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Adebanjo, Balarabe Musa, Sagay disagree on ex-president’s letter

Adebanjo, Balarabe Musa, Sagay disagree on ex-president’s letterLots of reactions emanated yesterday when former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s released a public letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Obasanjo enumerated the huge security challenges in the land, proposed some solutions and asked Buhari to act now so that Nigeria can remain one.

But the letter sparked a huge dispute, with civil society organisations and notable personalities taking various positions.

Some, including elder statesman Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the Executive Director of Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Adetokunbo Mumuni and the President, Campaign for Democracy (CD), Usman Abdul, backed the former president.

But Second Republic Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, and frontline politician Tanko Yakasai said Obasanjo lacked the pedigree to speak truth to power.

Those who backed the former president cautioned against trashing Obasanjo’s counsel.

Chief Adebanjo said the security problems had reached a critical point, requiring immediate attention.

CD and SERAP demanded an immediate and concrete response to the challenges.

They urged the President to take concrete steps to address the situation.

But, to Musa the former president is not clean enough to speak on the country’s challenges. Yakasai said there was nothing patriotic in Obasanjo’s letter.

Musa, who accused Obasanjo of doing worse things when he was in the saddle, said: “It is typical of Obasanjo, a typical agent provocateur and his target is to destabilise Nigeria. Since he left office, this is how he has been behaving. He is an agent provocateur and people should see him as that. When he was president of Nigeria, didn’t he notice things the way they are today?

“He did worse as president. He didn’t care about what others said just as it is today. Obasanjo is not clean enough to tell us anything. Obasanjo is not the right person for us to rely on.

“If Obasanjo had the support of the (South) west when he was president from 1999, he would have done worse than Buhari is doing now but he didn’t have the support of the (South) west. Instead, it is the North who made him the President; that’s why he could not be worse than Buhari.

“Buhari is definitely bad enough. There is no doubt about it, but if Obasanjo had the support of the (South) west he would have done worse but he didn’t have that support at all.”

Adebanjo said Buhari must act immediately to demonstrate his commitment to keeping the country together.

Adebanjo said: “I endorse what he (Obasanjo) has said hundred per cent. The situation in the country, like Obasanjo has said, has got to a critical point that needs immediate attention. It is not a question of we shall do this or we are doing this. The thing has got to a boiling point.

“The situation in the country has got to a position where we have to decide two things: are we going to do restructuring now or we are going to do de-amalgamation? It has come to that stage. We are talking of restructuring because we believe under restructuring we can take care of our security if we do it properly then we can stay together. Anything that is not immediate now is just praying for time.

“He must do something positive immediately to show that he wants to keep the country together and all the complaints he sees to it. They are killing us right, left and centre; kidnapping us; no arrest has been mad,e not to talk of prosecution. You want to beat us and ask us not to cry?”

Mumuni said Obasanjo’s letter conveyed a general message of how Nigerians feel presently.

He urged the Presidency not to dismiss the issues raised in the letter by the former president.

Mumuni said: “What Obasanjo has said in the letter are symptomatic of what Nigerians feel generally about the security situation in Nigeria. It is not too different from what Nigerians feel about the security situation in the country.

“He addressed the issues of Boko Haram and herdsmen and what Nigerians feel is happening within the geo-political space. I will want the President (Buhari) to look at those issues very closely and take positive and concrete action in order to address the insecurity that Obasanjo has addressed in the letter.

“Instead of casting aspersion on Obasanjo, it will be fair if those issues are looked into more deeply and concentrated so that effective and prompt action will be taken to address the problems that he has addressed.

“What Obasanjo has said is not too different from what Nigerians feel all over Nigeria in terms of the security situation. I don’t want them to see it as Obasanjo has come again, he has stated raising alarm. The alarm, I think, has been conscientiously raised in the interest of the continuation of the Nigerian state.”

The CD president urged the Presidency not to take what Obasanjo said in his letter for granted, adding that country has been polarised.

Abdul said: “We should not take our ex-president (Obasanjo) for granted, no matter what. He is a General (rtd) and he is a two – time President of this nation and I think some of those advice he is giving our current president, Muhammadu Buhari, today is not out of point.

“The days of politicking are over. Now, we are talking about governance and issues around governance have to do with the collective existence of the stakeholders at the helm of affairs.

“For me, I look at his judgement in the letter to be an advice that is worth taking because one, too many killings in the country, insecurity is very high and the state of the nation today is highly polarised.

