What If Buhari Really Said Nigerians Are Criminals? By Usama Dandare

President Muhammadu Buhari gave an exclusive interview to Daily Telegraph last week where he discussed several pressing national issues affecting the image of Nigerians in the global arena but some mischievous elements who are hell-bent on creating confusion within society are twisting Mr President’s statement saying that he referred to Nigerians as criminals. To set the record straight, Daily Telegraph published the ful details of the interview which has since generated controversy especially in the online media, but yet, the collective children of anger are still going around doing what they knows best: creating nothing out of something.

Since they insists, let’s all assume President Buhari truly said Nigerians are criminals. Even if he said so, was he lying? Are we not criminals?  When has calling a spade by it name “SPADE” became an offense? Why do we always choose to live in self-delusion instead of coming to terms with the reality? Why are we always unpalatable so as not to demarket country after being officially self-demarketed in the eyes of the world long ago?

I often say that the biggest phenomena tarnishing the image Nigerians overseas is not what the west perceived about us but the misguided Nigerians living in deluded elucidations and the unpalatable ones who outrightly get furious whenever the truth about Nigeria is told. What’s wrong in saying things as they are? Why are we always allergic to the truth?

Is it wrong to call criminal a country where it president looked into the eyes of world leaders and said “stealing is not corruption”? After telling another summit that what we have in Nigeria are just petty thieves not corrupt people. The president was trying to defend a country where a serving state governor disguised in women clothes and jumped bail from the United Kingdom after being arrested for stealing public funds and most annoying, he was welcomed back home amidst a mammoth crowd that came out to greet him.

I wonder if there’s any appropriate name to describe a country where$20billion of taxpayers’ money developed wings and flew away overnight rather than a country of criminals; a country where schools, airports, hospitals, streets, stadiums, museums and other monuments are being named after treasury looters and pen robbers. A country where chieftaincy titles are bought and given to criminals and murderers against established traditional institutions, corrupt looters of public funds in the government and fraudsters aka “yahoo yahoo boys” or ‘419iers’ are celebrated and crowned kings against the customs of our forefathers because they doled out their ill gotten money to the traditional king makers.

This is Nigeria: a nation where a governor-elect (yet to be sworn-in governor) led thugs into a courtroom and physically manhandled a sitting judge right on his lordship seat and went away with it unchecked; a nation where politicians are hiring assassins to assassinate opposition politicians; a nation where the rich elites are above the law while the poor masses continues to rot in jail awaiting trial. If Nigerians are not criminals, then there’s nothing called crime.

Do you know that over 25,000 Nigerians are being held in various prisons abroad (more than any African country) while 810 are waiting to die in death rows? They were mostly convicted of fraud, robbery, prostitution and drug-related crimes. Is this clear testimony not enough to tell the world that Nigerians are indeed criminals? Why is it that only one Briton has ever been sentenced to death in Nigeria in 2007 but later freed in a prisoners swap deal? Why are other African nations not having large number of their citizens in foreign prisons or are we the only ones residing in those countries?

Do you know that Nigeria has the highest number of social media 419ier (scammers) in the whole world? You may not be aware of this sad development but my fellow active social media users knows what i am talking about, there are varieties of methodology used by Nigerians to dupe innocent people which has been creating so much disaffection among social media users over the years. A monumental national disparaging crime which has however proven to represent a good portion of the Nigerian GDP as they are a great way to make money from dumb Americans. And I suppose Europeans, Asians and other Africans fall victim to these schemes, too. Interestingly, it has reached a stage in Nigeria today where a father will write his son via social media but the son has to verify the authenticity of his father’s account first before replying his dad not to disclose sensitive information to a scammer. In short, just search your name on Facebook and you will be shock to see how many active Facebook accounts you may have and unknown to you, these scammers have been soliciting for financial assistance on your behalf. All these criminalities are innovated and being committed by Nigerians but yet, we claim we are not criminals.

Most annoyingly, these same wailers twisting Buhari’s statement today are the same praise-singers that praised former President Jonathan for given a state pardon to convicted and condemned criminals yesterday, they are the same people defending Diezani Alison-Madueke for stealing Nigeria dry and the same people who came all out to defend Stella Oduah for purchasing two BMW cars at a miraculous price of a tokumbo jet and presenting fake school certificates for ministerial screening before the Senate. What a hypocrisy!

Nevertheless, when evil tends to become a culture in a society like it seems in Nigeria nowadays, where crime and criminals are seen to be glorified and worshiped by those whom the youths looks up to as idols and role models, frankly speaking, the soul of that society is dangerously destroyed. The hearts of the generation of such a society are shattered because their future has been mortgaged into the hands of the devil incubating a full blown city of Sodom and Gomorrah. A city where anything goes, where immorality will be exhibited, pains, deaths, corruption, celebration of criminality and wailing will be justified.

Park well my brother. Let’s drop aside our stupidity and embrace the truth. We should stop deceiving ourselves by being so anxious about the image of our country only in words while we keep forgotten that image when committing various crimes, but after the worst has been done, we begin to wail that so and so are demarketing our nation after all our sheer immorality and gross irresponsibility tells who we are as a nation. President Mohammedu Buhari didn’t say “Nigerians are criminals” and even if he said so, he’s definitely right because that is exactly what we are. Criminals and nothing but Criminals!

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Did Buhari Really Call Nigerians Criminals? Read His Full Interview On Daily Telegraph

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari gave an exclusive interview to the Daily Telegraph last week where he allegedly referred to Nigerians as criminals.

To set the record straight, Daily Telegraph has released the ful details of the interview which has since generated controversy in the media space. Here is the full record of his remarks.

Are you willing to talk to Boko Haram about the missing Chibok schoolgirls? 

“As long as we can establish the bona fides of the leadership of Boko Haram, we are prepared as a government to discuss with them how to get the girls back. But we have not established any evidence of a credible leadership.”

Is Abubakr Shekau still the leader of Boko Haram? 

“I receive conflicting information about the status of Shekau. Some say he has been removed and replaced by a less charismatic terrorist leader.

“I think he must be on the run, because out of the 14 local government districts that Boko Haram used to call their caliphate, they now do not control any now. They are scattered around the Sambisa forest and they have resorted to attacking soft targets, people in churches, mosques and market places, and using improvised explosive devices.”

Are you seeking any further help from the West in the fight against Boko Haram? 

