, over the death threat he allegedly issued to Igbo people residing in Lagos before the governorship election.

Speaking in an interview in Awka, the national treasurer of the group, Chief Damian Ogene, said the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation supported President Goodluck Jonathan because of what he described as Buhari’s negative antecedents to Ndigbo.

According to him, the rejection of Buhari during the presidential poll is to remind him of the injustices perpetrated against Igbo during his earlier tenure as military Head of State.

He, however, said that since God had given Buhari an opportunity to be a democratic President of Nigeria, he should strive to right his earlier wrongs.

Ogene said:  “We are ready to co-operate with him and to believe in his administration in the hope that he will, this time, address the injustices meted out to us since after the Nigerian civil war.”

He also advised the President-elect to deal only with the core people in Igbo land, rather than with the money-bags that were out of touch with Igbo nation and the masses.

“These billionaires have been using their oil money to block government from reaching the people at the grassroots level.

“He should liaise with people-oriented organisations like Anambra Association of Town Unions, ASATU, rather than with intermediaries,” he said.

He suggested to General Buhari to ensure that Igbo people, who were displaced in the northern part of the country due to the Boko Haram insurgency, received compensation as their northern counterparts, in the spirit of equity and justice.

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Buhari Denies Walking Away Custom, NSCDC Bosses from His Residence

President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has dismissed as fictional and uncharitable, a report by an online medium that he had walked some government officials out of his residence in Daura, Katsina State.

This is contained in a statement released in Abuja by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign, Mallam Garba Shehu, on Wednesday.

According to the statement, no such incident took place on April 15 as reported by the online newspaper.

“’It was a false and an inaccurate presentation of the facts of what transpired when some government officials visited the President-elect at his country home.

“’It is totally out of General Buhari’s character to ask his visitors out’’, it said.

The document stated that the alleged visit by the Comptroller-General of the Customs, Abdullahi Inde, only happened in the imagination of the said publication. “He did not come visiting at any time.”

On another reported incident involving Mr Ade Abolurin, the Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the statement said the President-elect was already in another meeting when Abolurin visited.

“There was no way the President-elect could receive the new visitors. He was merely passing through the town and thought to stop by.

“As a matter of fact, words were promptly sent to the gentleman and his delegation that General Buhari was unable to meet them owing to the fact that he was at an ongoing meeting preceding the time of their arrival.

“The president-elect welcomes positive suggestions from every Nigerian about how to bring progressive change to the country.

“He will not walk anyone who had come to discuss ways of developing the country.

“Courtesy and civility will not permit that to happen. It is equally not his character.

“It is, therefore, important to put the records straight that the President-elect will be a President for all Nigerians irrespective of whether anyone currently holds a public office or not,” the statement said.

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Jonathan to Handover to Buhari My 28

President Goodluck Jonathan will formally handover to the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari at a dinner on May 28th, 2015.

The Minister of Information, Patricia Akwashiki disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday at the end of Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Jonathan.

According to her, May 29th has been reserved for the incoming government while many activities have been lined up all through that week to showcase what Jonathan’s administration has achieved.

She said that the President has also directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to submit their transitional briefs to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) by 20th of this month.

Stressing that the Council is already in transition, she said that all the MDAs have also been directed to submit before the 13th of May, 2015 anything requiring President Jonathan’s approval.

Valedictory FEC session, she say will be held on the 20th of May, 2015, while there will be dinner on the 28th of May, 2015.

She said: “By May 28th the president intends to have the formal handing over done at a dinner so that we can reserve the 29th for the incoming. By May 28th we expect to have concluded our governance and we are welcoming incoming government.”

“Also you know May 29th is our democracy day so we have activities lined up all through that week, showcasing all what we have achieved and all other things we do normally on our democracy day except that this year is special with the inauguration of our new president that is coming up on the May 29th.” She said

She went on: “You know we are already in transition so there is very little to report. What we discussed with the President in council, he emphasized on the need for all MDAs to submit their handing over notes to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation by 20th of this month, that is next Monday.”

According to her, a format has been developed for all the MDAs to follow in preparing the notes.

