Return The Country To The Way You Met It And Quit, PDP Tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari immediately vacate office over the present recession in the country.

The party however asked the president to return the country to the way he met it upon assuming office on May 29, 2015, after which he should quit immediately.

This was contained in a statement signed by the party’s spokesperson and a member of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, on Wednesday.

The former minister of state for works said that his party was not happy with the state of affairs in the country.

He specifically mentioned the statement credited to the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun that, “recession is a word”.

Adeyeye said, “Is this statement as a result of ignorance, lack of patriotism or in-line with President Buhari’s comment that his ministers are noise makers?

“For the record, recession is characterised as a period of negative economic growth for two consecutive quarters, given rise to high rate of unemployment, fall in output, increase in government borrowing, etc.

“Following this understanding, Nigeria’s economy is already near depression.  The crass ineptitude and lukewarm-attitude of this All Progressives Congress government is no longer tolerable, and therefore, we are calling on President Buhari and his team to return Nigeria to its state of booming economy before they assumed office in May, 2015, and then quit immediately to allow other capable leaders recover our ailing economy”.

Adeyeye alleged that about three airlines, local and international, and some banks, have allegedly suspended operations and sent their staff on indefinite leave due to poor state of the Nigeria’s economy.

He said that Nigerians were aware that the PDP government invested heavily in most of the nation’s airports, an action he said resulted to alleged ‘facelift’ and improved operations through remodelling, construction of new airports, refurbishing and equipping of the local and international airports to meet best practices in the aviation industry.

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Boko Haram Threatens Buhari, Buratai In New Video [Full Transcript]

The Boko Haram insurgent group on Wednesday released a new video where it threatened to capture President Muhammadu as well as the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai.

The 12 minutes, 58 seconds video did not feature either of its dreadful leaders, Abubakar Shekau and Abu Musab al-Barnawi, son of a former founder of the group, Mohammed Yusuf.

The narrator however made it clear the faction was loyal to Shekau.

Shekau and Barnawi leads different faction of the group that have since turned against themselves

READ: Shekau Vs Barnawi: How Fighting For Dominance Led To Multiple Killings Of Sect Members

Below is the transcription.

“Brothers, this is our Eid for the year 1437 AH (2016) under the leadership of our leader, Abu Muhammad Abubakar Ibn Mohammad Ashakawi (Shekau).

“We extend our greetings to our people and fighters all over the world; and to our leader, the leader of Jama’atu ahlus-sunnah lidda await wal jihad Imam Abubakar Shekau.

“We pray that Allah should keep us together under this umbrella and cause.

“May Allah guide us to follow the teachings of prophet Muhammad (SAW). May Allah make us triumph over all the infidels of this world. May Allah protect our leader, mallams, wives and everybody all together.

“Our message to the infidels who are fighting us; especially their leader, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is that he should know that we are still in this religion. And like they keep saying that they have defeated us; it is indeed not true, because we are in good health and succeeding in our cause. We are very strong and doing very well.

“Buhari is saying that he will finish us. Let him know that before he said so, other infidels said so before now and they couldn’t.

“So this infidel by the name Buhari saying that he will finish us, he should know that by the grace of Allah, he cannot finish us. Rather, he will die, he will die, he will die.

“Our leader who is leading us on this, Imam Jamatu ahlus Sunnah lidda awat (Shekau), may Allah continue to protect him for us.

“By the will of Allah, under the leadership of our leader (Shekau), we will capture Buhari with our hands.”

“My last message is to you Buratai (Tukur, Nigeria’s Army Chief), Kukasheka (Sani, spokesperson of Nigerian Army) and the rest of the infidels.

“You should know that this is a brand new video which we recorded today the 12th of September 2016, using the infidel’s calendar.

“It is a new video, not an old one. It is a brand new video; (we hear) you are saying you will finish us with your fighter jets.

“By the grace of God, you will see what we will do to you.

“Under the leadership of our leader, Shekau, we will step further henceforth and will destroy what we never destroyed before.

“We are ready and even stronger now. We will go to where we never were before now and destroy what we never destroyed before now.

“You infidels, you are finished now. You all want to live and enjoy life; but this time around, we are well prepared to die. (Chants of “Allah Akbar”).

“No retreat, no surrender by the grace of God! No retreat, no Surrender by the grace of God! No retreat, no surrender by the grace of God!

“We shall cut off your heads with our swords and guns (removing his sword from the sheath).

“Allah is going to help us. And you shall see how he is going to do that soon. (Chants of “Allahu Akbar”).

