People Like Nnamdi Kanu And Sambo Dasuki Do Not Deserve Bail – Buhari

President Muhammdu Buhari on Wednesday declared that people like the former National Security Adviser under ex-President Jonathan, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) do not deserve bail.

Buhari was reacting to a question from Premium Times journalist Ibanga Isine during his first presidential media chat on Wednesday in Abuja. Isine was bringing the President’s attention to rising criticisms against his government for alleged violation of judicial processes, the rule of law and court orders as seen in the cases of the former DG of the State Security Services (SSS), Mr. Kayode Are, detained Biafra activist, Nnamdi Kanu and the former NSA Sambo Dasuki.

In his reaction, Buhari, fighting to conceal his anger noted that people like Sambo Dasuki and
Nnamdi Kanu do not deserve bail because of the weight of atrocities they have committed.

“If you see the kind of atrocities people like Dasuki committed you won’t give them bail. A former President told Dasuki to collect N40 billion. N40 billion. And you want to give him bail to go and see his doctor in London? Do you know that Nnamdi Kanu has two passports and he came into the country without using any? Do you know that Nnamdi Kanu brought a sophisticated equipment into the country for Radio Biafra? What kind of government do you people want?” the President fumed.

DSS Takes Dasuki To Court Over Illegal Firearms Possession

The Department of State Services has charged a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), to court over illegal possession of firearms.

The service, in a statement by a DSS official, Tony Opuiyo, on Monday in Abuja, said Dasuki was charged to court for owning firearms without license.

The DSS had, on July 16, 2015, carried out a search operation on the ex-NSA’s residences in Asokoro, Abuja, and Sokoto, where its operatives claimed to have recovered seven high calibre rifles, including magazines and military gears at the houses located at 13, John Khadya Street, and 46, Nelson Mandela Street, both in Asokoro, Abuja, and 3 Sabon Birni Road, Gwiwa Area, Sokoto, Sokoto State.

The agency also recovered 12 new vehicles, including five bullet-proof cars from Dasuki’s house, the ownership of which could not be explained by the embattled former NSA, and which investigators believe must have been purchased with proceeds of corruption.

The DSS had claimed that it searched Dasuki’s homes “based on credible intelligence linking the imme­diate past NSA with alleged plans to com­mit treasonable felony against the Nigerian State.”

But in the statement on Monday, the service said it charged him to court based on evidence so far obtained, which relates to possession of fire arms without license punishable under section 27(i)(a)(i) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 LFN 2004.

The statement reads, “You may recall that on July 16, 2015, the Department of State Services carried out a search operation on properties belonging to the immediate past National Security Adviser, Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (Col/rtd), in Abuja and Sokoto.

“This action was necessitated by credible intelligence which linked him to acts capable of undermining national security. The search operation led to the recovery of large cache of arms and ammunition, among other things and for which further investigation was conducted.

“?Consequently, on Monday 24, August, 2015, he was charged to court based on evidence so far obtained, but which relates to possession of fire arms without license punishable under section 27(i)(a)(i) of the Firearms Act Cap F28 LFN 2004.”

The service said Dasuki’s arraignment was in line with democratic practice and “our avowed commitment to the rule of law, in which nobody is deemed to be above the law no matter how highly placed in the society.”

It added that the public would be duly informed as the matter progresses.

Meanwhile, the service said it had recommitted itself to the fundamental role of providing adequate security for all Nigerians to enable them pursue their legitimate aspirations and businesses.

Osinbajo Inspects Office, Aguda House, Thanks Sambo For His Cooperation

The Vice-President elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, was on Thursday conducted round his new office and residential quarters at the Aguda House, Presidential Villa, Abuja, by Vice President Namadi Sambo.

Speaking shortly after the inspection, Sambo prayed for the success of the incoming administration, and pledged to support and cooperate with the vice president-elect.

“Let me seize this opportunity to specially welcome you to the Presidency and to your new office.

“I pray that almighty God will guide you, protect you and give you good health to enable you continue from where we are stopping, for successful tenure.

“I want to assure you I’m always available to give you my support and our support to see that you succeed in this new endeavour.’’

In his remarks, Osinbajo thanked Sambo for his cooperation and understanding, adding that the incoming administration would continue to seek for his useful advice when necessary.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sambo and Osinbajo were accompanied by their aides and some principal staff of the Presidential Villa at the event. (NAN)

Jonathan, Sambo To Vacate Villa Friday

President Goodluck Jonathan and his vice, Namadi Sambo will pack out of the Presidential Villa on Friday.

