Buhari’s Victory: We Expected No Less, Says BMO

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has commended members of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) for not being deterred by threats and intimidation from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its agents to taint its sense of justice.

This,  the group said, is proof that the Justices are men of honour that cannot be intimidated by social media bullies bent on arm-twisting them to ignore the evidence tabled before the tribunal.

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that it was expecting nothing less than the outright dismissal of the petition like the panel members did.

“It was glaring to everyone, aside from PDP elements, that the petition challenging the overwhelming electoral victory of President Muhammadu Buhari was not only frivolous, but also useless as Festus Keyamo famously said soon after the case was filed.

“However, the Tribunal has now further shown how ridiculous the electoral challenge was and made it clear that the President was duly qualified to contest in the February 23, 2019 election in the first place, on the basis of educational qualification and professional attainment.

“To quote the panel directly, it said President Buhari ‘is not only qualified but also eminently qualified’ to stand for election. This is a direct message to naysayers.

“And to make matters worse for the petitioners, the Tribunal questioned the sense in querying the President’s assertion that his certificates were with the Army even when the Army authorities alluded to it when the matter was brought up in 2015., and even went further to quote the President’s grades in the subjects he sat for.

“It is also worthy of note that the Justices were emphatic in brushing aside claims by the petitioners that results were transmitted through electronic means to a server at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”

The group then urged opposition elements who claimed to be awaiting the Tribunal verdict before recognising the President to keep their promise.

“We know that a few people, including the elder statesman Pa Ayo Adebanjo, factional leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group Afenifere, had insisted that they would not recognise President Buhari until they know the outcome of the Tribunal.

“And now that the five-member panel has affirmed that the President was duly elected, we expect that a gentleman like Pa Adebanjo will toe the path of honour.

“We acknowledge that it is within the right of the opposition to go to the Supreme Court but we hope that the former Vice President would see the handwriting on the wall and accept that he lost the election fair and square.”

BMO also solicited the support of Nigerians for the success of President Buhari’s second term in office and assured them that they would not be disappointed

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Waste Management : LAWMA CEO, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (@muyiwag) Explains Bluebox Initiative

“The cleanliness is essential to conducting nano-scale research.” — George Adams

The Blue Box Program is a single stream recyclable collection program that will encourage separation of recyclable materials from the general waste at the point of generation. Recycling bags will be distributed to households by franchised recyclers for separation of recyclables. The bags would be collected on designated dates by the assigned recycler and transported to the sorting hubs within the area at designated days of the week. Respective recyclers who are franchise holders, would come to pick up the boxes. Colour-coded bags will be distributed by recyclers and Environmental volunteer corps who will educate and encourage participation and also collate data on field. The collected recyclables will then be transported to the Community Recycling Centre in that area, for further sorting and sale to off-takers.

As a way of encouraging compliance, LAWMA would promote the sorting culture with a reward system. Participatory households would accumulate coupons distributed by the franchisee which will be exchanged with several redeemable options, which include but not limited to reduction in amount paid for waste bills.

Distinguished guests, the process is already in the works and it is important to stress, that individuals/Recyclers who exhibit capacity to collect at LGs and LCDAs are expected to have a minimum of 5-ton or 10-ton truck for collection of recyclables from door steps, in addition to a sorting centre measuring a minimum of 1000 square kilometers in the area of operation. The state and local governments will partner to provide space for Community Recycling Centres.

The Community Recycling Centres will be a platform to harness the expertise of the scavengers, where we will re-orientate and reintegrate as resource managers, thereby allaying the negative impact of their means of livelihood. Many of our youth who are jobless will also find employment and livelihood at the Community Resource Centres.

We will engage respective communities and deploy massive public enlightenment and sensitization, to encourage public support and general compliance.

To ensure sustainability of the program, corporate organization would also be co-opted to support the program through introduction of reward system that would further encourage participation.

BENEFIT

? To capture about fifty (50) percent of recyclables upstream with zero tolerance for scavenging by June 2021.

? Attract Major investors, create green jobs and further strengthen the sector and reorientation of scavengers and integration as Resource Managers at the Community Recycling centers where their expertise will be needed.