“I was invited by the G7 during my visit to Europe to brief them on the issue of security Boko Haram, and I did so. I subsequently sent Nigeria’s ‘shopping list’ in terms of the infrastructure destroyed. That is schools, medical facilities and other institutions, bridges blown up, and the estimates of repair.”

Did you also ask for Western military help? 

“Yes, I did, but I don’t want to give any details of that in public at present. As you know, we already have foreign military help in terms of training missions.”

And are you asking for additional military help beyond training missions? 

“I am not asking for any of that yet. I want to be briefed first on the situation from the Nigerian military and also the police.”

The previous government used mercenaries from South Africa in the fight against Boko Haram, with some success. Would you consider doing the same? 

“I personally was very disappointed that the previous government resorted to mercenaries. I was also disappointed by the recent revelations of how military allocations were also misappropriated. How is it that Nigeria’s military, which has a good record across west Africa, cannot claim back to 14 out of 774 local governorates from Boko Haram? They have to ask for mercenaries from South Africa? How the mighty has fallen!”

What is your feeling on the wider terror threats across west and north Africa at the moment, with terrorism attacks taking place in Mali and Burkina Faso? 

“I think we should be very worried because with technology, Boko Haram and other terrorists have become very mobile in all continents, not only in Africa but also in Europe, America and Asia.

“For Africa and the Sahel, the demise of Gaddafi’s regime led to a lot of armed and trained people, especially those from the Sahel, being dispersed. Fighting is the only thing they know, and they are available at a fee. The danger is there, and I am pleased that Europe has realised it too.”

There have been reports that Nigerians have been fighting for Isil in the Libyan city of Sirte. Is that true? 

“I haven’t seen confirmed reports about that, but I know that it is not only in Sirte – there are also Nigerians finding their way to Syria too. I don’t know which side, but they may be fighing for Isil. How many, I have no idea.”

Have you ever had reports of people from the Nigerian diaspora in the UK being involved in Boko Haram in any way? 

“No, but if I do, I will immediately raise the issue.”

A number of Nigerians use the migrant routes to come to the UK to claim asylum, saying their lives are at risk from Boko Haram. Is is legitimate for them to do so? 

“Some Nigerians claim is that life is too difficult back home, but then again some Nigerians have also made it difficult for Europeans and Americans to accept them because of the number of Nigerians in different prisons all over the world accused of drug trafficking or human trafficking. I don’t think Nigerians have anybody to blame. They can remain at home. Their services are required to rebuild the country. If their countrymen misbehaved, the best thing for them is to stay at home and encourage the credibility of the nation.”

Do you think that Nigerians have an image problem abroad? 

“Certainly. But we are on our way to salvage that. We will encourage our countrymen to stay at home, work hard and make a respectable living at home.”

Your government has launched a major corruption probe over claims that billions of dollars of oil cash went missing during the previous administration. Some suspects have been arrested in the UK. Are you satisfied with the co-operation you are getting from the UK authorities? 

“One of the biggest suspects is in Britain now, although I am not going to name that person. But Britain has earned our respect in the way it deals with these matters. Our only problem is that it seems to be too thorough and it takes too much time. If there are obvious cases, like bank accounts, infrastructure houses and hotels, I would hope they could do it quicker, so that we can claim these things back promptly.”

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We Realised N2.2trn From TSA In 3 Months – Buhari…Says Some Nigerians Behind Economic Crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that his administration has within three months saved N2.2 trillion for the nation through the enforcement of the Treasury Single Account, TSA. The president made the revelation in London during a meeting with Nigerians resident in the city on Thursday night. President Buhari who was in the United Kingdom for the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference in London, British capital was speaking of the problems bedevilling the oil and gas sector of the economy which he said were part of the challenges he inherited upon an assumption of office.

He said: “We are really in trouble. What we discovered was that we tried to enforce what we called treasury single account, TSA. And the reason was simple. This government did not initiate it. It was the previous government. But it was so unpopular to the bureaucracy and the previous government for its own reasons couldn’t enforce it.  But when we came and found that we were broke, we said this is the way to do it. And I will just tell you two examples to convince you.According to him, the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, NNPC had over 45 accounts scattered in different banks. The same situation, the president said, was also pervasive across the branches of the military.

“First, NNPC, the cow that was giving the milk had more than 45 accounts, ministry of defense, that is the military Army, Navy and air force had over 70 accounts. Tell me which account we can trace in these several accounts. So we enforce TSA. We said there must be TSA. “By the end of December, coming to January this year, that is last month, we mopped up more than N2.2trn which we have used through the bureaucracy system to raise vouchers and sign cheques so that they don’t go into the next budget.”

Speaking further on the state of the economy, the president revealed that some Nigerians were behind the crisis. The president stated that most directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN owned and operated some of the Bureau De Change outfits through which they raked in the foreign exchanges. He said he was determined to stop the ill development and make every Nigerian accountable.

“We found out, when I say we, I mean present federal government, that some of the directors in the central bank own the bureau de change businesses. So when the foreign exchange comes, they take it and give government the change. So we stopped the Federal Government giving bureau de change foreign exchange. “Fellow country men and women, I am giving you a tip of the iceberg of the problem we inherited and we are getting so hard because we have no other way of running the country unless we make everybody accountable”, he said.

While underscoring the importance of education, president Buhari asked the audience to support his administration by educating their children for a better future.

On giving diaspora Nigerians a chance to participate in elections, president Buhari said  his government was studying the scenario, stressing that what was utmost was to make the process more credible. “We are critically looking at the system itself. We must make sure that the election process itself is credible”, he said.

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90% Of Nigerians Are Corrupt – Bafarawa…Speaks On Buhari Govt, Says APC And PDP Are Same

Two-term governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, was among the top politicians who were recently questioned by the EFCC for collecting money from the office of the NSA. But unlike others who are angry over their invitation by the anti-graft agency, the former governor in this interview says he holds no grudge against the government for fighting corruption. Bafarawa asks all Nigerians to team up with President Muhammadu Buhari to stamp out corruption from the polity so as to give Nigerians a new lease of life.

Why are you talking about fighting corruption after being arrested and detained by EFCC along with some other top politicians over money-related matters?

