BSO Intensifies Online Fundraising for Buhari

The Buhari Support Organisations (BSO) on Monday announced the progress of its online fundraising campaign in support of General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

The campaign tagged: ‘Online Buhari Support Organisations (BSO) Fund,’ is an integration of technology into the process of grassroots organising and fundraising, providing an opportunity for Nigerians who do not have access to the BSO scratch cards to contribute to the electoral process and ensuring their voices are heard.

“The postponement of the presidential election by six weeks to March 28,  has given us another chance to engage with all Nigerians around the world with Buhari and APC’s message of change anchored on security, job creation, economic stability, inclusive growth, stable power, and good governance. This is a chance for us to finish the campaign on a strong note, to finish what we – ordinary Nigerians have started,” said Ibrahim Abdukarim, the Coordinating Consultant of BSO said.

Abdulkarim said the money raised from the online BSO fund would be used to propagate Buhari’s message of hope and change to Nigerians through various media channels, assist with a nationwide voter’s education, provide logistics support for grassroots organisers around the country among others.

The BSO coordinating consultant quoted the APC presidential candidate as saying, “I am forever thankful to you for your support and assure you that I am accountable for all the money donated on the BSO platform, I am the sole signatory to this Fund and no money can be spent without my approval. Every kobo of your money will be accounted for.”

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

Buhari, Jonathan and Boko Haram (part 2) By Obinna Akukwe @ObinnaAkukwe

This write-up I released in October 2011 titled ‘Buhari,Jonathan and Boko Haram’ contains prophetic messages that would have eliminated Boko Haram, created a political synergy between Buhari and Jonathan . The ruling party never heeded all the advises myself and other Nigerians gave on how to bring about electoral discipline and end Boko Haram menace. Between 2011 till date the nation had spent (and embezzled) nothing less than N5 trillion naira ($250 billion dollar) by all tiers of government in the pretext of fighting Boko Haram when simple restraint in political outbursts would have helped heal lots of wounds.

The likes of Asari Dokubo, Reuben Abati, Doyin Okupe, Olisa Metuh, Labaran Maku, Nyemson Wike, Edwin Clarke, Lai Mohammed, Ayo Fayose, Rotimi Amechi, Rotimi and Rabiu Kwakwanso should stop boastful, blackmailing and threatening words and replace with something sober and constructive. The outburst of these men is contributing to the tearing down of Nigeria’s political cohesion and aiding a probable military strike. The fund stolen on the pretext of fighting and preventing terrorism would have been channeled into the economy for prosperity of all Nigerians.

This write-up released four years ago first with thenigerianvoice.com, gamji.com  and later other sites and newspapers is among the over fifty write-ups on Boko Haram and electoral fraud which if the players have heeded, Nigeria wouldn’t have been on this edge. It is not yet late-.

Read Article Below:

Buhari, Jonathan and Boko Haram Written by Obinna Akukwe (Oct 2011)
The problematic 2011 general elections have come and gone. The victors are still dancing unrestrainedly while losers are still licking sore wounds. Though that election is better than the three previous ones, there were glaring irregularities. It is observable that even though Goodluck Jonathan won the elections it is however not without backdoor vote inflation in certain states to favour PDP and deflation in certain states to disfavor CPC. The northern elites helped to betray their own to the highest bidder. This perhaps explains why Buhari is yet to accept the results of the presidential election. The official polls results show PDP- 21million plus votes and CPC- 12million plus votes. If not for votes manipulations maybe we would have had PDP -19million plus and CPC- 14 million plus. This is a 5 million votes difference.

A man that could garner 12 million (official) or 14 million (unofficial) votes representing 36% official and 42% unofficial in an election where all the PDP machinery was unleashed including enormous funds, traditional institutions, governors, ministers, ex-presidents , INEC and forces of intimidation from the police, soldiers and other agents of coercion is certainly a force to reckon with in Nigeria.

The nation is searching for an end to the senseless incursions into national security by a sect with roots in the core north and with obvious appeal in the same north. All manners of high profile personality who deluded themselves that they still have credibility have been contracted to find a solution to the menace of the Boko Haram sect and their efforts have failed woefully perhaps because the sect sees them as part of the cabal that used western education to impoverish and enslave them. Equally, committees of people who have neither followership nor respect among the masses of the north have been contracted to engage, brainstorm with and mediate with the sect which has appreciable mass appeal among the illiterates and few elites in the core north. Their efforts are all colossal failure. You cannot bring a professor of literature from Los Angeles to kick start reform of motor park touts in Oshodi, Lagos. The poetism of the grammar will overshadow the substance of the reforms and the exercise will fail.