She said: “So we are going to be very busy this weekend putting our handing over notes together. The president also emphasized that he would require another little briefing from all MDAs to indicate inherited projects, how far it has been executed and initiated projects by his administration and the level of completion, whether completed, ongoing or abandoned.”

“If they do that it will be easier for the president to compile everything. The formate is to ensure you submit everything before they pass it to the incoming government.”

Continuing, she said: “We discussed other issues but we are particularly paying attention to the transition and how to make it effective. As you are all aware we have transitional committee already set up by president, headed by the Vice President. Other than that we have an inaugural committee that is headed by the SGF.”

“So everything we are doing we are doing to achieve smooth transition, getting all our notes together.”

On whether the FEC meeting will continue to hold, she said: “It is for the MDAs to submit their notes to the SGF who will handle the total package of the handing over to the incoming administration. It doesn’t mean that is the exact notes that will be passed on.”

“That is not to say that governance has stopped, of course we are in government until the day the president-elect takes oath of office.”

“There is no space vacuum there are things happening. And if you have any pending contract approval it has to be submitted before the 13th of May. Everything that requires the president’s approval should be submitted before May 13th.”
“We also do not want the incoming administration to accuse us of rushing projects which is normal so we are guided by that. And if you have approvals we are going to have federal executive council every week, the last one that will be the valedictory one will be on May 20th.”

“So governance is not stopping, we are still working and in the event you have approvals it must be concluded before 13th.” She stated

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Petroleum Minister Alison Madueke Denies Seeking Asylum Outside Nigeria

Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, said last night she was not seeking asylum in any part of the world, as claimed by her traducers.

Madueke, who spoke through the Group Public Affairs General Manager of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mr. Ohi Alegbe, denied ever contemplating relocating from Nigeria.

An online publication reported, yesterday, that the minister had been denied asylum by six countries, where she had so far applied, but did not mention the countries involved.

Alegbe said his boss merely went for a short vacation outside Nigeria and would soon return to her job.

He said the claim that the woman had been denied asylum by six countries was not only a fabrication aimed at confusing some gullible persons, but deliberately targeted at smearing the minister and her office.

Alegbe said: “I want to say that the Minister of Petroleum has never contemplated going on asylum in any part of the world and has never applied for any.

“The minister has only gone for a short vacation abroad and will soon return to Nigeria, having no reason to leave her job and country for any other place.”

The online medium, quoting a group known as Business Council for Africa, BCA, had said that no fewer than six countries had already refused an asylum request by Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The BCA gave the impression that the minister would be investigated under the new administration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), even though he had said that he would not probe his predecessors.

“Given her reputation, it comes as no surprise to learn that six countries have already refused to grant her asylum to live in their countries as she now wishes to leave Nigeria at the earliest possible opportunity,” it said.

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Jonathan Rejects Amendments to the Constitution

In what appeared a last-minute face-off, President Goodluck Jonathan has rejected amendments to the 1999 Constitution by the National Assembly.

He said he would not assent to the amendments because they do not satisfy the strict requirements of Section 9(3) of the 1999 Constitution.

He queried the decision of the National Assembly to whittle down some Executive powers of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He also faulted some amendments which will give Executive powers and duties to the Legislature and the Judiciary.

Jonathan made his position known in a seven-page letter to Senate President David Mark and House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

The return of the Constitution Amendment Bill jolted Senators and members of the House.

The President listed 12 errors in the amendments.

They are as follows:

•Non-compliance with the threshold specified in Section 9(3) of the 1999 Constitution on amendments;

•Alteration to constitution cannot be valid with mere voice votes unless supported by the votes of not less than four-fifths majority all members of National Assembly and two-thirds of all the 36 State Houses of Assembly;

•Right to free basic education and primary and maternal care services imposed on private institutions

•Flagrant violation of the doctrine of separation of powers,

•Unjustified whittling down of the Executive powers of the Federation vested in the President by virtue of Section 5(1) of the 1999 Constitution;

•30 days allowed for assent of the President; and

•Limiting expenditure in default of appropriation from 6months to three months

The others are: •Creation of the Office of Accountant-General of the Federation distinct from the Accountant General of the Federal Government

•Empowering National Economic Council to appoint the Accountant-General of the Federation instead of the President;

•Allowing NJC to now appoint the Attorney-General of the Federation rather than the President;

•Unwittingly whittling down the discretionary powers of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

The President said he has no choice than to veto the amendments to the constitution as forwarded to him by the National Assembly.