I can say that I left behind legacies that generations yet unborn will be very proud of.   We had a good leader, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who was committed to fighting corruption and he created many institutions like the EFCC and the ICPC to handle the job. Whatever name you want to give him; whether he did it for fighting corruption or for witch-hunting, at least, it assisted in fighting corruption. He laid a foundation, he realised there was corruption and he fought it. After he left, his successors -YarÁdua and Jonathan-did not do much to fight corruption and that exacerbated the monster in the land.Well, from my analysis, corruption in Nigeria is not a thing that one man can fight. I believe fighting corruption is the responsibility of every Nigerian.   Don’t forget that I served for eight years from 1999 – 2007, I served for eight  years. When we took over from the military in 1999 the crude oil was $9 per barrel and in 2007 it had gotten up to $30 – $40 and then we left a lot of legacies in our various states during that period. When I left office, I left behind N12 billion in the treasury. You can see the fortune that came the way of the nation between 2007 and 2015 when the price of oil rose to over $100 per barrel. One begins to wonder why those who enjoyed the huge oil revenue should be asking for bailout from the Federal Government.

Today, one can say that up to 90 percent of Nigerians are corrupt because when you go to the grassroots level, that is where corruption starts. The electorate will demand money before they elect you into office no matter how good you are, no matter the kind of ideology you have and intend to bring for their own good. If you don’t give them money, they would not support you. The game is that anyone who comes and shares money to them gets the support and nothing more.

Is that why you are supporting Buhari’s anti-corruption war?

Certainly. My support for him stems from the fact that it is a blessing for Nigerians that Buhari’s administration is fighting corruption.  We shouldn’t see it as Buhari fighting corruption but something that all of us must join and ensure that it succeeds because Buhari can’t do it alone. It would also be dangerous if we ignore the fight against corruption because it will swallow the country.

As I have said earlier when a huge amount of about $100 a barrel for crude oil is spent and all the money vanishes and government has to bail states out it shows clearly that something has gone wrong somewhere. Giving that bailout to state without the federal Government investigating what they did with their huge oil earnings was a bit hasty. I would have expected the President to raise a committee to probe how the states incurred their debts and how they arrived at seeking bailout and how they want to use the bailout funds.

For this administration to succeed in fighting corruption, the government must involve not just the EFCC and ICPC but also other Nigerians. The government must open an office for public awareness for fighting corruption.

Special office should be open to campaign for the common man to see the dangers of corruption. We have to consider preventive measures before prosecuting those who are corrupt. We must adopt the two methods if we must succeed. Nigeria is in serious problem because it appears to me that loan which the Obasanjo’s administration managed to pay up, we are going back to incur more debts for the nation. We seem to be back to square one by borrowing, borrowing and borrowing and heading to nowhere. No matter what we are talking about, we will not succeed if we don’t fight corruption. I want Nigerians to take the fight against corruption as a project and not just Buhari’s.

Let’s take it as a collective project otherwise we will continue to sink and our children who are not yet born will not forgive us. In 2012 when Jonathan wanted to remove fuel subsidy, Nigerians came out and protested but he had seen it coming that was why he decided to remove subsidy but it wasn’t supported by Nigerians. More than four years later, people have seen the need to do so. If oil subsidy had been removed when Jonathan wanted to do so, President Buhari would have gotten an easy ride to continue.

If we don’t help Buhari to fight corruption, the person who will succeed him will have many issues to contend with and the nation would suffer the more for it. I believe we don’t have any country than Nigeria and we have to tell ourselves the truth about the situation of this country. It is only in Nigeria that you will see a person looking for government office for them to amass public funds for their own selfish interest. It is only in Nigeria that when a man who had no house gets into public office and in few months after taking over office, he can afford to buy over the whole community because of illicit public funds.

Are you not afraid that you may be accused of supporting Buhari because of your recent arrest and detention by the EFCC?

This arrest issue was best known to the EFCC. I wasn’t in the country when they came looking for me and then I got in touch with them. I got my lawyer to write to them that I was not in the country and that when I am back I would   report to their office. Five days later when I arrived I went there myself. When I went there I was told that my invitation was in connection with the N100 million which a former minister gave to me. I accepted that he gave me the money and I gave it to those it was meant for.   I told them that the money was paid to the beneficiaries through cheques. The matter is already in court and I don’t want to say more than that for now.

It doesn’t mean that when you come to court you are corrupt. The investigators can do it rightly or wrongly but what they are trying to do is find out the facts whether what they are told or what has been seen in the books is true or not. It is left to the person to go and explain himself. So I am not going to accuse or blame EFCC for inviting me because they are investigating me. I know that in the course of investigation anything can happen. EFCC investigators are not judges but are merely trying to get to know the truth from those who have been mentioned or accused of doing certain things. So, we should all cooperate with the anti-corruption agencies to get to know the truth about the corruption cases they are investigating.

Are you not worried that the fight against corruption may defy the laws of Nigeria leading to extended arrest and detention of innocent people?

I am one of the victims. I was detained in prison for three weeks and then taken to court but thank God today the FCT Chief Judge has given them an order barring magistrate from granting EFCC holding orders. That means that we are making progress in this country. So, no more court orders from Magistrate courts to arrest and detain people without charging them to court within the stipulated time. We are the first victims and those who are coming will not be affected but at least, we are learning and moving forward.

So are you satisfied with the way corruption is being fought by EFCC at the moment?

I am saying that they are trying and when they make mistakes, they should be corrected for the overall interest of the country. What they need is to get more experienced persons into the system and adopt a more civilised way of handling corruption investigation so as to win the war.

So does it mean that you didn’t collect any money directly from the former NSA?

As I have said before, I am saying it again and again that I didn’t collect anything directly from the former NSA but let’s not go to that because I said the matter is still in court. Let the matter be decided by the court before I talk on it.

The government appears to be putting all its efforts in fighting corruption, leaving other vital sectors to suffer. What do you think about that?

You see, that is the danger of corruption. That is the problem Mr. President finds himself in. For this country to move forward we must have our resources. The government of the day is broke. The problem we are facing now has to do with massive corruption, security and economic issues begging for urgent answers. First, we should pity Buhari and do all we can to assist him to win the fight against corruption and terrorism staring this nation on the face.

