• President Buhari Gives Independence Anniversary Message

    01/Oct/2015 // 249 Viewers

    October 1st is a day for joy and celebrations for us Nigerians whatever the circumstances we find ourselves in because it is the day, 55 years ago; we liberated ourselves from the shackles of colonialism and began our long march to nationhood and to greatness.
    No temporary problems or passing challenges should stop us from honoring this day. Let us remind ourselves of the gifts God has given us. Our Creator has bequeathed to us Numbers – Nigeria is the ninth most populated country on the planet. We have in addition:
    Arable land
    Water
    Forests
    Oil and gas
    Coastline
    Solid minerals
    We have all the attributes of a great nation. We are not there yet because the one commodity we have been unable to exploit to the fullest is unity of purpose. This would have enabled us to achieve not only more orderly political evolution and integration but also continuity and economic progress.
    Countries far less endowed have made greater economic progress by greater coherence and unity of purpose.
    Nonetheless, that we have remained together is an achievement we should all appreciate and try to consolidate. We have witnessed this year a sea change in our democratic development. The fact that an opposition party replaced an entrenched government in a free and fair election is indicative of the deeper roots of our democratic system. Whatever one’s views are, Nigerians must thank former President Jonathan for not digging-in in the face of defeat and thereby saving the country untold consequences.
    As I said in my inaugural speech, I bear no ill will against anyone on past events. Nobody should fear anything from me. We are not after anyone. People should only fear the consequences of their actions. I hereby invite everyone, whatever his or her political view to join me in working for the nation.
    My countrymen and women, every new government inherits problems. Ours was no different. But what Nigerians want are solutions, quick solutions not a recitation of problems inherited. Accordingly, after consultations with the Vice President, senior party leaders and other senior stakeholders, I quickly got down to work on the immediate, medium-term and long-term problems which we must solve if we are to maintain the confidence which Nigerians so generously bestowed on us in the March elections and since then.
    As you know, I toured the neighboring countries, marshal a coalition of armed forces of the five nations to confront and defeat Boko Haram. I met also the G7 leaders and other friendly presidents in an effort to build an international coalition against Boko Haram. Our gallant armed forces under new leadership have taken the battle to the insurgents, and severely weakened their logistical and infrastructural capabilities. Boko Haram are being scattered and are on the run. That they are resorting to shameless attacks on soft targets such as I.D.P. camps is indicative of their cowardice and desperation. I have instructed security and local authorities to tighten vigilance in vulnerable places.
    On power, government officials have held a series of long sessions over several weeks about the best way to improve the nation’s power supply in the safest and most cost effective way. In the meantime, improvement in the power supply is moderately encouraging. By the same token, supply of petrol and kerosene to the public has improved throughout the country. All the early signs are that within months the whole country would begin to feel a change for the better.
    Preliminary steps have been taken to sanitize NNPC and improve its operations so that the inefficiency and corruption could be reduced to a minimum. Those of our refineries which can be serviced and brought back into partial production would be enabled to resume operations so that the whole sordid business of exporting crude and importing finished products in dubious transactions could be stopped.
    In addition to NNPC, I have ordered for a complete audit of our other revenue generating agencies mainly CBN, FIRS, Customs, NCC, for better service delivery to the nation. Prudent housekeeping is needed now more than ever in view of the sharp decline in world market oil prices. It is a challenge we have to face squarely. But what counts is not so much what accrues but how we manage our resources that is important.
    We have seen in the last few years how huge resources were mismanaged, squandered and wasted. The new APC government is embarking on a clean-up, introducing prudence and probity in public financing.
    At an early stage, the Federal Government addressed the issue of salary arrears in many states, a situation capable of degenerating into social unrest. The APC government stepped in to provide short-term support to the owing states and enabled them to pay off the backlog and restore the livelihood of millions of Nigerians.
    Fellow Nigerians, there have been a lot of anxiety and impatience over the apparent delay in announcement of ministers. There is no cause to be anxious. Our government set out to do things methodically and properly. We received the handing over notes from the outgoing government only four days before taking over. Consequently, the Joda Transition Committee submitted its Report on the reorganization of Federal Government structure after studying the hand over notes. It would have been haphazard to announce ministers when the government had not finalized the number of ministries to optimally carry the burden of governance.
    Anyway, the wait is over. The first set of names for ministerial nominees for confirmation has been sent to the senate. Subsequent lists will be forwarded in due course. Impatience is not a virtue. Order is more vital than speed. Careful and deliberate decisions after consultations get far better results. And better results for our country is what the APC government for CHANGE is all about.
    I would like to end my address this morning on our agenda for CHANGE. Change does not just happen. You and I and all of us must appreciate that we all have our part to play if we want to bring CHANGE about. We must change our lawless habits, our attitude to public office and public trust. We must change our unruly behavior in schools, hospitals, marketing places, motor parks, on the roads, in homes and offices. To bring about change, we must change ourselves by being law-abiding citizens.
    Happy Independence Celebrations. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


