Okogie Tells Buhari To Revisit His Inauguration Speech And Start Afresh

Olubunmi Okogie, archbishop emeritus of the Catholic archdiocese of Lagos, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to revisit the speech he delivered on assumption of office and “start afresh”.

Speaking after a reception organised for his 80th birthday, Okogie said the current administration has lived below expectations.

According to Vanguard, the fearless cleric who also marked the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination, said he would never get fed up of commenting on injustice and oppression of the downtrodden by those in positions of authority.

“President Buhari has to be very careful because people are watching him and people are saying why can’t he take his inaugural speech, meditate on it and start afresh,” he said.

“I think why the government is not getting it right is because of the ministerial list, various candidates from different quarters and he was trying to satisfy them and that is why we are in this mess today. Government should live up to their responsibilities to the masses. This present administration should revisit their inaugural speech and start afresh because they have not done anything at all. Government should live up to their responsibilities to the masses. This present administration should revisit their inaugural speech and start afresh because they have not done anything at all.

“Since I retired as Archbishop of Lagos, and by extension from active public service, you may still wonder why I still speak on the state of the nation when I should be enjoying my retirement. Well, it may interest you to note that though I may not be as visible as I used to be, I have however not relented in my commitment and desire to see to the entrenchment of a truly egalitarian society where justice, equity and fear of God would reign supreme.

“These have always been my desire. You may say that at my age, since I am near the departure wing to heaven, I should by now be indifferent to the numerous challenges confronting the country. I beg to disagree. How can I remain quiet when 17 years into our democratic dispensation, the ship of our nation is being tossed about by self-inflicted storms that are tossing the people up and down? How can I keep mute when Nigerians have continuously been taken for a ride over the years by our politicians, who rather than serve the masses, chose to play them like the game of chess? I want to affirm here that as long as the good Lord gives me strength and the breath of life, I will never remain silent while this country is in turmoil.

“I believe it is the responsibility of every one of us to continue to contribute our quota to a better society for us and the generations yet unborn. May 29, 2016, we marked Democracy Day under the ruling All Progressives Congress. But is there much to really celebrate about? 17 years into our democratic dispensation; have we really mature as a nation? What lessons have we learnt from the errors of the past and what efforts are we making to avoid a repeat?”

Okogie also condemned the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying the group has the legitimate right to make demands.

Recalling the events of the civil war, he advised the current administration not to allow the Biafra issue get out of control.

“Many of us who witnessed the pogrom that is the Nigerian civil war between 1967 and 1970 are yet to come to terms with the devastating effect that war could have in a society like ours,” he said.

“That is why it is imperative that we do not have a repeat of a civil war. God forbid. Mr President should therefore do the needful by releasing Mr. Nnamdi Kanu as a sign that he is ready to dialogue with his pro-Biafra group. He must remember that it is the right of any group to peacefully seek for secession if they feel marginalized in their present abode. The use of force is never the right approach to quell such agitation.

“As the father of all, let him do the needful by addressing the issues that led to the agitation in the first place. The problem with our government is that they fear unnecessarily. What has that boy (Kanu) done? Why can’t they sit back and think of how they can resolve the issue amicably and without involving soldiers here and there?”

He also criticised Ejike Mbaka, spiritual director of the Adoration Ministry Enugu (AMEN), over the statements credited to him during his transfer from a parish he spent at least 20 years.

“As a priest I was shocked when I heard that from his mouth. Nobody will take your life if God did not sanction it,” he said.

“That he was wanted dead, who told him that? Were assassins sent after him or he was only imagining it or he saw it in a vision as he always says he always sees visions? These are highly contestable and as a priest what will he say about death? Why must he fear about death? And that he was not happy about the transfer, why is he a priest? A priest should be ready to go anywhere.

“I was in the war front two years after my ordination as a priest. If he was not happy about his transfer, then there is something wrong about his priesthood. His priesthood should come to question.”

Okogie revealed some personal encounters he had with Lai Mohammed, minister of information, and Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state.

“Lai Mohammed challenged me on a write up that I wrote tagged ‘Enough is enough’. He came to my house one Sunday night with Chief Jim Nwobodo and said I should have asked for audience with the Head of State and he would have granted me such instead of writing such article,” he said.

“I asked him to tell me what was wrong with the article that I wrote and that if not for Alhaji Bola Tinubu, he will not be where he is now. He replied that he has been together with Tinubu right from his youthful days.

“I know how Buhari came in. I warned Tinubu seriously when they were debating about Muslim, Muslim ticket. I told him, `Bola, I do not care if you produce two devils or Muslims provided the two Muslims are patriotic and fear God’. He said his main concern which was giving him sleepless night was to drive the PDP away and that he had got the solution. Tinubu asked me if I knew Buhari and I replied that was he not that man that did examination three times and failed? I said `Bola, he will fail again’ but he replied that he will not fail because he had gone round and that politics is a game of numbers. He said if Buhari was dying tomorrow and he went to the North to present him as candidate, he was sure to get over two million votes. He was even boasting that Buhari had changed or that they will change him.”

On Buhari’s failure to mention the names of alleged treasury looters, he said: “Buhari thinks he is diplomatic but he is not. Nigeria of 1916 is not Nigeria of 2016. They are dragging the people gradually to the wall and once they get there, there will be revolution. What kind of revolution? I cannot say but it will be bad if the revolution is from the youths. He should call a spade a spade, he passed the issue to Lai Muhammed and everybody is now calling them liars.”

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I Wasn’t Invited To Kogi Governor’s Inauguration – Faleke

The running mate to the late All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. James Faleke, yesterday said he was not invited to the swearing-in of Mr Yahaya Bello as governor.

In an interview with Channels TV, Faleke, who is challenging the decision of the APC to choose Bello over him as replacement for the late Audu, said he would not accept the position of deputy governor of the state.

He said contrary to reports that the party was making efforts to reconcile aggrieved parties in the election, nobody had reached out to him.

Faleke slammed the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun, for failing to do what he considered the right thing following Audu’s death.

He said: “I am speaking before Nigerians and I am making it very clear that nobody reached out to me. Nobody from our party’s national secretariat or the state secretariat of our party ever reached out to me on this issue.

