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Abuja Peace Accord must be worth their wordings – Muhammadu Buhari March 27, 2015

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GMB PRESS STATEMENT – “The Abuja Peace Accords Must Be Worth Their Wordings” – March 27, 2015

On Thursday, March 26th, President Goodluck Jonathan and I signed a new accord reinforcing our commitment to violent-free elections.

The new accord is a follow up to the Abuja Accord which we signed, along with nine other party leaders, on Jan. 14th 2015, to show our commitment to free, fair and credible elections in our dear country.

I take these accords very seriously, and this has reflected in the issues-based campaign which I ran all through the period of electioneering campaign, despite the provocative and sleazy campaign directed at my person and my party.

But recent developments across the country, ahead of Saturday’s elections, run against the contents and spirit of the peace accords.

For example, the ink with which we signed the new peace accord had barely dried when we started hearing reports of violence directed against members of our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), as well as glaring acts of harassment and intimidation being carried out against the opposition by security agents across the country.

Shots were fired at the convoy of the Director General of my Campaign Organization, His Excellency Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, in Rumuolumeni, Obio Akpor area of Port Harcourt, a few hours after the second peace accord was signed, leaving two persons injured.

I do hope this is not a confirmation of the information reaching my party that some notorious security agents have been deployed to Port Harcourt to restrict the movement of Gov. Amaechi.

In Ondo State, a serving APC member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Eniolorunda Omosule, was arrested and detained by the police for no reason other than to keep him away until after elections, while we have heard reports of an alleged meeting in Ibadan between the Commissioners of Police in the South-west and PDP officials.

In Imo, we have read of how more than 30 armed mobile policemen were unleashed on some APC youths at Mbutu in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area, with the policemen firing indiscriminately, smashing doors and windows and arresting some of the youths, while there are alleged plans to deploy troops clothed in DSS uniforms to the South-west to help the PDP to rig the elections.

These are worrisome developments, more so because they involve security agencies, which are supposed to be neutral and professional in carrying out their constitutional duties of protecting the lives and property of Nigerians, irrespective of their party affiliations.

I remain committed to the two peace accords which we signed to ensure free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections on Saturday and on April 11th, and once again I urge all my supporters to shun all acts of violence, even in the face of the worst kind of provocations.

However, the wordings of the accords must mean something if indeed they are the paper they are writing on. The new peace accord we signed on Thursday called on INEC and all security agencies ”to ensure strict adherence to their constitutional roles”. This is the minimum requirement for us to have credible elections. When those who are being paid to protect Nigerians turn around to unleash violence on them, it portends great danger for the polity.

With less than 24 hours to the Presidential elections, I call on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately call the errant security agencies to order, in the spirit of the peace accords. The President should make it clear that any security agent who engages in acts that are inimical to the success of the elections will face the full wrath of the law. 

General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
Presidential Candidate
All Progressives Congress (APC)
Abuja, March 27th 2015

Muhammadu Buhari: Nigeria’s turning point towards a greater future March 24, 2015

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The unprecedented rise of Muhammadu Buhari, whose incorruptibility and integrity remains unquestionable, is not only an indictment of the failure of leadership under Goodluck Jonathan but a validation of the visionless leadership that has remained elusive of the present administration. Indeed, the rise of the son of Daura is a reminder of the combined hopelessness that has engulfed Nigeria for the past five years. Reasonably, and for any avoidance of doubt, President Jonathan’s campaign should have been based on his numbers (his sterling performance) rather than the propaganda employed against Buhari’s past.

Muhammadu Buhari is flawed. Politics, for learners, is not a field of sainthood, and the repeated human right abuses under his otherwise forgettable past are constant reminders of our failed humanity. Countless times he has been asked to decry many of the decisions he took while a Military Head of State; all of the times he has showed he stood by most of those decisions. I do not totally absolve him of all his past decisions; however, given the state of the nation years ago, given the crime and untold corruption in 1983; any patriotic leader (with absolute powers) would go to lengths, even if it entailed death sentences; to rid the society off criminals.

Nigeria needs leaders who represent the interest of the people and not that of a select cult. Indeed the President Nigeria needs today is one who can make crucial decisions in important times of our nation and stand by it. Goodluck Jonathan is not only bereft of this, he unashamedly boasts about it. Countless irreverent statements from him lend credence to my views.

Recently, Jonathan declared that he underestimated the dastardly wicked group Boko Haram. The terror group, whose main mission is to eradicate western education, had led carnage against the Nigerian people, killing over 17,000 within a spate of 4 years (source). All happened under Goodluck Jonathan, a president who had the highest expenditure of security to the tune of over 4trillion in 5 years. What has Nigeria got to show for this? Our valiant army have been repressed and demoralized under Goodluck Jonathan, and only recently, (under a combined collaborative country effort SOURCE) have they truly started repelling Boko Haram and reclaiming many Nigerian territories captured by Boko Haram.

