Statement By President Buhari On The Postponement Of General Elections By INEC

I am deeply disappointed that despite the long notice given and our preparations both locally and internationally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) postponed the Presidential and National Assembly elections within hours of its commencement.

Many Nigerians have traveled to various locations to exercise their right to vote, and international observers are gathered.

INEC themselves have given assurances, day after day and almost hour after hour that they are in complete readiness for the elections. We and all our citizens believed them.

This administration has ensured that we do not interfere in any way with the work of INEC except to ensure that all funds were released to the commission.

We now urge INEC to ensure not only that materials already distributed are safe and do not get into wrong hands, but that everything is done to avoid the lapses that resulted in this unfortunate postponement, and ensure a free and fair election on the rescheduled dates.

While I reaffirm my strong commitment to the independence, neutrality of the electoral umpire and the sanctity of the electoral process and ballot, I urge all political stakeholders and Nigerians to continue to rally round INEC at this trying national moment in our democratic journey.

I, therefore, appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from all civil disorder and remain peaceful, patriotic and united to ensure that no force or conspiracy derail our democratic development.

I have decided to move back to Abuja to ensure that the 14.00 hrs meeting called by INEC with all stakeholders is successful.

Muhammadu Buhari

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Tijjaniya Movement Tells Its Followers Nationwide To Vote For President Buhari

The Tijjanniya group, another major Islamic sect with millions of followers across Nigeria and beyond, has endorsed the candidature of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari.

The spokesperson of the group, who is also the chairman of SUFI (Stand Up For Integrity) movement of the Tijjanniya, Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, announced the group’s endorsement of the president’s re-election bid in the Feb. 16 presidential election.

The Tijjanni endorsement came barely a month after a major Islamic group, the Jama’atul Izalatul Bidi’a Waikamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS), one of the largest Islamic societies in Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon, had endorsed President Buhari for a second term in office.

Dr Ibrahim Jalo Jalingo, the Leader of the committee of preachers of the JIBWIS , had on Jan. 11, at a Colloquium in Jimeta, Yola, announced the adoption of the president for the Feb. 16 presidential elections.

Ahmed-Rufai explained that the group resolved to endorse President Buhari because he had been tested and could be trusted for another four years in office.

He said: “At times likes this, people of goodwill must rise to the clarion call to command what is good and abhor evil. A time when Nigeria is presented with a choice of who can be entrusted with the leadership of this great country.

“Thank God, we are old enough and informed enough to know the antecedents of Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari, and his character traits.

“We bear witness that he is a Man of Integrity and a National Patriot, the likes of whom are few in Nigeria of today amongst the past and present leaders.

“Prior to his ascension as the Civilian President in 2015, Nigeria was a Pariah Nation and a laughing stock amongst the committee of Nations. Despite the huge resources that accrued to the nation, the Government of then was known for its uncommon crave for corruption and ineptitude.

“Little wonder then why for the first time, a sitting President was convincingly defeated, despite the incumbency privileges.’’

According to him, a new foundation is being laid, new values for accountability and good governance are being instituted and a new economy based on the non-oil sector is gradually taking the center stage under the Buhari administration.

He further noted that the scourge of insecurity and kidnapping was being tackled and militancy had been brought under control, while Boko haram, which previously controlled 14 local government areas in the North-East had been degraded, with no single area now under them.

Ahmed-Rufai also noted that labour-related crises were being resolved and the “GDP growth is very encouraging’’.

He further observed that a brand new Cancer Center at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) had been completed and inaugurated in Lagos.

“With eight million tons of harvest as at today, Nigeria is the largest producer of maize in Africa; this figure is bound to increase as more people takes to farming.

“Indeed contribution of agriculture to non-oil GDP is in excess of N240billion,’’ he added. He commended the Buhari administration for the completion of the Abuja – Kaduna; Itakpe – Warri; Lagos – Abeokuta  and the Abuja metro railway projects,  adding that “the rail lines are coming and Nigerians are connecting again.’’

