Muslim Group Calls For Arrest Of Comrade Chidi Over Alleged Terror Threat

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has called for the immediate arrest, detention and prosecution of Comrade Chidi for making terror threat against his fellow Nigerians.

Recall that Chidi, had on Saturday, called for the New Zealand treatment for Nigerian Muslims via his twitter handle @legitchidi

In a press statement signed by the Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he noted that the open threat is an open and direct terror threat against Nigerian Muslims.

“It is a call for chaos. Chidi’s call must be seen beyond just a call. This kind of person will go for mass killing of Muslims if he has access to any automatic weapon. Unfortunately that will not prove a challenge to him because already there is a proliferation of dangerous weapons around the country particularly now that we have just concluded the 2019 general elections”.  

“This man is not joking. He is dead serious. His exact words in the tweet show how serious he is. His words were, ‘Let them shift to Abuja Central Mosque abeg…we need them there’.

“A smart lawyer may want to trivialize that statement made by Chidi in his tweet. He may want to tell us that the pronoun ‘them’ in the tweet can be anybody. But Chidi’s reference to ‘them’ can be clearly deciphered by going backward to an earlier tweet by Dr. Joe Abah @DrJoeAbah.

“The latter had tweeted, ‘Why would anybody just go into a mosque where people are praying and kill them? Why? We must condemn all forms of extremism: religious, racial, ideological or political’. #NewZealandMosqueAttacks.

“This was the tweet to which Chidi responded. The fact that Dr. Joe Abah ended his tweet with #NewZealandMosqueAttacks makes Chidi’s target very clear. There is no iota of doubt, therefore, about who Chidi’s pronoun ‘them’ is referring to. That ‘them’ is clearly meant for the terrorists who killed 49 innocent Muslims who were praying inside mosques in New Zealand the previous day (Friday, 15th March, 2019). The terrorists also injured about 21 other Muslims.

“We charge the Nigerian security agencies to go after Comrade Chidi. He must be arrested and detained before he can carry out his planned mass murder. He should also be publicly prosecuted in order to serve as a deterrent to other criminally minded individuals like him.

MURIC also demanded tight security around mosques in view of the New Zealand incident. Akintola said, “The safety of Muslims who attend mosques is attracting greater attention in security circles in civilized environments.  Muslims have become endangered species around the globe and Nigerian security agencies should not be caught napping. Nowadays in America, uniformed and fully armed policemen stand by as Muslims offer Jumu’ah prayers in their mosques. Nothing stops the Nigerian police from doing the same.

“We therefore request for the visible presence of armed security personnel in every mosque around the country particularly during Jumu‘ah prayer on Fridays when mosques are filled to capacity.

“We make a similar request for our Christian neighbours. Armed policemen should be visible near churches around the country every Sunday during worship hours. MURIC’s interest lies in the safety of all, Christians and Muslims. Every Nigerian has the right to belong to the religion of his or her desire and no one has the right to kill worshippers.  

“On a final note, we call on Nigerians to realise that there are criminal elements and extremists in all religions. This is the reality we all must face. Each group must condemn the extremists in its midst and make them accountable before they turn peace-loving and law-abiding Nigerians against themselves in a war of attrition.

It is therefore high time we heeded the advice of the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, that both Christians and Muslims should unite to fight the evil ones in their midst”.

 

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INEC To Conclude Collation In Bauchi State

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it has approved the resumption and conclusion of the collation of results of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area in relation to the governorship and state constituency elections in Bauchi State.

The Commission in a statement said after due consideration of the report submitted by the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Bauchi State on the disruption of the collation process at the Tafawa Balewa collation centre which led to the cancelation of results for the entire local government, a committee was set up.

INEC said from the findings of the committee, it was observed that the results of seven out of 11 registration areas for the governorship and six out of 11 for state assembly elections were affected.

The statement said the investigation committee in its report established that the result in polling units and registration areas are available and in safe custody, noting that the number of cancelled votes for the four polling units in Ningi Local Government Area which was recorded as 25,330 in form EC40g (1) was incorrect, bringing the actual figure to 2,533.