“The only time they every reached out to me was on December 31… when the chairman of our party announced the decision of the National Working Committee to all of us to say the NWC had adopted Alhaji Yahaya Bello as the governorship candidate for the December 5 election.

“Thereafter, there was no consultation until today. I want to make it clear that the party chairman, Chief John Oyegun, that we saw as a father has decided to champion a cause that is anti-people. That is why we were not invited (for the inauguration).”

He argued that his actions did not amount to anti-party activities.

“For me I see what has happened in the party as a civilian coup d’état. It is a civilian coup d’état because if such a situation happens in the military, those behind it will face the firing squad,” he said, adding that the best way forward was to head to the court.

“It was Alhaji Yahaya Bello that worked against the party. He took the party to court before the election, took our late leader, Audu to court before the election and he lost his polling unit to PDP, lost his ward to PDP and lost his local government area to PDP.

“And I made it clear that day (during the meeting) that if 50 per cent of us seated in that hall had lost our polling units, lost our wards and our local governments, there would have been nothing for us to celebrate.”

Faleke said he had requested Oyegun to get the party to sue INEC to declare the results instead of declaring the November 21 election inconclusive, but the chairman declined, saying the party could not be seen to be taking its own government to court.

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PDP Reacts To Bello’s Inauguration, Says He’s On Excursion In Kogi Govt House

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described Wednesday’s swearing-in of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as Kogi State Governor as a comical event, saying he was on excursion to the state Government House.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the National Secretary of the PDP, Prof. Wale Oladipo, said Bello did not participate in the overall election to emerge as governor.

The statement said, “The said Yahaya Bello, who cannot claim the overall winning votes in the election is therefore a shadow-chasing passerby on an excursion in Kogi State government house, as the so-called swearing-in ceremony, having no bearing from the votes at election is at best an APC function.

“The people of Kogi are aware that the man being paraded by the APC is not the person they exercised confidence in at the election as he scored a paltry 6,885 vote in the so-called supplementary election as against the 204,877 votes polled by the PDP candidate, Alhaji Idris Wada in the overall election.

“However, as a law abiding party, we hereby urge our members and the people of Kogi State to remain calm and not despair over this slap on democracy as the courts would soon deliver justice with regard to the authentic governor with the mandate of the majority at the election.”

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Full Text Of Speech By Yahaya Bello On His Inauguration As Governor Of Kogi State

BEING TEXT OF THE INAUGURAL SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, ALHAJI YAHAYA ADOZA BELLO ON THE OCCASION OF HIS SWEARING-IN AS 4TH EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF KOGI STATE ON WEDNESDAY, 27TH JANUARY, 2016.

Protocols

His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, The Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

His Excellency, Dr. Olubukola Saraki, The President, Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

His Excellency, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, The Speaker, House of Representatives.

His Lordship, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, GCON, The Chief Justice of Nigeria.

His Excellency, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.

His Excellency, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress.

Your Excellencies, My Brother Governors here present or represented.

His Excellency, Rt. Honourable Momoh Jimoh Lawal, The Honourable Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly.

My Lord, Honourable Justice Nasiru Ajanah, The Chief Judge of Kogi State.

Royal Fathers and Revered Custodians of Our Traditional Institutions.

Members of the Diplomatic Corps.
Our Distinguished Guests from Far and Near.

My Dearly Beloved People of Kogi State.
All other Protocols deemed as duly observed.

Welcome!

It is with great Joy that I receive you all to the warm hospitality of Kogi State of Nigeria today. Kogi is the Confluence State, the Geographical Bridge between every Nigerian and his Compatriot. You are indeed welcome.

Life is a precious thing and we cannot earn or own it. It is given to us freely. We often take it for granted, failing to recognize its importance or significance. Should it not instead instill an immense sense of gratitude in our hearts to the One Who created life and gave it to us? “It is God Who brought you out of your mothers’ wombs knowing nothing, and gave you hearing and sight and minds so that you may be grateful” The Quran 16:78. Say “O Allah, owner of Kingdoms.You give your Kingdom to whom you desire.And you take your Kingdom from whom you desire.You honour whom you desire.And you humble whom you desire. In your hand all is GOOD. Indeed you are over all things COMPETENT.” Quoran 3 vs 26.

I stand here today a grateful man. I am grateful to:

Almighty God, the Eternal One who led a young boy, fatherless while still a baby to this momentous day of my Swearing-In as the Governor of this Great State, and her humble Servitor.

Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi, my father, whose evergreen memories and legacies remain till today despite his death early in my life. Hajiya Hauwau Oziohu Bello, my model mother. Oziandu Obanyi, your hand rocked my cradle, and you still rock my world. Despite the anguish of young widowhood, your values steadied me through the turbulence of youth and years of self-discovery. All my siblings, especially Prof. Iliyasu Bello Ohiani, my elder brother, who became the father that I know.

My family. My dear wives and children were Wonderful. In particular, Hajiya Rashida Bello followed me on this chequered journey with a devotion and sacrifice that is astounding.

President Muhammadu Buhari, the one man who epitomizes the Personal Discipline, Rugged Determination and Honest Discretion I intend to model as Governor of Kogi State.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The APC National Leader is arguably the most singularly successful Nigerian Politician of this Democratic Dispensation. His Vision has given wings to those of many of his followers, including ourselves.

Prince Abubakar Audu, the Late Icon whose foresight and doggedness paved the way for the Victory we are celebrating today. Continue to rest in peace my Leader.

My Core Team, especially the Progressive Youth of Kogi State led by my right-hand man, Edward Onoja. Their doggedness and forthrightness brought home to me in a very personal way that popular line ‘Though tribes and tongues may differ, in brotherhood we stand…’ They are the apostles of this broad-minded Change.

The APC Family. The APC in Kogi State wanted Change for their dear State and worked hard to bring it. The APC at the National Level provided the Platform.

The entire People of Kogi State. Irrespective of who you are or where you stood during the elections, Na God Win. We are all united today, celebrating the outcome. My People, you are my one big Constituency, and I am responsible for, and to each and every one of you.

