How Buhari’s Visits Have Greatly Benefited Nigeria -BMO

President Muhammadu Buhari’s attendance at summits and other international fora is in the best interest of the country and aimed at exploring and expanding opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, agriculture, transportation and oil & gas production, to mention a few.

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) made this observation in reaction to criticisms from some quarters on the President’s trip to Saudi Arabia to attend the economic forum of the Future Investment Initiative (FII).

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and  Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said that these meetings are no ordinary gatherings but avenues to attract potential investors and showcase the economic opportunities that abound in the country.

“As President Buhari makes a three-day state visit to Saudi Arabia to strengthen the diplomatic, trade and economic relations between the two countries, some had condemned the trip as unnecessary since the President just came back from Russia few days ago after a successful Russia-Africa summit. The summit was aimed at strengthening bilateral relations in areas such as solid minerals, reviving steel rolling mills (Ajaokuta and Aladja), rail transportation, security cooperation, oil and gas, agriculture (Wheat production and fertilizer) and education, to mention a few.

“It is worthy of note that the President is not only visiting and signing MOUs, the MOUs are being realised in physical projects such that in 2018 8Billon dollars came into Nigeria as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) with 65 projects across the country. 

“We recall also that President Buhari’s working visit to China last year yielded additional investments in Nigeria exceeding $6billion. A total of $1billion is to be invested in the development of a Greenfield expressway for Abuja-Ibadan-Lagos. Similarly, Mambilla Hydro Power Project, which is capable of generating about 2,600 Megawatts of electricity will, when completed, be the biggest dam in Africa. Like the rail project, the Mambilla Hydro Project was conceived several years ago, precisely in 1982.

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Morocco has helped to revive abandoned Nigeria fertiliser blending plants. So far, 18 plants have been revitalized under the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI), with a total capacity of about three million metric tonnes of fertiliser which has created about 50,000 jobs across the value chains of Agriculture. 

“President Muhammadu Buhari also signed nine different agreements, including the Extradition Treaty between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) aimed at strengthening Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaign, Transfer of Sentenced Persons, Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters and Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal and Commercial Matters, which include the recovery and repatriation of stolen wealth.”

According to BMO, what is obvious is that President Buhari is working to strengthen diplomatic relations, trade and the security of our nation. He has held series of meetings with serious investors and has fetched us investments in the range of billions of US Dollars.

“These are a few of the many outcomes of the President’s visits. Instead of condemning these visits, all Nigerians should be proud to have a President like Muhammadu Buhari who never loses an opportunity to showcase the country’s potentials at international fora.”

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$9b Power Probe: EFCC, ICPC Must Dig Real Deep – BMO

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have been commended on the recent discoveries of shady activities in the power sector where over 50 persons have so far been interrogated over an alleged $9billion power project scandal.

The investigation, according to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), is long overdue because the power sector plays a huge role in the economic transformation process. 

In a statement signed by its Chaiman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Maduake, BMO said President Buhari’s anti-graft war is a war against all forms of corruption, and should be supported by all Nigerians. 

“It is an opportunity for the anti-graft agencies to show that former heads of state and other high-ranking public officials are not protected from investigation and prosecution for allegations of grand corruption in Nigeria.”

This is also in line with President Buhari’s determination to remain resolute and focussed on delivering on the promises of securing the lives and properties of Nigerians, and halting the pillage of the economy by corrupt public officials.

“The huge amount of money taken by contractors without delivering on the jobs has almost grinded our industrial progress and stagnated our economy.”

According to the Buhari group, lack of access to electricity hampers both economic and social development. It affects everything, from people’s ability to learn, to the creation of enterprises and the provision of public services. The need for electricity is paramount for any country.  

“Lack of electricity locks people in poverty while access to electricity is key to any country’s development, improvement in security, food production, and strengthening economies. Increased access to electricity improves education, entertainment, health, comfort, protection, and productivity. 

“We urge Nigerians to support and campaign heavily for the fight against graft in order to avoid further criminal breach of contracts by contractors and public servants in the future so as to enable us benefit as a nation,” the statement added.

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BMO Cautions Labour Over Salary Adjustment For Senior Staff

Organised labour has been urged to tread softly and not to take any rash action over consequential increment for senior staff in the new minimum wage implementation.