INEC, therefore, decided that the error in the total number of cancelled votes in four polling units in Ningi Local Government Area should be corrected from 25,330 to 2,533 and consequently appealed to all stakeholders for continuous support and understanding.

The Commission also announced the appointment of a new collation and returning officer for Tafawa Balewa Local Government to continue and conclude the collation process in place of the original collation officer who withdrew from the exercise citing threats to her life and those of her family members, adding the collation process for the local government will resume on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

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FG Condemns Terrorist Attack On Places Of Worship In New Zealand

The Federal Government of Nigeria has condemned the terrorist attack on the two places of worship in the City of Christchurch in New Zealand.

This was contained in a statement signed by the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, George Ehidiamen Edokpa.

 The attacks which took place during Jumat prayers on Friday, March 15, 2019, killed over 40 Muslim worshippers and injured many others.

The Federal Government regretted the barbaric and vicious acts unleashed against innocent worshippers and stated that Nigeria stands in solidarity with New Zealand in their time of grief and fully supports the prosecution of the perpetrators of this heinous crime to the fullest extent of the law.

Edokpa condoled the government and the people of New Zealand and prayed for God to grant the families of the victims the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and wished the injured speedy recovery.

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Lagos Ibadan Railway 95% Complete – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has assured Nigerians that phase one of the Lagos Ibadan standard gauge rail project,which begins from Ebutte Metta will be ninety five percent complete by the second week of April.

Mr Amaechi made this known while speaking with newsmen during the monthly inspection of the rail project, he said work had reached an advanced stage.

The Minister of Transportation commended the contractors, the Chinese Civil Engineering Company for the pace of work and explained why the contract figure had to be reviewed upwards.

Mr Amaechi said the federal government was passionate about rail projects in the country because apart from easing transportation of goods it had already started creating employment.

The Construction of the Lagos Ibadan Standard guage rail line began in February,2017,and was expected to cost one point six billion dollars.

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Rescue Efforts On-Going At Collapsed Building Site In Ibadan

No fewer than 23 persons were trapped in a three-storey building under construction which collapsed in Ibadan on Friday, witnesses said.

The incident occurred about 5.30p.m.the witnesses told News Agency of Nigeria(NAN).

David Aderibigbe, a witness who lives close to the building site, said no fewer than 23 workers and two food vendors were trapped in the building.

He said that only six of the victims had been rescued from the debris by residents of the area.

“Some of the survivors of the incident who have been rescued told us there are no fewer than 23 workers on site and two traders.

“The survivor said one of the traders was trapped with her baby,” Aderibigbe said.

Aderibigbe said some of the victims had been making telephone calls to seek help.

Toheeb Gbadamosi, 19, one of the survivors, said, “Today is my first time of working at this place.

“I just came around in order to raise some money for my upkeep because things are difficult. I thank God that I came out of the rubble alive.”

Mojeed Agbaje, one of those involved in the rescue efforts, said two of his relatives (Tunde and Oladepo) were trapped in the building.

“I am worried because other people that I know are presently in the wreckage. Tunde sustained injuries on his face and limbs. We have taken him to Molete Hospital and he is recuperating,”

Mr Akin Makinde, the Secretary, Oyo State Emergency Management Agency, said the report of the accident was shocking.

He said that the agency had always warned builders to adhere to the building regulations to avoid disasters.

Makinde said that he had contacted an excavator to clear the wreckage to enable the rescue of others still under the rubble.

Meanwhile, fire servicemen, Red Cross and police personnel have deployed to the scene to help rescue victims.

Although the excavator had yet to arrive at the scene of the accident at the time of this report, sympathisers, comprising traders and residents besieged the scene and caused a gridlock.


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Obangame Express 2019 Opens In Lagos, As U.S. Equips Maritime Training School

On Thursday, senior leaders from the U.S. Africa Command and the Nigerian Navy, representatives of maritime forces from the Gulf of Guinea, Europe, North and South America, as well as regional and international organizations, gathered in Lagos for the opening ceremony of the 2019 Obangame Express.

Now in its ninth year, Obangame Express is an annual multinational maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation among the participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea.

