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Picture Of Cameroonian Soldier Killed Boko Haram Today

This is the picture of Caporal Joris Hans Ngane, a Cameroonian soldier, who was killed on Thursday night following an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists at Wambache in the country’s far north.

Picture: Buhari Receives Saraki, Dogara In London

President Muhammadu Buhari receives Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara at the Abuja House London on 17th Aug 2017.

President Muhammadu Buhari receives Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara at the Abuja House London on 17th Aug 2017.

President Muhammadu Buhari receives Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara at the Abuja House London on 17th Aug 2017.

In Early Morning Twitter Storm, Osinbajo Says Hate Speech Won’t Be Tolerated In Nigeria

Nigeria's Acting President Yemi Osinbajo presided over a Quarterly Presidential Business Forum held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. 11th July 2017. PHOTOS: NOVO ISIORO.

In a series of tweets lifted from a speech, Nigerian Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, said on Thursday that hate speech will not be tolerated under his leadership.

Mr. Osinbajo compared hate speech to terrorism and said silence is not a good option. He cited the example of Nazis in Germany and warned that remaining silent can lead to the same tragic end where Jews were virtually exterminated by Adolf Hitler.

He said his tweets were part of his opening remarks at the National Economic Council, NEC, Retreat.

Pro-Biafra leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has escalated hate speech in recent months since his release from detention. He has formed an armed force and promised to die or break Nigeria.

Reckless northern youth then issue an ultimatum to the Igbo to leave Nigeria within three months. With threats and counter-threats, tension quickly reached to the skies, prompting Mr. Osinbajo to meet with religious, traditional and political leaders.


Nigerian Army Launches Mobile Strike Team Against Boko Haram in Borno

A mobile strike team against Boko Haram terrorists has been launched in Borno state.

The Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru launched Mobile Strike Teams (MST) at the Military Command and Control Centre, Maimalari Military Cantonment, Maiduguri, Borno State.

The Theatre Commander in his address said that the teams are specially selected forces with mixed equipment and platforms to achieve the conduct of long range patrols and ambushes deep into the hinterland.

He urged teams to be discipline, confident, resolute, focused and determined in their determined efforts of clearing the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists wherever they are found.

It would be recalled that the MST were trained at Nigerian Army School of Special Forces (NASFS), Buni Yadi, Yobe State recently. Their task is to keep the main supply route and all rural settlements safe.

President Buhari Heartbroken After Mudslide Killed Over 300 In Sierra Leone, Calls President Koroma

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President Muhammadu Buhari with R-L: Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant Media & Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Special Adviser Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina and Personal Assistant Digital/Online Media Lauretta Onochie as he receives Presidential media team as well as Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters at the Abuja House London on 12th August 2017.

President Muhammadu Buhari is heartbroken after more than 300 people were killed by mudslide in Sierra Leone.

In a Tuesday telephone call from London, President Buhari told President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone that the hearts of Nigerians are with the people of Sierra Leone at this tragic and painful period in the history of the country.

President Buhari prayed that Almighty God will comfort those who are mourning loved ones and suffered other losses.

President Koroma thanked President Buhari for his show of concern and wished him good health, the presidency said.

Opinion| Garba Shehu: The Time For Propaganda is Over. It Is Time For Proper Agenda!

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The Presidency’s statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on media to President Muhammad Buhari, has only exposed why Nigeria is in an economic recession and is floundering in all spheres.

It is quite sad that Malam Garba Shehu does not know that oil constitutes only 15% of Nigeria’s GDP and thus a fall in the price of oil should not lead to a collapse of the Nigerian economy as has been experienced under President Buhari.

If Garba and his boss are willing to learn, the Jonathan Foundation and the Peoples Democratic Party can arrange a course for them to be tutored on the subject-how to grow your economy to be the largest in Africa. We make bold that we are experienced in that area.

When Mr. Shehu says “There is nothing to show for the revenues earned, no major capital project was completed, neither power generation, road development, rail or agriculture benefitted from the windfall earnings” he only further exposes his intellectual laziness and failing memory.

Obviously Garba Shehu has forgotten that when his boss was commissioning the Abuja-Kaduna 187KM fast railway that enables Nigerians work in Abuja and live in Kaduna, he was forced to admit that the project was conceived, built and completed by the Jonathan administration.