Ahmed-Rufai also expressed delight over the way and manner the Buhari administration was tackling the problem of corruption in the country, saying that “surgery is ongoing in the fight against Corruption.

“The untouchables are feeling the heat, convictions are being obtained and a number of them are behind bars, while a lot are fugitives in foreign lands, running away from home where they once held sway.

“Corruption is a virus and a plague and we all must fight against it,  alongside with President Buhari.’’

He said: “On the strength of the above, arising from the need to consolidate on the achievements of the president, we, the adherents of the Tijjaniya SUFI order nationwide hereby declare our total commitment to the re-election of President Buhari, come Feb. 16, 2019.

“We equally call on all Nigerians voters to cast their votes for Mr. President to guarantee a future for our country, while laying a good foundation that our children can be proud of.”

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Senator Ashafa Conducts Mega Door To Door Campaign For President Buhari In Lagos

The Senator representing Lagos East at the Senate and a member of the Election Planning and Monitoring Directorate of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, on Monday 10th February, 2019 in conjunction with the leadership and members of the Magodo Residents Association, conducted a door to door campaign in support of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The campaign exercise which had a large turnout of residents and party faithful was geared towards sensitizing the Members of the Magaodo Residents Association on the need to re-elect the Buhari/Osinbajo APC Ticket as well as all National Assembly Candidates in Lagos East. The exercise also doubled as the launching of a compendium of Bills Signed into Law by President Muhammadu Buhari in the past 42 months.

While speaking at the occasion, Ashafa stated that the APC had always recorded victory in the Magodo Shangisha, Isheri and Ikosi axis as well as across Lagos East Senatorial district, however they still felt the need to go all out in order to leave no stone unturned.

In his words “This morning in conjunction with the Magodo Residents Association, we have decided to embark on this door to door campaign across Magodo Shangisha to galvanize our support-base and sensitize the residents on how to make sure their votes count and take us to the Next Level by supporting both President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.”

Speaking further, the Senator Noted that “Over the course of past election cycles, we have always retained the confidence and trust of the electorate around this axis of Magodo Shangisha, Ikosi, Isheri and indeed across Lagos East. Notwithstanding, we  have decided to come out once again to ensure that we leave no stone unturned as we prepare for victory come Saturday, 16th of February, 2019. We have given more materials to our supporters who have joined us today from all over Lagos East Senatorial District, to ensure that they replicate this exercise in their own areas.

As he concluded, the Senator noted that the compendium which was being launched shows the sound and professional working relationship between the Executive Arm and the Legislative Arm under the Buhari Presidency and stated that it was this relationship that guaranteed the unprecedented signing of over 60 Acts of parliament by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The compendium of bills signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari which was also compiled by Senator Gbenga Ashafa, contained over 60 bills which the president had assented to in the past 42 months.

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Stand Up For Integrity Canvasses Support For President Buhari

At times Likes this, people of good will must rise to the clarion call to command what is good and abhor evil; a time when Nigeria is presented with a choice of who can be entrusted with the leadership of this great country.

Thank God, we are old enough and informed enough to know the antecedents of Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari and his character traits. We bear witness that he is a Man of integrity and a National Patriot, the like of whom are few in Nigeria of today amongst the past and present leaders. 


Prior to his ascension as the Civilian President in 2015, Nigeria was a Pariah Nation and a laughing stock amongst committee of Nations. Despite the huge resources that accrued to the Nation, the Government of then was known for uncommon crave for corruption and ineptitude. Little wonder then why for the first time, a sitting President was convincingly defeated despite the incumbency privileges.

Indeed, a new foundation is being laid, new values for accountability and good governance is being instituted and a new economy based on non-oil sector is gradually taking the center stage. The scourge of insecurity and kidnapping is being tackled and militancy is under control. Boko haram previously controlled 14 LGA areas in north-west but have none anywhere now in the north west. Labour related crises are being resolved and the GDP growth is very encouraging.