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Boko Haram Vows To Capture Buhari In New Video

Boko Haram has released a video of its “Eid-el-Kabir prayer”, during which it threatened to capture President Muhammadu Buhari, whom it described as “leader of the entire infidels”.

The video, released and uploaded on YouTube on Tuesday, shows thousands of the sect’s adherents praying at a large mosque in an unspecified location.

“In this place where God has brought us together, God has brought us together under this roof and we must be Muslims,” the man who led the prayers said over a microphone held by a bearded man dressed in the mould of an Abubakar Shekau.

“God should keep us together. God should keep our families together. May God bless us in this world. May God increase our leaders. Our men our women and our soldiers. Everyone.

“This message is to the infidels and the leader of the entire infidels who is the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, that he should know we are very strong and doing very well.

“By the will of Allah, under the leadership of our leader Abubakar Shekau, we will capture Buhari with our hands.”

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PDP Leaders Knock Buhari Over Claims Party Left Nothing After 16 Years In Power

Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and lawmakers elected on the platform of the opposition party, yesterday, gave President Muhammadu Buhari hard knocks over his comments that he inherited nothing from the PDP administrations of former president’s Olusegun Obasanjo, late Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua and Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

The trio ruled Nigeria between May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2015 when Buhari took over on the banner of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Buhari made the comment on Monday after attending Eid prayers in Daura, Katsina State on the heels of the economic recession in the country.

”I want Nigerians to realise that what this government inherited after 16 years of PDP government was no savings, no infrastructure, no power, no rail, no road and no security,” he said.

The comment elicited caustic remarks from PDP leaders, who accused the president of reversing the gains and achievements of the PDP within 15 months of coming to power and flinging the country into economic recession. They challenged him to publish Dr Jonathan’s hand-over notes for Nigerians to read and take a stand.

While some PDP leaders said they would not dignify the president’s misinformed comment with a response because he has clearly shown incapacity to lead, those who spoke include, pioneer National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Senator Aniete Okon; Former National Publicity Secretary of the PDP and former Minister of Information, Mr John Odey; former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode; Senators Rowland Owie, Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senator Biodun Olujimi, Senator Sunday Ogbuoji, Reps Leo Ogor and Uzoma Nkem-Abonta.

The only voice that supported President Buhari was that of Senator Joseph Waku, who nevertheless urged the president to back up his comments with a probe of the Obasanjo and Jonathan administrations.

His administration is made up of third class ministers – Leo Ogor

House of Representatives Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, said: “First and foremost, let Mr President show us what the PDP administration left behind so that we can pin-point all we achieved in those years.

“Let me not go too far, the rail stations he commissioned recently, can he lay claim to it or the telecommunications industry he met on ground that is second to none in Africa? He chose the PDP left overs that he appointed as ministers to help him run his government and that has led us to recession.

“PDP had the best of the best in terms of economy management and governance and he decided to take the remnants and they have showcased their expertise in making us a poor nation within a very short period. Let him give us back the economy and see how we’ll re-grow it within a short period. PDP left robust democratic institutions, laced with the rule of law but today, it has been jettisoned.

“Before his emergence, Nigeria was the highest exporter of cement and the Agriculture sector was already developing to a world standard. Today, the former Agriculture and Finance ministers work in international organisations a clear testimony to the fact that PDP had top class administrators.

“The dollar was N150 to a US dollar but today, how much is the dollar to the Naira? This government came with policies that have made Nigeria a pauper nation in less than two years.

“This is definitely the product of bad policies and clear indication that APC needs our support to stabilise our policy battered economy.”

Let him publish Jonathan’s hand over notes – Nkem Abonta

Chairman, House Committee on Public Petitions, Rep Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, spoke almost in the same vein and challenged President Buhari to publish the hand-over notes of former President Jonathan to enable Nigerians properly assess the situation on ground.

He said: “This government actually needs all hands on deck to move Nigeria from recession. There is no doubt we must double-leap to beat recession and we must primarily focus on food production. If I may ask, are there no PDP members helping to run the affairs of this government?

“Half of APC governors had worn PDP shirts, are they not part of this administration? PDP had rule of law and, to some extent, good governors. I agree that there is no house without mosquitoes but there must be ability to manage the mosquitoes not to cause malaria.

