Nigerian Youths are Achievers and Hardworking – Atiku

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Atiku Reacts To President Buhari’s “Nigerian Youths Are Not Ready To Work” Comment

atikueFormer president Atiku Abubakar reacted via his Twitter handle to President Muhammadu Buhari reported comment that many Nigerian youths are uneducated, not ready to work and dependent on revenue from oil to survive.

He said the youths, who make up 60 per cent of the population, were waiting to get social amenities free without doing anything. The President spoke during a panel discussion at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster, London.

 “I will never refer to Nigeria’s youth as people who sit and do nothing. They are hardworking. I should know, I have thousands of youths working for me all over the country who have been the backbone to our success. he tweeted.

I’ve always said oil is not Nigeria’s greatest asset. Our greatest asset is our youth who created Nollywood out of nothing and an entertainment industry that is second to none in Africa.

Our youth are charting new frontiers; creating a huge tech industry on their own! Their entrepreneurial spirit, work ethic, and creative abilities are things of pride and should be applauded, encouraged and nurtured.

 

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Buhari Has Failed Nigerians, Should Not Seek Re-election – Falae

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Laide Raheem, Abeokuta The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Nigeria (SDP) Olu Falae has slammed the Buhari administration for failing Nigeria in the areas of security and the economy. Falae, who bemoaned the continuous and wanton spate of killings around the country, said he had expected President Buhari to critically appraise the […]

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Minute Talk: The Senate Attack by Thugs

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The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the National symbol of our democracy. The highest point in representative democratic institution in Nigeria. Despite many rancourous sessions, fraud cases and executive propelled challenges to the current Senate: many would agree with me that the Bukola Saraki led Senate has seen a sort of stability and individuality that not any senate has enjoyed in Nigerian history.

The fact that the leadership of the senate belonged to the same party as the Buhari Led Executive, most of analysts had expected a smoother and collaborative approach to governance. Unfortunately, the 8th senate has refused to followed laid-down expectations of the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC). The Party leadership lost out in elections of the senate and House of Assembly leadership. With the Senate President, Distinguished Senator Bukola Saraki alligning with the PDP Senator to execute a coup de grace that produced a PDP senator, Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President. Equally, the alliance occasioned several PDP senators chairing several important committee of the senate.

Saraki and his executives have continued to survive on their political dexterity against a group of sharks and lions from the APC planning and orchestrating a change of leadership in the senate. Three years and several scars latter, the Saraki team has shown great tenacity at holding on to the senate leadership seat, but current attack was the worst challenge not to Saraki and his men but to the Nigerian democracy which we all must resist otherwise our hard fought growing democracy might be the victim.

Today’s attack on the Senate by the Ovie Omo-Agege led coalition supporting the PMB refusal to accent NASS amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act is an affront on our democracy which raises several issues that must be addressed immediately, or we are really in greater trouble as the 2019 elections approaches.

Security: In a country where we have nothing less than six different gun totting security agencies supposedly guarding and providing coverage for over 400 NASS VVIPs; That translating to over 400 security aide on premises of the National Assembly -not minding the Police and SSS Units deployed to secure the Institution on permanent basis- as at time of attack; the Mace of the Senate was carted away  by a few hoodlum. This is a great challenge on our security agencies intelligence abilities, response time to incidence and understanding of their assigned duties.  Who really was in-charge of the National Assembly security and protection details? Aside from running after their bosses, carrying bags for their wives, and assaulting the public, are there any real security functions for the security aides to politicians?

Discipline: The political class are getting loose in their acts in recent ties. apparent lack of concise political leadership occasioned by a senile and partial party leadership has created a culture of individual empires within the Nigerian political class. This lack of respect has been ascribed to the loose arrangement that midwives the APC and produced its leadership before the 2015 elections. Senator Omo-Agege (the reported leader of these hoodlum) has reached above his head and there is a need to caution such move immediately. Regardless of his angst, no-one has the right to rob the senate of the Federal Republic. The Nigerian elites have to forget which side this senator stands on and call him to order. He should be as a matter of national emergency, be arrested and stand trial for robbery and nothing lesser. He should be made to understand that the National assembly is not a village meeting in anyone’s village.

2019 Elections: More at risk is our commonwealth as a nation if great security risks like this are occurring at the eve of our national elections. While direct efforts should be concerted on the recorvery of the stollen Mace, a rethink of our security mix and strategic response during an attack should be undertaken as a matter of national emergency. maceThe security of the nation is at risk and we must really call all to task in propagating a fool proof, thug and hoodlum free elections come February 2019.