Every form of public outcry against insensitivity of leadership has led to suppression of democratic freedom, castigation and public defamation by the attack dogs of Goodluck Jonathan. It took a little over 3 weeks before the President publicly accepted that the militant Boko Haram Group kidnapped Chibok girls. Till date, 219 of them remain captive. As part of the #BringBackOurGirls movement, I have witnessed untold embarrassment from the Nigerian Police; the same sworn to protect the people. Precisely on May 28, 2014, I was part of a group of patriots who were beaten by hirelings under the watchful eyes of the Nigerian Police. On other occasions, our place of assembly, the Abuja Unity Fountain, was cordoned off despite previous notification given for assembly.

Any utilization of public funds without accountability is a form of corruption. Transparency and accountability, a crucial hallmark of governance, regressed under Jonathan. He rebuffed attempts to declare his assets; he defended ceaselessly the corrupt allegations peddled against the sitting minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Maduekwe. She presided over the fuel subsidy scam (about N3trillion), and NNPC remains a milking cow under her watch. Despite this and other corrupt issues, efforts by the public to prevail on the President to relieve her of office have failed. More worse is the fact that the President (with his late predecessor) inherited a healthy purse, now squandered, from former President Obasanjo. Till date, the nation remains in dark regarding how those funds were spent.

About 400,000 barrels of crude is stolen everyday in Nigeria, the sale of which would not only arrest many of the dire conditions of living in Nigeria, but restore broken infrastructure where they exist and build needed ones. Today, Nigeria’s medical and educational tourism is not only ridiculous but also shameful for a nation with such unbelievable resources and potential.

Nigeria today unfortunately has the highest total number of out-of-school children in the world; 10.5 million to be precise. Rather than embark on wholesome policy reform and revamp the educational sector through good governance practices, Mr. President appointed politicians who served his political interests. Like some of his predecessors, the academic community suffered industrial strikes that resulted in lull of academic activities for months. I have visited two of the newly formed universities; they, at best, are glorified secondary schools.

Our health sector plummeted. Late President Yar’adua promised 6 geo-political world-class health institutions to cater for the increasing needs of Nigerians. Today, they remained, as usual, failed promises. The maternal and child mortality rates in Nigeria are record high globally. Efforts by the world to bring Nigeria’s leadership to this dire condition has been met with stiff and outright condemnation rather than critical thoughtfulness and reflection on health policies and their genuine implementations.

I do not support Buhari because he is Muslim nor do I reject Jonathan because he is Christian. My choice is based on their proven competence and character of leadership. The tragic story of Nigeria is that the people have long been suppressed and lied to under the guile of religion and ethnicity. Given how vehement we line behind religion and ethnicity, it is ironic there are no Christian roads, or Muslim hospitals; neither are there Christian deaths or Muslim carnages. Deaths caused by terror and lack of infrastructure (health, good roads, first aid, amongst others) is consequences of bad leaders; whether Christian or Muslim.

The gradual acceptance of Muhammadu Buhari shows considerable progress within our political terrain; that our political discourse is centering on issues and a reminder to the bandwagon of religious and ethnic bigot who have condemned Nigerians to woeful leadership in the past should take heed. Steadily, the days of puerile sentimentalism are ebbing.

Goodluck Jonathan’s five years is summarily the story of bad leadership: failed promises, indecision and purposelessness. For someone who lacks empathy and who has failed to exhibit strong character in the face of adversity; he has shown that he cannot be trusted with the emergence of Nigeria as a nation worth boasting of. True, Muhammadu Buhari might not be the best candidate to restore the pride and glory of Nigeria to its true height; but he, today, represents the better candidate and the most important force to begin the reconstruction of the broken foundation and the redirection of our nation to the path of true greatness and awaken this sleeping giant from its deep slumber.

‘Seun Fakuade

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GENERAL BUHARI’s TOWNHALL MEETING WITH PROFESSIONAL WOMEN March 19, 2015

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TEXT OF KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC), GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI, GCFR, AT TOWN HALL MEETING WITH PROFESSIONAL WOMEN ON MARCH 19TH 2015 IN LAGOS

 Nigerian women have always played a visible and competent role in nation building. In addition to their various activities, which sustained communities in pre-colonial times, they also played key roles in the struggles for independence and the political processes that followed. However, these very important roles, whilst widely documented, have not been fully appreciated.

