​Nigeria has become nation of sorrow under Buhari – PDP


The Peoples Democratic Party has stated that Nigerians are suffering under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.

The Vice-Chairman of the party in the North-East, Emmanuel Njiwah, made this observation in Yola, on Wednesday.

According to him, Nigeria had become a nation of sorrow under the All Progressives Congress.

Njiwah belongs to the Senator Modu Sheriff faction of the party, which is locked in a bitter leadership struggle with the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction.

The factional vice-chairman, who spoke while inaugurating the Adamawa State executive committee of the PDP led by Abdulrahman Bobboi, said the APC had devastated the economy.

He said, “Anybody with a plan for Nigeria cannot come into power and within the spate of a year, plunge the largest economy on the continent into recession.

“They have actually devastated the economy of Nigeria but they kept blaming the PDP. But the fact remains that as of May 29, 2015, Nigeria was the largest economy in Africa and as of May 2016, we have become a nation of sorrow.”

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While presenting the 28-member Adamawa State chapter of the party with their certificates of return, Njiwah reiterated the determination of the PDP to reclaim power in 2019.

He said, “The PDP needs to come back. Is there anybody who is not suffering here? Those who voted them in and even we that didn’t vote them are suffering too. Our markets are not different. Our filling stations are not different. We are buying from the same markets.

“We want to buy a bag of rice for N7,000. We want to buy fuel at N87 per litre.”

A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ali Gulak, who was chairman on the occasion, deplored the poor state of the economy under the APC-led Federal Government.

Earlier in June, Vice President,Yemi Osinbajo also admitted that there’s suffering in the land.

According to him, his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari meant well for the people of the country and thus needed the support and cooperation of Nigerians to bring the desired change.

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​South-East senators meet Buhari over IPOB, infrastructure, others

…as erosion commission bill scales 2nd reading
ABUJA—WORRIED by the bad state of social infrastructure in the South-East zone of the country, Senators from the zone yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari and pleaded with him to address the problems head-on.

Other pressing issues the senators, on the platform of South-East Senate Caucus, took to the President were those of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and perceived lop-sided appointments.

Led by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and the caucus’ Chairman, Enyinnaya Abaribe, the senators expressed regret and dissatisfaction with the present state of infrastructure in the zone.

The meeting, however, was held behind closed doors inside the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Meanwhile, following the problem of erosion in the South-East and some other parts of the country, a bill for an act to establish an erosion control and prevention commission, yesterday, scaled second reading in the Senate.

Buhari made promises—Ekweremadu, Abaribe

On the Senators meeting with the President, Senator Ekweremadu said that Buhari had promised to address the issues raised.

He said that the caucus made the move because the people of the South-East believed in dialogue as an instrument of peace and development.

He said: “For us from the South-East, we believe that dialogue is better than any other form of engagement. So we decided to visit the President and present to him some of the concerns of the South-East, including the issues of roads, general infrastructure: the rail, airports.

“We also discussed the issue of security with him and of course, the issue of IPOB. We had a good conversation and he promised to look into the issues.”

Also speaking, Senator Abaribe said South-East zone was the most marginalised in the country even as he recognised that there were other social issues across the country.

He said: “This is the South-East caucus in the Senate and we came to see the President because of the issues we have.

“We had a fruitful discussion with the President. He has promised us that he is going to look into the

problems of the South-East.

“We are reassured with the response we got from the President and we look forward to further interaction with him in this manner.”

Other senators on the delegation were Sam Egwu, Hope Uzodinma, Andy Uba and Chukwuka Utazi.

Erosion bill—Uzodinma

On the erosion bill, which was sponsored by Senator Hope Uzodinma (PDP, Imo West), it was first read on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

In his lead debate yesterday, Senator Hope Uzodinma said: “I wish to thank you for this great privilege to lead the debate on the general principles on a Bill for An Act to establish the Erosion Control and Prevention Commission and for other matters connected therewith, 2015.

“Nigeria is plagued by numerous environmental problems of different degrees. Almost every part of this country is characterised by one environmental problem or the other, but the menace of erosion is unarguably the severest in terms of devastation and destruction.

“There is no better time than now to leave a legacy for Nigerians. The menace of erosion leaves in its trails serious economic hardship and poverty on Nigerians.

“Families are rendered homeless, villages displaced and yet the ecological fund targeted at addressing this problem stands misdirected.

“There is the dire need for adequate management of this fund, hence the call for the establishment of this Commission.”