Brand new Cancer Center at LUTH completed  and commissioned in Lagos, a new day in the treatment of cancer in Nigeria, as early detection enhances cure.

With 8million tons of harvest as at today is the largest producer of maize in Africa, this figure is bound to increase as more people takes to farming. Indeed contribution of agriculture to non-oil GDP is in excess of N240billion.

President Muhammadu Buhari has completed : ABUJA – KADUNA ITAKPE – WARRI LAGOS – ABEOKUTA ABEOKUTA – IBADAN ABUJA METRO, while work has progressed extensively on the Lagos Ibadan axis which will be extended to Kano, The rails are coming and Nigerians are connecting again.

With Anchor borrowers programme, Tradermoni low interest loan, and Npower,PMB has continued to use the little resources to build  a new economy and empower the poorest of the Poor in their millions.

Surgery is ongoing in the figth agaist Corruption. The untouchables are feeling the heat, conviction are being obtained and a number of them are behind bars while a lot are fugitives in foreign land, runing away from home where they onces hold sway. Corruption is a virus and  a plague and we all must fight against it along side with President Muhammadu Buhari.

On the strength of the above, arising from the need to consolidate on the achievements of PMB, we the adherents of the Tijania SUFI order Nationwide hereby declare our total commitment to the re election of PMB come 16th Feb 2019.

We equally call on All Nigerians Voters to cast their vote for Mr. President to guarantee a future for our Country while laying a good foundation that our children can be proud of.

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Only Selfish Elders Would Endorse Atiku, Says Arewa Progressive Initiative

The attention of Arewa Progressives Initiative (API) has been drawn to a news item earlier today announcing the endorsement of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by a detachment of self-acclaimed elders drawn from the North, East, West, Niger Delta and the Middle Belt.

While we acknowledge that this sort of hurried endorsement, such as the one given by the ‘elders’ hardly have any effect on the electoral outcome, considering that the candidate of the same PDP was endorsed by the same elders in 2015 without any reasonable outcome; we however consider it necessary to give our views on the endorsement, if only to expose the selfishness of our so-called elders.

It is a fact of life that when people attained old age, they think less of the future and think more of what they could get at the moment before they finally take a bow. We understand the desperation of our ‘elders’ to make as much money as they can, especially during election season. So it is not at all surprising that they have endorsed a man who has plenty dollars, a significant portion of which was corruptly amassed, to throw around.

What is patently shocking is that our ‘elders’ claimed that having compared the credentials of the leading candidates; Atiku “possessed integrity to take the nation out of the wood”.

How anyone, least of all people who are regarded as elders, would even think of adorning a character like Alhaji Atiku with the toga of INTEGRITY beats imagination. But we understand that money buys everything in Nigeria, even undeserved names and appellations.

However, the good news, despite the disappointing conduct of our ‘elders’ is that the majority of voters (96.31% of the total 84 million voters) who are expected to vote in the 2019 elections are those who understand that tomorrow is important.

A large percentage of the Nigerian voters would rather that President Muhammadu Buhari carefully plan and prepare a glorious future for them and their children; rather than live to see a government that would fritter Nigeria’s commonwealth in a bid to keep a President and his friends happy like the PDP candidate already promised.

Thankfully, even if the ‘elders’ expect to benefit from the free looting that would no doubt take place under an Atiku presidency, the chance of that happening is slim; considering that they constitute a staggering minority of the voting populace.

Anyone who seeks to understand how selfish and self-centered our ‘elders’ are, especially those of them from the north, need not ask too much questions. He only need to ask these ‘elders’ to state just any two major projects they have facilitated or negotiated on behalf of their different regions from 1999 to date. All they are concerned with is to secure appointment for their families and relatives; or get money and contracts. They are less concerned about the welfare of Nigerians or other issues that relate to the general good of the people.

