PMB, Yari Meet Over Killings In Zamfara

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja over the recent killings and abductions in his state.

Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Yari disclosed that he came to brief the president about the security situation in his state which has reached alarming proportions.

He said, “As you are aware, some villages in Zamfara State have been under attacks by bandits and the President has carried out his constitutional responsibility by sending security men to the state.

“So I am here to brief him on the security situation in the state. The operation is ongoing and is going on successfully. I am rushing back there to visit the troops in order to boast their morale.

“I will be with them throughout the week. In this kind of situation, you have to be with the people in order to show them that you are concerned as a leader.

“I believe the security agencies are doing their best and we will continue as government to give them the support needed to make the operation successful.

He expressed hope that the military will remain there for longer time adding that the state is  ready to take care of their logistics.

“The problem we have is that the state is surrounded by forests. The military men there are currently in about six camps. We hope they will stay there for a while.

“We thank God that the 40 people are back with their families. We have retrieved them from their abductors and we have returned them to their families without any injury. We also did not pay any ransom,” he added.


BBOG To Tackle Buhari At UN Meeting In New York Over Chibok Girls

The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group has said it would protest against the failure of the Federal Government secure the release of the abducted Chibok girls at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City.

The group said it would demand the release of the Chibok girls through a letter it plans to submit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the meeting.

In a notice sent to supporters and journalists, the group said, “On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly commences in New York. World leaders, including Nigeria’s President Buhari, will be there to discuss various issues plaguing our world, including the global refugee crisis.

“If you are in New York, please join global citizens, as we stand in solidarity with 218#ChibokGirls and thousands more still in Boko Haram captivity on Wednesday, September 14, at 3 p.m., to deliver a letter to President Buhari, to remind him of his campaign promise to#BringBackOurGirls, who have now been in captivity for 882 days.

“Join us as we remind the United Nations and the world that the #ChibokGirls are never to be forgotten. #HopeEndures. Gathering Time: 3 p.m., Location: 828 Second Avenue (2nd and 44th), New York, New York 10017, PLEASE, WEAR RED!”


Group Appeals To PMB To Revive Ajaokuta Steel Industry

A group under the aegis of Builder Hub Foundation has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to revive the Ajaokuta Steel industry, saying that the country is in desperate need to diversify the economy due to the dwindling revenue accruable from crude oil.

In a letter addressed to the Permanent secretary, Mines and Steel Development and signed by the founder of the foundation, Natasha Akpoti, the foundation stated that it is regrettable that Nigeria has continued to suffer monumental losses from the multibillion dollar investment due to assets depreciation, brain drain of man power that were trained in Russia, Bulgaria, and India for the steel plant.

In the letter which was also copied to Buhari, Akpoti stated that Ajaokuta steel plant has the capacity to produce over 5 million metric tonnes of steel per annum once the first, second and third phases are completed.

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What PMB Will Be Discussing In New Delhi

President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Tuesday for New Delhi to participate in the 3rd Summit of the India-Africa Forum.

This was contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

The statement read: “President Buhari, the Indian Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi and other participating Heads of State and Government at this year’s summit, which follows the 2nd Summit held in Addis Ababa in 2011, will deliberate on issues currently of common concern to their countries such as climate change and international terrorism”.

They are also expected to discuss “additional measures aimed at boosting joint collaboration to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development in Africa and India as well as further cooperation for the alleviation of poverty, and the eradication of hunger, disease and illiteracy”.

“President Buhari will be accompanied to New Delhi by the Governors of Kano and Delta States, the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) and the Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries of Defence, Power, Communications Technology, Agriculture, Foreign Affairs and Industry, Trade and Investment”, the statement read.

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Why Buhari ‘Fired’ Head Of Service Kifasi

With less than two months to the expiration of his tenure, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Mr. Danladi Kifasi has been ordered to proceed on terminal leave.

Report gathered from presidency sources that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered Kifasi who is due for retirement in December to vacate office in order to ensure that his administration adheres to the federal character principles as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

In a letter conveying Buhari’s directive which was issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal noted that Kifasi’s terminal leave was with effect from yesterday.

Although the SGF did not give any reason for the sudden removal of the HoS, a source at the presidency told our correspondent that Kifasi was asked to proceed on terminal leave because he is from Taraba State which is in the same North-East where the current the SGF hails from.

