Full Text Of Buhari’s Controversial Press Briefing In Germany

President Muhammadu Buhari last week paid a three-day working visit to Germany. As part of the activities for the visit, the president addressed a joint press conference with his host and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel in Berlin.

During the press conference, the president was asked series of questions one of which is his reaction to the BBC interview granted by his wife, Aisha Buhari.

The reponse from the president has since become the topic of discussion in the media space. We reproduce below the press briefing of President Muhammadu Buhari alongside Angel Merkel.

I am very grateful to you for this invitation. The Germans have always been concerned about Nigeria. This is very welcome, and we are grateful for it.

They invited me here during the G7 presidency. They asked me to provide the G7 with a report on the security situation in Nigeria, but above all in the region. I have done this very much and I have submitted a report to the G7.

I have mentioned on this occasion that Boko Haram has been considerably restricted in its possibilities. 14 of 177 local regions are still left where they actually have an influence, where they actually hold something like a caliphate.

But there is no real power that they have over any of our communal, regional authorities. In the meantime, they have, of course, concentrated on schools, mosques and markets in their attacks. But this possibility to carry out such attacks is also largely taken away.

We received economic and humanitarian aid from the Federal Republic of Germany. In this way, Nigeria has been enabled to expel terrorists from these areas.

The second point is the economy. We are very grateful for the fact that we have been offered training opportunities. There are about 100 German companies operating in Nigeria – most of them in the manufacturing sector. This means that the Nigerians have not only jobs, but also training opportunities. For this we are very grateful.

The new security problem that has emerged is, above all, that there have been acts of sabotage against institutions of the oil industry in the Niger Delta. I have already submitted a detailed report to the German Government, and this will continue.

We will say what we need for help, for example, information of a message service type or other, but also ways to provide us with equipment. With the leadership of the militants in the Niger Delta, with the traditional institutions there, we are currently talking. But oil companies, which have been operating in Nigeria for more than 30 years, must of course also participate in this dialogue.

As far as the economy is concerned, it is this year that we have had a lot of rain in Nigeria and we expect a very good crop so that the problems with the food imports will not be so great. We will not be so dependent on it. In a few months we will be able to create food security and even export food. Most of the foods that we have imported were, for example, wheat, maize and rice. I think in about 18 months we will be self-sufficient in this area.

As for the girls from Chibok, you have probably learned that 21 of these girls have been released. But still 100 of these girls are somewhere in the area around Lake Chad, Cameroon, Niger or Nigeria. Where they are, we do not know exactly. We have been able to free these 21 girls. We hope that we can provide it with the appropriate information to find even more and to find out. We are very grateful to the United Nations who have participated in the mission of saving these girls. But please do not forget that the whole thing takes place against the background of terrorism in Nigeria. Thousands of Nigerians have been killed by Boko Haram. There are 1.5 to 2 million people who are internally displaced and have to live in camps for internally displaced persons. At least 60 percent of them are women and children. 60 percent of these children are orphans who do not know their parents and do not know where they come from. This is a great concern for my government, which we must face. We must, of course, provide the appropriate infrastructure, especially in education and health, so that these children and displaced persons can return to their region, their city, their village and live a normal life. That is why we are very grateful for the support given by the German government. We hope for further support whenever we need it and ask for it.

Thank you very much.

Question and answer time

I come from Nigerian television. Federal Chancellor, Mr Buhari has devoted himself to combating corruption. One option he pursues is to retrieve funds outside the country. What do you do to help him? As you have said, you appreciate him.

Merkel: I appreciate him very much. We will, if he has hints, follow these instructions, of course. In all that the President has to say to Germany, we will, of course, look to help him work against corruption.

In addition, our finance minister has worked very hard to ensure the international exchange of information is compulsory. This means that in the future, it will be much harder to deal with such corrupt business. As countries, we will also work much more closely with banks to pursue all traces.

I have a question to the President. In the context of the migration crisis, the importance of re-transferring the foreign Nigerians is always written and reported. How important are these retransferments for the Nigerian economy?

Your woman has today given an interview in which she said she does not support you in the 2019 re-election if you do not transform your government. Maybe you can comment on that. Are you ready to meet your wife’s demands?

Buhari: I do not know exactly which party my wife belongs to. Actually, she belongs to my kitchen, my living room and also to the other rooms in my house. It is not easy to deal with the opposition, with those who were not with one in the election campaign. I hope that my wife will remember that I was 12 years in the field, that I have tried three times to win. The fourth time I was successful. The first three times I was in Nigeria’s highest court. So I would say that I know better about all this.

I think I know better than the members of the opposition. After all, my efforts had been successful. It is not so easy to satisfy everyone, the entire opposition of Nigeria and all parties there. They all want to be at the government, of course.

Perhaps I may briefly tell you what we have inherited.

From 1999 to 2014, Nigeria averaged 2.1 million barrels of oil per day at a price of $100. Then we had less than 40. It must also be said that the production by the actions of militants has reduced by half. This means that Nigeria has inherited a huge problem. You certainly know that 27 of the 36 states could not pay salaries to their employees. That is, there were very serious economic problems, problems of security, business, corruption, problems we try to resolve to the best of our knowledge.