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​I’ll leave Nigeria better than I met it— Buhari


BENIN—PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to leave Nigeria a better nation than he met it, urging the various ethnic groups in the country to maintain unity and assist the nation become greater again

President Buhari with L-R: Edo State Deputy Governor Elect Hon. Philip Shuaibu, Edo State Governor Elect Godwin Obaseki and Governor of Edo State Adams Oshiomole shortly after commissioning Upper Siluko Road during his visit to Edo State for the Commissioning of Infrastructural Projects in Benin City on 7th Nov 2016
The President lamented that the nation made some grievous mistakes in the past by her over dependence on oil, saying, “that is what we are paying for today as a nation.”

He spoke after commissioning the Edo State University, Iyahmo, Etsako West Local Government Area and Ugbegun-Ujiogba-Ebudin- Igueben-Ewohinmi Road in Edo Central senatorial district.

President Buhari, whose two days working visit to Edo State ended yesterday, emphasized that his administration had made tremendous success in the three key areas he promised Nigerians; security, economy and fighting corruption, irrespective of the view of opposition about his administration.

He said: “I am not deterred over such criticisms because I am focused and I am happy that many Nigerians have started realizing what we are doing and trying to do, to fix this country for the better. Our problem as a nation started when we abandoned agriculture, our hides and skins, cocoa export, palm kernel and engaged in oil business.

Once petroleum was discovered and developed in large quantity, we threw everything to the dust. Now petroleum is diving from 100 dollars to between 40 and 50 dollars per barrel and that is the price we are paying now. What have we done to our agriculture, power, rail, road and social infrastructure; education and health? Just check and find out.

“We have been wasteful. Now, we have to go back to the land, to solid minerals and do a lot of savings so that we can leave a better country for our children and our great nation.”

President Buhari, who insisted that God had always saved the country from collapse, noted that “if the rainy season had failed this year, especially, in the Northern part of the country, I wonder what the future would have been because there were no savings, there was no infrastructure, coupled with hunger. I think it is a big recipe for disaster. We thank God for saving us from that disaster.”

He commended the out-going governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for what he described as his foresight, hard work and the integrity which he exhibited in the past eight years, expressing optimism that Oshiomhole would work for the nation when he left office as governor.

Earlier, Governor Oshiomhole who thanked God for the achievements in the past eight, said the Edo University, Iyahmo, was built to offer quality education and to meet the educational needs of both the rich and poor as well as contribute to human capital and skills development.

Source: Vanguard

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Polls Worries over 2019 polls, by Buhari

BENIN– President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked security agencies to ensure peaceful elections, warning it might be difficult to conduct the 2019 general elections across the country, if conduct of hitch-free elections in one state is difficult to achieve .

This came on a day lawyers and civil society organisations protested in Abuja, calling for the resignation of Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, over the manner he had handled conduct of elections in the country.

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​IPOB: We welcome Buhari’s statement on leaving Nigeria but…


The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Wednesday, said it welcomed the statement attributed to President Muhammadu Buhari, declaring that any Nigerian is free to leave the country if they have another one, but says no to the conditions he gave for such exit.

IPOB in a statement entitled, “IPOB welcomes Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration on the impending disintegration of Nigeria, but says no to conditions” signed by its spokespersons Mr. Emma Nmezu, a lawyer and Dr. Clifford Iroanya, said that it was delighted with the comment of Mr. President who seems to have bowed to international pressure to consider the inevitable disintegration of Nigeria.

IPOB statement read: “We the IPOB are delighted with the comments attributed to retired Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, who seems to have bowed to international pressure to consider the inevitable disintegration of Nigeria, though with conditions we find inconsistent with common sense and logic.”

“According to Buhari, “any Nigerian is free to leave the country if they have another one.”

Buhari also stated that “If anybody has a country to go to, let him go, we will stay here and salvage our country.”

“It is crystal clear that Buhari has seen the futility of fighting against a determined people who are bent on restoring their God-given nation which was unjustly robbed them by slave merchants later turned colonialists.

“From all indications, Buhari must have consulted with his colonial backers and religious hardliners in Saudi Arabia who perhaps have taken the time to school him on the sanctity of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, UNDRIP, the inviolability and irreducibility of the rights of Indigenous People to self-determination.

“However, we observed that hidden in the statements of Buhari are two evil agendas, first evil agenda is that Buhari made this statement in a meeting he had with Biafrans from the riverine or southern part of Biafra which the Hausa-Fulani oligarchy nicknamed South-South or Niger-Delta.

“The underlying objective in Buhari’s statement is to create the impression that the South-South is not part of Biafraland, hence the upland areas of Biafra, Igbo can leave Nigeria while the riverine areas Ibibio, Efik, Izon, Itshekiri, Urhobo, Isoko will remain part of Nigeria.

