Why embattled Oyo-Ita was replaced by Buhari?

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan as the acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect.

The decision has therefore put an end to the career of the current occupant of the seat, Winifred Oyo-Ita who had been in the eye of the storm over alleged N3bn bribery and falsification of duty tour allowance.


The President’s decision was conveyed in a statement on Wednesday by the Director of Information in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey.

The statement said Oyo-Ita had been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Bassey said, “Yemi-Esan, who is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources takes over from Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, who has been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out by EFCC.”


The President also directed the OHCSF to commence the process for the selection of new permanent secretaries.






President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killings of Nigerians by South Africans.

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killings of Nigerians by South Africans and has sent special envoy to the country to convey his concerns on the situation to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

This was contained in a statement on Tuesday, September 3, by special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.

Adesina said President Muhammadu Buhari noted with deep concern series of attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa since August 29, 2019.

He said:


“Consequently, the president has instructed the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to summon the South African high commissioner to Nigeria and get a brief on the situation; express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens; and assurance of the safety of their lives and property.


“President Buhari has also dispatched a special envoy to convey to President Cyril Ramaphosa his concerns and also interact with his South African counterpart on the situation.”


According to the statement, the special envoy is expected to arrive in Pretoria latest Thursday, September 5.

Legit.ng previously reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa reacted to the killings of Nigerians in that country, saying there can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries.


President Ramaphosa on Tuesday, September 3, said the people of South Africa want to live in harmony, adding that whatever the issue is, it should be handled in a democratic way.

He said:


“The people of our country want to live in harmony; whatever concerns or grievances we may have, we need to handle them in a democratic way. There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries.”





PMB condoles with the family of Ex- Nigeria football star.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family, friends and fans of former Super Falcons striker Ifeanyi Chiejine who died recently.
The death of the 36-year-old former Confluence Queens of Lokoja star came as a huge shock to all Nigerian football lovers considering her age and achievements.
She was the youngest female player to play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup when she made her debut in 1999 at the age of 16.


In a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adeshina, President Buhari prayed that God should give the family of Ifeanyi the fortitude to bear the loss.
President Buhari also commended Ifeanyi’s patriotism in playing for the country at three World Cup tournaments and two Olympic finals.


Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) announced the shocking demise of former Super Falcons forward Ifeanyi Chiejine who died after a brief illness.
According to the statement by the Nigeria’s Football governing body, the former striker died on Wednesday, August 21.
But the details of her untimely death was not revealed by the Nigeria’s Football body.




Boko Haram has not been defeated–Borno residents.

Residents of Borno state have written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, informing the country’s leader that Boko Haram insurgency has not been defeated.
The residents, who said they have lost confidence in the military over the lingering insurgency, said the present crop of soldiers on the frontline are not ready to fight, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that in the letter which was signed by Hassan Boguma, the military was accused of not doing enough in the fight against insurgency.

The letter read:

“The attempts by Boko Haram to intimidate and attack communities in the state and the actions of our soldiers in the frontline has made us lose confidence in the recent military’s performance in protecting not only the vulnerable citizens but even the territorial boundaries of the nation.”

According to the residents, Boko Haram insurgents now attack “without any countermeasures or even a response to distress calls from the locals”.
The letter added:

“You are either fed with false information, or raising hopes of technical defeat of the BH which is far from the truth.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army on Sunday, August 25, said it had deployed new strategies to counter resurgence of Boko Haram terrorists’ attacks in some communities in Born state.


Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, the theater commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, made this known when he led a team of journalists on a visit to Magumeri, Gubio and Benisheik, headquarters of Magumeri, Gubio and Kaga local government areas of the state.
Adeniyi addressed the troops at the 5 Brigade Battalion and interacted with members of Gubio community during the visit.



Identify and kill all bandits—Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday ordered the military to identify and kill bandits carrying out attacks across the country.
The President said he was disturbed that bandits not only kill, but also maim and extort their victims.
Buhari gave the orders in Katsina State while addressing 15 officers and 160 soldiers of the 17th Army Brigade and Nigerian Air Force 213 Operational Base.


Speaking at the Musa Yar’Adua Airport, Katsina, Buhari told the men working under the code name, “Operation Hadarin Daji,” to live up to the primary reason the operation was set up.
He said,


“This group was formed by the military to secure this geopolitical zone (North-West) from the activities of bandits. Fundamentally, it is your responsibility to secure the country.


“As the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I believe you are capable of doing it. I don’t think you should spare any bandit. Identify and eliminate them. Pursue them anywhere you can find them and eliminate them.
“Nigeria deserves peace. The rainy season is good and we are already achieving food security, but we need peace. The money saved from food importation will be used to purchase arms for operations.”

Buhari told the troops the Federal Government would provide for their needs for them to focus on the assignment.


“We will give you all the right equipment so that you can deal with them with despatch. I appreciate all your efforts, but you can do more. I don’t want any bandit spared,” a State House statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari as telling the troops.
The President reminded the troops that the longer they delayed in eliminating bandits, the longer they would stay on the battlefield.
After meeting the troops, the President, who was in company with the Katsina State Governor, Mr Aminu Masari, returned to Abuja.
The President had travelled out of Abuja to his home town, Daura, on August 8, to observe the Eid-el-Kabir holidays.




No more foreign exchange for food importation in Nigeria.

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has told the central bank to stop providing funding for food imports, his spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday, a move that has raised questions about the bank’s independence.

Nigeria, which has Africa’s biggest economy, is the continent’s top oil producer and relies on crude sales for around 90% of it foreign exchange. Low oil prices led to a recession in 2016 from which the country emerged two years ago.

Since Buhari first took office in 2015, Nigeria’s central bank has presided over policies aimed at stimulating growth in the agricultural sector to reduce dependence on oil. Those policies included a 2015 ban on access to foreign exchange for 41 items that the bank felt could be produced in Nigeria.


“President Muhammadu Buhari … disclosed that he has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop providing foreign exchange for importation of food into the country,” Tuesday’s statement said.

“Don’t give a cent to anybody to import food into the country,” Buhari said, according to the statement, which said that the call was in line with efforts to bring about a “steady improvement in agricultural production, and attainment of full food security”.

“The foreign reserve will be conserved and utilised strictly for diversification of the economy, and not for encouraging more dependence on foreign food import bills.”

The latest move comes only weeks after Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele in July said the bank would ban access to foreign exchange to import milk.

Tuesday’s statement prompted many observers to point to the central bank’s status as an independent body.


“The central bank act of 2007 makes it clear that the bank is independent. It is not supposed to be taking direct instructions from politicians,” said Kingsley Moghalu, who served as deputy central bank governor from 2009 to 2014.

“The trajectory in this administration is that we have seen a very clear tendency for the president to direct people. Increasingly Nigeria’s institutions have lost independence,” said Moghalu, who was a contender in February’s presidential election.

Bismarck Rewane, an economist and the head of Lagos-based consultancy Financial Derivatives, also said the bank was supposed to be independent.

A central bank spokesman did not immediately respond to phone calls and text messages seeking comment.

Buhari has been a vocal supporter of such restrictions and one of his first moves after his re-election in February was to reappoint the central bank governor.

Rewane said a curb on foreign exchange for food imports could backfire after Buhari last month signed up to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). That deal seeks to create a continent-wide free trade zone where tariffs on most goods would be eliminated.





How Wall Street Journals reported secret military burial in Nigeria.

Military authorities secretly buried more than 1,000 soldiers, who were killed in the battle with insurgents, in a bid create the impression that the counter-insurgency had been won, The Wall Street Journal, has reported.
The newspaper reported that military sources said the number of soldiers buried in that manner could be higher than 1,000.


But the Defence Headquarters has dismissed the report, saying it had no graveyards where soldiers were secretly buried. It said that fallen heroes were given full military burial according to global best practices.


However, the paper insisted that on the eve of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Borno State in November, army commanders secretly moved corpses of soldiers from a morgue to unmarked graves at Maimalari.

Quoting soldiers, diplomats and senior government officials, the newspaper stated that the corpses were covertly transported in a truck from a mortuary in the dead of the night and buried in “trenches dug by infantrymen or local villagers paid a few dollars per shift.”

“Several of my comrades were buried in unmarked graves at night,” said a soldier from the Maimalari barracks, where more than 1,000 soldiers are based.

“They are dying and being deleted from history,” the soldier added.

The newspaper quoted a senior government official as saying that the secret gravesite at Maimalari was not the only one in Nigeria’s troubled North-East.


Nigerian Army still struggling against insurgents.

It stated that although Buhari had “repeatedly claimed his army has won, the reality is that Africa’s largest land force—a US counterterrorism ally—is struggling against an insurgency that first flared a decade ago and is now rejuvenated by the Islamic State and the return of fighters from Libya, Syria and Iraq.

“The insurgents now control hundreds of square miles of territory across four countries around the Lake Chad basin, a crossroads of Africa where the US, the UK and French military have bases or provide special-forces training. On Sunday, gunmen attacked a funeral on the outskirts of Maiduguri, killing at least 65 people, according to government officials.”

According to the report, Nigeria’s government last summer stopped reporting the deaths of soldiers in its fight with Boko Haram insurgents and a splinter group that calls itself Islamic State West Africa Province, or ISWAP.

The Wall Street Journal quoting military officials stated, “The sprawling secret graveyard in Maiduguri and an official cemetery at the base, the operational command for the north-eastern front in Borno State, now hold the bodies of at least 1,000 soldiers killed since the terror groups began an offensive last summer.”

I am not sure my husband was buried where I was shown – Woman

The newspaper said in November that one of the deceased soldiers’ wife, Mercy Tamuno, was told that her husband, Adah, had been killed in an insurgent attack on an outpost in Cross Kauwa, a town about 100 miles north of Maiduguri.

The media organisation stated, “When she demanded to see where he was buried, she was taken to the official cemetery at Maimalari, where graves are marked with plywood headstones. There she was led to a spot marked with a plastic bottle with her husband’s name written on it.”

Mrs Tamuno told the newspaper, “It was the only one marked in this way. I’m not sure it was his grave but that’s what the army told me.”


The report said that two soldiers from Lance Cpl. Tamuno’s unit said he had been buried days earlier in the secret graveyard.

According to them, the plastic bottle was prepared to appease his wife.

“We know he was buried in the unmarked grave. There was no funeral,” one of them said.

The Wall Street Journal reported that a 50-year-old farmer, Sarah James, said the secret cemetery at the Maimalari barracks grew as the military had expanded the site into neighbouring fields.

“The farmland has been fenced off so they can bury the forces,” she said.

James said she and her colleagues gave up land they had farmed for years to make way for the expansion of the base’s cemetery.

The newspaper said Nigeria’s military built a barrier to ward off what had been farmland on the northern edge of the base in Maiduguri.

The report stated,


“Units that have suffered casualties and declining morale aren’t in a position to attack, and are instead defending poorly constructed bases in exposed areas against an increasingly well-equipped enemy.”

“There is a systemic misrepresentation of the war that is having severe tactical and operational consequences,” a former soldier, Chidi Nwaonu, was quoted to have said.

He said the bravery of troops was being undermined by poor decisions of senior commanders. “It’s part cock-up, part conspiracy,” he added.

After an attack by the insurgents on the army base in Metele in November, the newspaper quoted a soldier to have said, “See the weapons they bring here. These are not working. No less than 100-plus soldiers died here. Many are missing in action; they are nowhere to be found.”

Military said my brother was fine until I saw him killed in B’Haram video – Journalist

It said that a journalist based in Abuja, Timothy Olanrewaju, said the military told him that his brother, a sergeant, was safely on deployment.

It added that Olanrewaju could not reach his brother, Sgt. Samuel Olanrewaju, for four months, but commanders repeatedly assured him that his brother was well, stationed in a sensitive combat zone.

According to the report, Olanrewaju learned of his brother’s fate when the Islamic State published a video that showed his execution. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” he said.

“Why didn’t they tell me the truth?” he asked.

The newspaper stated, “The military’s secrecy about casualties is so widespread it is unclear whether Nigeria’s political leaders are aware of the state of the conflict. We could see the headlamps and the torches of the engineering division digging the graves,” said a soldier.

Although Buhari had said that insurgents had been defeated, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, in June said soldiers’ lack of commitment was affecting the war against insurgency.

The Presidency directed The PUNCH to the Defence Headquarters to address the issue, adding that it was a military matter.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, stated, “On the issue of (1,000) soldiers, talk to the military. Talk to the Defence Headquarters about this.”

Military buries soldiers with gun salutes, not secret graves – DHQ

In its reaction, the Defence Headquarters said it had no graveyards where soldiers were secretly buried, noting that fallen heroes were honoured with gun salutes, solemn prayers, among others.

The military denied the allegation in a release by the acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Thursday, saying that soldiers who paid the supreme price were given their “last respects in a befitting military funeral ceremony of international standard.”

Nwachukwu noted that the Maimalari cemetery, described in the publication, was not secretbut the military officially-designated cemetery for soldiers in the North-East theatre, with a “cenotaph erected in honour of our fallen heroes.”

Nwachukwu said,

“The Defence Headquarters has noted with dismay an article purporting that the Nigerian military maintains secret graveyards in the North-East theatre of operation. The armed forces of Nigeria have a rich and solemn tradition for the interment of our fallen heroes. Therefore, it must be unambiguously clarified that the Armed Forces do not indulge in secret burials, as it is sacrilegious and a profanity to the extant ethos and traditions of the Nigerian military.