I told you what the problem was with Boko Haram. We almost succeeded in preventing them from dominating somewhere in Nigeria. As far as the economy is concerned, we have now concentrated on agriculture. We ask you to invest primarily in the mineral sector, in the field of mineral resources.

In the Niger Delta, too, we have turned to the militant leadership and the people they support locally. We have approached the oil companies, which have been operating in the country for a long time, more than 30 years, and know the whole environment, including the local people. We want to negotiate with them, so that there will be a truce.

The government has the ability and the ability to cope with these people, just as we have come to terms with Boko Haram. But it is in the interest of Nigeria and all regions of Nigeria that we solve these issues through dialogue, as a much more civilized way of dealing with each other.

Your country has opened its doors to a large number of refugees from other countries, with a great deal of insecurity and a great deal of poverty. But this is now a problem for you. How can you prevent such a destabilization from happening to you and also in Nigeria?

Merkel: Firstly, we must, of course, be politically committed to peace and security. This is very difficult, for example, in Syria or Iraq. We are therefore all the more pleased that much has already been achieved in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria and at Lake Chad.

People who do not really live peacefully have big problems, of course. But there are also the economic problems. We have said in Germany that we want to give protection to many who have come to us because of war and expulsion. This is why the rate of recognition in legal proceedings is very high, for example, for people from Syria and Iraq. But for people coming from Nigeria, the recognition rate is only 8 percent. That is, we must assume that many come for economic reasons. We can understand that. But we must then say that in order to provide humanitarian protection to those who really flee before the war, we must return to those who do not have a right of residence in Germany.

This is what the European Commission is talking about. We also talked today about how we can do this and send out the signal at the same time: We want to put the smugglers and the traffickers the craft. But we also want to help people who are in need in Nigeria. That is why we want to offer those who do not go on the illegal path, for vocational training, for training, for the acquisition of skills, so that they have a better chance of achieving a good future for themselves. Then this is good for both sides.

There can be no business about corruption, illegal trafficking, arms trafficking, drug trafficking – all of which are connected – and states are destabilized, but we are working together as states, so that the people of Nigeria have some of it and at the same time the signal “Those who do not have a right of residence in Germany – 92 per cent of the people from Nigeria who come to us – have to return” to stop the illegality.

You said you had talked about the problem of return. Have you received any commitments, or do you intend to conclude a regular return contract with Nigeria?

Just a quick glance into the next week: Are you confident that a meeting in Normandy will be held here in Berlin?

Merkel: As for the next week, I cannot say that yet, because I have to wait and see what messages I get from the now ongoing conversations on the workbene. We keep this open, but we have not yet reached the decision.

On your first question: the negotiations with the European Commission are only starting in October. That is, we have not made specific arrangements today. But I have, of course, said that Germany supports these negotiations by the European Commission, and that in return, both on the basis of the Valletta agreement, we can use both European and German resources, especially to promote legal opportunities for vocational training that illegality can be combated. But we have not discussed details yet.

Courtesy TAZ

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CAF Shortlist 30 For African Player Of The Year Award, Mikel, Four Other Nigerians Listed [Full List]

The Nigerian football trio of John Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho made the list of the 30 players shortlisted for the CAF African player of the year award for 2016.

Also, the duo of Mfon Udoh of Enyimba FC and Chisom Chikatara of Wydad FC of Morocco made the cut for the Africa-based Player of the Year award.

The list includes the 2015 African player of the year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Andre Ayew of Ghana.

THE FULL LIST

African Player of the Year

1. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)

2. El Arabi Hillel Soudani (Algeria & Dinamo Zagreb)

3. Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City)

4. Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon & Antalyaspor)

5. Benjamin Mounkandjo (Cameroon & Lorient)

6. Serge Aurier (Cote d’Ivoire & PSG)

7. Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United)

8. Yao Kouasi Gervais ‘Gervinho’ (Cote d’Ivoire & Hebei Fortune)

9.Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Roma)

10. Mohamed El Neny (Egypt & Arsenal)

11. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Dortmund)

12. Andre Ayew (Ghana & West Ham)

13. Victor Wanyama (Kenya & Tottenham)

14. William Jebor (Liberia & Wydad Athletic Club)

15. Mehdi Benatia (Morocco & Juventus)

16. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax)

17. John Mikel Obi (Nigeria & Chelsea)

18. Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria & Manchester City)

19. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria & Leicester City)

20. Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal)

21. Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo & Everton)

22. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

23. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)

24. Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

25. Itumeleng Khune (South Africa & Kaizer Chiefs)

26. Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania & Genk)

27. Aymen Abdennour Tunisia & Valencia)

28. Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia & Sunderland)

29. Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

30. Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns)

African Player of the Year – Based in Africa

1. Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

2. Itumeleng Khune (South Africa & Kaizer Chiefs)

3. Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel)

4. Joel Kimwaki (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)

5. Joyce Lomalisa (DR Congo & AS Vita)

6. Salif Coulibaly (Mali & TP Mazembe)

7. Ali Gabr (Egypt & Zamalek)

8. Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns) 9. Jackson Mwanza (Zambia & Zesco United)