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2019 Election! Buhari Appoints Festus Keyamo As Spokesperson For His 2019 Presidential Campaigns — Oraks News Hub

2019 Elections, APC, PDP, PMB, Politics

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Festus Keyamo, as the Director, Strategic Communications in respect to the forthcoming 2019 presidential campaigns. Consequently, Keyamo is now the official spokesperson for the 2019 presidential campaigns of President Buhari. The lawyer shared the letter of appointment on his Twitter page writing: “With this […]

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I see a new Nigeria in the hands of God – Obasanjo — AdeLove.com|Best Nigerian Blog

2019 Elections, Africa, APC, PMB, Politics, Power

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he has seen a “new Nigeria in the hands of God”. Obasanjo said this on Thursday when he registered as a member of the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM). The elder statesman said the movement would raise the standard of political leadership and governance. “Coalition for Nigeria Movement is proposed […]

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Nobody will read my biography because of my past – Babangida

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Babangida Nobody will read my biography because of my past – Babangida      By Adeola Opeyemi

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Ibrahim Babangida said people might not read his biography because he was a dictator – The former head of state said people judge him by his past – He said he has received little or no commendation for conducting the freest election in Nigeria

A former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida, has lamented that his past as a military dictator is affecting the way people see him, as most Nigerians do not take him serious because of the annulment of June 12, 1993 election. Babangida, who made this statement during a programme on Channels TV titled ‘Roadmap 2019’, said he hoped that someday, the younger generation will ask for his own side of the story and understand why he cancelled the 1993 election. He said: “They say, ‘he cancelled the freest election in the history but he annulled it’ but nobody gives me credit for conducting the freest election in the country.

“We try to rationalise why we did what we did but nobody is prepared to listen to us. So, it is a matter of time. One day, the younger generation will say they have heard one side and want to hear the other side of the story. “Maybe by then we will have a better society that is prepared; that is well-informed of what happened within a period of their existence. They will then be able to say this is the true story.” Babangida said he and late Moshood Abiola were friends before he annulled the June 12 elections.

When asked if he would ever publish his biography, he said: “I don’t know. People may not read it because it is coming from a dictator. A lot will say ‘he is the one who cancelled June 12 and that will kill everything that I have to talk about. “I hope that one day God will spare my life so that I can discuss it because I still believe people don’t get what we were trying to do. Nobody has ever sat down to say the two personalities are friends, what went wrong.

“I have never seen anybody write about this to try to give people another version of things. I knew his feelings and he knew my own. We even talked about it during the crisis itself.” NAIJ.com earlier reported that the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus along with members of the PDP National Working Committee met with General Babangida in Minna on Monday, April 16. The team arrived at the Minna airport with a chartered flight and was driven in a motorcade to the uphill residence of Babangida. The meeting was held behind closed doors in the presence of members of the Niger state working committee of the party led by the chairman, Barrister Tanko Beji.

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Sheriff’s supporters threaten to quit PDP

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Sheriff’s supporters threaten to quit PDP

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Yobe State loyal to a former national chairman of the party, Ali Sheriff, have threatened to pull out of the PDP over alleged imposition of the state executive committee by its national working committee.

The members also said Mr Sheriff remains their leader and would decide their next political direction.

They made this declaration on Sunday at a press conference in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, after their faction led by Lawan Karasuwa and a former minister of finance, Yerima Ngama, held a closed door meeting that lasted several hours.

The meeting was in reaction to a federal high court judgment in Abuja on Thursday dismissing their challenge of the legitimacy of the state executive committee.

The Karasuwa-led committee came into force during the reign of Mr Sheriff. But when the former Borno State governor was removed from office as national chairman by the Supreme Court, his successor, Mr Makarfi, ordered composition of fresh state working committees.

But the Karasuwa-led committee contended that it was not duly dissolved before a new state working committee was “imposed” on the state.

The current executive committee led by Sani Nguru, a former chairman of APC in Yobe State, is believed to be loyal to a former minister of police affairs, Adamu Waziri, a serial governorship candidate of the party in Yobe.

Following the court ruling in favoru of Mr. Waziri’s faction, the aggrieved members vowed never again to be in the same party with the former minister whom they blamed for the 20 years woes of the PDP in Yobe State.

They also foreclosed any dialogue or truce with Mr. Waziri.