At that event, President Muhammadu Buhari said about the $1.5 billion project and I quote “This project was conceived by a previous administration, started by the last government”.

My question to Mr. Shehu is this-who is a liar between him and his boss?

I also urge Garba Shehu to take note of the fact that the only Federal University in his boss’s home state of Katsina was built by the Jonathan administration in addition to 13 other universities and 165 Almajiri schools built all over Nigeria. For people who don’t value education, I am not surprised that they see this as “nothing to show”!

It may also interest Garba Shehu to note that the Jonathan administration revived the moribund Nigerian Railways Corporation to the extent that the loquacious Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi was forced to confess on December 15, 2015 and I quote “In fact, I think we have a problem; most people don’t believe that the railway transport is functioning in Nigeria. I didn’t even know, until I started this tour, I never knew that the railway was functioning, it was even from his (MD’s) speech that I learnt that there are some coaches or services that go to Kano or Port Harcourt or elsewhere.”

These are just a few of the infrastructural legacies of the Jonathan era.

It is quite surprising that Garba Shehu now praises the former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, His Royal Majesty, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Nigerians have not forgotten that it is the same Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, now Muhammadu Sanusi II who carpeted the economic policies of the Buhari administration, saying that under the Buhari administration, and again I quote, “There is one rate for petroleum marketers, there is interbank rate, there is another for money market operators such as western union, money gram, there is bureau de change rate and there is a special rate you get when you call the CBN for a transaction.”

My other question to Garba Shehu is this, how will an economy not collapse when you have multiple exchange rates?

Malam Garba and his boss continues to show that they are in over their necks by their statements. For instance, Garba says “At the inception of the current administration, 21 States were unable to meet their salary bills and the spectre of workers arrears had commenced. The PDP solution was the raid the Ecological Fund and selectively grant N2Bn each to the PDP States.”

Is it that Garba Shehu and his boss do not know that Nigeria is a federation and that the Federal Government cannot control the states? No wonder they are against restructuring and want to throw the report of the 2014 National Conference into the dustbin.

We have already proved that the accusation re the Ecological Fund is a lie and it shows desperation on the side of the Presidency to rehash it.

When that notorious liar, Nasir El-Rufai first made the accusation, we showed, with documentary evidence, that core PDP states like Akwa-Ibom, where the then chairman of the PDP Governors Forum comes from and Ekiti state which was the only PDP state in the Southwest, did not benefit from the Ecological Fund. Meanwhile, 10 states which were of the then opposition All Progressive Congress did.

Apparently, when Garba Shehu and Lai Mohammed speak, they speak their native language, lies!

Mr. Garba Shehu would do well to remember that his boss promised Nigerians 3 million jobs every year. Rather, according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, 4.58 million jobs, created by the Jonathan led PDP administration, were lost in his boss’s first year.

Laughably, Garba Shehu cites the fight against corruption and the terror war as major achievements of the Buhari administration.

How can Garba Shehu reconcile his so called anti corruption war with the fact that Nigeria has made NO PROGRESS in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index under Buhari and in the latest CPI Transparency International said and I quote “Some other large African countries have failed to improve their scores on the index. These include South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya.”

On the alleged terror war, Nigerians will recall that President Muhammadu Buhari said that Boko Haram has been technically defeated.

My question is how can a defeated Boko Haram now have the ability to kidnap policewomen and oil explorers? How can a defeated Boko Haram attack military formations? How can a defeated Boko Haram carry out more suicide bombing a in the last eight months than at any other time in Nigeria’s history.

Has Garba Shehu forgotten that on July 6, 2017, the World Economic Forum named Nigeria as the fifth most dangerous country in the world? Or that on the 4th of February 2017, the United States Congress cited Nigeria as “the most dangerous place for Christians in the world”?

Garba Shehu can continue living in his fool’s paradise but he should give Nigerians more credit than to issue the pathetic tissue of lies that he called a response to former President Jonathan’s comments at this past weekend’s non elective Congress of the PDP.