”GEJ was definitely a better manager of mosquitoes as he made sure we did not go into recession. If we must get out of this nightmare, then we must rally round Buhari now to get the desired results. Blaming PDP for these woes will not solve anything because it’s like blaming a goalkeeper without attack and defence. Dollar was stabilised for five years at N150 and to get out of this doldrums, we must have an economic summit to look inward and focus on agriculture to get us out of recession.”

No sitting president makes such sweeping statement – Odey

Former National Publicity Secretary of the PDP and former Minister of Information, Mr John Odey said: ”I want to believe that he was reported out of context because no sitting president can make such a sweeping statement. Government is a continuum and I strongly believe he never meant that he did not inherit anything from previous governments since 1999. Maybe he meant that if previous administrations were prudent in investing and diversifying the economy, we would have been better.”

The statement is un-presidential – Sen Olujimi

Senator Biodun Olujimi, PDP Ekiti South, said the president may be out of tune with development in the country, else he would not say what he was credited to have said.

“To say that, it therefore means he is not a Nigerian because we know what Nigeria was before now and we know what it is now. If he did not inherit anything, what happens to GSM, what happens to the number of universities that we increased, what happens to the infrastructures in Abuja? What happens also to increased number of experts who came to invest in Nigeria? What happens to all the roads that lead to his state, Katsina and the ones into Abuja?

”I think he just spoke out of context and that is unpresidential of him. That is not what a president should say. A president should appreciate those that had come before him and add value to whatever they had done and not to be continuously running them down. I think he’s just playing politics with everything and that is bad of him.

”Nigerians are going through difficult times because of what he created and there is need for him to sit up to address their suffering. There is no need playing politics with everything, governance is a serious issue.”

He crashed economy built over the years by PDP – Sunday Ogbuoji

On his part, Senator Sunday Ogbuoji asked: “Has Buhari been using GSM at all, is he still calling with land line? When did satellite phones come into Nigeria? The GSM Nigerians are using now, who brought it to Nigerian? Was it APC?

“The GSM he, Buhari, is using today is one of the benefits of the PDP government. It is very wrong of him to have said that. When we say that the man is confused and doesn’t know what he is saying, it is not as if we are saying so as an opposition, it is a statement of fact. He should be ashamed that he crashed within few months in office the country’s economy built by the PDP for 16 years to become the largest economy in Africa.

“PDP government made Nigeria to be the largest economy in Africa only for him, Buhari, to crash it within his few months of being in power. “What does it mean to be largest economy, does he really understand what he is talking about? You can go on and on counting achievements of the PDP successive administrations for 16 years but he chose to be making unsubstantiated statements.”

Buhari should justify his claim by going after Obj, Jonathan – Waku

However, Senator Joseph Waku, who represented Benue North West in the National Assembly between 1999 and 2003, said he is in support of President Buhari, saying the PDP ended up destroying the country within the 16 years it held power. He said the claim by PDP that it brought GSM is false. According to him the GSM was an initiative of late General Sani Abacha, which the PDP merely expanded.

Hear him: “PDP did not bring GSM, it was brought by late General Sani Abacha. The PDP only came and expanded it. I am not saying the PDP didn’t do anything, even destroying the economy alone was something they did.

“How can you become the number one citizen, the number one law officer of the country and there was high rate of stealing under you and you did not act? PDP was completely a misfit of a government. The corruption under PDP administration started from Obasanjo and so, if Buhari wants to substantiate his allegation, he should probe all the PDP administrations and he should start with Obasanjo because he (Obasanjo) introduced corruption in our democracy.

“Under PDP, top government officials stole to high heaven and no one was brought to book by the PDP administration. PDP, under the Obasanjo regime spent billions of naira for third term that failed. Obasanjo got $16 billion for energy, where is the money? Obasanjo used Nigerian money to buy very important hotels and buildings including a library at a time he was leaving office without any achievement in office. So, I am in total support of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

Buhari has lost his memory and badly misinformed – Fani- Kayode

Reacting, former Spokesman of ex- President Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode, took a swipe at President Buhari, saying that the president had either lost his memory or was badly misinformed for telling Nigerians that he inherited nothing from the PDP administrations of Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan.

Speaking exclusively with Vanguard, Fani Kayode noted that President Buhari had in the last one year and three months, brought nothing but chaos, destruction, division, fear, deaths and shame to Nigeria compared to the PDP governments he was ridiculing.

His words: “It is obvious that President Muhammadu Buhari has either lost his memory or he has been badly misinformed. If you look at the state of the country in 1999 when former President Olusegun Obasanjo took over and compare it to what it was in 2007 when he left office, you will find out that there was not just development but also a miraculous transformation in every sector; that is what Obasanjo managed to achieve and I am very proud to be part of that government and part of those legacies.