“The plan is to trap the riverine areas of Biafraland in Nigeria to enable Buhari and his Hausa-Fulani oligarchy continue the shameless exploitation and stealing of Biafra’s natural resources which they have always used and will continue to use to develop the Arewa region of Nigeria.

“The only surprise is that Buhari and his handlers did not include the rich Orient oil fields of Anambra River Basin, the high yield Shell operated Egbema oil fields in Imo State, the abundant gas reserves at Ohaji also in Imo State and the Shell operated Ukwa deep oil well in Abia State in their so-called South-South/Niger Delta.”

According to IPOB, “successive governments of Nigeria have continued to deceive the gullible public that the reason we IPOB are agitating for Biafra is because of oil in the Niger Delta region, without making obvious the fact that oil was first found in commercial quantity in Imo State before Oloibiri in Bayelsa State.

“Sadly many people are still ignorant of the fact that active oil and gas extraction is happening today in Anambra, Imo, Abia and Igbo parts of Rivers State. It is pertinent we make clear to all and sundry that while oil may motivate the Arewa North to seek One Nigeria because they cannot live without it, due to obvious reasons and nature, in Biafraland and in the new Biafra we shall place 100% emphasis on human capital development not on natural occurring minerals.

“For a country to pin the hopes of its entire economic policy and well being on a finite natural resource is indicative of the level of intellectual backwardness of the self arrogating “elites” that run the economy of the colonial creation known as Nigeria. We the Indigenous People of Biafra believe that the greatest natural resource a people can be endowed with is their brain not what is under the ground.

“We must stress for purposes of sound knowledge that there is no known geographical cardinal point in any geography text book or academic literature or any part of this world called “South-South” except in Nigeria.

“This unique un-academic introduction of a new cardinal point called “South-South” was created by the Hausa-Fulani oligarchy to serve their divide and rule interests. With this dichotomy they intend to continue to own virtually all the oil blocks in Biafraland including those at Anambra, Imo, Abia and Igbo parts of Rivers State.

“But the same Hausa-Fulani natural born rulers of Nigeria refused to create corresponding cardinal points of “North-North” and “West-West.” Sensible people must ask themselves why this is the case.

“The Hausa-Fulani ruling class carefully created this unique cardinal point of “South-South” to drive an everlasting wedge between the upland and riverine areas of Biafraland. Furthermore, the “South-South” is not contained in any part of the Constitution of Nigeria nor is it any of the Acts of Parliament or Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The second evil agenda is that by making such statements before these respected leaders from the riverine area of Biafraland, he is creating the false impression that he has obtained the consent of the people of Southern Biafra to build the Nigeria of his dreams, and in so doing is giving a misleading signal that Biafrans from the riverine areas have bought into his deceptive and foundationally disastrous “One Nigeria” project.

“By gathering a few Biafrans from the riverine areas and saying that “those who don’t want to be part of Nigeria should leave,” Buhari hopes to convince the world that those Biafrans he was addressing at Aso Rock believe in the “oneness” of the British colony Nigeria he is assiduously pursuing.

“We the IPOB at this point would wish to categorically inform Mr. President that since we already have our blessed nation Biafra created by the Most High God not man; we do not need the temporary country created by a white man Luggard for his amusement and economic exploitation.

“We wish to further inform Mr. President that IPOB do not desire to regress from the status of a nation state to that of a country artificially created by the British with divergent and irreconcilable value systems. Even today nations that make up Britain like Scotland and Wales are agitating as we Biafrans are, to establish their own nation state outside Britain, so why should Nigeria that is created by a white British man be immune to similar demands being made by Biafrans.”

Source: Vanguard

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​JONATHAN SPEAKS OUT…I Didn’t Hand Over A Collapsed Nation To Buhari- Goodluck Jonathan-

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has replied

his critics who accused him of handing over a

nation at the verge of collapse to his successor,

President Muhammadu Buhari.

Jonathan recounted the achievements of his

government to include, handing over a country

that produced the richest man in Africa.

Jonathan said, “I took over a Nigeria that was

the second largest economy in Africa with a GDP

of $270.5 billion in 2009, I handed over a Nigeria

that had grown to become the largest economy

in Africa and the 24th largest economy in the

World with a GDP of $574 billion.