Though the group did not clearly state its next direction, PREMIUM TIMES learnt from multiple sources at the meeting that it was concluded they will be joining the ruling APC.

Yermima Ngama, a former Managing Director of First Bank, read the resolution of the meeting during the press conference.

“Since its inception in 1998, the PDP was well received in Yobe state”, he said. “In 1999 when the local government elections were conducted, PDP won in ten local government areas in Yobe state out of the 17 local governments.

“Unfortunately since that time our fortune continued to dwindle and we were unable to clinch the leadership in Yobe State, because the party has been in one crisis or the other up till today. And this is basically because of selfishness of some certain persons, and also the selfishness of some national party leaders who decided to pitch camp with those individuals.

“The history of crisis, rancour, anti-party activities, failures has been our plight. With all this, fingers have been pointing towards one direction of people who believe that things must always be their way. They would never follow anybody and everybody has to follow them. And that crisis has continued till this day.

“During my leadership as minister of finance from Yobe state, I did everything within my reach to bring together the three factions that I inherited – the Adamu Waziri faction, Senator Albishir faction and the neutral group; and we were able to conduct a well accepted congress in 2012.

“However, immediately the national leadership crisis set in in 2014, the then national chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu, who is well known for his impunity, unilaterally dissolved our Exco in Yobe State, and set up a so-called caretaker committee, and we lost the general election.

“After that, the party went into several crisis and Ali Modu Sheriff came in to salvage this party. Under the leadership of Senator Sheriff, because all the tenure of excos had expired, a new round of congress was conducted and the one in Yobe state was held successfully, but towards the end, some group withdrew because they don’t like the result that came out of the Yobe congress. Since then, the party was divided.

“The coming in of Senator Ahmed Makarfi also saw a further division within the party where by some 90 percent of PDP members in Yobe State who were loyal to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff were disenfranchised. It was interesting to note that in other states, Makarfi dissolved their Excos before he ordered for fresh elections, but in our own, we didn’t even have that recognition. He unilaterally asked Adamu Waziri to form his own Exco.

“Given that crisis the entire membership of PDP met in Karasuwa town of Yobe state where we reviewed everything about the party from 1999 to that time and resolved that there is only one way for PDP as a party to succeed and to even attracting other people to join it, before thinking of forming state government.

“An and to do that we have to take a far-reaching decision which we now call the Karasuwa declaration – which is, we as party members will never, ever have anything to do with Alhaji Adamu Maziri and his group. With that Karasuwa declaration, our leader, Senator Muhammed Dambu, advised us to go to court to challenge the existence of two excos in one state.

“And last Thursday the court gave its own judgment. Though the judgment came to us as very funny and surprising, after a careful examination of the ruling, we found out that what the judge told us was true because any political crisis can only be judged in accordance to what is contained in the constitution of the party.

“So if the party has a defective constitution, the judge can only judge on the basis of that defective constitution. So the presiding judge ruled that the state executive council under the leadership of Lawan Gana karasuwa was properly constituted and were properly sworn in and they were properly given certificate of return. With that, the PDP in Yobe state has been handed over to Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri who controlled less than ten percent of the membership of the party.

“So what we did here today is to review all that happened to the party, and in doing that we have all the members of the state Exco under Lawan Gana Karasuwa, we have party chairmen from the 17 local government areas of Yobe state and their Exco, we other stake holders and we have communicated with other stakeholders who have not been able to make it here to tell them about our resolution which they endorsed and have given us permission to speak on their behalf.

“And the resolution we reached is as follows:-

That all the stakeholders have agreed to stand by the earlier Karasuwa declaration that we will no work with Alhaji Adamu Maina waziri and his faction; also we will never get involved in anything that has to do with Adamu Maina Waziri; that is to say even if by tomorrow, the exco calls for a reconciliation with Adamu Maina Waziri, we will not go.

“We also resolved to support our leader, Senator Muhammed Danbu to pursue further legal action to appeal on the decision of the federal high court and we have asked him to pursue it until we reach the Supreme court.

“However, we have also resolved that we have unanimously and without any reservation handed over our political future to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, we will, without any hesitation, automatically abide by any directive given to us by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff concerning our political future. Whatever he says, that is what we are going to do”.

The chairman of the PDP in the state, Mr Nguru, did not immediately respond to several calls to his mobile phone. But when he eventually picked, he said he would only speak at a later time as he was busy.

