FG Seeks Help, Consults Financial Experts Over Recession

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Economic Management Team met with top economists and financial experts in Abuja on Tuesday in continuation of its consultations towards tackling the country’s economic recession.

The meeting, presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, had in attendance Bismarck Rewane, Akpan Ekpo, Ayo Teriba, Badeye Sani and Bode Augusto.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, told State House Correspondents after the meeting that the economic team was in the middle of consultations to develop a mid-term economic framework.

He said the experts made presentations to the Economic Management Team on their response to the draft Medium Term Economic Framework (MTEF), which was still a consultative document.

“It is part of a comprehensive consultation process that we are embarking on to make sure that we reach out to a wide spectrum of Nigerians to get a feed back in terms of how best to make sure that we come out of this recession.

“That we get the best possible MTEF (Medium Term Economic Framework).

“The Fiscal Responsibility Act requires us to do so.

“On Thursday, we will be meeting in Lagos with private sector to continue with the consultations,’’ Mr. Udoma said.

He acknowledged that the Economic Team had met with some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) last week and would hold similar consultations with members of the organised private sector.

The Minister said that at the end of the consultations the Federal Government would come out with a programme which had received the “buy-in’’ of many Nigerians.

“That was what this process was about,’’ he added.

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Robbery Gang Leader Confesses How He Consults Fetish Tortoise Before Operation

A suspected leader of a notorious armed robbery gang, Nasim Aliu has confessed that he got his power from a magical tortoise.

Aliu was arrested with the fetish tor­toise by the operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Kogi State police command after several months of trailing his move­ments.

Aliu who hails from Agheva Obehi­ra in Okehi Local Government Area of the state said he had operated for more than 12 times with the magical tortoise but expressed surprise how the opera­tives of SARS arrested him cheaply.

He said, “Yes, I am a leader of a robbery gang which robbed on major highways in Kogi and Edo States, we had operated for more than 12 times successfully without being caught and the success of these rob­beries was as a result of the protection of this tortoise.

“Anytime I wanted to go for robbery operation, I would consult the tortoise who will tell me whether the robbery would be successful or not. After say­ing some incantation to it, the tortoise would speak and tell me to go or not to go.

“In serious operation, I would hang the tortoise on my chest, covering it with my shirt and anytime I did that ,it helped to protect me from bullets. No enemy’s bullets can hit me any time I hang it on my chest.”

Aliu who looked ruffled, touched the tortoise in the presence of our cor­respondent and retorted, “but you my great magical tortoise, you failed to tell me that the police were around the corner of my house, you failed to speak and you failed to give your usual signs.” He looked up and said: “It is now that I believe this adage ‘every day for the thief, one day for the owner.”

Speaking on the arrest, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu said Aliu and his gang members had been terrorising innocent mo­torists for a long time, saying they specialized in robbing along Lokoja/ Okene, and Okene/Auchi/ Benin high ways.

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Mbeki Consults Kalu Over Elections

Former president of South Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, yesterday paid visit to the former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, to parley with him over the political future of the nation.

Mbeki has been on working visit to Nigeria and has had consultations with major political leaders, including President Goodluck Jonathan, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

At an exclusive interactive with Daily Sun in Abuja during the visit, Mbeki noted that he actually came to the country for the Obafemi Awolowo Leadership Foundation where he received a prize.

He stated: “Having been here already, and after attending the event, I felt the need to see political leaders in the country over the forthcoming elections and hear them and possibly put in some word of advice on the need for the nation to ensure a proper conduct of elections and never toe the line of violence.

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