“In tandem with the traditions of the Armed Forces, fallen heroes are duly honoured and paid the last respects in befitting military funerals of international standard, featuring funeral parade, grave site oration, solemn prayers for the repose of departed souls by Islamic and Christian clerics, as well as gun salutes, aside from other military funeral rites.

“The cemetery described in the publication, which is situated in Maimalari military cantonment is an officially designated military cemetery for the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the North-East theatre, with a cenotaph erected in honour of our fallen heroes. The official cemetery has played host to several national and international dignitaries, where wreaths were laid in honour of the fallen heroes. It is therefore a far cry from the sacrilegious impression being painted by the Wall Street Journal.”

Atiku calls for commission of inquiry

But the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, called on Buhari to constitute a judicial commission of inquiry headed by a non-partisan and reputable jurist, to unravel the authenticity of the report.

Atiku, in a statement, said if the report was true, he received it with a sense of heartbreak and shock.

According to him, it is heart-breaking for the families and friends of those soldiers who, if the report was true, had lost their loved ones, without being allowed to bury them or even to have any sense of closure as regards their fate.

He said,


“I shudder to think that the cover-up of such an event of epic proportions can be true. The men and women of our armed forces are our first, second and last defence against our domestic and foreign enemies and should be treated with love, respect, dignity and appreciation for the invaluable service they render to Nigeria.”

He added.

“To ensure that we get to the bottom of this matter, I urge that a Judicial Commission of Inquiry headed by a non-partisan and reputable jurist, be inaugurated to investigate the findings of the Wall Street Journal.”





How Magajin Garin Daura returned home alive.

Alhaji Musa Umar Uba, an in-law to President Muhammadu Buhari who regained his freedom his abductors on Tuesday, July 2, has returned home.
Daily Trust reports that the Magajin Garin Daura returned to Daura town to a rousing welcome on Wednesday, July 31.

Upon his arrival Uba went straight to the palace of Emir of Daura Alhaji Umar Faruk, who is also his elder brother.


It was gathered that Magajin Garin Daura met with many district heads and other traditional title holders who welcomed him at the emir’s palace.

Describing Uba’s abduction as a terrible experience, the emir thanked President Buhari and the entire Daura emirate for their support.

“On behalf of myself, the president, Muhammadu Buhari and the entire Daura emirate, we are thanking God for the release of Magajin Garin Daura alive.”

“We thank every Nigerian, persons from Niger, Ghana and others who have sent encouraging messages to boost our morale to consider the incident as an act of God,” the emir said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Magajin Daura was freed by his kidnappers on July 1 after two months in captivity.

Alhaji Uba was abducted from his residence in Daura on Wednesday, May 1 by gunmen. He was later freed in Kano.





How Senators condemned the President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration over various uncompleted projects across Nigeria.

Senators of the ninth Assembly in Monday, July 29, condemned the President Muhammadu Buhari‘s led administration over various uncompleted projects across Nigeria.
The lawmakers rated the present government low during the screening of the former minister works, power and housing, Babatunde Fashola as one of the ministerial nominees.

Frowning at the inability of government to bring any project to completion during the period, the lawmakers said the present administration has enjoyed huge budgetary allocation for critical infrastructural needs.


Speaking during the screening process, Senators Francis Alimikhena and Adamu Aliero said since assuming office in 2015 no project was commissioned by Fashola nor his ministry.

The senators also asked Fashola what he intends to bring to the table regarding his renomination for a ministerial appointment by the president.

However, in his defence Fashola said projects takes time due to negotiations with parties involved.


Fashola said:


“PPPs are complex. They take time to negotiate. Even here, in the Federal Government, we need to go through the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to advertise.”

He said in a government that has four years to show results and in a country where there are high expectations for results, skills must be paramount.

“Let me also say that PPPs are not attractive for all projects. I have learned to distinguish between social projects like roads and commercial projects like airports and hospitals where there is a daily cash count. Those are easier for private investors to want to put their money into, than roads and the risk of construction,” Fashola noted.


Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Dino Melaye had faulted the screening process for the ministerial nominees before the ninth Senate.

The Senator said screening process adopted by the Senate is more of an adoption exercise. He also said he will not be part of a rubber stamp Senate.





How Buhari received the Grand Cordon of the Knighthood of Venerable Order of the Pioneers award in Liberia.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, July 26, in Monrovia, Liberia, received the Grand Cordon of the Knighthood of Venerable Order of the Pioneers, the country’s highest award.

Legit.ng reports that this was confirmed by the special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement issued in Abuja.

Shehu said the president was honoured during the 172nd independence anniversary of the West African nation in Monrovia.


In a goodwill message to the government and people of Liberia, Buhari said he accepted the award on behalf of all Nigerians and as a tribute to all our countrymen who paid the supreme price in aid of Liberia’s unity and stability.

“This gesture can only strengthen my resolve to rededicate myself to the service of my country, work for the prosperity of our people in the sub-region,’’ he said.

Buhari encouraged his Liberian counterpart to take decisive actions to further stimulate the economy of the country.


He said:

“Mr. President, Liberia under your leadership may wish to learn from our experience by taking courageous steps to diversify its economic base by developing the productive sector that would complement earnings from rubber, iron ore and the increasingly dwindling funds from development partners.

“In this regard, the need for proper management of human resources and investment in agriculture, solid minerals and other sectors such as tourism where the country has comparative advantage, cannot be overstated.”


According to the Nigerian leader, the Economic and Recovery Growth Plan launched by his administration in 2017 is creating the enabling environment for growth, security and economic revival.

He added that the administration had realised the futility in continuing to subject the Nigerian economy to the vagaries of its mono-product dependence and had instituted policies aimed at the diversifying the national economy which had been yielding positive results.

“Our government had to adopt appropriate measures including diversification and reforms to address such underlying causes exemplified by our continued dependence on a single-commodity, crude oil, lack of fiscal buffers, leakages, corruption and high governance costs.

“Furthermore, in our efforts to stimulate the economy, our government initiated bold policy interventions that are beginning to yield positive results.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Buhari would be honoured by the Liberian government on Friday, July 26, with the Grand Cordon of the Knighthood of Venerable Order of the Pioneers, regarded as the country’s highest national honour.






“Our collective goal is to implement initiatives that will lift our citizens out of poverty through mass employment and social safety nets.–Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, July 25, said that he will work on the recommendations of experts from the private sector to bring about lasting solutions to Nigeria’s many socio-economic problems.

President Buhari said this during the presidential policy retreat attended by technocrats who proffered solutions to issues bordering on security and economy, Channels TV reports.

He, however, said that to achieve the desired national change, state governors must wake up to their responsibilities and work with the federal government.


Buhari said:


“Although most of the proposals were targeted at the federal government, I want to remind the state governors to do their part, especially in the areas of education and health care.

“Our collective goal is to implement initiatives that will lift our citizens out of poverty through mass employment and social safety nets.


“This is achievable with the right fundamentals in place. We must all keep in mind that a successful economy is one where prosperity is felt by the majority.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the deputy president of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, had said Nigerians deserve a better deal under the Next Level agenda of the current administration.

A statement by his media office in Abuja on Tuesday, July 23, said the deputy president of the Senate disclosed this at the 2019 summit of Association of Professional Bodies in Nigeria (APBN).





How Ministerial Nominees begin screening yesterday.

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday, July 24, began the screening of ministerial nominees asking three of them to simply ‘take a bow and go’ since they were former lawmakers.

Those asked to ‘take a bow and go’ included Godswill Akpabio, a former minority leader of the senate and ex-governor of Akwa Ibom.

Senator George Akume, who has served in the upper legislative chamber, and was governor of Benue state, also benefited from the gesture.


The Senate also asked Emeka Nwajuiba, a serving member of the House of Representatives, who sought to be speaker of the ninth Assembly, was also asked to bow and go after an introduction and a little address.

However, Uche Ogah, one of the nominees, faced a tough question and answer session during his screening by the senators.


Legit.ng earlier reported when former ministers Rotimi Amaechi and Adamu Adamu, as well as Sunday Dare, a fresh nominee, arrived at the Senate for screening with their counterparts.

Among those also on ground for the exercise were Mustapha Shehuri, Ogbonnaya Onu and Olorunimbe Mamora.


President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier sent a list of nominees for his proposed cabinet to the Senate.

While some of his former ministers made it back, others like Solomon Dalung, who was in charge of sports, Ibe Kachikwu, who handled petroleum ministry, did not return.





How Buhari returns 14 former ministers, drops 17.

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a list of his 43 ministerial-nominees, comprising 14 returnee ministers and 29 new appointees to the Senate.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who read out the President’s letter at plenary on Tuesday, said the screening of the nominees would start on Wednesday (today).

Buhari returns 14 former ministers, drops 17.


The returnee ministers include Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) ) Hadi Sirika (Katsina), Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna), Lai Mohammed (Kwara) and Chris Ngige (Anambra), while among the new appointees are Ambassador Maryam Katagun (Bauchi), Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa) and George Akume (Benue).

The remaining returnee ministers are Adamu Adamu (Bauchi), Abubakar Malami (Kebbi), Godfrey Onyeama (Enugu), Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi), Osagie Enahire (Edo), Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa), Mohammed Bello (Adamawa) and Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno).

Kachikwu, Dambazau, Adewole, Shittu, 13 others dropped

However, some of the former ministers who were not reappointed are: Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia), Udo Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom), Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa), Audu Ogbeh ( Benue) and Usani Uguru (Cross River).


Others are Ibe Kachikwu (Delta), Anthony Anwuka (Imo ), Stephen Ochani (Kogi), Abdulrahaman Dambazau (Kano), Abubakar Bawa Bwari ( Niger ), Cladius Omoleye Daramola (Ondo), Isaac Adewole (Osun ), Adebayo Shittu (Oyo ), Solomon Dalong (Plateau), Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto ) and Mansur Dan Ali (Zamfara).

Akpabio, Saraki, Sylva, Keyamo, Mamora, Akume make Buhari’s list

But a former Senate Minority Leader, Goodwill Akpabio, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, and Buhari’s campaign spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, were among the list of ministerial-nominees sent to the Senate for screening on Tuesday.

The list also included Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, former governor Rauf Aregbesola, former governor Niyi Adebayo and former governor Timipre Sylva, among others.

Buhari appoints serving lawmaker who dumped APC as minister

On the list is one of the newly inaugurated members of the House of Representatives, Emeka Nwajiuba.

Nwajiuba, a native of Ehime-Mbano Loal Government Area of Imo State, is representing Okigwe South federal constituency.

He was elected on the platform of the Accord Party.

Nwajiuba, a former member of the APC, defected to the AP after a running battle with the former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.

Senate shifts recess

Meanwhile, the Senate has postponed its annual recess by one week to enable members to screen the ministerial-nominees.

The senators would have started their annual recess on Thursday if the President had not sent the ministerial-nominees’ list on Tuesday.

The Chairman, Senate ad hoc committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, while addressing journalists on Tuesday, pledged that the nominees would be thoroughly screened.

He added that the Senate would suspend its rules and would be sitting beyond 2pm every day during the exercise.

He said plenary would be conducted from Monday to Friday until all the nominees had been successfully grilled.

He also said all nominees would be given special privilege because they would all be asked critical questions.

Adeyeye said, “We have postponed the recess till the end of next week. We are suspending a lot of our rules. Plenary normally does not hold on Fridays, plenary will hold on Friday this week and Monday next week in order to hasten the process.


“We want to do a thorough job and we want Nigerians to know that we are doing a thorough job. It is going to be a lot of sacrifice on our path.

“We are going to work in unusual hours, normally we sit from 10am to 2pm, that will not apply during this period of confirmation.

“We are going to sit till very late, virtually every day. On Friday, we will sit till we are tired. We will go on a brief recess and proceed until 10pm.

“We have given ourselves enough time, we will work in unusual hours.

No nominee will be asked to ‘take-a bow’ – Senate

“Those who usually will be asked to take a bow, this time round we will try as much as possible to ask them questions so they can explain to the public what they intend to do.

“We want Nigerians to witness the process. Please I want to seek your indulgence that some have stage fright, not that they are not brilliant. Please try to understand a few of these issues.

“This Senate is a complete departure from the past. If we are to rush it, the process will not be thorough.”

Asked if the ministerial-nominees who performed below expectation would still be confirmed, Adeyeye said the Senate, being an independent institution, had the right to reject any unqualified person on the list.

Adeyeye said, “Absolutely, the Senate is an independent body. The constitution gives us the role to either confirm or reject nominees.”

But on Tuesday, the list generated diverse reactions as the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party said it was full of incompetent and failed men.

Buhari’s list full of incompetent individuals – PDP

For instance, the PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said Buhari’s ministerial list was colourless, stagnant, uninspiring and did not convey any sense of hope or purposeful governance.

Ologbondiyan said to the utter disappointment of Nigerians, the list was replete with alleged incompetent individuals who failed in their erstwhile ministerial assignments and allegedly left their ministries in a shambles.

According to him, such a ministerial list can only come from a leadership that does not have the mandate of the people.

Ologbondiyan said, “The list has further shown Buhari and the APC’s insensitivity and disdain for Nigerians and it does not in any way reflect their hope and eagerness for a better Nigeria.

“Furthermore, in recycling failed yesterday’s men for today’s assignment, Buhari and the APC have left no one in doubt that they have no vision to move our nation out of the economic and security predicaments into which they have plunged us in the last four years.”