President Jonathan disclosed this on Tuesday when the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), honoured him with the award of “Peace Loving Global Citizen” for his decision to accept the result of the 2015 Presidential poll.

Jonathan explained that he took the decision to accept the result of the election because there must be a nation first before any ambition. While commending the group for the honour, Jonathan said Sambo also deserved the honour, saying accepting defeat in the election also affected him.

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We’ll Encourage Use Of Cooking Stoves, Says Sambo

The Federal Government said on Tuesday that it would continue to encourage the use of the newly improvised alternative and safe cooking stoves to discourage the felling of trees for firewood.

Vice-President Namadi Sambo stated this while inaugurating the newly introduced National Clean Cooking Stove at the Old Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja.

“One of the global problems today is environmental problem and desertification, desert encroachment in Nigeria is one of our major environmental problems and as a result one of the major causes is cutting trees and using wood as a source of energy for cooking.

“And this idea came up to have alternative sources for cooking for our women.

“So, this programme, which Mr President has graciously approved for the initial take-off under the Ministry of Environment at the sum of N9 billion to procure cooking utensils and distribute across the country to our women and by so doing, contributes in stopping the habit of cutting trees for cooking.

“In addition to that, it has the added value of saving women from inhaling the smoke which causes the death of almost 90,000 women annually as a result of the smoke they inhale through cooking.”

According to him, the cooking stove, which is smoke-free, will help in the preservation of health of the environment and improve the standard of living of rural and semi-urban women who relied heavily on the use of firewood for cooking.

Sambo expressed the hope that the stove would reduce mortality rate among rural women.

In her remarks, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Malam, disclosed that only N1.5 billion out of the N5 billion approved for the project was released to the ministry for the procurement of the stoves.

She explained that state governments were expected to ensure that forestry departments in all local governments encouraged the use of the new cooking stoves.

Malam hoped that the in-coming administration would embrace the initiative with a view to expanding the project for the good of Nigerians.

The Federal Government had in 2014, approved the sum of N9 billion naira for the supply of 750,000 pieces of the improvised clean cooking stoves to be distributed to rural women at a subsidised rate.

We Are Ready For Questions On Handover Notes – Sambo

Vice-President Namadi Sambo has expressed the readiness of members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to clarify any issue in the handover notes.

He made the remark on Monday while presenting copies of the handover notes to the Ahmed Joda led All Progressives Congress (APC) Transition committee at the State House, Abuja.

He said the report comprises the activities of the Federal Government between 2011 and 2015.

He said: “The handover notes of the Federal Government of Nigeria of this administration between 2011 and 2015 have been properly articulated and printed.”

“The Permanent Secretaries of each ministry have signed each page of this report to authenticate it and it is our pleasure to present it to you and pray that it will guide you, guide the incoming administration towards the achievement of positive objectives, development and progress of Nigeria.”

“And I want to add that all of us are always available, after this report between now and May 29, anytime you need to meet with us. We are ready to come and sit down and clarify it.”

“All the (Ministries, Departments and Agencies) MDAs will also be ready to meet with you, give you any additional information or clarification that you would want to have on this report that we are presenting.”

He thanked members of the two transition committees for their support and contributions.

Speaking at the ceremony, Joda said his committee would examine the report before final submission to the incoming administration.

He said: “It is my honour and privilege to receive this comprehensive set of report from the government transition committee which was chaired by the vice-president.”

“It appears that nothing has been left out. It is now our challenge to give careful study and examination of what is contained in these volumes.”

He said his committee is duty bound to ensure continuity in government, governance, for the general progress of the nation.

FG To Buhari: Incoming Government Should Avoid Creating A Parallel Gov’t While The Government Is Still On

The Federal Government on Wednesday warned against utterances and actions that are capable of portraying the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as running a parallel government at a time President Goodluck Jonathan is still fully in charge.

Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, disclosed this at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Jonathan.

Sulaiman told State House correspondents that the council considered the state of the transition programme and took exception to some utterances and terms of reference of the transition committee set up by Buhari.

The minister, who is the chairman of the Technical Subcommittee of the outgoing government’s transition committee, said the council noted that such actions were suggesting that the current government was either being stampeded or being intimidated.

He said, “We did receive from the incoming government’s transition committee some terms of reference which we looked at critically and council did agree with. Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan remains the current head of government of this country.

“The incoming government should avoid creating a parallel government while the government is still on.