“After Obasanjo left, Umaru Yar’ Adua took over and then came former President Goodluck Jonathan. As far as I am concerned, Jonathan built on Obasanjo’s legacies and foundation and he took us to yet another level.

“If you compare Nigeria in 2015 by the time Jonathan left to 1999 before Obasanjo came in, you will have to thank the PDP for lifting this nation up and taking us from strength to strength. By the time Jonathan left in 2015, we had the largest economy on the African Continent and the fastest growing economy in the world, among other things.

“In one year and three months, all of that have been destroyed by President Buhari and his APC, we are now back in the dark ages. Every sector in the country has been destroyed and everyone is complaining.

“President Buhari has brought nothing, but ethnic cleansing, recession, abuse of power, persecution, genocide, chaos, destruction, division, fear, deaths and shame to Nigeria and they have no other way of running the country, but to intimidate the citizens and threaten them. That is his own legacy.

“It should also be noted that a large number of people that supported Buhari in his quest to become the president, last year, were all originally from the PDP, whether the PDP governors, who decamped or PDP ministers who decamped or PDP legislators who decamped, 70 percent of people that helped to put Buhari in power used to be PDP including former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Senate President Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; former speakers Aminu Tambuwal, Aminu Masari; Umar Ghali Naaba; former minister of the Federal Capital Territory and governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El- Rufai; Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; former governors Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Segun Oni; Danjuma Goje; Aliyu Wammakko; Rabiu Kwankwaso; Murtala Nyako; George Akume; Senate Leader, Ali; former PDP national chairmen, Barnabas Gemade; Audu Ogbeh, among others.

“When he insults PDP legacy and said that nothing was ever done by PDP in 16 years, he is insulting those 70 per cent that put him in power starting with Obasanjo and I think that this is most unfair and very ungrateful of him.”

He is sounding like a cracked record – Senator AnieteOkon

Pioneer National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Senator Aniete Okon asked President Buhari to go beyond party toga and put in place necessary measures that would rescue Nigeria from the present economic crisis. He said that the president should stand on the pedestrian of fact and truth because he is sounding like cracked record.

His words: “Buhari should be quite honest if Nigerians must take his anti- corruption crusade very seriously. This is not the time for partisanship, he should go beyond the crack in the record because he us sounding like a cracked record.

“He is turning the truth on its head. What about the railway project he commissioned? Was it carried out during his time? The least we expect from him is to acknowledge that certain things have been done before he came. He should remove partisan toga. After one year, this is the time to show results and his fight against corruption should include standing on the pedestrian of fact and truth. With the economic recession we are facing now, he should call the knowledgeable together and build the economy irrespective of party affiliation or coloration.

” Buhari has lost it all – Senator Owie

Former Chief Whip of the Senate and a PDP Chieftain, Senator Rowland Owie simply said: ”The statement shows that President Muhammadu Buhari has lost it all because his failure in government will no longer deserve the sympathy of Nigerians. It is unfortunate.

”Also , Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP, Abia South simply described President Buhari’s comment as ” a disappointing statement.” Buhari lacks capacity to develop Nigeria – Gbishe Former Secretary of the PDP in Benue State, Mr Tertsea Gbishe said the president “is just grabbing at straws because he lacks the capacity to lift the country out of the woods.

“If he said he did not inherit anything from the previous governments, where did he get the money he is operating with? He gave bailout to the states, where did the money come from? What he said is not true. The man is inept. He does not have any idea to run the country. Yes he is fighting corruption but even at that we have our reservations. His method of fighting corruption has raised a lot of questions. He may be passionate but many people think he is being selective. Examples abound. In Benue state for instance, anybody who decamped to APC is now a saint. He is not being sincere in several other ways and we don’t think he is being sincere in his assertion. He is dodging his responsibilities.”

Credit: Vanguard

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Reported Release Of Kabiru Sokoto: Hatred For President Buhari Taken Too Far, By Inibehe Effiong

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No Savings, No Power, No Road, No Security Under PDP’s 16 Year Rule, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has again hit at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying the 16 years rule of the party under former president’s Obasanjo, Yaradua and Jonathan are extremely wasteful and of no moment.

The president according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Shehu Garba, stated this in his Daura hometown while speaking to journalists after Eid-el-kabir celebrations.

It is the second statement the president is making within two days of efforts to explain the nation’s economic recession that has imposed harsh economic conditions on the vast majority of Nigerians.