Reordered election battle: We can’t be disbanded – Pro-Buhari senators

2019 Elections, Politics, Power

sarakiMembers of the Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) for President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday faulted the Senate’s resolution disbanding their association, saying they cannot be intimidated.

PSG was formed as a result of the passage of the amendment made to the 2010 Electoral Act on February 14 this year.  The group was against the reordered election sequence said to be targeted at President Buhari.

The Senate on Thursday suspended the secretary of the PSG, Senator Ovie Oma-Agege (APC, Delta) over his remarks that the public perception was that the reordered election sequence was targeted at Buhari. Aside the suspension, the PSG was also proscribed.

Daily Trust gathered that immediately after Oma-Agege was suspended, members of the group met at the National Assembly where they reviewed the proscription of PSG among others.

It was gathered that at the meeting which lasted for about an hour with key members in attendance, they resolved to ignore the proscription and continue with the association. In a phone interview, one of the leaders of the PSG, said their group could not be disbanded.

The senator, who did not want to be named, said five other groups were in existence in the Senate.

“We have five other groups in the Senate. So, why are they saying they have disbanded ours?  We have Southern senators’ forum, Northern  senators forum, APC caucus,  PDP caucus and even Northeast caucus. They are all interest groups like ours.

“Ask Saraki, how did he emerge as the Senate President ? Was it not through the like minds group? Why are they after the PSG? Freedom of association is guaranteed by the constitution,” he said.

Describing the proscription as unconstitutional, he said they had resolved to go ahead with the group, adding “We are going to meet this week. No going back on this.”

Even though Oma-Agege’s suspension was hinged on a court case he instituted, it was gathered that his main offence was the collation of signatures against the reordered election. Senators told our correspondent that weeks ago, Oma-Agege moved from one office to another collating signatures for the support of President Buhari’s decision.

Buhari had in a letter read on March 13, this year at both chambers of the National Assembly, rejected the amendment made to the Electoral Act, citing constitutional matters.

Weeks ago, the Senate began the move to override the President’s  action. A bill to that effect sponsored by Senator Nazif Suleiman (APC, Bauchi) has scaled first reading. It is expected to be listed for second reading any time from now.

2019: IBB endorses SDP

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2019: IBB endorses SDP

Former Military President and chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, General Ibrahim Babangida, IBB, yesterday shocked many when he openly declared support for the Social Democratic Party, SDP, led by former Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief Olu Falae. Speaking in Minna over the weekend when the national leadership of the party visited him at his hill-top mansion in Minna, Babangida said the party was real and smart, with the zeal to deliver democratic dividends to the people.

“If I hadn’t been too old, I would have loved to join the youths vanguard of your party. I have faith in the political party, for what it is and what it stands for. When I heard in the news that a party has come on board, the first thing that occurred to me was that the name sounds familiar, so I made a decision that I will wait and see how it plays out.

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‘’I was looking at how SDP will populate itself. And then the next pleasing thing that I heard was that it has people like Olu Falae, Professor Jerry Gana, Professor Adeniran. “After that I said this party is real, because most of the names are names that I have known and I have worked with and for the sake of this country, so I said the party is smart to convinced all these gentlemen to come and join them. ‘

’That is why I did not hesitate to give direction to those who came to me to seek advice on which direction to go.” Babangida pointed out that the vision he had for the country was the same vision that is shared by those driving the party, adding that “the security and well being of Nigerians are very important and you have identified this in your programme, so Nigerians must rally round you and support you to ensure that this is realizable.” Babangida urged the younger generation and women to give their support to SDP as it is “populated by men of integrity, men who when they work, they work well, when they speak, they speak well.”

Babangida then advised the leadership of the party to make its manifestos public to Nigerians, so they could be held accountable. In his address earlier, the National Chairman of the Party, Chief Olu Falae, said they were in the state to see General Babangida as part of the party’s nationwide consultation to brief him on the activities of the party and to solicit for his support and wise counselling.

 

 

Real concerns Archbishop Welby raised before Buhari

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• President Disappears From Abuja House
• Presidency Silent On Meeting With May

Contrary to official statement from the Presidency concerning the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Justin Portal Welby, it has emerged that the Anglican cleric raised concerns about the security situation in Nigeria, particularly attacks on Christian communities.

This is coming just as The Guardian gathered that President Buhari kept away from Abuja House, where he experienced some heckling from protesters last August.