Dr. Jonathan spoke generally about the positive impact of the PDP administrations on the lives of Nigerians and specifically on some of his exemplary achievements that made life better for the citizenry. He spoke about his reforms in the electoral process, transport, rail services, industrial and automotive policy, as well as the transformational impact of many other policies like YouWin, Youth Enterprises with Innovation (YouWin), bank verification number (BVN), the treasury single account (TSA) and the e-wallet system which were all measures designed to fight corruption.

The time for propaganda is long gone. Any body who wants to differ should speak to those issues raised, and not boasts about accomplishments that are not visible. The succeeding administration has been on the saddle for more than half of its four-year tenure.

This is the time for it to display its scorecard, especially since the blame game no longer connects with Nigerians. At some point under the PDP oil price fell to as low as $30 dollars and the party never cited that as a reason for non-performance.

It is up to Nigerians to determine if they are better or worse off today than they were in 2015, when former President Goodluck Jonthan left office.

Finally, I urge Garba Shehu to go back and read Malam El-Rufai’s memo to President Muhammadu Buhari where El-Rufai said, and I quote, “In very blunt terms, Mr. President, our APC administration has not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance outside of our successes in fighting BH insurgency and corruption.”

Reno Omokri (Bestselling author of Facts Versus Fiction: The True Story of the Jonathan Years: Chibok, 2015 and Other Conspiracies) for former Dr. Goodluck Jonathan President of Nigeria 2010-2015.

Video: Pro-Buhari Backers Storm Aso Rock To Voice Love And Support For Recovering Nigerian Leader

In huge numbers, they quickly out-numbered those who opposed the President at daily rallies last week. Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari stormed Aso Rock, the Nigerian seat of power, on Monday, to voice their love for the recovering leader who has been treating himself in London since May 7. Protests exploded last week in the Nigerian capital calling on Mr. Buhari to resume work or resign after three months abroad. Protesters said Mr. Yemi Osinbajo, who is acting as President, did not enoy full power to take major decisions. But Mr. Buhari’s supporters argued that the President did the right thing by handing over power and has not broken any law. With protests and counter protests, Mr. Buhari’s media team quickly travelled to London at the weekend. The pictures and videos released showed an upbeat President waiting for doctors clearance to come back home.

Breaking: 16 Chinese, 8 Nigerians Arrested Over Illegal Mining In Nigeria

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Sixteen Chinese nationals and eight Nigerians involved in massive illegal mining were on Monday arrested in Zurak, Wase Local Government, Plateau State on the orders of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Brig-Gen Babagana Monguno, the spokesman of the ministry of mines said in a statement.

The suspects were arrested when the NSA in company with the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, visited some illegal mining sites in the richly endowed lead/zinc belt.

The Minister, in exercise of powers provided in Section 4 of the Nigeria Minerals and Mining Act 2007, also declared a special mining zone over the lead/zinc in Kampala Zurak, directing the immediate stoppage of all mining activities in the area with the exception of duly licensed miners confirmed by the Mining Cadastre Office.

This is even as one Alhaji Usman Abubakar (aka Dan China) regarded as one of the most notorious illegal miners in the state was declared wanted by the NSA, Brig-Gen Monguno. The NSA ordered all security agencies to fish out and arrest the notorious illegal miner for acts seen as economic sabotage.

Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon Simon Lalong, accompanied the Minister and the NSA on the reconnaissance mission to Wase LGA.

The arrested Nigerians have been in active connivance with non-Nigerians to carry out massive illegal mining in the state thereby depriving the country of revenue. Their unwholesome activities have also led to environmental degradation and abandoned mine pits.

Zurak is a key location of substantial mineral deposits especially lead, zinc, copper, tin, wolframite, tantalite and other base metals.

Over time, the range of illegal mining activities have been recorded around the Zurak/Wase area leading to a huge loss of revenue, minable land and social displacement of the rural communities.

Chief amongst the illegal miners identified during the visit is Solid Unit Limited, owned by Alhaji Usman Abubakar (aka Dan China) who is notorious for economic terrorism and has a reputation for evading law enforcement agencies. Another notable culprit is Geotess Nigeria Limited owned by one Dr. Kola Russel Ojo.

Under the Mining Act, the Minister has responsibility to “stop mining [activities] and take any action to ensure orderly development of the mineral resources”.

Dr Fayemi, in exercise of his powers, also directed the shutdown of the operations of Solid Unit Limited and Geotess Nigeria Limited.