“I am a Fulani, but there are certain places I am afraid to go to. Obasanjo has spoken and he has spoken well. Calling for a national security summit is advisable.

Alhaji Yakasai took a swipe at the former president, describing his open letter as “selfish, unpatriotic and an invitation to chaos and disaster”.

Reacting in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, Yakasai said: “I don’t see patriotism in General Obasanjo’s letters. In fact, all the letters written by General Obasanjo to all Military Heads of State and Presidents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are not guided by patriotic considerations.

“My experience with Nigerian political situation is that the top echelons of the military are always fighting one another, either when in the service or when on retirement.

“It is from this angle that I always view most of the writings of Gen Olusegun Obasanjo to any military officer who is a Head of State or President in Nigeria as unpatriotic. Even the ones he wrote to former presidents Goodluck Jonathan and the late Umar Musa Yar’Adua were not patriotic. They were guided by selfish interest.

“Gen. Obasanjo did it during the administration of Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida’s era. He did it during the late Gen Sani Abacha’s regime, which later resulted to accusations that he was trying to overthrow the government, which eventually led to his imprisonment.

“Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo also wrote a number of letters during General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s regime; and he is still writing letters in this current presidency of General Muhammadu Buhari. So, this attitude of writing unpatriotic letters has been part of General Olusegun Obasanjo.

“I have read the contents of the letter written by former President, General Olusegun Obasanjo. Apart from one thing, I found out that everything said by General Obasanjo has been said either by him or by other Nigerians.

“The only thing different is the call he made for convening another national conference, which I vehemently did not support.

“It is more surprising that Gen Olusegun Obasanjo, who is supposed to have assumed the position of an elder statesman, is making such a call at this period, with the current debates going on through the social media (which has no regulatory laws in Nigeria or elsewhere, for that matter) asking for a National Conference!

“The actions of Gen Olusegun Obasanjo are, indeed, an open invitation for disaster for this country with the kind of hate speeches and messages that are flying all over the country.”

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) said it was still studying the letter and will speak on it soon.

In a statement  by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, the ACF said: “Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is studying Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and will make its position known soon.”

Lagos lawyer Wahab Shittu said Obasanjo’s letter was very timely and should be examined on its merits.

He said: “I think this time around, the former president has spoken as a patriot and a statesman who’s really interested in the unity and cohesiveness of the country.

“He spoke as one who is worried about the grave security implications in the land and he is in a position to speak authoritatively on this subject.

“He has been part of a civil war. He fought the civil war and had the opportunity of leading this country twice; first as a military head of state and twice as a civilian president.

“He is a man of international standing so I think his views should be taken very seriously.  But the only thing I want to add is that though the bulk stops at the president’s table, we know that we have governors who are chief security officers of their respective states.”

Another lawyer, Chief Goddy Uwazurike, said Obasanjo has been used by nature to unravel the nation’s intractable problems.

The lawyer said: “The present letter is apt because truly we are teetering on the precipice. The insecurity in this country has assumed an alarming sword dangling on our faces. Obasanjo spoke because he is a statesman.

“He spoke for the safety of the fragile peace we have now. The only afrodisiac that evil requires to thrive is for men of conscience to sit on the fence or stand aloof!  Let other members of the patriarchal class speak up now. “No matter how much anyone dislikes Obasanjo, no one can take away his fortuitous role in affairs of this country. He has never shied away from taking on national issues. Where other statesmen avoid controversial issues, Obasanjo will frontally tackle the problem”

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also threw its weight behind Obasanjo’s call for dialogue over insecurity.

Stating that Obasanjo’s message had vindicated its position on the state of the nation, the PDP lamented the worsening insecurity.

In a statement by its spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan, the party described Obasanjo’s open letter as patriotic, momentous and that it captured the apprehensions of majority of Nigerians across the board.

“The PDP therefore counsels President Buhari to listen to the pulse of our nation; accept his failure and seek help from other well-meaning Nigerians so as to take back our nation from this imminent precipice.

“The party also calls on all Nigerians across the divides, irrespective of creed, ethnicity and political leaning, to close ranks, eschew all primordial and parochial interests and work together for the stability of our dear nation.”

Eminent professor of law Itse Sagay (SAN) agreed with the substance of Obasanjo’s letter disagreed with the mode of transmission.

He accused Obasanjo of seeking publicity, adding that it was “childish and immature” to make the letter public.