“We take exception to some utterances and some of the terms of reference that look as if the current government is being stampeded or intimidated.

“Council frowned on most of the statements, most of the provocations and council members are advised to work in line with the terms of reference of the current government.

“Council members are also told that the terms of reference as formatted by our transition committee should be strictly complied with.

“When the incoming government takes over government, they can come out with their programmes, they can come out with their own agenda, they can decide to come out with policies in the way they feel like.

“This government remains resolute to the various programmes and projects it is pursuing and the government will continue to do that until the morning of May 29.”

When he was asked to mention some of the terms of reference of the incoming government’s transition committee that the outgoing government was not comfortable with, Sulaiman asked journalists to go and do their investigation.

He warned that Jonathan’s magnanimity should not be taken as a sign of cowardice.

“The magnanimity of Mr. President should not be taken to be cowardice.

“That is why Mr. President and indeed council members enjoined Nigerians to see the olive branch extended to Nigerians and international community as a way of keeping this country intact and as a way of ensuring peace in Nigeria.

“As such, whatever the outcome of the election, what is important is Nigeria’s national interest. And that national interest should be protected, enhanced and promoted at whatever level we are.

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Jonathan, Sambo, Others To Get N3.24bn Severance Pay

Sambo and Jonathan

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, Vice-president Namadi Sambo, non-returning federal lawmakers, ministers and   presidential aides will collect N3.24bn as severance allowances, investigation byThe PUNCH has shown.

The severance allowances   are contained in the Remuneration Package   put together by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

According to the package, Jonathan, who will hand over to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on May 29, is entitled to 300 per cent of his annual basic salary.

The President’s annual basic salary is put at N3, 514,705 and therefore his severance allowance will be N10, 544,115 after May 29.

The severance allowance is without prejudice to his other constitutional entitlements as a former head of government.

Similarly, Vice-President Sambo, who leaves office the same day as Jonathan, is also entitled to 300 per cent of his annual basic salary put at N3, 031,572.50. This means that his severance allowance after May 29 is N9, 094,717.50.

For having held the office of vice- president, Sambo also has some constitutional entitlements and perks.

About 76 senators are not returning to the National Assembly either because they did not stand for election or because they lost their bids to return. They are however entitled to N462,019,200 at the expiration of their tenure on June 5.

Like Jonathan and Sambo, they are entitled to 300 per cent of their annual basic salaries as severance allowances. This amounts to N6, 079,200 per senator.

In the House of Representatives, about 290 members are not returning to the 8th National Assembly to be proclaimed into existence by Buhari on June 5.

Each of the members is entitled to N5, 955,637.50 as severance allowance. This means that the 290 members   will be paid N1, 727,134,875.

The ministers, on the other hand, will be collecting a total of N253, 967,212.5. There are 42 ministers in Jonathan’s cabinet. Thirty one of them are senior ministers and 11 are ministers of state.

Each of the senior ministers is entitled to N6, 079,200 severance allowance while each of the ministers of state   will receive N5, 872,740.

This means that collectively, the senior ministers will get N188, 455,200 at the expiration of their tenure on May 29 while collectively, the ministers of state will be collecting N65, 512,012.5 .

The aides to the President comprising special advisers, senior special assistants and special assistants   will   get   N775, 207,125.

There are 23 of them who work with the president as special advisers. Apart from this number, however, there are several others estimated at 110 who work with the vice-president, the First Lady(Patience Jonathan) and special advisers that are designated either as senior special assistants or special assistants to the President.

This means that there are about 133 aides to the president and each of them is entitled to 300 per cent of their annual basic salary which amounts to N5, 828,625.

The Nigerian democracy has been identified as one of the costliest in the world as a result of a large number of political office holders.

Some experts, for instance, think that a cabinet made up of 42 ministers is too large. However, constitutionally, each of the 36 states   is expected to be represented in the Federal Executive Council.

Bicameralism is another source of worry for many observers who believe that Nigeria can do with one chamber of the National Assembly. Some Nigerians have called for part-time legislature as a means of saving cost.

However, the worry of many Nigerians is not what the lawmakers earn monthly but what accrues to them through self-appropriation and   constituency projects.

Two activist   lawyers – Jiti Ogunye and Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa – faulted the basis for earmarking such an amount of money for such purposes in the face of the economic challenges the country is grappling with.

While Adegboruwa argued that the political office holders were not entitled to any severance allowance given what they earned as salaries and benefits while in office, Ogunye called for a drastic cut in the allowances.