Nigeria has a rich diversity of traditions, cultures and history but it is instructive that in searching for a philosophy for this New Direction my Team and I did not have to go very far to locate the perfect response for our times:

Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish to reiterate what President Muhammadu Buhari said in his celebrated Swearing-In Speech on May 29, 2015: “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody!”

This quote is a complete worldview which defines the PURPOSE and METHODOLOGY of my Administration, and sets an AGENDA OF INCLUSIVENESS, which I am determined will characterize my tenure.

In this single sentence, Mr. President summarized the restorative force of the CHANGE ideology with which our great party, the APC, has swept Nigeria. I now declare it our guiding principle for fair action and equitable governance in Kogi State.

My Administration shall exist for the sole purpose of serving the superseding interests of the people of Kogi State to the very best of its capabilities. We also undertake to never lend our capacities to servicing the avarice of anyone or group–whether from Kogi State or elsewhere.

There is no greater evil than Corruption and nothing champions that evil more than Impunity…Corruption and Impunity made sure our people repeatedly arrived at a promised future and found it bereft of substance, or the promised better life.

Let it be recorded today that future generations will not be given reason to count the incoming Administration among those who reveled in Corruption or Impunity. We will be different by the Grace of God. We must and will be that generation of Leaders who made the entirety of Kogi’s Resources work for the entirety of Kogi’s People.

Accordingly, I hereby declare and affirm that the Yahaya Bello Administration will have ZERO TOLERANCE for Corruption and Impunity. I will lead Kogi State by honest and humble example. So help me God.

To reinforce our commitment to accountability, the incoming Administration will employ technology and a multilayered system of checks and balances to block all leakages in our financial processes and improve our wealth creation and retention capacities.

The rule of law is key to effective governance. We intend to work hand in hand with the Judicial Arm of Government and the Legislature to deliver the best governance possible to Kogi State. In this regard, we shall be guided by both legislations and binding judicial decisions.

Peace is key for prosperity. The sudden events that culminated in my emergence as Governor are beyond any mortal man. The sudden death of our leader, Prince Abubakar Audu remains a great mystery. This Administration shall liaise with the Kogi State House of Assembly for legislation to immortalise him in some meaningful way. I therefore extend my hand of brotherhood to all and sundry.

In the course of this journey we met and interacted with families, kindreds, clans, hamlets, villages, towns and cities, traversing the length and breadth of Kogi State and the picture we came away with is a depressing one. Everywhere, our People live in deprivation despite our abundant natural endowments.

The statistics as they apply to Kogi State are not rosy. As we step into Office today, we are at once excited and tremulous. Excited at the great opportunities but tremulous at the massive challenges. One thing is clear, positive and decisive action must be taken quickly to rescue Kogi State. We are ready for action.

We are conscious that to fail in this task is to fail in everything else. But take it from me, we will not fail because, apart from our preparations and resolve, God and good is on our side.

We have conceived a socio-economic Blueprint that we trust God will rapidly develop our State and radically empower our People. The said Blueprint will rank as a sort of Marshall Plan for rebuilding Kogi State on every index of Development.

Under this Plan, Education and Health Infrastructure, State of the Art Security Coverage, Roads, Rural Water Schemes, Farm and Agricultural Communes, heavy Investments in Solid Minerals, Artisanal Mining Collectives, repositioning of Kogi State as a preferred tourist destination, etc. are projected to play lead, often overlapping, roles.

We will run this Blueprint along with Civil Service reforms to change the orientation of our workers and improve their productivity. To show that we are ready to work and not just talking, the Blueprint contains ‘Action Plans’ for developing each sector. We expect that we will see begin to see increase in our Internally Generated Revenue.

For ease of monitoring by Kogi People my Team and I have distributed our Projects into the 100-Day Accomplishments, the First Year Results, the Halfway Marks and the Final Milestones. When our full Blueprint is published, anyone can predict where we will be, developmentally, in 100 days, and after each year of our Administration.

Security is a huge concern across Kogi State as we step into Office – in particular the dastardly and twin scourges of armed robbery and kidnapping. I therefore acknowledge with pleasure the Commissioner of Police and Heads of every Security Agency in Kogi State. Gentlemen, I shall be meeting with you soon to fashion out modalities to rid Kogi State of Insecurity. Please have forceful and actionable proposals for me when we meet. I promise you every support that this Administration can give.

Nothing engenders skepticism, even cynicism, in the citizen than lackluster leadership of the sort that we have experienced in the Confluence State. I am aware that with some notable exceptions successive Administrations have posted largely unimpressive performances. The cumulative effect is that the average Kogi Person has developed an acute distrust of Government.

We cannot succeed, in our Blueprint or anything else, without the co-operation of our People and our friends. Co-operation is difficult if trust is withheld. My people, we shall build rapport, and by delivering on our proposed array of people-centered projects, we shall earn your trust. I would appreciate, and I ask for nothing, other than that you give me the benefit of the doubt as we set off. Let the taste of this pudding be in the eating.

We know salaries have not been paid to some of our Civil Servants for some months now. We propose to commence paying as promptly as possible while implementing strategies to gradually defray the arrears. While doing this we shall count on the understanding of all the good people of Kogi State.

We shall immediately commence consultations with all stakeholders to get the buy-in of every progress-minded individual into every agenda that we have designed to move Kogi State in the New Direction. I see this as a Challenge and I am resolved to win your trust.

Today is indeed an auspicious day. We will not fail to appreciate those who made it possible. My predecessor, Captain Idris Ichalla Wada, has been most gracious. We appreciate your service sir. The Transition Committees on both sides have acted with dignity and cooperation. We thank you. The Inauguration Committee has really worked hard to make this day a success. Thank you very much indeed.

Change has come to Kogi State. I may be the Torchbearer, and Custodian of it, but you, the great united people of Kogi State, are its Owners and Proprietors. Let us arise together, take our Collective Destiny in our hands and go forth excitedly to chart our New Direction. Kogi, THIS CHANGE IS YOURS.

Distinguished Listeners, this speech is an overview, it is not intended to say everything that we have to say, or plan to do, in Government. That being the case, I hasten to conclude.

God bless The Federal Republic of Nigeria.
God bless Kogi State of Nigeria.
God bless you.

Thank you for listening.