While responding, Governor Simon Lalong lamented the deprivation faced by people of Zurak despite the richness of the mineral resources that surround them. He called on the Federal Government to take necessary measures to curb illegal mining all over Plateau State.

3 Dead As White Nationalist Rally In Virginia Turns Fatal

At least three persons died and about 35 were injured on Saturday in a day of clashes at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Governor Terry McAuliffe said one of those killed was a 32-year-old female pedestrian. She was hit by a car that plowed into marchers.

NPR reported that the driver of the car, James Alex Fields from Ohio, is being held on charges including second degree murder. Police say he’s from Ohio.

A short time after the violence erupted, a police helicopter crashed, killing two troopers.  Associated Press said the helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers monitoring the rally.

The officers killed were Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, of Midlothian, Va. and trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates, 40 of Quinton, Va.

In video posted to Twitter, a silver car with darkened windows can be seen speeding through the crowd and ramming another vehicle, sending people through the air. The car then goes into reverse while marchers chase it.

Governor McAuliffe, speaking at a press conference, told white nationalist protesters to “Go home”, adding: “You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you. You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot.”

Ambode Approves Phase 2 Of CodeLagos, To Launch 300 New Coding Centres Next Month

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (left) and Governor of Borno State, Mr. Kashim Shettima (right), during the wedding of Gov Ibikunle Amosun’s daughter and Hon Abike Dabiri’s son in Abeokuta on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has approved the implementation of the second phase of the CodeLagos Project, which will be launched in September 2017.

The approval is coming on the heels of the successful implementation of the pilot phase of the project which has trained 5,464 students of primary and secondary schools across the State.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh in a statement on Sunday, said that 65 schools including government and private schools took part in the pilot phase.

He said: “The training has delivered to the students critical life skills including basic computing, computational thinking and use of basic computer programming tools like Scratch and python over a period of eight weeks and the feedbacks have been inspiring.”

“Of the 65 schools in the pilot, 23 are government schools of which seven of them are girls’ only schools while two others are boys only.”

He also disclosed that the experience and knowledge garnered from the pilot phase has helped the Ministry to assess and fine-tune the framework and implementation model of the project in view of future roll out.

“This pilot phase has helped us test our assumptions and implementation plan, we have observed what worked and what didn’t and would put them into consideration for future roll out beginning with the next batch slated for September, 2017,” the Special Adviser said.

Meanwhile, the Government has concluded plans to roll out the project in all the State-owned public libraries to ensure access to CodeLagos classes for more Lagosians especially those out of the conventional schools system.

Bank- Olemoh said that more Lagosians would have the opportunity to take part in the training free-of-charge at any of the public libraries.

“We currently have 12 Libraries and we are setting up Coding Centres in each of the libraries for Lagosians to partake of the programme. We will also have coding centres in our tertiary institutions,” he said.

CodeLagos, an initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, which aims to teach one million Lagosians to code by 2019, was unveiled to the public in November 2016.

According to Bank-Olemoh, “CodeLagos will ensure that the Lagos economy has the people that will drive its development for the next 50 years, positioning Lagos State as the technology frontier in Africa.

He enjoined Lagosians to visit www.codelagos.org as the registration portal would be open for the public to sign up for free on Monday August 21.

8 LASTMA Officials Arrested For Taking Bribes From Motorists In Lagos

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The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has arrested eight of its officials for collecting bribes from motorists and other corrupt practices, the government said in a statement on Sunday, saying the arrests were “in continuation of efforts to stem the tide of corruption among the state traffic officials”.

The officials, who are attached to the Agege-Pen Cinema Office of the Agency, were arrested last week. They are Adebeshin Adeola, Davies Idowu, Folashade Abolade, Shittu Lanre, Akinkotu Olusoga, Olowu Said, Olaoye Peter and Adebola Said.

The duo of Adeshina and Davies had earlier arrested two Lagos painted commercial buses with registration numbers FKJ 770 XT and KRD 558 XM driven by Olatunji Mayowa and Donatus Eze respectively at Abule Egba area of the State for seat belt violation.

The actions of the drivers were in violations of the Lagos State Traffic laws, and the buses were subsequently apprehended and taken to the Agege-Pen Cinema Office of the Agency.