 

In 1995 the 4th United Nations World Conference on Women took place in Beijing, China. The conference was unprecedented, both in terms of its sheer scale, and in its outcomes. It represented a new dawn in the search for gender justice and equality, and it gave women around the world a serious political, technical and analytical tool with which to demand for accountability from governments and institutions responsible for advancing gender equality globally.

 

Twenty years after Beijing, women in Nigeria have not fully benefitted from the promises made by governments at the Beijing conference. There is still discrimination against women in public institutions and in the private sphere, and women still lack the same freedoms as men, particularly in the fields of education, economic empowerment and political participation. Nigeria still has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, and there are now very alarming rates of violence against women and girls. Due to the activities of agents of the Boko Haram insurgency, we have seen hundreds of our daughters and wives kidnapped, killed and displaced.

 

I am on a mission to restore Nigeria’s fading glory and reposition our great nation on the path to greatness. I am however aware that this will not be possible without addressing the needs and concerns of those who constitute half of the population of this country – women. No nation can prosper without a commitment to the empowerment of women and girls. As the father of a number of beautiful, promising young women, I should know what it means to want the very best for my own daughters. I do not expect any of my daughters to live unfulfilled, with their talents wasted and ignored, suffering discrimination at every turn, and rendered second-class citizens all because they happen to be female. 

 

An APC government, under my leadership, is therefore committed to the following:

 

a)          Ensuring that gender is mainstreamed throughout all the government’s commitments in key areas such as the economy, education, health, security, good governance, power, agriculture and other areas of national development.

 

b)         Implementation of the 2005 National Gender Policy, which serves as a roadmap for the promotion of women’s empowerment and gender equality in Nigeria. So far, there has been no political will to implement this very critical framework.

 

c)          Promotion of anti-discrimination legislations and policies to afford women equality and equity, especially in employment, education, housing and entrepreneurship.

 

d)          We shall commit ourselves to merit based Affirmative Actions to level the playing field for women, and provide them with opportunities to be part of decision-making and governance at all levels.

 

e)          We will include Gender as a component of the Federal Character.

 

 

f)           There will be strong political will to promote Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality through dedicating the required financial, human and technical resources toward this goal.

 

g)          We will make a concerted effort to empower women in rural areas, who constitute the majority of the Nigerian women.

 

h)          We will insist on legislation to ensure a woman’s right to own and inherit property on an equal basis with men.

 

i)            We will enforce legal protection for the rights of the girl-child in all areas of religious, social and economic life, protecting her right to dignity, shelter and choice.

 

j)            My administration will have zero tolerance for violence against women and girls.  We will provide women with greater legal protection from all forms of violence and sexual harassment, and there will be a commitment to the implementation of all existing legislation on violence against women.

 

 

k)          We will improve and strengthen support for women in all sectors of the economy, through access to capital, training and skills acquisition. We will also ensure that women have better access to capital and credit facilities for their businesses.

 

This is an abridged presentation of what I have in store for Nigerian women; there are, of course, many other important issues I am sure you would like to see addressed. I believe that the most important commitment I can make to Nigerian women is that they can count on strong political will from my administration, to ensure that women’s rights are safeguarded and protected. We will not be an administration that only empowers a token number of women who are in no way representative of the vast majority of women in this country. Ours will be an administration that will consciously and consistently provide opportunities for as many women as possible, bearing in mind that our nation’s development depends on this strategy. We will promote a culture of peace and a respect for the fundamental human rights of women and girls. 

 

Ours will be an administration that firmly believes that women hold up half the sky. 

 

My vision is for my daughters, and your daughters, to enjoy a world in which discrimination will be a thing of the distant past. It might be a long journey, but with your support and votes, we will be on the right path together. Nigerian women have been promised so much for so long. I stand before you now to make a solemn promise that I will not take you or your votes for granted. After all, it is impossible for me to clap with one hand.

 

Thank You.

 

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd.), GCFR

APC Presidential Candidate

NIGERIA’S NATIONAL SECURITY by Muhammadu Buhari March 18, 2015

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TEXT OF SPEECH DELIVERED BY GENERAL MUHAMMADU BUHARI, GCFR, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) AT THE TOWN HALL MEETING ON NATIONAL SECURITY IN ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY, 18TH MARCH 2015

 

At no other time in our history has the issue of security been brought so urgently to the front burners like now. The security of lives and properties of our people have been so wantonly violated; the very territorial integrity of our nation has been violated, and the scale of violence and crime that we could only imagine many years ago have become the daily reality that we live with. 