I am not a member of APC but I am a Nigerian and President Muhammadu   Buhari is my president. When he joined politics in 2003 he must have come with his own ideology. He has tried over the years to win the Presidency and use his leadership to change the country for the good of all. You can see his strident attempts from 2003 to date when he finally won the election last year and it is our strong belief that Buhari is going to turn around Nigeria’s fortune. The country was already in a bad shape by the time he was sworn in about seven months ago and I know that he needs to take his time to put things right.

Are you surprised to know now that the huge part of money which PDP used during the last general elections was meant for arms to fight Boko Haram?

I don’t believe any politician who received that money knew it was arms money. How would one know what the money was meant for by the time they were being paid? Absolutely impossible.   How would you know the source having not been given a contract? But when we go to court everyone will explain himself.

Are you regretting supporting Jonathan in the last election?

I am not regretting. I have never been a member of PDP since the creation in 1999 up till 2014. I have never been a member of PDP because my ideology is different from theirs otherwise I would have joined them. I found myself in PDP by accident. What I mean by accident is that I was part and parcel of the APC. I am a founding member of the APC. I was forced to leave APC because of corruption in politics in my state when PDP governors defected to the APC. Corruption came into the system along the formation of the party when they said that the PDP governors were going to join APC and I happened to be a victim. We were forced to hand over the party to my governor, who was a PDP member. So my followers insisted we must remain in PDP and I had to work with them.

I had to work with them. I joined PDP at the state level with my people without coming to Abuja or anybody enabling me. Even the top shots in PDP, including former President Jonathan did not believe that I had indeed joined the PDP when he was told. He could not believe that because during the days of Obasanjo, I had a lot of pressure to join the PDP but I refused.

Mind you I am a professional politician; I have ideology so I have to protect my profession. I started as a local government counsellor in 1976 so this is my profession. So I still stand on what I believe. That was why I had to join PDP just to get my people to have a place where they can contest election. The same way Buhari finds himself in this system is the way I found myself in the PDP.

So how long are you going to stay in PDP?

I will remain in PDP for as long as it is convenient. The APC is the same with PDP. I used to call them PDP 1 and PDP 2 because almost many of the people in PDP are now in APC and vice versa. For instance, the Number 2 man in PDP who ruled this country for eight years as a vice president is now in APC. If you count all the governors in APC, most of them were at one time or the other were in PDP. You can say so of at least two National Chairmen of PDP now in APC.

You joined politics in 1976 and that idea has still been with you. What exactly is that idea?

My idea is to work for the people. That is the ideology of being a politician to help the needy. When you join politics, you are just like the human rights fighter; you fight for the common man not yourself. So this is my own ideology to help people. When I was a counsellor in 1976, we did not pay much attention to what we could get from the government. In fact, we did not know much about money and acquisition of wealth.

I was only 22 years when I was elected into local government council and I later became the deputy chairman of the local government. Our major concern was how to make the people happy by providing service.

At that time we weren’t looking for money but popularity. We were more interested in doing something for people in the society and to please the people. It was during that time Obasanjo created UBE scheme and I was one of the counsellors in charge of education and we were building primary schools and health centres in the villages. At that time we used to return money allocated to us by the state government at the end of the year because we could not make use of the entire amount allocated to us.

When I was a governor I left almost N12 billion in the treasury. So if I was looking for money at that time when a billion Naira meant a lot of money, I would have stolen that money.

If you were to look back at your tenure of eight years, what would you point out as the most outstanding achievement and what really excites you about that tenure?

A  lot.   If you go to Sokoto, you can see the over 1000 kilometres of roads which I constructed and the numerous educational and health institutions which were done by my administration. When I took over the leadership of the state we had only 30 indigenes that where medical doctors but before I left I produced more than 100 medical doctors. I trained them locally and abroad before leaving office and today they are proud and rendering quality services to Nigerians in Sokoto State.

The people of Sokoto State really love and respect me and that is what gives me joy today. Recently, when they heard that I had been released on bail, they took over the airport to receive me back home. It took me more than an hour to reach home from the airport because of the large number of people who had assembled to receive me.

People came on their own to receive me. When I reached home I met thousands of people waiting to see me. So if I look back to the time when I left office and the love that my people continue to show me, I have enough reasons to thank God.

How best will you advise Mr. President to fight corruption?

Buhari has started well and should be encouraged to do more. He cannot stop the war half way. But he should set up public communication centres to educate or enlighten Nigerians on the dangers of corruption so as to elicit their support, goodwill and understanding for the fight.

Some Nigerians particularly, the opposition, claim that President Buhari is selective in his corruption fight. Wht do you think about that?

What I am saying is that Buhari has just started the fight against corruption and we should give him time and maximum cooperation to win the war and save Nigeria from stagnation and poverty induced by graft. These arrests being made in connection with corruption just started like a month or two ago. We need to give him time for us to see if indeed he is selective or not. It is too early to say that Buhari is selective in the fight against corruption.

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Nigerians, Can We Talk Less And Save More Kids From Dying? By Obinna Ebirim

The death of a child brings a lot of sorrow to the family and community. This is the plight of thousands on Nigerian families every year as UNICEF 2015 report shows that up to 750,000 Nigerian children die before their 5th birthday with about 28% of these deaths caused by vaccine preventable diseases. Vaccines work and save lives. A joint report of the World Health Organization, UNICEF and World Bank on the State of the World’s Vaccines and Immunization avows that about 2.5 million lives are saved globally yearly due to immunization. Also, improved immunization program in Nigeria resulted in 2.7% annual rate of reduction in under-5 mortality rate between 1990-2015, interruption of wild poliovirus transmission in 2015 and delisting from polio endemic countries.

RI financing in Nigeria

Nigeria immunization program faces a huge risk in the coming years with a progressively widening of a fund gap for her immunization program due to increasing birth cohort, cost of new vaccines, inadequate budgetary allocation following dwindling economy (falling price of crude oil which is Nigeria’s key revenue source) and loss of donor funding following Nigeria’s transition out of Gavi support. The country multiyear plan (cMYP) for immunization states that the government of Nigeria will require ($69 million) 13.7 billion naira in 2017, ($110 million) 21.9 billion naira in 2018, ($176 million) 35 billion naira in 2019 and ($205 million) 40.8 billion naira in 2020 to co-finance procurement of vaccines and devices alone. These values in naira were derived using a $1 to 199 naira exchange rate but this is likely to increase as the naira continue to fall against the US dollar. Achieving this co-financing appears unrealistic judging from federal government of Nigeria annual budgetary appropriation for vaccines and devices in the years of oil boom – 2.2 billion naira in 2010, 5 billion naira in 2011, 6 billion naira in 2012, 4.15 billion naira in 2013, 2.156 billion naira in 2014 and 2.615 billion naira in 2015. Certainly, Nigeria requires innovative ideas to fill this fund gap so as not to lose the gains in her immunization program which will in turn lead to more deaths of her citizen.

