• Anti-corruption War: FG won't be distracted - Lai Mohammed

    27/Jan/2016 // 239 Viewers

                                    Mr Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information & Culture

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 27, 2016: (DGW) - Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed has said that the Nigerian government will not be distracted  from the ongoing war declared on corruption in the country.

    The alarming rate of poverty in the country, the minister said, is as a result of the looted funds which has lined the pockets of the few and the present administration under Mr Muhammadu Buhari will not be cowed nor distracted from recovering every looted fund stashed away in foreign lands, the minister stated.

    While speaking in Abuja with Abuja Bureau Chiefs, Mr Lai Mohammed said the Federal Government is out to rescue the country from collapse  caused by the prodigal years  of the former ruling party, the Peoples' Democratic Party,( PDP)

    His words: ‘‘ The pseudo-analysts and hack writers will labour in vain in their quest to stop the train of this anti-corruption fight. When I met with the News and Political Editors in Lagos on Sunday, I said, among other things, that the government is aware that in fighting corruption, corruption will also fight back. I also said that those who stole us dry are powerful. They have newspapers, radio and television stations as well as online platforms, and an army of supporters to continuously deride the government’s war against corruption.

    ”Well, I can tell you today that corruption is already fighting back, and it is fighting hard and dirty. Sponsored articles have started appearing in the newspapers and in the Social Media, while ‘Talking Heads’ have started making the rounds in the electronic media, all deriding the fight against corruption as well as this Administration.

    ”Not stopping there, they have been creating distractions by sponsoring articles in both local and international media to deride the administration’s policies generally, tag the President a budding dictator and even write off his 2016 budget. We know that the sole purpose of these attacks is to distract attention from the war on corruption. The cost of corruption is evidenced in the rate poverty in the country. Whereas Nigeria’s national budget has increased from just over 900 billion Naira in 1999 to over 6 trillion Naira in 2016, poverty has also increased almost by the same proportion. The reason is not far-fetched: Appropriated funds have mostly ended up in the pockets of a few looters.

    Continuing, he said, ''When the money meant to construct roads are looted, the end result is that the roads are not built and the people suffer and even die in avoidable road accidents. When the money meant to provide electricity is looted, we all are perpetually sentenced to darkness. When the money meant for healthcare is pocketed by a few, we are unable to reduce maternal and infant mortality. These are the costs of corruption. Let us not just talk about corruption in the abstract, let us be counting its cost to our lives, in order to drive home the point that corruption must be tackled decisively for Nigerians to feel the impact of governance''.

     Mr Mohammed said what is worthy of note is that the Nigerian government is winning the war and Nigerians are the first time knowing the devastating effect of corruption on their lives.

    On the ongoing $2.1 billion  arms scam deal, the minister pointed out that a lot of lives were lost resulting from the money shared  which was originally meant for arms procurement to fight Boko Haram insurgents  in the north-east who have killed so many Nigerian soldiers and civilians including  women and children.

     


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  • BREAKING: Chibok rocked by multiple blasts, many feared dead

    27/Jan/2016 // 455 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 27, 2016: (DGW)  Deadly blasts have hit the Nigerian town of Chibok by Boko Haram militants  where no fewer than 200 girls were reportedly abducted in 2014, DailyGlobeWatch reliably gathered.

    Ten people have been confirmed dead as of the time of filing this report while several people numbering 30  were mortally wounded.

    The multiple blasts took place in spite of the heavy military presence in the town; five suicide bombers sneaked into the town and three detonated explosives but this is coming at a time when the president, Mr Muhammadu Buhari said he has won the war against the insurgents.

    However, Mr Buhari, the country's president is in faraway Kenyan El Doret town  at a memorial where about 100 Kenyan soldiers were blown to death at their base by al-Shabab militants in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu.

     


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  • Buhari comes under fire by Human Rights Watch

    27/Jan/2016 // 791 Viewers

     


    PARIS, JANUARY 16, 2016: (DGW) -  The government of President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire by the Human Rights Watch for rights violation in the ongoing anti-graft war and in its fight against Boko Haram uprising in the country's embattled northeast region.

    Those who are opposed to his dictatorial rule say he rules the country under a civilian regime as he did years ago as a military ruler, a regime characterized by gross human rights violations. 

    Human Rights Watch, the  New York-based organization  aligning against these violations has severely criticized Nigeria's leader in its global report published on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 for reneging on his promise to investigate the excesses - extra-judicial killings -  of the country's security operatives especially the military.

    Part of the report says Buhari's inauguration "has not diminished the potency of the country's serious human rights challenges.".

    The organization frowned on and condemned in its entirety the extra-judicial killings, illegal detention of people in the country with particular reference to suspected Boko Haram fighters and the massacre of over 2000 civilians in Baga last year.