Adegboruwa said that since the political office holders had   been paid what could sustain them and their families for the rest of their lives, they   were   no longer entitled to severance allowance.

He said, “I believe that given the monumental and outrageous salaries, benefits and allowances that are being paid to the outgoing members of this executive, the legislators especially the House of Representatives, senators and ministers, I believe they should save Nigerians from the luxury of any outrageous allowance.

“This incoming government needs a lot of resources to fulfil its campaign promises. Our incoming government is likely to remain stagnant for now. Nigeria cannot afford the luxury in the name of severance allowance. Our people are suffering. They should have mercy on Nigeria. What they have taken is enough to sustain them and their families for the rest of their lives.”

Ogunye said, “While the RMAFAC could have its own scale, guidelines and parameters for determining those political office holders who qualify for these severance benefits and the quantum each of them and all of them should recieve, we cannot but point out that this amount, in the circumstances of our dire economic situation, is outrageous.

“It is carrying the culture of profligacy and corruption in the conduct of our public affairs too far. At this point of economic recession and dwindling oil revenue, RMFAC ought to be chiefly concerned with revenue mobilisation to cater for the shortfall in the funding of the yet to be passed 2015 Appropriation bill.

“We suggest a drastic cut in the amount. Political office holders do not necessarily serve Nigeria more and better than school teachers, lecturers, judges, health workers et cetra, who take home modest gratituities and pensions after 35 years of service.”

The Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere,   Yinka Odumakin, said, “It is   unjust   and morally reprehensible for these officials who mostly have fleeced the public till with veracious rapacity to legislate crazy retirement benefits.

“It is nothing but robbing the public for people who lived off the state for four or eight years to want to become permanent liability on the system.

“This is a country where civil servants who served the country for 35 years are queuing to death for pensions that mostly remain unpaid. There are no serious countries in the world where public officials earn what ours take not to talk of the sickening retirement benefits they ask for.”

Source – Punch ng

Jonathan, Sambo Visit Douglas’ Family

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said his Special Adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy, Mr. Oronto Douglas, who died in the early hours of the day was aware he would die.

He said medical doctors had earlier told him in the United States that he had three weeks to live.

Jonathan disclosed this when he and Vice President Namadi Sambo led some presidential aides and government officials on a condolence visit to Douglas’ residence in Asokoro, Abuja.

He said, “He (Douglas) was a very dedicated young man; very committed.

“I was here last Saturday: even though he knew (of his imminent death) because the doctors told him in America that he was going to die in three weeks but, he was still very passionate about his work.

“I have never seen such a person with such a strong will. Oronto was a good man, he left us too early but God knows the best.

“I only pray that God should provide for the family and pray that his soul should rest in peace.”

While saying that he and the deceased hail from the same local government in Bayelsa State, the President recalled that their paths crossed for the first time when he was doing his Ph.D research work and Douglas was an environmental activist.

He said he was working on some aspects of the ecology of the Niger Delta when he met the deceased in the house of his Canadian supervisor identified simply as Prof. Powell.

“When I came into politics as a deputy governor, he was the commissioner for information then and we were very close.

“He came with me as my adviser as vice president ?on research, documentation and strategy, a post he held until this morning,” the President added.

Sambo on his part described Thursday as a sad day for the Jonathan administration.

He said, “This is a very sad day for us, we have lost a very good friend, a brother and a patriotic Nigerian.

“He was a person of integrity, a patriot and we pray to Almighty God that his soul shall rest in perfect peace.

“We pray that the family he left behind will have the fortitude to bear this great loss.

“Nigeria has lost a very good man, a person that has contributed positively to the development of this country.”

Some of the early callers at Douglas’ house included former Bayelsa State governor, Dipreye Alamieyesigha?; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali; and the Managing Director News Agency of Nigeria, Ima Niboro, among others.

14:04:Oronto Douglas, a worthy example for youths -Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said he was deeply saddened by the death of his Special Adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy, Mr. Oronto Douglas.

Douglas died in the early hours of the day at the State House Clinic, Abuja during a protracted battle with cancer.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President described the deceased as a worthy and shinning example for Nigerian youths.

He said he would always remember Douglas for his passion for work and outstanding commitment to duties.

The President extended his condolences to the Douglas family and the government and people of Bayelsa State on the death of his aide who he described as one of their most distinguished sons who served his country, state and the Niger Delta region, passionately and diligently, during his very impactful years on earth.

He recalled that the deceased was his personal aide for close to a decade.