 

The primary responsibility of any government is the protection of lives and properties of its citizens. The aggregate of several factors have made this task a lot more difficult in recent years. However, no government can hope to enjoy the trust and respect of its citizens as long as that government continue to fail in this all important responsibility to its citizens. Indeed, security is the very essence of the social contract between the people and the government. 

 

In seeking to tackle our security challenges, we have to embrace a holistic definition that enables us to see security as freedom: freedom from fear and freedom from want.  This is the intention of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution when it states in Section 14(2B) that the security and welfare of the citizens shall be the primary purpose of government. 

 

I completely align myself with this perspective, as I believe that poverty, deprivation, inequality and injustice remain potent threats to national security.

 

I intend to embark on a comprehensive Security Sector Reform, which will include among others, the long overdue governance challenges in these sectors, which limit their effectiveness. I am committed to ensuring that Nigeria’s Security Institutions and agencies discharge their mandates in conformity with the rule of law, fundamental human rights, civil and liberties of Nigerian citizens. These are rights guaranteed in our constitution. I also believe that a bad and corrupt government is as much danger to national security as armed robbers, kidnappers and terrorists. Improving governance in all our institutions will be a major component of my Security Sector Reform. 

 

No doubt, the biggest security challenge that we face today is that of terrorism in the hands of the so- called Boko Haram. Understandably, our response to this unprecedented threat to our national security has been characterized largely by the use of force. And let me commend our Armed Forces for the recent successes that we have recorded against the Boko Haram. 

 

However, experience has shown that even as we step up military actions against these terrorists, we must also begin to explore other approaches that would bring a total and final end to insurgency in our country. My approach will be multidimensional, combining the use of force with robust assessments of the key drivers and ingredients of this insurgency, including proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, the booming trade in narcotics, smuggling as well as other cross-border crimes.  We must rebuild and strengthen our customs and immigration to make them more efficient in policing our borders, which are currently so porous, thereby allowing criminal gangs and terrorists to bring weapons into our country at will either for the purpose of terrorism or for other criminal activities, including oil bunkering in the Niger Delta, kidnapping in the South East or Armed Robbery in the South West. We must re-focus our foreign affairs relationship in a concentric circle, prioritizing our relationship with them, thereby ensuring that our neighboring countries do not provide safe havens to terrorists.

 

We must continuously engage, consult and cooperate with our neighbors, the entire West Africa sub-regional and the international community on matters of security. Let me take this opportunity to thank Chad, Niger and Cameroon in their ongoing efforts to assist the Nigerian troops in combating the Boko Haram Insurgency. 

 

However, no matter what we do, we must ensure that the kind of disgraceful experience we have had in the last couple of months does not ever happen again. We must ensure that the military is always equipped and ready. I find it personally embarrassing to see that a band of thugs and terrorists were better equipped and better motivated than our military. Under my government, this will never be allowed to happen. We will equip our military and we will provide the right incentives to give their very best in defense of their fatherland. 

 

We will also ensure a refocus of our internal security infrastructure. The Police and the Department of State Security (SSS), must be re-oriented to focus less on regime security and more on citizens security. They must always remain professional and above politics. This is the only way to win the confidence of Nigerian citizens. We will ensure that these two institutions, along with other such agencies are aligned to function together under a new security architecture that guarantees TOTAL security for our country. 

 

In conclusion, I will like to emphasize that the TOTAL security concept will touch directly on improving the quality of lives for our people, expanding opportunities and reducing inequalities. Even if we have the best Military and Police in the world, we would not be able to guarantee security in our country as long as 53 per cent of our youths remain unemployed and 70 per cent of our people continue to live below the poverty line. These are all the issues that my party, the APC and myself are committed to. It is along this line that we have promised a “Marshall Plan” for the North East of Nigeria as the best guarantee of ensuring that never again will our country experience the kind of human tragedy that is currently going on in that part of the country. 


I thank all of you once again for coming here today. I am confident that with God on our side, we can make our country safe and great again. 

 

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR

APC Presidential Candidate

Femi Fani-Kayode Campaigns for the APC February 24, 2015

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REGIME OF CONFUSION AND UNBRIDLED DECEITS by @eggheader February 13, 2015

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REGIME OF CONFUSION AND UNBRIDLED DECEITS

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Egghead ODEWALE

Last Wednesday (11/02/2015), the President in a media chat with selected journalists at the Presidential Villa, Abuja attended to questions bordering on various issues that affect Nigeria and the polity. If anything, rather than clear the air around the issues raised, the president merely succeeded in adding to the confusion and aiding the distrust that already pervade his administration. Particularly, through his own whims and grimaces, he offered Nigerians another opportunity to re-assess his sentiments and the thinking around government quarters with respect to those important national issues.