     

     


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  • BREAKING: Supreme Court upholds Gov. Wike's victory

    27/Jan/2016 // 953 Viewers

                                             Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State


    PARIS, JANUARY 27, 2016: (DGW) -  It is all celebration galore at the Government House in Port Harcourt as Nigeria's Supreme Court upholds Nyesom Wike's election victory  as the duly elected Governor of Rivers State as announced by the country's Independent National Electoral Commission.

    This historic judgment overruled that of the Appeal Court which upheld the nullification of the State's Election Petition  Tribunal that sat in Abuja, Nigeria's capital

    Granting Gov Wike's request the country's apex court also  voided the findings and conclusions of the Election Tribunal which it ruled are not supported by any legally admissible evidence. 


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  • Gov Fayose dares Buhari to prosecute Halliburton, Siemens's scam culprits

    27/Jan/2016 // 289 Viewers

                                        Fayose Ayodele, the Governor of Ekiti State

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 27, 2016: (DGW) - The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has charged the Federal Government to work against time and  re-open the Halliburton and  Siemens corruption scandals.

    Nigerians, the governor said, are waiting patiently and anxiously to see the trial of all  those indicted in the scandal. This is the only way President Muhammadu Buhari can disabuse the minds of Nigerians  that the current anti-corruption war in the country is being done in good faith and not selective. 

    He urged the president to, without further delay, commence the trial and commend him for reassuring Nigerians that the case is still on. This, he said, is the only way he can justify the confidence Nigerians repose in him.

    Governor Ayodele Fayose reminded the President that  other countries that were involved in the Halliburton/Siemens scandal have all prosecuted and brought the erring Cains to justice adding that it is high-time a similar thing was done by the present administration.

    He patted President Buhari on the back and said anything short of this amounts to insincerity in the ongoing anti-graft war.

    Condemning the publicized  purported arrest of the President's  associate and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Jafaru Isa,  who reportedly refunded the sum of N100 million to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Governor Ayodele said that was none other than a ploy employed to hoodwink the generality of Nigerians that the fight is not political or  selective.

    Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr.  Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said “like I have maintained, I do not buy into the EFCC story of Jafaru Isa’s refund of N100 million because it raises more questions than answers and I am also seeing this talks by the Federal Government about reopening of the Halliburton and Siemens scams as an aftermath of the failure of the Jafaru Isa’s stunt to achieve the desired result. This is because unlike the arms deal that the EFCC is investigating, the Halliburton and Siemens scams have been investigated both in Nigeria and in the other countries. None of the top Nigerian culprits implicated in the $1.5 billion bribery scandal had been questioned and put on trial in Nigeria while others from other countries were already serving various jail terms''.

    Speaking further he said, therefore, reopening the Halliburton and Siemens scams should be immediate and total. It should not be another decoy to deceive Nigerians by giving the impression that the anti-corruption war is not targeted at those opposed to President Buhari in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his own party, the APC. Also, the president should go a step further by directing the EFCC to investigate the many petitions written against those who financed his election and other chieftains of the APC, including Ministers serving in the government presently.

    “Until those alleged to be involved in the Halliburton and Siemens scams  and those who financed the President’s election with public funds are charged to court, Nigerians will be right in believing that the fight against corruption is only an instrument of settling political scores,'' Governor Ayodele added.


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  • Shocking: Finally, GANA breaks silence, reveals real reason behind herdsmen attacks

    27/Jan/2017 // 3347 Viewers

     

    THE Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos, and former Information Minister, Professor Jerry Gana, on Thursday, said the high incidence of violence by herdsmen can be traced to the harsh effects of climate change in the North which has compelled many herdsmen to move further and further from their regions.

    Gana who spoke on the final day of the university’s 49th convocation, said the unfavourable climatic condition in the Sahel Belt can be reversed if water is channelled to Lake Chad from Nigeria, Cameroun, Niger, and Chad.
     
    He also called for a review of the nation’s current federal structure, noting that emphasis should be laid on creating a structure that can give rise to rapid development.

    He said, “I appeal to the Federal Government to seek sustainable ways of ensuring that Nigerians continue to live in peace and harmony as citizens of Nigeria. As our constitution clearly provides the security and welfare of the people is the primary purpose of government.

    “While we pray the Federal Government for the restoration of peace in the North East, we realise that tension has risen in several other parts of Nigeria with agitations here and there. To greatly promote peace and stability in Nigeria, I believe we should have the courage to correct some fundamental defects in our federal system. If the truth must be told, all is not well with the structure and related devolution of powers in our federation. To function well, a federation must be a balanced and equitable structure.”
     
    Meanwhile, the Federal Government will commence the replacement of council members of all federal universities; most whom are expected to complete their tenures in February.