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) gave this advice even as it commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his genuine commitment to taking the new national minimum wage issue to a positive conclusion.

The organisation said in a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsuji and Secretary, Cassidy Maduke that President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated sincere commitment over the minimum wage by signing the enabling Act without delay.

“The President has equally directed the implementation of the initial stage of the new minimum wage which is already being paid to junior staff in the federal public service, while the government will reconstitute the Tripartite Committee to find an amicable solution to the issue of consequential pay for senior civil servants”.

BMO noted that while labour wants 29 percent as consequential increment for senior staff on GL07-14 and 24 percent for staff on SGL 15 -17, the government is suggesting 11 percent for those on SGL 07-14 and 6.5 percent for those on SGL 15 -17 respectively.

The position of the Government is informed by the huge responsibility of managing conflicting demands in the areas of security, infrastructure development, education and care for internally displaced persons, among others.

BMO reminds Nigerians, and organised labour, of the inadequate revenue, huge recurrent expenditure on salaries and pension which constitute a serious financial challenge despite continuing efforts to block leakages in the system.

BMO recalls “with appreciation” the resolution by both the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to list President Muhammadu Buhari as a ‘friend of labour’ because of his openness to labour and accommodation of its reasonable demands and recommendation which promote industrial peace in the country.

The Buhari Media Organisation urged the labour movements to continue on this path of dialogue for a sustainable industrial peace that benefits everybody.

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Nigeria @59: You Are Myopic, BMO Tells Atiku

The anniversary of Nigeria’s independence should be a period for sober reflections by all Nigerians, regardless of political affiliations, social, economic or tribal inclinations. 

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) expressed these sentiments in its reaction to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s comments where he raised issues on the repression of the press, persecution of judges, poverty level and high cost of governance in the country. 

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group said Atiku’s views were myopic and reminded him, that it was on the basis of the atmosphere for free speech provided by the Buhari administration that he is able to release statements to the media unhindered.

“Since President Buhari assumed power, the Nigerian press has enjoyed unfettered access to information, ably aided by the Freedom of Information Act (FOI).

“It is also worthy of note that contrary to Atiku’s assertion that the Judiciary is being hampered under the present administration, judges are free to deliver judgements and such judgements are promptly obeyed by the Buhari administration as it believes in the rule of law. Perhaps we need to re-state that President Muhammadu Buhari, in his quest for the Presidency of Nigeria, had pursued his case through the courts up to the highest court in the land, and this is a clear evidence of his faith in the Judiciary.”

BMO also said it totally disagrees with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar that poverty level had risen in the country, “considering that the President Buhari administration had taken steps to reduce poverty, especially with the Social Investment Programmes (SIP) which have gained international acclaim and recognition. 

“Similarly, the engagement of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians in agriculture, based on the support being provided by the Buhari administration has significantly reduced the poverty level that various PDP administrations bequeathed to Nigerians after being in charge for sixteen years. 

“Obviously, these are deliberate policies and programmes put in place by the Buhari administration to alleviate poverty in the land and it is still work in progress.”

On the allegation that the cost of governance in the country was on the increase, BMO drew the attention of the former vice president to the 50% voluntary slash in the salaries of Mr President and his deputy as their exemplary sacrifice as leaders.

“The Buhari administration was also able to weed out tens of thousands of ghost workers from the civil service, thereby reducing the federal wage bill by several billions naira monthly. The federal government is also looking into ways to reduce reccrrent expenditure in the legislative arm.”

The Buhari group also recalled that up till 2015 recurrent expenditure and other non-capital expenditure gulped up to 80% of our national budget, leaving a paltry 20% for spending on infrastructure and other capital developments.  

“It is to the credit of Buhari administration, since 2015, that this is no longer the case.

“It is also on account of reducing waste, curbing corruption and blocking leakages that the Buhari administration conceived and implemented the Treasury Single Account (TSA). The positive results are there for everyone to see.”

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Atiku, PDP Will Fail Again At Supreme Court -BMO

The appeal filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar at the Supreme Court is an exercise in futility, as it will only re-emphasize the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) which ruled that the petition was futile and had no substance.

