Buhari disappointed naysayers who said he won’t visit Ogun – Gov Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Thursday, said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), shamed those who thought he won’t visit the South-West state for the inauguration of some projects.

The governor said, “I thank President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for honouring our invitation and identifying with us. Some naysayers had said Mr President you are not going to come but I knew that you are going to come and I want to thank you personally for coming.”

Buhari, who arrived at the Mojoda inauguration venue in Ijebu-Ode area at 11:37am was welcomed by Abiodun, governors of Yobe (Mai Mala Buni), Ekiti (Kayode Fayemi), Ondo (Rotimi Akeredolu) and Osun states (Gboyega Oyetola), and other top government officials.

Details later…

2023; “I Want To Build On Buhari’s Legacy”: Tinubu Declares

Breaking: FG lifts suspension of Twitter

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved that the Federal Government lifts the suspension of Twitter operations in the country with effect from 12 am, January 13, 2022.

The decision was revealed in a statement on Wednesday by Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, the Chairman Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement and Director-General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

It reads in part, “The Federal Government of Nigeria directs me to inform the public that President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the lifting of the suspension of Twitter operation in Nigeria effective from 12 am tonight, January 13, 2022.

“The approval was given following a memo written to the President by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Pantami.

“In the Memo, the Minister updated and requested the President’s approval for the lifting based on the Technical Committee Nigeria-Twitter Engagement’s recommendation.”

Twitter deleting President Buhari’s tweet has led to the suspension of its operations in Nigeria in June 2021.

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2023; “I Want To Build On Buhari’s Legacy”: Tinubu Declares

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Lagos governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, has said he is aspiring to be president in 2023 so as to build on President Muhammadu Buhari’s legacy.

The ex-governor, who visited the president to discuss his political ambition on Monday, made this statement after meeting with him.

“I have the confidence, the vision, the capacity to rule, build on the foundation of Mr President, and turn Nigeria better. I have done that with commitment and unyielding, you know, in Lagos state,” Mr Tinubu said. “You’ve seen that experience and the capacity to turn things around, and that is what we are doing.”

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Tinubu’s presidential ambition a huge joke -Bode George

Peoples Democratic Party stalwart, Chief Bode George, has said the presidential ambition of All Progressives Congress leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was a huge joke.

During a chat with The PUNCH on Monday, he said this in reaction to Tinubu’s decision to inform the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), of his intention to contest.

“This so-called ambition must be a huge joke. The Presidency of Nigeria is not for characters like Bola Tinubu. Look at how he mismanaged the resources of Lagos State. It is surprising that he can even dream of becoming the President of Nigeria. He is living in cuckoo land,” said George.

The former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP said the turn-out of things and double-crossing by those he trusts would shock him.

Although George admitted there were quality leaders in the South-West who could produce the next President of Nigeria, he, however, said Tinubu was not one of them.

Settling for Tinubu, he said , was an insult for the South-West, which he described as the most sophisticated region in the country.

George also said it was unfortunate that a hallowed ground like the Presidential Villa would be the location for Tinubu to declare his ambition.

Tinubu, who was governor of Lagos State, told Buhari of his intention to contest in next year’s election.

The former governor lamented that he was tired of being a kingmaker and it was time to actualise his dream.

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I’m Aware Nigerians Are Suffering – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is not ignorant of the suffering and pains Nigerians go through to feed under his administration.

In an interview aired on Channels Television on Wednesday, Buhari said he knows that the people are suffering and going through pains under his watch.

The president affirmed, “I’m absolutely aware of it, but like I said, look at the vast population of Nigerians, only 2.5% of the land revenue are being cultivated. We realised this rather too late, but we have to go back to the land (agriculture).”

He however urged Nigerians to make use of the opportunity that agriculture offers in order to find a lasting solution to the current economic quagmire.
Concerning the security situation in the country, Buhari said traditional rulers have a huge role to play in bringing peace to communities.

He also called for more dialogue in solving the farmer-herder clashes recorded across the country.

“The role of traditional rulers must not be undermined, because in their areas they know who is who, even by families, not to even talk of individuals,” he said.

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South West govs counter Buhari on state police, insist on Amotekun

President Muhammadu Buhari has again emphasised his opposition to state governments having their own police. The President disclosed in an interview with Channels Television aired last night.

“State police is not an option,” he said responding to the question on the topic.

His remark is targeted against push from most quarters in the country to decentralise policing, a desire that has already led to the setting up of regional security outfits by some state governments.