    This was disclosed by the visitor to the university, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Adamu Abubakar Rasheed.

    He said, “It is worrisome that some universities are still not demonstrating adequate capacity to funds utilisation despite the increased spending of our higher institutions. I have been informed that some universities still find it difficult to access funds from the TETFUND because they have not shown adequate commitment for meeting the requirements for the release of such funds. I was informed of some problems regarding the utilisation of the Needs Assessments funds for the reorganisation of the Nigerian university system while some universities have not been able to meet the requirements for further release of funds. Yet, they keep ask for more money.”

    The Chancellor of the University and Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi; the popular poet, Professor J. P Clark; and a retired Professor of Engineering, Ayo Ogunye, were conferred honorary doctorate degrees during the ceremony.


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  • Breaking News: 20 APC Senators to defect soon - Akpabio

    27/Jan/2017 // 1932 Viewers

     

    Godswill Akpabio, minority leader of the senate, has urged governors elected on the platform of the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to emulate Ayodele Fayose, their Ekiti state counterpart.

    He commended Fayose for speaking for the PDP, and said some senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have made up their minds to join the opposition the party after the crisis rocking the PDP is resolved.

    Akpabio said this at the expanded caucus and the 73rd national executive council (NEC) meeting of the PDP held on Thursday in Abuja.

    He claimed that despite the defection of some PDP lawmakers, the party still had very significant number of lawmakers.

    “There is no election that will be conducted in the former PDP 28 states that the party will not win. That is a matter of fact,” he said.

    “As I speak, so many senators from the opposing party are eager to join PDP.

    “All they want is return of peace to the party, once that is done I can assure that 20 senators are on their way to joining the PDP.

    “Message to those who are thinking of defection is to retrace their steps because PDP is bouncing back to victory in 2019.”

    Akpabio regretted that the PDP lost elections in Edo and Ondo states, and advised the party to put its house in order ahead of Anambra and Ekiti elections.

    Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, said those who recently defected from the PDP to the ruling party had no electoral value.

    “We should allow them get the contract they are looking for, to get employment they are looking for,” he said.

    “At the appropriate time, we will know who is who in the south-east. There is nothing to worry about, we are completely in control.”

    Fayose wondered why people were still defecting to the ruling party when Nigerians were tired of the APC, and “waiting for another change”.

    He promised to keep speaking for the party urged other leaders to keep supporting PDP.


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  • Chief Onovo hails OBASANJO, IBB's call for IGBO presidency in 2019

    27/Jan/2017 // 3468 Viewers

     

    The 2015 Presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Chief Martin Onovo, has commended ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s call for Igbo Presidency in 2019.

    Onovo, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos, also commended former Head of State, retired Gen. Ibrahim Babangida for his declaration of support for such call.

    “Obj is the most experienced and leader of all politicians across all parties in Nigeria today. He knows a lot more from the experience than many of us.

    “Rotational presidency is a Nigerian phenomenon and it is particularly Nigerian.

    “We have seen our heterogeneous composition and we have realised that since power is owned by component groups, to create peace for development, to create inclusiveness, it must be rotated.

    “There is no state in Nigeria, local government or community where rotation is not going on and power not being rotated. So this is the right thing for Nigeria and Obj is clearly right.

    Also, IBB is also agreeing with that, that he would support Igbos. So, it is very clear that this is the right thing to do and this is what we should do,” Onovo said.

    According to him, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) when it was founded in 1999 realised the need for rotation of the presidency in order to ensure peace.

    The former presidential candidate expressed strong belief that the South East region would overcome the challenges of marginalisation with a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction.

    “Domination cannot be positive in politics, politics is representative, so the South East must be adequately represented in politics of Nigeria otherwise it will become counterproductive for the nation.

    “And that is what Chief Obasanjo and Babangida realised and promoting right now. That is the right thing to do, the Imo born politician stressed.

    He said that every patriotic Nigerian must support the call in the interest of the nation.

    NAN reports that Obasanjo while hosting the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ogun Chapter on Tuesday said that the region, in 57 years of independence of the country, had not produced a democratically-elected president.


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  • JUST IN: Three Nigerian soldiers reportedly killed, many missing as B'Haram terrorists invade military base

    27/Jan/2017 // 2349 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 27, 2016: (DGW) REPORT reaching our newsroom tonight says there was a heavy exchange of gunfire between Boko Haram insurgents and Nigerian troops on Wednesday in a furious attempt to capture a military base in one of Nigeria's northeast desert states of Yobe.

    Reports say the unexpected attack took place at about 5:30 p.m. by the terrorists who invaded the base from three locations before hot exchange of gunfire ensued.

    The Nigerian military had to unavoidably withdraw but later called for reinforcement from Buni yadi as the intensive fighting continued.
    As luck would have it, they were able to retake the military base from the terrorists but not without a cost as both sides suffered casualties.