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90 Year Old Woman Who Donated 1M Naira To PMB Returns From Dubai Hospital

The 90-year-old Hajiya Fati Koko, popularly called ‘Mai Talle Tara,’ who suffered a stroke while returning from Abuja where she had gone to witness the swearing-in of President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, has returned to Nigeria from the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai where she received a government-sponsored medical treatment.

Mai Talle Tara, a popular businesswoman from Kebbi State, came to fame after she donated her N1million life’s earnings to support Buhari’s presidential campaign.

The Kebbi State government took the responsibility of her medical expenses and flew her to the Iranian Hospital in Dubai on October 4.

Mai Talle Tara returned on Sunday evening after spending two weeks at the Dubai hospital where she was treated for stroke.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Sunday night, Mai Talle Tara thanked President Buhari and the Kebbi State government for their efforts toward giving her adequate medical care.

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Habeeb Whyte: President Muhammadu Buhari’s Reforms And The Nigerian Youths

I remain Habeeb Whyte and I am still obliged with the responsibility that life placed on me to suggest a path deserving a collective action from Nigerian youths towards what fate have for us as Nigerians. You would agree with me that we are the architect of our present circumstance and blaming anyone for our actions or inactions would be injurious. However, this present action of voting the ‘change’ we desire is not injurious but a blessing in disguise. Nigeria is our father’s land and so shall it remain. The struggles of our heroes shall not be in vain and that is why we keep advocating for ‘positive change’ and not just change. The much talked about change can’t be taken by face value; it will resonate well on our daily lives, but after a long and painstaking work. In essence, President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort in the last 100 days in office cannot be said to have failed the youth constituency.

I would be right to say that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected because we got tired with lying and looting personnel in the realm of governance. The country desperately needs an honest leader at that period. To the glory of God, we got one and our criticism of him should be to avoid the repeat of GEJ days. We can’t afford another stray administration, Change is not just a word, and it takes collective action. I would not join the bandwagon of those that assume that criticizing a shortcoming of Buhari is an expression of regret for ever supporting him. Of course, we must do criticism but what our government needs as at now is criticism that is founded on intellectualism devoid of bigotry, hatred or ethnic sentiments. Nigerian youth movement will make meaningful contributions to national development if only it is driven by intellectualism. The issue of PMB failing youths in 100 days is a perspective that is out of consonance with the interests of the youth constituency.

PMB in his manifesto before elected said among many things that relate to youth matters that he would harness and develop our potentials to the fullest so as to facilitate the emergence of the new generation of citizens. He said further that he would put in place measures to identify talents and promote Nollywood to fully develop into world class movie industry. All this emphasized statements are directed towards the youths. It is so shameful that most of us are already having heated arguments on whether he has made attempt to make this come to past in his 100 days in office. It is just so painful that most youth movements are not driven towards a defined goal and with clear constructive objectives. Individual youth and youth leaders has personal goal and objectives perhaps but a movement must be unified with a vision and commitment stimulated by some mutually beneficial objectives. My own understanding of the problems are clear and have been stated on many occasions vis a viz;

  • That the phones, games, electronic gadgets, cars, clothes, shoes, jewelry, wrist watches, etc. that we crave to acquire and fondly display to the extent of undertaking unethical ‘jobs’ and crimes to earn enough to buy, are made by our mates in Singapore, China, Brazil, India, Korea, and even South Africa. Therefore what youths in Nigeria need is not to be handed leadership. We rather need a development programme comprehensive enough to provide for ideal value-orientation, standard education and training, entrepreneurial capacities, and funding mechanism that will enable us to compete with our mates in knowledge, skills, executive competencies, and industrial diligence.
  • That an average actor in India writes films that promote national interests, revamp failing value system, or depicts India’s strength over Pakistan and Kashmir or express the values of Indian culture in comparison with Western culture. Indians won’t kiss in films nor have sex but play love within the parameters of their culture. Where are we? What do our Nollywood actors do? Imitate western cultural behaviours that are illicit in our cultural eyes in the name of civilisation. Nollywood and our music industry, a youth driven sector, as it is only contributes to the bastardization of our future leaders and therefore need serious orientational reform before funding.
  • A youth that will make meaningful contribution to national development must have trained and developed his/her mind to be stimulated by patriotism, constructive contribution and a sense of pride attached only to dignity. It has being a count of scores (deaths) in some state capitals among warring secret cult groups and the increase in cyber fraudsters is so alarming. Are these the youths clamoring for youth inclusion in governance? We had seen youth given top executives positions in the dark days of democracy and were at best doing the dirty jobs for their ‘good and youth-friendly’ bosses, I appreciate that PMB has a responsibility to depart us from this trend. How is he going to go about it, I don’t understand but his leadership styles in these 100 days suggested to some of us that he understands the implication of a nation with over 100 million youths population mostly uncultured, mostly half-baked in education and training, and with zero sense of pride in their nation.

