Nigerians Deserve Answer To PDP’s Terrible Management Of Nigeria’s Economy – Buhari

As Nigerians head to the polls on Saturday to elect governors and House of Assembly members, President Muhammadu Buhari, has reminded Nigerians that the country cannot afford to go back to the era of violence and mayhem.

President Buhari stated this Thursday, while receiving Labour leaders who came to congratulate him on his electoral victory at the State House, Abuja.

According to him, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must explain to Nigerians how it managed the huge resources that accrued to the country from oil sales between 1999 and 2014.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said: “PDP has not successfully explained to the country what they did with the money.

“There were no roads, no rail, no power; they said they spent $16 billion on power, but where is the power?

“The irresponsible expenditure of that period has not been explained, and Nigerians deserve an answer on that terrible mismanagement of the country.”

The President further called on Nigerians to avoid anything that could disrupt the election.

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Obasanjo’s Criticism Of President Buhari Is Ego-Driven-BMO

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has finally shown that his pre-election criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari was fuelled by ego.

His insistence that he would continue to criticise the President until ‘he begins to do the right things’ is a further confirmation of this neurosis. 

According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, it is worrisome that former President Obasanjo has always insinuated that all the past heads of state and Presidents he had criticised did not perform creditably in office.

“It is amusing that the former President gave the impression that his criticism of President Buhari which began in January 2018 is borne out of a need for him to do the right thing.

“Does it then mean that the President had been performing to Obasanjo’s expectations until then? If not, at what point did he realise that President Buhari had not been doing well; or did Obasanjo notice that only in January last year when he went public with the first of his open letters?

“Obasanjo’s comments at the public lecture in commemoration of his 82nd birthday can also be interpreted to mean that no President aside from former President Obasanjo did the right things in office.

“This shows that his criticism of President Buhari and former occupants of that position is largely ego-driven and is certainly not altruistic”

The pro-Buhari group added that in terms of performance, former President Obasanjo had a lot of baggage in office and is not known to be tolerant of criticism.

“It is a matter of public record that Chief Obasanjo did not entirely cover himself in glory while in office, especially with the removal and attempted removal of state governors in violation of the constitution. His methods were simply brutal and were in most cases spearheaded by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and in at least two cases, Anambra and Oyo states, led by his enforcers.

“And can anyone forget so soon how Senate Presidents were impeached unceremoniously on his watch, as well as the incident that eventually led to the death of former Senate President Chuba Okadigbo soon after he was tear-gassed at a political rally in solidarity with the then candidate Muhammadu Buhari in 2003.

“The previous election under Obasanjo in 2003 was hardly different. Chuba Okadigbo, the running mate of the opposition presidential candidate at the time, could not leave his house to vote for himself because soldiers had stationed an armoured tank in front of his house with the nozzle directly facing his gate. He was warned of dire consequences if he or any of his family members attempted to leave the house. That was the same election that INEC announced that the then Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, had been defeated by the PDP, even before the elections were conducted.” 

BMO added that at 82, the former President is long over-due to take a back seat and adopt the decorum expected of former Presidents.

“General Yakubu Gowon is one Head of State who has no record of public criticism of his successors in office.

“He was Obasanjo’s boss for nine years, from 1966 to 1975 and not once did he utter a public criticism of the former President throughout his two tenures from 1976 – 1979 and 1999 to 2007. 

“The same thing applies to General Abdul-Salam Abubakar, who handed power to Obasanjo in 1999; there is not a single word of public condemnation throughout Obasanjo’s eight years in power from a man who exuded only decorum and self-respect out of office.

“We hope that now that OBJ is 82, he would heed the words of wisdom of the Alake of Egbaland Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and be a true statesman, after all, eligible voters in his polling centre as well as throughout Ogun state opted to ignore his advice to massively give President Buhari a second term in office.

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U.S, NGOs Call For Concerted Action on Marine Wildlife Conservation

In commemoration of 2019 World Wildlife Day, the United States Consulate General in Lagos on Tuesday held a program in collaboration with the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI) and Wildlife of Africa Conservation Initiative.