Delivering welcoming remarks at the ceremony hosted by Nigeria’s Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, United States Consul General John Bray noted that Obangame Exercise has grown in leaps and bounds, both in complexity and in accomplishment.

“We note the efforts by regional navies to work together in the spirit of the Yaoundé Code of Conduct which is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness, information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise to enhance the collective capabilities of Gulf of Guinea and West African nations to counter sea-based illicit activity,” Consul General Bray remarked.

As part of the events to open the 2019 Obangame Express, Consul General Bray and Vice Admiral Ibas commissioned the Nigerian Navy’s Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Training School in Apapa. The training school was built by the Nigerian Navy and equipped by the United States Navy.  

“The Maritime Domain Awareness Training School in Apapa is one of the most evident examples of our enduring partnership. This school will be a regional center of excellence in the area of maritime domain awareness where neighboring countries will be trained,” Consul General Bray added.

In her remarks, Director, Directorate of Intelligence, U.S. Africa Command, Rear Admiral Heidi Berg, lauded the commitment of the 33 nations scheduled to participate in this year’s exercise.

According to her, illicit maritime activities such as illegal fishing, trafficking of weapons, narcotics and people, as well as the ongoing threat of piracy, undermine the rule of law, food security, and economic development in the region.

“This exercise is a clear demonstration of the United States’ dedication to combat these illicit activities and help our partners in the Gulf of Guinea to provide security for their resources, their economy, and their people. Obangame Express 2019 will make the region a safe place for maritime commerce and ultimately help increase prosperity of the region,” Rear Admiral Berg said.

Obangame Express is part of a comprehensive strategy by U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa to provide collaborative opportunities among African forces and international partners that address maritime security concerns.   The Nigerian Navy is hosting the 2019 exercise from March 14 to 22.

The word “Obangame” comes from the Fang language of southern Cameroon and other parts of Central Africa. It means “togetherness.” 

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BMO Hails Buhari’s Foresight As Non-Oil Exports Rise 15%

The 15 percent rise in foreign exchange earnings from non-oil export is a vindication of President Muhammadu Buhari’s foresight in diversifying the Nigerian economy.

According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), the expansion in production of agricultural commodities for export, and mining of non-oil minerals is pulling in more foreign exchange for Africa’s biggest economy. 

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said that Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s latest figures on earnings from non-oil and electricity exports which increased by 15 percent to $1,034.59 million in Q4 2018 “is a clear manifestation of the wisdom in Buhari’s economic diversification effort.

“CBN statistics which indicate a favourable provisional Balance of Payments (BOP) for Q4 2018 with a surplus of $2.80bn is proof that Nigeria’s effort to reduce unnecessary imports and increase exports is working to our national advantage.

“We expect Nigerians to appreciate that it is a significant economic achievement for the country’s Current Account Balance (CAB) to have improved from a deficit of $1,544.41 million in Q3 2018 to a surplus of $1,104.57 million in Q4 2018. 

“This achievement did not happen on its own, but a result of sound economic management by the administration and its agencies that are working in harmony to achieve the vision of President Buhari to reset the economy, sustain and deepen the status of our economy as the largest on the African continent.”

The pro-Buhari group specifically praised the CBN for its diligent management of the country’s foreign exchange chest and turning the nation’s financial account balance with assets of $2,327.91 million in the period under review against net financial liabilities of $4,615.17 million recorded in the preceding period.

“The impact of restriction on access to foreign exchange at official rates for the frivolous importation of certain goods has had a significant impact in checking leakages of the country’s foreign exchange reserves by increasing the surplus in the goods account.

“It is significant to note that the CBN says surplus in the Goods Account increased significantly to $6.794 billion in Q4 2018 from surpluses of $3.76 billion in the preceding quarter and $5.473 billion recorded in the corresponding period of 2017.”

BMO said the decrease in the imports bills by 21 per cent to $9.862 billion, which is  below the level recorded in the preceding quarter is proof that Nigerians are looking inward in their consumption pattern as this was as a result of 20 percent decrease in the import of non-oil products.