Buhari is the most popular politician in the north. Had the 2003 and 2007 presidential elections been held according to minimum acceptable standards, Buhari would since have handed over to another President of Nigeria. You cannot claim to be searching for peace and security and ignore such a personality. Though there is pending electoral dispute in the courts, President Goodluck cannot afford to see Buhari as an enemy even if the ruling party thinks otherwise. President Goodluck for now is the Father of the Nation and will pay to reach out to anybody whose input can bring the much needed stability. If this government fails it is Goodluck Jonathan regime that history will record as failure, all these hangers on and sycophants will scamper to their respective villages to take cover.

We would recall that the public denunciation of any act of murder of Christians and burning of churches by Buhari in the aftermath of the contentious elections saved what would have been bloodshed of unimaginable proportions. That the death toll was officially put at 524 is a result of his caution on his followers. The scenario probably would have been worse with attendant reprisals from other parts of the country.

It is not a sign of weakness if President Goodluck initiates serious dialogue, consultations and fence mending with Buhari with the intention of blocking all socio-political loopholes and vacuums enemies of democracy could use to advertise support for acts of destabilization to gullible and illiterate public in the north. A word of advice, caution or reason from the General can bring common sense to prevail in a situation that has overawed and confounded the Nigerian security forces.

Enough of grandstanding while the nation is boiling. If this type of attack which took place during Sallah festivities in Yobe leaving over a hundred dead (65 according to official police reports) occurs ten times more across the nation then certainly the nation will be on the way to Golgotha. Let all these victory dance over polls results stop forthwith and be replaced by a sober attempt to heal, reconcile and redress all political grievances across the polity including attendant load balancing.

profetobinna2@yahoo.com…www.facebook.com/pages/obinnaakukwe @ObinnaAkukwe

 

Opinion expressed on this page is solely that of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of Abusidiqu.com and/or its associates.

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

My Covenant With Nigerians – Muhammadu Buhari

Dear Compatriots,

In the past few months that I have traveled round this country on campaigns, I have experienced the sheer beauty of our diversity. From Port Harcourt to Kano, from Abeokuta to Gusau, I experienced first-hand the daily sufferings and struggles of our people. I also experienced the overwhelming desire of our people for change.

When I arrived in Port Harcourt on the 5th of January to start my campaigns, I was met by our teeming supporters, who stayed till late in the evening to welcome us. Among them were many young men and women, who in the few minutes that I shared with them at the airport, made me to reflect on what kind of future awaits them in our country.

The gestures of 90-year-old Hajia Fadimatu Mai Talle Tara from Kebbi State and 9-years-old Nicole Eniiyi Benson from Lagos State, who donated their life-savings to my campaign, reflect the overwhelming desire of our people for change. In their gestures, I perceived a longing for the days when honour, national pride and dignity of labour were the fundamental social principles that governed our country. As I encountered millions of our youths, who sometimes run for hours in front of my car and hanging precariously on our campaign vehicles at our state rallies, I also pondered the enormity of the task ahead. How do we give jobs to our youth? How do we reform our economy and make it work for every Nigerian?

I know however, that what we require to revamp our economy and rebuild our country is our ability to galvanize all our citizens to believe once again in their government, in their country and especially, to believe in themselves. This can only happen if we are able to rebuild the trust and belief that our people used to have in government, and indeed, in our nation. The leadership that I will provide will be built on this critical awareness. I intend to lead with integrity and honour and commit myself totally to everything that is of concern to our people: security, employment, health, education, good governance and others.

This Covenant is to outline my agenda for Nigeria and provide a bird’s eye view of how we intend to bring about the change that our country needs and deserves. This Covenant is derived from the manifesto of my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). It however, represents my pledge to you all when I become your President.

I have no doubt that God being on our side, with the abiding support of all Nigerians, we shall all witness the great change that we desire and achieve the Nigeria of our dream.

Thank you

Gen. Muhammadu BUHARI (Rtd.), GCFR

Presidential Candidate, APC

 

Corruption and Governance

No matter how vast our resources, if they are not efficiently utilized, they will only benefit a privileged few, leaving the majority in poverty. I believe if Nigeria does not kill corruption; corruption will kill Nigeria.