The Buhari Media Organization (BMO) said Atiku and PDP either did not read or they did not understand the judgement of the Tribunal.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group stated that the judgement of the tribunal was quite clear and unequivocal about Atiku’s empty petition.

“If they had thoroughly digested the judgement they would not have wasted their resources to file an appeal.

“It was one of the very few times that five Justices would sit to deliver a judgment and be unanimous in their decision. This was so because there could not have been any other decision contrary to what they held: Atiku’s case was a no-brainer, and lacked any substance.

“On facts and evidence, they failed, on technicalities and irregularities they failed as well. The Justices may not have said so, out of respect for the institution of the courts and our democracy, but certainly they must have known that the petition was a waste of time. Any reasonable person would know that.

“The petition was bound to fail – in whatever direction it took. And it will fail again”.

BMO argued that Atiku’s appeal was to satisfy the pressure of marabouts who had deceived him into believing that he stood a chance at the polls and in the courts.

“What the Supreme Court will do is put a final nail in the coffin where PDP and Atiku’s petition lies. We strongly believe the Supreme Court would do nothing less than striking out the appeal of the PDP”.

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Stop Fueling Insurgency – BMO To Politicians

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has accused a Federal lawmaker representing Borno State in the House of Representatives of making wild and exaggerated claims on the insurgency in North East Nigeria.

The lawmaker, Ahmadu Jaha (APC, Damboa/Gwoza/Chibok), had said during plenary on Tuesday that Boko Haram insurgents are occupying eight of the 10 local government areas in the northern part of the state. 

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that Jaha was not being factual 

“It is disturbing that a Federal lawmaker could so turn facts on its head by making a wild claim that presupposes that the insurgents are in total control of about a third of the 27 local government areas of the state.

“As a representative of areas that had witnessed some of the worst atrocities committed by Boko Haram in the course of the insurgency, Ahmadu Jaha has a duty to draw attention to the plight of the people he represents. But he and other members of the political elite also need to be circumspect in order not to rubbish efforts by officers and men of the Armed Forces to make their community safer.

“Here is a politician whose constituency once housed the headquarters of the caliphate declared by the Boko Haram terrorists and it is on record that the convoy of three traditional rulers led by the Emir of Gwoza Mohammed Shehu-Timta, was attacked.

“Now, the Emir who was forced to relocate to Maiduguri where he stayed for five years has returned home and is now fully in charge of the traditional institution, yet a politician based in Abuja irresponsibly claimed that the town is under the control of insurgents.

“We are also aware that Jaha made that claim on the same day that the Chief Whip Mohammed Monguno had said in a lead debate in the House that before the advent of the current administration, about two-thirds of the local government areas in Borno State, were under the control of the insurgents who not only hoisted their flag but also administered the areas with their own rules and regulations. 

 “Does Representative Jaha want Nigerians to believe that the insurgents have their flag in Gwoza, not to even talk about 8 local government areas like he claimed.

“Granted that there had been pockets of attacks in some communities like Monguno who is also from the state said, but there is no way that this can be described as an occupation of those areas”, BMO added.

The group consequently advised members of the political class to resist the pressure of rubbishing the sacrifices of the Armed Forces when they have the opportunity to speak on issues of national security.

“It is alarming that some politicians, especially in the theatre of military operations, are not capable of handling TV appearances or are unable to check themselves when they have the opportunity to speak in public.

“In this case, members of the House of Representatives had had a lengthy closed-door session with heads of security agencies where, we believe, the situation in North eastern Nigeria was thoroughly discussed and a decision taken to give legislative backing for a special fund for the agencies outside of the national budget.

“So it beggars belief that a politician whose constituents are certain to benefit from heightened security operation opted to publicly dismiss military efforts in one –third of the epicentre of the insurgency with a carefree comment. 

“We expect the House leadership, especially the majority caucus, to deal well with the situation to ensure that discipline is maintained on issues of national security.”

BMO also urged Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and the military authorities to keep to their pledge of regular interface with a view to overcoming all barriers to effective field operations.

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BMO Lauds Global Award For Buhari’s Social Investment Programme

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has applauded the recent endorsement of the Social Investment Programme (SIP) of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The award was conferred on Nigeria at the WEF’s Impact Summit in New York, United States on Monday, September 23, 2019.