‘‘I want Nigerians to realise that what this government inherited after 16 years of the PDP government was no savings, no infrastructure, no power, no rail, no road and no security.”

The president had in an Eid-el-Kabir message on Sunday blamed the recession on the global economic downtown and lack of savings by preceding administrations.

“The present recession is as a result of cumulative effects of worldwide economic downturn and failure in the past to plan and save for difficult times,” he had explained.

His comment had attracted a strong rebuke from the PDP which told him to stop grumbling and face up to his task of reviving the economy.

“The president and his APC were elected to further better the lots of Nigerians, and not to dish out constant complaints on the situation which they mindlessly created not minding the attendant consequences of their actions on our collective destinies,” the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said in a direct reference to the president’s message, adding: “It is, therefore, high time they stopped this unnecessary grumbling and concentrate on how to redeem our economy by providing good governance to the people.”

But Buhari returned to the same theme yesterday contending that his inheritance was less than illustrious, asking for more time to repair the damage of the past.

His message was, however, not all about gloom as he gave a cheering report of progress being made in the agriculture sector, promising that a bountiful harvest was in the offing this year.
‘‘We should thank God this year, the reports I’m getting, which is very pleasing, is that we will have a bumper harvest this year,” he said, thanking Nigerians for their support for his government’s policies, programmes and actions aimed at improving security, revamping the economy and combating the fight against corruption.

The president gave further reports on his campaign promises to secure the country and fight corruption and gave himself a pass mark.

‘‘Nigerians can see what we have done on Boko Haram and what we are doing to resolve the problem in the Niger Delta,” he stated.

Buhari said he was committed to delivering on his campaign pledges, adding that his economic revival policies were targeted at job creation, particularly for the youth with agriculture as his core route to employment generation.

‘‘For the youths, graduates and non-graduates who are interested in agriculture, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the CBN are doing something to provide employment for them,’’ the president said.

On his star programme, corruption, he said the war against graft was proceeding without fail, assuring patriotic Nigerians who had nothing to hide to fear not.

“We will ensure justice and fairness for all,” he said, even as he vowed that all those who had abused public trust would not only be brought to book but would also be made to return their loot to the national till.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Unecessary Grumbling

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari must “stop grumbling unnecessarily” and concentrate on how to redeem the economy.

The party stated this in its Eid-El-Kabir message released to the media in Abuja on Sunday, where it criticised the president’s message, released earlier in the day, where he blamed lack of saving in the past for the present economic recession.

“The present recession is as a result of cumulative effects of worldwide economic downturn and failure in the past to plan and save for difficult times,” Buhari had said.

“It is impossible to separate the present from the past to appreciate the extent to which mistakes of the past are affecting everyday life today.”

Responding, PDP urged the president to focus his energy on building the economy rather than on complaining.

“Mr. President in his Salah Message today, again blamed the present Acute Economic Recession on the past administration and global economic downturn,” read the statement, signed by Dayo Adeyeye, national publicity secretary of PDP.

“Let Mr. President and his Party, the APC, be reminded that it took a smart and experienced world-class Economic Team in the Year 2010 to lead Nigerians through a cushioned global financial meltdown and beyond.

“The ‘Change’ is really with them (APC) and their barrage of falsehood. They were elected to further better the lots of Nigerians, and not to dish out constant complaints on the situation which they mindlessly created with its attendant consequences on our collective destinies.

“It is therefore high time they stopped this unnecessary grumbling and concentrate on how to redeem our economy by providing good governance to the people.”

PDP also joined “other well-meaning Nigerians to felicitate with our Muslim brothers and sisters worldwide on the occasion of Eid-El-Kabir, the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’”.

It advised all Nigerians, especially the political and ruling class in the country, to emulate Father Abraham for his willingness and total obedience to the will of God by agreeing to sacrifice his only son.

“We want to use this opportunity once again to celebrate and felicitate with all our Muslim brothers and sisters in Nigeria and across the world on this occasion of Eid-El-Kabir as instituted by Allah through Prophet Ibrahim,” it said.

“We want to also urge Nigerians to use this period and pray for the recovery of our ailing economy, the unity and oneness of this Country and continue making sacrifices for Nigeria to become great again.”

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In Sallah Message, President Buhari Explains Cause Of Present Recession, Assures Of Removing The Hardship

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday explained the present recession In the country, blaming it on global economic downturn and the failure to save in the past.