However, the matter took a new twist at the Agege Office when the apprehending officials in conjunction with the General Duty Officer demanded for the sum of N7,200 from each of the bus drivers before the release of the buses.

The drivers, knowing the position of LASTMA on corruption and having listened to various media programmes where official complaint numbers were given, alerted the Agency and marked currency were given to the complainants and collected by the officials in a successful sting operation organized and coordinated by the Provost Marshal of the Agency, Mr Femi Ajibosho.

The Provost Marshal arrived when Abolade was about collecting N7,200 from Donatus Eze, while the collected marked money of N7,200 of Olatunji Mayowa was found on her after search.

In the same vein and at the same location, the members of the patrol team of the Agency comprising of Shittu Lanre, Akinkotu Olusoga, Olowu Said, Olaoye Peter and Adebola Said also arrested a vehicle for traffic laws violation and asked Abolade to facilitate collection of bribe on their behalf from the alleged offender before the release of the vehicle.

All the traffic officials involved in this shameful act have been released on bail, but are to face the full weight of the Lagos State Public Service Rules and Regulations.

Speaking on the incident at Oshodi Office of the Agency, LASTMA General Manager, Mr Olawale Musa said the Agency has set a standard for itself to become one of the most disciplined, credible and efficient traffic management institution in the Sub-Saharan Africa.

He said: “LASTMA under my watch will not tolerate any act of indiscipline and corruption capable of dragging the revered image of the Agency and that of the State Government to the mud.

“To this end, all the officials involved in the shameful act will be made to appear before the Personnel Management Board (Discipline) to defend their action in accordance with the relevant sections of the Public Service Rules.”

Speaking further, Musa said the action of the officials were disgraceful and did not represent the training and operational manual of the Agency, adding that it also did not justify the huge motivation and investment in them by the Agency to perform excellently on the road.

He said the introduction of culture of civility and respect for motorists’ rights was part of the bid to curb corruption in the agency, with more emphasis on reducing rash decisions, extortion of motorists and rather concentrating on efficient traffic management and control.

However, the LASTMA boss said the new paradigm shift which is now responsible for sanity, orderliness and seamless traffic on Lagos roads does not preclude the Agency from sanctioning any motorist who runs foul of the law when occasion calls for it, in order to improve on the existing tempo and performance.

It would be recalled that the Agency recently dismissed 20 officials for various corrupt practices and 15 others received letters of warning for various acts considered inimical to the Agency and service of the Lagos State Government.

Sokoto Government Donates N10 Million To NAOWA, Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association

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Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, with his deputy Ahmad Aliyu, with members of the Nigeria Army Officers' Wives Association (NAOWA) during their visit to Sokoto Government House...weekend.

Sokoto state government has donated the sum of ten million Naira to the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA) in its bid to establish a new nursery and primary school at Giginya Barracks, Sokoto.

Announcing the donation when he received executive members of the association in his office, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal commended them for their concern for the educational development of their members, and members of their host community.

He said the people of Sokoto have long standing and mutually-beneficial relationship with the military, and said the government will continue to appreciate all security agencies for their sacrifices to the nation.

“You have made a request of twenty five million Naira to establish a creche, nursery and primary school in Giginya Barracks. The government will donate N10 million and I will lead efforts to mobilise other people to bring in their donations for this laudable project.

“We will also continue to partner with you to improve the standard of living of our citizens,” Tambuwal added.

Earlier in her remarks, NAOWA’s Zonal Coordinator for Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi, Mrs Elice Nwosu, said the association has been involved in provisions of social services targeted at women, youths children and other vulnerable members of the society.

“We are working with the vision of our national president, Mrs. Ummah Buratai, to provide quality education, healthcare services and vocational skills to as many people as possible.

“In Sokoto, we plan to establish a creche, nursery and primary school and to renovate and re-open the NAOWA vocational skills acquisition centre for our members and members of our host community,” she added.