? Reducing the negative impact on their means of livelihood.

? Encourage zero waste generation in the State and promote an healthier and cleaner environment.

? Reduce our carbon footprint.

? Increase economic security by tapping domestic source of material

This is envisaged as a new era, that will usher in the clean city and friendly environment, jobs and lots of business opportunities for all.

I welcome you all once again and I welcome you to the beginning of a new and Greater Lagos. Eko a Sanwa o

Dr. Olumuyiwa Gbadegesin

Managing Director/CEO LAWMA

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President Buhari Commends Boss Mustapha’s Hard Work As He Marks Birthday

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha as “a hardworking and committed public official.”

In a goodwill message to the SGF on the occasion of his 63rd birthday, the President wrote: “I am proud of your amazing zeal and commitment to duty and your passion for the progress of Nigeria.”

According to the President, Boss Mustapha “is a team leader who inspires others in addition to his humility, which are essential ingredients of leadership.”

“Since your appointment as SGF, you have carried out your responsibilities with humility and impressive dedication, and I urge you not to rest on your oars”, President Buhari further noted. 

He wished him many Happy Returns.

Garba Shehu 

Senior Special Assistant to the President 

(Media & Publicity) 

September 4, 2019 

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Culture, Veritable Tool For Peace, Sustainable Development – Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has
tasked the Director Generals and Chief Executive Officers of agencies
in the Culture Sector to explore culture as a potent tool for
promoting peace and sustainable development in the country.

The Minister gave the challenge in Abuja on Tuesday when he received
the Director Generals and the Chief Executive Officers of the agencies
on a courtesy visit.

“In particular, I want to challenge you to explore and exploit the
possibility of using culture as a tool for peace and sustainable
development in our country. As you are aware, we are presently beset
with a myriad of social vices, including ethno-religious crisis,
banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, drug abuse and child trafficking.

“These problems are not unconnected to the breakdown in moral values
and increasing disregard for our cultural values,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed reminded the DGs and CEOs of the role of culture in
ensuring societal peace and sustainable development, as well as
strengthening international relations, which was at the core of this
year’s World Cultural Day with the theme “Culture for Sustainable
Peace and Development”.

He said that at the moment, the country needs cultural renaissance in
order to inculcate the values that promote peace and unity among the
citizens.

The Minister, who said his reappointment is a mark of the confidence
reposed in him by the President and the appreciation of the modest
successes achieved by the ministry in the first term, urged the heads
of the agencies to gird their loins in readiness for more work, as the
Buhari Administration takes the nation to the Next Level.

In his remarks, the Leader of the delegation and the Director General
of the National Council For Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe,
said the DGs and CEOs came to congratulate the Minister and to thank
the President for re-appointing him as the Minister of Information and
Culture.

“My colleagues from the Culture Sector said it has become necessary to
come and join you in celebrating and thanking God for this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said, noting that this is the
first time a minister is being returned to his seat in this sector.

Other members of the delegation are the Acting Director Generals of
the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation, Mrs. Ndidi
Aimienwauu; National Gallery of Art, Dr. Simon Ikpakronyi; National
Institute For Hospitality and Tourism, Alhaji Momoh Kabiru; National
Commission for Museums and Monuments, Mr. Aliyu Abdu and the Acting
Executive Secretary, National Institute For Cultural Orientation, Mr.
Louis Eriomala.

Segun Adeyemi
SA To Hon Minister of Information and Culture

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Largest Solar Plant In Africa Opens In Bayero University Kano

Solar power projects being commissioned under the Energizing Education Programme of the Buhari administration is a testament to the fulfilment of its Next Level agenda, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Tuesday in Kano State, where he commissioned the 7.1MW solar hybrid power plant in Bayero University Kano, which is the largest off grid solar hybrid power plant in Africa.

The Vice President further said the solar hybrid power plant was ‘just one touch point of progress and impact within this Administration’s Next Level agenda. The Federal Government is committed to powering Nigeria; one university, one market, one community at a time.”