He said: “In view of the foregoing and absence of credible evidence that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration) Act 2015 satisfied the strict requirements of Section 9(3) of the 1999 Constitution, it will be unconstitutional for me to assent to it.

“I therefore withhold my assent and accordingly remit Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration) Act 2015 to the Senate /House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The letter reads: “May I draw Your Excellency’s esteemed attention to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration) Act, 2015 that has been passed by the National Assembly and transmitted to me for assent.

“I have accordingly examined the substance of the provisions and the procedure adopted by the National Assembly to pass the Act and wish to observe as follows:

“Section 4 of the Fourth Alteration Act, 2015 seeks to alter Section 9 of the 1999 Constitution by the insertion of a new subsection 3A, which dispenses with the assent of the President in the process of constitutional amendment.

“However, this alteration can only be valid if the proposal was supported by the votes of not less than four-fifth majority of all the members of each House of the National Assembly and approved by a resolution of the House of Assembly of not less than two-thirds of all the States as provided by Section 9 (3) of the 1999 Constitution.

“ This is a fundamental requirement of the Constitution and in the absence of credible evidence that this requirement was met in the Votes of Proceedings of the National Assembly, it will be unconstitutional for me to assent to this Bill.

“In light of the above, I am of the respectful view that I should withhold assent until it can be shown that the National Assembly has complied with the threshold specified in Section 9 (3) of the 1999 Constitution.

“However, assuming without conceding that the necessary thresholds were met by the National Assembly, there are a number of provisions in the Act that altogether constitute flagrant violation of the doctrine of separation of powers enshrined in the 1999 Constitution and an unjustified whittling down of the executive powers of the federation vested in the President by virtue of Section 5(1) of the 1999 Constitution.

The said Section 45A of the Fourth Alteration Act 2015, which guarantees the right to free basic education is too open ended and should have been restricted to government schools.

He added: “This is because, a right unless qualified or restricted must be observed by all. It follows therefore that the right to free basic education under this provision if taken to its logical conclusion, will invariably apply to private schools, which could not have been the intendment of the legislature.

“This same argument applies to Section 45B, which guarantees unqualified right to free primary and maternal care services. The implication of this is that private institutions will be obliged under Constitution to offer free medical services since it is a right and this is not only impracticable, but also could not have been the intention of the law giver.

“ There is therefore the need for these provisions to be redrafted to restrict the enjoyment of these rights and place the obligation to provide the conditions necessary for the enjoyment of the rights on the government.”

Jonathan also queried the limitation of the power of the President to withhold assent to bills to 30 days.

He said 30 days might not be sufficient for a President to go through such bills.

He said: “The power vested in the President to withhold his assent to Bills passed by the National Assembly is part of the checks and balances contained in the Constitution. “Withholding of assent therefore constitutes a check on the exercise of legislative powers in a constitutional democracy especially as the Executive Branch has the responsibility of enforcing laws passed by the National Assembly. However, some of the Acts of the National Assembly emanate from Private Members’ Bills, which in many cases, the Executive may not have had sufficient input.

“ It is also instructive to note that in some cases, more than one Bill is transmitted to the President for assent and that the President requires the advice of relevant agencies of government before he can assent to the Bill.

“Against this background, the 30 days allowed for assent of the President may not be adequate in some cases for the President to make a decision as to whether or not to assent.”

The President disagreed with the lawmakers for restricting the President’s right to spend funds in default of appropriation to three months instead of six months.

He said the amendment by the lawmakers does not take into  cognizance unforeseen circumstances the nation might go through any time.

He added: “This alteration seeks to limit the period when expenditure can be authorized in default of appropriation from the 6 months provided in the Constitution to 3 months.