This is why a President Muhammadu Buhari who is doing everything humanly possible to build infrastructures that would quicken the steps of Nigeria towards growth and development would never enjoy their endorsement, whatever its worth.

This is a president that within three years has completed the Taraba power project; approved the Mambilla power project which is only awaiting the NEXIM funding to kickstart; commissioned the first ever northern oil well in Bauchi and opened up exploration in four other frontier Basins of Lake Chad, Gongola, Anambra, Sokoto and Bida; initiated an ongoing hydro power project in Niger State; built the Baro port in the north; granted approval for three modular refineries; completed the long awaited Kano-Jigawa-Damaturu-Borno expressway; undertakes the laying of Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline; undertakes the reconstruction Abuja-Kaduna-Kano road; among other lofty projects aimed at resetting Nigeria and returning it to the path of progress and shared prosperity envisioned by its founding fathers. But all these meant nothing to the ‘elders’, as long as President Buhari would not share appointments and throw money around.

While we acknowledge the choice made by the ‘elders’ to be greedy, despite all they have benefited from this country in their prime; we also reserve the rights to take our future in our hands. As young people who constitute the largest representation of the voting populace; we would use our votes to retain President Buhari in office beyond 2019 in order to complete the onerous task of redirecting this nation away from mismanagement and avarice that the ‘elders’ obviously prefer.

This election that comes up in a fortnight would be very decisive, and it would be the very end to all those who wish that Nigeria should only function to take care of their needs and desires. And we won’t need any endorsement from ‘elders’, but from God and the Nigerian electorate, to make this happen God willing.

Signed:

Alwan Hassan
Coordinator,
Arewa Progressive Initiative.

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Ganduje: President Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War Remains On Course – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed claims that his association with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has diminished his commitment to the war against corruption.

The Presidency in a statement Thursday said that there is a difference between perception and reality.

According to the statement, which followed comments after the proclamation by President Buhari of Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, at a rally in Kano, the presidency cited a number of high profile prosecution of senior government officials that a former Secretary to the Government and a former state governor who is a party member and now serving term in jail as indications of will and determination to wage the anti-corruption war without fear or favour.

It also added that the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, is currently on administrative leave as part of President Buhari’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

The statement explained that despite some of the suspects being close to the President, he had not shielded them from investigation, administrative suspensions and prosecution.

The Presidency added that it is sheer mischief to suggest that President Buhari is shielding anybody because of their closeness to him, explaining that no official under this administration would go unpunished once they break the law.

On the specific issue of Governor Ganduje of Kano State, the statement noted that Dr. Ganduje, as a sitting Governor, enjoys immunity from prosecution in his own right. Furthermore, under Nigerian laws, a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

In the circumstances, the matter is in court and the President has no power to dictate to the court or the Kano State House of Assembly, which is already investigating the matter, about what to do with the allegations against Ganduje.

The Presidency added that it is unfair to ignore the larger picture of the President’s major successes in the war against corruption, including blocking leakages of corruption, which in turn, boosted government revenues.

The statement challenged President Buhari’s critics to prove that those facing corruption allegations are innocent, adding that the President’s zero tolerance for corruption has boosted and remarkably improved Nigeria’s image in the eyes of world leaders.

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Buhari Obeys CCT’s Order To Suspend Justice Onnoghen

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, over an alleged false assets declaration charges.

President Buhari, who announced the suspension on Friday, stated that he acted based on an order from the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on January 23, 2019.

A copy of the order read “the Defendant/Respondent (Justice Onnoghen) to step aside as the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the Chairman of the National Judicial Council over allegations of contravening the provisions of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act Cap C15 Laws of the Federation 2004 pending the determination of the Motion on Notice dated 10th day of January 2019.

“An interim order of the Honourable Tribunal directing the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to take all necessary measures to swear-in the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman National Judicial Council in order to prevent a vacuum in the Judicial Arm of government pending the determination of the Motion on notice,” the order read.