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Speech By @SpeakerDogara At The Inauguration Of Ad-Hoc Committee On Constitution Review

REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, THE SPEAKER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, RT. HON DOGARA YAKUBU ON THE OCCASION OF THE FORMAL INAUGURATION OF THE AD-HOC COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTION REVIEW, HELD AT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON 21ST JANUARY, 2016.

Protocols:

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this important ceremony of the formal inauguration of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Constitution Review.

2. On Thursday, 17th December 2015, in consultation with the Principal Officers of the House, I announced the Constitution of a Special House Ad-Hoc Committee on Constitution Review, with the following membership:

i. Hon. Yussuff Suleiman Lasun
(Deputy Speaker) – Chairman
ii. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila – Member
iii. Hon. Ado Garba Alhassan – Member
iv. Hon. Umar Buba Jibril – Member
v. Hon. Pally Iriase – Member
vi. Hon. Leo Ogor – Member
vii. Hon. Umar Barde Yakubu ¬- Member
viii. Hon. Chukwuka Wilfred Onyema – Member
ix. Hon. Binta Bello – Member
x. Hon. Sunday Karimi – Member
xi. Hon. Funke Adedoyin – Member
xii. Hon. Zephaniah Jisallo – Member
xiii. Hon. Gyang Istifanus Dung – Member
xiv. Hon. Abubakar Chika – Member
xv. Hon. Emma Udende – Member
xvi. Hon. J. G. Gaza – Member
xvii. Hon. Sani M. Abdu – Member
xviii. Hon. Aisha Jibir Dukku – Member
xix. Hon. Zakari Y. Galadima – Member
xx. Hon. Mohammed Nur Sheriff – Member
xxi. Hon. Sadiq Ibrahim – Member
xxii. Hon. Rimande Kwewum Shewulu – Member
xxiii. Hon. Alhassan Bala Abubakar – Member
xxiv. Hon. Abubakar Hussaini Moriki – Member
xxv. Hon. Sunday Marshall Katung – Member
xxvi. Hon. Rabiu Garba Kaugama – Member
xxvii. Hon. Mohammed Ali Wudil – Member
xxviii. Hon. Adullahi Umar Faruk – Member
xxix. Hon. Murtala Isah – Member
xxx. Hon. Nkem Uzoma Abonta – Member
xxxi. Hon. Eucharia Azodo – Member
xxxii. Hon. Nwazunkwu Chukwuma – Member
xxxiii. Hon. Kingsley Ebenyi – Member
xxxiv. Hon. Jerry Alagbaoso – Member
xxxv. Hon Diri Douye – Member
xxxvi. Hon. Henry Okon Archibong – Member
xxxvii. Hon. Bassey Eko Ewa – Member
xxxviii. Hon. Daniel Reyenieju – Member
xxxix. Hon. Nnam Obi Uchechukwu – Member
xl. Hon. Akpatason Peter  Ohiozojeh – Member
xli. Hon. Babajimi Benson – Member
xlii. Hon. Yinka Ajayi – Member
xliii. Hon. Isiaka Ayotunre Ibrahim – Member
xliv. Hon. Kehinde Agboola – Member
xlv. Hon. Olemija Stephen – Member
xlvi. Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi – Member
xlvii. Hon. Asabe Vilita Bashir – Member
xlviii. Hon. Onyemaechi Joan Mrakpor – Member
xlix. Hon. Stella Ngwu – Member

This Ad-Hoc Committee has one representative from each State of the Federation and the FCT, Nine Principal Officers, and special representatives of women. It is evidently a very important Committee of the House considering its mandate and the calibre of its membership. We also have a tradition of co-opting the Chairman of Business and Rules Committee of the House and the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Media to ensure that the affairs and activities of the Committee are made known to Nigerians.

3. The 1999 Constitution vests law making powers in the National Assembly (Section 4); and in particular, it envisages that the Constitution being a living document, that is expected to guide the affairs of the country may require alteration or amendments from time to time as a result of operation of its various aspects or new experiences and new thinking on some of its provisions. It is as a result of this, that the Constitution specifically provides for the mode of altering its provisions in Section 9 thereof.

4 Since the coming into effect of the 1999 Constitution, and the convocation of the National Assembly in 1999, varying efforts were made in the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Assembly to alter some sections of the Constitution. Indeed the 6th Assembly (2007-2011) enacted the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Alteration Acts. The 4th Alteration Act was successfully carried out at the level of the National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly, by the 7th Assembly (2011-2015) but was unfortunately not assented to by the then President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.

5. In the Legislative Agenda of the 8th House of Representatives, we said:
“The laudable efforts of the 7thNational Assembly that led to far reaching alterations to the 1999 Constitution was not assented to by the former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR. The House of Representatives will revisit the Constitution Reform achievements of the 7th Assembly with a view to achieving its passage. Since Constitution Alteration is a continuous process, any further proposals to amend the Constitution would receive support of the House. On the whole, the Constitution amendment process will be expedited and concluded within a given and early time frame”.

6. I do not want to dwell on the reasons for not assenting to the Bill as this will distract us from moving forward. Suffices to say that we are committed in dealing with the issues, expeditiously and early in the life of the 8th Assembly.

7. The jurisdiction and mandate of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Constitution Review is straight forward –

a. To conclude work on the 4th Alteration Bill, started by the 7th Assembly.
b. To process all other proposals for further alteration of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as may be necessary on behalf of the House of Representatives, or as referred to it by the House.

8. In carrying out your assignment therefore, we would recommend a two-track approach. Firstly, we need to conclude the 4th Alteration Bill, which is pending. Secondly, we need to process all the other new Bills referred to the Committee by members, including new proposals from the general public. We may also sift ideas from the CONFAB Report of 2014, in a possible 5th Alteration Bill.

9. We must avoid the temptation of starting afresh. A lot of public funds were spent in processing the botched 4th Alteration Bill and we think that it would be a disservice to this country if the work of the 7th Assembly on this matter is completely jettisoned. The House of Representatives, in particular consulted the Nigerian people widely, leading to the Peoples’ Public Sessions that took place in 360 Federal Constituencies of Nigeria, in conjunction with relevant stakeholders.