“I am of the view that this provision has the potential of occasioning financial hardships and unintended shutdown of government business  particularly where four unforeseen reasons and exigencies in the polity, the National Assembly is unable to pass the Appropriation Act  do not justify the reduction of the six-month time limit in the Constitution. I am of the respectful view that the current position should have been maintained.”

He blamed  the National Assembly for recommending that the National Economic Council(NEC) should henceforth appoint the Accountant-General of the Federation.

He said: “The provision of section 84A that creates the new Office of Account-General of the Federation distinct from Accountant- General of the Federal Government has not addressed the funding requirement for the establishment of the office.

“ It is necessary to clarify for instance, who staffs and funds the office of Accountant General of the Federation and from whose budget he will be paid since he serve the three tiers of Government.

“ It is also important to state who will exercise oversight powers over the office. Furthermore, the National Economic Council, which is mainly an advisory body, is now charged with the responsibility of recommending those to be appointed to the Office of Accountant General of the Federation.”

Jonathan described the amendment on the separation the Office of Attorney General of the Federation from the Minister of Justice as ambiguous.

He said: “These alterations encapsulate wide-ranging provision that seek to separate the Office of Attorney General of the Federation from the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General from the Commissioner for Justice in the respective States of the federation. They also provide for the independence of the Office of Attorney General by guaranteeing tenure and funding.

“However, as desirable as the separation is, there are some provisions that validate the doctrine of separation of powers and also negate the age-long independence and absolute discretion that the office has enjoyed for centuries since it creation in middles ages. The potential challenging provisions are discussed below:

“The first noticeable set back is that the Fourth Alteration Act 2015 is silent on who is the Chief Law Officer of the Federation/State. This is serious lacuna, which may create implementation challenges.

“It will be recalled that the Attorney- General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice and the Attorney General and Commissioners for Justice in the respective States of the federation are under sections 150 and 195 of the 1999 Constitution, the Chief Law Officers respectively.

“Apparently, it is the fact that the AGF is the Chief Law Officer has the power to guide the MDAs on legal issues by way of legal advice and represent the Government on other legal matters including civil litigations, contract, treaty obligations, legal drafting, etc., is derived.

“With this amendment, which limits the power of the AGF to criminal prosecution and silent on whom who is the Chief Law Officer, it appears to erode the constitutional and legal basis for the current structure and functions of the Ministry of Justice and the Law Officers employed therein, in the absence of a Statute that provides for the exercise of these powers and functions.

Consequently, if it is the intendment of the National Assembly to make the Minister of Justice, the Chief Law Officer, it should be expressly stated. This will enable these functions to continue to be traditionally performed by the Ministry under the supervision of the Minister of Justice while the Office  of the AGF, which is to be independent and separated from the Ministry, concentrate on prosecutions.”

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We’ll Rescue Chibok Girls Before May 29 Handover Date- Presidency

