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Implement Nat’l Confab recommendations, Jonathan urges Buhari

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the recommendations of his  national conference conducted in 2014, stressing that it has the capacity to  resolve several issues at the root of the problem plaguing the country.

Jonathan spoke, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at the Golden Jubilee lecture to mark the 50th  anniversary of  the state, saying that the recommendations of the conference emanated from consensus  by the various nationalities that participated.

The former president, who got an ovation when he arrived the Obi  Wali venue of the lecture, expressed confidence in  fiscal federalism  as an enduring solution to some key challenges facing the country, adding that it would provide opportunity for all sections of the country to develop  where they have comparative advantages.

His words: “One of the reasons I insisted on the National Conference, the guest lecturer (Prof Godini Darah), made reference to was the interest of Nigerians. Yes,  in many areas as a nation,  we are doing well.  But, there are still other areas that agitate the minds of our people and as a government,  you need to address them.

“I remember in August  2013,  Professor Ben Nwabueze led the patriots and met me,  and one of the issues they raised was the National Conference.  Others schemed for other conferences,  but I insisted on the National Conference that would look at these gray areas that affect our people,  those areas that retard our development and fine tune it for the good of our children and grandchildren.

“I always believe that when you are in government,  when you are making laws, or coming up with policies,  don’t consider your position  because that your position is very temporal.

“I was quite pleased with the outcome of the conference. There was nothing like voting.  Every decision was by consensus. And I believe sincerely,  that if government is able to implement most of those recommendations,  some of the things that agitate our minds today,  some of the social issues we have, including insecurity and otherwise,  would be addressed.”

 

 

 

$5.8bn Rail Project: Senate invite Amaechi to explain South-East exclusion

To match Interview NIGERIA-BUHARI/The upper chambers of the National House of Assembly has summoned the minister of transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi over the exclusion of the south eastern part of the country from the $5.8bn  Rail Project which the federal government led by President is seeking loan.

Recall that Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, (PDP Abia South), had earlier urged the Senate to reject approving the loan until all regions were carried along in the utilisation of the loan.

Abaribe in his motion had queried with dismay why the government wanted to take such a huge loan that would benefit all other regions apart from the South East.

“There is railway master plan developed by the Ministry of Transport and of which such plan has not been referred to in the current borrowing plan.

“For the railway project to have a meaningful impact on the development of the country, it should cover all parts of Nigeria.

“Therefore the exclusion of the Eastern section that links the four zones of the South-South, South-East, North-Central and North-East and the Key cities such as Port-Harcourt, Aba, Enugu, Makurdi, Lafia, Gudi, Jos, Bauchi and Maiduguri is inexplicable,” he said.

However, the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki noted that the leadership of the National Assembly had already identified the flaw and had taken it up with the executive.

Saraki said the executive had taken note of the issues and had agreed to reach a resolution with the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debt on the matter.

The Senate, however, upheld the argument of Senator Abaribe that there was no reason why the South East should be excluded from the rail project for which the loan was sought.

The Senate, further, okayed the motion to invite the minister of transportation to explain why the Eastern line was excluded from the plan. The minister is expected to appear before the committee on Local and Foreign Debts to explain the exclusion.

The Deputy President of the Senate also supported the motion stressing that the whole country would pay for the loan and as such the loan should be beneficial to all.

Northern elders cautions Osinbajo over mischievous elements

BREAKING: Osinbajo arrives KatsinaThe Northern Elders Forum, NEF, yesterday cautioned Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has been cautioned by the Northern Elders Forum, NEF to be wary of mischievous elements plotting to overheat the polity due to the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari. In a communiqué issued after its two-day emergency meeting in Kano, the Northern Elders Forum warned those seeking undeserved political advantage to desist from such moves.

The communique read by the NEF Deputy Chairman, Chief Paul Unongo, stated that the “North is conscious of its obligations and rights and will not hesitate to discharge and defend them without reservations.”

The communiqué, which was jointly signed by forum spokesman, Professor Ango Abdullahi, and Deputy Leader, Chief Wantaregh, Paul Unongo, further stated:  “We are aware that attempts are being made to exploit the absence of President Buhari to achieve dubious political goals.”

The Forum therefore advised Acting President Osinbajo to, “exercise responsibilities, as he did in the past, with commitment, sensitivity, and respect for the constitution. We urge him to ignore mischief which seeks to pitch him against the president or the Nigerian people whose mandates they both exercise.”

The communiqué noted that, “the task of governing the nation will continue uninterrupted until the return of President Buhari. We therefore appeal to all persons with responsibility to cooperate fully to sustain a united, focused and committed administration.

“While commending the sterling contributions of Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara in providing the necessary leadership to stabilize the polity, we appeal to the executive and legislative arms of government to work together to pass the 2017 budget without further delay.”

The eldest forum aligned itself with the ongoing war against corruption in the country, adding that, “we also expect that the war against corruption will not suffer a setback, and current investigations and activities will not be stalled due to the absence of President Buhari.

On the clamour for restructuring, the elders Forum said the North is not afraid of the call to restructure the country, pointing out that, but warned that the call comes with sentiments, “which tend to create tensions around our coexistence as a nation that is diverse and united.