10. Honourable colleagues, you are all aware that at the twilight of the 7th Assembly, the House amended its Standing Orders by introducing a New Order XIII, Rule 98, Clause 12 and 13 as follows –

12. Notwithstanding the provisions in these Rules, the process of passage of a Constitution Alteration Bill, shall continue from one session to the other, and from one Assembly to another as if the tenure of the preceding session or Assembly had not come to an end”.

13. When all requirements of Sub-Rules (1-10) have been met, the Bill shall be forwarded to the President for his assent. Where the President either withholds his assent or fails to communicate the withholding thereof, or any circumstances arises which makes it impracticable for the National Assembly to consider the issue of overriding the President’s veto before the end of the tenure of the Assembly, the succeeding Assembly may upon such Bill being gazetted again and circulated, resolve to the commence the process of veto override under Section 58 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999”.

11. My advice however is that we should not proceed on the path of veto-override but should take steps to re-gazette the agreed aspects of the Bill. This should be subjected to the appropriate legislative processes required by the Standing Orders of the House and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

12. As a House and a Committee, we should work together with and consult fully the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the procedure, process and activities of this Constitution Review in order to achieve the necessary synergy and save parliamentary time.

13. Furthermore, we must also consult fully the State Houses of Assembly who have shown remarkable unity of purpose whenever they are called upon to partner with the National Assembly in this regard.

14. Finally, I wish to re-iterate that the House places a lot of confidence in the ability of members of this Committee to rise to the occasion and deliver on your assignment in the shortest possible time.

15. May I, therefore, formally inaugurate the Ad-Hoc Committee on Constitution Review and to wish you success in this important national assignment.

16. God bless you all and may God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

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Why Buhari Has Not Inaugurated Ministers Confirmed By The Senate

The delay in the inauguration of ministers confirmed since last week has been traced to the Senate.

Though the Senate had announced the confirmation of 36 nominees as minister-designates, our correspondent learnt that the upper chamber had yet to officially communicate the confirmation to the Presidency.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, on Sunday confirmed that the Senate had yet to communicate to the Presidency on the matter because doing so would require a Senate plenary.

“The communication cannot be done until when the senators in plenary approve the votes and proceedings of the decision taken at the last week’s sitting of the Senate,” Enang told one of our correspondents on the phone.

Since Buhari returned to the country late on Friday, there have been speculations that he would inaugurate his ministers during the week.

But Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed to our correspondent that Buhari had yet to receive any communication on the nominees from the Senate.

He also confirmed that the President would wait for a letter from the Senate conveying to him the confirmation of his nominees before sweating in the ministers.

Shehu expressed the optimism that the confirmation would be communicated to the President this week.

He said, “As I am talking to you now, the President is yet to receive any message from the Senate that the ministerial nominees have been cleared.

“Maybe the Senate will do this when it resumes this week but it has not done so yet.

“It is only when that is done that the President can go ahead to swear in the nominees to become members of the Federal Executive Council.”

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Address Of The National Youth Leader On The Inauguration Of The PDP Youth Restructuring Committee

Gentlemen and Ladies,

Good afternoon,

Today, we are taking the boldest step yet in the history of our party towards advancing our long time goal for youth mainstreaming and expanding the space for young people in party affairs and activities.

Subsequently, a team of young and bright minds will be mandated to review and examine all youth related issues and propose a strategic template for more robust and constructive youth involvement. I have no doubt, based on your pedigrees, loyalty, commitment to this party and your individual capacities to undertake this historic responsibility and make our generation proud in the necessary pursuit of reforming our party.

The fact is this: young people not only require but also deserve and demand greater roles in the affairs of our party. The future is not about the old and retiring; it is about the young and emerging. The future of this party is and should be more about preparing the next generation of leaders for our party and country.

As a generation, there is a strong desire by young people for statutory representation decision making organs of this party especially the National / State Executive Committee, the National / State Caucus. There is also wide appreciation for the reform of the Board of Trustees; that is constitutionally exclusive for members above the age of 50, to include young people. These present day operational circumstances is definitely not in tune with prevailing and future political realities and it is certainly inimical to our party’s future political prospects.

This fundamental gap in representative democracy will definitely hinder political transition, leadership identification, tutorship and recruitment.

Among others, it is my responsibility to promote sound measures that will guarantee and deepen the roles, involvement and place of young people within the party.

From our last electoral convention in August 2013, it was all about the 2015 general elections. Now the elections have come and gone and unfortunately we lost. But fortunately, it affords us the opportunity to right the wrongs, to fill the gaps and to concretely plan the future pathway for our party.

I share the belief and strongly support the call by us all – young people generally; that for our party to grow – we must undertake both structural and institutional reforms. These include youth, women, administrative, candidate selection, leadership recruitment and organizational reform. Reform within the party is now both a political necessity and a pivotal survival measure. Without it, the future may be founded in the past and certainly we will not base our future on lost precedence.

The 2015 election losses delivers for us a rare opportunity to prepare for the future. It is in this spirit and wisdom that this PDP Youth Restructuring Committee is being inaugurated.

Your selection and acceptance to serve in this historic assignment is highly commendable and appreciated. This Committee is not to dwell into matters of the last election – that already is being handled by the Post Election Assessment Committee.

This Youth Committee is about the future; our future. Its terms reference clear and unambiguous and its recommendations will be forwarded to the National Working Committee for appropriate action.

Our quest for youth mainstreaming in the party may require constitutional amendments, it might require the consideration of NEC and possibly the attention of a convention. Therefore, the road will be long and daunting but we are commencing today with our youthful audacity.

Under the guidance of God Almighty, in full exercise of the Oath I am sworn and that which I will keep, with the full support of members of the National Working Committee of our party, I now have the privilege to invite the Acting National Chairman of our party to inaugurate this Committee for the benefit and future of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Thank you for coming and God Bless.

 

Abdullahi H. MaiBasira

National Youth Leader,

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

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Africans Should Be Bold To Rethink Economic Ideas, Says VP Osinbajo At AfDB President’s Inauguration

Time has come for Africans to re-think some of the time-worn economic ideas and myths that have held its people and policy makers bound to only a few options, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Speaking earlier today in Abidjan at the investiture of the new African Development Bank President, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, Prof Osinbajo called on Africans to develop “uncommon creativity, innovation and change” in charting the pathway for future growth and development of countries in the continent.