The statement read, “The President will always remember him for his passion for work, excellence, inspiring creativity and outstanding commitment to his duties.

“The President remains thankful to God Almighty for the brilliance and resourcefulness that Oronto brought to bear on every assignment as a loyal and dutiful aide during his tenure as Governor of Bayelsa State and as Vice President, Acting President and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“President Jonathan believes that Oronto will remain a shining and worthy example for every young Nigerian who seeks a life of service and achievement.

“He prays that Almighty God will grant Oronto’s soul eternal rest, and the Douglas family and everyone who knew him, the fortitude to bear the pain of his death.

“Formal funeral arrangements will be announced by the Douglas family.”

Source – Punch Ng

Sambo, Patience Jonathan’s Offices Shut

Apparently yet to recover from the shock of the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan, staff in the offices of Vice President Namadi Sambo and the First Lady, Patience Jonathan failed to show up in their offices on Wednesday.

Both offices were under lock and key. Despite the fact that the President summon courage to come to office, many of his aides were nowhere to be found at the Villa. Many ministers also failed to show up at the Villa. Their absence stalled the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

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PDP is Not Afraid of Card Reader- Sambo

Vice President Namadi Sambo has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not afraid of the use of card readers for the general elections. He said the party was rather concerned that no eligible voter is disenfranchised in the forthcoming general elections.

He stated that the PDP was only kicking against the use of the machines, as they may fail, leading to the disenfranchisement of many Nigerians.

He noted that the party cannot be afraid of the card readers as it is certain of winning the presidential and governorship elections.

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Shifting Elections Turned Out A Blessing To Nigerians, Says Sambo

Vice President Namadi Sambo said in Kano on Thursday that shifting the general elections was a blessing to Nigerians.

Sambo, who spoke with newsmen, explained that holding it as earlier scheduled would have prevented 23 million eligible voters from exercising their civic responsibility.

“We thank God that the postponement of the elections has been a blessing to Nigerians.

“The INEC extended the period for the distribution of the PVCs to March 22, otherwise 23 million Nigerians would have been short changed’’, he said.

According to him, the postponement would give many eligible voters the opportunity to collect their PVCs before the deadline.

The Vice President, who was in Kano for a three-day visit, said the PDP was not afraid of the card reader but that the major concern of the party was to have credible elections in the country.

‘’Let us be fair to everybody. There is nothing wrong with the card reader but our concern is free, fair and credible elections.

“We don’t want anything wrong from the card reader and even to address the issue of corruption, you must ensure free and fair election’’, he said.

Sambo expressed optimism that PDP would win the forthcoming general elections in view of the numerous developmental projects the Federal Government executed within the last three and a half years.

‘’We have achieved the set objective. Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa because of the programmes we put in place’’, he added. (NAN

Sambo Held Hostage by Hoodlums

Vice President, Namadi Sambo had a raw deal in the hands of suspected PDP thugs in Kano Monday when he was held hostage by hoodlums for twenty minutes before a negotiated settlement.

The incident which occured at the BUK old campus shortly after the number two citizen rounded up official engagement in the University took the intervention of the Assistant Inspector General of police in charge of zone 1, Tambari Yabo before the Vice President regained his freedom.

The high risk drama began when dozens of heavily armed thugs posing as loyal party men beat the security cover around the Vice President and bare there fang before him.

Like a well rehearsed script, some of the thugs in unison chorused on top of there voices “Bamuayi Bamuayi Bamuayi” which meant “we are no longer with you”, while other shouted mungaji da aiki banza”, meaning ‘we are tired of the job’.

The visibly shocked Sambo pull himself together and before he could utter a word, an equally embarrassed AIG Tamara Yabo ordered his men to disarmed the protesting thugs. The thugs sensing the full implications of resisting the disarmament order by the top Corp gave up there arms that paved way for negotiated settlement.

However, it was at this junctures top PDP stalwarts in the Vice president entourage moved in and demanded to know from ‘the boys’ why they choose to embarrass the August visitor.
The thugs struggling to explained there position told the Vice president how they had risked their life to keep PDP in the state, as they lamented that “no one has paid them a dime despite promises’.
The party officials were therefore directed by the Vice president to attend to their needs and save the party public embarrassment.

At the end of public show of shame, the police handed off seized weapons as the thugs rejoined the Vice president convoy and headed to others areas of engagement in the city.
When contacted wheather the police had effected arrest in line with the tough posture of ensuring violence free election, the Zonal Police Public Relations officer, ASP Rabilu Ringim requested for time to ascertain the matter. As at press time; there was no words from him as futher calls to his GSM line was not connecting.