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  • Photos of Buhari & Saraki @ parade ground, Permanent interest but not permanent enemies

    01/Oct/2015 // 338 Viewers

    Our camera caught the duo of Buhari and Saraki, Nigeria's embattled Senate president sharing a laugh and exchanging pleasantries at the parade ground, Abuja while other dignitaries look on with bewildered look on their faces. It's time Nigerians kept a firm grip with realities that in politics it is permanent interests but not permanent enemies. See photos below: 

     


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  • Ministerial List: How Buhari Favoured Ngige

    01/Oct/2015 // 321 Viewers

    After a long wait, President Muhammadu Buhari finally submitted the list of his cabinet to the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.

     

    The president has been at the receiving end of harsh criticisms by angry Nigerians over his ‘deliberate’ refusal to unveil his ministers three months after assuming office.

    The president had anchored the reason for the delay on the ground that he needed time to select those who were credible and trustworthy to run the affairs of the nation with him.
    DAILY POST reports that the list, which was submitted to the senate president, Bukola Saraki yesterday by Buhari’s Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Itan Enang would be officially made public at the next plenary on Tuesday.

    However, report has it that among those penned down for ministerial appointments were, immediate past governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, former Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, former lawmaker, Chris Ngige and erstwhile governor of old Anambra State, Ogbonaya Onu, among others.

    However, sources told DAILY POST that Chris Ngige’s name came in at the eleventh hour.

    According to a top presidency source, President Buhari, who has been constantly accused of marginalizing Ndigbo over their refusal to support him during the election, didn’t have it in mind to appoint Ngige.
    The source told DAILY POST that Ngige’s appointment was done to mainly compensate Ndigbo.

    “Ngige was not part of the first list of people compiled, I can tell you that. His name came at the eleventh hour. The president had a change of mind because of the complaints in many quarters that he was punishing the south east region because of their refusal to vote for him during the election.

    “It took the intervention of some close associates and aides for the appointment of Ngige.”

    Asked if president Buhari was truly angry with the south easterners because of the outcome of the election, the source said the president had nothing against them.

    “See, that notion is wrong. The good thing is that Buhari has won the election and that is it. Where the vote came from is not the main issue now. Remember, he said he belongs to nobody and belongs to everybody,” the source added.

    Source: Daily Post


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  • Popular Nigerians born on October 1

    01/Oct/2015 // 271 Viewers

    Bartholomew Ogbeche

    Bartholomew Ogbeche

    Born October 1, 1984 in Ogoja) is a Nigerian footballer who plays for Middlesbrough in England, as a forward. Still a youngster, Ogbeche was bought by French Ligue 1 team Paris Saint-Germain FC, making his debuts with the first team during the 2001–02 season.