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Nigerians Don’t Ask For Too Much – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigerians don’t ask for too much, noting that, they deserve a better life which the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is keen on delivering.

Speaking at the PMB/PYO Volunteers Appreciation Dinner held at the Banquet Hall, Abuja on Thursday, Prof. Osinbajo said President Buhari’s integrity is a key attribute needed to move Nigeria forward.

READ FULL SPEECH BELOW:

Just before I make a couple of remarks, we know that a few of our supporters lost their lives during the course of the campaign. I want us to stand for a moment and observe a minute of silence in honour of them. We thank the Lord for their souls and ask for comfort for all members of their family in Jesus name.

For me, this campaign was about the Nigerian people. One of the things I discovered, and I’m sure most of us know, is that our people are so trusting and supportive of their leaders everywhere. I think that one of the major characteristics of Nigerians is how supportive they are and also they don’t ask for too much. They never really ask for anything that is impossible to do.

For many of us, as we went around the country, we realised the tremendous amount of work that we need to do and our capacity to do so much work and what our people need. As a matter of fact, I don’t know any nation where the people are so generous no matter how poor they are.

I met a woman in one of the markets in Kwara State, and she gave us some vegetables and I thought she wanted to sell them, but she was actually offering it to us free. I thought to myself, here is this woman I should be giving something to and she is the one giving a gift instead. That is just a typical Nigerian. I was walking past another woman in Kogi while shaking hands with people there, she gave me N200. I thought to myself, I am the one meant to be giving her something.

There was another elderly woman here in Gwagwalada, and that made the news, she pulled me aside and said, “Young man, you need prayers” and she prayed for me. People saw her holding my hands and praying for me, and I thought to myself, I am meant to be offering these people comfort and succour, but they are hopeful and offering the support, comfort, love and all of the things they thought at the time that we needed.

 On behalf of all of us who are here, I want to say a very big thank you to the Nigerian people for their contributions to getting us back here.

We visited many homes across the country; we did the house-to-house campaign, visiting many homes and most of those homes were the homes of the poor. But they were still very hospitable and they would still ask, “What will you eat? What will you drink?”

I remember an encounter in Idanre, Ondo State, where we met a man; he was so excited we visited him in his home. He said, “This your government is the best I have ever seen.”  He said all sorts of very nice things, then the Local Chairman of the APC in Idanre said to him, “But you are PDP this man.” The man then said, “How can you say I am PDP? Okay, I used to be PDP, but from now on, I am now APC!”

It struck me that what we need to do more is connect with the people that we govern. All that the people want are opportunities for us to interact more with them. Somebody who gave a speech earlier said that we should govern in this same way.

One of the complaints that people made about our government is that we didn’t communicate well enough and people didn’t even know what we had done. I think they were probably right, and we did very well in terms of our messaging during the 2015 campaign, but thereafter, we seemed to have slacked and over time, the opposition began to get the better of us, especially on Social Media and Radio. But all of that is definitely going to change.

I am going to take on everyone who has challenged us on this matter, including the gentleman who has offered his services for communication purposes because this has to be a joint effort in ensuring that we put across our point of view. 

Everybody knows that this was not exactly an easy campaign but I believe that God saw, first the heart of Mr President. Here is an honest man, and as I said during the course of the campaign, even his worst enemies agree that he is a man of integrity.

In any event, there are many few Nigerians who would have been Minister of Petroleum, Governor of the whole of the Northeast, Head of State, not once or twice, but thrice, and still have just one home in Kaduna and some very modest place in Daura. Very few people are like that.

When I looked at his assets declaration form, I was checking it in 2015, I said to him, “Mr President, I am so much richer than you, it is an embarrassment.” He said, “I am only a soldier, you are a big lawyer so you should have more money than me.” I can tell you that he is perhaps; even poorer than he was in 2015 when I saw his declaration of assets form. 

We are all grateful to God for this great victory, and the real heroes are you all seated here today, who went out every day to campaign and talk about what you believed about our government, what you thought this government could do for the Nigerian people.

One thing that is clear to me is that your belief and commitment were not wrongly placed. You are absolutely right that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is the appropriate and right government for Nigeria at this time.