The Nigerian presidency has assured that the over 200 schoolgirls abducted from Chibok in Borno state 365 days ago will be rescued before the May 29 handover date. Speaking on the anniversary of the abduction of the girls, the National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki gave the assurance today that the Federal Government was making every effort to ensure that the girls along with every other Nigerian abducted by Boko Haram terrorists are rescued.
Dasuki also promised that Sambisa Forest, the fortress of Boko Haram terrorists and one of their last remaining camps will be stormed and liberated before the May 29, 2015 presidential hand-over date. “Right now, all Boko Haram camps except Sambisa Forest has been destroyed,” the NSA said.
According to him, the forest would have since been liberated but for the unfavourable weather condition prevailing in the area as every needed reconnaissance activity and necessary deployment of troops have since been concluded for the exercise.
“Every movement of the terrorists are being monitored and every necessary detail is being taken care of to rid the country of the last bastion of terrorists’ infestation”, Sambo Dasuki disclosed.
He insisted that government is concerned about the welfare of every single Nigerian including the girls adding “aside the Chibok girls, other Nigerian girls, boys, men and women were abducted by the terrorists and all efforts are being made to rescue them all.”
While appealing for a little more time to complete the routing of terrorists, Dasuki recalled that before elections were postponed in February, over 20 local governments were occupied by Boko Haram and that most Nigerians were pleasantly surprised that so much was achieved against insurgency within six weeks.
While commending President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on the successful conduct of the 2015 round of elections, the security adviser however, noted that nobody pressured the President into conceding defeat in the presidential election.
“President Jonathan had already given his words to all the security and service chiefs before the election that he would abide by the decision of Nigerians. At the meeting, he also told them to perform their duties professionally during the polls.
“While we anticipated that he would congratulate his opponent if the result is announced in form of opposition candidate, he gratiuouly without prompting of anyone to concede defeat.
“By that singular gesture he had saved the security agencies and the nation of unnecessary tension and stress in maintaining law and order and curtailing excesses of likely protesters.”
While commending the fairness of media in the coverage of elections, he nevertheless urged them to be conscious of malicious reports being sponsored by vested interest. He denied a report that he was at any polling booth during the last gubernatorial election and was never involved in meeting with judicial officers to truncate any democratic process.
Immediately after the postponement of elections in February this year, Sambo Dasuki has assured Nigerians and international community that all known terrorists’ camps would be destroyed while most of the occupied communities under Boko Haram in three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe would be liberated to allow for peaceful conduct of and collection of more voters cards by the electorates.
 He had said: “All known Boko Haram camps will be taken out. They won’t be there. They will be dismantled. In addition to the acquisition of more sophoisticated armaments and training of our troops in guerrilla warfare the new military co-operation agreed to between Nigeria and its neighbours will prove decisive against Boko Haram.”
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Supreme Court Verdict: Gov. Fayose Begs For Forgiveness

Ekiti State Governor, M r Ayodele Fayose has once again extended olive branches to his political opponents pleading with them to sheath their  sword and join him in his determination of building a strong and virile state.

Fayose who was reacting to the judgement of the Supreme Court that has revalidated his victory during the June 21 governorship election, equally appealed to his political opponents to forgive his short comings, saying like any human being that nobody was infallible.

“It is time to come together and channel all our resources towards the development of the State.“I am  appealing to my opponents to sheath their sword and join me on the development of the state, If truly our struggle is about service to our dear State

“I am irrevocably committed to the protection of all, including the opposition in the State.

“Nobody is infallible, and I am not a perfect being. The only one that is perfect is God, but He, in His infinite mercies has made me the
Governor of Ekiti State today.

“I have a term and tenure; there will be another opportunity for Ekiti people to decide who governs them. “Rather than trouble the peace of the State, our friends in the opposition parties should accept the will of God concerning our dear State and wait till 2018.

“I thank all stakeholders and I am assuring them that I will leave Ekiti State better than I met it.

“I want to sincerely appreciate Ekiti people for their resilience and love for me. I am formally dedicating this victory to God and to them.

“Having voted for me ten months ago, and confirming the victory by the subsequent elections in the last few weeks, they have shown that they are unequivocal about their choice and their determination to protect and defend that mandate.

“I cannot but appreciate the Apex Court for protecting democracy and also for living to the expectation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, who had assured that under his leadership, the judiciary would not subscribe to any plot to change the outcome of elections through the instrumentality of the Court.

“I think the necessary lessons must have been learnt and it is obvious that Nigeria is evolving democratically.

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6 Countries Turn Down Alison-Madueke’s Asylum Request

No fewer than six countries have already refused to grant an asylum request by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, the Business Council for Africa (BCA) said in its just-released monthly report, noting that about US$ 1 trillion is the latest estimated figure of the looting of the Nigerian treasury between 1960 and 2005 alone.

The report, dated March 2015, focused extensively on Nigeria’s general elections. It said the notorious Minister, whose impunity is known to have been closely-protected by President Goodluck Jonathan, will be coming under the microscope for the first time in her Ministerial career.

“Given her reputation, it comes as no surprise to learn that 6 countries have already refused to grant her asylum to live in their countries as she now wishes to leave Nigeria at the earliest possible opportunity,” it said.

BCA recalled President-elect Muhammadu Buhari lamenting that the rest of the world looks at Nigeria as the home of corruption, one where stealing is not corruption but a way of life, and that his administration will pursue all public offices and individuals who are believed to be guilty of corruption.