I will therefore mobilise Nigerian youths to support the ongoing reforms tar getting firstly our orientation about governance and corruption. Without fear of disagreement I would say PMB has not failed the Nigerian youth constituency. He is already setting the pace for us to be handed a good leadership system. My reasons are stated below:

  • Every other sector he had touched has youths benefiting the most. Civil service has over 60% youth population. So, his interventions that put smiles on the faces of workers benefit youths the most. Even the elders in the civil service can now fund their youth-children’s education and upkeep.
  • When the Agric sector reform takes off, youths will make over 60% of benefactors.
  • If the treasury management reform saves us a fortune in national revenue hitherto unremitted to treasury, Nigerian youths will benefits the most.
  • When road accidents reduce, when avoidable deaths reduce in our hospitals, when Boko Haram killings stop, when security of lives reached climax, youths will benefit the most.
  • There are youths in every sector of the economic and every aspect of our national life affect youths. So, there is no gainsaying that PMB has touched the lives of youths.
  • Our Universities centers on youths. So, reforming education is youth centered project.

The problem is that we assume some individuals that are self-christened and parades themselves as youth leaders to be the youth PMB must talk to or ‘touch’ directly. It is a crooked thinking and Baba himself is aware of this. Our constituency holds the key to the greatness of this country. We must assume the position to help and not be helped. We must reform ourselves before we are been reformed.

(WHYTE HABEEB IBIDAPO is a Lawyer, United Nations Award winner, Africa International Arbitration Award winner, Coca cola/ The Nation Campuslife Award Winner, Promasidor Runner-up for the Best Future Writer in Nigeria, i-Hustle Campaign Initiative Ambassador and Editor Egba Youth Awards Foundation.



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Buhari’s Aide Departs New York With Ministerial List

In his bid to fulfil the promise to make his ministers known by the end of September, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday handed over the list of his ministerial nominees to his special adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang.

A top Presidency source who is a member of the president’s entourage to the ongoing 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly reliably told our correspondent that the presidential aide departed J. F. Kennedy International Airport in New York last night so as to get to Nigeria and deliver the list to the National Assembly before the promised date.

The source said further that the president who is presently in New York had already briefed the Senate president, Senator Bukola Saraki, on the development, stressing that Ita Enang is expected to hand over the list to either the Senate president today at the resumption of the plenary or tomorrow depending on the mood of the upper legislative chamber.

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PMB Dissociates Self From Saraki’s Woes

President Muhammadu Buhari has dissociated himself from the current travails of Senate President Bukola Saraki in the hands of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over a 13-count criminal charge preferred against Saraki on account of alleged false declaration of assets, saying the courts have a duty to perform.

This came as Abuja, the nation’s capital city hosts a web of high-wire intrigues and three-fold legal fisticuffs over the issue today.

Also, members of Senate Unity Forum, SUF, an anti-Saraki group in the Senate were, yesterday, engaged in a marathon meeting. It was gathered that the senators who met in Abuja in an undisclosed venue, were said to have gathered to strategize ahead of the resumption of the Senate.

According to a source, the meeting was a follow up to the one held by senators loyal to Saraki, weekend.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu said: “There is no place in law that the Bureau and the tribunal should take instructions from any quarters.”

According to him, “as an independent institution equal to any superior court of record, the tribunal is set up by the constitution to determine the issue of default, false declaration or forgery in assets declaration.”

Shehu said that the matter was purely a judicial process and had nothing to do with the presidency. He advised the affected parties to also use the courts to acquit themselves of the allegations.

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Fani-Kayode Bares His Mind On PMB’s New Appointments, Mocks Nigerians

Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to the latest appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari, which favoured only the North.

Reacting to the development, he posted this on his Facebook page:



Buhari Demands Detailed Report On NITEL Sale

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday demanded a comprehensive report on the sale of the Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd (NITEL).

The president, who gave this directive when the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Communications Technology, Dr. Tunji Olaopa, and some top officials of the ministry briefed him in Aso Rock, said he was concerned by the continuing protests of former NITEL employees and other Nigerians over the manner in which the company’s assets were sold.

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The Problem With Power Sector In Nigeria, PMB Explains

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the problem of power sector in Nigeria was more in the transmission than generation. He, however, pledged his administration’s readiness to rectify the problem to realize steady power supply in the country.

