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Photos: Yusuf Buhari returns to Nigeria after accident

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President Muhammadu Buhari son, Yusuf Buhari has returned to Nigeria after a long treatment abroad. It would be recalled that his father jetted him out of the country to receive treatment after a fatal bike accident.

He was received by his father at the Federal Capital Territory , Abuja hours ago. Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people standing

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Executive, legislative feud slows down govt, says Buhari

Image result for Muhammadu BuhariThe feud between Executive and the National Assembly  is gathering momentum.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the misunderstanding is slowing down governance.

The President, who spoke at the National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), however, said the government was working hard to resolve the differences between the Executive and the National Assembly so that the country can move forward.

Buhari acknowledged that the government had not met the expectations of many members of the party, but was quick to add that a few Nigerians, however, appreciate the depth of the rot in the country when the APC took over the government.

He said: “I must acknowledge that the face of government has not met the expectations of many within our party. But few of us know or appreciate the depth of the rot when we took office and that we spent the last two years bringing the country out of the mess we met it.

“Furthermore, the stand-off between the executive and the National Assembly slowed down the process of government. We are working hard to resolve the differences so that the country can move forward.”

The President paid tribute to Nigerians for massively supporting the government in spite of what he called distractions from proponents of business as usual.

He said: “Nevertheless, I am not asking us to relax and take things easy. We all know that elections are looming in the horizon. We must therefore get our acts together. Accordingly, I implore all members of the party to give the Asiwaju Committee full cooperation to resolve existing differences among our members in the states affected.

“It is perhaps inevitable that there will be differences of opinion within the party. If we resolve them, then we can build a genuinely democratic party. But we must not lose sight of our common purpose as a party to break the mule of Nigerian politics and take the country to new heights. Therefore, we have asked Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead this process of restoring order, manage differences and strengthen the party.”

While expressing appreciation to the leadership at all levels for service to the party, President Buhari said: “In particular, I commend the National Chairman for steering the party from success to success. From our resounding election victory in 2015, we have won elections in Edo, Kogi and Ondo as well as the much improved performance in Anambra elections and the party has moved from the party in government to the party of the Nigerian people.

“Much credit is due for our APC state chairmen for stabilising the country and to our Armed forces and the police and other security agencies for stopping Boko Haram in the country and driving them from their bases. No country, no matter how well secured, can isolate acts of terror as we have seen in the United States, Europe, Asia and here in Africa.

“We must support our security agencies to safeguard our country so that the job of development as outlined in our manifesto can proceed without too much interruption. We cannot afford to fail in reminding Nigerians where we came from in 2015.

“I am happy to report that slowly and steadily, we have managed to stabilise the country and redirect the ship of state. We have restored prudence to the management of resources and confidence in Nigeria has been restored.

“On February 23, Nigeria floated a 12-year and 20-year Eurobond in the international market, which were both oversubscribed. The 12-year bond was, within days, oversubscribed by 332 percent while the 20-year bond was oversubscribed by 372 percent.

“We have stabilised the naira and increased our foreign reserve from 20 billion dollars to 40 billion dollars. Inflation rate is down. With considerably less resources available to the country, we have improved all the indices towards a stronger economy.

“Soon, primaries at the wards, local governments, states and the centre will soon be due. I urge all members to take account of the fact that APC has a history of conducting free and fair primaries whenever consensus about any position is not reached. Regardless of the outcome of the primary processes which is imperative, we should all work together to ensure victory for our party.”

National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said the party had a tough year ahead of it, with the general election as well as governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.

He pleaded that party members do everything possible to minimise disputations within the party and ensure that the party is in a fighting shape in 2019.

“We obviously have a very tough year ahead of us. It is year of challenges, multiplicity of activities beginning from the month of April when the processes for replacing officers of the party whose tenure will expire by June, the process of conducting challenging elections in Ekiti in July, in Osun in September.

“These elections are precursors of the national elections. It is therefore necessary that we treat them with great seriousness because they are elections we should do everything to win. They are signals and signposts, indicators of what is to come in 2019. Preparations are also well underway for those elections.

“In an atmosphere like that, contests whether at party level or primaries to select candidates for all positions from the House of Assembly members to the exulted position of Mr President always present challenges.

“I want to make a passionate appeal that everything be done to minimise the stresses within the party. We must do everything to minimise the disputations within the party and do everything to ensure that we are in fighting shape come 2019.

“For that reason, I want to say once more that we are fully behind and in support of the initiative taken by Mr President in setting up a team headed by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to effect such a reconciliation that are necessary within the party.

“We have had challenges, we have had storms and weathered the storms. We have a government that took over at a very difficult circumstances but today, we can proudly say that the basic foundation of a new Nigeria economy is finally in place.

“We are not talking now of a foundation that is based on easy money, not a foundation based on crude which for a long time sent all of us to sleep but an economic foundation built on the sweat and labour, resources,  material and otherwise, of the Nigerian people. That is the foundation that lasts. The economic indices tell a clear story.”

Trending Photos: Presidency shares photos of the crowd that welcomed President Buhari in Adamawa State

Presidency shares photos of the mammoth crowd that welcomed President Buhari in Adamawa State yesterday

Pesident Buhari paid a working visit to Adamawa State where he delivered a keynote address at the state’s first anti corruption summit.

 

Shortly after, the Presidency shared some ‘second term’ inspring photos of the huge crowd that welcomed the president in the state, the mammoth crowd lined up by the roadside from airport to Lamido’s Palace singing ‘Jabbama Baba’.Presidency shares photos of the mammoth crowd that welcomed President Buhari in Adamawa State yesterday

Buhari supports El-Rufai to sack incompetent teachers

Image result for Nasir el-RufaiIn order to restore dignity into government owned schools,  President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday has supported the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai’s planned to sack 21,780 teachers who recently failed the competency test conducted by the state government.

Buhari made his position known at a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council on the challenges facing the education sector in Nigeria most especially government owned schools.

NNPC Appointment: Ohanaeze set for showdown with Buhari

The apex socio political Organization of Ndigbo, the Ohanaeze has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari following the announcement last week by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC of major restructuring in its operations with the appointment and redeployment of 55 key executives in its refineries and services subsidiaries.   Against the marginalization of people from the South East in the major shakeup, the the Ohanaeze has urged President Buhari to as a matter of urgency, revisit the reorganization process in the interest of peace, unity and good governance According to Ohanaeze, this is exactly why youths in the region are no longer comfortable being called Nigerians. The Ohaneze’s position was part of a statement signed by its President General, Chief John Nwodo in Abuja on Sunday. Nwodo said, “Ohaneze is appalled at the consistent and unrepentant disposition of disdain for the South-East by Buhari administration as copiously displayed in the recent reorganisation at the NNPC. “Ohaneze had thought that after the President’s declaration in a broadcast recently that Nigeria unity had been settled and not negotiable, that he would take all necessary actions in his governance to achieve it, but the recent NNPC shake-up has not shown that the administration is walking its talk. “Buhari administration, has shown in the new managers just announced tilting clearly in favour of the North, with the South-East totally ignored, as has always been the case since Buhari administration came to office. “This brazen disregard, marginalization and non-compliance with the Federal character provisions in our constitution are the causes of lack of confidence which our youths have in our present governance structure. “As long as President Buhari continues to live out his speech abroad that his government will favour those who voted 97 per cent for him against those who voted 5 % for him so long will the dissatisfaction and unrest in our polity subsist.”

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.

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