At 49, Keyamo Has Earned Public Respect – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended crusading lawyer, Festus Keyamo, SAN for having earned the “highest place and esteem” in the legal profession through his defence of the rights of ordinary Nigerians.

In a message of congratulations to mark Keyamo’s 49th birthday Monday, signed personally by him, the President thanked the Spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council for bringing these qualities to bear on the ongoing campaign for elections.

In a letter headlined “Happy Birthday, Festus,” President Buhari said: “I write to heartily congratulate you on your 49th birthday, today. The story of your life has always been to speak up for the masses of our country and at critical times in the life of our nation. You have also used law as an instrument to achieve these goals. This has rightly earned you the highest place and esteem in your profession as Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.

“As you apply these qualities in helping to CHANGE this nation through our campaigns, I pray that God Almighty will continue to bless you and grant you long life and good health.”

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When The Thief Is Shouting “Thief”: The Case Of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

A few days ago, the Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, called out President Muhammadu Buhari over certain allegations of “corrupt practices” which the President allegedly condones in his government.

Whilst we have repeatedly addressed each and every of the instances cited by him to show the transparent nature of the government, it is shocking that the Presidential candidate of the main opposition has refused to issue a personal statement up till this minute clarifying in details his record of crass corruption and abuse of office.

He is clearly taking Nigerians for a ride and hopes to distort the ethical revolution in public office that Nigerians clearly desire to his own philosophy of abusing public office to promote private interests. By his subliminal messages, he wants Nigerians to accept that becoming wealthy by abusing public office is not a bad thing after all. 

With the avalanche of fake and unsubstantiated news released in the last few days, it is now clear that PDP’s strategy in the run up to the elections is to spread fake news and make wild allegations without any proof against the President and the Vice President. This is clearly to divert attention from the record of crass corruption and abuse of office of their own candidate. Nigerians cannot and should not be insulted by the PDP after 16 years of looting of the nation, by now putting forward a man whose record of corruption they very much acknowledge, but would rather we all overlook it. 

Some of the indisputable facts regarding Alhaji Atiku Abubakar are as follows: 

1. The U.S Congress in a report titled, KEEPING FOREIGN CORRUPTION OUT OF THE UNITED STATES: FOUR CASE HISTORIES, featured Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as one of the four notorious cases of money laundering in the world! 

2. The Congress report said “Jennifer Douglas Abubakar, a U.S. citizen, is the fourth wife of Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice President of Nigeria and a former candidate for the Presidency of Nigeria…… from 2000 to 2008, Ms. Douglas helped her husband bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States, including at least $1.7 million in bribe payments from Siemens AG, a German corporation, and over $38 million from little known offshore corporations, primarily LetsGo Ltd. Inc., Guernsey Trust Company Nigeria Ltd., and Sima Holding Ltd”. 

3. Atiku’s co-conspirators, Williams Jefferson and Siemens in the bribery deal were convicted and Jefferson went to jail. By running for President of Nigeria, Atiku intends to get some immunity from prosecution. Already he is hoping to obtain a visa to visit the US, as a guest of the State department, a concession that the US will grant to a Presidential candidate of Africa’s biggest Nation. 

4. Both the BBC and Voice of America reported that “In a probe ordered by Mr. Obasanjo, (then Nigerian President) the vice-president was accused of diverting $125m from a public development trust fund into his personal businesses.”; Please see 1016 BBC, Profile: Atiku Abubakar, January 25, 2007, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6292141.stm (Voice of America, “Nigerian Vice President Charged with Corruption,” October 10, 2006, http:// www1.voanews.com/english/news/a-). 

5. A Senate subcommittee investigating the PTDF indicted Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, having found that he abused his office by aiding and abetting the diversion of public funds in the sum of $145 million” as loans to his friends. This report was a subject of a full-blown investigation by the EFCC which actually recommended his prosecution in a court of law. That report is still pending and alive till today. 

How do we as a Nation end up with anyone with this sordid record locally and internationally? We have heard the lame defence that the U.S Justice Department said it has no pending case against Atiku Abubakar. That is only a defence for the ignorant ones. In the United States, there are indictments the Justice Department can confirm to the world.