The National Immunization financing task team (NIFT), mandated by the government of Nigeria to develop a sustainable vaccine financing advocacy strategy and roll out plan, recommended the following if Nigeria is to meet its immunization finance needs; State government should support the federal government in funding vaccine procurement, local vaccine production and establishment of Nigerian Immunization Trust Fund (NIFT) that can draw support from individuals, the private and public sector for Nigerian immunization programs.

John F Kennedy during his inauguration as president of the United States on 20th January, 1961 said, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. Is there anything Nigerians can do to support the government of Nigeria to fill this immunization fund gap? In answering this question, I would rather say that there is a whole lot Nigerians can do to help themselves and save more of their kids from dying from vaccine preventable diseases. Nigerians can talk less and save more kids from dying from vaccine preventable diseases. Data from the Nigerian communication commission website shows that as at November 2015, there were 152,123,172 active mobile and fixed telephone lines in Nigeria. Also, GSMA intelligence analysis in Nigeria revealed a 2012 and 2013 average revenue per user (ARPU) by subscriber of 15 US dollars. This means that an average subscriber in Nigeria spends about 3000 naira (using an exchange rate of 1 US dollars = 199 naira) every month on telephone usage which translates to about 100 naira daily. If all telephone subscribers in Nigeria decides to talk less and contribute just a percent of this amount to the immunization trust fund, we would be generating over 150million naira daily which translates to over N54billion annually. This is beyond government of Nigeria co-financing for 2020.

I am a Nigerian mobile phone user, my monthly call and internet browsing cost is above the estimate quoted in GSMA intelligence analysis. It is my fervent believe that there are many Nigerian telephone users, like me, that are willing to sacrifice their 1 naira talk time everyday just to save a child from dying from vaccine preventable diseases. However, government must implement the recommendation of the National immunization financing task team (NIFT) and establish the Nigerian Immunization Trust Fund (NITF). With Nigerian history of trust funds, a strong legislation is required to ensure that proceeds of this trust fund is not misappropriated but rather used solely for the intent of creation. One (1) naira can be donated by all subscribers in Nigeria upon making their 1st call of the day to save our kids from dying from vaccine preventable diseases and the proceed of these donations are paid into the immunization trust fund. Finally, only men and women of proven integrity must be appointed into the management board of this trust fund. The good news is that with an accountable and transparent immunization trust fund, local vaccine production and other innovative financing ideas, Nigeria will have enough to fund her planned immunization programs and have some leftover funds to introduce anticipated “future vaccines” like that for malaria and HIV/AIDS – a key intervention that is needed if we must eradicate these two diseases that have remained a scourge in Nigeria.

Dr. Obinna Ebirim

Research Associate and Advocacy Consultant, Direct Consulting and Logistics.

Consultant for International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) projects in Nigeria.

Dr. Obinna E. C. Ebirim
Research Associate, DCL.
Consulting for International Vaccine Access Centre (IVAC)

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O ye Nigerians, Cry! By Abdul-Azeez, Burhan Olaitan

Ostensibly, talking about leaders and governance Nigeria is grossly unfortunate. Though blessed with abundant means to prosperity, devil-agents are the ones who rose to leadership positions among us that upon assuming power, they turn themselves into monstrously greedy self-seekers and destroyers of their own land and people.

Governance, said to be a social contract between the elected and the electorate; incorporating sets of rules and laws that govern a society; guaranteeing equal rights and opportunities to every citizen irrespective of his or her economic or social status; and specifying the roles and responsibilities, which require the exhibition of ethical behaviour that demand transparency and accountability of citizens and government officials – elected or appointed. Nevertheless, when the elected indulges in corruption in preference to upholding the social contract, governance fails in its purpose and responsibilities, as has been the sad story with Nigeria. Hence there has been failure of governance in a nation that abundantly flourishes in huge wealth of finest natural and human resources quantifiably measured in comparison with the wealthiest nation on earth.

It is a basic social responsibility of governance to deliver social infrastructural amenities to enhance citizens’ wellbeing and alleviate their standard of life. To deny a people the comfort of life is nothing but a hideous crime against humanity and God. On this note, if you join them in saying that cases of Dasuki, Metuh, Dokpesi, Allison-Madueke and every other person who personalized our national cake is a witch-hunt, I have reported you to Ogun (god of iron) and Sango (god of thunder). If I have reported you to Christ, he may forgive you.

What exists in Nigeria I could say, is a government of irresponsibility, and this irresponsibility could not be portrayed more as reflected on state of roads that have become death traps to motorists; dual carriage highways have been turned into single-lanes because motorist avert bad spots, such as the Port Harcourt to Enugu, the Lagos to Benin, and many more. What motorists see on these roads are occasional patchy works, which are broken soon completed, thereby making the patch work a never-ending activity and financial pipeline of stealing the borrowed monies.

The Nigerian government is concern about how much to borrow and how much to loot through spurious contracts that leave Nigeria pegged in a debt hole. I see a nation where stealing and looting is the main objective of going into politics that even when the treasury has been suckle-dried; they borrow money from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, etc, just to steal.

Families, in daily occurrence, lose their loved ones and breadwinners to road accidents and armed robberies on these roads, yet regime after regime remain insensitive to the heartbeat of the suffering of the people. For your conscience, another casualty of a failed state under your watch is that of Doyin Sarah Fagbenro, the 25year old Nigerian lady who spent twenty-three of her years in the United Kingdom, upon concluding her First and Second Degrees in Law she decided to return permanently to Nigeria. But Nigeria killed her on the Lekki/Ajah expressway around the Lekki Phase1 some weeks after she returned. She was a great potential.