According to proponents of federalism, in a true federal structure, states should control their own security agencies to complement that of the Federal Government, just as many, including governors, have called for state policing as a way to contain insecurity across the country.

The President referred to the likelihood for governors to abuse their powers whileagainst state police.

“Find out the relationship between local government and the governors. Are the third tier of government getting what they are supposed to get constitutionally? Let the people in local government tell you the truth about the fight between local governments and the governors,” he said.

The president’s opposition to state policing is not unprecedented. In 2019, the President had admitted that state policing was a good initiative but expressed fear that the governors might be unable to pay the officers’ salaries.

“How many states are able to pay their workers in time? And you add the police to them? Can the states be able to shoulder the burden of the police? You cannot just give someone guns and ammunition, train him and refuse to pay him, you know what will eventually happen.”

HOWEVER, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, has accused President Buhari of being unconcerned about the state of insecurity in the country. He insisted that the President’s statement that ‘state police is not an option’ indicates that the situation may not be about to change.

He said: “Watching President Buhari was a ‘gratuitous waste of time’ because there was nothing new coming from him. From the economy, to insecurity, killing of innocent farmers by terrorists (which some erroneously term farmer/herder clashes) and other sundry issues, President Buhari again repeated the impotent argument regarding killing of farmers by terrorists, reminding Nigerians of grazing routes.

“It appears the continued killings in some localities of Nigeria, particularly, in the North, and more specifically in President Buhari’s home state of Katsina, may not matter to him, hence, the need to have a security system that feeds on local intelligence and nuances, which the federal police cannot adequately provide.

“To him, it appears that continuing the same process while expecting a different output and outcome is the best way to go. We ask, is he comfortable with the killings in the land while the status quo persists?

“To further dwell on the entire interview would be to waste valuable time. But we implore Nigerians not to relent because hope is on the way and, like one writer said, hope is better served as breakfast and not dinner, as the APC regime of President Buhari is doing, promising El Dorado in the dying days of its tenure.”

The argument over state police was revisited following Tuesday’s drama between the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and a police officer, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Abimbola Oyewole, who publicly defied the governor’s orders to vacate the estate.

Yesterday, Southwest governors described the public altercation as a threat against representative democracy. They also accused the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) and some elements in the Presidency of blatant abuse of the rule of law.

The Ondo State governor and Chairman of Southwest Governors’ Forum, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), in a statement signed and made available to journalists in Akure, yesterday, asked the police authorities to investigate the matter.

“We are in possession of a video, which has gone viral on the social media concerning the disgraceful exchange between a police officer, a CSP, and the governor of Lagos, the supposed Chief Security Officer of the state, at the Magodo Residential Estate.

“The content of the video is very disconcerting, and this is being charitable. The utter disrespect, which underlines the response of the officer to the governor establishes, beyond doubt, the impracticability of the current system, dubiously christened ‘Federalism.’

“An arrangement, which compels the governor to seek clarifications on security issues in his jurisdiction from totally extraneous bodies or persons, is a sure recipe for anarchy. We condemn, very strongly, this brazen assault on decency. We call on the IG to explain the justification for this intrusion. This is not acceptable.

“Unequivocally, we condemn, in very clear terms, the role of the AGF, Malami in this act of gross moral turpitude. We, on our part, will continue to interrogate the current system, which treats elected representatives of the people as mere prefects, while appointed office holders ride rough shod over them as Lords of the Manor.

“We stand by our brother, the governor of Lagos. We advise him to deploy the regional security outfit in the state to protect the life and property of the people,” the statement read in part.

In response, Malami confirmed that policemen sent to Magodo Phase 2 Estate area of Lagos State were there on his orders, while he condemned the criticism of the Southwest governors, saying nothing was unruly about the operation and the police officers’ presence at the estate.

This was disclosed in a statement by Malami’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu.

He said: “The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice takes exception to the Southwest governors’ unjustifiable insinuation of impunity against the AGF over execution of a judgment of the Supreme Court.

“The role of the executive is, in this respect, simply to aide the maintenance of law and order in due compliance with rule of law arising from giving effect to the judgment of the apex court.

“Let it be known that the issue is regarding a Supreme Court judgment that was delivered in 2012, long before the coming of President Buhari’s administration at a time when Malami was not a Minister.

“The Office of the AGF would appreciate if the coalition of the governors will help to unravel the circumstances preventing the Lagos State government from enforcing the court order despite several attempts from 2012 to 2015 and so-called settlement initiative started in 2016.”