According to him, the realization of steady power supply will launch the country into faster socio-economic development.

The president gave the assurance after taking briefing of the activities of the sector by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, in his office.

President Buhari said that his administration had already identified the critical problems in Nigeria’s power sector and was taking appropriate actions to address them.

“The problems besetting our power sector are not difficult to identify. Therefore, priorities can be easily set in order to tackle them. The problems are more with transmission than generation, and we equally need to secure the power infrastructure round the country. We will address all these issues,” the President assured.

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With PMB, NYSC Continues

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said that the National Youth Service Corps was still relevant for national integration and unity.

To this end, he had pledged his administration’s commitment to take all necessary actions in maintaining the programme. President Buhari gave the assurance after receiving a briefing from officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development led by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Rabi Jimeta.

The President who affirmed his confidence and trust in the programme said that the objective for which the scheme was established in 1973 was still very relevant for national development. “I firmly believe in NYSC and I think it should remain a national programme to promote integration.

“Whenever I go home to Daura, I look out for Corps members from Lagos, Aba and other parts of the country.

“I am always thrilled to learn that except for the NYSC, some of them have never left their states of origin to visit other cities in the country,” Buhari said.

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PMB Seeks Senate Approval To Obtain N14.7 bn Loan For Edo State

Buhari has written to the Senate requesting for the approval to obtain a total of $75 million credit loan amounting to N14.7 billion from the World Bank for Edo State.

According to President Buhari, the proposed loan facility of $ 75 million would be a second leg of a Development Policy Programme the World Bank had approved in 2012 which was a total sum of 225million dollars ( N44.1 billion ) to Edo state government designed to be implemented in three tranches of 75millon per annum.

The letter which was read to Senators Tuesday by Senate President Bukola Saraki, said that the Edo State government would carry out some developmental projects for the growth and development of the state.

He also said that it would help generate employment, increase the Internally generated revenue base of the state, provide infrastructure as well as increase private Investment in the state.

Meanwhile, Edo external debt profile of Edo State already stands at $123 million dollars.

In the letter titled, “Request for approval to obtain 75million USD credit facilities from the world bank for Edo state, Senate President Saraki said, “I am writing to seek the consideration from the National Assambly an approval for the request from Edo state government to obtain a 75million dollar credit facility from the World Bank.

“You may wish to know that the World Bank had aproved a development policy programme for the total sum of 225million dollars to Edo state government in 2012 to be implemented in three tranches of 75millon per annum.

“The first tranch was approved by the national assembly in the 2012/2014 Federal Government external ruling borrowing plan.

“The Development Policy Operation, DPO has since been successful implemented by the state in 2014. Following this success, the bank’s board of executive directors approved the second tranch. On April 29, 2015, the DPO two was captured in the federal governernment external borrowing plan of 2014/2017 which is pending with the national assembly.

“It is for the above reason that I seek your favour to facilitate the consideration and approval of the development policy operation 2 loan of 75 million to enable the state to consolidate on the gaze of the first tranch of the operation DPO…”

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PDP Supports PMB’s Anti-Corruption Move, Warns Against Victimization

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supported the anti-corruption war by President Muhammadu Buhari, noting however, that the war should not be blind to the impunity of the present leaders of the country in terms of borrowing and spending without recourse to the statutory organs of government.

The party also insisted on due process in order to ensure that it is not used as a guise to victimize innocent citizens and curtail the freedom of Nigerians.

The PDP in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the clarification has become necessary to remove any misconception that it is against the decision of the present administration to probe some past officials of government because they are PDP members.

“The PDP supports the decision of the federal government to fight corruption in our country. However, we make bold to state that it should not be used as a guise to victimise innocent citizens”.

“Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria and no citizen, irrespective of political, religious or ethnic affiliation should be denied access to due process and the rule of law in the process.”


Publish Jonathan’s Handover Notes, PDP Reps Charge PMB

The House of Representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to publish the handover notes of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the official  gazette of the federation.

The resolution,Tuesday, at resumption of plenary after a recess, followed a motion by Uzom Nkem-Abonta who observed that only officials of the presidency have access to the document at the moment.

Mr. Abonta however noted that “some extant laws may place restrictions on the publication of the document” even though it is a public document.

He stated, “Handover note would expectedly have captured the activities, projects, programmes achievements and constriants of thr last administration,  including counsel to the new administration on the way forward.”