Let us check through the history of the world, there would have been countries warned frequently and persistently about their impending collapse as Nigeria is being warned. Both at home and in the Diaspora, very many persons, ranging from statesmen, intellectuals, journalists, diplomats, historians, ordinary people like Donald Trump, etc, so many people with goodwill who are interested in Nigeria’s well-being and success are warning, emphasizing and re-emphasizing that Nigeria could soon disintegrate all in the name of ‘leadership of corruption’. Unhappily, the men and women who guide the Nigeria ship chose to ignore all these warnings. They are determined to continue managing the affairs of their country in their accustomed destructive-ways. It looks like a huge and malevolent force had grappled Nigeria in its grip, pushing and pulling Nigeria through an evil whirlwind towards some sort of predetermined cataclysm!

Mahatma Gandhi could not have thought less of Nigerian society in his philosophical mind when he warns against “seven social sins”, namely: politics without principle, wealth without work, commerce without morality, pleasure without ‘conscience, education without character, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice’. According to Gandhi, corruption triumphs where these sins exist. So has been with Nigeria where politicians throw morality to the dogs and cover faces with pig’s shame in competition for who loots more in a system of ‘lootocracy’.

In the background of all our lives as Nigerians these days, the unbelievable drama of influential Nigerians raping and degrading Nigeria goes surrealistic. It is as if we Nigerians are a sub-human or sub-species of the human-species, incapable of recognizing, appreciating or desiring the higher values of human life, and confidently absorbed in snatching at, scrambling for, whatever is low and degrading, and only appetite-satisfying, in the making of man. Because our leaders and rulers are too busy salivating at the sight of the enormous cash flowing daily from our revenues, and too engrossed in schemes for stealing the money, they have no room for concern for the destruction of this country that is growing up daily.

Funnily enough, Olisa Metuh, alleged of stealing of country’s money was brought to court handcuffed, then it was we poor masses that started crucifying President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of ethnic bigotry, have we lost our senses? When shall we start looking at things with a perspective of “One Nigeria”? So, it’s now a thief that determines how he should be dressed and addressed? Even in the history of Slavery, the slave that threatens hid lord is always being given a special attention, he’s always being chained.

Where are the rights and liberty of Nigerians? Have Nigerians been intimidated to the point of “zombie” mentality that they do not question unethical acts? Why must Nigerians be frightened like caged animals to speak out or protest for their God given human rights? Sadly, the people have unfaithfully accepted that life is nothing but worthy of living in crawling poverty and crippling diseases – the notion of fear and defeat.

Nigerian citizens must be responsible for their development and wellbeing in order to attain freedom and dignity. Citizens must be willing to stand up to reclaim the worth of their life that has been inhumanly shattered. The solution to corruption cannot be found in never-ending prayers without works, but in actions of citizens that reawaken their faith in themselves to bring about change that would reset the tide of corruption that rapidly destroys a people and a continent. A people may be politically oppressed and deprived of freedom and liberty to share in equal opportunities of the wealth of their nations, and economically inflicted with poverty, but when filled with rage of emotions for change the demand for good governance and freedom from dust bowl of poverty spring within ball of fire for change, so is true of social revolutions taking place in various countries across the world – from east of Europe in the heartland of the Baltic to north of Africa in the fringes of the Mediterranean.

Above all, we commoners’ must begin a march to save the country so that their children’s children will eventually have a remnant piece of a landmark to pledge allegiance to as a country. We must recognize the fundamental truth that development depends on good governance. May the labour of our heroes past never be in vain!

To me, there is any valid question in saying that President Muhammadu Buhari would bring about the ‘change’ he promised? Would he get our money back from its looters or that Nigeria would regain its lost glories soon? I refuse to be fooled you know, repeated examples have shown that government does not have good intent for probe panels; it is only a smoke screen to appease the masses when outcry against corporate corruption becomes loudest. The big question is how different Nigerian people will respond this time. O ye Nigerians, Cry! Our hands aren’t beggars’ bowls, but owners’ bags and purses! O ye Nigerians, Cry!

Lastly and off-context, I would love to say that former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan may receive all the awards in the world, but the fact that he is not returning to lead Nigeria gives me joy, hope and peace of mind. I mean, the main aim of going into politics should be to influence our communities and country positively; not to make money or allow people make money.

 

By: ABDUL-AZEEZ, Burhan Olaitan

(300-Level, History and International Studies, University of Ilorin)

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Gov. Fayose Challenges Lai Mohammed To Name 55 Nigerians That Stole N1.34tr

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed to make public names of the 15 former governor and 55 Nigerians that he claimed stole N1.34 trillion between 2006 and 2013 or keep his mouth shut permanently.

He said; “The reality is that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government has destroyed the economy within eight months in power and rather than look for solutions to the problems facing Nigeria, Lai Mohammed and his cohorts are branding bogus figures about stolen money just to cover up their lack of solution to the country’s economic problems.”

The governor, who also described as disgraceful, bringing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh to court in handcuff, said; “Even the masterminds of Mandala and Nyanya bomb blasts, Kabiru Sokoto and Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche were not handcuffed when they were arraigned in court.”

In a release issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said it was funny that close to one year after it won the presidential election, the President Mohammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government was still operating as if it was campaigning for votes.

The governor said; “They are turning governance to Nollywood, such that when one movie is about to end, they release another one. As it appears that the $2.1 billion arms deal movie is getting to an end, Lai Mohammed introduced another movie titled; N1.34 trillion loot.

“Unfortunately for them this time around, Nigerians have become tired of watching the Federal Government movies, they now want reality. Nigerians are now aware of the scam in the $2.1 billion arms deal movie having seen that the amount those already charged to court were charged with is not more than N10 billion and $2.1 billion is over N600 billion.

“Therefore, Lai Mohammed must either tell Nigerians details of the 15 former governors and 55 people that he claimed stole N1.34 trillion, where the stolen money is kept and bring back the money or apologise to Nigerians for lying.”

While describing the persistent claim by the federal government that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) destroyed Nigeria for 16 years as hypocritical, Governor Fayose said Nigerians must begin to ask which party majority of those presently ruling the country under the APC government were between 1999 and 2014.

“Majority of those who ran the Federal Government between 1999 and 2003 under the PDP are in the APC government today. President, vice president, ministers, governors, senators and House of Reps members who were part of the PDP government are now in APC. Yet, APC keeps telling Nigerians that PDP ruined the country. This hypocrisy must stop,” he said.

The governor, who insisted that due process of the law must be followed in fighting corruption, noted that disobedience to court orders itself is a criminal offence that is more grievous than corruption.