In a Sallah message to Nigerians to mark Monday’s Eid-el-Kabir, Mr. Buhari reassured Nigerians that his administration was committed to removing “the hardships the country is going through.”

He said the recession “is as a result of cumulative effects of worldwide economic downturn and failure in the past to plan and save for difficult times.”

“It is impossible to separate the present from the past to appreciate the extent to which mistakes of the past are affecting everyday life today,” he said.

He highlighted various sectors his administration was working on to improve the life of Nigerians.

The president’s full statement reads:

Fellow Compatriots, as you celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir, I salute your steadfastness in spite of the difficult economic times the country is going through.

The lessons of the Eid are piety and sacrifice and, my dear brothers and sisters, you have exhibited these in equal measure.

The present recession is as a result of cumulative effects of worldwide economic downturn and failure in the past to plan and save for difficult times. It is impossible to separate the present from the past to appreciate the extent to which mistakes of the past are affecting everyday life today.

I assure you that this administration is working round the clock to remove the hardships the country is going through. Rail and road constructions, projects in the housing sector, support for farmers and for small and medium scale industries, youth and women’s empowerment programmes, support for revival of industries are all designed to reinvigorate the economy and enhance living standards of ordinary people.

We are getting security right. We are stopping corruption in its tracks and we will get the economy right by the Grace of God.

I enjoin Muslims to live by the dictates of Islam, to keep good relationships with their Christian brothers and sisters and as patriots to maintain the spirit of the Nigerian nation.

I wish everyone happy holidays.

Muhammadu Buhari

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Man Who Named Dog ”Buhari’ Has Named New-born Daughter, ‘Aisha’

Barely few days after he was released from police detention following his arrest for naming his dog ‘Buhari, Joachim Iroko Chinakwe has hit the news again with the naming of his new-born daughter after the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lawyer/Human Rights Activist, Inibehe Effiong stated in his facebook post that Iroko named his daughter delivered few days after he was released ‘Aisha’.

“Joachim Iroko Chinakwe, the man who named his dog ‘Buhari’ has done it again. He has just called to inform me that he has named his newly born baby/daughter after the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari,” Effiong said.

“He has given his 3-day-old baby two names; Mise and Aisha.”

“According to him, Mise is a native Delta name which means ‘I am doing it’. He said that he also named his daughter Aisha, after the wife of the President and that she will bear the two names concurrently.”

“Sincerely, I am short of words. I never for once contemplated this. As a matter of fact, I deliberately refused to ask Iroko what name he intended to give his daughter when he called last Friday (September 2) to intimate me that his wife had put to birth.”

“I do not know what Nigerians will say about this. It is my prayer that this will not also end him in jail since some names seems to have special protection of the Nigeria Police Force.”

“Let us hope that this is not another “conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace”.

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Group Asks Buhari To Probe N8.4bn Aircraft Re-fleeting Contract Under Jonathan

A group, Transparency Initiative, has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari asking him to probe the N8.4bn aircraft re-fleeting contract under the administration of former President Jonathan.

Jonathan reportedly granted an anticipatory approval to  the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) for the re-fleeting of 20 aircraft.

The group alleged that the contract at the time had no Bureau of Public Procurement approval and Certificate of No Objection as required by due process.

It also claimed that the N8.4b contract was awarded to a company which was yet to be incorporated.

There were indications last night that the Presidency was already looking into the petition.

The management of NCAT was said to have provided documents to the presidency indicating that the contract went through due process.

A crisis broke out over the contract following the anticipatory approval of the former President  barely 37 days to his exit from office.

The affected trainer aircraft are 15 Diamond DA40NG and five Diamond DA 42NG

The approval was conveyed to the former Minister of Aviation on April 22, 2015.

One of the documents reads in part: “The Federal Executive Council ( FEC) suspended award of contracts from the first week of December 2014. Thus, the Honourable Minister of Aviation on 24th December 2014 sought the anticipatory approval of Mr. President for award of contract for re-fleeting of trainer aircraft(15 Nos Diamond DA40NG and five Diamond DA 42NG) and associated works in favour of Messrs Interjet Nigeria Limited at a total contract sum of $20, 396,299.71.

“ Mr. President granted anticipatory approval on 21st April 2015 and the approval was conveyed to the Honourable Minister of Aviation on 22nd April 2015.

“Based on the anticipatory approval obtained, the college issued Letter of Award to Messrs Interjet Nigeria Limited.