Buhari’s list lacks innovation – ASUU

Also, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said Buhari’s list lacked innovation.

He noted that the President did not attach portfolios to the names of the nominees.

Ogunyemi stated, “The other observation is that there isn’t much innovation on the list. People are talking of a generation change and injecting fresh blood or a mixture of the old and the new. But the new names on the list are people who have been in the political circle for some time. I am sure the younger generation would have been looking out for a list that would have accommodated their interest and representation.”

Nominees are mostly recycled politicians, says NECA

Also, the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association said the ministerial nominees list contained mostly names of recycled politicians.

The Director-General, NECA, Mr Timothy Olawale, said Nigerians had waited and expected to see some names of technocrats on the list, but the association discovered that the list contained mostly recycled politicians that were picked based on political patronage and mostly for their roles as party men.

He said, “We had expected that with the delay by the President in constituting his cabinet, the team would be populated by professionals that had distinguished themselves in their area of calling.

“That the selection would be based on merit and what they could offer by way of adding value to governance. While we cannot say those on the list cannot deliver on the government’s agenda, we note that they are mostly recycled politicians that are picked based on political patronage and mostly for their roles as party men.

“We had hoped party considerations would be set aside to assemble technocrats that could lead the nation out of its current economic doldrums.

“We only hope their tenure in office will be that of meritorious service to the nation and the good of the people and not marked by opportunity to recoup expenses incurred for political activities in the last elections. Nigerians are watching to assess them and it remains to be seen if they will selflessly live up to expectations.”

SERAP, CACOL seek nominees’ portfolios

Also, two civil society organisations, the Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project and the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, faulted the ministerial-nominees’ list, saying the non-attachment of the portfolios to their names would make their screening inadequate by the Senate.

The SERAP Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said the issue of attachment of portfolios was also brought up in 2015, adding that the absence of portfolios would not ensure a thorough screening of the nominees.

He said, “Let us see the portfolios which will be attached to each of the nominees eventually. I would have loved the portfolios to be attached to each of them go with the names to the National Assembly. This is so that competency in the fields can be tested. That is a fair way to assess the cabinet members.”

Also the CACOL Director, Mr Debo Adeniran, said it was doubtful if the President assessed the performance of some of the former ministers he brought back, adding that if he did, he would never have reappointed them.

On his part, the Presidential candidate of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, Tope Fasua, said, “Buhari has just shot himself in the foot with the anti-corruption rhetoric. Also more than half of the team could never actually take the nation forward but are good for political considerations.”

List full of ex-govs, says TMG

However, the Chairperson of the Transition Monitoring Group, Dr Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, in an interview with The PUNCH, said, “The list is a total disappointment. It is full of former governors and mostly old people.

“One would have expected that the President would shop for more people with more expertise that can assuage the fears of the people of a bleak future. The capacity for them to push the agenda for development for Nigeria is very much doubted.”

Enugu APC rejects Onyeama’s reappointment

Meanwhile, the Enugu State APC expressed displeasure over the reappointment of former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, describing it as a “terrible mistake.”

The state Chairman of the party, Dr Ben Nwoye, in an interview with one of our correspondents, said Onyeama’s reappointment was not in the interest of the Enugu APC and the country at large.

It’s an honour to have two nominees – Abdulrazaq

But the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, said that state occupied a special place in the heart of Buhari, adding that it was an honour to have two ministerial nominees from one state.

In his congratulatory message to the two ministerial nominees, Alhaji Lai Mohamed and Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Abdulrazaq in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, expressed appreciation to the President.

In his reaction, the Executive Director of Community Outreach for Development and Welfare Advocacy, Taiwo Otitolaye, said the list could not bring the anticipated rapid development and achieve the fight against corruption promised by Buhari during his electioneering.

C’River APC backs Agba, says Buhari doesn’t know Uzani

However, the APC in Cross River State has described the nomination of Jeddy Agba as welcome, saying the nominee “is the right man for the job.”

The state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Bassey Ita, said, “As a party man, we urge him to look inward and nurture the party in the state. We need virile opposition that will take over the reins of power in the state.”

On reaction to the non-return of former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, he said, “The President has said he will bring the people he knows. Maybe he does not know Usani.”

APC hails Aregbesola, PDP derides ex-gov

Also, the Osun State Government has welcomed the nomination of Aregbesola as a minister. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Adeniyi Adesina, in a chat with one of our correspondents in Osogbo, said, “The Osun State Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, is happy with the nomination of his predecessor.”

But the PDP in the state, described the nomination as “an aberration and a reward for corruption, incompetence, rascality and wasteful spending.”

The party, in a statement by its Chairman, Mr Soji Adagunodo, said Aregbesola ran Osun aground as governor and introduced payment of half salary to workers and retirees.

Adebayo, good choice from Ekiti, says APC, commissioner

Also, the Ekiti State Commissioner for Information, Mr Muyiwa Olumilua, said the ministerial nominee from Ekiti State, Mr Adeniyi Adebayo, was a very good choice.

He said Adebayo would do exceptionally well as a minister.

Amosun’s loyalist emerges as nominee

But the APC faction loyal to ex-governor Olusegun Osoba kept mum over the development as both the Chairman and the Publicity Secretary of the Caretaker Committee, Chief Yemi Sanusi and Tunde Olarunjoye, respectively, refused to answer several calls made to them.

But, the state Secretary, Ayo Olubori, when contacted on the development ,said he was not in the best position to speak on it.

He, however, said that Adegbite, a former commissioner and loyalist of ex-governor Ibikunle Amosu, picked to represent Ogun State on the list, “is not the party’s choice.”

But when contacted, the Director-General of the Allied People’s Movement, Alhaji Sarafa Ishola, said, “Ministerial appointment usually entails nominations from various stakeholders. Appointment of ministers is the prerogative of Mr President. We run a presidential system of government. Olamilekan Adegbite is eminently qualified to represent Ogun State on the Federal Executive Council.”

However, prominent people from Yewa/Awori decried the nomination, describing it as lopsided and unfair.

One of the prominent leaders in the district, Mr Tunji Akinosi, said the nomination of Adegbite as minister ”is unfortunate, very unfortunate.”





PMB submits list of nominees finally.

ABUJA, July 23 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari submitted his list of cabinet nominees to the upper house of parliament, the Senate, on Tuesday.
The submission comes almost two months after Buhari began his second term, and some five months after he was re-elected, a delay that caused jitters amongst investors and threatened growth prospects for Africa’s largest economy.
Parliament is due to go on a two-month break at the end of the week, although it could delay this to confirm the nominees.


The list contains 43 names, though it did not specify which positions they would hold in cabinet.


The Senate has to approve nominees before they can become ministers, though the process can happen within a matter of days.
Buhari, a 76-year-old former military leader, faces a long list of challenges including tepid economic growth, high unemployment and widespread insecurity.




Let nobody or group doubt or test our will to act in the higher interest of the majority of our citizens.”—PMB

ABUJA, July 23 (Reuters) – Nigerian troops and police clashed on Tuesday with Shi’ite Muslim marchers in the capital Abuja and gunfire could be heard, according to a Reuters witness.

The air was thick with teargas as soldiers and police officers made arrests. The Shi’ite group marched in protest against the continued detention of its leader, despite a court ruling that he be released.

The violence happened a day after at least three people – including a journalist and senior policeman – were killed in a similar confrontation in the administrative heart of Abuja. As many as 10 more people may have died in the violence, a spokesman for the Shi’ites said that day.


President Muhammadu Buhari, a Sunni like the vast majority of Nigeria’s Muslim community, warned in a statement before Tuesday’s protest:


“Let nobody or group doubt or test our will to act in the higher interest of the majority of our citizens.”

He added:


“Perpetrators of the mayhem will not go unpunished (and) no government can tolerate unceasing affront to constituted authority.”


Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) members regularly take to the streets of Abuja to call for the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in detention since 2015. They say Zakzaky requires medical help. Live ammunition and teargas have been used by security forces in recent weeks.


Clashes between police and Zakzaky’s backers have raised fears that the IMN might turn to violent insurgency as did Sunni Islamist group Boko Haram after police killed their leader in 2009.





How 2 Nigerians were appointed into Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA)

Two Nigerians have been appointed to head the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) as chairman and executive secretary, respectively.

While Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar was appointed the chairman of the organisation to serve for one year, Hajia Zainab Ali-Kotoko would work as its executive secretary for five years.

According to PRNigeria, the historic appointments mean that Nigeria could effectively leverage on the continental intelligence services to deal with national, regional and continental security threats.


It was learnt that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who brought the 16th ordinary CISSA conference to a close in Abuja, commended the two new elected officials from Nigeria.

With his election, Abubakar takes over from Ambassador BK Likando of the Namibian intelligence service until the next conference in Cairo, Egypt.

Also, Ali-Kotoko replaces Shimeles W Semayat and will run the Ethiopia-based CISSA secretariat for the next five years.


By your decision, Nigeria has ascended the position of chairmanship for the next one year and you have also appointed Zainab Ali-Kotoko as the executive secretary of CISSA for the next five years.

“As Nigeria assumes the mantle of CISSA’s leadership for the 2019/2020 session, your collective focus should be on promoting shared goals and objectives and maximizing the impact of this organization across Africa,” Mustapha said.

The SGF expressed belief that there is no limit to what can be achieved as a continent when its citizens work together.

He also noted that Illicit Financial Outflows (IFOs) and corruption remained hydra-headed monsters, with one feeding the other in what is clearly, a symbiotic relationship.

“We must defeat both threats to free Africa’s wealth for the development of our various countries.

“We are not unaware of the enormity of the task but we remain focused and undaunted, bearing in mind the colossal implications of the threat to our national life,” he said.

Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the re-appointment of his personal physician, Suhayb Rafindadi, and 10 other personal staff.

The president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Friday, July 5.





“Well, it is not about stigmatisation; it is about separating the wheat from the chaff.–Ooni tells Buhari.

The Ooni stated that the escalating security challenges in the country had led to some persons and groups beating the drums of war.

However, he clarified that the South-West was not ready to go to war with any part of the country.

The paramount ruler disclosed that it was the desire of the Yoruba to see improved security over lives and property, a responsibility he said was not impossible for the Federal Government to undertake.


The Ooni, who spoke with State House Correspondents after he held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said he came to the State House on behalf of royal fathers in the South-West to make a case for improved security.

His visit came just a week after the late Mrs Funke Olakunri, the daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, was killed by suspected herdsmen along the Kajola-Ore Road in Ondo State.

Speaking on whether he thought the Fulani were being stigmatised , the Yoruba paramount ruler said,


“Well, it is not about stigmatisation; it is about separating the wheat from the chaff.


“A lot of them are mixed up with the good ones. We are not saying all the Fulani are bad. It is not only about the Fulani, it is not only about them; it is about the bad miscreants that are even hiding under the name of the Fulani.

“We want to try as much as possible to work with the government right now. They have all the security apparatus and they are meant to defend us; that is what we are looking up to now. We have to stand up and meet with Mr President and he has given us a listening ear and you (will) see a lot of result going forward.”

Responding to a question on the purpose of his visit, Ogunwusi said,



“(It was on) how to improve security. I came to speak on behalf of other traditional rulers. The issue at hand in the South-West is real. The issue of insecurity; we that live in the remote and rural areas of the south-western part of the country, most of the bushes are occupied by strange people and we decided to work with the government to fish them out.

“Everybody is beating the drum of war; we don’t want war. Who can stand war? We want something better for our youths.

“We should better use them (youths) for something good other than shouting war and anarchy. We don’t want that.

“We told the President that and he is on the same page with us. Politicians should be careful not to blow things out of proportion.

“We should make sure things are right and the President has given good directives to security chiefs including the Inspector-General of Police (Mohammed Adamu), to visit all traditional institutions in the South-West.”

The monarch canvassed efficient policing and intelligence gathering that involved using the locals to help fish out strange elements in the various communities.

Opposing a resort to war at this point, he said,


“We shouldn’t keep over-hyping war and we still want to keep the peace in the South-West. We don’t want anarchy.”

Ogunwusi also noted that the controversial Ruga scheme appeared to have been given different interpretations, saying that Buhari did the right thing by intervening to ease the growing tension in Nigeria over the initiative.

He added that overall, what was of utmost importance to the people of the South-West was maximum security.


“What is important is for the youth not to take the law into their own hands, killing and causing violence. The drum of war is resonating loud and we are very worried.

“We need more federal apparatus to defend ourselves. We need security reinforcement from the Federal Government. We understand more than anybody. We don’t want war and we want to work with government to bring peace.

“We are not saying all Fulani are bad; it is about the bad guys working under the name of the Fulani,” the monarch further stated.

Leaders shouldn’t keep silent on insecurity – Jonathan

Just as the Ooni was saying this, former President Goodluck Jonathan also called on all leaders to speak out whenever things were going wrong in the country.

Recall that Buhari had a few days ago advised leaders to watch their utterances, saying those criticising his administration handling of insecurity were not patriotic.

But Jonathan on Thursday said leaders should come together and proffer solutions to insecurity in the country.

He said insecurity appeared from time to time, but noted that leaders must come together for a conversation that would end attacks on defenceless citizens.

Jonathan said this in Abuja during the public presentation of a book,

“Not By Might Nor By Power: Selected messages to the world,” an autobiography written by the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, who would retire next year.

“We must get the country out of insecurity,” he said at the event which brought together eminent Nigerians including a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.).