Latest Pictures: President Buhari Looking Far Better In London

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President Muhammadu Buhari with R-L: Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant Media & Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Special Adviser Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina and Personal Assistant Digital/Online Media Lauretta Onochie as he receives Presidential media team as well as Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters at the Abuja House London on 12th August 2017.
President Muhammadu Buhari with R-L: Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant Media & Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Special Adviser Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina and Personal Assistant Digital/Online Media Lauretta Onochie as he receives Presidential media team as well as Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters at the Abuja House London on 12th August 2017.
President Muhammadu Buhari with R-L: Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant Media & Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Special Adviser Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina and Personal Assistant Digital/Online Media Lauretta Onochie as he receives Presidential media team as well as Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters at the Abuja House London on 12th August 2017.
President Muhammadu Buhari with R-L: Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant Media & Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Special Adviser Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina and Personal Assistant Digital/Online Media Lauretta Onochie as he receives Presidential media team as well as Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters at the Abuja House London on 12th August 2017.


Even With Daunting Challenges, Buhari And I Will Deliver Economic Results To Nigerians, Osinbajo Vows

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo with Idris Jala, M.D BFR and CEO of PEMANDU during the Cabinet Retreat on ERGP Implementation and 2018 Budget Preparation Process. Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa. 10th August 2017. PHOTOS: NOVO ISIORO

Nigeria’s Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, declared on Thursday that despite daunting challenges, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver sustainable economic results to Nigerians.

He argued that even a pile of excuses that things cannot work in Nigeria will not stop the administration in its quest to deliver results.

Professor Osinbajo spoke earlier today at the Cabinet Retreat on the Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) and the 2018 Budget preparation which featured guest speakers including Dr Idris Jala, a former top official of the Malaysian government.

Below is the full text of the Acting President’s remark.



After listening to Dr. Idris Jala all I can say is as the opposition leader in Malaysia said this is what I have been saying for the past 50 years!

But seriously he is so right, the challenge is this, the discipline to be unreasonable in our targets and objectives. The discipline of attending the labs diligently and accepting to be locked in a room for as long as it takes to iron out what it is that needs to be done.

I like the point also that Dr Jala made that the excuse that it won’t work here, the Nigerian factor, or some say exceptionalism, or the acceptance of failure before you even start is certainly not tenable any more.

We simply have to accept that there is nothing Nigerian about failure, because as we know in our personal lives, failure and success are commodities on offer to everyone all over the world and every individual and every country makes a choice of which to buy and I will say on our behalf that we will choose success.

Dr Jala I have heard motivational speeches, but this is one I think that challenges our whole legitimacy as persons entrusted with leadership.

I think it goes beyond motivational speech, I think it really challenges the core of our relevance as leaders and I am challenged and I know that many of us here are and I think that we will do what we need to do to make sure that we see through the labs that we have to identify specific areas where we will do this labs. We must see to it that this works.

I want to thank you again for this exceptional moment you have taken us through and to thank all of you also for taking the time to come. So the work has just begun.

Thank you.

Dr Jala is a former Malaysian government official and guest speaker at the retreat 

Leave Buhari Alone, He Violated No Law, Says Senate

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The Nigerian Senate has cautioned the sponsors and participants in the protests by a coalition of civil society organizations,  operating under the aegis of #OurMumuDonDo, and demanding for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over his medical vacation in the United Kingdom to stop heating up the polity with their unreasonable demands.

In a statement signed by its spokesman, Dr. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate said the protesters were only creating unnecessary tension in the country and seeking to divert the attention of the Presidency from the economic and security issues which are being tackled with vigour.

The Senate noted that President Buhari had complied with the provisions of the nation’s grundnorm, the Constitution, which stipulated that he must handover to the Vice President and duly inform the two chambers of the legislature about his medical vacation.

“The President has broken no law and therefore we do not see any justification for this diversion and noise making. The sponsors are merely seeking cheap publicity at the expense of the peace of Nigeria. We, in the National Assembly,  are satisfied that there is no vacuum. The Federal Government is working. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo is providing the required leadership. So, there is no reason for the protests.

“All Nigerians now should focus on praying for the safe return of the President. We in the Senate are happy about the report by the Governors and party leaders who recently visited President Buhari in London and we know he will soon return to continue to provide leadership to our people and the rest of Africa.

“We therefore call on the protesters to stop all these demonstrations and let their sense of patriotism overshadow the zeal for activism by joining other Nigerians to pray for the President, the acting President and Nigeria as a country at this critical period”, Abdullahi stated.