This is the second solar plant to be commissioned by the Vice President within a period of about one month, following the first one in August – a 2.8 MW decentralized solar hybrid power plant at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo (FUNAI).

BUK is the second of the 37 federal universities and 7 teaching hospitals under the Federal Government’s Energizing Education Programme designed to provide sustainable and clean power supply around the country. It includes a solar hybrid power plant, renewable energy workshop and training centre and a solar powered street-lighting project.

“Notably today, we are also commissioning the largest off-grid solar hybrid power plant in Africa.  This is something we, as Nigerians, should all be proud of. This was only possible because various levels of government worked in tandem with the growing renewable energy private sector.”

“The installed 7.1MW decentralized solar hybrid power plant funded by the FGN green bond will supply over 58,000 students and staff with clean, safe and reliable electricity. I am sure that the entire student body, management and staff of Bayero University are proud to be beneficiaries of this, most especially as the only Federal University in Kano State and one of the longest standing ones. As a result, students can now focus on their academics and vocational training in a safer and illuminated environment,” Prof. Osinbajo said.

The Vice President emphasized that the ultimate goal of the Buhari administration’s Next level roadmap policies and objectives under the Energizing Education Programme is “to increase access to modern technical education in safe and illuminated learning environments, empower the girl child, create jobs in the power sector value chain, amongst others.”

He added, “Thus far, this project created 182 energy related jobs from power system engineers to electricians as well as trained 20 young female STEM students with the skills to contribute to strengthening our energy sector. It is initiatives like this that create the impact for Nigeria’s socio-economic growth.

“This significant initiative upholds the Federal Government’s adherence to global best practice, as we transition to cleaner sources of energy in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. These projects being implemented by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) are strategic to fulfilling our commitments to the Agreement as they strive to reduce Nigeria’s carbon footprint. 

“The leveraging of renewable energy technologies is in line with the Federal Government mandate and related activities. Nigeria’s plans to reduce carbon emissions by 20% unconditionally and 45% with international support by 2030 aims to limit the damaging effects of climate change.

“This remarkable off grid solar hybrid power plant being commissioned today, is already on its way to bringing these goals and objectives to fruition.”


Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
Office of the Vice President
4th September, 2019

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We ‘ll Work Closer With Ukraine, President Buhari Pledges

Nigeria will partner further with Ukraine to the benefit of both countries, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured.

The President spoke at State House, Abuja, Tuesday, while receiving in farewell audience the outgoing Ambassador of Ukraine, His Excellency Dr. Valeril Aleksandruk, who had spent over four years in Nigeria.

Ukraine currently collaborates with Nigeria in the areas of education, military cooperation, space exploration, and many others.

The outgoing Ambassador said: “There are almost 5,000 Nigerians currently studying in Ukraine. And the number increases every year. Education is a great investment for the future.”

Dr. Aleksandruk added that his country also supplies Nigeria military hardware and ammunition, particularly to fight insurgency, and also informed that two agreements have been signed by the countries on space exploration.

“We are ready for new level in bilateral relations,” the Ambassador submitted.

President Buhari wished him well in further assignments his country would give him.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media and Publicity)

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BMO To Nigerians: Rally Behind Your Country On $9.6bn Judgement Debt

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has appealed to Nigerians, regardless of political persuasions, to rally round the country as the government strives to stave off the largest financial liability in her history as a result of the botched controversial contract with Process and Industrial Development (P&ID).

According to the group, this is the best collective reaction rather than the divisive response to the $9.6bn arbitration award and the UK court’s enforcement judgement against Nigeria over a gas processing plant that was never built.

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that this is necessary because of the various anomalies in the process leading to the ‘award’ of the contract.

“This is the time the citizenry need to be supportive of efforts by the Federal Government to file a stay of execution, and also an appeal against a judgment that, if enforced, could see the country losing its prized assets to the British Virgin Islands-registered P&ID.

“Here is a contract that has been established to have been shrouded in secrecy, and we consider it more like an intentional act of fraud against the Nigerian state, considering that it did not pass through the proper process for contracts of that magnitude.