A transcript of the discussion between the two leaders, which The Guardian obtained, showed that the Archbishop was very worried about the herders farmers’ conflicts and excruciating poverty in the country.

According to the transcript, the Archbishop told the President that no “country or society can flourish without excellent education,” impressing it upon him “how education helps tackle poverty.”

The English host informed his visitor of the vital role churches in England play, not just in educating a million children, but in providing them with values, identity and purpose.

Archbishop Welby, therefore, expressed deep concern about the suffering resulting from raids on Christian communities and villages, particularly as far as Delta State and urged the President to put in place measures to restore confidence in neutrality of the federal authorities.

While regretting the very many deaths and possible escalation of violence in the country, the Archbishop said the poor are suffering most for those tragedies, and urged Buhari to do everything in his power to secure the release of 14 year-old Christian girl, Leah Sharibu, who refused to convert to Islam.

The Archbishop told Buhari how he paid a pastoral visit to Nigeria in 2014 after the abduction of the Chibok girls, assuring of his continued prayers for the release of Sharibu and other Chibok girls still in Boko Haram captivity.

On the President’s disappearance from the official residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, otherwise known as Abuja House, and the proposed meeting with the British Premier, Theresa May, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Public Affairs, Femi Adesina, kept mum.

When our reporter called at Abuja House on Wednesday and Friday, there were no signs of the usual movement of vehicles and personnel that characterised the President’s two prolonged medical vacations of last year.

A security officer, who answered the bell on Wednesday evening responded with hostility and directed the reporter to the Northumberland Avenue, office of the Nigerian High Commission.

On Friday evening, when The Guardian visited, the residence was still quiet and the only member of staff seen closing around 6pm, told the reporter, “l don’t work there. Leave me alone, this Sahara Reporters people.”

Perhaps, out of fear of a recurrence of the heckling by protesters, which forced him to cut short his second medical vacation last August, after several weeks of treatment and recuperating at the Abuja House, President Muhammadu Buhari, seemed to have abandoned the West London property to a secretive hotel, since arriving in London a few days ago, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Conference beginning on Monday.

Also, the president’s proposed meeting with the British Prime Minister is being kept secretive, even as it is unlikely the two leaders may meet ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM).

Attempts to speak to the President’s Special Adviser on Media on Friday evening, to ascertain if the President had met with Mrs. May, met with a resounding: “no comment.”

When asked why the President didn’t officially transmit power, as alleged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adesina also responded “no comment.”

On whether the President was using this visit to attend to his private affairs, as the PDP National Publicity Secretary claimed, Adesina defended the President’s right to mix business and pleasure, saying:”It’s a free world.”

Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja Dumps PDP Again!!

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ladojaPrior to a trending rumour that the former governor of Oyo state Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja may leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) anytime soon.

Ladoja was quoted to have said his followers are not comfortable with the way the National Executives of the party is handling the so called harmonization list in Oyo State chapter of PDP.

He said ‘‘we are the people at the grassroots and we are much more interested in winning the next elections in Oyo State, we are not comfortable with the  way the National Executive of PDP is handling the so called harmonization  in Oyo State, that is why we are at the point of  moving to another party.

 Some people said they will take the party to court because the election of the Oyo PDP executives was done in accordance with law but for us we are not interested in going to any court. Our focus is identifying what the grass root want and working with them’’.

The Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland who left Accord party for PDP in 2017, said ‘‘the most important thing for me is what the grassroots want, that is what I will always stand for.’’

Ladoja said a committee is currently working and consulting on the next party they should be moving to.

Meanwhile one of the leading gubernatorial hopeful of PDP in Oyo State  and a strong supporter of Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, Oloye Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli said “Baba Ladoja has not said anything of such to me, so I am not aware of him moving to another party.”

Exposed: Oyegun’s ‘hidden agenda’ on tenure extension

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Exposed: Oyegun’s ‘hidden agenda’ on tenure extension

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Rather than go away, tenure elongation is still haunting the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Some of its members yesterday cried out over the content of a memo presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Monday by Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun.

They claimed that a portion of the memo was aimed at achieving tenure extension through the backdoor.

But the party leadership denied having any hidden plan to extend its tenure.

Referring to the committee’s report, Oyegun insisted that the February 27 decision of NEC neither violated APC constitution nor the 1999 Constitution.

Sources said yesterday that the adopted memo may “trigger problems”, especially if the proposed congresses and convention are not held

The Nation, April 11, 2018