But in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the event, Jonathan said every generation had challenges, adding that leaders must come together to address the menace.

He said,


“If things are wrong, leaders, including me, should be talking. And there are a lot of conversations going on to solve this problem (of insecurity); every generation has its problems. In fact, my generation is almost gone. It’s for your generation and we must all come together to solve the problem.

“The security challenges have been with us for long, but we know that whatever the challenges are, we must come together and address them. The political leaders in the country and traditional leaders are talking. And we must get the country out of insecurity.”

Okoh cautioned ethnic groups forming their own militias to retrace their steps and stop the killings in the country.

He said,

“I have no solution because I am an individual. But we should try to ask the appropriate authorities to do what they should do, and that is the government.

“I strongly believe that individuals should not take security initiative because if individuals take their own security initiatives, I mean organising our own militias, the country will be destroyed. Everybody will perish.

“But the government which has the constitutional responsibility to maintain security should do so and quickly too before it gets out of hand. That is my appeal.”

Also, the Primate advised young pastors not to be in a hurry, adding that what he observed was that many of them were in a hurry to be noticed.

“If you are with God, hear from God before you speak. Don’t resort to your imagination and say, ‘God has said’; make sure you receive a message from God and you are in tune with Him (God).”

According to him, the Nicholas Okoh Foundation will help him in ministry even after leaving as Primate in 2020.

“I want to continue with my work as a man of God. The book is about yearly situations and the solutions I provided. At this point, I decided that the two volumes should be published. There are other books unpublished. There is a gap between what we think and what we do. We want our children and those following us to know that we have not arrived. We must back it up with moral integrity,” Okoh added

We won’t leave S’West – Oyo MACBAN

Meanwhile, the Northern Elders’ Forum’s directive to herdsmen in the South to relocate to the North generated more reactions on Thursday.

For instance, the Assistant Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Oyo State, Mr Adams Abdulkadir, told one of our correspondents that the directive by NEF that Fulani herdsmen should leave the South was misguided.

He stated,


“We don’t support the NEF’s directive and we will not heed it. We are not in agreement with the calls to return to the North.

“We have been living here in the South-West for decades and we work together with people of other ethnic groups especially the Yoruba in a peaceful and secure environment.”

We aren’t returning to North, Fulani in S’East reply NEF

Also, the Fulani community in the South-East on Thursday said they would not leave the South-East geopolitical zone. They asked the northern leaders to stop fanning the embers of discord.

The leader of the Fulani community in the South-East, Ardo Sardu Bardo, told The PUNCH on the telephone that the call for herdsmen to leave the South was irresponsible.

Bardo said that even the Fulani community in southern Nigeria, especially in the South-East did not support the Ruga programme of the Federal Government to be cited in the South- East.

On Ruga, Bardo said,


 “I don’t support that project. For instance, in Enugu State now this is farming session. If people are cultivating an area, let them allow our cattle go to the areas that the people are not cultivating. The Fulani in the South do not support Ruga.”

It negates Nigeria’s unity – Delta

Also, the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charlse Aniagwu, said the state government believed in the stability of Nigeria.

Aniagwu in an interview on Thursday, faulted NEF’s recall order to herdsmen in the South, saying, “If there are issues, it behoves on government to address those issues.”

However, the Cross River State Government through the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Ben Ayade, Christian Ita, said,

“We run a government that accommodates everybody. Cross River State has always been safe for everybody. I don’t know about herdsmen. I don’t know if there are herdsmen in Cross River. If they are being asked to go back we are not the ones asking them to go back. It is their people that are asking them to go back. It is within the right of the Northern Elders’ Forum to ask their people to go back.”

YCE lauds President Buhari on Ruga suspension.

Meanwhile, the Yoruba Council of Elders has lauded Buhari for suspending the Ruga project.

The pan-Yoruba group made this commendation in Ibadan on Thursday at the end of its special meeting on the state of the nation.

The Secretary-General of the council, Dr Kunle Olajide, in an interview with journalists after a special meeting of the group, urged Buhari to do more to restore the full confidence of Nigerians in his administration.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the YCE expressed worry that the grazing routes of the pre-independence era and the First Republic had been wiped off and in most cases, taken over by housing estates.

The group said that the idea of nomadic grazing was no longer feasible because of the destruction of farmlands and crops by cattle led by herdsmen, which had impoverished the farmers.

It, therefore, urged the state legislature in the Yoruba speaking states to enact a law outlawing nomadic grazing in their respective states.

The council noted the palpable tension in the country arising from the frightening state of insecurity, which had now spread from the North-East and was gradually enveloping the whole country.

The group urged the President to heal the wounds in the polity by reassuring Nigerians of the safety of their lives with actions.

It urged Buhari to revisit the 2014 National Conference reports and the El-Rufai Committee Report on Devolution of Powers, advising him to send relevant bills to the National Assembly in that respect.

The council also advised him to study the report of the 2014 National Conference with a view to identifying the aspects of the document that could be implemented immediately for the security and unity of the county.

The elders, however, expressed shock by the gruesome murder of Mrs Funke Olakunri, the daughter of Chief Rueben Fasoranti, the Afenifere leader, describing it as one too many.

The council called on the South-West governors to embark on the deployment of technology to monitor forests in the zone so as to flush out criminals masquerading as herdsmen.

It assured the President of its support to build a truly egalitarian Federal Republic of Nigeria, where justice and progress would reign supreme.

Also, the YCE called on all Nigerians to avoid making inflammatory statements in this difficult time but to let their efforts and speeches unite the people, and ‘not to polarise them.’

Reps advise FG on vigilantes’ training

Also, the House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to provide logistics to the Armed Forces to enable the military to engage and train local vigilantes in the fight against insurgency.

According to NAN, this followed a unanimous adoption of a motion by Haruna Mshelia (APC-Borno) at plenary on Thursday.

While moving the motion, Mshelia said the engagement with local vigilantes would assist in the final push to end insurgency in the North-East.

The lawmaker expressed concern that pockets of insurgency activities, including looting, kidnappings and killings still continued in spite of efforts of the Armed Forces.







Non-executive commissioner on the board of the National Communications Commission confirmed by Senate.

The Senate on Thursday, approved the appointment of Mr Aliyu Abubakar, as a non-executive commissioner on the board of the National Communications Commission
Abubakar, from Bauchi State, was nominated to represent the North-East last week on the board by President Muhammadu Buhari for the same position despite his rejection by the eighth Senate because of low educational qualifications.


Other nominees confirmed by the Senate were Uba Maska (Executive Commissioner), Professor Millionaire Abowei (Non Executive Commissioner) and Abdulazeez Salman (Non-Executive Commissioner).





Successes recorded in degrading Boko Haram in the North East would be extended to various parts of the country experiencing security challenges–PMB.

Once again, yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari assured Nigerians that his administration will resolve lingering insecurity-related issues in some parts of the country.
The president specifically said successes recorded in degrading Boko Haram in the North East would be extended to various parts of the country experiencing security challenges.

President Buhari said these when he met with executive members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), led by the President, Dr. Francis Adedayo Faduyile, at the State House, yesterday.



At the meeting, Buhari appealed to governors and local government chairmen to complement the Federal Government’s effort and get more children off the streets and into classrooms.

This was even as the president said efforts are ongoing to improve employment level, following the success in getting many into the agricultural sector and stressed that opening up the economy for investments and getting the youths engaged will control crime rate.

The president spoke on health and education and urged states and local governments to play stronger roles in complementing government efforts, especially in getting more children into classrooms.


“The issues of health and education are constitutional. If there are too many almajiris in a state, then the government is not following the constitution. The states also have elite who are educated enough to remind their governments about their responsibility to almajiris,” he said.

According to Buhari, successes recorded in degrading terrorists in the North East will be extended to various parts of the country experiencing challenges, assuring Nigerians that security still tops his list of priorities.

“If you cannot secure a country or institution, you cannot manage it.”





Buhari’s casual detachment to Nigerians is getting out of hand–Akin Osuntokun.

A former presidential aide, Akin Osuntokun, has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over his comments on those he says are politicising the issue of insecurity in the country.

Osuntokun who was a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today, said, Buhari’s casual detachment to Nigerians is getting out of hand.

The president recently stated that those who politicize the isolated incidents of insecurity are not patriotic Nigerians.


Osuntokun said:


“What do you mean by politicising? who is politicising it?

“That is his (President Buhari’s) own interpretation according to his own convenience. In any case, if people are commenting on issues, how does that amount to politicisation?

“What of those people who are victims? This type of casual detachment to people is getting out of hand.


“When he (President Buhari) was attacked some years ago, did people not talk? Did people not raise issues then? Should people not have talked now? Now you want people to be quiet.”

A professor of criminal justice system and penology, Ussiju Medaner, who was also a guest on the programme, however, disagreed with Osuntokun’s stance, insisting that the issue of insecurity is indeed being politicised.

Professor Medaner said:

“When we talk about security, it is everybody’s business. And I think if we can do that, we can help the country and not just trying to be a disinterested but benefitting party in the security situation in the country.

“This is an issue that the world over is facing. Let me just refer you to what is happening in Cape Town, just within a month 3,000 people were killed in gun violence.

“What the country is doing is not to go to the media to politicise it. They came together to proffer solution.”

Meanwhile, a meeting of northern leaders on Tuesday, July 2, warned that Nigeria was gradually drifting into anarchy as a result of the failure of government to address the security challenges confronting the country.

The leaders included retired army generals, inspectors general of police, intelligence experts, academia and other technocrats.

They gave the warning at a two-day northern Nigeria security conference in Kaduna, organised by Arewa Research and Development Project in collaboration with Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation, Savanna Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development as well as the Joint Committee of Northern Youth Associations.






How Obasanjo tells Buhari to put an end to violent attacks across Nigeria.

Former Nigeria’s president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has written another letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, telling the latter to put an end to violent attacks across Nigeria.
The former president said the world has been warning Nigeria against descending into a state of violence because any outbreak would be difficult to contain.

According to Obasanjo, the country has been consumed by violence and ethnic divisions in a manner not seen for decades since President Buhari took over the mantle of leadership in 2015, Premium Times.


Legit.ng gathers that the former president said Buhari would have to stop fanning “the embers of hatred, disaffection and violence” for him to be able to stop the “smouldering ethnic agitations”.

He also urged armed herdsmen and others to stop their violent attack across the country and publicly state their grievances.’

Obasanjo also advised the Nigerian Armed Forces against shaming military personnel in public, saying such could be counterproductive.


Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the police command in Ondo, through its spokesman, Femi Joseph, on Saturday, July 13, revealed how Funke Olakunrin, the second daughter of Afenifere leader, Reuben Fasoranti, was killed by some kidnappers on Friday, July 12.

Confirming the sad development in his speech to newsmen, Joseph admitted that he was not aware that Olakunri was Fasoranti’s daughter.

In his report on the details of the victim’s murder, the police spokesman said:


 “It happened at a spot between Kajola and Ore, where some hoodlums numbering about 15, attacked two vehicles, 1 Toyota Land Cruiser and 1 Camry.


“The the Land Cruiser was carrying five passengers, including the deceased, which we later identified as one Funke Olakunrin. They shot the woman, we rushed her to the hospital, but we lost her.

“Other four occupants that were abducted, we have rescued them. Inside the Camry too, we had three occupants, they were also abducted, but we have rescued them. We have rescued a total of seven persons taken during the attack.”







How the executive arm is working hard to get the list to the senate–Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan.

ABUJA, July 10 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari could name his cabinet nominees as soon as this week, the senate president said on Wednesday, a move that could end more than a month without ministers.
Buhari was re-elected four months ago, but Nigeria has been without a cabinet since the ministers serving during his first term stepped down in May.
The gap has led to a slowdown in investment and a near-halt in decision making, according to investors, contractors and diplomats.


“The executive arm is working hard to get the list to the senate,” said Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan on the floor of the upper house of parliament. “I can imagine that before this week runs out, we could get the list.”

Lawan said senators wanted to screen and confirm the cabinet before they go on leave this month.
Buhari took about six months to form a cabinet at the start of his first term in 2015.




I will tell him, Mr. President, you have tried your best but resign.—Bishop Adeleye.

CALABAR – Most Rev. Tunde Adeleye, the Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of Niger Delta, Anglican Communion, in a chat with newsmen in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, said if given an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari, he will “first of all, commend him for what he has done so far but urge him to resign.”

“I will tell him, Mr. President, you have tried your best but resign. If he asks why I am asking him to resign, I will tell him because people working with you are bad and are not telling you the truth. All of them are not good. If you resign, you will put them to shame. They want to spoil your good name,” Adeleye said.


The clergy, who is also the Bishop of the Diocese of Calabar, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, spoke during a press briefing for the 2019 Synod of the Anglican Communion.
He spoke on a wide range of issues covering the church and the nation at large.


He said,

“Nigeria is ripe enough for restructuring. The present structure is obsolete and cannot carry us far. The restructuring will affect some old structure of Nigeria’s socio-political and economic policy. It will involve honest dialogue. There is now injustice, marginalization, resulting in a failing state. We, therefore, need to ‘redesign’ Nigeria.