JEGA’S TENURE

Even if Mr. President is no longer disposed towards Jega, he should be told that he cannot remove the latter from office until the expiration of his tenure on June 30. While responding to questions during the media chat, President Goodluck Jonathan opined that he held constitutional powers to appoint or remove the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega. He said, “…if you ask Jega, he would tell you. I appointed all the Commissioners and Resident Electoral Commissioners in INEC. They are my appointees. So, if I feel that Jega is not good enough for obvious reasons, then I can by that provision of the constitution, that gives the person power who appointed him the power, to remove him. But I have not told anybody that I am going to remove Jega”.

I think it is unfortunate that despite all the years spent in public service, which invariably is his main claim to suitability for the highest office, Mr. President continues to commit such solecisms on issues that draw obvious references in the Constitution of the Federal Republic as well as from legal texts, history and tradition in public office.  To wit, the Constitution is clear on the powers for appointment and removal of the INEC Chairman and head and/or members of other federal agencies duly listed in S153, Chapter VI, Part I(B). Listed at S153f, amongst 14 other federal agencies (S153a-n), the Commissioners at INEC, including the Chairman (S161) “may only be removed from that office by the President acting on an address supported by two-thirds majority of the Senate praying that he be so removed for inability to discharge the functions of the office (whether arising from infirmity of mind or body or any other cause) or misconduct(S161d)” as clearly enumerated in S157 of the same chapter of the Constitution.

With all the human and financial resources at the disposal of Mr. President, one would expect that he has unhindered access to the best advice or ideas that you can imagine. He should, by now, know that once nominated, ratified by the NASS and appointed into office, it has gone beyond his powers to sack any of the Commissioners at INEC, including the Chairman. What do his aides viz: Attorney-General, Special Adviser (Legal) and his personal lawyers, tell him with respect to his powers in this instance? I wish that he be so reminded and that he must immediately withdraw his embarrassing comments but also ensure he guarantees the tenure of office of the INEC Chairman and his Commissioners. This call has become imperative in light of the coordinated orchestrated attacks on the person and integrity of Prof Attahiru Jega by the President’s men, friends and party.

I am sure that Nigerians have not forgotten how the president in two instances overreached the powers of his office in the removal of former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, and the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. This is a man who claims not to apply more than 40% of the powers of his office yet has consistently misapplied or misappropriated such Constitutional powers. A president who touts separation of powers should be mindful that the exercise of certain powers are subject to the ratification of the relevant arms of government. Despite being a major beneficiary in both instances, if the removal of Salami and Sanusi did not cause him enough political heartache, Mr. Jonathan would know that the country is at that point where the inkling of any unwarranted suspicion of the electoral process can inflame tenebrific clouds over the nation. My reproof is for him to price the crisis very well before he procures it.

INEC AND MILITARY DO NOT CONSULT THE PRESIDENT

In another instance and in a clear attempt to scorn S158(1) of the Constitution, Mr. President intoned what seemed like a complaint stating “In 2011, INEC didn’t consult me.” May I make it clear to Mr. President that the ‘I’ standing for ‘Independent’ in INEC is not a pejorative affixture but one whose ramifications have been stated and founded a backbone in S158(1) of the Constitution. Sir, INEC is not expected to consult you more especially when you have a vested interest and you’re a contestant in the elections. Nonetheless, this does not in any way preclude you from providing all necessary administrative supports to ensure hitch-free elections as against the slipshod manner in which your security chiefs have reprobated relevant provisions of the Constitution.

Contrariwise, the same is not correct for the conduct of the Service Chiefs who seemed to have turned the president to not more than a ‘figurehead’ Commander-in-Chief by his own admission. In the selfsame chat, the president suggested that, “I am not the Chief of Defence Staff that wrote the letter…. the security services did not consult me. Of course, I was not consulted and did not want to be consulted”. With no other person than the president who should double as the Commander-in-Chief now openly admitting that he was not consulted before the security advisory to abort the initially proposed February elections was passed to INEC, one must be deeply worried that the security services no longer subscribe to or are no more under the firm control of civilian authorities as expected in a democratic dispensation and as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.

Whereas the Chairman of INEC claimed during his infamous press conference that he received a security caution from the NSA, President Jonathan has not apportioned that claim to the Chief of Defence. Staff. We are left as a nation with nothing more than frenetic jitters to demand the truth with respect to the author, nay Constitutional coupist(s), of the missive that eventually occasioned last Saturday’s involuntary postponement of the elections.