Mr. Abonta said the publication would help the legislators, especially new members, and members of the public have authentic information about the state of the nation and monitor the activities of the government.

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PMB Seeks Senate’s Confirmation Of Newly Appointed Service Chiefs

The Senate on Tuesday announced the receipt of a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari, requesting the confirmation of Service Chiefs, recently appointed by him. President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read the letter at plenary as the Red Chamber resumed after five weeds recess.

Saraki said that the letter for confirmation of the appointments was in accordance with the provisions of Section18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act, 2004.

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Over 250,000 Barrels Of Oil Siphoned Daily, PMB Raises Alarm

President Muhammadu Buhari has raised the alarm that oil theft continues at the moment with an average of more than 250,000 barrels being siphoned daily.

Speaking yesterday on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) programme tagged “Good Morning Nigeria”, Buhari promised  that he would soon ensure that those committing that crime against Nigeria are faced with facts and prosecuted.

He said crude was  being illegally loaded from the country’s terminals by unpatriotic Nigerians that only considered  their own selfish interests to get money.

Besides, Buhari said his government had to maintain a high level of confidentiality in order not to risk the lives of people in Nigeria who were helping to trace the destinations of the stolen crude and the accounts the proceeds were being paid into.

The president said:  “I don’t think the NNPC knows how many accounts are there in which payments are made on Nigerian crude. The monumental fraud has been going on for a number of years.  A lot of Nigerians cannot comprehend it”.

Buhari said foreign countries were  willing to let go of the looted oil funds but Nigeria had to comply with their own system by getting the documents, especially the shipping papers.

Speaking on the report that he planned to unbundle the NNPC, Buhari said: “I read the story too that I intend to break the NNPC. I think the best way to go about it to first establish the fact of the magnitude of the inexplicable way the NNPC conducted itself.”

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Our President, Boko Haram, Tears & Blood In The Land, By @bumy04

Our President, Boko Haram, Tears And Blood In The Land

A report in Thisday newspaper some days ago said boko haram has killed 406 Nigerians in the first 36 days of the Buhari Presidency(I believe these are just the reported cases). Before I could turn to my neighbour to share this heartbreaking information, boko haram attacked again, again and again. I won’t be surprise to hear of another attack on our innocent citizens before I finish writing this piece.There is frustration, tears, blood and mourning in the land. Nigerians are counting on our new President to save them.

For the victims of boko haram who are living in fear and homeless in their homeland, they just want the government to secure back their villages and make it safe for them to go back and begin with whatever is left from the ruins of boko haram destruction. That should be the priority of the government. It is not about those people on tweeter who keep calling on those who criticised former President Jonathan to also come out and do same to President Buhari for every boko haram attack. I don’t want to talk about the shameful way former President Jonathan handled the boko haram issue because after all he is no longer the president. President Buhari has showed commitment in tackling the boko haram insurgency in the north-east. He relocated the military command centre to Borno and has gained the support of our neighbours to lunch a multinational military offensive against boko haram which is due to commence at the end of the month but the painful reality is our people are still getting killed on a daily basis by these lunatics. The message I see Nigerians sending to President Buhari is that no Nigerian will be satisfied till peace return to the north-east.

The way boko haram are activating suicide bombers from all corners and lunching attacks almost on a daily basis is a deliberate attempt to show their strength to the public. President Buhari too must insist our military show their superiority in other to retain the goodwill and support of Nigerians. Though I am not a military officer, I will suggest the president make the command structure and leadership of boko haram his major target. The hypocrisy of this war against boko haram is that their command and leadership has remained almost intact after all these years.

I know boko haram attack will not stop today or tomorrow but our president must also join us after every attack to properly mourn the dead. I saw how victims of the London terrorist attack were remembered the other day, I saw how the remains of dutch citizens who were killed in the Malaysian airline that was shotdown by a missile in Ukraine were beautifully carried in a casket covered with their national flag from the plane to the ambulance and it showed that even if they were ordinary citizens their lives mattered a lot. I know it is almost impossible for our President to do same for everybody killed by boko haram but he must find a way to always show that they truly matter. He must go beyond the usual messages of consolation and condemnation that no longer inspire anyone and find a more inspiring gesture.

I couldn’t in good conscience support former president Jonathan in the fight against boko haram because his actions and inaction didn’t convince me he was seriously concerned and I see no crime in supporting our new president that is certainly more committed. Showing support doesn’t mean we will not cry out when our people are dying everyday or demand more from him but our utterances shouldn’t degenerate into a Jonathan vs a Buhari presidency that is less than 40 days old. Former president Jonathan has moved on and l suggest his social media supporters do same. I understand that our president will be criticised and even mocked till peace return to the north-east and I challenge him to earn his respect and praises.