President Buhari, in his speech announcing the suspension said: “Although the allegations in the petition are grievous enough in themselves, the security agencies have since then traced other suspicious transactions running into millions of dollars to the CJN’s personal accounts, all undeclared or improperly declared as required by law.”

Recall that Justice Onnoghen was recently embroiled in allegations of fraudulent assets declaration and some undeclared amounts in his accounts.

According to a report by The Nation newspaper, detectives found “suspicious” transactions, including an $800,000 Standard Chartered Bank investment subscription.

Also found is $630,000 lodged in some of the accounts through what is described as “structured payments” in tranches of $10,000 each.

Most of the lodgments, effected between 2012 and 2016, were undeclared in Justice Onnoghen’s assets declaration form.

In the meantime, President Buhari has sworn-in the next most senior judge at the Supreme Court, Tanko Mohammed, as the new acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The new Acting CJN was sworn-in a while ago at the State House in Abuja.

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Buhari Suspends Onnoghen, Swears In Mohammed As Acting CJN

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the Chief Justice of Nigeira (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, pending the completion of his trial at the Code of Condcut Tribunal.

President Buhari announced the suspension at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja today.

He said the suspension followed the order of the CCT directing him to suspend Onnoghen, pending the completion of his trial.

The President has swore in Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed as the acting CJN. Mohammed who hails from Bauchi state is the most senior justice of the Supreme Court.

Daily Trust

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Buhari Ushers New Life For The Disabled

Persons with disabilities in Nigeria now have a new lease of life with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent to the long-delayed Discrimination against persons with disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018 during the week.

The new law will henceforth criminalise common discrimination against persons with disabilities in the country. 

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), in a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, hailed the new development, paying tribute to President Muhammadu Buhari and his Administration for getting the law off the ground after its frustration by the Obasanjo and Jonathan governments.

The organization welcomed the special attention given to the welfare and well-being of the citizens who had endured the pains and neglect imposed on them by their conditions over the years.

The BMO also expressed the feeling that the law will create new employment opportunities for various professionals in the country, by virtue of the expectations from those who will implement its provisions. 

The Act prohibits all forms of discrimination on grounds of disability and imposes fines of N1 million for corporate bodies and N100, 000 or a term of six months imprisonment concurrently for individuals violating the law.

Quoting from the law, the BMO said: “ It guarantees the right to maintain civil action for damage by the person injured against any defaulters. It provides for a five years transitional period within which public buildings, structures or automobiles are to be modified to be accessible to and useable by persons with disabilities, including those on wheelchairs.” 

Other provisions of the law include the following:

·         No public structure may be erected without first scrutinizing its plan by the relevant authority to ensure that the building conforms to the building code.

·         Discrimination is prohibited in public transportation facilities and service providers are to make provision for the physically, visually and hearing impaired and all persons however challenged. This applies to seaports, railways and airports facilities.

·         The law further directs that “all public organisations are to reserve at least five percent (5%) of their employment opportunities for these persons.” A national commissioner for persons with disabilities is also established under the law, with an executive secretary as the head.

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Buhari And The Antics Of Opposition Elements, By Abdullahi Haruna

The script is being acted in sequence and sustained by different actors- the general plot is to get President Muhammadu Buhari out of office. The plot started with the Shiite’s daring masochism with the Nigerian Army, followed by the IPOB imbroglio and then the daring affront from the Niger Delta Avengers.

While these flashlights of attrition were going on, the echoes of restructuring reverberated with cacophonous lightening. Almost every opinion moulders woke up with the singsong of restructuring. With Buhari in power, the country needed to be restructured, they fumed.

Just as this sponsored dummy was fizzling to a vain crescendo, another antic surfaced, this time a purported fight between Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari- it took Asiwaju’s blanket salvo to end the rumoured bad blood.

With the above-mentioned antics not getting the desired lethal effect, they found solace in the begging and itchy fingers of online columnists who were cheaply bought to write in venom. Overnight, teachers of grammar became bashers of PMB. The stranded professors got willing companions in other disgruntled elements.