10. Rainford Kalaba (Zambia & TP Mazembe)

11. Elia Meschak (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)

12. Aymen Hefny (Egypt & Zamalek)

13. Morgan Betorangal (Chad & MO Bejaia)

14. Hlompho Kekana (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

15. Hamza Lahmar (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel)

16. Jesse Were (Kenya & Zesco United)

17. Idris Mbombo (DR Congo & Zesco United)

18. Chisom Chikatara (Nigeria & Wydad Athletic Club)

19. William Jebor (Liberia & Wydad Athletic Club)

20. Reda Hajhouj (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)

21. Fabrice Nguessi Ondama (Congo & Wydad Athletic Club)

22. Mfon Udon (Nigeria & Enyimba)

23. Bassem Morsi (Egypt & Zamalek)

24. Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns)

25. Yannick Zakri (Cote d’Ivoire & Mamelodi Sundowns)

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Full Text Of Aisha Buhari’s BBC Hausa Interview

This is the full text from the interview of First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, by BBC Hausa Service:

BBC Hausa: It has been One and a half years since President Muhammadu Buhari came into power, a lot of people are expressing their unhappiness over the way few acquaintance of the President have hijacked power while neglecting people that work for his success. Like we have promised, here is how the interview with Aisha Buhari and Naziru Maka’ilu from Abuja goes.

BBC Hausa: People have goodwill towards President Muhammadu Buhari, especially looking at the things he did before, but since coming into power things have not been working the way they should, what do you thing is the cause?

Aisha Buhari:  I am not a government official, but in my opinion as a woman, a mother, what I think is it is well known that the first 4 years are not going to be easy. Firstly, it was people that brought the government into power. More than half of those people are not appointed into the government. Some people that are not politicians, not professionals were brought into the government. They don’t even know what we said we want and what we don’t during the campaign.  They even come out and say to people we are not politicians, but they are occupying the offices meant for politicians. Some have parted with their wives, some lost their children lost, some women too have parted with their husbands because of politics, a lot happened during the time. The way things are going I too I am not happy. We are just starting, we have not finished. Some people that worked for the government have been appointed. But those heading government agencies you can find one fighting his state governor, they contested together during election one in APC while in PDP.
BBC Hausa: Who are those doing these kinds of things?

Aisha Buhari: Everybody knows them. Those people should know that people voted singly. Even Buhari too had one vote. Nobody voted 5 times.  15.429 Million People. That one that people are thinking too, he had only some 2 or 3 people. I am pleading to them to have the people at heart and embrace everybody so that we can all move together. Not even now in 2016 or 17, lot of people are creating divisions within the APC, which is our source of concern. They think they have worked for the government while those appointed some of them had no voter’s card. What I fear is uprising of 15.4 million people.

BBC Hausa: Is the President aware some people are subverting his government?

Aisha Buhari: Whether he knows or he do not, those that voted for him knows.

BBC Hausa: But you are the most closest to him, did you tell him?

Aisha Buhari: There is nothing I can tell him, he is seeing things himself. Out of the people he has appointed, take 50, 45 of them I don’t know them. Perhaps he doesn’t know them too. I have been living with him for 27 years.

BBC Hausa: Do you think there are some people that are dictating to the President things to do, not him?

Aisha Buhari: That is what I am saying, those that know they don’t have voters card, they should give chance to those that have, they are the ones that struggled and knows what we want to do. Some of them if you go to a meeting with them they will tell you, we are not politicians, if somebody is wise, they will not accept to take any political office. They didn’t even work for it. Even if you are asked to, you should say it is not my profession.  Those places not headed by politicians will cause people discontent.

BBC Hausa: One would wonder to hear you say some people have hijacked the government without him knowing, but who do you think are those people?

Aisha Buhari: I don’t know them, I don’t know them. I don’t know them

BBC Hausa: But some people are calling names, saying 2 or 3 are the ones, do you that as well?

Aisha Buhari: Yes I agree. Because of those appointed apart from Fashola, Ameachi and some others, not much, I don’t know them, most of us too don’t know them, and he too does not know them

BBC Hausa: One would wonder that Buhari is not the one charge knowing him as a person who had leadership experiences, people would not believe

Aisha Buhari: Yes it is surprising; nobody thought it is going to be like this. But now that it is so…sometimes when one is doing something wrong without him knowing, but when people talk to them, they should listen. Because in the future, whether he is going to contest or not, it is that same people that would vote for APC. We hope those people don’t come back, and everybody don’t hope so too

BBC Hausa: You said “Whether he is going to contest in the future or not”, has he disclose it to you whether he is standing or not?

Aisha Buhari: He didn’t tell me, but I have made up my mind.

Translated by www.nishadi.tv

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Full Text Of President Buhari’s Speech At LEADERSHIP Awards 2016

ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE LEADERSHIP ANNUAL AWARDS AND CONFERENCE, HELD AT THE TRANSCORP HILTON HOTEL, ABUJA ON OCTOBER 6, 2016.

PROTOCOLS:
I am most delighted to be part of this occasion organized by the Leadership Newspapers Group to honour Nigerians who have excelled in their chosen fields of endeavour.