Sagay told our correspondent: “As far as I’m concerned, Obasanjo’s main motive is publicity, the capacity to embarrass the President, and for adulation.

“He sustains a mentality of being superintendent-general of Nigeria and not accepting that he is no longer in power. It’s all part of it.

“What he said could have easily been communicated by phone; the letter could have been delivered privately. I find writing it to the whole country immature and childish. He made a serious point, and then spoilt it by the way he presented it.

“If he had said it quietly to the President, it would have been acceptable. Is he not embarrassed that he’s the only former president doing it? Gowon and Abubakar are there, just to mention two. Even Jonathan, who was defeated by Buhari, is there. It’s too childish and immature. It takes away from the quality and the strength of the message he’s trying to deliver.”

Sagay, however, urged the President to sustain efforts in tackling rising insecurity.

“Is the President not already doing that? Can he be the President and not be concerned? Already, the Vice President has spoken of steps being taken – that the roads are going to be heavily monitored by the Police and soldiers.

“I don’t disagree too much with Obasanjo on substance. It is his style that I disagree with, as well as the so-called conference of ethnic stakeholders. I don’t see its relevance. We’ve held so many other conferences out of which nothing came except mutual abuse and insults.

“I think what the President should do is to sustain a very vigorous onslaught and not rest until the bandits and insurgents are rooted out and Nigeria is made safe again.

“He is already doing it and he must sustain it so that we can be free of this menace to our freedom and peace of mind,” Sagay said.

 

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Why Buhari sacked NHIS boss Yusuf

Image result for Prof Usman YusufNews emanated that President Muhammadu Buhari has finally approved the termination of appointment of the executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof Usman Yusuf. Vanguard reports that after terminating Yusuf’s appointment, who has been on administrative leave, the president approved the appointment of Prof Mohammed Nasir Sambo as the new executive secretary.

It was gathered that in a statement issued on Monday night, July 1, the director of press and public relations, federal ministry of health, Boade Akinola, said the change at NHIS followed the recommendations in a report by an independent fact finding panel on the leadership of the health agency.

Buhari ministerial list: Battle Begins As Favourites Emerge From States

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…Fashola, Ambode, Amaechi, under consideration

As the nation awaits President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees to help him shepherd his second term, there is anxiety and uncertainty amid endless closed-door meetings by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as to who will make the list.

The president’s silence on the issue has ratcheted expectations and fears amongst hopefuls.

The battle for ministerial appointments has peaked significantly in the last few weeks even as Buhari is said to be preparing a final list of those he wants in his cabinet due for announcement anytime soon.

The battle to make the Next Level cabinet has been made particularly competitive, because of former ministers, who are itching to return to cabinet, former governors who have either completed their two terms in office or those who lost re-election bid or lost the ticket to other candidates and other members of the APC, who feel a need to be compensated for their roles in the victory of the president in the just concluded 2019 presidential election which earned him a second term.

Although unlike the 2015 approach, insiders have hinted that apart from selecting candidates each from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the president has also decided to appoint another six to represent each of the geo-political zones in order to actualise his promise of inclusive government.

Unfortunately for a majority of party leaders, the president has kept the information about his Next Level cabinet to himself alone, the very reason the APC governors after a meeting last week conceded the choice of cabinet members as entirely the president’s prerogative.

To that extent, the silence of the president and the obvious lack of clue on who might get what from other Villa sources have further stiffened the jostle for appointments, even as the nation is on tenterhooks about those that would make the cabinet.

In Osun, the race according to party members is non negotiable for the immediate past Governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Although, the former minister of health, Prof Isaac Adewole is believed to be interested in the position and favoured by some section loyal to Governor Gboyega Oyetola, many believe the minister’s inactiveness in the state’s politics might cost him.

Aregbesola, on the other hand is seen as a rallying point for the party as feelers within the Osun APC indicate that he is still in control of party affairs evident in the recent selection of the principal officers of the State House of Assembly.

In Lagos State for example, while the appointment is strictly between two former governors, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola and Akinwunmi Ambode, there is the understanding that, while Fashola, who was Minister of Power, Works and Housing may return representing the Lagos slot, Ambode is being considered for the South West slot.

Fashola is said to be loved by the President while Ambode’s case is being championed by the President’s men in the Villa.