The group also opined that the profound leadership of President Buhari, driven by sincerity, honesty, diligence and top-notch diplomacy is responsible for Nigeria’s improved international status at the World body and the comity of Nations.

In a statement signed by its chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Maduke, BMO said it is obvious that the people-oriented programmes put in place by the Buhari administration is attracting international encomiums as some countries are now understudying the policy and adopting them for their countries.

“In fact, it has become a reference point for poverty reduction globally.

“The Social Investment Programme has impacted positively on over 40 million Nigerians, with a long term target to remove about 100 million people out of poverty in ten years.

“With this recognition, it is crystal clear that the Buhari administration has enunciated the right policies and programmes towards alleviating the plight of the poor in the country, and the international recognition will no doubt spur the Buhari administration to sustain the tempo”.

BMO noted further that the determination and commitment of the Buhari administration to eradicate poverty in Nigeria “is resolute and unwavering” and enjoined Nigerians to continue to support the administration in this direction.

Commenting on President Buhari’s plea at the World body for the recharging of Lake Chad, the group said that the call was motivated by the President’s concern for the 45 million people who sourced for their livelihood from the emaciated Lake Chad.  

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BMO To South Africa: Let Our People Go…Praises Air Peace Boss For Being A Good Corporate Citizen

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has urged the government of South Africa not to further traumatise  Nigerians wishing to leave South Africa with unnecessary immigration formalities or other bureaucratic bottlenecks.
In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO commended the management of AirPeace Airline for their patriotism and selflessness by airlifting Nigerian victims of Xenophobia back to Nigeria, free of charge and at no cost to the Federal Government.
“We note that AirPeace has shown an example of how corporate bodies and citizens should respond whenever the need arises. The airline has proven to be a worthy and patriotic corporate organisation and we urge others to emulate it.
“We also applaud the show of patriotism by the evacuees who emotionally sang the Nigerian national anthem at the departure lounge in South Africa, and inside the aircraft, on their way back to their fatherland. This encomium is in appreciation of the efforts the Federal Government invested to address the latest xenophobic attacks on Nigerians.
“From their emotional reactions, it is obvious that contrary to the opinion in some quarters, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was not only concerned about the plight of the victims, but that it made deliberate and proactive moves to guarantee their safety and well-being.
“We are delighted that the returnees appreciated the President for his citizen-focussed foreign policy which made it possible for the timely evacuation of our citizens from the dangers they faced in the unfortunate xenophobic attacks”.
The group, however, berated the South African authorities for frustrating the smooth return of Nigerians who had indicated their wish to return home. “We consider this an enemy action unbecoming of a country like South Africa which had benefitted greatly from the large-heartedness of Nigeria during the apartheid era.
“We celebrate, also, the decision of the Federal Government to swiftly and comprehensively reintegrate the returnees in the country by providing them with Bank of Industry loans to enable them to start businesses.
“This is aside from other incentives like free GSM telephone and telephone lines, N40, 000 worth of airtime and 9GB of data valid for two months.  These positive measures are unprecedented in the history of Nigeria’s foreign policy as the President ensured that Nigerians in South Africa were not abandoned in their time of need”, the group  added

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Attempts To Discredit Presidential Tribunal Outcome Will Fail – BMO

All attempts by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its agents to discredit the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) will fail,  just like the petition challenging the outcome of the 2019 Presidential election.

According to the Buhari Media  Organisation (BMO), the PEPT was quite clear on the qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest for the position, as well as the outcome of the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that PDP should go ahead with its plan to proceed to the Supreme Court, rather than continue to encourage its minions to cast aspersions on the Tribunal.

 “As expected, PDP has opted to reject the verdict of the five-member panel, but what is baffling is the manner the party is seeking to discredit it by describing it as a ‘barefaced subversion of justice.’

“Even after the painstaking manner that the Tribunal showed that the President was eminently qualified for the job, this party is still claiming that he was not qualified to contest the 2019 election.

“If PDP leaders are still holding on to the jaded claim that Buhari does not have the requisite qualifications, then they were either not paying attention to the points raised by Justice Mohammed Garba who read the lead judgement, or they are just out to continue to malign members of the panel.

“Because the courtroom was thrown open to the media, many Nigerians across the country had the rare privilege of hearing how the verdict was rendered in an unambiguous way, but as usual, opposition elements are twisting it to suit their fancy.