  1. Let me hasten to congratulate my joint award winners, my predecessor, His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR and Professor Attahiru Jega, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, as “Leadership Person of the Year”.
  2. The events of 2015 which the Leadership Newspaper has chosen to bring to the fore today, marked a watershed in the political history of our country.
  3. Those of us who were participating actors in the elections were led by the higher ideal of the future of our great country and the well being of our people rather than the mere desire of politicians to win elections.
  4. It is, therefore, our commitment to this ideal, the patriotic zeal of President Jonathan, the impartiality of the electoral umpire, INEC and exemplary conduct of the political parties, foreign pressure and other actors that we collectively disappointed the prophets of doom who had predicted the disintegration of the country after the 2015 general elections.
  5. Our democracy has been strengthened by the outcome of the 2015 elections as our people now have more faith in the electoral system in the sense that their votes would count when choosing political leaders at various levels. We, the political class should build on the experience of the 2015 elections to nurture our democracy.
  6. I wish to felicitate with the other award winners for the recognition accorded them by the Leadership Newspapers. It is my fervent hope that the awards will encourage all those recognized today to remain committed to good behaviour in their various endeavours to justify this recognition and serve as inspiration to others.
  7. The Leadership Newspapers have been in the forefront of promoting democracy and positive values that are necessary to achieve national consensus on the issues that tend to challenge our unity and progress as a nation. We commend the Leadership Newspapers Group and its publisher, Sam Nda-Isaiah for standing firm on the path of patriotism, justice and fairness.
  8. Our participation in today’s ceremony is therefore, a mark of confidence in the brand of journalism practiced by the Leadership Newspapers Group as it is a public acknowledgment of the contributions of the media to our administration’s agenda to defeat terrorism and violent extremism in the country, fight corruption and diversify the economy to create jobs for our teeming population and generally improve the standard of living of Nigerians.
  9. I expect the Nigerian media to join our government in pursuit of these goals not just to criticize to prove their independence.
  10. The media must continually see itself as true partner in the task of nation building and thus act in the spirit of patriotism at all times in the important role of informing the people of the country.
  11. On our part, our doors are wide open to media inquiries in line with the transparency and anti-corruption stance of our administration.
  12. Once again, I congratulate the award winners today and thank the Leadership Newspapers Group for the honour done to us.
  13. I thank you for your attention.
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Full Text Of President Buhari’s Speech At The 71st Session Of The UN General Assembly

The President of the General Assembly His Excellency Mr. Peter Thomson

The Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Ban Ki-moon

Your Excellencies Heads of State and Government,

Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen

Mr. President,
1. Let me, on behalf of the Government and People of Nigeria, congratulate you on your well-deserved election as the President of the 71st General Assembly. I assure you of Nigeria’s support in steering the affairs of the General Assembly in the next one year. I take the opportunity to also express my appreciation to your predecessor Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, for the achievements recorded during his tenure.

Mr. President,
2. Last year, I presented my first address to the General Assembly after my assumption of office as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Indeed, it was a remarkable year, which not only celebrated the gains of the Millennium Development Goals, but also witnessed the adoption of the 2030 agenda on Sustainable Development.

3. These landmark achievements by the global community, will no doubt build a more prosperous, all inclusive world. We must work together to liberate humanity from poverty, save our planet from the devastation of Climate Change and rid the world of terrorism for a more peaceful and prosperous future.

4. We must remain committed to taking bold steps to transform our world. The Sustainable Development Goals underscore the imperative for our collective will towards finding enduring and sustainable solutions to addressing global disparities. It is in the light of our appreciation of the enormity of the task before us, that I welcome the theme of this Assembly, ‘Sustainable Development Goals; a Universal Push to Transform the World.’

Mr. President,
5. Nigeria as a developing country has been adversely affected by the global economic downturn. We are, however, undeterred and have embarked on a wide range of reforms in our efforts to diversify our economy and shift emphasis to mining, agriculture, industrialization, infrastructure development and the creation of the enabling environment for Foreign Direct Investment.

6. Our strategic objective is to stimulate the economy, restore growth and accelerate recovery. In doing this, we are taking measures to reduce the cost of governance and increase expenditure on infrastructure and ensure environmental best practices.

Mr. President,
7. Fighting corruption remains a cardinal pillar of our administration. Corruption freezes development, thereby undermining the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. I am pleased that our efforts in fighting corruption are yielding positive results including significant stolen assets recoveries.

8. The recovered funds are being channelled towards the development of critical infrastructure and the implementation of social inclusion programmes for our people. We are also strengthening our capacity of government entities to institutionalize reforms to ensure transparency and good governance.

9. The Anti – Corruption Summit held in London in May this year served as further reassurance of the global community’s commitment to fight corruption through the proposed practical steps to address the challenges including actions to hold perpetrators to justice within the law. Nigeria supports the development of an international legal framework to enforce anti-corruption measures and strengthen existing international institutions to effectively deal with corrupt practices.

10. Nigeria calls on Member States that are yet to sign up to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) to do so. Nigeria will continue to advocate for the facilitation of the recovery of illicit financial assets. Indeed, the speedy and unconditional return of stolen public assets should be the focus of the follow-up anti-corruption conference to be hosted by the US and UK in Washington next year.

11. Furthermore, Nigeria remains committed to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global coalition which promotes transparency and accountability in the management of revenues from the oil, gas and solid minerals sectors. We voluntarily signed up to EITI because we are convinced that transparent governance is an imperative for resource-rich developing countries like ours.