“Nobody will be allowed to maim, kill or commit other crimes and escape.—PMB.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, July 6, pledged his administration’s continued political will and determination towards ridding the country of insurgency and other forms of criminalities.
Buhari, who was represented by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, made the promise at the Grand Finale of the 2019 Nigerian Army Day Celebration and Combat Support Arms Training Week at Ikeja Cantonment Parade Ground, Lagos, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Nigerian Army Day Lagos is an annual event held every July 6, since 1976, in honour of the Nigerian Army with the theme;


‘Professionally Responsive Soldering:A Panacea for Successful Military Operations’.


The president said that the security challenges in the country were being tacked in collaboration with the Nigerian Armed Forces.

“The challenge for us is to recognise this sick extremism of Boko Haram for what it is and form alliances across faith, ethnicities, to destroy an evil that confronts us all. We will continue to demonstrate the political will and determination towards ensuring that our land is rid of insurgency and that criminality is kept at the barrest minimum.

“There are also other situations of insecurity in our midst, the Fulani Herder and farmer conflicts, random killings, banditry and kidnapping. In different parts of the country, there are challenges that the army has had to intervene in, in many occasions.


“We assure all Nigerians that this challenges are been seriously tackled by the federal government working with the states through a multi-pronged approach, working with the Nigerian Army and all our security forces and law enforcement agencies.

“Nobody will be allowed to maim, kill or commit other crimes and escape. It is our duty to apprehend and punish these criminals and we are doing that and we will continue to do so.”

Buhari urged the judiciary to ensure timely dispensation of justice in the cases of arrested bandits.


According to him,

“Several bandits’ hideouts and camps have been destroyed and hundreds of arrests have been made. It is now up to our Judiciary to ensure that justice is meted out, not just comprehensively, but in a timely manner.”

The president said his administration would intensify efforts to bring back the remaining Chiboks girls, Leah Shuaribu and others who were still in captivity.

According to him,


“We want to reassure the affected families and friends that this administration will not relent in its efforts to bring back all the remaining girls including Leah Shuaribu, who has become a postal child for the heinous activities of Boko Haram insurgency. We will reunite them with their families and friends by the Grace of God.”

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari directed immediate reinforcement of the security architecture to Katsina state, and the prosecution of those involved in the conflict.

The president commiserated with families that lost loved ones in the attacks from herdsmen, assuring the state that the security structure would be further strengthened.





Nigeria is the 53rd state on the continent to append its signature to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement

The Federal Government said it has identified 22 products from none oil sector from which the country can earn $30,000 billion and create 500,000 export oriented jobs annually.
This is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement at the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union on AfCFTA and the First Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union AU and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Niamey, Niger Republic.

Nigeria is the 53rd state on the continent to append its signature to the document.


Executive Director of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo, disclosed this to State House Correspondents at the weekend after briefing President Buhari.

The NEPC boss who briefed the president on the zero oil implementation plan after he was asked for an update said: “I briefed him on the setting up of national committee on export promotion by National Economic Council (NEC), chaired by the governor of Jigawa State and what we are working in order to diversify the economy.


“What we hope to achieve is to raise more revenue for Nigeria from other sources. You know 90 percent of our revenue is from oil and we cannot survive. Even though oil prices are rising a bit because of Iran, there is problem there. But we should not rest on our oars because, those days of $140 per barrel is gone forever. So we have to look inwards and produce more.

“The zero oil plan is about raising production and productivity, we identified 22 sectors where we can earn foreign exchange apart from oil. We are hoping that in the next 10-15 years we will be able to raise $150 billion from sources outside oil. That is what we are working on and we are galvanizing the whole states behind us in other to raise production and productivity. We are working with the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to achieve this. You know the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN just announced an initiative on five of our products and giving them low interest rates to farm and raise production.”


Awolowo said the sectors include cocoa, cotton, cement, leather, cashew, Sesame, Shea butter, palm oil, fertilizer, petrochemicals, rubber among others.

“Cocoa is an immediate win for us because, its been our number one none oil revenue making. But we are on less than 300,000 metric tons, Ghana is heading to 900,000, Cote d’ Ivoire almost two million metric. So, how do we compete? Meanwhile if you see the landmass in Nigeria you can imagine what we can do. Another sector is Shea nut, cashew is another breadwinner for us, so let’s raise production, let’s give our farmers, plantations low interest loan so that they can raise production for us. We are also looking at value addition for all because that is the way you create jobs, we cannot continue to sell the raw materials.”

Awolowo who said he presented to President Buhari some tomatoes and Bell peppers from a green house in Benin and Casanovas, cassava chips a cottage industry is producing in Idu Industrial Estate that is already being exported to Germany, added:

“That is the future for Nigeria. We are about to enter into African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement, which is the biggest in the world, we don’t want to be a dumping ground and that is why Mr. President refused signing until we are ready. We must be competitive, we must produce more, and we must help our manufacturers get into this market.”

On packaging and substandard products, the NEPC boss said:


“Our products are no longer substandard and we are exporting all over West Africa and Inter-land Africa. We have a few challenges here and there but I always tell people, the journey of processing raw materials to producing goods is not going to happen over night. We are going to have rejects but we will not succumb to them. Our packaging is improving and we are even packaging and labeling in different languages so we can get into those markets, particularly when Africa opens up for us now.”





Buhari warned herdsmen and communities to stop taking the law into their own hands by resorting to violence at every provocation.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday told herdsmen returning to the North from the South to respect their host communities.

This came as Buhari ordered increased security presence in Katsina State following fresh violence involving herdsmen and farmers in his home state, resulting in loss of lives and valuables.

A State House statement by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said the President “warned herdsmen and communities to stop taking the law into their own hands by resorting to violence at every provocation”.


Buhari also directed that “herdsmen returning from the South due to the rainy season must respect the boundaries of farmers and villagers, while the communities must refrain from attacking herdsmen.”

Buhari condoled with the families of the victims, “assuring the state that the security structure would be further strengthened to avoid unnecessary violence between herdsmen and communities.”

He also directed the “prosecution of all those involved in the conflict”.


In other isolated incidents, bandits also attacked some villages on Wednesday in Katsina State.
At least, 18 persons were reportedly killed in the attacks by bandits in Kankara and Danmusa local government areas of the state.

Meanwhile, Buhari will depart Abuja today for Niamey, Niger Republic.


His mission is to attend the African Union Summit scheduled to hold on July 7, according to the Presidency.

The Presidency said, “President Buhari will sign the AfCFTA Agreement on the margins of the AU meeting in Niamey.”

The President while accepting the report on the AfCFTA on Jun 27, said, ‘’For AfCFTA to succeed, we must develop policies that promote African production, among other benefits.

“Africa, therefore, needs not only a trade policy but also a continental manufacturing agenda. Our vision for intra-African trade is for the free movement of ‘made in Africa goods.’ That is, goods and services made locally with dominant African content in terms of raw materials and value addition.’’





How PMB plan to tackle communal clashes in Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari has begun consultations for an inclusive stakeholders’ committee that will thoroughly interrogate issues that fuel communal conflicts across the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.


He said the committee when constituted would be saddled with the responsibility of proffering lasting solutions to “age-long disagreements that had claimed lives and property, with particular focus on the Tiv/Jukun relationship in Benue and Taraba states.”
According to the presidential aide, the President is disturbed by communal clashes that have destroyed many lives and property, altered the destinies of families and raised the profile of insecurity in the country by promoting generational tensions.
“President Buhari believes Nigeria’s cultural diversity remains her greatest strength when properly harnessed and harmonised with a collective vision for unity, peace and shared prosperity, urging more patience as the government identifies and works towards creating more understanding,” he added.






How Buhari inaugurates board of the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission(RMAFC).

The quest of the 36 state governments for a new revenue formula may soon become a reality as President Muhammadu Buhari is set to inaugurate the board of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, on Thursday (today).

The RMAFC is the body responsible for preparing the formula for sharing revenues among the three tiers of government in the country.

The body is also responsible for fixing the remuneration of political office holders as well as monitoring the revenues accruing to the federation account from revenue-generating agencies.

Our correspondent learnt that 30 new members of the commission would be inaugurated at the State House, Abuja. The commission is made up of 37 members with each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory represented by one commissioner.


The inauguration will end more than three years of the revenue body without substantive leadership. It will also end the inability of the body to make policy decisions for lack of quorum given that the commission had progressively diminished in the number of commissioners.

Although Buhari had in July 2016 announced the reappointment of Mr Elias Mbam as the Chairman of the commission, his name was not sent to the National Assembly until recently when it became necessary to fill the depleted body.

Mbam left the commission in November 2015 after the end of his first five-year tenure.

Some of the major tasks facing the commission as it is inaugurated include giving the nation a new revenue formula which constitutionally is supposed to be reviewed every five years.

The commission may also feel the pressure to review the remunerations of political office holders in the country which many Nigerians think are outsized and do not reflect the reality in an economy that has been facing declining revenues.

Although the commission had completed work on both new revenue formula and remuneration package for political office holders, the processes were not concluded because the documents were not presented to the National Assembly by the President.


It is not clear whether the commission would press for completion of the processes or opt for fresh reviews. However, opting for fresh reviews may be more logical given the passage of three years since the works were completed as well as the preponderance of new membership of the commission.

State governors had recently hinged the payment of N30, 000 minimum wage on the review of the revenue formula in a way that would give the states more substantial resources.

Revenue sharing formula which has remained a controversial subject in Nigeria even before independence in 1960 refers to the proportion of resources accruing to the federation that goes to each component of the federation.

It also defines the proportion of resources that must be retained in the territories where they are generated as well as what goes to the agencies of government that collect the revenues on behalf of the federation.

Currently, 13 per cent of mineral resources known as derivation go to oil and solid minerals producing states. Four per cent of the money collected by Nigeria Customs Services is given to the organisation as the cost of collection.

Similarly, the Federal Inland Revenue Services receives seven per cent of the money it collected to cater for the cost of collection.

After these deductions, both mineral and non-mineral revenues are pulled together into the federation account and shared among the three tiers of government.

At present, the Federal Government gets 52.68 per cent. The state governments get 26.72 per cent while the Local Government Councils get 20.6 per cent.

From Value Added Tax, four per cent cost of collection is assigned to FIRS.

After these deductions, the net revenue is shared among the three tiers of government in the proportion of the Federal Government, 15 per cent; state governments, 50 per cent, and Local Government Councils, 35 per cent.





Why Buhari fired Ibe Kachikwu?

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr Thomas John as the acting alternate chairman of the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, bringing to an end the tenure of the former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.


NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, who announced this in Abuja, stated that the new board chairman would hold the position until the appointment of a new Minister or Minister of State for Petroleum Resources by the President.


Baru added, “He (John) will hold the position of the Acting Alternate Chairman of the Governing Board until a new Minister of Petroleum Resources or Minister of State for Petroleum Resources is appointed to assume the Chairmanship or Alternate Chairmanship position, respectively in line with Sections 1(3) and 2(1) of the NNPC Act. The new appointment takes effect immediately.”

The NNPC had seen series of changes in various management positions in recent weeks. Last week, the President appointed Mr Mele Kyari as the new Group Managing Director of the corporation, who would assume office after the end of the current GMD’s tenure on July 7, 2019.

The President also appointed seven new Chief Operating Officers for the corporation.







“I wonder what sort of conscience some of us have.—Buhari declares.

Nigerian Tribune reports that made the disclosure this on Tuesday, June 25, while receiving some Yoruba leaders led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the presidential Villa, Abuja.


Legit.ng gathered that the president said he had to do what he did to the former CJN even though reluctantly.
He said: “But anybody who cannot account for what he has and for refusing to declare it, we will have to do something about it. I will tell you as, that was why I had to deal though reluctantly with the former Chief Justice because there were millions of dollars, euros not to talk of naira which were not declared.

“I wonder what sort of conscience some of us have. How can you seat and preside over and lock people up for years and even sentence some to death and yet you are not doing what the constitution said you should do by occupying that vital institution.

“So, I stopped getting worried so much, sorry to admit it, when I found out that I could play hoop, step and jump. What I mean is that if it is America, they will do it this way. If it were in Europe, they will do this way but if you go there after 250 to 400 years, how old are we? So I realize that I don’t want to go back to into detention again.”


Buhari, who recalled how as a military leader, he clamped suspected looters into detention until they proved themselves innocent, said that these days, suspects deny their property until they are shown their bank accounts.

He maintained that he had decided that property seized from suspects would be sold and the money kept in the treasury to prevent future administrations from returning them to their owners.

Buhari added:


“So, we are recovering as much as we can under the system and this time around I said the properties will be sold and the money put in the treasury.

“The last time they were giving back their properties but this time around whoever comes after me no matter how generous he is, he cannot take money from the treasury give it to individuals. It will be impossible.”

The president also recalled that his campaign promises and the effort his administration had made to meet them with success. Buhari thanked the group for the visit.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Chief Olabiyi Durojaiye, told the president his group helped to elect him into office. He added that they were proud of their contributions to his victory.

He said the group made some requests of the president on security, education, youth employment, federalism, power supply and agriculture.Speaking on the security, Durojaiye said: “The huge cost not-withstanding, it may be considered worthwhile to take a bold step in combating crime and improving on security by improving on the apparent shortage of the manpower in the Nigeria Police Force and by extending control of the Police from the state to local government level.”

Recall that President Buhari had suspended Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria in January and replaced him with Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed.

Buhari said he removed Onnoghen based on an order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal dated January 23, 2019.

After a long court battle, Onnoghen resigned as CJN and turned in his resignation letter to President Buhari, a day after the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended his compulsory retirement for misconduct.





How 28 passengers were kidnapped in Ondo.