“Messrs Interjet Nigeria Limited provided an Advance Payment Guarantee( APG) for the payment made to the company. The first APG issued in December 2014 was replaced with another APG in July 2015.

“On the 15th May 2015, the Federal Executive Council ratified the President’s anticipatory approval for the award of contract for the purchase of 15 Nos Diamond DA40NG and five Diamond DA 42NG aircraft with complete accessories and associated works for the re-fleeting of NCAT, Zaria in favour of Messrs Interjet Nigeria Limited in the sum of $20, 396,299.71.

“ The valid Letter of Award of contract for re-fleeting of trainer aircraft is dated 24th April 2015. It was issued after obtaining Mr. President’s anticipatory approval and supersedes the letter Ref. NCAT. 11/652/Vol. I/23 dated 17th November 2014.”

Another document indicated that “the processes for re-fleeting of NCAT Trainer Aircraft commenced in 2005 while the procurement process started in 2013 with budgetary allocation of N300 million.

“BPP granted No Objection on 29th October 2014. Total payment amounting to N320 million wascprocessed in December 2014 but not released until 27th April 2015 after obtaining Mr. President’s anticipatory approval.”

But the Transparency Initiative asked the President to look at the alleged rot in NCAT.

It alleged that when the contract was awarded, it had “no BPP approval and Certificate of No Objection as required by due process”.

In the petition, signed by Nnaemeka Amaechina, George Nwahajioke and Taiwo Adegbite, alleged that the company which won the contract was yet to be incorporated at the time of the award.

The petition said: “The said contract for re-fleeting of trainer aircraft was awarded to Messrs Interjet Nigeria Limited vide a letter of award from NCAT -Zaria dated 17th November 2014 with reference No. NCAT II/Vol.I/23.

“In the said letter, NCAT made reference to a non-existing Federal Executive Council approval as at the date contained in the said letter. The said letter was signed by the Head of Procurement and Secretary of NCAT-Zaria Tenders Board for the Rector/ Chief Executive.

”That  Interjet Nigeria Limited as at the 17th of November 2014 was not yet in existence and indeed the certificate of incorporation of Messrs Interjet Nigeria Limited was only issued on 23rd June 2015 with RC 892261.

“Hence, the award of over $20, 396,  299.71 (N8.485b) contract was all anchored on illegality.”

But a document said the company which won the contract was already incorporated as Interjet Maintenance Limited  but only changed its name to Messrs Interjet Nigeria Limited with the approval of the Corporate Affairs Commission ( CAC).

“ Interjet Maintenance Limited changed their name to Interjet Nigeria Limited with the approval of CAC. They are therefore one and the same company.”

But the Transparency Initiative asked the President “in your usual tradition to use your good offices to order a total investigation of facts contained in this petition by the appropriate government agency”.

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Avengers To Buhari: No More Attacks In The Niger Delta, We Are Now For Peace

The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) said last that they were done with the hostilities in the creeks that has caused a huge dip in Nigeria’s oil exports, forcing the economy into a big crisis, said last night that they were done with the hostilities.

The group broke the news in a letter posted on its website by its spokesman, Mudoch  Agbinibo, and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari. It also spoke of the need for regular dialogue to take place for the Nigerian union to survive.

Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina welcomed the cessation of hostilities by the Avengers as “a good development which is in the interest of the country and especially the Niger Delta people.”

He said “anything that portends peace is always good,” adding that “we hope that it cuts across board and it is sincere.”

The Avengers alleged that the Federal Government was out to execute a predetermined genocide against the people of the Niger Delta through the recently launched Operation Crocodile Smile, which the military high command has explained as just a training drill designed to prepare the Amphibious Division for a better mastery of the Niger Delta terrain.

The group also observed that the Nigerian system would work better if the Federal Government learns from the developed democracies to allow internal protests and conflicts aimed at greater good of the nation.

“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to put away the garb of a stooge to the imperialists, whenever he speaks outside Nigeria. We have listened carefully and halted hostilities in the Niger Delta. We expect a genuine and positive attitude to restructuring and self-determination for every component unit of Nigeria. Dear president, what makes those countries (Japan, Germany, France, USA, Britain etc.) great is the ability of their governments to accommodate internal protestations and conflicts for the greater good of their nations over the years.

“Nigeria is not a one-man personal property. We must have these talks every time if this union must continue to work as one. The people of the Niger Delta have been living here from time immemorial, so we have the secret of the terrain and survival of amphibious operations.