“Nigerians are aware that the contract was sealed by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources in January 2017 when the then President Umaru Yar’Adua was incapacitated, and there are suggestions that the signature of the former Minister, Dr Rilwan Lukman might even have been forged by some yet to be identified unknown state actors to commit the country to the deal.

“This was without recourse to the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) because of the nature of the contract and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) which is the highest decision making body in the land. Besides, the company seems like a portfolio firm incorporated in 2006 to secure the contract with Nigeria.

 “So just as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has said, there are sufficient and strong grounds for a successful appeal or an alternative resolution of a judgement that is 20% of Nigeria’s foreign reserves.

“We clearly cannot imagine the implication of a seizure of Nigeria’s oil cargoes, just like the hedge fund company that bought a stake in P&ID did to Argentina and Venezuela.

“This would certainly have an adverse effect on the economy and lead to problems that could impact negatively on the rest of Africa, if not the whole world,” BMO added.

The group also dismissed claims, mainly by representatives of P&ID, that negligence by the Buhari administration and a refusal by the government to enter an appeal for over five years worsened the situation.

“This narrative has for several weeks been the dominant one in the public space and has been further pushed by anti-government elements to paint President Muhammadu Buhari in a bad light.

“It is good that the Federal Government has now released a fact sheet showing the timelines from 2010 when the contract was signed to 2016 when the Attorney General of the Federation took over the case, as well as efforts by even the President to address the judgement debt.

“What this proves is that the Buhari administration never slept on Nigeria’s rights as many people are being led to believe by the company and its local collaborators bent on stampeding the country into negotiations.

“We are however hopeful that the government would take all necessary steps to act in the best interest of all Nigerians, rather than plunge the country into economic woes.”

BMO also urged the Federal Government to ensure a holistic investigation of the project which many Nigerians are convinced was designed to fail from the outset and bring the full force of the law to bear on identified culprits

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Attacks On Nigerians Reckless, Run Against Ideals South African Leaders Fought For, Says Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, spoke to reporters in Kano, just now, answering questions on the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa. Below are his verbatim comments:

“Let me say first that these recent attacks are condemnable. It is very sad and very unfortunate that the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians living in South Africa are once again being destroyed with such wantonness and with such carelessness and recklessness.

“It is unfortunate because Nigeria and Nigerians invested a great deal in the pulling down of apartheid. Besides, these acts of bigotry are entirely contrary to the very ideals that all the great South African leaders, including the present President fought for, and for which many gave their lives.

“Mr President has already spoken about this; and obviously we are very concerned and certainly intend to take this up with the authorities in South Africa in order to ensure that this sort of thing does not repeat itself. This is absolutely unacceptable and unconscionable.”

Released by:

Laolu Akande,
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity

Office of the Vice President
3rd September, 2019

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Xenophobic Attacks: Nigeria Deserves Better from South Africa – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) strongly condemns the recent South African xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, particularly on Nigerians, their property and businesses.

As a party, we are deeply saddened by these unwarranted attacks. Nigeria deserves better from South Africa. It is too early for South Africans to forget their country’s history. Many of the key players in the struggle against apartheid are still alive and active in the country’s national affairs. We therefore cannot understand why there seems to be a conspiracy of silence on their part.

The barbaric attack on citizens of other countries points to a failure of leadership. South African leaders cannot exonerate themselves from this cowardly act. We call on the South African ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) to urgently step in. This is completely at variance with what ANC stood for. The ANC government can no longer pretend about this obvious contradiction.

The violence being meted to Nigerians under ANC calls to question the very essence of the struggle against apartheid in which Nigeria was a frontline ally of South Africa. How can those who supported you and made huge sacrifices for your freedom become fair games to be murdered in cold blood?

Perhaps there is a disconnect between the younger and older generations of South Africa. The older generation cannot sit back while the uninformed youths and some South African public officials in their quest for inordinate populism destroy what we collectively achieved over several decades of sacrifice and brotherliness.

Today, our Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians. This is one of the first steps in this government’s proactive response to this unfortunate incident. We assure Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would continue to take decisive measures. The safety of Nigerians – home and abroad – is non-negotiable to the APC administration.