“I inherited a Nigeria in which the trains were not

working, and handed over a Nigeria in which

citizens can safely travel by trains again. I also

inherited a country where illiteracy rate

particularly in the Northern part was alarming. I

handed over a country where every state in the

North and indeed all the states had a Federal

University. I inherited a country where there was

total infrastructural decay in all the unity schools

and colleges of education. But I handed over a

country with massive infrastructural improvement

in almost higher institutions. I inherited a country

where agricultural inputs and production were

almost zero. But I handed over a country where

a bag of rice was sold for N6,500 to N7000. My

regime since the establishment of ecological

fund office did more irrigation dams in the North

and other parts of the country than other

subsequent administrations put together. I

inherited epileptic fuel supplies resulting to

endless queues at the filling stations. I

maintained despite enormous challenges of fuel

subsidies and handed over a relatively stable fuel

regime.

I inherited a Nigeria that was a net importer of

cement, and handed over a Nigeria that is a net

exporter of cement.

In 2009 the richest Nigerian was the 5th richest

man in Africa, but I handed over a Nigeria that

produced the richest man in Africa.

The former President further stated ” I inherited

a country where people were almost losing hope

on the credibility of its electoral process but I

noticed that democracy will continue to grow in

the African continent if leaders value the

process of elections more than the product of

the process. I handed over electoral process that

engendered fairness in its conduct and

conclusiveness.”

He said, “Even in the 2015 general elections in

my country, Nigeria, there was potential for major

crisis if I was not a President duly elected by the

will of the people.

“The campaigns leading to the elections almost

polarized the country into Christian vs Muslims

and North vs South divide.”

Most World leaders were worried that our

elections will result into major crisis. Some

pundits even from here in the United States said

that those elections would spell the end of

Nigeria and that we would cease to exist as a

nation because of the polls.

That is where the leadership question comes

into play. As a leader that was duly elected by

the people, I considered the people’s interest

first.

How do I manage my people to avoid killings and

destruction of properties? With the interest of

the people propelling all the decisions I took, we

were able to sail through.

Indeed, we sailed through because I refused to

interfere with the independence of the

Independent National Electoral Commission,

INEC, having appointed a man I had never met in

my life to run it. We sailed through because I

maintained and still believe that my personal

ambition, interest is not worth the blood of any

single Nigerian.

My philosophy was simple. For elections to be

credible, I as a leader, must value the process

more than the product of the process. And the

citizens must have confidence in the electoral

body.

​Groups warn against granting emergency powers to Buhari


ONITSHA—AN Igbo socio-political group, Igboekulie and a civil society organisation based in Anambra State, International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law, Intersociety, have described the reported plan by President Muhammadu Buhari, to seek legislative approval for a wide range of presidential powers to revive the Nigerian economy as unnecessary, saying that he has enough executive powers so far under the constitution to move the country’s economy forward if he so desired.

Intersociety in a statement, yesterday, by its Chairman, Mr Emeka Umeagbalasi, said: “Buhari’s administration has since September 2015 castrated the 1999 Constitution and illegally arrogated sweeping extra constitutional powers to itself in the governance of the country; upon which it now seeks for legislative legitimization through retroactive legislation or legislative cementation by way of executive sponsored bill.

“For the purpose of putting the records straight, we have critically and clinically studied all reasons and arguments made by the presidency upon which it is seeking for “emergency presidential powers,” whether for economic reasons or otherwise and have come to the empirical conclusion that the reasons and arguments are dictatorial, tyrannical, undemocratic and grossly unconstitutional. Whatever bedevils Nigeria governance wise under the Buhari administration, is self invited and does not require the so called ’emergency presidential powers’ as a solution.

“There are a lot of laws on public economic management in Nigeria begging for executive attention. Section 305 of the 1999 Constitution is enough to take care of emergencies in Nigeria. Any emergency power so granted Mr. President, be it for ’emergency economic intervention’ or under any other guise will expressly conflict with the 1999 Constitution, which amounts to anarchy and lawlessness.”

In its reaction, Igboekulie described the reported plan by President Muhammadu Buhari to seek legislative approval for a wide range of presidential powers to revive the Nigerian economy as unnecessary.

A statement yesterday by the President of the group, Prince Ben Onuora, Igboekulie applauded the success so far recorded in the determined fight against corruption and Boko Haram, saying, however, that government did not achieve that with emergency powers and as such does not need any to revamp the nation’s ailing economy.

The group said that what is needed is to change the way things are done, not necessarily our rules, adding that the President has shown requisite will and zeal in the fight against corruption and Boko Haram.

The statement read: “He needs to replicate this capacity for the economy without any special powers. His existing powers are enough to get the job done within the ambit of due process and efficiency. We cannot continue to invoke ad hoc solutions to perennial national challenges. That is why we have remained where we should not be as a nation, despite our individual talents and endowments.”

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