I pledge to:

Publicly declare my assets and liabilities and encourage my political appointees to also publicly declare their assets and liabilities.

Affirm that our strategy for tackling corruption will not only focus on punishment. Rather, it will also provide incentives for disclosure and transparency.

Show personal leadership in the war against corruption and also hold all the people who work with me to account.

Inaugurate the National Council on Procurement as stipulated in the Procurement Act so that the Federal Executive Council, which has been turned to a weekly session of contract bazaar, will concentrate on its principal function of policy making.

Review and implement audit recommendations by Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

Work with the National Assembly towards the immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act.

Work with the National Assembly to strengthen ICPC and EFCC by guaranteeing institutional autonomy including financial and prosecutorial independence and security of tenure of officials.

Make the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) an autonomous and operational agency.

Encourage proactive disclosure of information by government institutions in the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act.

Ensure all MDAs regularly comply with their accountability responsibilities to Nigerians through the National Assembly.

Work with the leadership of the National Assembly to cut down the cost of governance.

Present a national anti-corruption Strategy.

Access to Justice and Respect for Fundamental Human Rights 

One of the biggest challenges facing Nigeria is building a country that is fair to all of its citizens; a country in which all individuals feel and know that they are valued members of society with constitutionally guaranteed rights; a country that respects human dignity, promotes human development, fosters human equality and advances human freedom.

I pledge to:                                                                                            

Lead a government founded on values that promote and protect fundamental human rights and freedoms.  I will promote the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law, affirm separation of the powers of government and support an independent judiciary.

Present a detailed strategy for protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms provided for in our Constitution.  There will be emphasis on the rights of vulnerable persons including women, children and persons living with disabilities as well as access to justice and prisons reforms.

Insurgency and Insecurity

I have had the opportunity to serve my country in the military up to the highest level, as a Major General and as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. In the course of my service, I had defended the territorial integrity of Nigeria. And if called upon to do so again, I shall rise to the occasion. As a father, I feel the pain of the victims of insurgency, kidnapping and violence whether they are the widows and orphans of military, paramilitary or civilians.

I pledge to:

Ensure that under my watch, no force, external or internal, will occupy even an inch of Nigerian soil. I will give all it takes to ensure that our girls kidnapped from Chibok are rescued and reunited with their families.

Deliver a Marshal Plan on insurgency, terrorism, ethnic and religious violence, kidnapping, rural banditry and ensure that never again will Nigerian children be slaughtered or kidnapped at will.

Boost the morale of our fighting forces and the generality of Nigerians by leading from the front as the Commander-in-Chief and not hide in the comfort and security of Aso Rock.

Give especial attention to the welfare of our armed forces and all other security personnel and their families, including State-guaranteed life insurance for all officers and men as well as protect the families of our fallen heroes.

Ensure that acts of heroism and valour in the service to the nation are publicly recognized and celebrated.

Establish close working relationship with governors of the states affected by insurgency, with leaders of our neighbouring countries and with leaders around the world to cooperate in combating insurgency, oil theft, piracy and criminality.

Activate regular meetings of the National Police Council to ensure the discharge of its true constitutional roles in a transparent and accountable way.

Fight for you, and alongside you. We will fight together to defeat terrorism. But I will be honest with you about our challenges and I will bear the responsibilities of my charge. I will not lie to you or exaggerate our triumphs. My administration will be thoroughly transparent in every step of our daily struggle and together we will win the war.

Niger Delta

In many years of oil exploration, the Niger Delta has become perhaps, the world’s worst eco-system, a byword for environmental degradation, exploitation and diseases. I believe that protecting the livelihood of our people in the Niger Delta should transcend our interest its oil.

I pledge to:

Commit myself and my administration to the protection and regeneration of the environment in the Niger Delta and to ensure that oil companies comply with global best practices on environmental protection.

Sustain and streamline the human capital development in the Niger Delta, especially focusing on youth and women.

Reform investment in infrastructural development of the Niger Delta and ensure that the NDDC is held accountable to its mandate.

Diversity

Nigeria’s greatest asset is her people. My commitment is to invest in our people and ensure that they have the opportunity to achieve their full potentials and enjoy the full benefits of their citizenship, regardless of their religion, region, ethnicity, gender or disability.

I pledge to:

Continually acknowledge our diversity and consciously promote equality and equity in all government businesses and activities.

Implement the National Gender Policy including 35% of appointive positions for women.