It should bother all men and women of good conscience that the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) and the Service Chiefs have become too powerful that they contumaciously usurp provisions of the Constitution and contemptuously disregard constituted civilian authorities and no less than the man in whom the sovereignty of Nigerians has been vested till May 29th, 2015. By his own very admission, President Jonathan has not only demonstrated his infirmness to continue to hold office as the President and Commander-in-Chief but also exposed the NSA and Service Chiefs as abusing their offices and irresponsibly abdicating the lawful security tasks assigned to them thereby making them, incompetent to continue in their offices.

Of course, the president showed a deceitful befuddlement when he later admitted that, “as Chief Security Officer, of the Federation, I have an idea” of the memo sent to subvert the original plans toward the February 14th national elections and February 28th state elections. This development where the president vacillates or prevaricates unsurely publicly, has given rise to a situation contrary to known practice where it is now the NSA and Service Chiefs who give assurances with respect to the ‘inviolability of next advertised dates’ of the General Elections.

USE OF GOVERNMENT RESOURCES FOR CAMPAIGN

With all gusto, President Jonathan declared, “In 2011, INEC didn’t consult me (before shifting the election). If they had consulted me, I wouldn’t have wasted my time and government resources. For any trip I make, I know what the government spends”. This is a clear testimony from Mr. President that he has been applying government resources to his political campaigns. Whether in periods of surplus or time of austerity, such wanton misapplication of official resources for Mr. President’s personal political activities is totally uncalled for. If for nothing, this puts additional unnecessary pressure on dwindling government resources.

One would expect Coordinating Minister for the Economy (CME), Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to immediately commence the implementation of her austerity measures from such wasteful endeavours that eat into government expenditures.

I think it behooves a punctilious leader and one who has the interest of his people at heart to do away with such unnecessary draw-downs on public funds.

MORE REASONS FOR POLLS SHIFT

If the inconsistency of the NSA’s original claims for the calls for polls shift with those of the service chiefs who claim inability to protect the polls was anything to go by, Mr. President debunked all of these when he asserted that “Yes, the Boko Haram is there; but also the tensed factor in the country. When INEC came up with the dates for elections, there was no much threat and the security agencies saw a lot of red points and they believed elections should be shifted, otherwise the whole country would go into flames”.

A president who has already claimed not to be consulted in serious matters of national security declares that some other “tensed factors” was responsible for the polls postponement, then we may begin to demand further explanations; what items constitute these tensed factors? This latest suggestion is an unambiguous confirmation of what we have always maintained that Mr. President and his band of appointed security chiefs take Nigerians for a ride as they wish. Nigerians are reminded how the clamour for polls shift started with the NSA under the pretext of rate of PVC collection, then to the irresponsible claim that the security agencies cannot guarantee security for the elections and now the president himself cited tensed factors. At some point, the government through the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), resorted to scaremongering when Mike Omeri avows of plans to blow up polling units across the country. A threat to which his government’s only response to avert the envisioned carnage was to collect signatures from Nigerians across all 774 Local Government Areas

Nigerians should demand to know the truth as these indications call for concern regarding the genuineness of the new dates announced for the elections. Nigerians are already exasperated and having to endure a grueling campaign schedule is bad enough. President Goodluck Jonathan and his men should save the nation the distressing troubles of going through this cycle again, because suddenly, the electoral developments have become a déjà vu reminiscent of Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida’s series of aborted transition programmes. Nigerians are forewarned to beware

APC is for change and fairness by @elrufai February 5, 2015

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Address by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, OFR at the Kaduna South Zonal Rally, Kafanchan, 04 February 2015

After several days of campaigning across Southern Kaduna, our overwhelming impression is one of gratitude to the good people of the zone. We have been encouraged and excited by the warmth of the reception we have been accorded everywhere, and the willingness of the people to embrace our message of change. On behalf of the APC Kaduna State Campaign Council, I say a heartfelt thank you to Zone 3. There is no doubt that we have a solid, state-wide constituency for change and Southern Kaduna has this week emphatically proven it.

Kaduna State needs change. We must reset the dynamics of governance.We will place at its core a commitment to fairness and the promotion of harmony amongst the diverse peoples of our state. We must build a Kaduna State that treats all of its residents as equal citizens. It is a fallacy that any one part of a community can sustainably progress by holding back or repressing the other. Our destiny is to work together to bring progress and development, to secure our communities and to empower people to make the best of their talents.

Our programme of change is clearly aimed at improving security, building human capital by focusing on education and healthcare, focusing on key infrastructure, including roads and water supply, jobs and a new industrial strategy.