Opinion| Turning Frustration Into Opportunity In Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during Federal Executive Council Meeting held at the Council Chamber, State House in Abuja, 22nd March 2017 Photo: NOVO ISIORO

The adage that “tough times do not last, tough people do’’ is fast becoming the experience of Nigeria in its fight against economic recession.

It is also relevant to confirm the saying that “God is a Nigerian’’ in the sense that the speed at which the nation is coming out of recession remains unprecedented, indicating that the hand of the Almighty is on the country.

When Muhammadu Buhari took over as President in 2015, he inherited an economy that would have made a faint hearted abandon a duty post. At that time, Nigeria was plagued with myriad of challenges which included disruptions in the oil sector as occasioned by fall in global price of oil and disrupted supply. The developments caused an acute drop in supply of foreign exchange which plunged the nation’s economy into a recession.

On assumption, President Buhari’s first action aimed at attacking recession was to insist that Nigeria and Nigerians produce what they consume and consume what is produced locally. This position formed the philosophical base of the Federal Government’s diversification policy.

Not too long after the pronouncement, results started manifesting in the agricultural sector. Latest figures shows that the sector is leading Nigeria’s non-oil export by $105.06 billion and this stands out as a strong indication that Nigeria has started raising its head above the water of recession and that productivity as against sharing revenue from oil, is fast becoming the order of the day.

Between 2015 and 2017, Nigeria witnessed the establishments of its largest rice processing mill, the second largest single line petroleum refinery, second largest urea fertilizer plant and the second largest chemical complex. Tax incentives for three years have also been given to local industries to enable ease the process of doing business as well as provide opportunities for the creation of new jobs.

With the establishment of the largest cement producing complex in Africa, foreign investors are encouraged to buy stakes from Dangote cement. So far, private investors have subscribed to about 2.1 per cent stake in the company which amounts to about $236 million. This is an indication that the confidence of foreign investors in the Nigerian economy is on the path of growth.

Furthermore, with the Olam group investing $150 million in the establishment of the largest poultry farm coupled with an integrated feed mill in sub-Saharan Africa in Kaduna as well as another $120 million investment in Vicampro potato farm that has the prospect of generating 30,000 jobs, all is now set for Nigeria to record a quantum leap in its economic growth.

Another proof of investors’ confidence manifested when a company with French parentage, Lafarge Nigeria, the second largest cement producing factory in Nigeria, converted the loan it granted the local arm of the company into equity. This is also an indication that foreign investors are no longer in a hurry to leave Nigeria.

Economic recovery also is on upward movement with the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) standing at 54.1 per cent. This means that Nigeria recorded expansion in production. On the other hand, there is a strong indication of growth in the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Financial Markets Dealers Quotations (FMDQ). A N10,000 investment in the NSE in January 2017 is capable of yielding N3,300 in six months. Such capital gain cannot accrue as interest rate when same amount is invested as deposit.

The simple deduction from these activities is that the nation is exiting from economic recession while at the same time growing rapidly. It demonstrates that the government has developed and is implementing concrete plans to attain a set target. With a 4.3 per cent growth rate as against the 2.8 % growth projection from the World Bank, it means that the big deal is on the way.

The recession has proved that the never-say-die-attitude of Nigerians to challenges should be emulated by other nations as all intents and purposes point to the fact that the nation is not wobbling out of its economic challenges but buttresses that good and implementable strategy, clear focus and an enabling environment are the necessary ingredients to pull such tough strings.

The feat achieved so far proves that it takes a disciplined government to take Nigeria out of a mono economy and conquer the world through economic diversification.

To further cement and improve the current achievements, the government can do more by creating business clusters, mechanic workshops and industrial estates in order to deepen the expansion of the productive sector. By the time the expansion of the productive sector has been deepened, Nigeria will once again prove to the world that converting a frustrating condition into an opportunity is its stock in trade.

By Kunle Somoye, a Public Affairs analyst, wrote from Abuja and can be reached via kunle321@gmail.com


U.S. Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Reacts To President Trump’s ‘Fire And Fury’ Threats To North Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is "taking a little time off" for vacation following an extended trip to Europe and the Middle East, his spokeswoman said. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

QUESTION:  Mr. Secretary, President Trump said that North Korea’s threats against the United States, if they continue, will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen before.  Is this part of a diplomatic strategy or did you find those remarks to be unhelpful?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Well, I think the U.S. and international community with respect to North Korea has actually had a pretty good week.  We had a unanimous UN Security Council resolution strengthening sanctions against North Korea with China and Russia joining us in that vote, and then at ASEAN, a lot of strong statements coming out of ASEAN, and I think also reinforced with a global community that has expressed its view that North Korea really needs to stand down this program.