SIGNED:

Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu

National Publicity Secretary

All Progressives Congress (APC)

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Xenophobic Attacks: President Buhari Despatches Special Envoy To South Africa

President Muhammadu Buhari has noted with deep concern, reported attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since August 29, 2019.

Consequently, the President has instructed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to summon the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria and get a brief on the situation; express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens; and assurance of the safety of their lives and property.

President Buhari has also despatched a Special Envoy to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa his concerns and also interact with his South African counterpart on the situation.

The Special Envoy is expected to arrive in Pretoria latest Thursday, September 5, 2019.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

September 3, 2019

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Xenophobic Attacks: FG Will Push For Accountability, Compensation For Nigerians Who Suffered Losses – Minister

The minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has promised that the federal government will push for accountability and compensation for Nigerians that suffered losses in South Africa.

He disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday during a press briefing with the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Moroe over the continued xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa.

Onyeama added that while the Nigerian government believes that criminality knows no bound, it condemns the frequent attacks on Nigerians in diaspora, including South Africa, and will do everything to protect her citizenry.

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Surging Food Prices, Where? BMO Asks Bloomberg

The Buhari Media Organisation has faulted claims by Bloomberg of a further surge in food prices as a result of the Federal government’s decision to curb spending on food imports.

The group said the media outlet did not conduct wide-ranging interviews to back up its position that the new policy could threaten food supplies and push up prices.

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that Bloomberg only approached interview subjects that would confirm its pre-conceived story idea.

“A cursory look through the news item showed that the reporter preferred to speak to an Abuja-based trader who sells imported rice and wheat, so it is not entirely unexpected that she would lament that ‘food will become scarce and very expensive’.

“We know for a fact that the umbrella body of small business owners in Nigeria has hailed the decision to place food on the Central Bank of Nigeria’s foreign exchange exclusion list, but there was no reference to this important group which has since indicated its readiness to cash in on the situation.

 “What is even more preposterous about the publication is that Bloomberg quoted a history lecturer at one University in Cameroon who may not know so much about Nigeria and may not even have visited the country this year.

“The lecturer claimed that ‘many families have abandoned their farms and the crops on them have been stolen, destroyed by war or abandoned’. The question is which part of Nigeria is the supposed authority talking about where farmlands have been destroyed by war? 

“There is a part of the country known as the food basket of the nation and the last time we checked, there is no war in the area and even the farmers-herdsmen crisis that was referenced has virtually disappeared in the entire geopolitical zone

“While we are not saying that there is no security challenge in some parts of the country, only an outsider would give the impression that a large chunk of farmland in a country as large as Nigeria is in a desolate state. And this is the authority the Bloomberg reporter deemed fit to quote,” it added.

BMO also wondered why the reporter did not deem bother to make an on-the-spot visit to some farming communities or even attempt to balance the story and give his readers the opportunity to make up their mind on the new policy direction. “In the haste to paint a doomsday scenario, we were told that the food price index in Nigeria has risen almost 80% since the start of 2015 and that it has pushed inflation above the Central Bank’s target.

“We wonder where the reporter got her food price figure from, because they do not reflect the reality in many parts of the country. Only a few days ago, the influential Business Day reported that the prices of staple food such as rice tomato and beans have been on the decline in the last few weeks, especially as the harvest season has started.

“In fact, it is the third month running that food prices have dropped, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)

“It is on record that inflation is on a steady decline and the last figures released by the NBS showed a near one-year low of 11.08%.The CBN had projected that the inflation rate would rise to 12% this year before moderating, but the bank is now looking forward to a single digit rate soon.

“So we are advising the Bloomberg team in Nigeria to travel round the country and speak with more people with facts and figures rather than depend on an Abuja-based dealer in imported rice, or a lecturer in Cameroon to form an opinion on issues beyond their paygrade.”

BMO urged Nigerians to trust in the ability of the Buhari administration to ensure a quantum growth in the agriculture sector as it is already doing with local rice production.

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