The situation in Rivers State is still believed to favour former Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi. But there are those who feel the governorship candidate of the party, Mr. Tonye Cole, who was denied the opportunity of challenging Governor Nyesom Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by different courts, is also being considered for a ministerial appointment. How to balance the two interests is what many do not however know.

The slot for Delta State is a straight slugfest between former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and the President’s Campaign’s spokesperson for the 2019 election, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN. Kachikwu is itching for a return while Keyamo feels he did well fending off the President’s opponents without apologies and as such deserves a cabinet shot.

In Ogun State, the choice of candidate is Wale Edun, Pastor Tunde Bakare and one Mr. Kayode Odesola. But neither of the last two candidates is believed to have sweeping support of stakeholders in the state.

They are however in the good books of the president.
The choice between Mr. Adebayo Adelabu and former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi makes the battle for the state a tough one. Adelabu is said to be eyeing Ministry of Finance. And further compounding this is the fact that the former Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu is also in contention for the slot from the state. But Buhari might have made his choice already.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed is believed to be itching to come back as the Kwara State candidate for a ministerial post, but he does not appear to have the much needed support from home, as a majority of the people feel, the opportunity should go to other parts of the state for balancing.

Former Governor George Akume of Benue State and the immediate past Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh are the two candidates for the Benue slot. Not only are the both of them qualified, they both also worked for Buhari’s re-election. The stakes are therefore high in Benue.

Currently, the Kano slot appears a solo run for the former Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, except the president changes his mind, which many believed is unlikely.

Former Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika and Senator Abu Ibrahim are the two top guns for the Katsina slot.

While many believed that Sirika might return, there are those who believe the Senator is in Buhari’s serious consideration.

Between the former Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba-Shehuri and former Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, the slot for a ministerial slot would be settled for the North East state.

Although now a senator, it is common knowledge that Shettima desires to be in Buhari’s cabinet, a situation that makes the choice for Borno also competitive.

The battle for the ministerial choice in Kaduna State presents a rather interesting twist. While the name of Senator Shehu Sani, who fell out with Governor Nasir el-Rufai ahead of the 2019 election has been flying around, one Barnabas Bala Bantex has also come up strong in the equation. It is another competitive turf for the former senator.

Ebonyi State has before it, its 2019 governorship candidate, Senator Sunny Ogbuorji and the immediate past Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu.
Apart from this being an APC affair, there is also the belief that the governor of the state, Dave Umahi might play a very serious role in the eventual choice for the state, because of his relationship with Buhari and APC.

To slug it out in Bauchi are the immediate past governor of the state, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar and former Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, one of the closest allies of the president. The choice here is also a tricky one, which makes a pick somewhat difficult.

The former Minister of Niger Delta, Usaini Usani and governorship candidate of the APC in Cross River, Senator John Enoh, had since taken their rivalry to the ministerial bout, having fought fiercely, over who was the authentic governorship candidate of the party in the state.

The trio of Godswill Akpabio, Nsima Ekere and Udo Udoma are to battle for the Akwa Ibom slot. While Udoma is the former Minister of Budget and Planning, Ekere flew the APC flag as its governorship candidate and lost, same as Akpabio, who could not return to the senate. The battle for the slot here is considered a serious and tough one, because it is more about political relevance.

Although there is the belief that President Buhari might drop his former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, he appears the only candidate for the slot for Kebbi State. He is itching to return. Nothing is however cast in stone as far as his consideration is concerned.
For the Sokoto State slot, the battle is currently being described as one between Aisha Abubakar, former Minister of State for Trade and investment and the APC candidate in the just concluded governorship election, Ahmed Aliyu.

Although Aisha’s appointment created some upset initially, when she was picked in 2015, it is unlikely Buhari might want to go through another pressure for her.

Former Adamawa State governor, Mohammad Bindow Jibrilla appears comfortable as the most plausible candidate from the state, having lost his election in March this year.

Also in Taraba, Fatima Gambo is said to being positioned as the ideal replacement for Aisha Al-Hassan, the former Minister of Women Affairs, who openly declared support for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, even while still serving in Buhari’s cabinet.

Osoba applause Buhari for June 12 recognition on behalf of M K O

Image result for chief olusegun osobaIn celebration of June 12, former Ogun State governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba, has said that the recognition of June 12 as National Democracy Day by President Muhammad Buhari indirectly recognised MKO Abiola as a past president of Nigeria.

Osoba said this during the celebration of the first National Democracy Day on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that the Day was significant as past presidents from 1999 had refused to recognise the day or Abiola’s sacrifices for Nigeria’s democracy.