And the simple reason why that is so is that today what our country needs the most is honest government, that’s what our country needs. And I’ll tell you why as I repeated many times in the course of the campaign; our country is not short of ideas, projects or money. What we are short of is integrity in office. Corruption is the major problem that our country has faced. And once we are able to deal with it effectively, and we will, we will be the great nation we ought to be.

I was saying to someone that this same President, President Muhammadu Buhari, of the four refineries that we have in our country today, he built three of them when he was Minister of Petroleum. Then he built 3km of pipelines, how much has been added to it since then?

So, you don’t need to be a great orator. And this is one of the responses I gave to people when they were saying – “oh the president doesn’t talk.” He doesn’t need to be an orator; all he needs to do is be a doer. And that is what he is doing today.

And what we’ve seen today is despite the fact that we are earning 60% less than the previous government, we are spending almost 8 times more especially for capital projects. Why? Because the president is not stealing the money, simple! That is why we are able to spend more.

And just in terms of achievements in infrastructure, the Lagos-Kano rail, we have just commissioned the first phase, which is the Lagos-Abeokuta-Ibadan, and we are going to complete the Lagos-Kano rail.

We completed the Itakpe-Warri rail after 5 years it has been completed. Even the Abuja Light rail that was started in 2005 has just been completed.

We put money aside to do the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, which had been practically abandoned; they would start and stop, they put it into the budget, but it would disappear. Today, the money is there to complete it.

Sometimes, I talk to my friends in the Southeast about the second Niger Bridge, which was commissioned in 2014, but it was not designed, it was just commissioned. How does anybody do that? Today, the highest amount of money as an immediate payment for any project we have ever done was for the second Niger Bridge, 33 billion immediate payment for that bridge. That is the highest amount of money we have ever put for one single payment.

We’re going to start the Mambila Project, and have put money aside for it. All these projects are projects that the President himself not just negotiated, but supervises on a regular basis.

And that is the thing; a lot of work needs to be done in this country. Infrastructures we need to put in place will be put in place. And the reason why is because the President is not a thief. And that is to just put it very simply. Many believe that the government is very complicated, no. If the man who is in charge is honest, everything we want to be done will be done, just take a look at our Social Investment Programmes.

I was saying to some group of people that today we are feeding 9.2 million children every single day as part of our school feeding programme. We’re paying for 500,000 N-Power beneficiaries every month. We have given almost 2million traders TraderMoni loans, and almost 500,00 MarketMoni. Apart from that, we are giving N5,000 to the poorest of the poor per month, we are now approaching 500,000 and we are going to do a million.

All of that has still not cost us N300billion. Yet some people ran a programme called Sure-P, and we cannot find a single beneficiary and it cost N700billion. On everything I’ve said, we still haven’t spent N300billion in 2 years.

So, it’s not as if this business of doing the right thing is rocket science. The major thing is an honest man, as we have an honest man, everything we want to be done is what will be done.

And I believe very strongly with your support, all of what we wish and want for our country will be done.

And by the grace of God, every one of the infrastructure projects we want to be done will be done. Our economy will turn around and we will see prosperity in this great nation of ours.

Finally, let me just say that we are still not done with elections. On the 23rd of March, we still have some outstanding states. As you know, we are re-running in 6 States. All of the efforts that we need to put into those 6 States should be done, we cannot afford to slack up and say we are done; we still have some things to do.

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MAPOLY Lecturers Seek Quick Intervention Of Abiodun In Institution’s Crises

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic chapter, Abeokuta has requested the Governor-Elect of Ogun state to urgently attend to the lingering crises of the over 40-year old institution, as soon as he is sworn in by May this year.

The union made the request during a Congratulatory visit to the Governor-Elect of ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun in his Iperu home, Ogun state.

Led by its Chairman,Mr Babatunde Osifalujo , the union maintained that the birth of a university should not disturb the existence of MAPOLY which has been sustaining itself for over four decades.