    Three soldiers reportedly lost their lives with scores missing while some military hardware were reportedly lost in the ding-dong battle.
     
    Our source said that attempts to reach Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, for comments remained futile as he did not respond to or return his repeated calls.


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  • Chief John Nwodo-led OHANEZE NDIGBO backs IPOB, warns FG, says S'East leaders will no more tolerate killing or imprisoning their youths

    27/Jan/2017 // 7221 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 27, 2016: (DGW) Apex Igbo body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has told the Federal Government that leaders of the South-East will no longer fold their hands while security agencies kill and incarcerate their youths. It charged the Federal Government to set up an independent judicial inquiry to look into the alleged killing of some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) by security operatives in Port Harcourt.

    Ohanaeze, in a statement by its President General, Chief John Nwodo, raised four issues, which the inquiry should determine. They are: Was the IPOB demonstration an unlawful assembly? Did IPOB require a police permit to demonstrate? Was IPOB violent in any manner that threatened public peace and order?

    Does possession of Biafran flags and coat of arms per se constitute conspiracy to commit treasonable felony? A team of security operatives from the Nigerian Army and Police had clashed with members of the IPOB during the group’s solidarity rally in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital last Friday in solidarity with Donald Trump on his swearing-in as President of the United States. IPOB alleged that the security agents killed 11 of its members, injured 27 and arrested 57 others. It has threatened to take up arms if what it described as the continued killing of its unarmed and defenseless members continues.

    The police, on its part, have charged 54 members of the group to two magistrates’ courts for conspiracy to commit treasonable felony and conducting themselves in a manner likely to force or compel the President to change his measures by displaying flags and other items of the Biafra Republic.

    The Army has also, through its Public Relations Department, issued statements indicating that they are prepared to go to any length to ensure that the IPOB was contained. Nwodo said: “Given the serious national security implications of this development, Ohanaeze would like the Federal Government to appoint an independent judicial inquiry into the killing of IPOB and MASSOB members in Port Harcourt.

    “We have just witnessed wanton massacres of Nigerians in Benue and Southern Kaduna without a single arrest or prosecution. Last year, several farmers were killed in Nimbo, Enugu State by herdsmen without any of those arrested prosecuted.

    “After a Judicial Inquiry and findings on massacre of followers of Ibrahim El- Zakzaky in Kaduna State, no arrest or prosecution has been made. Where is consistency in the enforcement of the law? Does anyone truly expect Ndigbo to fold our arms and watch our children massacred and incarcerated with such impunity? “A dangerous trend is emerging in our country. There are gathering storms of conflict.

    A stitch in time saves nine. Government must do the needful and set up an inquiry before overzealous law enforcement agents plunge the country into chaos.”

    The Ohanaeze president general, who acknowledged that some of the issues are subjudice, said it is important in the public interest to note that the correct position of the law in Nigeria is that any curtailment of the right of the citizens to freely associate and assemble for lawful purpose is uncon-

    He added that while it is unnecessary for police permit to be first had and obtained, prior to any assembly, subject of course to section 70 of the Criminal Code (See IGP V ANPP (2008) WRN 65; Anambra V AG Federation (2005) NWLR (PT 572) 616 per UWAIS JSC, “any attempt to deal with demonstrations of IPOB in a manner different from treatment of Boko Haram members, Niger Delta Avengers, Fulani herdsmen and Oodua Peoples Congress would be discriminatory and unfair.”

    Meanwhile, former Political Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari resuscitated militancy and civil unrest in the country. Ezeife stated this yesterday at the Authority Newspapers Awards, held in Abuja.

    According to him, before the coming of Buhari as president, militancy in Nigeria was over.

    He posited that there was no militancy disrupting the economy during Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan’s administrations. Ezeife, who chaired the occasion, stated that appointments of persons in political offices and the exclusion of some zones were responsible for the civil un-rest being witnessed in the country today.

    According to him, Buhari’s refusal to appoint the Igbo in political offices and his removing those already there, led to the issue of IPOB and MASSOB.

    He said:”Buhari came and started marginalising the Igbo, even removing those who held sway in different positions of authority. He is also championing the killings of harmless Igbo youths at every slightest provocation. “The Federal Government is pushing the Igbo out of Nigeria by killing Igbo youths for no just cause.

    “Buhari should know that there is too much blood flowing all over Nigeria. If the injustice and marginalization of the South-East persist, then Biafra as a physical entity becomes a reality”.

    Also in his paper, True Federalism, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) stated that what would see Nigeria survive is proper deregulation of the country. According to him, Nigeria is not about the Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa Fulani alone, but 392 other ethnic groups. He stated that these ethnic groups must be given recognition if Nigeria has to go where it should go.


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