But there is another category of indictments known as SEALED INDICTMENTS that the Justice Department cannot confirm to anyone. These indictments are sealed under the orders of a Judge. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has a sealed indictment waiting for him in the U.S. The day he visits the U.S, not as a candidate in an election, he will face charges.There is no question that the reasons for Atiku’s frequent contests for the Presidency are to steal the resources of Nigeria for self-enrichment and to prevent prosecution for his crimes of laundering and receiving bribes. No amount of fake news or ridiculous false allegations against the President or Vice President that can wash away the well-documented history of theft.

We also challenge the PDP to publish a single line in the sub-committee recommendation of the House of Reps on the NEMA Emergency purchases where the report accused the Vice President of embezzlement of funds. They either do this within 24 hours or keep quiet forever. It is even noteworthy that the House of Representatives have not adopted any such recommendation to make it a report of the House.We also challenge them to show any proof whatsoever of their allegations regarding the TraderMoni.

After three days of publicly announcing that they have hard proof that the President’s relations bought shares in Etisalat and Keystone Bank, the PDP has not produced a single piece of paper, a document of any sort to buttress the grave allegations it made. This is how shameless and callous the Atiku team has become, all in a desperate bid to get their hands on the public purse.

Lastly, we challenge Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for the umpteen time to produce his tax receipts for 2015, 2016 and 2017. It is shocking that a man who has not been paying his Personal Income Taxes now says he wants to “get Nigerians working again” – whatever that means. He is only deceiving himself and not the intelligent Nigerians that we know.

Thank you. 

FESTUS KEYAMO, SAN, FCIArb (UK)Director, Strategic Communications,President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation(Official Spokesperson).

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Senate Confirms Keyamo, Others Member Of NDIC Board

The Nigerian Senate,Wednesday, confirmed the Director of Media of President Muhammdu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, alongside others as members of Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

The board will be headed by Ronke Sokefun and Other new members which includes: Adewale Adeleke, Mustapha Adewale Mudashiru, Josef O. J. Okoloagu and Alhaji Garba Bello.

The appointment of new board members came eight months after the Senate received a request from the President for confirmation of seven-member Governing Board of Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation(NDIC).

On May 8, the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, read the letter conveying the request, dated March 27, 2018, signed by Buhari.

“In compliance with Section 5(4) of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation Act, 2006, it is my pleasure to forward the underlisted nominees for confirmation as Chairman and members of the Board of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation,” the letter read.

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Keyamo Lauds President Buhari For Eliminating ‘Grand Corruption’

Festus Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to the anti-corruption war.

Keyamo, who was among the discussants at the symposium  on the topic: ‘Leadership,  Good Governance and Nation Building’, stressed that President Buhari’s government has been able to eliminate “grand corruption”.

The Human rights lawyer noted that politicians cross-carpet because they are looking for a safe landing that would give them coverage.

“Whether it is from APC to PDP,  or the other way round,  it is because they are looking for recognition.

“Politicians are united in corruption.  Any politician that does not make fight against corruption an issue,  is not sincere to the followers.

“The problem has always been lack of prudent application of the resources.  And the corruption we are fighting today, started long ago.  Corruption did not start today.

“Nigeria is facing a great crisis and that is what we are suffering in the country.  There should be leadership by example and this is lacking in this country. This is the crisis that we are having in this county today”, Keyamo stated.

While admitting that “small corruption” still exists in the administration, he stressed that President Buhari’s government has created a society where there is no equilibrium.

“We have to create a sane society whether we like it or not”, he added.

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Keyamo Denies Receiving Money From NNPC For Campaign

The Spokesperson for the President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), has denied collecting money from the NNPC to run the publicity department of the organisation.

Keyamo, who is also the campaign organisation’s Director of Strategic Communications, said on Thursday in Lagos that the organisation would not depend on public purse to run its activities.

In a statement copied to the News Agency of Nigeria, Keyamo said: “Our attention has been drawn to fake news  to the effect that I have received a large sum of money from the NNPC and submitted another budget to the same corporation to run the media and publicity department of the campaign.

“The story is a classic example of the many rots in the system that President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to address.

“Experience has taught that sharing of money does not win elections.

“We do not intend to go that route. We shall continue to showcase the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari to convince Nigerians that he deserves a second term in office,” the spokesman said.