“For the record, the Forum wishes to state that the North welcomes honest and sincere discussions on all aspects of our existence, and remains available to engage any group to discuss and advance the nature of our union.”

According to the communique, Northern Elders Forum is welcoming the release of 82 Chibok girls, however, called for adequate attention to the rebuilding of the North East ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency.

The northern elders commended the leadership style of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and charged, “all persons who exercise leadership responsibilities to be sensitive to the fact that they need to work harder to reduce poverty, youth delinquency and unemployment.

“Northern governors in particular are reminded that they carry huge responsibilities to exercise mandates which expire in 2019. The Forum stands ready to assist in improving good governance and accountable leadership.”

They also prayed for the return to full health of President Muhammadu Buhari. We commend the steadfast respect for the constitution in the manner the President assigns responsibility to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo whenever it has become necessary for him to travel to seek for medical treatment.


Chibok Girls: PDP condemns swap deal with Boko Haram

Opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concern over the swap deal reportedly carried out by the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari secure the freedom of the girls suspected to have been kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group. In a statement made by the National Publicity Secretary of National Caretaker Committee of the party, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, it said that the capture of the girls by insurgents in 2014 traumatised the entire nation. According to it, the abduction and detention of the girls in the last three years had brought extreme pain and suffering to their families, the country and people of goodwill across​ the world. “What is, however, of great concern is the price paid to secure the release of the girls. “According to reports, the girls were released in exchange for the release of suspected Boko Haram terrorists being held by the government. “If that is the Case, we say it’s a heavy price to pay and an unusual one at that,” the party stated. It said that it did not think that exchanging the innocent girls for hardened criminals like the terrorists was the right approach. It pointed out that the implication of the “exchange’’ was the released had escaped justice. “By releasing the arrested terrorists, all the efforts made by security agencies to bring them to book have come to nothing and a setback for the war on insurgency. “Their release is tantamount to releasing terrorists) to resume their war against society. “Many of them can find their ways back to the terrorists’ camps from where they can unleash terror against the country. “Others who are allowed to roam freely in society can become veritable recruiting agents and purveyors of suicide bombing and urban terrorism.” It believed that with such exchange, the Boko Haram terrorists had been emboldened to continue their terror and kidnapping of innocent people. According to the PDP, the terrorists will continue with their tactics believing that they can always use it to blackmail the government to release their members and to extract other concessions. It stressed that the piece-meal release of the girls meant that the terrorists wanted to extract more concessions from the government and at the end, prolong the insurgency. “The release of the girls will increase the agony and high expectancy of the remaining girls still in custody of the terrorists and their families who will be wondering why they have not been as lucky. “It therefore would have been better to ensure the release of all the girls at once.” It said that negotiations were in clear violation of generally accepted international principle of “never negotiate with terrorists”. It stated that the international principle was sound and logical because negotiation with the terrorists only fueled their urge to continue with their heinous crimes. “However, we recognize the concern of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the earliest release of the Chibok girls for domestic and international considerations. “Equally, we are very concerned about the safe return of the girls to their families at the earliest possible time, and will continue to disagree that negotiating with the terrorists is the right approach to achieving the objective. “Meanwhile, we rejoice with the girls and their families and hope that their remaining colleagues will join them in freedom in no distant future.”

More facts on how Obama masterminded Jonathan removal emerges

A top intelligence analyst who was part of the Obama administration has shed more light on the claim by former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, that the State Department invited 12 northern governors to Washington to seek their support on the need to achieve regime change in Nigeria during the 2015 Presidential election. Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan Former President Goodluck Jonathan, who lost the election to President Muhammadu Buhari, also alleged international conspiracy in the build up to the elections. The statements of both Aliyu and Jonathan were revealed in a new book, entitled ‘Against Run of Play’ by Segun Adeniyi. However, Page, who provided the details of the meeting in an interview with Jonathan’s former aide, Reno Omokri, claimed that the northern governors came to the meeting with a prepared speech that read like a petition against the ex-President. His assertion which is contained in Omokri’s new book, ‘Facts Versus Fiction: The True Story of the Jonathan Years: Chibok, 2015 and Other Conspiracies’ billed to be released in June 2017, provided details of the US meeting which was said to have begun at the State Department and ended in the White House. Page, who was Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Africa with the US National Intelligence Council and U.S. State Department’s top intelligence analyst on Nigeria before he resigned in 2016, told Omokri that he was present at the meetings with the northern governors. Cases against Jonathan In the book, Page alleged that “at that meeting, Admiral Murtala Nyako read out a memo he had written itemizing the case against Jonathan. He was so openly and almost violently against the Jonathan administration in his speech that he had to be openly rebuked at the meeting by the then Nigerian ambassador to the US, Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye, of blessed memory. “Admiral Nyako’s belligerence against the Jonathan administration was so venomous that it prompted a rebuttal from the Gombe State governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, who showed loyalty to the then Nigerian President. According to Mr. Page, this prompted most of the other Northern governors present to turn on him.” On whether the Obama’s administration was against Jonathan’s second term bid, Mr. Page said: “My objective opinion is that it was not as if the administration was against Jonathan. There were a number of issues. The Obama administration was a bit disappointed (I know that sounds paternalistic) but there were some issues they had felt let down on. “The human rights situation in the Northeast, which has still not changed under Buhari, and Diezani Alison-Madueke who they felt should have been removed. There were some issues with some clauses in the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2013”. Interesting connection Continuing, Mr. Omokri noted that “another interesting connection is that these high level meetings arranged for Northern governors by the Obama administration took place in 2014, at the same time that Obama confidant and former White House Senior Advisor, David Axelrod’s firm, AKPD Message and Media, began to work as a paid consultant for the then Nigerian opposition party, All Progressives Congress.” The book also claimed that “sublimal messages were communicated by President Obama” in the special broadcast he made to Nigerians on March 28, 2015, urging them come out and vote. The ex-President’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, who said he was yet to read Mr Omokri’s account was quick to point out that he was relying on the statement of his boss in reaction to Adeniyi’s book that a true account of what transpired could only come from the key actors in the election. “At the right time, those people, including former President Jonathan, will present the complete picture,” he said.