Some other groups have expressed displeasure at the Magodo incident. Chairman of Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), Wale Oshun, said: “It has been there for a long time, which shows that our security system is faulty.”

The Director General of Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, Seye Oyeleye, said: “Obviously, we run a supposed federation. The Inspector General of Police sent police officers to the territory of the governor without consulting the supposed Chief Security Officer.

“It shows how warped our federalism is. It shows that we are living in lies. The opponents of state police do talk about abuse of governors. What happened is a classic example of abuse of the police by the Federal Government.”

The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, through his media aide, Kehinde Aderemi, said: “Magodo event has truly shown the deficit of the present system of government. That is why the need for effective policing in the state is urgent.

“State police is a content of true federalism. It is long overdue, we can never make any meaningful progress as a nation unless we go back to regionalism where each region was allowed to develop at its pace.”

FORMER National Chairman of the defunct United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, said the country urgently needed constitutional reforms that would review the nation’s security management to save the country.

He described the country as sliding downward and wouldn’t progress if the state chief security officers continued to not control the police and checkmate disobedience of the police to elected chief executive of states.

Okorie insisted that state police and community policing was the country’s best bet to go in the effort to keep Nigeria united and on the path of continued development.

He said: “That is an outright disobedience to persons described by the Constitution as Chief Security Officers of their states. Some of us have repeatedly, over the years said state police and community policing is a sure way of taking security to the grassroots and that is one of the ways every citizen can be made to feel that he is part of the security architecture.

“That call has become more stringent under the Buhari administration and for reasons that have not been explained to anybody’s satisfaction, the government has paid deaf ears to this call. So what has happened in Lagos is just a similar thing to what is happening in other parts of the country. There is no way our security problem can be solved with this type of lacuna in our Constitution.”

The Director-General of Rivers State Neighbourhood Watch Agency, Dr. Mike Chukwuma, also expressed displeasure over the insubordination at Magodo estate.

Chukwuma, a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, in a telephone interview with The Guardian, disclosed that Nigeria is being unserious about the issue of democracy.

The DG described the Magodo incident as a shameful one, saying that it was an imposition of might against the wishes of citizens and government.

“There is no situation that is not abused. The difference is our ability to learn from our mistakes. People have been arguing that state policing would be abused but is the federal police not being abused? Is federal police not being wrongly used?

“As an insider who has been in the police from the scratch till when I retired after 35 years, the near solution to our security woes is state police.”

ALSO speaking, two lawyers, Jiti Ogunye and Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), said the Magodo incident was a rule of law catastrophe, which can be solved only by restructuring.

Ogunye said: “The AGF and IGP’s agents cannot invade the estate in the pretext of enforcing a Supreme Court judgment. They are not Sheriffs of Court empowered to do so. If Lagos government disobeyed the court, redress venue is still the court, not office of IGP or AGF. What the duo and the police are doing in that estate is blatant illegality. It has no other name.”

Adegboruwa said only restructuring can save Nigeria. He quoted Section 215 of the Constitution that proves that Nigeria runs a unitary state and not a federal structure.

“The 1999 Constitution tells a lie against the people of Nigeria when it claims that we are running a federation but strips the governor of powers over security. In the final analysis, only restructuring can save this nation. Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable!”

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Nigerian economy better under PDP – Onuesoke

Nigerian economy better under PDP – Onuesoke

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain and former Delta State gubernatorial aspirant, Sunny Onuesoke has compared the economy of Nigeria when it was being led by PDP to its state now under the All Progressive Congress, judging that Nigeria had a better economy under PDP.

According to him, “Under PDP, you had a government that listened, had rule of law and you could protest without fear. The cost of living was way better, unemployment was far lesser, insecurity was contained to an area, electricity supply and charges were way better.

“But today, you are dying yet can’t cry. You dare to cry, you end up behind bars. Egg of N20 now sells for N70-N80 naira. Indomie of N20 now sells for N80-N99. Pure water of N5 now sells for N20-N30. An electricity bill of N1, 500, is now N40, 000 with no light.”

Reacting to recent outburst by Transport Minister, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi against former President Goodluck Jonathan, Onuesoke  said it was only an attempt  to divert the people’s attention from the failure of this present administration.

Onuesoke wondered how it is possible that the money the ex-President left behind  couldn’t sustain Nigerian for three weeks just as he  queried  where they saw money to sustain the economy for the past  years.

He termed it embarrassing that a government that has ruled for two terms keep laying blames on a government that ruled for only one term, rather than stop the blame game and concentrate on fulfilling the promises they made to Nigerians.