Work with the National Assembly to pass the National Disability Act and the Equal Opportunities Bill.

Health

We must give real meaning to the old saying that Health is Wealth. We must take all possible measures to ensure that our people stay healthy, but we must also ensure that when they fall ill, they can get help.

Healthcare in Nigeria is in crises. Too many people do not get any treatment. For those who do get treated, all too often, the care they receive is poor. Far too many die from easily treatable diseases and what should be routine treatment often end in death. Furthermore, Nigeria is set to miss our MDG targets. The statistics speak for themselves.

I pledge to:

Unveil a health sector review policy to ensure efficient and effective management of our health systems with focus on prevention.

Ensure that no Nigerian will have any reason to go outside the country for medical treatment.

Guarantee financial sustainability to the health sector and minimum basic health care for all.

Review occupational health laws and immediately commence enforcement of the provisions to reduce hazards in the work place.

Partner with State Governments and development partners to ensure all-round implementation of our primary health plans by expanding access to health insurance for rural communities.

Education

I believe that our education system must prepare our children for the responsibilities of citizenship and prepare our youths to contribute to the development of our country.  Therefore, I shall focus on restoring the lost glory of our education by implementing reforms that will bring quality back into our schools and position our universities and polytechnics to provide market-relevant skills to our youths.

I pledge to:

Embark on a program of mass mobilisation to ensure that all children of school age, no matter where they may reside in our country, and no matter the social conditions of their parents, are in school. Working in co-operation with the State Governments, we shall make the required investments in infrastructure, learning materials, nutrition and children healthcare. To this end, UBEC Fund will be reviewed to ensure greater efficiency in utilization.

Provide on-the-job retraining opportunities for existing teachers at both the basic and secondary levels while providing the right incentives to keep teachers in the classrooms and attract bright young men and women to take up career in teaching.

Work with other levels of government and through relevant government agencies to allocate resources to schools while strengthening community participation in school management.

Implement a comprehensive review of the goal and content of our secondary education to ensure that it also serves the purpose of skills acquisition and fits purpose.

Set up Colleges of Skills and Enterprise to replace the old technical colleges. This will be done with direct participation from relevant industry and professional groups in the private sector. Based on local market demands, each of the colleges will focus on high job demand sectors of the economy such as agriculture, ICT, telecommunications, entertainment, construction, oil and gas and sports.

Establish special purpose fund for a Secondary School level education.

Improve the competitiveness of our universities and polytechnics and position them at the heart of the national productivity, innovation and enterprise.

Pursue a policy of non-discrimination between the universities and the polytechnics.

Agriculture

Oil has served our country, but it has also excluded majority of Nigerians from the mainstream of our economy. I am convinced that our guarantee for inclusive growth is agriculture.

I pledge to:

Make agriculture a major focus of the government and lay the institutional foundation to attract large-scale investments and capital to the sector.

Actively promote a well-coordinated and innovatively funded Youth in Commercial Agribusiness Programme.

Establish agricultural produce storage, pricing and marketing systems to ensure real commercial value and minimize waste.

Work with State Governments to launch Agricultural Support Programmes that will drive agricultural land development and mechanization.

Revamp, revitalize and improve on the national agricultural extension and rural support service system.

Lay the groundwork for a standardized market uptake and aggregation outlets for specific agricultural produce.

Revamp the key development banks (Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry and Nigeria Import & Export Bank) to fund inclusive agricultural value chain operations

Liberalise and expand agricultural and rural insurance system with premium subventions support to farmers

Revamp the agricultural cooperative system to drive rural agriculture and improve stakes for smallholder farmers.

Develop a system of small-scale irrigation systems to ensure all-year round farming.

Revamping key agriculture research institutions and deliver their outputs through effective network of extension services.

Management of the Economy for Shared Prosperity

All Nigerians deserve to benefit from our collective wealth. We promise not to leave any Nigerian behind in our determination to create, expand and ensure equitable and effective allocation of economic opportunities. No matter the amount of wealth we create, it would be meaningless unless it benefits the majority of our people.

Power

Our failure to ensure a stable supply of electricity has been an impediment to economic growth, productivity and national security.

I pledge to:

Address the gaps in power sector privatization to ensure it serves the needs of our people.

Explore and develop alternative sources of power such as small, medium and large hydro plants, wind, coal and solar and other forms of renewable energy to ensure efficient and affordable power supply.

Invest in technical skills development for efficient management of energy resources.