With series of failed onslaught, the sponsors of destabilization lured some ferry pastors and Islamic preachers to incite and pour venom on the Nigerian state. Just when Christians and Muslims came close to rising up against themselves, they suddenly realized that it’s foolish for brothers to fight against themselves. Shamed were the belligerent shamed as common sense prevailed over bigotry.

Then came the tool of mobilization against the state is the use of musical artistes. And they got hold of innocent Tuface Idibia whose innocence was vulnerably exploited. While Audu Maikori was crying genocide, Tuface was crying hardship. What a coincidental advocacy at the same time?

Tragically, surfaced another dangerous dimension to the onslaught, the narrative of gunmen and the politicization of the senseless herdsmen killings in Benue state. Instead of looking for solutions for this pogrom, the altar became centres of agitation. The cry of annihilation pervaded the air, shout of islamization raid the air and then come the verdict of the man next to God- Olusegun Obasanjo.

After this, another script surfaced and as usual, it kissed the dust, as Nigerians gave no hoot to the mischief of the egoistic man. The can of mischief is loaded and inexhaustible but while they plan, they left out the master planner who watches in majesty the infantile treachery of mortals.

The stunts continue to fail, as the mischief planners continue to unleash their antics, from nowhere, Buhari of Nigeria became Jibrin of Sudan as they argued and swore to high heavens that the president died in London and was cloned and imported home by the cabal. Even highly educated folks bought this balderdash as they supported their claims with all shades of defences.

When this failed, they hatched a new song, this time, the man was no longer in charge of the Nigerian situation but mercilessly controlled by the cabals. Who are the cabal and what have the cabals influenced that has affected national development? The man asked and still begging for answers that aren’t forthcoming.

The latest and the last of the oppositions’ antics are the vituperations of the former generals. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is ranting and writing letters, Chief Theophilus Danjuma is inciting people against the president and the other old guards are mobilizing against Buhari while the masses that are the beneficiaries of Buhari’s policies are doing everything to have him re-elected. And Nigerians are saying ‘Never again shall we be dictated to by the grips of those who say they are the landlords of Nigeria.

This is a chronicle of the antics used thus far by the agent of destabilization. You can choose to see sense in them or see the rubbish in them but as usual, I chose to always write from the prism of common sense.

Traducelly musing
Abdullahi O.Haruna Haruspice

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Umuigbo Progressive Network Passes Vote of Confidence, Endorses President Buhari For Second Term

A renowned socio-political and ethnic group, Umuigbo Progressive Network (UPN), has endorsed the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari into office for the second term.

President Buhari is contesting the 2019 presidential election under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The group, in a statement signed by the President-General, Barrister Oscar Obi, KSM, stated that it arrived at the conclusion after a deep analysis and critical review of the President Buhari’s achievement in the last three years.

According to him, no other President in the history of the country has in all sincerity, given priority to the south-east and south-south other than President Buhari.

The group maintained that it was convinced that there is no candidate at this period that can match the credentials of Mr President and urged Nigerians, old and young, to support the Buhari re-election project for him to consolidate the successes so far made and reposition the nation for the future generation.

“Under President Buhari, we have 69 ongoing road and bridge projects which are spread across the five states in the South East, and are now in different stages of completion.

“Some of these projects are the Emergency Repairs of Failed Section in Umuahia-Ariam-Ikot Ekpene Road; rehabilitation and reconstruction of Enugu-Port Harcourt dual carriageway; rehabilitation of Onitsha bound Carriageway of the Onitsha-Enugu road; emergency repairs of Ihiala-Orlu-Umuduru road; rehabilitation of old Enugu-Port Harcourt road; emergency repairs of Onitsha-Owerri road; rehabilitiation of Oba-Nnewi-Okigwe Road,” Oscar said.