And so I think in response to that, North Korea’s rhetoric has just ratcheted up louder and louder and more threatening.  So I think the President – what the President is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong-un can understand, because he doesn’t seem to understand diplomatic language.  I think the President just wanted to be clear to the North Korean regime on the U.S. unquestionable ability to defend itself, will defend itself and its allies, and I think it was important that he deliver that message to avoid any miscalculation on their part.

QUESTION:  Well, one of their – one of North Korea’s responses was to say it’s going to direct missiles on Guam.  That’s exactly where you are headed right now.  Would you consider re-routing?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Well, the North Korean missile capability can point in many directions, so Guam is not the only place that would be under threat.  No, I never considered re-routing the trip back, and I do not believe that there is any imminent threat, in my own view.

QUESTION:  Do you think there’s a longer-term threat, specifically about Guam, against the region in general?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Well, I hope not.  Again, what we’re hopeful is that this pressure campaign, which the entire world now has joined us in, and with the engagement of China and Russia, two of North Korea’s closest neighbors – that they can begin to persuade the regime that they needed to reconsider the current pathway they’re on and think about engaging in a dialogue about a different future.

QUESTION:  Have China and Russia been helpful at all to you in the last 24 hours?  Have you spoken with your counterparts and have they helped in any way?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Well, I haven’t spoken to them since we left Manila, which was, I guess, about a day and a half ago.  But we had direct discussions in Manila about the situation.  I know that they were having talks as well with the representative from North Korea.  I think that is evidence that they have very good, open channels of communication to be able to talk to the regime of North Korea, and we hope that they will be encouraging them to stand down their program and abide by the UN Security Council resolutions, which both China and Russia have voted for in the past.  So I’m hopeful that they can use their influence – and I think they do have influence with the regime – to bring them to a point of dialogue, but with the right expectation of what that dialogue (inaudible).

QUESTION:  Has anything happened in the last 24 hours to lead you to believe that we are moving towards a military option perhaps more quickly than anticipated?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Nothing that I have seen and nothing that I know of would indicate that the situation has dramatically changed in the last 24 hours.

QUESTION:  Do you have any immediate diplomatic plans to de-escalate the situation that could have an impact within days instead of months or years?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Well, we have a very active, ongoing diplomatic effort, most of which is behind the scenes because that’s where diplomacy is most effective.  We had very open conversations and our telephone lines remain open, certainly, to China and Russia as well as our allies, and I think publicly, we’ve been pretty clear in our statements directed at the North Koreans as to what we would like to see happen and make clear to them that we do not seek to be a threat to them, but we have to respond to the serious threats that they make towards us.

QUESTION:  There have been calls for you to launch a new diplomatic effort.  Do you feel that a new strategy may be warranted?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  I do not.  I think the strategy we’re currently on is working.  In fact, again, we have now garnered widespread international support, obviously, not just with the UN Security Council resolution, but globally, countries are speaking out and expressing the same view as to what North Korea should do, which is not be a threat to the stability of the region.

I think, in fact, the pressure is starting to show.  I think that’s why the rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang is beginning to become louder and more threatening.  Whether we’ve got them backed into a corner or not is difficult to say, but diplomatically, you never like to have someone in a corner without a way for them to get out.

QUESTION:  And what is Pyongyang’s way out?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Talks.  Talks with the right expectation of what those talks will be – will be about.

QUESTION:  Do you have any advice for Americans?  Should they be worried?

SECRETARY TILLERSON:  I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days.  I think that the President, again, as commander-in-chief, I think he felt it necessary to issue a very strong statement directly to North Korea.  But I think what the President was just reaffirming is the United States has the capability to fully defend itself with any attack, will defend our allies, and we will do so.  So the American people should sleep well at night.

QUESTION:  All right.  Thank you, sir.


Remarks to the Press by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson en route to Guam

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