    In January 2014 Ogbeche moved clubs and countries again, signing for SC Cambuur in the Netherlands. He scored once and provided an assist in his Eredivisiedebut, helping to a 3–1 home win over SC Heerenveen

    Hakeem Kae-Kazim

    Born October 1, 1962, sometimes credited as “Hakim Kae Kazim”, is an English actor who is best known for his portrayal of Georges Rutaganda in the 2004 motion picture Hotel Rwanda. He also starred as Colonel Iké Dubaku in season 7 of the Fox television series 24 and the TV movie tie-in 24: Redemption

    Haruna Babangida

    Born 1 October 1982 in Kaduna, is a Nigerian footballer who currently plays for Kapfenberger SV in Austria. Babangida is a hard working, quick right wing who can also play on the left side. He is the younger brother of Tijani Babangida and Ibrahim Babangida. Babangida is the eighth of ten brothers. Haruna Babangida started his youth career at Shooting Stars FC

    Olanrewaju Durodola

    Durodola

    Born October 1, 1980, he is a Nigerian boxer who qualified for the 2008 Olympics in the Heavyweight division.

    In his only previous major event he suffered a 29:29 countback loss to Camille Michel of Seychelles at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Durodola did not compete at the 2007 All-Africa Games but qualified at the 2nd AIBA African 2008 Olympic Qualifying Tournament by beating among others Awusone Yekeni.

    He lost his only Olympic match to Cuban Osmay Acosta, Ascota went on further to obtain a bronze medal. He is noted for his knockout power, even in the amateurs, having stopped the vast majority of his opponents.

    In 2011, Durodola has turned professional. His first professional bout was scheduled for February 19 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas, but that fight was canceled when his opponent withdrew from the fight at the last minute. As of 2013, Durodola won the WBC Continentals Americas Cruiser Weight Championship title.

    Wasiu Taiwo

    Born October 1, 1976 in Lagos, is a Nigerian football player currently with Oluyole Warriors. Taiwo played football in the Netherlands for 10 years and after that he played in Austria for one year. He began his career at Shooting Stars F.C.. In the summer of 2008 he moved from Austria to Oluyole Warriors where he was reunited with his former teammate Edith Agoye.

    Idris Ibrahim Mohammed Kuta

    (1942–2008), was elected Senator for the Niger East constituency of Niger State, Nigeria at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He took office on 29 May 1999. Kuta was born on 1 October 1942 in Minna, Niger State. He qualified as a Quantity Surveyor. He was a two-time chairman of the Nigeria Polo Association

    He also served as a Senator in Nigerian Third Republic on the platform of the National Republican Convention until 1993. After taking his seat in the Senate in June 1999 he was appointed to committees on Rules & Procedures, Aviation (Committee Chairman), Works (Committee Chairman), Banking & Currency, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Privatization.[3] He was reelected in 2003, but in 2007 lost the PDP primary election to Dahiru Awaisu Kuta, who went on to be elected.[4] Kuta died on 1 March 2008 in his residence in Abuja, and was buried in Minna

    Jeff Unaegbu

    Jeff Unaegbu (born Elochukwu Jephthah Unaegbu on October 1, 1979) is a Nigerian writer, actor, artist and documentary film maker, the author of eight books Unaegbu was born in Amankwo-Inyi village, Oji River LGA of Enugu State, Nigeria, the first child of five surviving children to Mr. John Ejike Unaegbu and Mrs. Cecilia Enonanma Unaegbu. He attended the Government Secondary School, Minna in 1990

    Unaegbu became an Executive Officer of the Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans in the Ministry of Commerce at Alausa, Ikeja. Based upon his experiences, he wrote his first book, This Lagos Na Wa (Ode on Lagosand Other Poetic Portraits which was published in January 2006 by Prize Publishers. It is 700 lines long, with 668 lines in iambic pentameter, rhyming ababcdcd. The book was later said to contain a poem which was reviewed as “The longest poem by a Nigerian” in Nigeria’s Newswatch magazine.

    Source: Daily Independent


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  • Why Buhari Should Not Be Petroleum Minister - NACCIMA

    01/Oct/2015 // 178 Viewers

    In defilement of widespread belief, the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA, has asserted that it is a bad idea for President Muhammadu Buhari to take up the position of Petroleum Minister.

    The association argued that the President would, by so doing, distract and overload himself with excess workload, which will not “give him the required space and work time to be able to administer facets of the economy and policies.”