“No amount of troop surge and simulation exercises will make you win the oil war; you can only win battles. You cannot apply the might of the state to restore the people’s confidence in your leadership when you cannot differentiate between genuine demands and being mismanaged by disorganised characters and tribal lords around you in your government that are playing the court jesters’ role as well as counting the days that is left in your four years term.

“You can deceive the whole world but we cannot be deceived by the so glamorized ongoing military operations in the creeks of Ijaw communities in the Delta coded “ Operation Crocodile Smiles”… the world should knows that with your pronouncement in Kenya and your attitude to the military build-up in the Niger Delta, it is crystal clear that the military has nothing less than a pre-determined genocide in Niger Delta and burn more already scared national resources to the pockets of those that have failed to locate the missing Chibok School Girls.

“Please also tell those foreign nations that your troops are about carrying out extrajudicial killings in the Niger Delta in violation of Article Four of the Geneva Convention with “OPERATION CROCODILE SMILE”. All sane minds know the meaning of “ CROCRODILE TEARS” so by code-naming your military operation CROCODILE SMILES only betrays your motives and attitude to the whole world about the Niger Delta question.”

With an end to bombings, there is hope for increased oil and gas production, which will translate to more revenue for the Federation.

The militants in the last few months hit major pipelines including Shell’s Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) and Forcados terminal, ExxonMobil and Agip’s facilities. These attacks led to shut-in of various crude grades from Nigeria.

At the peak of the attacks, production dropped to 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) against a budgeted 2.2 million bpd. Production had risen to 1.9 bpd before the renewed attacks.

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Chibok Girls: Nigeria Ready To Negotiate With Credible Boko Haram Members – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his government’s willingness to negotiate with the terrorists to free abducted Chibok girls.

Speaking a few days after the families of the over 200 girls, kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Borno State in 2014, asked him to resign if he could not secure their release, the president also indicated that he was willing to do a prisoner swap with the Boko Haram.

The terror group recently released a video showing some of the kidnapped girls. A masked Boko Haram member in the video asked that the group’s members held in various prisons by the Nigerian government be released before the girls could be freed.

In an interview with journalists in Nairobi, Kenya at the weekend, Mr. Buhari said the Nigerian government is ready to dialogue with bonafide leaders of the terror group who know the whereabouts of the girls.

‘‘If they do not want to talk to us directly, let them pick an internationally recognised Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), convince them that they are holding the girls and that they want Nigeria to release a number of Boko Haram leaders in detention, which they are supposed to know,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesperson Garba Shehu.

Read the full statement below.

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the preparedness of the Federal Government to discuss the release of the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terror group since 2014,

In an interview with journalists in Nairobi, Kenya at the weekend, President Buhari said the Nigerian government is ready to dialogue with bonafide leaders of the terror group who know the whereabouts of the girls.

‘‘I have made a couple of comments on the Chibok girls and it seems to me that much of it has been politicised.

‘‘What we said is that the government which I preside over is prepared to talk to bonafide leaders of Boko Haram.

‘‘If they do not want to talk to us directly, let them pick an internationally recognised Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), convince them that they are holding the girls and that they want Nigeria to release a number of Boko Haram leaders in detention, which they are supposed to know.

‘‘If they do it through the ‘modified leadership’ of Boko Haram and they talk with an internationally recognised NGO then Nigeria will be prepared to discuss for their release,’’ he said.

President Buhari, who spoke to the media on the margins of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), warned that the Federal Government will not waste time and resources with “doubtful sources’’ claiming to know the whereabouts of the girls.

‘‘We want those girls out and safe. The faster we can recover them and hand them over to their parents, the better for us.’’

The President maintained that the terror group, which pledged allegiance to ISIS, has been largely decimated by the gallant Nigerian military with the support of immediate neighbours from Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin.

‘‘Some of the information about the division in Boko Haram is already in the press and I have read in the papers about the conflict in their leadership.

‘‘The person known in Nigeria as their leader, we understand was edged out and the Nigerian members of Boko Haram started turning themselves to the Nigerian military.

‘‘We learnt that in an air strike by the Nigeria Air Force he was wounded. Indeed their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem and we know this because when we came into power, they were holding 14 out of the 774 local governments in Nigeria. But now they are not holding any territory and they have split to small groups attacking soft targets.

On the militancy in the Niger Delta region, the President said the Federal Government is also open to dialogue to resolve all contending issues in the area.

‘‘We do not believe that they (the militants) have announced ceasefire. We are trying to understand them more. Who are their leaders and which areas do they operate and other relevant issues,’’ he said.

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