‘ The decision of Governor Amosun to upgrade MAPOLY to a University of Science and Technology and the creation of a new Polytechnic at Ipokia has grossly affected the only source of IGR to MAPOLY’ Osifalujo lamented.

He pleaded with the incoming Governor to expedite action towards reviving Mapoly as the institution has a large landmass that could accommodate the two institutions.

In his remark, the Governor-Elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun appreciates the ASUP leaders for the visit and assured them that he would soon invite all parties involved in a bid to resolving all lingering issues.

He also promised to replicate the trust of people with good governance that would affect the lives of masses positively.

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Lagos Building Collapse: LASEMA Says Over 40 Victims Rescued

The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, has said more than 40 people have surviced yesterday’s collapse building in Lagos.

Briefing newsmen at the site of the disaster, Mr. Tiamiyu disputed the rumours that the collapsed building housed over one hundred pupils.

According to him, that could not have been true,noting that he has official record and would release it soon.

On recurrence of similar incidents in the state , Mr. Tiamiyu said his agency cannot pull down people’s houses that are designated weak but would work with  agencies in charge if they come up with certified reports of such buildings.Concerning the number of casualties so far, Mr. Tiamiyu said though there are many casualties recorded since yesterday with one more body recovered from the debris at 3 am this morning, he would not want to put a figure on the total number until he hears from the state ministry of health which is in charge of the hospitals.

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Lagos School Collapse: Parents Appeal To Govt For Aid

Following the collapsed school building on Massey Street in Lagos Island, parents, families and relatives of affected children have appealed to the state government for medical aid.

Mr. Suraju Ogedemgbe who had four children in the school, explained that her wife fainted after loosing three children to the tragic incident while the only one who sustained injury is now stable .

In Gbagada General Hospitals, families of victims of the collapse appealed to government to foot the bills.

The Medical Director of Lagos General hospital, Dr. Ismail Ganikale who confirmed that the patients were recuperating, appealed to Lagosians to support the patients through blood donation.

The Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Saliu Oseni, who went round the hospitals to ensure that his members were up and doing, stated that the statistics of casualties could not be ascertained at the moment.

He noted that no victim was brought to the hospital since last night and stressed the need for government to  give necessary support to  families who lost their children and those who were still on treatment.

The families said they were hopeful that others still trapped in the rubble would be rescued.

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Election Success Boosts Nigeria’s Economic Outlook- BMO

The generally peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria in which President Muhammadu Buhari was re-elected has restored confidence in the Nigerian economy, with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) growing and boosting the prospects of the largest economy in Africa.

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says figures collated by its Economic Team and various credible sources indicate that the $16 billion traditional outflow reported by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in December 2018 on the eve of the elections has ended, with many of them returning, alongside other investors in the real sectors.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO emphasised that the economic prospects for the country are excellent, based on internationally recognized indices. 

“Analysts in various institutions including FocusEconomics’ panelists see GDP increasing 2.3% in 2019 on the back of the impact made by the country’s economic diversification, liquidity and prudent management of foreign exchange, which facilitates easy repatriation of profit by investors.

“Recent data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), shows that the Nigeria’s economic growth gained traction and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded 2.4% annually in Q4, well above Q3’s 1.8% increase. 

“The 2.3 per cent growth in agriculture contributed to the north-bound trajectory of the GDP and general economic outlook. The proposed investment of $1.5 billion by Morocco’s OCP Group on three ammonia plants to boost fertiliser production will deepen the country’s agriculture-driven economic diversification.”

The BMO noted the report by FocusEconomics which says: “The services sector gained steam, with growth hitting a multi-year high in Q4 largely on the back of buoyant activity in the information and communication industries. Moreover, industrial output rebounded from the previous quarter, owing to stronger gains in manufacturing.”

The group also noted that economic growth in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari is further aided by higher and stable oil production, a stronger policy on gas flaring and huge government spending on economic infrastructure – roads, railways, airports, water transportation, increased power generation and stronger electricity distribution network.

BMO thereby urged all Nigerians to redouble their efforts in agricultural and other economic activities to increase the economic growth, generate more wealth, lift more Nigerians out of poverty and raise their living standard on sustainable basis.

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