We do not underestimate the challenges, but your votes will give us the mandate we need to make governance work for the people. You have rejected the lame arguments of those who have tried to divide us along ethnic or religious lines. Our people have clearly rejected that as the refuge of incompetent people with no record of performance. You have also seen through the deceit of people who only thought it fit to condole with you over the killings and insecurity as elections loomed.

Empathy cannot be commodified, it is not a feeling based on expectations of reward, electoral or otherwise. Rather it is an obligation of governance, a duty of political responsiveness anchored on refined human character. This same people have also promised you a university and a new state, two months to the elections. You know they cannot be trusted.

We recognise the role that mass media has historically played in forming cohesive communities, fostering harmony and uniting peoples. Kaduna State cannot be whole when a government neglects to treat it as a unified broadcasting space. An APC government will end the information dichotomy which has seen our state not having a state-wide public broadcaster whose signals can be clearly received in every inch of the state. If elected, we will unite our state by making our public radio and television accessible to every part and every resident of this state. Services of Kaduna State Radio and Television that have been cut off in Southern Kaduna will be revived as a priority item.

Yet despite the passion we have seen, and the incredible support demonstrated, the job is not yet done. To deliver change we all must first collect our PVCs and turn up to vote, and guarantee by our conduct an atmosphere of peace and calm.

We ask once again that you give our party,the APC, your vote at all levels. We are ready for the responsibility of governance.

Let’s make Kaduna great again!

THE END OF A STINT by @eggheader SEUN ODEWALE October 15, 2014

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My brother and friend writes as Dr. John Kayode Fayemi’s governorship journey comes to a close.

Happy reading…

THE END OF A STINT by ‘Seun Odewale

Today, as we take our final bow and depart from the Government House, Ado-Ekiti, I recall that date four years ago when the Court of Appeal, holden in Ilorin, gave a resounding ruling declaring Kayode Fayemi as the duly elected Governor of Ekiti State, after a grueling three and half years of legal scrimmage.

Developments, days, weeks and months before this ruling, had elicited a lot of despair among the population. Obviously, this necessitated the acclaim that greeted the announcement of Fayemi as the Governor of Ekiti State, and understandably, the expectations – possible and plausible – that the new government will in no time resolve or bring to an end ‘ALL’ the sufferings of the people and take Ekitis to their long longed Eldorado.

Definitely, that Eldorado was not to be, but there is consistent concurrence from every quarter that Fayemi has not only discharged himself creditably well, but also advanced the cause and course of Ekiti significantly positively. Now, those who expected that the Ekiti man or woman should have expressed gratitude only through immediate electoral votes might have missed the point but that is a topic for another day. What is evident is that the last four years in Ekiti has witnessed a nonpareil development driven governance that has impacted on all layers of the society and in all nooks and crannies of the state or even beyond. Yours sincerely has been a proud member of that winning team!

From my initial appointment as the Personal Assistant to the Governor to my latter day redeployment as the Deputy Chief of Staff, I occupied an integral but strategic position within the outgoing administration. Sincerely, I have been more than privileged to serve under a Kayode Fayemi administration. And even a greater privilege to have worked with or meet all the wonderful folks that have ensured that my tour of duty was worth the while. These are by no means limited to those physically present in Ekiti alone. To mention names here would be to enact an epistle of inordinate length. I know I have gleaned or gained different things from different people, each to varying degrees, but no matter how smidgen, I cherish and appreciate every token of support that I have received, either within propinquity or from far flung places.

In equal measure, I must pay especial tribute to all our traducers, those who even in dying will never see any good citation to applaud. Ironically, they make us tick. Unbeknown to them, those unwavering admonitions and criticisms became the fillip with which I continually gauge, amend and improve on my person and on the inputs I made at every opportunity during my tour of duty. Perhaps, one would have been carried away in self-affectations of goodwill, but you constantly kept the lid on our conducts, policies and programmes. More than anyone would think, I believe you deserve my utmost recognition for willingly maintaining the socio-political equilibrium within which you are definitely indispensable.

At this point, I must thank all those that have helped me one way or the other to wade through these past years, while I also like to apologize to those who I might have offended – usually inadvertently – during the discharge of my duties. For those in the latter category, I am sure you will understand with me that those offending moments were never deliberate but also that sometimes, difficult or unpalatable decisions/utterances must be made to achieve needful progress. Again, I unreservedly apologize.

I am not unmindful that the next couple of days and weeks will open the vistas for ceaseless assessment of our conducts in office in the past four years, I wish to assure everyone that I shall continue to present myself to such ongoing public scrutiny as is expected of my person.

I thank you all as I must now journey into another productive future of unending opportunities.

Egghead Odewale

Oct 15, 2014.