Lagos / Ado-Ekiti – Outrage on Wednesday trailed the abduction of 28 passengers on the Akure-Ado-Ekiti road on Tuesday about 6a.m within the Iju/Itaogbolu axis in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Daily Independent learnt from an anonymous source that the assailants took advantage of the bad portion of the road to commit the crime.

Sources also claimed that the passengers were travelling to Onitsha in Anambra State from Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti State, when they were abducted.

However, Festus Omoniyi, Secretary, Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Oyemekun branch, Akure/Ado unit, said only 10 persons were kidnapped.

He identified the driver of the vehicle as Felix Akinde, saying they were kidnapped at a spot known as NYSC junction.

“The vehicle involved belongs to our union. It picked passengers in Ado-Ekiti and they were heading to Onitsha but they were attacked by herdsmen around NYSC junction,” he said.

“The incident happened about 6a.m. There were 10 people in the vehicle, including the driver. All of them were taken into the forest. The bus is presently parked at Iju police station. We gathered that policemen could not go into the forest to confront those holding the innocent people.”


Omoniyi said the suspected kidnappers have called the family members of the driver to inform them that they are holding him.

The Ekiti State Police Command Spokesman, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, told newsmen that he could not comment on the matter since the incident fell within Ondo State. The Ondo State Police Command PRO could not be reached as at the time of filling in this report.

Another source said the gunmen waylaid the bus and ordered the occupants into the bush, including the driver.

According to residents of the area, the passengers were in two vehicles, an 18-seater bus and the other a 9-seater vehicle with their drivers.

A video of the incident posted on Twitter showed residents of the area complaining about the bad state of the road which had made it easier for kidnappers to operate.

“Our cars here are now passing through Ilawe. If anyone is kidnapped among us, who will bail him?

“We wonder what the condition of the families of those kidnapped passengers will be right now,” one of the residents said in the video.

The abduction happened few hours after a security meeting of South-West governors in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Tuesday, where they made a strong case for the establishment of state and local government police to complement the efforts of the federal police.

The governors, who were outraged by the incessant cases of kidnapping and other criminal activities in the region, also agreed to rise above party partisanship to set up joint patrol teams to ward off the criminals that had been killing and kidnapping innocent persons, as well as check the activities of killer herdsmen that had made the highways unsafe for travellers.

Speaking to Daily Independent on the abduction of the 28 passengers, pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, said nothing could come out of the security summit by the governors because they attempted to downplay the security challenges in the South West.

Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary, also advised Yoruba people to look for traditional means of protecting themselves, adding that relying on the Federal Government for adequate protection may prove costly.

Odumakin said: “The governors had a summit in Ibadan yesterday (Tuesday) where they attempted to play down what confronts South-West today. One of the governors that spoke for almost 32 minutes didn’t mention anything on insecurity in Yorubaland.

“And these are the governors that were saying Zamfara is the worst hit and that insecurity is a general problem. Twenty-four hours after the summit, we are seeing this happening.

“When they rose from their meeting, they issued their communiqué.

“There is nothing special about the communiqué and nothing can come out of it. The essence of the summit was not to address the problem but to just pretend that something is being done.

“But clearly, at this point now, the Yoruba people should know now that their fate lies with them.

“Like Afenifere said a week ago, the Yoruba should activate their traditional self-defence system now because, like Theophilus Danjuma said to this country a few weeks back, the people depending on official protection to defend them in this situation now, they will all die one by one.”

Also speaking, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos State chapter, said President Muhammadu Buhari had clearly demonstrated that he was incapable of addressing the security challenges in the country.

Barr. Gani Taofik, the party’s Publicity Secretary, in a chat with our correspondent, said despite the worsening security situation in the country, the president had refused to rejig the security architecture, especially by replacing the service chiefs who were appointed four years ago.

While lambasting Vice president Yemi Osinbajo, a prominent son of the South West, for saying the security situation in the country was exaggerated, the party also admonished South-West residents to take their destinies in their hands by looking for alternative means of protecting themselves.

Taofik said: “There is no doubt about the fact that we are on ground zero on security in this country, especially the South West.

“It is very unfortunate that the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is also from the South West has decided to play politics on the matter by saying it was being exaggerated.

“Now, what is more unfortunate is that President Buhari has refused to change all the service chiefs even at the height of this banditry, kidnapping, and the rest.”

Similarly, lawyers have bemoaned the parlous state of security in the South-West.

Speaking on the latest incident on the Akure-Ado-Ekiti Road that saw the abduction of 28 travellers on the road, the lawyers told Daily Independent that the situation has assumed the proportion of an emergency that should be matched with the appropriate government response.

According to Adesina Adegbite, a legal practitioner and immediate past Welfare Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the latest development suggests “there is total breakdown of security in the country” and that “there is serious fire on the mountain.”

He said “that a whopping 28 people could be kidnapped on such a very busy road within the South-West shows that there is total breakdown of security in the country.

“It has always been in the North, especially Kaduna-Abuja highway. Now Ife-Ibadan highway has been in the news in the last weeks, particularly for the spate of kidnapping on that road. We are now talking about the Akure-Ado-Ekiti road.

“It shows there is serious fire on the mountain, and there is absolute need to rejig the security architecture of the country. At the same time there is need for the Federal Government to now declare a state of emergency against the kidnappers.

“This means there should be mounted serious onslaught against any form of criminality whether it is being perpetrated by herdsmen or whatever the identity of the offenders might be.”

“If security has become so paralysed to the extent that 28 people could be kidnapped in one fell swoop in broad daylight, then it is a state of emergency that must be given the appropriate response.”

Speaking in a similar vein, Mr. Olusina Fasugba, also a legal practitioner, lamented that the last four years have seen the worsening of the security situation in the country, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to wake up from slumber.

He said, “I don’t think any right-thinking member of society will come out and say without equivocation that government is in charge and control of security of lives and property in Nigeria, which is the primary constitutional responsibility of government.

“They must at all material time be able to guarantee security of lives and property of the people. And the security of lives and property in this country is at the lowest ebb today.

“You can no longer travel not only on roads within the South-West but in every other part of the country.

“Let me tell you, I have a matter in Osun State tomorrow. But because I was to set off about 4 o’clock I could not leave. So, definitely, I will not be able to make it to the court tomorrow morning.

“In those days by 7pm or 8pm I will hit the road and before 11pm I will be there. But that was four, five years ago. I cannot take that risk today.

“Buhari should wake up from slumber and tackle these security lapses headlong. Call all the security chiefs, the service chiefs, DSS, the police and all other relevant security agencies, particularly the police.”

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Firms smuggling banned items into Nigeria ordered to be blacklisted by Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to blacklist any firm, its owner and top management caught smuggling or dumping any of the restricted 43 items into Nigeria.
The Presidential directive was disclosed by the CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele on Friday in Abuja during a meeting with oil palm producers.

Emefiele also said the presidential directive mandated the apex bank to expand and provide support to firms and individuals that want to expand the production of ten different commodities in Nigeria.

The ten different products are rice, maize, cassava, tomatoes, cotton, oil palm, poultry, fish, livestock dairy and cocoa.





First Democracy Day in Nigeria celebrated in honor of MKO.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, June 11, night hosted World leaders to dinner and gala night ahead of Wednesday’s maiden edition of the country’s Democracy Day celebration.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other dignitaries at the event including State Governors, members and leadership of the newly inaugurated National Assembly, Diplomats, captains of industries were treated to best of Nigerian cuisines and hospitality.
Speaking at the event, the President said his administration was ready to move the nation to the next level of prosperity, peace and stability.
”We will restore peace, justice and bring prosperity for all Nigerians,” he said.
President Buhari, who narrated the history of June 12 general elections in1993 and the subsequent signing into law June 12 as public holiday every year, said the celebration was a recognition of the resilient of the Nigerian people.
He thanked the visiting Heads of State and Presidents for honouring the nation’s invitation.


Earlier in his remarks, the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, said the maiden celebration of Democracy Day on June 12 was unique and only coincided with the election of new leadership of the National Assembly.
Those at the event included President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz; President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame; President of Liberia, George Weah; President of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso and President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo.
Others were President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa; President of Senegal,Macky Sall; Prime Minister of Uganda,Ruhakana Rugunda, President of the Gambia Adama Barrow and President of Niger Republic, Mahamadou Issoufou.
The dinner was also attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari and wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, deputy Senate president,Ovie Omo-Agege and deputy Speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase.
Some APC state governors, APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, diplomats, former ministers also attended the event.
High-point of the event was a toast to the Federal Republic of Nigeria by Vice-President Osinbajo and unveiling of a photo book tagged, “ Being Buhari” by the president.
The ceremony which was held at the State House Conference Center Abuja, also featured music and cultural display showcasing the country’s diversity.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari on Monday, June 10, met with caucus members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja.
The president met with the party members behind closed door at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Abuja around 9.30 pm after their meeting with the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
It was gathered that those present at the meeting were the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, Oshiomhole, the governor of Kebbi state, Atiku Bagudu, his Ekiti counterpart, Kayode Fayemi, and Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state.




Buhari’s meditation has led to reconciliation in Kano.

The crisis between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state and the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II may have come to an end after the duo reached a truce on Friday night, June 7, in Abuja, Daily Nigerian reports.
The newspaper reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier on Friday mediated in the matter.
President Buhari reportedly intervened following calls by northern elders as the estrangement between the governor and the emir raised tension in the state.
Legit.ng gathers that the president’s intervention comes a day to the expiration of a query issued to the emir by the state government, seeking answer on alleged misappropriation of the emirate’s finances.
At the peace meeting held on Friday night, the governor and the emir reportedly agreed to sheath the sword for the interest of Kano and prevent break down of law and order.


The reconciliation meeting was allegedly presided over by the chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum and governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, and attended by “a very few notable personalities”, Daily Nigerian says.
“All I can tell you is that the meeting is positive. The parties have agreed to work together in the interest of peace, stability and progress of Kano,” the newspaper quoted a source at the presidency.
“The president will be briefed on the outcome of the meeting. Alhamdulillah the emir and the governor are no more quarreling.”
The newspaper also said it gathered that despite the truce, the Emir Sanusi has decided to clear his name by responding to the query of the state government regarding allegations leveled against him by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission.
Recall that the crisis had earlier been linked to Emir Sanusi’s alleged support for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Abba Yusuf, in the 2019 governorship election in the state.




Why Buhari intervened in Kano Tussle?

Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari on Friday was reported to have moved to intervene in a power tussle between the political and traditional authorities in the north central Kano State.

Tensions had been high in Kano over a move by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to oust the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II after a fallout deemed to be political in nature.

The Daily Nigerian portal cited an inside source at the presidency as confirming the news. Other portals have since reported same.


“You know the president hardly interferes in matters of states. But on this issue, the president had to just interfere. The president is not happy with the governor for taking the unpopular decision of balkanizing the emirate and making moves to dethrone the emir.

“The president therefore summoned Ganduje on Thursday and directed the Director-General of the DSS to call for emergency meeting with governors of the North West.

“The governors are led by the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, who first met and briefed the president on the matter on Thursday,” the source is quoted to have said.


Buhari’s intervention comes on the final day the Kano State government had given to the emir to respond to a query of financial misappropriation and to explain why he should not be suspended.

Reports say the fallout between the two men was due to perceived support of the emir for the main opposition candidate in this years gubernatorial elections which Ganduje won after a supplementary vote to secure his final term in office.

The Emir, a former Central Bank governor, has had his powers split after Ganduje split the Kano Emirates – which dates back to centuries – into five. He appointed four extra emirs with the same powers as Sanusi.





I respect the Judicial Institution–Buhari

ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has emphasised that he respects the country’s judiciary and is willing to abide by their decisions at all times.


Speaking at an Iftar dinner with the representatives of the Third Arm of the government, the judiciary on Wednesday in the evening at his official residence, President Buhari said he believed that the judiciary should be independent and recalled how he submitted himself to the adjudication of the courts three times on his way to becoming President without any fuss because, as he said, “I respect the institution.

“I have come before you three times before I got here on the fourth run for the office. Your word is the last word on any given issue.”






President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to dissolve his cabinet ahead of his inauguration for the second term on May 29, just as the last meeting of the current Federal Executive Council (FEC) has been slated for Monday.
Already, the valedictory session of the cabinet has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 22.
The foregoing was disclosed at the end of the Thursday extraordinary FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the absence of the President, who is in Saudi Arabia for the lesser hajj.


Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting which went into the night, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, accompanied by his colleague Ministers of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammed Bello, said that the council approved N1.8 billion for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the buildings of the Railway village in Agbo, Delta State.
He also revealed that the sum of N743 million was approved for the procurement of security and safety deficiencies as well as incidence laboratory for Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
He said the total sum for the procurement included taxes with a completion period of 12 months.
Sirika also said that the contract for the procurement of pavement marking machines was also approved by the council at the cost of N391.8 million.