“Do also recall that in October 2018, President Buhari approved the payment of pensions to Biafran war veterans, a gesture which brought hope and joy to many homes in the south east. More so, the appointment of our sons and daughters to hold key economic position shows how much President Buhari loves the people of the region,” the statement added.

Among other achievements of the Buhari’s administration listed in the press stament include the ongoing construction of the Second Niger Bridge which will connect Asaba in Delta State and Onitsha in Anambra State, across the River Niger.

“In October 2018, the federal government announced that it has raised $177 million for Ogoni cleanup. We will never forget how Ogoni was destroyed over the years by oil leaks leading to the destruction of surrounding waters and farm lands with no government attention. Our suffering and lamentation however came to an end when President Buhari awarded contracts to 21 firms for the cleanup exercise.

“We can’t but thank the Buhari’s administration for the completion and commissioning of Zik’s mausoleum in his country home, Onitsha. This is a project that has been abandoned for more than 20 years but President Buhari kept to his promise and completed the mausoleum. We see this as an immeasurable honour to Anambra people and the entire South-East people.

The group, in the statement further disassociated itself from the endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and passed a Vote of Confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

“It is appalling to see the sister socio-cultural body, Ohaneze-Ndigbo derail from the path of history and political tradition. This is a body known to align with the government at the centre. Resting on the excuse that Alhaji Atiku picked Peter Obi as his running mate when under same party for past decades, the region was deprived of meaningful infrastructural development – this is disheartening and unpleasing.

“We should begin to ask our leaders who were part of the 16 years of PDP what they did with the resources allocated to them. Not one of them rehabilitated or constructed new roads. All our Primary Health Cares and institutions were left in deplorable state; abandoned projects filtered everywhere across the region with many villages cut off from the city due to erosions, and were not fixed until President Buhari assumes office.

“What happens to Ndigbo declaring total support for one of their kinsmen, Dr Kingsley Moughalu, a brilliant substantive Presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP)?

“While they are at their voyage of no return, we the UPN have endorsed President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo for continuity. Both have been able to provide security for all Nigerians and leadership in all sectors of the government.

“Our own endorsement is established on the fact that President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo are men of integrity who possess the commitment to lead a government with firm knowledge and competent management of Nigeria’s economy.

“President Buhari and his Vice, Osinbajo, have in their three and half years eliminated kidnappings in the Nigerian political space and bombing of pipelines; these two men belief in free and fair electoral process as shown in the last Anambra Gubernatorial election.

“We endorse President Buhari to continue the fight against corruption and we have no doubt that these two men will rebuild Nigeria, setting the pace for the country of our dream,” the group noted.

Umuigbo Progressive Network further applauded President Buhari for extending the Social Investment Programmes (SIP) to the region where about 15,000 young people are beneficiaries.

The group stressed that it would do everything within its power to ensure that President Buhari wins all the South-East and South South States in the presidential election.

“The era of putting all our political eggs in one basket is long gone. We shall work for the completion of President Buhari second term in office in order to pave way and take the country to the next level,” it added.

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President Buhari Congratulates new President of Congo

President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates newly elected President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on his victory and inauguration.

The President commends the Government and people of DRC for their determination and commitment to democratic principles, which resulted in the first peaceful transfer of democratic power since independence in 1960.

The Nigerian leader and ECOWAS Chairman, also salutes the Congolese people for peacefully exercising their franchise during the national elections in their country.

Following the affirmation of President Tshisekedi’s victory at the December 30, 2018 polls, by the Constitutional Court of the country, President Buhari urges all Congolese, especially political stakeholders to rally behind the new leader and support his vision to build ‘‘a modern, peaceful, democratic State for every citizen,’’ as succinctly expressed in his inauguration speech on Thursday.

Recognizing the important role played by former President Joseph Kabila in the historic electoral process and transition, President Buhari assures the new Congolese leader of Nigeria’s readiness to work with his government to consolidate peace, stability, reconciliation and development in the Central African country.

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