Sports and Culture

Sports and culture are important instruments for social cohesion, national integration and promotion of positive national image. They also provide a strong platform for youth development and the expression of our abundant creative talents.

I pledge to:

Invest and encourage investments in both small and large-scale sports facilities to enable mass participation in sports.

Ensure that participation in sports become a core component of our education at all levels.

Activate incentives for the private sector to invest in the development of high performance sports.

Culture

I pledge to:

Support real investments in the entertainment, arts and creative industries.

Strengthen the regulatory framework to protect and preserve our culture and creative industry and prevent it from the scourge of piracy.

Develop and strengthen the value link-chain of the culture industry to deepen the industry and provide jobs.

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

With President’s Consent, IBB, Gusau Plots Buhari, Jonathan Disqualification To Pave Way For Interim Govt

The hues and cries over the the government of President Goodluck Jonathan to enthrone an interim government instead of allowing the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari succeed him if he emerges winner in the March 28 presidential election is still very rife.

According to our source, President Jonathan in the face of a likely defeat at the polls has consented to an interim govt that will keep Buhari away from the presidency even if he has to forgo his second term ambition.

To achieve this, the president has given a consent to former president Ibrahim Babangida to spear head last minute moves that will see to the disqualification of himself and Buhari, which will make it impossible for the conduct of the sheduled election, thus paving way for an interim government.

The plot to have Buhari and Jonathan disqualified would be done through the court of law but it is yet unclear what the basis of the suit seeking their disqualifation will be for.

Although, both Jonathan na d Buhari would lose out of the contest if the case to be instituted succeeds, the target of the plot is Buhari whom the powers that be including former president Babangida are scared of seeing becoming the president.

To this end, the former President Babangida and Nigeria’s minister of Defence, Aliyu Gusau on Saturday night held a secret meeting to fine tune how this plot would be hatched. We are yet to get the details of the meeting, but our sources said the discussion centred around the interim govt plot.

Curiously, an online newspaper, Empowered Newswire had two weeks ago made days revealed how Jonathan, Babangida and other top members of the Jonathan government are planning to forestall the emergence of Buhari and enthrone an interim government.

The report which we republished gave details of the plot with former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, President of the Senate, David Mark and minister of defence Aliyu Gusau tipped to head the interim government. [see: How Jonathan, IBB Are Plotting Interim Govt, Mark, Gusau, Abdulsalam Tipped to Head ING].

Similarly, the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), said yesterday that the party is in possession of evidence.

Former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, while speaking during the 40-day Fidau for the late Pa Jejelola and Mrs Raliat Akingbolu stated that has evidence to back up its claim that President Goodluck Jonathan was allegedly planning to constitute an interim national government, adding that “President Jonathan is becoming desperate by the day and he will stop at nothing to return to government.”

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

2015: SERAP Asks Jonathan, Buhari To Endorse International Anticorruption Court

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged “the presidential candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan and All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari to publicly endorse the global initiative for an International Anticorruption Court (IACC) to demonstrate their expressed commitment to satisfactorily address corruption and impunity of perpetrators if voted into power.”

The organization said that “such a multilateral body will be empowered to probe allegations of corruption in the spending on the fight against Boko Haram, the billions of naira raised under the Victims of Terror Support Fund, and to try other cases of political corruption such as those involving former governors that have remained unresolved for many years.”

SERAP’s call followed the global campaign for an IACC being championed by a senior US Judge, Mark L. Wolf, who has made presentations before the US Congress, the UN and other bodies on the need for the court.

In a statement on Sunday signed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organization said that, “Given that many Nigerians have lost faith in the ability of successive governments to combat high-level official corruption and money laundering, an IACC could erode the widespread culture of impunity and contribute to creating conditions conducive to the democratic election of honest officials in a country with history of grand corruption.”
“Some statistics provide that majority of those indicted for international crimes by the International Criminal Court are in custody, facing trial, or have already been convicted. The rest are fugitives in hard to reach areas or dead. That’s not a bad track record. There is no reason to doubt that an International Anti-Corruption Court couldn’t do as well, and by doing so it would make a big difference in the efforts to combat corruption in Nigeria,” the organization said.