He said no amount of harassment and intimidation will silence opposition in the country, saying President Buhari and his men should rather get used to the reality that opposition must exist in a democracy.

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We’ll Arrest More Powerful Nigerians Soon, Says EFCC Boss Ibrahim Magu

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, today said that more influential Nigerians would soon be arrested to face prosecution.

Magu, who made the disclosure during a forum with online and broadcast media managers, in Abuja, said since his appointment as acting chairman of the EFCC, he had undertaken the re-ordering of the agency’s priorities for effective implementation of its mandate.

According to him, “The effect of this, which is obvious for all to see, is the investigation, arrest and prosecution of some of the most powerful forces in Nigeria, who have questions to answer on their stewardship whilst in office.

“A former National Security Adviser, former ministers, former governors, serving and retired military men, a media mogul and several others, are among those we have called to answer critical questions concerning the management of our commonwealth.

“As we speak, many more influential Nigerians are on the radar of the EFCC and, in the coming weeks, they would have their days in court and Nigerians will be kept fully abreast of the results of our investigations.”

The EFCC boss said in carrying out the mandate of the commission, he has been guided by the “fear of God, national interest and the rule of law”.

Mr. Magu said apart from bringing corrupt public officers to justice, the EFCC under his leadership is determined, in line with the stance of the current administration under President Muhammadu Buhari to send “unmistakable message” to everyone, that no Nigerian shall be regarded as above the law or treated as sacred cow as far as the fight against corruption is concerned.

The EFCC chairman, however, said the commission cannot succeed in carrying out its mandate without the support of the media. He said the EFCC already has the support of all relevant bodies and organizations.

He said he held a meeting with the president on Wednesday, and that the message from Mr. Buhari was nothing but total support for the agency.

“By far more inspirational is the political will of Mr. President to fight corruption. This unbending will, which some now call body language has given the needed traction to the anti-graft campaign,” he said.

Mr. Magu said Mr. Buhari’s resolve to fight corruption in Nigeria was underlined by his comments during his maiden media chat last Wednesday where he swore not to spare anyone found to be corrupt.

Mr. Magu quoted the president as saying, “I don’t …tolerate corruption. When I was Head of State, I didn’t put anybody above the law. At this time, I assure you, I will not put anybody above the law… If anyone is caught, I will not only sack (him or her) but will ensure that the case is taken to court”.

He added that the president’s resolve is complemented by that of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, who, during the last All Nigerian Judges’ Conference, declared unwavering support for the war on corruption.

He added that at that same judges conference, Mr. Buhari expressed the concern of the Nigerian people for the undue delays experienced in the trial of corruption suspects.

The judiciary, he said, has responded with some practical steps in the form of the designation of selected courts to try EFCC cases and some practice directions.

“We believe that when holistically and effectively put into practice, the measures would drastically cut the time corruption cases spend in court before Nigerians know whether the accused is guilty as charged or innocent of the crime.

“As a Commission, the EFCC is very determined to put into productive effect, the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, (ACJA), 2015. This law, which has been rightly labeled a legal “revolution,” by none other than Professor Itse Sagay, chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption, could not have come at a better time than now, when Nigerians are yearning for justice.

“On the part of the EFCC, I can assure you that the effect of our even more penetrating investigations and commitment to rid Nigeria of all forms of corruption and economic and financial crimes can –and will continue to be– seen from the cases we take to court for trial,” he said.

Mr. Magu also responded to comments from participants at the forum that a lot of Nigerians have a feeling that the ongoing war against corruption appears targeted at members of the opposition. He said by his orientation, he has nothing to with politics and is therefore, not doing the bidding of a political party.

“Such accusations have come up a lot, but, we work with petitions before us, in fact, I am eager and waiting for something from the other side, but nothing has come so far,” he said. Mr. Magu also said he had never been a fan of plea bargaining, adding however that he works within the laws of the land.

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New Year, New Expectations: APYF Felicitate With Nigerians

As Nigeria and the world said goodbye to 2015 – an eventful year that positively redefined our nation’s perspective on democracy and upgraded our country to the level of political maturity – and ushered in the second part of the first quarter of the Millennium, the Youth Forum (APYF) wish you all a Happy New Year as we begin the journey of 2016 together.

Individually, many of us mark the beginning of every new year as turning points in our lives. As a country that recently secured the change that we sought for many years by sheer determination and hard work, we must see this New Year as a collective turning point and opportunity to rally our minds and efforts towards building a New Nigeria that works for everyone.

Our consciousness and focus in 2016 must be premised on the future prosperity of Nigeria to surpass the Nigeria of the past and the present. We have our work cut out for us. All of us: everyday-citizens and duly-elected and/or appointed politicians.

And yes, although our roles in furthering the Nigerian project might differ and our methods towards achieving a better Nigeria might not always be the same, all of us must play a part in the development of our nation.

Across our political aisles we must build bridges to solve the problems of our commonwealth. Political bickering, posturing and divisive politics of exploitation should come to an end for all our sakes.

Across generations, we must begin to blur the generational divides that have often limited our country in the past. 2016 should be the year that the energy and ingenuity of our youth, must be complemented with the wisdom and maturity of our elders and vice-versa.

In 2016, we have the opportunity as a country to state collectively that although we our proud of our diversity, we our stronger in our unity. Hence, the ethnic and religious dissimilarities that exist in our nation must be seen by all as one of the greatest strengths of our nation, not a stumbling block to our united sovereignty.

This year is ours for the taking. Greatness awaits us if we work together. A bright future is on the horizon for Nigeria – but we must all play our part to actualize it.

Happy New Year once again. May the Almighty bless you, may He, in his infinite mercies, grace our understanding and bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Signed:

Barr. Ismaeel Ahmed

Chairman,APYF
Member, APC BoT?

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Please Pray For Buhari, Fayose Begs Nigerians

Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has called on Nigerians to pray specially for President Mohammadu Buhari; saying; “The President needs God to give him the necessary wisdom to be able to find solution to the country’s economic and security problems.”

The governor also challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed to relocate to Sambisa in Borno State or Yobe and move around there without heavy military security if indeed he was sure that Boko Haram had been defeated.

Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said; “only God’s intervention can save Nigeria from the present economic and security problems as it is glaring that the man running the affairs of the country at the federal level does not have any answer to the problems.”