Delivering remarks at the event attended by leading environmental conservation activists, Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Consulate General Lagos, Mr. Russell Brooks, urged Nigerians to treat the conservation of the oceans and aquatic wildlife as an individual responsibility, in order to preserve marine habitats for future generations.

Brooks, speaking on the theme of Life below Water, observed that as much as 40% of the world’s oceans are negatively affected by human activity, including overexploitation of marine species, loss of coastal habitats and pollution. He highlighted the crucial importance of the oceans and marine species to human development and emphasized the necessity for increased conservation education.

“Marine wildlife has sustained human civilization and development for over a thousand years, from providing food and nourishment, to providing material for handicrafts and construction. We cannot take their survival for granted.   We can reduce some of the negative effects of our activity on life under the water, by working hard to spread the message to reduce marine pollution.” Brooks said.

Delivering welcoming remarks earlier, the Communications Director at ICCDI, Mr. Abiodun Adekoya, noted that effective climate change mitigation in the country would require concerted action by governments and individuals, with an emphasis on conservation education, recycling programs and the creation of a legal framework for the nation’s policy on the environment.

World Wildlife Day is observed annually on March 3, following a proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 December 2013.

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2019 Guber Elections: President Buhari In Closed Door Meeting With Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with service chiefs, The Nation newspaper has reported.

The meeting started at the President’s office in the State House around 11am.

Discussions at the meeting would likely dwell on the security situation in the country and how to ensure maximum security during next Saturday’s governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections across the country.

The meeting was still in progress at the time of filing this report.

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Abuja Global Shapers Host First Ever Abuja AMAC Chairmanship Debate

The Abuja Hub of the Global Shapers Community will host the first ever Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Chairmanship debate on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nigeria.

The debate will provide AMAC chairmanship candidates an opportunity to share their vision for the area council and to take questions from area council residents. The debate is one of the initiatives of the Abuja Global Shapers’ Elections Project, which is designed to increase youth participation in the electoral process in the FCT and contribute to developing a culture of issues based voting among youth.

The Curator of the Abuja Hub, Olajumoke Adekeye indicated that the historic debate is self-financed by the non-profit organisation and powered by the resilience of the youth-led group. 

She remarked that: “the platform for debate that the Abuja Global Shapers have created represents our vision for a city run by leaders who are accountable to the people that they serve.”

“We must bring government closer to the people if we are to change the leadership narrative in our city. Area council chairpersons make decisions that directly affect the lives of residents; this is an opportunity to engage them on their intentions and enable residents to make informed decisions about their future.”

A registered non-profit in Nigeria, the Abuja Hub of the Global Shapers Community is made up of exceptionally talented and diverse young Nigerians with leadership potential from various sectors including agriculture, international development, transportation, foreign service, politics, law, innovative technology, fine arts, music, and sports. Since its inception in 2011, the Abuja Hub has executed various social impact projects including the ?Amana Initiative?, which connected 28,000 youth with 2,050 government security officers across 19 northern states in Nigeria through scores of peace and trust building projects. 

The Hub’s ?Employability and Entrepreneurship Programme? has reached close to 1,000 young Nigerians with training on preparing job application and business masterclasses. The Hub also hosts the ?Abuja Dialogue Series a? nd ?Meet the Leader Series, ?discussion platforms held with leading experts on topical issues. The Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

For media inquiries please contact:

Tobi Johannes Wojuola, Public Relations Manager, Abuja Hub, Global Shapers Community Email:info@abujaglobalshapers.org Website:www.abujaglobalshapers.org

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Unilorin Arrests 3 Suspected Miscreants

The University of Ilorin says its security operatives have arrested three suspected miscreants who have been terrorising the university community for some time now.

According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, the arrest was made on Feb. 22 after the University Security Patrol Team raided the hoodlums while operating in one of the lecture rooms of the university.

The publication stated the miscreants had since been handed over to the police.