12. Through the work that our national chapter of EITI has done over the years, it is clear that our faith is not misplaced. The National EITI has been empowering citizens with critical information they can use to hold government and other players in the extractive industries to account, and make recommendations that drive reforms in these strategic sectors of our national life.

Mr. President,
13. The world took a giant step in Paris, towards addressing the challenges of Climate Change. Nigeria is proud to have been part of the process leading to the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 at the 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

14. COP- 21 marked a watershed in the global community’s commitment to address climate change and we will continue in our determined efforts to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.

15. At the centre of Nigeria’s climate action is our determination to implement the strategies in our Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), which will foster low carbon economy and sustainable growth in building a climate resilient society. We are creating public awareness through the integrated involvement of the private sector and civil society, and strengthening national institutions and mechanisms.

16. The negative consequences of Climate Change have manifested in the drying up of our Lake Chad. The means of livelihood of an estimated 30 million inhabitants of the Lake Chad Basin, spread across Cameroun, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, are being severely threatened. The cost of replenishing the lake has been put at 14 billion US Dollars under a five year plan which should be accorded global attention. Nigeria also supports the African Union initiative on the Great Green Wall to halt desertification.

17. In furtherance of our commitment to environmental sustainability, Nigeria has launched the cleanup of Ogoni land in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, based on the 2011 Environmental Assessment of the area by the United Nations Environment Programme. Multi-national oil companies operating in the area will be required to live up to their corporate social responsibilities and contribute to the cleaning-up of the environment degraded as a result of their activities and operations.
18. We call on development partners and multinationals to support our efforts, through the Ogoniland Restoration Fund.

Mr. President,
19. The 21st century has been marked by the rising insecurity unleashed by global terrorism and violent extremism. Indeed, which constitute a real threat to the international community. With the global increase in the spate of terrorist attacks, there is now, more than ever before, international consensus and greater willingness to collaborate in combating this threat.
20. Indeed, we are meeting at the time when our hosts, the American people have just marked the 15th Anniversary of the tragic and dastardly terrorist attacks on their soil. We in Nigeria, having been victims of terrorism of ourselves fully understand the impact of 9/11 on the American psyche and the families of the thousands of innocent victims whose lives were lost that day, I therefore, reiterate the Nigerian Government’s and people’s sympathies to the American people and prayers for the families of the victims that they may heal and find closure soon.

21. We hope that justice will be done to the families of victims of 9/11 as indeed to that victims of terror everywhere in conformity with the norms of international justice. As we seek justice for terror victims, the international community should avoid reacting in the heat of deep emotions of the moment by taking unilateral measures, legal or otherwise that will have a negative and disruptive impact on the international community’s collective efforts to fight terrorism.
22. We should not be distracted in our collective resolve to beat back terrorism in all its forms. As we confront terror we must also commit to stopping the proliferation of small arms and light weapons which nurture its spread. To this end, Nigeria urges member States that are yet to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to do so without further delay.

24. Nigeria has made remarkable progress in our resolve to defeat Boko Haram whose capacity to launch orchestrated attacks as a formed group has been severely degraded. In the last few months, their operations have been limited to sporadic use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) against soft targets.

25. Nigeria has continued to combat terrorism based on the established rules of engagement and in conformity with international best practices. I take this opportunity to reaffirm Nigeria’s commitment to human rights norms and International Humanitarian Law in our efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism. I also wish to restate the assurance that the Federal Government of Nigeria is employing all our judicial tools to investigate and treat reported cases of human rights violations.

26. I commend the contribution of our neighbours – Benin Republic, Cameroun, Chad, and Niger whose combined efforts under the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) accomplished the present return of normalcy in areas hitherto occupied by Boko Haram.

27. May I also thank our international partners, including France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the United Nations, ECOWAS the African Union and many other multilateral and bilateral partners for their invaluable support. Our experience today is evidence that with determined international collaboration, terrorism can be defeated.

Mr. President,
28. The flow of refugees and migrants world wide has attained alarming proportions. In this wise Nigeria supports the Ceasefire Agreement brokered by the United States and Russia to end the atrocious tragedy of the Syrian civil war. Of particular concern to us in Nigeria is the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) arising from Boko Haram terrorism. We have taken concrete steps to address their humanitarian needs and to ensure that necessary conditions are established to enable the voluntary return of the displaced persons to their places of abode in safety and dignity.

Mr. President,
29. At the same time, the Palestinian issue, despite years and years of international efforts is no nearer to being resolved. Nigeria in company with member States of the African Union, firmly support the Two-State solution with Palestinian rights to statehood in conformity, with numerous Security Council Resolutions beginning with Resolution 242 of 1967.

30. Let me seize this opportunity to once again thank all UN and other aid agencies and development partners currently deployed in North East Nigeria. I reaffirm Nigeria’s commitment to collective action towards an effective global response to address the root causes of refugee flows worldwide.

Mr. President,
31. We acknowledge the importance of youth in national development and remain committed to harnessing the potential of the increasing youth bulge. We must take advantage of the numbers and creative energy of young people who are in the majority in Nigeria and in most other member states. Therefore, at the international level, we call for the establishment of a specialized UN agency for youth development to achieve this strategic objective.

