IPOB Issues 72-Hour Ultimatum To President Buhari

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.

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Why Fuel Scarcity May Linger Till May – Ibe Kachikwu

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

‘We’ll Fix Nigeria’s Power Supply Problems In 3 Years’ – PresidentBuhari

President says 10,000Mw of electricity must be provided in 3 years

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

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Letter to Mr. President On 7 Things He Must Do Now – By Dr. Victor Oladokun

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

Economy Gone Out Of Buhari’s Control – Lai Mohammed

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

‘Order DSS To Release Our Members Immediately’ – Ekiti Lawmakers To Buhari

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.

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Buhari Orders Removal Of 22 Directors From The Budget Office

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

Buhari Unbundles NNPC Into 7 Independent Operational Units

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

Drop N500b Intervention Fund From Budget 2016 – National Assembly To Buhari

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

President Buhari Appoints Tolu Ogunlesi As His Special Assistant On Digital & New Media

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.”

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President Buhari Explains Why FG Stopped The Sale Of Forex To Bureau de Change Operators

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.”

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IBB’s SAP Murdered The Naira – President Buhari

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.
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President Buhari Begins Short Vacation; Osinbajo Takes Over In The Interim

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.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
February 5, 2016

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Buhari Thanks Obasanjo For Tolerating Him As Minister of Petroleum

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.”

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Don’t Make Anti-Graft War Your Only Agenda – Afenifere To Buhari

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