Reacting to the development, the Sub-Dean, Student Affairs, Dr Alex Akanmu, said that the University community has been witnessing cases of robbery by miscreants for some weeks now.

“The miscreants have been coming through the back route of the University, especially at night, to attack students reading in the classrooms with the aim of stealing their belongings like phones, laptops and other valuables.

“The culprits were caught by the university security patrol team, stealing students’ property, barging into their lecture rooms with cutlasses to frighten them during their night classes.”

Akanmu assured the students of adequate security, adding that the gang members had been handed over to the police and that all the stolen property of the students had been recovered and returned the owners.

He praised the university’s efforts in improving security measures to ensure that lives and properties of members of the university community were adequately protected.

Akanmu said that measures were in place, such as the Off-Campus Hostel Management System (OHMS), which made it possible for students staying off campus to call the Student Affairs Unit or Security Office in case of any emergency and regular patrol by the university security operatives.

He advised students living off-campus to always report any harassment to the Student Affairs Unit.

Akanmu advised the university community members to be vigilant and should not hesitate to provide vital information that would assist the unit and the security personnel in ensuring that the university community was well protected.

“Let me remind students to be vigilant, be their brothers’ keepers and shouldn’t hesitate in providing relevant information that will expose the evil ones among them.”

NAN

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Stop Victimising Civil Servants, AbdulRazaq Tells Kwara Govt

Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday asked the PDP-led state government to stop victimising civil servants on flimsy and petty excuses.

“We are aware that civil servants who did not agree to do the bidding of the ruling PDP are being sacked or victimised in one way or the other. This is wrong, inhuman and unlawful,” AbdulRazaq said in a statement by his media aide, Rafiu Ajakaye.

“Civil servants are humans and are covered by the social contract. Any government, such as the one currently in Kwara State, with no regard for the social contract cannot expect the civil servants to remain silent in the face of tyranny.”

The statement also said the state government has over the years politicised the civil service as the “discredited dynasty and patron to the government has a notorious history of coercing civil servants to support their candidates and suppress popular wishes of the electorate.”

“Once elected, we will look into the cases of all the civil servants who were victimised or sacked on account of refusing to compromise their professionalism or integrity. We will restore their rights and dignity as Kwarans,” the statement quoted AbdulRazaq as saying.

AbdulRazaq’s comments came on the heels of a civil servant who was recently sacked by Kwara state government and others who were being threatened for not doing the political bidding of the PDP-led government.

The sack has led to outrage on the social media as Nigerians criticized the ugly development.

“It is outrageously hypocritical for a government that is notorious for coercing and blackmailing civil servants to do its political bidding to turn around and accuse civil servants of getting involved in politics,” the statement added.

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Judiciary Staff Stage Peaceful Protest

Members of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, Nasarawa State have staged a peaceful protest over issues bordering on their welfare.

During the protest at the State High Court in Lafia, National President of JUSUN Comrade Marwan Mustapha said members of the Association across the Federation were in the state to persuade the Nasarawa state government to address their demands which have lingered on since 2016.

Comrade Marwan Mustapha represented by National Assistant Secretary of the union, Mr Saidu Adamu explained that the protest would continue until the state government takes proactive measures to resolve the impasse.

Nasarawa State Chairman of JUSUN, Comrade Jimoh Musa enumerated some of their demands which include illegal deduction from their salaries, non payment of promotion careers, non conversion of qualified staff to higher cadre among others.

Comrade Jimoh Musa said most of the members are facing difficult times as management of the state high court have stopped the payment of their salaries for embarking on strike.

The protesting Judiciary Workers blocked the main gates of the state high court with the state Chief Judge Suleiman Dikko locked inside his office as all efforts to reach him for comments was unsuccessful.

JUSUN members from Ondo, Edo, Katsina and Rivers among other states are among the protesters.

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2019 Guber: IGP Meets CPs DIGs, AIGs To Review Security Arrangement

Ahead of the March, 9 gubernatorial and houses of assembly elections, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) is meeting with commissioners of police from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to review the security arrangements for the elections.