32. Nuclear security remains central to our quest for durable peace and security. This was why I participated in the 5th Nuclear Security Summit hosted by President Barak Obama in Washington in March, 2016. Nigeria and the other peace-loving member States of the United Nations must continue to uphold the fundamental principles of nuclear disarmament non-proliferation and its peaceful uses.

Mr. President,
33. The United Nations should now redouble the long protected effort for its reform to enable it to effectively address the challenges of our times. Nigeria, therefore, reiterates its call for the reform of the United Nations Security Council, in particular to reflect equitable and fair representation and greater transparency, legitimacy and inclusiveness in its decision making.

34. Africa should be adequately represented on the United Nations Security Council in the permanent member category. In this regard, Nigeria stands ready to serve Africa and the world on a reformed security council to advance international peace and security.

Mr. President,
35. Let me conclude by reaffirming Nigeria’s abiding faith in the United Nations and in her capacity to support Member States to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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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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UBA, Zenith, Others Emerge Winners Of The BusinessDay Banking Awards [See Full List]

Access Bank and Herbert Wigwe, its chief executive officer (CEO); United Bank for Africa (UBA); First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) and Zenith Bank came out tops at the BusinessDay Banking Awards 2016.

At the award, which was held at Eko Hotels on Friday night, Wigwe was named Bank CEO of the Year 2016, while the financial institution he leads, Access Bank, was named Bank of the Year.

The night kicked off with a welcome note from Frank Aigbogun, publisher of BusinessDay Newspaper, and a felicitation speech by Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, who was represented by Femi Pedro, former deputy governor of Lagos state.

Ambode commended the banks for their financial resilience in a challenging economy, their industry, commitment and exceptional display of expertise.

The awards, listed below, were presented by Femi Pedro; Nike Akande, president of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI); Uyi Akpata, country and regional senior partner, PwC West Africa; and by the award sponsor, Air France.

FULL LIST OF AWARDEES:

Best bank in support of agriculture – United Bank for Africa

Best bank in support of manufacturing – Zenith Bank

Best bank in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – First Bank of Nigeria

Most improved bank in retail banking – Union Bank

Best bank in corporate banking – Zenith Bank

Best bank in SME banking – Guaranty Trust Bank

Most customer friendly bank – First Bank of Nigeria

Bank deal of the year – Rand Merchant Bank of Nigeria (For IHS $800 million deal)

Most innovative product – Diamond future and cool teens product

Best managed funds – First Capital Asset Management anchor funds

Best managed funds (Money Market) – First Capital Asset Management anchor funds

Best managed fixed income funds – SFS Capital limited fixed income funds

Effective leadership for the protection of depositors funds – Umaru Ibrahim, CEO NDIC

Most innovative investment bank – United Capital

Best broker/investment bank – Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers

Best mortgage bank of the year in CSR – Abbey Mortgage Bank

Mortgage Bank of the year – Infinity Trust Mortgage Bank

Best bank promoting Islamic banking – Jaiz Bank

Bank of the year – Access Bank

Bank CEO of the year – Herbert Wigwe, CEO Access Bank

 

Credit: Thecable

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How Senators, Reps Earn N6.78bn Annually [See Full Breakdown]

By SaharaReporters

At a time Nigerians are groaning under the yoke of recession, Members of the National Assembly (NASS) comprising the Senators and Members of House of Representatives have received a total sum of N6.78 billion as their official salaries and allowances in one year, investigation by Economic Confidential has revealed.

The report obtained by Economic intelligence magazine showed the ‘legitimate’ remuneration of the federal legislators in compliance to the statutory approval of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). The remuneration packages include: annual salaries, accommodation, vehicle maintenance and fuel, Personal Assistants, House maintenance, domestic staff, entertainment and utilities allowances. Others allowances are; Constituency allowance, Annual Leave, Hardship allowance, wardrobe, newspapers and responsibility allowances.

A careful scrutiny of the report shows that each Senator has an annual salary of N2.02m while a member of the House of Representative receives N1.98mn as annual basic salary. The basic salary of the Senate President is N2.48mn while that of the Speaker of House of Rep is N2.47mn. The Deputy Senate President has N2.30mn as annual basic salary while his counterpart, Deputy Speaker earns N2.28mn annually.

In addition to the annual basic salary, each member of the National Assembly receives 200 percent of the annual salary for accommodation, 75 percent for vehicle maintenance, 25 percent for Personal Assistants, 5 percent for house maintenance, 75 percent for domestic staff, 30 percent for both entertainment and utilities. Others are, 25 percent for wardrobe, 15 percent for newspapers and responsibility allowance of between 10, 7, and 5 percent respectively as the case may be on the position of the legislator. While each senator receives a whopping 250 percent for constituency allowance, member of House of Representative gets 100% for the same annually.

In all the senate alone numbering 109 senators gulped the sum of N1.85billion in the last one year, while the 360 members of the House of Representatives got N4.93 billion!

According to estimates from the report, there are Non-Regular allowances federal legislators are entitled to. They include furniture and severance gratuity which are due only once in four years. Other non-regular allowances include Estacode allowances which is paid in US Dollars for foreign trips and Duty Tour allowance which is paid in Naira for local trips within Nigeria.
Further analysis by Economic Confidential reveals that an average Nigerian worker with a minimum wage of N18,000 a month will have to work for four years before earning the utility allowance for one legislator. Unless the remuneration package is reviewed downward or upward by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, the legislators will continue to enjoy the current official salaries and allowances.