“This is a visual aid for pilots for safe operations around our airports,” he said.
Another approval granted by the council, according to the minister, is the sum of €1.1 million, for the purchase of a total radar coverage track on system reconditioning.
He said: “This contract went to the manufacturer of the equipment for 1,187,960,000 Euros, equivalent to N414,543,760.23 excluding taxes and it is for seven months completion.”
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who also briefed newsmen said that the council approved six contracts worth N2.6 billion for the FCT.
“The FCT got approval for the award of contract for the construction and equipping of materials testing laboratory in Abuja and that contract is in the sum of N616, 278, 844.19 with a completion period of five months.
“That laboratory already is under construction, so basically it is just to equip the laboratory and is going to test all the items that go into the construction of roads and buildings,” he said.
Bello further said cabinet approved another contract for a temporary access road in the central area of the territory.
“The second contract was for the provision of an access road to link very key anterior roads in the Central Business District, that is Ahmadu Bello Way and Sani Abacha Way, all in the FCT, in the sum of N670,347,909 with a completion period of six months.
“The third memo was for the award of contract for the design of engineering and solid waste treatment plant and transfer stations in the FCT, and it is a consultancy project awarded in the sum of N473,798,934, to be completed in 12 months.
“These transfer stations are meant to serve the waste management value chain so that before you get to the final dump site, solid waste is separated according to the various grades, and that makes it easier for recycling.
“As you know, now we have what is called waste to wealth, and that will create a very important economic system for people who will invest in it,” he said.
He said another contract awarded for the FCT was that of engineering design of expandable main sewage treatment plant at Kango and Associated Trunk lines at the cost of N511,528,689.
The FCT also got approval for the final design of engineering infrastructure and production of tender documents at the cost of N202,410,378.45.
He stated that another N143.7 million was approved for the final engineering design of infrastructure and production of another tender document for Sector Centres E and F in Phase 111 of FCC, Abuja.
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President Buhari is angry with Nigerian Elites.

President Muhammadu Buhari has frowned at the inability of the Nigerian elites to address the welfare and educational needs of the less-privileged members of the society.

The president made his feelings known when he hosted Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Ministers, Service Chiefs, Heads of Security Agencies and Chief Executives of Federal Government Agencies and Institutions to a breaking of fast at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari said he was upset with the level of poverty in the land, challenged the elite to do something very urgent to ameliorate the pathetic situation.

He stated that already Federal Government had introduced people friendly programmes like the School Feeding and `Trader Money’ to alleviate the hardship being experienced by the less-privileged individuals across the country.

He, therefore, commended the Vice-President for successfully managing the school feeding and `trader money’ programmes.


“When I drive around the country what upset me very much is the status of our poor people in this country – you see young people, the so-called Almajiris with tore dresses, with plastic bowl. They are looking basically for what to eat.

“The question of education (to them) is a luxury. I think Nigerian elite we are all failing because I think we should have a programme that will at least guarantee some basic education for our people no matter how poor they are.

“So, I welcome the Vice-President initiate of the School feeding programme. If you check in your localities the enrolment into schools improved because a lot of children can get at least one good meal a day. This is the position of this country.

“But, culturally some of us are quite merciless, we don’t care about what happen to others we just keep on moving forward.

“This `market money’ I warned the Vice-President I don’t like him to be mobbed, especially the way I see hefty women coming and confronting him, he should be very careful.

“These are very good initiates. Initially, I was quite reluctant but I must admit that they are very good programmes and they endear this government to a lot of poor people because of these N5,000 or N10,000 being given to them as loans.

They are fantastic programmes and I have to admit quite honestly that the Vice-President was ahead of me by insisting on them.

“But he knows me if he insists I will say `okay go and do what you like.’ He did it and I’m very pleased as he is being very successful,’’ he said.

Vice-President Osinbajo, who spoke on behalf of the members of the cabinet, thanked the president for inviting them, both Muslims and Christians, to the breaking of fast with him.

He said that regardless of ethnic and religion affiliations Nigerians must continue to be their brothers’ keepers and must work towards building a united nation.

He, however, condemned some politicians, who were bent on dividing the people along ethno-religious lines.

On the Ramadan period, Osinbajo said: “Mr President I must say that there are some reasons I had always look forward to the Ramadan session. But some of those reasons are now being seriously challenged.

“The first of those reasons is that during the Ramadan meetings are usually very short. But, unfortunately last Wednesday Mr President seemed to have destroyed that very good notion by taking us through the longest FEC meeting in the history of the Federal Executive Council.

“So, we shouldn’t expect anymore that meeting will necessary be short during the Ramadan.

“The second is that some of my friends are far less troublesome during the Ramadan. People like Lai Mohammed, Abba Kyari, Adamu Adamu they are usually very well behaved during the Ramadan. But I’m not even sure that that is true anymore.

“So, I think that all we can truly expect now from the session is possibility what it was meant to do which is to remind us of some of our responsibilities to ourselves as brothers and to our fellow men/women especially our roles as leaders.

“I think is auspicious that this particular Ramadan falls at the eve of the new term in office.

“So, it is an opportunity for us to remind ourselves over the core mandates which is the welfare and security of majority of our people,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that those, who joined the president for the fast-breaking meal known as Iftar, included some heads of federal government agencies and institutions.

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, the Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority, Alhaji Yakubu Ibn Muhammed, and the Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Abdullahi Mukhtar, were among the dignitaries at the event.

Meanwhile, General Yakubu Gowon, Nigeria’s former head of state, on Monday, May 13, paid a visit to President Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa.

At the time of filing this report, the actual reason for the visit was yet to be known, but photographs from the Presidential Villa confirmed that the duo actually met.

Gowon and Buhari both served in the Nigerian Army rising to become military Generals.

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Mega projects: Ambode has done well –Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari had a busy one-day working visit to Lagos State, yesterday, when he inaugurated five iconic projects he affirmed would improve on Nigeria’s infrastructure, particularly in the transport sector.

The projects were the Institute of Maternal and Child Health (Ayknke House), Ikeja; Lagos Theatre, Oregun; Oshodi Transport Interchange; 820 Mass Transit Buses and the International Airport Road, Ikeja.

However, National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Lagos Deputy Governor, Idiat Adebule and dozens of cabinet members, were conspicuously absent at the events.


There were no official reactions from Tinubu and others, just as attempts by Daily Sun to get reactions were unsuccessful, as those contacted to speak on the development refused to comment.

Buhari, who landed at the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, at about 10:45am, arrived Ayinke House, about 15 minutes later.

He was received by his host, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, and his counterparts from Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun; Oyo, Abiola Ajimobi; Ondo, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu; Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi and Adamawa, Jubrila Bindow. Edo State acting governor, Philip Shaibu; Lagos governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat and Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu 1, also received the president, alongside the governor.

Thereafter, the president unveiled the project, and also, toured the facility.


He left to commission the Lagos Theatre, in Oregun are a of the state, from where he retired to the Government House, Alausa, with his entourage and visiting governors.

At about 1.18pm, the president, accompanied by the governors, arrived Oshodi to commission the multi-billion transport interchange.

In his address, the president, who expressed delight at the project, said: “I am delighted to be here today (yesterday), to commission three key projects which reflect the drive and success of our administration in pursuing policies and programmes that will positively impact on our citizen.”

He said the interchange, the mass transit medium and high capacity public buses, and the reconstructed Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, by the state government, will continue to provide high impact projects for the development of infrastructure and opportunities for job creation at all levels.

“This transport interchange, with different terminals, is going to change the face of public transportation. The mass transit buses totalling 820 buses will also move the people of Lagos state in a more comfortable and more efficient manner.”

Buhari added that the projects perfectly align with the efforts of the Federal Government; to improve the country’s infrastructure, especially in the transport sector.

“To complement Oshodi Transport Interchange, the federal government recently approved the reconstruction of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, up to Oworonshoki, and Old Toll Gate, which was last attended to 40 years ago.

“We have recently commissioned new international airport terminals in Port Harcourt and Abuja, as well as the rail lines from Abuja to Kaduna. The Lagos to Ibadan rail line is under construction. Our government will continue to prioritise high impact infrastructure; which will vastly improve the lives of our people,” the president added said.

He thanked the people of Lagos state for their support, for his administration and the APC, and also, commended Ambode for his “satisfactory contribution to the growth and development of the state.”

In his remarks, Ambode thanked the president for his direct influence and support which made the projects a reality.

The governor said it is on record that the state had never enjoyed such measure of support from the federal government as it had done in the last four years.

Ambode said the Murtala Muhammed Airport Road and the U-Turn Flyover would be opened for public use, immediately, while the two flyovers would be open for use from May 10 after the quality assurance work is completed.

Terminal 3 of the Oshodi Transport Interchange will become fully operational on May 1, while Terminals 1 and 2 would become operational by the end of May.

He said the projects were part of his administration’s promise to deliver people-oriented programmes and projects. The governor said the development plan of the state has been positively affected through the projects, including the Maternal and Child Health Centre, popularly known as Ayinke House, which the president commissioned earlier in the day.

“In our promise to deliver people-oriented projects and programmes, a closer look at all the projects indicates that nearly all the different pillars of our development plan as a state have been affected positively through these projects. The Institute of Maternal and Child Health at LASUTH contributes to our health and education sectors simultaneously.

“The Lagos Theatre, Ikeja is about our social development sector while the Oshodi transport interchange and buses come under our transport, infrastructure and commerce sectors. The Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road is an infrastructure development project.

“All these projects together form the thrust of our vision as a government and the end result is to make life better for all our people, irrespective of gender, tribe or political leanings,” he said.

Ambode said his administration invested the second tranche of the Paris Club refund, in addition to the refund by the Federal Government on federal road projects executed by states to the construction of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road and the Oshodi transport interchange, the first of its kind in Africa, while the first tranche of the Paris Club refund to states approved by the president was utilised to pay the 40 percent down-payment for the 820 buses.

“This is our report card, Mr. President. We have used your approval and releases judiciously because, we believe strongly in you, in your leadership and in your vision for our country. This is our modest contribution to the growth and development of our state and to the country in general.

“Mr. President, we believe strongly that the projects being commissioned today (yesterday) are our own modest contributions to the national development of Nigeria. As I said earlier, these projects would not have been possible without Mr. President’s quiet but impactful decision to release the Paris Club refund.”





We expect every state to pay minimum wage – Presidency

Amid concerns over the ability of states and local governments to pay the new National Minimum Wage of N30,000, the Presidency said on Tuesday that it expected every state to comply with the payment.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday signed the N30,000 National Minimum Wage Bill into law and directed that the implementation should commence immediately.

It replaces the current N18,000 minimum wage, which had been in place since 2011.


Speaking exclusively with The PUNCH in Abuja on Tuesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, said the President expected all the states to pay the new wage.

Enang said, “For Mr President, he has signed the bill. Remember that the negotiations took place for over two years and all these things (funding) were taken into account and they were addressed by the committee.

“The governors and the local governments were all heard before eventually it was agreed that N30,000 should be the minimum wage from the initial demand of labour.

“I don’t think we should entertain any fears until there is any implementation problem.”

The presidential liaison officer further told The PUNCH that the only immediate challenge might be that some of the states had already passed their 2019 budgets before the new Act came into effect.


For such states, he said the option for them was to consider supplementary budgets to make up for the difference between N18,000 and N30,000.

He said, “The only fear may be that some states may have already passed their budgets (2019) on the basis of N18,000, without the inclusion of the wage increase; in which case, they may have to consider a supplementary budget.

“Even the Federal Government today is still operating the 2018 budget, which had N18,000 as the minimum wage. The 2019 budget, which contains the provision for N30,000, has yet to be passed by the National Assembly.

“For the FG, it will only do adjustment of cost when the budget is passed without needing an additional appropriation.”

The PUNCH recalls that most of the state governors had opposed the N30,000 minimum wage during negotiations with labour.

At the January 17 National Economic Council meeting held in Abuja, it was learnt that the governors rejected the N30,000, insisting on N22,500.

They reportedly gave two conditions that would enable them to pay 30,000. They proposed a review of the revenue-sharing formula or reduction in workforce.

Under the current revenue sharing formula, the Federal Government takes the lion’s share of 52.68 per cent from the Federation Account. The 36 states take 26.72 per cent while the balance of 20.60 per cent is given to the 774 local governments in the country.





I’m not sleeping on duty, Buhari replies Catholic bishop

The Presidency disagreed on Monday that President Muhammadu Buhari was “sleeping on duty as the Commander-in-Chief,” a description the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Rt Rev Fr Stephen Mamza, gave of Buhari on Sunday.
The cleric had, during an Easter homily he delivered in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, criticised the Buhari administration for allegedly failing to halt insecurity in the country, especially escalating kidanappings, banditry and other violent crimes.

Speaking specifically on the latest killings in Zamfara, Benue, Adamawa, Taraba and Southern Kaduna, the bishop said, “We are really in a dilemma. We (Nigerians) are feeling that we don’t have protection. From all indications, there is nothing being done. There have been calls from all over the country. Look at what is happening in Zamfara State; look at what is happening in Benue periodically, in Nasarawa State and now in Adamawa (Southern Adamawa).

“If there is a government in place, then the government should listen to the people and address the security challenges. We have mass burials from time to time and there is no sign the government cares about what is happening.”

But the Presidency on Monday disagreed with the bishop, denying that Buhari had been sleeping on duty.


It accused Mamza of not “staying above politics” and also not making “a fair comment” about Buhari.

The Presidency went on to recount what Buhari had done to restore security since he assumed duty in 2015, especially in the war against insurgency.

It argued that but for Buhari’s efforts, Yola and other towns in Adamawa and the rest of the North-East would still be under the control of Boko Haram.


The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, who gave the Presidency’s position, stated, “There is so much that has changed in the past three to four years in and around Yola, and the Catholic Church in particular that a true assessment would show that, but for the change administration of President Buhari, things would have continued the way they were, or even get worse. These could not have happened if a Commander-in- Chief was asleep.