He said that the late Abiola, who refused to surrender his mandate, suffered and died in the struggle for democracy for the country.

PHOTOS: President Buhari, VP Yemi Osinbajo sworn-in for second term

Breaking: President Buhari and VP Yemi Osinbajo sworn-in for second term (Photos)President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been sworn in for their second term by CJN Tanko Mohammed at an event holding at Eagle Square, Abuja.

 

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Breaking: President Buhari and VP Yemi Osinbajo sworn-in for second term (Photos)Breaking: President Buhari and VP Yemi Osinbajo sworn-in for second term (Photos)Breaking: President Buhari and VP Yemi Osinbajo sworn-in for second term (Photos)Breaking: President Buhari and VP Yemi Osinbajo sworn-in for second term (Photos)Breaking: President Buhari and VP Yemi Osinbajo sworn-in for second term (Photos)

 

What you missed about Buhari visit to Lagos before London trip

HerePresident Buhari yesterday , Wednesday 24th April 2019 made his second working visit to Lagos State in the space of one year where he came to commission a couple of projects by the out-going governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

 

In the president’s speech, he said, ‘I am delighted to be here today to commission three key projects that reflect the drive and success of our Administration as we pursue policies and programmes that will positively impact on our citizens;.

2. The new Oshodi Transport Interchange; the Mass Transit Medium and High capacity public buses and the reconstructed Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road by Lagos State Government clearly demonstrate the need to continue to provide high impact projects for the development of infrastructure and opportunities for job creation at all levels.

3. Just as this transport interchange with three different terminals is going to change the face of public transportation, the mass transit buses totaling 820 will move the people of Lagos State in a more comfortable and more efficient manner.

4. These projects by Lagos State are perfectly aligned with the efforts of the Federal Government to improve the country’s infrastructure especially in the transport sector.

5. To compliment the Oshodi transport Interchange, the Federal Government has recently approved the reconstruction of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway up to Oworonshoki and Old-Toll gate which was last attended to, 40 years ago.

6. We have recently commissioned the new International Airport Terminals in Port Harcourt and Abuja as well as the rail lines from Abuja to Kaduna. The Lagos to Ibadan rail line is under construction. Our government will continue to prioritise high impact infrastructure which will vastly improve the lives of our people.

Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen,

7. This is my second working visit to Lagos state within a span of one year. I was also here in February to solicit for your votes. I thank you for supporting me. Earlier this morning, I commissioned Ayinke House at the Institute of Maternal & Child Health and also the Lagos Theatre in Oregun.

8. Your Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has performed satisfactorily and we should all commend him for his contributions to the growth and development of Lagos State.

9. I want to once again thank all the people of Lagos State for their support for our government and our party.

10. It is therefore with great pleasure that I commission the new Oshodi Transport Interchange, the Mass Transit Buses and the Murtala Mohammed International Airport road.

Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Why K 1 Sponsored Kid Artist’s Education

Image result for Oluwatobi IlelolawaNews spreads days ago that Fuji Music Legend, King Wasiu Ayinde Mashal, popularly known as K1 De Ultimate has thrown his weight behind Oluwatobi Ilelolawa to sponsor his education.
In what looks like a divine arrangement, Oluwatobi Ilelolawa, the 12 year-old Primary Six pupil, who sketched President Muhammadu Buhari’s portrait with pen (Biro) without alteration few days ago received accolades from the Fuji Music King.
Less than an hour after   THISDAY Newspapers’ Brands and Marketing Editor, Raheem Akingbolu published the story of the boy on his Facebook page, K1, through his publicist, Kunle Rasheed, reached out to the writer. K1, the father of modern Fuji Music said he was touched by the story of the boy and offered  to sponsor his post-primary education to the university level.
K1 described the boy as a raw talent that must  be guided, supported and not allowed to waste.
“I was touched when the story was brought to my notice and I see it as one of those things one can do to impact the society.  Education is key to success and who knows the boy we are talking about may be a governor or President in the making. He may become another Ben Enwonwu, Bruce Onobrakepya, Wole Soyinka or an international Artist of repute in the future. If the society fails to give him the needed support now, posterity will not forgive us. This is the time to lift a hand and groom a talent for posterity.”
Meanwhile, arrangements are being made  to introduce the promising artist  to his new benefactor and perfect ways through which his mentor-ship and sponsorship would  be handled.
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