Justifying the call for this paradigm shift, the Vice President stated that western economies particularly the United States of America toed this path to emerge from its recent economic meltdown in 2008.

According to him “in 2008 western economies faced with what Ben Bernanke (then Chairman of the US Reserve Bank) described as the “deepest financial crisis since the Great Depression” abandoned conventional free-market thinking and embraced State bankrolled stimulus plans to forestall the imminent collapse of their economies.”

He noted to the hearing of several African and non African economists, policy makers, and development partners that the action the US took then  “proved once and for all that the monster called the economy cannot be allowed to prowl the streets with its free-wheeling, free market struts without the leash of a trainer.”

Prof. Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the event said African countries need a new strategy in the face of daunting challenges asking “do African economies not require a different paradigm?.”

He quarried: “How can trickle down paradigms work when half our populations are extremely poor? Do we not need some attention to social investment?

Then he declared that “Conditional Cash Transfers to the poorest segments, universal primary healthcare schemes, school feeding programs, can energise local economies and create important multipliers in the economy.”

The Vice President however expressed optimism that the African Development Bank given its recent achievements under the immediate past President, Donald Kaberuka, can greatly assist Africa  address some of its socio-economic problems.

He stated further that under the new leadership of Dr. Adesina, “the AfDB needs to redouble its efforts in addressing the needs of these fragile areas, through institutional support, emergency assistance, and bold pro-poor interventions in health, education and agriculture.

Prof. Osinbajo therefore urged the new AfDB President  “ to focus on how economic policy can produce economic empowerment for women, and all categories of our people who have become disempowered and whose voices are seldom reflected in the rhetoric of policy.”

At the eventthe, new AfDB President, unfolded a 5-point agenda which he said would be given utmost priority in the next five years of his tenure. In his inaugural statement delivered after he had taken the oath of office, Dr. Adesina listed the priority areas as i) Light Up and Power Africa; ii) Feed Africa; iii) Integrate Africa; iv) Indusrialize Africa; and v) Improve quality of life for the people of Africa.

Dr. Adesina who spoke passionately about his commitment towards confronting the numerous challenges facing the continent said “unlocking the potentials of Africa for Africans will be our goal at AfDB.”

Present at the impressive ceremony were the President of Cote D’Ivoire, Allasane Quattara and his Prime Minister, Daniel Kaplan Duncan.

Other dignataries from Nigeria also attended the investiture such as the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Umar Ganduje; the Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku; the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal; former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr  Kayode  Fayemi; Governor of Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele; former Minister of Finance, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Cote D’Ivoire, Mrs Ifeoma J. Akabogu Chinwuba. Many captains of industry in Nigeria and around the continent also graced the event alongside some members of the National Assembly.

Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, Nigeria’s immediate past Minister of Agriculture, becomes the 8th President of the AfDB and the first Nigerian to occupy the office since the creation of the Bank in 1963. He took over from Donald Kaberuka who served for 10 years from 2005 to 2015.

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We Shall Overcome: Aregbesola Speech At The Inauguration of Sixth Osun Assembly

SPEECH BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OSUN, OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE SIXTH OSUN STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, AT THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY COMPLEX ON JUNE 2, 2015.

Protocols,

WE SHALL OVERCOME

It gives me great pleasure to declare open the Sixth State Assembly of Osun. Exactly four years ago, I had the privilege of inaugurating the Fifth Assembly. It has pleased God Almighty to entrust into my hand for the second time this sacred duty and I give Him all the praise.

I congratulate all the honourable members of this house for your election and the unique privilege to be of service to your people and the State of Osun.

But I must first thank the Speaker of the Fifth Assembly, Rt. Hon Najeem Salaam, the leadership and other distinguished and honourable members of the house for their understanding, diligence, cooperation and unalloyed service to their people and the state.

Before I proceed further, please permit me, as is my custom, to sing the first stanza of my old school anthem titled ‘Moment of Decision’ written by J Russel Lowell (1819-91).

Once to every man and nation,

Comes the moment to decide

In the strife of truth with falsehood,

For the good or evil side:

Some great cause, God’s new Messiah,

Offering each the bloom or blight:

And the choice goes by for ever

‘Twixt that darkness and that light.

Your inauguration came at a very critical period in the annals of our state. This is a paradox of a sort. The General Elections of late March and early April were a revolution as they, for the first time, saw a genuinely progressive government sweep through the country in most states and the Federal Government. This is a thing of great joy to us, but it also met our state in the condition of a very gripping financial challenge.

Here again, I must salute and thank our people for their unshakable faith in us and for giving us absolute majority in this house. Your election (and inauguration today) is a resounding vote of confidence in us that we will surmount our challenges and overcome our problems. You cannot disappoint them.

History will vindicate us. When our administration was inaugurated over four years ago, we met many daunting challenges, including a debt burden and infrastructure decay. We set to work, especially with the cooperation of the Fifth Assembly, and began to restore hope for our people, make government meaningful and put the state on a sound and sure footing. You will recall that in less than 100 days, we engaged 20,000 youths in public works through Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES). Also, through financial engineering, we were able to restructure the debilitating loan we met and put the state on a sound financial traction. We then embarked on an aggressive infrastructure development drive never witnessed before in this state.

You will recall again, that for nearly a year, we did not constitute a cabinet. This was to enable us make considerable savings. We set about our duty with uncommon vigour and courage. This saw us touching every area of life in education, agriculture, job creation, road construction, culture and tourism, environmental sanitation and beautification, flood control, rural development and so on.

We were also able to execute the most ambitious and biggest social welfare programme in this country; programmes that impacted directly on every family and household in the state. We were able to integrate government’s spending into the local economy in a way that our spending reflates the economy – enhances productivity, creates jobs, sustains families and households and significantly boost the GDP of the state. These social welfare programmes also constitute a sizeable portion of our recurrent expenditure as we put in place O’YES, O’UNIFORM, O’MEALS, Agba Osun, Destitute Rehabilitation, O’REAP, O’HUB, Cattle Ranch, School Construction, Flood Control and so on. We have invested in our people’s development and have sown good seeds into their today and tomorrow.

