This Day reports that the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) on Tuesday, March 29, issued a 72-hour ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and free 76 people from Ugwuneshi in Awgu local government area of Enugu state, who defended their property and women against the Fulani herdsmen. The group also demanded the immediate release of two women who were allegedly abducted by the herdsmen on their way to their farms. The ultimatum was contained in a statement made by Emma Nmezu and Clifford Iroanya, the spokespersons of IPOB.
“Accordingly, the IPOB is hereby giving President Buhari 72 hours beginning from 6p.m, on March 29, 2016, to release the 76 youths of Ugwuneshi community, Awgu, together with the two women earlier abducted by the Fulani fighters. The Fulani flags flying over our ancestral land must also be removed within the same period,” the group stated.
Minister of state for petroleum resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, has disclosed that the lingering fuel scarcity being experienced in all parts of the country may last for the next two months. He, however, said he is working round the clock to ensure that the fuel queues disappear and pleaded with Nigerians to be patient. Continue reading →
Guardian reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his administration’s commitment to providing a lasting solution to the age-long power supply problems in in the country within the next three years. Speaking at the National Economic Council retreat on the economy held at the State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa, Abuja, Monday, March 21, 2016, the President admitted that the privatisation of the power sector has not changed anything in terms of performance.
“Nigerians’ favourite talking point and butt of jokes is the power situation in our country. But, ladies and gentlemen, it is no longer a laughing matter. We must and by the grace of God we will put things right,” Buhari said
This is an open letter from Dr. Victor Oladokun – remember him from Turning Point?. The media, communication, and leadership consultant published the letter on his Facebook page. Read his letter to President Muhammadu Buhari below:
“Sir, in more civilized climes and especially in the event of a catastrophic loss of lives, sensitive and politically astute Presidents fly back from foreign trips or cancel international meetings altogether, no matter how important. Their goal is to take charge of the situation back home and calm the public’s fears and concerns. Not you Mr. President. You are about to jet off again. This time to Equatorial Guinea. Continue reading →
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Saturday lamented that the economic situation in the country has gone completely out of the control of government as the global economic meltdown is having a negative spiral effect on it. He explained that this was so because Nigeria cannot determine the price of crude or gas. Continue reading →
Ekiti State House of Assembly lawmakers have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order the release of their colleagues in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) custody. The lawmakers stormed the National Assembly in Abuja today, March 10, demanding the immediate released of their members, who have been arrested since March 4.
Premium Times reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate redeployment of 22 top directors of the Budget Office. The President was said to have approved the removal of the officials from the Budget Office on Thursday, March 10, being part of a service-wide posting involving about 184 senior staff in various ministries, departments and agencies, in the federal civil service. Continue reading →
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday approved the immediate unbundling of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, into seven independent operational units. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, who announced the unbundling of the national oil company in Abuja, said five of the seven operational units will be strictly business-focussed in line with global best practices of national oil companies. Continue reading →
The National Assembly yesterday raised concern about the implementation of the N500 billion special intervention fund, a cardinal programme of the Buhari administration. The lawmakers were categorical that though the plan by the Federal Government to spend N500 billion on vulnerable Nigerians is laudable, its implementation will pose problems. Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje, who raised the issue suggested the suspension the plan in this year’s budget. Continue reading →
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said the Federal Government cannot force the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy on states, saying the policy is “already tainted with fraud”. In a statement released by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the Governor said the Muhammadu Buhari-led government should focus the economic crisis confronting the instead of “going about grandstanding on a TSA policy”. Fayose was reacting to the call by the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma on States to accept the TSA.
“The same minister whose office could not prepare a simple budget should not assault the sensibilities of Nigerians by telling States to accept a TSA policy that is characterised with fraud,” the governor said. Continue reading →
Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba has announced that President Buhari has appointed Journalist and Blogger, Tolu Ogunlesi, as his Special Assistant on Digital and New Media. In his words …
“President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday appointed Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi as his Special Assistant on Digital/New Media. Ogunlesi, who is a renowned blogger and journalist, graduated from the University of Ibadan in 2004, and obtained an MA in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia, UK, in 2011. Before his appointment, Ogunlesi had worked as a Features Editor and Editorial Board member of NEXT Newspaper.”
President Muhammadu Buhari, while speaking on the state of the economy during an interactive session with the Nigerian community in the United Kingdom, has revealed why his government stopped the sale of foreign exchange to bureau de change (BDC) operators. He said the sale was stopped due to fraudulent acts perpetrated by some directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). In his words:
“We found out that some directors of CBN owned bureau de change and when foreign exchange comes, they take it to their bureau de change and give government the change,” he said.”
“We had to stop the federal government giving bureau the change. I am explaining this to give a tip of the ice berg of the problem we inherited. We are getting so hard because we have no other [option] than to make everybody accountable.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that the Treasury Single Account, TSA, was an initiative of the Goodluck Jonathan administration, but the immediate past government could not enforce it. Buhari, who disclosed this during an interactive session with Nigerians living in the United Kingdom on the sidelines of the Supporting Syria Conference in London, stated that his administration had been able to block leakages and save N2. 2trn using the same TSA. According to him:
“When we discovered that we were already in trouble, we tried to enforce the TSA. This government did not initiate it, it was the previous government, but it was so unpopular to the previous government. For its own reasons, it couldn’t impose it, but when we came and we found out that we were broke, we saw that this is the way to do it. Continue reading →
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday revealed that the Structural Adjustment Programme, SAP, by onetime military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babagida, IBB, killed the naira. Speaking with the BBC, Buhari traced the origin of some of the problems facing the country’s currency to IBB’s regime. IBB had in 1986 and 1988 instituted SAP which is said to have been responsible for the downward trend of the naira.
“I went through the devalue in 1984, its SAP that killed the naira, I have asked the Governor of Central Bank and others to sit and see if they can convince me to murder the naira,” Buhari said. Continue reading →
President Muhammadu Buhari has begun a short vacation from today, February 5 to February 10, 2016. While President Buhari is on vacation, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will perform the functions of the President. In compliance with Section 145 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution, President Buhari has dispatched a formal notice of his vacation to the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
February 5, 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday recounted how one of his predecessors, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo “tolerated him” when he was the Head of State. The President, who spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, as the special guest at the 40th anniversary of the state, went down memory lane on how Obasanjo appointed him minister of petroleum and tolerated him for three and half years. In his words:
“I express my thanks to General Obasanjo, who, as head of state, made me minister of petroleum and tolerated me for three-and-half-years. He tolerated me because God knows and he knows that I am not used to working as hard as he used to, but he allowed me to last that long and allowed me to work.”
The Peoples Democratic Party hurled insults at the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for allegedly saying those criticizing Buhari’s government were paid to derail the President. See more tweets from the PDP after the break Continue reading →
Pan-Yoruba Socio- Political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday, cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against making the anti-corruption fight his only agenda but to tackle the nation’s dwindling economy. It also kicked against the plan to finance the 2016 budget through excessive borrowing from international financial institutions. Continue reading →