“Bishop Mamza was, and is still a strong member of the Adamawa Peace Initiative, API, composed of religious and community leaders, which did the lovely work housing and feeding 400,000 displaced people from Northern Adamawa and Borno states in 2015. The API also did the extraordinary work of easing tensions between Muslims and Christians during that period and ensured that both groups did not turn on one another based on suspicion.

“As widely reported by the local and international press, in the premises of St. Theresa’s Cathedral where Rev Mamza ministered, there were more than 1,500 IDPs, mostly women and children on whom the church administered food rations and issued bags of maize, cooking oil and seasoning. We are truly touched and very grateful for the work that the Bishop and the others had done in that difficult period.

“Now that Boko Haram has been degraded, the more than 400,000 displaced people absorbed by the Adamawa community have all gone back to Borno State and to those council areas in northern Adamawa.”

“In addition to the capital,Yola, the towns of Michika, Madagali and Mubi, which had been occupied by Boko Haram during their military advances, have since been retaken by the Nigerian military, whose personnel are also clearing litters of Boko Haram’s carnage and are, through the support of the administration as well as local and international partners, rebuilding roads and bridges, power lines, burnt schools, markets, destroyed churches and mosques.”

Claiming further credits, the Presidency said the North-East fared better under Buhari in terms of security of lives and property.

It added, “Without an iota of doubt, the North-East is better off with President Buhari than it was under the previous administration. That should explain the massive turnout of voters in the region, in spite of threats to life and property, to vote for the return of the President for a second term of four years.

“Sadly, one of the realities of today’s Nigeria is that it is easy to blame President Buhari for the violence all around us. Community leaders are too scared to blame the warlords and the sponsors of killings we live with because they fear for their own lives.”

On the recent inter-communal and religious clashes in parts of the country, the Presidency noted that the leaders in such communities were to blame by failing to expose the perpetrators.

It explained, “What is happening in several communities racked by inter-ethnic and religious violence is arising from the refusal of community leaders to point at known criminals in their midst for the law enforcement agencies to act against them. They rather blame President Buhari for their woes.

“It is indeed an irony that in the week that Bishop Mamza was speaking, another Bishop with a known commitment to peace, and results to show for his work in neighbouring Plateau State, is being dispatched to go to Taraba, Adamawa and Benue states to work in collaboration with security agencies in mending broken inter-communal relationships.

“This senseless violence can never be condoned by the administration and we sympathise with the families of those who lost loved ones as well as those injured. The administration’s intense security efforts and peace building will not only continue, but will expand in response to such explosions of violence in the country.”





Nigerian chief justice sacked for false asset declaration

ABUJA, April 18 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s most senior judge was sacked on Thursday by a tribunal that convicted him of falsely declaring his assets.
Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari in January, weeks before a presidential election, in a move that triggered accusations of interference in judicial matters.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), which rules on allegations of false asset declaration, said it had found Onnoghen guilty of hiding the extent of his wealth and removed him from office.

The chief justice holds a key role in determining the outcome of Nigerian elections if the results are appealed by a candidate and a tribunal is formed.


Buhari, who has promised to fight corruption in public life, won a second term in February’s election. He beat business tycoon and former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party, who is appealing the results.

The CCT said it had also banned Onnoghen from holding public office for 10 years and ordered any assets he could not account for to be forfeited to the state.


Asked by the CCT chairman if he had anything to say, Onnoghen declined to comment





Buhari to Sack Incumbent Ministers, Scout for New Faces

President Muhammadu Buhari is reportedly considering a total overhaul of his current make up ahead of a fresh term in office.

President Muhammadu Buhari is weighing options for a new cabinet ahead of the commencement of his second term in office, that would help him to deliver on his campaign promises to Nigerians, according to ThisDay.


The president had promised that he would consolidate on the gains of his first term, particularly in the areas of security, fight against corruption and revival of the economy.

He is said to be considering starting his second term on a fresh slate, sending home all the incumbent ministers except one or two of them.

Sources close to the president quoted in the report, said the outcome of the presidential election, which though he won, was said to be an eye opener for the president, who is said to have come to terms with the reality of majority of Nigerians’ disillusionment with the performance of his administration.

“The president is not carried away by the euphoria of his victory at the poll. Rather, he is acutely aware that Nigerians seem not too impressed and he is determined to make amends,” one of them said.


According to him, “The president intends to do a clean sweep of the cabinet by gathering a new bunch that would help him deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.”

Subsequently, President Buhari is said to be considering dissolving his body of ministers by the middle of next month to pave the way for the appointment of fresh helmsmen.

Although the president is said to be looking at appointing more technocrats, many of the incumbent ministers have set up strong lobby to return to office.

Presidential Villa sources said so intense is the lobby that the president and his key aides are worried that governance is suffering.

“Ministers would appear to have left their tasks and are now running around close associates of the president to help them keep their job,” a source said.

He, however, said the president is already compiling a list of such ministers, vowing to ensure that they do not make the next cabinet.

But, there are concerns that given the connections of some of the outgoing ministers, the president might not be able to withstand the pressure and might eventually return many of them.

A close presidential aide however, dismissed the insinuation, revealing that he is part of the president’s search team for what he called, “brilliant but experienced technocrats for the task of making the next term more meaningful and eventful for Nigerians.”

Also, unlike in 2015 when it took him about six months to show up with his list of ministers, the president is said to be determined to hit the ground running this time around.

“He plans to send his list of ministers to the Senate almost immediately it is convened in June,” a close associate said.





Nigeria ‘Hellish’ Under Buhari, Omotola Says

Nollywood star, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, has described the quality of life of Nigerians under President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership as “Hellish”.

The 41-year-old actress who is also an activist made the statement on Twitter and Instagram on Sunday evening.

“The Country Under your watch is Hellish! @ProfOsinbajo @MBuhari @NGRPresident, her tweet read.

She also charged Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Mr Buhari to act fast.

The 41-year-old actress was speaking against the backdrop of the recent spike in extrajudicial killings across the country.


“The lack of Money in circulation, now coupled with the continuous Assault and killings by uniformed men. Will make this Country implode!!! It’s Unbearable!, Omotola said.

“Do something! Insecurity! Fear and Desperation everywhere”, said Omotola.

Omotola, who is also an Amnesty International campaigner, recently called for a state of emergency in troubled zones.

She also said she believes Nigeria needs some kind of ‘revolution’ to get better.

The Country Under your watch is Hellish! @ProfOsinbajo @MBuhari @NGRPresident The lack of Money in circulation,Now coupled with the Continuous Assault n Killings by Uniformed men’ll make this Country implode!!!It’s Unbearable! Do something!Insecurity!Fear n Desperation everywhere

  • Omotola .j. Ekeinde (@Realomosexy) April 14, 2019

The Country Under your watch is Hellish! @YOsibanjo @MBuhari @NGRPresident The lack of Money in circulation,Now coupled with the Continuous Assault n Killings by Uniformed men will make this Country implode!!!It is Unbearable! Do something!Insecurity!Fear n Desperation everywhere

  • Omotola .j. Ekeinde (@Realomosexy) April 14, 2019





President Buhari sends touching message to Abacha’s second-in-command Diya at 75

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, April 2, congratulated former Chief of General Staff (CGS), Lt Gen Oladipo Diya, who would be clocking 75 on Wednesday, April 3.

Buhari described Diya, who was the number two man in the military after late head of state, Sani Abacha, as gallant and full of wisdom.

According to the president, Diya’s effort in the military was felt in the area of tackling security challenges in the country and part of the west coast.

In a statement by Femi Adesina, his spokesperson, President Buhari said he “warmly greets former Ogun state governor and Chief of General Staff (CGS), Lt Gen Oladipo Diya, on his 75th birthday, April 3rd, 2019, highlighting his many years of meritorious service to the nation.


“President Buhari felicitates with family members, friends, professional colleagues and associates of the former number two man, whose military career saw him successfully handling sensitive and strategic leadership positions as General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Commandant, National War College (1991-1993) and Chief of Defence Staff.

“The president affirms that General Diya’s gallantry, rich intellectual background and penchant for research contributed to the structure and operations of the Nigerian Army, especially in tackling security challenges within the country, and the west coast region.

“As the former CGS turns 75, President Buhari believes the nation has benefitted from his wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience, urging him to stay relevant by providing counsels to military formations and officers.



“The president prays that the almighty God will grant Gen. Diya longer life, good health and continue to bless his family.”

Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari assured Nigerians that he will do everything within his power to ensure the best for the country and her citizens when he begins his second term in office on May 29, 2019.

The disclosure was made on Monday, April 1, by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.

Adesina said President Buhari received Board of Trustees and Advisory Council of Gidauniyar Jihar Katsina (Katsina State Development Fund) led by Justice Mamman Nasir at the State House.





Buhari rejects Ajaokuta Completion Bill, National Housing Fund, others

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday declined assent to a bill seeking to fund the completion of Ajaokuta Steel Company, which was forwarded to him by the National Assembly in February this year.
The President equally declined assent to seven other bills, including the controversial National Housing Fund Bill, which was passed recently by the federal parliament.


The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, disclosed this while reading at plenary separate letters by the President informing the Senate of his decisions.
Buhari, according to the letters, cited several grounds, ranging from infractions on extant laws, duplication of responsibilities of existing agencies, to financial constraints for refusing assent to the bills.

Giving reasons for rejecting the Ajaokuta Completion Fund Bill, the President said voting $1bn to the steel rolling mill from the Excess Crude Account, as proposed by the bill, was not the best strategic option for Nigeria at this time of budgetary constraints.

“The nation cannot afford to commit such an amount in the midst of competing priorities with long-term social and economic impact that the funds can be alternatively deployed towards.

“Bills, which seek to make appropriation of revenues to fund public expenditure should be consolidated in the annual Appropriation Act, such that the proposals pass through the traditional scrutiny that budget proposals are subjected to by the Ministry of Finance,Ministry of Budget and National Planning and the National Assembly.


“Furthermore, as the Excess Crude Account Funds belong to the federation, it would be proper to consult with the National Economic Council where the states are represented.

“Relevant stakeholders, such as the Ministries of Mines and Steel Development, Industry, Trade and Investment, were not fully consulted.

“The inputs of key stakeholders are necessary to create the optimal legal and regulatory framework, as well as institutional mechanism to adequately regulate the steel sector,” the President said.

In another letter of refusal of assent dated March 27, 2019, President Buhari cited provisions contained in Section 32 of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency Bill 2018 as the major reason for refusing assent to it.

He added that if signed into law, the agency would have similar objectives as that of the Bank of Industry, particularly with regard to the funding of Small and Medium Enterprises.

“Accordingly, it is important to streamline its functions to avoid a duplication or overlap of functions with other government institutions performing similar functions aside the likelihood of increasing public recurrent expenditure by the proposed creation of new public sector bodies,” he added.

Other bills rejected by the President included the Nigerian Aeronautical Search and Rescue Bill 2018; the Chartered Institute of Training and Development of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill 2018; and the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria Bill 2018.

He also declined assent to the National Housing Fund Bill 2018; the National Institute of Credit Administration Bill 2018; and the National Bio-technology Development Agency Bill 2018.





Buhari launches pension scheme for artisans, tradesmen, others

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday in Abuja, launched the Micro Pension Plan (MPP), where he personally registered Sagir Shawa, a Keke NAPEP operator in Karu area of Abuja.

This was even as he reiterated the commitment of his administration to address all pension issues inherited from previous administrations.

The MPP, an initiative of the National Pension Commission (PenCom), aimed at providing pension services to self-employed persons in the informal sector and employees of organisations with less than three staff is expected to mobilise about N3 trillion savings from the informal sector into the N8.6 trillion pension assets of the country.


Buhari explained that the initiative aims to capture those not fully covered in the pension scheme. He said, “In the past, we provided loans to farmers; the MPP is the natural next step.”

He urged trade associations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the informal sector to join hands with the government in enlightening their members to embrace the scheme.

Speaking at the formal launch of MPP, acting Director General, PenCom, Aisha Dahir-Umar, explained that the micro pension launch was part of an initiative to bring financial inclusion to all working Nigerians.

She noted that the informal sector constitutes an estimated 69 million workforce in the country and represents an estimated 88 per cent of Nigerian workers that lack pensions and safety nets for their old age.

Dahir-Umar said the goal of the Commission was to achieve coverage of 30 million people in the informal sector by 2024. She said from 2004 to date, the nation’s pension scheme has impacted Nigeria’s economy with assets currently worth over N8.74 trillion.


According to her, “the formation of long term domestic capital, represented by the over N8.74 trillion worth of pension assets as at January 2019, belonging to 8.46 million formal sector participants, is slowly but surely changing Nigeria’s financial landscape. This, by extension, is also transforming the course and pace of our socio-economic development. For instance, N6.51 trillion, representing 73 per cent of the total pension assets is invested in Federal Government securities issued to finance various activities of government.

“Thus, in the area of infrastructure alone, the pension funds invested about N95.31 billion in the N200 billion Sukuk issued by the Federal Government. Similarly, out of the N10.67 billion Green Bond issued by the Federal Government, pension funds invested N7.19 billion.

Consequently, we believe that the enlistment of the informal sector into the pension savings net would boost the quantum of available long term investible funds that would galvanise national development efforts.”

Dahir-Umar described the scheme as a unique financial product, which democratises the savings culture in Nigeria in a systematic and efficient manner.