“Or how else would a reasonable party deliberately misquote the Tribunal as saying that ‘one need not provide a copy or certified true copy of educational certificate’, when indeed it held that the fact that President Buhari did not attach his certificate to the form CF001 and the affidavit he submitted to INEC,  did not imply that he did not possess the documents as claimed by the petitioners.

“Everyone who listened to the judgement, probably aside from the PDP, must have heard how the presiding judge then explained that ‘there is evidence before the court that the 2nd respondent (Buhari) went for military training after his secondary school education’.

“The judge also added that ‘the 2nd respondent has more than secondary school certificate having attended further courses while in the Army before concluding that President Buhari was not only qualified but also eminently qualified,” the group said.

BMO also had strong words for PDP elements pushing online memes and jokes about affidavits on the basis of what they claimed the panel said.

“There was nowhere in the judgement that the panel said a person seeking elective positions does not need to tender educational certificates.

“What is clear from the verdict rendered by Justice Garba is that although there is no constitutional requirement for candidates to attach certificates to INEC form, they still have to swear to an affidavit detailing personal information, including academic qualifications and professional attainment.

“We wonder how people who claim to be defenders of the justice system would be making a mockery of an aspect of the system by encouraging others to swear a false affidavit of their qualification.

“For the avoidance of doubt, President Buhari did not only complete his secondary education before joining the Nigerian Army, but his overall educational background is also on a far higher level than that of PDP’s former Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.

“It is baffling that people questioning the President’s credentials are backing an individual whose Secondary School Certificate was too poor to earn him a place in a Police College, while the man they love to hate not only entered the Army but also underwent officer cadet training at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot in England after completing preliminary training at the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC).

“We also know that President Buhari was also at the Defence Service Staff College Wellington, India between 1973 and 1974 as well as US Army War College, Carlisle in 1980.

“It is no longer news that President Buhari eventually had a distinguished army career that saw him attaining the rank of Major General and later Nigeria’s military Head of State”.

The group then urged the PDP and its leaders to consider apologising to all Nigerians for wasting everyone’s time with their frivolous petition

 “This is the best path of honour,  even if the party itself cannot take a cue from one of its key leaders Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state who was quick to break ranks and congratulate the President.

“But instead, they have chosen to subject the country to more insults with their poorly framed reaction to a judgement that some of Nigeria’s best lawyers have hailed.

 “And just like the Information Minister Lai Mohammed has said, ’PDP and its candidate should be thanking their stars that they are not being prosecuted for coming to court with fraudulently-obtained evidence’ which the tribunal easily dismissed,” it added. 

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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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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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BMO Hails Senate President For Committing To A Partnership With The Executive

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has commended the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan for his sense of patriotism, dedication and commitment, particularly over his recent promise that the ninth National Assembly would not fail President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to bring succour to Nigerians, and finding lasting solution to some of the numerous challenges confronting the country.

The Pro-Buhari group was reacting to the recent statement made by the Senate President at a town hall meeting in Yobe State during which he promised Nigerians that the ninth National Assembly would have a good working relationship with the administration of President Muhhammadu Buhari, unlike the previous eighth National Assembly.

BMO in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, said the Senate President, since assumption of office has left no one in doubt of his readiness, and the commitment of the ninth National Assembly to work with Buhari administration to deliver on his Next Level agenda for the benefit of the people.

“It is gratifying to note that we now have a Senate President who is ready to mobilise his colleagues in both chambers of the National Assembly to work harmoniously with the executive arm of government and other agencies of government for the benefit of Nigeria.  For us, this is a welcome development which every well-meaning Nigerian should applaud.

“The purpose of the legislative arm of government is to work in partnership with the executive arm of government to ensure the dividends of democracy reach all and sundry. It is with great hope that the second coming of President Buhari and the new leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives provide the landscape for all Nigerians to thrive and move to the Next Level.

“This singular act of patriotism which the Senate President has repeatedly demonstrated over time has not only shown that Senator Lawan acknowledges and appreciates the enormity of the problems confronting the country, he also believes that through collective efforts of various government agencies, departments and Nigerians, we stand a better chance of resolving our problems”, added the BMO.

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