In the process, we not only lived within our means, we also made huge savings in two and a half years. We fulfilled our financial obligations to not just to workers and retirees, but to every person doing business with us. When it was time to raise the level of capital projects in the state, we approached financial institutions and within the bounds of best practices, we secured facilities at favourable terms. We never exposed the government unnecessarily. This is contrary to the claims of scoffers and traducers who maliciously painted us as financially reckless and profligate.

From the records, problem began in 2012 when our expenditure increased as a result of the spike in minimum wage. This was when we applied the increase to junior workers only. Then, our total emoluments rose to N2.7 billion from the N1.4 billion I met in November 2010. By December of that year, it hit N3.5 billion. At the same period, our statutory allocation (from where we are required to pay salaries) increased marginally from N2.1 billion in 2010 to N2.5 billion in December 2012.

By July of 2013, our total emoluments hit N4 billion while our statutory allocation was N2.1 billion. By then we had extended the increase to other workers.

The summary of five years reveal that in the two months of 2010, we received a net allocation of N4.2 billion and paid a total emoluments of N3.6 billion. This left us with a net gain of N573 million from our statutory allocation. In 2011 also, we got N29.9 billion net statutory allocation and spent N25.8 billion on emoluments with a net gain of N4 billion. However, in 2012, we got N28.4 billion and expended N31.6 billion on emoluments. This left us, for the first time, with a deficit of N3.2 billion. The following year, 2013, our statutory allocation had dropped to N26.4 billion while our emoluments rose to N36.9 billion. This gave us a whopping N10.4 billion deficit. In 2014, our statutory allocation fell further to N19.3 billion and by which time we were already defaulting on some of our obligations on emoluments, which had also dropped to N22.4 billion, but still left us with a deficit of N3 billion. In summary, between November 2010 and December 2014, we got a total statutory allocation of N108.3 billion and our expenditure on emoluments was N120.4 billion. It left us with a total deficit of N12 billion.

The above scenario only covers our expenditure on salaries and other emoluments, if we are to include other recurrent expenditure, it will give us another scenario. In the period under review, our total recurrent expenditure was N206 billion while our statutory allocation was N108.3 billion. If we add other accruals from Abuja to our income, it will only add up to N176.5 billion and we will still be left with a deficit of almost N30 billion, which means that the state would not have been able to run government. Even when we add our internally generated revenue, we were still only able to muster N204 billion and still short by N2 billion. It simply means that all our earning from all sources between 2010 and 2014 could not carry our recurrent expenditure.

The drop in statutory allocation in 2013 was attributed to theft of over 400,000 barrels of crude daily but later, the fall in oil price from over $100 to about $50 per barrel only compounded the crisis.

In 2015, the net statutory allocation in January was N1.25 billion, in February, it was N1.12 billion, in March, it dropped scandalously to N624 million while April figure dropped further to N466 million.

As I said earlier, our statutory allocation began a precipitous fall in 2013 while our salaries and emoluments began a steady climb. The contrasting state of our allocation from the federation account is highlighted by the peak of our allocation of N5 billion we received in February 2013 against the N466 million we just received for April.

These details will put a lie to the accusation that we were profligate. How could we have been profligate when our statutory allocation alone cannot meet our obligations on salaries and other emoluments? The financial challenge we faced was enormous and daunting and a disaster was mitigated by our prudent management and sheer financial wizardry that made us to get so much from so little. It could have been worse. We should see the cup as half full, instead of half empty.

Another factor that raised our emoluments expenditure was our commitment to pensions. When we began in November 2010, we were paying N200 million pension monthly and so for 2010, we committed N400 million. However, in 2011, we increased our monthly pension obligation to N250 million and we had to pay N3 billion in that year. By March of 2012 our pension obligation has risen to N300 million monthly which cost us N3.5 billion for that year. But in December 2012, about 5,000 retirees were added to the 9,000 strong army of pensioners in the state and in the following year, 2013, we increased our monthly pension bill to N520 million and paid out N5 billion in that year. That same year, another set of 3,500 workers retired at the local government to enlist in the local government pension brigade. By the time we started lagging behind on pension payment in 2014, we had already committed a total of N4.9 billion to pensions in the year.

It is on record that I was the first to raise the alarm in 2013 that the mysterious drop in allocation amounts to waging war against the states. I was vilified then by a section of the press and the Federal Government was not even ready to listen to our cry. No fiscal instrument of succour in stabilisation, augmentation and other assistance was extended to us, even as our allocation continued to drop. It was like they were mocking us by saying: ‘Good for them, their financial ruination will make us to easily defeat them in the coming elections’. But we survived this by the infinite grace of God and the unflinching support of our people to emerge triumphant in the governorship election of 2014 and the General Elections earlier this year.

Distinguished honourable members of the House, you are coming in at a time of great challenge, but with great challenge also comes an opportunity for greatness. While our capital expenditure for the period we are reviewing was N110 billion, our total recurrent expenditure was N206 billion of which emoluments alone constitute N120.4 billion (58.5 per cent). This makes capital expenditure only 33 per cent of our total expenditure. Although this is above national average, we consider it anomalous and which calls for creativity and astuteness in raising our revenue profile, balancing our books and reversing the capital-recurrent expenditure ratio, in order to bring development to our people and justify the mandate given to us.

We have been able to shock and awe our opponents, critics and traducers in the past four years with outstanding performance in all areas. We were able to do this partly because we are creative; we obtained long term funding from capital market and deployed various derivative financing strategy but we still have an outstanding liabilities.

Our outstanding mandatory expenditure in salaries and pensions for 2014 is N13.1 billion. Between January and May this year alone, we have accumulated mandatory expenditure of N16.5 billion in arrears. But we must run the government, provide infrastructure, develop our people through qualitative education, good healthcare services provision and recreation facilities and bring prosperity through job creation and enabling entrepreneurs.