It observed that despite an earlier promise, it is now understood that Buhari’s anti-corruption fishing net will include Ministers currently serving under President Goodluck Jonathan. Alison-Madueke’s departure from Nigeria is likely to be followed by several other PDP elders, party members and supporters as well as some former Government officials, as Buhari’s anti-corruption drive will be far-reaching.

“It will be very interesting to learn in the coming months exactly how far back in Nigeria’s history his administration will go in the pursuance of those who have robbed Nigeria of US$ 1 trillion, which is the latest estimated figure of theft from the Nigerian treasury between the period 1960-2005. Given that President Jonathan’s administration is considered the most corrupt of any of its predecessors, that figure is going to be considerably magnified, but whether the new President will wish to pursue former Heads of State is a matter of interest and considerable debate to Nigerian observers. It is this subject that is primarily responsible for Buhari’s success in winning the election as well as his campaign promises to eradicate Boko Haram, revive the economy and rebuild Nigeria to make its position as the number one country in Africa.

While BCA agreed that the March/April 2015 were “the most credible elections in Nigeria’s history”, it said they could not be called the most incorruptible.

On the contrary, it referred to them as the worst because of the amount of money that the PDP so freely and openly spent on trying to secure the re-election of Mr. Jonathan.

“The stories and reports from throughout the 36 States of the amount of money distributed by the PDP to elders, rulers, church leaders, unions and youth leaders amongst others in an endeavour to favour the voters towards the PDP has backfired badly,” the report said.

BCA said that if the 2011 elections were considered bad, the 2015 elections will undoubtedly go down as the most corrupt in Nigeria’s history, certainly since 1999, as the amount of money being distributed as bribes primarily by the PDP so very openly would readily confirm.

It reported that since November when campaigning began, President Jonathan and General Buhari during their travels made no fewer than 109 promises of what they intend to achieve if given the mandate in the presidential election.

“President Jonathan’s campaign continued to hinge on his party’s Transformation Agenda and the achievements of his Government in the last 4 years, particularly in the agricultural sector, job creation and the empowerment of women,” the report said. In that regard, it credited Jonathan as having achieved a great deal during his tenure.

It said it was however Jonathan’s failures – rampant corruption, insecurity, inability to eliminate the Boko Haram insurgency, failure in such sectors as the economy, and power in particular, and the overall feeling that he was ruled rather than led – that have cost him his re-election bid.

The report also stated that in the 2015 elections, up to 250 Nigerians lost their lives, describing that deplorable record as speaking volumes for the control achieved by the Police at the campaign rallies by the two main candidates.

It described the cost of the campaigns of the two main parties as “simply staggering”, noting that by the first week of March, Buhari had spent some N332.58 billion as compared to the expenditure of President Jonathan which amounted to N1.05 trillion.

“This is without taking into account the cost of other expenses for such items as campaign rallies, where the PDP has spent N1.06 billion against Muhammadu Buhari’s APC’s N595.08 million, and clearly demonstrates the desperate lengths that the PDP have gone to in order to try and secure the re-election of President Jonathan.”

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Nigeria Civil Defence Officer Brutalized FREEPRESS publisher

An officer of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps, Mr Omueti Iregbeyen Chickson brutalized Mr Erasmus Ikhide, a one time Senior Special Assistant to Governor Adams Oshiomhole and currently Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State.

Mr Erasmus was said to have travelled to his hometown, ERUERE in Owan West Local Government to exercise his franchise, to vote like every other Nigerians, but suffered criminal brutality in hands of Mr Iregbeyen Chickson who was deployed from the Edo State Command of the Nigerian Civil Defence Headquarters.

Eye witness accounts stated that trouble started when Mr Chickson arrived at Polling Unit 2 were the victim registered to vote in company of three other officers and the pilot of the Hilux car who is also an officer of the Corps.

It was alleged that before the assailant got to polling unit 2, a PDP agent named Mr Wilson Ilevbaogun from another polling unit close by pointed at Mr Erasmus before the assailant vicious attack on him.