    National Vice President of NACCIMA, Mr. Billy Harry, who disclosed this to Vanguard in an interview in Abuja, said that the President already had too much work to do to now saddle himself with a ministerial appointment.

    According to him, “We have so many more issues other oil. Agriculture alone can swallow everything that oil is doing.”

    “Agriculture alone can give us over 500 per cent of income stream of what oil is doing. So, does it mean that if he wants to curb corruption in that sector, he has to also be minister of agriculture?

    “The President has to be very focused on job of supervising the entire economy as a polity. I don’t think I will advise him to saddle himself with additional responsibility,” Harry stated.

    Source: Daily Post


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  • It's No Longer Business As Usual - Saraki

    01/Oct/2015 // 267 Viewers

    Senate President Bukola Saraki on Thursday said the process of lawmaking in Nigeria would no longer be business as usual.

    He said he would ensure that the National Assembly under his leadership would be people-oriented.

    Saraki spoke in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after taking part in an event to mark the country’s 55th Independence anniversary inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    He said the National Assembly would make laws that would make impact on Nigerians.

    He said, “I am hopeful and confident that the future is very bright.

    “In the next few years, things will be even better.

    “It will not be business as usual. We will ensure that the National Assembly will be people-oriented and will make laws that will make impact on Nigerians.”

    Also speaking in a separate interview, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, said the nation was progressing on the right path.

    “We will make it by the grace of God. We are on the right path,” he simply said.

    The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, also told reporters that the nation had finally discovered that it had been on the wrong path for long.

    He said the nation had finally moved to the right path.

    “At 55, we have finally discovered that we are on the wrong road. We have finally moved to the road that leads to progress, hope, employment, prosperity and Nigeria will finally attain that greatness that God destined it for. We are on the way,” he said.

    Source: The Punch


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  • Ten Remarkable Quotes Made By President Buhari On Independence Day Anniversary

    01/Oct/2015 // 268 Viewers

    Today, Nigerians everywhere celebrate the Independence Day. October 1st 1960 was 55 years ago.

    Here are 10 incredible quotes made by President Muhammadu Buhari below:

    1. No temporary problems or passing challenges should stop us from honoring this day. Let us remind ourselves of the gifts God has given us.

    2. We have all the attributes of a great nation. We are not there yet because the one commodity we have been unable to exploit to the fullest is unity of purpose.

    3. That we have remained together is an achievement we should all appreciate and try to consolidate.

    4. Whatever one’s views are, Nigerians must thank former President Jonathan for not digging-in in the face of defeat and thereby saving the country untold consequences.

    5. I bear no ill will against anyone on past events. Nobody should fear anything from me. We are not after anyone. People should only fear the consequences of their actions.

    6. Every new government inherits problems. Ours was no different. But what Nigerians want are solutions, quick solutions not a recitation of problems inherited.

    7. There have been a lot of anxiety and impatience over the apparent delay in announcement of ministers. There is no cause to be anxious. Our government set out to do things methodically and properly.

    8. Impatience is not a virtue. Order is more vital than speed. Careful and deliberate decisions after consultations get far better results. And better results for our country is what the APC government for CHANGE is all about.

    9. Change does not just happen. You and I and all of us must appreciate that we all have our part to play if we want to bring CHANGE about.

    10. We must change our lawless habits, our attitude to public office and public trust. We must change our unruly behavior in schools, hospitals, market places, motor parks, on the roads, in homes and offices. To bring about change, we must change ourselves by being law-abiding citizens.


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  • I Will Sign Death Warrants Of Kidnappers - David Umahi

    01/Oct/2015 // 229 Viewers

    Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Thursday said he would readily sign the death warrant of any kidnapper convicted in the state.

    The governor said this in Abakaliki in his address to mark the 55th anniversary of the country and the 19th year celebration of the state’s creation.

    “The incidences of kidnapping in the state is worrisome as it leaves psychological trauma on victims and their relatives,” Mr. Umahi said.