The Parliament is the first refuge of the people because it is composed of lawmakers elected directly to represent their constituencies – make good laws for their governance, secure their welfare and protect their interest. It is from parliament, though under a parliamentary system, that Chief Obafemi Awolowo launched on January 7, 1952 the welfarist and progressive government that kick-started the second stage of Yoruba civilisation with the attendant prosperity and development of Yorubaland in all facets. This challenge is therefore your opportunity to be great and write your name in gold, irrespective of your political party.

The parliament is also noted as a symbol of the legitimacy of government as expressed in its support by people paying tax. James Otis, it was, who said that taxation without representation is tyranny. This was in protest of the British occupation of the Americas and forcible exaction of taxes from the subjects without political representation at the British Parliament. This led to the rebellion that culminated in American independence in 1776. The converse of this principle is that if it is immoral to exact taxation without representation, by the same token, it will be inappropriate to have representation without the supporting taxation. The time has come for our people to brace up and support the government with their taxes.

Indeed, the only way we can survive, or any government for that matter, is to generate our own revenue and be self-sufficient. Long before this crisis came, I was the first to make the case for self-reliance and severance of our dependency on allocation from Abuja. We have abundant human and material resources and we can sustain ourselves if we look inwards. The difficult can be done at once; while the impossible only takes a little longer.

This is our finest hour. We will overcome this challenge. We will fulfil our mandate. We will serve our people. God, who was with us in our first term, will not desert us. We will emerge from this triumphant and stronger and our people will have cause for singing and rejoicing.

Distinguished lawmakers, ladies and gentlemen, permit me once again, to close with the last stanza of my school anthem.

 

‘Though the cause of evil prosper,

Yet ‘tis truth alone is strong;

Though her portion be the scaffold,

And upon the throne be wrong,

Yet that scaffold sways the future

And behind the dim unknown,

Standeth God within the shadow,

Keeping watch above his own.’

 

Finally, let me thank the honourable lawmakers – the returning members, the outgoing ones and new members. I wish you a successful tenure and good service to your people and the state.

To the distinguished audience, I thank you all for your kind attention.

Osun a dara!

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Youth Boo, Stone Ex-Gov Babangida Aliyu At Inauguration Of New Governor

Immediate past governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu was Friday booed and pelted with food packs at the inauguration of Governor Abubakarsadiq Sani Bello.

As Aliyu came into the stadium and got on the podium to take the guard salute, hostile supporters of Bello kept booing him, and shouting ‘ole’ barawo.

He was booed throughout as he stood on the podium and as he walked to his seat.

Security was immediately ? beefed up as soldiers were brought in from the 31 Artillery Brigade, Army Barrack in Minna as there was fear that there would be violence and attacks on Aliyu at the end of the inauguration.

As soon as Bello finished delivering his speech, the pelting increased as APC supporters threw stones, shoes and food packs at him.

Immediately after the National anthem, soldiers started shooting into the air and releasing tear gas and there was a stampede as people scampered for safety.
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Aliyu was immediately whisked away from the stadium which was the venue of the inauguration amidst tight security led by the commissioner of Police, Olushola Amore through the back gate.

Bello was sworn in by his mother in-law, Justice Fati Lami Abubakar who is the chief Judge of Niger state.

Aliyu, for whom provision was made  to make a speech was unable to as his speech was skipped as a result of the hostility by supporters of Bello.

It was gathered that security operatives had earlier advised him not to attend ?the inauguration since it is anticipated that the All Progressives Congress ( APC) supporters would be hostile following the manner in which they had behaved in the past but Aliyu refused and insisted on attending the inauguration.

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“I Belong to Everybody And I Belong To Nobody” – President Buhari Said In Inauguration Speech

President of the federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he belong to everybody and belong to nobody.

The president said this during his inauguration speech after taking his oath of office at the Eagle Square in Abuja.

Buhari, who thanked millions of his supporters who believed in his cause as well those who tirelessly campaigned on the social media said there will be no paying off of old scores.

“A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office, I shall go after them.
These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue.”

“As far as the constitution allows me, I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.”

Read Full Text of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Inaugural Speech

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PDP Knocks Buhari For ‘Snubbing’ Inauguration Events

The Peoples Democratic Party has knocked the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly snubbing the May 29, 2015 handover programme lined up by the Federal Government.

The party said such behavior was a measure of lack of democratic discipline.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Sunday said the President-elect owes Nigerians explanations on why he snubbed the prayer sessions scheduled for Friday and Sunday for Muslims and Christians respectively.

It also criticised Buhari  for “the embarrassing protocol gaffe and low-down treatment” that characterised his visit to British Prime Minister David Cameron last Saturday.

The PDP said it was disgraceful that due to poor coordination and crass ineptitude in the handling of issues, Buhari was left almost stranded while waiting to be received by the British leader.

It wondered if such is a foretaste of the “muddling to be experienced under the All Progressives Congress’ administration.”

The party said, “Nigerians, as citizens of a sovereign nation, were thoroughly embarrassed when they saw their President-elect cheapened and kept waiting at the door of 10 Downing Street to see the British Prime Minister due to shoddy arrangements by his handlers.

“Indeed, they are becoming increasingly worried about the frightening unpreparedness of the APC for governance and the huge embarrassments they have been attracting to our nation.

“We know that the APC has been lying over issues.  We also know that the APC and the President-elect have been flip-flopping and reneging on their campaign promises, but to embarrass the nation by embarking on such a sensitive visit without adequate preparations is shameful and completely unacceptable.”

The PDP said the APC had continued to give signals that it lacked the  capacity to face the challenges of governance.

“Such has been evident in the uneasiness of the President-elect who in apparent loss of confidence in himself has started reneging on his promises of quick fixes while confessing in a meeting with APC governors-elect on May 5, 2015 that he has ‘started nervously to explain to people that Rome was not built in a day,’” it stated.

The PDP further said instead of settling down for governance and working out how to fulfill its promises of making the Naira the same in value with the dollar, paying N5,000,000 monthly to 25 million poor Nigerians, providing electricity on 24/7 basis, providing free meals for school children and allowances for discharged but unemployed youth corps members among others, the APC is busy inventing excuses for failure and blaming everyone else but themselves.

It therefore asked the APC to get ready to apply its manifesto or be bold to apologise to Nigerians for presenting “false messianic posture and making false promises to them.”

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