The meeting, which is holding at the IGP’s conference room,  would discuss the under-utilization of the Technical Intelligence Unit of the force, general security in the country, amongst others.

The meeting is being attended by all the Deputy Inspectors General of police (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), and other senior officers.

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Miyyeti Allah Tasks Security Agencies On Illegal Weapons

The Kebbi state chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has urged security agencies in the country to retrieve illegally acquired weapons from unauthorised persons.

Alhaji Muhammad Ardo-Zuru, the state chairman of the association disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Birnin Kebbi.

“Sustainable peace will continue to elude us if such weapons, including guns and ammunition are left in the hands of criminals.

“For peace to endure in the country, authorities will have to ensure deliberate steps are taken to mop up all guns and ammunition in criminal hands.

“This should be in addition to prosecuting all those found wanting in the killing of innocent people, no matter how highly placed they are,” he said.
Ardo-Zuru, expressed the desire of the Miyyeti Allah to cooperate with government and security agencies to maintain peace.

“We are not in support of the call that communities should take laws into their hands, in the name of defending themselves.

“Those behind recent killings are only out to provoke other sections so they can destabilise the country,” he said.

”Our members have been killed across the country, but as leaders, we cannot allow them to avenge.

“We realised that those who attacked Fulani people in Taraba, Benue and Kaduna states carried out those attacks purposely to destabilise the country,” he said.

Ardo-Zuru, however, added that the association would collaborate with the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) the Attorney-General of the Federation and Commissioners for Justice in various states to hasten the release of all innocent Fulani people languishing in prisons.

NAN

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Many Killed As Bandits Attack Zamfara Communities

Armed bandits, Tuesday, reportedly invade Kawaye in Bagega village of Anka local government in Zamfara state, and kill about sixteen people and abducted forty others.

The Nation newspaper reported that several cars, houses and shops were burnt to ashes and an unspecified number of animals and foodstuffs carted away.

Army Spokesman of operation Sharar Daji Major Clement Abiade confirmed the incident but disclosed to The Nation that the army could not be specific on the number of persons killed, the amount of property damaged and the number of persons injured at the time of compiling this report.

Abiade who also confirmed that it was a reprisal attack disclosed that the military attached to operation sharar daji were immediately deployed to the area and succeeded in killing five of the bandits, stressed that they are investigating and compiling the damage.

He however disclosed that the army will interact with journalists on Thursday by 2pm.

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JAMB Registers 1.8m Candidates For 2019 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board ( JAMB ) says it has registered over 1.8 million candidates for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Head, Media and Information of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

NAN reports that registration of candidates for the all Computer Based Test (CBT) commenced on Feb. 10 and terminated on Feb. 21.

Benjamin said that the registration was a huge success, adding that there were no hitches at all across the various accredited registration centres nationwide.

“We have concluded the registration and we recorded over 1.8 million candidates for the UTME this year.

“Registration closed on Feb. 21, when we stopped the pin vending for the exercise.

“However, some candidates who had acquired the pin but were unable to register before Feb. 21, due to one reason or the other, were allowed to do so till 12 midnight, Feb. 25.

“The registration finally closed on Feb. 25, he said.

The JAMB spokesman dismissed rumours in some quarters that candidates could start printing their examination notification slip from March 2.

“This is misleading and absolutely not correct.

“Let me sound it clearly that the board has not come up with any date for both the examination and the printing of examination notification slip for candidates.

“The board will announce the date for the 2019 UTME soon.

“As it is now, no date has been fixed yet for both the examination and the printing of examination notification slip.

“The examination slips are usually printed, two weeks to the main examination, but that is only after when the examination date has been fixed.

“There is no way anybody can print examination notification slip when the examination date, itself, has not been fixed.”

He, therefore, urged candidates and other stakeholders to remain calm, reassuring them that the board would make announcement and proper sensitisation about the date for the examination and printing of examination notification slip.

NAN

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