    “I will readily sign the death warrant of any convicted kidnapper without wasting time without bothering on if it involves a high profile person or not.”

    He recalled that the House of Assembly passed law on kidnapping in the state which stipulated capital punishment for convicted offenders.

    The governor warned all owners of uncompleted buildings in the state to keep them clean and ensure that they were guarded.

    “Any uncompleted building that houses kidnap victims or accessories would be demolished within 24 hours of discovery of such activities,” he said.

    Mr. Umahi also granted state pardon to eight convicted prisoners in the state in the spirit of the dual celebrations.

    “I am directing the state committee on prerogative of mercy to monitor the conduct of the pardoned persons and ensure they are responsible,” the governor said.

    He also enjoined the committee to ensure the beneficiaries did not commit crimes any longer.

    The governor reiterated his readiness to lift the face of the capital city through road rehabilitation and reconstruction and to ensure that at least 1,000 Ebonyi youths would be provided with training opportunities before the end of this month.

    The first civilian governor of the state and senator representing Ebonyi North zone in the Senate, Sam Egwu, urged Ebonyi people to unite and cooperate with their leaders.

    “This is to realise the aims of the state’s founding fathers while thanking the former leaders of the state, especially its first Military Administrator, Rtd. Commodore Walter Ferghabo for their contributions to develop the state,” Mr. Egwu said.

    Source: Premium Times


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  • ISIS Chief Nigerian Collaborators Arrested

    01/Oct/2015 // 349 Viewers

    Wanted ISIS chief, Ahmed Al Assir

    The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), yesterday, denied playing any part in the process that led to the issuance of Nigerian Visa to the wanted ISIS chief, Ahmed Al Assir in Lebanon, even as it said two men connected to Al Assir, who he was coming to visit in Nigeria, had been arrested in Kano and immediately handed over to the National Security Adviser, General Babagana Monguno (rtd).

    The Comptroller-General of the NIS, Martin Abeshi, who debunked any complicity of the Service, while speaking at a news conference in Abuja, said “From the record available, the Immigration Service did not issue that visa. It might be the officials of the foreign affairs ministry because they also issue visa on our behalf.”

    Abeshi however, said the NIS went into action to arrest those connected to Al Assir immediately it gathered an intelligence that he was coming to Nigeria.

    Said the NIS boss: “When we were told that the person [Al Assir] was heading to Nigeria, the people the man was coming to visit were identified by our men. Our officers in Kano went into action and arrested the two of them immediately and handed them over to the National Security Adviser.”


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  • Oyegun rallies support for Buhari as Nigeria marks 56

    01/Oct/2016 // 419 Viewers

     

    The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has assured Nigerians that the APC-led Federal Government has taken adequate steps to bring the economy out of the current recession and restore the country on the path of economic growth.

    In a message to mark the nation’s 56th independence anniversary, Oyegun asked Nigerians to be hopeful and sustain its support and prayers for the government as it works to return the country to its deserved heights in the comity of nations.

    While admitting the hard times the nation was passing through, he said: “As a party, we are confident that with ongoing economic recovery efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the continued support of Nigerians, the country will emerge from the current economic recession stronger and better.”

    The APC National Chairman commended the efforts of President Buhari and the military in containing and degrading the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East as well as ongoing efforts to rebuild and rehabilitate affected communities ravaged by the insurgents.

    He was full of praises for the international community for their cooperation and support for the administration’s counter-insurgency efforts. 
    “Happily, the insurgents have been deprived of the possibility of ever again holding Nigerian territory.

    “Going forward, the administration is already aggressively pursuing the rebuilding and rehabilitation of the affected communities so that displaced persons can return to their normal, peaceful and productive lives,” he said.

    The APC National Chairman said the vigorous and focused leadership provided by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration overall was yielding very positive results in all facets of our national life.

    Odigie-Oyegun commended the people of Edo State for electing the APC candidate, Godwin Obaseki, as the Edo State governor-elect, describing the election as a national mid-term assessment which expresses the confidence of Nigerians in the ability of the APC-led administration to solve the socio-economic challenges in the country.


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