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Sambo In Algeria, Drums Support For Adesina’s AFDB Presidency

Vice-President Namadi Sambo on Sunday in Algiers, met with the Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal where they discussed bilateral issues relating to the development and co-operation of their two countries in various fields.

The information was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the vice-president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Umar Sani.

It stated that the vice-president, who arrived Algiers on Saturday, was received by the Foreign Affairs Minister of Algeria Ramtare Lamamra at the Houari Bounediene International Airport Algiers.

According to the statement, Sambo used the occasion to solicit for the support of Algeria towards the candidature of Dr. Akinwumi Adeshina for the Presidency of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The statement maintained that Sambo, who was in Algiers as a special envoy of President Goodluck Jonathan, presented a letter from President Jonathan to Abdelazeez Bouteflika the President of Algeria

The meeting, according to the statement, had in attendance the Foreign Affairs Minister of Nigeria, Amb. Aminu Wali, the Minister of Agriculture Dr. Akinwumi Adeshina and the Nigeria’s Ambassador to Algeria, HarunaGinsau.

Also the Algerian Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Rural Development RamtaneLamama and Abdelouahab Nouri respectively, were part of the exchange of views on a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest to both countries.

“Highlights of the event was a presentation to the Prime Minister by Dr. Akinwumi Adeshina in flawless and impeccable French outlining his plans for the bank if elected as its President,” it further stated.

VP inaugurates 5 ultra modern rail coaches in Benue

Vice President Namadi Sambo will on Friday in Makurdi, inaugurate five ultra modern 68-seater passenger coaches, delivered to the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) by a Chinese firm.

NRC’s Assistant Director of Public Relations, Mr Akinwoye Abdulrauf, told Newsmen on Thursday in Makurdi that the inauguration would also signal the beginning of operations of the Makurdi/PortHarcourt intercity passenger service.

He assured transporters that the corporation was committed to the provision of high tech rail services in the country. The vice president will also commission the newly-acquired two 16-seater air-conditioned rail buses and 18 five-seater motorised trolleys. Abdulraouf assured that the facilities would be properly serviced and maintained to ease transportation problems in the country.

He said the delivery of the coaches was accompanied by relevant spare parts to avoid intermittent service failure. He said the Nigerian technical crew, charged with the maintenance of the facilities, was adequately trained to ensure continued service delivery.

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Don’t Vote any Illiterate Without Certificate – Sambo

Vice President, Namadi Sambo has called on Nigerians not to vote for some people he tagged ‘illiterates’ who don’t have certificates.

Sambo made this call on Tuesday during the presidential rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo, Osun State.

Addressing the mammoth crowd, the VP said Jonathan remained the first Nigerian president with PhD., adding that as an architect, he would join his boss, Jonathan to redesign and reconstruct Nigeria.

He said, “President Jonathan is the first President that has PhD and I, as an architect is supporting him in reconstructing and designing Nigeria. Anything that Jonathan does is well researched, hence these transformations. The railway that has not been moving for over forty years has been moving.

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Reps List 50 Impeachable Offences Against Jonathan

Indications emerged yesterday that members of the House of Representatives are on the same page with their Senate counterparts in their bid to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan.


It was reliably gathered that the assembly men would start impeachment process against the President immediately it reconvenes next Wednesday.

This is just as the lawmakers coordinating the impeachment process have disclosed that they have identified over 50 constitutional violations against the President, which would form part of the impeachment notice.

A ranking officer in the House who revealed this said both chambers have resolved to work together for the common good of the country by impeaching President Jonathan for “incompetence, corruption and unprecedented impunity.”

He revealed that the impeachment plot against Jonathan was not a partisan affair, explaining that lawmakers from all the political parties have identified with the “cause” and will not give up until the President is “sent packing.”

“I’m sure you read the reports today that senators are going to move against Jonathan. Now you can confirm that the impeachment thing is not about APC. It is a non-partisan cause. We have all resolved that the man (President Jonathan) must go.

“Never in the history of Nigeria has a leader displayed such crass incompetence as we have seen in President Jonathan. It is glaring and you can feel it. Mr. President, with due respect, has shown that he is not capable of running this country. That is the basic truth”, he stated.

According to the lawmaker, over 50 impeachable offences have been identified against the president and members of the House would work closely with the Senate to ensure that the president is impeached.

– Source – Vanguard NGR