Clinck the link below for the tables of the breakdown

https://economicconfidential.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Economic-Confidential-Remuneration-Legislators-PDF2.pdf

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Alleged Fraud: FG To Probe 31 Ex-governors [Full List]

Following the Attorney General of The Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami’s letter to the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) requesting the remission of case files and reopening of cases of corruption against former governors, a list of 31 former governors to be probed in connection with corrupt practices has been released.

The list of the 31 former Governors whose cases are to be re-opened include names of political office holders and party chieftains from the two major opposition political party in the country.

Names on the list include; Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki(former Governor of Kwara State); Senator Godswill Akpabio (former Governor of Akwa Ibom State), Ali Modu-Sheriff (former Governor of Borno State).

Other former governors named are; Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia); Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu); Saminu Turaki (Jigawa); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Joshua Dariye (Plateau); Ahmed Yerima (Zamfara); Gabriel Suswam (Benue); Martin Elechi (Ebonyi); Danjuma Goje (Gombe), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Ikedi Ohakim (Imo); Obong Victor Attah (Akwa Ibom); Achike Udenwa (Imo); Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa); Gbenga Daniel (Ogun).

Also named ro be probe include Jolly Nyame (Taraba); Boni Haruna (Adamawa); George Akume (Benue); Rashidi Ladoja (Oyo); Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto), Adebayo Alao-Akala, Usman Dakingari (Kebbi); Adamu Mu’azu (Bauchi); Peter Odili (Rivers), and Lucky Igbinedion (Edo).

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Full List Of Individuals, Companies Indicted Over N381bn Arms Deal Fraud

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, approved the recommendation of the Committee investigating Defence Equipment Procurement from 2007 to 2015, for further investigation of those involved, after the committee found a number of irregularities in the contract awards.

The approval followed the Third Interim Report of the Presidential Committee on the Audit of Defence Equipment, which was released on Thursday.

Among those to be investigated are 18 serving and retired military personnel, 12 serving and retired public officials and 24 Chief Executive Officers of Companies involved in the procurement.

Find below, the full list of individuals and companies the president approved for further investigation and a full copy of the report.

SERVING AND RETIRED MILITARY PERSONNEL

a. Lt Gen OA Ihejirika (Rtd) – former COAS

b. Lt Gen KTJ Minimah (Rtd) – former COAS

c. Maj Gen JAH Ewansiha (Rtd)- former CTOP(A)

 

d. Maj Gen U Buzugbe (Rtd) – former COPP(A)

e. Maj Gen ER Chioba (Rtd) – former DG DICON

f. Maj Gen AI Muraina (Rtd) – former CAB(A)

g. Maj Gen EJ Atewe – former Commander JTF Op PULO

SHIELD

h. Maj Gen DD Kitchener (Rtd)- former COLOG

i. Brig Gen DM Onoyiveta – former COS to COAS

j. Brig Gen AJS Onibasa – former OMT

k. Brig Gen M Mamman – HQ NAE

l. Col N Ashinze – former SA – NSA

m. Col AA Abubagaji – former AD Fin

n. Col AM Inuwa – former AD Fin (COPP)

o. Lt Col MS Dasuki (Rtd) – former NSA

p. Lt Col El-Hussaini Boyi (Rtd)- former AD Fin

 

q. Sqn Ldr M Oyaduogba – Finance Offr JTF Op PULO SHIELD

r. 96NA/43/8364 Cpl Abubakar Usman

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SERVING AND RETIRED PUBLIC OFFICIALS

a. Dr Nurudeen Mohammed – former HMSFA II

b. Mr Bukar Goni Aji – former Perm Sec (MOD)

c. Mr Haruna Sanusi – former Perm Sec (MOD)

d. Mr EO Oyemomi – former Perm Sec (MOD)

e. Mr Abdulrazak Salau – former DJSD MOD

f. Mr Jonah Ogunniyi Otunla – former DFA MOD

 

g. Mrs Josephine N Opara – former DFA MOD

h. Mr Abdullahi Maikano – former DFA MOD

i. Mr John Bamidele – former DFA MOD

j. Mr Buba M Gamawa – former DJSD MOD

k. Mr Tajudeen Gbenga Fetuga – former DFA MOD

l. Alhaji Salisu Shuaibu – former Dir Finance ONSA

CEOs OF COMPANIES

a. Col Olu Bamgbose (Rtd) – CEO Bamverde Ltd

b. Mr Amit Sade – CEO Doiyatec Comms Ltd & DYI Global Services

c. Mr Noam Sade – GM Doiyatec Comms & DYI Global

Service Ltd

d. Mr Jimmy Ntuen – CEO Barnes & Tubbies Ltd

e. Dr O Ayandele – CEO TS-Y Ltd

f. Mr Hima Aboubakar – CEO SEI

g. Alhaji Gujja Attom – CEO Baram International Nig Ltd

h. Alhaji Maisudan Bello Mohammed – CEO Dalfam Nig Ltd,

i. Mr Lawal Oriyomi – CEO 2020 Nig Ltd

j. Mr Chinedu Onyekwere – CEO Chok Ventures

k. Mr Eleojo Peters – CEO Clover Nig Ltd

l. Mr Alon Nelken Samuel – CEO Hadassa Investment Security (Nig)

m. Mr Edward Churchill – CEO Westgate Global Trust Ltd

n. Capt Rohit Nandal – CEO Hercules Manufacturing (Nig) Ltd.

o. Mr JM Claassens – CEO Conella Services Ltd

p. Mr Kingsley Onyeabor – CEO Phoenix Technology Trading Com-

q. Mr Donald Peterson – CEO Richfield Technologies Ltd.