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“Boko Haram Killed Innocent Citizens Because Of Buhari’s Visit To Maiduguri” – Adesina Reveals

"Boko Haram Killed Innocent Citizens Because Of Buhari's Visit To Maiduguri" - Adesina Reveals

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that Boko Haram killed many innocent citizens in Maiduguri because of the proposed visit of his principal to Borno State.

Speaking on Channels TV on Sunday night, Adesina opines that Boko Haram attacked the Maiduguri International Airport last week to scare off Buhari, who was to visit the state.

The presidential aide said despite the attack and killings, Buhari still went ahead with the visit.

He said, “It was a sort of scaremongering. They wanted to frighten the president away. But they have forgotten that this president is a retired general.

“They’ve forgotten that he is a man who can stand on his own. They thought they could succeed in getting the president to cancel that visit.

“That was why they did what they did. But you see way the president still went ahead with the visit and from all indications it was a very successful visit.

“It is sad that some people lost their lives in that attack. But it shows you the cowardly nature of those behind those attacks,” Adesina added

Terrorists’ rockets worrisome — FG

Terrorists’ rockets worrisome — FG

Terrorists’ rockets worrisome — FG

Following the launching of multiple rocket attacks in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, by Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) hours before the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, the Federal Government yesterday said it was worried about terrorists’ ability to fire rockets.

The Federal Government expressed worry on a day Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state cried out for help saying terrorists, armed robbers, bandits and criminal elements had invaded and taken over Kano forests.

It is pertinent to note that hours before the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Thursday, multiple rockets explosions rocked the capital with rockets hitting many houses around Ngomari, Bulumkutu and Ayafe communities near the airport. This reportedly led to a massive deployment of troops to combat ISWAP elements and to foil the attack by the terrorists.

Fielding questions from State House Correspondents after a security council meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on the attack, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Alkali Baba Usman said the ability of the terrorists to strike with rockets was worrisome.

However, the police boss said the terrorists failed to achieve their objectives with the rockets launch.

Flanked by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the IGP said, “They are launching it in major towns, they are launching it in Maiduguri. It is a concern. And it has been seriously checkmated. There are efforts to continuously checkmate it. What they have done yesterday (Thursday), yes, they have done it, but to a large extent, they have not achieved what they have intended to achieve because of the situation the security agencies particularly the military put in place.”

When asked whether the security agencies have been able to trace the origins of the rockets, the IGP said it had been done before and after the firing incident occurred.

He said, “Yes, it had been done before and even after. Some of those who must have planned and thrown those rockets have been taken out.”

The IGP said that the security agencies were working at improving on what they were already doing “to ensure there is peace, law and order during the Yuletide period and beyond.”

He mentioned President Buhari’s marching orders to security agencies, which, according to him, are always the same.

Explaining, Baba said: “The marching orders are always the same, you have even told Nigerians the marching orders of the President. It has always been the same. There is no space, there is no tolerance to any threat to security. There is no sparing of any terrorists and there must be an intelligence gathering, there must be proactive prevention of crime and there must be checkmating of all those that are involved in criminal activities, whether it is terrorism, banditry or armed robbery or whatever and that is what we are trying to do to the best of our knowledge and ability.”

The Federal Government has also said there was no need to worry over the alleged leaked memo where security intelligence revealed that terrorists have planned to attack the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, during the festive period. It went on to explain that the nature of criminality in the southeast is the reason for the high presence of police on the roads.
However, Nigerians have been accusing security agencies in the southeast of harassing and extorting people at checkpoints.

Comparing the north and the east he said: “Where there are more people you have the problem of policing than where you don’t have. What we have in some of the states(in the north) is a big landmass without actually having too many people.

“In some spaces (in the east) we have too many people in a small place. That means there is human interaction and you need to have to police there much more than what you have where you don’t have that number of population.”

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who led the briefing on the outcome of the security meeting, gave assurance that there was no threat to safety and security in the Federal Capital Territory

Asked about the leaked memo of planned terrorists’ attack, Aregbesola said: “Abuja is secure and very safe. If there was a leak, as you mentioned, it could just be an operational alert that does not require any worry or concern. The Council has mandated us to assure Nigerians of their safety and enduring peace for the period of the festivities.”

The minister said the council had asked them to assure Nigerians that measures were in place to ensure their safety during the Christmas season and beyond.

“The message of the Security Council, through you to Nigerians, is that all measures for the safety and security of the Nigerian people and Nigeria are in place for a successful and happy celebration of the yuletide and the New Year,” he stated.

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