Our investigation revealed that on getting to the polling unit where the victim was standing in the cue along with other voters, Mr Chickson descended on him without hesitation.

The incidence created scene at the polling station which made voters to run for their dear lives as the said officer cocked his gun and started shooting into the air.

It was at this stage our client was assisted by some good Samaritans, who rushed him to a nearby medicine store for first aid treatment.

Normalcy later returned to the polling units after the victim was rushed to the nearby clinic for First-Aid treatment. Calls put across to Mr Iregbeyen Chickson and the Commandant in charge of Edo State Nigerian Civil Defence Corps was not answered.

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BBOG Commemorates One Year Anniversary Of Chibok Girls Abduction As Military Keeps Mum

As today marks one year since over 200 girls were abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, by the Boko Haram terror sect, the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group would conclude its one week of global action on the clamour for the girls’ rescue from captivity.

According to the group, the week of global action is meant to raise awareness and also demand expeditious global campaign to accelerate all efforts being coordinated by the Nigerian government and her allies towards their rescue.
Of 276 girls originally abducted a year ago, 57 escaped from the terrorists while 219 of them are still missing.

The one week of global action began last week Wednesday with a media briefing at Unity Fountain in Abuja, where the plans for the commemoration were unveiled.

The next day, the group held a walkathon and repeated the same exercise on Friday, but this time tied the red ribbon from Unity Fountain all the way up Shehu Shagari Way, up to the Police Force Headquarters and back.

Also, that same day, special prayers were held at Unity Fountain in Abuja, and a sermon with the topic, “The role of girl child education in Islam”, was preached.
The group on Saturday had a social media network awareness especially on Twitter where they succeeded in having a tweethaton.

The next day, the group held a special service in churches across Nigeria and the world, where the prayer request was for a miracle that would bring the girls back alive.

Although the special commemorative service billed to hold yesterday was postponed for a later date, the  #ChibokGirls monument was unveiled, after which a vigil and candlelight procession was held.

Another highlight of the commemoration was the plan to select 219 Chibok ambassadors who would today carry the message for the rescue of the girls.
According to Co-convener, BBOG and former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, “Their peers that signed up and were selected as our #ChibokGirlsAmbassadors will be the ones carrying the message for their rescue.”

The #ChibokGirls Ambassadors, who are part of the Global Schoolgirl March, are expected to stage a march today from the Unity Fountain to the Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Secretariat, Abuja.

Also to mark the anniversary of the missing girls, it was gathered that the famous Empire State Building in New York would be lit today in purple and red in honour of the BBOG campaign.

The organisers explained that while the red colour stands for the BBOG’s chosen colour, the purple stands for the campaign to end violence against women.

The BBOG on Monday also embarked on a silent protest over the lack of knowledge about the true status of the girls.

The protesters in their normal red attires used red cellotape to seal up their mouths to show their displeasure with the federal government’s silence on the whereabouts or true status of the girls.

One of the leaders of the group, Dr. Emmanuel Shehu, confirmed that as part of activities lined up to commemorate the disappearance of the girls, over 150 teenagers named ‘Chibok Girls Ambassadors’ would stage a solidarity rally for the missing schoolgirls.

The rally, according to Shehu, would commence by 10 am today from Unity Fountain to strategic places in Abuja such as the Three Arms Zone, Maitama, Wuse and other places to call attention to the need to rescue the missing girls.
Also showing their support, about 900 Bangladeshi students yesterday stood in solidarity with the BBOG group in Nigeria, creating the hashtag #EndChildMarriage.

In a picture posted on the twitter handle of @WGLBangladesh, it showed girls with cut out papers spelling out ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ at the Tillagaon High School, in Kuluara, Mouivibazar, Bangladesh.

In the same vein, Nobel Peace laureate, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai wrote a letter to the Chibok girls, where she lamented that both the Nigerian government and international community had failed them.

She said: “In my opinion, Nigerian leaders and the international community have not done enough to help you. They must do much more to help secure your release. I am among many people pressuring them to make sure you are freed.
“Nigerian forces are re-gaining territory and protecting more schools. Nigeria’s newly elected president, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed to make securing your freedom a top priority and promised his government will not tolerate violence against women and girls.