He said; “Even the Holy Bible said in James 1:5 that if anyone lacks wisdom, he should ask God and as it is, Nigerians must assist the President in asking for wisdom and understanding to tackle the country’s economic and security problems before Nigeria is further plunged into more woes with the federal government’s decision to borrow N2.2 Trillion, which translates to N6.066 billion per day to finance the 2016 Budget.”

He described the Federal Government’s announced reduction of petrol pump price from N87 to N85 per litre as a continuation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government’s governance by deceit, saying; “Even secondary school students of economics know that you cannot deregulate and regulate at the same time.”

The governor said; “it is only in a confused and clueless economy that government will plan to spend more when revenue has reduced by more than 50 percent.” Governor Fayose, who maintained that petrol will not sell below N100 per litre in 2016, added that; “Even now that the price is N87 and subsidy is yet to be removed, Nigerians are buying at between N130 and N300 per litre. What will now happen when they remove subsidy and allow market forces to determine the price?”

The governor described claimed by the Information Minister that Boko Haram insurgents had been defeated as strange, saying; “Nigerians will only take the minister serious if he relocates to either Sambisa in Borno State or Yobe State and stay there till the end of March, next year without heavy military security.”

He said; “To show their level of confusion, two days after the Minister of Information declared that Boko Haram had been defeated, President Buhari said the government would persuade Boko Haram to abandon their fight. One then wonders how the same Boko Haram insurgents Lai Mohammed said were already defeated will have to be persuaded to abandon their fight.

“Interestingly, the same Boko Haram that Lai Mohammed said had been defeated reported attacked Kimba village in Gur ward of Biu Local Government Area of Borno State yesterday night. Therefore, the Information Minister must show Nigerians how peaceful Borno and Yobe States have become after the defeat of Boko Haram by relocating to either Sambisa, Maiduguri or Yobe.”

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Don’t Insult Buhari, PDP Urges Nigerians

The Peoples Democratic Party has urged Nigerians to use this year’s Eid-El-Maulud and Christmas to offer special prayers for the unity and stability of the nation as well as recommit their individual and collective security and economic welfare into the hands of God.

The PDP said the special prayers became essential as the nation is now, more than ever before in dire need of divine intervention, especially as citizens cope with the sudden hardship occasioned by poor management of the nation’s economy in the last seven months.

The party, in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, on Thursday said the two important celebrations, coming at this trying time, offered the citizens an opportunity to put aside every political, religious and ethnic differences and unite against their prevailing common challenges.

“Nigerians across board have in the last few weeks been recalling the campaign promises made by President Buhari and the APC, particularly, their December 24, 2014 Christmas message wherein they promised several reforms and welfare programmes that will, in their own words, ‘begin to positively impact on the citizenry within its (APC) first few months at the helm, to such an extent that Nigerians will have a better Christmas celebration in 2015’.

“Whilst we understand the indignation, frustration and disappointments occasioned by the long list of unfulfilled promises and dashed expectations under the current regime (and justifiably so), we urge that Nigerians should not recourse to hauling insults on the President as such would not bring the succour they seek.

“The challenges we face today as a nation should not make us lose our dignity and demureness as a people. They should not make us miss the essence and meanings of Eid-El-Maulud and Christmas and the divine succour they bring, especially the assurance that there is always an end to every negative situation.

“The PDP therefore calls on all Nigerians to use the occasions to reflect on those things that bind us together as a nation; show love to one another and commit the nation into Gods’ hands, even as we charge the political class to be conscious of divine accountability in all their dealings.

“On this note, the Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, on behalf of the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC), wishes all Nigerians joyful Eid-El-Maulud and Christmas celebrations,” the party said.

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20 Things Nigerians May Experience Under Buhari In 2016- Ayo Fayose

Fellow Nigerians, I want you to take note of the followings that will unavoidably happen under the Buhari-led government in 2016.

1. Workers Strike: There will be so much industrial unrest, especially in the first quarter of the year.

2. Subsidy: There will be removal of fuel subsidy and petrol (PMS) will sell over and above N100/litre, leaving the masses in more serious hardship. Product will not be available and long queue in petrol stations will persist throughout the first quarter of 2016 and beyond.

3. Electricity: Power generation will drop to the lowest ebb. Still, Federal Government will increase tariff in 2016.

4. Unemployment: Millions of jobs will be lost in 2016 as against the three million jobs promised by the APC yearly. Most States and Federal Government will retrench workers as evident in the over 2,000 Federal University workers already sacked.

5. Economic Policy: Most private owned middle-class businesses will fold up because of bad economic policies of the Buhari-led government.

6. Devaluation: The Naira will continue to have a free fall which will take it to as low as N320 to one Dollar.

7. Economy: The Buhari-led FG will have no solution to country’s economic problems.

8. Security: Boko Haram will keep spreading and the Shiite Muslims will get more emboldened.

9. Human Rights: Penchant for dictatorship will rise with rampant human rights abuses and disobedience to court orders.

10. Anti-Corruption: Insincerity in the fight against corruption will continue and the fight will not only be selective and political, but

targeted more at Southerners.

11. Elections: Attempt to forcefully control any of the South South States of Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Bayelsa by the APC will lead to

unprecedented deaths.

12. Economy: Crude oil price will fall to below and about $30 per barrel.

13. Anti-Press Laws: The masses, especially men of the media profession will rise against the FG’s plot to deny Nigerians of their rights to freedom of expression. There will wide condemnations by Nigerians and the International community against President Buhari’s human rights abuses and disobedience to court orders.

14. Polity: Renewed efforts will be made to remove Senator Bukola Saraki as the Senate President; this will not only fail, but will heat the polity.

15. Hardships: Nigerians will experience more hardships. The President himself attested to this (THE SUN newspaper Tuesday, December 15, 2015). This obviously negates the change Nigerians voted for.

16. Elections: Plot by the APC to take control of at least one South South State will lead to death of many people. Particularly, rerun elections in Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States will cause many deaths.

17. Corruption: Halliburton scam may be revisited in 2016.

18. Kogi State: Court will sack Governor-Elect, Yahaya Bello.

19. Bayelsa State: Governor Seriake Dickson will win the supplementary election. Taraba State: Governor Darius Ishaku will be victorious at the Court.

20. Politics: There will be subtle political alignment and realignment before the end of the year ahead of 2019 elections.

Ayo Fayose

Governor, Ekiti State

ekitigov2014@gmail.com

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