Our president must also know that the challenges of insecurity stretch beyond the north-east. The north-west and north-central are facing challenges of inter-ethnic wars, ethnic cleansing, cattle rustling and the conflict between herdsmen and farmers that has displaced my people in Benue State over and over again. All these have been relegated to the background due to the international dimension of the boko haram attacks but they are for sure very big security challenges.

The moment you include other security challenges of bunkering, armed robbery and kidnapping that has almost become normal in the other parts of Nigeria then you will understand that the insecurity question can’t be answered by solving just the north-east crises. I believe that social instability is closely linked to economic instability and social injustice. Our security challenges today is as a result of long term injustice. More guns and ammunitions will not be the final solution. We also need to urgently as a nation address the problems of inequality, poverty and unemployment to find peace again. These are the challenges before our president and history is patiently waiting to pass judgement.



How PMB Intends To Address Farmers/ Herdsmen Clashes

President Muhammadu Buhari is considering adopting the blueprint he formulated during his tenure as chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) in resolving the frequent clashes between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the country.

Accordingly, the president has directed the Ministry of Agriculture to perfect strategies on how to put an end to the clashes that have claimed innocent lives.

The permanent secretary in the ministry, Mr. Sunny Echono who gave the hint while briefing journalists after meeting with the president said they were at the Presidential Villa to update Buhari on the activities of the ministry.

According to him, the president outlined the blueprint to involve the creation of grazing reserves and stock routes.

“Incidentally, the president had received a detailed report on this when he was at the PTF on how to resolve this problem and this blue print is going to be made available to us, together with experts and others who have also worked on the subject”, Echono stated.

He noted that the recent national economic committee resolution chaired by one of the state governors will also be considered.

He said, “We are going to look at all of this and come up with proposals that will address this problem. We are looking at the possibility of delineating stock routes with monuments and establishment of grazing reserves.

“We are also looking at the issues of ranches across the country and addressing the reality of the farmers’ challenges in terms of the cost of pastures.

“If we localize all our pastures, you need to provide pasture and the ranges vary depending on the region you find yourself. These peculiar problems are the things that will come up in the blue print”.

The perm sec. further hinted that President Buhari also urged the Agric ministry to ensure that the agriculture extension services scheme is restored and to also create job opportunities for the youth through agriculture.

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Presidency Explains Why PMB Will Not Intervene In NASS Crisis

The Presidency, yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari would not intervene in the lingering crisis rocking the National Assembly, citing separation of powers as reason for that.

This came as Sokoto Governor and Chairman, Peace Committee on House of Representatives leadership crisis, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, said that peace process was on going, promising that soon, the crisis would be resolved.

President Buhari had come under pressure from many quarters for his apparent docility amid the lingering face-off in the National Assembly and his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, accusing him of not being assertive.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with  in Abuja, yesterday, on the apparent docility of the President amid the lingering crises in the National Assembly and his party, the APC, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari had since chosen to give recourse to the Constitution of the land and the principle of separation of power on which Nigeria bases its federalism.

Adesina said Buhari’s intervention would portray him as a “dictator or a despot” which he said runs at variance with  democratic ethos and values.

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PMB Urges Muslims To Rise Against Boko Haram

Against the backdrop of the incessant terrorism attacks in Nigeria and the world over, President Mohammadu Buhari yesterday urged the Muslim community to make a strong statement that would condemn the activities of insurgents.

According to the president, speaking with one voice was a sure way of rejecting the attackers claim of acting in the name of Islam, stressing that it would also stop the abasement of their religion.

This is even as Buahri called on the international community to unite and forge a stronger worldwide consensus for more effective action against global terrorism.

The president’s injunctions came on the heels of the killing of about 150 men, women and children in Kukawa, Borno state on Thursday and also the recent murder of Egyptian Attorney General, Hesham Barakat, and the killing of about 70 Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula by terrorists.

While strongly condemning the act, Buhari in separate statements issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu in Abuja further stated that it was “a very heinous atrocity which must be unreservedly condemned by all people of conscience.”

He conveyed  his heart-felt condolences to families of the victims of Boko Haram’s dreadful killings in Kukawa just as he also condoled the government of Egypt and the families of the victims, reaffirming “Nigeria’s commitment to working with other countries facing terrorists’ threats to overcome the scourge of violent extremism.”

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