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES – JONAH THE SLEEP MASTER October 9, 2014

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It was one of those days when a terminal examination had just held. My friends and I, over-joyous at the concluded examination whilst excited about freedom of two weeks, resorted to the game of football. I was just 12, and for teenage boys my age; football is one of the few things that gives us joy.

I assumed my number 9 role amongst my favorite team that day, and as usual, we outplayed other teams set after set. We played football till about 5pm when we all called it quits. I was tired. I was happy. I was tired. Such complementary feeling does football bring for teenage boys.

Getting home, I found the keys at its hiding place. My siblings had gone to church and thankfully, my parents were not yet back. I went to the bathroom, soaked myself in the bath and after about 30 minutes; sauntered into my room and slept off. Door opened.

I slept off and happy we’re my dreams. I dreamt of football, winning many rounds and being carried shoulder high along our trophy. Smiles all over my face, unequalled joy over my teams glowing faces. And then the bangs came. First, faintly and then loud and repeated. I jolted, from my sleep, awake from my refreshing dreams.

I turned. Twisted. Trying to make sense of the noise. “Who is that?” I queried. “Come one stand up and open the door, you silly boy” one of my elder siblings replied. I strolled to the living room, opened the door and behold; the whole neighborhood.

Some had been banging my window, while others had been hitting the door. I saw clubs, metals, and all necessary object that could wake me up from the dead. The look on my dad’s face; indescribable. Today I thank my heavens for those neighbours who were around to restrain him from giving me my first beating.

Whilst I was enjoying my sleep for over one hour, my neighborhood had been in disarray; in fact I heard a lot thought I could not be in the house oven how much noise they had made. The only assurance they had I was in was because they could see me lying in bed from the window (my door was open).

I apologized and went back to bed, but not stern warnings of not repeating any such in the future.

The life of a teenage African…

‘Seun fakuade

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS: CALL FOR GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION October 7, 2014

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CALL FOR GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION,
OCTOBER 11TH -18TH, 2014
#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS  NOW and ALIVE!!!!
 
October 14, 2014 makes it exactly six (6) months since 276 girls were abducted by the Boko Haram sect from their school – Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.  The Boko Haram Sect  leader claimed responsibility for the mass kidnappings in a video where he informed the world that he plans to sell the girls into slavery. Till date, not one girl has been rescued, save for 57 girls who escaped on their own, while 219 girls still remain in captivity.
As the United Nations marks the International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October, we, the #BringBackOurGirls movement and the families of the abducted girls, are calling for a Global Week of  Action from 11th to 18th October 2014, to mobilize everyone around the world to demand for the immediate rescue of our Chibok girls and end this humanitarian tragedy. 
 
It is undeniably apt that this year’s theme for United Nations International Day of the Girl Child: Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending The Circle of Violence, coincides with this period when we all are still agitating for the immediate release of our innocent Chibok girls who are victims of the violence being perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria. These are adolescent girls who, against all odds, sought education in order to be empowered in their bid to become responsible leaders of the society. Our world must not forget them.
 
How can the world move on without 219 promising young women whose zeal for education should be an example for girls everywhere in the world. We cannot afford for girls and parents anywhere in the world to be forced to choose between education and personal safety.    
 
We therefore make this global call to all political leaders, the United Nations, civil society groups, religious leaders, development partners, celebrities and all well-meaning individuals to come out en-masse during this Global Week of Action and raise their voices to demand renewed actions for the immediate rescue of our Chibok girls. We ask that various on-the-ground activities and the social media be used to show support and solidarity for #ChibokGirls 
 
We wish to further call on the Nigerian government and other Governments lending support to the rescue operation to intensify any actions already being taken to achieve quick result of the immediate rescue of the Chibok girls.
We encourage friends of our #chibokgirls around the world to hold vigils in Communities; and where possible at Nigerian Embassies in your countries. Please help spread the message to pupils and students in schools; To people at churches, mosques, and temples! Please call on your leaders to do everything possible to help #BringBackOurGirls NOW and ALIVE!!!

Signed

1.      Reverend Enoch Mark – parent of two girls in captivity
2.      Pindar Dibla – parent of a girl in captivity
3.      Ishaya Abana – parent of a girl in captivity
4.      Emmanuel Mutah – parent of a girl in captivity
5.      Ishaya Benawi – parent of a girl in captivity
6.      Oby Ezekwesili – co-convener [obyezekwesili@aol.com]
7.      Maryam Uwais – co-convener [maryamuwais@leapafrica.org]
8.      Hadiza Bala Usman – co-convener [hadizabalausman@yahoo.com]
9.      Saudatu Mahdi – co-convener [saudatu@yahoo.com]

 

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