The organisation also said that, “Large-scale official corruption is so harmful and antithetical to the idea of a law-based society. It erodes public trust in government and permeates critical institutions of governance. But it is increasingly becoming clear that this kind of corruption is beyond government capacity to prosecute as it is unrealistic to expect ‘turkey to vote for Christmas.’ It is thus appropriate for the world nations to look at how international law can be engaged as a major component of the efforts to address the problem.”
“In Nigeria, corrupt officials generally are not deterred by the threat of prosecution. Endorsing an international court to prosecute outstanding cases of corruption will deter would-be corrupt officials from turning public office into a maximizing unit or business enterprise to make money at the expense of the interest of the public. It will also reduce unnecessary political pressure on the government by corrupt politicians who can use their wealth and contacts to frustrate investigation and prosecution,” the organization said.
“Large-scale corruption is not just stealing of a country’s resources and wealth but also a basic issue of human rights. In countries like Nigeria political corruption continues to kill more people than war and famine put together. We believe that high-ranking public officials who commit acts of corruption that lead or contribute to human suffering, poverty, discrimination and other serious violations of human rights are no less guilty than those who commit crimes under international law,” the organization also said.
The organization said that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Hussein, who was a key force in the creation of the International Criminal Court has made the IACC project a “personal priority”.

According to the organization, “That the government is unwilling or unable to investigate and prosecute high-ranking public officials for corruption is illustrated by the unresolved allegations and cases of corruption in the spending on Boko Haram and against former governors, the KPMG report involving large-scale corruption in the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC);  the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) audit report, which exposes 10 years of corruption in the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry; ‘pension funds corruption report’; and the case of the missing $20 billion from the account of the NNPC.”
“An IACC would employ an independent corps of investigators expert at unravelling complex financial transactions and prosecutors experienced in preparing and presenting complicated cases. It would also include experienced, impartial international judges. An international “whistleblower” statute enforceable at the IACC would increase the resources that would be devoted to combating the problem and enhance the potential for restitution for victims,” the organization also said.
SIGNED

Adetokunbo Mumuni
SERAP Executive Director
15/3/2015
www.serap-nigeria.org

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]

What I’ll Do in My First 100 Days in Office – Buhari

Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has outlined several actions he will take in his first one hundred days as Nigeria’s president if voted into office.

Buhari in a document highlighting this said he would publicly declare his assets and liabilities, if voted into power.

He said he would encourage political appointees in his administration to also declare their assets publicly.

In the document titled, “I pledge to Nigeria” Buhari also said that all his political appointees would only earn salaries and allowances as prescribed by the Revenue and Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission.

He said, “I pledge to publicly declare my assets and liabilities, encourage all my appointees to publicity declare their assets and liabilities as a pre-condition for appointment.

“All political appointees will only earn the salaries and allowances determined by the RMFAC.”

While pledging to personally lead the war against corruption in the country, Buhari also said that he would inaugurate the National Council on Procurement as stipulated in the Procurement Act.

He added that the Federal Executive Council, which he said had been turned to a weekly session of contract bazaar, would be made to concentrate on its principal function of policy making.

He said that he would also work with the National Assembly towards the immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act.

On the other ways to strengthen the anti-graft war, he said, “We will work with the National Assembly to strengthen the Independent Corruption Practices and other related Offences Commission and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by guaranteeing institutional autonomy, including financial and prosecutorial independence and security of tenure of officials.

“We will also make the Financial Intelligence Unit of the EFCC autonomous and operational; encourage proactive disclosure of information by government institutions in the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act.”

He also promised that his government would work with the leadership of the National Assembly and the judiciary to cut down the cost of governance.

On insurgency and insecurity in the country, the former head of state said that he had had the rare privilege of serving the country in the military in various capacities and rose to the rank of a major general and Commander -in -Chief of the Armed Forces, he would defend the integrity of the nation.

“I pledge, as Commander-in-Chief, to lead from the front and not behind in the comfort and security of Aso Rock, to boost the morale of fighting forces and the generality of all Nigerians,” he said.

On the fate of the kidnapped Chibok girls, Buhari said that as a father, he had been feeling the pain of the victims of insurgency, kidnapping and violence whether “they are widows and orphans of the military, paramilitary, civilians and parents or the Chibok girls.

“My government shall act decisively on any actionable intelligence to #BringBack Our Girls.”

 

What do you think about this? Share your thought with others in the comment section below.

Don’t miss the news as it happens. Follow us on Twitter @abusidiqu and on Facebook at Facebook/abusidiqu

To contact us for Article Submission and Advertisement or General inquiry, send a mail to info@abusidiqu.com

[easy-social-share buttons="facebook,twitter" counters=0 style="button"]