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r. Kaja Alexander Onyemachi – CEO Jiangxi 299 Metal & Stones Ltd

s. Mr Ponnle Abiodun – Berwick Integrated Services Ltd

t. CEO – Rapiscan System Ltd

u. CEO – Dorema Nigeria Ltd.

v. CEO – Progress Ltd

w. CEO – Koncept Auto Centre Ltd

x. Mr Kime Egozi

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Full Text of President Buhari’s Speech At 2016 Army Day Celebration In Gusau, Zamfara

Protocol:

I am delighted to be in your midst today in Gusau, Zamfara State to witness the Grand Finale of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2016. I am particularly glad with the choice of Gusau for the conduct of this exercise and for the wisdom of incorporating a live Field Training Exercise into the celebration to clear remnants of cattle rustlers and armed bandits terrifying innocent citizens in this general area.

The remarkable success recorded during the conduct of the exercise has no doubt served the purpose and aptly drive the realization of the theme of the celebration which is, Optimizing the Capability of the Nigerian Army to meet Contemporary Security Challenges.

I sympathize with the people of this area for the enormous losses they suffered as a result of the incessant activities of the insurgents and cattle rustlers whose actions have made farming, livestock management and other economic activities more difficult even in the face of the general economic challenges.

I am quite optimistic that the operations of the last few days will surely lead to the restoration of economic activities of surrounding communities bedevilled for some time now by the menace of cattle rustling and banditry.

I therefore commend the Chief of Army Staff for this foresight and initiative and for mobilizing adequate resources to ensure precision in the conduct of the exercise. I also applaud the collaboration with sister services and other security agencies in order to degrade and decimate the miscreants. I urge you to intensify and perfect current strategies, approaches, techniques and tactics towards curtailing all forms of lawlessness across the country.

It is quite gratifying to inspect the equipment displayed which showcased the robust capability of the Nigerian Army to ward off internal and external aggression against the nation. The Command Post Exercise also reminds me of the importance of staff work in the field during the civil war in the 60s and the Chadian Operations in the 80s.

I am pleased at the dexterity, prowess and level of professionalism displayed by various components including the combat airborne jump by personnel of the Nigerian Army supported by the Nigerian Air Force. I am quite confident that the Nigerian Armed Forces have been amply repositioned more than ever before to resolutely confront contemporary and emerging security challenges in the country.

The involvement of private partners in the defence sector especially in terms of provision of specialist equipment under the Public Private Partnership is a welcome development. I urge the Armed Forces to leverage on this opportunity towards enhancing capacity.

On the part of the Government, let me assure you of our resolve and continued support to enhance the operational efficiency of the Nigerian Armed Forces to effectively discharge their constitutional roles. We remain committed to ensuring that you are provided with the required resources and impetus to operate professionally and efficiently.

Finally, I congratulate all the award recipients for their outstanding contributions to the successes recorded by the Nigerian Army. I urge all officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army to sustain the current tempo. I also congratulate the Nigerian Army for its one hundred and fifty three (153) years of noble and purposeful existence and for being a critical instrument of national unity, cohesion and integration. We look forward to better days ahead. 

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Police Retires Mbu, Manko, Ringim, 18 Other AIGs [See Full List]

Controversial policeman, Mbu Joseph Mbu; the Head of Zone 2 Command, Bala Hassan; former Ekiti State Commissioner, Kalafite Adeyemi; and former Head of the Special Fraud Unit, Johnson Ogunsakin, were among the 21 Assistant Inspectors General of Police retired on Friday from the Force.

The announcement of their retirement was made by the Police Service Commission.

According to a statement by the spokesman of the Commission, Ikechukwu Ani, the AIGs were retired because they are senior in standing to the recently appointed Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

The statement said: “The Police Service Commission has approved the retirement of 21 Assistant Inspectors General of Police who were senior to the new acting Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, before his appointment.”

The Chairman of the PSC, Sir Mbam Mike Okiro, wished the affected officers well in their future endeavours.

Below is the list of affected officers:

1 Bala A Hassan

2.Yahaya Garba Ardo

3. Irmiya F Yarima

4. Danladi Y Mshebwala

5. Tambari Y. Mohammed

6. Bala Magaji Nasarawa

7. Musa Abdulsalam

8. Adisa Bolanta

9. Mohammed J Gana

10. Umaru Abubakar Manko

11. Lawal Tanko

12. Olufemi A. Adenike

13. Johnson A Ogunsakin

14. Adenrele T. Shinaba

15. James O. Caulcrick

16 Olufefemi David Ogumbayode

17. Edgar T Nanakumo

18. Kalafite H. Adeyemi

19. Patrick D Dokumor

20. Mbu Joseph Mbu

21. Sabo Ibrahim Ringim.

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