The senior advocate of Nigeria said that his participation in the campaign was part of his larger crusade for enthronement  of an accountable government and true democracy.

“To me, this is not just a campaign but a crusade; hence, I came out of my shell to make a full-blown participation in the process.

“I am determined to make my little contribution to prevent those who looted our treasury in the past to establish `big businesses’ from staging a comeback to power.

“In the process, my hard-earned integrity will be guarded jealously.

“I have not, and will not go near the public purse; the  campaign organisation will not do so either. This is a pledge before the Nigerian people by which we shall stand,” he said.

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Keyamo’s Appointment Not A Surprise, Says PDP

Lagos State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Moshood Salvador, has said Keyamo’s appointment is a contradiction of his posturing as a rights activist and lawyer.

Keyamo, was on Tuesday appointed as spokesperson for the President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation.

To Salvador, “I am not fully disappointed because he is one of those that get legal briefs from the EFCC.

“For a man who has branded himself as a human rights activist, now taking up the appointment of a political party, contradicts the principles of human rights activism.

“How can he talk against this government when they are doing wrong since he is now a spokesperson?”

He added: “This is a government that the nation wants to changebecause it has failed, then, how can you call yourself an activist and you are supporting a government that people have rejected?

“That is a contradiction.”

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2019: Keyamo Appointed Spokesman Of President Buhari’s Campaign

A Human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has been appointed spokesman of the re-elecion bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation and Director-General of the camapign, made this known in a letter dated April 16, 2018.

The letter reads:  “I’m pleased to convey to you the decision of the President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation to appoint you as director, strategic communications in respect of the forthcoming campaigns for the 2019 presidential election,” the letter read.

“As you are aware, President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking the nomination of our great Party, the All Progressives Congress, as the candidate for the said election.

“Your appointment is to aid in getting the said nomination and to ensure the success of the subsequent campaigns for the 2019 presidential election.

“In your capacity, you are to be the Spokesperson for the campaign during the nomination process and also at the subsequent campaigns for the 2019 presidential election.”

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Looters List In Order, Says Keyamo

Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has said the “list of looters” released at the weekend by the Federal Government was in order.

Recall that the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed issued the list of “28 looters” in two instalments, after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenged the government to name those who looted the treasury when the party was in power.

Keyamo explained that the government may also be in the process of charging those on the list who are not under trial.

His words: “If you have the facts at your disposal that somebody is a thief, and you know your facts are unassailable, you can go ahead and name the person as a thief. The person does not need to be convicted before you, based on the facts, can name the person as a thief. But this is so long as you have your unassailable facts that you can present at the appropriate time to defend yourself if you are sued for defamation.”

“Even those who have not been charged to court, the Federal Government may be in the process of charging them. It may be in the process of drafting charges and arraigning them. So long as they have their unassailable facts, there is nothing wrong with the Federal Government naming whoever it wants to name based on the facts at its disposal,“ Keyamo added.

Keyamo also encouraged aggrieved persons to sue, saying: “It is left to the person to go to court. Going to court is not a threat to anyone. It is a welcome development. A welcome development because it is even in court that the Federal Government will have the opportunity to lay bare the facts.

“So, we must encourage the PDP members who were named to go to court. If they don’t want to go to court, we must beg them to do so. That is where all the facts will be laid bare.”

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Peter Apologises To Fans, Says PSquare Back Together

Peter and Paul Okoye of the popular pop-group, PSquare, are reportedly back together after a brawl that ensued between the duo this week.

In a short video posted on social media on Thursday, by Peter, he said: “We have resolved our issues and we beg for your forgiveness. I will take full responsibility of everything that has happened and I promise you that our problems are behind us now.”

The duo’s lawyer, Festus Keyamo (SAN), also appealed to the public to refrain from jumping into what he called uninformed conclusions about the musicians’ disagreement.

His words: “All the various incidents that happened in our chambers (some as late at 12 midnight and 2a.m. and one of which was captured in the online video) arose out of various meetings that were genuine attempts at resolving their differences.

“None of these talented brothers is at fault. None of them is also wholly justified and correct in their individual positions. We also wish to state categorically that, contrary to widely held opinions, none of their wives is at fault. In fact, the wives have kept their respectable and dignified distances from all the issues involved. They have never interfered in any way.”

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