We say NO to corpsocracy!”, resign now , Femi Fani Kayode tells Buhari

 Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has expressed his happiness over President Muhammadu Buhari’s appearance in the public on Friday but has urged the president to resign and focus on his health.

Fani-Kayode tweeted on his handle (@realFFK: ”Glad that @MBuhari was at the mosque today.Again we call upon him to resign and go and take care of his health.We say NO to corpsocracy!”

President Buhari has been absent at the Federal Executive meetings for three consecutive weeks, fueling apprehensions that he was gravely ill. Also recall  that Senior Advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana has equally called on the president to take urgent leave and attend to his health.

Others who have advised the president to resign on account of his ill health include Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state,Global Youth Peace Empowerment and Development Initiative (OGYPEDI), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, among others.

 

Make your health condition status now, Ohanaeze tells Buhari

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare satus the state of his health which has prevented him from attending to important national issues.

Chief Nnia Nwodo, the President of the Igbo group made this known at a news conference in Enugu on tuesday. Nwodo also described the bail condition for Nnamdi Kanu’s release as “a celebrated example of judicial rascality” and vowed to challenge the action in court. Nwodo further said that Ohanaeze Ndigbo would file an action against the discriminatory appointments so far made by President Buhari  against Ndigbo, as  they were unconstitutional. He said that although Ohanaeze was in support of a similar suit filed by Chief Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, in 2010 , he pointed out that it was only made public now because Agbakoba was recommended by the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, to be appointed a judge of the Supreme Court in a bid to disqualify and ridicule him. On the recent declaration by some northern elders  led by Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu that  the north would not support restructuring of the country, Nwodo said, those opposed to restructuring were unpatriotic. His words, “Not too long ago, a group of northern elders met in Abuja and through their spokesperson, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu , made very strong views on the national discourse. They first of all distanced themselves from the conclusions  of  the 2014 constitutional  conference describing their treatment at the conference as intimidating and claiming to have been under represented and therefore advised the present Federal Government and the National Assembly not  to  take the conclusions of that conference seriously. They also condemned any suggestion to restructure the federation insisting that our present structure must remain. “Ohanaeze finds these conditions patently unpatriotic, inciting and capable of whipping divisive tendencies in our polity. We do not know how any patriotic person of the immense character and reputation of our leaders at the Abuja meeting will wait for nearly three years to disassociate themselves  from  resolutions  they contributed to, moved motions  on, voted for, had taken seriously we also plead to be excused from the 1979 and 1999 constitutions which were prepared by military governments dominated by northern military officers in which officers from Ohanaeze states had only token representation. “Our federation is totally out of sync with all known definitions of a federation. We have no independence of federating units. Nigeria is a unitary state with too much powers in the federal government and no fiscal independence or responsibility for domestic security in the states. The need for restructuring is so obvious when Kano with 9.5 million people has 44 local governments and Lagos with 9.1 million has 20 local governments… “Some northern leaders in their utterances give the impression that our nation is their conquered territory. God forbid! We should all be joint and equal partners in a common bid to build a united, virile and strong country…” Nwodo further condemned the inability of the Federal Government to end the Fulani herdsmen killing of innocent Nigerians in Kaduna, Benue, Enugu among other states in the South West, South East and Middle Belt states across the country saying that Buhari must order their arrests and prosecution for peace to reign. On railway development, Nwodo said it was “a vote against the South East, North Central and North East” in the country. “The major railway projects by the Federal Government are the Lagos- Kano modernisation, standard gauge rail lines and the Lagos – Ibadan segment is already undoing at the cost $1.231 billion; the Lagos –Kano modernisation standard gauge rail line project which Kano- Kaduna segment alone will cost $1.146 and the Lagos- Calabar Coastal Line will gulp $3.474 billion… “There is absolutely no plan for the Port Harcourt – Maiduguri or the Eastern Rail line which traverses Port Harcourt – Aba- Enugu – Oturkpo- Igumale- Makurdi- Kafanchan – Kuru- Gombe and all the way to Maiduguri…” he said.

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