“I look forward to the day I can hug each one of you, pray with you and celebrate your freedom with your families. Until then, stay strong and never lose hope. You are my heroes.”

Also in Lagos today, the Women for Peace and Justice group, one of the foremost groups championing the cause of the missing girls, would hold a briefing and a rally to mark the one-year anniversary.

According to information by Temitope Olajiga, the rally will kick off at Falomo roundabout between 6 pm and 8 pm.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian military has refused to speak on the fate of over 200 girls who were abducted from Government Secondary School (GSS), Chibok, Borno State exactly one year ago by Boko Haram terrorists.

All efforts to get the military authorities to comment on the issue proved abortive as spokespersons for the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) and Nigerian Army shied away from discussing the matter.

It was gathered that the decision not to speak on the missing girls was deliberate in order not to be caught making statements that might require unnecessary retractions or clarifications.

“If I will tell you the truth, the authorities don’t want to speak on this matter because we don’t want to be dragged into its unnecessary controversies,” a military source said.

Already, the source added, there is indication that some of these girls might have been killed in Bama and other places with some likely to be held in Sambisa forest but that is yet to be verified.

The DHQ has on more than one occasion been forced to clarify or retract statements on the Chibok girls.

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How Soldiers Aided Boko Haram to Capture Gwoza, Escapee Narrates, Indicts Chadian Govt

By NewsRescue

Today NewsRescue met with man from Gwoza whose identity we must conceal. His revelations are quite shocking.

The man told us that when Boko Haram took over Gwoza, on that day he saw military helicopters providing weapons and other dangerous material tot he terrorists in nearby villages. The man said that the villagers complained about this but no one in the Nigerian military responded.

He said before Boko Haram took over Gwoza, the inhabitants were told not to out that day that (soldiers) had security information that Boko Haram were in other villages. The soldiers then said that they will go and reconstruct the bridge that was bombed by the Boko Haram ( though he again narrated that actually it was not Boko Haram that had bombed the bridge in the first instance but soldiers) after they reconstruct it they again came back to the town and the next day they (the soldiers) packed all their belongings in Gwoza and the told the people that the were going to villages around to confront Boko Haram.

The people did not know the soldiers were actually retreating. Barely 3 hours after they left, Boko Haram invaded and took over Gwoza.

The man told us that the same tactics was used used in taking over Mubi; after soldiers said they planned to take over Michika but the bridge was already bombed and that they will reconstruct it; after they reconstructed it on that day DHQ sent weapons so that they will reclaim Michika which was taken over by Boko Haram. Again they allowed Boko Haram to capture Mubi.

Additionally, fuel tanker escorts with police or soldiers some times are seen going to the villages where Boko Haram are aalso taking food stuff and other materials. They park the trucks and leave it for the terrorists to come and take.

Ali Modu Sheriff

One of his sisters who ran away from Gwoza told him that when Boko Haram were in control of Gwoza, they were told that a special guest will visit them one day. To their surprise, in the morning they were called to come out and welcome the guest; as they came out they saw black SUV jeep from which SAS, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff came out with militants surrounding him and as he greeted them, he ordered militants to bring out money inside the second jeep which they distributed to them. Later in the late afternoon he (SAS) left.

The janjaweed connection: Idris deby of Chad with Nigeria's President and ex-Governor of Borno, Ali Modu Sheriff

Chad Involvement

He also told us that one of his friends who come back Nigeria from Chad  last month told him that stolen vehicles including buses from state University Mubi with the name of university  written on the buses and with Adamawa state government plate number were being driven freely in Chad.

He said other Nigerian private vehicles with private plate numbers are  operating in Chad freely, and other stolen properties are being sold openly in many markets in Chad including building materials; he said to us that Chad only sent soldiers so that they will cover up their involvement in Boko Haram menace, if they are not involved then why does the Chadian Government allow stolen vehicles operate with Nigerian plate numbers, and the selling of other materials freely and openly in Chad without arresting the perpetrators or sending the  stolen properties back to Nigeria?

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